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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 18:02
Ohhh my god I love my pharmacy.

The first time I got my prescriptions filled I was chatting with the pharmacist and joked that the problem with ADHD is that if I miss a dose, I lose my attention span and forget to refill my pill counter/precription and therefore keep missing doses, so I regularly miss one dose a week plus two or three doses a month.

So they packaged all my pills up into weekly blister packs for me! So my pills and vitamins are just all done up together, no counting out for me. I get four every month.

And I’m coming up on the end of my month’s supply and remembered to call them thanks to a monumental effort of will that took about two days, and they were like, “Oh yeah! We already faxed your doctor to renew the scripts and ordered in your dosage, so were gonna put the blister packs together tonight and call you to say they’re ready tonight or tomorrow. It doesn’t say you were going to have them delivered, did you want that or will you pick them up?”

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 22:45
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Left work sick midday, but our snowpack is now below waist level! #30daysofbiking #everydayonabike
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 17:51
Title: In the pale dublight
Music: "Intro movie", Syun Nakano, CC-BY
Source: Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Category: gen
Content notes: alcohol, one character striking another
Summary: Sisko's turning.
Download or stream: at Critical Commons

Today, I made my first fanvid, a 30-second Sisko study called "In the pale dublight".

Thanks to Critical Commons for hosting transformative works! Thanks to the open source software community and especially the makers of VLC, Handbrake, and kdenlive for the software. Thanks to synecdochic, Skud, and the wiscon_vidparty vidding workshop for guidance, and thanks to Syun Nakano for the CC-BY music.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 21:10
It was very interesting watching NLSS Child watch this. Like seeing a succession of buttons being pressed.

More Under the Cut )

NLSS Child reports that she likes the 11th Doctor, we'll see if that continues.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 10:29
I got married. It's been a lovely five years. And no, this is not an
April Fool's joke. I did get married on 1 April 2010 (because that's the
only day there was a judge in either Forrest or Lamar county!)
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 16:40
Today is the first day of renting the new house. Unfortunately, the way the
weather is looking, Easter will not involve lounging around in the garden.

Read more... )
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 13:10
Book list )

Glorp. 16 works, looks like (although a fair few were short stories
packaged as individual epub files). Linear extrapolation to year's end
says 140. This sounds like a vaguely plausible number, to me.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 08:08
via at April 01, 2015 at 03:00AM:
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 00:23
1. I didn't get all the manga posted that I wanted to post, but I did get Himegoto done, and also realised I hadn't posted a chapter of Yasha yet that I thought I'd posted, so even though I don't have the chapter I wanted to post back from the typesetter yet, I could at least post this one.

2. I actually woke up before my alarm this morning. Hoping this will be a trend that continues. (Though tomorrow I have to get up at six, so I kind of doubt I will wake up before the alarm then...)

3. I'm going karaoke tomorrow with my former coworker (who still works for the company, just a different store). I'm really looking forward to it! We had such a great time last time we went.

4. Someone brought in doughnuts to work today. :D (It would be nice if there were still some left tomorrow morning, since I never have time to eat before work on my early days.)
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 07:20
via at April 01, 2015 at 02:00AM:

the vermillion lakes of banff (previously featured) photographed by callum snape 
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 22:40
3/31 Tuesday
Got to work about 5 minutes before Purple, by the login times. He parked, as it would turn out, one over from me.
Lunch was good, peaceful.
I feel like I'm playing catch-up a lot.
I didn't have plans for tomorrow, but then I developed some. Heh.
StPatience is having a bad week :(

An insect incident )

That led to other discussions of texting-while-doing; I once fell down some (short) stairs due to reading while walking.

I wound up explaining the one-year gap in wearing my star. "A dude was involved" is a way I have come to sometimes explain some of my more random-seeming decisions to Purple. (I much less often do dumb-ass shit which involves ladies or honorable other-gendered sentients.) It has been quite some time since I actually laid out the reasons why I reacted differently to That Valentine's Day (wherein I was the third wheel in the next room from where the dude I liked banged someone else) and That Rather Bad Evening With Shawn (where the dude I liked banged someone else on the bed that I was trying to sleep on).

I called Kat on the way home. It was good to talk with her. Our brains work better when they are connected.

Now I am trying to get to bed early so I can go in to work and set up the thing.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 23:02
There are certain truths that those of us subjected to the education given to the middle class (which is to say: just enough critical thinking to do the rich kids' homework, and not enough to realize the rich kids hate us as much as they hate the poor kids) were taught not to question. Here are some of them; in The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home, Jonathan Kozol wrote about others.

We need more research and facts before we make a hasty decision.
There's more than one side to every story.
The only real ethical precept you ever need is politeness.
Objective truth exists, and we should never take decisive action until we find it.

When we present these received truths as vague generalities, it's easier to see that none of them are universally true. Even so, they have such a hold over the liberally (small-l) educated imagination that when made specific, they can be quite compelling. To wit:

We need to do more research about climate change.
Vaccines could cause autism -- who can prove they don't, after all?
Evolution is just a theory, and there are other valid points of view in the controversy.
It's really about ethics in video game journalism.
Call-out culture is an evil comparable in scope and impact to that of the prison-industrial complex.

This is not to say that all or most liberally-educated people doubt that climate change is caused by human activities or that vaccines don't have anything to do with autism. The point is that these assertions are all phrased in ways that are designed to exploit vulnerabilities in people like me, who have a certain kind of education -- to plant seeds of doubt in our intuitions and the generalizations we've made based on lived experience. After all,

Can you really be sure that no further research is needed before we conclude that humans are changing the climate? You, personally, who probably doesn't have a Ph.D in geoscience?
Can you really be sure that vaccines are safe? Maybe they only cause autism (which is presumed to be negative) once in a while. But what if that one in a million was your child?
Could you personally argue that evolution is a good explanation for the diversity of observed life forms?
Can you really laugh off concerns about ethics? That sounds like a real, serious concern.
Isn't it rude to "call people out"? Obviously being rude or shaming people or institutions publicly is kind of disreputable even if you have a good reason.

These questions have answers: "yes", "yes", "it doesn't matter", "yes", and "maybe, but who cares?" "More research" always sounds good. "Ethics" always sounds good. And you learned in kindergarten to be nice to people, right? But there is nothing magic about these phrases or concerns that prevents them from being used in a way that is bereft of meaning.

It's a false equivalence to say that the theory of "intelligent design" has as much scientific validity as the theory of evolution, or that a jumble of ideas about the potential harmful effects of vaccines should be given equal weight with the overwhelming evidence in favor of their safety, or that a handful of climate change deniers are as credible as the overwhelming consensus among mainstream scientists that humans are changing the climate. Likewise, it's a false equivalence to compare manufactured grievances about video game journalism with the many legitimate ethical concerns that a person could have about journalism, or to compare being told that your opinion is bad and you should feel bad to the state using its monopoly on power in order to put you in prison for life.

GamerGaters, corporate PR departments and climate deniers suck the meaning out of words and build Trojan horses out of words and phrases that appear superficially similar to modes of dialogue that school may have taught you to trust. They put a great deal of faith in the magical power of these words to suspend critical thinking while appearing to enact such thinking.

But words aren't magic. As Annalee on wrote:
...people on an axis of privilege have a nasty tendency to appropriate social justice terminology (like privilege and harassment) and twist it around to serve their own point of view. They treat these words like magic incantations, as if it’s the words, rather than the argument, that convinces people.

Words are not magic incantations. They have meanings. Using a word without understanding its meaning just because you’ve seen other people successfully use it to convey a point is magical thinking.

Another thing you may have learned is that arguing over "semantics" is a shameful frivolity. But semantics means "meaning", and if we don't have rough consensus about the meaning of the words we use, we can't communicate at all.

A thing that abusers, on the micro scale, do is to isolate victims from their friends. On the macro scale, that's more difficult, so people working to advance the interests of oppressive institutions work to isolate everybody from the tools we use collaboratively to identify patterns. One of the bigger tools we use that way is language itself. If you can divorce language from meaning, you can get people to believe anything, especially when you can channel emotionally charged concepts like making people feel ashamed of engaging in "public shaming" (that is, criticizing powerful people) or guilty about calling out bad behavior.

There is no trick or recipe for knowing when you are deceiving yourself, when someone else is deceiving themself, or when someone else is trying to deceive you. But knowing that it's a thing that happens does make it easier to discern truth from lies.

The general principles of skepticism, evidence-based decision-making, and even civility can be useful tools, but don't obligate us to entertain those who use them in a way that sets off our bullshit detectors. And anti-call-out-culture crusaders are obviously insincere -- if they were sincere, wouldn't they spend some time doing something other than the activity they claim to detest (namely, calling people out)? Like abortion or marriage, calling people out on the Internet is something you're totally free to foreswear if you feel it's not useful for you. But if you don't like it, the best way to show it is not to do it.

Sometimes more research is needed. But all the grad students in the world couldn't put clothes on the emperor.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 14:41
If you want to be part of my photo print circle (a small group taking, printing and posting photos to each other), I'll keep sign ups open for 24 more hours. Sign up here! And here's a countdown to the close time (0400 UTC April 2).

No Dreamwidth account is required and if cost is an issue for you, I can print and post your digital photos on your behalf.

If you've signed up already, watch for your assignment email at the end of the week.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 20:43
I'm going to be taking a trip to Japan next month -- visiting as much of the country as I can -- with a short side-trip to Shanghai and Taipei. I would like to solicit from you, dear readers, suggestions of things to see, places to go, and people to meet (if you happen to live there or have friends you think I might like to visit).

Please comment here or email if you have any suggestions!
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 20:33
Uh, wow, so I'm an idiot. I got the typset files back from Molly at the beginning of the month and then totally forgot to post them. I only just now noticed when I was posting Himegoto that there hadn't been a Yasha post in a while... *headdesk* So, sorry about that. Chapter 29 should be done soon, too, hopefully (just waiting on typesetting).

Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: An emotional conversation with Dr. Ryan reveals even more secrets.

Chapter 28
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 20:20
A special three-chapter release to finish up volume three! I doubt we'll be able to get three chapters out every month, but I do want to aim for two per month, so hopefully we'll get through the remaining five volumes at a fairly decent pace. :)

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Things get awkward when Kaito comes over to Yoshiki's apartment without changing into "girl mode".

Chapter 34: Fuck Buddies
Chapter 35: Yuki
Chapter 36: The Road Ahead

Full volume download here.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 20:55
Where forever = 26 weeks.

Anyway I've decided to start tracking the books I'm reading again because I want to actually read some non-fiction (I made what I think is a reasonable goal of 4 non-fiction books this year), and I also wanted to know some demographics on the books I was reading (which are all books on my TBR pile already - or books I'd previously decided to pre-order or received as gifts).

And then I thought I had the list so maybe I'd post it periodically or something.

some books )
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 01:16
1. Dinner last night (and lunch today) was a modified version of Smitten Kitchen's baked chickpeas with pita chips and yoghurt. I am delighted that I now have The Knowledge Of The Pita Chips, which I adore but have not been able to find at prices that don't make me cry in this country, and we consumed the lot. Variations were: I couldn't face acquiring tahini to make up the yoghurt dressing as described and just ate yoghurt; I also didn't bother with the pine nuts. The salad-y thing was equal volumes tomato, cucumber and parsley, and I didn't bother dressing it. (I really like parsley.) It was tasty. Would eat again.

2. Via [personal profile] inoru_no_hoshi on the tweetrz, an exciting ScienceDaily summary of a Nature Geosciences paper on the topic of iron, the Earth, how it got here, and why it is where it is. tl;dr the vaporisation pressure of iron is significantly lower than we thought it was, which is why the Moon has sod-all of the stuff and not all of it on Earth has ended up in the core, even with the Late Veneer. There is the truism that Nature Geosciences papers are always wrong (extensible to some extent to Nature itself), but this looks pretty exciting to me.

3. My favourite band are releasing a new album called Elevator Music and it makes me cry every single time. It is bitter and vicious and cynical about the space age and space exploration and generation ships and existentialism and forgettability, and I adore it. The Last Man Who Walked On The Moon breaks my heart every single time, even the first time they played it in public and Simon warned us in advance that he hadn't finished writing the lyrics yet and did indeed end up singing "something something something something -ation" in the middle, because -- soon there will be no-one/left that I can call/just space suits in museums/with mission details on the wall. And then breath/they simulate our breath/to make us feel at home. And. This band.

4. Dave Hughes and the Renegade Folk Punk Band have also just released a new album, Rise, Again. I have not got my act together to listen to it yet (see also: depression), but expect to find it comforting, because I love a lot of what these folk do. (Currently the lyric of theirs stuck in my head is is it a love song/if I tell you that I love you/but I can't see me sharing your bed?//though there are days/when I don't think of you/they rarely outnumber/those I do...)

5. P thought it important I meet this baffling collection of photographs of unspoons.

6. Music I have particularly enjoyed recently: Singzu Joint - Fly and this one Taiwanese music video about marriage equality (has English subs; warning: WILL MAKE YOU CRY)
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 17:57
I will not be attending WisCon 2015.

As many of you already know, my allergies have been getting worse over the past few years, especially in spring, especially in Madison, especially especially in Madison in spring.

WisCon takes place ... in Madison, in spring.

Of my last four WisCons ... 2011 I coughed so much I sprained a rib. Admittedly, I stayed an extra week to visit friends, but ... a RIB.

2012 was a dry year, and I was basically fine (by which I mean I remember me and Mel recruiting people to go to CVS with us so we could buy extra pseudoephinedrine, but that's normal for me in spring.)

2013 I left the con and spent one night in a private home and ended up in Urgent Care and Cat had to change her plans and mine and half-carry me home, where I spent a week in bed.

2014, despite basically not leaving the hotel and its AC at all I missed most of the con due to allergy attacks, and in particular had to run out of Hiromi Goto's awesome GOH speech and missed NK Jemisin's ENTIRELY, because I was coughing fit to wreck everybody's enjoyment.

So, until I've got a few more rounds of allergy serum under my skin, WisCon and I are taking a break from one another, because even for the completely awesome WisCon Access folks, "May I please have a spacesuit with a self-contained breathing apparatus for the weekend?" is perhaps going just a bit far ... also they're very hard to sleep in I suspect.

I am going to miss it horribly, and I am going to miss all of you terribly.

I was especially looking forward to this year's con because I am very interested to see where the new ConCom is going to take things and I really wanted to be there volunteering, panelling and generally supporting that. I will be hanging out on twitter, wishing you all well and being as supportive as possible from there.

Offers to FaceTime me from the front rows of the Inevitable Late Night Drunken Slash panel gratefully received.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 22:10
So like I am super fond of Strong Female Protagonist, a webcomic about a retired 20ish superhero and her ADVENTURES in LIFE. Today's strip has the alt text Go back even farther, teach trilobites how to dance!



is just the most perfect thing ever

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 21:21
Watched in context of the whole of the Tenth Doctor's tenure The End of Time is... still pretty rubbish.

Under the Cut )

So, yes, still rubbish*. A disappointing end to an era and, I think, one of Davies' worst efforts.

*Though, I should point out, that in this context "rubbish" still implies its better than the TV Movie (which I have something a of a soft spot for, and isn't dreadful by a long shot) and so in an entirely different league to, say, Time and the Rani. This rubbish in the context of NuWho not in the context of some of the horrors classic Who occasionally managed to perpetrate. A lot of my bitterness about it is that it is such a disappointment after what has gone before.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 15:16
I am getting all kinds of recognized and thanked here at work today.
It's very unexpected. Nice, but unexpected. (Yes, I blushed like a pretty
pink tomato when they announced it in the office.)

I have comics at the comic shop to be paid for and picked up! I love
having a pull folder. Barry at Southern Fried Comics is really nice. I
also have to hit the post office because of a work thank-you. I got
earrings! (Same way I got my Pyrex bowls.)

Still drinking water. Still carefully nurturing my digital plant. Still
sick of water. (Still not Queen. :D )
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 13:29

I am so sick of water right now. I got the Plant Nanny app to make me drink more of it (I have not been drinking enough, let me tell you) and because the plant is cute, I drink water. I'm getting sick of it though. The water, not the tiny digital plant that I am carefully nurturing with my water habits. :)

Brent's going to be leaving Wednesday (our wedding anniversary!) after his dentist appointment to go to work on the coast until Friday. I've alerted a couple of friends to be on the lookout for late night texts. I don't always sleep well when he's gone, and I have been known to not sleep when he's gone. (Why no, I didn't get much sleep while he was in Utah.) I don't know how long he's going to be going down there, but he will be down there until Friday for sure this week. Be prepared, DW, for many posts. (And not just 'post from the ether' posts, either.)

I've been working at The Power House here at Eagle Dining a lot these last two weeks. They are getting 5s worked over! (The 5S system stands for [in English] sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain.) It's a neat system and I'm trying to follow it in my kitchen and bathroom at home. It's originally a Japanese system. But The Power House. It's a renovated power station. It used to provide the power for the University. Still has the old smoke stack - it's now got a water feature stuck to it. It's a restaurant now, with three seating levels and the kitchen in the basement. I'm not sure I would have built it that way, but that's how it is. It's a bit of a pain to work because there's just stairs and The World's Second Slowest Elevator. Lots of stair climbing to get food to people. Lots of register working. But I can do it!

I have made mini breakfast frittatas and I've got three left in the refrigerator. I have to remember that they only take about 20 seconds in the microwave and they're piping hot. Any longer and it's burn baby burn. Ouch ouch ouch. I did bring some diced peaches today as a snack for about 1430. I always get a little tetchy then and I'm thinking a nice fruit snack would be good. One that's not an apple. I get tired of apples here at work.

My boss wants me at the 1500 meeting this afternoon. I'm kinda curious as to why.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 13:26
...that my rifle/shotgun boxes only contain firearms 50% of the time.

Note: these are not from Clint and Natasha. Because Clint and Natasha are professionals, and would never leave their equipment behind.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 09:42
Previously unread.

Another short whose EPUB file is quite full of assorted imagery, causing the total size to balloon to the point where looking at the file size (the only size indcator I have in my reader, before opening the book) indicates "novel sized". But, no.

Nonetheless, it's a previously-unread Tim Powers. Not entirely surprising, it's full of time travel. And is eminently readable and all that jazz. Don't know if it's worth chasing down, but if you can vaguely saunter in pursuit of it, do consider sauntering.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 09:40
Previously unread, although I had already read the "bonus material".

This was originally written as 13 shorts, intended to fit together as a novel, when strung together in internal chronological order. And it does that, quite well. You probably want some grounding in the Old Man's War universe before you embark, but it might just work without that.

All in all, a pleasant read.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 10:38
1. Period talk.

TMI? )

2. I lost the glasses I use for driving, recently (and two credit cards, and my driver's license, and my ipad - it's been a good month) so I had to go and order new ones. I actually don't wear glasses normally (everyone who's seen me abroad - I do wear glasses abroad! Because unfamiliar people/surroundings and I need to see well) but I still have two pairs because I have a tendency to lose things, so. I'm required to drive with glasses, so I have one pair in the car, and another (prettier) pair I have in my work bag that I use if I need to see stuff far away. Mostly it's for meetings with my boss where I need to see his screen across the table and don't want to lean in too much or watching media on a TV that's far away from a couch.

Anyway, since I was gonna get new glasses I also got an eye exam, instead of just giving them my other pair of glasses and asking for a replica. I figured it's been YEARS, and I'm pretty sure my eyesight is worse, so, it's free anyway with the purchase, I might as well.

Turns out my last eye exam was in 2007, and apparently my numbers haven't changed since then! I still have +2 in one eye and +2.25 in the other. The doctor said I might need a quarter cylinder in one eye but since it's a really small correction and cylinders can apparently be annoying for some people he doesn't think it would be worth it to change my prescription, especially since I apparently have 6/6 vision with my current glasses.

(I can't tell you how delightful it was to constantly hear someone go "you have 6/6 vision!" in an impressed and pleased tone. I think part of it was that he did the initial diagnostic with a machine and apparently it spat out very different numbers? But then he did the actual exam and I could see all the numbers and things clearly, so he was very pleased and surprised like "oh, you actually have 6/6 vision with your current glasses!")

Anyway, then came time for the REALLY amusing conversation, which I was prepared for basically only because I recently had a similar conversation with [personal profile] roga.

Eye doctor: I wouldn't recommend a cylinder because, with your numbers, these are clearly glasses you wear 24/7--
Me: Actually, I don't wear glasses. I mean, very rarely? But mostly I don't.
Eye doctor: Oh, right, you mean you wear lenses?
Me:, not lenses either.
Eye doctor: *eyes get wider with disbelief* wait, you... don't wear anything?
Me: No. I mean I wear glasses for driving? But not for any other regular activity.
Eye doctor: Do you... not like seeing things or...?
Me: No, I!... I just don't wear glasses?
Eye doctor: [clearly so distressed he didn't hear me earlier] You know you HAVE TO wear them for driving?
Me: I do! I definitely do.
Eye doctor: OK. OK. *tries to get over shock and dismay*

I don't really have an explanation! It's definitely that I'm just someone who's arranged her life so that she doesn't have to see things very clearly all the time? I mean I know where everything is at work and at home, I know what people look like. I wear glasses when I'm going somewhere entirely new and it's important I be able to navigate by looking at far away things, for example (so, always abroad). I wear them to the theater or when watching TV. I don't really have an explanation for why I don't wear them otherwise?

more on this fascinating topic )
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 08:06
via at March 31, 2015 at 03:01AM:
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 00:10
1. I got my hair cut today, finally. I've been meaning to for a while, especially since it's been hot lately, but it's such a pain I kept putting it off. But I was determined to go today and I actually did, so yay me.

2. I am tired and heading to bed as soon as I finish writing this, so hopefully I will get to sleep at a decent time and this will be the start of me getting back on an earlier schedule. Ever since that late inventory night last week, aside from Friday when I had to be in to work at 8.30, I've been sleeping in until anywhere from 10-11.30, which I do not want to be doing.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 07:03
via at March 31, 2015 at 02:00AM:




welcome to harvard: linguistics 101

Is this reality?


yo the word fucking is actually really interesting because it’s one of american english’s only infixes



This is actually really cool because technically “fuck” can’t even be an infix, as it’s a meaningful free morpheme and those can’t be used as grammatical morphemes (also in English infixes only exist in fossilized form) but the use of “fuck” for inflectional word formation is actually fascinating

As I see it, the more and more frequent use of a word as a suffix implies that it’s undergoing semantic bleaching

Soon, possibly not during our generation’s or our children’s or grandchildren’s lifespan, the word “fuck” may eventually lose its meaning and become a grammatical intensifying suffix or possibly the only actual inflix in the English language

and if you don’t think that’s at least kinda cool then I feel sorry for you son because linguistics is an amazing field of study and gdi I love the English language

Reblogging again for the commentary from the wonderful weresquirrel

#rags’ brother has a coronary in the sidelines #sorry but he’s hilarious #not intentionally tho [via yvesvak]

Monday, March 30th, 2015 23:00
So the last actual update from me was pre-FOGcon; I'd run afoul of beer bash and decided that I was going to be miserable at home in my own bed. I woke up cheerful and perky and drove in. This time the valets were much better briefed on the event; I was asked if I was here for the thing. I was. Yay!

There was exactly one person at the convention this year who I was hoping to avoid. It was the person who used to play some role in gathering up issues for That Damn Helldesk Program and had some organizational role in the releases. I had met her in person exactly once: she was sitting at the other pole of the horseshoe table across from me, looking quiet, serious, pale, and vaguely miserable.

Naturally, she was working registration desk when I arrived. I wasn't sure which name they would have filed me under (for credit card purposes I gave them my wallet name as well) but it was under the correct name, albeit with my wallet name on the back. I declined the offer to reprint, and scribbled out my wallet name with some vigor. She didn't mention work and neither did I; I don't know whether she recognized me.

As I was looking at the description of the panel in the nearest room, and debating which panel I wanted to go for, someone called me by name. The correct name. It was [personal profile] emceeaich, who I hadn't seen since the rollout of ALL THE NEW THINGS. And where [personal profile] emceeaich is, [personal profile] cynthia1960 is often nearby, in this case being fitted with a very nice corset.

We decided that since it was noonish, lunch was probably an excellent life choice, and so we headed up to the lobby. The lobby combines restaurant, bar, and general lobby lounge area, with a dedicated restaurant section behind the large freestanding wall that composes the bar, and then lounge in front of it. However, restaurant service isn't limited to the restaurant area, which makes for a pleasant, but sometimes chaotic, experience.

Someone stopped by to chat with Emma and Cyn; something about her demeanor suggested she recognized me, but hers was a very common name; it turned out she was [personal profile] metaphortunate! Hooray!

After lunch I went to the downstairs lobby to figure out what panel(s) I wanted to see. There were plenty of people about. I chatted with a few of them. I pulled out my traveling laptop George to check my mail.

Before I made any sort of decision about panels, it was check-in time at the hotel, so I did that so I'd have a place to leave some of my gear. I relaxed in the quiet for a bit, then figured I'd wander panel-wards by way of the con suite, which was on my floor.

I walked in to a con suite full of awesome women talking about weightlifting. I was enthralled. These are the sorts of conversations that don't tend to happen when bros are bro-ing about being bro-ful and loud, and I could have enjoyed an entire convention just like this. And that was how I met [personal profile] kshandra, and I recognized [personal profile] forestofglory's name but couldn't place the exact acquaintance. (Someone whose badge name was Melissa was saying a lot of the awesome things, and Michele from the concom was there being awesome too.)

When I was packing for the convention, I had tossed a number of things into a large transparent plastic box, just the right size to fit in a large tote bag with some room left over. It is in fact large enough to hold George, some jellybeans, several menstrual pads, makeup, hair pins, glitter, a notepad, a package of highlighters, and some other random things. I had found a few packages of pop rocks under some boxes on my bookshelf while shuffling things around in preparation for moving (whenever that's going to happen). Long story short, [personal profile] norabombay was totally overreacting and I did not die from eating shelf pop rocks. And I tossed one in the box, because why not.

The discussion turned from weightlifting to obscure dietary restrictions, and someone mentioned that one of the weird ones was lactose in pop rocks. People were sort of baffled, because why do POP ROCKS need MILK. I remembered that I had tossed it in the box. I whipped out the package of pop rocks. Yep, lactose.

Cliff wandered through. It turned out that describing the helldesk software to someone who used to work on is an actively painful experience for that person. It is a solved problem, and Virtual Hammer has attempted to re-invent the weasel by glueing several gerbils together (which, I might add, would be doubly illegal in California).

Saw some people who are identified in my notes as Wendy and K. [personal profile] ethicalslut identifed my Dreamwidth d button, and we got a picture together.

The banquet was next, and ethicalslut was looking to pull together a table of interesting people. I was amenable to joining this table. I identified someone in line who I thought might be [personal profile] firecat, and I was correct. Also at the table were Aahz, and several other people.

The banquet was great fun. After that, there had been a lot of people, so I went up to my room for a bit.

I decided to go for some lobbycon time. I ran into forestofglory, and this time had managed to identify people we know in common ([personal profile] kaberett, among others). Shweta Narayan was passing through, and they and their husband sat down in the group, and I met the Designated Extravert of the group, the adorable, cheerful Mippo (a tiny stuffed animal which looks like the delightful intersection of Moomin and Hippopotamus). Emma and Cyn joined the group as well.

There was an unfortunate incident with Shweta and some too-hot water, and ice became necessary. It was lovely to meet them though!

I got a large amount of loonembellishment done.

Eventually I was dizzytired and went off to bed.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 23:37
Okay nope, I have to go to bed without addressing the vast majority of my inbox. Sorry, anyone I owe a reply to.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 16:16
Can you think of examples of revenge porn that are pre-1996 or so? Pre-web? I feel like there must have been stuff like this on usenet or bbses. I can't think what it would have even been *called*, since revenge porn was a term I never heard till later. Simply "blackmail".... Or seen as an internet prank, with a frat-like tolerance of "uploading nudie pics of your ex girlfriend".
Monday, March 30th, 2015 18:00
Who are not [personal profile] graydon:

Have you considered including pangolins in your next book?

If not, why not?

Capybaras are also acceptable.

If these recommendations prove impossible to implement, please consider the advantages of the platypus as an animal which already looks as if it was built by a committee of amateur sorcerers. Surely your fiction can embrace this possibility handily.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 17:52
Part of a healthy "dealing with pain and queasiness the best you can" diet.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 14:42
Today I will definitely deal with a week's backlog of email.



(Sorry, everyone.)
Monday, March 30th, 2015 15:31
Summarizing four months of validation data requires caffeination. I don't care what the safety manual says.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 20:31
Poll #16586 Birthdays and cake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 36

Where I work, when it's someone's birthday, it is customary...

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Not do anything
11 (30.6%)

To give them a card / flowers / another gift
11 (30.6%)

For someone else / a group to provide some kind of food in their honor
9 (25.0%)

For the one having the birthday to provide some kind of food
19 (52.8%)

For someone else to treat them to something (lunch etc.)
3 (8.3%)

For the one having the birthday to treat coworkers to something (lunch etc.)
4 (11.1%)

Something else I will explain in the comments
9 (25.0%)

My general location is...

Monday, March 30th, 2015 20:12
OK I need to get this out of my head, so a quick (bizarre!) post.

In the second half of the first season, The 100, which as of the S1 finale is definitely the best scifi show currently airing, in my opinion (which is partially a comment on how few awesome scifi shows are around currently), has done such a stellar job of creating a metaphor/representation of current Israeli politics (and specifically the latest election results in Israel) I... can't really bring myself not to document this?

I suspect the Israeli politics aspect won't mean much to people familiar with the show and the show elements won't make sense to people familiar with the politics but - Israelis, this show does a better job with our political system than Kings did, and Kings was in fact a show actively stealing our history and current events. (The 100, I suspect, just randomly stumbled into this metaphor, cobbling together stray pieces of US history and scifi tropes.)

spoilers for s1 )
Monday, March 30th, 2015 17:30

This is the fourth book in Scalzi's Old Man's War series, written from the POV of Zoe, a teenager. I don't know how accurately the POV is writen, but I get a feeling that the voice is pretty good, based on the list of consultants that Scalzi had working on vetting it.

This substantially re-tells the story f The Lost Colony from Zoe's view, with some bits missing (she wasn't there) and other bits added (the POV character from TLC wasn't there) and a few bits that are common.

All in all, maybe not the best book in the series, but still eminently readable.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 16:31

Yes, I'm trying to catch up on my bookmeme postings. Only three more after this to reach "now".

This is the first of McGuire's InCryptid series, which I guess is "Urban Fantasy" as much as anything can be. We follow Verity Price, ballroom dancer (with the nom de salte of "Valerie Pryor"), cocktail waitress and cryptozoologist doing fieldwork in New York.

Due to a variety of things, stuffs get very complicated. And it's a brilliant read. And if you like urban fantasy, this may well be something to pick up and read. Although there's one teensy detail I am not 100% sure that I agree with. The secret to hand-to-hand fighting isn't to follow the rhythm, it's to break it. It's just that to do that, you must be able to follow it first.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 16:15
Previously unread.

I'd place this in the "fable" category, I guess. There were some interesting elements, but now a few days after having read it, it doesn't seem to have left much of a lasting memory. I do recall being pleased with it at the time of reading, though. Take from that what you will (including, but not limited to, "forgetting to update for a whole bunch of days leads to less erudite updates").
Monday, March 30th, 2015 16:10

This is the third book in the Old Man's War series and all in service of my series re-read before reading The Human Division (it's basically been Too Long since I read the series and a refresh seemed sensible).

Competent "Sf on a new colony", with some MilSF and some politics overtone. I wouldn't say that it's hugely exciting, but it's a pleasant read.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 16:08
Previously unread.

A collection of shorts. On the balance, worth reading, although there was one or two that I found to be mostly "meh". Probably worth tracking down, if you're interested in quirky "assorted" (there's some SF, some fantasy and some that I would more label as "horror").
Monday, March 30th, 2015 12:30
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, March 30th, 2015 01:30
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. Yesterday was one of our stockers' last days, as he was being transferred to another store. When he left, he said I was the best supervisor he's had and he really enjoyed working with me, so that was nice. :D

3. Also when I had my yearly review the other day, I was marked down on the dependability section, not bad, but not the highest level, and it was kind of a shock and made me annoyed because in four years of working there, I've only been out sick a handful of times, all of which have been like "I've finished my work and am not feeling well so I'm going to leave a couple hours early", not calling in that morning or something. And it's only been since I became full time and have sick time, since when I was just a cashier, I knew I wouldn't get paid if I didn't go in, so I always went in. And I'm never late and haven't even taken any of my paid vacation or anything, so I was like, man, if this isn't the highest rating, then everyone else who works here better be marked way lower than me. And I kept thinking about it that night when I was trying to get to sleep, so when I went in yesterday, I asked my manager to tell me honestly if it wasn't okay to take sick time, because while I wasn't going to complain about this review, I wanted to know going forward if I was going to be marked down for it, and he said he had already been thinking about my rating and was going to correct it. He apologised right off and said he didn't know why he had not marked me as excellent and that maybe it had still been set from the previous one he did and he didn't notice. Anyway, so today I got a print out of my review again with the corrected rating, so I feel much better about that and I'm glad I talked to him about it rather than just sucking it up and being afraid to take any sick time.
Monday, March 30th, 2015 08:03
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