Sex Criminals #5 - "Going Down"

Apr. 19th, 2014 11:52 pm
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"There’s a lot of comics that peddle in titillation and sensationalism but are there comics capital-A about sex? Not that I can think of. Which was part of what drew me to the idea of the project. I don’t think of a drawing that gazes surreptitiously up at the pudendum of a woman as she kicks another woman in the face so hard we see both her tits and her ass in the same pose as being about sex, I guess." -- Matt Fraction

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I'm so glad it's the weekend. My weeks are turning into days where I do something in the evening and decide it won't matter if today I go out and get less than six hours of sleep before work, and then by the time Friday comes around my sleep debt is so profound that I'm too buzzy to sleep anyway, so I wind up drunk-watching The Losers and Captain America and liveblogging it.

Uh, okay, so that last thing isn't really a bad thing, all told. The Losers was a freaking delight, except for that character thing at the end about which I'm still in total denial. Captain America has a really great pace until Bucky falls off the train, at which point I decided to stop and sleep and resume this morning. I also have The Avengers, which I haven't seen since it was in theaters, and Scott Pilgrim, which I have never seen, and I might arrange another Cap 2 screening at my local crummy neighborhood theater which I love.

But yeah, the first Cap movie, how about that foreshadowing? More! Lots about Bucky, obvs. )

So yeah, I'm going to spend most of this weekend watching movies and trying not to write fic. And cackling over Sebastian Stan's (real) Instagram, which is a hoot to me. And thinking about what a goober Chris "Meatball" Evans is and how perfect Anthony Mackie is and how Winter Soldier is even a thing in the world.

Let's use this energy productively.

Apr. 19th, 2014 09:21 am
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 Things I want to get done:
Make my bed
corral dirty laundry
clean and straighten my area of the living room
find my missing library book
fill med box
go on a bike ride
(which will involve cloroxing my bike and filling up the tires)
Finances stuff
Hang up clean laundry
Dishes
all the dishes
Get rid of trash

All right. So I'm going to bite size these tasks--each round will be timed for 10 minutes of cleaning.

Anyone want to play along?

In round 1, I have cleared exactly half of my list!

mass spec theatre

Apr. 19th, 2014 01:45 pm
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Yesterday was immensely frustrating - the machine behaved beautifully Thursday, I was all set to get data yesterday, and then there was a two-second power cut at 1am and it's spent the subsequent 24 hours sulking and is finally finally finally giving me numbers that look as though they'll be usable - culminating in forgetting to take my bedmeds last night, which means I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms. (They tend to start 12-18 hours after a missed dose, and involve going weird and light-headed and fuzzy. They're trivial to get rid of - take another tablet - but unfortunately there are reasons I take my psych meds at night, viz, they do a pretty good job of knocking me out; and I'm not sure which of "crashing out" and "brain zaps" is worse given the work I want to get done. So I am playing it by ear a bit, and if I decide it's necessary I'll split tonight's tablet, take half of it now, and catch up this evening.)

In any case, this means I'm going to be babysitting the mass spec today, if all continues well. What this means in practice is that I'm going to have very brief bursts of activity interspersed with a lot of sitting around by myself in a cellar, ergo it's time for: any questions answered.

Checking in

Apr. 19th, 2014 08:48 pm
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Hi all. I'm in Perth, at Swancon. And typing on my tablet is such a nuisance that I'm going to leave it at that until I get home. Having a great time going to panels, hanging out [personal profile] bookgirlwa and also hiding in my room with a book.

[personal profile] snarp and [personal profile] rachelmanija were so very hilariously right about Anne Bishop. I will say more when I have a damn keyboard.
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The call to lunch is not quite like the call to adventure, as it usually doesn't bring with it risks of gangrene and decapitation. I have also not yet refused the call to lunch.

At some point I will work out a better custody arrangement for my lunchtimes, as it were. Perhaps even something with a schedule. While I am not by any means required to eat lunch with my team, it is good for bonding and morale to do so on occasion.

The move is forcing some organization, so while I keep feeling like I did nothing, in fact there was a lot, and paper getting recycled, and there's my spare set of highlighters and that notebook, and I'm building procedures and things are making sense again. My Overlady has plots for improving things, and I am happy to get behind that, or in front of it, or in whatever direction I would be most useful.

It was an off week for the company togetherness, so there was unofficial togetherness. Read more... )
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Since other people will read this post besides [staff profile] denise, here's a summary of what I'm thanking her for: I posted a suggestion tonight to [site community profile] dw_suggestions that went like this...

Replying to Inbox comment automatically marks it as Read.

Having to first click on the Inbox link, then read and reply to the comment, and then go back and realize the Inbox notification is still marked as Unread so still having to go back and click Mark As Read to fix that involves many more clicks than having the system mark the notification as Read as soon as you reply to it.

In hindsight I probably should have called it, "Replying to Inbox comment should automatically marks it as Read" even though the Inbox (most of the time, if not always) already does that. That was the point of my suggestion, after all, that marking stuff as Read isn't sticking some of the time.

Either way, a few minutes (yes! minutes!) later Denise sent me a nice enough rejection saying that the Inbox already does that, so it must be some security setting, browser add-on or setting within my browser causing it not to do that (and if anyone wants to troubleshoot, I'm running Firefox 28 on a fully updated copy of XP SP3 with no Firefox extensions known to interfere with how Dreamwidth operates in general).

So I let her response roll around for a few seconds before it hit me, 'Wait, I probably wasn't clear enough' (and this being me, that's not too unusual). Then it hit me I didn't know exactly when nor why I was having this problem; I was only sure that I was (and I still am) having this problem! So I left myself a few throwaway comments to see what was causing Inbox notifications to get marked Unread after being marked as Read and came up with a revised Suggestion, which I promptly sent to [site community profile] dw_suggestions for review:

Inbox should respect "Mark as Read" selection even using browser's Page Back and Open Link in New Tab options

When you click "Reply" on a comment left in your Inbox, then leave your reply directly on your DW, then hit your browser's "Back" button to return to the Inbox, the Inbox shows the message as Unread instead of keeping it "Marked as Read". Similarly (sort of) when instead of directly clicking on the Inbox notification's "Reply" link you choose to right-click and "Open In a New Tab", the message will not get marked as Read even though you are using the Inbox's Reply link to reply to that notification.

(And sorry, Denise; when I wrote my first version of this I did not notice exactly what was causing the issue.)

A few hours later Denise sent me a very nice rejection for that submission, too:

Again, that's dependent on your browser, your extensions, and your security settings. The inbox does try to mark things as read as soon as you click on any of those links, but individual browsers interpret the use of the back button and "open in new tab" in different ways, and there's only so much we can do to work around them.

If having things marked as read immediately when you click to reply to them, instead of after a refresh, is important to you, the best thing to do is to make sure you click on the 'reply' link inside the browser window or tab you have your inbox loaded in, then refresh the inbox view after using the back button. We're already doing everything that we possibly can to make notifications be marked as 'read' when someone clicks those links: there's nothing we can change to make your browser obey that directive if it's decided not to.

[ETA: revised this paragraph for clarity shortly after posting] So if you're like me - that is, if you like hitting "Open in New Tab" on a notification's Reply link and/or using your browser's Back button once you've replied to a comment so you can return to your Inbox and check for other things, the message you saw getting marked as Read as you replied to it might get marked Unread again when you return to your Inbox (depending, as Denise said, on security settings/browser add-ons/browser settings). Which, if that's how these things usually work, is fine, I guess. But my browser is currently set to retain all cookies and full cache and history until I close it; none of my add-ons are interfering with DW that I know of, and I'll discuss the next possible thing below.

My only question (which I'm not able to ask because I'm not trying, nor should I try, to use the submission cue as a question and answer forum between Denise and myself, is: "How can my 'security settings' (for what? For DW? My browser? Or both?) possibly affect what's going on with my Inbox?".

Anyone?

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Apr. 19th, 2014 12:59 am
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I follow Everest climbing season on and off -- my ex's father and sister are mountain climbers, and that got me into following mountaineering, especially the 8000-meter big ones. Today, news broke of an ice fall in the Khumba Icefall, on the South Col route -- historically one of the most deadly spots. Initial reports are saying anywhere between 12 and 16 dead, all Sherpas, with over a hundred people stranded above the Icefall (where they were trekking gear to Camp 1 or Camp 2), and unconfirmed reports that the ladder in the Icefall has been damaged or destroyed.

If the ladder is gone and can't be repaired, that pretty much drops the bottom out of this year's window -- maybe 10% (or less) of people who are trying to summit Everest these days have the technical skill and high-altitude mountain climbing experience to handle that area of the climb without the help. It's going to be an ugly season.

I can hold forth for a while on the state of Everest these days. I have a lot of opinions for somebody who would never dream of getting anywhere near it myself. Long story short: Everest climbing has turned into a perfect storm of the Western world marketing "climbing Everest" as one of those 'hardcore life-altering experiences', a number of unqualified people setting themselves up as guides to cash in on that marketing, a 'free market' for guiding where there's no regulation or objective standard of quality guiding so clueless hardcore-sports-tourists have no means by which to evaluate the capabilities of the expedition leaders to handle shit if shit gets ugly, a tendency to try to compete on price because aforementioned clueless mountaineering-tourists balk at paying what the non-shady expedition leaders charge, and over it all, the driving motivations (and associated ethical complications) of the Nepalese government depending on that Western money for support, thus creating incentives for them to maximize the number of people who buy permits every year. There's a lot of additional factors, but all of those combine to create a perfect storm of completely unqualified climbers being led by completely inadequate expedition leaders who rely on the Sherpas and don't give them anywhere near enough credit -- or pay -- which leads to resentment that's been bubbling for a while, to the point where last year there was a confrontation that nearly turned deadly. Everest is full of people who are trying to commit suicide in the messiest way possible and take a lot of people with them, and the honest and capable expedition leaders not only have to clean up the mess on the mountain but also deal with the market forces and the fallout later.

The fact is, though, that nobody would climb Sagarmatha (which is what the Sherpas call the mountain, although that's a recent coinage; before they used the Tibetan name, Chomolungma) without Sherpa aid and Sherpa knowledge. The Sherpas set the ropes up the entire mountain ahead of any other climbers, carry supplies up the mountain from camp to camp before any climbers start behind them, serve as porters for climbers throughout the process of climbing, and pack out all the trash (and I do mean all the trash, including human waste) behind. They're the first ones in at the beginning of the season and the last ones out at the end. Every person who's summitted the mountain in modern times has done so relying on the work of a Sherpa, and -- although this is changing somewhat (but not fast enough for a lot of the Sherpas) -- often without giving any credit to the Sherpas that make it possible.

So I'm saddened to hear that a dozen (or more) Sherpas died yesterday on the mountain (because the moutain will kill you as easily as not; it will not notice, it will not care), but I'm even more sad that they were there on that mountain because of alpine adventure tourism and Western demand. I've been pleased to see several news articles about the icefall include and acknowledge some of the ethical quandaries and the stark realities of Everest tourism. I wish this could help make meaningful change in how the commodified "climb Mt Everest" industry runs these days, and helps to get some of those unqualified people being duped by unethical expedition leaders off the mountain until they're at least a little more qualified, but I doubt it will.

Things

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:33 pm
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  1. Good socializing day! I was out on the back porch painting wood finish on the handrails when one roommate made an awkward attempt at Friending ("I'm in my room for health reasons, but feel free to stop by if you need anything") and after considering whether or not to start the next project then, I put down my brush and went and asked her if she wanted any cookies and what she thought about my home improvement idea. So we talked, and she offered me some of the pizza she had coming, and mentioned she felt like using the main room's TV to watch a feel-good movie. Which turned out to be The Avengers so she and I watched that and our other two roommates joined us. It was a good evening.

    So, you know. I now have the kind of roommates that happens with.

  2. I still love the MCU like burning and all, but I've hit a point of overload with fandom where a lot of other peoples' fannishness hits me in a bad place and throws me off my game. I can talk with friends about our ideas, but coming across strangers going "Here is my theory!" or "Will none of you get this worldbuilding detail right?" hits me like nails on a chalkboard. So I am being a special delicate flower and staying away from basically all meta and quite a good deal of fic. If anyone else therefore would like to do Pointing of People at The Stuff for [community profile] i_knew_him it would fill a void, since I don't think I can do my link roundups anymore.

  3. Sometimes I remember that Flashpoint is gone and never, ever coming back, and I get sad all over again.

  4. It is god-fucking-damned NHL playoff season. I hate Canadian hockey culture, and NHL RPF fandom squicks me, so I'm working on limiting my sources of media input. Augh.

  5. I have a cold. It annoys the hell out of me.

State of me and of things to come

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:27 pm
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Well the water heater is finally paid off.
Kevin has the time off and soon in the next few weeks he will undergo iv sedation to have his surgery. I am very scare concerned about that. His Apnea has recently gotten so bad I worry.He lays on his back and chokes himself awake. Tomorrow I need to tell the whoever is talking to us and hope they relay it up the food chain to the proper people. I know he doesn't want a tube threaded down his windpipe but I need that to be a fucking option if he stops breathing during surgery. I'd rather they snipped the fucking whatever that's sliding back there but no one has replied to my email regarding this 2-for-1 deal.

I also will have someone new to train at work the same time I need to bring leveraged people on the same time we're going to be switching ticketing systems and therefore just about 85% of the processes will change. There's also a strong chance I will be working weekends. Hell I'm going to HAVE to work weekends, there is no way around this.

I'm going to be stressed and busy; there's really not much planning for that. I got my migraine medicine. I forgot my damn thyroid again!
I need to dust.
I need to get my car finally inspected tomorrow after we return from the dentist. Before the transmission goes out or the oil pan starts leaking. Both are actually possible right now.
We got laundry tomorrow, too, since we were without a water heater last weekend. While we already wash our clothes in cold, frankly, I didn't trust the water pressure or the patch job.

So I will more than likely be able to stick my head up out of the trenches around mid June. I am writing May off right now. No going out. I might even cancel Archer night but I think the season is coming to an end before then anyway.


Has anyone else's DVR simply gone crazy with numbering episodes in the last year?

Time for virtual drinks and remember:

Step up to the bar )

And now for me...

"Earthy Anecdote," Wallace Stevens

Apr. 18th, 2014 02:53 pm
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Earthy Anecdote
by Wallace Stevens, 1931

Every time the bucks went clattering
Over Oklahoma
A firecat bristled in the way.

Wherever they went,
They went clattering,
Until they swerved
In a swift, circular line
To the right,
Because of the firecat.

Or until they swerved
In a swift, circular line
To the left,
Because of the firecat.

The bucks clattered.
The firecat went leaping,
To the right, to the left,
And
Bristled in the way.

Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes
And slept.
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I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. When I installed AVG yesterday - after installing Webroot SecureAnywhere 2014 (hereafter known as "WSA") - first WSA tried to stop every connection AVG tried to make to the Internet, showing that the program has no common-sense, reality-based whitelist, it just inanely blocks everything, which caused me to have to whitelist AVG's connections not just once but numerous times to get my AVG install to complete.

Then WSA made me whitelist AVG's outbound connections a few more times just to download AVG's virus definitions. Shortly thereafter I had to restart my computer to finish installing Windows updates, and after restarting AVG was still there - it was still in Program files, Program Data, etc. - but AVG would not start nor run even when I went into Program Files and clicked on the avgui.exe directly. Suddenly there was also no Uninstall entry for it in Windows Add and Remove Programs - nor in CCleaner's and jv16PowerTools Uninstaller lists, either. Freaky, huh?

WebRoot SecureAnywhere 2014 performed the automated software version of bashing in AVG's kneecaps with a baseball bat to keep it from running on restart, which pissed me off so much I removed WSA immediately and did a clean reinstall of AVG. Don't play hardball with me, Webroot; I don't respond well to any so-called security experts playing such dirty pool with their customers.

You guys have absolutely no class.

Carmina 2, Catullus

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:45 pm
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Catullus 2

Sparrow, my lady's pet,
with whom she often plays whilst she holds you in her lap,
or gives you her finger-tip to peck and
provokes you to bite sharply,
whenever she, the bright-shining lady of my love,
has a mind for some sweet pretty play,
in hope, as I think, that when the sharper smart of love abates,
she may find some small relief from her pain--
ah, might I but play with you as she does,
and lighten the gloomy cares of my heart!
This is as welcome to me as (they say)
to the swift maiden was the golden apple,
which loosed her girdle too long tied.

tr. by H.J. Walker



original text )

I support @MelodyHensley

Apr. 18th, 2014 03:08 pm
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So this TRIGGERY LIKE A VERY TRIGGERY TRIGGERY THING happened. Short form: Melody Hensley was/is a feminist on the Internet, got the usual ration of shit for it, consequently has PTSD, announced this fact, and is getting even more shit for it. Apparently only soldiers get PTSD, and everyone else who goes through traumatic events (like, y'know, continuous abuse) is magically PTSD-proof. Either that or if she really had Internet-abuse-induced PTSD, the abusers would have been successful in keeping her off the Internet.

I suggest that everyone who is appalled by this treatment go tweet "I support @MelodyHensley" or the like. Short, sweet, supportive, and not shitty. Signal-boost this on non-Twitter platforms as well as on Twitter, too. Reblog on Tumblr, share on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, as well as independently tweeting "I support @MelodyHensley". I want to drown out the shit-spewers.

Helpful Ginny is helpful

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:37 pm
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So, I've mentioned a few times that Noah (cat #3) is sort of a complete failure as a cat. We're pretty sure he was abandoned by his mother early, or that she was killed before he was brought in to the shelter -- he lacks many of the basic cat instincts. (Like knowing how to drink out of a bowl of water: he dips his paws and licks them instead of lapping up the water.)

One of the things he's not very good at is litterbox management. )

Forgotten savages....

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:46 am
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Trying to find that balance between being there for some one and absorbing their problems and emotions as my own... not an easy thing. I'm overly empathetic sometimes and tend to take on problems I shouldn't be taking on, and soak up emotions that have no business being mine.

So I'm trying to NOT do that, even when it's tempting... it ends up being exhausting to the point where I have no energy to take care of myself. Right now it's easy because I'm being pulled in a few directions so managing to stay in the middle is doable.

But then I worry I'm sometimes pulling away TOO much, and I'm not emotionally available to people I love.

Ugh. This "maturing" and "growing" thing is a pain in the ass - but, it never ends... and I'm actually truthfully grateful for that, I never want to feel stagnant. But still! :P

Paranatural - Chapter 4 Page 94

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:35 am
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New comic!
Today's News:

To clarify a thing because it might be a question that comes up: when you're in a tool's spirit world, if you're touching the tool, it looks and moves normally. If you're not, it's slowed down and translucent or integrated into the environment like all other living things are.

Example: if Max dropped his bat in his sunset junkyard world, it would become see-through and fall extremely slowly. You'll see some more of this in the comic eventually. Hope that makes sense.

Thanks for reading!

[poem] The Accompanist

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:39 pm
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[The Accompanist]

Early nights and early mornings lend themselves to me
with a wry kindness about their eyebrows
tactfully not asking
what it is I'll have to sacrifice
to keep up with the interest.

I spend them
in cellars and in futile arguments
on crises of the flesh and of the faith
(not that either I or they discriminate)--

-- and in exchange, the reasons that I do:
quiet contemplation, data fresh from the machine--
moments spent in sitting with the sunlight and the trains--
and most of all because the child I was, made brave
by learning that the wide wild world had space
even for them (even for them!),
prefers to pay gifts forward than to try to make amends.

The music that we play in company's the richer
for the daring of the sharing of our lives.

Sea Otter Wally Is Deep in Thought

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:06 pm
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Sea Otter Wally Is Deep in Thought

Via Maggie Earl

This sea otter is Wally, whom Daily Otter visitors will remember as the otter who was rescued and nursed back to health by Vancouver Aquarium after suffering gunshot injuries. [Read our posts here and here.] Vancouver Aquarium writes on Wally’s current status:

After 11 weeks of life-saving treatment and rehabilitation at the [Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre], Wally was moved to the Vancouver Aquarium where he joins Katmai, Tanu and Elfin, three other rescued sea otters receiving ongoing care at the facility.Due to the extensive nature of his injuries and his inability to care for himself in the wild, Walter was designated non-releasable, and his transfer to the Aquarium approved by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Aquarium is more than happy to provide Wally with a permanent home and provide him with the long-term care he needs.

Welcome to Portero

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:58 am
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Do you like Night Vale? Do you like inexplicable creepy shit in small-town southern US?

Go read Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves.

Seriously, I cannot understand why the first I heard of this was it rocking up as part of the Humble Ebook Bundle just gone.

It is smalltown Texas. The Mayor is creepy and wrong. There are hidden doors, and keys made out of bone, and a very high body count.

Your protagonist, Hanna, is sixteen. She describes herself as biracial, bicultural, and manic-depressive. She is bilingual in Finnish and English. Her mum's an island girl.

The boy she ends up hanging out with is Latino. He is also bilingual, in Spanish and English.

Together, they fight crime inexplicable creepy shit, and meanwhile the Bechdel test gets passed every few pages.

Meanwhile, it's a book about abuse and parents and families and critique of the medical-industrial complex from the perspective of my personal is political and teenagers negotiating (complicated, not always happy) sex lives and trust and duty and survivors' guilt.

It has content notes for mental illness, self-harm, suicide, public executions, abusive parents, discussion of child sexual abuse, rape and torture (off-screen), involuntary commitment to inpatient psychiatric care (off-screen), and drug use. It's probably also worth flagging up that a slur used for newcomers to the town is "transy": it's short for "transient" (and this is made explicit) but I still flinched at it.

And in spite of all that I read it in one sitting and want more now. I am this close to e-mailing the publisher and suggesting they get Cecil Baldwin to read an audiobook version, because that is the best way I can think of to get it a much wider audience which it deserves.
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"What's this?" I hear you say... "Icon_UK posting rude pictures? Of Wonder Woman no less? On Scans_Daily? Has he gone insane?"

Well, I can't speak to the accuracy of that last part but I should make it clear, I didn't say rude pictures...

I said Rude pictures... )
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[personal profile] minim_calibre had a terrible idea:

Or, why the hell did I decide to put on Acqua di Gio (pour femme)?

HELP, I SMELL LIKE 1995.

WHICH, APPROPRIATELY, WAS A YEAR OF POOR LIFE CHOICES.

I can't even review it. It's... a fruity floral with notes of Weezer.

Shenanigans, and also blood.

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:51 am
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I have handed off Indexing to Purple, as I think this will be a great introduction to Seanan for him. He's already been introduced to Mira's writing.

For some reason, Purple said "Hello Mudder hello Fadder" at lunch, followed by "I love that song." I brightened, and informed him that one of my very favorite literary formats was the non-reassuring letter home. He was briefly baffled, so I started composing: "Dear Mama: Don't worry, we're all mostly safe now, and the doctor says that the worst of the injuries will be healed up in a couple weeks." He brightened in his turn, and we spent a while trying to yes-and each other's allusions to horrible events past and arguably ongoing. "I like the way your brain works." "Likewise." We beamed at each other.

Did I say that my team now knows where we're going? We know where we're going. (Mostly.) Shenanigans. Also, blood. )

(no subject)

Apr. 17th, 2014 09:42 pm
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I need to use this to reply to most everything I see ever.

Ms. Marvel #2

Apr. 17th, 2014 08:19 pm
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When last we left our intrepid heroine, she had broken out of the Inhuman cocoon looking like Ms. Marvel in her classic outfit. Confused and disturbed by what's going on, she reflexively changes form several times as she stumbles towards the riverside.

TRANSFORM!!!! )

Around 6 2/3 pages of 20.
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Yes, that does say "Stage this hunk?" #github #babydev

[poem] w/hole-hearted

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:50 am
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for JJ, because how couldn't it be?

It's not the watching
of any one particular sunset
that's the thing:

it's finding time to breathe the steam that rises from your mug
to feel the warm seep into your cupped hands
to scribble in the margins of your day:

if every one's an island, then so what?
an island isn't ever watertight.

we're leaky vessels. so
drink your fill of sunlight--
and then go about your life.

まるです。

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:14 am
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Posted by mugumogu




「なんですか、このものものしい物は。」
Maru:[What is this strange thing?]


壁に穴を開けずに設置できるという猫棚ですよ。
ちょっと見た目はアレですけど、まあ使ってみてください。
This is a shelf for cats which I can fit up without making a hole in the wall.




「こんな物で猫が喜ぶとでも?」
Maru:[Does a cat like such a thing?]



一番上が大人気。
I think so.



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Apr. 18th, 2014 12:22 am
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I'm going to be dropping my citalopram to my summer dosage a week on Monday, so the 28th of April.

If you spot me going a bit wrong and I don't seem to have noticed, I'd massively appreciate you pointing it out, but t'isn't any of your jobs; and I'll be self-monitoring with PHQ-9 all else aside.

(ps thank you to everyone going "what the fuck" about my GP; I think I'd got into learned-helplessness mode about the entire situation. I have Done Some Preliminary Investigation into potential replacements.)

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Apr. 17th, 2014 07:00 pm
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much tired. so sleepy. very awake. wow, body. wow.

I mean, I realize it is only seven pm, but jesus coffeepot body I need sleep to get over this sinus infection, may I please have some sleep.

(also I hurt my back. very ow. much prescriptions, not real willing to add ibuprofen to the chemicals currently circulating in my body.)

in more cheerful news, [community profile] jukebox_fest has opened the tag set for nominations!

I scrub drums for no man.

Apr. 17th, 2014 03:59 pm
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Oh no, [personal profile] schweedie just pointed out that Sebastian Stan and Rami Malek look very much alike (just after I had pointed out that Joe Armstrong is sort of the same general shape), and though I'm delighted, I did not need another war fandoms crossover to lie around and gurgle about!

Nothing quite like screwing up

Apr. 17th, 2014 03:46 pm
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Looked into my calender to request days off. Apparently I'm suppose to be off today. And tomorrow.

I scheduled the wrong days off and last week I was basically a no-call/no-show.

Balls.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
Translation by Robin Flowers:

I and Pangur Bán, my cat
'Tis a like task we are at;
Hunting mice is his delight
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will,
He too plies his simple skill.

'Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way:
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.


Original version... )
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[personal profile] arbre_rieur posting in [community profile] scans_daily


'Imagine this conversation: "So, what's your name?" "Logan." "And your first name?" "I prefer not to use it." "But if you did?" "It's James." And that's that. The fact that he doesn't go by his original name is meaningful, and we'll get into that. And for those people who think that "but if you did?" should be followed by "snikt," oh grow up...' - Paul Cornell

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http://www.quora.com/Procrastination/How-do-I-get-over-my-bad-habit-of-procrastinating/answer/Oliver-Emberton

For a while, my favourite cartoon article on procrastination was this quora answer by Oliver Emberton, describing the einstein-rational part of your brain and the impulsive-lizard part of your brain.

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

But it was displaced by the wait-but-why article and sequel.

All the wait-but-why articles were funny, but seemed to be trying to be a bit too clever, so I had to come back to them to decide if I liked them or not. I wasn't sure how much this article added over what I already knew. But when I came back to it, I decided it was actually really good.

I think the most valuable thing is having a name for the "dark playground" -- the metaphorical place where you know you need to get something important done, but put it off, but you can't do anything *really* fun while you wait, because you'd feel guilty and because you can't really concentrate, so you do lots of things that used to be a bit fun, but now are just a mess of bad habits and impulsive reward-seeking like checking email again and again and reading websites you don't really like.

I was always aware of that phenomenon, but I didn't realise how fuzzy my concept was until having a name for it brought it into sharp focus. Having a name for it meant firstly that it was immediately easy to describe to anyone else familiar with procrastination -- even if they knew I was wrong, they knew what I was experiencing and what might help a little and what wasn't. And that I could tell other people and myself that I wasn't really enjoying what I was doing -- the problem was literally "putting things off", not "wanting to do something else more".

And secondly, recognising easily that was what I was doing helped me eliminate the lies I told myself. No, I'm not going to check my email "one more time", each time I do that I get more exhausted and get less willpower. Instead, I have to choose between (a) reducing the fear of starting to the point where I can do SOMETHING right now or (b) taking a real break or (c) checking my email HARDER and HARDER until I suddenly snap in panic and force myself to work as hard as I can for about three seconds before I collapse (this doesn't help).

The artists' series: Jae Lee - Part 2

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:24 am
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[personal profile] une_croix posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Part 1 here: http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4625802.html

Following his Jim Lee/Whilce Portacio/Bill Sienkiewicz (lite) style during his earliest Marvel stint, Jae Lee was snapped up by Image founder Jim Lee to illustrate an early WildCATS mini-series.

Soon after he launched a creator owned title, Hellshock, refining his art atyle in the process.

9 scans under the cut.

Read more... )
These scans from:
WildCATS Trilogy #3, November 1993
Hellshock (Vol1) #1,July 1994

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Apr. 17th, 2014 10:00 am
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Birthday on the 28th.

My Amazon.com Wish List

Paypal is shingadinga (at) gmail.com

I like things and money (mostly for things like bills and food but generally if I get enough on my birthday I actually do spend at least a bit on fun things).

As of right now I have no solid plans for my birthday outside of a scheduled massage that morning - birthday is on a Monday so I need to make an extra effort in making sure the day is not balls. ;)
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Posted by Ananth

Hey, so this is neat: Lucky Penny was featured on a list of comics that the Eisners completely failed to recognize! I'm not a particularly outspoken person, and this isn't a knock on the comics that ARE nominated, but: year after year I rarely recognize the nominations in the digital comics category... a category that ought to be flush with nominations for my peers and long-running predecessors. It is unfortunate.

We're slowly chugging away on these comics-- we have a lot of new things in the works this year, and I'm hoping that we're successful in pulling it off! I hope you're all doing well... have a nice weekend, and we'll catch you next week!

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