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This is information paraphrased without attribution, by request of the originator. I don't entirely agree with them (as they know) but think the information is worth passing along:

The memorial for Fred Pohl in Chicago's northwest suburbs is coming up in about a week. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a bunch of invited people speaking, followed by a reception. At the request of Betty Ann Hull (Fred's widow), Jim Frenkel will be one of the speakers.

If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable around Jim Frenkel, you may want to skip the memorial, leave before the reception, or keep an eye out. Assuming he behaves appropriately, this wouldn't be a good time or place to confront him, because the emphasis should be on Fred Pohl and because it would be unlikely to achieve anything. (Note that introductory clause: Nobody, even someone with an impeccable past, should get a free pass for harassment "because it's a funeral".)
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Belated! Now, HERE's a decent Bruce post:



But seriously, for my probably last Bat-Day post, here's one of, if not the, saddest Batman scene from No Man's Land ('Tec #275): Read more... )

Food for Thought:
It's been months since I posted the question, but now I finally know where Alfred was the night the Waynes were killed.

"Aristeia" by Sonya Taaffe

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:35 am
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J.J. belatedly here for a seventh round of hosting. I'm sharing the fruits of my comfort reading this month — poetry from back issues of Apex Magazine. If you are moved by today's poem, please do leave a comment at the publication post.
—––

ARISTEIA
Sonya Taaffe


Zeus with the migraine that was Athene
smashed his skull open on his stepson’s maul,
split free a tall spear of a girl
as unbreachable as logic and beguiling as a myth
while the lag–footed blacksmith
glanced down at his burnt hands
and faded underground again.
A god who crashes once to earth
buries himself within it, forge–roaring Etna
and the tindery fields of Claudius’ Ostia
hammering out the shape of fires to come,
lyre–lit Rome, the charred olives of Athens
and the armor that saved Achilles
as surely as a poem turns aside a bomb.
Get out of my head, older artificer, )

30 mins: 3.6 km

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:12 pm
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Last night I waited as long as I could for the temperature to get cooler but while the evening was light enough for running, which is a bit of a narrow window, but at least it wasn't too boiling hot and there was a pleasant breeze. I was aiming to keep at a steady pace of about 8½'' / km, which I didn't quite manage, I was quite a bit faster than that for the first half and quite a bit slower for the uphill stretch. But I did manage 3.6 km in 30 minutes, which is the fastest I've ever managed on this hilly route.

And I did the first 2 km (basically halfway, before I turn round and run back uphill) in under 16 minutes. That I think is the first time I've definitively managed 8''/km, my eventual goal pace which I've been working towards asymptotically since I started this running regime, over a substantial distance. I think I could probably keep that up for half an hour if there weren't pesky hills in the way, but it's still going to take some work to manage that 40 minute 5K.

I feel reasonably good about this. It wasn't one of those rare brilliant runs where I feel like I'm flying or like I could go on forever, and I wasn't trying to "race", I was aiming for a slightly faster steady pace than last time I tried to do a steady pace run. I think I was at about 80% of maximum effort throughout, which is to say that I never felt it was a struggle to go on, but by the time I got to the last five minutes I didn't have much left in the tank to try to speed up for the final stretch in order to get a better time. So I'm not celebrating the fact that I went a tiny bit faster than I have before, I'm celebrating the fact that I'm getting better at paying attention to my body and pacing myself sensibly.
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The day after my 12k run, my left knee/lower leg was definitely Not Happy. I experimentally walked for 30 minutes which seemed to help, so I did it again in the evening. I spent the rest of that week putting in 30min walks in my lunch hour and again in the evenings if I could, and everything seemed a lot happier. I missed Thursday evening because of children and Friday entirely because of heat.

I did read up carefully on runner's knee, but don't *think* that's what's going on. It feels more like my dodgy pelvis i.e. overmobility as a legacy of pregnancy. Regular walking or running seems to keep the pelvis happy, and regular walking seemed to ease up the knee rather than make it worse. I have been a bit slack about stretching lately, so my muscles may not be able to keep things in the right position as well as they need to.

On Saturday morning I did a cautious 4k at 30s:45s and took particular care with my stretching afterward, and also managed two 30-minute walks in the evening. All seemed well that day and the next. I continued with the "1 or 2 30-min walks a day" regime, running Monday evening and Wednesday morning, this time ~30 min at 30s:30s and again stretching carefully afterward, and again all seems well.

1-2x 30 mins walking or running a day is a lot of time commitment but it really seems to help my stability (pelvis, knee and mental health too!). So I made myself an "ideal world" schedule:

 LunchEvening
Monwalkrun
Tuewalkwalk
Wedsocial lunchdate night
Thuwalkbonus run
Friwalkrun
Satlong run
Sun2x walk

Thursday nights are most likely to be lost to children, so that can be a bonus run if I do get out.  That means I'm running 3 times a week normally, 1 of them long, and I can work on building up both speed and distance as previously planned.

The running is all in the evening for now (well, Saturday long runs are a combination of "when it isn't too hot" and "when it best fits in with the family") but that's seasonal.

If I can stick to this for a few more weeks, the next bit of my plan is to sort out a weights programme (i.e. use my gym membership and get someone to write me a programme).  I think I could swap two lunchtime walks for two lunchtime run-to-gym-and-lift-weights sessions, and add a Sunday weights session.  The gym is about 7 minutes away from my office on my usual running-lunchtime route, and about 35 minutes walk from home.  So 2x 20 min session in the week, and a longer session at the weekend.

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Sigh. Today's effort did result in a complete, non-sabotaged week 1 workout, though. If I made a list of things which have, or which I have *allowed* to derail my adherence to the workout, excluding 'failed to go running at all', it would include:

- deciding to run to work to exchange headphones. Turns out that stopping mid-workout is not a good incentive to resume and complete the workout properly, especially when work is in a part of town with lots of traffic lights one has to wait for. Still, having headphones that don't fall out when running is useful - if only I had remembered to fix that *when not in the middle of running*.
- gas. Why I am prone to burping while jogging (and not during the walking cycles) I do not know, but it is not helpful.
- roadworks. These were loud enough to drown out the 'walk now, run now' prompts, got me all muddled, and I ended up walking for half the workout.
- Inexplicable mental meltdown. Pretty sure exercise is meant to promote happiness, not lead to one bursting into tears ten minutes in for no known reason. (This came in the middle of a bad week, but why the meltdown when running instead of, i dunno, over breakfast, I do not know.)

On the bright side, the leg pain has ceased, my lung capacity/breathing stamina has notably improved, and I haven't fallen over anything or anyone for two whole weeks. Progress!

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Jul. 25th, 2014 06:09 am
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now that I can mostly type again (ALL HAIL), I've updated [community profile] synecdochic_decants with a bunch of info, including general policies. I've also created a poll to help me decide which general catalog collections to decant next -- I have my own that I want, definitely, but obviously would like to aim at the ones people are most interested in!

(Reminder: if you are interested in info on future decant circles, subscribe there; I'll announce new circles both here and there, but there is where all the details will go.)
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...running across the yard like so many dinosaurs.


Surprise! It's a reprise of the 2nd Thursday meeting! Aren't we lucky!!


Skirt is piled under cardigan. Wear that skirt, because it's island-themed bash in the evening, and you wear tropical skirts instead of tropical shirts. The coordinating hat is already at work.

Bring fruit with. It will be a long day.

Car has fuel.

If you feel like it, you can do something for system administrators' day. You don't have to.

Caffeine is often a valid life choice.
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Today my manager totally didn't encourage me to foment rebellion over a badly skinned ticketing system by posting comparison screenshots of the badly skinned version and the normal skin that people in various superuser roles get to use.

Related: today helpdesk told me that I shouldn't even be seeing the normal skinned areas or the homepage that's not the portal, because I shouldn't have permissions to see that. If that's so, then they have some problems. However, I suspect that they're fundamentally misapprehending the permissions model of the horrible bullshit system, because it seems to me like the brand-skinned version is pastede on yey, and my permissions just don't allow me to do anything fun with the non-portal homepage. And that they'd have to do terrible things in order to actually ban me from the normal skinned homepage without actually breaking my brand-skinned experience. And, more to the point, that they won't support any errors I encounter on the page I shouldn't be on.

By dint of calling helpdesk instead of responding to the IM, I was able to avoid the helpdesk dude who I had the terrible encounter with yesterday, even though he was still assigned to the ticket. The ticket which is, fortunately, closed. (Unfortunately, closed-wontfix.)


My manager had suspected that we weren't intended to know the normal skinned homepage, thus the inciting to foment rebellion.


The other day I'd had the conversation with Purple that went a little bit like:

tentacle-related body horror )

Weirdly, when I mentioned this general concept to Madam Standards, she got grossed out a bit. Alas. Ah well! Purple and I have the same sort of terrible sense of humor!
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If I had to pick one thing as the "lesson i have learned that has had the most far-reaching benefit in my adult life", it would be this: that my own time, effort, comfort, energy level, and physical ability/pain levels are a resource that I must account for in my calculations of utility/benefit, and that it is eminently logical to trade other resources (money, most specifically, but other things of value as well) to safeguard/benefit those things.

This goes all the way back to the days when I first moved out into my own apartment and "doing laundry" was either a) spending all day in the dank and miserable (and creeeeeepy) apartment complex laundry room with 2 washer/dryers that only took (a lot of) quarters and had no change machine, b) hauling everything to the laundromat and spending all day babysitting the laundry, or c) hauling everything to the laundromat, dropping it there, and paying $.85/lb for them to wash, dry, and fold it, then coming back a few days later and picking up a sack of clean clothes. (I chose C. A lot.) Today, that equation is made manifest in things like paying the fees to sit in the airport lounge whenever I have a layover of more than an hour or so (peace and quiet, better snacks, power strips, fewer screaming children, etc) and decisions like "if it's going to take more than X amount of time to fix the thing, get rid of it and get a new one".

Sarah often says that the lesson that time has value is one of the things she's learned from me that she finds most valuable. A while back, I found a calculator that tries to put a dollar value on your time. It's a really interesting exercise, for all that it doesn't map onto my life exactly. (I value my free time a lot more than my current hourly wage, but that's partially because it's really freaking hard to calculate my current hourly wage.)

"A wide variety"

Jul. 25th, 2014 01:43 am
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Good things:

The one (1) knee doctor in NYC who takes my insurance was great. He says I have patellofemoral pain syndrome, which means "That pain you told me about, where your knee meets your shin bone? It's pain where your knee meets your shin bone". I love medicine. ℞ is physical therapy to stretch and strengthen my quads, biweekly for eight weeks. Conveniently, the one (1) physical therapist in NYC who takes my insurance is also 20 minutes from my house by a single very direct bus.

This particular variety of knee pain is like most back pain: the best day-to-day treatment is to pretend it's not there and keep doing what you'd usually do. So I've been doing that and my knees are doing better, though still really not fond of stairs.

X and J and I had a really really nice family date night last night. We made a tasty dinner and watched "Encounter at Farpoint", and then J went to bed and X and I stayed up for a bit and snuggled and watched Northern Kings metal covers of pop ballads and giggled together. It was just right, and sorely needed.

I bought new sandals: Naot Karenna, dark brown ("buffalo"). They're very comfortable, though it's taking me a little while to figure out how tightly to fasten the straps; I'm used to the shift-and-give of buckles, not the firmness of Velcro. I had the toe strap on the left one too tight today and it rubbed a bit. But they suit my gender perfectly and my knees feel great when I'm wearing them. And I already had a dark brown belt to wear with them, because this dandy is prepared.

Therapy today was of the wrenching emotional variety and also the being gently scolded challenged by my therp. "Be messy," he said, "and stop policing your emotions." New therp is very very good. I am very very full of feels and now very very aware of being full of feels and very very nervous about letting them out. Augh. Oh well, this is what therapy is for. It is still a good thing, though it's hard.

After therping I decided that what I really needed was a steak and a book where people are nice to each other, so I went out to Outback (not the best steak in the world, but in my price range and right across the street from work) and read a good chunk of a romance novel, and felt considerably better after that. Yay self-care.

Annoying things:

Rose, mid-May: "I'm going to cut back my FSA contributions a lot, since I'm finishing up with my therapist and generally in good health."
June 1: annual FSA contribution adjustment deadline passes
Rose, mid-July: "I'm seeing a new therapist who doesn't take my insurance and now I need 16 sessions of physical therapy. Um. Welp. Guess I use post-tax money for that."

Can't foresee everything, I suppose.

The Naot sandals are made in Israel. I struggle a lot with the whole boycott idea, which has some significant downsides, but it's still hard for me to buy Israeli goods right now. I can talk around and around the politics and morals and practicalities and it comes back to that point of pure emotion: it's hard for me. And I'm so sad that Israel is doing such terrible things. And I'm going to stop here because I can't even really bear to think about any of this right now. (So no comments on this topic, please.)

Sad things:

My poor little Sammycat has a UTI. I think this is the first time she's been ill in the nine years she's lived with us, so she is confused and perturbed. I had to put her in kitty jail overnight because she was leaving sad little pink-tinged puddles all around the house in hopes that maybe if she pees in this spot it won't hurt. I lined the entire thing with wee pads and gave her food and water and a cardboard box to sleep in. It's going to take her a while to figure out that kitty jail is a place she can't get out of, and then she's going to whine and wail for a bit, and then hopefully she'll be able to sleep.

Alex is completely freaked out by the sight of kitty jail--he spent several days in quarantine there when we first got him, and clearly has not forgotten--and really confused by being on the outside of it and another cat being on the inside of it. I hope he leaves Sam alone. I placed it as far from all our bedrooms as possible, and well away from the cat tree that's Alex's most likely perching spot. Usually he and Sam both sleep in my room, but I have my door shut so I can't hear her crying. My poor tiny cat. :( :( :( I just hate making her sad, but I can't stay up all night and follow her around with paper towels.

One of us will take her to the vet tomorrow and get her some tasty antibiotics. Good thing we've trained her to think of Pill Pockets as treats. Since she's never been sick, we've never had to pill her, but I can't imagine she'd handle it well.

Augh, even with the a/c and fan on "high" I can hear her agonized lonelyhowl, the sound she used to make at our old apartment every night because I couldn't let her sleep in my room. This is awful. At least I know from that experience that she'll give up once it's clear that I'm not coming out to free her.

I keep telling myself that this is character-building and will help me prepare for being a parent. Or something.

Time to sleep so I can be a good cat-parent in the morning.

Mighty Avengers #11

Jul. 24th, 2014 11:18 pm
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'There was a vogue in the late eighties and early nineties for reforming villains -- you had the Sandman reforming, the Rogues Gallery going straight, and Kaluu was one of those as well. He was still doing the black magician thing, and being very sinister and creepy, but he was using his sinister creepiness for good purpose. Anyway, I always found these types of stories very optimistic -- they showed growth and change, and that even the bad guys were human beings who could redeem themselves, and it was nice to see the arc of the universe trending towards some form of absolution.

'As you can imagine, when they all got reversed a few more years down the road it was quite depressing, so, at least in the corner of comics I can reach, reformed bad guys stay reformed. Kaluu, at least, is still fighting the good fight, even if he's doing it in quite a "villain" sort of way.'
-- Al Ewing

Read more... )

Changelog Digest for Thu, Jul 24

Jul. 24th, 2014 10:56 pm
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[dw-free]

89f6016: Issue #830: empty "next steps" after comm creation
Update the expected arguments for the template call in render_success.
5b4e79c: Issue #832: Remove module-jump-link
Remove experimental "jump to modules" link from all styles except Mobility.
36ed33b: Issue #834: background color to all comments
Fix background color for overflowing comments in some styles, for readability.
fc997d9: Issue #836: Turn off IE9 compatibility mode so that media queries work
Add meta tag to trigger the latest rendering engine in IE.
027e692: Issue #777: support notification emails don't include type of answer
Add the response type to support notification emails.
8c3f2b0: Issue #785: Don't add subject back when editing a comment without a subject
Fix edge case for editing a comment with no subject when the parent has one.
b5cf5de: Issue #787: Number of items skipped in search results no longer displayed
Fix translation text - argument had wrong label.
21a36a3: Issue #837: LJ::format_mail doesn't parse @username as markdown
Fix Markdown parser to use site variable, not hardcoded domain.
e8eb89e: Issue #837: LJ::format_mail doesn't parse @username as markdown
Use LJ::CleanHTML to process Markdown-formatted text for usernames.

[dw-nonfree]

d58ed77: Issue #836: Turn off IE9 compatibility mode so that media queries work
Add meta tag to trigger the latest rendering engine in IE.
cf3172d: Issue #843: add more labels to the issue tracker
Add "status: claimed" label when someone claims an issue.
93d8967: Issue #843: add more labels to the issue tracker
Add response text for easier remote debugging.
8a08f19: Issue #843: add more labels to the issue tracker
Update status: unclaimed / status: claimed automatically when needed.
7ab51d0: Issue #843: add more labels to the issue tracker
Assign / add "status: claimed" when someone makes a pull request.

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Jul. 24th, 2014 04:38 pm
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I got off work this morning, had a leisurely breakfast with [personal profile] theleaveswant, and came home for a sleep. Yay.

Work these days is just... *scrubs face* I'm having to dig really deep to find emotional and spiritual coping, because I am so compassion fatigued. I'm dealing with clients who are physically aggressive (or, in one case, going through a practical joke phase) and I have to immediately smother my fear or anger so I only bring the emotions that are useful to the table, and it feels... degrading. Like I'm actually eroding my self-worth. "Oh, it doesn't matter if you just grabbed my hair with both hands and tried to bite my face; what a silly child you are, let's play with toys."

I can tell that this is wearing and bad, and there might be a way not to feel this way; because as a counsellor I can sit very firmly in my sense of self and let aggression just flow over me choose how to respond and it feels so natural and it actually energizes me.

So I'm digging for a deeper well. Something to give me a sense of groundedness and strength. From a religious perspective, well, this is exactly the kind of situation my God would be hiding at the bottom of, waiting for me to reach a place of love and compassion. (Fuck.)
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this is fascinating like WHOA!

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/july/voices-culture-luhrmann-071614.html

my gut suggests that a huge part of the negative experience in the US with voices is due to the stigma and demonisation of schizophrenia (and those who have it) (and anything else that includes hearing voices) in the US, which...wow.

if i had voices, i'd MUCH rather experience them as playful and benign.

yet another call for NOT teaching people implicitly that they're broken and what they experience is "bad", imnsho

Greetings from Montreal

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:47 pm
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This isn't my home climate either, but the summer plantings look right: similar variety of trees, choices of garden flowers, and the weedy maple saplings growing up through other plants look like home.

The trip itself was fine once I got checked in at the airport: a car service (Eastside for Hire) stood me up annoyingly, with a series of phone calls starting a few minutes before the time I had booked the cab for. The driver wasn't much good at communicating on the phone, and I had to repeat the full street address to her. It didn't help. By the time she called to say she really was at the front door, I was on the 550 bus, about to get onto the highway across the lake, and hoping that the traffic would be better than predicted. At 7:12, on the bus, I told the driver that "6:45 means 6:45, not whenever you find a map of Bellevue." The transit part (bus over the lake, light rail to Sea-tac) all went smoothly, giving me 20 minutes from when I got off the light rail to get to the Air Canada counter before the official cutoff for checked luggage.

There was almost no queue there, and the people in front of me kindly let me go first when I explained, and then I had an easy time at airport security, leaving me time to buy and drink tea before boarding the puddle-jumper to Vancouver.

The lesson here is either "go back to the other car service" or "6:45 is enough time to do this by bus if I actually go to the bus stop at 6:45 rather than 7:05."

I got to Montreal a little late, but at that point I could do it on automatic: find the ticket machine, buy weekly transit pass, 747 bus to Orange Line metro to 90 bus, and here I am. I was very glad to see [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel, and we had a late-by-the-clock dinner including poutine, then stayed up past 1. OK, fine, my body should be on west coast time: except that I was up less than six hours later. Still, I am here, rysmiel is here, there is tea, and we even have plans for tomorrow.

Warm broccoli & apple salad

Jul. 24th, 2014 07:07 pm
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Adapted from a cold salad in Leanne Brown's Good and cheap.

Dietary and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

I'm assuming this will store & keep overnight and be tasty cold. Note, the broccoli is still crunchy - if you prefer soft broccoli, perhaps steam in the microwave for a few min first.

Oje.

Jul. 24th, 2014 09:40 am
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"Why am I awake?"
"Why are you awake? Because being alive is wonderful!" ~ Roommate
"... at least one of us has a positive outlook on life."

*wry chuckle*
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This week's links round-up includes: STEM, race, and gender; new research on babies and birth; new research on Cesarean deliveries; mandatory abstinence education and religious rights; and how to compliment women without objectifying them.



Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpthe Vulvapedia for basic questions.

Superstars, thank you so much for giving us feedback on the maintainer-curated content. This is just a quick update to let you know that we're putting MMMMonday posts on hiatus for the summer, due to various life circumstances among the VP team. We'll keep you posted on when to look forward to them again!

Meanwhile, if you'd like more VP-related reading material, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Thanks!
-alex

ten good things

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:53 pm
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(I appear to be avoiding both my mother and my counsellor. Hmm.)

1. Baby's first paper! (Sadly now lacking the phrase "the hair loss of a rabbit", oh well.)

2. I have learned Yet More about how to bend matplotlib to my will.

3. Awesome ex-housemate C is coming over for dinner & to get caught up on Korra s3.

4. Hel came over again yesterday and we watched what is possibly my favourite Elementaepisode ever (1x04, "people are the most fascinating puzzles there are") and talked a lot and I made enough food that I had lunch today. Also many talking. (And they've offered to bring me dinner @ work next Wednesday when I'll be mass-speccing!)

5. [personal profile] elisem keeps right on making beautiful art; the thing that is currently producing jaw-dropped awe on my part is Time For The Second Act (other's I've adored from this batch - also now gone! - are Alluvial Magic, Night Protocols, How The Message Travels).

6. I have wrenched the work inbox back under 10 e-mails in total (i.e. things I need to keep half an eye on and maybe chased up), plus actually done some chasing on one of the things.

7. All of you folk for the hugs/tea/congratulations/interesting conversation over the past few days -- sorry I haven't responded individually <3

8. We have been having persistent problems with our house plumbing. Last weekend housemate acquired a heavy-duty plunger; since then I have twice effected a 90-second fix that would otherwise have taken us a week of stress and contacting the estate agent. Such an improvement to our quality of life. (Speaking of, I should really, er, tidy the pantry? We kind of bought ~15kg of flour and ~10kg of pasta a week or two ago and haven't yet rearranged the pasta shelf sufficient to accommodate it all...)

9. Watching A:tLA with t'housemate. It continues the show of my heaaaaaart, and even at this stage - on what has to be my fourth or fifth complete watch-through since I first met it in summer 2011 - I am spotting new things and bursting into tears at gloriously careful and precise foreshadowing and how much these children grow up and how much trauma they survive and how none of it - none of it - is treated flippantly or dismissively. (And reading the awesome Avatar!Katara fic [personal profile] jedusaur's been reccing everywhere! I'm not entirely convinced by the writing style but I think the way it's set up is very clever and frequently heartbreaking; I devoured the first 120k words over the course of yesterday, when I mostly refused to get out of bed, and I have the rest to work on... but I'm going to try to get my Hugo reading, at least the written fiction categories, done first.)

10. I just... am incredibly aware of how lucky I am to have this housemate I get on with so comfortably and so well, with whom I actively enjoy living, who is good for me & who I can be good for, and just... yes. Yes. Good.
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Next post, a decent Bruce one, I swear. But right now, B&R #32 and Robin Rises: Omega:



Ra's Al Ghul, Head of the I Ran Out of Storage Closets )

Food for Thought: They just released some previews for Batman Earth One: Volume Two at SDCC. Apparently Croc is in it, although no news for the Riddler.

Cleaning, Day 2!

Jul. 24th, 2014 08:28 am
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I don't know about you guys, but there's still plenty to clean around my house! I won't get started for a few more hours, because I have PT coming up, but feel free to start without me. :-)

Little Plans

Jul. 24th, 2014 01:38 pm
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I found a netbook replacement. Thank you all for helping me figure out what's out there. I ended up poking about on eBay and found a last year's model mid-range 11½'' netbook going for £100, so I snapped it up. It's an Acer V5-121, not exactly the model that's listed at that link but something pretty close to it (the processor is AMD C72 not AMD C70, but I can't imagine I'll notice the difference!)

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yes, ginny, i'm talking about you

Jul. 24th, 2014 04:43 am
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being a cat owner means never having to feel lonely when you pee.
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For my first post (hopefully), here's a delightful scene from the Batman: Reborn era!

I'll post a decent Bruce one later, promise - I just miss Dick!Bats a lot.



The password is 'Kevlar Ballgown' )

Food for Thought: Jason Todd is in Arkham Knight! A story DLC, though, but I'll take it. Sad Rocksteady won't be overstaying their welcome - I'd have loved to see their versions of the rest of the Bat-Famiy.

Predictive text

Jul. 24th, 2014 05:33 pm
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Dear DuckDuckGo, sometimes you worry me. Like when I type "blood pressure", and before I can add "cuff", the phrase "blood pressure cooker" pops up.
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Today at work, the security club had a lockpick intro/practice session. I picked a disembodied lock with two pins! I poked at one with four and one with six. Mr. Zune said that the one with four was actually harder than the one with six. He also mentioned that it was actually sort of amazing that he'd left his alma mater without picking up lockpicking skills. Since he wears the brass rat, that is sort of amazing. In addition to the various locks, they had a tabletop stunt door with a knob, a deadbolt, and a chain. I learned that my long hair and typical braid is good for having an excuse to have hairpins on me at any given time, given their utility in shimming carelessly-locked handcuffs.

Lunch involved Purple getting asked geopolitical questions by some of his buddies, and him holding forth a bit. He's generally sensible on the topic, it seems.

As my manager warned me might happen, dev work on my database has halted. At least we have a bit, or something?

I keep discovering horrible usability problems with various bits of the new helpdesk system. Today's shenanigans went a little off-script.

Consent and the helpdesk guy. )

I hadn't gotten to sleep until nearly 5am last night. Purple gave me a few helpful suggestions by way of commiseration, which included a brief digression on milk substitutes for the lactose intolerant, and their likely effectiveness as a sleep aid.

Somehow it went from "hey, I might get out of here early!" to "oh god it's fuckin' late", but at least Purple found the bug he was looking for! At some point I must ask him whether it really does make sense to park where he does, but tonight was not that night. Purple did earn a "Best $NAME" due to some wisecrack. Also, even if the Randomizer were huggy in the absence of my manager, would I even want hugs from him? (No.)

I'm due an early-morning email presence to round people up for Second Thursday (reprise) (which is actually this Friday) and then I can finish setting up the meetings for next week's research participants. Whee!

progress!

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:25 am
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last night I unthinkingly put my hands on the arm of my chair to push myself up in it and rearrange my legs, and for the first time in two years, it didn't hurt to do so.

This is kind of a huge fucking deal, omg.

Left arm is still swollen up like a sausage from biceps on down, and I've developed a horrible blister near where the drain was (and let's not talk about the fun of how long it took for the drain site to clot and stop leaking, heh) and the pain from the swelling and from having the stitches out is definitely worse today than it was yesterday, and the brace I'm supposed to be wearing definitely goes for the "supportive" over the "comfortable" (well, it's comfortable enough, but the top and bottom elasticky bits are so fucking tight omg), but oh man, once this immediate trauma heals I'm going to actually be able to use my left arm again for things.

All-New Invaders #7

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:06 pm
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"The center of this book is Jim Hammond; my goal is to bring everything I can to him, and make him a vibrant character you really love. He’s Marvel’s first superhero, and it’s time he stepped up into spotlight." -- James Robinson

Read more... )

Top 5 Vegan Beauty Product Picks

Jul. 24th, 2014 05:23 am
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Posted by Nada

Greetings dear readers! I hope you’re all enjoying the archived posts – It’s taking me a while to get them up but on the bright side I’ve also had a chance to revisit my old content and even make minor improvements...
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From the cover of Wimmen's Comix #4 (1974; art by Shelby Sampson)


By 1970, the underground comix field had come into its own as a creators' alternative to Comics Code restrictions on language, art and subject matter. This freer, "anything goes" environment was a positive development for comic books overall (otherwise I wouldn't be making all these posts about it). But it also had a darker side: an increased emphasis on content that was brutally degrading to women, and the exclusion of women creators from the most popular comix titles.


Feminist cartoonists to the rescue! (Trigger warning for sexism/misogyny) )

Batman '66 Goes Grim 'n' Gritty!

Jul. 23rd, 2014 09:58 pm
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Yet more Batman! this is from Batman '66 #13.



It's the latest issue, so only four pages.

Crime does not pay, but... )

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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JL8 Fanart for Batman's 75

Jul. 23rd, 2014 07:41 pm
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Okay, it is Thursday somewhere and Batman day here, so... JL8 Batman strikes a pose.

Read more... )

Scarification (Detective Comics #790)

Jul. 23rd, 2014 08:03 pm
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It's Batman day, and I've come out from lurking to post this entry that features a special (and long missed) guest star teaming with Bruce on a case.

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Mention "Batman" and "the nineties" in the same sentence, and most Batman fans will run away screaming unless you happen to be talking about Batman: The Animated Series (or one of its excellent tie-in comics). I've come to realize that 90s!Batman's reputation for being a coldhearted asshole isn't completely undeserved, but even still, I continue to find that the era contained some of the most underrated Batman tales of all time.

Case in point: Detective Comics #638, written by one of Batman's most under-appreciated scribes: Peter Milligan. Now, Milligan is typically far more famous in Marvel/Vertigo circles, but pound for pound, the handful of Batman stories he did are almost all treasures. Even "Dark Knight, Dark City", decried by many as being a needless grimdarking of the Riddler, has its charms as an old-school horror story, and the Riddler's atypically violent behavior is not only explained, but pretty explicitly temporary.

But we're not here to talk about that today. No, we're here to talk about a far more obscure story known simply as... "The Bomb".

A tale of destruction, doubt, and double-crosses behind the cut! )

Just One Thing (23 July 2014)

Jul. 24th, 2014 01:14 am
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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.

Go!


P.S. I saw this little comic today on someone's Tumblr today (couldn't go back to the original source, unfortunately) and I thought of you, guys, because I think we all need the reminder from time to time.
You're all awesome and so very brave. <3

A snippet from last night

Jul. 24th, 2014 12:11 am
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[I am telling my housemate about the meeting with my supervisor, which included supervisor asking me how I'd put together the plot in the mantle sulphides doc. "Erm," I said, "matplotlib? I wrote a Python script?"]

"... and then she gave me a look. It was kind of the look of why the fuck do you think this is easier than just using a pre-built package with a GUI-- oh, never mind, it's clearly working, whatever makes you happy."

"... fucking programmers," said my housemate.

"Only as a hobby," I sleepily replied.

And paused.

"... I think that contained more double entendres than I intended," I said.

"... you're going to have to explain to me," said my housemate. "I am also asleep."


Dear Dreamwidth: I thought you might enjoy laughing at me.

Happy Birthday Two You

Jul. 23rd, 2014 06:40 pm
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I figured I'd post one more Batman comic for today. It's from Detective Comics #747. It's a nice little one-shot (although it leads into something else) and also serves as a bit of a counterpoint to some Batdickery.

Story under the cut... )

Cleaning!

Jul. 23rd, 2014 03:49 pm
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I basically have not done any housework other than laundry and dishes since my cataract surgery a month ago! Eek! Yesterday was a scorcher, so anti-procrastination Tuesday was just another day to procrastinate, lol. Today's lovely and cool, so I'm resolved to get something going here.

I propose to spend 5 minutes tidying up the bedroom, 10 minutes cleaning the bathroom, and 20 minutes (or as long as it takes) in the kitchen.

If anyone out there cares to join in, or simply cheer me on, that would be awesome! :-)

Media consumption Wednesday

Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:54 pm
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Movies

Blood: The Last Vampire (live-action)
A pretty different movie from the anime, except for the opening scene, the general setting (a US army base in Japan during the Vietnam war), and the main character (the monster hunter). I liked the anime better and the OH liked the movie better. I saw the anime first and the OH saw the movie first. Do you usually like best whichever version of a story you took in first? I think I generally do. Some differences between the anime and the movie: It's made clear right away that (spoiler) the monster hunter is a vampire. The person she is trying to protect is the daughter of the general who runs the army base. (In the anime, the person is a middle-aged fat nurse.) She is trying to kill the most powerful demon, which turns out to be her mother. I liked the demon/mother character a lot. Refrigerator moment: It isn't clear to me why she needs any human handlers. They supply her with blood, but surely she could figure out another way to get that. How did she survive the centuries before the human handlers showed up? (end spoiler)

Funny Face
Highly recommended if you can ignore the loud buzzing of the sexism fairy. Late 50s movie with Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson. Kay Thompson is more well known as the author of the Eloise books, and this was her only starring film role. The movie is about a fashion magazine. Two of the characters were apparently based on real people -- Avedon the photographer and Diana Vreeland the editor of Vogue. Kay Thompson plays the editor character, Maggie Prescott, who is middle-aged and FABULOUS. She pretty much upstaged Astaire and Hepburn. OK, I did keep saying that she reminded me of Rex Harrison* but in an absolutely fabulous way (plus she can sing and dance much better). The sexism fairy has been hard at work on the romantic plot  (spoiler)(being a model married to a guy who doesn't give a shit about your intellect is much better than being a single woman studying philosophy and working in a bookstore) (end spoiler), but when Hepburn's character isn't subsuming herself to a man, the character is great.

(*and thinking I'd like to see a crossover where Henry Higgins fights with Maggie Prescott over Eliza Doolittle)


Fiction
Rex Stout, The League of Frightened Men

Tananarive Due, The Good House
This had a slow start but really caught my attention starting around 2/3 of the way in.
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So, it's Batman Day, huh?

BATMAN #600, the final part of "Bruce Wayne: Murderer" had Batman say "There is no Bruce Wayne," get into a fistfight with Nightwing, and then run away to one of the mini-caves around Gotham. Also, Jason's memorial case got smashed because that's what happens when there is a fight in the Batcave. And then "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" starts This is to provide context.

Batman visits the East End )

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