"But I dare not make a sound"

Feb. 1st, 2015 03:24 am
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I'm tired and cranky and tired and clumsy and tired. Tonight J and I had one of those tense mutual-misunderstanding mutual-defensiveness conversations that we only get into when we're stressed and exhausted, and I made it worse by telling him he was overreacting (a thing that one should basically just never say unless specifically asked for a reality check). I just opened a bottle of seltzer and doused my bed, and I can barely muster the willpower to get up and change the sheets, which I'd been meaning to do for weeks anyway. I keep thinking I can do two loads of laundry in one night and I keep being wrong, by which I mean I start the second one at 1 a.m. and then I can't go to bed before 4 even when I want to, because I can't leave it in the machine overnight, because it only gets about 95% dry.

I caught up on WaniKani quizzes, but I don't dare even look at new vocabulary. I'm really struggling with some of the ones I learned last level. My brain isn't good with input right now.

As of today, I have a berth at the Wertheim Study, and no idea how to integrate that into my work life. Yesterday I was happily researching female printers and booksellers (there were so many!) and today the project seems impossibly huge and daunting.

I really should go change the sheets, I guess. And then wait for the laundry to be done, and then fold it/hang it up, and then go to bed. Oh, and do the dishes, but the dishwasher is mostly loaded, so there's just a few more things to put in. Not taking the recycling out tonight because fuck it. I am so tired.

Pic Dump (with working links!)

Feb. 1st, 2015 02:02 am
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Long overdue picture dump because I'm tired of a) you folks not knowing what I look like, b) nor knowing that I can take pictures and c) just to catch up. There are probably some other dumps (non-photographic, more in the screenshot area) that I need to upload, but I haven't even looked through those folders recently.

Let the right-click to embiggening begin...

Me, with raised brow, 2010 or 2011

This was taken fresh out of the shower at my mom's place 3 or 4 years ago. I've always liked the dramatic raised eyebrow thing I did there. [personal profile] revolutemind has copies of this and a few others taken that night. You have to ignore the date - the camera's date mechanism sort of died toward the end (though I only threw the camera out maybe a month ago because it had to charge 24/7, would die within a minute of use and 1MGP doesn't really cut it anymore).

Me, relaxing, spring 2013

This was taken on a day off from CVS less than two years ago at my roommate's former apartment and sent by request to someone I was seeing at the time who wanted to know what I was up to at that exact moment. It was not his favorite pic of me but it was one of mine because it's very relaxed and real.

Stuie and the dog, November 2014

This is the last time Stuie and my ex's dog were photographed together. The shot was taken by me. The dog died just two weeks later. You could never tell by looking at this or other pictures I took that night that she was sick. But she was very sick (with a golf ball size bladder tumor - I got to see the x-ray, eventually).

Stuie belly up not too far from a table, Christmas 2013

This, if I recall correctly, was a shot of Stuie taken during or right after Christmas of 2013. That is one huge table sitting behind him, isn't it? Guess how much it weighs?

River by my former place, spring 2014
River by my former place, spring 2014

This is just me showing off all my mad photos-taking skillz. These are pictures of the river nearby my former place that I snapped in early spring of last year.

Shoe bag spice holder, Jan. 2015

Yes, this is a shoe bag, which was my solution last month to me and the roomie sharing a thousand spices but having no proper rack to put them up in. Seeing it in action for the first time (never tried that before!) about tickled me to death.

Going crazy with the stickers on my laptop, Jan. 2015
More stickers on my laptop, Jan. 2015

I make pretty-pretty. You like?

Stuie relaxing on a couch, Jan. 2015

Last, but not least; a picture of Stuie taken about a month ago while he sat on the back of one of our couches.

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"The Justice League International cover has been homaged to death, I know, but we used it as the basis for issue 1′s cover because it had become pop-cultural shorthand for ‘this is a fun ensemble book that doesn’t take itself too seriously’ – and I was very keen to send that message out into the world because I don’t think the type of casual comic book readers we wanted to attract were aware that Transformers can do lighthearted, frothy stories (at this point I should add that the lightheartedness and froth was, of course, just a cover to disguise the drama and pain underneath)." -- James Roberts

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Feb. 1st, 2015 05:00 am
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A vague yet menacing government agency needs a special message delivered. Plus, Cooking Stuff with Earl Harlan, a mysterious thank-you card, and strange goings on near the haunted baseball diamond.

The voice of Earl Harlan was Wil Wheaton.

Weather: "The Bends" by Doomtree (doomtree.net)

Music: Disparition, disparition.info

Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com

Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. More Info: welcometonightvale.com, and follow @NightValeRadio on Twitter or Facebook.


Feb. 1st, 2015 05:00 am
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Posted by Jennie Breeden


My $10 patrons get the high resolution file of all the work I do on my monthly livestreams which includes this painting.

Sunday Secrets

Jan. 31st, 2015 08:31 pm
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Posted by Frank

1.gonewild 2.gyrating 3.meforme 4.vib front back 8.onback.andthatonedayiwillbeabletoforgivemyself13.flowers 10.home1 11.gamble 12.thelesswetalkaboutitthebetter





We met last night at the PostSecret Event. I shared with you and that entire auditorium of strangers my secret that I’ve never told another human being. I can’t believe how cathartic it was.

I also spent the evening last night with some other cousins, not the one whom my secret is about, and I thought I would tell them, and the rest of my family. I don’t feel the need to keep it.

I also told you at the table last night that it truly has fucked up every intimate relationship I have ever had. The more I think about it I’m not sure it was necessarily what he did to me, it was  the weight of that secret all these years that fucked me up. Thank  you and bless you.



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PostSecret Live! New App Tour

Jan. 31st, 2015 07:03 pm
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Posted by Frank

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Vancouver (PostSecret Play) (January 20th – February 7th)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1603564866539092

(Sold-Out) Los Angeles:

(Nearly Sold-Out) Seattle:

University of Pittsburgh
(February 23rd, 8PM)



New York:

University of Massachusetts:
(students, faculty and staff only)

Metropolitan State University of Denver:
(students, faculty and staff only)

University of Aron:
(students, faculty and staff only)

Florida Gulf Coast University:
(students, faculty and staff only)


• The New PostSecret App Will Be Available For Purchase February 19th.


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Jan. 31st, 2015 08:11 pm
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Have learned the hard way to not put lace near the heel of a handknit sock.

Nope nope nope. Nope nope :(

The return of linkspam!

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:17 pm
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Over on (and via) Tumblr, a series of posts on mythology in the Queen's Thief books.

At the OTW, author Cecilia Tan has a guest post on "Why Fanfic and Fan Rights Should Matter to Pros".


[livejournal.com profile] mrissa posted about cliffhangers: "Further in my watching of ten gajillion cop shows with my workouts, I have noticed an alarming tendency to try to add suspense in all the wrong places. Not every season has to end with a cliffhanger. If people like your show, they will keep watching your show. [...] But if you do choose to end your season (chapter, whatever piece of your narrative arc) with a cliffhanger, for the love of Pete can you make it one that actually…cliffhangs? Competently?" There's also interesting discussion in the comments.

Via Jim Hines, author Myke Cole posted "Military Fantasy: What is 'Military'?"


Buzzfeed claims to have compiled "The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures of All Time". With commentary!

Social Justice

At Panels last month, Caroline Pruett wrote "How To Talk to our Daughters about Women in Refrigerators".

Via Twitter: "We Hate Our Bodies, and It's Not Our Fault."

At the Toast, "Friendship and Race and Knowing Your Place".


Via Tumblr, "What One Man Learned From Wearing Makeup For A Week".

Via [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, a list of all the volcano webcams in the world--as of May 2011, so no guarantees of all links working, mind you. Specifically, when I checked the Kilauea links as given, they all seem to be down, but this page has current Kilauea links.

[livejournal.com profile] siderea posted "Something to be Done: On Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse". (Content notes as specified there: "child abuse, discussed generally; discussion of victim-perpetrators.")

Via [personal profile] silveradept:

--"The Web concepts you need to understand in 2015".

--"Why the modern world is bad for your brain".

--"10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law".

--"Creative Commons Confusion Continues to Confound Content Creators" talks about what it actually means to license your work through something like Creative Commons.

Via Facebook:

--Steam Garden is a steampunk festival in Tokyo.

--"Air Plant Jellyfish", which are sold here on Etsy.

Superman's New(er) Costume

Feb. 1st, 2015 12:20 pm
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Here's the cover to Superman #39 with Superman's new costume:

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Inherited @bitchtrifecta's @blueapron package for the week! Tonight: shrimp + pineapple fried rice; tomorrow, 떡 salad; and white pizza Monday!
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art the cat was hit by a car in Tampa, Florida on January 17 and thought to be dead by his owner in Florida. He was found in the street in a pool of blood and buried.

Five days later, he showed up in their neighbor's yard very much alive.

"I saw him with my own eyes. I know he was dead. He was cold and stiff," the neighbor told ABC News.

They took him to the vet after his "resurrection" (maybe they should have done this before burying him?) where he was treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye.

"We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic," wrote the Humane Society of Tampa on its website. "But this situation may take the cake!"

A GoFundMe page was set up by the neighbor to raise money for Bart's medical costs.

The Humane Society posted an updated on his condition Tuesday on Facebook.

Bart The Miracle Cat has successful surgery! He was a brave boy and is now resting comfortably. He is spending the night with our good friends at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service so he can be monitored. He will return to us in the morning and need a week or so to recover before going back home!

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Tagged: miracle , zombie , Cats , Video

Just One Thing (31 January 2015)

Jan. 31st, 2015 08:17 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing that you've accomplished in the past 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange, or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Coconut Oil

Jan. 31st, 2015 03:00 pm

Cat lumps

Jan. 31st, 2015 01:02 pm
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Not quite visible: Gabe inside the box.

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Mustard Parsnip and Bacon soup

Jan. 31st, 2015 06:53 pm
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This started life as roast parsnips and stuff with couscous, and that was really boring. Turns out the soup version is great, though.

Notes and accessibility )

Ingredients and what you do with 'em )
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If it weren't for the baggage debacle, I'd do it again, but with more care not to end up transiting through chinese domestic immigration, and not to end up with 30 hours return flight. (Mind you, they didn't *give* me any not hideous return flight options.)

Pros and cons )
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When the bass drops on Bill Withers’
Better Off Dead, it’s like 7 a.m.
and I confess I’m looking
over my shoulder once or twice
just to make sure no one in Brooklyn
is peeking into my third-floor window
to see me in pajamas I haven’t washed
for three weeks before I slide
from sink to stove in one long groove
left foot first then back to the window side
with my chin up and both fists clenched
like two small sacks of stolen nickels
and I can almost hear the silver
hit the floor by the dozens
when I let loose and sway a little back
and just like that I’m a lizard grown
two new good legs on a breeze
-bent limb. I’m a grown-ass man
with a three-day wish and two days to live.
And just like that everyone knows
my heart’s broke and no one is home.
Just like that, I’m water.
Just like that, I’m the boat.
Just like that, I’m both things in the whole world
rocking. Sometimes sadness is just
what comes between the dancing. And bam!,
my mother’s dead and, bam!, my brother’s
children are laughing. Just like—ok, it’s true
I can’t pop up from my knees so quick these days
and no one ever said I could sing but
tell me my body ain’t good enough
for this. I’ll count the aches another time,
one in each ankle, the sharp spike in my back,
this mud-muscle throbbing in my going bones,
I’m missing the six biggest screws
to hold this blessed mess together. I’m wind-
rattled. The wood’s splitting. The hinges are
falling off. When the first bridge ends,
just like that, I’m a flung open door.

Scare Models

Jan. 31st, 2015 03:00 pm
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We've been showing Kas Revolutionary Girl Utena, and last night we saw eps. 32-33. Episode 33 is the last recap episode and the only one I always watch; it's both a really good clips episode, in that it's at least half new material, and annoying in that a Very Significant Thing happens in it, so you have to watch it. And that brings us up to the six-episode Apocalypse arc proper, which is everything the show's been leading up to and hinting at, and why this is still my favorite anime.

This is my second time watching with the gorgeous remastered DVDs, which is a lovely experience. Except...as far as I can tell, they didn't tweak the original sub script, and there's a constant problem in the script that goes way beyond my professional itch to go over it and do it myself* (which I'm sure isn't just me, and I imagine other people do the same thing to my work). This is well past "personally, I would have..." and into "I don't know who's responsible, but that person should be ashamed, as should every single person who let it get through" territory.

Here's the problem: Utena addresses/refers to Juri (I loathe the "Jury" spelling) as "Arisugawa-sempai"/"Sempai". The domestic release opted to ditch honorifics and westernize the forms of address--fine. (Not what I would do personally, but fine. Whatever.) So when Utena says "Arisugawa-sempai", the script says "Miss Arisugawa".

And then when she says "Sempai", the script says..."Jury".

It'd be one thing if it were a one-off mistake. But no. The entire show does this. (It may not be literally every time, but it's certainly the case most of the time.) In what possible world could this be seen as a good idea? WHO APPROVED THIS? I rewatch Utena every few years--see also, favorite anime!--and every time, I'm forced to remember that someone thought this was a good idea and no one else said "FUCK NO", which IMO is the only appropriate reaction.

footnotes under the cut )

Cheering you on for the weekend

Jan. 31st, 2015 03:10 pm
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I'm getting off to a much later start having had to go out first thing this morning and only just now getting back and being able to sit down. I'm also probably not going to get through that much myself today. That however doesn't mean I'm not here to cheer you on.

Let us know what you're up to this weekend and let us cheer you along .*\0/*
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Three things that are awesome about NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

    Jake and Scout are the cutest astro pups ever.
    His Twitter handle is AstroFlow.
    Leland played in the NFL before becoming an astronaut. Nbd.
The Internet has found a new hero.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209

Jan. 31st, 2015 10:11 pm
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"I never did read what was in the captions [in comic books]. People act and they talk. If it needs to be narrated, something is wrong. I try in my comics plots to make the story apparent in the pictures. Then, I add what words are needed to keep the whole shebang moving along. The less words I have to write, the better. It totally makes my teeth hurt when the artist puts me in the position of having to write dialog to explain the action." - Larry Hama

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Posted by Phil Plait

Well, this is disappointing. A team of astronomers announced last year that they thought they had strong and direct evidence for cosmic inflation in the extremely early Universe. But, after follow-up analysis, it turns out the evidence is far weaker, and it appears inconclusive one way or the other.


OK, so what’s the scoop? First, here’s the announcement from last year when it was thought that the evidence was really good. The details are there.

But here’s a summary: Right after the Universe formed, it’s thought that it underwent an extremely short (to us) period of rapid growth, way faster than the usual cosmic expansion we see today. This event is called “inflation”, and it explains a variety of conditions in the Universe today that would be pretty hard to understand without it.

The problem is, the evidence for inflation is indirect; circumstantial. It explains stuff we already see pretty well, but it also makes predictions about the Universe, too, but we haven’t seen that evidence yet. For example, inflation would have created ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves. These ripples would affect matter in the Universe, and that would in turn affect the light we see coming from the early Universe.

Until last year, that effect hadn’t been seen. The big announcement was that, using a telescope in Antarctica called BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization), that evidence had finally been seen. It made a big splash.

The problem comes in when the astronomers looked at things that might mimic the signal they were looking for. For example, dust (long, complex carbon-molecules that are much like fireplace soot) floating in space can look very much like the signal BICEP2 was seeking. The astronomers knew this, and used data from the ESA mission Planck to investigate it. Planck measured the amount of dust lying along the direction BICEP2 was looking, and the astronomers concluded the amount of dust in their line-of-sight was low. The signal they saw, therefore, must be from inflation.

And here’s the bummer part: They were using preliminary Planck data. When better data from Planck were released, the astronomers used that, and found that the amount of galactic dust in their view was much higher than they previously thought. That weakens their case considerably.

The bottom line is that they do still see some evidence for gravitational waves affecting the light from the early Universe, but it doesn’t look like it rises to being statistically significant, and it’s certainly not as strong as they first thought.

In other words, they cannot say if they have direct evidence for inflation or not. The new results neither prove nor disprove inflation. They’re inconclusive. The observations may all be the result of dust in our galaxy, or it may be that there is some excess signal caused by inflation. Given the current data, we just can’t say.

On a personal note, I reported on this last year as straight news. I assumed that such an announcement had been vetted and the results peer-reviewed. They hadn’t been at that time. As such, I think it’s up to the scientists making the claim to make that clear, and to be more circumspect in their announcement… just as it’s up to those of us reporting on big news to be skeptical and make sure that the process of peer review has been fully respected. That’s on me, and I blew it.

Mind you, I don’t necessarily have a problem with big announcements that are made when the scientists themselves aren’t sure what they mean. Specifically, I’m remembering the faster-than-light neutrino announcement, when the scientists said, basically, “Look, we’ve investigated this as much as we can, and we know it sounds crazy, but our results seem to say that FTL particles are possible. What did we miss?” They were very skeptical, and were asking for others to pitch in and see what they found. It turns out there was a loose cable in the equipment (yes, seriously), that messed up their timing experiments.

There were missteps in that whole mess, but overall I rather like the way it went. They had weird results, they couldn’t explain them, they asked for help, and a culprit was found. Next!

In the case of BICEP2 it was tougher because the results were very esoteric. Doubt was cast relatively quickly on the results, and I watched as rumors flew. I wanted to write a follow-up and say things may not be as they seem, but it was hard to separate fact from speculation. I decided to wait until there was better evidence one way or another. And here we are.

And there’s a final irony here: This new announcement was made by the BICEP2 team, but their results aren’t yet published. They’ve been submitted to a physics journal, and the Planck data they used will be made public next week. So even these results aren’t peer-reviewed yet!

The difference, though, is that this is not a paradigm-shifting announcement, but a retraction. The bar is set lower for such things, so I feel safe enough reporting on it. If, however, someone else comes along and says the retraction needs to be retracted, well, we’ll deal with that if it comes up.

Science is messy sometimes, and it’s made messier by the need and pressure to announce results… and the need and pressure on some of us to write about them. We all need to be more careful in the future.

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