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([personal profile] twistedchick Apr. 30th, 2017 04:44 am)
Woke for no reason at 3; body, what? The pred has me in a phase where I tend to eat anything within range -- thus, a few more pounds, though they will come off easily enough later. The other side effect is the chipmunk cheeks and eyebags -- I think the last time my face was this round I was 18 months old?

But, felt I had to be Useful since awake, so I went into Second Life and revised the trees and floewrs in the region where I have authority to do so. Exterior decorating in a virtual world -- click on a leaf, change flower colors, change plant height and width, scatter daisies randomly on fields. I am trying to change things gradually over time there, the way a season would change in RL, so the flowering trees are being revised now into something else for summer, possibly a green bush or two, and the tall grass between the buildings has little white starlike flowers in it. Which, yeah, no lawnmowers so why not? Before I started to serve as dean of commons, there were a handful of old-style (not terribly pretty) trees, and not much else. I had a stack of sample trees in my inventory from a really good creator, and put them in, along with whatever else I could find, and that has worked. I want the place to look more real, like a unversity where there are gardeners who change things with the seasons, not like something built 10 years ago and never changed. And it's fun. It compensates somewhat for having to deal with confused newbies who can't find their clothes or stop running into each other, and for unconfused griefers whose sole purpose is to cause trouble and get kicked out because for some of them Getting Kicked Out of Oxbridge is like a medal. Whoopie. I can stand to deal with fewer of them, and I cleared more places on the ban lists during insomnia last week.

Lately, though, when I'm there at a time to help newbies, and others are there, the conversation has been about cookpots. One of the others, former staff (long story), scorched the bottom of his best cookpot the other day and has been having deep discussions about how to renovate it. I find it hard to believe the thing cost him 800 Euros in the first place -- but it is very design-oriented with a built-in waffle bottom to cook with less oil, so perhaps that's a thing. Anyway, we have all been comparing recipes across cultures -- German, Finnish, US, whoever else is there. Apparently peperoni in German means jalapeno-type hot pepper, not the sausage you put on pizza. Which makes sense of why I never saw what I thought of as pepperoni on a pizza in Europe.

Going to try sleeping again, just to see if it works.
Friday I decided to go into the city to see the High Line at night, when it's lit up. It closes at 10 pm. But it was super hot and I wanted to be outside for a while so I left hours earlier so I could stroll Fifth Avenue for photo opportunities and I took my music off my iPhone to have room, since the memory issue's gotten that bad. I rolled my left ankle a bit on my walk to the subway but refused to turn back.

I remembered that there was an Apple Store on Fifth Avenue when it had the light-up glass box that sometimes showed up in the reflections on my Bergdorf window pics, but didn't know what happened when that box came down. Turned out Apple moved several feet away to the former F.A.O. Schwartz store space. (RIP, F.A.O., I miss you.) So I brought my iPhone there for help. One of the service people did a factory reset of my phone and we loaded the backup I uploaded to my iCloud at the store. (Btw, if you're wandering Manhattan and need a place to rest, you can sit at the Apple Store and use their wifi and air conditioning.) It took two hours, but I had a seat, their wifi, a charger, their AC, and knowledgeable people nearby. The person told me that since my phone's iOS was current and worked fine with my older iTunes, so I could sync all rigtht, but warned me that I might still have a problem if there are corrupted files in my backup.

Guess. Just guess.

(How do files on a phone get corrupted? Why are Apple phones so buggy anyway? Though at least they don't spontaneously combust.)

But it seemed good at the time so I went out and took some photos at Bergdorf, though I was distracted for a while by the unexpected-for-even-NYC turkey wandering the small park in front of the Plaza Hotel. My time of bad luck continues, High Line hijinks, and nevertheless my iPhone problems persisted )

I have some thinking to do. I seriously wish I could leave Malfunction Junction already.
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([personal profile] torachan Apr. 30th, 2017 01:32 am)
1. I had to go to the Gardena store four times this week, which sucks, but I got reimbursed for my mileage each time, so now I have a bunch of cash, which is nice.

2. Since I have cash, we went to DK's Donuts tonight and got some after-dinner doughnuts and doughnuts to have for breakfast tomorrow.

3. It's been getting pretty warm during the day, but is still nice and chilly at night. Warm nights are the worst, so they can continue to stay away for a good long while!

4. Molly's such a pretty kitty!

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([personal profile] ironed_orchid Apr. 30th, 2017 04:12 pm)
Excellent third episode for Bill. Very pleased with this one.

stuff I like in bullet points )
Title: Let's Kiss in Canada
Fandom: due South
Relationship: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 37 words
Summary: Kowalski isn't the only one who is a poet on the inside -- Fraser has poetry hidden inside too.
Fic on AO3.

Title: Step One
Fandom: due South
Relationship: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: Teen & Up
Length: 12 words
Summary: Fraser and Ray take the first step in consensual bondage.
Fic on AO3.

Title: Sea Change, See Change
Fandom: Wilby Wonderful
Relationship: Dan Jarvis/Duck McDonald
Rating: Teen & Up
Length: 85 words
Warning: Mention of past suicidal intentions may be triggery for some readers, but note that it is not graphically described and that it resolves with the protagonist choosing life and love.
Summary: Dan had been suicidal, but the self-destructive bent has been banished by acknowledging and accepting love.
Fic on AO3.
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([personal profile] bow_mcarrow posting in [community profile] addme Apr. 30th, 2017 04:57 pm)
NAME: Alex
AGE: 27
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: I'm into a lot of the usual things. I love music and play guitar and drums, but haven't played as much as I'd like to lately. I'd love to be in a band again, but it's hard to get people together. Mostly I listen to alternative rock i.e. The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr, Silversun Pickups, The Mars Volta, Sonic Youth etc. but I'm trying to broaden my horizons a bit.
I play a lot of vidya games, mainly on PC these days. My most played games according to Steam are Dota 2, Rust, ARK, DayZ and Payday 2 if that means anything to anyone.
I also have a stupidly big collection of board games and a giant bag of dice for D&D/tabletop RPGs. I fancy myself as a (very) amateur writer and I take a crack at NaNo every year. I like to read. Also have a ton of comics/graphic novels but I'm really, really behind on what's happening in comics these days.

LOOKING FOR: I'm just looking for some interesting journals to read, people to talk to, anyone likeminded or even anyone different. As long as you're not a bigot or a massive dick or anything we'll get along swell!

ANYTHING ELSE?: I'm from LJ, looks like that's a recurring theme here. I've been over there on and off since 2005 but it feels like Dreamwidth might be the place to be so I'm crossposting at the moment and will probably try and merge everything over eventually. Feel free to add me here or there!

ALSO KNOWN AS: [ profile] bow_mcarrow
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([personal profile] marina Apr. 30th, 2017 10:10 am)
I have like 17 different entries I need, want, intend to and have started writing, but there's never any time to finish them (it's been busyyyyyyyy), so let's try for something short and frivolous that I might actually be able to hit "post" with.

Versailles S2 )
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([personal profile] selenak Apr. 30th, 2017 09:08 am)
Last conference day; thus, a brief review of a delightful episode.

Read more... )
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([personal profile] onyxlynx Apr. 29th, 2017 11:30 pm)
Busy rescuing the car. (Remember what I said about never saying anything nice about geriatric cars? I slipped.)

Also I have to say that the first I heard about an anti-Trump climate march was this morning. The last event by the lake had 3 days' advance notice.

As I understand, the crowd needed another thousand people. Oh well.
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([personal profile] fred_mouse Apr. 30th, 2017 02:41 pm)
Eldest explaining to middlest how to use the Thermomix in order to cook custard (tasty tasty custard. Possibly better than the microwave recipe that we have. Middlest added pandan flavouring, which I'm not sure I could taste.)

Youngest: I thought this question was asking for 'religion'. 'Wales' was a surprising first option.
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([personal profile] marahmarie Apr. 30th, 2017 02:25 am)

Worth reading not just for the biology - as up for debate as that might be - but for the points the author makes throughout.

That word—disease—carries a stigma with it. By using it here, I don’t mean that the poor are (that I am) inferior or compromised. I mean that the poor are afflicted, and told by the rest of the world that their condition is a necessary, temporary, and even positive part of modern capitalism. We tell the poor that they have the chance to escape if they just work hard enough; that we are all equally invested in a system that doles out rewards and punishments in equal measure. We point at the rare rags-to-riches stories like my own, which seem to play into the standard meritocracy template.

But merit has little to do with how I got out.

Why do so few make it out of poverty? I can tell you from experience it is not because some have more merit than others. It is because being poor is a high-risk gamble. The asymmetry of outcomes for the poor is so enormous because it is so expensive to be poor. Imagine losing a job because your phone was cut off, or blowing off an exam because you spent the day in the ER dealing with something that preventative care would have avoided completely. Something as simple as that can spark a spiral of adversity almost impossible to recover from. The reality is that when you’re poor, if you make one mistake, you’re done.

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([personal profile] chocolateboxmod posting in [community profile] fandom5k Apr. 30th, 2017 02:12 am)
The deadline has passed! We have just now checked the archive for really obvious placeholders, and the collection should now be open again for people to upload.

If you don't have a story, there are a number of potential explanations
  • You defaulted and your author defaulted on you;
  • Your author has an extension. Please check in on 3 May, as that is when the vast majority of extensions are to;
  • You are a pinch hit;
  • Something really weird has gone on and you need to contact us at fandom5kmod[at]gmail immediately.

Feel free to shoot us an email if you want to know whether your author has an extension - there are quite a few this time around!

Now, for pinch hits! These are due at 11:59pm on 10 May. Please comment with the number of the pinch hit or the recipient's AO3 name, as well as your AO3 name if you wish to claim one of them. Comments are screened!

Pinch Hit #22: Teen Wolf, Supergirl, MCU, Veronica Mars - CLAIMED )

Pinch Hit #23: Dark Matter, Rogue One, Sinbad, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy )
Pinch Hit #24: Nirvana in Fire, The Yin-Yang Master, Memory Sorrow and Thorn, Babylon 5 )

Pinch Hit #25: The Eagle | The Eagle of the Ninth, due South, Once Upon A Time, Frontier Wolf ) Pinch Hit #26: Wynnona Earp, Original Work, Crossover Fandoms, Rivers of London, Psych - CLAIMED )

Pinch Hit #27: DCU, Dollhouse, Rogue One, Game of Thrones, Death Stranding RPF )

Pinch Hit 28: Leverage, Dragon Age, Stardew Valley, MCU - CLAIMED )

Pinch hit #29: Timeless, Once Upon A Time, The Flash, The 100 - CLAIMED )
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([personal profile] radiantfracture Apr. 29th, 2017 10:01 pm)
Coughing and/or sleeping

Sick again all this past week. It seems to be lifting.

For two nights I couldn't sleep. After the first night, I was strangely energized; after the second, I was all in ruins.

The next night, I worked out I could sleep if I sat on the futon (which sits on the floor), then propped my torso up on the bed with pillows and quilts. This way, I could lie upright but completely supported. I listened to the soundtrack of West Wing episodes all night and finally slept, not heavily but at least for a reasonable duration. Last night I slept in a more usual position and it seemed all right.

I've had these happy dreams the last few days, jumbles of community and confusion, with Mild Peril but a general sense of positive action.

News in noises and images

I'm starting new courses on Monday. I'm running an online course for the first time, and tonight I finished a super goofy little audio intro for the course website. I open with the distinctive harmonica line from "The Times They are A-Changin" -- distinctive in this case for being almost unrecognizeable when played breathlessly upon my bent harmonica. This, because the long text for the course will be Alan Moore's Watchmen, and the Dylan song is, of course, played over the opening credits of the film version.

I want to watch the new MST3K, but I don't want to re-sub to NetFlix. LB & S & I are contemplating American Gods as our next group viewing project. Also, there are two episodes of John Oliver to watch.


Because of Backlisted podcast, I'm reading Jane Gardham's A Far Cry from Verona, and it's really pretty wonderful. I've never read anything by Gardham, but I like her voice and I'm already seeking out more.

Mild spoilers and peril )

Money and planning and grimacing adulthood

I have been making a budget, a proper one, for the first time, well, probably ever. It shows me I am terrible with money, which I knew, and yet it grieves me. However, it also offers me scope for reform.

On Tuesday and Wednesday I was so committed to procrastination that I actually wrote two poems and sent them out, thus doubling my submission rate as compared to 2016. So I did *something* for poetry month.

Next up: meal planning.

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([personal profile] marahmarie Apr. 29th, 2017 09:59 pm)

I was reading this deep-thinky thing about Facebook today when the terminology got to me, as per usual.

The overarching framework was that Facebook, and the Internet more broadly, have encouraged us to gather into "information bubbles" and "silo" off. After over a year of being subjected to this nonsensical blather, which even Obama is guilty of splattering across our consciences, it finally hit me that the people who write these things need to get out more.

What brought this to the forefront for me is how neutrally the problem is framed. We're divided based upon our "preferences" and "what sounds more like the truth" and "bias" and what? Really?

None of these things cause our divisions. The dividing line is one of lies which likely stretch back to pre-historic times. Some people enjoy deceit, think being mean is what makes them superior, that pissing on people's legs is a perfectly good reason to tell them it's raining out, or get a kick out of choosing an unlikely scenario over the most likely one - because the truth is flat-out enraging if it contradicts their in-group identity (which in all respects is built upon a shared sense of superiority), while telling the truth is flat-out boring and will not advance their causes, so is to be avoided at all costs.

They live, in other words, to cause, be the source of and to increase baseless friction. Friction is the water they swim in, the air they breathe, the source of all energy they have, and causing it is how they "stand out" from "the others". A lot of people deserve the silos they build and will remain in. A famed subterranean silo, the existence of which has been hotly contested for eons, was no doubt designed specifically with this in mind.

For them kindness is weakness, truth an embarrassing letdown or just not harmful enough to sustain, loving one another a silly game for the weak-minded and feeble, helping one another a degrading lesson in bad optics, because for anyone else to win requires they lose something - either time, money, or else their positions as sole proprietors of the universe - arbitrarily picking groups to spew scorn upon ensures superiority, telling lies ensures their superiority lasts, and enforcing those lies with laws and violence starts and fuels their dynasties.

So it's not choosing an "information bubble" or "what sounds more like the truth".

It's having the spirit of truth, which each side either has or else pretends to have while doing the exact opposite of what the truth would require. No one's choosing what "sounds more like the truth", some people are simply rejecting it to advance their own causes, which isn't a new problem: it's been a part of the human condition for thousands of years.

But until the discussion is framed more honestly - as a war between truth and lies, and therefore: right and wrong, good and bad, morality and amorality, the so-called silos will remain, and the people within them will stay put.

As they always have.



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