I haven't talked about it much, publicly anyway. Like most of anyone's life, it's nobody's business but mine. But, today I spent a few hours searching for information on what to expect during this process, and didn't find much. So, I thought I'd write my experience up as it happens, for the next person who needs it.
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I live in Urbana, IL with two housemates, three #cats, three #snakes, some servers, some radio gear, and a few chronic #health problems. If you want to meet me in person, stop by http://cu2600.org sometime.
- Understory trees! Like flowering dogwood. They really fill things in between shrubs and the tree canopy.
- Digging with machinery is done in multiple parts of my yard, so I can put my paths back.
- Clients with contracts that are reasonable before negotiations. So nice to read & sign in short order, without having to negotiate a bunch of changes.
Executive dysfunction is the unshakable belief that you personally lost the important paperwork.
(There is no evidence that it was actually sent in any of the places that would normally contain clues. I sent a terribly embarrassing email which inevitably revealed that even though I don't remember receiving it, both my failure to return it and its absence in any reasonable place at my end are things that are not only possible, but likely to happen after I receive important paperwork.)
Executive dysfunction is spending nearly 30 minutes being confused and unable to proceed because the right computer isn't booted and all the whiteboard pages are full, so there is nowhere to write down your stack.
(There was an actual whiteboard, a notebook, and a phone with access to all the same files as the computer, all within arms reach, which I realized after I finished considering whether I needed an entire new system for keeping track of what I'm doing. The answer is *no*.)
Executive dysfunction is realizing halfway through toweling off that you might have left conditioner in your hair, and needing to check by touching it since that happened almost 5 minutes ago, which means you have no memory one way or other.
(No conditioner. I have left it in so many times that there is A System and of course I had followed it.)
Executive dysfunction is picking the peas, but being unable to find them an hour and a half later.
(They were near the hose because just as I finished picking them, the watering can got full.)
- Transition of housemates in & out should be finished within the next couple of weeks
- Sorting a relative's tech stuff is inspiring me to create a methodical process I'll be able to use to sort my own tech stuff
- Weeded & mulched our third paw paw, and it is looking very happy and wanted
- The exhaust fan in the kitchen is really good at exchanging All The Air In The House for cooler air from outside.
- I found more hairy wild petunias to rescue from a flower bed that is going to be destroyed, and I am especially psyched because they are clearly self-seeded from the ones I rescued earlier.
- Figured out how to route the bulk of the water to the rain garden we hope to put in someday, in time to affect near-term layout decisions.
food (and other #3GoodThings)
- The black raspberries are ripe and delicious.
- It is going to cool off overnight.
- We got a new hose, and it is _much_ easier to water the garden now that I don't have to personally lug the water there.
We planted one common elderberry (_Sambucus nigra canadensis_) a few years ago, and now we have 6 or 7 (I forget). I am pleased that they like the habitat I selected for them - all of the volunteers are acceptably placed, along the fence line where I was thinking of planting more! Two of the older ones are blooming, enough that we might get a few berries this year.
what would actually help a Black political candidate?
Left to my own devices, I'd probably ask some acquaintances from the staff of another Black politician for camera recommendations, then send my candidate an article about the issue, a couple of model recommendations, and a donation big enough to cover such a camera. Assuming it is possible to find one in a normal webcam price range, anyway. Then he can pick what would actually help him, and hopefully I won't be too annoying to anyone?
what would actually help a Black political candidate?
I'd like to help "my" candidate win. But, I am White and not that into politics, and I don't know things like:
- Are there any webcams on the market that portray Black skin well?
- Which webcams? Or, how would one find such a webcam?
- Is it respectful and helpful of me to even mention this issue to any Black candidate's campaign?
If you know any of these answers and are willing to share, it would be very kind of you to educate me.
anti-Black racist webcam
I attended a virtual Q&A session with candidates for a local public office. One of the candidates won my vote.
But, his webcam had the usual trouble cameras have portraying dark skin. For example, it kept making his face look all the same shade so it was hard to see his expression, refocusing on glare from his forehead, and drastically changing the light levels on both his face and the background. That webcam did its best to prevent him from looking "professional".
We might get some fruit from one of our paw paws, which is blooming for the first time this year. There are a few others in the neighborhood, but I don't know whether they are close enough, so we might be waiting for our other trees to catch up.
I've never grown them before, or seen them up close in the spring, so I don't know whether this is a flower or just a bud. I'll see if it looks the same in a few days!
Whoo hoo, game dev says Be Like A Crow is going to shoot for some accessibility fixes in the next release! I am excited.
I got my digital copy of Be Like a Crow! So far, it seems neat, but the rule book and character sheet are definitely not ready for screenreader-only just yet; lots of sections read out of order, and it's quite confusing. I'm going to try again at a good vision time. I sent the first few issues I noticed to the game developer. From the updates, it seems like he Cares about the game and quality in general, so I'm feeling hopeful!
uspol, trans healthcare, actionable for employers
A small company in the US had their lawyers draft a plan to continue to provide healthcare for their employees, even if said healthcare has been banned from insurance coverage in the employee's home state. They have published it for use by other employers.
The actual verbiage:
Smalltalk, mobile app development, human augmentation, security architecture, native plants, cooking, woodworking, sewing, cats, snakes
Mostly hackers, mostly in Urbana, IL, talking to each other & our friends on like-minded servers without giving our personal data to the marketing machine.