Back to the wheelchair etc.

Aug. 31st, 2014 10:18 am
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Well, dang.

Last episode, as you may recall, I had just fractured my ankle. Just as I was regaining my ability to walk ( and was down to just a light brace and a single crutch)

I had a rare reaction to an antibiotic, which left me with inflamed tendons, especially the ones in my legs. And since there's a risk of the Achilles' tearing ( ew ew ew, ick) it's back to the wheelchair for me.

This summer has SUCKED.


Aug. 31st, 2014 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-21:

"But in the United States by far the major innovations in productivity improvement all involve ideology, the highly inventive calling-forth by management of voluntary, rather than forced, forms of super-exploitation. So far the most common examples for the average worker involve the donation of additional time represented by the ideology of professionalism. Workers not previously considered professional and not compensated like professionals now routinely donate countless hours to their employers: doing one's email at 6 am, taking phone calls in the evening, writing reports on weekends, traveling and attending employer events on personal time, and so forth." -- Marc Bousquet


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Kevin Gosztola of Firedoglake

Aug. 31st, 2014 09:02 am
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HCB tomorrow in Virginia

Aug. 30th, 2014 03:25 pm
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Another kind of odd couple of weeks, another last-minute gig announcement that I'd meant to make a while ago, another big pile of posts-I-should-write stuck in my head until I have a less scattered couple of days -- a little too familiar, but here I am.

Tomorrow, 31 August 2014, The Homespun Ceilidh Band will be performing at the Virginia Scottish Games. We're scheduled for 4:30 PM in the Fiddle Tent, but that's in festival-time so we could possibly go on a little early or a little late depending on how things are running on that stage.

This event is held at Great Meadow, in The Plains, VA, a large, nice site. Plan for plenty of walking, and of course come much earlier than our show so you can enjoy the rest of the Games too! (Directions and admission fees on the event web site.)

This is on the heels of a War of 1812 event last weekend, and an impresive wedding the weekend before, but then we'll have a little downtime after this.

The symbol

Aug. 30th, 2014 11:53 am
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[ profile] nellorat has some thoughts on the World Fantasy Award controversy. I agree.

True Detective

Aug. 30th, 2014 11:37 am
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I am taking advantage of being laid up by watching all the shows I never had time to see.

This is a pretty problematic show, and one episode in, already have the feeling that the journey is better than the destination.

But I'm gonna stick with it, because I am absolutely fascinated with Woody Harrelson's character, or maybe just by Harrelson's acting choices?

I guess I'll see if it all falls apart in a few episodes.

Gentle Readers: harmless phantoms

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:53 pm
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Gentle Readers
a newsletter made for sharing
volume 1, number 20
25th August 2014: harmless phantoms
What I’ve been up to

It's been three months! This is the last issue of volume 1, and next week volume 2 begins: it'll be more of the same, except that I'm adding reviews of some of the children's books I've loved in my life. I'll be collecting the twenty issues of volume 1 together in a printed book, which I'll be emailing you about when it's ready.

This week has been busy but uneventful, which I wish was a less common mixture, but it was good to drop into Manchester during the Pride festival. I apologise for this issue being late: I had it all prepared, and then there was a server problem, and then I found I'd lost one of the sections completely, so it had to be rewritten. Never mind: you have it now!

A poem of mine


My talent (or my curse) is getting lost:
my routes are recondite and esoteric.
Perverted turns on every road I crossed
have dogged my feet from Dover up to Berwick.
My move to London only served to show
what fearful feast of foolishness was mine:
I lost my way from Tower Hill to Bow,
and rode the wrong way round the Circle Line.
In nameless London lanes I wandered then
whose tales belied my tattered A to Z,
and even now, in memory again
I plod despairing, Barking in my head,
still losing track of who and where I am,
silent, upon a street in Dagenham.

(Notes: the title is a reference to Keats's sonnet On First Looking into Chapman's Homer. "A to Z" is a standard book of London streetmaps.)


A picture
On-sweet bathroom

Something wonderful

In the poem above, I mentioned Berwick-upon-Tweed, or Berwick for short, which rhymes with Derek. Berwick is the most northerly town in England, two miles from the Scottish border. It stands at the mouth of the river Tweed, which divides Scotland from England in those parts, but Berwick is on the Scottish bank: for quite a bit of its history it was a very southerly town in Scotland instead. The town's football team still plays in the Scottish leagues instead of the English. Berwick has been in English hands since 1482, though given next month's referendum I'm not going to guess how long that will last.

As befits such a frontier town, it's impressively fortified, and the castle and ramparts are well worth seeing. But today I particularly wanted to tell you about the story of its war with Russia.

Fans of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, and anyone who had to learn The Charge of the Light Brigade at school, will remember the Crimean War, a conflict which remained an infamous example of pointless waste of life until at least 1914. Now, because Berwick had changed hands between England and Scotland several times, it was once the rule that legal documents would mention both countries as "England, Scotland, and Berwick-upon-Tweed" to be on the safe side. And the story goes that when Britain declared war on Russia in 1853, it was in the name of England, Scotland, and Berwick-upon-Tweed, but the peace treaty in 1856 forgot to include Berwick, so this small town remained technically at war with Russia for over a century.

In fact, the tale is untrue: Berwick wasn't mentioned in the declaration of war, as far as I know, though I admit I haven't been able to trace a copy-- can any of you do any better? But such is the power of story that in 1966, with the Cold War becoming ever more tense, the town council decided that something had to be done about the problem. So the London correspondent of Pravda, one Oleg Orestov, travelled the 350 miles up to Berwick for peace talks, so that everyone could be sure that Berwick was not at war with the USSR. The mayor told Mr Orestov, "Please tell the Russian people through your newspaper that they can sleep peacefully in their beds."

Something from someone else

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the doorway, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

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Aug. 30th, 2014 06:06 am
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An idiot who thinks there's a War on Christmas is making a movie about it. Charles Pierce is merciless.

When narratives collide

Aug. 30th, 2014 05:55 am
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Deep thinks about the two most interesting NFL rookies. My clouded crystal ball says that Michael Sam will do OK and Johnny Manziel will turn out to be Tim Tebow with lifestyle issues.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.


Aug. 30th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Bah! Details! I am not an engineer. Engineers I hire. My job is not to do the impossible, it is to make others do it for me." -- Nicholas van Rijn, in The Man Who Counts (1958) by Poul Anderson (b. 1926-11-25, d. 2001-07-31)

Life update

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:52 am
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I am a bear of little brain right now, and I am deeply envious of all of you who are committing to the post-every-day challenge. I can't do that, but I can do this:

  • I returned to full-time work and my arms promptly got worse again. They have now plateaued (pain level about 3) and I am afraid to add any more things that I love (dancing! vidding! typing to you!) until I see the doc in two weeks. I'm hoping for a referral to a nerve specialist.

  • Jobhunting is a full-time job and I already have one of those, so I am exhausted. Seeing lots of cool amazing things and applied for my Dream Job, which is so exciting! But wow, too much talking to people. I'm giving away all my lunches and evenings to telling people my life story and constructing a look for interviews. This is expensive and tiring, but worth it, in the long run. Also, I look really sharp right now.

  • I am bursting with vid ideas/collabs/pet creative projects and I am trying to inch them forward without actually using my hands. Voice-controlled software does not work well for me. That thing where you can just beam thoughts from your brain into the computer? I want that. As an alternative, I will be pestering collab partners to Skype with me.

  • P.'s job is imploding even more than mine.

  • Palatino has decided, since my last hair adventure, that my hair is DELICIOUS and he is now seizing every opportunity to chew on my head. This is not conducive to relaxing or sleeping. It's a good thing he's adorable. I'm hoping to wear him out this weekend with our first leash-training session.

  • The songwriter of "Transparent", Duncan Wright, contacted me out of the blue to tell me how much he liked my vid and to offer more songs of his to use in my work. Warm fuzzies all day, I have to say. This is the third time an artist has expressed appreciation of one of my vids and granted permission for me to use their music. More motivation to vid the obscure.

  • I miss you guys.

Windows? And not the computer type

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:23 am
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I am sitting in a room that has eight windows. Eight double-hung wooden-framed windows that were installed in .... maybe 1962? About half have cracks of one sort or another from the house settling (this is in the add-on; the original house dates from 1946.) In the winter, it is measurably 10 degrees F colder in this room than in any other -- despite it being the sunniest room in that season.

We are thinking of getting new windows installed -- but the last installation did not go as well as it should have, and several of the double-glazed windows have gotten hazy inside because the seals did not last.

So. Have you had windows installed in the past few years? What brand? How are they working out? Pros? Cons? Would you do it again? Tell me all about it?

Polite and other

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:36 am
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Smart(-ass) answers to stupid questions about lesbians

Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker

Dear Craigslist Poster*

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:39 am
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I understand your desire to get the most possible money for your used computer. But $625 for a Mac G5 desktop? Even with two Mac monitors -- presumably of the same ancient vintage (well, ancient in computer years), this is ridiculous.

You say, 'It has been in storage for all except first year of its life. That is why I am calling this "new." '

Sweetheart, time passes even in storage units. This computer is somewhere between nine and eleven years old. That's elderly even for a Mac. Furthermore, this is an outdated Mac. It's running on a PowerPC processor. You cannot upgrade this machine to the current OS. In fact, it won't run anything past OS 10.5.8. That's if you're lucky. Older G5s are stuck at 10.3.9.

For less than the price you're asking, other Craigslist sellers are offering much better bargains: a three-year-old MacBook Pro running OS 10.9.4 with Office 2011; a four-year-old i7 Mac Mini server with display, keyboard, and mouse; even a Mac Pro Tower, which is a fearsome beast. All have far more speed, power, RAM, and storage than your G5.

On the other hand, you're not the only person selling a G5 on Craigslist. The other ads are asking anywhere from $50 to $350 for these systems. (The $350 system seems overpriced, but it's bigger and faster than yours.)

I've loved every Mac I ever had. I loved and used my Apple IIe for eight and a half years -- not occasionally, but for five to ten hours a day -- and I was deeply disappointed when it couldn't be fixed. But a touch of realism, please. The G5 just isn't worth that much.

*Not linking out of mercy.

So why am I looking at Mac ads on Craigslist?

Because my much-loved MacBook Pro has finally succumbed. Anybody got a used Mac for sale? Desktop preferred, which basically means a Mini, probably.

Tail wags dog

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:12 am
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The purpose of media entertainment is to create fandoms. This approach is not unknown amongst us old-school fanzine types.

Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker

Everybody's doing it

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:17 am
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Ten books that made a lasting impression on me
Robert Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land
Shea & Wilson: Illuminatus
David Cole Gordon: Self-Love / Overcoming the Fear of Death
Joseph Heller: Catch-22
Alan Watts: The Book
Martin Gardner: Fads and Fallacies
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Dispossessed
Philip K. Dick: Eye in the Sky and others
G. Spencer Brown: Laws of Form (though I haven't managed to finish it)
James Joyce: Ulysses

ETA: And of course The Crying of Lot 49. These top 10 things never work.


Aug. 29th, 2014 06:01 am
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Guess what can reduce opioid overdoses. Pity it's ritually unclean.

Thanx to Follow Me Here


Aug. 29th, 2014 05:24 am
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"The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before." --ۥ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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President Obama shocked the conscience of the nation by wearing a light-colored suit.

Thanx to [ profile] novapsyche


Aug. 28th, 2014 12:29 pm
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H.P. Lovecraft's prose is like Bob Dylan's voice: It's not good but sometime it's just right for what he's doing.

Everything you know is wrong.

Aug. 28th, 2014 07:11 am
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Hello Kitty is not a cat. She is a little girl who has a cat that looks just like her.


Aug. 28th, 2014 06:57 am
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I am old enough to remember when Ben Stein occasionally made sense. I am not, however, old enough to remember when any intelligent person gave credence to the image of the gigantic inherently scary black man made even more terrifying by the lethal effects of the Killer Drug Marijuana.

Low grade

Aug. 28th, 2014 06:43 am
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One way to respond to sexist harassment


Aug. 28th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world." -- Tina Weymouth (b. 1950-11-22)


Aug. 27th, 2014 06:55 pm
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Jim C. Hines tells how he created an autistic character.

Thanx to [ profile] jimhines, of course

Frightened by success?

Aug. 27th, 2014 02:28 pm
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Having done a good thing (the female scientist set), Lego has repented. What, if anything, are they thinking?


Aug. 27th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

Not the ice bucket challenge

Aug. 27th, 2014 01:23 am
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I spent like two hours making this. I'm sure there was some good reason for that.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 03:31 pm
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I keep having big plans for the day but then I am continuously awake for 23 hours so I spend the whole day asleep or I have to get rid of my computer chair and then I have to go on a Horrible Ikea Quest to get a new one when it's late August and EVERYONE is buying dorm room stuff or...

At least it's a 3-day weekend coming up. I should be able to accomplish something, with three days to work with.

Some very good points

Aug. 26th, 2014 07:46 am
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Love is not enough. And I must say I enjoyed the opening paragraph:
In 1967, John Lennon wrote a song called, “All You Need is Love.” He also beat both of his wives, abandoned one of his children, verbally abused his gay Jewish manager with homophobic and anti-semitic slurs, and once had a camera crew film him lying naked in his bed for an entire day.
Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker


Aug. 26th, 2014 05:48 am
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In which The New York Times is relieved to learn that the police are not shooting unarmed angels

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.


Aug. 26th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787-01-16

ice and elevation

Aug. 25th, 2014 07:43 pm
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My ankle and side are still painful, but it's nowhere near as bad now as the first few days after the accident. But this puts a metaphor into my head. When I was told to rest and elevate my ankle, I didn't: I grabbed a crutch and went on with my ordinary life as best I could. It was foolish, but staying still for that long made me very anxious. In hindsight, I see I should have iced and elevated, at least for a few days.

And here I am also trying to get over PTSD/anxiety things, and it seems I have the same problem there as well. So, what's the mental health equivalent of ice and elevation?


Aug. 25th, 2014 05:24 am
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"I cannot hide my anger to spare your guilt, nor your hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness." -- Audre Lorde from the essay "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism" -- in the text Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

(thanks to [info] - personal bcholmes for posting it where I'd see it earlier.)

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