Got me a fancy new e-bike. The 3-year-old one will go to a loving new home.

First thoughts: torque sensing is nice, but acceleration from stationary isn't as good as with a throttle. I like the motor in with the pedals. Having lights powered from the battery is a no-brainer. The higher top gear is a big improvement.

E-bikes: cheaper and healthier than steroids.

The score for the THX “Deep Note” sound, made public for the first time after 35 years:

How do you deal with #uncertainty when #visualizing data?

Submit a talk pitch to speak at #VisInPractice 2018 (an event at @ieeevis, Oct 22 in Berlin, one day after @InfoPlusConf).

See our call for participation at Submit your talk title and abstract by June 30 #cfp

Having a relaxing and productive Easter holiday in Sydney.

Sometimes it's easier to do something complicated if you don't have to do anything at all than if you have to do a lot of things.

this was a huge digression from what I was supposed to be doing today, but I think these plates of waveforms from recorded speech made by Théodore Rosset in 1911 (using a weird photographic method?) are gorgeous (source:

You will not go to space today -- but maybe tomorrow.

Watched the (eventually postponed) Rocket Lab launch attempt while making corn chowder and olive pseudociabatta -- real ciabatta needs a blender.

Influenza-like illness is maybe even worse for productivity when it's over a holiday.


So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel,

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

Marriage Equality law just passed the Australian parliament!!

And Tonga (with a population rather less than Oxford) narrowly lose to England in Rugby League.

Is it just me, or does star jasmine smell like a slightly decayed version of real jasmine? hmm. All my recs don't quite make it.

eBear's "Stone in the Skull" has a trans woman viewpoint character, and a formerly-woman-now-agender metal/magic person.

Bull's "Bone Dance" has an agender protagonist, but is old, from the dawn of urban fantasy.

Scalzi's "Lock In" has a protagonist whose gender and sex aren't given, but there's no sign they are subjectively non-binary.

Sunday: currently rereading A Fire Upon the Deep.

Recently read: Infomocracy, by Malka Older, which is about democracy and ways of actually have a choice (or not)

The Wrong Stars, by Tim Pratt. Good old-fashioned space opera, but with women and non-traditional relationships and generally not 1930s.

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