More playing with websites

I’m going to be forcing mobile-mode on iPhone users today while I try to see what I can do to improve the mobile view of the blog. Sorry about that if it affects you! It’ll go back to normal later today.

I don’t always test my code…

…but when I do, it’s on prod.

You may have noticed things flipping around a bit on the band site today? I’m doing some small cleanups and upgrades and stuff. The home page has been particularly hilarious. I should’ve done screencaps.

Anyway, the non-blog and non-bandcamp sections are pretty much done, except for a new banner graphic I haven’t made yet – check it out if you like. Mostly it’s menu and headers and social media button updates and improvements.

I just need to port all that to the blog and to Bandcamp. YAY INCOMPATIBLE CODEBASES! Welcome to Doin’ It Wrong in 2015; I’m your host; the Acme rep will be here any time now; watch out for falling pianos.

Now – let’s get dangerous.

is google frontpage actually saying this?

Is this just some sort of weirdness on my browser, or is Google actually saying this?


Excuse You

Because I’m pretty sure everyone with a Pacific Ocean coast might have something to say about that. Particularly but by no means exclusively China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Viet Nam.


Front of Battle, 1 August 1945, Pacific Theatre

Also Hiroshima.

And Nagasaki.

awfully busy at the moment

Sorry for the radio silence the last few days – I’ve just been swamped with offline stuff. Nothing interesting, I’m afraid. But hi, all you new visitors from Tumblr! I see the John Barrowman/Gatekeeping and Recourse post is making another around. You can click on the gadget on the left to play our music, or pick individual tracks on Bandcamp. Good to see you!

Oh, what’s going on… I fixed that bad amp, finally. Well, mostly – it won’t run with battery anymore, that board is just fried and I don’t feel like rebuilding a new one from scratch. But the rest works.

We’ve given our new car a name – Raptor 312. We’ve never named a car before, but a couple of weeks ago bought a silver Fit. Mostly we wanted more cargo space and a hatchback again, but as soon as we got it home, we went “y’know, this thing looks like some sort of shuttlecraft.” Then we decided that it had to be a Raptor – Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii’s Raptor, in particular. Because Cylons.

Anyway, that’s all we have time for right now. Plans are afoot, schemes are ascheme, no rest for the wicked, all that.

eta: …wow, hi, aqua-aureum followers. There are certainly a lot of you! I will take the opportunity to confirm aqua-aureum’s suspicions that I would not have tolerated a (known) white supremacist in our midst, and add that pleasantly, the question never even came up. Go us, I suppose.

Anyway, I hope you’ll give some of my band’s music a listen. We have some free-download tracks too. And welcome!

discovered possible vulnerability

I just discovered a possible vulnerability in a WordPress plugin that supports OpenID authentication for comments. The developer’s website is down and the plugin hasn’t been updated in two years.

What’s protocol for this these days? I’ve trivially patched my own install, but (particularly pending further analysis which I have not done – for all I know it’s not actually exploitable… but I kind of think it is) I strongly recommend disabling this plugin unless you have your own patch.

sad puppy brad torgersen lies like crazy and juliette wade calls him on it

There’s an amusing exchange going on over at File 770 right now, between Puppies and one of the people who demanded to be removed from their slate.

What Juliette Wade said about being put on the Sad Puppies slate (more at the link):

[Juliette]: Brad, I am sorry, but if you will be labeling me as a sad puppy I will have to ask you to withdraw me from your list.

Brad [Torgersen]: You’ve not been labeled a sad puppy. This is the :fight puppy-related sadness list” I contacted you about earlier. You said you were OK with it.

[Juliette]: You did not say you were going to be calling it the Sad Puppies list. I feel like you were misrepresenting it. I’m happy to be one of your Hugo recommendations. This is different.

What Brad Torgersen decided that meant (again, more at the link):

Juliette’s a colleague at Analog and I’ve been hoping for three years to see her name finally appear on the Hugo ballot. It’s unfortunate that Juliette’s fears — at being shamed, shunned, and ostracized, for appearing on the “wrong” list — caused her to withdraw when the slate was released. Which says far, far more about Sad Puppies’ detractors, than it does about Juliette, or me for that matter.

Once again, the Are your papers in order? factor rears its ugly head.

What Juliette had to say about that (yet more at the link):

Brad Torgersen, you are pretty brazen, trying to speak for me, and I would appreciate it if you never attempted to do so again. I was entirely unaware of the Sad Puppy connection because I had deliberately been avoiding looking at your wall, much less your blog, for going on two years. My maintenance of our friendship was out of courtesy. I guess I was too idealistic, thinking that Sad Puppies might be over and that you would just be talking to me about some Hugo recommendations, but I do like to think the best of people. It should not be my responsibility to go and look up whether a person is being dishonest every time they say they like my work. Just to be clear, you have clearly got no idea of my motivations and are trying to spin them to your benefit. I was appalled by your actions in the Sad Puppy business last year and obviously made a mistake in thinking that you should be taken at your word (with the understanding that people include all relevant and important information when they are informing someone of something, which you did not do in this case.) I would never, ever have wanted to associate with Sad Puppies after last year, because of the depth of my anger over their behavior. I felt sick that you had deceived me and betrayed my confidence, and the fact that you denied having done so is irrelevant. You, and your actions, were what I was avoiding in pulling myself off the list.

What oberpuppyführer Vox Day had to say in response (you get the idea):

You SJWs really are remarkable. Brad does nothing but attempt to tell you the exact truth and you respond by twisting and contorting every word to try to paint him as the sort of liar that you all are.

I will leave it up to you to compare Brad’s and Juliette’s statements about what Juliette herself said, and figure out exactly how “exact truth” applies to Brad’s commentary. Extra credit for staying within the bounds of rationality.

eta: Wow, check out this creepiness in another, newer comment. Damn.


This is part of a collection of posts on both the Hugo Award/Sad Puppies matter and other related topics in geek culture. The master post lives here.

you’re done; stand down now

You know you’ve been running a festival too long when you find you’re reflexively doing crowd-counts at somebody’s wedding.

It probably didn’t help that they had The Heather Dale Band in for the show nuptials, but still. XD

(Hi Ben! Hi Heather! And congratulations to Naomi and Glenn!)

only funny to solarbird

For some reason, I really, really want to hear Daredevil‘s Wilson Fisk angrily singing “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

professor juan yang, from china

The propellentless electric drive may actually work, says latest NASA test. That’s super cool. Seriously, I am crazy excited about that. I’m still holding off on going WOOHOO MOON EXPRESS because this is very much in that category of “extraordinary claims” and “extraordinary evidence,” but wow, it would be amazing. Seriously, with existing conventional submarine reactor power sources, we’re talking four hours TO THE MOON.

NO REALLY, FOUR HOURS TO THE MOON. And Alpha Centauri in less than a century. We’re talking about comprehensible time here, where shit starts getting real.

We’re still a long way from that. Don’t get hopes up too high; this could still all be noise or who knows what. And it probably is. But it might not be, so: exciting.

I am not so excited that space.com listed all the men in the UK and US who had worked on various reproduction tests of the drive, but anonymised the work of Processor Juan Yang and her research team’s critical work confirmation reproduction efforts in China.

Fortunately, not all stories were so scrubby with that eraser, which is how I know her name. Still – goddamn, space.com, mentioning everyone but her?

But then, given that journals will occasionally slip and just tell women scientists outright that if they want to get their work published they should add some men to the author list (and, incidentally, that men are “better” paper writers because “[m]ale doctoral students can probably run a mile race a bit faster than female doctoral students,” and yes, that is a quote), I guess I have to ask, what the fuck do I expect?

oh puppies, when will you learn how the internet works?

John Ringo wrote up a hilariously strawariffic post called “Understanding SJW logic and why it is destroying science fiction,” which James Nicoll linked to from his Livejournal. Mr. Ringo’s post got a lot of comments and… apparently got too embarrassing? So he deleted it. Or maybe it was an accident, who knows?

But either way, don’t worry, John, Google has your back. Or, if you’d prefer, there are always PDF archives, and here’s a big PNG.

And here’s the first page! Enjoy.

I’ll also update the previous deletions post with this, because yeah.

eta: John Scalzi responds to John Ringo’s deleted post.

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