calling all Latinists

Aug. 23rd, 2017 03:53 pm
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I seem to remember, back in high school, translating a poem by Horace where the first word (?) of the poem was a verb . . . but the subject of that verb was buried down in the second stanza. I don’t recall anything about its subject matter; it only stuck with me because it was the most egregious example I had personally encountered of how Latin can make an utter jigsaw of its word order.

But that poem doesn’t appear to be in our little booklet of Catullus and Horace, which means it was one of the ones the teacher gave us in a handout. And although I thought I still had those handouts, I can’t find them. So I turn to you, o Latinists of the internet: does this ring a bell? Can anybody point me at the poem in question?

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:52 pm
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Since the sister creature went with me yesterday, we of course, started out 90 mins late. I had to modify my route, and skipped a few stops, forgot to buy Guardians of the Galaxy 2 since it was released on DVD.

The signing was good, now that all four books are out, I can read it.

Finally got Big Brother to decided on birthday plans, I am taking everyone out to dinner on friday in observance of birthing. Brothers birthday is actually sunday, and sisters is friday, but, close enough.

Today, back outside.

Imprinted Synopsis and Plan

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:41 pm
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Imprinted Cover: DraftThanks to everyone for your feedback and enthusiasm on “Imprinted.” I’m looking at a tentative release date of January 9, 2018. I’m planning to confirm this and start getting preorder links posted over the next month or two.

A lot of you said you’d be happy to pay $2.99 for this 15,000-word novelette. From your comments, it’s a combination of loving the Magic ex Libris stories, and wanting me to get those nice 70% royalties that you don’t get with anything under $2.99. Others thought $2.99 was a little steep.

What I’m thinking about doing is launching the book at $2.99. Then, after it’s been out for a month or two, I’ll drop the price to $1.99. That way folks have a little more choice about what they’re willing to pay.

A few people said they’d prefer a print edition, and I’m looking into that. I wouldn’t expect a lot of sales here, and we’d be talking about a pretty slim volume, but it’s gotten easier to set up print-on-demand, so I should be able to make that option available.

Finally, here’s the synopsis I’ve put together. What do you think?


Jeneta’s magic could give us the stars…or destroy everyone around her.

Seventeen-year-old libriomancer Jeneta Aboderin is a prodigy, determined to move on from the horrors she’s faced and use her power to create a better future. To show the world that magic isn’t a threat to be feared, but a tool of hope. After eight months, she’s ready to present the Venture, a magically-created ship capable of reaching Mars within hours. It will mark a new phase of human exploration and discovery.

But at a crucial moment, her spell is wrested from her control and twisted against her. Whoever sabotaged her magic then begins to strike down those around her. The attacker haunts her thoughts and dreams, reviving Jeneta’s past traumas. And the most powerful magic-users at New Millennium are unable to help.

How do you stop an enemy who strikes from within your own mind?

This 15,000-word novelette is set eight months after the events of Revisionary.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Idina Menzel, Live!

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:27 am
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Raen and I went out to Marymoor Park last night for an outdoor concert with Idina Menzel. Menzel opened one of her songs (the one from Rent) with "If you're a straight guy who don't know who I am or what I'm about to sing, and who probably got dragged here by your friends and didn't have time to google for me..." So, if you don't know who Idina Menzel is, Menzel's huge break was playing Maureen from Rent, she was the original actress playing the title character Elphaba in Wicked (for which she won a Tony), and if nothing else everyone on the planet has heard her as the voice of Elsa from Frozen.

The evening was delightfully warm with just enough of a breeze. There was one star visible in the night sky at first, and my best guess is that it was Vega, 25 light years away.

The concert was a collection of hits from all three shows, plus a few covers (including Led Zepplin's Black Dog and the Beatle's Dear Prudence), as well as songs from her latest album, which, er, um...

... let's just say that it's somewhat embarrassing to hear someone thrashing out her anger and sadness with her ex onstage. Because, to be honest, that's what a lot of those songs were about. Cake is about how she's found a better man than her ex, I Do is a rant about how marriage can suck in general, and Perfect Story is an apology to her young son about how fucked up life can become. (On the other hand, her opening song Queen of Swords was pretty rockin' and sounds like something she should duet with a very angry Stevie Nicks.) Even Raen picked up on that theme. I know you're supposed to take the pain life gives you and make art out of it, but sometimes an artist can be just a little too obvious about it, ne?

The band behind her was pretty damned good, with her backup singer and cellist and the violin player. Menzel worked really hard to get the audience to appreciate the band, and she named them all time and again, to make sure we appreciated them as much as she did.

Naturally, of course, the finale of the night was the hit from Frozen, Let It Go. She invited dozens of small children, all dressed in Tiffany blue dresses and t-shirts, and had several of them sing the third stanza, over and over. I now officially feel sorry for every kindergarten teacher who had to survive the winter of 2013.

It was fun.

The Hitman's Bodyguard!

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:25 am
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Raen, Omaha and I went out to see The Hitman's Bodyguard. I have no idea what the critics are whining about.

It would seem that the critics, with whom Rotten Tomatoes are tracking about 39% approval for this movie, don't like it very much. They don't like that it's an action/comedy full of comic banter while the villain is a mass-murdering genocidal monster, or that the plot is a thin buddy/roadtrip between Samuel L. Jackson (the hitman) and Ryan Reynolds (the bodyguard).

The plot is basically this: Jackson has to get from London to the Hague to testify against a genocidal dictator, and Interpol has to get him there. The dictator (played by Gary Oldman in high form) has the most elite assassins in the world, and they have to stop Jackson from testifying. Interpol is compromised, and one intrepid and honest agent pulls in a wildcard: her ex-boyfriend, a down-and-out bodyguard "who's a complete idiot at just about everything except keeping people alive."

It's a banter movie. It's a hangout film. One critic complained that "This is a generic action thriller. Only fans of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds will be interested." Well, duh. Who doesn't love Samuel L. Jackson, a man who, as Reynolds says in one monologue, "Singlehandledly ruined the word 'motherfucker?'"

There's also a common complaint that the "chemistry" between Jackson and Reynolds is weak. Maybe so if you were hoping for the kind of cryptohomoerotic mannerbund bullshit that passes for male-male bonding in some movies these days. Instead we get two guys trying very hard to keep each other alive and do the right thing; their focus is not on each other but on the task at hand, a task which involves dodging lots of sinister villains crashing cars and firing guns.

It's a fun movie. All three of us agreed it was great. Not fantastic, not a masterpiece, but definitely worth the two hours and ten bucks-a-ticket price tag. We won't have these actors forever, especially not in their current form. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds both have character and public persona, and fans who love them for those qualities, and letting those two loose on a sound stage was a brilliant idea.

Wednesday Reading Fail

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:03 am
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I think the ONLY thing I managed to read this week was SKIM by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. It was a good, if a bit depressing. I mean things turn around by the end, but getting there was kind of rough.  Read more... )

But, yeah, I don't know what happened to me, otherwise. I started THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE by Claire North, despite the fact that I bounced out of her THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST. I'm not feeling it so far, but I'm also not very far in. I will give it my traditional 50 pages to make or break.  

I know a lot of people who will slog through a book that they've started because they're just that sort: they're completists or stubborn or deeply optimistic (hoping it will turn around at some point!).  With my dyslexia, mild though it may be, I can't do that. If I'm struggling with getting into a book, that slows me down to a crawl and, because I'm also a serial reader, that means I'm not reading anything else.  

So, I've developed a litmus test.  If I'm still enjoying at 50 pages, I'll keep going. If I'm struggling, I'll still give it 50 to change my mind.  I do realize this means there are books I miss because they really pick up after page 150 or whatever, but see above. I just don't have that kind of time. I have give up books later than 50 pages, but 50 seems like a good amount of time for me to get used to a writer's voice or style, in case that's the only thing I'm cold to, you know?

What about you? Are you a stick to it no matter what person? Or do you have some arbitrary number of pages? Or do you just give up whenever? I know that Shawn, for instance, won't even give 50 pages if she decides the book is not for her for any reason. She reads really fast, though, unlike me, and, also unlike me, has several books going at once.  So, giving up on one does NOT necessitate hunting around for the next one (like it does for me.)

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:17 pm
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Sunday I finally fixed that bit of fence that wasnt level. Planted a few things, but ran out of steam quickly.

Monday was the eclipse. I stayed up after waking up about 8ish, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep. Watched a lot of it on the TV, but did get up and got dressed to go outside to watch the actual event. Stood around with my neighbors and it was a very cool thing. Saw Venus in the sky.

the birds went dead silent for about an hour, but after the sun started to come back, the first thing moving were a pair of hummingbirds.

Went to breakfast after with my sister, since I was up. Tried to work outside but was off due to lack of sleep. Monkey had driven to Salem with his roomies, and they stopped on the way back, we did a bit of local hanging out, then they headed north. Traffic was very bad, so it took him ages to get home.

Today, new Book Tuesday, I sure hope that happens. With all the delays due to everyone leaving Oregon its hard to say. There is also the signing tonight at the Beaverton Powells.

It Figures

Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:49 am
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Becca has scarlet fever.

Who does that? The full power of modern medicine has gone to work, and though she is crimson, yet she has regained her sense of humor (we have discovered that a 103.4° fever replaces her sense of humor with an intractable sense of doom) and is eating Saltines. So there's that.

Borscht! It's What's For Breakfast!

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:07 am
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 Look, don't judge, okay?  Sure, it's 9 am, but I've already been up for four hours and borscht looks really good to me right now.  I'm sure there are places in the world where stew for breakfast isn't _that_weird. In Japan, I could have miso first thing in the morning and no one would blink.

When I have borscht again for lunch in another few hours? THEN you can judge me.

What can I say? I really like beets. And cabbage.  But, especially beets. Borscht is one of the few times in my life where I look at a stew and think: "Are potatoes REALY necessary???" (If you knew the depths of my love of potatoes, you'd be pretty shocked right now.) I've also accidentally made this particular borscht recipe without cabbage and I still loved it.  I don't even put beef in my recipe, so it's just kind of a giant mess of beets and spices.  

Okay, I'm judging myself: pathetic beet lover.

If you're curious, I got this recipe from the St. Paul Farmer's Market Produce Cookbook, 2005 edition. It's from Evelyn Kaiser, and it goes like this:

5 cups of water
1 1/2 cups beets, peeled and diced
1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup carrots, peel and diced
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp utter
1 onion, chopped
2 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup of green cabbage, shredded
1/2 put of tomato, chopped (or one can of diced tomatoes -or- one can of tomato sauce. Not being a huge tomato fan, I use either of these.)
1/2 cup beet, peeled and grated
1 tsp. dried dill (and a sprinkling of fresh, if available.)
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
salt and pepper (I add a beef bullion or two instead of the salt, because I like the meaty undertone that gives. Plus any bullion is super salty so I can skip any of the added salt.)

The rest reads:

Bring 5 cups of water to boil ad add diced beets, potato, carrots and salt (or bullion, in my case).  Reduce heat an cook covered over medium heat for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.*

In saucepan, heat butter and sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add the cabbage and sauté for 3 minutes. Sir in tomatoes, grated beets, and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Add sauté mixture to boiled vegetable. Simmer for 10 to 20 minutes until vegetables are tender. 

*adding the potatoes at the same time as beets often ends with completely mushed potatoes. I would recommend dropping them in 10 minutes later or so, IF you want firm and not completely pulverized potatoes. I suspect this is why the recipe suggests peeling them. I'm usually throwing things into the pot that I've gotten from the farmers' market THAT DAY, so it seems silly to peel the potatoes.... until I forget i should have waited and end up with mush attached to skin. The other option is to skip them entirely, of course, though, despite all this, I rarely do that.  Probably because I feel guilty admitting that what I really want is a giant bowl of boiled beets and the potatoes makes me feel like I'm making a stew.


I have served this to others and have been met with mixed results. Beets and cabbage are definitely an acquired taste.  It's hard for me to tell if this recipe is as good as It think it is, since literally it could read: peel and dice beets, boil until tender, add salt, and I'd be like WHAT IS THIS WONDEROUS CONCOCTION??

Milage may vary.

Primal Scream

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:00 am
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I was accustomed to asking myself the question “what the fuck is wrong with you?” In the past that had been because I’d swallowed a lot of society’s bullshit that made me think that there was something wrong with me. It was a pretty recent thing for me to have decided that the answer to the question “what the fuck is wrong with you” was “nothing.” Nothing was wrong with being gay or being artistic or any of the other things society–or Digger or whoever–wanted to judge me for.

But bursting into tears because of a near-hallucination? What the fuck was wrong with me?

Nothing, I decided. There was nothing wrong with crying, right? Digger would have called me a sissy and Digger would have been wrong.

I wiped my eyes and decided I should try to look on the bright side. So few people got the chance to do what I was doing. I was being a dick if I didn’t try to appreciate what was going on. I got down from the stage onto the grass and made my way around a barrier and climbed my way up into the empty stands. I went up and up and up.

My chest twitched like my heart still hurt, though, like a sob was trying to get out. I ignored it. It made the climb to the top slow going.

Hah. Great metaphor.

When I was up high enough I turned around and looked. It was a sight worth seeing. The sky was streaked with post-sunset purple, the soccer field was green, and the stage set was a black structure in the center of a multicolored bowl. I sat there for a little while appreciating the sight. And then I felt better.

I took my time going back down. I felt cold–the temperature was dropping as night came on–but I didn’t want to rush. My feet were not very steady, probably from the mix of Vitamin F plus being shaky after an emotional outburst. I wanted to pretend if no one else had seen it, it hadn’t happened, but it had.

Eventually I made it back to the dressing room. I decided keeping my leather jacket on during the Star*Gaze set was a wise idea.

What I would have normally done during a time interval like this in the past, of course, was sit around and play the guitar. That was not a good idea if I wanted my hand to last through the main set. So I sat down to try to memorize my own lyrics again.

Fear of forgetting them was worse than opening night. And you know what sucks? I was more likely to forget the words when I was nervous, so if I was afraid of forgetting them it became a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Ouch.

I went to Flip in the green room, who had a guitar in his lap and was, I think, obsessively working on one of tonight’s songs, but still looked cool as a cucumber about it. “I’m wound so tight I’m like a watch about to break,” I said.

“Fortunately the cure for that is legal and on hand,” he eplied. He set the guitar in a stand and then got up. He produced a flask from his guitar case and then I followed him to another set of road cases. He cracked open a Gatorade from a stash he’d brought with him. “Drink a mouthful of this.”

I did and then he took the bottle back, poured a splash of alcohol into it and another splash into a plastic cup. He put the cap back on the bottle and handed me the cup. I watched him write my name on the bottle in black sharpie. That would become my usual mid-show Gatorade.

By the way, if you think we discovered a new and exciting cocktail mixer… we didn’t. Gatorade and whiskey is not delicious at all. When I say it’s purely medicinal it’s because there’s no recreational reason you’d drink it that way. It was Flip’s way of making sure I’d drink both later.

I knocked back the straight whiskey from the cup, then exhaled like a dragon breathing fire. That solved the problem of me being cold, too.

I put my own eyeliner on. Dawn, Skyward, Time Line, Shape of Space, Shock Diamonds. I knew that the set list, along with the lyric sheet Bart had written out, would be taped to the wedge in front of my microphone, but I repeated the song order to myself anyway.

Hm. I took the eyeliner pencil and wrote some of the words to “Shock Diamonds” on the backs of my hands. Just a few of them as mnemonics.

And then suddenly it was time to go on stage.

The nickname for booze is “liquid courage,” right? It felt more like “liquid stop giving a fuck.” As I went up the stairs from the grass level onto the stage, I could feel it pumping through my bloodstream.

“Dawn” starts slow and quiet, you might remember. I hung to the side and just watched the others touching their instruments, making the sounds that were music. They were looking at each other and not me and I felt like there was an invisible ice wall forming between us.

I had to shatter that ice before it got too thick or I’d be trapped in it. I grabbed the microphone and walked to the edge of the stage. Maybe walked isn’t the right word. Strutted? I stepped in time with the electric drum heartbeat that was kicking in and I started talking to the crowd. In Spanish. Simple stuff. To a guy hanging on the barrier in front: hey, how are you. To a woman a few feet over from him: nice night, yeah?

Because I wasn’t worrying about forgetting the words–or getting the grammar wrong–I did fine. Really simple stuff since that was what my Spanish was good for. You like Ziggy? I like Ziggy, too.

Interestingly enough, people seemed to be paying attention to what I was saying. Even though I was–in my mind, anyway–talking to individual faces I could make out along the barrier, I could hear the smattering of cheers on each thing I said. Approving-sounding cheers. That felt really weird.

Like I was winning them over or something.

I started to think about that a little and almost missed where the first lyrics were supposed to come in, but I turned around to face the band in time.

My pitch was off and I could tell, but that just made me more determined to break through that ice. Words that should have been sung were shouted, and when I came to the high note that opens the chorus I let out something I suppose should be described as a primal scream. Who the fuck cared about the lyrics? The crowd didn’t know the songs and I guess you could say neither did I. They’d poured out one night when Jordan had squeezed me like a toothpaste tube to see what came out.

I might have been channeling a lot of anger during those recordings. I’m not sure. I was definitely channeling a lot of anger on the stage that night in Bogota.

As we moved into the faster-paced songs I tossed my hair and screamed and banged the mic stand against the stage–which probably wasn’t a good idea, by the way, but live and learn. And by the time we got to “Shock Diamonds” I had winded myself for the first time ever. So there was no way to really sing it anyway, and I ended up just shouting the words on the backs of my hands to get the crowd to shout them back. This wasn’t even an English-speaking crowd but it was obvious enough when I wanted them to answer.

One of the words was “Jet.” I know because I’ve seen a photo of me, sweat plastering a lock of my hair to my forehead, my fist clamped around the microphone as I’m screaming into to it. And the word is visible on the back of my fist. The first time I saw the photo I barely recognized myself, honestly.

What you can’t see in the photo is that I’m on my knees because I’m too winded to stand up. My heart is beating so hard it feels like it’s going to crack my sternum. In the back of my mind I’m thinking, you know, maybe this much screaming isn’t a good idea because I feel like I’m about to pass out.

The crowd liked it, though.

(Thank you so much to sanders and s–aka as stef–for organizing the DGC meetup in Louisville! Four of us got tattoos including me, many cupcakes were eaten, I made everyone take a few trivia quizzes about 80s music and DGC itself, and a grand time was had by all. I’ll post a full recap and photos later this week! -ctan)


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.


Aug. 21st, 2017 08:16 pm
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Oh, swell. Zenfolio is now having problems. I guess I should stay off the internet for a while.

What I Wasn’t Going To Do

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:29 pm
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Solar Eclipse Watching
Solar Eclipse Watching
Cooper Mountain Nature Park • Beaverton, Oregon
August 21, 2017

I’ve been wont to mutter recently, “Who the heck scheduled a solar eclipse on my day off??” Because of my limited amount of paid leave, I plot my days off for an entire calendar year in advance. When in December I scheduled my August 2017 Mental Health Monday, I had no inkling that a solar eclipse fell on that day.

In the months ahead of the eclipse I read the hype – and mainly tried to figure out how to keep a low profile and not get stuck in traffic or some other timewaster. I was not planning to watch the eclipse at all. I’ve seen one solar and one lunar eclipse, and I wasn’t excited about another. When I told Debbie of my plan to avoid the eclipse, she was shocked. “I’m picking up eclipse glasses from the Audobon Society today. I’ll bring back a pair for you!”

“Don’t bother,” I said, “I won’t use them.” She tried a couple more times to convince me to participate. I was adamant in my refusal.

To my surprise, though, on Friday I had a thought… maybe I could do some photography of happenings around the eclipse… and I thought of what could be a perfect location: Cooper Mountain Nature Park at the top of Cooper Mountain.

Beaverton is about 200 feet above sea level. My house on a hill is about 330 feet above sea level. The park near the top of Cooper Mountain is about 750 feet above sea level and has a nice, wide view of the Tualatin Valley and the Chehalem Mountains. And… Cooper Mountain is only three miles away – less than 10 minutes – from my home. I can get there without crossing a single major street.

My main concern was parking – if the park was full early, I’ll take that as a sign that photos were not meant to be. Monday morning I packed up my cameras and left the house shortly before 8 am, arriving at the park at about 8:05 am. The small parking lot was not quite full – there were still a half dozen or so open spaces in the main lot. The overflow lot was largely empty. Excellent.

Besides the cameras, I brought Kanna (my iPad) and Nano-chan (my MacBook Air) so that I could do some work while waiting for the eclipse. I had hoped to get one of the picnic tables under cover of the Cooper Mountain Nature House, but all the tables had already been claimed. I was a bit surprised that the full edge of the patio was lined with folding chairs. It didn’t even occur to me to bring a chair. No matter. I found a really good spot between the playground and the patio. I sat and did some writing on my laptop. Eventually I put everything away so that I could concentrate on photos.

Because my bags and computer were holding my place, I didn’t want to wander too far from them. I trusted that no one was going to grab them and run off, but I did want to keep them in sight and shouting distance. That limited my roaming to an extent – not a handicap, though. People kept coming. The overflow parking lot filled up, and people parked on both shoulders of Kemmer Road for quite a ways. People were still wandering in at 15 minutes before totality. Crazy. Fortunately, there were open lanes for maneuvering. I tried to make sure I didn’t block anyone’s camera as I was flitting about.

I chatted with some of the other photographers and videographers. The video was a historical documentary. One photographer was photographing for THPRD to show how popular their facilities are. (I do love THPRD.) At one point I ended up in a cluster of four Nikon DSLR photographers, which was cool. I didn’t expect Nikons to outnumber Canons. I talked with only one Canon photographer.

I brought both Nikon D810s. One was fitted with the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E for more intimate photos. The other D810 had the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G lens for wide views. The two-camera setup worked well, and I was able to switch quickly between the two.

While I never looked at the sun, I knew what was happening from all the exclamations and comments around me. “It’s starting!” “I can see it!” Children were laughing and excited. Adults were astonished. “It’s a crescent now!” “This is so cool!” The energy was infectious. It was like the neighborhood’s biggest, happiest block party ever.

The photo exercise was a bonus event. I didn’t have any expectations, and if I came away with even one decent photo, the outing would be successful. I wasn’t photographing so much that I missed the experience of the totality (well… here… totality minus some fraction of a percent…). One reason I chose Cooper Mountain was so I could see the orange sunset band around the entire horizon – and that indeed was pretty cool.

After totality, the sky brightened seemingly rapidly, and I didn’t stick around to take more pictures. I wanted to beat the traffic jam – and I accomplished that. On the drive back home I saw quite a few other groups who had watched the eclipse – including one large group in the middle of a field at a grade school not far from my house. I’m glad I didn’t choose that field – you couldn’t see any horizon from there.

Of the 250 photos I took, I chose about 50 to post to Zenfolio as Solar Eclipse 2017. One of the complications in processing the photos is that the camera autoexposed for all lighting conditions – making all pictures look like a sunny day. (That’s what happens when you have a camera that can see in the dark.) I had to counteradjust exposure to reflect the actual look in the minutes before, during, and after totality.

One thing… I neglected to sync the clocks on the D810s. The cameras run fast. D810/302 was 6m 29s fast, and D810/306 was 2m 37s fast. Fortunately, Lightroom has a function for bulk editing Capture Date/Time, and the function can do those offset adjustments down to the second. Whew!

2017 OHBS Day 2 – Sunday

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:34 pm
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The plan was for me to arrive on site when the show opened at 11:00 am on Sunday. We’d round up the framebuilders and have a short photo shoot.

I arrived at Cathedral Park Place at 10:40 am – intentionally a little early. I wanted to first take a few quick photos in the area.

First… Moonstruck Chocolate… which is right across the street from Cathedral Park Place…

Moonstruck Chocolate Company
Moonstruck Chocolate Company • Portland, Oregon

Second… the St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park. For as many times as I’ve been across the St. Johns Bridge, amazingly I’d never been in Cathedral Park. The park is a quick walk from Cathedral Park Place (if you couldn’t tell from the name), so I thought I’d just pop over and grab a few shots. I didn’t pack a super wide lens – just the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G. I could barely fit the bridge in from the park.

St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park
St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park

I made it back to the bicycle show in plenty of time. While Dave Levy rounded up the framebuilders, I figured out where in the gallery we could take pictures. Although I dislike shooting in front of a wall, that seemed to be the best option.

I took a group photo… then individual photos – a product photo and a headshot photo for each framebuilder. The entire process took 40 minutes – from 11:20 am to 12:00 noon (although there was about 10 minutes of dead space near the end). For the gallery photos I had brought the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G, which is a good lens for posed studio portraits, especially when a wider angle is needed for products such as bicycles and for large group photos.

OHBS 2017 Participants
OHBS 2017 Participants

Christopher Igleheart
Christopher Igleheart • Igleheart Customs

Sim Works
Sim Works (Japan)

Dwan Shepard
Dwan Shepard • Co-Motion Cycles

Chad Smeltzer
Chad Smeltzer • Smeltzer Bikes

I packed up and did a 15-minute sweep of the venue using the 24-70mm lens to capture wide views. I was finished by 12:20 pm and on my way back to Beaverton.

2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show • Cathedral Park Place

Now all I had to do was to do post-procesing on the 860 photos I took for the show. It actually took quite a while – starting on Sunday the 13th and ending on Sunday the 20th. I selected about 150 photos that I posted to the OHBS 2017 Photo Gallery at Zenfolio.

2017 OHBS Day 1 – Saturday

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:31 pm
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Circa Cycles
Circa Cycles
2017 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show
Cathedral Park Place • Portland, Oregon
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday I left the house at 12:30 pm and again took the backroads through the West Hills and into St. Johns. The weather forecast was for the high 70s °F (finally!) and the cyclists were out in force on Skyline Road. In spite of that the drive was relaxing, and my Parking Fairy opened a spot for me right across the street from Cathedral Park Place – making a short walk to the show.

I had only two goals for the day: 1) take my usual bicycle art photos and 2) do the informal framebuilder photos requested by Andy. Normally I spend a few hours at the show anyway. Because I had seen the layout of the floor the night before, I had a head start on my route.

It was 1:30 pm when I started at the SE corner of the venue at the first booth – Jeffrey Bock from Iowa. Jeffrey and I chatted for quite a while – so much so that I was immediately concerned with how long it was going to take me to get through the show. But I did have the entire afternoon available, and I always enjoy chatting with the framebuilders.

My macro photos this year would have a slightly different feel. I had reviewed six years of images when I Selected Photos for Mounting. There were some views I did in early years that I hadn’t been doing more recently. And in 2015 and 2016, I used a 105mm Micro Nikkor to go with my new full-frame DSLR. This year I decided to go with the 60mm Micro Nikkor. Besides the wider angle, I could shoot with slower shutter speed (even though the 105mm has VR). This was a nice changeup. When all was said and done, I came away with macro photos that I liked very much.

Jeffrey Bock Custom Cycles
Jeffrey Bock Custom Cycles

REN Cycles
REN Cycles

REN Cycles
REN Cycles

Radian Cycles
Radian Cycles

It was 3:30 pm when I finished my art photo pass. I then switched over to my AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E lens to do some people photography. I chased that until 4:45 pm.

Brazing Demonstration by Dave Levy
Brazing Demonstration by Dave Levy

Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycles
Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycles

Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles
Joseph Ahearne of Ahearne Cycles

Then I was free to do the framebuilder photos. I checked in with Andy, and he suggested we do the photos on Sunday morning. I was fine with that. I hadn’t actually planned to come back for Sunday, but I was committed to doing the framebuilder photos, and I didn’t mind the extra visit.

I swapped lenses again, returning to the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G. This gave me a normal view so I could take wider photos of multiple booths – as well a followup with a few more macro shots. From 5 pm to 6:30 pm I continued roaming the show, taking photos here and there… and chatting with various folks. A total of five hours was an OHBS record for me.

ADDENDUM: A side story… 12 of my photos were on display. One of the framebuilders told me how much he liked my Photo of a SRAM Cassette – because it really showed how the cassette was machined from a single block of metal. Here’s how clueless I am: 1) I didn’t know what a SRAM cassette was, and 2) I’d never noticed that it was a single piece of metal. D’Oh!

I Kinda Hate Comcast

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:24 pm
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So. Totally. Annoying. Sunday afternoon and evening… and Monday afternoon (and evening, so far), my internet connection has been down at home. And I wanted to get a lot done today (Monday) on my day off. Yesterday I used only my iPad, but today I have to connect Belldandy to the web, so I’m running a personal hotspot on my iPhone. Thumbs up to Verizon. Thumbs down to Comcast.

The internet connection was back up at 1 am this morning… and it lasted to about noon. We’ve had this dance with Comcast before. :(

Happy Eclipse Day!

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:35 pm
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We didn’t make it down to see totality, but my part of Michigan got about 80% eclipse coverage today, which was still pretty sweet. My son and I went to a library presentation this morning, where I was reminded about pinhole viewing, which led to this:

Pinhole Eclipse Projection

I’d ordered a solar filter for the 100-400mm lens on the camera. We also had some eclipse glasses from Amazon from a few weeks back.

I took a little over a hundred pictures, and was able to stitch some of the best into an animation.

Solar Eclipse Animation

Those black spots are sunspots. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

I also stitched together a static time-lapse, and added back a bit of color the filter stripped out. (Click to enlarge this one for a much better view.)

Eclipse - Time Lapse

Didn’t get much else done today, but I’m okay with that. And maybe for the 2024, we’ll be able to make it down to see the total eclipse!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Firefox Triage Report 2017-08-21

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:04 pm
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Correction: several incorrect buglist links have been fixed

It's the weekly report on the state of triage in Firefox-related components. I apologize for missing last week’s report. I was travelling and did not have a chance to sit down and focus on this.


The components with the most untriaged bugs remain the JavaScript Engine and Build Config.

I discussed the JavaScript bugs with Naveed. What will happen is that the JavaScript bugs which have not been marked as a priority for Quantum Flow (the ‘\[qf:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) or existing work (the ‘\[js:p[1:3]\]’ whiteboard tags) will be moved to the backlog (P3) for review after the Firefox 57 release. See

**Rank**   **Component**                  **2017-08-07**   **This Week**
---------- ------------------------------ ---------------- ---------------
1          Core: JavaScript Engine        449              471
2          Core: Build Config             429              450
3          Firefox for Android: General   411              406
4          Firefox: General               242              246
5          Core: General                  234              235
6          Core: XPCOM                    176              178
7          Core: JavaScript: GC           —                168
8          Core: Networking               —                161
           All Components                 8,373            8,703

Please make sure you’ve made it clear what, if anything will happen with these bugs.

Not sure how to triage? Read

Next Release

**Version**                               56      56      56      56      57    57     57         
----------------------------------------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ----- ------ -------
**Date**                                  7/10    7/17    7/24    7/31    8/7   8/14   8/14       
**Untriaged this Cycle**                  4,525   4,451   4,317   4,479   479   835    1,196      
**Unassigned Untriaged this Cycle**       3,742   3,682   3,517   3,674   356   634    968        
**Affected this Upcoming Release (56)**           111     126     139     125   123    119        
**Enhancements**                          102     107     91      103     3     5      11         
**Orphaned P1s**                          199     193     183     192     196   191    183        
**Stalled P1s**                           195     173     159     179     157   152    155        

What should we do with these bugs? Bulk close them? Make them into P3s? Bugs without decisions add noise to our system, cause despair in those trying to triage bugs, and leaves the community wondering if we listen to them.

Methods and Definitions

In this report I talk about bugs in Core, Firefox, Firefox for Android, Firefox for IOs, and Toolkit which are unresolved, not filed from treeherder using the intermittent-bug-filer account*, and have no pending needinfos.

By triaged, I mean a bug has been marked as P1 (work on now), P2 (work on next), P3 (backlog), or P5 (will not work on but will accept a patch).

A triage decision is not the same as a release decision (status and tracking flags.)

Age of Untriaged Bugs

The average age of a bug filed since June 1st of 2016 which has gone without triage.

Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle

Bugs filed since the start of the Firefox 57 release cycle which do not have a triage decision.

Recommendation: review bugs you are responsible for ( and make triage decision, or RESOLVE.

Untriaged Bugs in Current Cycle (57) Affecting Next Release (56)

Bugs marked status_firefox56 = affected and untriaged.

Enhancements in Release Cycle

Bugs filed in the release cycle which are enhancement requests, severity = enhancement, and untriaged.

​Recommendation: ​product managers should review and mark as P3, P5, or RESOLVE as WONTFIX.

High Priority Bugs without Owners

Bugs with a priority of P1, which do not have an assignee, have not been modified in the past two weeks, and do not have pending needinfos.

Recommendation: review priorities and assign bugs, re-prioritize to P2, P3, P5, or RESOLVE.

Stalled High Priority Bugs

There 159 bugs with a priority of P1, which have an assignee, but have not been modified in the past two weeks.

Recommendation: review assignments, determine if the priority should be changed to P2, P3, P5 or RESOLVE.

* New intermittents are filed as P5s, and we are still cleaning up bugs after this change, See,, and

If you have questions or enhancements you want to see in this report, please reply to me here, on IRC, or Slack and thank you for reading.