[sticky entry] Sticky: PSA: Using OpenID

Jan. 8th, 2020 03:36 pm
pseudomonas: (Default)
If you just have a LiveJournal account and want to leave comments on my Dreamwidth journal or (assuming I've authorised you) read locked entries, you can do that without giving Dreamwidth a password or any personal information except an email address. Here's how:

1. Go to the main Dreamwidth page
2. Follow the "Log In with OpenID" link
3. In the "Your OpenID URL" box, put yourusername.livejournal.com. For example, if I wanted to log in with my LiveJournal account, I would type "pseudomonas.livejournal.com".
4. Click Login.
5. Click "Yes, just this time" or "Yes, always" when LiveJournal asks if you want to validate your identity.
6. The first time you log in, you'll see a message "Please set and confirm your email address". Click the "set" link and follow the instructions.
7. You'll get an email from Dreamwidth containing a link. Follow the link to confirm your email address.
8. Follow the instructions. You should now be able to leave comments.

(text stolen from [personal profile] tim)

Dreamwidth's privacy policy
- no need to ask permission - and comment here (screened) afterwards to let me know so I can put a new one up. -->
pseudomonas: (libdem)
The Conservative party have some nasty policies, and have made some nasty promises, and a lot of changes could happen in the next parliament that are pretty grim — and certainly there are a lot of positive changes that are much needed and will not happen.

But we should remember that they have a majority (even before a single by-election) that makes Major's in 1992 look generous1. And this is a party that still contains David Davis, Ken Clarke, Sarah Wollaston, Nadine Dorries, Peter Bone — all flavours of awkward squad, left and right (relatively speaking, anyway), authoritarian and libertarian, europhile and europhobe. A lot of the policies are going to end up watered down, or defeated, or quietly swept into a disused filing-cabinet. Putting the right pressure2 on the right MPs to convince them might well help. Campaigning in whatever opposition party you're a member of3 to help the Conservatives see they can't count on their majority next time will certainly help. Joining organised pressure groups like the Open Rights Group, Shelter, and Liberty will certainly help.


1 There's a chance that on some issues the DUP / UUP / UKIP might come to their aid, yes. But all these parties are small, UKIP sees them as the enemy on a lot of things, and having to rely on the DUP may well require of them some unpalatable quid-pro-quos. There's also a chance that on some things - the Snooper's Charter, for instance, some Labour MPs will support them. This just means that there's a broader target that needs pressure (from within and without that party).

2 I personally believe that the right pressure is often more "I'd be more likely to vote for you if you do X than if you do Y" rather than "OMG all Tories are evil scum" even if the latter fits the facts better. But y'know, maybe there's a good-cop-bad-cop routine in there or something.

3 As I've said in a previous post, I'm in the Lib Dems and I think you should consider joining and making the party better and stronger — but if you're better suited to another party, please help make that party better and more effective instead.

ETA: and there's always the House of Lords there as well…
pseudomonas: (libdem)
Everyone else, as Andy Hinton says, is doing a Where Do We Go From Here post, and there's something that I need to get off my chest, so here's mine.

[personal profile] miss_s_b points out that (among many other things that the leadership got hideously wrong during coalition) the policy of applying to be the Rizla you can't slip between the Labservative parties is a horrible one. I think this is for three reasons:

■ Pragmatically, the Hotelling Model predicts that there's absolutely no votes in being stuck between two parties playing that game.

■ Politically, it's stupid to define yourself in terms of other people's policies. What's the point in looking like some kind of me-too triangulator?

■ But most of all, ideologically, that's not where we belong. I've seen a few people say "we're not left-wing, we're not right-wing, we're not centrist, we're Liberals", appealing to the two-axis model, and suggesting that the liberal-authoritarian axis is the only one where we need to take a position. While I acknowledge that the left-right axis isn't a perfect model and certainly isn't the only axis that matters, I think this is a mistake.

Among our statement of principles is: "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity".

How left-wing should we be? As left-wing as we need to be to make no-one enslaved by poverty.

I don't think the answer is a socialist "as left-wing as we can possibly be", but a pragmatic "enough to achieve this goal", (which surely is much more redistributive than we are now1). I think that we should see taxation and state intervention as very necessary evils to address the bigger evils of poverty and inequality. All things being equal we should not have the state intervening; but all things are not equal.

If the Labour Party is to the left of us, fine. And if the Labour Party is to the right of us, fine. Neither of those should let us be deterred from taking a pragmatic attitude, that enslavement-by-poverty is something that we can and should eradicate2, and the right policies are those that will get us there.

1 If you think that currently there's not significant levels of poverty, or that the solution is to starve the poor harder until they're more motivated to work harder, please just go away. If you have a convincing argument that there are other measures that government can take that will have a similar effect on relieving poverty, then yes, that's something to consider subject to evidence.

2 I know there's going to be argument as to which definition of poverty to consider; I'm prepared to have that argument at some later point; it surely needs to be had. Also I know that there's more to left-right than just redistribution-to-relieve-poverty — but I trust you will forgive me for not tackling all of politics while standing on one leg.

PS: If you're not currently a member, but feel that you would like to play a part in helping ensure that the party takes a position that you approve of, joining before the end of May will enable you to vote on the next leader, as well as help make party policy through its internal democracy: http://www.libdems.org.uk/join
pseudomonas: From _The Universal Penman_ by George Bickham's (penman)
I spent the weekend with a friend who is an English teacher (that is, teaching literature to native English speakers, not teaching English as a second language), and in talking about texts, it emerged that their school doesn't really have much in the way of science fiction / speculative fiction / fantasy taught at any point, and they thought that it might be nice to study some for an upcoming short-story set of lessons, but they were not as conversant with those genres as with more traditional literature. So, I asked on Twitter (see first comment), and will ask again here, since I know any number of you are involved in SFF fandom, and because it makes a better repository for discussion:

What SFF short stories would you recommend for an English teacher to study with a class of 13-14-year-olds?
pseudomonas: (Default)
Poll #16575 Sevenfold
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Access List, participants: 23

Are you…

10 (43.5%)

13 (56.5%)

10 (43.5%)

9 (39.1%)

11 (47.8%)

5 (21.7%)

7 (30.4%)

pseudomonas: (Default)
Can anyone who's better at websearching than I am find anywhere that's retailing small (maybe A3-A5ish) pieces of http://www.onlyone-pro.com/tennage/ ? I have a project in mind that could make good use of that stuff!
pseudomonas: (Default)
Does anyone else use (or want to use) this Scrabble clone? I'd like to see about playing against a human one day. It's unofficial, FOSS, non-geofenced, and doesn't need Facebook.
pseudomonas: (Default)
A lion restant Or a teapot Proper pourant atop a beanbag Ermine
A lion restant Or a teapot Proper pourant atop a beanbag Ermine
pseudomonas: (Default)
Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Thermal underwear
Nessie Ladle
Steam locomotives
Undercooked Aubergine
Eating paper
Running away from zombies
Getting up early
(most disliked)

(from http://damerell.dreamwidth.org/87540.html)

ETA: I have tried to add things which are not *universally* loved/hated; I feel putting "Orgasms" and "Genocide" on there would be kinda boring...
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Via [personal profile] nou:

When you see this, make a post in your journal or in a community. It can be anything: a crosspost something you've posted on Tumblr, a few words about the last thing you read/watched, or just a "Hi, how is everyone?" Then go read your f-list and leave at least one comment.

A number of you have already seen my new year's greeting
thus )

So, have a chilociraptor as well.

Because you always wondered what a chihuahua/velociraptor crossbreed would look like
pseudomonas: Little Red Dragon with an abacus (geeky)
(this is all at-your-own-risk, but it seemed to work for me.)

⁂ Create empty list. (go to https://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/lists and click "Create List"; then give the list a name but not any members and click "create".)
⁂ View list.
⁂ Click "Add friends to list" button. A popover will appear listing all your friends.
⁂ Paste:
javascript:elms=document.getElementsByClassName('checkableListItem');for(var fid in elms){if(typeof elms[fid] === 'object'){elms[fid].click();}}
into the address bar. The browser might strip the "javascript:" at the beginning; type it back in manually if so.
⁂ Press Enter.
⁂ Click the "Finish" button at the bottom of the popover.

(the purpose of this is that by looking at the list, no entries will be filtered away, and it will always be most-recent-first)
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I drew an Electromechanical Yule Goat, cos someone mentioned it and I wondered what it'd end up looking like (answer: Mmmmehhhhhh. Beep. Beep. ))


Nov. 7th, 2014 02:03 pm
pseudomonas: (eyebrow)
Copied from a rantlet I made in a comment elsenet, agreeing with the proposition that the "tomatoes aren't really vegetables" is just silly

I get really* cross about the fruit/veg thing

a) Clearly (to my eyes) the botanic definition of a fruit is only tangentially relevant to the culinary definition. We can do this. We have polysemy, we have shades of meaning. It's OK.

b) Even if the botanic definition were useful, why would "fruit" not then be a subset of "vegetable" (which would presumably be defined as something like "all edible plant (or plant-and-fungal) matter")?

c) Even if fruit were not a subset of vegetables, why on earth would you assume that fruit and vegetables have got to be disjoint? Just a miserably narrow gastronomic outlook?

d) Why do people always go on about tomatoes, and not cucumbers, mange-tout, pumpkins, courgettes, aubergines, rhubarb, and so forth?

* for a small value of "really"
pseudomonas: (Default)
[[Category:Things You Can Do With A Bassoon]]

(there is a somewhat more sedate interpretation here)
pseudomonas: (Default)
How good one feels when one is full — how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal — so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.

It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, “Work!” After beefsteak and porter, it says, “Sleep!” After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!”

After hot muffins, it says, “Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field — a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life.” And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, “Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh — drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned, like kittens, side by side, in half an inch of alcohol.”

Jerome K Jerome
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