huh. what?

Feb. 14th, 2016 06:07 am
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Somewhere along the line, the icon I had on my AO3 account seems to have disappeared. The description is there, but the picture doesn't show.

How do I change or fix this? I haven't tinkered with it since I got the account.


Feb. 14th, 2016 05:24 am
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"I want to see you.
 Know your voice.
 Recognize you when you first come 'round the corner.
 Sense your scent when I come into a room you've just left.
 Know the lift of your heel,
 The glide of your foot.
 Become familiar with the way you purse your lips
 Then let them part, just the slightest bit,
 When I lean in to your space and kiss you.
 I want to know the joy
 Of how you whisper

-- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)

[I know I'm mixing things up a bit, quoting a Sufi on a Catholic holiday, but for the way mainstream culture thinks about St. Valentine's Day, this felt perfect.]

metaphors, metaphysics

Feb. 14th, 2016 03:39 am
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I have to say, one thing that colitis is very good for is making you deal with your shit. I don't mean that just literally -- my experience is that serious illnesses have a strong mind-body component, and I may not have direct and authoritative control over my body but I can work with the mental aspects of it. For the last two days I have been actively going back through my life, trying to remember anyone with whom I had serious issues/problems/WTF/etc. and sending them understanding, good wishes, release from any judgment I may have had about them. (Not done yet.)

I cannot state with certainty that that's a reason why I am in less pain today, but I think it contributes. Anger, frustration and such are gut feelings; I don't want them to externalize and contribute to physical ailments. Also, bodily experiences are stored in the body -- the mind just organizes retrieval. So clearing things a bit is likely to release a bit of tangled-up energy that could be better used in healing.

It's going to be an ongoing project for a while.

And in the spirit of this: I know that I have screwed up badly with some people in fandom. Some I know why and remember; some I have no idea. I am going to make the comments here private; if I have offended or hurt you and you would like to sort it out with me and get an apology, please comment. It will all be private. I really don't like being at outs with people, and I've known for years that I am missing any number of Social Graces, perhaps in part because of generational differences in a lot of areas. I mess things up. I want to un-mess them, if possible, acknowledged where I fucked up, and apologize.

This is in no way Clearing the Decks for Death or anything similar. I just want to loosen the accumulation of psychic/psychological stuff that might be affecting my physical health, and this is something that I can do. And yes, even though this is self-serving, I do mean it -- I would like to make things right, or at least better, where they are not. (If you feel this is too self-serving, you are free to tell me that in the comments also.)

that's powerful stuff

Feb. 13th, 2016 11:44 pm
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Today I tried a sip of my dad's cask-strength whisky. Amelia was there to record the result.


Feb. 13th, 2016 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-25:

"I want to thank the neutrinos, of course. And since neutrinos are created by cosmic rays, I want to thank them, too." -- Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, at a news conference after he shared the 2015 Nobel prize in physics.


(submitted to the mailing list by Manavendra Thakur)

[Happy birthday to [info] realinterrobang!]

a somewhat confusing thing

Feb. 12th, 2016 02:32 pm
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I have been doing some genealogy, and have found that it's very possible that some of my father's ancestors were not Italian, but were Jews living in Italy since the Romans, who at some point decided to pass as Italian, come over the mountains and seek a new life. (Tales of 'coming over the mountain' were told by my grandfather as being something his grandparents did.) The last name is not in the old registered families of Italy; with very few exceptions, most of the people with this name are from the people who left their old city for a new life. (The city is probably Trani, though could be Bari, nearby.) I have looked up a little of the history of the Jewish areas in the cities on the east side of Italy -- and they appear to have been there since the Diaspora.

Here's my question: would they be Sephardic, Ashkenazi, or something else? I have no clue.


state of the chick, update

Feb. 12th, 2016 01:52 pm
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In which is more medicine. behind cut )

In other matters, I have watched all four available seasons of Person of Interest, as well as Longmire, and many other things. Anyone want to suggest multiple-season shows I might like? Something a little lighter? Not cop, not medical. Would prefer something not dark or horror-ish. Send me to silly? Talk to me about anime that is Netflix-streamable, or K-pop, or some European thing I never heard of? Silly fun romance movies that are not utterly stupid? I have also been watching Isabella Rosselini's Green Porno, and a fun, unhinged series about Street Food Around The World.

On the less fun side, I have had to cancel my attendance at a conference I had been dearly looking forward to, a weekend in a month or two that will be concerned with the mythology and stories and lore of the tales of Orpheus. The teacher is not often in my neck of the woods, and I've been in her classes before and like her a lot. But I need to give myself time to heal, and I've been ill a month already -- it will take time before I'm up to spending a weekend in a hotel and several hours a day in lectures and workshops. I also had to postpone getting my hair trimmed -- but that just means I get time to come up with new and different ways to play with all of it before it's cut, so, not that bad.

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Feb. 12th, 2016 11:44 am
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When I try to comment, I get an 'invalid form submission' error. I can't seem to get around it.

Anyone else getting this?


Feb. 12th, 2016 05:24 am
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"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll give me a book I have not read." -- attributed (with assorted variations) to Abraham Lincoln (b. 1809-02-12, d. 1865-04-15, President of the US 1861-03-04 to 1865-04-15)

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Feb. 11th, 2016 07:58 pm
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The most powerful woman in Hollywood.

When you knit for someone else, how do you price it? Here are suggestions.

Because beauty needs no excuse: The Book of Kells, digitized. A little faded from in person -- the lights for scanning went through the translucent parchment in ways that you might not see in person -- but it is glorious.
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It's been an interesting.....time. For the last few weeks, I keep thinking about stuff I want to post here but being too busy/rushed/stressed out to do it. What changed today: am at a pop culture conference where I can hang out with a friend from my active LOTR days (undonne!), and we had a great talk at breakfast about how we both slid out of active fandom and why and what that meant. Then I went to a FANtastic session of fan studies where there were two superb and one pretty good paper that reignited my love of aca-fandom. One of the excellent ones was on the changes in A/B/O slash fandom in the Supernatural universe, and I was just all OMG! I must read (I remember A/B/O looming on the horizion back in the day and being rather repulsed by some of the rhetoric around it and some of the way I was perceiving it (something along the lines of how much it seemed a way around issues of consent, rooted in biological essentialism, gender stereotypes, etc.), and the presenter did talk about that but also did a fantastic brilliant sophisticated analysis of how some very recent fics are working to subvert those elements.

Cut for length gawd it's a long time since I wrote anything like that )

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Feb. 11th, 2016 07:36 am
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Having the most frustrating experience arguing in Library Facebook Group about a job posting (part-time!) that requires you to submit a list of books you've read in the last year, to prove that you read widely.

1. The increasingly high burden of job applications. When I was first applying for librarian jobs, I basically just had to submit a cover letter and resume; now, I'm very often having to submit answers to essay questions. Preparing a list of all the books I've read in a year could take a significant amount of time. I think it's unreasonable to ask someone to put that much time into an application when there are a couple hundred other people applying for a job.

2. The EEOC says that you cannot discriminate in employment on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, religion, or sex. Some states have laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. That's why HR people say you shouldn't even make small talk about someone's religious jewelry in a job interview -- because it raises the possibility that it might turn into an issue. But based on a list of books a person reads, it seems all too easy to draw up a profile of what kind of person they are and what protected categories might apply to them, and discriminate (even subconsciously) on that basis.

There have to be better ways to get at "Do you read a lot, do you read widely, how would you do in reader's advisory situations" than asking for my Diary Of Books Read Which Contains Many Personal Feelings.

Rich fantasy lives

Feb. 11th, 2016 06:38 am
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Torture is morally abhorrent and also doesn't work. Of course, the Republicans are fighting over who can be most enthusiastic about it.

Thanx to Follow Me Here

Eat dirt and be strong

Feb. 11th, 2016 05:58 am
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Remarkably enough, eating clay with lots of lead in it is not good for you. There is a substantial market for “detoxing.” I can understand feeling toxed (even if you don’t live in Flint), but this stuff doesn’t help.


Feb. 11th, 2016 05:24 am
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"One of the things I would like to see with the candidates is not just for them to come up with a bunch of policies, but to indicate that they're willing to listen to what we have to say. I think it would be amazing if a candidate was asked a disability question and they said - 'You know, I don't really know, but I would love to hear what the disability community thinks.'" -- Andrew Pulrang, quoted in "The 2016 conversation has ignored disabled people. Now, they want to be heard." by Caitlin Gibson, 2016-02-10 in The Washington Post


Feb. 10th, 2016 05:24 am
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"I believe that you may become worthier than you have ever yet been -- worthy to lead a life that may be a blessing. No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. You have made efforts -- you will go on making them." -- Daniel Deronda to Gwendolen Harleth, in the novel Daniel Deronda (1876) by George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans; b. 1819-11-22, d. 1880-12-22)

[To everyone celebrating Ash Wednesday today, may you have a peaceful and spirityually fullfilling Lent.]

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The older I get, the more I realize just how true that is.


Feb. 9th, 2016 07:40 pm
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"Mikrokosmographia" by Helkiah Crooke (1576-1635) was the first book in English to use the word "clitoris". Oddly, there's not much of the book online [edit: there's a blog!] But here's page 238, where he explains about orgasms, lesbians, and squirting. I've modernised the spelling a bit.

"Although for the most part it hath but a small production hidden under the Nymphes [==labia], and hard to be felt but with curiosity, yet sometimes it groweth to such a length that it hangeth without the cleft like a man's member, especially when it is fretted with the touch of the cloaths, and so strutteth and groweth to a rigidity as doth the yard of a man. And this part it is which those wicked women do abuse called Tribades (often mentioned by many authors, and in some states worthily punished) to their mutual and unnatural lusts.

The use of this part is the same with the bridle of the yard [==the frenulum of the penis]; for because the Testicles of the women [==ovaries] are far distant from the yard [==penis] of the man, the imagination is carried to the spermatical vessels by the motion and attrition of this Clitoris, together with the lower ligatures of the womb, whose original [==the cervix] toucheth, cleaveth and is tied to the leading vessels of the seed. And so the profusion of their seed is stirred up for generation, for which business it was not necessary it should be large. Wherefore although by this passage their seed is not ejaculated, yet by the attrition of it their imagination is wrought to call that out that lieth deeply hidden in the body, and hence it is called "aestrum Veneris" & "dulcedo amoris". For in it with the ligaments inserted into it is, the especial seat of delight in their veneral embracements, as [Renaldus] Columbus imagineth he first discovered.

For Nature [...] hath given to all creatures both the instruments of conception, and hath also infused into them a strange and violent kind of delight, that none of the kinds of the creatures should perish but remain ever (after a sort) immortal. And truly it was very necessary that there should be a kind of pleasant force or violence in the Nature of mankind to transport him out of himself, or beside himself as it were, in the act of generation; to which otherwise (being master of himself) he would hardly have been drawn; which ecstasy (for it is called a little epilepsy, or falling sickness) is caused by the touch of the seed upon the nervous and quick-sensed parts as it passeth by them."


Feb. 9th, 2016 07:15 am
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Fantasy Football Is Not Dungeons & Dragons for Jocks. It’s wargaming for jocks. And it’s for jock sniffers, rather than jocks, although there are actual NFL players who also play fantasy.

Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker


Feb. 9th, 2016 06:18 am
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Books where characters react to each other. (Ignore clickbait title.)

Thanx to Metafilter


Feb. 9th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize." -- Tom Lehrer, in a 2003 interview in the Sydney Morning Herald (interviewer: Tony Davis)

Race to the bottom

Feb. 8th, 2016 06:26 pm
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Back in the 80s, Coca-Cola noticed that Pepsi was selling better than Coke, so they decided to make Coke taste like Pepsi. In retrospect, the result was unsurprising: Pepsi drinkers kept drinking Pepsi because it did a better job of tasting like Pepsi, Coke drinkers hated the change because they liked Coke that tasted like Coke, and eventually the company switched back. Not learning from that, many people believe that Worldcon should become just like DragonCon because DragonCon is more popular.

And now Twitter has noticed that Facebook is more popular and keeps trying to switch from putting posts in boring old chronological order to an algorithmic order like Facebook’s. [ profile] theferrett discusses.

Same thing? No, worse. Pepsi drinkers drink Pepsi because they like how it tastes. All those people who go to DragonCon presumably enjoy what DragonCon does and don’t wish they were at Worldcon instead. But Facebook is full of people (me, for instance) who wish it would give us posts in chronological order instead of in the order Facebook (and its advertisers) insist is what we really want.

Poems with correct answers

Feb. 8th, 2016 07:17 am
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Jerry Pournelle said that the schools vaccinate children against reading. Here’s how it works in the UK.

Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker
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Marco Rubio droid malfunctions, loses battle of wits with Chris Christie.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.


Feb. 8th, 2016 05:24 am
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"[...] Last season's fruit is eaten
 And the fullfed beast shall kick the empty pail.
 For last year's words belong to last year's language
 And next year's words await another voice."

  -- from "Little Gidding" (1942) by T. S. Eliot (b. 1888-09-26, d. 1965-01-04)

[Happy new year to everyone celebrating the start of the Year of the Monkey! May you have joy and prosperity!]

Elliot D. Cohen

Feb. 8th, 2016 06:08 am
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Feb. 7th, 2016 05:24 am
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"They now factor in awed-ness when astronauts go up. So Tim Peake, when he went out on his first ever EVA, when he went outside the ship ... They used to have a really tight schedule -- 'Go straight here!' -- they now factor in time because any astronaut who would go outside would find themself just going 'Oh my God, I'm hanging in space, I'm looking at the planet Earth!' and they never factored in time for that. So they're now giving 'awe time', where you can just go 'Aww,' and then get on with your work. So 'awe time' is now a thing." -- Dan Schreiber on the No Such thing As A Fish podcast, episode #98: "No Such Thing As Planet George", 2016-01-28 (about 0:06:34 to 0:07:02)

[I had trouble getting that link to work -- in Stainless under OS X and Safari under iOS 5, with Javascript, it just said "Something went wrong"; in Safari without Javacript under OS X it complained about needing Javascript; in Safari under iOS 9 it worked by launching the already-downloaded SoundCloud app. If it doesn't work for you, maybe the download link will, or you can go to the No Such Thing As A Fish page and click on episode 98 there. Or, y'know, subscribe to the podcast because those folks are entertaining every week.]

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