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Fiat fiendum.
Fiat fiendum.

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Google+ is shutting down.* I don't know what platform I'll move to. I use Twitter (@saizai) a little more now, and may do writeups for longer pieces @ s.ai/essays. Personal matters are mainly via private conversations these days, mainly over Signal (s.ai/contact).

Mostly, I've been just withdrawing. I've near zero energy left, and unfortunately, actively maintaining social connections is well below my capacity these days. That doesn't necessarily mean I don't want to talk, but it does mean that it takes a lot out of me to reach out, and I'm failing at doing so regularly. Sorry. :-/

So… I guess follow me on Twitter, or watch my website, if you want to know what I'm up to. Talk to me by Signal if you want to maintain a personal relationship.

* https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/
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D.C. District Judge Randolph D. Moss formally amended his last opinion in my FOIA case, to make its references to me gender-neutral.

This was really sweet of him to do; it's a pain, not even vaguely required, and done purely to be kind. <3.
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The court in my SFO case (re liquids policy etc) has finally appointed me counsel. I'm now to be represented by Navi S. Dhillon of Baker Botts.

This was after about 8 separate motions for appointment. The one that finally worked was after I filed a statement that I can't continue litigating pro se because it's exacerbating my disabilities to the point of being seriously life-threatening.

Actually, even that one was denied. The one that worked was after that, re-raising all my motions for appointment and asking for some way to present them, together with highly sensitive evidence in support, to a different judge (since mine wouldn't hear it ex parte).

So next time anyone says that a poor plaintiff acting pro se in a civil rights case must not have a good case because obvs they would've been able to get a lawyer, remember: before a court would give me a lawyer I literally had to be likely to die without it, and extremely persistent and far more sophisticated than anyone in my position could plausibly be.
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I got these "ankle" straps as part of a resistance band exercise kit. They're nicely made (comfy, welded ring)… but they're thigh size for me. On ankle, the wrap back doesn't even have Velcro hook overlapping loop.

So, BDSM peeps: any suggestions for taking up the slack that'd be better than the "wrap twice around ankle" method shown here?

Must be comfy and take about 200lb force at the O ring, not put force on the rectangle loopback ring.

(Yes I know "just use separate wrist/ankle sized cuffs instead" is also an option.)
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Here's the decision in Flores v. Sessions, No. 2:85-cv-4544 (C.D. Cal. July 9, 2018), denying the Government's "_ex parte_"* motion to modify the settlement agreement about detention of immigrant children. Worth reading in full, and I don't have the spoons to summarize.

This is the filing that the President ordered in the recent EO "reversing" the family separation policy. See https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/affording-congress-opportunity-address-family-separation/ § 3(e).

* It wasn't actually ex parte; the plaintiffs filed opposition, and ACLU & several affected parties filed amicus briefs. "Ex parte", here, actually means "emergency".

See https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4145012/jenny-l-flores-v-edwin-meese/?order_by=desc for the briefs on both sides.
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/via +Alex Fink, IMO a very clear explanation of why Cards Against Humanity is a socially toxic, unfunny, and bigotry-normalizing... and just a horrible game, as a game.
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Finally got around to attaching the blackout curtains with heavy duty velcro, to reduce the light leakage around the edges. Two problems:
1. The Velcro sticks to its other half stronger than its adhesive sticks to the fabric, making it hard to open (necessary to frob the window).
2. Light leaks through it, along the hemlines, in gaps of the Velcro, and where the Velcro separated from the fabric.

Any suggestions for improving either?
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Could someone explain the rainbow sprinkles thing?

CW: graphic CCTV footage of an assassination at around 1:35.
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