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I recently fell in love with liberty puzzle's 100% whimsy all wooden puzzles, but new the puzzles are ~$100. In particular the one that I both liked the image and the cut was $125 + shipping. So I bought one used off ebay. Because it was an ebay auction I counted all the piece. 535 when the box and the website said 545. I emailed the company to make sure there wasn't a type they knew about. They said, no, 545, and that I had liked been ripped off. They can replace one or two missing pieces (for a fee since it was used) but not 10. I emailed the ebay seller to make sure they hadn't found any missing pieces. He was friendly and helpful and assured me it was complete when I sent it. I said I would do the puzzle and make sure. It took G and me a few days, and I was trying to enjoy it, but there was the worry hovering over it.

I would have enjoyed it more if I'm not also coming up against the deadline for my Halloween costume. So I spent most of the last few days doing a lot of sewing and a lot of puzzle doing.

And tomorrow is the black belt physical, which there is one event I'm not sure I can pass. The rest I think I can with a few tries.

I will do a longer post about making the costume soon.

[MA, gastronomy] Moar Ghoti?

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:51 pm
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I have a friend coming from out-of-town – from one of those more landlocked places – who would like to go out for seafood. I'm abashed to admit, my answer to the question of where I go for seafood around here is "New Hampshire", which is not compatable with our plans. I am nursing a grudge against Legal, and just about all the places I used to go are out of business.

They're a foodie, will be staying in Somerville, and will be getting around on the T.

Where should we go?

BC 28: The Date Announcement!

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:13 pm
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Baitcon XXVIII
Subtitle TBD

Will Be Held:
Friday, June 29th - Monday, July 2d, 2018*
at the Mountain Campground of the Abode of the Message.

*Yes, we know Firefly starts the next day. We're sorry. These things happen, as there aren't nearly enough weekends in the summer.

Also: Sorry for the delay in this announcement.
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The water pipes in my apartment have abruptly started acting weird: very noisy and comes out sputtering. There seems to be air in the pipes. This started yesterday – first noticed when the toilet tank was refilling with cold water, checked the kitchen taps, and the cold water was doing it there, too. Then the hot water started doing that too, which has me more alarmed: that comes right out of my apartment's water heater tank, so there shouldn't be any opportunity for air to get in it, right?

I called the landlord yesterday, left a message about it. There's construction going on on the floor below me, but I asked one of the guys if they're working on the plumbing and he said no.

It's still doing it.

How worried should I be? What scenarios could be causing this?

[hist] Oh, hey

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:57 pm
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It was just brought to my attention that per the date traditionally held to be the one on which Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door, this Hallowe'en is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.


Oct. 16th, 2017 01:17 pm
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first real trailer for 'Black Panther'

(I'd consider a liiiiiitle bit of side-eye at sampling Gil Scott Heron for something so mass-market-advertised, but, hell, if you're going to do it, this piece of exploding Afro-futurist awesomeness is the place to do it.)

[tech] whois behavior?

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:23 pm
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I have a domain for which I don't have any sort of privacy protect - it's for my business, so I have my business info attached to it and am happy to have it public (free advertising!).

But when at the commandline I do whois mydomain.tld the record that comes up is very terse, and has no information about me or how to contact me at all:

   Domain Name: [mydomain.tld]
   Registry Domain ID: [REDACTED]
   Registrar WHOIS Server:
   Registrar URL:
   Updated Date: 2015-10-[REDACTED]
   Creation Date: 2011-10-[REDACTED]
   Registry Expiry Date: 2021-10-[REDACTED]
   Registrar: eNom, Inc.
   Registrar IANA ID: 48
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   Name Server: [REDACTED]
   DNSSEC: unsigned
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form:

That's what I get from both my mac terminal and the shell at my hosting company.

Adding "--verbose" doesn't change anything.

When I go elsewhere, say to, I get the whole record I expect to see.

What's going on here, does anybody know? Is there some way to convince my local whois to return more full records?

[tech, DW] Dreamwidth API Design

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:52 am
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If you want input into Dreamwidth's API, it's under discussion over on [site community profile] dw_dev for imminent development work.

If you have an interest in that, go check it out immediately, and chime in.
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Years ago, I came across a passage that I seem to recall was attributed to Einstein, from a private letter written to a young mathematician, about how the world is filled with more seductive scientific/mathematical problems than a person can tackle in a lifetime, so one has to be careful to chose the right problems to work on.

I cannot find it; it doesn't seem to be in the books that I had thought I'd seen it in. I'd like to find it again. I tried googling "einstein's letter to mathematician" and discovered that he apparently carried on a voluminous correspondence with every living mathematician at the time. Brute force searching isn't going to work.

Does anybody happen to recognize this passage by description?


Oct. 11th, 2017 06:48 pm
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I came across this comic as part of a conversation about the science fiction theme of "MAN GOES TOO FAR AND NATURE STRIKES BACK" and I think it does a fine job of walking the line between using the trope and mocking the trope. And it amused me.

My head is reeling

Oct. 10th, 2017 06:22 pm
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I think I just read some kind of feminist trifecta of lighting bolt in written form

That's a bunch of stuff about consent and consent culture and rape culture so, you know, tread carefully if that's a thing for you. Meanwhile, my head is reeling after reading the three of them in quick succession.

Leak: NOT! SO! SLOW!

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:20 am
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So, got a low tire pressure warning light on the Fit - nothing *looked* egregiously low, so I figured out which was the problem tire (passenger-side front) and bumped it back to full to see if it was a slow leak or what.

This morning, the tire was dead dead dead. So, now I'm waiting for a roadside assistance truck to show up and swap it out (I'm lazy and I hate those default little scissor jacks).

Guess I should get a new tire. Not sure if I should replace both the front ones or not - only about 8500 miles on it. Also, I should probably get a honda-fit-related usericon.

Honk festival 2017

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:01 am
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I wasn't quite up for Honk but I really wanted to do it, so I forced myself and I'm glad I did. I think a found the right balance between fun, relaxed enjoyment and social. I had one good musician moment too, though in general I felt like such a poser. I'm happy SoH is so accepting of any level of proficiency so at no point did I feel like I was letting SoH down.

I've been struggling again with the "I'm not good at anything" going into this weekend, which likely why it hit hard.

I did get pushed to the front of the stage by the final set, but by that time I was comfortable enough with the song that I could "perform" and that was super fun. I was a bit worried at our HUGE band bouncing in rhythm on the stage, but luckily it could take us.

I'm tired and sore, but it was so worth it.
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Via [personal profile] conuly: "We Don't Do That Here", by Aja Hammerly:
I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.” [...]
Short, highly recommended.
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