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Jan. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm
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I've had a painful virus for a few days. Fever and chills, muscle aches, even my skin hurts. The most difficult to tolerate is a spot inside my throat that makes swallowing painful. I can only drink in tiny sips, well-spaced, not only because it hurts but also because if a drop of liquid lands on the wrong spot it makes me cough, which a)hurts and b)expels all the liquid I was trying to swallow.

I haven't peed in a day and a half, and that was only a few drops. I've drunk most of a 16-oz bottle of water and six ounces of orange juice, but I must be sweating it all out. Is this bad for my kidneys? Like, how bad? Should I go to Urgent Care and ask them for subcutaneous fluids?

Also, is the active ingredient in Chloraseptic Throat Spray the same drug that dentists use to numb you up for a filling? Because my dentist says that doesn't really work on me, and this throat spray doesn't seem to have any effect either.

The March

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:30 pm
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The Women's March on Washington was incredible. While I was in it, I mostly felt stressed and overwhelmed, because crowds and I do not get along. But I'm glad I pushed through that and went.

Seeing all the women (and men, and people of other genders, and dogs), all the signs, all the images and news headlines, all the marches around the world, makes me feel really proud and inspired to have been involved. To have helped make history.

Women's March on NYC

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:14 pm
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I couldn't figure out how to post pictures to DW, they only permit urls for some reason. So I posted to LJ and will include a link to that post here:

http://shadowkat67.livejournal.com/1279213.html

Over 300,000 people marched in the Women's March in NYC today. Below are photos from our march from 47th Street to 2nd Avenue, then 2nd Avenue to 42nd Street, and 42nd St to 5th Avenue. The March was to be from 2nd Avenue to 42nd, 42nd to 5th, and 5th to 56th, but they stopped it at 50th apparently and re-routed to 1st Avenue, because of the area around Trump Tower has been blocked off. Or so we were told. Doesn't matter, at 4PM, I'd made it as far as 42nd and 3rd Avenue. I jumped out with a friend at 3rd and 42nd, a couple of blocks from 5th Avenue. We'd been marching from roughly 11:30 AM to 4PM. We bailed at 4PM. Our feet quite numb from the cold. It was supposed to be in the 50s, but felt more like the 40s. The whole time, I was thinking, a nice hot bath would be wonderful and maybe a cup of hot coco.

I journeyed home and took a nice hot bath. The trains were screwy today. Several weren't running at all, two on other lines. It was a mess. And the city hadn't prepared for 300,000 marchers, they'd expected only 60-75,000. DC had over 500,000, the expectation had been 100,000. Chicago, over 200,000. Boston, also over 200,000. LA came close to 400,000. Denver was close to 100,000. My mother was telling me over the phone that CNN was showing pictures of it from around the world and the size of the protests was inspiring. People came out in droves, all races, all ages, all people.

I'm glad I did it. It was amazing. People were kind, helpful and considerate. And all in agreement.
We were unified in our horror at the election of Trump and what has transpired since then. We are horrified at the friends, family members, and co-workers who had voted for him. One woman stated her mother had, and then was praying for World Peace, wondering if that was an oxymoron. There was one sign, I didn't capture a photo of -- "It's so bad, Introverts came."

My friends turned and pointed at me -- yep, even I came. And I never do these things. But I felt I had to this time.

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Jan. 21st, 2017 08:13 pm
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Finished season 3 of Sherlock and I gotta say, this is the gayest show about heterosexual men I've ever watched.

spoilers )

I dunno when I'll get around to watching season 4. Probably tomorrow? Maybe?

One of those RL updates...

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:14 pm
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I'm calling it quits on finishing the Talking Meme that I was doing, at least for the time being. With the RL financial stuff that's going on, on top of work and family drama, not to mention the current political climate... yeah, I can't do it. Just the thought of playing catch-up is enough to make my heart start racing.

A huge "thank you!" to everyone who donated to my Ko-Fi page. Everything helps, and I greatly appreciate it. It's looking like I might not have to borrow money from my parents to cover next month's rent/utilities after all (at least, not unless my gas bill ends up being too high - it hasn't come in yet), which is a huge deal. ♥

(Also a special thanks to the two people who bought me ebooks off my Amazon wishlist as part of More Joy Day. Thank you!)

I'm working on getting a few things together, but I'll probably be making a pretty large virtual garage sale post sometime in the next few days. I'm also actively searching for a part-time job, so if anyone knows of any online/work-from-home positions please point me that way. I'm still looking for a restaurant/retail position, but it's a horrible time to try to find one of those in this area.
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Game-playing for a good cause – it’s happening noon-10 pm tomorrow at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor). Connor Alexander (who you might know from the West Seattle Cyberpunks) sent the announcement:

Just wanted to let you know that we’re hosting a benefit on Sunday at Meeples Games. It’s a marathon of the game Netrunner for a local Seattle charity, New Beginnings.

Here’s the link to the event.

You don’t have to play to contribute. Information on how to contribute without attending is in the invite. Also, you can attend and donate, but not play. People interested in learning how to play are encouraged to attend. This is a marathon, not a competitive tournament. All play is casual.

If you haven’t been to Meeples Games – which is a café and playing place as well as a store – it’s upstairs at 3737 California SW, NW corner of California/Charlestown.

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Albany "Inaugurate Resistance" march

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:43 pm
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Albany NY March

Early in the march, gathered a few blocks away from the Capitol.

Six more )

What Went Right - 22 JAN 2017

Jan. 22nd, 2017 08:17 am
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Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

WA university students pay tribute to WWII heroines in Fringe Festival jazz cabaret by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

Students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Curtin University performance studies program are collaborating on a cabaret performance about a group of fictional female assassins who pose as show girls to kill Nazis during World War 2. The show will run during the WA Fringe Festival.

Natural solution restores critical wetlands in Queensland's cane country by Ben Millington (ABC Queensland)

"Critical wetlands on farms in north Queensland's Burdekin region are being revived by drying them out and allowing nature to once again take its course."

Beehives airlifted to Tasmania's leatherwood trees to bypass flood-damaged bridge by Sallese Gibson (ABC Tasmania)

Beehives have been airlifted by helicopter into an inaccessible stand of leatherwood trees in order to gain access to the leatherwood nectar needed to create leatherwood honey. It's hoped this method may be useful in being able to expand the leatherwood nectar collection into other stands of leatherwood which are inaccessible by road, and thus increase the bee population of Tasmania, which will benefit a number of other industries.

There's today's three. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments?

Fandom Snowflake Challenge 2017

Jan. 22nd, 2017 12:15 am
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge 2017

Find my collected answers HERE.

tricky body is tricky

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:49 pm
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Is my existence truly resistance?

body is not cooperating )

Hard week is hard. Hard body stuff is hard.

I have actually been crying lately, which is unusual for me but not unusual for the context I find myself in.

Part of my resistance is going to include food, friends, and anime. I hope you all are finding the ways to resist that work for you, too.

Friday Five on Saturday

Jan. 21st, 2017 06:46 pm
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This week's Friday Five

1. How do you like your coffee?

Chocolate-covered espresso beans! I don't actually drink coffee unless I have a migraine and there is no available tea.

2. How do you like your tea?

Usually hot without any additives. Sometimes, though, I love a good masala chai, with all the sugar and the spices and the milk (or coconut milk).

3. What's your favorite late night beverage?

Depends on how I'm feeling. If I've got a migraine, I can drink strong black tea all day and still pass out at bedtime. Usually, though, I try to keep caffeine levels light at night, so I'll stick with herbal tea (maybe something orange-flavored), cocoa, or relatively low-caffeine twig tea. In warmer weather, I often prefer fruit juice or plain water.

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?

This week it's tea, either black or oolong. Another week, it could be different.

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?

That depends: where is this vacation, and do they have any special drinks there?
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Just mentioning in case you saw the Seattle Fire units and/or heard the sirens: What was briefly a “full response” dispatch to the 4500 block of SW Director in Fauntleroy has been scaled back to one engine. Instead of a house fire, it turned out to be a problem with a food smoker.

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Whoa, I'm in Locus!

Jan. 21st, 2017 04:28 pm
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January Talking Meme #3

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:25 pm
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[personal profile] wintercreek asked:
Favorite new fandom you've discovered recently! and/or Favorite old fandom you've rediscovered recently!

I'm not really doing fandom, per se, but my twitter life revolves around political resistance, and, well, I've spent more than 7 hours today watching the #WomensMarch and alternately cheering and weeping with joy. I wish so much I could participate in person, but health issues being what they are, I'm especially glad for twitter providing an excellent platform. I like to think I'm helping by curating a good set of retweets as well as supporting and signal-boosting voices who otherwise might not be heard.

Is it slacktivism? I don't think so because it's what I can do within my limits, and anyone judging it as "not activist enough" is ableist as shit. Also it takes a shit ton of time. Slackers don't devote this much time to anything.

Anyway, IF resistance can be a fandom, IF trying to change the world and averting apocalypse can be a fannish act, IF sharing this mission with other fabulous, amazing fen can be a form of Fandom Is My Fandom, then yes. YES. Community building. Collective action. Mutual support. Mutual growth. Growing a better future, with liberty and justice and education and healthcare and arts and libraries and freedom of the press for all.

Jan. 21 and the sea of pink

Jan. 21st, 2017 06:13 pm
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There was really never any chance that I'd be able to make it to the Women's March today--my body doesn't deal well with the early part of the day even on my better days, and today is emphatically not one of my better days. But I've been happy to see pictures of the marches all over the world (Antarctica too!), and some of the signs out there are glorious.

One of my neighbors left the DC march early because she was in too much pain to stay; but she described the event as "very friendly, with a great spirit" and was glad she'd gone. Here's hoping people continue to be active in all the right ways from now on. Rule by the people means something more than getting in a voting booth every few years, after all.

Too migrainey to say what I want to say right now. Maybe in the near future I'll be able to get it out?
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By Ashley R. Pollard

I mentioned last time I find December winter difficult. In January it snowed, which reminds me of the song Let it Snow! by Vaughn Monroe, though the cover version sung by Dean Martin may be more familiar to younger readers of Galactic Journey. So with the frightful weather outside I had a good reason to stay indoors and read, and thanks to the Traveller's influence I have laid hands on preview copy of Eric Frank Russell’s, The Great Explosion, soon to be available at the end of May / beginning of June in hardback from all good bookstores.



(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

Marching (For Great Justice?)

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:04 pm
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Okay there was a tweet about trying to preserve our thoughts and feelings and impressions of this day, so here is my attempt.

Went to the local Women's March today in Boston. It was kinda cold at first, but then it got warm. Tons and tons of people (estimates had it at 135k-150k). Many, possibly even most, of them in homemade knit hats.

Spent a lot of time being jealous of all the really great signs. Considered getting a Non-Compliant or Rebel Alliance tattoo briefly.

Ate a lot of granola bars. Hung out with fangirls and speculated about our new favorite fannish trope (imagine your OTP meeting by climbing the same tree at a protest!)

Stood around a lot. Hopped up and down a bunch. Listened to a boatload of speakers. Didn't actually march because it was taking too long to leave Boston Common and get on the parade route.

Enjoyed social media afterwards. So many great photos of all the different Marches all across the country and the world.

We have a privilege here in our state that our hippie progressive ideals are part of the establishment. We had both our Senators and our Attorney General and the Boston mayor speak at the event promising to do all they can to continue being hippie progressives. The police was on good terms with the demonstrators. No reports of violence.

I am not sure if I was comforted by the display of solidarity so much as I felt a sweeping reminder of the gritty difficult work of enacting change. If anything, this election has helped galvanize me into more concrete action. I have always been politically aware, and I was slowly drifting towards becoming politically active. But now I have various reps' offices on my phone. Now I have monthly donations set up to support causes I care about. Now I'm feeling the pressure to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

So that's what I'm going to do.
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Take one bad ass former Russian assassin and one brilliant scientist with anger issues and (Hulk) smash them together for this amazing, reversible, beaded herringbone bangle, Gammassassin." --MariaOfAllTrades

I got it today! It’s gorgeous! Maria has been making some stunning pieces for the Once upon A Time fandom, but is very open to custom work for anything your heart may desire.  She's a consummate professional and has a great artistic eye. Working with her to create this piece was a lot of fun, and now that I have it on my hot little wrist I'm so very pleased! 
 
woven bead bracelet in reflected stripes of black, dark red, bright red and gold

This is the Natasha side, the beetle-black armored exterior, the signature reds, the buried heart of gold. It fall perfectly on my wrist where I wanted it to go. Most of these beads are silver-lined, so they have a lovely sheen in the light.

woven bead bracelet in reflected stripes of brown, eggplant, green and chartreuse

This is the Bruce side, the mild brown exterior (that color is Root Beer : ), the pop of purple and green, the streak of gamma in the center.  The beads are set against each other in a herringbone, so the bracelet has a fascinating texture and give similar to woven leather, or fine-grain chain mail, but very little weight.

bracelet twisted to show both reversible sides

REVERSIBLE, baby.  Two great tastes that go great together.  A very meaningful piece that’s subtle, a pleasure to wear, and frankly goes with about 97% of my wardrobe.

invisibility is cranky-making, again

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:59 pm
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Back in this post, I mentioned writing a letter to Lands' End. I got a "yadda yadda" boilerplate response, which was disappointing but unsurprising. Yesterday, their latest catalog arrived in the mail. Yesterday sucked (as in, easily makes the list of "top ten worst days of last the decade") for reasons that had nothing (directly) to do with events in the Other Washington. Ever hopeful, I opened the catalog... to yet more disappointment. While I can probably manage not to actually send the following to them, writing it was at least cathartic.

why the Lands' End catalog is headed for the recycle bin )

Maybe, before I pitch the catalog into the recycle bin, I should allow myself the satisfaction of tearing the thing up? The clay pages do make such a nice sound as you rip them...
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This morning, we heard from Tom, whose family had decided not to go to the Womxn’s March on Seattle but wanted to invite others to join a small “solidarity march” around The Junction. We caught up with his group as they headed out from California/Edmunds around quarter till 1, after the sun had emerged from the clouds.

As for the main march downtown – per SPD, after more than two hours, the last of the marchers have finally left Judkins Park, as the front of the group arrived at the end of the route more than 3 miles away. The crowd has been estimated at well over 100,000. No incidents reported along the way, we can say from monitoring police frequencies and other emergency channels. We’ll have an update later with photos from participants (got a photo to share? editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!).

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Vday mates, one last try.

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:43 pm
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My CB Silvers finally came off cool down. I bred both to my CB Sweetlings to try and get mates I need. And both refused. Gah.

If anyone can breed me 1-2 2g Silver x Sweetling, I would be super appreciative!
(One down, one still needed. Thank you, THANK YOU Alicit!)

Other mates I still am trying for are:

3GE Horse x 09 - Horse egg   Thanks Codyne!!
2G Blue Lunar x 09 - Blue Lunar egg (This one is going to be tight, based on Lunar cycle)
2G Pyralspite x 09 - Pyralspite egg. All types, especially Pyrope and Spessartine.


Thanks!

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Jan. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
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If you squint a bit, Oakland's Frank H. Ogawa Plaza looks quite a bit like New York City's Union Square, a pleasant memory of protest days gone by (although Dubya looks like the Messiah next to this toadstool in a suit). People laughing, and chanting, and carrying signs such as MINE GRABS BACK and MAKE AMERICA THINK AGAIN (one read HE TREATS OBJECTS LIKE PEOPLE, making me wonder if the artist was a Lebowski fan). I ran out of spoons quickly, but it was nice to reacquaint myself with an echo of that old angry energy, and to remember that (as more than one sign had it) we will not go gentle into that good night.
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That’s a brand-new sign – in San Simeon, California – along The Whale Trail, the shore-based network of whale-watching spots established by the West Seattle-based advocacy group of the same name. The photo is from TWT executive director Donna Sandstrom, who is in California to launch six new TWT sites, including that one. And this comes as her group celebrates a new grant announced this week by a national organization:

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced that The Whale Trail, based in Seattle, will receive a $50,000 Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award for their project, “The Whale Trail Northern California,” to develop interpretive signage on the northern California coast focusing on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), extending the trail of signage already found in the Olympic Peninsula.

The award is one of five grants totaling $215,000 awarded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to expand public awareness of ocean and Great Lakes conservation issues in partnership with America’s national marine sanctuaries.

“The Whale Trail will help engage Americans in understanding how they can change the future for the southern resident orca, since all the issues that have brought the SKRW to the brink of extinction are human-caused,” said Kristen Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “Supporting local partners and their efforts to conserve this magnificent species is at the heart of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s work and well represents the goals of the Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards.”

“The Hollings Award will make it possible for coastal visitors and residents to learn more about where and when to watch whales from shore. The northern California coast is a key part of the range for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. With NMSF support we’ll build awareness of these iconic and beloved pods, the threats they are facing, and the role that we can each and all play in their recovery,” said Donna Sandstrom, founder and executive director for The Whale Trail.

The Hollings Award to The Whale Trail was provided in partnership with NOAA Fisheries. The purpose of the Hollings Awards is to foster a better understanding of ocean and Great Lakes issues that leads to increased stewardship of natural and cultural marine resources, including the eight endangered and protected species that are part of NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight campaign. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks projects that inspire local communities to conservation actions, seeking innovative ideas that partner with America’s marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries to draw needed attention to endangered species such as the Southern Resident Killer Whale.

“NOAA Fisheries is pleased to be a partner in these education and outreach projects that support stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat,” said Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations for NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.

Established in 2005, the awards represent the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s commitment to the legacy of former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings who authored an extraordinary range of laws to safeguard America’s ocean and coasts. Senator Hollings was committed to increasing knowledge of our ocean’s value through research and education.

NMSF is supporting four other organizations with Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards that support projects in California, Georgia, Michigan, and Hawaii. The five funded projects connect with a wide geography of sanctuaries in U.S. waters, and support critical education and outreach initiatives on ocean and Great Lakes conservation and endangered species awareness.

NMSF has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants through the Hollings Awards program from its Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and other sources since 2005 to approximately 70 organizations.

While the Southern Resident Killer Whales are considered “residents” here, they range into waters far to the north – Canada – and south – California – to find food, so TWT’s awareness campaign is vital along many hundreds of miles of shoreline.

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There was a pretty good crowd - early estimates are of about 5000 people. We stand with our fellow protesters elsewhere in the USA, and all over the world.


Effective protest signs

Jan. 21st, 2017 02:39 pm
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A linguist explains how to write protest signs that everyone will remember.

Words matter. Part of the reason Republicans have been so successful for the last half-century is that they seized control of the discourse. They turned "liberal" into a dirty word, and they've been trying to do the same thing with "progressive".

Going the other way, think about how the same-sex marriage movement took off when some genius reframed it from "gay marriage" to "marriage equality".

An effective protest sign will also be an effective T-shirt slogan, or bumper sticker, or tweet (or hashtag, if it's really short).

Remember also the slogan "Short is good. Funny is good. Short and funny is better." Because people remember funny stuff -- but don't let that stop you from writing a short, snappy angry sign either. One that I saw at the march in Houston today was "Grab them by the BALLOTS".

People will tell you that we can't win this war with soundbites. But that doesn't mean that soundbites aren't a useful tool! And you can be sure it's a tool the other side will be using.

Nice pair of dreams

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:22 pm
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Fell asleep again. Unexpected sleep always seems to have the most dreams.

In one I was a Search and Rescue person in an EVA suit in the junk field outside a space station. El (Eliot Spencer) had been assigned to test a new whatsit for his retrieval ship, and I had been assigned to standby for when it went wrong. ... yes, when. I did point this out to him but we went out anyway.

So then there was a BIG crash, but it was weird, because my HUD wasn't agreeing with my own senses. So I took my helmet off.
Yes, in space.
My subconscious is well trained and knows in space dreams I'm nasically a human form TARDIS. This solves many problems.

The helmet had graphics overlays to convince it was an accident when actually something aimed had hit his ship. His suit beacon wasn't going off and he wasn't visible in the calculated vectors for the debris field. So I used our soul bond instead.

Which was handy.

I found him floating with very little air left, so I gave him mine, since I don't use it. Except mine was almost out too, in contradiction of the displays.

And then I recognised two of the objects about to hit each other, in time to duck us behind the nearest heavy shielding, because once they hit they released a gigantic burst of radiation, plenty enough to finish off normal humans and wnough to be problematic even for us.

... I don't think El was an I mortal in this dream, but he's very plenty resilient even at usual times.



So that's a great setup, though I'd probably not be a TARDIS. I could be an AI in a society that made hiding my nature advisable. And I'd be in search and retrieval because I'd be able to go places humans couldn't, but if the society is anti AI enough they wouldn't be using that advantage already then there's some serious problem between the forms of sentience. And that makes a love story with El a great basis for bringing sides closer together, and then it would be my first thought for why anyone would want to get rid of us, except if they'd known about me they'd try a different method, so we'd be caught up in some other problem but not even aware of it yet. To even get El to medical safely would require a bunch of high speed sneaking around. We'd have to play pool off of space junk, to avoid giving off detectable energy signatures, and get a trajectory straight back to the medical section. That would be fun.





The other dream was me saving Uther, BBC Merlin style. Yes I know millions wouldn't. But with who plays him I'd be in the habit.

So.

It's time for Arthur to take up his crown and his destiny, but Uther is still alive. So I was running around trying to juggle politics so everyone had something to do. Something worthy of them and commensurate with their skills at the time.

I decided that Uther had managed quite well at the raising a son parts, so obviously he should do that again.

... no the dream didn't get on to the logical active bit of that plan, instead we ended up running around the castle while people came out of cryo sleep and tried to make it an age of technology, but I kept demonstrating that it was the age of magic, because the ability to flip bits with your mind without really trying can make absolute messes of tech.

But still. That was an interesting plan.

[ SECRET POST #3671 ]

Jan. 21st, 2017 03:24 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3671 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.


More! )


Notes:

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i'm gonna drink that sun

Jan. 21st, 2017 03:00 pm
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Five things make a post:

a. I found this post by Chuck Wendig comforting yesterday: No One's Coming To Save Us, So We Have To Save Each Other.

ii. I'm not marching for a couple of reasons but I have been heartened by many of the pictures I've seen, and enjoyed the fannish ones like Melissa Benoist and this Princess Leia sign.

3. I saved this tutorial on making body glitter gel so spent some time this morning doing that, though I used little roller ball bottles so you can roll it on like perfume. It was easy and sparkly, and so having bought a bunch of supplies, I will likely be giving little glittery gifts to people for the next few months. Do not doubt my commitment to sparkle motion.

D. I thought I'd found a vid I'd been hoping someone had made, but it turned out to suffer from talking throughout (why is this so popular now? it just jars me right out of the vid when the talky meat starts talking.) so really, someone should make a Star Wars ladies vid to "Castle" without any dialogue to interfere.

5. For the January talking meme, [personal profile] innie_darling asked me If you could, right now, create a TV show and have complete control (it would either be you or people you've picked) over the writing, casting, directing, etc., what would that show be?

I've thought about this a lot and while there are no really original ideas I want, and without repeating the Gotham Central and Blue Beetle ideas, I thought about an Organa family political style drama, and a live action show where we see Ahsoka's life between the end of the novel and the beginning of Rebels, but what I really want (and I kind of can't decide between them) is this:

♦ "Does Whatever a Spider Can!" with Peter Parker as a married 30yo high school bio teacher trying to keep body and soul together while he mentors Miles Morales and Anya Sofia Corazon as teenage superheroes, since no one else is willing to do it. There could be appearances by the Young Avengers and Rikki Barnes. ELI COULD BE A RECURRING CHARACTER. but mostly it would be Peter and Miles trying to get through the day as teacher and student and be superheroes at night while working in a world that doesn't really appreciate them. I would keep Andrew Garfield as Peter and find a new kid to be Miles, and film it in Queens as it should be filmed. Maybe let Greg Weisman write it, since he seemed to get Spidey in Spectacular Spider-Man?

♦ "Keeping Up with the Waynes," the Batfamily hangout sitcom, probably centered on Alfred's POV, with Bruce (played by Jon Hamm) sort of an occasional presence, but really more concerned with various Batgirls and Robins in their various incarnations and split between stately Wayne Manor and the Wayne Tower penthouse/bunker, featuring Dick, Babs, Jason, Tim, Steph, Cass, Damian, and Duke, with occasional appearances by other characters - Tam and Lucius Fox, Helena and Dinah, Kate and Renee, Maps Mizoguchi, Kon and Bart, etc. But not focused on the superheroics. Like, maybe there'd be some detective work, but it'd mostly be in the background as they ate waffles and complained about having to get bloodstains out of leather and write papers/attend galas/run Wayne Enterprises etc. with Alfred watching over them benevolently. We'd see Dick as the society darling of the paparazzi, Steph and Jason both in school - Steph unsure of a path or major or even why she's there at all, but Jason studying sociology and planning to be a social worker, Tim having long since graduated and running Wayne Enterprises, Babs as Oracle, and Cass in her ballet classes and maybe working with little kids somehow, Damian's disdain for school and the series of hilariously escalating notes he forges to get him out of class.

I feel like the dialogue here should be Sorkin-y, so let Sorkin write it but have someone else direct and run the show, but have it be separate from the Berlanti-verse shows, so it could be its own thing.

Not terribly original, but definitely fun if done right! *g*

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Jan. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #526 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on January 28th.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

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Jan. 21st, 2017 02:09 pm
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Yesterday around 3:00, the sleep disorders people called to say they had a last minute opening and could do my sleep study last night. I was the last person on their list of people to call, so they gave me until 5:00 to decide. I didn’t hear from Scott until about 3:50, and we went back and forth about it because Cordelia was planning to have friends over. Going to the sleep study would require Scott driving and the girls being unsupervised for at least forty minutes. They’re all old enough, but a group of kids is sometimes less trustworthy than a single child. Cordelia told me that some of the other girls’ parents leave when movie night is at their houses, so we decided that this was something we could do.

Scott had completely lost track of my request that he schedule a day off after the night I’d been originally scheduled to do the sleep study, so we had no way of guaranteeing that he wouldn’t have to work and leave Cordelia alone for hours. I also thought that just getting the dratted thing out of the way was a good idea.

The opening was at a different facility than the one I’d originally scheduled for, one quite a lot farther away. That didn’t matter so much once I was actually there, but it meant that I really couldn’t reasonably have gotten there (or home again) by cab.

The tech (whose name I’ve already forgotten because I’m terrible that way) got all the wires taped to me by 9:00. I wasn’t actually connected to anything, so I could still walk around. They required that I turn my phone off completely at bedtime because they wanted me to estimate when I slept and didn’t without having any time referents (taking my levothyroxine was an exception because that’s 'medically necessary'), and they tech told me that he’d be waking me at 6:00, so I had some framework.

The bed was too hard, and the pillow was too thick. The pillow was okay when I lay on my side, but with all the wires and such, it was easier to lie on my back, so I mostly didn’t use a pillow under my head at all. I was hurting rather a lot by the time I finished the night because, even with a pillow under my knees, lying on my back on a mattress that firm does nasty things to my lower back.

The tech told me that he got plenty of good information about my sleep so that there wasn’t much chance of needing to come back to redo things. I don’t currently have an appointment to go in to talk about the results, so who knows what will happen with that.

The instructions had not told me that the rooms had shower facilities, so I hadn’t brought shampoo and had to use the stuff they supplied. The bottle said 'lightly scented,' but it reeks. I’m not sneezing from it, but I don’t like it at all. I may wash my hair again later today (which will make three times in twenty four hours) just to get rid of the smell.

Scott and Cordelia picked me up a little after 7:00, and we went out for breakfast at a place called Nick’s House of Pancakes. When we got home, Scott and I went back to bed. I’m not actually sure what Cordelia did. She said she’d been awake too long to be able to sleep again.

The girls watched Pom Poko last night and were (as expected) both giggly and appalled by the tanuki testicles.

Scott’s sister came down for lunch yesterday. We went to the Syrian place. It’s small, but our timing was such that there were empty tables, so we ate there. I think I spent more on food to take home than I did on my meal. I got baba ghanouj, three pieces of pistachio baklava, and a medium sized container of cauliflower salad.

Scott’s sister asked my advice about whether or not to let her fifteen year old daughter join Tumblr. I am, apparently, from her point of view, an expert on fannish spaces. Our concerns about such things don’t entirely overlap. I think Scott’s sister is primarily concerned about internet predators of the sexual sort and, possibly, a bit about sexually explicit material (my feelings on my niece and sexually explicit material are that she’s fifteen and has been in fannish spaces for three or four years now. If she hasn’t seen porn, it’s because she’s not interested). I’m more concerned about flame wars and people treating each other horribly. I had to explain the term 'doxxing' to her and why it was a concern.

Our niece is, from what her mother said, big into Sherlock fandom right now, and that made me really hesitate about Tumblr for her because everything I’ve heard says that Sherlock fandom on Tumblr is a cesspit. Scott’s sister mentioned that her daughter ships (not using that word because Scott’s sister hadn’t heard it previously) John and Sherlock. I know there are good people in the fandom, even in the fandom on Tumblr, but I worry about our niece either getting bullied or ending up as part of one of the groups doing the terrible things.

Scott’s sister told me that she and her sister-in-law were going to one of the protests today. She offered to take me along, but I knew that I really couldn’t manage it. I can’t walk far or stand for very long, and my ability to deal with the cold weather is iffy. She was completely boggled when I told her some of the suggested precautions for protesters. I think the idea that she could be arrested had never occurred to her. She also mentioned trying to get her daughter to go but that her daughter thought it was too boring, too much a 'parent thing.'

I am planning to sign up for the Disability March which is a virtual protest for folks who can’t physically/emotionally manage an in person protest. I haven’t done it yet because, when I first looked at the website, they were asking for a photo. I’m hesitant to provide one, partly because I have no idea how to do it and partly because I’m not quite ready to put my photo online. They said it could be a photo of only part of one’s body (not face, in other words) or of something symbolic. I think that part of the desire for photos is to show that the participants are real people rather than a gazillion socks, but…

At this point, though, the site says that, due to the volume of response, they’re not going to deal with photos that aren’t easy to process and will just post those entries without a photo.

Our nephew is on the last steps of his Eagle Scout. What’s left is an assessment from a leader who is familiar with him, his history, and all the stuff he’s done to meet the requirements. That has been a sticking point because the troop he had been with dissolved over the summer. He joined a new troop because the leader promised to help, and then the leader said our nephew needed to do all of the requirements again because the troop leader hadn’t personally seen him doing them. At this point, he’s working with yet a third troop because the leader of his former troop is a volunteer there. The leader of that troop said he’d be happy to take the word of the former troop leader as to what our nephew has done, so we’re all hoping this is largely a formality. It has to be settled before his birthday in early March, and he’s worked hard for this.

Movie Paraphrase

Jan. 21st, 2017 02:01 pm
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Heh. Just had a funny image of a scene paraphrasing the one from the first _Iron Man_ movie. "This man built a time machine from a DeLorean! In a garage!"
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(WSB photos by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

10:42 AM: After receiving a photo from the bus-chartering moms in Gatewood (shown atop our daily-preview list), we decided to head to The Junction to check out people catching buses to head to the march starting point in the Central District. And we found lots of them, of all ages!

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The buses were jammed – even with Metro adding more, in the 9 am hour, they were leaving full, with some having to wait for the next one. This photo was texted from aboard a Route 21 bus caught along Avalon:

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(WSB reader photo)

As we headed back south to WSB headquarters on the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy line, we saw an obviously march-bound group waiting at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, so we pulled over for this photo:

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They told us they were awaiting rideshare vehicles – and that the group was twice this size but the others had already left.

IF YOU’RE MARCHING: Please send a photo – we will have a separate report later with photos from the march. editor@westseattleblog.com or text to 206-293-6302 (our 24/7 round-the-clock number) – thank you!

IF YOU’RE NOT MARCHING: As added to our daily preview list, a local family is organizing a small solidarity march around The Junction – meet at Uptown Espresso (California/Edmunds/Erskine) at 12:30 pm.

ABOUT THE HATS: If you don’t know the background of the pink hats many are wearing … go here.

11:30 AM: As of a minutes ago, the march is officially on the move, having left Judkins Park (and all the overflow spots where people are waiting along the route to Seattle Center). If you are headed downtown for some other reason – keep in mind that traffic/access will be affected for hours. TV helicopters are over the crowd; this is the most reliable feed we’ve found so far.

12:28 PM: After more than an hour, SPD says the march has now spread almost entirely across the full official route of more than 3 miles – as the front of the march approaches the end of the route at Seattle Center, some have yet to leave Judkins Park at the start of the route.

2:45 PM: The march is in its fourth hour and some are still on the route to Seattle Center – just passing Spring Street, according to the latest police-radio update, plus SPD via Twitter:


All the estimates we’ve seen so far have participation at more than 100,000 people. Again, we’ll have a separate report later with the photos we’ve received (thank you!) and summary details.

3:04 PM: Some buses are still on reroutes – be aware of this if you’re trying to get home. For the C Line, we checked with Metro: “The C Line has been rerouted further west on Mercer to Queen Anne Ave. It is traveling south on QA to turn left on Denny Way, then right on 1st, left on Broad and right onto 3rd Ave.” We don’t know how much longer this will last, though.

3:29 PM: Metro also now has a free shuttle running “on 5th Ave between Mercer and Broad Streets” to go south back into downtown from Seattle Center to catch buses back this way.

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Title: Frost From Our Bones
Relationship: Princess/Female Dragon/Female Dragon Slayer
Rating: R
Summary: When Princess Luin is stolen by a dragon, Lady Skir knows exactly what to do: Rescue the princess. Kill the dragon. Marry the princess. Unfortunately, neither the dragon nor the princess are following her script.

Frost From Our Bones

MARKED - 2.5

Jan. 21st, 2017 06:42 pm
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MARKED - 2.5

“Red?” Nilien repeated, staring at M. Sirin in confusion.

Well, Ember nosed at the hem of the skirt, you don’t want it this color. And you certainly don’t want to go with orange or— the fox shook itself —pink. And red is the best color, after all.

“Yes, but…” She was a Rune.

read on...

American freedoms

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

It's probably not an accident that yesterday's inaugural address, compared to the previous half-century or so, has the highest frequency of the morpheme america (= America, American, Americans) and the lowest frequency of the morpheme freedom (= freedom, freedoms):

The numbers (with morpheme counts  translated to frequencies per million words — and I know that this means I'm giving too many significant digits…):

   WHO      AMERICA FREEDOM 
Kennedy1961   5117    2924
Johnson1965   6614    1323
Nixon1969     4684     937
Nixon1973    12644    2199
Carter1977    4062    3249
Reagan1981    6528    3264
Reagan1985    8099    5399
Bush1989      4717    2573
Clinton1993  20497    1863
Clinton1997  14279     921
Bush2001     12484    3121
Bush2005     14395   12956
Obama2009     6227    1245
Obama2013     8941    3294
Trump2017    23368     687

I should point out that the underlying single-document counts are small — thus Trump used "freedoms" once in 1455 words, while G.W. Bush used "freedom" 27 times in 2084 words. The data comes from the transcripts at The American Presidency Project.

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Last night for the 2017 show

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:01 pm
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Cliterature is a transformational and artful celebration of women’s sexuality through erotic readings, live music, dance and more!

Proceeds are going to Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region!

Unrehearsed and uncensored, Cliterature brings over 25 talented performers to the stage in this weekend long marathon of sexiness! Be sure to get a weekend pass so you don’t miss a thing! Cliterature has been entertaining us for 13 years!

This extraordinary event includes door prizes, vendors, a licensed bar, delcious food by Seed of Life Foods, vulva cookies and even an after-party dance!


The venue is Victoria Park Pavillion
80 Schneider Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1K9

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.

I believe it is sold out online but there will be tickets at the door, first come first serve.

Tea/coffee meme

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:39 pm
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1. How do you like your coffee?
Black (due partly to influence of partners -- Pete in particular is heavily down on adulterating coffee -- and partly to the fact that soya milk doesn't generally work well in coffee). But I drink it at all only very rarely.

2. How do you like your tea?
Just normal tea (theft) with soya milk, and occasionally a smidge of honey.

3. What's your favourite late night beverage?
Water. Can't drink tea after about 7pm or coffee after about 3pm if I want to be able to sleep at bedtime. I like hot chocolate in theory but not that often in practice (and it's a faff to make properly, with a saucepan of milk, and less tasty made with water).

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Water-with-a-splash-of-apple-juice. I would be sad to miss out on a week's worth of tea though.

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
I would probably open a bottle of wine that evening, but often going on holiday happens in the morning when it seems a bit early to be drinking booze.

That's Fast!

Jan. 21st, 2017 11:56 am
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Jerry Miculek - using a military-style semi-automatic rifle, firing one shot at a time - set a new world record this week of four shots on center target at center of mass, two head shots to the center target's head followed by two center of mass shots each on the left and right target. This is a rate of fire exceeding that of most assault rifles, only they're individually aimed shots, one at a time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qGUTVxZu4c

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