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Link List Round-up: May & June 2015 [Jun. 18th, 2015|02:14 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Great. LJ has some new posting format that covers the first 2 lines of my posting window. UNGGGH. Gah. Whatever. WAIT! Switching back & forth between the Visual editor tab & HTML tab seems to have fixed it. Stupid interface.

The following link is to a deeply affecting & intense piece of science fiction that's very well written; it's a longish short story. I got it from Mary Anne Mohanraj via FB.
"The New Mother" by Eugene Fischer
First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction (2015) edited by Sheila Williams
https://medium.com/@glorioushubris/the-new-mother-9df848da415b

Ash Versus the Evil Dead is a TV series coming to Starz in the fall. The show will appear in 30 minute segments. I'm actually kind of excited for this:
http://zombieresearchsociety.com/archives/27382

In which we learn that passion can overcome any boundary, even academic snobbery, we have "On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head: Ms. Stephens Says Ornate Coiffures Weren't Wigs After All; The Vestal Virgin Challenge" from the Wall Street Journal, amusingly enough. I've never found hair more interesting. Found via Laura Antoniou on FB.
By Abigail Pesta, Feb. 6, 2013 10:38 p.m. ET
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324900204578286272195339456

Back on 4 June 2015, The Boston Globe announced that "Starting this week, Soofa 'smart' benches will be installed across the country" and noted that Toscanini's got one of the first ones (because what else would you expect from the favorite ice cream shop of MIT nerds?). Found via the Tosci's folks, maybe even Gus himself, on FB:
http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/06/04/starting-this-week-soofa-smart-benches-will-be-installed-across-the-country/

For a laugh, we have "62 Things the Avengers are Not Allowed to Do" on the Tumblrs, where the cool kids hang out I'm told:
http://captainamerica-in-middle-earth.tumblr.com/post/120396018602/62-things-the-avengers-are-not-allowed-to-do

So The Pencilsword is a comic by Toby Morris and this is #10, "On a plate" which was posted on Friday 22nd May 2015 and does a beautiful job of illustrating privilege. Interesting to me that I found it via Dan Piraro, the guy who writes Bizarro Comics (although he's stopping soon) on FB (he has a page there where he posts links to his comics on a regular basis):
http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/the-pencilsword-on-a-plate

I found "A Simple Tool for a More Positive Home" by Rachel Macy Stafford (posted way back in May of 2013) recently via Heidi Schmidt on FB & I really appreciated the positive message. Although it's written for parents, I think it's a good philosophy overall:
http://www.handsfreemama.com/2013/05/29/how-to-fill-up-a-child/

In the article "Criticism and Ineffective Feedback," Kate Heddleston talks about how critical feedback is crap and you should praise what's working. This is really similar, in a way, to Stafford's article about a positive home. But it's more oriented toward grown-ups. And it's a skill I'd really like to master.
https://www.kateheddleston.com/blog/criticism-and-ineffective-feedback

Finally, if you don't go on Facebook much but you do have an account there, I'd be much obliged if you'd "Like" my work page, KJC Edits. I'm trying to boost its visibility sufficiently that it will bring me work. I'm even spending money on an ad campaign. Every clicky helps. Thanks!
https://www.facebook.com/KJCedits

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I Support This Production [Mar. 12th, 2015|01:56 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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OMG! YOU GUYZ! Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion are making a comedy based on the people at conventions for the Intarwebs because Alan might have trust issues with networks canceling his shows...

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/con-man

It's at 250% of its funding goals and many rewards are already sold out, but I thought ya'll might want to know anyways.
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Hackers and Crackers and Hollywood, Oh My [Jan. 20th, 2015|02:25 am]
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Hmm. This made me go "Hmm."

"So let me say now to any politicians reading this, as one of the people who helped make Blackhat feel authentic, nuclear plants are not exploding. And if you think they might, then you should direct your efforts to locking down critical systems. Pour money into research, offer incentives for organizations to invest in security, pass disclosure laws that require public reporting of breaches, so consumers can hold negligent companies accountable. Blindly boosting sentences for the few hackers who get caught will do nothing to help. And outlawing security tools just because they can be abused will only aid the real blackhats." - Kevin Poulsen

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/why-i-hope-congress-never-watches-blackhat/
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Gratitude Adjustment [Nov. 28th, 2014|12:52 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Having difficulty with my gratitude this year. Depression is acting up. Stupid lying sod.

I'm grateful for my SO, who cooked us an amazing and delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

I'm grateful for the roof over my head, clothes on my back, food in my belly, and the relative safety of my circumstances.

I'm grateful for my friends, both IRL and the virtual world, who help keep me level and sane, as well as thinking and amused. And my family, even the members I want to punch.

I'm grateful for Hershey's kisses in candy cane and dark chocolate flavors, because if you stuff one of each in your mouth and chew 'em together, it tastes really good.

And... um... stuff. Books. Things. Y'know. Indoor plumbing. Falcons. Art. Toys. Healthy baby bats. My imagination. Drugs. Etc.
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Did Your Polling Location Change? [Nov. 3rd, 2014|11:18 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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OK puppies and kittens, over 30% of Somerville residents will be going to a NEW polling place this election. If you previously voted in a fire station, the odds are good that this includes you! You should've gotten a letter notifying you months ago, but in case you lost the letter, you can always check here:

http://www.somervillema.gov/residents/address-lookup
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Ghost Touring Cambridge [Oct. 27th, 2014|01:02 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I bought the tickets for a ghost tour through Living Social (which essentially got me 2 tickets for the price of one) back in July & scheduled it in August. It's pretty low-key & history-based, but a cute event. (Apparently there's a competing tour group with costumes, drama, & made-up stories.)

Per the website -- http://www.cambridgehaunts.com/ -- it's based on Sam Baltrusis' book GHOSTS OF CAMBRIDGE: HAUNTS OF HARVARD SQUARE & BEYOND (which in turn is a Haunted America book), but there was some additional material that was tour-only (specifically Jolly Jane Toppan, the Sumner-Brooks Affair [detailed while standing in front of Sumner's statue], and the mad bell-ringer of Lowell House, none of which appear in the book). I know this because I bought & read the book last night.

Allow me to elaborate a little on Jolly Jane and show you some pics...
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It Works Now [Oct. 6th, 2014|08:52 pm]
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I fried my brain so thoroughly over the past few weeks (with nonstop work, both editing and working for the MYP/doing events for the MYP) that I let my domain kjcedits.com lapse. I fixed it within 18 hours of it going offline, but if you got a bounce from me, that's why.

Yeah. It's only the way I make the majority of my living. Smaht. Wicked smaht.
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Ferguson, Violence, and the Evolution of the Media Perspective [Aug. 21st, 2014|11:47 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I posted this to Facebook around 3am Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

I didn't post it here because I wanted to make sure I didn't write anything atrocious before putting it into the public sphere.

On Saturday, 9 August 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

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[Note that since I wrote this, President Obama dispatched US Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson and the curfew's been lifted. A grand jury is either in the process of being convened or has been convened (which could be problematic as they are very secretive things by nature). Congress is talking about the militarization of police in a much more concerned fashion. Even the Pentagon is supposedly rethinking their policy of passing along equipment and weaponry.]
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Getting It Done [Aug. 2nd, 2014|02:56 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Today, I...
  • Got up at a reasonable hour (for me) ahead of the arrival of my body doublin' pal Gail!
  • Cleaned up, sorted, put away, or recycled a pile of crap while socializing with Gail
  • Read some comics I had unearthed & was desperately seeking
  • Figured out how to delete empty notebooks from Evernote (after figuring out how to add notes to notebooks last week)
  • Registered my camera (bought & in use since in March)
  • Looked up manuals for my camera, PasswordSafe (downloaded in April), and Evernote (downloaded & in use since May) per a TO DO list in Evernote
  • Moved a list of things I used to know how to do & want to relearn to Evernote/my phone
  • Moved a list of things I want to learn how to do to Evernote/my phone
  • Downloaded an app to support one of the things I want to learn (Italian)
  • Otherwise reorganized my Evernote lists for increased efficiency
  • Reordered one of my supplements that I can only get online BEFORE I ran out of it (although it probably won't arrive before i run out, that's still better than usual)
  • Followed up on & confirmed appointment for next week
  • Put multiple events & reminders into my calendar

It's goofy, but part of the reason some of these things got done is because I've previously made the conscious decision to use certain tools that are easier for me, like Thunderbird for email since it has a detailed search function.

And tags over on Livejournal, because I can find things way more easily (even though I probably use way less than half of the 1,000+ tags I have more than once, when I do need them, they are great).

And my smarty-pants phone, for which I am VERY grateful as it has made reminders, calendar/event tracking, to do lists, and the like much easier to manage all in one place.
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Documentary About THE MILLION YEAR PICNIC Comic Shop [Jul. 30th, 2014|12:32 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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This is my comic shop. It was not my first shop - that one was back in New Brunswick, NJ. But it has been my shop longer than that other store (since 1994) and I've been working there for 7 years now. (HOLY CRAP, SEVEN YEARS!)

If you love comics, maybe you'd enjoy pitching in for this project? It's a documentary about The Million Year Picnic:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-million-year-picnic
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