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hi lj

let's see. i am sad about weev's sentencing. even tho weev is one of the most terrible people, i still don't agree with how they took him down, and it weighs even harder on me since i hate and fight against the prison industrial complex so much. (almost 10% of our budget goes to prisons in ca, about 5% of our state population is incarcerated, mostly affecting minorities and the poor, etc etc. the first time someone i knew and cared about went away for a long stint in prison i was 3.) the abuse of normal people by big corporations and for governmental grudges is only getting worse. i have hopes that on appeal he will be victorious. he is correct in saying that he basically got convicted for doing arithmetic. it is even more terrible that the average person seems to think he a) actually wrote some code b) actually hacked anything (there was no encryption, open facing server) c) that he in some way profited off the info (he merely showed a redacted form to journalists. there was no attempt to sell or trade, joking on irc aside. and there wasn't going to be one either because the whole thing was resolved well before he got initially arrested.) i have a lot of fear for all my other friends and loved ones in security right now, because this kind of shit is straight up shady. we joke a lot about "first they came for weev, etc", but it's true in this instance. his security group may have been a bit tongue in cheek, but they were legit. security is a scary field to be in right now, and i hope all my friends stay safe from rogue gov agents hell bent on their destruction.

i took zane to vegas for supernatural con. it was super fun. she won the juniors costume contest (dressed as bobby) and got to meet AND HUG mischa collins. there is photographic evidence. i was mostly bored (i enjoy the show, but not to the fandom extent that most of the attendees do, and having already watched q&a's from 7yr of other cons, i knew the answers to most of the repeat questions.)

evan gave his senior exhibition on the ethics of bioengineering. for those who don't know, it's a giant thesis project they work on all senior year with a faculty advisor in their discipline. they have to research and write a 75page+ paper, interviewing several experts in the field they choose. it culminates with an all-day tour de force of half hour presentations by the seniors on their topics, which are juried and judged by experts from the community. he did very well, this is the last thing they HAVE to complete at his school to be able to graduate, so now he is clear for takeoff!

zoe has started swim. this means we never see her anymore. (zoe and evan leave for high school at 6:45am, she returns on the late bus at 6:20pm) her first meet was last weekend, she had to swim back for 3, the only one. she is doing very well, now she just needs to work on her focus, and not freaking out when her coach puts her in by herself (she is used to swimming anchor in the relays like last year, but now she needs to start working on her solo swim times.)

both zoe and zane got promoted to jr zoologists this year at the zoo. this means they are already working weekends, and they have moved from showing animals to the guests, to fully caretaking animals in different blocks. (right now they are on the starter block taking care of small mammalian animals like possums, hedgehogs, chinchillas, etc etc.) what this means for us is a lot of driving to the other side of the city. i don't mind tho, ocean beach is one of my favorite places to run, and i like doing it at low tide so i can collect sand dollars.
it's funny cuz most of the shit with raising kids isn't that hard, but god, feeding every EVERY SINGLE DAY?!?!?! that's killin me. HOW AM I EXPECTED TO DECIDE AND PREPARE WHAT FOOD TO EAT OMG IM TOTALLY NOT AN ADULT

I didn't make dinner one night last week and Autumn was like "What's for dinner" and I said "I didn't take anything out/prep anything. So I don't know. I don't feel like cooking" I thought the world was going to end.
my children are always starving until i say the word "leftovers", then suddenly they are camels that can go days without eating.
I just read about weev in on not even 5 minutes ago. Wasn't expecting that kind of sentence. I really do hope he gets his appeal.

And holy hell, your kids are amazing. (I get caught up in the WHAT? FOOD!? WTF HOW DO I FEED HIM GOOD FOOD? with my boy)
The weev thing is so ridiculous. There are companies out there that harvest data using web crawlers and other systems to infer urls. Much more advanced and "dodgy" than what weev did. The only difference is that they don't tell the public about it and hide behind legal documents that prevent people who are interested in the data from sharing the information.
Your family is neat and it makes me happy to see your kids doing such cool stuff.
PS it really bugs me that weev got a longer sentence than those rapists from Steubenville. I'm not keen on anyone going to prison tbh, but if punitive measures are called for, at least make them fitting to the level of the crime.

I was so sad to get to work, open up slate, and see that story about him this morning. Then I made the mistake of reading reddit.  Ugh. People don't get that this isn't about him being an asshole, everyone already knows he is. Awful, awful precedent.

Your kids are awesome as always though :-)

you're totes my mommy role model! your kids are so much awesome.
YAY, the kids are already so prolific! Congrats to Evan Zane and Zoe. Lets go to the zoo again this summer :)
Dude!! I didn't even know there was a Supernatural con, but that costume is AMAZING!

I'm sad about the Weev sentencing, too. I don't really know what to say about it except that it's very concerning to me - even moreso than what happened to Aaron Swartz.

That is so cool about the jr. zoologist program - I love reading about older kids - it seems so interesting and different from "My kid told me she didn't like me and then my other kid screamed for 20 minutes in the car today" - jr. zoologist! swimming! Seems so much more fun and interesting :)
Totally agree with you re weev.

Your kids are awesome! Congratulations!!
Your kids are AMAZING and you are a great mom.

I am sad about weev too for the reasons you mentioned. He's also such an easy target, for them, because some of his theories and behavior and pisses me off.
Woah that thesis project sounds ridiculously intense. Congrats to the kiddos all around, though! :D