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Bad movies

April 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

In an attempt to get my schedule back to one that works for me (hypomania aside, I tend to operate best when I slept from around 3AM to noon), I’ve decided to watch movies that I don’t have to pay particularly close attention, and that I probably wouldn’t want to see with Susan.

Wikipedia has me covered: list of box office bombs. Let the bad movies begin!

Oakland Police Beat

Oakland Police Beat has launched. Susan Mernit explains what the site is about. You should go poke around, see what it is all about. ^_^

It is a WordPress site, and the data is stored in custom post types and taxonomies. All the software that composes the site is free and open source (and I will be providing a writeup of all the great projects we used soon). Bernard is interesting.

Susan Magnolia created the logo, visually showing OPB as an extension of the Oakland Local family.

Today Clover was sick, so e sat in my lap and we watched Little Bear videos together. Eir favorite one is probably Mother Bear’s Button. I was completely surprised when a minute into it, Clover just started saying it. Everything, every line, of each character. I have a good memory, and can often repeat lines back to folks verbatim, but I can’t recall that entire video. That is fascinating.

On the other hand, the day before, Clover was eating something and sneezed, biting down really hard on eir finger! It didn’t draw blood, but it did break the skin, and really freaked em out; e cried and hyperventilated for a few minutes. Susan and I took turns holding em so the other could silently bend over in laughter. It was hilarious! I am so sad for this little kid that mimic mannerisms after a single observation, but will also bite themselves sneezing.

Hahaha! Humans are funny. ^_^

I had grand plans to heavily document Clover’s life, from the beginning. Turns out that is really hard, since doing so is not generating income. And living with Clover and Susan, and generating income are my daily goals.

Susan does a lot better job of catching a visual record, and we’ve supported that by ensuring she has good equipment and a publishing system that works (Instagram to WordPress). All the photos I take are on a DSLR camera, and I don’t have a good workflow of moving them onto the web.

So, quick and infrequent update: Clover is rocking. Susan and I are as well, although our childhoods seem to get popping up more as Clover’s develops. Meh (not really, it is awesome, in that terrifyingly literal sense). We are ever figuring stuff out, and trying to make the most out of it. We are not rich, but we are certainly not poor; ours is a lovely life, and the less we take for granted, the more wonderful the world is around us. I think my capacity as an “adult” it correlated to how much I want to move it forward for future people to enjoy the civic infrastructure around them. That would be a nice sensitivity for Clover to grow up around. ^_^

It is always glorious recovering from illness. Recovering from food poisoning feels doubly so.

Thursday night I walked home, and within an hour I was in bed. The rest of the night was horrible, and I haven’t ever expelled that much material from my body is such a short amout of time. I was close to calling an ambulance.

Fortunately I was able to rehydrate. The next day was sore and uncomfortable, as I tried to get good down. I swallowed two bowls of soup and ginger ale, and that slowly de-soured my stomach.

This morning I am still sore and tired, but not anything like Thursday night. Still gonna take it easy, though. And hopefully give Susan a break from single-parenting.

No more Bawls

December 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

I drank a bottle of Bawls over 14 hours ago. I should have been asleep a few hours ago. Never doing that again.

When I was younger, I compensated for my over-thinking and sensitivity. I wore myself out in mind and body so I could rest, because if I don’t, I can hear cars from afar, and people breathing in the apartment below me, and ice hardening in the freezer, and if nothing else, just a constant ringing in my ears from a deafening silence.

Now I listen to Susan and Clover breathing, or I think about how I will leverage my privilege to help someone today. I accept it, let it flow through me. I still use tea to blow the fuzz out of my brain, and I know that after three pots, I am really, really happy. But I can get to sleep before the sun rises on the next day, even after that much tea.

Energy drinks really mess me up. I’m okay with that. I’m okay without them.

To the operators of, it has come to my attention that you are hosting images of my child, Emma Clover, on a biography page describing an actor of the same name. The page I am describing is preserved at,_Emma.

As a webcrafter, I am professionally dismayed at the typography and inaccessibility of that site. It does not respond to various devices, and has extraneous markup that prohibits it from being read by services that help people in understanding the subject. You’ve taken the time to add the so-called “open social graph” elements, but you still load iframes and wrap everything in unnecessary div blocks. I recommend that you seek a professional webcrafter to redo your site that follows modern best practices and technology.

However, that is not why I am writing to you today; rather, it is the personal matter of hosting images of my young child Emma Clover. No doubt you have some automated services scraping the internet for images, and I hope this causes you to reconsider that strategy and take a more hands-on approach to gathering information.

All the images you’ve used are either full copyright, or licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. Where it is licensed under CC, we require attribution. As the images you’ve pulled are from a few different sites, please check your logs and attribute correctly (we normally ask for the name of the photographer, either me or Susan Magnolia, and a link to the appropriate site). As an advocate of the commons, I will help you in this if you’d like, you can reach me at, or one of the ways described at

If your software prohibits you from easily attributing those images, or you otherwise choose not to comply with the license we’ve released those images under, please remove them from your site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or check the resources listed at; the mailing list or IRC channel may be the quickest way to get help on how to use culture licensed with Creative Commons.

I look forward to your response and compliance.

This is also posted as an open letter at

And I am sick again. I don’t know why my immune system isn’t stronger than Clover’s. At least Susan is fine this time, we will survive…

Susan was able to get a video of Clover singing with em knowing. It starts out with Clover’s rendition of the refrain from The More We Get Together. The next part is the naming of our friends, as e begins…

“…Pocoyo, Ellie, Gautham, papa, Judy, Gautham, Judy, Diana, Justin, Liz, momma, papa, Maggie, momma, maiki, momma, momma!”

A certain age

November 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

Clover uses Susan’s fully functional but out of minutes mobile. E likes to watch videos on it, and I am amazed to see em swipe up a list of and with steady fingers select the video to watch.

I mentioned to Susan how amazing it is, and she observed it is like an extension of Clover.

“Well, Clover is about the same age as The Laughing Man.”

To which Susan replied, “Oh, I thought you were going to say Clover is as old as the phone.”

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