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๐Ÿ”ด Scribblings and Scuttlebutt Sep-Dec 2017

 
Link: http://wp.me/pDKwi-5Gh
 
This is where I post my thoughts and reblog stuff from other sites I find interesting or topical, mostly topics from Twitter, Tumblr and blogs. This is probably the closest thing on this blog to a “blog.” I also post notes on things not working or behind. Increasingly, that’s been mostly what it is. Lightly edited. Reverse chronological. Comments are open.
โ€“ LizzieB90


Go To: โญ• Earlier Volumes “Scribblings & Scuttlebutt”:

Jan-Aug 2017: http://wp.me/pDKwi-3S9
Jul-Dec 2016: http://wp.me/pDKwi-3di
Apr-Jun 2016: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2I3
Jan-Mar 2016: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2hK
Oct-Dec 2015: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1Hz
Jul-Sep 2015: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1gs
Mar-Jun 2015: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Vd

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10/15/2017

iOS 11 has been a disaster for me. It has clobbered my photos twice โ€“ erased them from my iPad and then reloaded them โ€“ not in the order I have put them in in my folders, but in the order in which I took the screenshots. They have fixed a problem that set all the number of folders in the files to โ€œ0โ€ โ€“ which meant no other app could access them (like Twitter). I had to restore from a two week old backup to an old iPad to get my episode files back in the right order; but that iPad is useless now for anything else.

Then thereโ€™s Pages the (SUPPORTED) word processor I use. It will take a file & somehow corrupt it, making it impossible to access. In fact, it says it โ€œdoesnโ€™t exist.โ€ It did this to a 500 page file of all the political tweets Iโ€™ve sent since the first of the year. Thankfully, I had emailed a copy of it to myself for some totally unrelated reason a few days before, so I only lost a few days. I would have been beside myself if I had lost that.

Then it did it to my file for tweeting out episode photos for last week โ€“ eraseing about six hours of work. Itโ€™s a miracle I had that ready in time.

So I bitch to @AppleSupport, the only way I know to reach actual developers vs some contractor in Indonesia.

These kinds of errors in a widely released operating system are inexcusable. And Apple never EVER admits they have a problem. They do fix them โ€“ eventually. But thereโ€™s no guarantee the fixes will work retroactively. Power of (near) monopoly. Unlike most people, I donโ€™t also own a Mac (gone to college wth one kid or another) which can provide backup. And yet they will pester and pester you to upgrade and not allow you to go back to a prior version.

End of rant.

 
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10/9/2017

About โ€œWhat Is The Cabal?โ€

It continues to surprise me how popular โ€œWhat Is The Cabal?โ€ is, seeing as it was written about three years ago. I keep thinking I should update it. But Iโ€™m not sure Iโ€™d change much, especially not how it ends with a discussion about climate change and whether we are up to confronting it.

I guess the one thing Iโ€™d clarify is that I think the so-called โ€œdeep stateโ€ is not a malevolent thing. It is a conservative force in government, experts and civil servants who basically keep the ship of state steady despite whatever administration is in power.

I have worked with these people as a member of various healthcare/government standards groups and healthcare IT committees. Iโ€™ve collaborated at times, fought them at times.

I have more problems with some of the external consulting groups brought in by the administrations. There is too much cronyism there for sure, vested interests, money influence and at times, just plain stupidity.

I see the career civil servants more as a stabilizing force, mostly good, hard-working people devoted to serving the public. They could often earn more in the private sector.

 
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10/9/2017

Music

I think Iโ€™m just going to update the music collections during the hiatuses (hiati?). Itโ€™s weirdly stressful to do because itโ€™s complicated and best done it batches. YouTube (or WordPress) places limits I donโ€™t understand on the number of videos I can collect in a post and I canโ€™t pre-determine how many episodes will be in a post because I donโ€™t know how many songs will be in an episode. Not knowing this screws up the titles and indexing and itโ€™s well โ€“ aaaargh!

The songs will still be in the full scripts, though I have noticed that after the tweet links are added, the videos at the end of the script no longer embed though the song buttons in the text still work. Since the tweet links donโ€™t get added until a week after the episode shows (when most of the hits to the scripts occur) I assume this is not too big of a problem since the videos will eventually show up in the song files.

The first two episodes contained more than ten songs! I just include the ones with lyrics that appear in the script. I love the music. Itโ€™s one of the really cool things about the show. Dave Porter, the music director, does a really great job.

 
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10/8/2017
Thereโ€™s this: [ โ€ผ๏ธ Possible Spoiler โ€ผ๏ธ ]

BuildSeriesNYC: James Spader Stops By To Discuss โ€œThe Blacklistโ€http://aol.it/2ys1Lf3 39mins

// 9/26/2017, James Spader interview (39 mins) Feeling surprisingly unencumbered, Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is back and in the process of rebuilding his criminal empire. His lust for life is ever-present as he lays the foundation for this new enterprise โ€” one that heโ€™ll design with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) by his side. Living with the reality that Red is her father, Liz finds herself torn between her role as an FBI agent and the temptation to act on her more criminal instincts. In a world where the search for Blacklisters has become a family trade, Red will undoubtedly reclaim his moniker as the โ€œConcierge of Crime.โ€

James Spader: [Re: Father question:] โ€œDonโ€™t get too comfortableโ€ & โ€œWhy would they reveal anything in the 4th season?โ€

 
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10/4/2017

Iโ€™m sorry I didnโ€™t get the Storybook and Twitter photos of the episode done on time for episode 5:1. Weโ€™re remodeling our family room and I had to pitch in.

P.S. I did get about 2/3 of 5:1 done and will complete during the hiatus and include it in the Countdown at the end of December.

 
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9/28/2017

Both Amazon Prime and Springfield came through, so weโ€™re in business!

 
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9/25/2017

Pre-Season 5 Update

What a summer! I am so glad itโ€™s over. My Mom died (sheโ€™d been ill for a while). Then the second of our two dogs died. I miss them both so much. And my Mom. My oldest son is in Iraq serving as a helicopter paramedic and my daughter is in Shanghai studying. Iโ€™m aching with concern and loss.

I spent July struggling with a software issue on my favorite photo editing app, Photoshop Fix. And politics! Like many others, I guess, I have โ€œoutrage fatigue.โ€ I am glad to put politics on the back burner, but it did mean I got a late start in getting this blog prepared for Season 5. Iโ€™m in the final stretch now, still unsure if I will make it. Expect a few glitches โ€ฆ

Iโ€™m hoping Springfield will continue providing the screen caps that I reverse engineer the scripts from. ForeverDreaming stopped doing them after The Apothecary, so there went my backup. Without the screen caps, doing the scripts manually is a labor-intensive and error-prone undertaking.

Further, I am not sure Amazon Prime will have the series this year. I get the screenshots from the downloaded episodes. They donโ€™t have anything up for Season 5, not even promos. Same with Vudu, the only other source I know work for screenshots. So I guess I wonโ€™t know until Wednesday night.

Fingers crossed โ€ฆ

 
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