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So, right after I moved in to my apartment I set up my desk and tried to set up my desktop, only to realize that I had no idea where the power cord had run off to. My current hypothesis is that I accidentally didn't bring it with me when I moved in with my sister, or I accidentally didn't bring it with me to Iowa. They didn't have one at Best Buy, they didn't have one at Target, they didn't have one at the Iowa State University computer store, so I ordered one off NewEgg.

Whoops. I ordered one off the NewEgg Marketplace.

So, a few days pass, a package arrives in the mail.

It's an HDMI cable.

I am first confused, then angry, then confused again. Eventually I get in touch with the seller and they promise to send me the correct cable right away. (At this point I check my email inbox three times to confirm that I actually ordered the correct cable.)

A few more days pass, a package arrives in the mail. I have just come from having a tetanus shot so I'm not in a great mood. (I didn't step on a rusty nail or anything; I went to Student Health for an unrelated thing and they were like "While you're here, has it been a REALLY LONG TIME since your last tetanus shot?")

It's an HDMI cable AGAIN.

Eventually I get in touch with the seller and they agree to just give me a refund so I can buy a power cable from some place that's going to send me a power cable.

(The seller was RiteAV. I can't leave a bad review for them on NewEgg because I didn't have a customer account when I ordered the cable, so I created a customer account just to leave a bad review, but I actually can only review a seller if I bought the thing under my customer account. I feel 10% bad about calling them out because they were nice and apologetic about it, but they sent the wrong cable TWICE.)

They offered to refund me and send me a new cable, but if they sent me another HDMI cable I would have four HDMI cables, and I have no earthly idea what I'd do with four HDMI cables.

Meanwhile, I'm having trouble writing in my office because the chairs are too low, and I'm having trouble writing at home because I'm only getting about 200 Kbps for internet speed. I feel mildly resentful that the cable company is charging my landlord for providing free internet to the apartment but doing it so badly that half of my neighbors are paying the cable company on TOP of that to get decent bandwidth. So I would hate it if I had to do that, but also, I actually do need decent bandwidth!

Platonic

Aug. 23rd, 2016 05:47 am
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How Jo Walton was inspired by Plato

Thanx to Tor.com.

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 05:24 am
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"Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real. ... The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)

[Happy birthday to my bandmate, Becky!]

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Aug. 22nd, 2016 11:39 pm
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Rewatching "The Order of the Phoenix", and even more certain that Harry should have ended up with Luna Lovegood, with whom he has far more spark and warmth than with Ron's little sister.
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Aug. 22nd, 2016 05:24 am
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"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." -- William Butler Yeats (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

Perrine's Mouse-Relocation Service

Aug. 22nd, 2016 01:30 am
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Tired. Tired tired tired. Would be nice to get to sleep early for a change.

Did get to sleep early! Before midnight!

And dragged to awakeness at one-ay-em by the very special sounds of Perrine chasing a mouse around the bedroom. Probably the one that's been a nuisance in the kitchen for a week,

By the time I was awake enough to throw the covers off and a light on, it had found some small space to stay still and silent in; it may be out of the room altogether. Perrine is poking around but I've watched her hunt enough to tell when she's resorted to guessing.

(Ah, there it is, the eye contact and tiny mew asking me to find it for her. I knew that was coming.)

At least she didn't drop it on the bed this time! (Though the sensations of her playing with a mouse on the mattress would have woken me faster than the sounds of her poking through plastic bags.)

If it chews any of my laundry I'll be very, very annoyed.

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Aug. 21st, 2016 10:14 pm
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[personal profile] raincitygirl drew my attention to this consideration of the Trump statues as body-shaming, but I find it hard to agree with, for a few reasons. (This was originally a comment on [personal profile] raincitygirl's journal but I moved it here to consider it more, and not hijack her journal.)

for length )

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Aug. 21st, 2016 07:22 am
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I keep reading Carol Bly's "The Passionate, Accurate Story" and then getting myself tied up in knots thinking I've got to write stories about global warming and nuclear weapons and whatever.

It's not that I don't want to write stories about global warming and nuclear weapons and whatever, but they kind of have to be subtle enough that I can respect them, and also not just retreads of Paolo Bacigalupi.

I'm already dealing with a terrible and insidious level of perfectionism, where I can't even get to the stage of having an idea for something unless I can feel like it's going to be fantastic right from the beginning. So when I put on top of that, "OH, AND YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS" - I mean, that's nonsense, that's just another avoidance mechanism.

And actually "Ramblewood Underground" - it's not all the way there yet in terms of storytelling and story structure but in terms of being a passionate accurate story, it IS very much the sort of thing that I want to be writing, with characters who don't have chemical-weapons-testing jobs to quit like the guy in Carol Bly's story but who exist in the world as it is with all its problems, who can be engaged and compassionate people even if they can't solve those problems.

So that's my challenge to myself: to try to find my way toward stories that I care about, that are important to me, while lowering my standards a hell of a lot when it comes to them being politically and aesthetically perfect.

QotD

Aug. 21st, 2016 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-05:

"One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice." -- Edward Snowden, in the foreword to the recently published book about drone warfare, The Assassination Complex.

[ https://theintercept.com/2016/05/03/edward-snowden-whistleblowing-is-not-just-leaking-its-an-act-of-political-resistance/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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Aug. 20th, 2016 09:57 pm
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Trump's in debt -- or the companies that he owns are in debt. Or that he says he owns. It's a little confusing. But the big number is not at all confusing: $650,000,000. Yes. $650 million.

So why would he even want a job that only pays $400,000 a year, plus a $50,000 expense account, an allowance for travel and a smaller allowance for entertainment?

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Aug. 20th, 2016 12:34 pm
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Broke a tooth last night, back molar that already had an inlay. Not in pain, but not happy about the probability of another crown.

QotD

Aug. 20th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

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Aug. 19th, 2016 06:44 pm
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For no good reason, I want to see what Tony Stark would do with a sonic screwdriver. Never mind how he gets his hands on it. I want to see him go nuts over it.

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Aug. 19th, 2016 12:48 pm
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I'm now in www.imzy.com as twistedchick (though I haven't done anything yet but look around). And Imzy gave me five invites to give away -- if you'd like one, let me know. (I will need an email address to send it to.)

The Summer Sinus Cold of Longevity is still clutching at my nasal passages but sloooowly going away. I actually slept most of last night without problems, something that hasn't happened in two weeks.

It seems as if some of the mosquitoes have gone away. I hope they send for their relatives soon and they all go. I'd like to sit in my lounge chair on the back patio without becoming dinner for them, regardless of how much stinky stuff I put on.
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I've seen this sketch many times, but I only just realised that the judge is Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor from Dr Who).

Some of the gameshows are largely forgotten:
1) What's My Line? (guess someone's job)
2) Mastermind (rapid-fire questions on a subject)
3) Call My Bluff (guess the definition of an obscure word)
4) Blankety-Blank (guess what word someone else used to complete a sentence)
5) Give Us A Clue (charades)
6) It's A Knockout ("play your joker" in a round to double your points)
7) The Price Is Right ("come on down!")

Gaffes:
1) the judge is wearing a barrister's wig
2) no judge in England uses a gavel
3) the defendant is standing in the witness box
4) lawyers don't walk around the courtroom
5) er, court trials don't include gameshow references.

QotD

Aug. 19th, 2016 05:24 am
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"True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), No Cross, No Crown (1682)

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Aug. 18th, 2016 09:47 pm
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So - I think that one of the most important things that art can do, and one of the things that gets into really thorny questions about representation and what is universal vs. what's merely presented as something universal, is this moment when you say "Oh, I thought that was just me. That isn't just me." And - I think these moments are maybe especially significant to me as a person who's introverted and socially anxious - like, it's really hard for me to get that feeling interacting with other human beings because anything I say has been run through so many "IS THIS WEIRD???" filters that -- if it's a thing where I worry I'm weird or alone in my thoughts, I just don't say it at all.

But I was at a party tonight, and it was that strange and great and horrible mix of pleasant conversation and roiling social anxiety, and I remembered the first time I heard that Stars lyric where Torq sings "But it doesn't make it easy / To leave the party at the right time," and I thought, OH MY GOD, there's someone else who understands that leaving the party at the right time is ridiculously difficult.

I think I managed it. If I hadn't bought lights for my bike, it would've been the wrong time.

that meme from FB

Aug. 18th, 2016 04:33 pm
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about getting to know me -- as if the last 20 years online didn't do it...
behind cut )

Anyone who wants to can take this meme and run with it.

Duplication of effort

Aug. 18th, 2016 05:31 am
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Two narcs were independently using the Silk Road investigation as a cover to steal vast sums of money.

Thanx to Metafilter

QotD

Aug. 18th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Our earliest ancestors formed tribes so we could hunt more efficiently and protect one another. We moved on to villages, then cities and finally nations for mutual benefit. We can do more together than alone, and when we band together we can put safety nets in place so if people are unlucky and get struck down, we can all help them back up. That way no one has to live in fear of losing out in the lottery of life. That's what social democracy is, and those of us who live in them recognize that what we have is pretty damn great."-- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-26

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Monsanto misled the public into thinking its pesticides are safe and do not cause cancer when it knew that it does, Sharon Lerner from The Intercept reported on May 17, 2016. As of April 2016, John Sanders and Frank Tanner are suing Monsanto because the company did not conduct the necessary tests on the “inert” […]

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Each year, over 65,000 women in the United States suffer life-threatening complications, including physical and psychological conditions aggravated by pregnancy, and over 600 die from pregnancy related causes. Elizabeth Dawes Gay reports the vast impact of the health care system collapse on rural areas, and the racial disparity underlying the United States’ maternal health crisis. […]

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In April 2016, twenty-one plaintiffs, aged eight to nineteen, brought a lawsuit against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to the United States Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon. Judge Thomas Coffin ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ charge that the federal government violates constitutional and public trust rights by its ongoing promotion […]

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Aug. 17th, 2016 05:24 am
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"Sunday, January 27, 1884. -- There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat's plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master's plate, the other on its own." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)

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Aug. 16th, 2016 07:14 pm
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Still here. Nearly over the Summer Head Cold of Sleeplessness. I have managed to finish ripping apart the heavy double-thick sweater that I'm recycling into other projects, but it's too hot to knit.

I am now 50 lbs down from my highest weight; another 10 or so and I could wear my wedding dress (if I wanted to), though since I had the breast reduction I'd probably have to stuff the bodice a bit.

Some years ago I wrote a fanfic for a Ray Bradbury story. And now I can't find it to post it. Maybe when I next have insomnia I will spend my lack of sleep looking for it.
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In 2014, then US Attorney General Eric Holder warned that so-called risk scores might be injecting bias into the nation’s judicial system. As ProPublica reported in May 2015, courtrooms across the country use risk scores, also known as risk assessments, to rate a defendant’s risk of future crime and, in many states—including Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, […]

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Transgender Health Care Falling Short

Aug. 16th, 2016 07:57 pm
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In May 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services added a rule to the Affordable Care Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, as Mallory Locklear reported for Women’s eNews, although the amendment, known as Section 1557, may protect transgender individuals seeking medical care, […]

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Migrant women working in Sonoma County’s famous vineyards are “coming together to support one another and advocate for the safety of undocumented fieldworkers,” Trina Moyles and KJ Dakin reported for YES! Magazine in June 2016. As Moyles and Dakin wrote, “Thousands of women from Mexico and Central America have played a crucial role in developing […]

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Jorge Rivas and Rafa Fernandez de Castro of Fusion reported that, following the horrific Pulse Nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, victims without legal status now face “a whole additional set of challenges in the wake of the horrible mass-shooting.” Their report describes the cases of an undocumented 24-year-old Salvadorian survivor named […]

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Proper attire

Aug. 16th, 2016 12:37 pm
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As you know, Bob, Zoe Quinn is representing Dr. Chuck Tingle at the Hugo ceremonies. Now she has bought a unicorn dress for the occasion. If he wins the rocketship, I trust she will present it to him in the appropriate fashion.

Thanx to File 770

Mentioning Sci-Hub

Aug. 16th, 2016 11:49 am
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Bullying academic journal publishers (as is their nature) meet a dean who fights back.

Thanx to Metafilter

QotD

Aug. 16th, 2016 05:24 am
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Florence Ambrose:  I don't want to be a troublemaker.
 
Sam Starfall:  What? You want corrupt systems to continue? Go along to get along?
 
Florence Ambrose:  Well, no.
 
Sam Starfall:  You want justice? You're a troublemaker.
 
Chief of police:  Those two don't have to go together.
 
Sam Starfall:  [smiling] Ah, but they so often do.
 

-- from Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2015-06-29

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