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    Thursday, April 24th, 2014
    App to help with color-blindness

    You can get a translation by clicking the CC at the lower right.

    Kazunori Asada created Chromatic Glass, an app which makes colors that some people have trouble seeing show up better.

    Asada's Brighter and Bigger app, which uses a smart phone for magnification, doesn't seem to be well known in English, but it's available in English. A fast check turned up other magnifying apps, and I don't know whether his is better. This review doesn't mention any apps which have magnification for distant objects, which is something Asada's app does. Asada's app also has optimization for different vision diseases.

    A while ago, I noticed that Japanese color printing was unusually good, and wondered whether color blindness was less common there. It turns out that it is, but the difference is 1 in 20 Japanese men have color-blindness vs. 1 in 12 Americans men, which doesn't seem like enough to affect a culture.

    The video has a world-wide map of color-blindness prevalence (doesn't specify type) at 2:52. It's color-coded.

    Asada wrote the piece about van Gogh possibly being color blind.

    This entry was posted at Comments are welcome here or there. comment count unavailable comments so far on that entry.
    The Crimson Solution (13/14)
    Storming the Palace.

    The Crimson Solution (47374 words) by yunitsa
    Chapters: 13/14
    Fandom: Original Work
    Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Additional Tags: Alchemy, pseudo-Victorian, Giant Slug, Dragons, Colonialism, POV First Person
    Summary: Phoebe Bannister's marriage to the alchemist Charles Templer might have been the end of one sort of story. But in sharing a house with her husband and his partner, the brilliant and irascible Benjamin Cole, Phoebe soon finds herself caught up in the complex relationship between the two men - and in the search for the most dangerous product of the alchemist's art.

    One more chapter left, though it's another very long one! I was going to witter on here about the process and thought behind these, but no one really wants to know how the sausage is made, so I will not :)

    Crossposted to, with comment count unavailable comments.
    William H. Patterson Jr. (1951-2014)
    The author of the two-volume Heinlein biography has died. He did finish it; the second volume will be out in June

    Thanx to File 770
    But hurt
    Lingua Franca looks at the tabu against beginning a sentence with "but" or "and." I do it myself, and I defend it with an argument from near-divine authority: The Authorized Version of the Bible does it all the time. Good enough for the King James Gang, good enough for me.
    Dope menace
    Republican says that the president isn't allowed to pardon drug fiends. Charles Pierce points out that the real problem is electing morons.
    Homeopathic urine and antivaxxers
    Jon Carroll on the reservoir someone allegedly wee-weed in. You know what W.C. Fields said. Read more...Collapse )
    Not cute
    Amanda Marcotte makes the reasonable point that we should not encourage teenage boys to pester women who are not interested in them. Idiots attack.

    Thanx to Pandagon.
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
    Spiritwalker prints available from Julie Dillon

    As many of you already know, I commissioned the fabulous (and Hugo-nominated) artist Julie Dillon to do the illustrations for the illustrated short story The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal (a coda to the Spiritwalker Trilogy). [Both print and pdf formats available.]

    I also commissioned two color illustrations, both of which are now available for purchase at Julie Dillon’s INPRNT store.

    Visuals below.Collapse )


    You can read a little more about each illustration:

    “Rising from the Sea of Smoke” at A Dribble of Ink

    Amazons at the Orbit Books web site


    Mirrored from I Make Up Worlds.

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014
    My post-apocalyptic Cloudish story "Down the Wall" (the one about the city under godblitz) will be turning up in pretty swell company.  Thank you, alankria, for asking!

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
    • What are you currently reading?

    Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel. Still taking it in bite-sized pieces.

    Life Mask, by Emma Donoghue. This one too. FUCKING STOP IT ELIZA AND ANNE. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

    Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie. I can only read this at work and only when it's slow, so this is going pretty slowly as you might imagine.

    Disease, by Mary Dobson. I'd be farther along if my roommate hadn't stolen it.

    Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett. Mixed feelings about this one so far: more on that later.

    Also a couple of poetry anthologies, because, you know, poetry month.

    • What did you recently finish reading?

    Stargirl, by Louis Sacher. Much more heartbreaking than I remembered, dammit, Sacher. He's good.

    Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors, and Other True Cases, by Ann Rule. Felt like she just sort of picked a few cases and slammed them together and called it a book, tbh? But I've felt like that about her casebooks recently. At least these kinda had a theme.

    Fear, Some, Douglas Kearney. You may recall that I was reading his book Black Automaton last week. Fear, Some is better, at least IMO, but they're both pretty fantastic so, you know. So it goes.

    • What do you think you’ll read next?

    Probably one of the other books I have out of the library (I have my eye on a book about royal mistresses) as well as A Lady Raised High (because Imma keep that Henry VIII is a douche streak going) and some more poetry. Because poetry!

    This entry is crossposted at Please comment over there if possible.
    good things
    almost entirely pictorialCollapse )

    This entry was originally posted at Respond wherever you like.
    tapering off meds
    Dear interwebs:

    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I basically have a month and a half left of my medications before I either can't get any more period or they become prohibitively expensive. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for weaning off citalopram without getting the damned dizzy spells, or at least cutting down on them?* I can't function if I have dizzy spells all the time, but right now it seems like that's my ultimate fate. So, seriously, any help, vastly appreciated.


    *I would consult a doctor on this matter, except that the circumstances beyond my control are me losing health insurance, so, no doctors for me for the foreseeable future.

    This entry is crossposted at Please comment over there if possible.
    It seemed to last for days
    We have a stove. All four burners work without needing to be lit by hand. The oven works. The broiler works. None of it has been inhabited by small animals or encrusted in years of ignored grease. It was delivered this afternoon by subcontractors from Sears; when they left, they took the old one away. For the first time since we moved here in October, I will be able to bake without using the toaster oven.

    (I will probably still make lasagna in the toaster oven, because I want to see if I can. But after that, I don't know, I could make cookies or a pie or something. Or broil a chicken. Or bake noodles and cheese. This is going to be awesome.)
    Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere
    Happy 450th birthday.

    All our thanks.

    Gathering No Moss
    Life just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

    (I wish I COULD buy five copies for my mother, but alas, she passed away in 1998).

    This is pretty cool.  Even without the cover.

    Current Mood: amused
    quick follow-up to Hugo reactions post
    Still discussion happening in my Hugo reactions post, if that was a thing that interested you at the time; it seems to have had a slow trickle out onto Twitter, sped up today by John Scalzi linking to it and other criticisms of his position from Shweta Narayan, Arachne Jericho, and Rose Lemberg.

    I explained why I took a somewhat different approach than those posters in a comment on my old post, but the criticisms of Rose Lemberg, and SL Huang, about the idea of "merits" generally, are important and worth reading as a broadly-applicable matter. (To be clear, I also recommend Shweta and Arachne's posts as powerful and important, they're just a little more focused on the specifics of this discussion.)

    A link roundup is being maintained by Stefan Raets.

    I'm going to again err on the side of caution and screen anon comments; I will unscreen them as soon as I can if they're consistent with the policy statements in my profile. So far I haven't had to keep anything screened; I will say so if I do. But, if you have substantive comments rather than something about these links, I'd appreciate it if you took it to the original post, because I hate split discussions.

    And now, I must go wash dishes.

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    For The Record
    I seem to have to repeat this every year or so.  Okay, sure.  There are always folks who come in late, who never got the memo.




    I have a website, and I have this Not A Blog, right here on Live Journal, and every so often (rarely)  I post on other people's blogs and websites, or on certain bulletin boards and news / discussion sites.  But that's it for my internet presence.

    There are accounts on Facebook and Twitter that carry my name, I know.  Some just repost the things I post here.  Others are more actively malignant, making up all sorts of crap and trying to make them seem like my own words.  They're not.

    Accept no substitutes.  This is where I hang out, nowhere else.

    Current Mood: angry
    Happy birthday!
    Happy birthday to naomikritzer -- hope it's a good one!
    lioness currently undergoing minor repairs
    My neck has gotten worse again to the point that they couldn't actually work directly on the problem today, but sent me home after massage and some taping. (It makes me feel rather as if my head is taped on.) I'm in pain to the point of being really spacey; I almost walked -- no, I did walk in front of a car a little earlier today, and thank you, driver, for having good reflexes and I'm sorry for making you need to use them. Made it home eventually, triumphing over delays but using most of the day, and waiting for the buses in the cold rain.

    Today was therefore not a Big Mailing Day, but I do have hopes for tomorrow and/or Friday. Also there needs to be workbench, because there are excellent beads. But for right now there is going to be lying down, and possibly ice cream, and definitely some comics.
    Big Significant Harry
    Viserys Targaryen is helping to kick off the Santa Fe Film Festival this year.

    The festival proper runs from May 1 - 4, and the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be one of the main venues, along with the CCA's two screens on the other side of town.  But to open the festivities in grand style, we're having a special One Night Only screening of a terrific new road movie on the evening of April 30.

    BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS is the tale of a young man who sets off on a quest across America, in search of adventure, meaning, and... ah... Big Stuff.

    The film stars HARRY LLOYD, better known to GAME OF THRONES fan as the late great Beggar King, Viserys III, last having molten gold poured over his head by Khal Drogo.


    Harry will be on hand personally come Wednesday night, to introduce his new film, meet the fans, and answer your questions... about BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS, his new TV series MANHATTAN (now filming outside Santa Fe), DOCTOR WHO, GAME OF THRONES, or whatever.  He's really a MUCH nicer guy than Viserys, so do come meet him.

    BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS will be playing ONE NIGHT ONLY at 7pm, Wednesday, April 30.   We will have big drinks and big snacks and we expect a big crowd, so get your tickets early at the Cocteau website:

    Current Mood: amused
    A Brief Note from the Keeper of the Unified Family Calendar
    (That would be me.)

    If you make an appointment, or in any way need to save a date, do not simply mention it to me in passing and expect me to remember to add it to the calendar the next time I'm at my computer.

    Because maybe I'll remember it, and maybe I won't.

    Give it to me in written form. On a piece of paper, if that's what you've got handy. Or in an e-mail, which would be even better. But if it isn't written down somewhere, it isn't real.

    Got that?


    Current Mood: cranky
    Wednesday reading
    Assassin's Quest, by Robin Hobb
    The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman
    Cheese, by Willem Elsschot

    Last books finished
    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, by Alexander McCall Smith
    Deathless, by Cat Valente
    Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
    Understanding the Lord of the Rings, eds. Rose A. Zimbardo & Neil D. Isaacs

    Last week's audios
    [Doctor Who] Moonflesh, by Mark Morris

    Next books
    Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell
    Dawn, by Octavia Butler
    Need for Certainty, by Robert Towler

    Books acquired in last week
    Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories, by Michael Moorcock
    Corum: The Prince of the Scarlet Robe, by Michael Moorcock
    Crash, by J.G. Ballard
    The Ginger Star, by Leigh Brackett
    AKICILJ: A few unrelated queries
    1. On Windows 7, in the Windows Explorer (not to be confused with Internet Explorer), I have a bunch of folders in the Favorites section. This, as it says, gives quick access to the most-used folders. A couple of days ago, the version of my Downloads folder in the Favorites section started acting as if the only contents of said folder were music: it displays Name, Track #, Title, Album, etc. -- but not file size, date of file, or the other things I actually want to see. There are some MP3 files in this folder, but mostly it's other stuff.

    The "actual" folder (c:\users\[realname]\downloads) is displaying the files properly. I tried the obvious step of deleting the Downloads folder from my Favorites, then adding it back in again. This failed to fix the problem. It was fine until just a few days ago, but I have no idea what I did to change it, and Google is failing me. Any idea how to get it back?

    2. There is some university that every year does a reality check for faculty: the new students have never encountered a world without cell phones or the Internet or whatever changed about 18 years ago. I think it's an annual list. Where can I find this?

    3. There is an SF (or fantasy, depending on how you define such things) story that claims that any group of people falls silent at 20 after the hour. The narrator theorizes that people are listening for something, and the final line of the story (without major spoilers) has the listeners being rewarded. I believe I read this in an SF anthology, but I can't remember which one. I'll post to whatwasthatbook if no one has it handy, but I suspect this is one of the queries that someone reading this may know offhand.
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