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I am only about a hundred pages into this book, but it had paid for itself after fifty. I wish I'd read it ten years ago. Actually, I wish I'd read it nineteen years ago when I started my first programming job, but it hadn't been written then. Techies, if you haven't read it, I strongly advise you to do so at your earliest convenience. It's about how to deal with a Catch-22 that's come up over and over again in my programming career:
  • I can't safely modify, or even understand, this code, because it has no tests.
  • I can't test it without modifying it.
Feathers describes techniques for bringing code under test with the minimal amount of disruption, then refactoring it towards maintainability. Some of the advice I'd worked out for myself, but having names and a structure to hang ad-hoc insights on is great. The book concentrates on object-oriented and procedural languages, but a lot of the techniques should generalise to other paradigms.

Check out this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44919.Working_Effectively_with_Legacy_Code

Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers

Updatey post of updatiness

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:20 pm
aunty_marion: Vaguely Norse-interlace dragon, with knitting (Knitting dragon)
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I've spent most of last week being the Glamorous Assistant on Ziggy's lucet stand at Alexandra Palace. I had numerous comments on my hair!!! Not a brilliantly successful show, and the news is that (thank goodness!) it's going back to four days next year, so we may do better. I'm booked in for Olympia in March, anyway. The rest of the details )

Technology is thwarting me: more details )

My lungs are also thwarting me - more wheezy details! )

Hurricane Ophelia has apparently picked up sub-Saharan dust, and the light outside is indeed very strange right now - the sun looks orange through the clouds, and the light is yellowish. It's breezy, but not too bad. So far.

This morning the postie brought my latest Loki t-shirt - this one is an 'official' Marvel one from Forbidden Planet, who I really, REALLY, should not have followed on twitter... Oh well.

In Knitting Knews, I'm halfway up the feet of a pair of purple merino socks, cast on for easy bus-knitting last week. I spoke to a woman at the show who was wearing a really rather nice shawl, made up of half-circle shapes of various sizes in lace and plain stocking stitch divided by garter-stitch 'ribs', but she told me it was a kit from an American company that she'd bought, and then used the yarn for something else & knitted the pattern in her own yarn, and she wasn't sure of the name. However, I've tracked it down through Ravelry ... only to find that it's only available in an e-book of three patterns for (eek!) $35.94. That's worse than the £20 for Laine Magazine (issue 1) for the Syv sock pattern. I mean, I've got enough topped up in paypal now that I could afford it, but I only want ONE of the patterns (Key of Life, from ArtYarns, by Iris Schreier), and almost £28 for one pattern is rather excessive.

Thanks to the lungs, I didn't feel up to going shopping this morning; I've done a load of washing (thank you Cough O'Doom ... not), and was also available (yay!) for the postie. I may or may not feel up to knitting this evening, and as for rehearsal on Sunday ... Well, I'll just have to see what happens tomorrow with this spirometry thing.

Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.

media consumed

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:32 am
ironed_orchid: buffy and willow star at computer, text "the tentacle goes where?" (tentacle)
[personal profile] ironed_orchid
I am so bad at this updating thing.

Between having a week off work and then getting sick (again), I've been spending a lot of time on the couch binge watching. Here is a list of tv stuffs I have been watching in the last month or so:

The Good Place: I find this fun, but now that I am caught up and have to wait for weekly episodes, each one feels short.

Glitch: season two - so good, so interesting, but now we are more into the SF of how people came back from the dead, and less into their personal histories.

Bojack Horseman: I watched the entire 4 seasons in just over a week. I'd assumed this was yet another mean and sarcastic cartoon for adults, but I ended up caring a lot about the characters, even the mean and sarcastic ones.

Star Trek: Discovery: I think I want to like this more than I actually do, but it doesn't matter as I am utterly smitten with Michael Burnham and want her to be happy, which means I'll probably keep watching forever.

Dance Academy: seasons one and two on Netflix, season three on iview - I find this silly show for teenagers about a Sydney ballet school surprisingly charming and easy to watch.

Grace and Frankie: Another show I didn't watch before and then devoured in a few sittings. I have loved Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda since I was about 12, and they are a delight to watch together. Some good stuff about ageing and being single older women. I find some of the story lines a bit clunky, but there is good natured humour to keep me watching.

American Vandal: Who drew the dicks? I wasn't sure about it but the mockumentary format really works, and the kids actually look and act like teenagers and their theories are so dumb that it's beautiful.

The Good Fight: A spin off from The Good Wife and does assume background knowledge for some plots and characters. I like Rose Leslie's character, strange to see her playing and American, but she does it well. It still does that annoying thing of ever so slightly fictionalising actual people and events and the episode with the character who was Not!Milo was one of the weakest.

I am frustrated with Netflix for making new shows I want to watch which only air weekly. I guess it's because they want to sell them to other networks, but it sucks.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.
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Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.

Discord

Oct. 8th, 2017 02:41 pm
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I see that a number of people are moving to Discord for chat, both in general and also because AIM is going bye-bye.

I'm Azz#2671 if anyone wants to chat there; I have it on the desktop but I'm not sure if I've installed it on the current phone.

Dear Yulegoat,

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:11 am
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I appreciate your work!

I'm neotoma on AO3 and I've participated in Yuletide for several years, so I'm glad you're participating too!

General likes and dislikes:

Dislikes -- hatesex, extreme power differentials in relationships, mentor-student relationships, dub-con and non-con unless the characters actually deal with how fucked up the relationship is, deathfic without hope
Likes -- nifty worldbuilding, exploring the edge cases (what if the main character doesn't fit into their society's boxes -- how do they cope?), friendship as a priority, casefic and gen fic, puns, happy endings, bittersweet endings that have hope at the end.

Onto the fandoms -- SGU, An American in Paris, The Limehouse Golem )

Yuletide Time!

Oct. 9th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Welp, I have lived long enough to have reached my twelfth Yuletide. I am surprised and pleased at this outcome, especially after the way that 2017 rolled in for the whole world.

Anyway. Yuletide is always fun for me, I've always loved my gifts, and I try to generally be chill about the process, so I hope I can make your assignment easy and enjoyable for you, too. My letters tend to be long – please don't worry! I am chatty, and excited that we share a fandom. I am all on board with optional details being optional: you go and ODAO if you have to. We have connected over our love for a fandom. I will love what you write.

I've put down ideas for each fandom – they are honestly just random things that have occurred to me as I write my letter, things that would be cool to read. I'm not particularly attached to any one idea (or fandom, for that matter), but wanted to throw out some prompts in case you're the kind of writer that likes prompts or wants to get an idea of how I view the fandom. If you find those prompts too constrictive, please fly free! I love the fandom, I love all the characters, I love the way that people are fannish about the characters. I am a fan of fandom, so show me how you love the characters we matched on, and I will be happy. I promise.

After eleven of these letters, I've got my likes and dislikes pinned down, so I've cut and pasted them from previous letters:
Likes and dislikes )

I've talked about the specific fandoms under the cut, with possible scenarios or prompts. I talk more about some than others, but please understand I have no favourite. It's just what has come to mind as I write the letter. I would be happy with fic for any of these fandoms.

There are important spoilers here for Westworld and The Good Place, so if you're browsing letters, please be careful!

Beautiful Losers II – Jack Vettriano, The Defenders, New Rules – Dua Lipa, Doctor Strange, Westworld, The Good Place )


Miscellanea
If we've matched on a large canon, and it's not going to work for you, I've got a few small and easily accessed canons here:
A painting: Beautiful Losers II, Jack Vettriano
A music video: New Rules – Dua Lipa.

For stalking purposes, I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina and [tumblr.com profile] st-aurafina. All my previous Dear Author letters are here: Dear Author. If you have any questions, you're welcome to message my partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil. She will keep your secret for life, or at least until after reveals.

Thank you so much for writing! I hope your Yuletide is fantastic.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
[personal profile] neotoma
Bosc, bartlett, and asian pears, black twig, neorthernspy,Esopus Spitzenberg apples, quince, persimmons, figs, pita, tiropita, and milopita (apple handpie!).

Also, I harvest the Table Gold acorn squash this week -- 3 squash, for a total of 2lbs. It also looks like I'll get at least 2 cups of cowpeas once they're finished drying, and at least some Tarbais runner beans, though probably not enough for a cassoulet.

Assumptions, baking

Oct. 7th, 2017 02:02 am
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... I believe that two of my friends have invented an entire spouse for a third friend (all former co-workers of mine) on the strength of baking.

Specifically, the colleague very occasionally brings meat pies in. And he was going to bring some in at some future point, but he moved continents before it happened. And his wife bakes them.

I was certain that no such entity exists, and that the man does his own baking.

The guys and I haven't synchronously discussed it, and they're not even quite sure on gender, and they barely hear of "her"...

I shall have to inquire.

But as things stand, two of the better informed and well intentioned feminist dudes I know believe that someone else bakes for a certain man...

others claim it, we are it.

Oct. 6th, 2017 11:41 am
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I figured out a little bit why I'm not feeling myself. The daylight is changing. As much as I'm a night owl, I am definitely a person who needs sunlight to help with the brain. Time to pull out the grow light again and see if that helps.

I have saffron crocuses bulbs to plant, as well as bitter orange seeds to see if I can get to sprout. I'm thinking about using them as a back fence instead of the dratted barbed wire the extension service put up. I hate running into surprise!barbed wire, it means I have to be really watchful for tetanus. (Yes, my shot's up to date. I got my TDAP about a year ago.) Also, it'd be easier on a goat than metal fencing. If we ever get goats.

For some reason I keep thinking of Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' as a Sansa Stark song. I keep hearing it and thinking of her.

We got new-to-us furniture! We have a bunk bed we're going to put in the mudroom and we're getting a sectional with chaise lounges. Our current couch and reclining love seat will go to Linda in Baton Rouge. They had to get rid of their couch because someone brought bedbugs into the house. Alas.

I'm baking off brioche to see how this recipe works for small buns to take to SCA daytrip events so we can have lunch. I usually do a bread, a dried meat, boiled eggs, lemonade, and sometimes a sweet of some sort. I think chocolate chip cookies will be this one. I'd planned it for this weekend's Coronation, but Hurricane Nate sort of made that not happen. Coronation got moved to next weekend so instead of Four Horsemen, it's Four Horsemen of the Second Rise of the House of the Holy. ;) Still.
I am amused at us, though, because Gleann Abhann is the Stormborn Kingdom. Everyone else can call themselves that, but nobody else had their First Coronation under the Blue Tarps of Hurricane Recovery. You can't keep us down.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 5th, 2017 05:07 pm
were_duck: Ellen Ripley from Alien looking pensively to the right in her space helmet (Default)
[personal profile] were_duck
Hello! Thank you so much for writing me a story in one of these fandoms! I can't wait to see what you come up with, thank you so much in advance.

I am generally a fan of you getting to write the story you want to write, so please, if you have an idea in mind, please feel free to pursue it.

My only major do-not-wants are pregnancy loss and child death. Other than that, I'm not super into stories that center jealousy, though I'm open to some jealousy if they work through it and it isn't treated as romantic. I'm not super into non-con or tons of hurt/comfort.

Just in case you'd like to know what kinds of things I do generally like in stories, in no particular order: character studies, women being friends with one another, queers, queer community, queer people in het relationships, polyamory, sex, porn, kink (nothing is too much for me to read about), shibari, fix-it fic, missing scenes, space AUs, band AUs, werewolf AUs, found family, worldbuilding/exploring a world, adventure, romance, established relationships, communication and trust, gender exploration, explorations of canon grief or sadness, especially if it's bittersweet.

I requested the following fandoms, and I gave a really short bit of info about each one in my signup (reproducing that here):

Scientific Method Universe: I love everyone in this bar! Any combo of characters is great. I love porn but it's not necessary for me to enjoy your story. Major do-not-wants for me are pregnancy loss or heavy hurt/comfort. I love established relationship stories, humor, feelings, sex, edgy kink. I'm not super into stories that center jealousy, though dealing with some jealousy is fine. I admit that the trio (Will, Hugh, and Truman) have my heart, but I'd also be into any story that moves you about the other characters.

Rivers of London: I love gen in this fandom though I also do super love Peter/Nightingale and Peter/Bev (any poly arrangement is also great!). I love mystery stories and humorous hijinks and Peter being endearingly into research and modern community policing outreach. I miss Lesley. My only major trigger is pregnancy loss.

The Divine Cities: This series really got to me, especially the last book. I'd be open to any character explorations of any of these characters (I also love Signe). I love how this series did its worldbuilding, the politics, the great big gaps of unexplored time for the characters' stories. I find the magic fascinating and the difficult decisions made heartbreaking. My only major trigger is pregnancy loss, and I've read all three books.

(no subject)

Oct. 5th, 2017 06:39 pm
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I just figured out a thing. Part of why I keep tripping up over the Dialectic word in DBT is because I associate it with diametrically opposed, when actually it's about both/and, not either/or opposition. Putting it here to remind myself and in case it helps anyone else who was having the same issue.

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