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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 23:19
Peekaboo. #thepru
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 22:35
• As part of the mini 3W4DW, I have started posting to [community profile] onesongaday. As the name suggests, you can post one song per day, and the community has tags for artist/genre/year so it's great for me to check if something's been posted already. I wasn't quite happy with Thursday Music Rec-O-Rama for various reasons; in summary, I love the concept but the options for executing it on my journal are too limited. My hope is that I can create a win-win situation by having an outlet in that community while helping it to stay active. Posting is free for all members, though! I recommend checking it out.

[personal profile] onyxlynx is asking YOU (linked w/ permission): If money, climate, and social support networks were not a factor, in or near which [this-world] city would you like to live? To which fictional city (and on which planet) would you move if that were possible?
(I'm still thinking about my answer.)

• And now, my first 4 questions for the 21 Questions Meme. I'm grouping them by content instead of answering them sequentially.

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
... I feel like I have to think back to the ancient Ice Age, to be honest. Uuuuh there was... stuff going on at LiveJournal that people incl. me didn't like, and InsaneJournal was too creaky, and I've tried other options with no helpful results. Dreamwidth looked shiny, diverse, anti-censorship, and like it was helmed by people who understood what they were doing and who they were doing it for. Back then I was still Fannish with a capital F and Dreamwidth was THE place to flock to. It quickly became my home.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
Dingsi is German for "thingy" (a word which I first heard in the Angry Beavers cartoon). It was mostly a joke to make fun of stuck-up goths with super dark forum names. You know, Lady Darkenwing and Lord Nihilus and all that jazz. I was a goth myself, but I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the goth scene and its stereotypes and flaws. When I signed up on LiveJournal, I called myself lord_dingsi, which quickly got shortened to Dingsi anyways. When coming to Dreamwidth, I even made sure [personal profile] lord_dingsi would point people here.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
I used to, years ago (to InsaneJournal), but there's no need anymore. 99,9% of what happens on my DW stays on my DW.

10. Tell me about your default icon.
It's the Corinthian, an eyeball-eating gay nightmare and former serial killer, from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. I used to have an obsession with the character. The obsession has waned to nostalgia with the occasional feelings of embarassment, but the icon has been with me for years, tied to this online identity. After all this time, I'm not going to change it.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 14:48
So, over Passover break I attended Olamot, which is a local 2-day con in Tel Aviv. We will leave aside the fact that I keep meaning to Do More at Cons and failing (I'm singed up for all the mailing lists and somehow I still manage to miss everything, it's like a curse), I did manage to attend, purely thanks to [livejournal.com profile] toxic_hedgehog a lecture called "Legolas: speak, traitor, and enter" which, as I'm sure is obvious from the title is about an epic conspiracy theory that Legolas (of the books) was actually a plant of Sauron all along meant to bring down the Fellowship from within.

Apparently this is a classic lecture that's been given a few times over the last 15 years and is a major thing in the local Tolkien community. It was even filmed in 2009 and distributed on DVD. Suffice it to say, they put it in the largest hall the con had and the room was packed.

It was... an amazing event that I strongly rec for all local friends.

People on twitter encouraged me to take notes but the lecture was so packed full of quotes and info, the guy talked so fast and we still didn't cover everything, writing stuff down was impossible. So, have some of what I remember.

spoilers? )
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:59
The non-spoilery: I enjoyed this movie, though it's less good than several other MCU offerings. But parts of it were fun. I'm sure people who are more invested in Steve as a character would have enjoyed it more than me? Time will tell.

spoilers )
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 00:04
1. We took a nice little walk this evening. We didn't really have a destination in mind but ended up at the library and I got a couple books out, so I'm really going to try and read them before they're due back (they're both new books, so I've only got two weeks).

2. I got quite a bit of translating done and also finally got around to taking apart vol. 3 of Gunjo so I can scan it. I tried the hair-dryer method this time (using a hair-dryer to semi-melt the glue on the spine and then pulling the pages out) and it worked really well, so I'll definitely be doing that for any manga I need to take apart in the future.

3. Not like I need new projects, but...I have one? :D :D :D Last night I finished reading vol. 4 of Shimura Takako's Musume no Iede and was like, man, I love this so much! And I went to see if the scanlators ever did anything after the first volume and ended up seeing a note on Batoto from the typesetter that they were looking for a translator and someone to provide raws, and since I can do both, I contacted them and we're going to do it! So I'll be working on three manga by Shimura Takako simultaneously, lol. ^_^;;

4. We started watching Rick and Morty and are really liking it.

5. My mom came over for a bit today and Chloe was super into her purse! I don't know if it smelled like something interesting or it was just that it didn't smell like kitties and Chloe was really determined that it should smell like kitties now. Either way, it was hilarious watching her.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 00:20
Today at work was kind of great? I got to work during the week, so we had Housekeeping staff to do everything for us, which always feels luxurious, and I got to both do counselling with a new intake, and look after traumatized kids for a while since their mother was out and Childcare needed a break. Both times were glorious and felt so right.

Sooooo it's kinda sad that these days I spent most of my time at work writing fanfiction and watching the time pass, because I so rarely get to spend my working hours doing that kind of stuff, because of how the job is structured.


(OTOH, my new fandom is super fun and amazing about chatter and feedback. All the energy I used to put into my job in the hopes that I could expand my role or do more meaningful work has gone into fandom. Every shift I install XKit onto the work computer at the beginning of my shift and delete it again before I go home. I'm writing a lot, and I'm pretty happy.)
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 18:38
"... The times are inexpressibly evil. Christians pay conscious, indeed religious tribute, to Caesar and Mars; by the approval of overkill tactics, by brinkmanship, by nuclear liturgies, by racism, by support of genocide. They embrace their society with all their heart, and abandon the cross. They pay lip service to Christ and military service to the powers of death. And yet, and yet, the times are inexhaustibly good, solaced by the courage and hope of many. The truth rules, Christ is not forsaken.

In a time of death, some men—the resisters, those who work hardily for social change, those who preach and embrace the unpalatable truth—such men overcome death, their lives are bathed in the light of the resurrection, the truth has set them free. In the jaws of death, of contumely, of good and ill report, they proclaim their love of the brethren. We think of such men, in the world, in our nation, in the churches; and the stone in our breast is dissolved; we take heart once more."
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 18:57
What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♣ Last Saturday I booked a hotel room for a weekend trip in July, that I'm undertaking with my sister and her boyfriend. Already looking forward to it...
♣ There's a newly created local meet-up for trans/genderqueer people and I offered to do a painting activity soon-ish ( = bring supplies, paint whatever you want how you want it, eat all the snacks).
♣ This year three of the public holidays in May fall on a weekday.
♣ Three ordered books from the UK arrived today already, which was perfect for a Monday and besides it means I can look forward to receiving shipments all week. I love getting mail.
♣ On my way home I saw a forget-me-not blooming in the narrow space between garden fence and sidewalk. Not only are they pretty, they also remind me of my late maternal grandmother as forget-me-nots were common in her garden.
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 08:44
Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 03:54
* You do not do a smol summon to all the trickster gods you can dig up sigils for simultaneously and go "HAAAYYYY I'M A SEEKER" for similar reasons to why you do not post publicly to facebook, twitter, and 4chan simultaneously going "HAAAYYYY PARTY AT MY PLACE HERE'S THE ADDRESS" while @-ing a few choice contacts. That is how you get more infosec d00ds than you know what to do with on your lawn and hacking your launderizer; similarly, you don't necessarily want a certain redhead and a certain fan of well-targeted fruit to take up camp in your pineal gland without that you thought things through very, very carefully beforehand.

* I can, in fact, still use coffee as a divination aid.

* Does anyone know a deity or two who might be associated with shit sandwiches and/or lemonade? No, seriously. The deity who is your boon companion when you go "Well, this is certainly a shit sandwich that I have here!" and/or also the entity for "Welp, these are some lemons; I guess it's time to find a big pot and some sugar." Asking for a friend.

* Tumblr is great for creating new mythology. However, anything that tumblr says are true historical fax, double-check that with other sources.

* 90s web design is not an immediate disqualification for a pagan informational website. Presence of information which can be easily debunked via actually qualified historical sources, however...

* Libraries are a thing.

* Divination can be super helpful at some things, but when you're doing it for yourself, you're going to get a lot of internal noise from what you're wanting to happen. Thus, divination is a reasonable way to explore what you personally in fact actually want...

* For fuck's sake, do not get a tattoo on your actual body honoring Bacchus without thinking things through super carefully.

or, in other words...
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:56
I received Dreamwidth points because I was using the domain forwarding feature and it's, for perfectly good reason, no longer available - and because I have a seed account, they couldn't just extend my subscription. But I don't think I have ever used points except to gift them to people either, so that's what I'm doing with these ones too.

If you are in need of DW points, or you know someone who is, please leave a (screened) comment here telling me who and as much as you feel comfortable saying about why ("I'm broke and really value DW's paid features" is a perfectly good reason, as is "They would just make me happy"!), and next Monday, I'll divide up the points between people who can use them better than me. I can't promise to give points to everyone, as I want to give enough to each person that they'll be useful, but I will do my best.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 23:25
1. I have tomorrow off! Next week I have to work on Monday, so I'm going to try to enjoy tomorrow double. :p

2. Whatever I did to my back yesterday morning seems to be all better now? *fingers crossed*

3. I made such delicious curry tonight! And there's a lot leftover, too.

4. Work was busy, but I got everything done that needed to get done.

5. Carla sent me some super cute pics of the kitties today.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 23:31
So, a week or so ago, there was massive confusion over our stuff that was put on the shelf to be glaze fired at Clayworks -- I won't recap it here, but it basically involved us being taught wrong in the winter class without being told that we shouldn't do it that way in the future and as a result we put our pieces on the shelf for cone 6 firing instead of ^10 firing -- but thankfully, the kiln tech caught it and moved things to the right shelf. We collected the results tonight, and it all looks great! (Except for one of my mugs, but that was not firing error, it was glazer error. Heh.)

The whole shebang:

Closeup of each of the pots + glazing notes )
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 20:43
And it's still happening!

Our trip to Brazil was wonderful and it was great to see family, but it was not, in any sense of the word, a vacation. One year olds, man. You think you have to watch them like a hawk at home, wait until you get to a clean, knick-knack filled living room, or a beach with the tide coming in. Yikes. But he had a terrific time, as we, his exhausted parents, can attest.

I was really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow--and L going back to daycare--only for us to find out he's got some kind of bacterial skin infection. I mean, it looks like pimples and it doesn't seem to bother him, but he's possibly/potentially contagious, so no daycare for him tomorrow. In the meanwhile, amoxicillin.

ONE MORE DAY THOUGH. Then I get to write!

Amazing beach pictures eventually. Watch this space.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 22:28
[personal profile] onyxlynx reminded me that "Three Weeks for Dreamwidth" is still supposed to happen around here. I completely forgot about it, and now we're already a third in (the date is April 25th to May 15th). However, I think it is amazing that Dreamwidth has been around for seven years, which means that I have known many of you for just that long -- in some cases even longer. We have seen this site grow to what it is and it'll always be special to me. I'm going to try and post a bit of 3W4DW content over the next two weeks, including a 21 Questions meme (originally by [personal profile] finch). I'm also going to try and accumulate some interesting links to other people's activities, so if you have some recommendations or 3W4DW content of your own, drop me a line in comments!

Recent months have been very kind to me financially. My per-hour wage has risen a little, and I took advantage of some website's special coupons to sell off some used books for a better price. Thus, last week and today, I ordered a ton of used books for basically the same amount as I had earned. I am feeling a little embarassed by that, but on the good side, it means I'm breaking even instead of losing money. (I DO admit I'm having a Book Problem, though, so May will be a purchase-less month.) I decided to list the acquisitions of April and today, because it pleases me.
I'd love to have some commentary if you read some of these books and would like to share, I think some of them are classics while a few others were all over my friends' journals / meta communities a few years ago. Yay or nay? Overrated or underrated? Strengths? Weaknesses? Parts to look out for, good or bad? My watercooler is open!

Lotsa books that are/will be on their way to me, yay )
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 09:15
Jolly rumble-o
We were up long before the day-o
To welcome in the summer, to welcome in the May-o
Summer is icumen in and winter's gone away-o

This morning [personal profile] jenett picked me up (long before the day-o) along with her work friend A, and we went to the spot by the bank of the Charles where the local May Day morning festivities happen. We got there in good time, and found an amazingly close parking spot.

As expected, I kept seeing people who looked familiar but weren't actually the people I knew. For example, there were people who reminded me of a couple of MTM dancers, and a woman who looked like Nancy, and another who looked a little like [livejournal.com profile] malefica_v. There were people in purple vests who were nonetheless not Uptown, and people in suspenders who were not Ramsey's Braggarts. I particularly enjoyed watching the team in the blue vests, they had a congenial breadth of ability levels and really seemed to enjoy dancing together, so I asked one of them what team they are: Ha'Penny Morris.

Someone had told me that the proportion of singing to dancing at the May Day celebration here is the reverse of what I was used to in Minnesota, but that turned out not to be the case! It was mostly dancing, with teams taking turns dancing just as I'm used to. For the singing there was an actual (photocopied and stapled together) songbook, which was nice--it's much more welcoming to people who don't know the songs yet. And I didn't know the songs, so I had personal reason to be glad of the songbook! I had assumed that of course all English-language May Day celebrations would include "Hail, Hail, the First of May" (sung by the Twin Cities' own Steven Levine at that link!) and "Hal An Tow," but instead we sang "Jack o the Green" and the Padstow May Song (Unite and Unite) (sung there by Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span).

It was a very pleasant morning, and I'm glad I went!
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 11:49
Book list )

9 books, which is just over to per week, on average. Linear projection to year's end says 96 books, slightly up from last month, nowhere near the high years (looking back, I managed to finish 141 books in 2014, I think "travel" is to blame for that).

I also realised that I should try to tag things I know I've read that will be eligible for the following year's Hugo nomination phase, that would mean less chasing around when nomination time is upon us. Not eliminate it completely, though. I'd still have to do a due diligence sweep, because no one is perfect and triple-checking publishing dates...
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 11:45
I've caught up with Zombies! Run! so could use suggestions for something else to listen to while running.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 00:19
1. All told I got nine chapters of manga posted this month, so I'm pretty happy about that.

2. I hurt my back this morning (I don't even know how; I just sat down in my chair the way I normally sit down!), which sucked, but I was able to take the car to work and I had a lot of stuff I could do at my desk/it wasn't a day when I normally do a ton of stocking, so I was able to somewhat take it easy. It's definitely hurting less now than it was this morning when it happened, so I'm hoping it'll be back to normal tomorrow...

3. Cute kitties make any day better.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 04:14
The final haul from #BookstoreDay, thanks to @porter_square_books @onthedotbooks @papercutsjp @brooklinebooksmith @tridentbooks @harvardbookstore. Lucky to have you all. :) Support your local indies!
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 03:14
The 6th and final stop for me on #BookstoreDay: @harvardbookstore, where I joined the @litographs Alice in Wonderland temporary tattoo chain, and marveled that David Duchovny published a book called Bucky F*cking Dent.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 00:13
1. Rose lemonade. Read more... )

2. Pad thai. Read more... )

3. Orphan Black. It turns out that I am still very emotionally invested, okay: I have to keep pausing it to squeak. (I also paused it to stare, narrow-eyed, at the perplexing geology, and then to, um, take a screenshot. to keep staring at. later.)

4. Cyanocitta stelleri (Steller's Jay), and #dreamwidth, who identified the source of this image in particular for me. Excellent blue; ridiculous crest.

5. Aphelocoma californica (Western Scrub Jay). Also an excellent blue.

6. This hedgehog, which tumblr thought it was important for me to see.

7. A Brief History Of Tax Evasion In Britain (Or: Panama Is For Posers, Now Brick Up Your Windows).

8. Check, Please! fandom is giving me lots of people-adoring-each-other to roll around in, and is also giving me lots of really thorough and thoughtful incredibly iddy fic ([personal profile] staranise wrote a really detailed soulmates AU that I just want to smoosh my face on, okay?).

9. An amble round the charity shops in the sunshine this afternoon yielded a film and a gift, in addition to, you know, the part where I got sunshine.

10. I am having a possibly ridiculous number of Feelings about continuity-of-community and shit about this thing in passing, and I... really need to be asleep so I'm not even slightly going to go into the details in any depth now, but I've been having A Rough Week Or So on several related topics so this was A Good, alright.

ALRIGHT. Sleep. xx
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 21:15
#BookstoreDay stop 5: @tridentbooks! With a SCAVENGER HUNT!
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 21:41
... I've announced the next contributor weekend, which is running on the 14th and 15th of May!

If you have requests for specific flavours of cake, now is a good time to make them :-)
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 21:39
I've put up a post in [site community profile] dw_dev with details of the contributor event on the 14th and 15th of May. For bonus points, account creation is now working for the wiki, so documentation efforts are welcomed and encouraged!

I've also updated the masterlist of introductory bugs, with one new issue for a total of 18 unclaimed issues. If you've been thinking of getting involved I would be delighted if you showed up (virtually or in person) to the contributor event. As ever, here's how to get started. :-)
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 21:35
Hello folk!

A reminder that I am running a Dreamwidth contributor weekend on the 14th of May, with spillover to the 15th. To get a sense of what goes on at these events, you can take a look at the November event summary and the February event summary.

If you need the physical address, please let me know and I'll PM it you along with instructions on how to get here by public transport. This is not the same address as the last time I hosted, so please do make sure you know where you're going!

If you'd like to attend remotely, find us on IRC or add me on Skype (ekabrett): I'm intending to have a spare machine running a video Skype call to interested folk from the corner of one of the rooms from about 11am on the Saturday (i.e. if you're attending in person and would rather not participate in the Skype call this will be avoidable).

More logistics! )
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 19:13
#BookstoreDay stop 3: @papercutsjp! They have a section for "science, nature, cats." Also cupcakes and mimosas, fellow @silentbookclub peeps.
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 19:13
#BookstoreDay stop 5: @brooklinebooksmith #shelfie. My fave section there is sci-fi, natch! But the cookbook corner isn't far behind … :)
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 11:40
I've got one last post before the end of the month, and it's one I know a lot of you have been waiting for! Chapter 20 is the last chapter in volume two, which means we are 2/3 of the way through with this series!

Unfortunately NightSwan has told me she's going to be really busy for the next three months, so we might not be able to get a chapter out every month, but we will continue to try and get this published as fast as possible. And now I've got to get on scanning volume three... D:

Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: The blonde insists she found the ring on the ground while they were out, but the brunette's not buying it.

Chapter 20

And for those who want it, here is a full volume download for volume 2!
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 16:08
#BookstoreDay Stop 2: @onthedotbooks. Tucked into a nook inside a larger cafe, and the eggs have been recommended, along with the scifi :)
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 15:06
First stop for #BookstoreDay: @porter_square_books. I made my parents read me all the books!
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 14:46
Almost exactly a year after I managed to get my 5k time at a Parkrun under 25 minutes, I have managed to squeak in under 24 minutes at 23:59. I would have been even faster if I hadn't had to stop to retie my shoelaces (Go Me!). I was following a pacer for the first 3k, but lost him during the shoelace incident (shoelaces are one of the banes of my life!). The last 1.5k were pretty grim, to be honest, but I kept lecturing myself sternly about keeping the pace up and that obviously worked.

I was 91st overall, 12th female and 3rd woman between the ages of 45 and 49. I'm normally second in my age group. Having inspected the results I suspect some young whippersnapper has had birthday and moved up an age band.

Further inspection of the 11 women ahead of me reveals that 1 is under 10, 1 is 15-19, 6 are 20-24, 2 are 45-49, 1 is 50-54 (where are all the keen female runners between 25 and 44? That's a pretty strange age distribution). So if I were 5, 10, 15 or 20 years younger, I would be first in my age class (this is obviously deeply unfair at some level, especially since all of us in the 45-55 bracket are regulars and the other three are significantly faster than I am). Yes, I know it is a run not a race but, like [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat, I am easily motivated by the concept of levelling up, and moving up the rankings (as well as reducing my time) serves that purpose. Mind you, both of these measures are going to top out soon. It took me a year to drop my time from 30 minutes to 25 minutes for a 5k, and then another year to take another minute off that. It is likely to be slow going from here on, and time is not on my side, especially given the limits on how much time I'm prepared to devote to training.
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 14:04
Who's ready for #independentbookstoreday2016? MEEEEE.
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 10:18

This is the first of approximately N books (N is currently on the order of 3) in The Secret World Chronicle. It's been referred to as "a braided novel series", I think more of it as "closely related short stories, sometimes retelling the same scene from another perspective". I guess those may be different descriptions of the same thing.

If you want a one word summary it would be "superheroes" (that's totally one word). If you'd want a longer capsule description, it would be "superheroes of varying degree of 'dys' function in a world where they fight robo-Nazis". Yep, sorry, I just gave away something that's obvious in the first 15-20 pages (or something like that, it's pretty darned early anyway).

On the whole, it's a good read, although I'd say it's closer to cotton candy than a nice hearty, nourishing meal. But that's sometimes exactly what you want.
Friday, April 29th, 2016 23:10
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!

Friday, April 29th, 2016 12:03
for my own records, more than anything else...

Read more... )
Friday, April 29th, 2016 11:52
The OBGYN department of the University of Oxford medical school says:
We are redesigning courses for medical students to teach them what they need to know about sexual and genital health. If you have experience of going to the doctor for these issues, including asking about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, screening, or any concerns about your genital or sexual health, we would like to hear from you.

They're running a short survey that could have a big impact not only on the current set of medical students at Oxford but across the UK and perhaps even more widely, due to Oxford's prestige. Please let them know what you'd like doctors to know!
Friday, April 29th, 2016 02:09
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.)
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 23:45
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.

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 20:48
Been afraid of saying anything, out of fear I'll scare away the motivation by mentioning it, but I've been playing guitar often enough / long enough that I'm finally starting to develop calluses.

I've been taking a scattershot approach: some evenings I follow a more structured approach (Andy Guitar when I've got the attention span; various apps when I don't). Other evenings I just sit down and play random songs from things people have put on the internet.

It's very nice to be able to sit down and have music come from my fingers. Like... like what, really, is this?

And because pop songs all take after one another, it turns out that even though there are like, a million different chords, half a dozen is enough to play most songs.

I'm still avoiding bar chords, but those come up so infrequently that I sometimes just don't *play* that one chord, and fill it in with my voice instead. (Cheater cheater <3)

I'm trying to wrap my brain around chord transposition. I've got something which takes an existing series of chord and transposes them, no problem. But then... I'm unsure what this means when I'm playing them on the guitar. Do I play on the same fret as I would pre-transposition, just with the new chord? Do I move one fret down for each step I've transposed? idk!
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 17:35
Anyone interested in doing Kew the Movies with me? I've booked tickets for myself and a friend for the Star Wars showing already, but I'm happy to have others join us and I am 100% up for seeing any of the other showings (Jurassic Park, Mean Girls, and Labyrinth). I am similarly up for potluck picnic dinners.

On the heartbreaking difficulty of getting rid of books:
After all, the romance of minimalism relies on invisible abundance. The elegantly empty apartment speaks not to genteel poverty, but to the kind of hoarded wealth that makes anything and everything replaceable and available at the click of a mouse. Things and the freedom from things, and then things again if you desire. If you miss a book after getting rid of it, Kondo consoles, you can always buy it again. Dispose and replace, repeat and repeat.

What should student doctors learn about sexual healthcare? This survey is being run by the University of Oxford:
We are redesigning courses for medical students to teach them what they need to know about sexual and genital health. If you have experience of going to the doctor for these issues, including asking about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, screening, or any concerns about your genital or sexual health, we would like to hear from you.

I am spending a lot of time at the moment watching two eaglets grow up.
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 02:59
I'm having a med reaction that's left me exhausted but jittery and sleepless, so I might as well do something productive with the time. It's been a very long time since I asked people for feature or bug requests for accessibility issues.

What do you wish, in a perfect world, dreamwidth would fix or implement? Note that I'm more clueless about cognitive accessibility, magnification, and visual processing, so I especially welcome clarifications on places we fail on those. No request too large or small, as long as it obeys the laws of thermodynamics.
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 22:03
1. We got our new dutch oven today (not sure why Amazon needed to take a week to ship it, but whatevs) and Carla made a delicious pot roast for dinner in it.

2. I can sleep in tomorrow! I'm looking forward to that. We have plans in the afternoon, but the morning is completely free for sleeping.

3. I love the look on Molly's face here:

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 08:24
Manchester Asda introduces 'quiet hour' to help autistic shoppers

N.B. Despite the headline, it's not directed at autistic shoppers alone, but anyone who has difficulty with noise and disturbance.

(And how nice that the guy pioneering it is someone who knows about the problem first-hand from his experiences with anxiety, and is willing to be out about that.)

It still wouldn't solve some problems (like fluorescent lighting), and also it's at 8am when some of us are not capable of being human, but god, what a step in the right direction that people are actually thinking about this shit.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 22:24
1. I went to bed early last night and actually woke up before my alarm this morning. I'm pretty tired now, too, so maybe I can get back on an earlier schedule where I'm not always dragging myself out of bed in the morning. That would be nice.

2. We were short two stockers today and work was pretty busy, but I was only about half an hour late getting out of there.

3. The other day Carla went to Walmart and they had twelve-packs of Mountain Dew Voltage!

4. I got so many cute pics of Chloe sunning herself in the window the other day.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 00:40
Zebrafish swimming in the courtyard.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 10:00
I'll stop spamming cat pics quite as much once they settle in a bit more, but KITTIES.

Sarah called the vet this morning (a local cat-only practice) and the tech assured her that they view being a crazy cat lady as a badge of pride, and that we aren't anywhere near as full up as some of their clients. I'm trying not to take that as a challenge, heh.

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Monday, April 25th, 2016 23:26
1. I posted more manga! And there's still a few days left in the month, so maybe I'll even have some more to post before the month is over.

2. We went down to the mall to return a Funko Pop Wonder Woman figure Carla got last time we were down there, as it had some paint flaked off. They didn't have any of the Wonder Woman ones left and Carla didn't see anything else she really wanted, but they did have a Louise Belcher, so we exchanged it for that. :D

3. While we were down there, we had a tasty lunch at Steak and Shake.

4. I thought I might have to go in to work at seven tomorrow, but while I do have to go in a little early, it's only eight instead of eight-thirty, so that's not too bad.

5. The kitties have been taking turns with this tiny Amazon box lately and we both got some really good shots of Molly in it today.