"Her memory for a blessing"

Jul. 29th, 2016 10:11 pm
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Josh's grandmother, Trudy Zeidman, has died following a short bout of illness. She was nearly 93 and had lived a full, long life, traveling the world many times and refusing to be bound by notions of what women or older people couldn't or shouldn't do. She was alert and sharp to the end, and determined to get better, even when she was very ill; a week ago J and I visited her (and Skyped in X and Kit, which I am tremendously glad we could do) and she insisted she was going to be at Kit's kindergarten graduation. She outlived two husbands and is survived by two children and their spouses, three grandchildren and their spouses, and four great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored passionately.

Trudy welcomed me into her family with open arms. Whenever I told her how lucky I was to have J, she retorted, "HE'S lucky to have YOU!" At our wedding, as soon as the ceremony was over, she heckled us until we kissed. She was boisterous and vigorous and opinionated. And she was always willing to change her mind in the direction of being more kind and open-hearted, whether that meant accepting that her daughter was marrying a Japanese man (a big deal to a Jewish woman who lived through WWII), accepting her children's gay friends, or accepting that her youngest great-grandchild was born out of wedlock. She was the life of the party at our baby shower, visited us after Kit was born, and said over and over again that Kit was fortunate to be so loved by so many people; we maintained the fiction of X being our "roommate", but we're pretty sure she knew what was up and didn't care at all as long as there was love and happiness. I'm so glad X and I got to know her a little, and got to introduce her to Kit.

Four generations: Trudy, Glory, Josh, and Kit.

Rest in peace, Trudy. Thank you for all the laughs and love.
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gi2-finalshipsThere are really two opposite ways to be stuck on a logic puzzle. The more usual way is to be unable to eliminate possibilities, so that the number of solutions under consideration is too large to simply iterate through. The other way is to eliminate all the possibilities. If you can do that, and the puzzle actually does have a solution, it means there’s an error in your reasoning somewhere, a variation that you’re forgetting about. But knowing that there’s an error doesn’t help much in finding it.

That’s the position I’m in with the last Battleships puzzle. There’s one four-long ship in every puzzle, and this puzzle has only one row or column that can hold it. Since the grid is 10×10, that means there are only seven positions this ship can go in. And I can prove every single one impossible.

There must be a mistake. That much is clear. But is the mistake mine or theirs? I actually think it’s probably mine in this instance. Battleships has a certain amount of error-detection built in. There are exactly 20 tiles worth of ships in every grid, so you can tell if there’s a mistake in one of the row or column numbers by adding them all up and seeing if you get 20. This would fail if there are two or more errors that cancel each other out perfectly, but how likely is that? So I think I’ll have to keep on looking for a solution here.

gi2-impossibleI can’t say the same for the last remaining Cross Math puzzle. Here, a similar summing technique proved that the puzzle is wrong. In these puzzles, you have to fill the numbers 1 through 9 in such a way to satisfy all six horizontal and vertical equations. Now, observe that the horizontal equations in this one have no multiplication or division. If they had nothing but addition, then the sum of all three rows would have to add up to the sum of all the numbers from 1 through 9, which is to say, 45. But some of the numbers are subtracted. The effect of subtracting a number instead of adding it is to subtract that number from the total sum twice: once for removing it as an addend, and once for the actual subtraction. So no matter what numbers have their signs flipped, the result will differ from 45 by an even number. The sum of all three rows therefore has to be odd. But this puzzle gives us rows that sum to 18.

Having thus convinced myself that at least one of the sums here was wrong, I told the game that I was done with the puzzle, and was pleased to be vindicated: in the game’s solution, the top row makes 8, not the 7 claimed. Proving a puzzle incorrect in this way is a sort of metapuzzle, and at least as satisfying as solving the puzzle itself.

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OKAY, GUYS, WE NEED TO TALK. I mentioned this before, but I accidentally blew a day off doing nothing but reading like twenty volumes of BL manga. And quite frankly, I love all y'all, but I do not have time to review twenty volumes of anything for one post. So, here's what we're doing: for the next month or so, posts are going to keep going until we end up with either eight books or 3000-3500 words, whichever comes second. Does this sound fair?

(This does mean that I'm now running enough books to have a five-post lead on myself, in theory, so hopefully things are gonna be a little more regular from here on out!)

Also, just for the purposes of the Accidental Month of BL, ANYTHING IN THE LIST WITH AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT COMES WITH A TRIGGER WARNING FOR ATTEMPTED OR ACTUAL NON-CONSENSUAL/DUBIOUSLY CONSENSUAL SEX. I'm sticking navigation links in as well so you can just read the ones that interest you. Let me know if that works for people so I've got a chance to change it up for next time?

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Hate to Love You by Makoto Tateno * [Jump]

  2. Love Round!! by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  3. Liberty Liberty by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  4. We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant [Jump]

  5. White Guardian by Duo Brand * [Jump]

  6. Lover's Flat by Hyouto Fujiyama [Jump]

  7. Your Honest Deceit by Sakufu Ajimne [Jump]

  8. Skyscrapers of Oz by Yoshino Somei and Row Takakura * [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Goals

Books read so far: 77/150 (8 new this post -- also it's really weird coming back to this number, because my GR count is like 113 now.)
New-to-me female creators: 38/100 (8 new this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub count: 8! YES! THIS IS WHAT I AM AFTER! *does a dance*

(For those wondering, the word count came to about 3700. Apparently I have thoughts on yaoi.)

Beer with Hillary

Jul. 29th, 2016 04:05 pm
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One of the recurring political babble-bits going around is "Who would you rather have a beer with - Trump or Hillary?"

We'll set aside the issue of the man being referred to by his last name and the woman by her given name - in this particular case, I suspect that's less sexism than personal choice of the candidates. Hillary Clinton needs voters to know when she's being referred to, as opposed to her husband; Donald Trump likes to believe his own branding hype. (Yeah, my preferences are not exactly hard to figure out.) I'm even going to set aside the innate (sex- and class-related) assumptions of the "have a beer with" criteria and the cultural setting it implies.

“Would enjoy having a beer with” is a valid measure of one aspect of political skill – not because candidates should be someone that you, personally (or I, personally), would enjoy spending social time with, but because politicians should be able to meet business leaders, other politicians, and random citizens, in informal settings, listen to unstructured and unrehearsed hopes, fears, and complaints, and take that info back to their offices and do something about it.

The issue isn’t “would I want to hang out with them” but “can they get other people relax enough to talk about things that aren’t on the formal agenda; do they come across as a person whose officially stated ideals still shape how they act in casual settings? Can they relax without seeming to be an entirely different person? Can they relax among friends at all, or do they always act like they’re on stage or being graded?” It’s a useful concept to consider, but it’s hardly the only one that matters.

And any woman in politics (or any other public arena) needs a “public face” that’s poised, careful, and firm – or she risks being dismissed as either “bitchy and shrill” or “folksy and stupid.” A third option, which Hillary has cultivated to perfection, is “cold and competent;” she can’t do the “patient and loving” approach–that is obviously one of her strengths–because women who come across as openly compassionate are usually dismissed as “too soft and feminine” for the world of politics.

So I’m not surprised that any number of men are thinking “I wouldn’t care to have a beer with Hillary,” because most of them have never dealt with women who have to develop that armor.
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panicking again.

I actually don't think there will be big scandals because I don't think they are corrupt. But I think they are political and there will be nasty stuff that will be embarrassing or distracting.
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While a timeline about Tim Kaine's former position as DNC chair is roughly accurate, political reporting from that time suggested a more complicated chain of events.
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Conservative web sites reported in July 2016 that actor Tom Hanks was supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump for president.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 29th, 2016 01:29 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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A 2008 Obama campaign ad stated that Hillary Clinton 'will say anything and do nothing,' but Obama didn't say that she was not qualified to be president.

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Jul. 29th, 2016 04:00 pm
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Posted by Grant Fikes

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 210th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. If the loop only has vertical segments in the marked row, enter 0. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 6:15, Expert = 12:30

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