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Oct. 30th, 2014 09:48 pm
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I am kind of sad to be working on a novel but not doing NaNoWriMo!

But I guess it is a bad idea, even though they now allow WIPs, because
a) I will definitely not get 50,000 words this month, and my book will probably be over in another 50,000 words
b) Writing longhand prevents accurate word counts
c) At some point I am going to have to unpack my entire collection of books and it will take a long time.

Oh well. Rust Apothecary for Camp NaNoWriMo, maybe? Rust Apothecary and Occult Post-Apocalyptic Girl Gang will probably both take a fair amount of research.

Jack-o-Lantern 2014

Oct. 30th, 2014 09:30 pm
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Just went with the flow this year. The pumpkin had a nasty spot in the back, but no one will see it. Also, my big camera is messed up - I dropped it while I was in Cape Cod. And the phone camera just isn't as good for dim light.

Cut for one pic )

To protect his child's innocence

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:26 am
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Parent threatens "shit storm" if his child's World History class mentions *sl*m

ETA: "My kids may not be as stupid as I am, but by God they're going to be every bit as ignorant if I have anything to say about it."


Oct. 30th, 2014 05:24 am
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"But surely a man like Curmudgeon could not be so self-assured and still be as wholly wrong as he appared. But surely-- There were too many sureties, and Hake didn't really feel any of them. How was it possible that everybody in the world seemed absolutely sure they were in the right, when they all disagreed with each other, and when Hake felt nothing of the sort?" -- Frederik Pohl, The Cool War (1979, Del Rey / Ballantine Books, New York)

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So Hallowe'en is the day after tomorrow. The Flight Rising game is, not coincidentally, celebrating the Riot of Rot, the holiday of the spooky and rather loathesome (to the rest of us) Plague Flight of dragons. (There's an elemental holiday every month except December, with special activities.)

It's a good week to be selling fancy red-and-black dragons. Although I had to cut prices to do so, I managed to sell my three recent mixed-nest (two species) hatchlings. Two of them went to people who were definitely into the spirit of the season. The last one ... maybe not so much.

The three young adult sibling dragons are now named Decay, Bloodbringer, and ... Fran.

Happy Birthday rachelmanija!

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:14 pm
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I hope your day has been fantastic!

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I am looking at some sort of medical alert jewelry -- necklace or bracelet, probably bracelet -- and there's MedicAlert and then there are other versions. I'm not at all sure which way to go on this. I don't have just one allergy -- and the MedicAlert system seems to want to put only one thing on the jewelry and then tell emergency people to phone their system for details. What's your experience? Is it better to just get a bracelet with the logo and get what you want engraved on it or to have their phone-in system?

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Oct. 29th, 2014 09:51 am
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I am starting to feel like myself again, a little, and less like one of the redshirts from Invasion of the Body Snatchers or (fill in your own media source). Went out just now and did tai chi on the patio, with Beautiful not far away. Breathing well. Balance decent (it's been lousy during this mess, so that I have unexpected bruises from bumping into things). But even more so, inside my head it feels more like me.

But the quiet lake is still there, between the mountains, reflecting the sky.

The Hunting Lodge*

Oct. 29th, 2014 06:37 am
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Design is an autoantonym, with two opposite meanings, like oversight and sanction. As Edward Tufte says, good design is clear thinking made visible, but the good design that wins awards is elegant and "clean" and totally unresponsive to the wants and needs of the people using it, like a cabinet where you can't tell which protrusions open drawers and which do nothing without actually pulling on them. My current unfavorite is the tiny box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen on my desktop computer that closes the window, immediately adjacent to the tiny box that changes the window size, even though there is plenty of room for reasonable-sized ones. Oh, well, at least it doesn't kill children.

*Thank you, Randall Garrett


Oct. 29th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilised into time and tune." -- Thomas Fuller (b. 1608, d. 1661-08-16)

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Oct. 28th, 2014 09:36 pm
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I asked my doctor about the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine. The answer: no.

Apparently, they are not completely sure which version of the vaccine I got a year ago, the one that gave me some trouble -- and because of that, it's not clear whether it was the preservative, or the vaccine itself, or something else. And this year's version increased the allergy to near-fatal levels. My doctor is not certain it would be without risk; it could be that the vaccine was made in a way that differs from how previous batches or years were made, in some way, and that difference is what's causing the problem. There is no way to know.

So, rather than take the chance on something worse than this last month at another time, better to risk the flu.

100 Things, Nevermore dress!

Oct. 28th, 2014 05:55 pm
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This is technically a UFO (unfinished object), but I finished it during this challenge thingie so it counts :-P

Made from quilting cotton, but a very nice cotton that I was oogling for a while before it finally went on sale. So very much an impulse buy, oops. But it turned out pretty nice.

I tried this shirt-dress (V8785 B sz 18) once before with linen, my first linen project evar, but at that point in my hobby-ing I didn't know that 'handkerchief linen' would be an awful choice for something with seams and interfacing. Eeek. That is still in the 'give up' bin somewhere.

The shape seemed to work OK *on* me, but I still tried my now-typical waistline adjustment of folding it up about 1.5 inches on the pattern. Tho its a bit different on what I think are dolman sleeves. I skipped the buttons b/c I hate making button holes, and instead used snaps, but the tiny snaps wouldn't hold enough for all that dress. It then took me six months to finally sew on the larger snaps I got, and those seem OK. Still wearing it with leggings and a cami tomorrow, tho.

Pictures! )

So yah, definitely Halloween themed, but will be wearing it for longer than that if the test run tomorrow goes OK. Wheeeee! Tho having just remembered tomorrow I'm getting allergy shots... hmmm, maybe not? Would still rather not bleed on it :-/

Now the Things tally is:
Sewing projects: 5

But at least that's 25% more than last time. Yay?

<3 Chrysilla

Continuing on thru the fog...

Oct. 28th, 2014 05:51 pm
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Kinda continued with having an off week after last posting. Too tired to go out all last week, but then too spacey to get to bed on time, so I continued being too tired. Ugh. I slept a full 8 hours last night, but then the brainfog rolled back in suddenly, so I don't know what's going on right now. Ugh.

Crafty weekend )

Gamer stuffs )

Tonight I really have to get the laundry done, because yikes. Also, I have guests staying over for the MES weekend, so I'll need the air-dry stuff to be dried and put away before they come in. And Wednesday and Thursday I have doctor stuffs, but Wednesday I also have dinner plans with a friend, so yay. Friday is game, and I'm not sure if I have one houseguest coming in for Friday nite, and another for Saturday, or if they're both staying Friday nite. So could be crowded but I am prepared. And then Saturday is moar game, so w00t. Better not stay up too late on Friday, whatever the situation.

Will do my damndest to get to bed on time all this week. I did it last night, can do it again. I just have to be more strict about no- Facebook or Youtube when I'm home. They just suck me in, I space out, and suddenly I'm going to bed an hour late. And I did mostly manage to keep my sleep schedule this weekend. Well, on Friday, despite late evening chocolate.

There might be a Samhain ritual at an occult shop in Brooklyn next weekend, and its well recommended by an old friend from the Enchantments days, so I might look into that. This weekend is just too cray, and I already consider Samhain more of a season than a specific day. In folklore it was a 9 day festival, but I don't know when that fest started in relation to what is now 10/31. *shrugs*

And crossing my fingers that I'm NOT getting sick again. Oh for F@#$s sake...

<3 Chrysilla

street harrassment

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:28 pm
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[In a discussion on street harassment elsewhere, some dude said: "Hi [name of OP]. There, I did it. I harassed you. Oh the humanity. Do you NOT get how absurd this looks to us guys? The creeper 5 minute guy, yeah I get that. But just saying hi? Get over yourselves ladies. We have a right to say hi on public streets." This is my reply to him]

Here as everywhere else, context makes a big difference. Here's an example from my own life.

I'm male-bodied; people generally read me as a man. Earlier this year I went to a party in drag (and hey, I thought I looked rather fetching). I was walking down a busy street after dark, when someone in the shadows I couldn't quite see called out "Hello darling."

Ordinarily, I wouldn't hear that a threat. But I can tell you that in *that* context it was a moment of raw terror. All the recent newspaper stories of street assaults ran through my head. If he thinks I'm a woman, maybe he's going to assault me (hell, if he thinks I'm a man in drag, maybe he's going to assault me). By appearing female in public I had effectively painted a huge target on my back.

Now of course men get attacked in the street too. But you don't expect that sort of attack to begin with the attacker saying "hello". If someone had come up to me with a knife I'd have been terrified whether I was dressed as a woman or not. But "hello, darling" is often the start of a very different script, and I was someone who might plausibly be cast in that script in a very unpleasant role.

So I can attest to the terror it can cause when a stranger tries to greet you in the street.

More side effect circus tricks

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:41 am
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Silly me. I tried to go for a walk yesterday morning. I got a quarter mile away and was totally winded -- for no reason -- and the muscles up the back of my legs seized. They are still stiff. I am chalking it up to more prednisone follies. During the last couple of weeks I'd been getting on the stationary bike here; looks like that will be what I do for the next while.

But I'm starting to get more sleep. That helps. Still can't have coffee or tea or anything with caffeine, which is annoying but bearable.


Oct. 28th, 2014 09:14 am
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Libertarians and Teabaggers: Don't let the Republicans trick you into thinking they're on your side. If there's no third party candidate, stay home.

Liberals: see you at the polls.


Oct. 28th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1940-07-1

[To all proud Greeks and descendents of Greek expatriates, happy (and proud) Ohi Day! (For folks who want to Google that, it's also spelled Ochi Day.)


Oct. 27th, 2014 05:24 am
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"I feel like the biggest success of movement conservatism since Nixon/Reagan wasn't the rise of the right, it was killing the left. Nowadays, even among people who are furious at Wall Street, Republicans and the rest of the system, there are plenty who are equally disillusioned with or suspicious of the federal government, organized labor, et al - people who don't buy the idea of 'trickle down' or 'conservatism will make us all rich,' but also don't think there's much the government or unions can do about it, and they'll probably just make it worse if they try. There's Movement Conservatism By True Faith, and then there's Movement Conservatism By Resignation." -- commenter Chris at Balloon Juice, 2014-10-17 (thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)

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- Takahata Isao is making a Kaguya Hime movie!

-I am.... intrigued? But it's a weird story and it feels very alien to a modern mindset and most anime literature retellings are kind of dull and by-the-book. Also, the Kaguya Hime of my heart is the one with organ donor clones and lots of complicated love triangles.



- It's about PERFORMATIVE FEMININITY and also AUTHENTICITY and also how well-meaning people can end up exploiting each other for their own gain.

- YAY.

I really really liked The Tale of Princess Kaguya. It reinterpreted the core of the original story a lot to make it into a movie that's more intelligible to modern audiences, I think, but in a way that doesn't totally overwrite the strangeness and oldness of the original tale.

(My one complaint is that the whole "the boy you knew when you were five is your FIRST LOVE FOREVER" thing is a little too Ghibli. Kaguya rings truer to me as a girl who's too overwhelmed by the status games and fakery at court to willingly marry somebody she's never met, than as a girl who's hung up on the guy she knew back home. But there's a lot that the movie gets right with gender performativity, and it's interesting to see a Ghibli movie whose heroine is sad and weird and not spunky.)
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Oct. 26th, 2014 11:29 am
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Donald E. Westlake defends the semicolon. This is from his nonfiction collection The Getaway Car, which everyone should read.

well. more interesting times.

Oct. 26th, 2014 10:29 am
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The side effects yesterday decided to imitate a heart attack.

I went to the ER. I was transferred to an urgent-care unit and kept overnight for test.

All the tests were negative. No cardiac problems, just more side effects of prednisone.

I am back home now.

ETA: I suspect that at some level the squirrel is now a new spirit guide for me. That would totally fit with the weirdness of the last two weeks.

ETA2: According to the doctor I saw this morning, who has taken prednisone for Crohn's disease, it can also cause hallucinations. So it's just as well that I did not actually *see* the Rambo and Robin Williams squirrels. It also causes anxiety.
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Denver police expect people to waste their marijuana candy on trick-or-treaters,


Oct. 26th, 2014 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-10-08:

"Our alienation from the land, our inoculation against disease, our cultivated fear of hot things, sharp things, fast things -- things, to put it another way -- have given most of us a blessed distance from the cliff's edge. But they've also made us hungry for the thrill of the waves pounding below; for experience, for the real thing, for Truth. If we don't get it, then we'll settle for Authenticity, a distant cousin of Truth who conveniently accepts Paypal." -- Hugh Laurie, from the liner notes to his album "Didn't It Rain".

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Dear Author

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:02 pm
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So this is my second Yuletide (I know, what a newbie!) and I'm excited to be playing again.

Generally, I like things that are character-driven, and I'm not so much in it for the erotica, though if you go with one of my requested ships, you can feel free to run with it. I tend more towards gen, het and femslash. Overall, I have a particular interest in female characters.

The Hour. I love this show, I miss this show, I adore all of the main characters and I prefer the canon 'ships. Lix/Randall would delight me especially, almost any way you imagine them (past, present, future, happy, desperately unhappy, working their way towards a commitment, too messed up to commit, whatever). But really anything with these characters, including plotty gen, Bel/Freddy, and Lix/anyone (male or female). Please no dead Freddy; I console myself for the final episode with the knowledge that Ben Whishaw had intended to appear in the third season, had there been one.

The Bletchley Circle. Another show that needed to get more seasons! Anything about the main quartet, in any combination. Another investigation. A story set during the war. A romance between two of the women. The relationship between any of the women and their canonical husbands/romances. I'm especially interested in the disconnect between who they became during the war and the way society (and the Official Secrets Act) tried to contain them afterwards.

The Tempest. Due to changing jobs, this spring will be the first one in a decade that I'm not teaching the play. It would be amazing to console myself with some fic. I'm especially interested in Miranda growing up on the island, anything from Caliban's perspective ("this island's mine by Sycorax my mother" after all, and I tend towards the postcolonial reading), or the relationship between Ariel and Prospero. That can be entirely psychological, one of oppression or genuine esteem, however you see it. And it can be sexual -- Derek Jarman's film version always suggests that to me . . . Plus, while nowadays both Prospero and Ariel are usually played by men, I've seen versions with (and there was a long tradition of) a female Ariel, and there's also the occasional a female Prospero/a, so however you personally cast them is fine by me.
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Oatmeal, with freshly ground-up toasted flaxseed, walnuts and pecans, with cinnamon and good B-grade maple syrup.

Amazing. Luscious. Tasty.

(I so need to make new icons...)

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Oct. 25th, 2014 05:48 am
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It's 5:48 a.m., and I'm absolutely awake.

I've watched the sun come up for two weeks. My body seems to be trying to move back to the medieval version of sleep that is divided into two sleep periods with a waking one in between -- except that the second one is anywhere throughout the day.

The SU made a wonderful coffeecake for dessert last night, something with chocolate and cinnamon and just enough crunch. He doesn't bake anywhere near enough (though his baking is so good that it's probably a good thing for my waistline that he doesn't.)


Oct. 25th, 2014 05:24 am
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"I thought 'eureka' was Greek for 'the bath water is too hot.'" -- lots of people apparently, based on skimming Google hits for the phrase, but most recently by Mephistopheles O'Brien, commeter at Respectful Insolence, as recently noted by [info] realinterrobang

Dravidian languages

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:01 pm
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Today I drew a tree of the relationships between the Dravidian languages (because someone asked about Tamil). Source.

not so much

Oct. 24th, 2014 10:52 am
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The side effects are lessening. Still the odd sensation of ripples of energy flowing through me, but nothing more. Heartbeat is behaving, bp is behaving. And I got some sleep.

Public menace

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:58 am
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Texas hospital throws woman out of waiting room for breastfeeding.


Oct. 24th, 2014 07:03 am
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Professor Borges, an excellent book made of Jorge Luis Borges's lectures on English Literature, has the words Avalon and Fabian on facing pages.

(Note for younger readers: [Frankie] Avalon and Fabian were the 50s forerunners of the boy bands: cute guys who could almost sing.)

Epic Fail

Oct. 24th, 2014 05:42 am
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How our free-enterprise medical system makes it harder to notice if a patient has Ebola.

Thanx to Jon Carroll

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