Eclipse viewing thwarted by clouds,

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:31 am
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for the most part. We reached 90% cloud cover just as the moon started to block the sun, and got a thunderstorm just about the same time as we got to max coverage. It got dark there for a while --much darker than the usual August storm -- but there wasn't anything to see.

DB's friends explained that the reason you shouldn't look at the sun during an eclipse is that the Sun gets a +10 Backstabbing multiplier. kids these days. They're not wrong, though.

Guides by Lonely Planet for Android

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

Guides by Lonely Planet is a free application for Google Android that provides you with free city guides curated by Lonely Planet.

It takes at least some preparation to visit a different city in your own country or another country. This ranges from figuring out how to get there and where to stay, but also what you may want to see and do once you are there.

Traditional travel guides are more and more replaced by online solutions, and one of the solutions is Guides by Lonely Planet for Android.

Guides by Lonely Planet for Android

guides by loneley planet

The free application lists all available cities in its interface on launch. The list is quite large and features popular destinations such as Moscow, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and New York.

A search is provided to find cities quickly, and you may also filter by region to reduce the number of items in the listing.

You may add as many cities as you like, and get among other things offline access to maps for that city.

The city hub starts with a map at the top that lists major points of interest that editors added to the map. You can filter this by "see", "eat", "sleep" and "shop", "drink" or "play", or use the built-in search to find places, themes or categories.

If you are interested in flea markets for instance, you may use the search to find all of those markets easily without having to go through the "all" or "shop" listings.

You can zoom in and out of the map, and tap on any of the dots displayed to check it out in detail. The name of the place and its type is displayed when you do so, and you may click on the link that is provided to open a page full of information on that particular place.

Information usually includes a description, location and contact information, how to get there by public transport, entrance fee information, and places of interest that are nearby.

When you switch from the "all" listing to another listing, you get more places that fit the selected category. The "see" category is special as you get photos of the places, whereas you only get text listings if you pick one of the other categories.

The "all" category usually offers a curated collection that lists must see places on top of that.

A tap on the menu icon display links to the "need to know" and "my favorites" section of the city you have selected. There is also a "phrasebook" link for select languages.

You may add places to your favorites, and list all of your favorites using the "my favorites" listing.

The "need to know" section is quite useful. It gives you an overview of the city, provides information on transport, and makes suggestions based on your budget.

Transport offers information on how to get to the city from the airport or main station, using public transport, as well as car and taxi. A public transit map is provided for each city as well which may come in handy.

Phrasebook finally is offered for places in Spain, France, China or Japan. It lists top phrases, and phrases based on certain conversation topics such as eating & drinking, shopping or sightseeing. Only the basic phrases are freely available. You can unlock all 19 supported languages for a one-time purchase price of €5.99.

Closing Words

Guides by Lonely Planet is an excellent application for Android. You may add as many cities as you like and gain offline access to important information right away. The map lacks a bit in my opinion; favorites are not highlighted on it, and you don't get comfortable options such as getting directions or additional details when you tap on a point of interest.

All in all though it is well produced, and the additional information you get is well worth the download.

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A Theory of Fun for Game Design

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:02 am
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Raph Koster's A Theory of Fun for Game Design (2nd ed.) has been on my wishlist for something like the past five years. I picked it up recently by ordering it through my local game store (which is technically also a bookstore and is in the process of signing on with distributors or however that goes). It is an absolute delight.

I'm glad I sprung for the hardcopy of this for two reasons: one, I like to mark up my nonfiction, and two, its formatting! The left-hand page in every two-page spread is text; the right-hand page has an illustration related to the material on the left-hand page. While the illustrations are not technically the most accomplished, they are generally extremely effective communicative cartoons or diagrams.

This book comes with a ton of blurbs, and Cory Doctorow's--"Does for games what Understanding Comics [by Scott McCloud] did for sequential art"--pretty much sums up how I feel. I've read other game design books that were insightful, or thorough, but the Koster is accessible and very interesting in its approach to what makes games games, and how to make them fun (in the instances where that's a thing--cf. Brenda Romero's Train).

One of Koster's arguments is that "with games, learning is the drug" (40)--a game that interests us is one that strikes the necessary balance of not too easy (Tic-Tac-Toe, for most adults) and not too hard (multiple failure modes possible, depending on the individual--witness me and chess or go [1]). He suggests that games (and play, which is common in a lot of young animals!) are an artifact of how we try to learn survival skills, and moves forward into making suggestions as to how to move the form forward into values/skills more suitable for the modern era than "kill things" or "jump over things" or "search for all the things."

[1] Joe gave up on teaching me go when I told him I have severe difficulty with visual patterns. In fact, I am starting to wonder if aphantasia just screws me over for this kind of game in general. :p

There's also a particularly interesting chapter on ethics and entertainment where he discusses the difference between the game system and the flavor/dressing:

The bare mechanics of a game may indeed carry semantic freighting, but odds are that it will be fairly abstract. A game about aiming is a game about aiming, and there's no getting around that. It's hard to conceive of a game about aiming that isn't about shooting, but it has been done--there are several gmaes where instead of shooting bullets with a gun, you are instead shooting pictures with a camera. (170)

The bare mechanics of the game do not determine its meaning. Let's try a thought experiment. Let's picture a mass murder game wherein there is a gas chamber shaped like a well. You the player are dropping innocent victims down into the gas chamber, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are old ones and young ones, fat ones and tall ones. As they fall to the bottom, they grab onto each other and try to form human pyramids to get to the top of the well. Should they manage to get out, the game is over and you die. But if you pack them in tightly enough, the ones on the bottom succumb to the gas and die.

I do not want to play this game. Do you? Yet it is Tetris. (172)

In general, Koster has a background in game design AND writing AND music, and he draws on all three in his analysis of games, as well as other disciplines (e.g. psychology). It makes the book a scintillating read. I can't believe I waited so long to read this--but it was exactly what I wanted to read last week, so hey. Highly recommended.


Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:40 am
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Radical suggestion from Jim Wright: We all agree we’re against slavery & Nazism. I’m in.

Letter from a very contented lady

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:45 am
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Dear Mr Derringe

Your direction has been conveyed to me by way of Lady Bexbury, whose offices in the matter had been requested by Mrs Lowndes, sister of Miss Netherne – though I doubt not she is now Mrs Carter? – that so very kindly conveyed news of you.

I am entirely glad to learn that you and Mr Perry did not die of a fever in the South Seas, nor were eaten by cannibals, as some have rumoured, though I mind that you told me that the stories of man-eating were an entire figment, or at least exceeding exaggeration. I hope that you are entire recovered from the fever that brought you under Mr Carter’s care, and that your plans for a school prosper.

Dear Mr Derringe, pray do not distress yourself concerning our marriage that never came to pass: I confide that I too am by no means suited for the matrimonial state. But I assure you, I am now in quite the happiest way of life. Your very fine remarks about David and Jonathan brought to my mind that other remarkable tale of devotion in the Old Testament, that of Ruth and Naomi.

You will recall that my cousin Hester is Countess of Nuttenford – now Dowager Countess of Nuttenford, the late Earl having been fatally savaged by a bear whilst on a botanical expedition in Virginia. I became companion-chaperone to her middle daughter, Lady Emily Merrett, a very fine young woman with no inclination to marriage, while she was keeping house for her brothers, the Countess having been an invalid these many years and gone to reside with her eldest daughter, that had but lately married the Marquess of Offgrange.

The present Earl is now married to a very fine young woman, and has given over to our use one of his smaller estates, Attervale, an exceeding pretty little place if somewhat quaintly old-fashioned. There is a dovecote of considerable antiquity and I have taken to the keeping of these birds. Meanwhile, dear Em Lady Emily takes to the keeping of hawks, for there is a mews that we suppose originally intended to that purpose - as she also practices archery we might almost be took for some household of the Middle Ages.

There is a very fine orchard and we brew our own cider: dear Lady Emily’s stepfather, Sir Charles Fairleigh, was most helpful in instructing us in the matter, his own apples and their brewing being highly renowned.

Are you now acquainted with the Thornes and the Carters I confide that you are in a very good antipodean set. The Thornes’ fine humane endeavours for the unhappy convicts are very widely admired in our circles and Lady Bexbury, as I daresay they will have told you, is their benevolent patroness raising interest for them. Their scientific observations are ever attended with the greatest eagerness by savants. I like to think that you will have the opportunity of many fine games of chess with them: I ever regretted that I was by no means up to your mark in the matter.

Is there any service I may do you, I hope that you will always consider me your friend. Please convey my kindest regards to Mr Perry.

In great regard and esteem

Lalage Fenster


Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:21 am
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Jinxous/pseuds/Jinxous">Jinxous</a>


Barry Allen didn't grow up like normal kids. His parents didn't want him, so Barry spent his do juvenile years in an orphanage. Now, as a bright college student, Barry tackles the bigger issues in life; friendship, socializing, and crushes on his best friends brother and his boyfriend. Sadly these are no longer his biggest issues once the letters from his supposed parents begin to haunt him.

Words: 1160, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/fanguuurrrllllll/pseuds/fanguuurrrllllll">fanguuurrrllllll</a>


stve and tony adopt a baby peter and try to get him to say dada and this is so pure

Words: 591, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:00 am
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Posted by Elyse


The Duchess Deal

by Tessa Dare
August 22, 2017 · Avon

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare is a fairytale Regency that blends Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella and Batman.

Seriously. And it’s amazing.

I actually read it twice. The first time I was at home on a Friday night, enjoying a few rum and Cokes and unwinding. Apparently I can have exactly two drinks before I start loving everything and then forgetting I loved it.

I woke up the next morning surprised to see that Drunk Elyse gave it five stars on Goodreads because I didn’t remember the end. I opened it up to a random chapter and was like, “Who the fuck is Trevor?”

So I read it again. But Drunk Elyse was right the first time. The Duchess Deal is full of Feels, and a hero who has his head up his ass, but is not completely oblivious to it. And it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

Emma Gladstone was kicked out of the house by her vicar father when she was found having sex with a young man. She walked all the way to London on a frozen winter night (losing a toe in the process) and pieced her life back together as a seamstress.

When the book opens she’s just completed the wedding dress for the Duke of Ashbury’s bride-to-be; unfortunately the wedding was canceled and Emma shows up at the Duke’s door to demand payment for the dress she spent so much time on.

Ash pays her, and offers her another deal as well. He was horribly wounded when a rocket went off near him at Waterloo, and as a result one side of his body and face is badly scarred. His fiancée broke their engagement off when she saw his injuries, and now he’s torn between wanting to spend his time brooding in the dark and knowing that he still needs an heir.

So he proposes to Emma. Sort of.

He sets the rules:

  • They will have sex at night – no lights, no kissing – until she produces an heir.
  • She and said heir will then go live in the country completely apart from Ash.
  • She will not ask about his scars or touch them or even think about them too hard.

Emma agrees because she doesn’t feel like dying in poverty when she gets old and her eyesight fails and she can’t sew anymore, but she immediately goes about making their marriage an actual partnership rather than the nonsense he’s proposing.

I love it when a hero is being all broody and struggling with his man-feels and the heroine is like, “Right, you can go sulk in the corner if you want, but I’ve got stuff to do.”

He’s all like “Look at my horrible, monstrous visage!” and she’s all, “They’re scars dude, chill the fuck out. You’re upsetting the cat.”

Emma is never appalled or frightened by Ash’s appearance. She accepts it almost immediately and as she begins to fall in love with him, it barely registers. It’s Ash who can’t move past the way he looks.

And while Ash does spend time sulking, he’s still pretty upbeat all the things considered. I got the impression that he liked the idea of being a monster rather than actually being one.

Like the rest of Dare’s books, The Duchess Deal is full of snappy banter and teasing and moments of utter and delightful silliness.

Such as feline interuptus. Emma and Ash are about to consummate their marriage when Ash senses an intruder in the room:

How the devil had someone slipped in?

Never mind, he told himself. That question could wait. The more pressing inquiry at hand was this: How was he going to kill the bastard? He mentally ran through the available weapons in the room. The fireplace poker would be most effective, but was out of reach. The sash of his dressing gown could make a decent garrote, in a pinch.

If needed, he’d fight hand-to-hand. His only concern was keeping Emma safe.

He rolled to his side and came to his knees, putting his body between her and the threat. “You have three seconds to leave the way you came,” he ordered. “Or I vow to you, I will snap your craven, knavish neck.”

The intruder struck first, leaping forward with a fiendish yowl.

Something that felt like a dozen razor-sharp barbs pierced straight through his nightshirt, digging into his shoulder and arm. He gave a stunned shout of pain.

Emma flung back the bedclothes. “Breeches! Breeches, no!”

The cat?

Claws. Teeth. Hissing.

The cat.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance novel yet where the hero and heroine have been interrupted by their pet, which is wild because I’m pretty sure everyone with a cat or dog has experienced this delight.

I also liked the fact that even though Ash spends a fair amount of time having a pity party for himself, he’s still pretty aware of the people around him and he’s never intentionally hurtful.

In this scene he and Emma are preparing to go to the theatre (a huge step for him):

She remained at the top of the staircase, hesitant. Well, and why wouldn’t she be. She was about to go out in public accompanied by a hideous monster in evening attire. One who flung hats and walking sticks about at random intervals.

“If you’d rather not,” he said, “it’s all the same to me. I’ve a report from the Yorkshire estate to look over.”

“Would you prefer to stay home?”

“Only if you prefer it.”

“I want to go. I should say, I’d hate to waste Mary’s efforts.” She touched a gloved hand to her hair.

What a horse’s ass he was. She wasn’t hesitating because she was concerned about his appearance. She was waiting for him to compliment hers.

A moment later:

Ash offered her his arm, and she took it. He escorted her down the staircase and out to the waiting carriage, mindful of her voluminous skirts, but never pausing. He refused to give any appearance of reluctance.

Tonight, it didn’t matter that he was scarred and hideous and would prefer to hide from society.

Emma deserved to be seen. And this night was for her.

I also liked that there was a really solid foundation for Ash’s Wounded Feels that didn’t come entirely from Ash being self-conscious regarding his scars.

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His breakup with his fiancée was truly painful and awful, and the rules about no lights, no kissing, seeing each other only at night and until she’s pregnant, and then living apart were originally the rules she set if they were still to be married.

And because we’re not done with the awesomeness, Emma becomes friends with some amazing (slightly eccentric) ladies who live nearby and are clearly sequel-bait. Female friendships FTW.

Now, I bet you’re thinking “But Elyse, you mentioned Batman earlier. Please explain.” When he’s brooding Ash walks the streets at night and, after chasing off some thugs who are robbing a woman, gets named the Monster of Mayfair by the press. The Monster’s nightly appearances get either exaggerated or entirely made up, and earn Ash the affection of a boy who is determined to be Robin to his Batman. It’s all adorable.

So I totally recommend reading The Duchess Deal, but preferably while sober so you can really appreciate all of it. It’s the perfect blend of two of my favorite fairytale tropes, it’s got a hero who never an alpha-hole, it’s funny, and it’s got female friendship. What more could you want?

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:13 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] elisem!
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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

Chrome uses on Windows could not use Chrome Stable and one of the pre-release versions of the browser side-by-side up until now.

This changes with today's announcement as Google lifted the restriction. This means that it is now possible to install and run Chrome Stable and pre-release versions of Chrome on Windows.

Google notes that this has been a problem for web developers as they had to decide between running stable Chrome for testing or a pre-release version.

Historically it's been impossible to install these pre-releases on the same computer as stable Chrome, forcing developers to choose between testing their site in the next version of Chrome and experiencing their site as users see it now.

Run Chrome Stable, Beta and Dev side-by-side on Windows

chrome side by side windows

Chrome users may install and use Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev on the same computer that Chrome Stable is installed on starting today.

This adds Windows to the operating systems that support side-by-side installations (Android and Linux support the feature already). Google promises that it will bring the feature to other platforms in the future as well.

Chrome Stable users and admins can install Chrome Beta or Dev from the official download site. The page highlights the fact that all Chrome channels may be run in parallel on Windows.

Pre-release versions of Chrome need to be removed and re-installed if Chrome Dev or Beta are installed already on a system with Chrome Stable according to Google.

Google suggests that users sign in to Chrome to enable sync before removing the development versions to get bookmarks, settings and other data synced after the re-installation of the development version on the system.

Canary and Chromium versions were exempt from the restriction in the past.

Closing Words

I checked the Chrome installations on a test PC and found Chrome Stable, Development and Canary installed on it. While I cannot say anymore whether it was possible to run the browser's side by side, installation at least seems to have been possible before.

I'm able to run Chrome Stable and Dev side by side however without going through the recommended removal and reinstallation of Chrome.

I'm not sure if this has something to do with me using an offline installer for Chrome, or using different profiles for Chrome Dev and Stable.

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Daily Happiness

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:51 am
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1. Went to Home Depot today and got a new toilet seat, which is something I should have done a long time ago but just put off because, idk, I'd never bought a toilet seat before and it seemed overwhelming, I guess? But actually it was quite easy, as apparently they only come in two sizes, and it was cheap (got a good one for only $20), and now we have a toilet seat that actually stays put and doesn't slide around all over the place when you sit on it, which is pretty great.

2. I got the paid translation job done early in the day, so didn't have to worry about running up against the deadline or anything (and I'd done most of it by last night anyway), and now I just wait to get paid, which is always a happy surprise when it happens because this company pays at the end of the month following the month you do the work in. By then I'll have forgotten I even had extra money coming!

3. I got a chapter of manga translated, too, and vacuumed the house, and read a book, and just generally got a lot done today.

4. Jasper's getting to be such a big boy.

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Comstockery: overzealous moral censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones.


Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:01 am
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Sharpriceless/pseuds/Sharpriceless">Sharpriceless</a>


Fresh from a painful divorce, Tony and his son Peter are happily moved into a small apartment in the middle of New York. But when Tony meets a kind next door neighbor by the name of Steve, Peter seizes the opportunity to set up his neighbor with his father.

Words: 1914, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

This guide offers information on changes made to the Firefox 55 preferences, as well as new, deprecated, or removed Ghacks user.js preferences.

Mozilla released Firefox 55.0 to the Release channel on August 16, 2017. The new version of Firefox improved session restore on startup significantly, but is also incompatible with older versions as profile data changed.

Note: The Ghacks user.js file is a large well maintained file that lists Firefox preferences and values that are considered safer or better for privacy. You can check it out on the official project site. If you never worked with a user.js file before in Firefox, make sure you read the excellent overview to understand how it works.

Thanks goes to Earthling, Pants and anyone else who contributed to the list this month.

Firefox 55: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changes

firefox 55 prefs changes

Note: You may access the full Firefox 54 to 55 diff here. This is important information for users who already use the user.js file as it highlights new, removed, and changed preferences. It is recommended that you go through the listing and add the preferences to your current one that you require.

In total, there were 432 recorded diffs between Firefox 55.0 and Firefox 54.0. 207 of those are new, 66 removed, and 159 different.

Key points:

  • The list has a new section: 500 System Add-ons / Experiments. All system add-ons but Screenshots are disabled.
  • First Party Isolation is enabled.
  • OCSP servers are set to hard fail when the server does not respond.
  • Disabled TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1

New preferences in Ghacks user.js for Firefox 55:

  • user_pref("browser.onboarding.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.allowLinkedWebInFileUriProcess", false);
  • user_pref("browser.urlbar.speculativeConnect.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("extensions.formautofill.addresses.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("extensions.formautofill.experimental", false);
  • user_pref("extensions.formautofill.heuristics.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("extensions.shield-recipe-client.api_url", "");
  • user_pref("extensions.shield-recipe-client.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("extensions.webcompat-reporter.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("media.eme.chromium-api.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("media.gmp-manager.updateEnabled", false);
  • user_pref("media.gmp-manager.url.override", "data:text/plain,");
  • user_pref("network.auth.subresource-img-cross-origin-http-auth-allow", false);
  • user_pref("security.tls.enable_0rtt_data", false);
  • user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled", false);
  • user_pref("toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled", false);

New preferences that are commented out by default:

  • //user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 0);
  • //user_pref("dom.ipc.processCount.file", 1);
  • //user_pref("extensions.screenshots.disabled", true);
  • //user_pref("extensions.systemAddon.update.url", "");
  • //user_pref("media.wmf.vp9.enabled", false);
  • //user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.annotate_channels", false);
  • //user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.lower_network_priority", false);
  • //user_pref("toolkit.cosmeticAnimations.enabled", false);

Newly activated preferences that were commented out previously:

  • user_pref("browser.formfill.enable", false);
  • user_pref("browser.tabs.remote.separateFileUriProcess", true);
  • user_pref("privacy.firstparty.isolate", true);
  • user_pref("privacy.firstparty.isolate.restrict_opener_access", true);
  • user_pref("security.OCSP.require", true);
  • user_pref("security.tls.version.min", 3); // previously inactive with value 2

Commented out preferences:

  • //user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.enabled", true);
  • //user_pref("privacy.trackingprotection.pbmode.enabled", true);

Changed values of active preferences:

  • user_pref("geo.wifi.uri", ""); // 54alpha: ""
  • //user_pref("privacy.window.maxInnerHeight", 900); // 54alpha: 768
  • //user_pref("privacy.window.maxInnerWidth", 1600); // 54alpha: 1366

Removed from user.js:

  • user_pref("dom.keyboardevent.dispatch_during_composition", false); // default is false anyway
  • user_pref("dom.vr.oculus.enabled", false); // covered by dom.vr.enabled
  • user_pref("dom.vr.openvr.enabled", false); // covered by dom.vr.enabled
  • user_pref("dom.vr.osvr.enabled", false); // covered by dom.vr.enabled
  • user_pref("extensions.pocket.api", ""); // covered by extensions.pocket.enabled
  • user_pref("extensions.pocket.oAuthConsumerKey", ""); // covered by extensions.pocket.enabled
  • user_pref("", ""); // covered by extensions.pocket.enabled
  • //user_pref("layers.async-pan-zoom.enabled", true); // default is true already


  • browser.formautofill.enabled
  • browser.formfill.saveHttpsForms
  • browser.fullscreen.animate
  • browser.selfsupport.enabled
  • browser.selfsupport.url
  • browser.tabs.animate
  • dom.enable_user_timing
  • dom.keyboardevent.code.enabled

If you have questions about any of those preferences, remarks, or a comment, feel free to leave a comment below or head over to the project on GitHub to leave comments there.

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I looked at the calendar, Ray.

The HFA's all-night half-marathon this year is vampires. Of that lineup, I have seen only the Hammer Dracula (1958), but some of the rest—Near Dark (1987), The Hunger (1983), Dracula's Daughter (1936)—I've had designs on for years. This should be great. People are going to be so nervous, stepping out into the ash-making sunlight at the end of that long, bloody night.

I see also from the October and November calendars that the archive appears to be embarking on a William Wellman retrospective. The trick here will not be living in the theater for most of the fall. I've seen a number of the titles announced so far, but hardly any of them on a big screen—they're pre-Code, they turn up on TCM. I know I want to see Night Nurse (1931), Heroes for Sale (1933), and Wild Boys of the Road (1933) because they are three of my favorite pre-Code movies, period. Maybe Other Men's Women (1931) just because I like Grant Withers and all five minutes of James Cagney in it so much. Safe in Hell (1931) is one of those titles you can't turn down. I've been seeing stills of cross-dressed Louise Brooks in Beggars of Life (1928) for years. For some reason I always forget he directed Nothing Sacred (1937) and think of it as an unusually cynical Frank Capra.

I'd ask why I have a real job except I worry it would trigger irony, so I'll just wish I had a real job with more time to write about movies.

Budget also couldn't hurt.
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The general fund currently contains $60.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

We currently have three open epics.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be complete.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be complete.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $169.50 to be complete.

Poll #18724 General Fund for August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

How would you like to distribute the $60?

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ALL $60 into "The Inner Transition"
1 (16.7%)

ALL $60 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
1 (16.7%)

ALL $60 into "Two Foxes"
2 (33.3%)

Divide it equally across the THREE poems
2 (33.3%)


Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:11 am
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