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This is interesting for Star Trek fans with interests in model-building, graphic design and the like, and you prefer to work with TOS Starfleet hull design aesthetics.

While I bought a license for Amarillo USAF from tlai-dot-com, and consider the freeware font Airborne II superior because it includes character sets for Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew (in case you want your Earth-built starship hulls to be multilingual), this one went in for getting lower-case glyphs added to the mix.

https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/stockbucket/hammer-and-tongs/
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After checking Historica Canada, it turns out that yesterday marked an anniversary: the day that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect in Canada in 1982.

Long live the Charter.

Infinity Renewed

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:19 pm
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I have the cheapest photo stand with infinity curve that one can imagine – a sheet of white paper curled onto a folding TV table. I use the stand for everything, like the Aria Blu-ray photo and the Alabaster Bibles photo.

Over time, the paper acquires marks. Once one side gets stained with marks, I turn the paper over and use the other side. Eventually, both sides become unusable. I don’t remember the last time I had to replace the background. It’s been several years. I’ve replaced the background at most one time since I went to the large sheet of paper back in 2013.

Last month I bought a replacement sheet of paper during a sale at Blick Art Materials, but it turned out to be the wrong size – only 26" x 40". I tried to use it, but the size difference was noticeable. Today the store was having a 20% off everything sale for members, and I took advantage to get the correct paper: Legion Stonehenge White 120# 30"x44" Paper. Since 2013 the list price has gone from $5.80 to $12.29. Still, it’s a really cheap infinity curve. I’d considered getting a roll of white paper, 36" wide, but the weight and texture of the Stonehenge paper is really nice. The paper is not shiny (i.e., no glare), and the paper thickness is a nice base for objects – no wrinkling or creases.

I considered buying two sheets – but then realized I didn’t have a good place to store the backup sheet while preventing it from bending or getting dirty.

Photo Stand with Infinity Curve
Photo Stand with Infinity Curve

Astronomy: The Struve Catalogue(s)

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:16 pm
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Looking at this entry on Wikipedia at the moment:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Georg_Wilhelm_von_Struve

That's the profile they currently have on the guy whose binary-star catalogue listings got prefixed as "Σ" when cited in articles in Astronomy, Sky and Telescope and Deep Sky Quarterly going back to my teenage years. I don't pretend to know all the star catalogues that have ever been published, and I doubt that I ever will. Even in this age of Wikipedia and SIMBAD.

But, while re-reading My Enemy, My Ally once more, I note that one of the "landmarks" of the story is a system catalogued as "Σ 285 Trianguli". And I find that SIMBAD doesn't really keep track of which stars were known by Struve catalogue numbers these days for whatever reason(s), but if there's a way to nail down which catalogues' listings the star is known by these days...?

Oh. If you're interested, here's the catalogue prefixes that Wikipedia currently knows to keep track of:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronomical_catalogues

Books I'm Reading Whilst Job-Hunting

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:12 am
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Uncompromising Honor by David Weber. Which I've finished an initial read-through of, but going back to specific passages for effect and clarification now.

Re-reading...

My Enemy, My Ally by [personal profile] dduane. The first of her "Rihannsu" novels for the Star Trek: TOS line. A lot of stuff's been set aside by the TV and movie people, but as an espionage/adventure/space opera yarn, it still holds up over 30 years later.

So do Articles of the Federation and A Singular Destiny, both by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

More later...

System Map Update

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:47 pm
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Home System Map • April 2019
Home System Map • April 2019
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I was reading some old posts today – and I realized I did not update my home system map after acquiring Hinata. So I’ve fixed that today.

Elephants!

Apr. 15th, 2019 08:14 pm
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The car did get finished by mid afternoon, so I called my friend Irene and asked for a ride to the garage. I intended to grocery shop afterwards, so I grabbed a couple of reusable bags-- bags from a wildlife charity, with colorful patchwork elephants all over. Irene completely lit up at the sight of them! She liked them so much that when she dropped me off, I asked if she would accept one, and she uncharacteristically said yes! Later she sent me a text with a long row of elephants, hearts and smiles.

OBITS/SPACE:

Apr. 15th, 2019 05:36 pm
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In addition to the news about Notre Dame de Paris and Gene Wolfe...Owen Garriott of Skylab 3 and STS-9 is no more.

My source for the info:

https://twitter.com/TheRealBuzz/status/1117875297334910977

Holy Monday

Apr. 15th, 2019 01:03 pm
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I have no obligations today. I don't practice on Mondays, and I cancelled my Monday Bible study group for today and next week. I also have no car, and can't walk or bike far (I have a teensy chip out of an ankle, not a big deal but it's a few more days before I can start building it up again.) It is incredibly restful!

Mostly I am reading and playing some games. Once an hour I get up and do one of the small tasks that have been weighing me down with their not-done-ness. Once that's done, if I haven't made my 250 steps hourly goal I finish that; and then I'm back to reading and games.

I'll still be happy if I get a call that my car is repaired, and can find a ride to pick it up!

Doing More With Longer Days

Apr. 14th, 2019 06:17 pm
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A Plant in My Yard
A Plant in My Yard
April 14, 2019

An overcast, drizzly weekend... not uncommon for April in Oregon. Days like this are good for doing work inside the house, and I’ve been tending to the chaos here in lots of little ways, one box or pile of stuff at a time. Baby steps.

The days continue to get longer. It’s not completely dark when I go to work at 6:30 am. The evenings are longer, of course. It’s the time of year when I have to think about what I’m going to get accomplished on spring and summer evenings. Mostly it will be work on the house, including the disaster in the garage – a consequence of the kitchen remodel. But there will be other projects, including photography projects, that need attention with the longer days.

The intensity at work continues to be a drain on my energy, and there are many evenings – sunlight or no – that I can’t really do more than collapse and do nothing. I’ll have to keep that in consideration while I’m planning. For now, the weekends are an important time for me to catch up on sleep, drive away the headaches, and recharge in general.

Studio Gear Takes Up Space

Apr. 14th, 2019 05:47 pm
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A daunting mess remains everywhere in the house. I’ve been tending to other things for the last month and a half, but I’m finally turning my attention into putting things back in order. As I’ve said before, I think it’s going to take all of 2019 to complete this mission.

I needed to address the aftermath of the studio equipment I purchased in February. The new items have never been put away – there wasn’t a place for them. I’ve restructured the area in the living room where I’ve been storing the studio equipment. Today I did the following:

  • Move go board from living room into family room under console table. Move sakura pillows to the sides of console table.
  • Stow backdrop stand (in storage bag) behind family room TV
  • Pack Angler black muslin backdrop into storage bag
  • Stow Angler backdrop bag behind family room TV
  • Remount reflector & barn doors onto monolight
  • Coil monolight power cord
  • Move monolight from family room into photography studio storage area
  • Pack softbox & monolight cap into black Nike box. Label. Stow in bookcase
  • Recharge 4 batteries for Genaray E-360 LED lights
  • Download Genaray E-360 LED instructions
  • Relabel Genaray E-360 accessories box, add power cords & return to bookcase
  • Pull Genaray E-360 boxes from steel shelving and set aside for trash
  • Pack snoot gels into new plastic bag then into snoot box
  • Pack snoot back into box and stow into bookcase
  • Stow reflector gels (boxed) into bookcase
  • Bag backup black backdrop cloth and stow in garage on steel shelving
  • Stow tripod case in garage on steel shelving

I’ve put the rarely used items near the wall and kept the frequently used items closer to the center of the room. It looks like:

Photography Studio Gear
Photography Studio Gear

Closing Out Another Sunday

Apr. 14th, 2019 08:36 pm
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Cleaning up some iPhoto archives tonight after re-watching Star Trek: Discovery.

Yes, I know that Apple's moved on to Photos now. I have a machine with that software loaded up. I seem to recall some issues with maintaining control over the photos I've taken and dumped from my cameras into my MacBook Pro over the years, so I'm leaving the archive in said MBP for now. If I'm remembering incorrectly, please explain what mistake I've made.

Also, I still want to upgrade the RAM and hard drive on the slightly newer MacBook-that-isn't-Pro before I move said picture archives to that machine. I've been advised by several friends in my User Group to want to switch that machine from HD to SSD, but I'm (still) skeptical about the value of the trade-offs there.

I can't afford to buy the newest gear every couple of years, and Apple management's not making it easier for me with their growing desire to minimize the ability of owners to customize our gear once we buy it.

Returning to Aria

Apr. 14th, 2019 01:13 pm
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Super Deformed Aika, Akari & Alice
Super Deformed Aika, Akari & Alice
Aria the Natural, Episode 2

I’ve started watching my new Aria the Natural, Part 1 Blu-ray set. As expected, the video upscaling to Blu-ray was excellent, and I love having this series in Blu-ray format.

It’s been so long since I’ve watched the second season of Aria, that I’ve nearly forgotten what happens. The first two episodes were fresh-feeling. I knew ultimately what would happen in each, of course, but with Aria, it’s the journey, not the destination. I will say that the middle season of Aria, while the longest, is the least memorable of all three seasons. Perhaps that’s because all the really significant events are shown in season 1 and season 3.

Even in watching only the first two episodes of Aria the Natural, I was pleased to hear a few servings of hazukashii serifu kinshi!. (Oh, hey... someone compiled all the Aria ni kinshi into a YouTube compilation.) I never get tired of these.

I remember the first time I watched Aria’s second season. I was faintly disappointed with the new OP song, not being as perfect as “Undine” from the first season. Since then, I’ve listened to both OP songs many, many times – and I love them both nearly equally. I can’t believe I ever was disappointed with “Euforia.”

Pleasantly, all seasons of Aria are still available on Crunchyroll.

Anime Spring Week 2

Apr. 14th, 2019 12:23 pm
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Nanako Yukishiro
Nanako Yukishiro
Senryū Shōjo, Episode 1

At the beginning of each anime season, I try to sample all the new shows (excluding sequels of series I haven’t watched) at Crunchyroll and Amazon Prime. Here are the shows that I watched…

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki: Episode 1
I don’t know if this is picking on or honoring Nagoya... and I’m sure regional dialect comedy is going to go over my head... but the dialog here is not funny to me. The episodes are only three minutes long, but I’m afraid I don’t have the patience for this one. Dropped.

Dororo (Amazon Prime): Episode 13
Standalone story with substantial changes from the original. This series does an excellent job adding focus and depth while expanding the story. The second cour continues with strong art, animation, and direction – and there’s a new OP & ED song+animation.

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill: Episode EX03
This was the final OVA. Nice way to wrap things up was an onsen trip. Nothing these guys do follows a standard trope, so the trip was entertaining. Sure, Kay was wrong in overscheduling the weekend – but we hardly ever get to see Kay do anything – and her motive was touching. (A nod to my girl, Yuri!) And they did manage to throw in a mystery. Seeing the gang again was fun, and I liked the photo montage at the ED song. Pleasant filler.

Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero): Episode 14
Naofumi’s party remains on the run and did get safe refuge, until Idol Rabier showed up. The torturer from Raphtalia’s past has our heroine in a fierce stance. We’re starting to get Raphtalia’s backstory.

Sarazanmai: Episode 1
I expect no less than this wild, surreal, insanity from director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum). Sarazanmai feels a lot like Penguindrum, although I like the aesthetics of Penguindrum better. There’s absolutely no way of knowing where this series is headed. Buckle up.

Bungō Stray Dogs: Episode 26
Sooooo nice to see Dazai back in action! Or inaction, as the case may be. I’ve missed this series. The season kicks off is a flashback to when young Dazai and Chūya first became partners in the Port Mafia. Dramatic direction and great action. Very nicely done episode.

Senryū Shōjo: Episodes 1–2
Competent, cute high school romantic comedy. Half-length (12 minute) episodes – 10 minutes if you exclude the 1 minute OP and ED songs. I like the characters, and this seems like a harmless way to spend time. Bonus: shy protagonist Nanako is voiced by HanaKana. Sweet! Added to the watchlist.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai (Ao-chan Can’t Study): Episodes 1-2
Another half-length episode high school romantic comedy. This one has a lot of ecchi overtones and misunderstandings. And this mess puts the show behind Senryu Shoujo, even though the art and animation are better. Ao’s assumptions and misunderstandings are annoying. What saves the show is that Takumi is a genuinely innocent and nice person. Deduct points for Hanasaki Horie, Ao’s lecherous, invasive, and insensitive father. I’m on the fence with this one. I’ll probably keep going until I get ticked off by something.

Namu Amida Butsu!: Rendai Utena: Episode 1
I couldn’t get even halfway through episode 1. 13 pretty boy Buddha/gods doing mundane things in today’s world. The show teased us with early action – but then went stupid on us. Also, the animation looks to be CG or something very close. Plus there’s klunky comedy background music. There’s nothing worth watching here. Dropped.

Nande koko ni sensei ga!? (Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher?): Episode 1
Another half-length episode high school comedy. I’ve refrained from calling it a romantic comedy as it seems to be made of awkward ecchi situations. I don’t think this sort of stuff is funny, so there’s no point in me watching this “comedy.”

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Episode 2
An encounter with a demon... and the initial meeting between the Kamado siblings and the trainer, Sakonji Urokodaki, was handled well. It was the standard mentor assessment of a candidate pupil; we’ve seen this many times before in shonen manga. I’m still trying to figure out how much control Nezuko has over her demon side. And while last week I noted the essential absence of Kalafina, this week I saw that the ED song ("from the edge") is sung by FictionJunction, which is the next best thing to Kalafina. I suppose this performance is from FictionJunction LiSA. It’s good that Yuki Kajiura is a musical contributor to this series.

Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, a.k.a. Bokuben: Episode 2
The arrival of the third pupil, Uruka Takemoto, a childhood friend of Nariyuki. I think the triangle of pupils is reasonably balanced. Uruka is the most annoying of the three, but I think some of her loudness can be toned down. Nariyuki is surprisingly patient with all three of them. And each of the pupils does try. This was a decent episode.

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin (Midnight Occult Civil Servants): Episode 2
As with most occult series where the protagonist is new to the scene, Arata is a clueless dolt, easily stumbling into trouble. Let’s hope he starts being more sensible and aware as the series progresses. It does help that Arata’s seiyuu is the versatle and popular Jun Fukuyama (Souta in Working!!, Lelouch in Code Geass, and Shinra in Durarara!!). Yuki, the white nekomata, is a nice addition. The story is currently ramping up into an interesting occult mystery.

Hyakkimaru and Dororo
Hyakkimaru and Dororo
Dororo, Episode 13

Time Permitting
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (caught up through episode 102)
Fruits Basket (caught up through episode 2)(Sweet OP song/animation BTW)
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine (caught up through episode 2)
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...get over to this URL ASAP, please:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

For your protection, and everyone else's as well.

Home-Readiness

Apr. 11th, 2019 09:54 am
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My home? Probably not ready.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-building-code-climate-change-resilience-1.5092732

On the other hand, if you're looking for steady work for the next few decades? Construction, renovation and demolition just got much more support.
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