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Dec. 8th, 2016 10:52 am
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
Hi!

I am on the tail end of what was apparently an extremely extended case of salmonella poisoning. Fun. I had just enough cope to make it through work every day and then go home and get slept on by a cat, so I basically missed the entire month of November.

The timing of it has also given me a conditioned nausea response to mention of certain current events (altho tbf that might not be entirely the salmonella's fault) so I went mostly internet cold turkey and will probably be less around on social media for awhile yet, at least until my digestive tract and I trust each other enough to start taking risks. Right now I am just aspiring to be able to make the yuletide deadline.

I have been catching up on my fiction reading, though, so if you want proof that I'm alive I am updating Goodreads.

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Dec. 8th, 2016 09:50 am
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[personal profile] telophase
So the calorie-tracking app Toby and I use added support to list snacks at different times of the day (before it was all just one category), and the ability to rename meals.

You all know what happened, of course. I now have breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.

Another day another list.

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:08 am
tyger: Mickey in his OXIII coat.  Text: Light in Darkness (Mickey - Light In Darkness)
[personal profile] tyger
Here are some things that are true:

- Ori and the Blind Forest is an exceptionally pretty game
- It's also a platformer
- I suck at platformers
- Still, exceptionally pretty, AND you're an adorable light elemental, so of course I'm playing it
- It just gets really frustrating at times
- Particularly when it's almost-definitely the final puzzle of the dungeon and it involves a lot of very well timed and aimed jumps
- Am doing my best to stop when I get too frustrated, and come back later. It's working pretty well so far!

Here are some other things that are true:

- My stamina is still shitty, but it's getting better!
- I used my comparatively-tall to help Mama dust cobwebs out on the deck today
- Had to sit down for a few minutes, but then I was able to also help with moving chairs and sweeping!
- Then I needed to lay down for a while, but still, progress!
- Also I was able to go for a longer walk than usual!
- The weather decided to pour down on me when I was at the turning around and going back is ~ same amount of time/effort as finishing the route you chose in the first place point, though.
- Still hate being rained on, am grumpucat.

Daily Happiness

Dec. 8th, 2016 01:38 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The person who was sick since Saturday was back to work today, so things were definitely less hectic.

2. Day off tomorrow! I gotta do some stuff tomorrow, but can still sleep in.

3. I love the look on her face.

December posting meme: House design

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:51 pm
sholio: Snow-covered trees (Winter-snowy trees)
[personal profile] sholio
[personal profile] lunabee34 asked: Tell me about your design aesthetic. If you got to build and decorate your own house, what would it be like?

Well, honestly, the house I live in is basically that house. Not entirely; I think if I were designing something from the ground up, I'd want it to be cozier and full of little nooks and cubbies and tucked-away rooms, while the current house is very open with high ceilings. But y'know, in dark Alaskan winters, spacious and bright is better than small and cozy anyway.

In general, though, I really like natural wood and a rustic kind of look. I fell in love with this place when I first saw it: lots of wood inside, big picture windows looking out at the forest. The only problem is that it's a little restrictive to decorate; there's no opportunity to paint the walls (it's all wood) and I pretty much had to start over again on art, because everything I had, from our house in Illinois, didn't really fit with the look of the place. Basically, where most houses have white walls and beige carpets, and generally provide a blank slate that you can do almost anything with, THIS house has an overwhelming enough personality of its own that the decorating direction is predetermined, and anything that doesn't go with its rustic look blatantly clashes.

Here are a couple of pictures from Facebook that give you an idea of what it looks like:

SDC16972

SDC15177

So yeah, I haven't really decorated it so much as just added a few things to what was there already. But that is basically what I would have wanted to create for myself if I hadn't happened to find a place that already had it.

I've also tried to clutter up the place with decorations as little as possible because I tend to like a minimalist kind of look while also being sort of a packrat and pretty lazy about cleaning. So my life is a constant battle between wanting an uncluttered environment and just not being dedicated enough to keep it that way, heh.

^______________^

Dec. 8th, 2016 07:29 pm
qem_chibati: Coloured picture of Killua from hunter x hunter, with the symbol of Qem in the corner. (A cat made from Q, E, M) (Default)
[personal profile] qem_chibati
Pre-Episode 10 Yuri on Ice: *had yet another shitty day at work* *is feeling disappointed about expensive medication and chronic pain and how one helps but doesn't help enough on the other and is it worth it.*

It's kind of sad that Yuri on Ice is one of the few highlights of my week. :(

During episode 10:

Qem ♞🐯
6:17 PM
I really enjoyed Otabek to the rescue
6:17
but I have to pause right now
6:17
because
6:17
*spoiler*
6:18
and m inner fangirl has turned 12 again

*Qem presses play again at this point*

6:18
OMG
6:18
OMG
6:18
omg
6:18
omg
6:18
omgo
6:18
omg
6:18
omg
6:18
omg
6:19
*rewinds*
6:19
holyshit
6:19 PM
holy shit
6:19
HOLY SHIT
6:20
HOLY SHIT

Post-Episode 10 Yuri on Ice: What a wonderful world I live in. *________*

so uh yeah. There's that.

winter arrives

Dec. 8th, 2016 01:42 am
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
It's gotten cold, and there's something exciting about the wind and the snow, the bundling up and layering yourself, fortying yourself against the cold, lacing your boots, doing up your zippers, tying your scarf. The feeling we're all in it together, us against the cold.

[personal profile] jesse_the_k gave me Carhartt overalls in blue-gray. They are everything. I put them on over my jeans and liners, put on my wool sweater and coat, hat and mittens, two pairs of socks and boots, and I was almost too warm for my night dog walk with my friend R. Abbie wore all her layers too.

The dry cold air is not great for my sinuses and breathing, but what are you gonna do. At the pool on Tuesday, the warm humid air was a blessing.

A quiet but odd day, all told

Dec. 8th, 2016 01:12 am
umadoshi: (kittens - Jinksy - looking up)
[personal profile] umadoshi
PSA: 2017 sign-ups are open at [dreamwidth.org profile] inkingitout.

Today was a perfectly good, unexciting day. Nothing went particularly wrong, but nothing went as planned, either. It included things like not getting any work done (>.<), although I dealt with other things that needed doing, and my mother-in-law stopped by to give us a small applesauce cake and visit me and the cats briefly ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was still at work).

In the late afternoon/early evening, Jinksy settled in for a long nap on my lap just when I'd been aiming to finally get to work, and since my deadline's a week off, I was easily persuaded. (I tweeted a few photos as he adjusted position periodically. [I took far more than I tweeted.])

Tonight I decided to finally try using a to-do app, and went with Wunderlist because a) it was already on my phone (I think I installed it on my first smartphone at someone's recommendation and never used it, but then automatically ported it over to the newer phone) and b) it has great ratings on the Google Play, although I see it has some close competition in the ratings department. So we'll see how that goes.

Squids!

Dec. 8th, 2016 03:56 pm
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
Insta Rec
I wrote a Supergirl fic of necessary hugs: Lights Will Guide You Home (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) and guess what, [personal profile] monanotlisa wrote a beautiful and adorable coda for it: Hide Away in Daylight (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) Everything is squishy hugs and nothing hurts.


The State of Me
Oh, man, I don't know if it's the prednisolone taper, but I'm so woozy and full of fogs. It might be that my GI tract got so inflamed that I couldn't absord oral meds, so now I'm basically re-establishing my Pristiq and other meds all at once? I'm foggy and I have a concentration window of about two minutes, and my balance is kind of fucked. Not very me at all. To be fair, my suffering is not great. But I feel like a balloon animal. Maybe a dachshund. Maybe a giraffe?

Oh, but [personal profile] lilacsigil has just come back from the street to tell me that the cafe that makes the great salt and pepper squid has it on their specials board today, so I am getting squiddy with my lunch. I have such fish cravings since I've been sick. Fish and nuts. All the oils. Get in my body, oils. And squids.


NaNo Round-up
I'm picking through the scattered debris of my NaNo adventure to see what actually happened in that weird month.

- Finished the POI Five Things fic, though one of the parts is decidedly odd with only some good bits. The good bits might sprout something better, though, so I shall see. Total word count: 31,767.
- Finished the POI Sentinel/Guide fic, though I think it needs some fleshing out in parts. I quite like this one, actually? It's iddy as all get out and has lots of hugging and touching and bonding. I think, once I've got my Yuletide sorted, I'll work on this one. Total word count: 16,229
- Wrote one chapter of the Bucky fic. It was a weird but necessary chapter. 7266 words, taking that fic to a total of 62,044, holy shit.
- The Supergirl fic of necessary hugs, which I've already posted. (2032 words)
- The POI fixit fic is where it got weird and throw-words-at-the-wall-ish. I'm a little scared to look. I had a fever. 13,828 words, some of which may not be consecutive or legible.
- Last minute desperation words, Harold Finch competence porn. 2602 words. I want to finish this, because it's fun, and because I like exploring Harold's hidden skillsets.


Activist Links
From [personal profile] china_shop:
Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About Trump’s America
A sad but also hopeful essay, and this got me:
But listen, love, because I need to remind you of something and I need you to remember it extra well over the next four years: This is our street. It is our street. So when you feel that rumbling pushing up through your palms, I want you to press them flat against it, and do not be afraid to hear everything.

From [community profile] thisfinecrew:
Boycott These Companies: boycotting companies that support Trump

From [personal profile] newredshoes:
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment


Self-care and soothing
- This twitter thread about a comicbook store helper and a tiny new Supergirl baby gay made me cry with happiness and wish there'd been this kind of visibility for me in the eighties. It's so important. (Please don't kill Maggie, please don't kill Alex, please.)

- From Buzzfeed, Ocean's Eight is looking like the best movie thing that's ever happened omg: Based On Set Photos It Looks Like “Ocean’s Eight” Will Be The Greatest Movie In The History Of Movies

- Journaling Practice - Peony and Parakeet is a art-journalling blog I'm fond of, and she posted about being an introvert and an artist, which is something that I clicked with. Her blog is a good, thoughtful, mindful kind of place for art stuff.

- From [personal profile] umadoshi, (Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!
This is a weird and amazing list of things. And oh, wow that Camelot procedural series. It will surely be terrible and I will watch the crap out of it.

- Chocolate Box is running again this year! Schedule at [community profile] chocolateboxcomm.

- [community profile] fandom_stocking too, has sign-ups going: Sign-up Post


Squid ETA: It was delicious but a Pharmacy Board inspector showed up, which seems like an odd coincidence. Will investigate further tomorrow.

Misc. linkspam (19 links)

Dec. 8th, 2016 12:54 am
umadoshi: (Tutu/ItW "charm for a prince" (bookelfe))
[personal profile] umadoshi
"Bright threads in the tapestry: on the 2016 Tiptree Fellowship". [[twitter.com profile] likhain (Mia Sereno)'s post on being awarded the Tiptree Fellowship]

"Google, democracy and the truth about internet search". [The Guardian] This is rather terrifying.

"Touching Photos Show Protesters Celebrating After Dakota Access Pipeline Victory". [Buzzfeed]

"Forget Coffins! This Company Will Swirl You Into Beautiful Glass Creations When You Die".

"It's not your grandma's Book of the Month Club". (*side-eyes the headline writer*)

"Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Remarkable Ad About High School Love?" (Speaking of headline styles that should be retired. And possibly incinerated first.)

"We went to Victoria's Secret and saw why it's a disgrace to ALL women".

From the same blog, and linked from the above article, "I tried the bras that Kate Middleton wears — and here's why I'm hooked". Fun read with what sounds to my (BEYOND AMATEUR ear) like solid bra-fitting advice, plus a truly remarkable bit of info for wearing white shirts.

"This artist reimagined Disney princesses as badass tattoo queens".

"Christmas Ghost Stories: A Spooky Festive Tradition". (Includes many links.)

"Around the World in Eighty Cokes: Touring the World of Coca-Cola". [Lucky Peach]

"A visual compendium of glowing creatures". [2014]

"In the Deep, Clues to How Life Makes Light".

"Our Fairy Tales Ourselves: Storytelling From East to West: Marie Mutsuki Mockett on What a Story Can Be". [LitHub, January 2016]

"How the largest mass-blinding in Canadian history birthed CNIB: The Halifax Explosion taught Canada important lessons on living with blindness". [CBC]

"The Bay Is Now Selling The Most Badass 3 Piece Christmas Suits For $129".

"Celebrity 'READ' Posters Of The 80s and 90s". [Book Riot]

"16 Floor-to-Ceiling Bookshelves That Will Make Your Jaw Drop". [slideshow]

"History of 'Happy Holidays'".

Yuletide

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:38 pm
settiai: (Yuletide -- liviapenn)
[personal profile] settiai
I would like to state, for the record, that I feel so sorry for the Yuletide mods right now. All of them. Every single one.

That said? If all of the assignments had to be accidentally purged, at least it happened now instead of at an even worse time closer to the deadline(s).

(But, oh gods, I can't even imagine.)
umadoshi: (kittens - Claudia - green wall)
[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"(Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!" [Tor.com] (Not news that both Newsflesh and October Daye are on the list, and there's no real info on Newsflesh, but I, at least, was unaware that the writer adapting Toby for TV is Margaret Dunlap, who's worked on The Middleman and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.)

"Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Casts Pro Skater Nobunari Oda as Himself". [ANN]

"Announcement: official Mass Effect novels coming from Titan Books in 2017!" Authors include N.K. Jemisin and Catherine M. Valente.


Writing/SFF

"The Continent, Carve the Mark, and the Trope of the Dark Skinned Aggressor". [Justina Ireland]

"John Scalzi: Writing For Audio Made Me A Better Writer, Period".

Merriam-Webster discusses "What is 'World-Building'? And how do you spell it?"

"The Progress and Pitfalls of Television’s Treatment of Rape". [Variety]


Useful

"Cat Can’t Breathe? Feline Asthma: What You Need To Know".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] newredshoes, "Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment". [Feminist Frequency]


Social Justice

"‘Please, I am out of options’: inside the murky world of DIY abortions: As Donald Trump promises new restrictions on abortion, emails reveal the desperation of women who have no place to go to end unwanted pregnancies". [The Guardian]

"What Was the Nerd? The myth of the bullied white outcast loner is helping fuel a fascist resurgence".

"'All my life suddenly made sense': how it feels to be diagnosed with autism late in life".

"Why My Online Relationships With Fat Women Have Been The Most Important Ones Of My Life".


At The Establishment:

--"Why The Publishing Industry Can’t Get Disability Right".

--"How To Help The Cause When You Need Help Yourself". [Content warning: suicidal ideation]

--"You Don't Have To Like Me--You Just Have To Believe I'm A Human Being". "Here’s the thing. You either believe in justice and equality or you don’t. You either believe that people of color are human beings deserving of full rights or you don’t. There are no preconditions to that. There are no exceptions to that. You believe in my humanity or you don’t."


Cute Stuff

"Dog wears camera that takes photo when he gets excited".

"15 Cats Who Think They Are Hiding From The Vet".

"Rescue Goat With Anxiety Only Calms Down In Her Duck Costume".

"Before-and-After Photos of Dogs and Their Humans Growing Up Together".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "17 Dogs Who Are Carefully Bending Their Human’s Rules". [Buzzfeed]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] disobey_gravity, a short video of a kitty tackling a climbing wall. [1 min., 10 seconds]

i'm talking 'bout things that i know

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:11 am
musesfool: Barry Allen is the fastest man alive (what if you had wings and flew)
[personal profile] musesfool
So I posted my 23K word Finn/Rey road trip epic last night and didn't bother to post it here because I wanted to go to bed and now AO3 is down. So no one can read my story! Arrgh! I had anxiety dreams about it - that I'd left half the story out, or mistagged it, or it was riddled with typos, and therefore got no response whatsoever, but I didn't think there would be actual technical difficulties in the waking world. Bah.

Anyway, should you be interested in reading 23K words of Rey and Finn being adorable and also lectured about Force stuff by the ghost of Anakin Skywalker, here it is on Dreamwidth:

Celestial Navigation
Star Wars; Finn/Rey, Anakin; pg; 23,315 words
Finn and Rey's epic space road trip adventure, featuring pirates, kittens, and the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker.

Or you can read it on AO3 when the site starts working properly again; here is the link: Celestial Navigation.

And okay, I admit I think a lot more about Anakin Skywalker than most people do, but I don't think it was just that particular alarming trait that made me laugh at last night's Flash. I think there really were, yet again, startling parallels with Barry that...are not what you want from your otherwise charming and good superhero. IJS.

The Flash: The Present
spoilers )

There was also Brooklyn Nine Nine, which had some funny moments was but was not at its best last night.

***

Books? Books.

What I've just finished
Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, which I liked but didn't love, because I'm not really emotionally invested in any of Wendig's new characters (except maybe Rae Sloane and only because she's a worthy adversary who I'd like to see come to the realization that fascism is bad, though I don't expect that to ever happen), except for the Leia stuff. ♥LEIA♥ She is not fucking around. "I would burn down the whole galaxy if I thought it was right." Her father's daughter indeed, and I don't mean Bail.

spoilers )

Star Wars Annual 2 by Kelly Thompson, which also featured some great Leia content - I really like that they are giving her strong stuff in all the ancillary materials, but it still doesn't make up for the lack in the films. I am just saying. Anyway, this shows why she's so good at what she does - not just leading troops but swaying the hearts and minds of people, even those who start out wanting nothing to do with her. And it also shows how self-aware she is about what she does and the cost of doing it. Not to be a broken record or anything but ♥LEIA♥. She's only been my very favorite since I was 7, so *hands*

Rivers of London: Night Witches by Ben Aaronovitch, the second comics volume featuring Peter and Nightingale, and I wanted to like it more than I did, since it was ostensibly about Varvara, and I'm not sure if it was me or the book, but while I liked it okay, I didn't love it.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Hold the phone, folks, I think this might be the actual best book I've read this year. At least just from a writing standpoint. I've been more emotionally invested in others (TRK, CK) but this was just brilliantly written and compelling and delightful from start to finish. It's about Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is sentenced to live the rest of his life in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow, and how he handles house arrest for decades. It's ridiculously good, with an excellent use of an omniscient narrator. Highly recommended.

Star Wars: Aphra #1
A good start to this new comic spinoff of Darth Vader. Some interesting backstory, and even more direct parallels of Aphra with Han (and Indiana Jones). We'll see how it goes.

What I'm reading now
I started Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon on the commute this morning, since I forgot to download my yuletide source material for review to my new iPad. Oops.

What I'm reading next
Redacted for Yuletide. I have a Board meeting tonight, but if I can't review canon and get something workable sketched out by Saturday morning, I might have to default. Arrgh.

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Bloopy bloop!

Dec. 8th, 2016 02:44 am
tyger: Axel's Avatar Kingdom chibi. Text: Axel (Axel - chibi)
[personal profile] tyger
Today was very much more of the same, nothing all that interesting to report. I'd really like to develop better mental stamina, but I'm not sure that's something I can really work towards in the same way exercise can lead to physical stamina. Brains are too tricksy for that.

Been playing a lot of Pokemon Sun, it's SO GREAT, I'm really enjoying it. :3 :3 :3

Daily Happiness

Dec. 7th, 2016 01:32 am
torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
[personal profile] torachan
1. People called out sick again today and it was kind of hectic, but I still only had to stay an hour or so late.

2. I got a decent amount of translating done tonight after work. I'm really excited about how much manga I'm going to be posting this month. :D

3. I stopped at McDonald's for dinner and the fries were hot and fresh! (That's really what I was jonesing for, so it would have been disappointing if they weren't, but I was also braced for disappointment because I feel like about nine times out of ten, whenever I get fries from any fast food place, they're always the last dregs of the old batch.)

4. Chloe face!

I'm the ladies' choice.

Dec. 6th, 2016 11:26 pm
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd
1. Wednesday reading (late on Tuesday, but whatever, it's Tuesday in most of the world).

What I just finished. )

What I'm reading now. )

What I'm reading next. )

2. Sleep improvement is generally going well! I'm liking the way my day's structured at the moment: wake up slow, hang out with the kiddos for a couple hours, exercise/chores, write, play games, go to bed. (Frankly, just moving chores away from the end of the day means it's a lot easier to go to bed.) There's still some things I want to improve, but I do think I'm sleeping a little better. Next: breathing exercises at the beginning of the day because I can't seem to wake up not feeling anxious/terrible.

A quick thing about exercise. )

3. A cousin of mine had a baby a couple of weeks ago. (Well, his wife did.) It's so interesting - this cousin is a cousin once-removed, since he's the same generation as my dad, but his kids (who share great-grandparents with me) look a lot like Nibling and Dosling. You can tell they're in the same family. But then, you can also tell Bro-in-Law's first cousins that Nibling/Dosling see a lot (who are just a little bit older than the niblings) are related to them, too.

Genetics are a thing. No one is surprised. (Except for me, somehow.)

Finals are done

Dec. 7th, 2016 12:01 am
aris_tgd: I feel like a Vorlon on its back--I can't get up and it's my fault! (amused at own stupidity)
[personal profile] aris_tgd
And I have data, woo! (I finally did the thing I have been trying to do for my rotation talk all quarter, i.e. in-situ UV/Vis spectroelectrochemistry. Okay, it wasn't in the UV/Vis spectrometer that I wanted to be using, but it was UV/Vis!)

So for the remainder of this week, I need to do more research, finish grading, and... write up my research for my practice rotation talk on Friday.

And get some sleep. It's been a week.

Totally wrong Flash predictions

Dec. 6th, 2016 07:50 pm
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
[personal profile] sholio
Well, seeing how I'm zero for whatever on my predictions for Flash this season, now that I've watched the mid-season finale I may as well make some more probably-very-wrong predictions for the back half of the season. Who knows, if I keep taking wild swings, one of them might land eventually ...

These involve spoilers for the mid-season finale and also for the one thing I know about future episodes, which was mentioned in past entries.

(I'll probably do this for Legends of Tomorrow after their mid-season finale too, because why not??)

Spoilers under the cut )

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