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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 08:01
via at May 05, 2015 at 03:00AM:


Famous Failures

I stumbled upon this video a long time ago and it honestly made me feel a lot better.

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

I could not fit everyone mentioned in the video in this post so be sure to give the video a look.


Needed this
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 07:13
via at May 05, 2015 at 02:00AM:

Not gonna lie, one of my favorite parts about writing urban fantasy is determining how and where the fantasy meshes in with reality.

Like, I’m not saying Freddie Mercury WAS a siren, but have you ever heard anyone NOT sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody?

I rest my case.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 00:00
1. I made sundubu jjigae for dinner and it turned out so good!

2. Kitten was super cuddly today (even including some purring!). She still sulks a lot, but she's such a cuddlebun that I think even her tiny kitten brain realises she's only punishing herself by refusing cuddles. XD And the medicines are definitely working. Her gums are still a darker pink but not the bright red they were before.

3. We took a nice walk this afternoon. It was such a nice day. Warm, but not too hot, and a nice breeze.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 02:32
The Dreamwidth conference this year will be Open Source Bridge, June 23–26 in Portland, OR. See my previous post for all the reasons you -- yes, you! -- want to attend!

This offer is open to anyone who's submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) since 1 January. (See me if you want to talk comparable volunteer work that doesn't go through Github, or if you want to make a case for "I only had one PR but it was a ton of effort".) We will pay for you up front, no "you front the money and we'll reimburse you". This offer includes:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person). Housing will be provided for the nights of June 22 through June 26 (so, arrive Monday June 22, depart Saturday, June 27).
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!) If you'd like to extend your stay in Portland past when accomodations will be covered, we can do that: just tell me when you'd like to arrive/depart, and pay the difference in airfare costs if greater than $50.
* At least one group dinner during the trip. (And usually others, on the principle of "whoever's around when the person with the DW credit card is deciding on dinner usually gets invited along", but we usually do one planned "okay, everyone's going to eat here tonight" thing.)

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

To sign up, comment here with:

* Links to your qualifying PRs (email me if you want to make a case for comparable volunteer effort/substituting a large PR for small ones)
* The airport you'd like to fly out of, and whether you have an airline preference (ie, I only fly Oneworld carriers because I've got status with them)
* Travel dates, if not "arrive 22 June, depart 27 June"
* Any access needs or accomodations I need to take into account for arranging housing (ie, mine would be "I'm fine in a hotel room but if we rent a house I'd need a ground floor bedroom" -- you don't need to tell me why, just what I need to take into consideration).

If you're uncomfortable with disclosing any of the above publicly, that's totally fine! Just comment here with something along the lines of "I'm taking you up on this and will email privately with my details". (The comment is important to have the list of people all in one place; I am a Bear of Very Little Brain sometimes.)

Using the info provided of your preferred airport to fly out of, I'll find you flights and email you for your approval and to get the TSA-required data for booking (that being the name, date of birth, and gender marker that appears on your approved ID, plus passport number for people coming from outside the US) plus any airline frequent flyer numbers, yadda. Once we've got flights that you're cool with, I'll do the actual booking on your behalf, so you don't have to front the money. (I will book on your preferred carrier whenever possible, and aim for the best combination of price/travel duration/travel times I can find. That sort of thing speaks to my min/max gamer heart.)

The deadline for taking us up on this is June 1. (After that point, we'll still register you for the conference, but you'll have to arrange your own travel and housing.)
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 06:47
This is crossposted from, my personal maker blog. If you want to link to this post, please use the original link since the formatting there is usually better.

One of my personal goals for 2015 was to try knitting an adult-sized sweater. And I’m happy to say that I’ve managed it, although I admit I cheated a bit in making it for my sister rather than for myself, as she’s a few sizes smaller than I am.

S's Cotton Sweater

The Yarn

The yarn is KnitPicks Billow, which I picked up because my sister prefers things without animal fibers so that they won’t be bad for her boyfriend, who is allergic. It’s soft yarn and lovely feeling, but it’s a bit weird to work with because it has variable thickness. After a few test swatches, I decided it would be nicest in a simple stockinette that showcased the homespun feel of the yarn, since the other things I tried seemed to be fighting it.

The pattern

This is based off The Cherry Variations [ravelry link], a most excellent free pattern from Knitty’s Spring 2003 edition. (I didn’t even know how to knit back then!)

However, if you go look at that pattern, you’ll notice mine’s a fair bit different from the original…


So what happened?

1. Stripes. These are simple, 8 rows wide, 3 colours.

2. I decided to add some sleeves. I actually didn’t plan to do this, but when it got done the sleeveless version I decided it would be nicer with some sleeves. So I picked up stitches around the arm opening and did them seamless-style. I think there were 35 stitches the way I picked ’em up. I knit the sleeves straight at the top, with stripes to match the body. (My stripes are 8 rows wide.)

When I got down to a bit before wrist length, I decided belled sleeves would be hilarious in this yarn because of the way it drapes. To do this, I divided the stitches into 3 (it wasn’t quite even but close), placed markers (since I was using 2 circulars at this point) and increased at the stitch markers every 3rd row, approximately, for the last two stripes (so last 16 rows).

I cast off using some ludicrously stretchy bind-off from this page comparing bind-off methods. I think it was Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

S's Cotton Sweater

3. The thing you might not notice immediately is that I decided to add a crochet border along the neckline. I found that the sweater as was tended to be a little too off-the-shoulder on me, and since my sister has much less wide shoulders, I figured that would be annoying and would eventually stretch it out to the point of uselessness. So I looked up stabilizing methods online and settled on a simple single crochet.

S's Cotton Sweater

I didn’t think to take a picture of myself wearing it, so no modelled shot. I figured it would just look ill-fitted anyhow, as the shaping around the bust line was made with my sister’s approximate measurements in mind, so it was quite tight on my rib cage, let alone my bust.

I don’t know how much she likes it, but it does fit, at least!


I kind of fell in love with the yarn as I was knitting it, and I like the pattern enough that I’m strongly considering making one for myself, even though it’s cotton and not exactly the most suitable for the Pacific Northwest’s soggy weather!

Monday, May 4th, 2015 14:25

I've submitted for the Writer's Workshop, and I was wondering when I will get the peer stories for critique? The week right before the con I have another event I will be at, and have very little time open that week for the critique. I have much more time up until then, and Wiscon is now only 3 weeks away.

Monday, May 4th, 2015 10:00
My entire back seized up yesterday, neck and right arm have been a bit off since the snorkeling (same thing that happens every time I'm at a party and try to look up at people for conversation, or at movies). Lo, I went to a bar and talked to people (though was smart enough to mostly limit conversation to other sitting down people) and then to a movie and I am hosed. I finally took muscle relaxants and danny massaged me a bit and I laid flat on back with no pillow for a while. Still bad but nothing like yesterday. Little things in my spine are popping. Cannot look up or to the right or reach up with my arm. I can still hold and book and (obviously) type.

May not last entire day sitting up and I plan not to go out.
Monday, May 4th, 2015 13:19
I think my father gave me this book. It must have been years ago and it has followed me around the country since but I recently decided that I should either read it or give it away. It's an odd book veering uneasily between propagandist invective, history of science and thoughtful philosophical musings.

Long so cut )
Monday, May 4th, 2015 08:14
via at May 04, 2015 at 03:00AM:



When people say “it’s not classy for a lady to curse”



.~ Practically perfect in every FUCKING way ~.

Always reblog Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins is cussing someone out without even speaking
Monday, May 4th, 2015 07:11
via at May 04, 2015 at 02:00AM:

In my head, somewhere, there’s this muggleborn Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, who loves history. And she’s so excited about History of Magic, she reads all the books she can find, she looks for how it fits in with muggle history…

And then she gets to Hogwarts and realizes that wizards don’t care about history. At all. Class is taught by a ghost who doesn’t care about anything modern and seems surprised when he realizes students actually exist, no one cares if they fall asleep in class, everyone has been assigned the same essay topics every year for the last five hundred years. It’s all about rebellions and wars and treaties, and there’s no social history at all.

And her first couple years she just deals with it, because, hey, new fascinating world she’s learning all about, she can deal with one poorly taught class.

But what made me think about this was the title of Harry’s essay in third year. “Witch-Burning in the Fourteenth Century Was Completely Pointless - discuss.” Because look at that from the point of view of someone who knows something about the motives behind witch-hunts.

So that’s when she loses it and spends the whole summer researching and writing an essay on the historical effects of magical existence on muggles. How wizards let people scapegoat other muggles and especially women for things muggles wouldn’t believe in if there weren’t real wizards everywhere. How pureblood wizards were happy to screw up the lives of the muggles living near them and then avoided all consequences because hey, they had Flame-Freezing Charms if the worst happened, what did they care if someone else was caught and died horribly instead of them. How even today muggles were falsely diagnosed with mental illnesses because wizards weren’t careful enough with their Disillusionment Charms, or because wizards thought Memory Charms were the solution to everything no matter how they affected the victim.

And she hands it in at the start of the year and a week later she gets summoned to the Headmistress’s office.

And Professor McGonagall smiles at her and says “This is a bit unusual, but would you be interested in a TA position?”
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 22:11
Losing nerd cred a bit lately: I've started visiting a local soccer team's matches. It's quite exciting! We have some world class players on this team (Women's Soccer - Seattle Reign FC), and it's breathtaking to see top-line playing. Some of the moves are just /wow/. I could never do that when I played soccer as a kid, or even dream of it.

I feel slightly less nerdy perhaps now, but I am enjoying myself, so pfah. Plus, m'lady likes it too.

N.b., soccer really is a lot more engaging than football IMO. Football is closer to turn based gaming and soccer, real time gaming.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 20:46
This feeling? I think it's contentment. I think it's love.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 23:27
This year's variant on the Invisible Ficathon is [personal profile] silverflight8's brainchild: Lost Library.

We're going to run two similar exchanges on two year cycle: Invisible Ficathon (classic edition!) and Lost Library, which is going to run this year.

The difference? Lost Library is much narrower in scope: it focuses on writing excerpts from canon's mentioned works--e.g. writing parts of the Hitchhiker's Guide itself. Writing excerpts of works that could theoretically exist in the canon are also allowed (eg Invisible Ficathon is broader: imaginary canons like Ghost Soup are allowed, fic about the excerpts instead of the excerpts themselves.

This year's schedule:

Nominations open: Sunday May 24
Nominations close: Sunday May 31, 11:59 EDT
Assignments are out: Thursday June 4, approximately
Stories are due: Sunday June 28, 11:59 EDT
Stories revealed: Saturday July 4
Authors revealed: Saturday July 11

Stories should be at least 500 words. Everyone is encouraged to write treats (extra fic apart from your assignment, to anyone in the exchange)--the more, the merrier!

Nominate, sign up to write, pinch hit, cheerlead, read, enjoy!
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 23:30
(Who guards the guards themselves?)
Spoilers and speculation up to 3x22! Content notes for discussion of racism and rape.

Read more... )
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 22:27
See, right, the thing that annoys me even more than People Criticising Christianity Wrong is lazy, compassionless theology rooted in shame and fear, especially when it's coming from sodding priests.

This is how bad today's sermon was: I walked out after the Peace and my mother joined me after communion, and was genuinely surprised I hadn't walked out while the guy was still talking.

Read more... )
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 21:20
I enjoyed this a lot. I'm inclined to agree with [ profile] lil_shepherd that it isn't as good as the first Avengers Movie or Captain America: Winter Soldier (I'm less enamoured of Iron Man than she is) but is definitely better than a good number of the other Marvel movies though I'm not much into detailed rankings.

NLSS Child reports that it isn't as good as Guardians of the Galaxy but is her second favourite movie. It is interesting (to me) that these are the two she has seen at the cinema rather than on the TV which may say something about the way the movies are filmed and constructed. NLSS Child explains her preference by saying that none of the Avengers are as good as Peter Quill, Gamora, Groot or Rocket though she allows that some of them may be better than Drax.

None of the things I was really afraid they would do happened, and one thing I assumed they wouldn't do because it wouldn't carry enough emotional punch actually worked really well. I liked the new characters that were introduced (I'm not a comics person so they were all new to me and needed to justify their place from scratch) - Vision was probably the one I had least time for but I think I tend to prefer the less over-the-top powerful characters. I'm actually quite stoked about the new Avengers line-up revealed at the end. I thought the fight scenes were, on the whole, a bit repetitive but they had some nice moments.

In summary I think I'd say it's a good movie if you like this sort of thing, but its not going to convert any sceptics.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 21:19
I just amused my mother and her partner by wishing her a Happy Mother's Day. A week too early.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 18:43
I am so, so glad that we have the interwebs. I did about 10 address changes today (yeah, I have been putting these off...), 3 more require passwords to be sent to me in the mail and so far it looks like only two will require me to either send a letter or phone and just one will definitely need a phone call. But that insurance is in the husband's name, so I just cast a Somebody Else's Problem Field on that :-)

Also, there are no more bedroom or bathroom boxes. That is a huge step towards sanity for me. There's two more boxes of books that need to be unpacked, one box with stuff that needs to be put into my part of the office, 3 boxes of kitchen stuff and two boxes of stuff that used to live in the attic and now needs a new home. Those are mainly photos and postcards and other memorial stuff.

Lots of other stuff still to do, of course, but it's getting a bit less everyday.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 08:23
via at May 03, 2015 at 03:00AM:





wow the girl scouts are a much better and more progressive organisation than i thought

i find it hilarious that this is meant to be negative

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 07:04
via at May 03, 2015 at 02:00AM:


AeonisPi serving Sailor Mars realness

tehnakki this seems relevant to several axes of your interests….
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 01:56
...equals a nice banner for the people stopped at our busy intersection to look at.

Best part: we live right across from the richest and whitest private club in Maryland. So the golfers get to look at the banner while playing. I don't have much hope it will make them think, but maybe it will do some good.

Bonus pic: Ginny putting herself in the supply bag as I was going out to paint.

Read more... )
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 21:06
I'm organizing an Ally Skills Workshop at ICFP this August, which Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative will be teaching. If you are attending ICFP or a co-located event such as the Haskell Symposium, CUFP, or Erlang Workshop (not an exhaustive list), you are welcome and encouraged to apply to attend!

The workshop is geared towards men in the functional programming community who want to learn how to be better allies to women and non-binary people in the community. However, it is open to people of all genders.

For all the details, see the information page, which links to a Google Forms page that you can use to apply.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 22:29
I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy learning to play the piano. I have been practicing at least 30 minutes every day since I got it except for once. Okay, so I've only had it for two and a half weeks, but still, that's pretty good. I did over an hour of practice today.

Coordinating both hands is slowly getting a bit easier, even when playing different note values. Playing eighths is also coming along nicely and the odd black key is fine. My current main problem is keeping a rhythm, and so I do 10 minutes of learning to use the metronome every day. I am still absolutely unable to count and play the correct notes at the same time for longer than two bars.

The two songs I am currently practicing are Beethoven's Ode to Joy and Prelude from Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (that's the Eurovision song contest music theme now) in simplified form.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 10:36
I went out to go to therapy and meet an acquaintance from out of town who called me up. It was so hot I left the house in a tank top and thin tshirt, no long underwear, holey jeans, and ended up taking off my socks in the cafe. (Do not worry. My feet are odorless and look very nice. I was surely not grossing out my fellow cafe-workers. ) It was so nice to just bake in the sun and heat. I wish it were like that every day.

This cafe has a cozy spot by a sort of bay window with two comfortable large wicker chairs and two small tables. It's quiet but people come in and chat all the time with each other and the baristas. I got a lot of work done there and tipped high to make up some extra cafe rent.

It turned out NOT to be therapy day - it was Friday instead. OK! Back to the cafe.

My friend was stuck in traffic but then zond7 texted to say he was going home from work to pick up his apple watch, which had just gotten there (the magic of the package tracking stuff that apple watch fans had set up, I guess). He came to meet me at the cafe. I believe we may have compared our Cat Collections and worked a bit longer... then off to the bar.

A few worries about my pain level. I have been taking at least 3 half-tramadols over each day this week. A whole one sometimes. And, plain tylenol, once or twice a day. At night, or when I had horrible (period) cramps and my neck being stiff and my feet actually spasming, adding in some skelaxin (muscle relaxer). There is pain in a new place, the sacroiliac/sciatica type of electric shock or buzz, but going to a place it has never appeared before which I suppose (hide your eyes) is my pudendal nerve. NOT GOOD. It's ... like being zapped in the inside pelvic bones. This has died down mostly. Why are there always new places for more pain hijinks? Anyway in this state, going out to an inaccessible bar sounded stupid, and yet I really wanted to.

The bar was nice but no big deal. I talked with zond7's work people and some random other people and maybe some 18f people. Funny convo with insunlight about her trolling guys at defcon or maybe CCC. I had two drinks and did not feel any ulcer pain, but was pleasantly tipsy. It continued to be very warm! Our friend from china was there and demoed his headphone gadget. I had a good conversation with him about open source hardware and scooters and wheelchairs and all my ideas (from like 2008 but hey, I still think about it and the different ways I could start a company to do it) He nicely said he would hook me up with manufacturing and distribution people if I ever jump into that. I can dream!!! But, would need someone to do the traveling part for me. He was so nice, and I was touched that he thought of me to be in touch after all this time since "early blogging" days. His gadget is excellent.

Zond7 and I went home by like, 9. (Huzzah!)

He then played his ukelele chord progressions. I got out the keyboard and tried to play along and improvise a little or at least echo his chords. Not too hard and a lot of fun. It was nice to share our tiny bits of knowledge about music theory. We watched a sort of guitar or keyboard-hero version of the doctor who theme on youtube. It struck me suddenly that that form of musical notation is exactly like a music box or player piano program.

My hands on the keyboard are very halting but some things are ingrained. I thought of the book I like, Ways of the Hand, and its soothing descriptions of knowing where your hands are in motion in relation to the keys.

Pain level is still not down to "normal" whatever that is, but some baseline, and yet I am functioning pretty well. Work is good and interesting.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 09:34

Why do I let my tabs get so big? The amount, I mean. I feel weird about it. I should have two, maybe three tabs open. That's all you need unless research is happening. But we'll see.

I guess this qualifies as bespoke?. Coats made for you! I think someone linked me this earlier. ([personal profile] jenett, maybe?)

Service Over Self. This I want to pick up and put over my desk along with my friend Cas' drawings of paper cranes.

A print out of Joshua 1:9. I like this passage.

Purple pointy toed oxfords. MADE FOR YOU in ISRAEL. How cool is that?

I've heard good and bad things about the Leviathan Chronicles. But here it is so I can find it again and see about it. I'd like it if they'd finish season one, though.

This is just too cute for words. It's a 1940's sailor suit for women, including shorts, blouse and skirt!

The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe as a scarf! They've also got Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and other books as well!

A makeup tutorial page. I found quite a lot of interesting information there.

Like this one! A flawless skin tutorial. I like it and I find it will be useful in Cosplay. :D

A beginner's guide to pepakura. Brent wants to do a Fallout 3 costuming and I thought this would be a good way to build the helmet and stuff for the Ranger. He wants to do the Desert Ranger (or possibly the NCR Elite Ranger). I want to do a Brotherhood of Steel scribe. We'll be awesome!

A guide to making plugsuits! Or other useful skintight suits. My mother sent me a link to the new Cosplay by McCall site that has something similar, I think, but in two parts? I'll link to that too. It's just the top part, I think? It might do leggings. I couldn't quite tell. But that's the body suit by McCall.

I desperately want the Amulet of Arkay. Bethesda put one out. It is GORGEOUS. I'll hopefully get one at some point.

The JSTOR Store! They have some neat stuff there if you like the JSTOR logo. I keep waiting for the bag they showed on Tumblr that looked like the old checkout card from the library.

A way to renew the waxing on my waxed canvas bag! I need to do that.

And there cleans out my tabs!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 15:08
post-tags: instagram, crosspost "Good through Labor Day." It's May 2 and I'm in the U.S. Bread that will still be "good" in 4 months sans freezer scares me.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 14:49
Book list )

5 books? Well, 6, since I did forget to write up one (now sorted). I wonder how that happened? Ah, yes, there were a couple of partial readings abandoned halfway through, that I should probably pick up at some point. By pure coincidence, it is really to extrapolate "40 books in 4 months" to "120 books in 12 months", which is decidedly lower than the (from memory) about 240 books that last month's forecast saw.

We'll just have to see. This has been a month fraught with catching up on shit online, after all.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 14:47
Previously unread.

Second (and so far as I am aware, the last) of the Cheshire Red novels. It starts about a year after the end of book #1, shares some overall structural similarities and, well, ends in a pace where I can anticipate more books, without necessarily craving them. But I would, indeed, be extremely happy to see more books in this series.

Also, apologies, I thought I'd already memed this one. Alas, it won't count towards April stats.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 13:44
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Bagel line.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 06:30
My sleep schedule has now officially flipped upside down: I woke up today (yesterday, Friday) at noon and haven't gotten to sleep since. It's been 18 hours. I need to obtain some sleep aids.

I just got new wireless headphones, which I love, although I'm still in the habit of carrying my phone with me when I move rooms. This has proved troublesome since not long ago I went out to the back porch to sit for a bit in the dawn light while my cat explored the lawn, and now I can't find my phone. I'm not super concerned--life with ADHD seems to include my personal belongings going walkabout quite a bit, and I have looked outside to make sure I didn't drop it there--but I did want my phone as an alarm and communication device, since Mom and the middle brother were going to pick me up in three hours so we can go shopping, and I want to let them know I might fall asleep between now and then so they might have to wake me up.

In other news: have spent the night listening to Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London/Midnight Riot. It is ah-may-zing. Urban fantasy with strong grounding in London police work. I've given up listening to Shrinks since it gave a history of talk therapy that basically flipped the world's biggest bird at my field, claiming that the first and perhaps only psychotherapist-qua-psychotherapist of any note, use, or validity to appear after Freud set the field in stone was Aaron T. Beck. Words cannot DESCRIBE how intellectually dishonest that is. On which note, I was reminded that the book was co-authored by Ogi Ogas, Dr. Surveyfail himself. So there you go.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 08:09
via at May 02, 2015 at 03:00AM:

gif request meme – requested by buffysummerrs↳ captain america + favorite character
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 00:10
1. I finally finished rearranging an aisle at work that I've been trying to rearrange for several weeks. It looks so nice now!

2. I can sleep in tomorrow and the day after and the day after! I'm really looking forward to that. I actually woke up before the alarm today, but if I hadn't had to get up for work in half an hour I could have gone back to sleep.

3. I cooked dinner tonight! We've been eating out (or getting delivery) so much lately and really want to get back into the habit of cooking at home, but it's so easy to be lazy... But tonight I brought home free naan and free chicken from work, and we had some jars of sauce in the cupboard, so it was very easy to make a tasty meal and now we'll have leftovers, too.

4. We unlocked the 200cc and 150cc mirror mode courses on Mario Kart 8!
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 07:05
via at May 02, 2015 at 02:00AM:


this is really important. stop stigmatizing mental illness and associating all mental illnesses with aggression 

Although Reid makes it personal, there’s still an important message here that shows Dr. Reid knows what’s up re: schizophrenia and violence

there’s so much stigma around schizophrenia and a lot of it has to do with the media and a lot of people immediately associate it with violence and statistics just don’t support that, people with schizophrenia are really not more violent or aggressive, isolated cases are not the norm
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 01:08
Late night adventures in getting a cishet dude all riled up because he didn't listen to my continued protestations? Yep.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 22:07
Poll #16654 Steve Rogers Playlist:
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 03:10
Sad and insomniac? Focus difficult? Feeling useless? Give it a couple of kilos of loose change in a range of currencies and it'll be happy for hours.

(Reasons to keep facesfriend around: I erupted into a small victory hiss at him as he was saying goodnight on IM, because having earlier found obsolete English shillings I had finally finally a little over an hour later found obsolete Austrian Schilling to go with them, and he appeared to find this hilarious and adorable because he understood exactly why I found it so satisfying.)
Friday, May 1st, 2015 21:03
I haven't said anything about the Freddie Gray case, or subsequent events, because ... I don't think the world needs another dose of horrified despair from a white chick.

But if you're in the streets - or online, or otherwise - fighting for justice right now, know that I'm praying for your safety, your mental health, and your success.

And if you want to come tell me about rioters, go read Ta-Nehesi Coates or someone, and then ask yourself what forbearance, what love of peace and justice, what capacity for grace, is here that so many Black men and women and boys and girls have been slaughtered and the worst that has come out of the pain and anger their communities rightly feel is some property damage.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 19:37
So, I enjoyed that. It had the virtues and vices of a superhero movie written and directed by Joss Whedon, and those who like that sort of thing will find it to be exactly the sort of thing they like.

I strongly suspect that large parts of it won't stand up under close examination and have therefore decided not to subject it to one.

It's not that I don't think other people ought to, I'm just basically content to mutter "This ... is a job for FANFIC PERSON" and call it a day.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 15:47
So, I'm starting to feel kind of weird about intermingling my video posts with things like "this person who was important to me just died"; if you want to see my trying to post a video a day of me singing a song (sometimes by me, sometimes by other people; sometimes with cats, sometimes without), follow [personal profile] tim_plays.

I will of course continue posting here, such as when people die or when I have feels.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 18:10
This is my Judaism.

Emma Goldman three quarters portrait

"Well then, demonstrate before the palaces of the rich; demand work. If they do not give you work, demand bread. If they deny you both, take bread."

--Emma Goldman, speech in 1893, quoted in Living My Life

My parents weren't activists. My mother, having hardscrabbled her way up from poverty and a council flat, was too busy trying to give her kids the comfortable everything she thought we were supposed to have, and my dad was always working. But this is the Judaism of my parents' mythmaking.

I understand so much the temptation to No true Scotsman about those people whose religion is the same as yours, but whose moral choices are antithetical. I know, in theory, that the centrality to Judaism of Tikkun Olam as social justice is a twentieth century U.S. development. In practice, however, I am a product or twentieth century U.S. Jewry. Social justice is inseparable from my comprehension of what it means to be Jewish -- far more than God or religion are.

I know how dangerous this kind of mythmaking can be. It's the mythmaking that lets me remember the rabbis who were arrested in St. Augustine in 1964, the Jewish Freedom Riders, and Rabbi Heschel, while blissfully ignoring these assholes. It's similar to the mythmaking that lets Americans believe we have the best healthcare and economic opportunities in the world, while our country falls down around our ears. You have to doubt your myths about the people who are special, who are good, who are like you.

But this is my Judaism.

Group portrait of women in a shop with food collected for striking tailors. Signs on wall in English and Yiddish, read We are Collecting Provision Striking Tailors. Please do as much as you can. Thank you! Women at bottom left and right have been c/p'd in.

My dad was so smug when his employees refused to unionize because their pay and benefits were better than the union contract asked for. As an adult, I understand that somewhat misses the point of unions, but that's not why he was pleased. It was proof, for him, that he was doing right by the people who worked for him.

We took it as given in my family that you'd be hard put to find a better Jew and a better human being (a better mensch) than Aaron Feuerstein. When Feuerstein's Malden Mills Polartec factory, in uber-depressed Lawrence, Massachusetts, burned down in 1995, Feuerstein was advised to rebuild somewhere much cheaper. Instead, he rebuilt in Lawrence, and paid every employee's wages in full for 60 days while he did so.

The company went under, eventually, given the weight of its rebuilding debts. Feuerstein has no regrets.

"According to Feuerstein his ethical values stemmed from a solid upbringing, and his Jewish roots and connection with the Torah, and he particularly remembers one day in the 1930s when as a child at the dinner table he listened to his father speak of his experiences working at the age of 14 in his father's factory.

"My father explained to us he was shocked to see my grandfather going around each evening at the close of the workday and paying each worker at the end of the day in cash the amount of money that was due him," Feuerstein said.

When Feuerstein's father tried to explain to his dad that this was not the way business was done, and that he should pay his employees by check the following week, his father's response was, "It is against the Torah."

"I, as a little boy, thought how could this possibly be against the Torah?" Feuerstein said. Following his public school classes the next day Feuerstein went to his maternal grandfather for his regular Hebrew lessons and asked him the question, and his grandfather opened the Torah to Vayikra (Leviticus).

Feuerstein read: "'You have no right to oppress the working men, the poor and needy from amongst your brethren and the stranger, the non-Jew in your community. Every single day you have to pay him his wages because he is poor and the expectation of those wages is what keeps his soul alive.'"

--Quoted in Feuerstein speaks about living Torah values, February 20, 2006
[Ed. He recalled or was quoted wrong. The source is Deuteronomy 24:14-15.]

I'm not ignorant of the fact that The Forward stopped being a socialist paper long before I was born. I know the Yinglish ditties my dad sang to me from WEVD, Eugene V. Debs radio were fom his childhood, long gone. I am aware that the Kibbutzim were never the anti-racist socialist workers' paradises I'd been taught.

These are myths.

These are my myths.

I can see, empirically, how easy it is to be both Jewish and not anti-poverty, pro-immigrant, and pro-labor. I know this is true. But I will never really understand.

For Rose Schneiderman and Clara Lemlich and Pauline Newman. For those who stood up against capital, the police, and a press has always sided with power in fights for liberation, even down to this eerily familiar account of the cops who murdered Anna LoPizzo as they laid blame on murderous thug strikers. For all those Jewish and Italian and Polish workers rioting in the streets who were lawless, immigrant, non-English speaking, and -- by contemporary standards -- not white. For how they were murdered and framed. For how they brought us child labor laws and safe employment and weekends and unemployment checks.

With all our boasted reforms, our great social changes, and our far-reaching discoveries, human beings continue to be sent to the worst of hells, wherein they are outraged, degraded, and tortured, that society may be “protected” from the phantoms of its own making.

Prison, a social protection? What monstrous mind ever conceived such an idea? Just as well say that health can be promoted by a widespread contagion.

--Emma Goldman, "Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure"

Happy May Day.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 18:59
Full Circle is probably the best story in season 18 of Doctor Who. I'm fonder of Warriors' Gate but that is quite a strange beast and arguably one where Doctor Who's ambition is outreaching its ability to deliver. Full Circle on the other hand is comfortably on Doctor Who's home ground of an isolated(-ish) group under threat from lumbering monsters. However the fairly by-the-numbers trappings conceal a story with no real villains, no real monsters and some clever world-building and well-constructed reveals. It is all particularly remarkable given the story was written by a 17-year-old.

More under the Cut )

Season 18 is Christopher H. Bidmead's only full season as script editor and it is well-known that he wanted to introduce hard science into Doctor Who. This is generally felt to be more obvious in stories like Logopolis and Castrovalva, though when we watched Logopolis as part of the Randomizer I was pretty underwhelmed by the science. I'd be reaching a long way to say that Full Circle marries hard science to Doctor Who, but it is a good example of Doctor Who that is scientifically literate (using scientific concepts rather than buzz-words and making them central to the story and its themes) without forgetting that it is, when all is said and done, an adventure series famous for its monsters.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 07:31

Water's not cold baby dip in your big toe
Maybe I'll see you in flagrante delicto
Grass below you, sky above
Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called fucking outside