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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 04:21 pm
Dogs can really streamline my after dinner clean-up. I've long since been in the habit of tossing meat scraps at any cats lucky enough to be in my vicinity as I put away dinner, but now I have furry disposals for veggie scraps as well. (Yes, I know, dogs - especially small dogs! - should only have a small amount of human food. But I don't think a few bites of plain boiled potato is going to kill them. I google everything before I let any animal near it, and anyway, if it's more than a few bites I put it away in the fridge.)

Finn, thus far, has proven himself quite enthusiastic about plain boiled potatoes, tomatoes (only in tiny quantities, which means I now have to hide my tomatoes away), green beans, and sweet potato. Moonpie is enthusiastic about... dog treats. Sometimes. Well, there's no accounting for taste!

We want to get Finn fattened up so he can have his surgery, so anything healthy that he's eager to eat, we're happy to give him.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:10 pm
Boris Johnson says it would be hard for the UK to refuse help but Jeremy Corbyn says he would ask the UN to step in.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:06 pm
Medics failed to resuscitate Alice Gibson-Watt quickly enough after a cardiac arrest, an inquest rules.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 04:07 pm
I had no idea how much I would love having an online journal again. It feels so good to be here at Dreamwidth. I am making new friends, have a place to share my life, and have the great privilege of being able to share the lives of others. For a woman who is decidedly lonely, this place is a godsend.

It's gotten hot all of a sudden - it's 23 here at the moment (that's 76) and rather humid so that it feels hotter. I mowed the lawn for the first time all on my own. The result reminds me very much of the time my elder daughter, age approx. three, took her safety scissors to the curls at the front of her hair, kind of jagged and sloppy and frayed. (And it was heartbreaking to see her lovely curls on the floor.) I console myself with the fact that my neighbours have obviously been mowing for years and know how, whereas I simply don't have a clue....yet. Someday I will be a jedi master at lawns.

Saw my caseworker at Canadian Mental Health today....such a nice woman. I am so fortunate to have really excellent community help for my poor addled brain. Psychiatrist, therapist, case worker, doctor: I am so lucky to live in Canada and in this city.

The thing I'm working on now is learning to be gentler with myself. I need to get rid of the self talk that says "you're stupid" or "you're a failure" and replace it with "you're learning" and "look at all of the things you've accomplished today". I need to learn to look in the mirror and instead of seeing ugly and fat, and old, see a woman who has survived a lot of grief and turmoil and has the battle scars to prove it. Maybe, if I'm really lucky, some day I will see beauty.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:37 pm
With questions over whether the Blue Whale challenge exists, and no confirmed link to reported deaths, how concerned should you be?
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:15 pm

Posted by Joe Mullin

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SAN FRANCISCO—Uber's love for arbitration is well-known, and it has sought to move its disputes with drivers into that more private forum. Now the question is, will it be able to steer a case as big as the Waymo litigation in the same way?

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, sued Uber in February, claiming that Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski stole thousands of files that were trade secrets. Now Uber is seeking to move most of the case out of court and into arbitration. Waymo, in turn, wants to keep the whole case in federal court.

Uber filed a motion (PDF) to compel arbitration in March, but most of the courtroom action so far has been about Levandowski himself. Levandowski, who is not a defendant in the case, has declined to answer questions about the allegedly stolen files. He has cited his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:46 pm
Partly because of our awkward situation in having Amazon Prime US available while living in the UK, the television shows that I would like to watch are very much split across different providers or not available at all. I read that a recent survey suggests that many younger people both illegally pirate shows and subscribe to various providers and I can wholly sympathize: it would be one thing if they were all available à la carte or from multiple subscription services but having them spread across exclusive bundles really is difficult to joyfully accept.

Personally I am lucky enough to be patient. Some shows are very difficult to avoid being unwillingly spoiled on but most can come and go and within a year or two will be out on DVD. So, my approach is to maintain our Cinema Paradiso subscription (DVDs by mail; Netflix don't do that in the UK) and my wait is rewarded by having a provider who does carry a wide range of shows, albeit not streaming.

Still, I wonder if the days of DVDs are numbered. They are probably already encumbered by tight restrictions on fair use: for example, having bought myself a copy I doubt that I am permitted to then rip it to preserve a scratchless copy then simply play it from that disk image even though I see no persuasive moral argument that I oughtn't. I hope that the fragmented content provision market gets its act together before I can no longer rely on shows turning up on DVD a while later.
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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:43 pm
The prime minister says the German chancellor's stance shows why her party needs to win the election.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:37 pm
With questions over whether the Blue Whale challenge exists, and no confirmed link to reported deaths, how concerned should you be?
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:09 pm
UK sandwich chain Pret A Manger has said that coconut is driving its sales forward - so we went out to conduct a "taste test" to see what flavours get you licking your lips.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:37 pm
With questions over whether the Blue Whale challenge exists, and no confirmed link to reported deaths, how concerned should you be?
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 02:56 pm
Congress is set to vote on a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown for one week.