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Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 23:17

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efrenlozano: Fishbowl, 2014

Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 20:43


Fishbowl, 2014

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Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 18:09

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Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 15:34

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Exciting times chez moi: public talks, house, houseguest swap

Terri - Tue, 2015-06-30 07:26
- I gave two talks at Open Source Bridge. I think they went well! Links to slides and stuff on my speaking page: http://terri.toybox.ca/speaking/
- J and I took possession of our new house (on the same day as I was giving both of said talks!)
- J's dad moved into his own lovely 2 bedroom apartment on Saturday and we helped him get it set up
- Also on Saturday, my friend R from Ottawa came to visit for the weekend
- Also on Saturday, our friends C and M arrived from Denver for the week
- We had our first bbq at the new place on Sunday
- R took off today (Monday)
- GSoC midterms are due this week
- my day job workload is heavy (but not yet unpleasant) this week
- our yearly "invitational open source community leadership summit" is happening next weekend (that's what the Coloradans are up for)
- J is the best and has been handling most of the finding of contractors for the new house
- R is awesome and helped us move some pretty significant amounts of stuff while I was too headache-y to walk up and down stairs.

J and I had apparently mis-remembered when our lease is up, so we only have 1 month of overlap with the new house. This is not a problem since J's travel schedule meant we'd planned most of the stuff before August anyhow, but it does mean a bit less wiggle room.

The house is awesome and the yard is more awesome and I'm sorry but I'm too wiped out to deal with requests for pictures this week so please don't ask. I'll put some up when I've got the spoons for it, but I have a touch of concrud/headache/nausea on top of all the stuff going down this week and it's not going to happen for a while. Thanks for being understanding!

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Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 04:26

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Contributing to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

Elizabeth Krumbach - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:29

Super star Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter contributor Paul White recently was reflecting upon his work with the newsletter and noted that he was approaching 100 issues that he’s contributed to. Wow!

That caused me to look at how long I’ve been involved. Back in 2011 the newsletter when on a 6 month hiatus when the former editor had to step down due to obligations elsewhere. After much pleading for the return of the newsletter, I spent a few weeks working with Nathan Handler to improve the scripts used in the release process and doing an analysis of the value of each section of the newsletter in relation to how much work it took to produce each week. The result was a slightly leaner, but hopefully just as valuable newsletter, which now took about 30 minutes for an experienced editor to release rather than 2+ hours. This change was transformational for the team, allowing me to be involved for a whopping 205 consecutive issues.

If you’re not familiar with the newsletter, every week we work to collect news from around our community and the Internet to bring together a snapshot of that week in Ubuntu. It helps people stay up to date with the latest in the world of Ubuntu and the Newsletter archive offers a fascinating glimpse back through history.

But we always need help putting the newsletter together. We especially need people who can take some time out of their weekend to help us write article summaries.

Summary writers. Summary writers receive an email every Friday evening (or early Saturday) US time with a link to the collaborative news links document for the past week which lists all the articles that need 2-3 sentence summaries. These people are vitally important to the newsletter. The time commitment is limited and it is easy to get started with from the first weekend you volunteer. No need to be shy about your writing skills, we have style guidelines to help you on your way and all summaries are reviewed before publishing so it’s easy to improve as you go on.

Interested? Email editor.ubuntu.news@ubuntu.com and we’ll get you added to the list of folks who are emailed each week.

I love working on the newsletter. As I’ve had to reduce my commitment to some volunteer projects I’m working on, I’ve held on to the newsletter because of how valuable and enjoyable I find it. We’re a friendly team and I hope you can join us!

Still just interested in reading? You have several options:

And everyone is welcome to drop by #ubuntu-news on Freenode to chat with us or share links to news we may found valuable for the newsletter.

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Gender as Experience

Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 02:23
Gender as Experience:


I think about Judith Butlers works on gender a lot, and am in regular conversations with others about them. Recently, Butler has faced some push back to the idea of “gender as performance”. She even has stated that she believes that her point is being misinterpreted due to “bad writing”.


Thank you SO MUCH for linking this video:

That is maybe the closest I’ve seen to someone describing my own feelings on gender, and also why I was so very confused by transgender issues for so long. I really don’t “get” gender, still, but do realize I’m terribly lucky for my main feeling on gender being that my gender is unimportant.

At the end of the day, all I can do is remember that other people have vastly different experiences than me, and that those experiences are all valid.

All I can do is keep trying to be better.

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Teri Solow - Tue, 2015-06-30 01:51

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cerceos: Jonathan Berry - Dust Storm Sydney

Teri Solow - Mon, 2015-06-29 23:17

Jonathan Berry - Dust Storm Sydney

Jonathan Berry - Dust Storm Sydney

Jonathan Berry - Dust Storm Sydney


Jonathan Berry - Dust Storm Sydney

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110100101: femme-techwear: Metric Raven Bag / JungleTribe▀ so...

Teri Solow - Mon, 2015-06-29 20:43



Metric Raven Bag / JungleTribe

so expensive :(

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h8ithere: I Hate It Here

Teri Solow - Mon, 2015-06-29 18:08


I Hate It Here

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wilwheaton: Found a picture of Scalia writing his dissents.

Teri Solow - Mon, 2015-06-29 04:25


Found a picture of Scalia writing his dissents.

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references to the previous movies in Mad Max: Fury Road

Teri Solow - Mon, 2015-06-29 01:51

Max attempts to shoot a shotgun only to find that the shells are duds

is Scrooloose a stray War Boy? who knows

people being strapped to the front of a car

Roop and Charlie vs Slit and Nux arguing over who's going to drive

a GIVE WAY sign is shot in the first movie, a Polecat uses such sign as a shield

Max and Toast the Knowing playing a small music box

the Interceptor goes rolling

references to the previous movies in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Chollas in bloom, and other early summer treats

Akkana Peck - Mon, 2015-06-29 01:38

[Bee in cholla blossom] We have three or four cholla cacti on our property. Impressive, pretty cacti, but we were disappointed last year that they never bloomed. They looked like they were forming buds ... and then one day the buds were gone. We thought maybe some animal ate them before the flowers had a chance to open.

Not this year! All of our chollas have gone crazy, with the early rain followed by hot weather. Last week we thought they were spectacular, but they just kept getting better and better. In the heat of the day, it's a bee party: they're aswarm with at least three species of bees and wasps (I don't know enough about bees to identify them, but I can tell they're different from one another) plus some tiny gnat-like insects.

I wrote a few weeks ago about the piñons bursting with cones. What I didn't realize was that these little red-brown cones are all the male, pollen-bearing cones. The ones that bear the seeds, apparently, are the larger bright green cones, and we don't have many of those. But maybe they're just small now, and there will be more later. Keeping fingers crossed. The tall spikes of new growth are called "candles" and there are lots of those, so I guess the trees are happy.

[Desert willow in bloom] Other plants besides cacti are blooming. Last fall we planted a desert willow from a local native plant nursery. The desert willow isn't actually native to White Rock -- we're around the upper end of its elevation range -- but we missed the Mojave desert willow we'd planted back in San Jose, and wanted to try one of the Southwest varieties here. Apparently they're all the same species, Chilopsis linearis.

But we didn't expect the flowers to be so showy! A couple of blossoms just opened today for the first time, and they're as beautiful as any of the cultivated flowers in the garden. I think that means our willow is a 'Rio Salado' type.

Not all the growing plants are good. We've been keeping ourselves busy pulling up tumbleweed (Russian thistle) and stickseed while they're young, trying to prevent them from seeding. But more on that in a separate post.

As I write this, a bluebird is performing short aerobatic flights outside the window. Curiously, it's usually the female doing the showy flying; there's a male out there too, balancing himself on a piñon candle, but he doesn't seem to feel the need to show off. Is the female catching flies, showing off for the male, or just enjoying herself? I don't know, but I'm happy to have bluebirds around. Still no definite sign of whether anyone's nesting in our bluebird box. We have ash-throated flycatchers paired up nearby too, and I'm told they use bluebird boxes more than the bluebirds do. They're both beautiful birds, and welcome here.

Image gallery: Chollas in bloom (and other early summer flowers.

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sunbakerey: comic book guy / akira #bartkira mashup commission...

Teri Solow - Sun, 2015-06-28 23:17


comic book guy / akira #bartkira mashup commission from my Patreon

*also: my Patreon has some new subscribing tiers, including custom art & ways to get physical copies of my comics– check it ouuut

Yo, if you like this, you should also check out Bartkira

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decadot: Ghost Chaser Densei – Super Famicom – Banpresto (1994)

Teri Solow - Sun, 2015-06-28 20:58


Ghost Chaser Densei – Super Famicom – Banpresto (1994)

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