Daily Happiness

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:13 am
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1. I slept in until about 1pm, so that was good. Unfortunately that seems to have pushed my late sleep schedule even further back, and it was already creeping further than I'd like. (Here it is 4am and I'm a bit tired but not like super sleepy, though I will at least get in bed after posting this, and see if that makes me sleepier.) However! The person who usually closes on Fridays is out tomorrow, so I have to stay till closing, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, and the same goes for Saturday and Sunday, and then I have Monday off and no morning plans, so even if my sleep schedule is terrible, I at least have the next four days in a row I can sleep in. :p

2. Carla happened to see (Japanese) curry on sale at the store today and bought some, so I made curry for dinner. It was delicious and now we have lots of leftovers as well, for easy meals.

3. I finished translating the first chapter of a new series I'm working on, and hopefully will have that ready to post within the next few days.

4. I played a bunch more Zelda tonight. Went back to the area just below the Great Plateau and picked up a couple shrines I'd missed, and that plus the one in Zora's Domain got me another upgrade. One of the shrines was by a stable I hadn't been to yet, and Hestu was there outside! So I was able to get another few inventory slots opened up, though I didn't have a ton of Korok seeds, and it seems that the fee goes up by one with each slot you add. I also found the Zora helm, and upgraded both it and the Zora armor. Now it's time to go get some shock arrows and a photo of a Lynel (and at least try to take him on, while I'm up there; I know I could just stealthily gather arrows and snap his photo and not actually kill him, but where's the fun in that).

5. Carla got some cute pictures of Jasper this morning.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 01:22 am
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I just feel really discouraged with Tumblr this week.

Yes!!! I am aware that my viral post du jour does not adequately address the racial, class, and economic factors that make the concept inaccessible to other people!!! It also does not cite the geneaology of the concepts I used. I wrote it in half an hour before I collapsed with pain and fatigue. I don't actually find the concept accessible either; it's a vague sketch of "ideas I wish were not fundamentally poisoned for me." My apologies for failing to attain perfection in an endeavour that neither contributes to my livelihood nor furthers my career.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "The Whip of His Own Remorse" is now complete.  Read about Stylet's crushing discovery of what his precious berettaflies have been up to.

This unlocks the next poem in the Berettaflies thread, "The Inner Transition," which can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.  That will feature Stylet approaching Valor's Widow.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 11:44 pm
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Just finished reading: Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

I read the first book in the series, Fair Game, not long after it came out in 2010. It's stuck in my head ever since then. The series is M/M romance and mystery thriller, and part of what amazed me is that the romance was written as intricately as the crime; I was amazed at how the entire tone of the novel shifted without anything being detectably different, and traced the shift back down to a single word in a sex scene that cause a cascading shift of perceptions of peoples' motives and reactions. It was impressive.

So this month Audible coughed up a recommendation for another Lanyon book and I checked it out, and behold! It was the further adventures of the two protagonists from Fair Game. Since romance novels almost always end just as the relationship gets truly underway, I was all up in that shit. After I finished Book 2, I immediately bought and began Book 3. I then took a break from Book 3 to make a cup of tea and play with my cat, and wanted to sit down and write this out while it was still fresh in my mind.

Fair Play is fascinating because it's all about CONFLICT in the relationship and it's glorious. (That is, there are a couple mystery plots, but while I'll read them I won't pretend they're important to me.) Elliot, the protagonist, left the FBI when he was injured in the line of duty; he now teaches university history. Tucker, his boyfriend, is still an active FBI agent. Elliot's an extremely logical guy doesn't understand his own emotions super well, who's used to the people in his life giving him a lot of autonomy and independence; Tucker's a former foster kid who's put a lot of work into understanding himself and is leaping aboard the emotional closeness train with alacrity, but he's very used to being either totally self-sufficient or taking care of other people--not to having a partner, much less someone who wants to take care of him. They love each other, but they start off not knowing very much about how to share their decision-making processes, how to argue productively, or how to show love and concern for each other without surrendering their autonomy or self-respect.

And you know what? They god-damn well figure it out. They love each other so much that rather than break up, they keep finding ways to introspect, express their feelings, advocate for their viewpoints, understand each other, and work it through. It's especially interesting to watch from Elliot's perspective. He's so very unlike me in a way that reminded me of my own special perspective and skills--when he's sitting there thinking, "Why am I angry? It doesn't make sense when you look at the logical situation" I'm screaming "ATTACHMENT THEORY!" but that's not how he operates. But at the same time, his emotional process was written in what felt like a very accurate and honest fashion--he does try, honestly and intelligently, and when he has an emotional breakthrough he faces it wholeheartedly and works it through with such dedication you can see why he tries not to have them too often.

There are occasional sour notes in the narration, especially around women or fat people, that make me a little uncomfortable because I can't quite tell whether it's Lanyon's opinion or just that Elliot is very like Dan Savage in that as a stoic fit white cis gay man from the Pacific Northwest, Elliot has internalized a set of prejudices he's never felt the need to question--he takes for granted that, for example, aging women who express alarm in response to others' misfortune and attempt to emotionally mother others are an alien, offputting, and unattractive species, from whom he would rather distance himself, and never thought more about the topic.

Still. I've finished my cup of tea, so I'm gonna go back to Book 3.

Poem: "The Source of Pain"

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:46 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls and fills the "I'm on Fire" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that many readers may find disturbing. It also contains a hefty serving of poetic justice. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is mad science, Carl Bernhardt is always a warning, graphic description of medical torture and experimentation on sapient people, centaurs produced by mad science, a distorted response that could be learned helplessness or Stockholm syndrome, references to sapient trafficking and sexual exploitation, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details, unethical employees, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It does advance the plot a bit, but a lot of the general trajectory is already established, so it's only a minor gap if you choose to skip this one.

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Dietician update

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:36 pm
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I had a phone interview yesterday with a dietitian who specializes in people with disordered relationships with food. I like her, and think I can definitely work with her.

Meanwhile, cut for discussion of weight )

Weekly Reading

Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:24 pm
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What are you currently reading?
I'm about halfway through Return from Witch Mountain and it's definitely improved from the disappointing impression I had based on the first chapter. The author does make an attempt to explain away the differences from the first book, and while I still find all the scientific terms for their powers and overuse of words like "energizing" to be annoying, I am enjoying the plot.

I've also been reading at least a little bit of Modern Romance every day and am a third of the way through. I like it a lot.

No progress on Mayor of Castro Street this week, though.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing... :( I've been busy with work, busy translating, and busy playing Zelda, so that doesn't leave much time for reading.

What do you think you'll read next?
I would definitely like to have finished another book by this time next week, so I'm going to concentrate on these three! Considering how short Witch Mountain is and what a fast read Modern Romance is, if I actually make time to read every day, I could finish both of them!

it's good to be young

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:02 pm
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Bette: *Andrea's running the [marathon] in May!
Jenny: Wow, that's great! How's your training going?
*Andrea: Well, you're looking at it. So if I finish today, it's going great!

"sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind
the race is long, and in the end it's only with yourself…

whatever you do, don't congratulate or berate yourself too much
your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's

enjoy your body, use it every way you can
don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it
it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own, dance...

travel, accept certain inalienable truths
prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old"

--baz luhrmann
"everybody's free (to wear sunscreen)"
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"Feeling mostly upset" and "concerned mostly about family." Legit.

"You went to Terra Venture in your spaceship!" Carlos exclaimed. "You literally showed up on the doorstep of Earth's only space colony, in your spaceship!"

"So did you!" Ashley protested. "Your spaceship was dolphin-safe! You totally one-upped us!"


I'm gonna write this whole story in 750 words. At first I thought it wouldn't be serious enough, but then I realized the entire series is like this. "Man those quantrons were tough!" So it should work out great.
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During some link-hopping I discovered that, despite Disney tentatively doing a live-action film of their The Little Mermaid, and there being a film adaptation with Shirley MacLaine coming out this year, another indie film managed to leapfrog both for a 2016 release and became, officially, the first English-language live-action feature film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

(It's true. Despite the book coming out in the 19th century, all the prior adaptations have been animated, live-action for television, or in languages other than English.)

Last night I watched this 2016 film, which stars Rosie Mac as the little mermaid, and can say quite reasonably that the only thing this film has going for it is that it that was made quickly enough to get that First English-Language Live-Action Film Adaptation moniker. Its worst fault isn't that it looks like it was made for $100 dollars (of which $90 dollars was spent on the gorgeous mermaid tail that seen for maybe 30 seconds), or that the story is a cynical modern-day adaptation with very little wonder, or that the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Its worst fault is that it's boring.

I can forgive a lot if there's a decent idea somewhere in the center of any story, and although there were a few flashes of maybe-brilliance in this adaptation, it's just a slog to watch, and with very little charm. I didn't care about or understand any of the characters, and I had very little idea of what the story was trying to say. Plus it had that sense of look-how-edgy-we-are in having the little mermaid and her (first) prince having a one night stand that ends badly, and then the little mermaid being curious about sex toys and then becoming a burlesque dancer. I have very little patience for edgelord adaptations that don't retain any sense of magic, and not to mention that this makes it the third recent cynical adaptation for The Little Mermaid specifically, the others being Little From the Fish Shop and Charlotte's Song (which is more inspired-by instead of a straight adaptation, but still).

Still, I think in theory that I could have enjoyed a modern-day adaptation that takes a cold, hard look at the culture clash of a mute mermaid having to navigate our world, if only it weren't so damn dull and cheerless.

Gratitudes

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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1. Turns out my property taxes are, in fact, taken-care-of by the mortgaging institution and therefore not my problem.

2. My mother gave me the Hamiltome! I gave it to her last year for her birthday and she finally finished reading it and passed it along to me. I am so happy to have it and am reading it bit by bit.

3. I finally located the beeping smoke detector. (It was in the garage.) My house is no longer intermittently beeping.

4. I don't have to work tomorrow night, which is a rarity. I get the evening off!

5. I am watching the new Netflix reboot of Voltron with Zaphod, and am totally digging it. I think it's my favorite thing he's watched since Avatar. It's fun to have something that we actually both enjoy, to watch while we cuddle on the couch.
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Two woodcocks roding tonight! ♥

"looking down at the world below
here they come and there they go
I'm a people watcher
it's been a hobby of mine
for quite some time"

--meredith edwards
"the bird song"
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I am going to LISTEN TO THINGS and FIGURE OUT PERCUSSION if it kills me. Thank you so much, iTunes Shuffle!

ObDisclaimer: Just my opinions, I have no music degree, this is me analyzing music for my own benefit and I don't claim this will make sense to anyone else, comments/criticisms welcome.

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Jukebox Exchange

Mar. 23rd, 2017 09:29 pm
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Posted by morbane

Nominations for Jukebox are ongoing and will end at 23:59pm EDT on March 25 (a little over 2 days from now).


Poster for the Jukebox exchange, including a picture of a jukebox and URLs for the challenge. Links to AO3 collection


AO3 | LJ | DW

Nominations are open now.
Sign-ups run from March 28 to April 5.
Works are due on May 27.

If you offered, requested, wrote, or read fic about songs or music videos for Yuletide, consider checking out Jukebox. Jukebox is in its 5th year.

"Ninefox March" working notes

Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:05 pm
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I'm putting this behind a cut because I'm guessing composing/MIDI sequencing working notes will bore most of y'all. ;) OTOH, this is an easy way to keep track of what I'm doing!

BTW, I will never get tired of the rainbow the LEDs on the Komplete Kontrol S88 makes when you turn it on. I am easily distracted?

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Jukebox Exchange

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:15 am
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Nominations for Jukebox are ongoing and will end at 23:59pm EDT on March 25 (a little over 2 days from now).


Poster for the Jukebox exchange, including a picture of a jukebox and URLs for the challenge. Links to AO3 collection


AO3 | LJ | DW

Nominations are open now.
Sign-ups run from March 28 to April 5.
Works are due on May 27.

If you offered, requested, wrote, or read fic about songs or music videos for Yuletide, consider checking out Jukebox. Jukebox is in its 5th year.

Applied for the thing

Mar. 23rd, 2017 03:11 pm
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[personal profile] zulu
They will only be contacting those who have been selected for an interview. So depressing. Well, let it be said here first: if I don't hear by May 1, I didn't get it. It is written.

what is the opposite of a fashionista

Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:31 pm
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Lately I'm realizing that just as I occupy a space much nearer to the food-is-fuel end (but not at the end) of the gourmet spectrum than the, well, gourmet end, I occupy a space much nearer to the gimme-shelter end of the fashion spectrum than the fashionable end.

What do I mean by this? One of the things I mean is that I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes, and even if we separate out those that don't fit (or don't fit right now, my preferred way of describing them) and then of the ones that fit (right now) we separate out those that are clearly special-occasion or limited-use items - even after all that, if you consider the everyday-able items that fit right now, I only routinely use probably a quarter of what's there. Estimating very generously.

It's hard to find time at the moment to go through and get rid of things I don't use. (It's even harder to consider things that don't fit [right now] and admit that I might well not ever use them if they did fit and harder still to admit that they might never fit again.) Even if I didn't have a four-month-old occupying most of my waking attention the task would be daunting. But sometimes I think what I really want is to clear it all out, all of it,* and begin again with the capsuliest of capsule wardrobes. (Note: What I am about to describe is not the capsuliest wardrobe ever imagined, not by a long shot. But for me?)

  • Blue jeans. Three or four pairs.
  • Leggings. Maybe three or four each in black, charcoal, a good navy blue, and a nice plummy purple.
  • Work-appropriate tops and skirts. About half a dozen of each. Ditto colors - black, grey, navy, plum.
  • Couple of sweaters for colder work days.
  • Weekend tops. Scoop or v-neck too-casual-for-work t-shirts would be okay, or I could revert to printed t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. These, I have. I tend not to wear the t-shirts because I'm in a place in my life where crew necks kind of throttle me and I'm not bananas about the boxy shape. I bet even printed t-shirts can be altered, though. If one cares enough to do it.
  • A small number of dresses that are dressier than the tops-and-skirts-possibly-with-leggings combos that can be made from the leggings, tops, and skirts already named.
  • Underwear: some bras, each with let's say three pair of matching knickers.
  • Socks: some solid black but otherwise stripes, other fun novelty designs, or handknits.
  • Footwear: one pair each Tieks flats, Mahabis slippers, Hunter welly boots. Some sort of hiking boot for the icy snow we get around here. Sambas? Converse? Dress shoes to go with the dressier dresses named earlier, but not as many dress shoes as I have now.
  • Outerwear: one each light, medium, and heavy coats. I'd probably allow myself to knit as many hats and scarves as I wanted.
  • Nighttime: two sets each jammies or similar for warm/hot and cool/cold weather.


I already make so few choices about getting dressed, I mean; having this level of streamlining would (I often think) make me feel a lot better because there'd be fewer choices even available to me - so I wouldn't ever feel like I ought to be choosing something different. Plus someone else could be using most or all of this stuff that's been in the back of my closets and drawers all this time. That's really the worst of it; my guilt exists on two levels, one being that the contents of my closet and drawers and shoe rack represent a lot of money and not using these things feels like I've just lit thousands of dollars on fire because it burns so pretty - and the other being that well, shit, at least that fire could be keeping someone else warm, couldn't it.

The shoes will be the hardest to cull, sunk cost-wise. But I need to try on all my shoes and make sure if they fit post-baby anyway; if they don't, there's even less point in keeping them. Clothes that don't fit right now, at least part of my brain tells me there is the possibility I will one day be a size 10 again. (Will I at that time choose to wear what I chose to wear last time I was a size 10? My brain prefers to duck that question.) That is, clothes that don't fit right now don't fit for soft-body-part reasons. Shoes that don't fit right now don't fit for bone reasons, and I don't think the bones are going back.

It's a bit mercenary, but I sort of feel like I should do this cull and then haul the stuff I'm not keeping to a consignment shop first - not that anything I have is at all high fashion (nor has ever been, so don't be thinking "retro" or anything), but wouldn't that be a way to make back some cash on the whole operation? And then take what a consignment shop doesn't want to the Goodwill or similar?

I mean I need to do something. Every time I go in my closet, my self-loathing grows and multiplies. Somebody help.

* I get to keep my wedding dress and a small number of other sentimental items even if I straight up have no intention to use them ever again.
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Today I planned on going over all the craziness of the book tour but I’m postponing for a bit because I’ve come down with a mild case of I-HAVE-THE-PLAGUE-AND-I’M-GOING-TO-DIE.  And I asked Victor to feel my head to see if I have a … Continue reading

Because it might help to know

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:01 pm
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that it's NOT just awesome people dying lately:

The New York Times: Joseph Nicolosi, Advocate of Conversion Therapy for Gays, Dies at 70

From five years ago, here's an account of the sort of damage he did (content note for suicidal ideation):

Gabriel Arana: My So-Called Ex-Gay Life
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On April 15, 2002, STS-110 Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa works at the Remote Manipulator System controls on the aft flight deck of space shuttle Atlantis. Dr. Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, is currently the 11th director of Johnson Space Center. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the STS-56 mission.

Poem: "As a Model for Others"

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:27 pm
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This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Rosa Parks Day -- December 1" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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FMK: The Princess and the Goblin

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:14 pm
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Princess Irene is definitely D'Angeline, isn't she. Which of the angels is her Great-Grandmama?

...Anyway, somehow I was expecting this to be about a princess and a goblin, not a princess and a peasant boy and a WHOLE BUNCH of goblins, none of whom she really interacts with. I think somehow I had got the impression that Curdie was a goblin who helped her out.

That's really the core of my response to this book. As I was reading it (and I'm very glad I did) I was seeing all the ways in which this is really an important foundation block in the later fantasy I've read, missing pieces that I haven't found in extensive folklore reading but still turn up every now and then in post-Victorian stuff, even such little things as the physical descriptions of the goblins. (Such as having a jack-o-lantern face, when folklore pumpkinheads are usually very distinct from folklore goblins.)

And then there's the very strong, and very Victorian, thread in this book of beautiful = good and ugly = bad. Not to say that post-Victorian kidlit has totally solved that one, but still, there's enough pushback against it in newer kids' fantasy (and in folklore) that my response to the lady who is beautiful beyond imagining (*especially* if she admits she's wearing a glamour) is BEWARE, and you should probably go find an ugly crone to talk to instead. Also I can't think of a single reason why the goblins aren't in the right here, given the way they are being dehumanized and their lands are being steadily stolen and then destroyed. They even try for a diplomatic solution first!

Of course, the fairy-story books I was imprinting on instead when I was the age for this were The Ordinary Princess (all about how Ordinary doesn't have to be Beautiful to be Good) and Goblins in the Castle (where Our Hero realizes halfway through that the displaced goblins are in the right and he's been on the wrong side all along). Both of those books are almost certainly arguing with MacDonald and his peers, whether consciously on the part of the writers or not, but I got their side of the argument first and it's a much better side. :P

I was also interested in how young Irene was. There's a standard in kidlit publishing (or at least there was, awhile back) that your protagonist should always be at least a couple of years older than the reading level you're writing for, presumably as an aspirational thing, and also so kids who read a lot can feel smug about reading books for older kids and kids who are a little slower don't have to be talked down to.

But I'm wondering if it's also because adult authors tend to write their protagonists acting a few years younger than kids of that age feel like they are in their heads. Irene certainly feels younger than eight to me, for a lot of the book: at eight I could tell you who my cousins-once-removed were and how they were different from my second-cousins, and I can't imagine many second graders I know being confused by the concept of a great-grandma, or in general have Irene's maturity level. And when I was a kid, reading books about kids a few years older than me, the protagonists didn't usually feel like they were that much older than me. Maybe by telling grownups to write eleven-year-olds for eight-year-olds, you end up with characters who feel like eight-year-olds to eight-year-olds.

I did really like the strong message in this book that adults need to believe what kids say to them, and that if the adults don't, that's on the adults, not the kids. And if the kids let themselves be half-convinced the adults are right and the kids are imagining or exaggerating, it's also the adults' fault, and not the kids failing, and not just "part of growing up." And that the mysterious secret stranger actually tells the protagonist to tell all her grown-ups everything, not to keep it secret, because adults who tell you to keep your relationship a secret are probably not the adults you should rely on. That's something that is REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT to teach a lot of kids (although probably more important to teach grownups), and I think the way MacDonald did it was a lot more emotionally real and with a lot more conviction than a lot of other people, especially modern kids' fantasy, where the parents not believing or not being told is either taken for granted or treated as harmless.

Also wow, you really couldn't get away with handing a character a LITERAL PLOT THREAD in a modern book...

And you're grieving but don't hurry

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:50 pm
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You know, I've lived at my current address for nearly 15 years(!!!) and for the most part, Amazon, via FedEx, UPS, and the USPS, has never had a hard time finding me. Until this week. Suddenly packages are being "rerouted" after being sent to the wrong facility(!?) or they've been delivered "to my mailbox" when in fact they 1. wouldn't fit in the mailbox and 2. have not appeared in the vestibule or hallway of my building, where such things are usually left. I can't imagine someone, upon opening their stolen booty of roller bottles and tiny gift bags, made toddler fists of glee, so I have to think the box wasn't stolen so much as it just...wasn't delivered as promised. (I mean, I suppose someone out there did in fact get gleeful over the contents of the box - stranger things have happened - but it does seem kind of far-fetched. Unlike the times my order from LUSH went missing. At least that was worth stealing.)

Amazon refunded me and told me to reorder and they would pay any shipping costs (hilarious because I have Prime so there are no shipping costs) but it's just inexplicable that this has happened twice within a week. My address has not changed! It's not wrong in my profile! So I don't even know what's going on.

***

In other news, boss1 said something interesting to me the other day when she was offering condolences, that now with my father gone, we'd get back the younger version of him in our memories. And I was telling L about it, because I've been thinking a lot about it.

It's true that the declining years are top of mind right now, and that's why people telling older stories is so important - he wasn't just an occasionally querulous old man with no short-term memory - he was an active member of his community for a long time, he was loved by his family members, and thought of warmly by his co-workers and friends. He did a lot of quiet good in his way for the people in his life, even if he sometimes seemed overly-strict or demanding with us. And I guess that's the man I want to think of, the one who used to send cheery good morning texts every day, who always made us feel like he wanted us to be happy above all - even if he didn't understand what we claimed we needed for that, he wanted us to have it.

I want to remember how he was always ready to believe in the best of us, and bail us out even when we didn't live up to that (I don't mean actually bailing us out of jail - we never had that experience! but with teachers and other school authorities etc. I will never forget his firm insistence of "My son wouldn't do that!" when he got a call saying my brother had been found passed out drunk in the hotel hallway on the school ski trip. And he never yelled at my brother for it - he just made him pay back the cost of the trip over time, since he was sent home the morning after he arrived without ever even making it onto the slopes. As he later said, he figured the humiliation of being sent home like that and missing out on his trip was punishment enough).

He made his share of mistakes and left us with some annoying baggage, but overall, I think he did way more good than harm in the end. At least, that's how I'd like to remember him.

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The Koch brothers and their network, the financiers backing the Republican party, are telling Republicans not to vote for Trump-uncare. What was that about a house divided? ETA: Ah. They're concerned that the Trump plan *doesn't go far enough.* Scratch that bit about compassionate conservatism.

Trumpery doesn't understand technology and change. And, as you might guess, he's a laughing matter and no joke. Along with which, he threatened a 17-year-old girl who created a satire website with kittens clawing him. The question remains: how did this philandering, lying, cheating, abusive jerk manage to hijack the religious right? He's so far from the moral high ground that he couldn't find it with a compass and a platoon of Marines. But the religious right's ancestry is racism and bigotry, and it has returned to its roots with him.

Meanwhile, during the Senate hearing on the Gorsuch appointment, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that one of his previous rulings was wrong, wrong, wrong in every way it could be wrong. Yes, unanimously. The decision concerned education for disabled students -- Gorsuch said it could be as little as legally needed, and the court said no way to that.

A long long opinion from SIIP traces how what has happened here fits into Russian plans, and where we fit into it. A future article is to suggest some remedies.

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ETA:

The Wall Street Journal, bastion of the conservatives, tears Trump a new one, in detail.

Trap a self-driving car by using ritual magic. It works!

Verizon, AT&T and others pull ads from Google because of placement next to hate speech ads. Ads with hate speech in them, not ads against it. Google, of course, cannot look up the answer on itself.

Terrible People

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:50 pm
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Posted by Jo Walton

Terrible people are people, not monsters.
People, like us,
with the value
of people.
All that divides us
this frail understanding
that people
are people.
Poor people, black people, gay people, sick people,
multicultural intersectional people,
are people
and people with no taste, and no education,
Godfearing people, people who voted for Trump,
are people
and people who shoot, who set bombs, and who stab
and people who drive hard fast cars into soft slow people
are people
terrible people, but people,
not monsters, unpeople,
not other, not strangers,
not safe in their cages
not savages, targets, or animals,
people.
We can do these things, do these things,
do them to people,
kill people with guns
and with cruel legislation
and still we're all people.
You can make me afraid, you can kill me,
you can let me lead my comfortable life
while you threaten my friends,
but you can't stop me seeing
that all of us, you and I,
always and only
are people,
all people
valuable, capable, terrible people.

Sponsored by my wonderful patrons at Patreon, who are also people. Pretty great people, for whom I am deeply grateful.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:40 am
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1. Welp, I was at work from noon until 4:30am, so basically I didn't get anything done today except work, but now inventory is done and we don't have to do it again until September!

2. Look at this Jasper! Such a big boy. He's just a few days shy of five months old now. :)

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The Guardian: Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan

Yup, he decided to use the attack on Parliament as an excuse to insult (and misrepresent) the Mayor of London while the incident was still live.

Everyone at Westminster was still in lockdown and trapped in the chamber or their offices while he was Tweeting.

I can't think why he thought London's British-Pakistani Muslim mayor was an appropriate target at a time like this, except that that's a lie, I totally can, because it's really fucking obvious.

Also, the risk of terror attacks is an inevitable part of living in a big city (and I am more than old enough to remember when it was the IRA).

Red Sonja

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:52 pm
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[personal profile] scaramouche
It's been literally months since I came back from my London trip, but my stack of new media sitting in the middle of the floor of my room has barely shrunk. In fact, it's grown a little, thanks to the bunch of stuff I've been buying lately post-Rogue One. I know I should just put everything away, but I really do want to consume the DVDs and music at least once before shelving them.

I tried to start up again by watching Red Sonja (the movie version, with Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold's Conan expy). I've wanted a decent DVD version for some time now, and had held off getting one back when DVDs were still exciting and getting decent extras, but it's been too long of a wait for a special edition of some sort so I caved and got a basic version if only so I have the movie at all.

I did a rewatch and MAN OH MAN I forgot how much this movie did for my younger self's id. It's so aggressively eighties, with its style and special effects and earnest dialogue and matte paintings, plus Sandahl Bergman (who plays Queen Gedren) had a particular vocal quality that had me flashing back to the English dubbing of various cartoons and European films that I grew up with. I don't know whether it's the way she speaks as Gedren, or how her voice was recorded or what, but it pings a very specific sensory memory, it was most disconcerting.

Fresh-faced Brigitte Nielsen was also a delight, with her awkwardness working as a plus in selling the character to me as a child, though perhaps it comes off differently if I'd watched the movie for the first time as an adult. I'd also forgotten how non-subtextual Gedren's interest in Sonja was -- somehow I'd convinced myself that it was something I made up but, nope! Gedren really does want Sonja, just as it sounds. Tremendous.

linkspam and birds

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:53 pm
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New icon courtesy of [personal profile] rydra_wong! Seems fitting.

OK, this is cool and hopeful: a new technology for dealing with oil spills.

This is a fab resource for fic- and genre-writers, I believe.

At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel. Russian scientists fight to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths. These Russians are bringing back the ice age to protect the future.

You might need to see this toad with a hat.

You might also need to see the art for this awesome mashup.

*

Politics is all moving too fast to keep up! Argh. Also, eeps.

A few political links:

People Power.

TaxMarch

Resist repeal of the ACA.

Resist Bot.


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I rarely get into professional stuff here, but I thought I’d share something today. I spent part of this week in training, learning how to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. What’s that, you say? let me tell you a story. )

Anyway, that’s my little lecture about how the administrative state is responsible for saving tens of millions of birds nationwide.
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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "first library card" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

Read more... )

Fic: Proving the Worth of a Wolf

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] elistaire
Title: Proving the Worth of a Wolf
Fandom: HL
Word Count: ~4900
Characters: DM/M, OCs
Genre: horror, romance, m/m, werewolves
Warnings: non-explicit, some swearing, violence off screen

Comments: Wow, am I rusty at this. Both writing and posting.

[personal profile] pat_t mentioned she was longing for a more romance-inclined DM/M story, and I wanted to try and write something for her, and this came about, but this story is decidedly not more romance-inclined. I'm sorry about that. It is slightly horror and mostly DM and M being comfortable with being together for a long time already. And [personal profile] mackiedockie's The Long Night Moon had me thinking about werewolves.

Still, since it is written, I figured I'd post it.

I'll get it up at AO3 at some point soon.

Proving the Worth of a Wolf )

Poem: "Los Despiertos"

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:16 pm
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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rowyn. It also fills the "mystery to investigate" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

Read more... )

The Name Is

Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:09 pm
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I was right about the identity of David's parasite.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:54 pm

"Complicated"

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:08 pm
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU [Oregairu] slash : “Complicated”   [@ AO3]
RATING: NC-17; Hayama/Hikigaya.
SPOILERS:“Thus, His and Her and Her Youth Continues to Be Wrong,” “His and Her Confessions Will Reach No One,” “And Then, Yuigahama Yui Makes a Declaration,” “And, Yukinoshita Yukino Is...,” “Hayama Hayato Always Lives Up to Expectations,” and “Still, The Thing He Seeks Is Out of Reach, and He Continues to Mistake What’s Real.”
SUMMARY: Keeping a secret and keeping a boyfriend get more complicated, especially when you’re not sure you want either.
NOTES: A sequel to “Keeping Up” in the And Yet, Hayama Hayato Can Still Surprise series. Thanks to [personal profile] akira17 for the beta!

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:36 pm
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Melania, are you ok? Other people seeing what I am seeing: an abused and mistreated woman in a marriage with an egomaniac (to be polite), and whose son may also have been abused by her husband.

The real bombshell of the House Intelligence/Trump/Russia hearing happened in the hallway. AKA someone's either ignorant as an upstream rock, or else lying in front of cameras.

Yes, the FBI did wiretap Trump Tower -- to keep track of the Russian mobsters.

Trumpery fired Preet Bharara as a prosecuting US attorney -- so now he'll teach kids at NYU how to be as tough and critical and prosecutorial as he is.

Farewell, David Rockefeller.

Gorsuch, abortion and the concept of personhood.

White Pride and prejudice. I am not entirely in agreement with their version of what liberal thnking entails.

Trump's exaggerated new border rules keep all the Africans from the African Summit in LA. This is *ridiculous*.

An actual war criminal may become the US's second leading diplomat. Pass me the vomit bowl; I cannot stand this man.

***

These cities are divesting from the banks that support the Dakota pipeline.

The NY state attorney general has hired an attorney to go after Trump full time -- and he knows the territory.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Ivanka Trump's company over unfair competition.

The country is a mess. Meet the fixers. 50 people with ideas, guts and ability who are making change.

Apologies for typos; my eyes are very tired today.

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:01 pm
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[personal profile] staranise
I recently had a brainstorm and reserved the Tumblr URL [tumblr.com profile] saltine-canadian. A little while later I decided I didn't want it after all. Are there any other salty Canadians out there who might want it?

(I also later realized that properly "salty" would be saline-Canadian; on the other hand the definition of "saltine" is "a thin salted cracker" and that is... not wholly inaccurate)

Permanent Residents, refugees, expatriates, and long-term residents also welcome to apply.

Adventures in home ownership

Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I received a tax bill today for property taxes for the place where I now live. I had been under the impression that I was paying property taxes into escrow and therefore would not get socked with such bills. I have emailed my banker, and am hoping like hell that it turns out this was in error / I don't have to deal with it. If I do have to deal with it, I will manage it somehow, but it would be a hefty hit to my finances.

I am proud of myself for not panicking; I'm pretty sure that at most other moments in my life this would have caused me to lose my cool.

I have, however, poured myself a glass of white wine. Because it is wine o'clock now.

In other household news, I did order myself a chest freezer, which should arrive by Friday. It is tiny (3.5 cubic feet, probably less than half the size of the one we used to have at the old place) but it will be useful, and I'm glad I ordered it before I found out about the possible tax bill.

And today I managed to remove the ugly wooden shutters from my kitchenette! I am already happier having them gone. (I am hoping that a friend with a power drill will help me hang a curtain rod there soon, whereupon I will have curtains, which will be both less ugly and less dusty than what was there before.)

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