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Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin

Ferrari

Over the weekend, the last of the new Formula 1 cars of 2017 were unveiled, just in time for the first official preseason test, which began Monday morning in Spain. Ferrari, McLaren, Haas, Red Bull, and Toro Rosso joined the five other teams that took the wraps off their cars earlier in the week, giving us our first complete look at the grid for the coming year.

We covered the big rules changes that have affected the design of the cars last Friday, but briefly, the cars—and their wings and tires—are wider than in recent years, and they are expected to be several seconds faster per lap thanks to better aerodynamic downforce.

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This past week was very quiet (apart from the HOWLER MONKEYS ACROSS THE STREET who insisted on blaring their awful music from their cars and howling all bloody day and night). I focused a lot on the new game I'm in, a Fushigi Yuugi-based RP called Three Wishes, and on trying to decide what style of illumination to commit scribalry of next and then commit it. XD All we together did this week was go to Panera on Friday, and lo! we were productive. XD Ordered groceries for delivery too XD because this week is going to be hella busy!

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA, USA at 10.22am: Mostly cloudy
Temp: 42F (feels like 42F)
Humidity: 47% (dewpoint 23F)
Pressure: 30.46"
Winds: Variable
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, high 52F, low 36F

Last week was warmer than normal, which was niiiiice for late February, even though it brought the howler monkeys out from hibernation. It even got up into the 70s! Then we had HELLA thunderstorms and the temp plummeted as a cold front came through. This week will be back to normal for late February/early March, with highs in the 40s and 50s. Mostly. It's supposed to warm up into the 60s on Wednesday. And it's going to rain rain rain and maybe snow on Friday. DO NOT WANT SNOW.

HOW IS IT MARCH ALREADY?

Art du Jour:
And another scroll blank! This is a style called "white vine" that was prevalent in Italy during the 15th century. It's not as perfect as I'd like it to be, but I'm a damn sight more pleased with it than I was the romanesque. ^__^



On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • Of Librarians and Chefs (Three Wishes) x26 holy crow
  • Self-Medication (Prytaneum)
  • You Look Different Out of the Costume (Prytaneum)
  • Dionysus Represent! (Prytaneum)
  • QUEST -- High Desert Showdown (Prytaneum) x4
  • The Dough Boy (ItNotM)
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
  • continue with harp practice
Etc:
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: scrolllll
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and trash
This week I have to clean the house because we have a Sage incoming! \o/ Then she and Angie leave for the UK, leaving me here to housesit and catsit, meaning I get the house to myself for a week. ^___^ I plan on getting more Pennsic prep done while they are gone, like fabric laundering and garb sewing and such. Plus there will be more scribalry committed! HOPEFULLY THE RAIN WILL KEEP THE HOWLER MONKEYS AT BAY.

*sigh*

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:16 am
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Sora haaaates the new LitterRobot we got, to the point of expressing his opinion in several places including, this morning shortly before we got up, the basket full of my clean laundry. So I am telecommuting until the laundry is finished.

While he is prone to crystals in his urine, the pattern of places he has expressed his opinion recently is unlike the places he goes when he's suffering that problem, and more like places carefully chosen for being associated with Toby or I, so we think it's "HEY PUT IT ALL BACK LIKE NORMAL" and not "I HURT FIX IT." (Note: we do have another litterbox set up next to the robot, so he doesn't have to use the robot.) But we do have a vet appointment next week and will be discussing this very problem and potential solutions, and if the vet thinks it's necessary, getting one of those kits to collect his urine and getting it analyzed to rule that out.

Cats. Argh.

Frozen out thar

Feb. 27th, 2017 06:51 am
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 After waking up to damp rainy weather in the mornings and sunshine in the afternoons while my in-laws were here we are now back to the frosty morning again. I swear they brought in the nice weather when they came over, and then took it all back again when they left *lol*.
Ah well. I am sure it was partially my fault. Mother Nature has a sense of humor I am pretty sure, and I bought (and planted) a few bulb yesterday.

In my defense they forecast said rainy yet warming up. Lies! All lies. XD

I only planted a small handful of what I brought home at least, so if these die then all is not lost.
I hope they don't, but... well, it's out of my hands now. I'm not going to dig the poor things back up, just incase it's fine at the levels they are planted at (planting depth called for was 4-5 inches).

Let's see, what else.
Oh, I caught up on 'the 100', 'Z Nation', and Riverdale last night.  
Holy cliff hangers. I swear I need to go back to getting a few episodes built up first. That way when there's a cliffhanger episode I can find out what the hell fairly soon.

* The 100 is only 4 episodes in right now, and so I'll know WTF is happening on the next episodes. So yay to that.

* I wasn't sure if Z Nation was coming back for a Season 4. It is *phew*, it'll be back 4 Jun. 2017, so I don't have to be pissed that the show left on a cliff hanger. Although I am curious where the hell they are going with that episode ending? What are you up to Z Nation?!

* Riverdale is still doing an excellent job of throwing wrenches in what you Think is happening and flipping things upside down, and I love it. Poor Betty though. 

That's it for show catch up's lately I think.
Well, I am caught up on Big Bang Theory too, but always assume I am caught up on that one, unless I say otherwise.  ;P I have watched it from day one, and will watch it 'til it ends. I love how they have progressed and matured throughout the seasons, even though I know there are people that hate the changes. Life IS change though. If they had stayed exactly how they were at Season 1 the show would not have lasted this long.  Their personal growth and character changes through the seasons of the series is what makes them so relatable and endearing IMO.

Anyhow, my coffee cup is almost empty, and so I had better wrap this up and scout out some more.
Hope everyone has a good Monday *waves*
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Posted by Ron Amadeo

BARCELONA, SPAIN—We're at Mobile World Congress and tons of new smartphones are launching, but MWC is also serving as the debut of a brand-new Android OEM. That company is HMD, a new Finnish upstart that seems like it was purpose-built to undo the damage Microsoft did to the Nokia smartphone brand. The company is made up of a ton of old-guard Nokia employees and has licensed the Nokia brand for smartphones.

Unfortunately, HMD didn't announce a high-end flagship smartphone at its MWC event. It did bring the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3, which all start with a Snapdragon 430 and work their way down the spec totem pole form there. This is a brand-new OEM though, so a look at the Nokia 6 will help us get to know HMD a bit better.

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For a Poetry Monday:


"I like to see it lap the Miles," Emily Dickinson

I like to see it lap the Miles—
And lick the Valleys up—
And stop to feed itself at Tanks
And then—prodigious step

Around a Pile of Mountains—
And supercilious peer
In Shanties—by the sides of Roads—
And then a Quarry pare

To fit its sides and crawl between
Complaining all the while
In horrid—hooting stanza—
Then chase itself down Hill—

And neigh like Boanerges—
Then—prompter than a Star
Stop—docile and omnipotent
At its own stable door—


A riddle poem, probably intended for children (she liked to write poems for neighbor children) -- the answer being, of course, a train with a steam engine. Dickinson's father was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Amherst, and the station was not far from the family house.

---L.

Subject quote from "A Boy's Poem," Alexander Smith.

March sketch calendar template

Feb. 27th, 2017 10:01 am
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March Sketch a Day template for anyone who wants to use it. ^_^ One more day left on February and I've failed totally at keeping up, but I'll have it done by tomorrow.

In other news my home computer, the 2011 iMac of Doom (named Teletraan) had some critical fail Friday night. Appears my video card has died. This would, coincidentally, explain why when my dragon and I are playing WoW on the same server, at the same time, on the same internet connection, she would have 50 FPS and I would have 9. =P Apparently my video card has been slowly dying. Repair is going to be a bit costly (it's a 2011 first gen iMac of the current model, it's so far out of warranty or applecare coverage it's not even funny) but still should be vastly cheaper than an actual new Mac. Plus it's still a workhorse machine, just need the screen to be working and display things. =P I'll drag it into the Apple store close to work tomorrow and drop it off for repairs, then cross my fingers and hope.

(My excuse is that part of my February sketch pic involves screen cap reference, which is on Teletraan and which I now don't have access to. =P Ooops. Thank goodness I did sketch rough outlines of things in with blue pencil!

My Festivids this year

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:45 am
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Just in case anyone missed them, here are the 4 festivids I made this year:

Title: Body High
Music: "Body High" by Mike Taylor
Fandom: Ghostbusters (2016)
Focus: Jillian Holtzmann
Summary: You give me a body high.
Body High DW link

Title: You're So Beautiful
Music: "You're So Beautiful (White Party Version)" by Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett
Fandom: The Get Down (2016)
Focus: Dizzee/Thor
Summary: It sure looks good to me.
You're So Beautiful DW link

Title: Dance
Music: "Dance" by POWERS
Fandom: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Focus: Rebecca, Paula, Valencia, Heather
Summary: Prepare to surrender to the power of femslash.
Dance DW link

Title: Crash
Music: "Crash" by Gwen Stefani
Fandom: Bound (1996)
Focus: Corky/Violet
Summary: Do me real hard.
Crash DW link

There's also a new vid exchange called Equinox that will run in both spring and fall with different themes (voted on) which you can find more about here. The current exchange is space themed and you can find a list of letters with fandoms and requests here if you want to make any treats. I didn't sign up but I maaaay make a treat depending on time and motivation. I have a bunch of vids planned for cons so I'm not sure if I will but you never know.

I'm mostly still on Twitter these days but I'm enjoying all the posts on DW and hope to post more here soon!
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Posted by J. R. Bookwalter

The walls of our homes are already wired for electricity, so it only makes sense that consumer electronics manufacturers would try take advantage of those existing cables to provide easier Ethernet and HDMI connectivity. After all, no one likes to have unsightly cables strung all over the place, especially in a fancy home theater setup.

As enticing as a cord-free lifestyle sounds, it rarely turns out to be very practical. Internet speeds drop precipitously once ethernet is funneled through power lines that weren’t designed for such use, so you can image that high-quality HDMI video and audio signals don’t fare much better.

Powered transmission

The Iogear HDMI Over Powerline Pro Kit ($399.95 MSRP; $300 on Amazon) includes two nearly identical black plastic boxes measuring 5.9x 3.7 x 1 inches thick. The front LED lights indicate when the device is powered on and transmitting data, and a reset button is used on rare occasions to restart mischievous connections. The build quality is good, aside from four rubber feet on the bottom which tend to pop off and get lost easily.

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Posted by Andrew Cunningham

HP

Mobile World Congress usually focuses on phones and phone-related technology, but even so we're still going to see a few companies announce new PCs that didn't quite make the cut for CES in January. HP's new Pro x2 612 G2, a €900 (~£800) Microsoft Surface clone that launches today, is one such machine.

The Pro x2 is a follow-up of sorts to the the HP Elite x2, a Skylake-based tablet we reviewed last spring. We came away generally impressed by its build quality, ports, and features, and its keyboard cover was more than a match for Microsoft's. It was a bit thicker than the Surface Pro 4, it had a somewhat lower-resolution screen, and the processors it offered weren't as fast—three shortcomings the new version does nothing to correct—but nevertheless it remains an interesting option for businesses and for people who are just more comfortable when they're able to easily upgrade and repair their systems themselves.

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My preference is to bundle this stuff up into some sort of narrative rather than reposting articles. For that matter this is a repost from Facebook.

Lots of articles. That said, if there's one article from what I've read that you look at, it's this one.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

It's an absolutely chilling (and incredibly researched) piece on the way data analytics are currently being used to tailor news to reinforce certain viewpoints (and came into play both in the Brexit vote and during the US election. Basically, the weaponized information propaganda tactics from Russia being run by a US big data firm. Reminds me why the top Sci Fi book on sale right now is 1984.


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Black Sails 4.05

Feb. 27th, 2017 02:58 pm
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Coughing through a cold, I watched the latest episode.

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And now off again to drown myself in tea, I'm feeling miserable for entirely physical reasons. Boody cold.
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February 27th, 2017: EXCITING JURY DUTY UPDATE: the trial was cancelled so even though I put on a cool shirt and cleaned up nice, I didn't get to hold even a single person's fate in my all-too-fallible hands!!

– Ryan

RL post coming, but until then...

Feb. 27th, 2017 01:25 pm
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First of all, the Best Picture Oscar mix up made my day! :D

ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump

Also, this website, via [profile] lynnene:

President Hillary Rodham Clinton
News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules

It's hilarious, and apparently makes Trump supporters really mad!!

So many links, I'm sure a lot are out of date by now... )

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