I haven't been out of the house all day,
the weather is far too hot.
I've stayed at home in the house all day,
although I would rather not.
But temperatures of 90 and more
And RealFeel of 104*
Convince me that I'd better stay home and chi-ill.
* Celsius translation:
But temperatures above 32
With 40 how it's feeling to you
I haven't come up with a witty or even a sh**** title for this yet.
"Ttto" is a standard filk abbreviation for "to the tune of".
Part 22 of ??
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 808
Beast was tired, with sweat and dirt clinging to every strand of her now murky gray coat. Candlelight was bright enough for her to read by even in the farthest corner from its light, while the garden could be uncomfortably bright when it was daytime, but soothingly amber and weak as moonlight after sunset.
Today, every stone in the garden was clean, from the walls to the stone floor edging the planting area. She'd propped the door to the cage open, blocking it with a barrel of salted meat, and then scrubbed that area down as well. Every shelf and niche had been scoured and the goods meant for the first trades of the spring waited in their places, shining and full of promise.
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In summer, the lake
is blue and fluid,
traversible only by boat.
In winter, the lake
is white and solid
enough to hike on.
So you walk on water,
and you cut a little hole
in the pale floor of the world.
You build a hut there,
with a brazier of coals
to help keep you warm.
For hours you may sit
on the little wooden stool,
dangling a hook into cold water.
But when the fish come,
they are stupid with cold,
and the biggest ones bite hard.
You can catch enough in a day
to clean and cook for a week,
for the Christmas feast.
* * *
Fishing is a fun hobby with many benefits.
Ice fishing involves cutting a hole in a frozen body of water to catch fish in winter. Here are some basic instructions.
Advice? (Preferably advice that has actually worked for you, not that you may have heard worked for someone somewhere - the malware-masquerading-as-anti-malware niche appears to be flourishing.)
I was... momtaxi this morning, and that's really about it. -_-
I need to do some dragcave dragon-breeding. >_>
Nelev: missing Risa while you are still at Risa? good trick?
Karma: It's really hard to miss the planet. Turn your floater off and you'll hit it for sure.
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( Dragons under fold )
I’m With The Banned
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the Republican National Convention.
Hat tip to the Dreamwidth support folks for both sorting out the problem and having a clue about screenreader technology's interface with social media. That second one's a rare one, believe me. I wish I knew how they managed the fix.
*dances the uncoordinated white geeklady dance of wordy delight and relief*
this is ReadLang. it is a cute little website that gives you all kinds of texts to read in your learning language.
when you sign in, you go to a dashboard that shares your progress so far. because i have just joined this website today, i’m still working on the opening progress page.
right now, i’m working on finding cool stuff to read in spanish. ReadLang will give you texts in your target language at the level and word count you want! check it out, it is pretty cool.
don’t know a word? click it! ReadLang will define it for you. free accounts will let you get 10 translations per day, but paid accounts ($5 per month) can get unlimited translations per day. you’ll be able to see your translations here:
lastly, there are flashcards. this is a really useful feature. it even charts the amount of studying you did each day.
i’m definitely adding this to my favorite list for online language resources. reading is an excellent way of studying a new language, and ReadLang makes it easier to do just that.
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Day 742: July 21, 2016
The Enid A. Haupt Garden
This garden sits behind the Smithonian Institution’s “Castle Building” and contains the entrances to two lesser-known, underground Smithsonian museums, the Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of African Art. The Arts & Industries Building, the second of the many museum buildings to be built on the National Mall, can be seen in the background.
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC
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Something strange is going on with the way we talk about feelings. Emotional responses are mocked in some but honored in others. The same people deride millennials and their “safe spaces” where feelings are never hurt, and then fall back on the refrain that “I just feel more secure when I have a gun.” Feelings, it seems, are either a laughable distraction or a crucial decision-making element, depending on who’s having them.
The need to feel safe, in particular, is often treated as childish and absurd—but only when coming from people who have actual reason to feel vulnerable. Asking to be recognized as your true gender? It’s all in your head. Asking for accommodations for illness and disability? You’re too sensitive. Recounting experiences of dehumanization because of your race or gender? What an overreaction. But those who want to make the country “safer” by securing the borders against people they perceive as outsiders are never painted as whiners or cowards. The police officers killing unarmed folks in a moment of panic are not mocked for failing to keep their feelings in check. When someone wants a deadly weapon, their desire to feel safe becomes a rugged and real and sexy conviction.
- Stop Treating Emotions Like Character Flaws Of The Powerless - The Establishment (via k-ee-t)
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Shit is crazy out here
I swear I was just talking to my mom about how no one is talking about Flint anymore as if the water problem has ceased. Smdh
Hey guys here are some places still taking donations!
Help for Flint
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Save the Children
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- Sylvia Boorstein
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I just left my husband alone with our two children for sixteen days. I was not worried about anything regarding the house, their food, or their wellbeing. I put all the appointments in the family calendar and my husband checked it and kept them. I literally did not worry about them. I missed them, and I was sad that they missed me, but I didn’t worry about them AT ALL. I need to impress upon you all that I missed their company, but was not worried for their welfare.
I also did no meal prep. I don’t even think I went shopping right before I left.
This is not about apples and oranges. This isn’t even about my husband. This is about the fact that this is apparently WEIRD.
Another mum at my daughter’s school is leaving for ten days. She’s taking her youngest (who is a very small baby) and leaving her husband with their two girls. She has been cooking for days preparing freezer meals. She’s panicking and deputizing her six year old to remind him how to make school lunches. AND I AM APPALLED.
A) He is definitely not helpless. (He’s a doctor or something.) What gendered bullshit. B) THAT LITTLE GIRL IS NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HER AND HER SISTER’S WELLBEING. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. C) Why is she married to this person and creating children with him if he’s this big of an idiot?
While she was laughingly recounting this, the other mums were nodding and smiling sympathetically, like oh yes, I too have my caveman at home!! Such managing required! I was the only one who was like “Dude, he’ll be fine. Literally. He will be fine.” I said it a lot. She was not convinced. She kept bringing up her older daughter. She’ll be like a little mum!
NO NO NO NO.
Straight women, don’t do this shit. It’s gross. Don’t infantilize your husbands and then expect your daughters to pick up the slack. So fucking gross. So. So. GROSS.
The fact that so many adults think a six year old girl is more capable of learning and performing basic domestic tasks than a grown-ass man says it all, really.
I 100% do not understand this but is disgustingly common. Like, my future husband, when I go on some business trip, might not make our kids gourmet meals every night. But I also don’t make gourmet meals every night. And when I do, it’s because I ENJOY COOKING. Also my future husband is 110% more organized and better at keeping appointments and to-do lists than I am. He is for sure going to be the one that reminds ME that we need to schedule some doctor’s appointment or sign a permission form or something. Why are so many heterosexual marriages so fucking weird.
Yeah, shit like this is drives me crazy. My husband is an amazing cook and people think it is weird that I don’t cook our meals. Like, it’s called an equitable division of labor based on our skill sets, not bullshit gender stereotypes.
Also, does anyone else encounter marriages where the spouses seem to hate each other? My husband’s friends seem constantly baffled by the fact that we like each other and want to spend our free time together.
My best friend (happily married for five years) and I talk about this all the time. Like there just seem to be a whole fuckton of (especially heterosexual) married couples who just hate each others’ guts and constantly tear each other down to their friends.
Like, it’s one thing if you are really struggling in your relationship and need to get advice from confidants like best friends or your family to figure out how to make it better. But then there’s my boss, who openly mocked his wife to our whole team because she wanted to get some new workout dvd set and “not like that stupid treadmill i bought her did any good. we’re not spending $80 for her to not feel so bad about eating chips at night for a few weeks.”
I think it honestly starts really early in those marriages, too. Like if you’re the type of person who goes out and buys one of these:
You’re going in already with a fundamental lack of respect for your spouse as an equal partner and friend. literally wtf.
Sixteen days? I haven’t been separated from my family for sixteen HOURS awake without hue and cry. It took ORDERS to get three hours at the end of my Wednesdays on a regular basis.
Before that, the blaming and shaming that went on when anything was out of whack was directly planted on me - why wasn’t it done, why wasn’t it up to date, why wasn’t it in order, why why why -
Sixteen days. *gobsmacked*
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So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung in her car window.
Is this true?
Not only is it true, it gets worse. The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued “competing” charities, because (paraphrasing) their “message or branding was infringing.”
You read that correctly: they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to us their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves.
Yeah signal boost because not enough people know about this and seriously FUCK SUSAN G. KOMEN THEY ARE THE ACTUAL WORST
(reblogged in honor of my mother, who died of breast cancer, 11/13/97)
Reblog every time I see it. Roughly once a month.
Also please never forget the pink fracking drill bit
that’s right frackingyou know, a process using chemicals known to cause cancer that leech into the water supply
It’s that time of year again, please remember Komen is the actual worst
Komen For The Cure is pretty much awful.
My mother died in 1996 from breast cancer. Most cancer charities are scams, in that people throw fancy parties and get rich off them and very little money goes into research or support for patients. Here are some vetted cancer charities that get good scores on Charity Navigator and pay medical expenses or fund research:
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Cancer Research Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
63 four star rated cancer charities on charity navigator
Every time I see this post I add: please watch Pink Ribbons Inc, a documentary about the whole pink ribbon campaign and Komen in particular. It’s… enlightening, to say the least.
Welcome to why I don’t reblog “Breast Cancer Awareness” posts on social media unless they address the fact that Pink is Bullshit.
God, I hate pink.
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Several weeks ago I went in for a PET scan. This showed some unusual metabolic activity, so a follow up CT scan was ordered. Wednesday I saw my oncologist to discuss the results. No sign of cancer, but there were some slightly enlarged lymph nodes. As always, we're staying vigilant.
I'd also noticed a lump in my abdomen, which came and went. We thought it might be a hernia. Nope, the CT revealed there's a mass of some kind pretty much on the abdominal wall. Referral to a surgeon for a possible biopsy and removal made.
Since I was Dr. Agrawal's last patient for the day, he took the time to give me a guided tour of my insides. So fascinating! Especially when he pointed out internal surgical scarring. What was really amazing was when we got to my lungs. He pulled up a CT of healthy lung tissue for comparison. The lower third of my lungs look like they have thick spiderwebs clogging them. That's cumulative damage from blood clots, multiple cases of pneumonia, and years of exposure to atmospheric pollution. No wonder I have problems breathing!
The final issue was some severe, sudden-onset headaches I've been having. Since I've already had one stroke, I'm always concerned about anything going wrong in my head. I already have an appointment with my neurologist for next week, but wanted to get ground work done. I'm now going in for a head MRI on Monday.
Other than that, I'm doing OK. I was joking last night that I am a complete binary person. I have two states, On and Off. Trouble is I can never tell which state I'm going to be experiencing the next day. Trying to get to the gym and hoping to get more walks in. The new FitBits are great for nagging.
Compiled from personal observation along with this post and the responses to it. I am now convinced that this fandom has the best ship names ever. If you know of any that you want added, feel free to message me or reblog this post. Please note that this list contains all the ship names I know!
All the ships that involve the Avengers plus Loki and Coulson:
Tony/Steve: Super Husbands, Stony, Starkers, Stark and Stripes
Tony/Bruce: Science Boyfriends/Husbands, Rage Against the Machine, Stanner, Brony, Trucey, Science Bros (platonic), Science Alliance (platonic), Bark
Tony/Clint: Ironhawk, Hawkiron
Tony/Thor: Iron Thunder, Thunderiron, Thorny
Tony/Loki: Ironfrost, Frostiron, Starki
Loki/Thor: Thunderfrost, Thorki
Loki/Natasha: Black Ice, Black Frost
Loki/Clint: Frosthawk, Snowbird
Loki/Steve: Ice Frost, Frostshield, Capslok, FrostCap
Loki/Bruce: Gammafrost, Green-Eyed Monster
Bruce/Clint: Hulkeye, Angry Birds, Green Arrow?
Bruce/Thor: Thunder Science, Gamma Hammer
Bruce/Steve: Spangled Banner
Steve/Clint: Captain Hawk, American Eagle?
Steve/Thor: Captain Hammer, Captain Thor, American Thunder, Thundershield
Natasha/Clint: Black Eye, Blackhawk, Clintasha
Natasha/Steve: Cap Widow, Cap Tasha, The Cold War, Stasha, Romanogers
Natasha/Tony: Iron Widow, Tonytasha
Natasha/Thor: Thortasha, Black Lightning, Black Thunder?
Natasha/Coulson: Coulwhip, Black Tie
Natasha/Bruce: Black Hulk
Coulson/Clint: Shield Husbands, Bowtie, Phlint
Coulson/Tony: Iron Agent, Iron Taser
Coulson/Bruce: Bruson, Phanner
Coulson/Loki: Frosted Doughnut, Iced Coffee, Coulki
Coulson/Thor: Office Thunder, Thundernanny
I have a taste for transformative works.
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What really fascinated me about this was how differently people feel about these things, particularly the priorities. Even the most basic survival needs vary; one person may care a great deal about sleep, but not worry much about food; another may scant sleep but fixate on food. The whole thing came up when I was studying Calliope and Vagary. The real reason they keep butting heads? It's not just that they're a superhera and a supervillain, or stuck in an awkward relationship. It's that their needs have very little overlap. When their goals for survival, sanity, and comfort are opposed then they keep getting in each other's way.
It's a very illuminating character exercise to go through and mark what people's different needs are.
Part 21 of ??
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only):674
When Elspbeth felt Beast tugging her forward, she knew it was the earliest hours of dawn, waxy and golden even on the snow. Her first thought was a worry, shoved into words as quickly as her sleep-addled brain could work. (Is Rolf sick? Hurt?)
(Look.) Beast invited, genuinely, obviously amused.
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Marvel’s Luke Cage - SDCC - Teaser
“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City.
But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury. ”
Marvel’s Luke Cage is scheduled for September 30, 2016.
Get the “Luke Cage” and “Alias” series here
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I continue to be suspicious that the brats are in one of the two houses behind us -- or else sneaking around to see if the kitchen lights are on -- because they go for the door when the kitchen light is on. Which means that even with the outside light on, the camera doesn't "alert" on the movement outside. Grrrr.
Need a motion-sensitive outside light, which would hopefully trigger the camera... And/or a better placement of the thing that won't fail when the kitchen light is on.
Nelev: the Borg Tribble has a 1400 Baud Modem connection to the collective
L'rea@archbeth: Awwwww, yes, it does. Or maybe 300 baud.
Navra: Now come on, it's at *least* 28800 lol
Nelev: or 100 baud
Sumi: wifi of borg
Lelira: any borg knows over 9600 baud is irrelevant
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Zelda Williams honors Robin Williams on 65th birthday with a touching charity plea
Thursday would have been Robin Williams’s 65th birthday, and to honor her late father, Zelda Williams found a way to carry on his legacy. In an Instagram post, Williams explained that she wanted fans to make a donation in her father’s name to honor some of his passions, and was excited to have found a charity that combined three of them: “rescue dogs, people suffering from disabilities, and our nation’s wounded veterans.”
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Embroidered panels for a man’s suit, 1780s, France, Woven silk embroidered with silk and silk net, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The original caption of this in The Met’s site is SO perfect that I’m gonna keep it here:
“Tacked into a first phase of assembly, an extravagant man’s suit has waited more than 200 years for its ideal wearer.”
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“Close the city and tell the people that something’s coming to call
Death and darkness are rushing forward to take a bite from the wall,
oh You’ve nothing to say, they’re breaking away.
If you listen to fools
The Mob Rules
The Mob Rules"
“The Mob Rules” - Black Sabbath
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Unarmed Black Man With Hands Up Shot By Police.
Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavior therapist from South Florida was shot in the leg three times by the police in North Miami while laying on the ground with his arms up and trying to help his patient with autism who had run away from a group home.
It all started when someone called 911 and said there was a man walking around with a gun. However it was Kinsey’s patient who was sitting on the ground cross-legged, playing with a toy truck.
Charles got shot by police despite telling them he was only trying to help his patient.
The police shot him, handcuffed him and left him on ground bleeding.
North Miami police have not released much information at
all. They haven’t released the officer’s name, they haven’t given us an update
on the investigation. However, they did say that the state attorney is now a part of
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Sure, it'll drive me mad, but it will set me off on a FIX ALL THE THINGS tear, which is why journalpress and social have enough bugs fixed that they should work through PHP7(!), why I suddenly had 60-odd lost-in-the-queue comments reappear overnight, why I don't get timeouts on the LAN talking to the Wordpress administrative pages anymore, why in future we can talk to our webserver over the LAN even when Comcast dies on us, and why I won't have to tinker with newmoon or lodestone after reboots now, since greylisting and varnish both finally come up correctly the first time.
Fix. All. The. Things.
@elwoodicious responded to my button-mashing arglebargle on Twitter with, “when you swear in Welsh you know it’s serious XD” but if you might know why I would be having client timeouts against the webcache varnish, but only when using the faster segment of the network, here’s today’s/last night’s data dump.
Otherwise, I’ll be adding mandolin to “We’re Not Friends,” which I’ve been working when not working on servers. (I haven’t talked about our DNS server also deciding that the login daemon was both optional and needed to be restarted every 60 seconds, have I? No. Well, it did, I fixed that too.) But…
“We’re Not Friends” is pushing me. Not from a technical standpoint, or even from an emotional standpoint, but from a communicating that emotion standpoint. Musically speaking, it’s of about average complexity – I’ve released far more complicated material. (Particularly “Stars,” hoo boy. That thing is a tiny opera.) But…
There’s an emotional complexity here that I have to get across, and I need every part of it onboard to make it work. That’s all there is to it, but it’s subtle, and most songs only have time for one emotional tone, and I’m trying to communicate an substantial emotion tonal change in three and a half minutes. But if I can do that…
Right then, back to it.