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Mar. 30th, 2017 01:25 pm
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Cats: Mason got his stitches out and is enjoying a cone free existence. He's been pretty good at pacing himself and not trying to jump on stuff that is too high. Also now he doesn't have to the wear the cone he and George are much more comfortable around each other, even occasional grooming.

instagram photo )

Because Mason still needs to be kept close and not be allowed to wander too much, I am reinstating the rule that the cats are inside with closed doors at night. Which is a good rule. This means I am bribing them with tuna most nights to get them to come inside, but they both seem to think it's a fair trade. Mason gets locked in when I'm at work, but George gets to stay on whichever side of the door she is on (with food in a bowl outside) because unlike Mason her timidity means she is less likely to get into dangerous situations.

Work: Mostly good. I gave a presentation on Fair Trade and ethical fashion at a Catholic high school on Thursday. It was fun to do and I would happily do it at other schools.

We had stocktake on Monday which meant I ended up working a 12 hour day. It all went pretty smoothly and we ran re-counts on Tuesday and there weren't many errors. I'm glad it happened towards the end of my work week, and not at the beginning.

Speaking of which, my roster will be changing after Easter for reasons I can't discuss publicly just yet. But my new roster will be pretty good, and still 4 days a week and 5 days in November and December, so that's something.

TV I started watching Gotham whcih is all [personal profile] sabotabby and [personal profile] the_axel's fault. They promised me crack but I got invested in the well being of characters like Baby Cat Woman, Fish Mooney, and Butch Gilzean. I even like Baby Bruce Wayne and Alfred. The character I care least about is Jim Gordon, and I'm pretty sure the actor is the bastard love child of Russell Crowe and Ben Mendelsohn.

After finishing two seasons in 3 weeks (look, I was home with a sick cat for two of those weeks), I decided to wait for season three to finish airing so I could binge that, too. And started looking for something that actually was the entertaining yet low stakes show I was looking for in the first place and Brooklyn Nine Nine is currently filling that role.

The I'm watching weekly which are currently airing are pretty much only The Magicians, which finally had a good episode after lots of rage inducing stupid plots, and Elementary, which I'm not enjoying as much as in previous years.

I started watching Atlanta on SBS on Demand, but it autoplayed the episodes in the wrong order so I rage quit.

Books: I know I read some...

Last night I finished re-reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which I hadn't read in 5-10 years. It turns out most of the stuff I remember was from the last third of the book, and there was lots more stuff about childhood and family history that I'd forgotten.

Before that I read The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, which was a great continuation of The Fisth Season. I liked the introduction of another point of view.

And before that I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things, an urban fantasy-ish novel about vampire drug gangs in Mexico. This was really great, and actually made vampires interesting again. I loved the idea that there were actually different species of vampire, each local to one part of the world, which explains the different mythologies.

Me: Generally okay, but slept weirdly the last couple of days while trying to make up for the couple of days before that.

I got stung by a bee on Sunday, but thanks to quick action on my part followed by asking beekeepers for advice on facebook, it hasn't swollen up and the itching has pretty much stopped.

I usually make some sarcastic comment about giving up something for Lent. This year I decided to do a secular version of Lent which I have dubbed "Meat Free March" (with fish allowed on Fridays). It's been pretty good and I have remembered some of my favourite vegetarian dishes. But now the end is approaching and I am really looking forward to Saturday. I'm basically a non-religious person who likes to celebrate all the events on various calendars which revolve around food, so I figured it was time to try some of the fasting events as well as the eating events.

Winter is coming, and we had a weirdly wet and cold summer, so I'm a bit apprehensive. But also planning a Hogswatch/Solstice party for my birthday. This will be decidedly non-vegetarian as the whole point is an excuse to bake a ham. But there will be veg*n options. Plus asking everyone to bring a dish, and possibly a chair.

What Went Right - 30 MAR 2017

Mar. 30th, 2017 12:18 pm
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Yeah, this is late today (I've been having a bit of a slow start to the day). But there's still at least three things which went right in my news feed, and here they are:

From foster kid to hopeful surgeon: Young people in care recognised for achievements by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

This article profiles three of the 25 winners of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards, a grant of $4000, given to young people who have been in care, or who have left care, and who are looking to continue education and training.

Lizards quick to snap up 1080 baits meant for WA wild dogs by Eliza Wood (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Pastoralists and farmers have been saying for years that 1080 baits are ineffective against wild dogs in WA, because the dogs don't take them. Now research out of Murdoch University is proving them right - not only are the baits usually quickly snapped up by varanids (monitor lizards) as well as other species such as ravens, kangaroos, ants and feral cats; but even when the lizards go into hibernation for the winter, the dogs aren't eating the baits in the first place.

Quokkas thriving on Rottnest Island despite increased tourism, study finds by Charlotte Hamlyn

The quokkas of Rottnest Island have been notorious ever since Willem de Vlamingh first mistook them for rats and named the island for them (the literal translation from the Dutch is "rat's nest"). But very little has been known about the population (despite them getting an online reputation as "the happiest animal in the world") until recently, when researcher Veronica Phillips undertook the first thorough study of the quokka population there in about forty years, in order to find out whether tourism on the island is harming them.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your news feed, why not share it in the comments and boost the signal?

drive by rec: age of youth

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I am currently watching Age of Youth (Hello My Twenties! on Netflix), a slice of life kdrama about five college-age girls that live together in a shared house. It is absolutely stunning. I am on episode four, and I cannot remember the last time I loved a show this much. Perhaps Nirvana in Fire? This is the opposite genre, but both of them are brilliantly shot, have a compelling ensemble cast, are consistently amusing, and break my heart a bit. But Age of Youth does all this while also being utterly adorable.

Comic: I Don’t See Color

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:08 pm
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Comic: I Don't See Color

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

OKAY FINE

Mar. 29th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Indelibility of Allegiance (4235 words) by actonbell
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Edwin Jarvis/Howard Stark
Characters: Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark, background Ana Jarvis/Edwin Jarvis
Additional Tags: Drunk Sex, Drinking, Oral Sex, Anal Fingering, Light Dom/sub, Top Howard, Sub Jarvis, Mildly Dubious Consent, Under-negotiated Kink, Orgasm Delay, the playing fields of Eton, Hair-pulling
Summary:

Howard was familiar with this kind of gesture, how it went further than a touch on the arm or even the wrist but stopped short of tracing lips or cupping someone's face. It was an invitation that asked for further intimacies while granting them in return. Howard had seen this bold-and-hesitant move many times, in pubs, in dives, in darkened movie theatres, in quite a lot of hotel rooms, but not on this side of the Atlantic from a British soldier. Jarvis increased the pressure of his hold, not quite tugging but pulling Howard in, slowly, slowly, and if Howard had been less drunk, he would've probably said they should go to sleep, and if he'd been more drunk, he might have been asleep already, but he'd hit the golden sweet spot where all inhibitions dropped away and he was still in enough control of his body to fully enjoy that. The place where every Why turned effortlessly into Why not?




//slinks off to hide (it should be drawerfic. But "Post it!" they said. "It'll be fun!" they said)
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So would you call this Ghost in the Shell whitewashing bullshit Dolezal, or reverse-Dolezal?? Inquiring minds would like to know.

(Sidenote: I can't believe Dolezal is what passes for plot twist these days. Thanks, Hollywood.)

Real robo-callers

Mar. 29th, 2017 06:31 pm
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Everyone else was probably already aware of this particular piece of technological progress: I'm getting a lot of calls that are clearly completely automated and playing recordings based on voice prompts (rather than auto-diallers connected to a live-person call center). Makes it easier to just hang up on them, despite the breezy "personal" style of the pre-recorded scripts. 
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Those of you who love Open Source Bridge: it's going to be June 20-23, in Portland, Oregon. The call for session proposals closes in a few days, on 31 March. Last month Denise mentioned she hasn't yet decided whether to treat OSB 2017 as a "take Dreamwidth people to this conference" conference. But regardless, figured you might want to know.

Changes this year: a Community Organizer track during the Friday unconference, more extracurricular activities, and "a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect."

Presentations, panels, sets of lightning talks, workshops, or other session types are welcome.

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation.


[Call for proposals]

wednesday reads 'n things

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:02 pm
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What I've recently finished reading: No books have been finished by me this week!

What I'm currently reading: I'm still trying to convince myself to keep reading Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey. It's not that it's bad, it's just that I always find I have other things to do. On the other hand In the other ear, I am finding that it's easy to convince myself to do exercises (which I need to anyway) just so I can listen to a little more of West with the Night, Beryl Markham's memoir. Other than one too-long anecdote presented in the conceit of a story from a horse's point of view, so far it's been an enjoyable smorgasbord of interesting events from her life, told with panache.

What I'm reading next: As I mentioned last week, I have The Marches by Rory Stewart, about walking the border between Scotland and England, sitting on my desk waiting to be opened. For audiobook, I am on the waiting list for something through Overdrive, but I don't remember what it is, and I can't log in because "the library authentication server is overwhelmed due to high volume." So it's likely to be a pleasant surprise when it shows up, which is not uncommon as I usually forget what I've wait-listed on Overdrive or from my library, or requested through ILL, until I get the email that it's available!

In other news, we have finished S1 of The Expanse and are making ready to catch up on Black Sails.

Speaking of, there is a Black Sails Exchange happening! [community profile] blacksailsexchange and yes, that looks like Black Sail Sex Change to me, too. Nominations are now through April 5th, then signups through the 16th. I may or may not participate, haven't decided yet. It might be too much because...

...I am putting together nominations for [community profile] nightonficmountain and hoping to participate (for the first time). [And aie, I see AO3 is going down for a 30-minute code update in about 45 minutes!]

Speaking of exchanges, [community profile] sutcliff_swap is not running this year, as my co-mod [personal profile] riventhorn has Things Happening this summer, and so do I, though with fewer capital letters. (So if you'd like to write or draw for (or receive art or fic for) a Sutcliff book, why not nominate it for [community profile] nightonficmountain?)

In gaming news, I'm still really enjoying the Witcher 3 Blood & Wine expansion. There seem to be a lot of easter eggs and a lot of humor in this one; while walking through the main city I overheard a man singing "I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me..." and the quest I'm on now involves a note by "Smegole Serkis" about his "precious" gold spoon and has sent me off to find treasure in the kitchen of the legendary elven cook "Ra'mses Gor-Thon", who must be the chef Gordon Ramsay.

So what arrived?

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:47 pm
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In a previous entry I said we'd bought patio furniture, which was scheduled to be delivered by FedEx today, bu that FedEx claimed the shipment consisted of one box a foot square and 9" deep, with a weight of three pounds.

Toby was convinced that we'd somehow bought expensive dollhouse furniture. I was convinced that what we were going to get was a box with the warranty and some cleaning fluid in it (that's happened before when we bought furniture).

On the way home from dropping documents by our tax lady, we got a notification from FedEx that our shipment had been delivered, so the drive home was a bit tense as we wondered what awaited us.

So what arrived...?

Read more... )

The Ballad of Holland Island House

Mar. 29th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Posted by Jason Kottke

The Ballad of Holland Island House was created by animator Lynn Tomlinson using a clay-on-glass painting technique.

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.

The technique is a hybrid of traditional cel animation (traditionally done on transparent sheets) and claymation stop-motion animation.

Tags: animation   Lynn Tomlinson   stop motion   video

the saints can't help me now

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:33 pm
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- My long black wool coat, which I wore literally until it fell apart, fell apart this morning. Sigh. At least it is finally warming up? A little? The blue wool coat is too heavy for 40-50 degree days, which is where we are now, so my blue jacket will have to suffice. But I loved that coat. It fit well and was roomy enough to wear a fleecy and a big sweater under and also had inside pockets like men's coats do. I wonder if they still sell it. I mean, it's a long black wool single-breast coat. It shouldn't ever not be available right?

- So. My review went well, as these things go. They said a bunch of really nice things about me, so there's that. There are of course improvements to be made and also I at least now know who my direct supervisor is going to be going forward, and hopefully there will be some more transparent communication forthcoming in terms of stuff they want me to know about so I can do all the stuff they want me to do.

- I can't even discuss last night's Flash without an inappropriate amount of anger, which I know has more to do with timing and personal stuff than the show (though the choices made would have still made me angry prior to now, I probably would have shrugged it off a little bit more). spoilers )

- reading meme! It's been a few weeks, huh?

What I've just finished
DC Bombshells volumes 1 and 2, which I highly recommend if you like lady (adult) superheroes kicking Nazi ass up and down the European theater while lady (teenage) superheroes hold down the fort in Gotham (and elsewhere, but we only see the ones in Gotham). And why wouldn't you?! Do I think the Trump metaphor worked? Not all that well. Did I overall enjoy these two volumes a lot? HELL YES I DID. We've got Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Stargirl, Batwoman, a whole roster of Batgirls (and one Robin!), Catwoman, Zatanna, Mera, Huntress, Harley & Ivy (I feel like I might be missing someone? I'm still surprised Canary hasn't shown up yet), plus Amanda Waller. I even like the cheesecakey art, which is loving and fun, rather than gross and off-putting.

Technically I did not finish The Guineveres because it had to go back to the library and I guess I wasn't really feeling it, since it felt like a chore to open it up even on all the long trainrides I had this month.

What I'm reading now
I put aside Hidden Figures, which I own, in favor of library books, so now it's Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, which I am enjoying immensely. I plan to get back to Hidden Figures soon.

I'm also in the middle of volume 3 of DC Bombshells but they are clearly not collecting them fast enough for me.

What I'm reading next
I kind of went on a book-buying spree recently when there was a sale of ebooks for $2.99 and under, so I have even more stuff to choose from. And there's always the library, ready to spring something on me all unawares. So who knows?

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My CPAP machine is insecure

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:51 pm
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So it sends me endless emails explaining how it makes my life easier. Today's was a claim that apnea sufferers who use their CPAP machines correctly halve their odds of experiencing a vehicular mishap, which is kind of funny because I almost got backed over by a car today.

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