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Sunday, April 20th, 2014 22:05


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 feat. Maar + HappyScans! + Kotonoha
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: Having thrown away all their money when they decided to turn themselves in, the two women now find themselves in an even worse situation after changing their minds and running away from the cops. It's a cold, rainy night and they can't seem to find so much as a bench with an overhang under which to rest.



Chapter 11
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 22:11
Perfume sniff notes! 9 BPAL scents: Rogue, The Rose, Dragon's Tears, Bastet, Tzadikim Nistarim, Sea of Glass, Djinn, Euphrosyne, Omen.

9 scent reviews )
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 19:39
I picked up a Panasonic BDT-230 a couple of months ago. Then I discovered that even though it appeared fairly straightforward to make it DVD region free (I have a large pile of PAL region 2 DVDs), the US models refuse to play back PAL content. We live in an era of software-defined functionality. While Panasonic could have designed a separate hardware SKU with a hard block on PAL output, that would seem like unnecessary expense. So, playing with the firmware seemed like a reasonable start.

Panasonic provide a nice download site for firmware updates, so I grabbed the most recent and set to work. Binwalk found a squashfs filesystem, which was a good sign. Less good was the block at the end of the firmware with "RSA" written around it in large letters. The simple approach of hacking the firmware, building a new image and flashing it to the device didn't appear likely to work.

Which left dealing with the installed software. The BDT-230 is based on a Mediatek chipset, and like most (all?) Mediatek systems runs a large binary called "bdpprog" that spawns about eleventy billion threads and does pretty much everything. Runnings strings over that showed, well, rather a lot, but most promisingly included a reference to "/mnt/sda1/vudu/vudu.sh". Other references to /mnt/sda1 made it pretty clear that it was the mount point for USB mass storage. There were a couple of other constraints that had to be satisfied, but soon attempting to run Vudu was actually setting a blank root password and launching telnetd.

/acfg/config_file_global.txt was the next stop. This is a set of tokens and values with useful looking names like "IDX_GB_PTT_COUNTRYCODE". I tried changing the values, but unfortunately made a poor guess - on next reboot, the player had reset itself to DVD region 5, Blu Ray region C and was talking to me in Russian. More inconveniently, the Vudu icon had vanished and I couldn't launch a shell any more.

But where there's one obvious mechanism for running arbitrary code, there's probably another. /usr/local/bin/browser.sh contained the wonderful line:
export LD_PRELOAD=/mnt/sda1/bbb/libSegFault.so
, so then it was just a matter of building a library that hooked open() and launched inetd and dropping that into the right place, and then opening the browser.

This time I set the country code correctly, rebooted and now I can actually watch Monkey Dust again. Hurrah! But, at the same time, concerning. This software has been written without any concern for security, and it listens on the network by default. If it took me this little time to find two entirely independent ways to run arbitrary code on the device, it doesn't seem like a stretch to believe that there are probably other vulnerabilities that can be exploited with less need for physical access.

The depressing part of this is that there's no reason to believe that Panasonic are especially bad here - especially since a large number of vendors are shipping much the same Mediatek code, and so probably have similar (if not identical) issues. The future is made up of network-connected appliances that are using your electricity to mine somebody else's Dogecoin. Our nightmarish dystopia may be stranger than expected.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 23:24
Previously unread.

This book seems to hover in the narrow crack between the noir detective, the police procedural and the milSF.

We have roughly two primary viewpoint characters (there is a third we see only briefly as one), one is a disillusioned cop, with a drinking problem and a slide downwards. The other is the XO of a water ship plying its trade in the Belt, finding ice asteroids to mine ice from.

Then things start going strange and weird, in a distinctly odd way. Not helped by our XO's habit of releasing anything that could possibly be interpreted as incriminating on the open airwaves.

On the whole, I enjoyed it, even if both of the main characters make me go "argh, spend another 10-20 seconds thinking, damnit!"
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 22:18
These greens are even tastier than they look. Garlic+chili oil #ftw.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 20:45
Ducked out in their Easter and Marathon finery.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 17:34
Interestingly, this is one of the relatively few things my father got right in bringing us up - for values of "right" that do not include "actually expressing it well or compassionately", in that he tended to phrase it not as "intent isn't magic" but "intent doesn't matter".

I think this plays into some of what I've been working through. To use the treading-on-toes example, how badly something affects me has two components: the direct physical effect ("someone trod on my toe") and my emotional response ("and I'd repeatedly told this specific person that it's currently broken, and trusted them to be careful of that" has very different impact to "and they're a stranger on the tube").

Intent can't fix the direct damage (it isn't magic), but can be taken into account in modulating the emotional response of the person suffering it (intent can matter). However, whether it matters and how much it matters is entirely up to the person damaged: it does not automatically absolve the person who caused the damage.

It's about agency and respect and all that good stuff.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 09:33

I had a cup of coffee today. First one since Ash Wednesday and strangely enough, there was an Easter Miracle. My half&half hadn't gone bad. I was very grateful, because I'd been jonesing for a cup for weeks now and you know what?

It's not as good as I remember.

A lot of things are like that. You give them up, hoping to make room for something else in your life and when you can get back to them? Not as awesome as you remember.

(Of course, some of the coffee problem could be that there were little floating bits of half&half in the coffee, but that's ruining my metaphor.)

I made room for something else this Lent and I'm not sure if I want to edge it over for something else that I'd left behind.

Resurrexit vere! Воистину воскрес!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 09:07

I got my list tree shield done! Not that I expect Brent to fight for me any time soon, but it's also lovely to hang outside my Soulpad. Pictures under here! )

Vert, an owl displayed argent and in chief three bezants. Groza Novgorodskaia is in the Middle-Ages equivalent of the hizzouze. How is hizzouse spelled, anyway? Did I really use used hizzouse? Someone take away the keyboard, please.

And again, another picture. one of these days I'll figure out how to do markdown properly with heights and widths. One day, Gadget! )

Now nobody can deny that I am here. Now to put my badge on EVERYTHING I OWN. Like my heraldry books, which I've already put my badge on. YES I DID. I put in a lozenge because it fit better than in a square. And I like lozenges and for some reason I think it looks better and I'm a girl, so isn't supposed to be in a lozenge anyway or is that wrong?

Here, have an image. see? Lozenge. And printing. )

AND MY BOOKS MY BELOVED BOOKS. I love books. Books are for Winners!
BOOKS FOR THE WINNERS OF ALL. We're in a library! Books are all the weapons you could ever need! )

One of these days I'll have more, but I've got to save money right now.

(Also, how the hell do you put pictures up with imgur and markdown?! I've edited this damn thing SIX TIMES NOW. HTML TO THE RESCUE.)

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 11:43
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1gYMtCj at April 20, 2014 at 04:30AM
Tragedies
snarp:

nickdangerprivatethirdeye:

snarp:

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"Hella Moon" is not enough letters for a troll name.

I have lost all will to make up twelve Chinese zodiac trolls, the rabbit has to be Hella Moon or life is not worth living.

You can add an h to the end of Hella. 

Hella* Moon, wherein asterisk indicates a footnote as to just how much moon.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 07:46
I'm fishing for cats!

Read more... )
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 23:42
1. There's a new limited edition flavor of Haagen Dazs bars: pomegranate dark chocolate. They're sooooo good. *_*

2. Day off tomorrow! I worked last Sunday and then Wednesday spent way too much time getting my mom's computer set up, so I feel like I haven't really had a full day off to just relax and enjoy in a while!

3. Thanks for all the sympathy on the post about my bike. I appreciate it. ♥
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 22:12
(9:57:20 PM) [personal profile] staranise: I've been reading a psychiatry textbook, which is apparently my soothing place
(9:57:38 PM) [personal profile] staranise: and reflecting on how *sensible* some personality disorders sound
(9:58:08 PM) [personal profile] recessional: that miiiight be a sign you're under a bit too much stress, doll.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 19:12
My bike was stolen today. :( I came out from work tonight and it was just gone. I always lock it to the cart return right in front of the front door of the store, so someone was pretty bold to take it from there. :-/

I'm not sure what I should do now... I really loved that bike! Part of me wants to go down to Performance and see if they have another one just like it in stock and buy that, but what if it gets stolen again? This was always my worry with buying a nice bike. With a crap bike, it sucks if it gets stolen, but it's not such a huge blow. Maybe I should just get a cheap bike off Amazon like I was originally planning. :(

In the meantime, I do still have my old bike, but having just ridden it for a few days again last week while my new bike had a flat (that pisses me off even more! I just paid to have the flat tire repaired and then it was stolen!), it really made me realise even more how nice it is to have a good bike. It was terrible going back to having almost no brakes and all the other problems of the old bike.

One thing I know, whether I get a nice bike or a cheap bike, I'm going to see if I can keep it inside at work during the day rather than lock it outside. There were a couple of other bike-riding guys who used to work there who put their bikes in the back storage area. I didn't want to because it's pretty crowded back there and I didn't want my bike to be in the way, but I'm going to have to insist.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 01:53
Dreamwidth's APIs are poorly documented (people basically have to work off docs for old versions of LJ's APIs). They're also missing key features, like comment handling for more than backups.

I've been told there have been "some internal conversations about deprecating the XML-RPC API -- keeping it for backwards compatability, but moving to a much more modern second-gen API", but that nobody has had both the time and the inclination to work on designing such a thing.

Well, this is me, volunteering. To that end, I'm looking for input on what exactly such a new API needs to provide, and whether there's a preferred underlying technology to build on (exempli gratia, stick with XML-RPC? Change to SOAP? Use JSON? RESTful or not? et cetera). What I'm getting at here is that I'm entirely happy to take point, as it were, and to make decisions (especially where there's little or no consensus and someone has to make the call), draw up specs, write docs, and so forth, but the result is highly unlikely to be a really useful API unless I get input from more sources than my own experience and looks at the code.

At this stage, therefore, I want everything you, the reader, have to say on the subject. Use cases especially.

Go.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 16:25
Short Term 12 goes up on my movie list next to Oranges and Sunshine for amazing depictions of the helping professions and trauma.

Short Term 12 itself is a theoretically short-term placement facility for foster children, and the movie centres around the house's lead worker Grace and her boyfriend Mason, who also works at the house. Their work forms the backbone of their charges' days, since they create the safety and stability that give these kids a platform to launch from. God is in the details: Doing morning wake-up rounds, telling kids not to cuss, listening to children's poems and stories, enforcing time-out, and making birthday cupcakes.

The movie is pretty unique in another facet of intergenerational trauma it explores. That's when survivors of shitty childhoods turn around and throw themselves into the work of making things better for the children of today and tomorrow. Grace and Mason are so fiercely willing to go to the mat for these kids because they've been there. And at the same time: their work in all its difficulties has the potential to bring them healing. Being so steeped in a home that is about love and understanding and one's own personal willingness to step up to the plate and put pain into words is beneficial not only for the children, but also their caretakers.

It's also, you know, emotionally shredding.

*


Sidenote: I tried the kid who hates reading out on a comic book version of a Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode he's already seen, went to the kitchen to make tea, and came back to find him back at page 1, trying to read it aloud. \o/

So of course I've spent all my time since then worrying that I'll come back to work next week and find that his parents are pissed that I was encouraging his fixations on immoral/violent cartoon characters, and sitting around instead of being physically active, and therefore being forbidden to do that anymore. Let's hope not. *fingers crossed*
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 21:54
Today's Lexington excitement: fire alarm @ridestudiocafe! Right as I pull up, of course.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 17:41
This week's kitten pics in better quality than my crappy cameraphone include a video of Ginny and I playing "toss the kibble under the door" to distract her from the fact Gabe gets fed whenever he wants and Ginny does not need more than a little snack :P
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 17:30
Ginny spent much of the afternoon napping in the sun, which is convenient, as it's the only time she's sufficiently still for photographs:

her white hairs are longer than her black hairs )

the most interesting cat in the world )

she has spots inside her mouth, too! )

we locked her out of the office so we could feed Gabe. we are cruel & heartless. )

Actually, that was only mildly mean. This video is cruel & heartless:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeUOIB0O7IE
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Saturday, April 19th, 2014 13:27
Simplifying Django -- has a very clever set up as an example
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 15:22
I start my new job in 2 weeks! The NCC one. I have heard nothing from MNR (kinda to be expected) and while I have a few cryptic emails about "making it to the next stage of assessment" from CWS, those will hopeful fruit in September. [That is a pipe dream, but one I will happily smoke. :)]

It's amusing though, I still am cold-shy even though the temperatures gone up a good 20C! XD Lord and Lady knows it'll be too hot soon enough.

Some small progress on The Thesis. Trying to keep momentum. I feel like once I am working I will actually be much better about schooling. Right now trying to get myself back to a "get up and does things everyday at a reasonable time" place.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 13:25
Sparrows on the windowsill.
Read more... )
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 13:45
Yesterday was immensely frustrating - the machine behaved beautifully Thursday, I was all set to get data yesterday, and then there was a two-second power cut at 1am and it's spent the subsequent 24 hours sulking and is finally finally finally giving me numbers that look as though they'll be usable - culminating in forgetting to take my bedmeds last night, which means I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms. (They tend to start 12-18 hours after a missed dose, and involve going weird and light-headed and fuzzy. They're trivial to get rid of - take another tablet - but unfortunately there are reasons I take my psych meds at night, viz, they do a pretty good job of knocking me out; and I'm not sure which of "crashing out" and "brain zaps" is worse given the work I want to get done. So I am playing it by ear a bit, and if I decide it's necessary I'll split tonight's tablet, take half of it now, and catch up this evening.)

In any case, this means I'm going to be babysitting the mass spec today, if all continues well. What this means in practice is that I'm going to have very brief bursts of activity interspersed with a lot of sitting around by myself in a cellar, ergo it's time for: any questions answered.
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 03:02
The call to lunch is not quite like the call to adventure, as it usually doesn't bring with it risks of gangrene and decapitation. I have also not yet refused the call to lunch.

At some point I will work out a better custody arrangement for my lunchtimes, as it were. Perhaps even something with a schedule. While I am not by any means required to eat lunch with my team, it is good for bonding and morale to do so on occasion.

The move is forcing some organization, so while I keep feeling like I did nothing, in fact there was a lot, and paper getting recycled, and there's my spare set of highlighters and that notebook, and I'm building procedures and things are making sense again. My Overlady has plots for improving things, and I am happy to get behind that, or in front of it, or in whatever direction I would be most useful.

It was an off week for the company togetherness, so there was unofficial togetherness. Read more... )
Friday, April 18th, 2014 23:07
1. Since I've been waking up earlier on a pretty consistent basis, I decided to experiment with a 9-5.30 schedule at work. It's nice to get off earlier (though right now getting off at 5.30 means the sun in my eyes is really bad on the ride home!), though I may change back to 10-6.30 if I start feeling like I'm having to wake up too early.

2. I did not receive any panicked emails from my mom today, so I'm assuming that means everything is going smoothly with the new computer. (I was a bit worried.)

3. Irene has been watching old Simpsons episodes, which made me want to watch old Simpsons episodes, so I've been watching season six. So many great episodes! So many classic lines that have become part of my vocabulary! Hard to believe these episodes are nearly twenty years old. O_o I have coworkers younger than season six of The Simpsons...
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 00:59
I follow Everest climbing season on and off -- my ex's father and sister are mountain climbers, and that got me into following mountaineering, especially the 8000-meter big ones. Today, news broke of an ice fall in the Khumba Icefall, on the South Col route -- historically one of the most deadly spots. Initial reports are saying anywhere between 12 and 16 dead, all Sherpas, with over a hundred people stranded above the Icefall (where they were trekking gear to Camp 1 or Camp 2), and unconfirmed reports that the ladder in the Icefall has been damaged or destroyed.

If the ladder is gone and can't be repaired, that pretty much drops the bottom out of this year's window -- maybe 10% (or less) of people who are trying to summit Everest these days have the technical skill and high-altitude mountain climbing experience to handle that area of the climb without the help. It's going to be an ugly season.

I can hold forth for a while on the state of Everest these days. I have a lot of opinions for somebody who would never dream of getting anywhere near it myself. Long story short: Everest climbing has turned into a perfect storm of the Western world marketing "climbing Everest" as one of those 'hardcore life-altering experiences', a number of unqualified people setting themselves up as guides to cash in on that marketing, a 'free market' for guiding where there's no regulation or objective standard of quality guiding so clueless hardcore-sports-tourists have no means by which to evaluate the capabilities of the expedition leaders to handle shit if shit gets ugly, a tendency to try to compete on price because aforementioned clueless mountaineering-tourists balk at paying what the non-shady expedition leaders charge, and over it all, the driving motivations (and associated ethical complications) of the Nepalese government depending on that Western money for support, thus creating incentives for them to maximize the number of people who buy permits every year. There's a lot of additional factors, but all of those combine to create a perfect storm of completely unqualified climbers being led by completely inadequate expedition leaders who rely on the Sherpas and don't give them anywhere near enough credit -- or pay -- which leads to resentment that's been bubbling for a while, to the point where last year there was a confrontation that nearly turned deadly. Everest is full of people who are trying to commit suicide in the messiest way possible and take a lot of people with them, and the honest and capable expedition leaders not only have to clean up the mess on the mountain but also deal with the market forces and the fallout later.

The fact is, though, that nobody would climb Sagarmatha (which is what the Sherpas call the mountain, although that's a recent coinage; before they used the Tibetan name, Chomolungma) without Sherpa aid and Sherpa knowledge. The Sherpas set the ropes up the entire mountain ahead of any other climbers, carry supplies up the mountain from camp to camp before any climbers start behind them, serve as porters for climbers throughout the process of climbing, and pack out all the trash (and I do mean all the trash, including human waste) behind. They're the first ones in at the beginning of the season and the last ones out at the end. Every person who's summitted the mountain in modern times has done so relying on the work of a Sherpa, and -- although this is changing somewhat (but not fast enough for a lot of the Sherpas) -- often without giving any credit to the Sherpas that make it possible.

So I'm saddened to hear that a dozen (or more) Sherpas died yesterday on the mountain (because the moutain will kill you as easily as not; it will not notice, it will not care), but I'm even more sad that they were there on that mountain because of alpine adventure tourism and Western demand. I've been pleased to see several news articles about the icefall include and acknowledge some of the ethical quandaries and the stark realities of Everest tourism. I wish this could help make meaningful change in how the commodified "climb Mt Everest" industry runs these days, and helps to get some of those unqualified people being duped by unethical expedition leaders off the mountain until they're at least a little more qualified, but I doubt it will.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 22:33
  1. Good socializing day! I was out on the back porch painting wood finish on the handrails when one roommate made an awkward attempt at Friending ("I'm in my room for health reasons, but feel free to stop by if you need anything") and after considering whether or not to start the next project then, I put down my brush and went and asked her if she wanted any cookies and what she thought about my home improvement idea. So we talked, and she offered me some of the pizza she had coming, and mentioned she felt like using the main room's TV to watch a feel-good movie. Which turned out to be The Avengers so she and I watched that and our other two roommates joined us. It was a good evening.

    So, you know. I now have the kind of roommates that happens with.

  2. I still love the MCU like burning and all, but I've hit a point of overload with fandom where a lot of other peoples' fannishness hits me in a bad place and throws me off my game. I can talk with friends about our ideas, but coming across strangers going "Here is my theory!" or "Will none of you get this worldbuilding detail right?" hits me like nails on a chalkboard. So I am being a special delicate flower and staying away from basically all meta and quite a good deal of fic. If anyone else therefore would like to do Pointing of People at The Stuff for [community profile] i_knew_him it would fill a void, since I don't think I can do my link roundups anymore.

  3. Sometimes I remember that Flashpoint is gone and never, ever coming back, and I get sad all over again.

  4. It is god-fucking-damned NHL playoff season. I hate Canadian hockey culture, and NHL RPF fandom squicks me, so I'm working on limiting my sources of media input. Augh.

  5. I have a cold. It annoys the hell out of me.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 21:23
for those not on the [community profile] art community, latest post: http://art.dreamwidth.org/58317.html
Friday, April 18th, 2014 18:01
So I'll be in Madison long enough this year that I might have time to take a run. Suggestions for a place near the Concourse or public transit accessible? Ideally this would be an asphalt running path where I don't have to worry about cars.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 20:29
So, The Bletchley Circle.

I'm so overwhelmed with feelings for this show, I feel like if I wait to review it when I'm calmer it'll never happen. And I need everyone ever to watch this show yesterday, so. The thing is, I've seen it mentioned a bunch of times here and there and yet it never seemed like something I might want to watch. I don't really care about the 1950s as a period (Mad Men has apparently exhausted my ability to care - just seeing the costumes bores me now), and crime mystery shows aren't particularly exciting to me, even if they do have an all female cast.

So, let me rec this to you as it should have been recced to me.

Four women: a mathematician, a linguist, a manager and a girl with a photographic memory get together to solve crimes.

OR

A mother, a waitress, a librarian and a housewife meet ten years after serving together at a top secret military base and decide to stop a serial killer.

OR

Bored with the life of a middle class housewife, an ex-codebreaker gathers together 3 friends and they attempt to outwit the police, the military, and a murderer who's killed a dozen women.

OR

The show that deals with women in the 50s having jobs, ambitions, skills, careers, successes, friendship and superpowers.


And now, because again, we really should get it out of the way, let me babble about why this show, aside from being excellent in general, was so deeply, deeply personal for me, and how this is literally the story I never, ever expected to see told in a piece of media.

personal stuff )

actual discussion of the show, no spoilers )
Friday, April 18th, 2014 13:37
So, I've mentioned a few times that Noah (cat #3) is sort of a complete failure as a cat. We're pretty sure he was abandoned by his mother early, or that she was killed before he was brought in to the shelter -- he lacks many of the basic cat instincts. (Like knowing how to drink out of a bowl of water: he dips his paws and licks them instead of lapping up the water.)

One of the things he's not very good at is litterbox management. )
Friday, April 18th, 2014 13:39
[The Accompanist]

Early nights and early mornings lend themselves to me
with a wry kindness about their eyebrows
tactfully not asking
what it is I'll have to sacrifice
to keep up with the interest.

I spend them
in cellars and in futile arguments
on crises of the flesh and of the faith
(not that either I or they discriminate)--

-- and in exchange, the reasons that I do:
quiet contemplation, data fresh from the machine--
moments spent in sitting with the sunlight and the trains--
and most of all because the child I was, made brave
by learning that the wide wild world had space
even for them (even for them!),
prefers to pay gifts forward than to try to make amends.

The music that we play in company's the richer
for the daring of the sharing of our lives.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 10:58
Do you like Night Vale? Do you like inexplicable creepy shit in small-town southern US?

Go read Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves.

Seriously, I cannot understand why the first I heard of this was it rocking up as part of the Humble Ebook Bundle just gone.

It is smalltown Texas. The Mayor is creepy and wrong. There are hidden doors, and keys made out of bone, and a very high body count.

Your protagonist, Hanna, is sixteen. She describes herself as biracial, bicultural, and manic-depressive. She is bilingual in Finnish and English. Her mum's an island girl.

The boy she ends up hanging out with is Latino. He is also bilingual, in Spanish and English.

Together, they fight crime inexplicable creepy shit, and meanwhile the Bechdel test gets passed every few pages.

Meanwhile, it's a book about abuse and parents and families and critique of the medical-industrial complex from the perspective of my personal is political and teenagers negotiating (complicated, not always happy) sex lives and trust and duty and survivors' guilt.

It has content notes for mental illness, self-harm, suicide, public executions, abusive parents, discussion of child sexual abuse, rape and torture (off-screen), involuntary commitment to inpatient psychiatric care (off-screen), and drug use. It's probably also worth flagging up that a slur used for newcomers to the town is "transy": it's short for "transient" (and this is made explicit) but I still flinched at it.

And in spite of all that I read it in one sitting and want more now. I am this close to e-mailing the publisher and suggesting they get Cecil Baldwin to read an audiobook version, because that is the best way I can think of to get it a much wider audience which it deserves.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 09:21
[personal profile] minim_calibre had a terrible idea:

Or, why the hell did I decide to put on Acqua di Gio (pour femme)?

HELP, I SMELL LIKE 1995.

WHICH, APPROPRIATELY, WAS A YEAR OF POOR LIFE CHOICES.

I can't even review it. It's... a fruity floral with notes of Weezer.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 00:51
I have handed off Indexing to Purple, as I think this will be a great introduction to Seanan for him. He's already been introduced to Mira's writing.

For some reason, Purple said "Hello Mudder hello Fadder" at lunch, followed by "I love that song." I brightened, and informed him that one of my very favorite literary formats was the non-reassuring letter home. He was briefly baffled, so I started composing: "Dear Mama: Don't worry, we're all mostly safe now, and the doctor says that the worst of the injuries will be healed up in a couple weeks." He brightened in his turn, and we spent a while trying to yes-and each other's allusions to horrible events past and arguably ongoing. "I like the way your brain works." "Likewise." We beamed at each other.

Did I say that my team now knows where we're going? We know where we're going. (Mostly.) Shenanigans. Also, blood. )
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 23:02
1. Short day at work today, yay!

2. So I went over to my mom's house expecting it to be fairly quick to get everything set up the rest of the way and ended up staying for about three and a half hours. >_&;lt; But I did finally get everything taken care of and her new computer is up and working and also she gave me $200 so that was nice.

3. Speaking of money, I checked my bank account and the federal tax refund is already in there and the state one is pending. Yay, money!

4. I stopped at Pollo Loco on the way to my mom's and got a couple burritos, but was only hungry enough for one, so now I have a burrito to take for lunch tomorrow. :)
Friday, April 18th, 2014 01:44
Yes, that does say "Stage this hunk?" #github #babydev
Friday, April 18th, 2014 00:50
for JJ, because how couldn't it be?

It's not the watching
of any one particular sunset
that's the thing:

it's finding time to breathe the steam that rises from your mug
to feel the warm seep into your cupped hands
to scribble in the margins of your day:

if every one's an island, then so what?
an island isn't ever watertight.

we're leaky vessels. so
drink your fill of sunlight--
and then go about your life.
Friday, April 18th, 2014 00:22
I'm going to be dropping my citalopram to my summer dosage a week on Monday, so the 28th of April.

If you spot me going a bit wrong and I don't seem to have noticed, I'd massively appreciate you pointing it out, but t'isn't any of your jobs; and I'll be self-monitoring with PHQ-9 all else aside.

(ps thank you to everyone going "what the fuck" about my GP; I think I'd got into learned-helplessness mode about the entire situation. I have Done Some Preliminary Investigation into potential replacements.)
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 18:48
I see your cake fell.

Might I suggest
Trying an extra egg and more baking soda?

You are so cranky after work.

Might I suggest
Explaining to your boss that you don't appreciate her attitude?

You were complaining about weeds.

Might I suggest
A garden service?
Let me hire one for you.
Here's a number.
Did you ring them back?
They're coming over Thursday.

Oh, a new dishwasher!

Might I suggest
Loading it sideways?

Your hems are ragged.

Might I suggest
You go shopping for new trousers?

You're out of milk.

Might I suggest
Going grocery shopping?
I can drive you.
Let me drive you.
Why did you buy milk without me?
Here, have some more milk.

This second carton of milk doesn't fit in your fridge.

Might I suggest
It's time to replace your fridge with a truck?

Your doctor works far away from your house.

Might I suggest
You go to a mechanic instead?

You posted a poem on the Internet.

Might I suggest
Calling the paper
Calling a publisher
Calling your senator
Calling the dogcatcher
Calling the Pulitzer Committee
I'm sure they will pay you for it.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 09:13
My boss is leaving to go work somewhere else. It's a mite disturbing to know that come Monday, he won't be here and we'll have to figure out how to train a new boss. There's a going-away party for him today.

I had a physics exam yesterday. I think I did okay on it. I knew what was being asked of me, I knew how to set up the problem and I knew how to get the answer. If I did get them wrong, I suspect it's because of the algebra. We've never gotten along. Calculus? That I get. Algebra is not my friend.

I've been enjoying [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Ouroborous series on the AO3. Right now we're in an alternate universe of the canon universe where one little twist didn't happen and the universe spun completely differently. It's really quite good. (Of course, I'm still looking forward to more Dust (Narnia fiction), but I'm patient.)

I have two months and twenty days until the concert in Birmingham! ...Which reminds me, I need to make sure I have all the paper work for that. Tickets and maps and all that jazz. I have to print the tickets - at least I know they're in my email and didn't hit my spam folder! I've had a couple of important documents hit my spam folder instead lately and it's been annoying the stew out of me.

I may have tomorrow off. If I do, I'm sewing. I think. Brent may have other plans. I might be able to convince him that it's a bad idea to fish tomorrow. Because it's supposed to rain and storm, I don't think he'd have fun.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 09:35
Everyone is home this weekend for a change, so we are all sitting down for a roast "like a family". It's my job to acquire the chicken. I was told to go out early before butcher ran out; I knew this wouldn't go well because I didn't sleep til 1am having taken Ritalin at 8pm.

But I didn't realise how little my brain would function.

Me: "I'm looking for a chicken."
Butcher: "What kind?"
Me: "…a dead one?"
Butcher: *falls apart laughing* "Medium or large?"

I need coffee.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 23:40
1. I took my bike up to the repair shop this morning and got the tire fixed. Turned out to be a thorn! Grr. Stupid nature.

2. I took my mom computer shopping today and got her new computer mostly set up. I need to go back again tomorrow, though, because one program was going to take an hour to download and I just didn't want to sit around that long waiting. :p I've never even used Windows 8 myself before and I'm still not sure what I think of it. If it were my own computer, I'd have more time to play around with it and try to customise it and get it how I wanted, but for her I'm just trying to get as much of the junk out of the way so she can use the few programs she uses (basically just Firefox and WordPerfect).

3. Since I have to go over to my mom's tomorrow after work, I think I'll make tomorrow my short day. (Since I went in for three hours on Sunday, I need to take three hours off somewhere else. I could take an hour here and there from several days, but it is nice to only work five hours!)

4. My mom gave me an easter basket with See's candy. :D

5. There is a baby goat edition of 2048.

6. I feel like I got a lot done today! The bike, the computer, plus vacuuming and some manga stuff.