The Red Queen's Race

Sep. 23rd, 2017 02:20 am
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I got two new amendments this week, and didn't do any Office Actions on amendments, so I'm up to four. One of the new amendments is actually an Appeal Brief, and I've made an appointment with my supervisor to meet with him in October, and decide whether to write an Examiner's Answer, and let the Board of Appeals decide who has the better arguments.

Meanwhile, I finished my oldest Regular New on Tuesday, finished another Regular New case on Thursday, and have been searching for relevant prior art on my current oldest Regular New. I need to do this case and one more to make production for the Fiscal Year.
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Please go & vote if you can.

Also...

New Zealand has laws that haven't quite caught up to 2017. By law, all electioneering materials have to be taken down by midnight before election day. Yesterday saw hordes of volunteers taking down election billboards, hoardings & other advertisements.

Today, no campaigning is allowed. So while I can exhort you to go vote, I cannot encourage you to vote for a particular party. Anything I posted up to midnight last night is ok but nothing today.

That said, there's nothing to stop a non-New Zealand voter from retweeting a tweet so it shows up on my current timeline. And I don't know what the law says about liking someone's tweet or Facebook post.

Cooking Diary

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:31 pm
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Catch-up post: Week starting August 28.
Monday: Beef in red wine, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower cheese sauce
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Underground again

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:51 pm
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Which, given the weather - today was persistent drizzle rather than yesterday's chucking it relentlessly down - was a good idea. Salt mine, to be precise.

However, has been a long day - only just in from a Mahler concert - so any more detailed reports on touristic activities may follow at some later season.

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Jane and I went up to Nethy Bridge, near Aviemore, and stayed at the Lazy Duck in one of their Eco-Lodges. Which is a cabin built for two, with electricity, gas cooking, and (distant, wobbly) wifi, right next to a large duck pond full of a variety of different species of ducks.
Loads of photos and four videos )

New Worlds discusses rites of passage

Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:00 am
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The general theme for this month has been stages of life, and we close that out with rites of passage. Next week, because the Patreon passed one of its funding goals a while ago, will be a fifth (bonus) essay, on the more theory-side aspects of worldbuilding!

Comment over there.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

To Autumn

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:03 am
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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
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Interesting Links for 22-09-2017

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Holly had a bit of a shock...

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:31 am
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... and she has to tell Trayne about it in Chapter 15 of Princess Holy Aura

QotD

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am
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"This is a time for action -- not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery. It is also a time for facing the fact that you cannot use a weapon, even though it is the weapon that gives you greater strength than other nations, if it is so destructive that it practically wipes out large areas of land and great numbers of innocent people. " -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1954-04-16

"Home away from home"

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:07 am
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Selichot )

Rosh Hashanah )

It's genuinely disorienting to encounter all these spaces where I don't have to educate anyone or fight to be seen for who I am. Other people have already done that work, and leaders have clearly been receptive to it. (Rabbi Lippman is queer, but I don't assume that cis queer people will be welcoming to or understanding of trans people, especially nonbinary trans people.) I get to just show up and be a human being in human community. What an immense privilege. What a gift. Honestly, that might be the thing that gets me to stick with this—just the pure pleasure of being in a place where I didn't personally have to claw out a space for myself.

Josh met me and Kit in the park and we walked for a while (GMaps Pedometer says I walked 3.2 miles today, most of it pushing a heavy stroller with a heavy toddler; my feet and arms are very tired). I teased him that he should be glad I didn't make him meet the rabbi. But this is my thing, really. Maybe it's my latest three-month hobby. Maybe it'll be more than that. We'll see.

graphic novel book group

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:10 pm
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I went to Graphic Novel book group once before, to discuss Bitch Planet, when the group leader, Cameron, happened not to be there. He was there today. I don't think I'll be going back.

Maybe he would be diluted in a larger group? There were only four of us. And neither I nor the other two guys, whom I know from SF book group, are very good at grabbing the talking stick. Still Cameron seemed weirdly controlling. I think more than half the time was just Cameron talking, and he didn't leave spaces where other people could start talking if they wanted to; he'd call on us, like, "What did you think of it? Was there anything else that you liked?" And whenever anyone spoke up without being called on he'd say something like, "Yes, go ahead." He'd actually interrupt a person who was speaking in order to give them permission to speak. When he said he was a history teacher I thought, that explains it.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:37 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] jenett, [personal profile] matociquala and [personal profile] nanila!
[personal profile] ndrosen
We had a USPTO Toastmasters meeting today -- well, actually, it was yesterday, because I slept after dinner, I'm online, and soon I'll be back in bed. I gave a speech that was well received, but what shocked me was that I saw a friend of mine there, and she had just been fired. She wasn't an examiner, she worked in Human Resources, and I think she was a contractor rather than a civil servant. Her being fired came as a total shock to her; from what she said, she seems to have upset a few people by insisting on doing her job right, and telling them that they had to follow procedure.

I don't know the full truth, but she seemed to me to a reliable, organized person. She said that she had already gotten in touch with headhunters, and she expects to find a new job soon. I wasn't the only person who was astonished at the news. I certainly wish her well, and will help her if I can.

A September Morning Sky

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:05 am
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The Moon, three planets, and a bright star gathered near the The Moon, three planets, and a bright star gathered near the


vignette challenge

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:21 pm
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This week's prompt is:
hum

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:

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