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Feb. 19th, 2017 08:25 pm
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  1. Primroses in pots are for sale at the grocery store, and skunk cabbage is up in the canyon. Daphne is on the verge of blooming.

skunk cabbage up and starting to bloom, streamside

2. I’m reading Esther Hautzig’s The Endless Steppe. I don’t think I read it as a child after all; it was one of those books that was always in the background, at the school library and classroom collections and garage sales. Strawberry Girl was another one, maybe I should try that next. Anyway, The Endless Steppe has the fascination of autobiography combined with the comfort of knowing it’s also a middle-grade book and there’s a limit to how terrible things will get in it. A limit lower than the one in Between Shades of Gray, which surprised me a couple of times with character deaths.

A browse at Wikipedia told me that Esther Hautzig’s daughter Deborah Hautzig wrote a novel I liked in junior high, Second Star to the Right— a fictionalized account of her anorexia. She’s written an afterword–1998 but new to me– that I’m going to read as soon as I post this. I do appreciate it when authors make new forewords and afterwords available online.

3. I was in a “must under no circumstances run out of tea” mood and placed an order at Stash, my hometown tea outfit. I tried Black Forest Black Tea and have come to the conclusion that cocoa shells do not provide what I consider to be a chocolatey flavor. It’s earthy and not terrible or anything, but not what I had in mind. I still have high hopes for Breakfast In Paris– black tea, lavender, bergamot, and vanilla.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

I haven't Food Fridayed for a while

Feb. 17th, 2017 08:29 am
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[personal profile] redsixwing
Leftovers => Dessert. Cut for pic! )

In other "too small for its own post" news, I downloaded Fire Emblem: Heroes and it is ridiculous fun. :D

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )

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Restringing the Deer Boy

Feb. 14th, 2017 08:32 am
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[personal profile] redsixwing
I restrung the Deer Boy to improve his movement, as every time I tried to pose him, he whacked himself in the face. Star's book lists that as an indicator that the elastic is too tight.

This was my first restringing, and I learned a ton in the process, so here it is documented with photos. :D For posterity! (Uh, I mean.. in case I have to undo my changes!)

Deer Boy nudity and doll parts strewn around under the cut! )

I also got the finalist names down to three. All three are tree names, as I wasn't able to find anything along the meanings of "stag" or "surefooted" or "swift" that I liked. The finalists are Rowan, Bodhi, and Linden. On the plus side, those are all gender-neutral.. so if he decides in fact to be a Deer Girl, I probably don't have to find a new one.

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN, 4shared.com, playmoss.com, onedrive.com, jsfiddle.net, scratch.mit.edu


We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

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Feb. 8th, 2017 12:58 pm
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I owe many people replies or correspondence; I am sorry, but [personal profile] grrlpup and I have spent more days of 2017 sick than healthy at this point, and I am dragging, dragging.

(I came down with a cold for the New Year, then she caught it from me, and then I think there was a week or two that we were both healthy? I have dim memories of going to rallies and town halls and we definitely had a meet-up with [personal profile] graycardinal, [livejournal.com profile] mistyzeo, and another Holmesian from Sound of the Baskervilles. That was a lovely afternoon, and Graycardinal makes delicious cookies! And then BOOM, suddenly I had another cold, much worse than the first, and now Grrlpup has it, and while I'm now technically well enough to be at work, teaching last night was lecturing with a throat full of ground glass for two-and-a-half hours. So. If I have been neglecting you, please know it's not a lack of esteem, it's because I am just barely staying on top of the mandatory things and I trust that you're one of the people who will forgive me when I have energy again.)

...and I swear there was something that I intended to post about (the above was all meant to be preamble!) but I haven't the foggiest what it might have been. Welcome to the disaster area that is my life.

Timely

Feb. 7th, 2017 11:11 am
redsixwing: A cartoon of a happy green parrot against a blue sky. (kokapetl)
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for the start of spring:

Two tiny sprouts in the acorn cups.

Unlike the fruit tree sprouts, they have no leaves yet - just a long stem and a tiny sharp-looking tip.

I'm so excited. Oaks are notoriously difficult, so I wasn't sure I was going to get any sprouts at all. Now to keep the babies alive, and keep an eye out for more sprouting!

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