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Saturday, March 28th, 2015 22:54
dwarf fortress is very engaging.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 09:45
I was invited to go hang out for finger foods and drinks at a (now former) co-worker's home, who is moving back to France in a few weeks.

So John took the opportunity to go hang out at his best friend's place, which is at the other end of the large complex we're also moving into (but we're moving into a fully renovated unit) and, since he doesn't drive, I drove him there. Because I didn't want to spend more than necessary, I decided to just park there, and take the train from there into work, so I did a trial run of walking to and from that train station.

It's a really boring stretch of road lined with small and medium apartment buildings and attached townhouses. But the walk is only about 10 minutes, if that, and the attached parking is still free (because there had been rumours there would be a fee to park there), so if worse comes to worst and the conditions aren't all that great (like really heavy rain that an umbrella won't be enough for or something) I can always drive there, as it's maybe a two minute drive, or take the bus, if the times match up.

I can't wait to move!

We're currently starting to look for furniture, because most of the furniture we have is old and/or second hand and needs to be replaced (save the kitchen table, but we might want a new one anyway, and our bed, which is new). The couch is over 20 years old and is uncomfortable to sit on, and that's just the start of it. We're thinking Ikea mainly because a lot of their stuff is compact, perfect for apartment living, and our place is not going to be bigger than here, just the divisions are more convenient. It also comes with five appliances (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher - yes, you read that right, washer and dryer), so we're really excited, even though that means we need to sell my stove and my mini-washer, we're keeping my fridge as a drinks fridge, which'll go into the second bedroom until we have a kid, then we'll see.

We were also planning on getting a new cage for Charlie-bird, because hers is relatively narrow and she's a big cockatiel with a wide wingspan, but we'll see how the money holds up to buying all we need for the new place.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 10:58
 Once upon a time, I moved across the world with a big ol' suitcase, and a guitar bag packed full of clothing, and that was more or less enough.  

Since then I've built up /things/ again. And now I'm looking at moving again (I'll talk about it soon), and I'm assessing all this /stuff/ and wondering what approach makes sense. Accept that I'll have to rent a truck from now on? Or winnow it down to the barest of essentials and part with things that I just LIKE having? 

Kijiji is amazing, and most of my furniture has been free-from-the-curb. So replacing the big things is no-big-thang. Although the bed, the bed is a question mark. My bed is in Windsor, in pieces, in the garage, and transporting it to me is always more expensive than just temporarily replacing it. (OOOH, although, apparently what I want if I do have to temporarily replace it again is called a shikibuton. MENTAL NOTE TO FUTURE SELF.)

The rest of the stuff is half in plastic bins or milk crates already, because having everything in it's container is easier than sorting it out. But should I ditch down to 1 thing for each purpose, with no backups? Ditch the clothes that don't fit right*, and the books I still haven't read? 

*This is difficult - I change shape a lot, and I'm just tired of donating and re-buying clothing every time the seasons change. 

I love the idea of less, of having fewer and fewer boxes weighing me to a continent, but then I look at my craft supplies, and bones, and books, and thing-and-that which is actually pretty useful or fun, and it's complicated. :P
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Sunday, March 29th, 2015 09:56
Yet again, I am both injured and pressed for time, so no time to post anything of substance.

I have, however been watching The 100, because I'm very weak for scifi shows, no matter how shitty, and this show is apparently right on the edge where on the one hand I roll my eyes through most of each episode (don't care about the parents' plot, don't care about the romantic plots, ESPECIALLY don't care about the love triangles, don't care about basically every white dude character, don't care for the standard issue CW racism) but on the other there's enough interesting stuff in there to make me keep watching (all the women! the mother-daughter relationships! the sometimes interesting/bold choices that are more "Lord of the Flies" than "Lost"! Bellamy!)

So, I'm in a weird place with this show because I think it's mostly blah and I'm only watching for very specific parts, and that probably means I'm going to be way out of step with the fandom? IDK I'm mostly having Avatar: The Last Airbender flashbacks where my enjoyment of that show stemmed from ENTIRELY DIFFERENT elements than the enjoyment of most of fandom, and it was not fun, and in large part it's because, I think, both shows are in a "genre" I'm not usually into and the tropes and conventions of which don't really work for me - children's/young adult entertainment. (I love stories about children and about teenagers, but I enjoy them with different tropes and conventions than what I usually see in media intended for children and teenagers.)

spoilers up to 1x09 )
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 14:18
This was the favourite of my specials back in 2009. I've downgraded my opinion on this rewatch. I still liked it a lot, but it is difficult to ignore the fact that the central dilemma is an artefact of having a TV show based on time travel, as opposed to anything real and also that a lot of the story's impact is owed to the direction in a couple of key scenes as opposed to the script itself, and that elsewhere the direction is a bit flabby.

More Under the Cut )

I still like this story. I like the way it fits into what seems to be Davies vision for these specials and I like the way it handles a lot of the criticisms of the tenth Doctor by taking them to their extremes and exploring the consequences. However seems to have been constructed primarily to make a point and, as a result, both the central dilemma and characters feel more in service to the plot than is usual in a Davies story.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 08:04
via http://ift.tt/1xp2ls4 at March 29, 2015 at 03:00AM:
“Until I started taking my antidepressants, though, I didn’t actually know that I was depressed. I thought the dark staticky corners were part of who I was. It was the same way I felt before I put on my first pair of glasses at age 14 and suddenly realized that trees weren’t green blobs but intricate filigrees of thousands of individual leaves; I hadn’t known, before, that I couldn’t see the leaves, because I didn’t realize that seeing leaves was a possibility at all. And it wasn’t until I started using tools to counterbalance my depression that I even realized there was depression there to need counterbalancing. I had no idea that not everyone felt the gravitational pull of nothingness, the ongoing, slow-as-molasses feeling of melting down into a lump of clay. I had no way of knowing that what I thought were just my ingrained bad habits — not being able to deposit checks on time, not replying to totally pleasant emails for long enough that friendships were ruined, having silent meltdowns over getting dressed in the morning, even not going to the bathroom despite really, really, really having to pee — weren’t actually my habits at all. They were the habits of depression, which whoa, holy shit, it turns out I had a raging case of.”
- Not Everyone Feels This Way — The Archipelago — Medium (via brutereason)
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 07:01
via http://ift.tt/1D51mhA at March 29, 2015 at 02:00AM:
supersmashthestatebros:

okay, I lied. I don’t have my license to kill, but I do have my learner’s permit. as soon as my mom gets here, you’re toast.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 03:03






Proof that I haven’t forgotten AB is next weekend! Spent some time yesterday touching up my Maryam wigs and making my adult-Maryam horns taller and a little thicker, because I wasn’t happy with them at Katsu.

And Kanaya’s skirt is nearly done, it just needs a waistband. Also, I never fully conceptualize how tall I am until I actually put my dressform to my actual height and then it’s like ‘wow uh that was more unexpected than it should be’

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 19:40
Moomin is singing along to Janelle Monae songs and all is peaceful. <3
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 19:21
I had like 3 nice days and now am weirdly ill again. Bah!!!!!

Reflux or something. allergies. i slept most of today. I keep just falling asleep. Can't walk around without coughing painfully. eating hurts. why! I hate this. It was nice out... at least I fell asleep in the sun a lot. its like i suddenly have painful bronchitis from ... stomach acid? not for the first time. Am taking Dexilant (which i've been on daily for like, a year) and drinking carafate to help with the pain. it barely helps.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 20:07
After a year of paying as much as I can, I decided to just give it the ole heave-ho and pay off my computer completely. It's one less bill I'll be facing every month. I'm left with 7 monthly debts (some large, some small) plus my actual bills, but I'll be fine. (Or I'm going to keep repeating that mantra.)

But yay me! Yay for digging myself out of debt! Slowly!
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 21:39
This is the first story for a while that I've re-evaluated on a second watch. At the time I classed it as fun but pointless and more or less instantly forgot about it. This time I was struck by a few things, particularly the continuity back to the UNIT of Turn Left and also how terribly unsuitable Lady Christina would have been as a companion; mostly she served just to egg the Doctor on and, in the next special, we get to see where that kind of thing leads.

More Under the Cut )

In retrospect, and knowing the shape of the story Davies was telling through these specials, Planet of the Dead seems a lot less throwaway. At the same time it manages to be genuinely entertaining, and a little bit different from a lot of Doctor Who. It has risen a great deal in my estimation.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 21:38
post-tags: instagram, crosspost The @AmherstCollege Glee Club, 2014-15.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 09:53
via http://ift.tt/1CY4oEs at March 28, 2015 at 03:00AM:Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up:

eponis:

Are you hydrated?  If not, have a glass of water.

Have you eaten in the past three hours?  If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs.  Perhaps some nuts or hummus?

Have you showered in the past day?  If not, take a shower right now.

If daytime: are you dressed?  If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas.  Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.

If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep?  Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes — no electronic screens allowed.  If you’re still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.

Have you stretched your legs in the past day?  If not, do so right now.  If you don’t have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please.  If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.

Have you said something nice to someone in the past day?  Do so, whether online or in person.  Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.

Have you moved your body to music in the past day?  If not, do so — jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.

Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days?  If not, do so.  Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets.  Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you’re not imposing on them.

Do you feel ineffective?  Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip.  Good job!

Do you feel unattractive?  Take a goddamn selfie.  Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you’ll fight society’s restrictions on what beauty can look like.

Do you feel paralyzed by indecision?  Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day.  If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable.  Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.

Have you seen a therapist in the past few days?  If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.

Have you been over-exerting yourself lately — physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually?  That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.

Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in generic prescription brand?  That may be screwing with your head.  Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.

Have you waited a week?  Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause.  It happens.  Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.

You’ve made it this far, and you will make it through.  You are stronger than you think.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 03:35
Oh frabjous day, my netbook is back from the repair shop. Getting it back was pleasant too--I woke up from my afternoon nap to a delivery notice, which I picked up around 5:30pm, and the shop closed at 6; I was able to rummage up a piece of paper with my address on it, get my boots on, and head down the street by 5:45 to pick it up. I love living in a walkable area. ^_^

AND, despite the many many warnings throughout the process that Asus was NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIRD-PARTY DATA and so on and so forth, my computer's data was very clearly backed up, the OS reinstalled, and the data restored (but not my programs and many of my settings). That was nice of them, and now I have a renewed commitment to wrangling cloud storage on my machine's slightly unusual setup.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 08:51
So, I read a lot of blogs by US-Americans. And sometimes the subject of maternity and parental leave comes up and everyone is in awe at the German system if that gets mentioned.

I am not going to say that Germans are, in comparison to many other countries, extremely lucky in this regard. However, I don't think people realize that there's also a cost to this, and I don't mean higher taxes.

A summary of the German situation: German mothers get 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after the due date off at full pay, which is partly paid for by health insurance and the rest by the employer. In the three years following that, German parents can either have one parent take 12 months of parental leave or split 14 months between them, provided that each partner takes 2 months or more. This time is paid at 65% of the former income or 1800€ a month, whatever is lower, out of social security. After that, parents can take unpaid leave without losing their job for the rest of the kid's first three years. The goal seems to be to also further both parent's involvement in raising the child.

Sounds good? Well, let's see what happens in practice, among heterosexual couples having a biological child:

1) only one quarter of fathers take any kind of paid leave; almost all mothers do
2) only two percent of fathers take off more than the two months required to get 14 months in total
3) even less than that take advantage of the unpaid time off, while over a quarter of mothers do
4) while I don't have stats on this, almost all of these two months of parental leave are taken at the same time as the other parent takes it, so there's no staying home alone with the kid involved - where I am, this time is often openly called a "holiday", a time when the man can take care of things that need to be taken care of around the house while the woman continues watching after the child most of the day. Or the time is used for actual vacations.
5) there is practically no child care for children under 12 months in age. If both parents want to work before the 14 months of 8 weeks maternal leave + 12 months parental leave are up, the women are usually called "Rabenmutter" a term for mothers who basically abandon their children
6) same goes for any mother that goes back to work full-time after having a child. It is socially expected that the man works full time while the woman cuts down to 20 to 30 hours after parental leave
7) staying at home after the child is 2 or 3 is seen as mooching, though

So while we have more options here, what's socially acceptable for mothers is a very narrow range: have child, take maternal and 12 months of parental leave, maybe some months of unpaid leave, then work part time until the child is at least 6 years old. Anything else, you are either a cruel parent or a drain on society. This is, of course, then used to explain why it's okay to pay women less: they will of course leave work for over a year at one point and only return to work part time.

Oh, and if the father takes more time off or starts working part time or anything, the mother is an evil, demanding feminazi and the father is a push-over.

Fun.
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Saturday, March 28th, 2015 01:10
1. I finished most of the translating I meant to get done tonight.

2. Three days of sleeping in coming up! That's good because I've gradually slipped into a later and later schedule, which I don't like but can't seem to get out of. :( I used to wake up before my alarm on the days I had to go in in the morning, but now I'm almost always sleeping until the last minute (which means I don't have time to eat breakfast before going to work, either). I'm hoping to get back to going to bed earlier, but in the meantime, at least I have a few days of no alarm coming up. :p

3. Speaking of work, I'm going to be getting a significant raise! It won't go into effect until May 1st, but that's not so far away!
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 07:46
via http://ift.tt/19rD98X at March 28, 2015 at 02:00AM:

Vincent van Gogh + Clouds
Friday, March 27th, 2015 21:10
Spoilers galore for Home, the True Meaning of Smekday adaptation

tl;dr: it was a fun Dreamworks movie which had a protagonist and a premise very loosely based on a book we love.

The different )

The missing )

The bad )

The good )
Saturday, March 28th, 2015 03:35
via http://ift.tt/1a1kZvY at March 27, 2015 at 08:43PM:Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up:

eponis:

Are you hydrated?  If not, have a glass of water.

Have you eaten in the past three hours?  If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs.  Perhaps some nuts or hummus?

Have you showered in the past day?  If not, take a shower right now.

If daytime: are you dressed?  If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas.  Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.

If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep?  Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes — no electronic screens allowed.  If you’re still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.

Have you stretched your legs in the past day?  If not, do so right now.  If you don’t have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please.  If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.

Have you said something nice to someone in the past day?  Do so, whether online or in person.  Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.

Have you moved your body to music in the past day?  If not, do so — jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.

Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days?  If not, do so.  Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets.  Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you’re not imposing on them.

Do you feel ineffective?  Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip.  Good job!

Do you feel unattractive?  Take a goddamn selfie.  Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you’ll fight society’s restrictions on what beauty can look like.

Do you feel paralyzed by indecision?  Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day.  If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable.  Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.

Have you seen a therapist in the past few days?  If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.

Have you been over-exerting yourself lately — physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually?  That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.

Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in generic prescription brand?  That may be screwing with your head.  Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.

Have you waited a week?  Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause.  It happens.  Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.

You’ve made it this far, and you will make it through.  You are stronger than you think.
Friday, March 27th, 2015 22:30
... I really hate the German media right now. Deeply.

So much speculation, so much intrusion into people's private life. It's sickening.
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Friday, March 27th, 2015 20:51
I probably shouldn't be complaining about my reading list being so quiet when I'm not updating myself, eh?

So, update...

After a 3 month break, I have fallen down the rabbit hole that playing Ingress is again. It gets me out of the house and moving, so that's nice.

Speaking of moving, the previous renters were even bigger jerks than I previously mentioned and so everything is going to be even more stressful - we had hoped we could start painting the walls this weekend, but that'll have to wait until next Friday...

And with all the packing and stress, the cats have started freaking out. They got into a really bad fight on Sunday and now Newton is scared of Marie and stays in the attic except for feeding time and it's all rather sad :-( I hope they get along again really soon.
Friday, March 27th, 2015 13:02
My father is 5′7″ and my mother is 5′11″. And she loves wearing heels that make her 6′, 6′1″, 6′2″, 6′3″.  She’s got size 10 feets, but damn if she doesn’t find the swanky, swanky heels. 

She towers like an empress, and she has always delighted in being the tallest in the room. She’s always laughed when smaller men are uncomfortable with her size, because “make them uncomfortable” she’ll say. My father isn’t uncomfortable, obviously, and they’ll go dancing with her head held high above his, why should he care? They’re in love and she can reach the highest shelf.

My mother is a queen, and she walks like one. 



Friday, March 27th, 2015 09:19

WisCon Concom & SF3

The subcommittee convened to review Rose Lemberg’s report of harassment by F.J. Bergmann has finished its work and issued a report of its findings and recommendations to the Concom. The Concom has voted to approve the subcommittee’s work and agreed to facilitate the recommendations. Once the Concom had concluded its vote, the subcommittee’s report and recommendations were sent to both Rose Lemberg and F.J. Bergmann for review and comment.

To start, we, the Concom and SF3, extend our sincerest apologies – first and foremost to Rose Lemberg, who has endured much due to our bureaucratic lapses. We also apologize to both F.J. Bergmann and, especially, the WisCon community that collectively as an organization we have taken so long to bring this matter to a conclusion.

Subcommittee findings and recommendations

The subcommittee considers F.J. Bergmann’s poem “Meet and Marry a Gorgeous Russian Queen” to be both anti-immigrant and potentially sexist. Given the timing of the poem’s genesis and publication, however, the subcommittee was unable to characterize this particular incident – the reading of the poem during the “Moment of Change” open mic at WisCon 36 – as harassment. The subcommittee’s research has documented that the poem was written long before the conflicts between Bergmann and Lemberg began.

However, although the subcommittee could not characterize this incident as harassment, they did find that Bergmann has a pattern of caustic behavior toward anyone she disagrees with – including Rose Lemberg. This has led to a series of recommendations, which the Concom has approved and will carry out.

Rose Lemberg’s primary request has been that F.J. Bergmann leave her alone and not attend any of her events, should Lemberg attend WisCon in the future. The subcommittee recommends that this request be honored and facilitated by SF3, and SF3 and the Concom fully agree. The subcommittee has conferred with the Concom to determine the specifics of how this will work at WisCon, and relayed those specifics to both parties. Furthermore, the subcommittee recommended, citing Bergmann’s above-mentioned pattern of caustic behavior, that should F.J. Bergmann volunteer at WisCon in the future her volunteer duties will be limited to non-public-facing positions. The Concom has approved this recommendation and will facilitate it by coordinating among all volunteer departments.

Related posts

Subcommittee

WisCon Anti-Abuse

Mirrored from WisCon, WisCon, do you read?.

Friday, March 27th, 2015 09:07
For some reason I thought Kristen Schaal was around 41-43 years old (and looking young for her age)... turns out she's only 6 months older than me (she's already 37 but I'm going to be in August).

Sorry Kristen! I can't gauge people's ages well, because I look like I'm basically late 20s. :/ Forgive me, gurl, I love you!
Friday, March 27th, 2015 08:40
not much going on these next two work days, and there's only so much to read/do here to keep me out of trouble. so.

internets, I need your help. looking for links to longfic. ao3 preferred so I can get the whole thing at once and conserve mobile data, but not required. if it's well written and I can keep track of the characters involved, I will read anything, regardless of if I know the canon.

easy, right? :)
Friday, March 27th, 2015 01:32
1. I slept in until like 11.30 this morning!

2. We went karaoke with Alexander this afternoon, which we haven't done in a long time. It was a lot of fun! And I'm hopefully going karaoke again with my former coworker next week, so yay karaoke.

3. I actually got a fair amount of translating done today and should be able to finish up the last few pages of this month's Yasha, Gunjo, and Himegoto chapters tomorrow, which will hopefully mean I can get them all posted by the end of the month (thank goodness for fast typesetters!).

4. It was hot today, but at least it's cooled down quite a bit tonight.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 17:31
I had forgotten this but my mom reminded me. During our trip to the Dude Ranch over 10 years ago (Moomin was maybe 3 or 4?) There was a scene where a little girl younger than Moomin had accidentally locked herself into the bathroom, sort of an outhouse dealy in between the different cabins. The little kid was screaming, and people were all crowded around freaking out and trying to tell her what to do, and suggesting different things like calling the fire department and I walked up to this scene, took out my leatherman which I was wearing on my belt, and unscrewed the hinges off the door without really consulting anyone. As I recall I muttered something in the way of informing them what was going to happen. Problem solved. My mom says it was pretty hilarious. I think now I find it more amusing than I did then. Like then I would have just felt momentarily smug at getting to use my leatherman, like, perfect opportunity. Now I see a little more how odd or maybe alien that must have looked to everyone else and it must have made them feel slightly silly. I probably didn't do the human interaction part correctly at all or defer in the proper gendered way to whatever Dudes were taking charge of what was to be done. Not making any big deal out of that just doing it swiftly before anyone could object. So, I am now extra smug. Maybe I was then too and have just forgotten it. It is nice that my mom liked it and considered it characteristic but it also felt a little like she considered it characteristic of my being able to shoot lasers out of my eyeballs unexpectedly when I was a baby.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 17:20
I haven't been posting to my main blog here, but I've been cooking up a storm and talking about it all over on [community profile] faultlessrecipes.

Conversation I just had with D:
screen cap of text convo where I tell d I'm making grass fed burgers and steak next week and she fakes horror at the thought
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 13:28
post-tags: instagram, crosspost I missed #everydayonabike this bitterest winter. Still cold and rainy but hope for #30daysofbiking.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 04:53
1. I ended up working thirteen hours today, but supposedly if you go over twelve hours overtime is paid at double not time and a half, so I'm looking forward to that!

2. I managed to get all my ordering done tonight so I don't have to go in tomorrow! Since I didn't get off until 3am and was hungry and needed time to unwind before going to bed, I'm not even getting in bed until five here, and who knows if I'll fall asleep right away (though I am very tired). I'm so glad I don't have to try and make it in today (and especially glad I don't have to be in at nine as I originally was going to have to do).
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 00:14
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Weekend patriotism. #wheredoivotema #allpoliticsislocal
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 16:38
One project I've worked on at Nebula is a Python module for remote configuration of server hardware. You can find it here, but there's a few caveats:
  1. It's not hugely well tested on a wide range of hardware
  2. The interface is not yet guaranteed to be stable
  3. You'll also need this module if you want to deal with IBM (well, Lenovo now) servers
  4. The IBM support is based on reverse engineering rather than documentation, so who really knows how good it is

There's documentation in the README, and I'm sorry for the API being kind of awful (it suffers rather heavily from me writing Python while knowing basically no Python). Still, it ought to work. I'm interested in hearing from anybody with problems, anybody who's interested in getting it on Pypi and anybody who's willing to add support for new HP systems.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 18:20
post-tags: instagram, crosspost "What's fastest?" "Everything, it only takes 3 minutes." #evenatlunchrush #needmyricebowl
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 08:21
Hey, as of this morning, I got four hits and already two kudos.

Well... okay then!

Egon's face on my icon was pretty much my face when I saw that. XD Except my glasses weren't on my face, yet.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 19:41
Hey all, I wouldn't mind some inspiration to take more non-portrait photographs. So! Who wants to join a photo print circle? As in, take some photos, share prints by posting them to other people.

Basics

If you sign up as a photographer+recipient: You will take up to five photographs and send prints to other people. You will get up to about five (but perhaps lower, due either low sign-ups or because some people may be recipient-only) photographic prints in the mail taken by other participants in the circle.

If you sign up as a recipient only: You will get up to two photographic prints in the mail taken by participants in the circle.

Rules for photographers

  • You should post each of your assigned recipients a print of a distinct shot, newly taken for this circle.

  • Rating: general audiences. Beyond that, you have free choice of size, camera, printer, subject, composition…

  • You retain all rights to the photographs you take and may sell them, publish them elsewhere, release them Creative Commons, etc. The recipient gets a print, not any rights assignments or embargoes.

  • Subject consent: if you take a portrait or small group shot, please explain to the subject(s) what the portrait will be used for and get their consent.

All that said, warning: I won't be tracking fulfilment. If your assigned photographers default, I will not arrange replacements. (If signups are small, as they probably will be, most likely at a minimum you'll all get a picture from me.)

Dates

  • Signups close Monday March 30.

  • Assignments go out Thursday April 2.

  • Your photographs should all be in the mail by Thursday April 30 (or if I'm posting them, to me for printing by Monday April 27).

Impostor syndrome?

Honestly, this is about having fun posting things and getting things in the mail. (I'm not even sure anyone will even sign up!)

All levels of photography skill and experience welcome! The requirement is: take a photo per recipient. Print it. Post it. No fancy camera required: use your phone or your point and shoot! No fancy printing required: print them at your local place or run them off on your own printer.

International signups?

Yes please. Photographers: please expect that you may be assigned recipients anywhere in the world and expect postage costs accordingly. (Keep reading if you can't afford postage.)

Privacy as a recipient?

Your assigned photographers will be given your DW account name, if you have one, and your website link or Twitter handle if you give one.

There are two options for postage: either your name and postal address as supplied in your sign up will be passed on to your assigned photographers; or only I will know your name and postal address, and you agree to let me print and post your photographer's shots to you as 6"×4" prints from a mainstream commercial photo printing service. (In the unlikely event I get too many people asking for this, I'll update here to remove the offer.)

Privacy as a photographer?

Your recipients will know whatever you choose to put on/in the envelope, or ask me to put on/in it.

Can't afford printing or postage as a photographer?

Indicate this in your signup comment and I'll arrange for your printing and postage from your digital files. (In the unlikely event I get too many people asking for this, I'll update here to remove the offer.)

Want to send directly from a printing site?

What needs to happen is that your recipient needs to get a print of your photo in their mailbox. How that happens is up to you: if you want to use a service/app that will print the photos and send them directly to recipients (eg Touchnote, Cards in the Post, Postagram), that's fine! Check for international postage availability on your chosen tool.

If you want to print yourself or print locally and send it through your post office, that's just as fine.

Don't have a Dreamwidth account?

You can sign up, comment as Anonymous.

Sign up

If you are a photographer+recipient, copy this into comments and fill it out:

I'd like to play!

I will (remove the line that doesn't apply)
* post photographs to my recipients myself if their address is shared with me
* send digital photographs to puzzlement to print and post to my recipients

My name and postal address is: [doesn't have to be real name, but something that will reach you if you share an address with others]

I want my name and address (remove the line that doesn't apply):
* given to my assigned photographers so that they can send me photographs directly
* kept private by puzzlement, who will print and post photos to me on behalf of my photographers

My email address is (will always be private to puzzlement, used for assignments and a small number of deadline reminders):

[optional] My website link/Twitter handle (to be given to my photographers) is:


If you are a recipient, copy this into comments and fill it out:

I'd like to receive prints!

My name and postal address is: [doesn't have to be real name, but something that will reach you if you share an address with others]

I want my name and address (remove the line that doesn't apply):
* given to my assigned photographers so that they can send me photographs directly
* kept private by puzzlement, who will print and post photos to me on behalf of my photographers

My email address is (will always be private to puzzlement, used for assignments and a small number of deadline reminders):

[optional] My website link/Twitter handle (to be given to my photographers) is:


Comments are screened.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 02:02
I had a Diet Coke with dinner and that was unwise because now the caffeine is kicking in to keep me from sleeping. :( I hate how caffeine makes me sleepy right away, but then wakes me up six hours later.

This means I'm beginning my birthday with insomnia. I love my birthdays, although it's awkward when saying so makes people feel like they should have given me a present. I don't need presents--I don't know quite what it is about this day, but my birthday just always makes me feel happy and special all on its own.

I am 90% certain that I'm 28 now, but I'm getting old enough that they all kind of blur together and I've always been sketchy on the math.

I keep getting tiny hints that my depression is lightening. Like, today I wanted to walk to the grocery store for food, so I did, and today I wanted to babble at people about the stories in my head, enough that I actually did to a couple. It's never signs that things are better, but maybe the promise that they might be in the future? Infuriatingly slow. Oh, and the other day I saw a friend online and was like, "I want to talk to them! So I will!"

It's little glimmers of volition, of wanting to do things again. Beyond a very gentle discipline I've decided not to push myself too hard into doing a lot of things I don't feel like right now, and I question that decision aaaalll the time. Especially when I read writing advice like "You must push yourself to write EVERY DAY even when you don't feel like it OR YOU WILL NEVER SUCCEED AS A WRITER." That advice? Does not motivate me. It makes me want to sit down in the middle of the road and say, "Okay, I'm doomed to failure. Cool."

But I'd like to one day write fiction again.

OH! MANY BLESSINGS ON THE HOUSES OF [personal profile] james AND [personal profile] siderea, AT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS I SEALED MY IPHONE IN A BAG OF RICE OVERNIGHT AND IT WORKED AGAIN! THANK YOU GUYS. <3
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 00:26
1. I might not have to go in to work on Thursday. I got a lot done today and it looks like I might have time to do my ordering tomorrow while in the midst of the inventorying, and if that happens, there's no reason to go in on Thursday. (Originally I was going to have to go in so there was a manager there in the morning, but my manager is going to be there after all.)

2. Tomorrow is usually the day when I have to be at work by 6.30am but because of inventory I don't have to go in until the afternoon, so I can sleep in! (Trade-off is I'm going to be there until like 2am, but whatever.)

3. Heidi is one year old today! She's such a big grownup kitty! If you didn't see it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, here is a picture I took of her and me yesterday. :D

As it happens, her birthday is exactly five months before we adopted her, so that means we've had her for seven months! The time has flown so quickly, but it also feels like she's been with us much longer.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 08:59
I keep writing long posts that require a lot of time-in-front-of-a-computer, time that I sadly simply do not have currently. So instead I'd like to unload one specific bit of excellent:

After many a decade of the Soviet films based on Dumas' musketeer books not being available online with decent English subtitles - the day has arrived! They are on youtube, for free, with good subtitles!

The Three Musketeers, episode 1
The Three Musketeers, episode 2
The Three Musketeers, episode 3

This is AMAZING! I rec these for ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE whether you know anything about Dumas or not! Aside from being a childhood staple of generations of Russian speaking children, these movies are (1) incredibly faithful to the books (certainly more than any English adaptation) and (2) are musicals! With 70s hairstyles and catchy tunes and dance numbers! If you feel like having a good time - these are for you!

Personally, these musicals are responsible for the fact that at SIX YEARS OLD my classmates and I were already playing at musketeers (the girls were the musketeers, the boys the cardinal's men, we dueled with rulers during recess).

Additionally!

An English speaker on tumblr has written an amazing, hilarious, wonderful review of these movies! So if you'd like a preview, or the opinion of someone ~unbiased~, here you go! Or you can save reading the review until you've watched the movies, so the jokes make more sense.

A quote from the review:

We cut to another of my favourite Musketeer tropes: Treville chewing out the Musketeers for rampant bad behaviour. It’s Aramis (Igor Starygin) and Porthos (Valentin Smirnitskiy), both gorgeously cast to type – Aramis even looks like a slightly prettier version of Richard Chamberlain. Treville (Lev Durov) complains about how Aramis might as well be wearing a cassock as a uniform, and that Porthos is too fancypants with his gold baldric.

This may well be the most accurate rendition of the actual book that I have seen on screen thus far. None of this artistic license business. It’s like the Russians poured the book directly on to the screen, only pausing to add musical themes because if Dumas could have added song and dance numbers to his book, he damn well would have.


There really are no words for how excited I am about this. GO WATCH THIS!
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 00:06
post-tags: instagram, crosspost The husband ponders his sushirito. (Hamachi ssamjang temaki.)
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 18:02



And poppies. And carnations (which are an heirloom varietal, and thus actually have a lovely spicy scent).
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 12:11
It is the best thing when people make related works! Thank you so much to tinypinkmouse_podfic who made a podfic of True Faith.

True Faith [Podfic] by tinypinkmouse_podfic
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Buffy Summers/Faith Lehane, Buffy Summers/Tru Davies
Characters: Buffy Summers, Tru Davies, Harrison Davies, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Podfic, Audio Format: MP3, Audio Format: Streaming, Podfic Length: 2-2.5 Hours
Summary: Tru meets a vacationing slayer.

If you are a podfic afficionado, definitely check it out. :D!
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 15:30
is that it is full of people who think like I do and love like I do and manage interactions like I do and have relationships with ethics like mine; and this reflection doesn't require that I be more human but it does make me feel more okay, more real, less toxic. And that's why I've read getting on for 300k words of MCU fic despite not having any familiarity at all with canon, and it's why I'm working on reading everything she's ever written and why I'll keep reading all the things she writes. Because: these people? They have no ladder and they have no rope; they can't see where the sun is rising; they can offer no hope; but they see me and I'm not alone.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 00:10
1. We had super delicious roast beef sandwiches for lunch.

2. I went to bed lateish last night and I actually managed to sleep in this morning. I think I woke up around 10.30! (Not thrilled about staying up late as I'd really rather not get in the habit, since it's throws me off on the days I do have to be at work early, but at least this time I slept in.)

3. I got hooked on this hidden object game called Midnight Castle. It's a time suck, but it's pretty fun!