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  1. Story Friday August 18, 2017

    But I took a look at the shape of the hair in the silhouette, and the shape of the pupils behind the hair, and immediately thought of Flora (from TwoKinds). Since she's a tiger, "Catspaw" is really appropriate.
  2. There are PDF-to-epub converters, but they typically take a good bit of work to get a passably-good result. Because PDF format contains a lot of information that these converters have no use for, but is missing critical information that has to be surmised from the content - and the ability to do that is affected by the layout. Is this page break required, or is it only happening because the page is full? Is the first line of the new page, which begins with a capital letter, in a new paragraph, or not? Here's this graphic next to the text; precisely which text is it SUPPOSED to be next to? Fortunately, there are WYSIWYG epub editors. By the way, almost any ebook reading software (except Kindle) can read epubs. Amazon chose a proprietary format for their ebooks... and not many ebook readers other than Kindle can handle it; I've found exactly two, neither of which can handle DRM (spit). The funny thing is, it's nearly identical to epub; a couple of header files need to be rewritten, and I think they used a different compression algorithm. Calibre is a wonderful tool for editing and conversion of ebooks. Except it can't handle DRM. And I don't think it can directly handle LaTeX. I found a help-forum thread on LaTeX-to-epub conversion here.
  3. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Oh, veins that run and hide are pain in the... um... neck. Well, usually in the arm. I don't mind blood draws (I even watch), but my veins do - and they run and hide.
  4. My ebook reader has a configuration setting where I can tell it to use two columns when in landscape mode. I want to put in a plug for ebooks being released in an ebook format (preferably epub), rather than an electronic-copy-of-paper format (pdf). The latter has no idea what a sentence is, or a paragraph, or even a word. On the other hand it knows EXACTLY how big a page is what size font is to be used, which text goes on any given line of any given page. The point of ebooks is that the page size is determined by the reading device, NOT the creator, and the font size is determined by the reader, NOT the creator, and what text goes on any given line/page is determined by interaction of the page size and font size.
  5. Story, Monday August 7, 2017

    I don't think that either Pandora or Magus is a villain. However, they are people. People panic. People get desperate. People lose sight of their priorities. People fail to think through the easily-foreseeable (let alone harder-to-foresee) consequences of their choices.
  6. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Off-by-1 errors in what claims to be professional-quality software. LibreOffice database macro programming - if you ask what column # in a resultset has a certain name, you get a response where the first column is #1. However to get that field by column #, the first column is #0. Also, "user" documentation that is written for the people who maintain complex programs like this, rather than the people who use it.
  7. What Are You Ingesting?

    Stevia is very much a matter of taste. Me, I'd add sweetener not to enhance the stevia, but to counteract it. Or, if I don't want something bitter, I just don't add stevia.
  8. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    And when the Republican Party establishment ran out of establishment-approved candidates, they did their best to find ways to sabotage their nominee without being obvious about it. However, they failed on both the sabotage and the not-being-obvious.
  9. What are you learning?

    But behind the Pharoah by a number of years... a 4-digit number.
  10. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    Which may be why, when the two major US political parties' leadership mostly-united behind one candidate, that candidate lost.
  11. Story, Monday July 31, 2017

    Well, considering the general level of competence of government, I think that keeping the people who run it from advising future generations might be a really good idea.
  12. Story, Monday July 31, 2017

    As I understand things, most species of octopus have two common characteristics: 1) the male dies shortly after mating 2) the female guards the eggs until they hatch, starving herself in the meantime; by hatching time she's so weak that critters she normally eats - let alone anything nastier - can easily eat her. Considering they literally give up their lives for the next generation, I can't see them running up massive debts - that their children and grandchildren will have to pay - for current luxuries.
  13. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Actually, in this case it was a matter of escaping from musical-chairs medicine. My daughter happened to live near a medical school, and every medical facility near her was in some way affiliated with it. So she never saw the same doctor twice in a row (rarely saw the same doctor twice, period); rarely saw the doctor that her appointment was scheduled with; and rarely was billed having seen the doctor she had had the appointment with OR the doctor she actually saw. Seriously, over two years I think she had >50 different doctors' names in her file. Even though she kept going to the same clinic. And if the doctors had been actually studying her file in any depth - even looking to see if a test had been done recently before ordering, she wouldn't have had so many tests ordered twice. The doctor who looked over the entire file and fixed the problem was in another town and NOT affiliated with the medical school. She had a grand total of two appointments, saw him on both of them, and was done.
  14. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    When you go to a new doctor for an old problem, and he says "every lab test or imaging I'd want to order, you've already had in the past two years - most of them twice - and I have no idea what they were thinking when they ordered THESE tests... and you know, they've checked for every plausible cause except this one..." (My daughter had that experience. And the process of checking that one plausible cause happened to be the first 80% of the process of fixing it, so after struggling for over two years with the musical-chairs medical care of a medical-school-affiliated system, she spent a grand total of less than an hour over two weeks with this new doctor and the problem was gone.)
  15. Story Wednesday August 2, 2017

    Tamashii Gekido. Justin's fire-fists. The heightened combat skills that come with Guardian Form. Still... not a lot.