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Monday, August 31st, 2015 18:36
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
Monday, August 31st, 2015 23:30
I've been sick at home since I got home from Prague (boo!) and I'm slowly going out of my mind with boredom + utterly unable to be productive. It's a great combination.

Anyway, as long as that's going on, I might as well tell you about a show I've mainlined and greatly enjoyed recently: Killjoys.

thoughts )


Anyway, I've already written a short ficlet for this show, about the first time Dutch decides to accept kindness from Johnny: Midnight Tea. I'm still taking prompts! Give me a pairing/character and a scenario/kink. (Best results if you give me backstory-related prompts, since that's the stuff that comes easiest.)

And there's also a Dutch fanvid by lithiumdoll (*____*) that you should watch if you're wondering whether to watch the show: Been Better.
Monday, August 31st, 2015 13:18
The Linux kernel keyring is effectively a mechanism to allow shoving blobs of data into the kernel and then setting access controls on them. It's convenient for a couple of reasons: the first is that these blobs are available to the kernel itself (so it can use them for things like NFSv4 authentication or module signing keys), and the second is that once they're locked down there's no way for even root to modify them.

But there's a corner case that can be somewhat confusing here, and it's one that I managed to crash into multiple times when I was implementing some code that works with this. Keys can be "possessed" by a process, and have permissions that are granted to the possessor orthogonally to any permissions granted to the user or group that owns the key. This is important because it allows for the creation of keyrings that are only visible to specific processes - if my userspace keyring manager is using the kernel keyring as a backing store for decrypted material, I don't want any arbitrary process running as me to be able to obtain those keys[1]. As described in keyrings(7), keyrings exist at the session, process and thread levels of granularity.

This is absolutely fine in the normal case, but gets confusing when you start using sudo. sudo by default doesn't create a new login session - when you're working with sudo, you're still working with key posession that's tied to the original user. This makes sense when you consider that you often want applications you run with sudo to have access to the keys that you own, but it becomes a pain when you're trying to work with keys that need to be accessible to a user no matter whether that user owns the login session or not.

I spent a while talking to David Howells about this and he explained the easiest way to handle this. If you do something like the following:
$ sudo keyctl add user testkey testdata @u
a new key will be created and added to UID 0's user keyring (indicated by @u). This is possible because the keyring defaults to 0x3f3f0000 permissions, giving both the possessor and the user read/write access to the keyring. But if you then try to do something like:
$ sudo keyctl setperm 678913344 0x3f3f0000
where 678913344 is the ID of the key we created in the previous command, you'll get permission denied. This is because the default permissions on a key are 0x3f010000, meaning that the possessor has permission to do anything to the key but the user only has permission to view its attributes. The cause of this confusion is that although we have permission to write to UID 0's keyring (because the permissions are 0x3f3f0000), we don't possess it - the only permissions we have for this key are the user ones, and the default state for user permissions on new keys only gives us permission to view the attributes, not change them.

But! There's a way around this. If we instead do:
$ sudo keyctl add user testkey testdata @s
then the key is added to the current session keyring (@s). Because the session keyring belongs to us, we possess any keys within it and so we have permission to modify the permissions further. We can then do:
$ sudo keyctl setperm 678913344 0x3f3f0000
and it works. Hurrah! Except that if we log in as root, we'll be part of another session and won't be able to see that key. Boo. So, after setting the permissions, we should:
$ sudo keyctl link 678913344 @u
which ties it to UID 0's user keyring. Someone who logs in as root will then be able to see the key, as will any processes running as root via sudo. But we probably also want to remove it from the unprivileged user's session keyring, because that's readable/writable by the unprivileged user - they'd be able to revoke the key from underneath us!
$ sudo keyctl unlink 678913344 @s
will achieve this, and now the key is configured appropriately - UID 0 can read, modify and delete the key, other users can't.

This is part of our ongoing work at CoreOS to make rkt more secure. Moving the signing keys into the kernel is the first step towards rkt no longer having to trust the local writable filesystem[2]. Once keys have been enrolled the keyring can be locked down - rkt will then refuse to run any images unless they're signed with one of these keys, and even root will be unable to alter them.

[1] (obviously it should also be impossible to ptrace() my userspace keyring manager)
[2] Part of our Secure Boot work has been the integration of dm-verity into CoreOS. Once deployed this will mean that the /usr partition is cryptographically verified by the kernel at runtime, making it impossible for anybody to modify it underneath the kernel. / remains writable in order to permit local configuration and to act as a data store, and right now rkt stores its trusted keys there.
Monday, August 31st, 2015 13:38
  1. CN: abortion; suicide. Read more... )
  2. We are all of us sinners, and as tempting as it is to believe that it's possible to devise a timeless set of rules that if followed precisely will keep us pure, unblemished, etc, unfortunately the world's a bit more complicated than that and you're going to have to think and you're going to have to make decisions and you're going to have to act according to your lights as best you know how having assimilated and contemplated information being fed you; following rules without heart does no-one any good, but just because no single set of rules that will work absolutely in all cases exists does not mean that you don't have to try, or that it's okay to not wash your hands. Compare and contrast: we're all *ist, there's no single absolute set of rules that applies in all situations, you've got to think critically about what you're doing and act as best you can work out, ...
Monday, August 31st, 2015 12:41
Anyone remember a meta entry about the Bruce/Natasha storyline in Avengers "Age of Ultron", making the argument that it totally felt like a forced fanfic OTP? One of the listed reasons was the trope of a different character telling them how cute they are together because the chemistry isn't convincing on its own, but that's basically all I still remember. I must have gotten it from somewhere around here, but I only went through the meta community for a few weeks before becoming too overwhelmed.
Monday, August 31st, 2015 08:30
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*Knocks on door* Do you have some free time to talk about our lord and savior Jean-luc Picard?

*lifts up one mug of earl gray and another of coffee* Only if you also wish to talk of our lady and savior Kathryn Janeway.

*crawls through your kitchen window with baseball gear* HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS OF THE EMISSARY OF THE PROPHETS, BENJAMIN SISKO

*falls out of the overhead storage bin* Have… *is followed by an avalanche of tribbles* mgmph *surfaces briefly* youheardofthe *is buried under another avalanche of tiny furry bodies* grand legacy of *where the fuck are these tribbles coming from* *crawls out from the bottom of the pile* the All-Father, James T. Kirk— *oh god no more tribbles SO MANY TRIBBLES* *is lost to the furry, purring mass*

*carefully docks the ship and then blows his way through the docking port* hi, i’m captain jonathan archer from planet earth. you never heard of humans before, but you will remember us now.

*unnecessary lens flare* why hello darlings you will be surprised and possibly disturbed to learn that there are many universes and i, James Tiberius Kirk, am just as sexy and impulsive in each and every one of them *unnecessary female partial nudity*
Monday, August 31st, 2015 07:43
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Monday, August 31st, 2015 06:58
via at August 31, 2015 at 01:45AM:








It’s like,









For gods sake, Ariel had a nude scene.



guys i think Jessica Rabbit wins 


I snorted so hard I was not expecting that
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 23:30
1. Even with the translation of doom going on, I still managed to get Gunjo done before the end of the month.

2. With Carla out of town, I get the bed to myself for three whole weeks! It's pretty nice.

3. Day off tomorrow! I have to go in for a couple hours, but I'm not going in until late morning/midday, so I still get to sleep in and not rush.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 22:33
I was clicking around on the Amtrak website and was reminded that the Pope is visiting Philadelphia next month. So I clicked through to the dedicated site for the visit and associated conference. So interesting! This list of patron saints for the conference (and this list of patron saints of the family in general) reminds me of other conferences' lists of keynote speakers.

I could (and will not) sign up to spend 30 or 60 minutes in adoration (silent prayer). The volunteering FAQ says you don't have to be a Catholic to volunteer (also, the Church will pay for your background check). They have training via online webinar, smartphone app, and a YouTube guide video.

I spent several minutes clicking around and reading their official prayer, their (sparse) info on accessibility, the suggestion that Philadelphians think of the Papal visit as like a snow weekend in terms of limitations on mobility.

Oh now I am reading the lesson plans for kids. Includes the note to the teacher: "Students may or may not be able to answer with depth. Try to lead them." I feel you.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 19:08
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Green apple + apple cider sorbets: summer-fall liminality. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Akira #Kodama
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 14:19

Sixth volume in the Laundry Files series. First one not featuring Bob as our primary viewpoint character. Also suitable for newcomers to the series, I suspect.

In this volume, we follow Mo (Dr. Dominique O'Brien) from a couple of days before the finale of The Rhesus Chart onwards (including getting to see the last scene of TRC from Mo's point of view, where it (not surprisingly) looks very different).

Not long after, certain events have Mo playing her decidedly non-standard violin on Trafalgar Square, under the watchful eyes of a TV crew broadcasting live, as well as a whole slew of cameras in private hands (who then proceeded to upload the footage to YouTube).

This, not entirely surprisingly, make for a hard time being a secret agent. But, not to worry! She gets kicked upwards and sideways, as the boss (and first staff) of a brand new agency, to deal with the up-and-coming super-villain problem!

On the whole, a most eminently readable book, with a competent, although somewhat close to stress collapse, female lead character. If you've liked previous instances, this might just work for you (although it is almost devoid of Bob, for reasons). If you've considered, but not read, previous volumes, I'd be delighted to know if my "this might work as a gateway volume" is correct or false.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 08:15
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JOSH: You’re listening to me, but you’re not understanding me.

TOBY: No, I’m disagreeing with you. That doesn’t mean I’m not listening to you, or understanding what you’re saying. I’m doing all three at the same time.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 09:43
[ note, the prerequisites list is essentially a projection forwards of the 2015 Hugo nomination criteria, small details MAY change ]

Pre-requisite: You must be a member of the 2015 (Sasquan), 2016 (MidAmericon II) or 2017 (WorldCon 75) Science Fiction World Conventions to nominate. You must be a member before end of January 2016 for this to count.

Actual process: Read works, see works, and/or note editors, fan-writers, zines... Pick up to five in each category that you think are the best (and deserving). Once nominations open, nominate them before the deadline. You do not need to be an "expert", but my recommendation is to nominate with your enjoyment and the quality of the work as your central guiding principle.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 07:34
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Lost in Space, Aaron Wood
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 00:09
Finally, the conclusion to chapter 15!

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

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

Chapter Summary: Just when things are starting to look up...

Chapter 15c
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 06:57
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I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, “wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?” So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

–Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, 3x13: “A Late Delivery From Avalon”

This reminds me that I wanted to steal Marcus Cole.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 23:21
Dear universe,

Yes, it is indeed possible in a heterosexual relationship for women to propose marriage to men*. The world does not explode, ships do not sink, pigs do not suddenly start flying. It is entirely possible for this to end in a "yes" from the man and a marriage.

I know this from experience.

(*and for no proposal from one person to take place and other configurations)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 15:18
Because we're headed into a federal election, and I'm already cranky about lefties and their infinite capacity for coming up with reasons why marking a ballot for the NDP is incompatible with their personal philosophy.

Also, I voted last week, because I'm going to be travelling in October.

1) Because whatever your other political activities and options are, there is absolutely nothing about voting which is going to interfere with them. Really. You can vote on the 19th, write letters on the 20th, march in the streets on the 21st, and organise a program to assist children living in poverty on the 22nd. Maybe take the 23rd off, in that case.

If you feel like casting a secret ballot for a party you think will do a somewhat better job than the Conservatives at looking after the vulnerable and assisting the struggling, so that more Canadians can lead decent lives of reasonable comfort and basic dignity, is going to eternally stain your soul, I invite you to consider that it is perhaps not the business of a person to save the shining purity of their own soul at the expense of others' lives. You can go after dark, if you're really concerned.

2) Because First-Past-The-Post and Parliamentary Democracy may be broken, but they are presently the systems on which we have conferred legitimacy. You don't have to like it, but this is the deal. As a private citizen, this is one of the most important ways you can affect how Canada is run, and it is not an endorsement of how either presently work. Really. Operating realistically and sensibly under the current deal does not constitute giving up your right to fight for a better one, and in fact will probably improve your odds:

3) Because voting actually does make a difference. Why do you think the Conservatives have enacted legislation to make it harder while kneecapping Elections Canada? If voting were pointless, the Conservatives would be tryng to get their opponents to do more of it, not less.

4) Because low turnout favours the right. "It has been well established that a low voter turnout will benefit the Conservatives. Duncan Cameron writes, "The 25/60 rule says when only 60 per cent of Canadian citizens go out to vote, 25 per cent of the voters can deliver a majority government." Elections Canada says there were 24.2 million eligible voters in the last federal election. The Harper Conservatives received their majority with just 5.8 million of those votes. But more than 8.8 million Canadians voted for other parties and 9.4 million Canadians did not vote. 5.8 million Conservative votes from 24.2 million eligible voters is 23.9 per cent. Cameron says, "The disengagement from the electoral process is the key to the success of the Conservatives in Canada and of right-wing politics elsewhere."

And the right knows it. They get their vote out religiously. Whatever you think you're doing, if you don't vote you're improving the Conservatives' position, and I do not think you want to do that.

5) Because voting for a candidate does not constitute a ringing endorsement of their party's entire platform, nor an agreement to support them or refrain from putting pressure on them. Come October 20, we are going to have a government. They are going to need their asses kicked. The question is not, is there a leader whose ass won't need any kicking. The question is, which party do you think you have the best chance of persuading of the rightness of your cause?

6) Because political parties respond to their base. If you make it painfully clear that nothing on earth will compel you to vote, nobody is going to chase your vote. If you consistently vote for the candidate who comes closest to reflecting your views, you send a message. If you actually talk to that candidate, or their representative, about said views, you send a larger one.

I am sorry to tell you this, but if you feel like the NDP is chasing the middle too much? They are doing so because the middle is avaiable to be caught. Making it clear that the left is even more available to be caught - because currently underrepresented - is your best possible move. Hell, you don't even have to vote NDP, though if you're in a heavily-contested riding I strongly urge you to. Vote Green. Vote Communist. Vote Liberal, if it's obviously a Liberal-Conservative race in your riding. But make it clear that your vote is out there, available to be gained.

Just vote. It's important. Just get on the bus, or on your bike, or power up your chair, or get in your car, and vote.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 20:03
Someone just told me the notification entry didn't show up the first time, so to be safe let me repeat: Book Exchange Fair at my place, sign-ups are open until Monday evening (ETA: that's September 7th) my time. Get free books, get rid of books you don't need anymore, be someone's book fairy! Then tell your DW friends, if you like.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 16:00
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Inspired by @smittenkitchen: peach-blueberry cobbler. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Loftus #DC
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 14:29
tada )

todo )
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 08:29
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MCU Obama WHCD: Epic Shade Edition 

“Tony Stark’s in the house with us tonight! [audience applauds]. And so are six of his robots, who hopefully won’t try to take over the world again and only clean the bathrooms as planned! Alright! Thank you Mr. Stark! No, really, no, we appreciate Tony Stark. Since Mr. Stark’s been around, we’ve only spent 4.3 trillion dollars on warfare instead of 4.4. That’s not counting the two billion we keep tucked away just in case he aggravates another terrorist organization.” 
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 07:44
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Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

If I don’t reblog this, assume I’m dead.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 06:59
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“you were named after two of the bravest women i knew, ripley furiosa”
- (via legendofthedudewhosavedzelda)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 03:55

Vienna Games!Sollux

If you thought I’d do make up for this but not Stevonnie…. well, you were wrong. Grey is work and I have a headache. But at least all the pieces have been put on my body together now. I sort of love these fake tapers from Claire’s - while I have many holes in my ears, none of them are stretched.

Friday, August 28th, 2015 23:30
Er, kab, said [personal profile] sgsabbage after my last post on the topic, do you actually like Frank Turner? I can't tell.

Well, something to that effect.


[personal profile] swaldman noted he'd liked I Still Believe (iirc) when it was performed at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, or something (I was actually completely oblivious to the fact the guy was performing at that point, but then I was kind of screamingly crazy and also in Edinburgh at the time), but hadn't particularly cared for the others or found them memorable.

And that, you see, is the crux of the matter, and it is this: Frank Turner has written one good song and a lot of variations on it, and he's also written a lot of intensely misogynist bro-y crap. (For my go-to example of the latter, look up the lyrics to Worse Things Happen At Sea, which has content notes for threats of stalking and domestic violence.)

The good song, to be clear, is I Still Believe, and all the songs that sound like it: the rock-anthem paeans to holding fierce & tight & viciously exulting to life (let's grab life by the throat/and then live it to pieces), with an endearingly misguided veneer of assertions that any of this shit is meaningfully punk rock. It's misogynist around the edges, because fundamentally there is absolutely no fucking way I would last longer than five minutes in a pub with this guy before I was yelling at him that the fucking reason he's stuck on I have to say that, honestly,/I still haven't found/the person who can take the strain/.../so I'll do this on my own is that he's straight and he doesn't think of women as people, and he doesn't want a partner he wants a Manic Pixie fucking Dream Girl, and perhaps if he could think of higher praise than Tre's the safest girl I know and if he could conceive of women having complex interiorities with motivations beyond being the addressee of but darling, if you're there, gentle voice and soothing hands,/to quiet my despair, to shore up all my plans he'd have more satisfying relationships--

-- all that aside, right, I Still Believe, and here's a run-down of its variants.
Read more... )

But seriously there are so many other people you could spend time and money on instead. The Indelicates, obviously, though they don't particularly do much of a line in grimly-clinging-on-to-positivity-rock-anthems (and the one they have written I can't share with you, sorry, but they're perfect anyway and you should listen to them); Freshlyground (start with Doo Be Doo and Air Hostess); Matt Fishel, particularly Testament (NSFW music video; it's ok to keep your head held high/and it's ok to doubt yourself sometimes/and it's ok to fall in love), and if you're into Orphan Black please watch this then tell me that Felix isn't into the guy; Muncie Girls (Feel It Soon); everything by ONSIND. Yeah.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 21:53
What I'm feeling towards here, I think, is something along the lines of willingness to assume good faith, and trust in minimally adequate competence.

To some extent that's a bare minimum for reconciliation, but I think that while it's necessary for said it's not sufficient; for reconciliation I'd need a more active than passive motivation, which is not the case for this definition I'm proposing. It's a slightly more formalised version of "you won't hurt me again" (as equal parts prediction and instruction; the saying makes it so), I think, in a way that lets me sit with and accept past hurt without requiring me to cross-reference all current patterns against it in a hypervigilant attempt to avert (perceived) disaster.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 17:56


I haven’t taken a lot of WIP photos of this outfit mostly because the pieces were so simple. This is a make-up-less test shot because… I’m lazy, haha. The only thing left is finishing up the gem - I’ll probably do a more in-depth post for how I made that. The clear pink one is the current final one, although I’m contemplating recasting it in less transparent resin (like the middle one in the second photo) so it’ll show up more on me.

Friday, August 28th, 2015 13:38
I wish to thank [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] staranise for invaluable listening and critique while I was writing this. It should never be assumed that their assistance means their agreement with my conclusions, nor that I speak for them in any fashion, nor that they necessarily agree or disagree with one another. All errors and idiocies stem from my very own personal inadequacies, and I look forward to having them addressed. Also I wish to apologise for asking them to do work on this and then sitting on it for ages. I appreciate the indulgence.

I am also, as always, grateful to [personal profile] fairestcat who fixes my coding and my spelling and my punctuation and whose perspective informs pretty much everything I do, particularly when it comes to fandom.

I also want to acknowledge the fans and the academics I have learned from who were not consciously with me as I wrote this. This thing we do is always a communal production, and I've been reading, writing, and talking about these things for many many years now, the last fifteen of them as an active member of fandom. If you recognise your uncredited thoughts or influences here, or those of another, please let me know, with links if you wish, and I will find a way to credit you.

Permission to link/quote: granted. Anon comments are screened on dw, off on lj. Journal rules as laid out in my profiles will be applied here. Anon will not be unscreened unless signed in some fashion allowing me and readers to tell anons apart. Initials and nicks and so forth are just fine and need not be the one you normally use, nor known to me.

So one of the things we do in fandom is talk about writing about rape.

no actual discussion of rape ensues, but much talk about survivors )
Friday, August 28th, 2015 01:45
1. The translation of doom is done! Well, overall it wasn't really too doomy. It was a travel brochure thingy about the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, so it was fairly interesting subject matter. Lots of beaches and volcanos and local traditions and stuff like that. When I got down to the last ten paragraphs tonight, I had a really happy discovery that half of them were copypastes from one of the other tabs! Otherwise I'd still be working on it... Anyway, I won't get paid for a month due to the way their billing works, but since it's extra money and not my main source of income it will just be a nice surprise when it finally comes.

2. I made instant curry tonight, using a can that had been taking up space in the cupboard for ages. It made two servings, so not only did I use up something in the cupboard, but now I have something all ready to take for lunch tomorrow.

3. I finished up the tea in the fridge and have no teabags to make more (and no more of the delicious nectarine syrup to flavor it anyway), but in the spirit of getting rid of stuff in the cupboards, I got out two bags of instant tea powder (lemon and apple) and will be using those when I want something other than water. That's also nice because I can just make a glass at a time and it won't be something big taking up space in the fridge like the jug of tea was.

4. It's been sooooo gross and hot yesterday and today. The only good thing is with Carla gone I can turn the fan on me and don't have to share it! But it looks like it's supposed to start going down tomorrow and be back in the low 70s next week. I hope so! I'm sick of hot muggy weather. D:
Friday, August 28th, 2015 08:24
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I am three ounces of whoops ass. 

I love this book! I actually picked up a copy of Guide to Troubled Birds last week. It’s so cute and a tad disturbing.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 07:37
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This is supposed to be motivating, but mostly it just… comes off as slightly threatening.

Just do it. Run. Because of what’s out there. Right beHIND YOU DID YOU NOT HEAR ME RUN
Friday, August 28th, 2015 06:48
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 18:58
The nice thing about not being pregnant is that after a long hot slog of a day--a good day, mind you, but a challenging one nonetheless--I can kick back with something cold and dizzy-making. Also my tolerance is zero these days, or less than zero. I am a cheap, cheap drunk. I don't want more than one, but one is really nice.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 01:15
1. I've dealt with two scary e-mails this evening.

2. DW work! Cackling with [personal profile] azurelunatic over spite-driven development, updating the list of babydev bait in [site community profile] dw_dev_training, staring in horror at the codebase a bit but then writing a fix that seems (after very cursory testing) to largely behave as intended (so I have submitted a PR so [staff profile] karzilla can tell me to nest conditions instead of replacing them). (The horror in question: the if-statement that determines whether notifications of new entries/comments/whatever provide http or https links? Currently lives in LJ::User::Styles. NOPE NOPE NOPE.)

3. Bimbling about my mother's garden this evening; I've got a box or so of blackberries to take back to London with me, my hands still smell of Liebstoeckel, and I got to eat ripe raspberries and figs straight off their respective plants.

4. Three games of Scrabble with my mother over the past few days! And it is sort of telling that they just went, unlike the last several months, which strongly suggests that this round of antidepressant is starting to work properly. (I normally score 350-400ish. Game the first: opened with three bingos, ended up scoring over five hundred slightly to my surprise. Game the second: I remain extremely pleased about GAZeTTED for 92 and WASH/Ski/Ham for 50ish, finishing comfortably over 400 and on a tie prior to sorting out deductions. Game the third: actually significantly more lacklustre scorewise, but I was still pleased at getting out with OO/bOa/rOte for 15.)

5. I picked up beads for the shawls on Tuesday, and have been cooing gently over them ever since. They are tactile and pleasing and I am making a scientific joke with them that I find far, far too amusing.

6. Cambridge-Oxford-Cambridge over 5 days is actually a really sensible way to spend time: it means middle brother and I aren't in the same building for more than 48 hours at a stretch, which means that we don't hit him actually starting to set me off badly but we do get a high incidence background neutral-to-positive interactions.

7. Lovely grounding restorative reassuring extended conversation with [personal profile] sebastienne this afternoon once I'd finally dragged myself out of bed. I have more of a sense of purpose and more of a sense of where I'm going.

8. That first tattoo makes me think that all of a sudden I know what I actually want Westminster Bridge to be, if I get it. An idea to sit with for sure, but seeing that photo felt like things clicking into place.

9. Pushing home up the hill from the bus stop, toward fiercely atmospheric sunset clouds, followed by turning toward a nearly full moon suspended in the pale blue sky.

10. Here is temporarily who I am.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 15:41
What are you currently reading?
Currently almost done with How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater by Marc Acito. This is one I've had on my shelf (and later ereader) for years and just never got around to. It was a slow starter, but once it got going it was really good. I've only got about a hundred ebook pages left (who knows how much that actually is, but it feels very close to the end) and it's all I can do to not just sit here and read the rest in one go, but I have to concentrate on my translating (deadline today!).

For people for whom its a selling point, both the main character and one of the supporting characters are bi. (I was expecting the main character to be gay, since the author is and it's about theater kids, so was kind of surprised.)

What did you recently finish reading?
I've been chugging along with this since whenever I last made a reading post, so I haven't finished anything.

What do you think you'll read next?
Not sure. There is a sequel, Attack of the Theater People, which I will want to read at some point, but probably not just yet. I downloaded all those Nancy Drew books the other day, so maybe one of those? Or possibly catch up on some comics, especially Lumberjanes, which I am a bunch of issues behind on. I had already been planning to catch up soon, but then I read this article (contains spoilers) and now I really, really want to get caught up. (And also maybe reread from the beginning.)
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 22:14
please tell me that blackberry gin made with maple sugar instead of cane sugar is as good as I think it would be
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 23:19
I wrote a few drafts of a post I meant to make before leaving but of course never got the time to post.

So - I am back from 5 days in Prague, with [personal profile] tanndell (and also [ profile] eatingclouds and [personal profile] schneefink).

I am UTTERLY EXHAUSTED (traveling at the tail end of the school summer holidays is a HORROR, I survived my flight home purely by staring at a screen fro 4 hours and having ear plugs when I couldn't stare at a screen) but I can honestly say this was the most perfect little vacation. The only tragedy of is it wasn't twice as long.

[personal profile] tanndell and I walked around what to me is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, drinking absinthe, eating bacon and steak and the highest quality dark chocolate (occasionally shaped like a penis). We watched a Bollywood film, cooked dinner with squid and prawns, saw beautiful castles, took a river cruise (to which we brought 2 bottles of our own wine), drank an uncountable number of cocktails at various locations. All in all, we never got up before 10am, we saw every single attraction we meant to see, made use of the mostly spectacular weather to walk around this wonderfully compact city... I truly do not know how we fit so much into so little time, but we did.

I think the sense of time management came mostly from the feeling of zero stress. Personally this was one of the most relaxed vacations I've ever been on.

And ugh it was just so good to see my friend again. And to meet new fangirls! And to talk hockey and porn and films and scifi and...

I need to sleep, because I am SO TIRED, but world, this was definitely a tiny slice of perfection.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 21:19
Previously unread.

This one I picked up due to the author guest-blogging on Charlie's blog and the writing seemed sufficiently solid that it was worth shelling out for a book or two.

I was initially somewhat confused by the book. It starts in a slow way, but quickly won me over (I started the book waiting for a plane at SeaTac, I finished it before taking my next plane out of Heathrow).

I am not entirely sure how to describe it without giving anything away, so... Well... I don't know what to do here. I don't even know exactly how to describe the book, but I think "historical fantasy" is as good as any. We see magic, shape-shifting and elfs. They're all integral to the story, but none are huge, even if they all conspire to drive the plot forwards.

Definitely a pleasant read, I shall make a mental note to buy the rest of the series in the not-too-distant future.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 21:09

Fifth volume of The Laundry Files, the first not intentionally mimicing the style of one UK thriller author or another. This book starts not long after the end of volume #4 (The Apocalypse Codex) and there are some strong hints that it takes place after Equoid.

Why is it that everyone in The Laundry knows that there is no such thing as vampires? Isn't that just a tiny little bit odd? I mean, there's plenty of folkloric stuff running around out there, so why not vampires?

But, no, its one of those things that everyone knows. Enter, from stage left (or perhaps right, if you look at a map of London) a splinter quant group from an investment bank arm of The Bank. Who may, just about, have run Computations Man Was Not Meant To Run.

This, of course, lands like a dog turd in Bob's lap, in the messiest way possible. With unforeseen consequences. Some instances of timing make things more complicated, in so many ways.

Form-wise, this feels like an odd Laundry book, since there's no external form to peg it to, but I guess that's OK, it is the first departure in a new direction for the series and it's full of nice nods to former and future works in the series. On the whole, I approve.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 13:12
I myself am sitting in the middle of a welter of paper, trying to figure out which paper I need to go to talk to some bureaucrats about getting money. But I can't be gone long, because I need to be back at 3 to talk to my academic advisor about my "probation plans" for the rest of the year. (I hadn't known I was going on academic probation...)

Have something happy: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 14:53
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Circle gets the square. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Watts #BlacKeysSupergrain
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 02:10
1. Carla arrived safely in Wisconsin.

2. I was worried that after staying up all night and taking her to the airport, I'd have trouble getting to sleep, but I was able to fall asleep right away and slept all morning.

3. I didn't get as much translating done today as I'd hoped, because I looked at the remaining page of blurbs and saw they were much shorter than the ones I'd been doing on the previous page and then spent the day mostly dicking around on the internet. *sigh* But I did get about a third of it done, and the last two-thirds will be easy enough to finish tomorrow. I just need to buckle down and do it. (And I can't put it off anymore because the deadline is tomorrow.)

4. One of my coworkers was talking the other day about how he's trying not to do any food shopping and just concentrate on eating what's in the fridge/freezer/cupboard, and I really need to do that myself, too, so I think these three weeks while Carla is gone will be a good opportunity to get some stuff cleared out! Today I cooked for both lunch and dinner, and both meals were made using stuff that had been in the cupboard for ages, so I feel good about that.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 08:32
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