Apr. 4th, 2017

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A shot inside the brooder barn, showing the new wiring (left) and the old wiring (right) (they are getting rid of that because it is terrifying and definitely not up to any kind of code). The new wiring is getting trenched in conduit out to the greenhouse, and then at the other end of the greenhouse, we’re going to put in another little trench and lay conduit out to a pole, and from that pole, I can use a 25-foot extension cord and have power in the yurt!

We were considering ways to get power across the road to the yurt, and I finally said, “but I don’t need power there during the day…” and if I do, b-i-l pointed out they don’t need to drive down that road all that often, they could just move the extension cord if they happened to go out that way.

So– I’ll have power out to the yurt, before I even have it set up! Very exciting. 

All I need is one power strip: a light, a charger for my phone or laptop, rarely both, and a place to plug in a fan in the summer and a tiny electric heater in the winter. I am going to deliberately get an underpowered one so that it is impossible for me to overload the power strip– but it’s a whole 15-amp circuit just to myself, totally separate from the greenhouse, and we’re going to make the outlet ground-fault-interrupt, so if I overload it, I can just go over to the pole and reset it, rather than all the way back to the circuit breaker at the far end of the greenhouse.

(Also if I trip it, it won’t break the greenhouse fan or louvers. And we can switch it off at the breaker in the greenhouse, and still leave the greenhouse power on.)
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Only the original Russian text of the new LiveJournal User Agreement is legally binding. So… okay. Sure. That seems fine.
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dignifiedrice replied to your post “kat8noghosts replied to your post: ANYWAY…”

But THERE’S TONS OF FICS WITH FUCKING KRENNIC??? AND KRENNIC AND JYN WAS THE SECOND MOST POPULAR SHIP LAST TIME I CHECKED, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE

Really???? Man I do not get the appeal there. 
Like, if you want a fucked up incestuous angsty Jyn ship, Jyn/Bodhi is right there. 

SHIT TUMBLR DELETED THE REST OF MY TAGS. 

‘you know my father?’ she says bodhi lights up like a fucking candle bodhi loves her father he VISIBLY loves her father Jyn’s feelings for her father have been so dulled and blunted by pain and loss over the years that when she pushes on the emotional scar tissue over her missing parents she only feels a faint ache and here bodhi is bleeding and frightened and fervent with love for her fatherJyn’s lost papa and then TWO MINUTES LATER her father dies in her arms she yells at cassian but she can barely look at bodhi because bodhi is huddled in on himselfhopeless now the way he wasn’t before he’s grieving Galen Erso. Jyn didn’t know Galen Erso. She’s grieving her Papa and her Papa has been lost for fifteen years she’s JEALOUS of bodhi’s grief and when they get to Yavin 4 when they have a night to breathe before the council he tries to tell her how sorry he is and it makes Jyn furiousthe different magnitudes of their losses–the different scopes of their grief–she can’t bear it ‘tell me about him’ she demands they get drunk and jyn gets angrier and bodhi gets sadder he tells her that her father was kind and her father was brave and her father always tried to help those he could
THE BEST PART IS WHAT COMES NEXT: 
because Bodhi is drunk and dully terrified and grieving (NOT JUST GALEN. JEDHA. EADU. HE HAD FRIENDS IN EADU AND JEDHA WAS HIS HOME), he says something inadvisable about Galen’s beautiful hands and Galen’s dark eyes
and Jyn goes super still and says in a very flat voice: “Did you fuck my father?” 
And of COURSE Bodhi fucked her father, so he just stares at her helplessly. 
And Jyn can’t bear it, because she has been missing her father her whole life, and here Bodhi is and Bodhi had him, all of him, and she doesn’t want to fuck her father but she wants everything Bodhi has with a jealous, vicious want, so she grabs his jaw and gives him a harsh kiss. 
And then they have weird fragile pseudo-incestuous sex that starts out with Bodhi crying and ends up with Jyn crying silently into his shoulder while Bodhi strokes her hair with a shaking hand and tells her over and over again that her father loved her, her father missed her, her father wanted her to be happy. 
WHO NEEDS KRENNIC WHEN YOU HAVE THAT. 
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i am so tired and i need to go and be working on something but i can’t motivate myself to do so, and i’m being lazy. blah.

placeholder of tiny story thoughts of probable baby poe stories– this is inspired by yesterday being a lovely day so we hauled Farmbaby’s toys out of the basement and put them back in the yard, and she became totally preoccupied with having a tea party on the tiny picnic table that goes in the yard. (there’s a fenced-in side yard full of toys, for her to play with but also for the kids who come by twice a week for the vegetable subscription pickup, mostly to keep playing children from running into the driveway. It’s remarkably effective.)

so: yavin iv tea parties

alderaan has a whole thing about tea. maybe british-ish, maybe japanese-ish, but there’s a whole elaborate ceremony about tea, and there are levels of it, but even just a basic cup of tea, an alderaanian is going to have a maybe absent-minded but still-present ritual about it.

kes is born on alderaan but doesn’t spend much time there, being a refugee and all; still, the whole tea thing’s a situation he’s noddingly familiar with, mostly in the way of a child accepting that the world just works that way sometimes and not worrying about it much. he was often at very formal occasions and spent a lot of time bored out of his mind and focusing his entire self on not fidgeting too much. so he knows how the tea thing goes, but not in any focused way.

yavin iv, right after the war, becomes a haven for the alderaanian diaspora, the few survivors who were either studying abroad or traveling or whatever when the genocide happened. many settle there, and so there are some cobbled-together things, a little bit of a community. leia mostly stays away to keep from attracting too much attention to them, but it’s a thing.

while playing with poe kes absent-mindedly puts together a rudimentary tea set for him, because he remembers playing with one as a child, remembers that tea parties were a fun thing. so one day, he’s home with poe, it’s a nice day, so he says kid, let’s have a tea party, and poe is super pumped and helps him set the table, and he gives poe a container with sides as a tray since the kid’s going to spill otherwise, and puts all the formal dishes– cobbled together odd dishes and appropriately-shaped containers, but maybe he took a moment’s effort and dunked them all in the same color paint so they’re a “set”– on that tray and Poe gets to carry it, and they put a proper tablecloth (probably a napkin) on the picnic table, and Kes mixes up some syrup in water or something to be tea, because whatever, and brings himself a beer, and they sit down and Kes has to pull over a chair because the child-sized toy table is Not Happening (shara can sit at it but he Cannot) and there’s a little plate of cookies and a cut-up space-apple or whatever, two or three toys propped up at the table to be the rest of the guests

and they’re sitting there and Kes teaches Poe the whole formal way you’re supposed to pour, you offer the handle to the drinker, you go sunwise around the table, the whole thing

(and when Poe’s not looking he dumps the syrup out of his cup and pours his beer in because he is a grown-ass man and is not drinking sugar water on a hot afternoon)

and they pass quite an agreeable little time, teaching the toys Alderaanian etiqutte (though, Kes wasn’t really setting out to do that, he just never drank tea on his home planet, so when he thought of a tea party of course it was an Alderaanian one)

and naturally some distinguished visitor happens to drop by, and comes out and there’s Kes in the middle of a whole formal Alderaanian high tea with stuffed animals and a three-year-old

tl;dr he made some old lady cry for her vanished planet because he didn’t even notice he was preserving a vanished culture for the benefit of two action figures, a little boy, and a stuffed animal, with a beer in his tea cup (he didn’t let on about that part)

[yes in real life i drank a can of beer in tiny sips out of a miniature ceramic teacup in the yard yesterday, i have photos]
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Leia attended a lecture at the University of Coruscant once, in those early days when the New Republic was still fighting over the shape it would take, and Ben refused to sleep for more than a few hours a night. (He’d been such a colicky baby,and Han had been the only one who could settle him. Leia remembered too many nights spent sagging against the doorway as Han rocked Ben in his arms, humming some tuneless song.

She’d never decided whether her eyes burned with exhaustion or—)

That day the afternoon smog lay over Coruscant, and he had a few hours before her next meeting. She’d been restless, and wanted something—different, different voices, different bodies. Different lives, with different choices than the ones she had made. She’d wanted—

It was strange to walk through the halls of the High Imperial Academy; to step over rubble left from the riots, see the Emperor’s sigil papered over with flimsi posters advertising spare rooms and holo screenings. The last time Leia had been in these halls, it had been with the old War Committee, and a cadet with slicked-back hair and terrible breath spent the entire time trying to impress her.

(She’d gotten good intel out of him, but she still remembered the bile in her throat, the way he spat xenos like a curse.)

But Mon Mothma had told her about the Republican universities—in fact, Leia was fairly certain the Academy had been the university, before the Imperial military took it over. Every building on Coruscant was like that. The Imperial Palace was the old Jedi Temple, was the old Sith Temple—things lived many lives, in Coruscant. Mothma had attended the university on Chandrila, and studied poetry and linguistics. Poetry? Leia had asked incredulously, because the holomap for the assault on Datas was still open on the table. 

Mothma had smiled, faintly. A battle plan different than a villanelle, Commander Organa, not more difficult.

Leia had followed the sound of voices to a large amphitheater—they’d held battle simulations here, but now the tech was dark and silent. Instead there were a few dozen sentients gathered in the center of the room, some sitting and others standing, some clutching datapads and others looking as though they had stopped in on their lunch breaks. They were listening to a Togruta, who flashed Leia a smile when he saw her lingering in the doorway.

“What do you think?” he asked, gesturing for her to come closer.

“About what?” she asked, bringing her chin up and remaining steadfastly where she was. (She was tired, she was—too tired for another fight, but she’d been doing nothing but for years. It was habit by now.)

“The hover-rail problem!” At her look of incomprehension, he smiled. “There is a runaway hover-rail car barreling down the track, with five unwitting sentients in its path. However—you are standing next to a safety switch, and can save them by transferring the car to another route. Yet, as you’re about to throw the switch, you notice that there is one person on that path. So who do you save? The five or the one?”

She—

Father had asked her this. They’d been at dinner—one of the rare and precious occasions when it was just them, mother and father and Leia, and—he’d asked her. And Breha had asked ‘well, are the five good people, or criminals?’ and Leia had frowned and said, ‘what does that matter!’ and they’d gone around and around until everyone was laughing, proposing more and more outrageous ways of getting out of the decision at all.

Leia exhaled. Force, she was tired.

“Well,” she said, and she was proud when her voice did not shake. The Togruta was still staring levelly back at her. “Historically, I refuse to tell Tarkin the location of the Rebellion, and the Death Star obliterates Alderaan.”

The Togruta startled, and the silence in the amphitheater was profound. (Leia could feel the others staring, but she was used to that by now. Everyone stared.) “Princess,” he finally said, in a tone that was hard to read.

“General, actually. Or—Senator, now.”

“Then…Senator. May I ask why?”

“Why what?” 

“Why you—chose not to reveal the location of Rebellion?”

Leia stared, a curious mix of confused and outraged. “Should I have?”

“No, I’m—I think every sentient in the free galaxy is grateful you didn’t. But Alderaan was your home, your family was there and your people. To save them would be no less understable. So…why?”

“The Rebellion would—save the galaxy,” Leia said, and outrage was—definitely winning. 

“You chose the five.”

“I—” It had happened so fast, it hadn’t felt like a choice. She was standing on the deck of the star destroyer with Tarkin leering at her and Darth Vader behind her, and all she’d been sure of was that she couldn’t give up the Rebellion. She couldn’t—father would never be able to look at her again.

As though he could sense her hesitation, the Togruta bowed his head. “Thank you for sharing, Senator. As I was saying before, when we consider what’s right, what’s ethical, we have to really understand—”

Leia didn’t take a seat, but she didn’t leave either. The Togruta lectured, and occasionally one of the students would interrupt—they argued, back and forth, but it was so removed. It was about Right and Wrong and Justice and Why, and nothing about subsidies or voting rights or xeno recognition or dismantling the Imperial war machine. Leia knew where she stood, with Light and Dark. (She didn’t always like it, but she knew.)

“I didn’t catch your name,” Leia said to the Togruta after the lecture had concluded, feeling suddenly much younger, like she was facing one of her old tutors. But the Togruta only ducked his head.

“Tiss, Senator. I was a—student at this university, before the war. There are a few of us who managed to avoid being shipped off to prison planets, once the ISB cracked down.”

“Why return here?” Leia asked, thinking of the papered-over walls, the rubble.

Tiss blinked. “Where else would I go? We’ve been guarding all the wisdom and memory of the Republic for this, Senator. For someone to hear it.”

Leia thought about that, as she flagged down a grav-cab, and told the driver to take her to the new (old) Senate building. “You’re late,” Mothma murmured as Leia slipped into the meeting hall, passing her the datapad as the Senator from Naboo continued to drone on. 

“I know,” Leia said breathlessly, pulling up the meeting agenda. “I just…stopped by the university.”

Leia was startled when Mon Mothma actually turned to stare at her. In the light of the Senate building, her eyes were very pale. “Do we have a university?”

“I…” Leia breathed, thinking of Tiss, of the gathered students—workers on their lunch breaks, drifters and bored street merchants. Poetry, she thought, and smiled. “I think we will.”
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Hey there other LJ users… what’s the go with the new user agreement? I had noticed that lj is no longer https last week… man. time to actually move over to dreamwidth maybe :-/

I just saw that today.  I’ve already set up at Dreamwidth but I’ve been resisting the final move because 80% of my people are still at LJ.

I haven’t read the full agreement yet, but we can’t read or post until we do agree, so I should mosey on over and see what BS they’ve got in their ToS….

I believe I have found the giant “fuck you” clause:

Section 7.4 of the new ToS: “Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149 “ references this un-lovely tidbit of Russian legal malarkey:

Article 10.2. The Details of Dissemination of Generally Accessible Information by a Blogger

1. The owner of a website and/or a website page on the Internet on which generally accessible information is placed and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day (hereinafter referred to as “blogger”) when said information is placed and used, for instance when said information is placed on the given website or website page by other users of the Internet shall ensure the observance of the legislation of the Russian Federation, for instance:

1) shall not allow the website or website page on the Internet to be used for the purpose of committing the acts punishable under a criminal law, disclosing the information classified as state or another specifically law-protected secret, disseminating the materials containing public appeals for carrying out terrorist activities or publicly justifying terrorism, other extremist materials and also the materials propagating pornography, the cult of violence and cruelty and the materials containing obscene language;

2) shall verify the reliability of placed generally accessible information before it is placed and shall immediately delete unreliable information that has been placed;

3) shall not allow the dissemination of information about the private life of a citizen in breach of the civil legislation;

4) shall observe the bans and restrictions envisaged by the legislation of the Russian Federation the referendum and the legislation of the Russian Federation on elections;

5) shall observe the provisions of the legislation of the Russian Federation that regulate the procedure for disseminating mass information;

6) shall observe the rights and lawful interests of citizens and organisations, for instance the honour, dignity and business reputation of citizens as well as the business reputation of organisations.

2. The following is hereby prohibited when information is placed on a website or website page on the Internet:

1) the use of the website or website page on the Internet for the purpose of concealing or falsifying information of public significance, disseminating knowingly unreliable information under the disguise of reliable messages;

2) the dissemination of information for the purpose of discrediting a citizen or some categories of citizens on the basis of sex, age, race or ethnicity, language, religion, trade, place of residence and work and also in connection with their political convictions.

3. The blogger is entitled to:

1) freely search, receive, transmit and disseminate information by any method in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation;

2) set out on his website or website page on the Internet his personal judgements and assessment with an indication of his name or pseudonym;

3) place or allow the placement on his website or website page on the Internet texts and/or other materials of other users of the Internet, unless the placement of such texts and/or other materials contravenes the legislation of the Russian Federation;

4) disseminate advertisements on an onerous basis in keeping with the civil legislation, Federal Law No. 38-FZ of March 13, 2006 on Advertisement on his website or website page on the Internet.

4. An abuse of the right of disseminating generally accessible information that has manifested itself as breach of the provisions of Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the present article shall entail criminal, administrative or another liability in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

5. On his website or website page on the Internet the blogger shall place his name and initials and an e-mail address for sending legal-significance messages to him.

6. On his website or website page on the Internet the blogger shall place immediately after receiving a court’s decision that has become final and contains demand for its being published on the website or website page.

7. The owners of websites on the Internet who have registered as network editions in accordance with Law of the Russian Federation No. 2124-I of December 27, 1991 on Mass Media are not bloggers.

8. The federal executive governmental body carrying out the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and telecom shall keep a register of the websites and/or website pages on the Internet on which generally accessible information is placed and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day. For the purpose of ensuring the formation of the register of websites and/or website pages on the Internet the federal executive governmental body carrying out the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and telecom:

1) shall organise the monitoring of websites and website pages on the Internet;

2) shall endorse a methodology for assessing the number of users of a website or website page on the Internet per day;

3) has the right of requesting from organisers of dissemination of information on the Internet, bloggers and other persons the information required for keeping such register. Within 10 days after receiving a request from the federal executive governmental body carrying out the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and telecom said persons shall provide the information so requested.

9. In the event of detection in information-telecommunication networks, for instance on the Internet, of a website or website page which contain generally accessible information and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day, including the consideration of relevant applications of citizens or organisations, the federal executive governmental body carrying out the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and telecom:

1) shall include said website or website page on the Internet in the register of the websites and/or website pages on the Internet on which generally accessible information is placed and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day;

2) shall identify the hosting provider or the other person which ensures the placement of the website or website page on the Internet;

3) shall send to the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of the present part a notice in electronic form in Russian and English concerning the need for provision of details allowing to identify the blogger;

4) shall record the date and time of dispatch of the notice to the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of the present part in the relevant information system.

10. Within three working days after receiving the notice mentioned in Item 3 of Part 9 of the present article the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of Part 9 of the present article shall provide the information allowing to identify the blogger.

11. Having received the information specified in Item 3 of Part 9 of the present article, the federal executive governmental body carrying out the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and telecom shall send a notice to the blogger informing that his website or website page has been included in the register of the websites and/or website pages on the Internet on which generally accessible information is placed and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day, with reference to the provisions of the legislation of the Russian Federation applicable to said website or website page on the Internet.

12. If during three months access to the website or website page on the Internet is below 3,000 users of the Internet per day that website or that website page on the Internet shall be removed on the blogger’s application from the register of the websites and/or website pages on the Internet on which generally accessible information is placed and to which access exceeds 3,000 users of the Internet per day, with a notice to this effect being sent to the blogger. The given website or website page on the Internet may be removed from that register when no application is filed by the blogger if access to the given website or website page on the Internet during six months is below 3,000 users of the Internet per day.

Sweet baby spaghetti monster.  Even allowing for shitty translations, I’ve spent the past few decades reading 20-page publishing contracts, and dealt with a handful of real estate contracts, and I’ve never seen such a dense block of legal excrement.  Well-played, Russian lawyers, and by well-played I mean Crowley would be impressed. 

Short version, as I see it: nothing obscene by Russian legal standards (in Putin’s Russia, LGBTA discussions could fall within that, much less actual smut), and even if you’re squeaky clean and hetero-vanilla, any and everything you say is subject to their (legal) judgement.  So yeah, for’ex, prohibiting “the dissemination of information for the purpose of discrediting a citizen or some categories of citizens on the basis of sex, age, race or ethnicity, language, religion, trade, place of residence and work and also in connection with their political convictions.” could be seen as protecting someone from abuse or libel, and that’s great - but it also means that if the Russian government decides they don’t like your political activism, they have the right to use that post as “abuse” that “shall entail criminal, administrative or another liability in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.”  And then “the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of Part 9 of the present article shall provide the information allowing to identify the blogger.”  

Shorter version as I understand it: Livejournal no longer pretends to adhere to the concept of Freedom of Speech and/or privacy as (still) practiced in the USA.  If any practicing (or perfect) legal beagles want to elaborate on how I’m right/where I’m wrong, I welcome the instruction.

I’m not surprised by any of this, I’m just sad that I’m not surprised.  

follow-up: even if I were willing to sign, holy shit this is a red flag, pun intentional:

ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://ift.tt/2nyBrdb.

so, what you’re agreeing to isn’t the translation given, but the original user document.  Which is in Russian.  And might be exactly the same context as the translation… and might not.
Um.  Children, this is the point at which I say “get in the damn car and drive in the direction of Away Very Fast.”

I’ve resisted the move to DW but you better believe I’m moving now!

LiveJournal and what’s going on there. FYI.

For Mr @copperbadge. I thought this would be a interesting read for you.

I haven’t had a ton of time to research any of this, because holy shit wank ALWAYS HAPPENS ON LJ WHEN I’M ON VACATION. WHAT THE FUCK LIVEJOURNAL. 

But I do think it would be incredibly wise of people to make the migration to the Dreamwidth platform, which in function and structure is nearly identical but which in terms of ideology and philosophy is run by fans and fairly liberal. At the very least, I would back your LJ up on Dreamwidth (and throw them some dollars if you can, they work hard). 

Dreamwidth can import not just your entire journal but also the privacy locks on posts (I checked this morning), icons, comments, and communities and their comments as well. If you don’t have a Dreamwidth, once you make one you can literally pick up your entire LiveJournal content and plop it down in a Dreamwidth username of your choice. The only thing you’re likely to lose is your layout, and you may have to re-find some friends.

Import a JournalImport a Community

You can backup multiple journals to a single DW journal, but for communities you will need to build a DW community and back your community stuff up to it (you also need to own, not just moderate, the community on LJ). I don’t know if you can put multiple communities into one DW community account. 

I’ve had a DW for ages, and I had all the plans IN PLACE to do the backup but was waiting until after vacation. So what I’ve done today is taken an account labeled cblj-backup, and backed my two significant LJs up there (Copperbadge and Sam_Storyteller) and my fiction community at originalsam-backup. More to come about this once the process is complete, which it isn’t yet. 

FWIW, Tumblr is now my main platform, but I do post to copperbadge on Dreamwidth, and all my fanfic is posted to and will remain at AO3 under the username Copperbadge there. 

someone reblogged my earlier post on this with “what’s the big deal” so here’s the big deal for context

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