Crime alert: Break-in on Irving St

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:34 pm
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from my neighborhood listserv:

An Irving St resident reported that she arrived home tonight to find a young Hispanic-looking man in her house rummaging through bedroom drawers. Doesn't look like he took anything & she caught him in time. He appears to have come in through a window off of a fire escape. Guess the window lock was not in place.
Police are looking for him. Young male with a San Diego cap, about 5'4". Quite a scare. Be smart & check that all windows & doors are locked.
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I saw people working inside Davis Square Donuts & Bagels (next to Community Credit Union) this afternoon, so I asked one of them about a projected opening date. She told me it should be in "about two weeks."
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Yes, it's that time again. Broadway between Ball and Magoun Squares will be closed to traffic this Thursday, June 29, for a street party starting at 6:30 pm followed by fireworks at 9:15 pm. Before the fireworks, enjoy outdoor performances by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, and the Somerville Sunsetters.

Full details, including other street closures and parking restrictions, here.

(Thank you [personal profile] josephineave, who introduced this Subject line way back in 2008.)

Three sentences about 2017-06-25

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:34 am
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Amy took the kids for some summer shopping in the morning, and I did some more finances, read Ms Marvel up through Volume 4, and got a short but nie nap too. We then headed over to Chaos's for gaming after lunch, where we hung out with special out of town guest stars Jillian and Noda, and various other local persons. I accomplished my object of playing a game with people other than the kids, who I love dealy, and enjoy playing games with, but with whom I play games with *all the time* already. :^) First was Ticket To Ride: Pennsylvania, which is available for the Android app, but which I'd avoided because of the complicated-sounding shared-of-stock thing. It turned out not to be all that complicated, and kind of fun, and it's always cool to try a new and interesting board. Amy and I were close in second and third, Noda won by 20 or 30 points, and Chaos and Jillian were far behind after they got cut off from completing a couple of long tickets. Second up was Outpost, with Chaos, Noda, and Jerome, the last of whom had never played before, but he picked it up quickly and did well. It got late enough that I had to split with the kids before we finished, but Amy took over my spot, and won a couple of turns later. I'd missed out on the Nodules, but picked up the Robots on the first turn with the ten-sider, so I didn't get people-hosed, and was able to crank up Titaniam production while keeping enough in reserve to pick up big things at crucial times (the first (and maybe only) Outpost, and the first (and maybe second also) of the 11-13 cards). We played with rerolling bounces rather than "tough luck", and it was ok -- we still got stuck at one point with 2 x Warehouse and 2 x Ecoplants on the board, which is part of why I ended up in Titanium, but it definitely changes the strategy somewhat to know that late in the game, when there's only big things left at all, that *one* of them is going to come up, and you're not going to spend a couple of turns waiting around for something to bid on. I think I like it overall. Anyway, I took the kids home, bedtimes were slow but we eventually got there, and I managed to get to sleep not-on-time-but-not-too-late myself.

Three sentences about 2017-06-24

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:21 am
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A much more relaxing day today, thank goodness. :^) I slept in, until the kids broke out the LEGOs at around 07:30 anyway, and then did breakfasts and stuff. Amy took them to shotokan while I took a morning nap, which worked ok -- I don't tend to be as tired in the morning, but I got another hour or so anyway, which was nice. Got up and showered, and then took Q to a playdate at a friend's house, a first for him! (Finally! We'd been trying to schedule one of these, first with one friend and then another, but things kept coming up, on each side.) We had left it vague whether I'd stick around or leave him there, but Q was like "bye dad!" and ran upstairs with his friend (A) the moment we got there, so I shrugged, chatted for a minute or two with the friend's parent, and headed out. :^) Got some finances type stuff done in the afternoon, while Junie had a couple of friends (twins C&S) over; then headed out to pick up Q, who had had a ton of fun, marred only by screaming and tears that he had to go. :^( I didn't do a great job of giving him an N-more-minutes countdown, and he'd lost track of time and was surprised and unhappy when suddenly it was no-really-we-have-to-go time; it's hard to be five. :^p But he calmed down, and we talked about how it's not so good to shout "I didn't have any fun at all!" when you have to leave someone's house before you're ready, and that sort of thing. I had asked if he wanted to go anywhere other than home on the way home, like a playground, and he'd said no, but on the way, he spotted an interesting looking structure out the window of the car, so we ended up stopping to play a bit at what turned out to be Wellington Elementary in Belmont. Their stuff was a little bigger than Hardy's, and more different in any case, so he had a good time running around on that for a while. Home, dinner, baths, and bed, and I stayed up later than I'd intended but not catastrophically so.

Three sentences about 2017-06-23

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Friday, I wasn't up before dawn for the first time all week, but was still pretty zonked. I had an optometrist appointment with the optometry truck that comes by once a year, and my prescription has changed slightly for the worse but not enough to warrant new lenses. One good thing that happened this week was that our solar system was finished, has been producing power since Tuesday, and I got set up with all the online stuff tonight, so now we can log in to this site and see a map of our roof (and one of the panels is down! they're coming by on Monday fix it), see graphs of our production over the course of the day, etc. The graphs are cool: Thursday was a smooth bell curve as the sun crosses the sky (42.9 kWh total); today, we got nada until noon, were suddenly at 1.4 kWh when the clouds cleared, suddenly nearly zero when a thunderstorm bloew through, then shot back up to high production when it cleared, and tapered off in the usual tapering way for the rest of the day. I showed the kids the graphs, and they thought it was cool. :^) Anywya, Friday was ok, got a few things done at work, got stuck late at work helping some folks try to finish something before the weekend, got some good stuff at home done in the evening, and got to bed late but not too too late.
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Three days in a row of early morning work, up at 04:30, 03:30, and 04:30, combined with a catastrophic inability to get to bed before midnight, and ludicrous failures to nap in the afternoon when I left work early, really wrecked this week. I remember almost nothing -- reading my Monday entry, I was surprised that the Hardy BBQ was only five days ago. I had forgotten about trying and failing to take afternoon naps until just now. I suppose it's possible that I succeeded in there somewhere, but I sort of don't think so. It was also really busy during the day, tons of on-call stuff to do, so I made almost no progress on the container/microservices project. In a word: BLAH.

Nebula winners

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:58 pm
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I don't think I ever posted about this - I honestly can't remember now if I heard about the winners when they came out in May or not.

Anyways, Nebula winners!

All the Birds in the Sky beat Obelisk Gate and Ninefox (and other things) for Novel; that was (and remains) my prediction for the Hugo as well.

Every Heart a Doorway beat Dream-Quest, Black Tom, and Taste of Honey for Novella, which is also my prediction for the Hugo. (Also, whoops, never read Runtime, I should do that.)

"The Long Fall Up", which I have not read (was in F&SF), won for Novelette, beating "Jewel&Lapidary" and "Surely Drown Here" (my prediction for the Hugo). Okay.

"Seasons of Glass and Iron" beat "Our Talons" and "Fist of Permutations" for Short Story, making me more optimistic it can beat them on the Hugo ballot too (I had predicted "Our Talons" but without confidence.)

Arrival beat Rogue One for Dramatic but I think Hidden Figures is going to pull more from Arrival than Rogue One on the Hugo ballot.

Arabella of Mars beat Newbery winner Girl Who Drank The Moon for the Norton. (Goal for next year: HAVE READ SOMETHING NOMINATED FOR THE NORTON.)

misc queer youth lit

Jun. 24th, 2017 03:49 pm
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Not Your Sidekick, C.B. Lee. Charming teen superhero YA science fiction romance. I suppose technically this is authorities-with-secrets but, I don't know, it never made me roll my eyes about it? Like there were reasons that these particular kids ended up in a position to uncover the lies and fight the system other than Their Innate Teen Resistance To Conformity or whatever. Anyways, I thought it was all pretty obvious but fun and nice and had some good character beats and I appreciate recommendable happy queer teen romance. I mean, adult readers might find it too young for them, but I like there being Good Books For Teens out there, if that's not too patronizing. I mean, I can see some young bisexual Asian girl being like "holy shit A Protagonist Like Me, and she gets the girl, eeee", I don't think we're even at the point yet where we have an abundance of those. I certainly remember compulsively rereading every teen romance I could get my hands on where the girl was taller than the boy (the pattern of many of my early crushes), which was, like, one Sweet Valley High novel and a novella in a collection I've never been able to track down again. Anyways, it turns out this is the first of a trilogy and the next one's going to focus on the trans shapeshifter character, yay.

When The Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore. I picked this up because it won the 2016 Tiptree, and I admit I found it very slow going for awhile. Super-poetic magical realism family drama angst romance. I did eventually get through it and did enjoy some of the imagery and language, and how it unfolded, but I still kind of think it could have been about half as long for the actual story. But, much like the previous book, that may be because this book was not For Me; I totally think some young trans person is going to read this and it's going to be Their Book, the thing they write quotes from in their journal and get tattoos of when they turn 18, or at least put on their list of their ten books that most explain who they are. Older YA, if only because I'm not sure younger YA readers would have the patience for the style.

The Lotterys Plus One Emma Donoghue. Did I randomly find a book about a poly family on my library's middlegrade new books shelf? I *did*! Well, it turns out the two dads are married and the two moms are married and they're probably not polying much except to live in one giant house and have kids together, but, like, I am not trying to erase the distinctions here between romantic and familial love, but a middlegrade book probably isn't going to get much into that distinction anyways. This book is definitely from the wish-fulfillment-fantasy genre one might call "what kind of life would we make if money was no object" - there is an enormous lottery win in the backstory - and would probably make a fascinating period piece for people outside the contemporary-liberal cultural context, either past or future. The Lottery dream life is joyously racially and ethnically diverse, warmly accepting of disability and difference (we are very overtly taught the word "neurodiversity"), self-consciously Wacky (so many cutesy names and misheard words) and Unstructured (so much homeschooling) and Literate (some of the books that get name-dropped seem more random than others). I was... not entirely convinced on the main theme about adjusting to accepting a grandpa with dementia into their family instead of finding a dedicated care facility for him... his dementia is conveniently at just the right stage to elide some of the more gritty burdens of caregiving, and his racism and homophobia conveniently soften once he gets to know everybody (there is probably a book to be written that seriously grapples with the question of asking minor children to endure microaggressions in their own home in the name of non-institutionalized caregiving/loving generously, but it wasn't quite this book. probably needs to be own-voices.). And there's a few bits of other weirdness (an AFAB kid who says they're not a girl but is still given she/hers pronouns because they also don't claim to be a boy... I swear we have a good third pronoun for this situation...). But overall it was sweet and goofy and I've always had a fondness for the wacky slice-of-life adventures of characters with an abundance of family and money, going back to, like, Eight Cousins and Cheaper By The Dozen (which both have some uncomfortable racist content as I recall so yay for contemporary readevenvaguelyalikes). If you ever thought it would be cool if Dykes To Watch Out For and the Ramona Quimby series had a baby and it was a feelgood middlegrade, here you go!
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BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website: www.somervillegardenclub.org.
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!

Three sentences about 2017-06-19

Jun. 20th, 2017 04:59 am
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Monday oy. Busy day at work, lots of interruptions thanks to being on call, and plenty of other stuff to do besides. Got a few things done, and handled all the crises, including a short-notice bit of early-morning work tomorrow morning. After work, took the kids to Junie's school's year-end BBQ, which was windy but fun -- I mean, I didn't do anything but hang around and watch the kids, but they had fun. :^) Q really really wanted to try the dunk tank, so I bought them a couple of activity tickets, which they enjoyed; Junie used hers to join a couple of her friends in a couple rounds of the cake walk, but did not win any cakes. Made it home before the thunderstorms, a quick bath for Q, and both kids conked out quickly, and I should too 'cause I'm up at 04:30 tomorrow.

Approximately weekly diet report )

more things I read for the Hugos

Jun. 19th, 2017 06:01 pm
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Rivers of London aka Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch. Fun! I like this sort of thing (police procedural + geek discovers magic) and look forward to reading more in the series at some point. I wouldn't call it unmissable or anything but it was a fast read I wanted to keep reading.

Deadpool. I guess technically I watched this rather than read it. Did not enjoy (and am left baffled by how much my mother loved this movie (???)).

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey. So technically I didn't read this either, in that I started reading the pdf excerpt they gave me in the packet and it seemed to be missing lines at many of the page breaks, to the point where I found it unreadable. Also did the thing of describing what all the women looked like and none of the men and tralala life is too short to read dude authors who piss me off in the first chapter. Feel free to make the case for this book in a comment if you think it's worthy of a second chance; I am queued for it at the library so might get a readable copy one of these days.

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, Stix Hiscock. This was pleasantly not bad! I mean, I don't think it deserves a Hugo, but it was competently-written porn-comedy. The pole-dancing scene with the nipple lasers was fun. I thought there was a little too much dick (did dinosaurs even have dicks? come on, you're writing xeno, sexualize the cloaca) but it was better than watching Deadpool.

Ms. Marvel Vol 5: Super Famous. A strong installment of a terrific series. Ms. Marvel reminds me of Buffy at its best in how it literalizes issues, except with a much more diverse and interesting cast.

Paper Girls Vol 1. Super-compelling in characters, premise, and pacing; I can't wait to read volume 2.
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EDIT: I am adding, the next day, that the owner of the shop has reached out to me, and offered an apology and to try to get to the bottom of what events unfolded outside the store that left me so upset. I will be speaking with him in the next few days and appreciate that they reached out.

Original vent / post:
West Somerville folks - I just had a terrible experience in Teele Square, bad enough that I would like to spread my rage at the proprietor of a local business, the Knight Moves Cafe on Broadway. Please stay far away from this business with kids. If you have any kids who walk to and from the west somerville school, please make sure they steer clear of the business as well.

The proprietor (edit: manager) of this business threatened to call the Somerville police and made my children cry, for the crime of disagreeing over what to get with a few bucks each at the conveience store, and the crime of waiting for me on the sidewalk rather than inside the dry cleaners on the same block, and then choosing to get into my unlocked car with the cold drinks they had bought at the convenience store, while my 5 min errand lasted 15 min because the folks at the dry cleaners were trying to repair a broken zipper for me on a coat I had cleaned out of my closet and intended to donate.

Seriously if you have any choice in ever doing business with them, and support the right of elementary school kids to have a little independence and learn from their disagreements on whether mom said they could get ice cream, I urge you steer clear.

I am FURIOUS at having been confronted for going to the dry cleaners and letting my kids go to the convenience store to enjoy their refreshing cold drinks. And I even like board games and was pleased when they came to town.

I am SURE that plenty of kids the age of mine walk home from WSNS through Teele Square every school day. Yes, even when it's hot out. But if your first grader has an argument with their big sibling in the vicinity of Teele you can expect the police to be called, next time.
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I know that you can get free passes from the libraries that are good for a specific day, and I was wondering if anyone had more than they need for any days coming up soon. And I know that members get free passes as well. I would love to go, but can't afford the normal cost.

Thanks!
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Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square

Three sentences about 2017-06-18

Jun. 18th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Happy Fathers' Day! I was up too late the night before, and then J & L were up at like 05:30 (when the sun came up, so I can't entirely blame them, but still), and I too soon after. L and her folks had to hit the road early, so we handed L off at around 07:30; I encouraged Junie to go back to bed, and she expressed how as she was in fact feeling quite tired, but she wasn't able to fall back asleep, poor bug. She was awake and cheerful enough (as was Q) to go on our Fathers' Day adventure, though, which started at Beanstalk, the ropes course thing at the Jordan's Furniture complex in Reading. Amy had been with the kids before, but I never had, and had wanted to try it at Diggerland when we were there but they had a no-sandals policy and I didn't have other shoes, so I was psyched to climb around with them. I was somewhat hesitant at first, what with the whole fear of heights thing, but in fact there were lots of things to hold onto, and once I figured out which things didn't actually require me to grab them in a death grip in order to feel stable, I had a great time. Their zip line isn't anything spectacular, but is fun, so we spent much of our time doing that. Amy and Junie headed up to the higher section at one point; I was enjoying keeping Q company on the middle section, which he can do but needs some supervision, so I didn't go up there, but that's probably fine, it looked like more of the same but higher, so. We did that for about an hour, and then headed over to Friendly's for lunch, which was yummy as usual, and then home for a nap. I made orange chicken for dinner, gave the kids baths, Junie fell asleep nearly instantly (unsurprisingly :^), and now I'm gonna try to catch up on some sleep too as I head into a week on call.

Three sentences about 2017-06-17

Jun. 18th, 2017 09:15 pm
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An unusual Saturday for a change: I took Q to shotokan in the morning, while Amy took Junie to meet up with her friend L who moved away about a year ago, but who she's stayed in touch with (mostly via text messages relayed through the moms), and was in town for the weekend. I took a long nap after that, and then L came over in the late afternoon, to stay for dinner and overnight for Junie's first time hosting a friend for a sleepover! We inflated the inflatable air mattress that we'd gotten at Xmas when Amy's parents and sister were all in town, and J & L had a great time. I started a bedtime story with Q, which was fun, in which I made up a lot of the details, but he guided most of the choices -- I've found it frustrating to try to tell stories with him sometimes, because he uses a lot of pronouns that map to things in his head but which make it hard for me to keep track of, which guy is "him" and where is "there" and stuff. This worked well, he liked it a lot, and I then headed to bed after, although not super early given that everyone was up late due to the sleepover. :^)

Where are these bridges?

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Four photos from a very old folder. Based on the date, I'm fairly sure I took them on the flight home to Boston from attending Minicon in Minneapolis with [profile] silentmachine. But I can't find any record of that flight so I don't know what stopover city I might've gone through. Click on the image to see all four photos; do you recognize those bridges?

Edit: Commenters have identified the first bridge as the Throgs Neck Bridge and the second one as the Verazzano Narrows Bridge (both in NYC).

Three sentences about 2017-06-16

Jun. 17th, 2017 09:02 am
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Got a bit more sleep last night, and a pretty good day. More progress at work, sputtering out at the end when I started looking at configuring our new Jenkins instance, and realizing that the previous Jenkins stuff I'd done had been on instances that other folks had already done a bunch of setup on, so lots of thing weren't where I expected, there weren't a lot of good examples to work from, etc. I'm figuring it out, and look forward to jumping back in over the weekend or on Monday. Home, leftovers for dinner because the Hardy BBQ was postponed due to rain, a couple games with the kids (Gold Digger, matching game), some Wee Free Men, bedtimes.

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