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([staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm)
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
Continuing the adventures of my city elf Ian Tabris. Totally self-indulgent. This one has been three quarters done for about six months now, so it's nice to finally get it done.

Of Bears and Cages (2712 words) by Tassos
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Male Tabris, Alistair, Leliana, Sten (Dragon Age), Male Elf Warden (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Lothering, Developing Friendships
Series: Part 6 of A City Elf Walks Into a Blight - Ian Tabris Stories

Lothering is full of unexpected surprises. Bears are bigger than Ian imagined they'd be, and men in cages bring up unexpected feelings.

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([personal profile] rydra_wong Apr. 26th, 2017 06:15 pm)
If you're not registered to vote, or know people who aren't, or simply wish to spam your social media with this handy link to register:


You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.

A lot of people, especially young people, seem to be registering. This is a good thing.
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([personal profile] happydork Apr. 26th, 2017 08:39 am)
My father-in-law passed away on Monday morning.

He was a kind man. Brilliant, playful, curious, funny, generous, loving — and kind. He loved to laugh and he loved to share, and his love for Amy shone out of him. He was so open to and enthusiastic about anything that made her happy — even if I hadn’t loved him for himself (and I did), I would have loved him for that.

I know he wanted to be remembered for who he was before the last few months of his life. The lively, silly, driven man who raced his small daughter down corridors (feinting the wrong way and giggling as she followed his misdirection), who trekked the world for charity, who took beautiful photographs, loved music, cooked and ate with gusto, and took great pleasure in so many things. But I’ll also remember how, at the end, he kept his kindness and kept his warmth. Every time we visited, I was struck again by how clearly he wanted Amy to feel welcome, to feel loved.

I was so lucky to have him in my life for the last few years. I'm far from the only one who'll be carrying him in my heart from now on.
Because I was looking for dance things on YouTube the other day and was reminded of this -- here's the "Believe" dance from DV8 Physical Theatre's The Cost of Living:

The second piece in that clip doesn't (IMHO) work as well out of context, but it reminded me of the awesomeness of David Toole -- I went looking and found a whole short piece he did with the mighty CandoCo Dance Company. It is very '90s modern dance TV, and I say this with love (everyone wears shift dresses and big boots, etc.), but it will meet your queer disability-inclusive sexay tango needs:

CandoCo: Outside In
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([personal profile] tassosss Apr. 25th, 2017 12:22 am)
[community profile] yurionicefans  is a thing! It makes me feel slightly guilty that I haven't finished posting all my YOI recs.

Basically I read 2 weeks worth of fic back in February and then got derailed from reading more in March so I have all these recs from that time period and haven't read much more than that. I've also lost track of a bunch of WIPs that I need to catch up on. Someday, right?

I still adore this show.


One reason I got derailed from YOI was on the same trip, I was reading the Raven Cycle books, so I got sucked into fic for that (there's so not enough fic for the Raven Cycle) and was obsessively refreshing that fandom's fic pages. I still intend to do a book review of the last two books which I quite enjoyed, but well. I don't know if that's going to happen at this point.

I wish there were more fic to wallow in.


Watching Black Sails last week sent me into all the available fic over the weekend, and I rediscovered that I still have a fundamental difference with what I want to read and what people want to write about. I'm not into Flint/Silver so much, and instead want all the Silver/Madi without it, and also Billy Bones doesn't meet his dastardly end because I kind of have a Tom Hopper thing. I will however read all the James/Thomas and James/Thomas/Miranda and everything with Thomas meeting Silver because that is amazing, so thank you fandom for delivering. I feel like I ought to make a couple recs posts for this to. Maybe I'll make May a reccing month.

I think... I'm going to rewatch the whole series. This show is so good and right now it's the one eating my brain.


I kind of have all these little fic ideas for all three of these fandoms... but I'm pretty sure zero to none will get written. I'm so bad at impulsive short fic, she says, eyeing her Scrivner projects full of fragment from a dozen fandoms.

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([personal profile] rydra_wong Apr. 24th, 2017 08:31 am)
Last Friday, Hope Not Hate filed their libel claim against Nigel Farage.

If you have any spare money you can afford to donate, you can help:


Honestly, I can't imagine anything nicer than watching Farage suffer in court and thinking "yes, I helped make that happen."
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([personal profile] handypolymath Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:14 pm)
In late February we moved into a new place and began sharing a house with my retired parents.  The good news is, they will neither starve nor be homeless.  Yay!  Then the leak started.  Within a week, the first floor of the house became a mold dank basement and the landlord was an ambitious contestant on America's New Top Slumlord.

So April has been taken up with evidence gathering, lawyers, rental-hunting, lease-breaking, pulling a second security deposit out of our ass, and moving a SECOND time since the end of February.  The good news is, we got the first security deposit back and are only out some cheap bookshelves and a lot of mental resources, but we'll get over it.

The new place has a better layout for kludging two households together, their ancient cat and our two young cats have a decent professional working relationship when Ancient Cat is not being a total catbag, and I can finally do fancy luxurious things like sit on my damned couch and write.

Friends. I held a seder yesterday. It was amazing. I want to tell you all about it. At great length. If you like, you can skip to the bottom where there are adorable photos.

Cut for many words and some photos )
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([personal profile] rydra_wong Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:32 am)
So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.

Google Docs: How To Vote To Stop The Tories (see the FAQ for notes explaining how and why particular choices were made)

Note: Wikipedia gives details of past election results in your constituency, so you can verify and also look at exact details.

Local elections are on May 4, and are important in themselves as well as an indicator of which ways the political winds are blowing. And fewer people vote in them.

Hope Not Hate have a fresh new website and an election fund to fight far-right candidates in any constituency they might have a chance of winning. They are really good at this and have pissed off UKIP no end.

Vote. Make your friends vote. Make everyone you know vote. If nothing else, it's good practice. One day it may matter.
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([personal profile] tassosss Apr. 21st, 2017 02:36 pm)
After my doctor's visit Friday April 7, I had a prescription for naproxen (stronger dose Aleve) and did as my doctor said and basically kept it in my system for 7 days. I kept doing my knee and hip exercises that I had been doing and avoiding bending the knee going downstairs. However I did have multiple chances to test how that was going since the last days of wedding prep meant lots of trips to the basement, so sometimes I tried out going down with it, and it was definitely getting much much better. The weekend I got married (my last days on the naproxen) I turned a corner.

I've been off this week from work, loafing around, but when I go downstairs to do laundry, my knee can take it. I can sit with it bent on the couch again, though I am doing this sparingly as I don't want to aggravate it. And I am so relieved and excited that the last month of taking care of it plus drugs seemed to have relieved the acute pain.

I started walking at the park for an hour at a time this week, in lieu of running, which I think I'll wait on for another month. I'll go back to swimming normally next week, though no breast-stroke for a month either, and I'll transition my knee and hip exercises to the gym to put more weight on them, though not in an aggravating way. I can do iso-curls and extensions, and my doctor suggested the stationary bike too, so I'll try that out.

I am going to have a few lifestyle changes to keep from setting it off. At work, I've already gotten myself a stool that I'll put under my desk to prop up my legs while I'm sitting. When sitting on the couch I'm going to keep trying to keep both legs straight more, and same when lying in bed, although that's fairly easy since my shoulder problems already have me sleeping on my back for most of the night. The big thing is going to be keeping up with the strengthening exercises. I have about a three month cycle of being good about exercise before falling off again, but not being in pain is a pretty good motivator. I do 3 daily exercises for my neck and shoulder, that while not the full suite I should be doing every day seems to do the trick for staving off flare-ups. I hope I'll be able to fall into a similar habit with the knees that I can then supplement with when I'm being good at the gym.
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([personal profile] tassosss Apr. 20th, 2017 11:10 pm)
I am *keysmash* That was an amazing season of television! OMG. Everything was just perfect, and I know I spoiled myself for the body count, but it was still incredible to watch unfold and I am incoherent with joy at this amazing amazing show. And now I have all the canon ship feels.
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([personal profile] hannah Apr. 20th, 2017 10:25 pm)
It's a near-inevitability that whenever I go into a coffee shop, I bring in a line. I don't mean I make a line; I mean I come into a place and there's maybe two or three people ahead of me at most, and after I've placed my order I'll look around and see there's now a line out to the door. Not every time, but often enough I'm not quite surprised by it anymore. It happened again today, and as much as I know it was my luck to get into the place just as nearby schools were letting out for the day, I also know it's just what happens.

Now, if I just had some idea how to properly monetize this.
So I've imported my LJ to DW in 2009 and consistently crossposted from DW since, so if I rerun it now, and only import comments, will that work out like you'd want it to? I.e. I get a backup of all the newer comments on the LJ entries added to my DW entries, but older comments won't be duplicated?
Disclaimer: I have (once) met the Honourable Member for Aberdeen North, who may or may not be bigger than a seagull.

Nonetheless, I feel I am not too biased in my admiration that she managed to legitimately ask this question in Parliament. Good work.
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([staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm)
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!


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