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Jun. 23rd, 2017 07:00 am
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Check it out—I'm "on Facebook" again. Just fixed my gateway through dlvr.it. If you're reading this on Facebook, that's why.

Dlvr.it is a nifty service that will post to social sites from an RSS feed. If you don't run your own linklog feed, the good news is that Pocket will generate RSS feeds from the articles you save, so if you want to share links with people still on Facebook, the combination of Pocket and dlvr.it makes that easy to do without actually spending human eyeball time there.

There's a story about Thomas Nelson, Jr., leader of the Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War.

During the siege and battle Nelson led the Virginia Militia whom he had personally organized and supplied with his own funds. Legend had it that Nelson ordered his artillery to direct their fire on his own house which was occupied by Cornwallis, offering five guineas to the first man who hit the house.

Would Facebook's owners do the same, now that we know that foreign interests use Facebook to subvert America? Probably not. The Nelson story is just an unconfirmed patriotic anecdote, and we can't expect that kind of thing from today's post-patriotic investor class. Anyway, just seeing if I can move Facebook's bots/eyeballs ratio up a little.

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For this one, I also have a swarm to choose from. Probably not as many as color-songs, though; I like lots of songs with numbers in the chorus but not in the titles. I think I'm going to bypass the entire Schoolhouse Rock set (I like all of them, but especially Zero My Hero, Figure Eight, and Little Twelvetoes) and try to stick to "mainstream" songs, or at least, songs intended to be standalones rather than part of something else. (Mainstream's in quotes because I have some filk here; if you don't know what they are, they'd be hard to track down.)

Christmas at Ground Zero | One Tin Soldier | Two of Us | Threes | Wind's Four Quarters | Five Years | Six Days on the Road | Seven Year Ache | 867-5309 | 9 to 5 | At Seventeen | 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover | '65 Love Affair | 88 Lines about 44 Women | 99 Luftballons ...

Wow, there's a lot of mopey in that list. I should pick something that's a bit more perky.
One bouncy cheerful number song, coming up. )
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Oh, Lovely: The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading

First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and—for the unluckiest few—difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all have one thing in common: the lone star tick.


Red meat, you might be surprised to know, isn’t totally sugar-free. It contains a few protein-linked saccharides, including one called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, for short. More and more people are learning this the hard way, when they suddenly develop a life-threatening allergy to that pesky sugar molecule after a tick bite.



Yep, one bite from the lone star tick—which gets its name from the Texas-shaped splash of white on its back—is enough to reprogram your immune system to forever reject even the smallest nibble of perfectly crisped bacon. For years, physicians and researchers only reported the allergy in places the lone star tick calls home, namely the southeastern United States. But recently it’s started to spread. The newest hot spots? Duluth, Minnesota, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the eastern tip of Long Island, where at least 100 cases have been reported in the last year. Scientists are racing to trace its spread, to understand if the lone star tick is expanding into new territories, or if other species of ticks are now causing the allergy.
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Detours and Obstacles
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 3
word count (story only): 1423


:: This story follows immediately on the heels of Speed Bump!” and continues the theme of unexpected events and unexpected reactions. I do apologize, but it's spilled over into a THIRD part for tomorrow. I usually plan better than this! ::


back to part one




“I don't know what those boys did to the car when they spray painted it, but the car just started spluttering, then it wouldn't go more than twenty miles an hour, with the gas pedal all the way down,” the motorist declared, her voice rising as the story spilled out like tea from a shattered pitcher. “Then it stopped and it won't even start!”

“Okay, that's probably because of something put into the gas tank,” Joshua soothed. “Did you report the incident? I mean, spray painting that phrase on someone's car is a hate crime.”

“I wasn't the one who noticed it first. The busboy at the Global Garden noticed it when he went outside with a bag of trash, and then the manager came to tell me that she'd called the police.”
Read more... )

Garden Photos

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:55 am
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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.
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Noting this as I actually bought a couple of print books from Third Place the other day–things that fall into the general category of Authors Who Are Absolutely Vital For Me to Have In Print. The people for whom a lack of access to their books would make me sad, whether due to power outage or loss of reading devices or what have you.

The first of these purchases was In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Book Four in Marie Brennan’s excellent Memoirs of Lady Trent series. I’ve actually already read this and I did indeed love it immensely, but I definitely wanted the Lady Trents in print. And this one finally was available in trade now that the hardcover of Book Five is out.

Beren and Luthien

Beren and Luthi

Much more importantly, I acquired a hardback copy of the new Tolkien release, Beren and Luthien!

Y’all know my love of Tolkien, and you’ll probably also remember that I’m particularly fond of the tale of Beren and Luthien, which is hands down my favorite thing in the whole of The Silmarillion.

Relatedly, when Christopher Tolkien released the excellent Children of Hurin version of the other big tale from The Silmarillion–the tale of Turin Turambar–I nabbed that in hardback. I’ve said before how I had to have that in hardback just for the gorgeous illustrations, and out of general appreciation of the beauty of the work that went into putting that book together as an object.

So given all of these things together, you better believe I had to jump on the Beren and Luthien release.

Fair warning though to fellow Tolkien fans who may be covetously eying this release too: it is not cheap. (I got the hardback for $30.00, and while I could have gotten it for substantially cheaper at Barnes and Noble, I made a point of buying it from Third Place instead because local-to-my-house indie bookstores are love.) If you want that hardback and you’re more budget-pinched than I am, be aware you’ll get it for much cheaper on Amazon or with B&N, both of whom are showing prices for it around $18.

Likewise, the ebook is stupidly expensive right now. It’s clocking in at $16.99, and that price is the main reason I haven’t already nabbed this release as well in digital form. Do not mistake me: I will also be buying this book in digital form, because a) Tolkien pretty much would top the list of authors I require in both formats, and b) under no circumstances am I taking the hardback out of the house. But that price annoys me, as it’s yet another indicator of the return of agency pricing, and I have an ongoing gripe with the publishing industry seeming bound and determined to piss off digital readers by making ebooks as expensive as possible.

I’m genuinely torn, though, as to whether Tolkien is worth it to me to shell out for the ebook at that price anyway; if any author merits doing that out of all my favorites, it’s Tolkien.

Either way, the ebook edition will eventually be joining my collection too. And that’ll likely be the way I read it, just because I do most of my reading on commutes.

For now, that’s two additional book purchases to add to the tally this year, which has been quite small. (I’m actually trying to make an effort to put a dent in the backlog of books I actually own, doncha know.) 17 for the year.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

The Great Vole Adventure...

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:18 pm
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I was drawing on the couch, minding my own business, when I felt a tickle against my thigh.

I looked down to discover that a VOLE was wiggling in the space between me and the arm of the couch. Being a grown woman of great sensibility, I shrieked like a little girl, and leaped from the couch like it was on fire. The vole, sensibly, dove under the cushion into the recesses of the couch.

This resulted:



Heavily gloved and armed with a flashlight, I probed and prodded the interior of the couch, nearly cornered the terrified rodent several times, and finally gave up and set the live trap baited with peanut butter nearby.

The cat continued to doze.

We sat down to dinner, debating the idea of leaving Norway outside, because if he caught the scent of vole and saw it scrabbling around through the fabric, chances seemed good that we would wake up to shredded couch. We also speculate on how the vole got into the couch, let alone into the house, and decide the likely culprit is the sleeping bag we brought in from the garage that had been laying on the couch for several hours.

The cat snored louder.

Then, suddenly I caught sight of it braving the outside world and coming around the corner of the still-sideways couch. I hissed and pointed and generally flailed, and as quietly as we could, Jake and I got out of our chairs and started stalking the wily beast.



It made basically a beeline for the cat, who slumbered blissfully on, then darted back behind the entertainment credenza.

I put on the heavy gloves and positioned myself at the escape end of the credenza while Jake poked and prodded and hissed and generally flushed it my direction. "This is a terrible idea," I said, but patiently waited. The vole, cautious but not terribly cowed, came my direction.

I waited.

The vole hesitated, just out of Jake's reach. I could have made a grab for it, but it would have sent him hiding if I missed.

The cat snored.

Jake rattled wires.

The vole darted.

I pounced.

Vole safely in my gloved grip, we all cheered.

The vole took a swift air flight out into the woods, and we returned to our dinners.

The cat wheezed on in sleep.

Briefly sore throat for me...

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:22 pm
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Kid is slowly recovering. Slowly. Miserably.

I got to bed at 3, and then the kid needed me back after all (nightmares last night...) about an hour later, so I spent about 3-4 hours sleeping on the foot of þeir bed. Then back to bed again. Less than 7 hours all told. I did get about an hour's nap later this afternoon, BUT.

Then to optometrist, and it was decided that my left eye did indeed need a different prescription. I have some hopes that I will be able to cope with the progressives once the left lens is better.

I have a depressed. O:p

I also read a lot of the series that starts with The Magpie Lord, which is a pseudo-regency with magic, and a m/m relationship (which gets explicit, FYI), and when I finished the first one, I bought the second, and when I finished the second, I bought the third. I blame fadethecat for mentioning that Magpie Lord was good, and then I went to see how expensive it was, and I already had it (so it was cheap or free when I looked at some point I forgot about), so... Well.

Havva Quote
I really gotta get out of this habit of thinking I'll blog about a thing and then not doing it and then not blogging about the next thing because I need to blog about the other thing first.
--http://tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1487859.html



INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Was it something I said?

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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Several people who were on my friends list here dropped off. Such is life. If you want my witty repartee, that's mostly over on facebook. Here you will find primarily (boring) details of my life, health, and finances.

Life: I'm at this moment on my way to Contata. Grisly details: some leftover Delta points were surprisingly enough for a redeye to JFK. I could have brought a small instrument, like a uke, on Delta. But I'm not flying back on Delta. Somehow, I booked a return trip on Frontier. I don't think I knew what I was doing. On Frontier, a uke would count as a carryon. They charge for carryons. So, I have a daypack.

It's OK. I know there will be many kind people who will be happy to loan me an instrument if I ask.

I arrive at JFK at 6 AM. I estimate 2 hours to get to Morristown from there.

Finances: I probably have close to just barely enough cash on hand to cover my share of the hotel room. I'll need more if I'm going to have enough for things like transportation, food, spending money. I brought a few spare CDRs to peddle, plus (good news) I have over $200 in bids so far on ebay auctions that end Monday night. If people pay promptly (most do) I'll be fine. If not, well, I can use my Paypal card, and that should give me an extra day or two, by which time everything will be fine. Worst case scenario: next payday is a week from tomorrow.

Health: Everything seems OK.

Well, I'm almost at the airport now. Bye.

2 links for the 22nd of June 2017

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:15 pm
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When Fan Conventions Exclude Deaf people, they fail everyone
by Alex Lu, at the Establishment

https://theestablishment.co/when-fan-conventions-exclude-deaf-people-they-fail-everyone-a138b0182b04

Creation Entertainment’s refusal to provide access comes at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities at fan conventions is increasingly recognized as an issue.

How Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Manage That 'Big Sick' Illness in Real Life
by Ashley Lee, at the Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/big-sick-emilys-illness-is-real-based-a-distressing-true-story-1015698

It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the romantic dramedy with wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual courtship (Zoe Kazan portrays her onscreen, and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents).

The titular sickness remains unnamed throughout most of the movie, as it was to Gordon for much of her life.

two Contata memberships available

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:08 pm
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Due to economic constraints (lack of work), I will be unable to attend Contata, and thus have two attending memberships available for sale. If you're interested in acquiring them (at the pre-reg price, which is what we paid), please contact me. Thank you. -- Callibr8

Garden Photos

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:27 pm
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds

one-pan meal

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:03 pm
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i'm having a good time lately cooking boneless chicken in a pan with some water and adding pasta right to that pan. i also put in a little bouillion for flavor.

it's not chicken soup because the liquid ratio is low. it's lots of protein with a small amount of soup-tasty liquid. actually i would call the liquid soup, there's just not the amount that we associate with soup.

i use dark meat chicken because it never dries out so the cooking time can be anything.

the first time i made this, it felt so reckless and daring to add dry pasta right in there instead of cooking the pasta separately! but it really works, and the pasta is extra tasty because all the flavors are married (so to speak).

at the very end, spinach can be added. i bet lots of other things could be added. i'm just so into it being only one pan.

Thursday Yardening

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:10 pm
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Today is cloudy, cool, and breezy.  Earlier I took pictures.

I planted two lemon thyme plants in the Goddess Garden, and watered potted plants. 

Get ready, get set... BAAAAAAKE!!!

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:25 pm
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Having now binge-watched all seven seasons of The Great British Bake-Off, S2 and S3 of the Australian, 1x01 and 02 of the Irish, most of the Great Holiday / American Baking Show and half of S1 of the South African, I feel somewhat qualified to rank the various English-speaking versions and make some observations about which ones are definitely worth watching, which are just OK, and which ones you might as well give a miss.

First, though, I want to talk about what makes the original Bake-Off and its derivatives special in the first place. Feel free to skip this bit if you already know )

Anyway, here's my personal ranking of the various Bake-Off shows I've watched so far:

GBBO and its spin-offs rated from 'bleh' to 'YEAH', with accompanying reasons )

* * *

There is much more that could be said, especially about my favorite contestants and bakes over the seasons, but I wouldn't want to spoil the fun for those who have yet to watch and enjoy the delights of Custardgate, Selasi's unflappable cool, or the Amazing Bread Lion for themselves. (I can totally be induced to burble about those things in comments, though, if you're a fellow fan.)
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Reposted here because it's on Facebook and I went there so you don't have to. Source.

"Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. Read more... )

New verses in "A Hope and a Promise"

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:55 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)

thank you in my whole body

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:07 pm
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Warning, contains emotions in tumbling mixed up words Read more... )

*sigh*

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:10 pm
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Gorgeous, sunny day today.

I really donwanna be at work.
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Studies keep showing that open source developers get paid more than people who develop software but do not contribute to open source.

Good recent piece: Tabs, spaces and your salary - how is it really? by Evelina Gabasova.

But why?

Is open source participation a way to signal) that you have skills and are capable of cooperation with others?

Is open source a way to build connections and social capital so that you have more awareness of new job openings and can more easily move to a higher-paid position?

Does open source participation just increase your skills so that you do better work and get paid more for it?

Are open source codebases a complementary good to open source maintenance programming, so that a lower price for access to the codebase tends to drive up the price for maintenance programming labor?

Is "we hire open source people" just an excuse for bias, since the open source scene at least in the USA is less diverse than the general pool of programming job applicants?

context, kinfolk, and crow feather

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:34 am
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So to provide a little more context for my last post…

CW: discussion of death and dying, major illness, family ties, travel uncertainty

Read more... ) Neighbor crow, I am listening. Uncle, I love you.

Stuff I'm thankful for

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:00 am
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I'm thankful that the sewing machine was invented a long time ago, not today. If the sewing machine were invented today, most sewing tutorials would be twice as long, because all the thread would come in proprietary cartridges, and you would usually have to hack the cartridge to get the type of thread you need in a cartridge that works with your machine.

daf bit: Bava Batra 151

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:58 am
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The talmud discusses deathbed gifts (for several pages). The mishna says: if a dying man gave away his property in writing, but left some portion for himself, his gift is valid -- if he recovers and does not die, the gifts stand. If, however, he gave away everything and then he recovers, the gifts are not valid. The g'mara reasons that if he gave away everything, then clearly he did not expect to survive, so the gifts are implicitly on condition of his death. But if he held something back, then he must have thought that he might recover and be able to use it, so we assume that the gifts were intentional and not conditional on his death. The g'mara discusses many cases and examples, bringing in the idea of kinyan, or symbolic acquisition, and appears to conclude that even if symbolic acquisition occurred (which is normally enough to "make it official"), if he thought he was dying and then recovered, he can reclaim his property. (Mishna 146b, g'mara through 151 -- and continuing from here, but I haven't read ahead.)

Long cat is long

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:04 am
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As promised, here are some pictures from yesterday's trip to MRFRS. I noticed a tail at the top of the big rolling cage, so it was amusing enough to photograph:

Pictures behind the cut )

Irregular Webcomic! #3681

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:11 am
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Comic #3681

I remember my mother telling me when I was young not to sit on cold surfaces like metal or concrete because it would give you piles. I had no idea what piles were at the time, but it sounded bad enough that I was careful about ever sitting on anything cold. It turned out that piles is another name for haemorrhoids, and that this whole "sitting on cold surfaces" thing is a myth, as a quick Internet search will now tell you. Doing the research just now I also learnt that there are similar myths about sitting on cold surfaces causing: bladder infections, kidney infections, and even female sterility caused by damage to the ovaries. The things you learn!

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Really? Just one? I have a whole rainbow of songs I like with colors in the title: Crimson and Clover | Orange Crush | Big Yellow Taxi | Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine | Crystal Blue Persuasion | Purple People Eater | Lavender's Blue ...and then we get to colors not in the official rainbow set... Bad Bad Leroy Brown | Whiter Shade of Pale | Touch of Grey | Black Hole Sun | Pink Shoe Laces | Sister Golden Hair | Maxwell's Silver Hammer...

Gah. Have to pick just one.

I'm going with pirates. )
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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )

30 Day Song Meme

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:29 pm
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Stealing this from [personal profile] kshandra. I decided I should blog more, and telling myself to blog more about Important And Interesting Things isn't working, so I should try one of those "blog every day" things. (I've never done well at them.) This time, I picked something easy and fun instead of something that requires Deep Thought that I usually don't have by the end of my workday.

So: 30 days of songs, which are likely to be YouTube embeds (but maybe not, because I have a great love for a lot of filk that's never made it to YouTube); some are likely to get a lot of commentary, and others are likely to be "here it is, end of the day... um, have a music thing."

SUMMER SOLSTICE JAM PARTY BEGINS NOW.

List of Songs to Post Later )
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Detours and Obstacles
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 3
word count (story only):1272


:: This story follows immediately on the heels of Speed Bump!” and continues the theme of unexpected events and unexpected reactions. This has spilled into a THIRD part, hence the corrected title. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: Very mild incidence of blasphemy. ::







On the way to drop the girl off, Mariset surprised everyone when she asked Cash for his phone number, but Joshua only grinned, when he wanted to punch the air in victory. She stayed close to Jules, poised with two careful inches of space between them on the blocky camper sofa. When they arrived at her house, her foster mother stepped onto their porch as Mariset activated the lift, quickly texting Cash to ask him to walk her to the front steps.

While they were busy, Joshua glanced at Jules' bare arms and shoulders, looking for signs of the daily artwork, or signs that someone had ordered him to scrub it off. He found a tiny bracelet of dots along one wrist, easily hidden by the band of the teen's vidwatch. “What's it say on your wrist?” Joshua asked, wincing as his worry leaked into his voice.

“Drew's name, and Glyn's name, over and over, because I miss them a lot,” Jules admitted. “Are you moving away?” the teen asked bluntly.
Read more... )

so i have an eticket all of a sudden

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:04 pm
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traveling tomorrow

serious illness in extended family

hugs welcome

Strep Throat Lookalike

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:30 pm
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So the kid had a bit of a sore throat yesterday that turned very noticeable around dinner, and by about 1 am, þey were basically resisting throwing up by sheer willpower, curled up on our bed, under about half the blankets under the house. (All the washable ones.) Kid was on top of the covers and a towel over ze spouse's pillow in case of yarp.

So spouse in the front bedroom, kid on his side of the bed, and me -- in nightshirt and houserobe, my feet tucked under quilts and the remaining afghan at the foot of the bed, and a shawl pulled over my shoulder -- on top of covers because getting under them was just not working.

Kid played Star Wars RPG podcast and I think we fell asleep around 3am. About 2 hours and 59 minutes later, according to fitbit, we woke up and the kid was well enough to move back to þeir room. I eventually got back to sleep till... I'm not sure when. About another 2-3 hours of sleep (according to fitbit), and then the phone rang and I had to do entries for spouse's uncle's hearing aid or something. Then I fell asleep again a bit. When kid and I were both awake and I verified that kid was not amazingly better but was, instead, running a fever of around 102F (about 101 under the arm, so add a degree F for the equivalent oral temp)... I called the doctor, got an appointment, went in, pronounced that we thought it was strep -- the symptoms are very much like when the kid was in 7th grade and "threw up 13 times; I counted." (to quote.) And back then we discovered that allergy to 'cillin, and thus 7th grade started with hives all over. (Oatmeal baths work.)

Where was I... Ah, right. Went to doctor. Swabs were taken. The really quick version was strep-negative, so they'll culture it overnight and see if it's bacterial. In the meantime, it might be viral, woohoo. So ibuprofen for pain and fever and they'll call sometime (ungodly early, no doubt) tomorrow. We're also using Zantac for nausea.

Havva Quote
---------------------Quoted by C•••••••---------------------
I know but one who sails within
The ranks of Arthur's men
To challenge death at Caer Siddi.
The Prydwen sails again.
------------------------------------------------------------



INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Recent Astronomical Efforts

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:24 pm
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The Andromeda Galaxy



Also, Saturn was recently at opposition. Here's what I was able to manage.

Catching up to Safari?

Jun. 21st, 2017 07:00 am
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Earlier this month, Apple Safari pulled ahead of other mainstream browsers in tracking protection. Tracking protection in the browser is no longer a question of should the browser do it, but which browser best protects its users. But Apple's early lead doesn't mean that another browser can't catch up.

Tracking protection is still hard. You have to provide good protection from third-party tracking, which users generally don't want, without breaking legit third-party services such as content delivery networks, single sign-on systems, and shopping carts. Protection is a balance, similar to the problem of filtering spam while delivering legit mail. Just as spam filtering helps enable legit email marketing, tracking protection tends to enable legit advertising that supports journalism and cultural works.

In the long run, just as we have seen with spam filters, it will be more important to make protection hard to predict than to run the perfect protection out of the box. A spam filter, or browser, that always does the same thing will be analyzed and worked around. A mail service that changes policies to respond to current spam runs, or an unpredictable ecosystem of tracking protection add-ons that browser users can install in unpredictable combinations, is likely to be harder.

But most users aren't in the habit of installing add-ons, so browsers will probably have to give them a nudge, like Microsoft Windows does when it nags the user to pick an antivirus package (or did last time I checked.) So the decentralized way to catch up to Apple could end up being something like:

  • When new tracking protection methods show up in the privacy literature, quietly build the needed browser add-on APIs to make it possible for new add-ons to implement them.

  • Do user research to guide the content and timing of nudges. (Some atypical users prefer to be tracked, and should be offered a chance to silence the warnings by affirmatively choosing a do-nothing protection option.)

  • Help users share information about the pros and cons of different tools. If a tool saves lots of bandwidth and battery life but breaks some site's comment form, help the user make the right choice.

  • Sponsor innovation challenges to incentivize development, testing, and promotion of diverse tracking protection tools.

Any surveillance marketer can install and test a copy of Safari, but working around an explosion of tracking protection tools would be harder. How to set priorities when they don't know which tools will get popular?

What about adfraud?

Tracking protection strategies have to take adfraud into account. Marketers have two choices for how to deal with adfraud:

  • flight to quality

  • extra surveillance

Flight to quality is better in the long run. But it's a problem from the point of view of adtech intermediaries because it moves more ad money to high-reputation sites, and the whole point of adtech is to reach big-money eyeballs on cheap sites. Adtech firms would rather see surveillance-heavy responses to adfraud. One way to help shift marketing budgets away from surveillance, and toward flight to quality, is to make the returns on surveillance investments less predictable.

This is possible to do without making value judgments about certain kinds of sites. If you like a site enough to let it see your personal info, you should be able to do it, even if in my humble opinion it's a crappy site. But you can have this option without extending to all crappy sites the confidence that they'll be able to live on leaked data from unaware users.

signal boost: gay it forward

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:00 pm
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Pride isn't just a celebration. It is that and that is important. But it's also a lifeline to young queer kids. It's a protest and a form of action and so many other things.

https://fontfolly.net/2017/06/20/gay-it-forward/

Whether you are queer yourself or (hopefully!) an ally to queerfolk, please look up your local pride event. Or Google "queer homeless teens." Or "black trans lives matter" or "Two Spirit Native lgbtqia+"... Support as you can.

And remember: survival is resistance.

ETA: Also: There is no one right way to Pride

http://www.robot-hugs.com/pride-2017/

(Comic Transcript linked at bottom of comic now)

You matter. THANK YOU.

good things around juneish

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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music

hugs

connecting

well timed tears

Mt. Hood in sunlight over the shoulder of Mt. Tabor

my mom being awesome

time off

having strategies and prep for Things and recognizing that they apply

long sunlit hours

you

<3

update to the last: I'm okay

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:41 pm
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Thank you so much to everyone who commented on that last entry of mine. Much love!

Showed the bosslady the list. She was sympathetic, if definitely a bit thrown. She first asked if I was quitting - "Nooooo no, definitely not." Wound up taking two days off, with her blessing. I need them. The day got better from there on in; I don't know why uncorking, embarrassing though it was after the fact, helped, but it did. Also helping were several messes getting sorted out all at once, and a relatively mellow day. I still need the vacation time, badly. By late morning, I was not flinching at phone rings or e-mail pings, and chatting with friendly customers was a pleasure rather than a chore. Definite improvements, and again, no idea why uncorking helped.

Seriously looking into getting a medical opinion on this anxiety stuff, because it's been bad, lifelong, and it's getting worse, and I have a family history of the same; Mom has it too, though often well-hidden. People at work seem to think it's purely an attitude/reaction thing, of the 'change your outlook' variety. As changing my outlook involves a good amount of what feels suspiciously like plastering on an obviously fake smile, I'm not sure this is something a sunny mindset is going to cure.

I need the vacation time. There will be reading up a storm, and radio time as both receiver and transmitter, and *fingers crossed* a blood donation, and kitty cuddles, and maybe a campfire.

Bless my boss, seriously. I wrote her a grateful e-mail before taking off for vacation time. Strongly considering a gift of chocolate out of gratitude for putting up with my self-confessed high-strung self.

Just wanted to update everybody. I'm okay. I'm flipping tired and need a recharge.
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Today started wretchedly. I wrote an interview back in April that I sent off to the publisher. They opened it yesterday and said, um, Ellen? Because it was blank. I figured I'd sent the wrong file, but I opened mine, and lo. BLANK. And of course, they needed files TODAY to send to the editor, and I've got appointments and early summer camp and I'm still reeling after a Very Bad Back weekend.

Leaving Guppy at camp was the usual amount of agonizing. MOM! MOM! MOOOOMMMMMY! One more HUG! MOMMMMMYYYYYY!

Oh, and the cat missed the catbox.

Then I got a massage that fixed the Very Bad Back, and found an un-formatted draft of the interview in... my wholesale accounts folder? What? So I got that fixed up, grabbed lunch (and veggies!) at the farmer's market, and Guppy had a grand time at camp, of course. Now I need a gallon of ice water and an ice cream sandwich in the sun.

No words today (yet), but I did get some reading research done, and started working on an exciting plot bunny with a partner in crime.


Here are #19 (claimed) and #13 (available!). I did finish #20 but haven't scanned it, so if I get one done today I'll be caught up again. The landing page for my #junicorn project is here: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1604777.html
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From my synagogue:

17 year-old Nabra Hassanen was assaulted and killed early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia. This heinous act of violence against a young Muslim woman has transpired during the holy month of Ramadan - and in the wake of increased violence around the world.

We invite you to join your fellow Philadelphians this Wednesday evening, June 21, for an interfaith vigil to honor Nabra's memory and to condemn her killing and the hatred that led to her death. The evening will begin at 8:00 p.m. with remarks from community members.

The vigil will be followed by Maghrib/ Ma'ariv prayers, and a communal potluck Iftar (breaking of the fast) dinner in the park. Water and dates will be provided. All are invited to join us in breaking the fast, even if you are not fasting. People of all faiths are welcome, as are those who do not identify with a religious or faith community. Ours is a table of sacred healing and resistance. By sharing together, we stand against those who would divide us. We will gather for Nabra in the spirit of Rumi’s words:

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”

If you plan to join us for the iftar and are able, please bring something to share: snacks or other food not containing pork or shellfish would be welcome. For help deciding what to bring, please email Raquel or Yosef.

Sunset Interfaith Vigil for Nabra & Communal Iftar

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rittenhouse Square
8PM Vigil / 8:34 Prayers and Iftar

Sponsored by Sacred Justice, (List in Formation and will be updated)



The song in my head and in the “Music:” tag. YouTube 3:01 )

Hard Things

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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Letter to AARP:

Your community page treats "kudos" as a plural. It's not. It's from Greek and it means "praise". "One kudo" is absurd, as bad as "One prai" (singular of "praise", isn't it?). So are "two kudos" and "Who kudoed this?" and "Top Kudoed Authors". Even "two kudoses", "Who kudosed…", and "Top Kudosed…" would be better.



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The furniture is interestingly shuffled, right now. I'm gathering stuff in the living room to give to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We'll see how much of the attic I can clear out before their scheduled arrival date. It should be a substantial declutter, if nothing else.

Outside, the roses are blooming. Oddly enough, this year they started blooming before the day lilies, which are just getting started. If you come by and don't see me right away, come around back and tell me I can stop weeding around the tomato plants for a bit! The weeds are quite tall, as I've been busy with indoor tasks and runs to the Geek Squad, glasses place, and other such tasks.

Computer follies have continued, the car acquired a large screw in a non-repairable part of one tire, and when I went in to get the replacement "temple" (arm) of my glasses replaced, they broke the still-functional old one, so my glasses are still kind of wobbly on my face (the spares they found to loan me in the meantime have a "spring feature" that, in my opinion, is a "spring bug").

But still, it's summer and nice out (here, anyway--no 100 degree temps this far inland so far).

I'm going to continue offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. As always, a signal boost will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish. Alternatively, you can ask for a Torn World reading and get an in-character reading in Affamarg or the Breidalam Mountains using that world's standard layout for the divination disks.

Or, of course, you can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip or signal boost). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

So, let's see if I can offer some some inspiration or spark some creativity for you. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both.

New friends and old are very welcome. The grass is shaggy, and weeds are keeping the tomato and squash plants company, but some of the roses have started to bloom, and I'm happy to have you visit.

For free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide or for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips (including requests for longer readings) also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, including but not limited to my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards and my Fantasy Showcase Tarot deck where each card was done by a different artist. Tipping can also be used to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card. I'd love to do a bunch of readings, under the circumstances!

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration! Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

If you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $1 (Paypal charges fees). If that doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. However, I intend to stay open through the weekend, and longer for paid readings.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

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