Oh, you-- Mother Hubbard!

25 Aug 2016 07:22 pm
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Great British Bake Off is back!

Last week, when GBBO was not yet back, I watched the Big Fat Quiz that Sue Perkins was a contestant on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nQPO4xwAs). She mentioned having to talk to a man who was "so boring, my eyes were double-glazing over." I think that joke is perfect. I can't decide whether it would still be perfect if Sue Perkins didn't wear glasses.
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L. E. Modesitt is a... 'guilty pleasure' is really not the right term, because that implies a level of active joy I don't get from his books. Semi-inexplicable fascination, perhaps? Yeah, let's go with that. Like, his protagonists are all slight shading variations on the same cardboard cutout, he is not a deep philosophical mind regardless of what he'd like you to think, he has what might as well be a fetish for including the letter Y in proper names, and he literally writes out sound-effects. But I do genuinely enjoy the parts of his books when he plays the show-my-research game about practical things like woodworking or road-building, and about half the time he does manage to hook me into vicariously enjoying the power-fantasy aspects of his work.

But man, he is so weird about such a lot of stuff. Like, he has a veneer of feminism? His books are very clear, on an explicit textual level, that toxic patriarchy and misogyny are bad. He also manages to extend the thought and say that any culture where one sex dominates and restricts the other is bad, because women are people rather than plaster saints. But he has a strong tendency to turn his male protagonists into living avatars of 'Not All Men' -- people are constantly telling them that most men are terrible but they're decent people, and obviously they keep getting in trouble because they're not acting like violent brutes. Which, uh. Undermines the explicit message. A lot.

I'm thinking of this mostly because I randomly reread Fall of Angels last week and was struck by the utter weirdness of telling a story about a majority female spaceship crew stranded in a patriarchal fantasy world and struggling to survive both the physical and social environmental hazards through the POV of the single surviving male crewmember. I didn't notice that the first time around because A) I was young, and B) all of the Recluce Saga novels are from male POVs (some interstitial chapters follow female characters, but always from third-person omniscient rather than third-person limited) so this seemed like an obvious extension of that pattern. But in retrospect, that's screwy, and the way all the female characters keep reassuring Nylan that he's Good and Special and Not Sexist comes off skeevier and skeevier the more it happens.

Anyway, I was at the library a few days ago and figured I'd see what Modesitt had been writing over the past decade or so, and I discovered that he'd finally written one Recluce book with a female protagonist! (That was in 2009. Then he promptly went back to the relentless male-centrism.) But Arms-Commander seemed like it might be worth reading to see how he handled female protagonists in this particular setting -- especially since it picks up the thread of that stranded spaceship crew about fifteen years down the road.

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25 Aug 2016 02:30 pm
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And, two hours later, I’m not doing too badly. I had a headache for about twenty minutes (might have been the medication and might not), but it’s gone now. I had more problems after nearly inhaling some feta cheese than I would normally expect. Basically, I coughed and couldn’t quite catch my breath for a while. My lungs feel clear, but my throat, high up, right below my jaw, feels odd, like something’s not working right.

I don’t know that my anxiety is any less. It’s very hard to tell given that just taking a new medication is anxiety inducing because of all of the risks to it.

The new restaurant turned out not to be open. We’re not clear if it doesn’t serve lunch or if it just didn’t today. Given the location, I’d expect them to serve lunch, but really, who knows? At any rate, we picked up food at the Syrian place nearby and brought it home to eat.

Scott and Cordelia have gone out to run errands. Right now, they’re not planning to do the groceries, but Scott left it open that he might do that later on. I have a list more or less ready to go. I also want him to drop my winter coat off to be dry cleaned before I forget about it again. I’d really hate to only remember in November when I actually need it if I’m going to leave the house.

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25 Aug 2016 12:56 pm
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Given that Scott’s home and awake this afternoon, I’m trying that new medication now. It’s metoprolol tartrate 25 mg. I’m both trying to see if I’ll have side effects from it and if it will help with my current anxiety. My psychiatrist wasn’t particularly optimistic that it would because the main thing the medication does is to make it impossible for one’s heart to speed up. That’s not actually one of my physical anxiety symptoms. I get headaches and muscle tension in my neck and shoulders (and jaw and arms and legs and…) and nausea and intestinal issues. I get really, really tired, too.

I’m having some level of anxiety about the nutritionist appointment tomorrow (both about leaving the house and about the difficulties of explaining the layers of reasons for what I eat when and what I don’t). I’m not actually optimistic about the appointment being useful, but maybe I’m wrong.

This new medication has to be taken with food which will limit its usefulness as an emergency anxiety thing because I’ll only be able to take it if I have food on hand. I can probably find something I can stick in my purse that won’t go bad too quickly. Most of the options I can come up with are things that either aren’t good for me or will only last for a two or three weeks before needing to be replaced.

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25 Aug 2016 11:08 am
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Scott discovered last night that Comcast had completely lost our request to start service. They’re now promising us service starting in four or five days (I’m not sure if that’s business days or just days). They’re also now saying that we can’t keep our phone number which isn’t a dealbreaker but will be a PITA. I’ve had this phone number since 1989, so it will be weird to have a different number.

I ended up taking that pinch hit that I was dithering over. Now I have to find the shape of a story in my head. The minimum length is five hundred words, but I rather expect I’ll end up with something a heck of a lot longer. I don’t think the idea I had on first seeing the prompts will work. The recipient has a letter, but it was locked until well after I said I’d take the pinch hit. Seeing it wouldn’t have changed my mind; it just means I want to angle things differently.

Scott called in today. He wanted a day with me and Cordelia. His next scheduled vacation is in October, and Cordelia will be in school then. Thursday isn’t the best day for this because of the cleaning lady coming and us needing to get ready for her and to be here to pay her. Scott’s original intention was to call in yesterday, but when they scheduled him to come in early, he decided he couldn’t do that because of how nasty it would be to his co-workers.

I’m debating trying to do the grocery shopping today. It wouldn’t be fun, but it would mean that we wouldn’t have to worry about it during the weekend and so would have more downtime.

The only thing we’re definitely planning to do today is to try the new nearby restaurant for lunch. We’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but we keep forgetting. We’d like to get Cordelia to go for an Ingress/Pokemon Go walk with us, but she’s not enthusiastic. Also, it looks kind of gray outside right now, so I’m wondering if we’re going to end up with rain this afternoon.

Writing

25 Aug 2016 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop mentioned helpfully that [community profile] seeingcolorcomm were looking for pinch hits, including in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I wandered over to take a look. And then pounced on the first one I saw. I'd been thinking about a Finn backstory piece anyway, I had the novelisation out from the library; all I had to do was resist the urge to write T'Challa backstory instead, which was surprisingly tempting given that all I know of canon is the Civil War movie. (and then all I had to do was write it in three days and badger [personal profile] china_shop into betaing).

It's not my most cheerful piece ever (off-stage genocide etc) but I enjoyed writing it. I wanted to sort out Finn's past in my own head, and I wanted to provide some sort of explanation as to how the Republic is apparently unaware of the First Order's main base, and this is one possible explanation. I've never done a pinch hit before, mainly because I haven't really thought of them outside the Yuletide context, and I'm always working on my main story right up until the final deadline (ahem). I really enjoyed doing it, though, and will keep an eye out for more in the future.

Dirty Jobs (3179 words) by Cyphomandra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), The First Order (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Prequel
Summary:

Someone has to do them.



Other pieces I really enjoyed from the challenge: two artworks, both very sweet -

Jaeger (0 words) by Irusu
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mako Mori & Stacker Pentecost
Characters: Mako Mori, Stacker Pentecost
Additional Tags: Fanart, i have many feels
Summary:

"A daughter is not a passing cloud, but permanent, / holding earth and sky together with her shadow. "



Just After the First Kiss (0 words) by sqbr
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Finn/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Fanart, Fluff
Summary:

Taking joy in rain and freedom.



and two stories, one from a canon I am unfamiliar with but featuring Mathnet self-insert femslash, which I didn't realise how much I needed, and another from Sorceror to the Crown; I had issues with the canon itself, but I really enjoyed this:

To Cogitate and to Solve (1758 words) by SapphoIsBurning
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV), Mathnet
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rosa Diaz/Amy Santiago
Characters: Rosa Diaz, Amy Santiago, Ray Holt
Additional Tags: Characters Writing Fanfiction, Stakeout, Pining, Fic within a Fic, Canon Character of Color
Summary:

Amy tries to explain fanfiction to Rosa while on a stakeout, but when she decides to reveal a very telling work of her own, it goes to an unintended destination.



The Earth Will Reach The Sky (1607 words) by Merit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Prunella Gentleman/Zacharias Wythe
Characters: Prunella Gentleman (SttC), Zacharias Wythe (SttC)
Additional Tags: Fluff
Summary:

They were going to create their own world together.

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Just fixed the last three public posts for drunk-blogging errors. I mean, I'm bad enough sober (warning: I'm sober), but drunk-blogging is just like, cringe-inducing. I haven't engaged in much of it over the years (and most of it was on my other blog, where yeah, anyone would need a good stiff drink, or three, to deal with that audience) but after seeing the results of my latest bout of this sort of blogging I don't think I'll do it again.

Then again it's FUN it's really FUN

Which reminds me (or did what I'm about to say remind me I was drunk-blogging? Hmmmm) there's a real reason women drink (warning: I'm a woman) but the author, now sober, can't seem to find it. This read was almost as cringe-inducing as checking out my drunk-blogging, because as snarky/rhetorical as the author was in asking, "Is this why we drink?" as she comments upon situations where drinking's been foisted upon us as the normal thing to do either before, during, or after doing the thing, you can't help but wonder, well, why else?

Historically, alcohol numbs pain, so the Brazilian shouldn't even be on her rhetorical list of reasons for drinking. I mean, put me in enough pain and yep, me too! Other situations where society's made drinking what to do before, during or after self-improving activities - like hot yoga, working out or running a marathon - indeed seem like ridiculous setups for this sort of "reward".

I most want a drink after sleeping badly, working ceaselessly, arguing with idiots and banning at least two people from my other blog before cooking dinner, cleaning up, cleaning cat puke and in general wanting to go hang myself. OK, in that case? Please. Give me. A freakin'. Drink. Preferably before I get to the part where I'm cooking dinner. Drinking is for numb, for turning the day, mind, and todo list off. It's for finally cracking a smile and not spooking in shock at it because there's something else I just haven't thought of. Yet. Or something else looming I just haven't gotten to. Yet.

For me drinking's not the reward.

Not feeling like I need a drink? That's the moment when I win the day, the Internet, the world, freaking EVERYTHING. That's the dissociation I make. I don't go, "Oh, got my nails done/got off work/got done shopping/got the walk over, time to "celebrate" [or "relax"] with this drink!" No, I don't even want a drink, which is how I spend vast amounts of time not drinking - I'm just not stressed out/tired enough/pissed off enough. Then again, my tolerance levels for sheer bullshit might be off the chain by now, so of course ymmv.

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New fic for the first time in...a while.

From Here, No Lines Are Drawn (3943 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Shaun Mason, Georgia Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, Canon Disabled Character, Pre-Canon, Menarche, damage control, Codependency, inappropriately close siblings, being thirteen is hard, navigating adolescent gender conventions
Summary:

"Goody," George said, trying not to sound embarrassed. She didn't do a great job of it. "Either I'm unexpectedly hemorrhaging to death, or I'm a woman now." She spat out Option B in the same snarky sing-song she'd used after the time we watched some ancient sex ed. videos for laughs, one of which had featured a serious middle-aged lady droning about the wonders of a girl's blossoming womanhood.

Before the Rising, getting your first period meant possible messiness, embarrassment, and inconvenience.

It's worse now.

(In which Shaun Mason, age thirteen, side-eyes other boys and snuggles his sister, who's having a very rough night/morning.)

Additional notes:
--Title from Tori Amos' "I Can't See New York".
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.

You can also read the fic under the cut )
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That 21 questions Dreamwidth meme that's been going around, ganked from [personal profile] krait and [personal profile] the_rck:

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Because I didn't trust LJ very much after Strikethrough and Boldthrough (though those incidents didn't affect me personally), and because I like the ethos of a site that supports itself through subscriptions to paid accounts rather than advertising. I also really like the split into a reading circle and an access list instead of automatically jamming both together into a 'friend' list. (I mean, I don't actually give access to anyone because all my posts are either completely public or locked to my eyes only, and I don't want to look like I'm playing favorites, but I appreciate the conceptual de-linking.)

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
When I got an LJ invite code in late 2003, I needed a name quickly and my fannish pen name (Elizabeth Culmer) was too long for the character limit. So I grabbed something thematically related to a little 15-minute ficlet I'd just written (and which had gotten me the notice of [personal profile] isis, the person handing out invite codes). I only realized much later that 'edenfalling' makes me sound like an evangelical Christian, which is a hilarious misrepresentation of my religious views. But I have worn the rough edges off my pseud over the years and by now would feel weird using anything else as a screen name.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
Yeah, I have an automatic crosspost to LJ set up, because I still have readers (and people I read) over there, though I think fewer than on DW by now. I also made sure that the posts on each site reciprocally auto-link to each other, because there are few things I find more frustrating than not being able to get 'there' from 'here'.

more questions under the cut )

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24 Aug 2016 02:33 pm
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I’ve found the paperwork I needed for Cordelia to go back to school. Now I just have to not lose it in the next two weeks.

I’ve started in on cooking the beans I soaked yesterday. I 'sauted' some bacon in the pressure cooker (without the lid). Then I added the beans and some mushroom broth. I’m hoping that the bacon and the broth together will give us flavor that we’ll all, if not enjoy, at least be willing to eat. Now I’ve got about a cup of leftover mushroom broth to do something with.

I ended up offering on that pinch hit but telling the moderator up front that I’m kind of wobbly on canon knowledge. Who knows? But I’m kind of hoping that someone with more canon knowledge has offered.

I think I need to get Scott to call Comcast or to get the information from him so that I can do it (I think I might be able to tomorrow or Monday, just not Friday). We’ve been waiting for Comcast to send us the equipment we need for about two weeks now. At this point, I suspect that they simply haven’t bothered to send it at all.

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24 Aug 2016 11:33 am
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Black tea and two candy bars helped considerably yesterday afternoon so that I was able to cook dinner and do all of the other things I needed to get done. I’m pretty sure it was the candy bars more than the tea unfortunately. We don’t keep anything like that in the house. That’s deliberate on my part because I don’t want to be tempted by such things. I’m just not at all sure what to do about the times when I really, really need something of the sort. Yesterday, Scott was stopping on his way home anyway, but I don’t necessarily droop like that at convenient times.

I think I have to manage to plan ahead better in the future so that I don’t end up with a day like yesterday where there are several chores that have to be dealt with. Dishes and making a sandwich for Scott come up every day. Adding laundry, trash, showering, and cooking (twice!) to that was way, way too much.

I cooked a chicken in the pressure cooker. Scott tried to tell me that the weight of the chicken didn’t affect cooking time, and I didn’t believe him, so I researched it and found several places recommending six minutes per pound with an additional two minutes or so just to be sure. Everybody really thought that browning the chicken first was important, but I skipped that step anyway. Even if we were going to eat the skin, I don’t have the resources to do something like that when I’m feeling 100%. Most recipes called for a cup of water. A couple of them suggested stuffing half a lemon inside the chicken. I wasn’t going to do that or whole garlic cloves or rub the chicken with salt and/or herbs, but I did use half a cup of lemon juice with half a cup of water for the liquid. I didn’t taste any difference, so I probably won’t do that again.

I’m trying to convince myself not to offer on a pinch hit for an exchange with a deadline at the end of September. I don’t know the fandoms dreadfully well, and the potential recipient doesn’t seem to have a letter or any other source of additional details (I also didn’t see any DNWs listed which would worry me), but the requests as given are things I absolutely could write, even playing to my strengths, and the fandoms are things where some level of fannish osmosis might work.

I keep hoping someone else will step up for the pinch hit (then I could write a treat. Or not), but it’s been going begging since the 14th, so I don’t know… Somebody with moderate canon knowledge might be better than no one at all. Committing to something with both a deadline and a recipient is scary, but it’s something I’m going to want to do eventually. Might it not be better to start with something where I’ve seen the prompts/requests before committing myself?

I’m having trouble finding enthusiasm for the prospect of doing Yuletide this year, and that makes me sad. I think I’m looking at things like nominating as chores. I don’t know if I’d look at writing for it that way or not. If I did, it would be a rotten thing to do to myself (and likely rotten for my recipient, too). But maybe I wouldn’t feel like that when it came time to write? I always nominate from the angle of what I want to request because I have a hard time finding things other people have nominated that appeal to me as a recipient (I always have lots of things I feel I can offer with enthusiasm). Right now, I don’t actually want anything because that’s too much effort. The best I can muster is, "Eh. I wouldn’t object to that."
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I'm try to convince myself to go to bed like a sensible person who should get up in just over eight hours. Maybe posting will help me feel like I've accomplished something and, by extension, that I can call it a day.

--Between yesterday and today I've done a lot of rewriting, trying to get as much done as possible before Gaffney arrives on Thursday. Last night my brain was still basically up and running, but today I felt a bit foggy and this evening was worse. (The thing is--especially if I shut my browser to help with my focus--I can do a really sizable chunk of a manga volume in one day. It's just that then my brain is exhausted and feels kinda pulped [which I doubt is unusual], and I don't recover very quickly.)

--Tomorrow, barring my stylist being sick or something, is finally (finally, finally) haircut day. I have no idea what I'm actually going to come out with. My first priority is getting the last traces of red cut out, but I also have to tell her that a) my hair absolutely refuses to learn to part on the side, so doing something that parts in the middle would be a plus, and b) I keep clipping my bangs back even when a haircut is fresh, so growing them out seems like a good idea. Once I grow my hair back out into a bob those points will both be covered, but in the short term, I don't know if we can deal with both at once.

--I'm basically ready to finally post the Newsflesh fic [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear and I have been slowly tossing back and forth for a few months. (Oh, this summer!) She gave it--and the placeholder title!!!--the green light tonight, and getting it posted before Gaffney arrives would be ideal, so that means tomorrow.

(It feels strange to be about to post something, because I got a draft on this fic so long ago and have written basically nothing since. It doesn't seem possible that I can have something ready at this point in time.)

Anyway, I think I'm really fond of this one? It's Shaun's POV, and he and Georgia are only thirteen, and my mental picture of them at that age is adorable.

--Jinksy has been having such a snuggly day, which is wonderful. *^^* He's on my lap right now, and usually that'd make me stop typing until he wandered off, but it's nearly 1 AM and bed really would be good. Besides, if he leaves because he doesn't have my full attention, maybe he'll follow me to bed and snuggle with us there...

...and yep, he just left. So I'll take the hint. Good night, all.
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Stuff done Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday:

1. Worked more shifts at the church recycling sale: 9am-12pm on Sunday, and 10am-2pm on Monday. The sale runs three days, usually: Saturday is full price (subject to occasional negotiation), Sunday is half price, and Monday is bag day. This used to mean that every item was knocked down to 10 cents, but that proved inefficient for many reasons so a couple years ago we switched to a new policy: everything is 'free,' but please make a donation at the door as you leave. This both saves time and, somewhat ironically, earns us more money. :)

What staff do on Monday is sort of float around the various departments to help people find boxes and packing material, help them carry heavy loads to the door/their cars, and move things up from the floor to the display tables as items disappear. Then around 1pm, we start breaking down the tables and moving all unclaimed items down to the parlor for various disposal methods. Fabric scraps, for example, go to Sew Green. I believe books get passed on to the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Some things may go to the Salvation Army store. And a bunch just goes straight to the dump, because the cycle of reuse is not eternal.

Anyway, I floated mostly in housewares and the holiday/crafts room, I dismantled several plastic display tables and moved them to basement storage, and I helped pack and move stuff from both linens and holiday/crafts to the parlor. I also made off with the following items: two decorative cushions for my sofa and armchair, a short glass tumbler to replace the one I dropped on my kitchen floor last year, a backup Corningware grab-it bowl lid, a set of magnetic plastic clothespins for use in my kitchen, and a cheap-ass tiny electric sewing machine, complete with instruction manual. It only has the two bobbins and one needle currently attached (because somebody nabbed the box of spares that were meant to go with it), but I get really annoyed at hand-stitching hems and it's hard to argue with 'free' as an asking price. (I donated $5 for the lot.)

more items under cut )

Misc. linkspam

23 Aug 2016 11:23 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Why, it's almost like I was out of town for ten days and spent the whole time saving links to read and maybe toss out to you all, and now have a backlog to get through!

"The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall".

"How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss".

Oh Joy Sex Toy has a new comic on pelvic exams and what to expect from the experience, plus links to other resources. Below the comic is some info from a reader with tips on getting through an exam if you've been experienced sexual assault.

"Gord Downie, Justin Trudeau, and the Complicated Magic of National Mythmaking". [VICE Canada]

"8 Things Someone With 'High-Functioning' Anxiety Wishes You Knew". [The Mighty]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sineala, "12 Mobile Games That Will Calm You The Hell Down". [Buzzfeed]

"Finding your queer family - when you're 65 years old".

"Anne of Green Gables Is Obviously Bisexual". [Autostraddle]

"15 Of The Most Interesting Items From Amazon's New Kickstarter Store".

"The 2020 Olympics Could Change Tattooing In Japan Forever". [Kotaku]

"100 Years Ago, Artists Were Asked to Depict the Year 2000, These Were The Results".

"16,000 Flowers Become A Living Sculpture".

"Chatham Islands black robin: The recovery of the Chatham Islands black robin from the brink of extinction is an internationally renowned conservation success story".

"Polish Sculptor Makes Water Complete Her Bronze Fountain Sculptures".

How did I not know that there's a cat-inspired version of Monopoly?

"Magicians don’t think imitation is sincerest form of flattery".

"What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages".

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23 Aug 2016 04:44 pm
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The laundry is washed, dried, and upstairs. The potatoes are still cooling. I’d have thought they’d cool faster than that. I suppose I could just shove them in the fridge, but that doesn’t seem necessary yet. I’ve made Scott’s sandwich, and I have navy beans soaking. I also spent a bit over an hour trying to nap before giving up on it.

The UPS guy came about ten minutes after I lay down. He had a package for Scott and said he was supposed to do a pick up, so I put the CD and paperwork in a bubble envelope and sealed it up and gave it to him. I can’t think of anything else he could possibly have been referring to. I really have no idea what’s going on with that.

In other news, the Ingress portal near Scott’s parents’ place that I’d been holding so long got wiped out a couple of hours ago. I was five days short of getting another level badge for it. That takes 90 days, and holding a portal that long is entirely luck and so doesn’t generally happen. I was really hoping to hold onto that one just another few days. I don’t think there’s anything else that I’ve captured and currently hold that I’ve had for more than a few days, and I’m pretty sure those are all in locations with a lot of Ingress traffic.

Scott has to go in early tomorrow morning. That means it really is on me to try to scrape together something for dinner. He simply won’t have time.

Okay, time to take something for this headache and see if black tea will help me wake up. I wonder if Cordelia would revolt if I asked her to take out all of the trash instead of her doing half while I do half?

New poem

23 Aug 2016 04:33 pm
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[personal profile] carose59
The Death of God

And then the moment comes.
You see it happen: darkness at noon, just as it says in the Bible—
only it's just another summer thunderstorm.
The world trembles
slips
slides silently away.
You have become alone—
ultimately, permanently, sui generis
(springing from no-one):
truly the only child.

You finish your chicken&stars soup and play another game of solitaire, wondering why there is no fanfare
only rain.

But it always rains when the world ends, the thunder coming to soothe you.

Released from your obligation to worship and attend, you have more time to wander aimlessly and stay up too late.
All of your mistakes belong only to you now and no-one gets a say.
Your life is your own and you have no idea how to do this.
You are standing on the horizon—that mythical point where the future drops off into its own infinity. If you look down you can see straight through to nowhere.

It would be exhilarating—
if you could feel anything
if you weren't numb from all the years of feeling too much
if you didn't keep falling asleep.

You pick up socks to wash and cat food cans to throw away, brush your teeth and set the alarm, buy food you will forget to eat, write notes to thank people for their notes of condolence:
yes, she was a wonderful person,
yes, it was time,
yes, she will be missed.

You do not tell them what a relief it is.
You do not tell them that you don't go to that church anymore.
You do not tell them you don't care that you will never get your wings.

You can fly without them.

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23 Aug 2016 12:35 pm
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I just supervised Cordelia in washing the potatoes and setting up the pressure cooker. I couldn’t remember the correct timing for the cooker with any certainty. Hopefully twelve minutes isn’t too long. I suppose I should look it up and find out. I just… I can’t. I really can’t. (I think that’s the sort of thing that people either understand completely or are completely puzzled by. It sounds ridiculous, even to me.)

I also gathered trash from the wastebaskets around the house. I think it will require four trips to get everything to the bins— Two bags of trash and we have more recycling than will fit in the container we use for transporting it to the bin. I think I’ll start the laundry before I do that, however, because I want to wash some of Scott’s clothes that will need to be dry three and a half hours from now. Getting the trash to the curb just has to happen before we go to bed tonight.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

I enjoyed this Twitter thread, which begins with "I'm going to go on a small tweet rant about Original Characters, AUs, adaptations, franchises... & how those relate to William Shakespeare."

Panels editor Swapna Krishna posted "On the Future of Panels".

At the OSG, "How Anime and Manga Translators Learned Japanese" talks to several industry folks, including [livejournal.com profile] double_dear.

A list of (mostly) fannish communities on Imzy at the fail_fandom_anon Imzy account. "Gathering spot for lost nonnies. Links to fandom and nonnie stuff on Imzy under the about page."

As you may have noticed, I rarely link stuff here from Tumblr (since that's what [tumblr.com profile] ysabet is for), but [dreamwidth.org profile] flemmings linked to this thread on the romantic fantasy genre and how it faded away in the mid-90s, superseded by other flavors of stories that met roughly the same needs.

Via [locked], "slash: romance without boundaries" is a fannish card game similar to Apples to Apples or CAH. I haven't done more than glance at it, but it's available to print and play for free at that linked .pdf.


Writing/SFF

"Why Tamora Pierce Should Be Hollywood's Favorite Author Right Now". [io9]

"Beyond Happily Ever After: Why Divorce Needs to Be An Option in Fantasy Fiction". [Tor.com]

"The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist". [Charlie Jane Anders on io9] (Possibly I've linked this one before.)

"We Are Writing the Future: #BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company special report".


Social Justice

"5 Things You Should Know About Your Agender Acquaintance". [Everyday Feminism] [2014]

"“She’s not even that fat!”—but I am".

"Poor teeth: If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege".

"How Media Prevents Us From Truly Empathizing With Disabled Characters". [The Establishment] [Includes spoilers for Orange is the New Black.]

"White ‘Allies’ And The American Tradition Of Consuming Black Grief". [The Establishment]

"On Vulnerability as a Disabled Person". [Autostraddle]


Cute Stuff

A box of corgi puppies taken to a college apartment! [YouTube, ~ 3 min.] And here's a 2-minute video of the puppies all grown up, playing as adults.

"Baby Horse Demands Butt Scratches".

"Pit Bull Rescued From Michael Vick Dog Fighting Ring Now Cuddles Kittens".

The Toronto Zoo announced the birth of a Grevy's zebra filly.

"Look At This Googly-Eyed Squid". [io9]

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23 Aug 2016 11:49 pm
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Didn't want to let the month go by without posting something, anything:

that 100 scifi-fantasy list that was about a few weeks back )

Busy with work, but that's not too surprising, I guess. It's been an eventful and annoyingly tiring day. I was at court and my hearing didn't go well (which was due to factors not under my control), damn it. But at least:

1) I was wearing my favourite earrings;
2) I caught six Pokémon.

You do what you can.

whois

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锴 angry fishtrap 狗

to remember

"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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