December 8th, 2013
December 7th, 2013
|jwz||07:38 pm - XScreenSaver 5.24|
XScreenSaver 5.24 out now. There are a few minor fixes, but the big change is that it now has an auto-updater. After you've installed 5.24, it will let you know when a subsequent release is available and offer to download and install it for you. (This was tricky, because screen savers are weird and there are 204 of them.)
Oh yeah, I also pushed out Dali Clock 2.40 a little while ago that does the same thing. (That one was easier.)
No iOS versions this time, because the changes weren't relevant.
Mirrored from jwz.org.
|jwz||12:05 pm - It's leaking again.|
Gifpop: print your own lenticular animgifs.
We're currently printing up to ten frames on a single card. Because there is always a little ghosting on lenticular cards as you go up to high frame counts, we're currently limiting the Gifpop creation process to ten sequential frames. Gifs that are very blurry or have lots of sudden camera movements will be less clear than ones with smooth, clear motion.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
Mirrored from jwz.org.
|theweaselking||09:48 am - PONY|
(Apparently today is allcaps day. Oh, wait, screwed that up. Oh, well.)
|jwz||01:09 am - Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; thieves may be doomed.|
In the immortal words of J. Frank Parnell: "Oh... You don't wanna look in the trunk."
Mexico's public-health scare turned into a logistical hurdle Thursday as authorities sought to safely put a stolen load of radioactive material back into its container.
As officials worked on the material, federal police and soldiers formed a cordon of several hundred yards around the field in Hueypoxtla where a container of highly radioactive cobalt-60 was abandoned after it was stolen from truck drivers transporting it to a storage facility in central Mexico. [...]
The drivers of the cargo truck were sleeping at a gas station this week when gunmen assaulted them and stole their truck. Mexican nuclear safety officials said they believed the carjackers did not know what they were stealing and that they may die from exposure to the radioactive material.
The IAEA said in its statement that it "would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period in the range of a few minutes to an hour." It is unclear how long the material was handled by the carjackers or others who found it later.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
Mirrored from jwz.org.
|tcpip||06:06 pm - Training Courses, Gaming Updates, Secularism|
Completed the four days of training courses for the various post-grads; given that none of them had any experience with the Linux command line at the beginning of the first day, it is no small achievement that by the fourth day they were trawling their way through and modifying MPI code. Whilst excellent overall, a fly in the ointment was the second day on statistical and numerical computations (the first time this had been run) which ran short of time. I also took the opportunity to make the information into a brief "lightning talk" (one of several) at the Linux Users of Victoria meeting whose headline presentation was Stewart Smith discussing continuous integration (which was also given at OSDC in Auckland last month).
Thursday night was the first session of the classic Call of Cthulhu adventurer, Masks of Nyarlathotep. Very good progress in the first session with surviving characters from the previous Horror on the Orient Express story returning to make a second attempt at being consumed by the Old Ones; including the Nazi archaeological-occultist played by spaetlese (IRL, quite left-of-center), having just returned from their time in a Romanian sanatorium. In other gaming activities, have recently been very taken by Conquer Club which runs online Risk-like games with a range of different rulesets, maps, etc. I was introduced via a search for the author of the All-Adventure Action Roleplay Game! (AAARG!), which was successful - once again the Internet wins.
Visited Tojo last night and enjoyed excellent food, conversation, and drinks (for myself, a superb 2009 Spanish red). We watched Four Lions, a very impressive example of contemporary gallows humour, reminding me more of Man Bites Dog than La Grande Bouffe. It also makes an interesting supplement to compare against two books that I'm currently reading; Habermas' Between Naturalism and Religion and Clive Hamilton's The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics. The contribution of the two should be interesting for the upcoming meeting of the Victorian Secular Lobby.
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Current Location: Willsmere
Current Mood: content
Current Music: The Sound of Ultimate BASE, Carl Cox
December 6th, 2013
|grrm||07:36 pm - Danger Day|
DANGEROUS WOMEN is here. The anthology was released on December 3 in hardcover and ebook, and should be available from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer. This is a monster, as those who have already snagged a copy can testify, a massive crossgenre assembly of all original stories about women warriors, femmes fatale, and kickass adventurers, containing not only "The Princess and the Queen," my own 30,000 word account of the Dance of the Dragons, but all sorts of other terrific stuff as well.
Here's a story about the book from today's PASATIEMPO, the magazine of the Santa Fe NEW MEXICAN.
Our table of contents:
The full table of contents:
INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
SOME DESPERADO, by Joe Abercrombie
MY HEART IS EITHER BROKEN, by Megan Abbott
NORA’S SONG, by Cecelia Holland
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE, by Melinda Snodgrass
BOMBSHELLS, by Jim Butcher
RAISA STEPANOVA, by Carrie Vaughn
WRESTLING JESUS, by Joe R. Lansdale
NEIGHBORS, by Megan Lindholm
I KNOW HOW TO PICK ‘EM, by Lawrence Block
SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL, by Brandon Sanderson
A QUEEN IN EXILE, by Sharon Kay Penman
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, by Lev Grossman
SECOND ARABESQUE, VERY SLOWLY, by Nancy Kress
CITY LAZARUS, by Diana Rowland
VIRGINS, by Diana Gabaldon
HELL HATH NO FURY, by Sherilynn Kenyon
PRONOUNCING DOOM, by S.M. Stirling
NAME THE BEAST, by Sam Sykes
CARETAKERS, by Pat Cadigan
LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME, by Caroline Spector
THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN, by George R.R. Martin
And for those in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or the rest of the Land of Enchantment...
Tthis Monday, my co-editor Gardner Dozois and I will be at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe with seven of our writers. So come join me and Steve Stirling and Melinda Snodgrass and Diana Rowland and Gardner Dozois and Carrie Vaughn and Diana Gabaldon and Sam Sykes and Megan Lindholm/ Robin Hobb for an evening of DANGEROUS TALK ABOUT DANGEROUS WOMEN,
So come and hear us if you can, and get your books signed as well. We should have copies of many other titles by our attending writers on hand, along with a big stack of DANGEROUS WOMEN itself.
Current Location: Santa Fe
Current Mood: excited