On Vid

Apr. 30th, 2016 08:06 am
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This Star Wars vid, set to Hamilton's "History Has Its Eyes on You," made me cry a bit.

I've been enjoying some of Bad Lip Reading's vids. While the funny, ridiculous, and occasionally weirdly poignant "Bushes of Love" is quite notable, a lot of their other, excellent, Star Wars vids involve some musical numbers and should be watched. Ditto their Walking Dead stuff, and you too will get "Carl Poppa" stuck in your head.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:10 pm
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1. Today was one of those days at work, but despite a bunch of people calling out and a bunch of crap going on, I got out of there only an hour late.

2. Tomorrow I can sleep in!

3. Earlier this week the forecast was predicting temps in the 80s this weekend, but it's actually been in the 60s and low 70s. I hope that continues for a while.

4. We had a nice walk this evening and stopped at Pollo Loco for dinner.

5. Look at this fluffy kitten!

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Posted by renenet

Just swinging by to drop a friendly reminder that the vid submission deadline for Club Vivid is tonight, 4/29/2016, at 11:59 p.m. (in any time zone).

Please remember that you must have signed up in advance with AbsoluteDestiny to submit a premiering vid for Club Vivid.

As always, please see the Uploading instructions on our website for details on how to prepare your vid and get it to us!

If due to extenuating circumstances you expect not to be able to meet tonight's deadline, I refer you to the answer to the following question in our FAQ:

What if I can’t finish my vid by the submission deadline?

Thank you, and happy vidding! :D
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Just swinging by to drop a friendly reminder that the vid submission deadline for Club Vivid is tonight, 4/29/2016, at 11:59 p.m. (in any time zone).

Please remember that you must have signed up in advance with AbsoluteDestiny to submit a premiering vid for Club Vivid.

As always, please see the Uploading instructions on our website for details on how to prepare your vid and get it to us!

If due to extenuating circumstances, you expect not to be able to meet tonight's deadline I refer you to the answer to the following question in our FAQ:

What if I can’t finish my vid by the submission deadline?

Thank you, and happy vidding! :D

A mystery

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:35 pm
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Things I do not understand about dogs:

The dog's food and water are in the kitchen. After we moved somewhere with stairs, we started to keep a second bowl of water upstairs in the bedroom because why not. The dog has a clear preference for Upstairs Water. As far as I can determine, the water from the kitchen sink downstairs and the water from the bathroom sink upstairs are the same water. But the dog definitely likes Upstairs Water better.

Basically, dogs are weird.

The 100: Fire Inside the Mountain

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:08 pm
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Title: Fire Inside the Mountain
Vidder: [personal profile] tassosss
Fandom: The 100
Music: I See Fire by Ed Sheeran
Summary: A fire is building inside Mount Weather
Content notes: Show levels of violence
Spoilers: Season 2
Length: 4:55

Download and Streaming
AO3 | tumblr | DW | Youtube

Person of Interest 2.21-2.22

Apr. 29th, 2016 04:34 pm
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I don't have an actual appropriate icon, so have a tentacle heart instead as an expression of my love.

Spoilers: Read more... )

In conclusion: I wish someone had told me much earlier that S2 would be RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS. ;) Don't worry, I forgive y'all!

DONE

Apr. 29th, 2016 05:32 pm
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HOLY SHIT GUYS IT'S DONE.

ABOP IS DONE.

Ch 50 is now with the betas. OMG YOU GUYS OMG.
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1. Latest favourite cryptic crossword clue is a linguistics joke: In which our conclusions are often non-U (8,7) Solution )

2. "How Black People Are Being Shut Out of America's Weed Boom: Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the “war on drugs.” Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom". [Buzzfeed] (via [personal profile] umadoshi). An excellently written, appropriately outrage-inspiring piece.

3. We've just finished The Expanse season 1, noir detective/action/politics/conspiracy in spaaaaaace. (It was particularly cool to watch this just after reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, for all its similarities and differences. Mostly differences.) Both of the main dude characters made me roll my eyes in different ways, but I enjoyed it for all that, and it was fun seeing various Canadian actors pop up. (Hai, Art from Orphan Black! Hai, Due South's Gardino! HEE!)

4. It's Saturday morning, and I'm heading out in a sec to try out a new zumba instructor. Arms are still borderline sore. (But wheeee, I wrote something yesterday!)

5. Here are my answers to the "three sentences of an imaginary story" meme, collected for my own convenience:

Neal wakes up from pretending to be dead, for Sherylyn )

Agent Carter, Dottie, for sapphire2309 )

White Collar haunted house story excerpt, for sallymn )

White Collar boys lost in the woods, for kanarek13 )

Neal and/or Peter mountain climbing, for ladyrose42 )

Battle Creek truth serum fic, for draycevixen )

Waltzverse futurefic excerpt, for Sherylyn )

Neal in Paris with memory wipe, for mergatrude )

Birdfeeding

Apr. 29th, 2016 03:20 pm
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 Today I saw three blue jays together at the hopper feeder.  It looks like they are flocking and settling here for now.  :D
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Possibly the summary for this story should actually be "And the wacky hijinx won't stop until the Antichrist destroys the world!" haha



Whosoever Believeth (8780 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV), Damien (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)/Damien Thorn, Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Chloe Decker, Damien Thorn, Trixie Decker, Dan Espinoza, Mazikeen
Additional Tags: Antichrist, Wacky Hijinx, Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, mention of past rape
Series: Part 2 of Only Begotten
Summary:

It had been a month since Lucifer had brought Damien Thorn home with him like a stray kitten, and there was no sign he was planning to put him back out on the street anytime soon.

my whole face is tingling

Apr. 29th, 2016 06:16 pm
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aka Friends don't let friend blog drunk

another excellent day, ending with a large glass of wine )
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Inside the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the golden James Webb Space Telescope is viewed from overhead with its secondary mirror booms stowed. In the next few months, engineers will install other key elements, and take additional measurements to ensure the telescope is ready for space.

I know my way is hard and steep

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:30 am
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Star Wars

Another Way To Fall by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selena
Fantastic look at how Barriss ends up the way she does, and how she has sort of the opposite problem from Anakin. With some lovely bits of Snips and Skyguy just to make it extra heartbreaking.

The Art of Letting Go by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selena
The bond between Master and Padawan is the closest the Jedi permit themselves. Forming it, letting go of it: the hardest lesson, which needs to be relearned throughout one's life. Melancholy story that explores the Master/Padawan relationship via Yoda and Dooku, (Dooku and Qui-Gon; Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan), Obi-wan and Anakin, Anakin and Ahsoka. *sobs* (spoilers for the s2 finale of Rebels)

candlelight by [archiveofourown.org profile] ladydaredevil
Barriss comes to Malachor in search of Ahsoka. Lovely.

every house an allegory by [archiveofourown.org profile] truthtakestime
Leia visits the Falcon in the aftermath of Starkiller base. *sobs*

Fonder by [archiveofourown.org profile] brinn
Really lovely story of Poe and Rey bonding while waiting for Finn to heal. (Could use another editing pass for typos.)

the last princess of alderaan by [archiveofourown.org profile] songstress
Lovely look at Princess Leia.

The Protégé by jedinemo
Vader discovers Palpatine made a clone of him, and he decides the clone should have a better life than he does, and things rapidly spiral out of his control, as things are wont to do. I enjoyed this a lot. (lbr, my favorite part was 16yo clone!Anakin's immediate crush on Princess Leia.)

Room Enough For Three by [archiveofourown.org profile] imaginary_golux
Rey pretends Finn and Poe are her husbands to get them out of a difficult situation and of course, Poe is pining to be part of their relationship. This is so great, both sweet and hilarious.

smoke on your skin (mouth open, you're high) by [archiveofourown.org profile] notcaycepollard
Finn and Rey get high on some space weed and have some Force-enhanced sex. This is both sweet and hot, with a hilarious end note. And there's a sequel: I heard (he's got a weak spot for you), where they loop Poe into their shenanigans.

softly softly know me (hold my hands in error) by [archiveofourown.org profile] notcaycepollard
Lovely bit of Finn/Rey/Poe from Finn's POV.

The Unconquered Sun by [archiveofourown.org profile] sparklight
Sequel to Sun in Chains (previously recced); Luke and Vader face the Emperor on Tatooine (RotJ AU). An enjoyable read. There's some good Luke stuff here.

you fit me better by [archiveofourown.org profile] PinkCanary
Poe can't help but be enchanted by the way Rey and Finn wear his clothes. oh heart.

you lift me up and (catch me when i'm falling for you) by [archiveofourown.org profile] notcaycepollard
"Heard there's gonna be a party this weekend," Finn says easily over breakfast. "About time, I mean, I was beginning to think the Resistance was so morally upright we'd never cut loose. All that 'decadent and loathsome Resistance' talk we got in trooper barracks, and I have to tell you, I haven't even seen one thing I was promised."

"...Huh," Poe says weakly, once he's swallowed the mouthful of caf threatening to choke him. "Yeah. Morally upright, that's us."
Poe pines until Finn and Rey pull him onto the dancefloor. <3

~*~

one is such a lonely number

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:25 am
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Avengers

Don't Wait Up for Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] gwyneth
Bucky goes back to the Alps to try and find the remnants of himself, and Sam goes along for the ride. Things do not go smoothly. Oh Bucky. Sigh.

Down Into The Golden Lands by [archiveofourown.org profile] Speranza & [archiveofourown.org profile] alby_mangroves
Lovely story (with illustrations) where Steve decides to stay in paradise and fade away but Thor's not having with that, so he tracks Bucky down to go and save him. ♥Thor♥

find the words and the beat by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
But he was on his feet faster than she knew, even off his game like this, so that when he caught a hold of her and called her Natalia in that tender urgent voice she wasn't ready, wasn't ready at all. She could love Bucky Barnes if she let herself. She was halfway there already. She'd never really stopped loving the Soldier. It hadn't exactly been the sort of situation where you got closure and moved on like normal people; maybe in a few more years, or if he'd never come back. The jet was spinning, and he was so warm behind her, and it hurt, everything hurt all the damn time, like a muscle she could never relax, and she didn't know how to make it stop. Achingly lovely Bucky/Natasha.

Laws of Thermodynamics by [archiveofourown.org profile] thisbluegirl
Steve and Bucky, finding equilibrium. Also, seriously hot metal arm porn.

we've come here to stare by [archiveofourown.org profile] glitteratiglue
Bucky poses for a (tastefully) nude calendar to raise money for a veterans' organization. Steve is pleased with the results.

*

Daredevil

Churro is a good name by [archiveofourown.org profile] zombieboyband
"I like all dogs. I'm a dog guy."

"I like dogs, too. And cats. Both."

Frank shrugs at this. "Can't trust people that don't."

"Can't trust people just because they do, either."

"Can't trust most people."

'But you can trust most dogs," Karen says, not hiding her small smile for him this time.
If you, like me, were worried about the dog, this story gives him a happy ending.

*

Crossovers

The West Wing/Captain America

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It by [archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis
In which Josh Lyman convinces Steve Rogers to run for President. hee!

~*~

Orphan Black 4.03

Apr. 29th, 2016 05:24 pm
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Meanwhile, in Clone Country...

Read more... )

reach out and touch faith

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:20 am
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The Divine Cities

City of Songs by [archiveofourown.org profile] pendrecarc
Long, engrossing mystery with Shara and Sigrud set prior to "City of Stairs."

~*~

The Raven Cycle

Goodbye Highway by [archiveofourown.org profile] Zee
Long, slow post-canon story where the kids find Glendower but Ronan loses his memory, and neither he nor Adam deals all that well with it. Lovely and wistful.

nothing on your mind by [archiveofourown.org profile] SisterLoquacious
Sweet, awkward glimpses of the post-TRK road trip. Aw heart. (contains major spoilers for The Raven King.)

~*~

i can do it with gourmet taste

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:15 am
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DCU

Empty Graves by [archiveofourown.org profile] Unpretty
"You're not hugging me because I'm dead in the future, are you?" she asked.

"Ma! No, you're fine. I just saw you last week and I come home for holidays."

"You invited me last Christmas," Bruce added helpfully.

"Is that what you wore?"

"Yes," he said, and she didn't think she believed him. "But with a sweater over it."
Martha Kent protects her son from time travelers. Excellent.

Standard Patrol by [archiveofourown.org profile] weekend_conspiracy_theorist
Fantastic Batfamily fun with Steph as Batgirl on a routine patrol. <3

~*~

don't you wanna know me?

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:12 am
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Check, Please!

Brighter Than the Moon by [archiveofourown.org profile] Pinkerton
He keeps thinking of Bitty as the plane taxis and takes off. He's spent the past two months sorting through pieces of Bitty, connecting the dots and filling in blanks. It's a familiar exercise: stats to player performance, tempered by the variables of the ice and game play. Primary to secondary sources, altered by time and perspective.

And then there's Bitty. Teammate to friend to boyfriend. A man whose hospitality and ability to be a total little shit both know no bounds; a talented hockey player whose soft hands work magic with dough; and a solid, comforting weight in Jack's heart that, only two months in, seems unlikely to be dislodged.
Lovely story set during Jack's 4th of July visit to Bitty's.

Building On That Momentum by [archiveofourown.org profile] jedusaur
Some excellent backstory for George.

Double Jeopardy by [archiveofourown.org profile] shortlimbs
"Shitty totally wants to bone Jane Austen," Ransom says as a matter of fact.

"Dude, who doesn't? Bits excluded, I guess."

"The studio audience needs to shut the fuck up, and Jane Austen is my soul mate stay away from her, brah."
Hilarious and adorable Jack/Bitty, featuring Jeopardrink.

~*~
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So when I was a kid, and people asked what you were scared of, I always said "vines and climbing plants". Which, you know, even then was probably more of squick than a phobia, but I didn't have anything I was really terrified of, other than, you know, the standard stuff like "my parents dying" and "forced social interaction" and "making phone calls" and that's kind of a downer when they want you to draw a picture of it.

But you will admit that plants that move so fast you can see it happening and have little hairs that grow into things and strangle them and pull down buildings and trees and mountains. Are creepy. (Also I read a short story in Ranger Rick Magazine about a kid who watched too much television and got covered in vines that grew him into the couch, which *was* pretty authentically terrifying okay.)

I though I was mostly over it because around here you can't really go outside anywhere but manicured lawns without being okay with climbers and tendrils and runners, plus pulling down wild grapevine is actually really satisfying and you have to be willing to touch it to do that, but then yesterday I went out on the back porch and discovered that the Trail of Tears pole beans I started last week (on KUEC's rec) had come up and then grown over eight inches tall *in two days* and, friends, I am apparently still capable of being scared of climbing plants. They are bigger than the dirt I planted them in, and all the dirt is still there. SORCERY.

I had a dream last night that they had found the sticks I put aside for trellis and coiled around them and pulled them up and were waving them around stabbing people.

(Mushrooms and spiders and mice and snakes and frogs and millipedes* and worms? Adorable, I would like to pet them please. Triffids? boring and also incredibly disability-phobic. Old Man Willow? Eh, kinda creepy, but also kinda restful-sounding. Pea plants? Wisteria? Jesus fuck, dodder? RUN.)


*Millipedes, not centipedes. Centipedes aren't scary but when they move they just have an aura of "thing that should not be" about them. I teach people that you can tell the difference between centipedes and millipedes because millipedes are little hard-shelled caterpillar-like creatures, and centipedes make the human hindbrain go 'augh why all the skittery legs make it stop' and so far this has not failed me.

Vid: Photosynthesis (Galileo)

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:50 am
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Title: Photosynthesis
Music: Never Look Away
Artist: Vienna Teng
Category: Character study
Content: Stuttery cuts; flashes
Fandom: Galileo (2007)
Characters/Pairings: Utsumi Kaoru/Yukawa Manabu
Concept: "The shape you've grown." (Parallels and character growth.)

Download info and streaming video.

from joy to joy to joy

Apr. 29th, 2016 10:36 am
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I fell asleep early last night, so I caught up on no TV. Sigh. This weekend is supposed to be chilly and rainy (ugh, not how I want May to start), so I guess I'll catch up then.

I did come up with a title for a story idea I've been kicking around, though I feel like it probably won't end up being the the title if I write it. I find that having a title to start, or pretty early on in the process, allows me to shape the story to match, or at least to make sense of it, which I guess is pretty backwards, but it mostly works for me. I mean, "Like stars burning holes through the dark" was an easy one - Luke and Leia are the stars, Vader is the dark - voila! "Circle into Motion" went through a few variations but it was always about acknowledging the sort of circular nature of events and relationships but then attempting to break out of those patterns since they clearly hadn't worked before. I mean, I don't know if any of this ever communicates itself to people who read my stories, but a lot of the time, the title does actually have a connection to the story (not always - sometimes it's just a lyric from a song that was playing when I was ready to post, e.g., "the naked floor reminds me"), though sometimes years after the fact, even I couldn't tell you what the connection was.

Of my current wsip, Thing 1 and Thing 2 have complementary titles, since they go together, though I'm probably the only one who thinks they're clever. And something [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing said to me makes me think that this fifth attempt at the opening of Thing 1 might be the one that sticks. I'm also considering just writing it as notfic for myself and then fleshing that out, since I have a bunch of notes of things that are important and I know exactly what it needs to do, I just can't...do it. Part of that is that it relies on the sequence of events in Thing 2, so I kind of need to have that mostly done for this to make sense? But that one's rolling merrily along. Mostly it's a POV issue, in that the POV character for Thing 1 is a lot harder for me to write and it keeps coming out wrong.

Wow, that is a lot of vaguery there. I'm not sure why I don't feel like talking about those two in more detail when I'll happily discuss nearly anything else I'm writing, but I feel like I can't say too much. I mean, I think this is also the sort of thing that has an audience of me? So I can't imagine other people even being interested? But I've been there before and not worried too much about it, so... *hands*

In more concrete things, last night this picture of Temuera Morrison came across my dash, and for those of you who don't recognize the name, he played Jango Fett (and various clones) in the Star Wars prequels, and in that picture he looks JUST LIKE Rex looks in Star Wars Rebels, and since Dave Filoni has said he believes Rex is alive at least through RotJ, and he is actually in a position to make that canon, they could have had him in Rogue One but they probably don't and now I'm preemptively sad that that is not a thing that exists. Sigh.

In other news, possibly there will be a recs update later today. New Boss 1 is having surgery today, so she'll be out of pocket for a while, but I thought I was going to have a huge project, except that it's still being fiddled with, so it hasn't landed on me yet. Sigh.

Anyway! Today's poem:

From Blossoms
by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

***

30 Days of Fanfiction Meme Day 30

Apr. 29th, 2016 02:24 am
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How many days ago did I start doing this? 190?

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you’ve written? What makes it your favorite? And don’t forget to give us a link.

Ohhhhhhh man.

Having favorites is kind of difficult for me. I love most of my fics for different reasons, and find it difficult to pick just one. And like, favorite? I think of favorites as things I keep coming back to and rereading, and I reread my own stuff kind of randomly.

So I'm going to go with one of my more obscure stories that doesn't get found very often. I occasionally joke that I am the premiere Blow-Up (1966) slash writer on the internet, by which I mean, I've never found anyone else writing it, and I've written three stories, the third of which I finally think I figured out what I wanted to say about it. Wet-in-wet (explicit) is a porn story that is mostly about art, paint, and ephemera. I'm really proud of it and I'm occasionally shocked when I go back and find out how much I managed to get in less than 600 words.

That's it! All the old links under cut. )

Tidying continues!

Apr. 29th, 2016 02:09 am
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The apartment is yet again entirely topsy-turvy, but in a continuingly more productive vein, as I am after completing the swap-bed-and-computer-desk project.

Wrapping up the post-conference work, and ramping up the applications again.

I have a cleaning goal: I would like the apartment to be presentable-to-Certain-Parties by the 13th. I think it's progressing in that direction, but you could not entirely prove it by one day's moved furniture. (I suspect that with a few modifications the current state would work, but I'd also like, you know, a few more places to sit. Although the idea of someone sprawling in characteristic fashion on my bed has its charms.)


This morning involved the dentist, and an obnoxiously deep filling (and a very annoyed nerve). I wound up taking a substantial afternoon nap because my brain could Just Not Even. (This also happens after eye appointments involving dilation, I find.)
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Traveling Storm."  Eax and Von talk with Bil about finding work for Bil to do, and about Von's upcoming hunt.

Oh, the Places You'll Call

Apr. 29th, 2016 06:38 am
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I found out that I had to call Medicare because they currently won't pay my physical therapist because they think the 2011 car accident insurance should still be covering me, so my therapist won't let me schedule any appointments. This is the first time this has come up in years, as it's also been years since the insurance for that covered a single thing for me. How someone can even seriously say that.... Their own records have me as having been officially disabled before and after, and I didn't know why this is even coming up all of a sudden now. I've been doing PT every year, this same PT place and therapist.

So I called Medicare and was told they couldn't do anything but mail a letter to the place holding the accident claim and I needed to resolve it, so they sent me over to Medicare co-ordination of claims who also didn't do anything other than tell me to contact the people. They kept saying the main problem must be that my PT office is saying on the forms that I'm visiting due to a car accident, as if my PT office doesn't know how to fill out paperwork and doesn't want to get paid. By the way, I called my PT place about it and they confirmed that they did not check off that I need therapy due to a car accident.

Anyway, Medicare co-ordination of claims gave me a phone number for QVE Holdings wait, no, Exam Works Tentacle Clinical Solutions and the policy number that I no longer remembered on my own because the accident was in 2011. So I called Exam Works and they said they don't actually handle that stuff and gave me the claim number I needed, since the policy number does jack, and the phone number for North American Risk Services in Georgia. Guess what? North American Risk Services doesn't handle the claim stuff and gave me a phone number for the Chicago office of Sedgewick(?). The receptionist there directed me to John's phone, since she thought that was who handled it, but the voice message I received was for a Gina. I left a message then called the receptionist back, and she said Gina must have taken over John's stuff.

By the way, this game of hot potato showed me that any letters Medicare would send on the issue would never work out because I doubt Exam Works would mail the request letter to North American Risk would then mail it to Sedgewick, who might have to mail it to one of their other offices. No way.

Since this was an hour and a half of work at this point, I called Medicare to see if I could fix things on that end, but Medicare would not. They told me again that my PT office must have checked off that it was car accident-related and could not be convinced otherwise. I asked if I could get someone to look at the forms and double-check that but they would not. Apparently the mistake on Medicare's end was now wrapped in and perpetuated by several layers of bureaucratic obstacles I could not cut through. Essentially, I needed to get Medicare a confirmation that the accident claim was closed so I could idiot-proof my medical care.

I called Sedgewick again and was told this time that Gina wasn't actually in charge of my claim and that I needed to call Sedgewick's Michigan office and talk to Stacy. I left a voice message with Stacy. Fortunately, she called me back within two hours to say that my claim was closed in 2013 and she needed to make some calls to people before she could fax a confirmation letter to Medicare claims with the termination date to show the accident claim was closed but she hoped to get that sent out before the weekend. I thanked her profusely, and I'll be keeping an eye on things.

Maybe I can get physical and massage therapy again in the near future.

+++

Wednesday I found a scratch down the length of my Civic's driving side while it was parked in my neighborhood. I'm pissed, but I also don't know if it was an accident or malice. (Why couldn't it at least have been the side that already has a dented door that one of my neighbors left me one day last September without also leaving a note?)

+++

Since after all this I desperately needed a laugh, here's a fun fan vid.

Divergent: Allegiant

Apr. 29th, 2016 07:11 pm
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Oh my god, this series is so ridiculous, and I continue to enjoy the hell out of it. :-D

Daily Happiness

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:45 pm
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1. We went to Costco this morning to see about a new prescription Carla got the other day, which she wasn't sure if Medi-Cal would cover or not (and if they didn't Costco would be the cheapest place to get it if we had to pay), and they did, so it was totally free! :D

2. Today was Alexander's birthday so we went out to lunch and karaoke. For lunch we went to ROC Sawtelle and it was so good, especially their "three cup chicken" and pickled cucumbers. We got there in between lunch and dinner so it wasn't crowded at all.

3. I didn't do much translating today, but I finally finished a big project I've been working on for a while, another collection of one-shots by Nishioka Kyodai. The scans haven't even been cleaned yet, much less any progress on typesetting, so I have no idea when we'll be releasing it, but I feel good about getting my part of it done.

4. We bought a few things while at Costco today and they gave us a box that is open on three sides and when turned upside-down makes an excellent fort for kitties. We call it the Fortress of Catitude.

linkspam is grateful it's Friday

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:02 pm
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So, yet another delayed compilation.

Argh, yes, this a thousand times. When I picked up my last bicycle, the guy in the shop kept steering me towards the pink and purple helmets, and it was like pulling teeth to get a black one to try on.

Oh, yeah: 33 Things I hate about this Election. SO TRUE.

This is one of the most amazing/horrifying stories I've seen recently. I guess this is how conspiracy theorists get made?

This article about bassist Carol Kaye reminds me I need to watch that documentary about The Wrecking Crew (even if that wasn't really their name!).

OMG this looks like the best thing ever. Daveed Diggs as Hobbes! ::loves::

Chernobyl, 30 years later. Jeez.

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In other news, I finally watched Steven Universe and OMG Peridot is basically Rodney McKay. ::facepalm:: Anyway, how long until the next season? I am totally hooked.

I also watched Over the Garden Wall last weekend, and that was lovely.

I'm also finally watching Man in the High Castle and it's pretty interesting, even if I can't quite tell what's going on half the time. I think a lot of spycraft is too subtle for me. (I would be a terrible espionage agent, I'm just saying.)

ok, and now to bed.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Building Storm."  It's one of two leading up to something I've sponsored, which will be appearing presently.  In this installment, Eax helps Bil deal with feelings of helplessness, confusing, and uselessness due to assorted disabilities left from Bil's earlier injuries.  It's a wonderful piece of hurt/comfort with excellent sociological aspects too.  <3   This is what science fiction should be.

Today's Trip

Apr. 28th, 2016 10:18 pm
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We went to see "The Jungle Book" today.  It was awesome.  This is easily my favorite live-action take on the story, the best balanced between humorous and serious elements, and of course, Scarlet is the best Kaa ever.  If you have not yet seen it, I rate this movie most highly recommended.

For supper we went to Brixx.  This is one I had looked up in advance, and I had two reactions to the menu:
1) Aaaaand now I'm hungry.
2) I am going to starve to death between two bales of hay.

We did eventually decide what to order, though.  The garlic sticks are excellent, the meatball appetizer quite good.  The draft root beer is made with real vanilla and sassafras,  which is almost impossible to find anymore; I have had root beer as good, but none better.  The rosemary chicken with wild mushrooms pizza is mouthwatering.  I had to take off half a point because the rosemary, being whole instead of chopped, was sharp enough to stab.  (There's a reason why it's always supposed to be chopped, and that is it.)  But it had the best, strongest, most umami shitake mushrooms I have encountered.  For dessert we got the s'mores pizza, also delicious and it comes in six slices just like the rest of them.  While this is not cheap pizza, neither is it as exorbitant as gourmet pizza often is; it's a good price for its class, and you absolutely get what you pay for.  We definitely plan to go back and try more things.

And I'm still stuffed.

Spoon Theory as a Deficit Model

Apr. 28th, 2016 03:20 pm
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Thanks to Gregg Beratan on Twitter for this idea.

Spoon Theory is useful to many people as a measure of energy and fatigue. It is difficult to wrap your head around what chronic pain, fatigue, and illness are actually like, and I say this as someone who has them. We all tend to normalize our experiences and we think that everyone around us must feel like we do-- and yet other people are somehow accomplishing more. So spoon theory is helpful in validating our fatigue and providing the phrase "out of spoons".

Yet a limitation of this theory is that it's a deficit model: It assumes that something is wrong with us, rather than something being wrong with society.

Instead of saying "I'm out of spoons," try saying "The world needs to give me more time to rest" or "Accommodations for my fatigue will help me accomplish this task."

The deficit model is the dominant narrative of illness. And it can be seductive: it feels like there is something wrong with me. But the social model of disability states that it is society that disables us-- that it is moral and normal to need more time and more support and more rest.

Marvel Civil War Spoilers

Apr. 28th, 2016 12:02 pm
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As opposed to American Civil War spoilers. I'm still reading Battle Cry of Freedom. Don't tell me how it ends!

Anyway, I feel like we should have a post where people can spoil each other silly. So please include in comments, every spoiler for Captain America: Civil War that you thought would be true, wish were true, think would be cool were it true, find darkly fitting, or that neatly summarises that dream about seeing the movie that you had the other night after too much absinthe. Spoilers that include Spoiler are encouraged.

Actual spoilers may be included, but only tangentially.

For those wondering how the movie compares to the comics version, I will like to the Chris Sims summary, which I feel sums it up nicely: Civil War in 30 Seconds.
Nenya: And then Steve died, and Tony had a sad, and it was very gay, and Bucky was Cap, and Steve came back later. Wait, how did Steve come back?
Me: Hands over pile of comics. I dare you to summarise that.
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The Orion spacecraft crew module for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) is lifted into a test stand for pressure testing in the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The work is an important milestone on Orion’s journey toward EM-1, its mission beyond the moon atop the Space Launch System rocket in 2018.
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Posted by Sangyoub Park

NPR recently aired a story about female lawmaker’s representation state by state. According to the story, Colorado has the most women; female lawmakers make up 42% of that total. Wyoming had the least, with women only representing 13% of state lawmakers.

NPR’s experts suggested that term limits in Colorado and a female-friendly party leadership were behind their high number of female legislators, whereas a change in Wyoming from multi-member to single-member district in the 1990s was unfavorable to women (because voters have to pick only one and tend to lean toward men when they have to make hard choices). The story also mentioned voting rules and the difficulty of balancing home, work, and lawmaking responsibilities.

In fact, sociologists have been studying this issue in depth for some time and a few years ago Deborah Carr summarized the reigning wisdom on why women are less likely to be politicians. She highlighted six factors to explain the gender gap in the US Congress:

  1. Women have to face sexism (e.g., glass ceiling – Nancy Pelosi used the term marble ceiling in her inaugural speech as Speaker in 2007), especially voters’ sex role stereotyping “what women can and should be.”
  1. Women are not in the “pipeline,” suggesting that not enough women are in careers that have historically led to political office.
  1. Because of gendered wealth and income inequality, women don’t as often have enough money to run multi-dollar campaigns, nor access to social networks full of big donors.
  1. Women have different interests, focusing on “issues related to family and social welfare, rather than national defense and international relations.”
  1. Women are less likely to be risk-takers than their male counterparts, perhaps explaining why women must be asked several times before they seriously consider launching campaigns.
  1. Women opt out of politics because of family responsibilities.

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To improve female participation in politics, we should promote more gender-neural political environments. Political parties should take further steps to recruit and support female candidates, as Colorado seems to be doing. We should repeatedly encourage women to run for office since they take a lot of encouragement before they seriously consider launching candidacies. More importantly, we need to seed the pipeline by encouraging young girls to get involved in student government and see governing as compatible with their interests and abilities.

Sangyoub Park, PhD is a professor of sociology at Washburn University. His research interests include social capital, demographic trends, and post-Generation Y.  

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