Interesting Things

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:21 am
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all clear for the cataract surgery

Feb. 20th, 2019 03:10 pm
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The surgical center called this morning with scheduling information: they want me there at 1 p.m., and it's okay to have a "light meal" beforehand. I'm also supposed to take my regular morning medications at the usual time.

Also, my doctor's office doctor sent me the lab report on the pre-surgical blood testing, with the comment "looks good."

Weekly media report

Feb. 20th, 2019 02:11 pm
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A Howl of Wolves: A Mystery, by Judith Flanders. Fourth and most recent in the series. I figured out who the killer was this time, but missed the clues that should have gotten me there, I think. This time it's focused on a mystery in the theater where her building-mates are in a play. I hope some of the new characters stay around.
The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. First in the Tensorate series of novellas (appear to be four). It's all sketched out nicely and I love the concepts but I wish the story was built in more detail.
Armistice, by Lara Elena Donnelly. Sequel to, and honestly an improvement on, Amberlough. I loved everything about this and don't know why I didn't read it the second it came out. The third one is due in April and I won't make that mistake again.


Daniel Röhn, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn & Case Scaglione, The Golden Violin (Music of the 20s). Feel like this needs to be the soundtrack for Amberlough.

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Coding projects update

Feb. 19th, 2019 04:30 pm
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As of this writing, I now have a total of five repositories on my Github account: the misc-configs repo for various config/supplementary files, and two each for Java and Python work. For each of those languages, I have a repo for the REST API portion of this project, and one for the Selenium.

All of the repos can be seen on my Github account.

What I’ve been calling the rough “phase 1” of this project is now more or less complete. I’ve got basic test cases in place in both languages for both the REST API side, and the Selenium side. As I’ve written about before, the API tests are dealing with the service endpoints that handle publicly viewable information. The Selenium tests are mostly oriented around testing parts of the homepage of my little test WordPress site.

Now I’m moving into the rough “phase 2”. In this phase, I’m adding more Selenium tests. This’ll include adding some sidebar tests for the homepage, as well as tests for additional sections of the site (a post and a page), and making sure that the elements are correct on the selected links. I’ll also be testing site search and adding a new comment to a previously existing post, since that’s something I can do without authentication.

“Phase 3” of this project will get into dealing with stuff that requires authentication. From the REST API side, this’ll mean dealing with the service endpoints that handle things at the site admin level (such as making a new post or comment, or editing a previously existing one). From the Selenium side, I’ll want to see about verifying logging in and logging out of the site, and making sure that the links displayed in the “META” area of the sidebar update themselves accordingly.

(NOTE: I am NOT going to try to test the actual WordPress admin UI. That’s a whole different kettle of fish than testing a front-facing site.)

In related news, I’ve also discovered the Githubs “Projects” functionality, and I’ve made myself a project there to cover the work I’m doing. This amuses me, as their Projects board looks a lot like JIRA, the bug tracking/project management software we used at my Former Day Job, as well as at the short contract I had after the layoff at the tail end of last year.

Interested parties can find my current active project on my Github projects page. I’ll be adding additional projects to that once this one is complete–like the WordPress plugin work I want to do!

I’ve actually had job recruiters and interviewers ask me about this work, now that I’ve got a link to my Github on my resume. This has proven beneficial in interviews I had last week, and I even got useful tips on additional libraries I can research, as well as aspects of version 8 of Java I hadn’t had experience with yet. I’ve gotten positive feedback about how I do comments on things, as well as on the various Readmes I’ve put on the repos.

So while the work hasn’t yet actually proven critical in landing me a job, it has proven useful in helping me demonstrate that I not only know how to code, but that I like it well enough to do it on my own time and to plan out larger projects.

This is, I feel, a very valuable thing for me to be able to demonstrate.

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One of our cats is felling neglected. It is not enough for her to jump on my lap. If I am typing, she will butt her head under my elbow until she receives appropriate massages.

Home from Boskone

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:56 pm
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Despite being awake late last night, I woke up a little after 7 a.m. I made tea, then went down to the fitness center. This time I did a few exercises and soaked in the hot tub for a bit, which my legs appreciated.

That took me to about 8:30. There was no Sunday morning programming that interested me, and I didn't feel like hanging out for a couple of hours hoping someone I knew would walk past and be in a mood for conversation, so I got dressed, checked out, and headed home. (Judy Bemis saw me in the lobby as I was heading out; we hugged goodbye as she explained that she was on her way to a shift in the con treasury.)

I stopped off at South Station and grabbed a savory croissant at the Pret a Manget; I hadn't wanted to wait in line at the hotel lobby Starbucks, but it seemed imprudent to wait until I got home. One disadvantage of this year's Boskone is that the con suite had only packaged snacks--chips, candy, cookies, I think some little packets of cheese and crackers, rather than bagels or donuts, or the lots and lots of hard boiled eggs they've had in previous years. There wasn't even milk for the coffee and tea, just packets of sugar and creamer. (This seems to have been a change in hotel policy.) If I go to another con at that hotel, and stay overnight, I am going to make sure to bring yogurt and other food I can keep in the fridge. (I'd bought a couple of single-serving yogurts, and forgot to grab them on my way out of Adrian's apartment Friday; if I'd known how limited the con suite would be, I'd have stopped in South Station and at least gotten some more yogurt.)

Since getting home I have played three games of Scrabble with [personal profile] cattitude, combed Molly, proofread one short article for Queue, stretched and exercised, and unloaded (twice), reloaded (twice), and run the dishwasher. Tomorrow's plan is more Scrabble, proofreading, stretching, and playing with the cats.

Week in review

Feb. 17th, 2019 04:23 pm
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Medical talk under the cut. )

Bilingual Silmarillion Reread, Part 3

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:31 pm
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Welcome back to my Bilingual Silmarillion Reread! Previous posts in this series are Part 1 and Part 2.

In this post, I’ll begin talking about the Quenta Silmarillion, the part of the book that deals with the First Age of Middle-Earth. This is the section that has all my major favorite bits, too. But I’ll get to those in due time!

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unintended amusement

Feb. 15th, 2019 03:54 pm
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The disappointment at these developments is palpably dripping from this article

It is an article of faith that Israel's intransigence -- and Bibi's policies in particular -- should be just awful for Israel. But it hasn't actually worked out that way.

April 2017


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