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Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

October 29, 2014

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work, published in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

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PSA: PHP Must Die

Oct. 30th, 2014 07:01 am
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Advisory 01/2014: Drupal - pre Auth SQL Injection Vulnerability

A "highly critical public service announcement" from Drupal [LWN.net] "Automated attacks began compromising Drupal 7 websites that were not patched or updated to Drupal 7.32 within hours of the announcement of SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection. You should proceed under the assumption that every Drupal 7 website was compromised unless updated or patched before Oct 15th, 11pm UTC, that is 7 hours after the announcement."

Impressive. I think this is an appropriate place to quote one of my father's aphorisms: "A locked car with an open window is NOT a locked car."

If PHP is your open window, you may as well leave the keys on the dashboard where they're easy to see.

Colors of Blood

Oct. 30th, 2014 12:52 am
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Here is a chemical comparison of different types of blood in Terran lifeforms: red, blue, green, and violet.  So if you want to make alien blood a different color, these are guaranteed viable.

Poem: "Part of Your New Life"

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:49 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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"Part of Your New Life" is up on LJ, next in the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Oct. 30th, 2014 12:44 am
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[personal profile] itsamellama is having a sale on her beautiful hand-painted notebooks!

This is the perfect time to get one, as NaNo is starting up and it never hurts to have more pretty ways to take notes, right?

Long Drive Day

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:55 pm
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Kid managed to have an okay day, despite Twit Brat trying to trigger her mold phobia in Study Hall by talking about mold loudly. (I need to remember to email the case manager, because really, that's nasty behavior that shows that Twit Brat is still trying to be a little proto-abuser. ...well, actually, no, he's trying to be abusive, and it needs more smacking down.)

Long drive. There is an Apple Store on the route now! I went and fondled iPhone 6s a bit more. Maaaaybe. I will have to see how they are after a case is on one. (...if anyone thinks I'm going to skip on having a case after my 4S's case has come apart twice upon impact, leaving the phone unscathed... Um, no.)

Havva Quote
The car transformed! It's a Decepticon!
--me, regarding an episode of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures


INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
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Tactile Sensitivity Resources

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:35 pm
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A friend asked me for resources on tactile sensitivity in small children. I wrote a response and then realized it would be useful to more people, so here it is. Much of this stuff will generalize to other sensory issues and to adults.

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Dyansty

NSFW Oct. 29th, 2014 08:40 pm
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Choices, Choices--

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:35 pm
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Rather than talk about science fiction in general, I think it's time to talk /specifics/, and specific influences.
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Housekeeping-type site updates

Oct. 29th, 2014 04:37 pm
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As a general note of interest, I’ve updated a few things on the site today.

First, I’ve added several bits to the FAQ, to update the references to Vengeance of the Hunter, to add references to Victory of the Hawk, and to clarify what genres I write in and what other authors are useful to compare me to. Also, for giggles, I’ve added in a bit about this whole Quebecois trad thing I can’t shut up about, the Trilingual Hobbit Reread, and what other things you can expect me to start posting about once the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy is done.

Secondly, I’ve activated pages for both Victory of the Hawk and Bone Walker. Both are pretty bare-bones at this point, but they ARE the official sources of data for both of these books. Watch them for further updates. You’ll be able to find both of these books on the site’s Books menu now.

Third, the Rebels of Adalonia page has been updated to include Victory‘s official release date of April 6, 2015.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Here's why I hate Hollywood

NSFW Oct. 29th, 2014 12:19 pm
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Victory of the Hawk status update

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:11 am
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Ladies and gentlemen, mesdames et messieurs, all my pals of the Internet, last night I finished the final scene in the initial draft of Victory of the Hawk. There is an Invader Zim quote that seems appropriate at this time:

I have fired the complete, LONG overdue manuscript to my editor and am now on standby for her requested developmental edits, which I am expecting to fall on my head any time now. Chances of my needing to hunker down this weekend to work on these edits are VERY high. Chances are also good that when I go up to Canada next month, I’ll be charging through line and/or copy edits by then, too. Given how long it took me to turn this thing in, I promised my editor as well that I’ll be doing everything in my power to get the edits done as fast as possible. We need to finish this puppy up before Christmas.

Meanwhile, given that our targeted release date is April 6, 2015, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you all that if you like high fantasy and you haven’t yet read Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter, now would be a very good time for you to do so. The two of them together are only around six bucks from Carina! And as always, you can find all the buy links you can shake a stick at on the Rebels of Adalonia page right over here. Don’t forget, either, Valor of the Healer is also available in audio format.

I have to clear Victory off my plate before I can also turn long overdue attention back to Bone Walker, but stand by for updates on that score, too. I hope to be diving back into that the instant I finish the final Victory edits.

Very much looking forward to delivering this final book to the trilogy, you guys, and closing the arc on Kestar, Julian, and Faanshi. I hope you all will enjoy it!

And also? HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS this means I’ve written six, count ‘em, six complete novels. Victory will be my fourth one on actual sale, and I’m VERY much looking forward to getting Bone Walker out to you hopefully at the same time if not before, to become novel #5 on sale. And then? Then comes Queen of Souls!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Poem: "Running Rings"

Oct. 29th, 2014 01:05 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem was written outside the prompt calls. It was inspired by the "sports and games" square in my 9-29-14 card for the origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "Good Minions Are Hard to Find"

Oct. 29th, 2014 03:23 am
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Siliconshaman. It also fills the "coma" square on my 7-31-14 card for the hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette and an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I blame [personal profile] shipwreck_light for reasons I am not entirely sure I understand but probably involve birds.

I want to write Teddy and Dave being being adorable and sweet, having sex and, the entire time, being watched by Teddy's Slendy friend. I don't even care about writing sex, I just wanna write the voyeurism.

Story: "The Path of the Sun" Part 3

Oct. 29th, 2014 12:16 am
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This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

Here ends "The Path of the Sun." Thank you all for sticking with the Schrodinger's Hulk series this far! I love your input. Final thoughts on the story overall are welcome, in addition to reactions on this specific chapter.

I do not have another piece of fanfic to post at this time. I've been crazy-busy the last few weeks and will be through the end of October. Sorry to break off like this, but when I'm overbooked I have to cut the nonpaying projects first. :( Keep an eye on the fiction and poetry tags here in my blog; I'll post more if or when I have some.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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Poem: "The Tallest Poppy"

Oct. 28th, 2014 10:38 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie  and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette and an anonymous donor.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series and features Savoir Faire and the Rescuer.

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I should try to get to bed early...

Oct. 28th, 2014 11:19 pm
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1: Phoenix Wright movie is pretty entertaining. I will say that keeping the character styles but going for a more "gritty" feel to the sets and some of the characters is a little... jarring. And the sudden HIGH TECH WHOA was a little startling, but it gives a great excuse to have stuff mirroring the actual gameplay in the courtroom scenes.

2: Jojo's Bizarre Adventures continues to be relatively misogynistic, in order to allow MANLY RIVERS of MANLY TEARS due to MANLY ANGSTFEELS. Definitely best watched when you can cackle with someone about all the probably not unintentional yaoi implications here and there.

3: The little Professor Layton+Phoenix Wright game is entertaining!

Havva Quote
S_____ . o O ( Well, you see, Lucifer took some of Lilith's forces, bound them into a new demon, gave the demon the Word of Freedom, then disbanded the forces and stuck them all into Lilith, including the Word Forces . . .and quite by accident set the pattern for creating Lilim. )
arcangel [to S_____]: Ohhhh, nice one!
arcangel [to S_____]: Darn, can you go back in time and suggest that so I can stick it into the Superiors book for Lilith??
--No, really, that's an awesome idea that shoulda gone into the rumors.


INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )
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Clearing the Air
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 5 of 7
Word count: 1045

Warnings: none in this segment

:: This takes place in Ysabetwordsmith's Polychrome Heroics universe, and continues Aidan's visit with Hannah, Danso and the other children. My eternal, endless thanks for her permission and feedback, support and gleeful laughter. ::

Review Part ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR




Danso dropped his gaze to his lap. “But you're going to let me what, rummage around with my abilities, even though...” he trailed off as his lips pressed into a hard, bloodless line.
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stupid lillies

Oct. 28th, 2014 06:28 pm
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Dammit this autumn is so broken - my lilies are sprouting. NO LILIES IT IS NOT SPRING, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. :(

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Oct. 28th, 2014 03:52 pm
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Aaand then I spent half an hour sitting outside my apartment hoping I could get in touch with someone who could let me in because I left my key inside.

Yeah, I am done.

Plus I have to go out in a few hours to be sociable. SO. DOne.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, November 4, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "winning without defeating anyone." I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, family, best enemies, friendly opponents, good sportsmen and gamesters, fighting fair, playing by the rules, turning enemies into allies/friends/lovers, agreeing to fight for a common cause, thinking outside the box, conflicts, old arguments, rules of engagement, cooperation, teamwork skills, playgrounds, sporting fields, battlegrounds, board rooms, cooperative games, different goals, game boards and pieces, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Underfoot" (179 verses, Hart's Farm). [personal profile] dialecticdreamer will be hosting this.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

 

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A couple of years ago, I could still walk in to Best Buy and test mixes on an assortment of consumer-grade CD players. And while I’ve been calling CDs “concert souvenirs” for a while now – that’s what they are, people want them, people want you to sign them, they still have value – I haven’t entirely realised how true that is.

Part of that is because CD sales as of 2013 (iirc) were still the largest single sales segment. And they’re by far the largest sales segment in albums, despite vinyl’s resurgence.

But… a couple of years ago… I could still walk in to Best Buy and test a CD full of music tracks on an assortment of consumer-grade players. While it’s partly a ritual, it also serves a real purpose – does your mix survive all these different weird players?

And now I can’t. I couldn’t even test it one one, because there weren’t any. The only CD audio players were in the Magnolia HiFi audiophile ministore.

But that’s fine, right? I’m not stupid, I have exactly the same track mix on my phone, and for this exact reason. But then it got really annoying, because I couldn’t test-listen with my phone, either. Sometime in the last year, Best Buy tied all their display gear down to preset sample tracks, which no doubt hide their flaws and emphasise their strengths. Play your own music to see how that sounds? Nope.

Not cool, Best Buy. Not cool at all.

It’s a little surprising, to be honest, because of those sales numbers. Are all those CDs still being sold – a decent number – going into older, legacy players?

So I went poking around online – Best Buy is the midrange, let’s drop down market segments a little. Target’s page on audio brings up a turntable before a CD player, but they at least have a few – Crosley, the maker of retro-styled audio gear, and Jensen.

It took going to Walmart to find a bit of a selection – or Amazon, of course. But what you seem to have is audiophile and low-end, and not a whole lot in between. Just like the American economy. Aheh.

Which leaves home theatre as the last mass-market stop for physical media. But do people actually do this? Do people play CDs on home theatre systems? I don’t. Never have. Anna doesn’t either. We’ve had it set up for AirPlay for a while, along with all the other audio – we pipe mp3s over the LAN.

But most people aren’t going to do that until it’s a standard feature, or at very least, common. So maybe other people pop CDs into the BluRay player? Is that a thing?

Of course, the CD… it’s a concert souvenir, so it doesn’t really matter. Rip and put in the souvenir box, right? No big.

Until computers stop having optical drives in three years’ time. Then what’re we going to do for souvenirs?

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Done last week (20141019 Su - 27 Mo)

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:18 am
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[personal profile] mdlbear

A couple of dizzy spells, which felt a lot like a return of the orthostatic hypotension I used to get rather frequently before I changed my blood pressure meds, only more severe. Turns out that they could be exactly that, as a side effect of cutting down on my SSRI antidepressant.

Worked from home Friday and half of Thursday due to our office move. Spent Monday (and will probably spend most of today) setting up my desktop box, whose hard drive didn't survive the move. :P Grumble. Only things I'll actually be losing are a couple of little scripts in ~/bin, my .zshrc customizations, and my browser config. Everything else is in git.

Stupidly tried to upgrade the OS on my laptop. Stupid, because it left it practically unusable. A clean reinstall of 14.04 fared better, but there are still some oddities here and there.

Working from home today, too, because I'll be waiting for the washer to get repaired. :P It broke on Saturday. The backup drive on Nova has apparently been broken for a *long* time -- read is ok, but write fails. This may be a timing thing, but switching it from USB to eSATA renumbers the drive letters, so that's kind of a non-starter.

On the positive side, the CenturyLink internet connection is on, and the new modem arrived yesterday. Hopefully today I'll be able to get our network configured -- it may be a simple matter of swapping two routers.

The new building is significantly farther away from the bus stop -- there are closer ones, but it's actually faster to walk than to wait for a transfer. So if it's not raining, I'll do that.

Kind of a rough week. Oddly, the fact that I've cut back on my antidepressant doesn't seem to have made much difference that I can perceive, which says that either it wasn't doing much good, or I'm still bad at detecting my mood. Or both.

raw notes, with links )
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In about seven hours, I'll be at the dentist's office, being prepped for at least one "apicoectomy", or maybe two - they won't know until they've started, and can actually see what's going on inside those roots. I am hoping it's only one, not only because I assume that two surgeries will hurt twice as much as one would, but also because I know that two surgeries, even performed at the same time, will cost twice as much as one :-(

Afterwards, no matter how much work they do, my mouth will be numb until the novocaine wears off, and probably very sore because of swelling thereafter (although I'm hoping they give me another prescription for Vicodin, of course!). I'll be effectively unable to communicate via speech for at least a day or two. Fortunately, I don't expect my fingers to be impaired in any way, so I can communicate via DW and LJ just fine, as well as by text messages for those of you who know how to reach me that way. (If you are on my LJ "friends" list, you can send a text message to my phone via my LJ profile page, even if you don't happen to know my cell phone number.)

Comments disabled, because I should have been asleep three hours ago. More details once I'm coherent.

Encourage an Artist

Oct. 28th, 2014 01:55 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This I believe.

Go and do likewise.

I really have no tolerance for jerks who try to crush other people's dreams.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 01:05 am
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Too tired for life.

I keep accidentally staying up for nearly 24 hours a a time and I think that is seriously fucking over my brainspace. I need to sleep more or take my meds at a regular time or something.

I'm not sure it's getting straightened out tonight but tomorrow, it will happen tomorrow at the latest.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock.  It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation.  This poem belongs to the Dr. Doohickey thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Volo Credere: October 2014

Oct. 27th, 2014 09:48 pm
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Volo credere: a happy medium


How do individuals balance science and logic against myth and tradition?
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Another relatively restful day,

Oct. 27th, 2014 10:23 pm
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
especially for a school day!

More Takarazuka, yay! (More cat politics, boo.) OMG can SnakeyDeath actress do the seductive singing. *fans self* And those BOOTS.

Then, after kid went to bed, more Jojo's Bizarre Adventures. I will say, that funny as they are, they are kind of misogynistic, with women around to be pawns, hostages, irritating, or fridged. This is, you see, a story about MANLY MEN with MANLY FEELINGS and MANLY SHOULDERS that require them to go through doors sideways. Of course, they also tend to do poses that look rather like they're trying to show their MANLY PECS and MANLY BUTTOCKS at the same time, rather like some superhero comic covers do to the superheroines, so I feel quite free to engage in MANLY SHIPPING. Or Yaoi Shipping, whatever.

Havva Quote
"You are a CREEPY APE."
--Me, regarding a character in a Jojo episode.


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Finished!

Oct. 27th, 2014 09:06 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I have submitted the last of my Llewellyn articles for the summer writing season.  Yaaay!  

Usually this is where I take a day or few off.  Instead I have Samhain season this year.  0_o  But the articles are DONE and the daffodils are DONE.  So, progress.

Safe Home

Oct. 27th, 2014 04:10 pm
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I had a wonderful OVFF, despite being robbed of most of my voice by a very poorly-timed cold. Mary Bertke courageously took over singing lead on Outward Bound at the Pegasus Concert, (all of which was really rocking, by the way--including the generous souls who took over for Tom Smith's two nominated songs on short notice when Tom couldn't find his keys to drive to the con) and with me chiming in just enough to look like I was involved, and playing the octave mandolin as a countermelody, and the whole audience sang along, which was very encouraging and helpful.
That used up most of my voice for the rest of the con, and I had to sit out the Saturday song contest, in spite of having written a cool song for it. However that made it less of a logistical hassle to host the Shallow End circle for new filkers, which was a lot of fun. I ran two workshops, one for playing countermelody while singing, which worked out very well, and one on writing melody using common "building blocks" when the Muse has stood you up, which went okay considering I could hardly talk at that point, but which has worked better in the past when I had more voice.
My instrument case was the belle of the ball and also worked great for carrying and protecting Pearl, so she (and her case) will be making more appearances in the future.

Being sick and going to workshops meant I missed more of the action than usual, but did get to hear as Copy Red Leader and Debs and Errol gave great concerts, and I got to hear the Iron Filker contest also, whose theme turned out to be apologies. Just a wonderful time all around and I am so glad I went.

Home from OVFF

Oct. 27th, 2014 05:14 pm
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Home from OVFF. Tired cat is tired. Mini-con in the airport; Ellen Weingart and Mark were on our flight (connecting thru BWI to Islip), Tony Parker, Judy Bemis and Kathy Mar all showed up at the same gate just before our boarding time.

The two catnip pads made by [livejournal.com profile] janmagic that I picked up at the Interfilk auction have been strategically placed in the house - one in the living room, one in the computer room. Nova has already discovered the one in the living room (*grin*). Photos on G+.
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Anybody know a good pest control person in Seattle/North King County? Some sort of creature seems to be trying to take up residence in my house's exhaust vent. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds rodentia-like. Fred and George are really interested in this, too.

space sounds for super songs

Oct. 27th, 2014 08:30 am
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[personal profile] solarbird

Most of my weekend involved power outages and damage control, fortunately relatively little of the latter given everything. So it’s a music links roundup of awesome.

NASA have dumped a huge library of space sounds you can use in music. For free. They’re public domain. THIS IS AWESOME. I have no idea what I’d use any of this for, but I WILL FIND A REASON.

Not on Bone Walker, maybe, but I will find a reason.

Here are some posters about music theory which I have confirmed are incredibly useful, particularly if you can read music. (I can’t, I’m still getting a bit out of them. Also wow some of this shit is weird.)

My friend Ben Deschamps of The Heather Dale Band has finally started releasing some solo work. It’s one of those song-a-week things, and he’s been building up a backlog of material in a bunch of different modes – instrumentals, silly, rock. You might enjoy giving a listen; he’s a really strong guitarist.

And I don’t know Four-Stroke at all, but if you like your punk thrashy, 80sish, and funny, check out Ottawa’s number one punk band on Reverb Nation. I particularly like “(I Wanna Be a) Suburban Jihadi,” which is a free download.

So, yeah. How was your weekend? Less power-spikey, I hope.

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Signal boosting

Oct. 27th, 2014 08:23 am
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters
My partner is doing a prompt call on a small variety of subjects and I think you should go prompt them!

Go here to leave prompts You even get to get the whole story for free! They're doing it for fun and to practice writing more than anything else.

Allistic assumptions of auties

Oct. 27th, 2014 01:45 am
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"Remember your words!" A refrain many auties (autistics) hear, especially if we resort to animals sounds. But why? Isn't it true that the highest compliment you can give someone is to say that words are insufficient to tell them how much you love them? If words are so limited, why not expand our vocabulary to include words from the languages of other animals? (And there's plenty of evidence out there to show that, yes, other animals have their own languages, and a lot of them are quite as complex as human languages.) Maybe I don't even know how to put what I'm feeling into words, so I growl or purr or hiss or whatever, you ever think of that? Of course you didn't.

I think the reason for it is that when allistics (non-autistics) lose their words, it's generally a sign that they've lost self control. But what they don't understand is that such is not necessarily true; it is an assumption, especially as regards auties. I don't know about other people, but when I use animal sounds, I am still reasonable and in control, I just don't want to waste effort trying to put into human words what I have a perfectly good animal word for. Not enough time and/or available brain RAM to waste on translating simple and effective animal speech into the most recent version of the chaos that is human language.

What's more, that assumption sometimes works in my favor. If I tell someone to back the fuck off, they'll probably still ignore it if they're a certain personality type. But growl, hiss, yowl, or bark at them, and they DO back the fuck off, usually. In this instance, the animal word for "back the fuck off" is often far more effective.

Another thing a lot of auties hear is "Quiet hands!" No. Just stop saying that. If I'm flapping my hands, I'm either too excited for words, or I'm trying to get my brain in gear. Either way, by trying to make me stop, you are being the opposite of helpful. I'm already having trouble, in that instance, with getting my brain in verbal gear, and having to add the subroutines for compliance to allistic norms is NOT going to speed up the process at all. Flapping hands is often the autistic version of a computer's processing ellipsis, so it means "Processing. Please wait." (And it's not a case of having less RAM than allistics, it's a case of having too many programs running, or the programs we have running are processing too much data. Or both.) Would you rather have some outward sign of such a processing problem, or not? (Bearing in mind of course that with no outward sign, we'd just be sitting there, unresponsive, frustrating you even more.)

So please stop assuming things that are wrong. Your assumptions just end up frustrating the both of us.

Weird fucking shit

Oct. 27th, 2014 01:09 am
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For the past several months - I don't know how many - I'd been wearing the same two necklaces without taking them off, ever. Which is a bit unusual for me. Then the other day, I took the pentacle necklace off for the first time in ages, and left the 8-rayed star on.

But then today, I began having an urgent need to take the second necklace off. I struggled with the tie on the cord for a while, going into a minor freakout, trying not to panic, since the thing couldn't fit over my head and wouldn't come untied. I finally had to cut it off, which annoys me but I do have more of that pink cord, and I put the cut necklace into a ziping pocket in my messenger bag so it won't get lost.

What's more annoying, the weird feeling in my throat, and the feeling in my head - both of which are probably psychosomatic, but still concerning - haven't gone away. They got better, but they're still there. I don't know if the throat weirdness will go away until I swallow something, and maybe not even then. You see, it's this feeling like I have a pill stuck in my throat. I'm fairly certain I don't, but it's just one of those things that pops up every now and then with me, spontaneous irrational fears or concerns with no real cause as far as I can tell, that stick around for a while and then vanish again.

As to the feeling in my head... it feels like the feeling I get when I have to rebraid my hair, when my arms are up in the air making blood rush into my head and thus making my head feel weird. But I'm fairly certain it's a false feeling, my brain playing tricks on me. For one thing, it's more like a step or two up from the memory of that feeling. Secondly, my arms are not in the air.

Fuck it, I hate it when the random psychic flotsam and jetsam of the inside of my brain does weird shit like this.

Then yesterday, instead of going out of the apartment to do writing, I only got out long enough to go to Winco and get a few things there. Even that much was difficult, since despite getting 8 hours of sleep, I wanted nothing more than to go back to bed and sleep more. Which is a bit concerning, because I did that a lot before I got my CPAP. I use the CPAP all the time when I sleep now, so I shouldn't be doing that anymore. Though if it only happens once in a great while, I'm not going to worry too much about it.

What IS a bit more concerning is that the last couple nights, I'll get so far along the path to sleep and suddenly feeling like I'm not getting enough air. I've been using the CPAP for at least 6 months constantly, every night, so I should not be having that problem anymore. Oh, and when it isn't the inability to breathe that wakes me up, it's something else I can't put into words that just startles me awake. I don't think it's apnea, with the pressurized air, especially since it does eventually stop happening and the rest of my waking up at night is just discomfort from my crappy bed that I really ought to replace because it's been crappy ever since I bought it, and while I got used to it for a while, my body has since decided it can't abide the thing anymore. I need especially to see if I can find a bed better suited to side-sleepers.

So yeah, my life is annoying.

Corporate child neglect

Oct. 27th, 2014 01:05 am
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Something occurred to me today. So, to start with, our society considers child abuse and neglect to be some of the most heinous of crimes, even more so than murder. I'm going to set aside the ridiculousness of making the snuffing out of a unique human being to be a lesser crime than a whole slew of other things for now, and focus on something else: that there is rampant child neglect that is known to be happening but nobody is doing anything about it.

Let me here tell you what sparked this realization in me. I read a newspaper headline saying something to the effect of "New school lunch program to feed even those who can't pay." My reaction was "Well I should hope so! To refuse lunch to a child because they or their parents don't have the money to pay is basically child neglect, which is the worst form of child abuse there is." Once I consciously made that connection, others quickly fell in place.

The first was that, yes; I have always believed that letting anyone go without food or shelter or any of the basic necessities of life is a form of abuse. I just hadn't been able to put it into those words before.

Secondly was the next obvious thing: if we work from that point of view, then the upper management of places like Wal-Mart are all guilty of child neglect. By not paying their employees a living wage, they are keeping food away from children, and possibly shelter as well. We have some really fucked up priorities in this country. The government will actively take children away from loving families just because they can't afford to feed their kids. How about instead of doing that, we charge the upper management (including CEOs) of corporations like Wal-Mart with child neglect? If corporations want to be people, then they can reap ALL the rewards of being people, including its management (the brain, if you will, of the corporation) doing prison time for 1000's of counts of child neglect if they refuse to pay their employees a living wage.

Of course, we'd have to add a few more provisions to the laws:
1. Add "families with children" to the anti-discrimination laws.
2. If any corporation's management move to another country where they can't be prosecuted, then the law should let the government say "Okay, fine. In that case, you will be considered a foreign company, and you can make up the difference in extremely high tariffs. We'll use the money from those tariffs to fund Food Stamps and other welfare programs." Basically, force them to choose between paying a living wage or paying the equivalent in tariffs.

And why stop there? How about all those corporations that ignore safety problems until someone dies or is severely wounded? Let's see... charge anyone who knew about the issues AND was in a position to do something about it, with negligent homicide. And if the corporation has a policy of "don't tell us about safety issues," whether official or unofficial, charge all the upper management with negligent homicide, too. (Or reckless endangerment, or whatever else applies.)

Oh yes, and everyone in GM who knew about the faulty cars killing people, and did nothing about it, they should all be charged with negligent homicide as well.

I think these changes would be far more effective, because we live in a world now where corporations can shrug off the ridiculously small fines for their crimes. I mean hell, if we're going to continue with using fines for these crimes, the government should at least make it a figure the company will actually miss. Like 25% of their annual profits for each conviction. Let's see the corporations shrug THAT off.

Oh yeah, and any attempts by the company to hide or obscure who the guilty parties were, would be dealt with by treating all the upper management as the criminals in that case. So they'd have to rat out the individuals who knew what was going on, to save their own hides.

And let's see, what else?
Pollution: Treated as attempted mass murder, maybe? Yes, that sounds right.
Killing bees: Envirocide, conviction brings in 50% of the last two year's annual profits, all the fine money going to projects to help save the bees.
Oh yes, and Monsanto's genetically engineered frankencorn and other frankenveggies interbreeding with the normal corn of other farmers, that should be considered pollution, because it IS pollution.

So yeah, I really think we need to change the way we punish corporations for their crimes. If they were forced to choose between paying their employees a living wage, or being tarriffed for the difference, and their upper management going to prison for child neglect, if they were to face REAL, significant consequences for their crimes, then maybe they might change for the better. And if a few corporations go under because they can't recover from the consequences of their crimes, then so be it. Hand of the free market, and all that bullshit. Adapt or die.

But I doubt any of this will happen until we forbid corporate money from politics, and actually ENFORCE that rule.

Apple Feast Recipes

Oct. 27th, 2014 01:09 am
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Today I made two things with apple flavor.

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Story: "The Path of the Sun" Part 2

Oct. 27th, 2014 12:09 am
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This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

Begin with Part 1.

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Oct. 27th, 2014 12:22 am
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Having a weird disconnected day. I'm not sure if this is comedown off of yesterday wherein I felt like I was really social or what but I feel like I'm not in contact with anyone and that means I'm doing something wrong and....*headdesk* Stupid brains.

Heliodrax: Diet

Oct. 26th, 2014 09:09 pm
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A horror story in anticipation of Halloween:

An adult Heliodrax burns approximately 3,000 kCalories per day, with only moderate amounts of walking around, reading, puttering... A young Heliodrax, between Form and Maturation, burns that many calories if they /sleep/ for twelve hours. (Estimate5,000-6,000 kCalories for this age range. Per day.)

Now work up a grocery bill in the modern era. Or in the Roman era, where they would be consuming /enormous/ quantities of lentils, barley, onions and olive oil, much as the gladiators did.

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A relatively restful day

Oct. 26th, 2014 11:03 pm
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I didn't sleep quite as long as I'd have liked to -- annoying dreams -- but Flicker, Dickens and Friskie apparently co-existed during the night without major fights. And today, though Friskie had several growling confrontations, later she sniffed Flicker's face without more than annoyance and then climbed up to a higher perch of the cat tree to assert her dominance that way. Dickens, meanwhile, slipped down Incandescens' leg and sniffed Flicker from point blank range, and she left after a moment, mildly annoyed, but there was no hissing! Maybe Dickens can get a good enough sniff of her, on his own terms, to stop freaking out about her...

We did dinner, watched Black Butler (the live action movie and ahahahahahah the UST...!), some of Takarazuka's Hamlet with the kid (seriously, doing some of the Hamlet soliloquies to quasi-rock music? best. soliloquies. ever.), and then have been watching Jojo's Bizarre Adventures, which have... um... Okay, look, the guy with the lilac eyes is CLEARLY the Mary Sue Love Interest, okay? And cradling the fallen opponent and praising his honor? ...hurt-comfort, anyone? Not to mention, OMG, the poses. The poses are... *beth just cackles* There has got to be sooooo much slashfic there.

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f___ puts a flashlight under her chin, and tells stories of Drama Of The Past.
--(SCARY STORIES ON THE MUSH!)


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Poem: "Nancy Stories"

Oct. 26th, 2014 06:26 pm
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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Rhodielady_47. It also fills "the mind's eye" square of my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem is written in dialect using references for Grenadian Creole English.  The unfamiliar grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are not mistakes but rather follow rules different than those of mainland American English.

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