I cannot demo today because brain

Mon, Feb. 20th, 2017 09:19 am
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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but for London people, the big demo today: Facebook event page: Defend migrants, stop Trump

There's also Families Against Reckless Trump (FART), a "family-friendly" demo from 11am to 1pm designed for people who can't attend the evening demo for childcare or other reasons.

And associated Stop Trump and/or Day Without Us events all over the place: https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/map/ , searchable by postcode -- for example, the Tates are running guided tours "celebrating the artworks which have been created or influenced by migrants".
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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So this morning Buttercup has confirmed the guesses that (rather that confusing Sehwan and Sweden, the other top speculation) by "happening in Sweden last night" he meant that on Friday night he saw a Fox news segment claiming that there's a crime wave in Sweden caused by immigrants but being covered up by Teh Libruls.

(According to Swedish data, crime rates have changed little in the past decade. COVER-UP.)

There's an important logical implication of this which the article doesn't address, namely that if "happening last night = "he saw a TV report on it last night", Buttercup apparently believes that when a thing happens is when he sees it on TV.

It's already been noted that people in his team are leaking like sieves partly because the only way to get him to register information is to have it on TV, but this seems like a new insight into the terrifying solipsistic void of his inner life.

(Really, I could have gone through life happily without ever having to think about Buttercup's inner life, but such are the times; we are not to be spared these things.)

Poem: "Honeybumping"

Mon, Feb. 20th, 2017 12:21 am
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "personal growth" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest.  Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Not the most productive, but...

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
aris_tgd: Sinclair and Sakai, "Time for a moment." (Time for a moment)
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I successfully assembled a few kitchen organizer shelves and two bar stool chairs, and now we have better organized kitchen cabinets and a breakfast bar. Hooray!

I still haven't done barely any grading. Boo.

I played a bit of Sunless Sea and it was... mostly engrossing? But my first zee-captain died (as advertised) and she was the one with the intriguing box from my Fallen London character! That's annoying. I wanted to find out what was in that thing.

Writing remains difficult, sigh. Reality remains terrifying.

But I have enough lunchmeat and cheese to make sandwiches for the next week, and that'll see me through. I hope.

Poem: "Star-crossed, Sun-swept"

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 11:48 pm
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This is the freebie for the February Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Gloryroad Crossing.

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Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 11:50 pm
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This is general griping, not about anything specific or recent.

Everybody loves Venting and hyperbole and "I shouldn't have to say that I don't mean all ____" and competitive "we're awesome and you're boring" positivity when they're producing it themselves, but then many of the same people who defend "their" group's right to say inflammatory things in the name of venting will see someone else venting about their own group, and get upset and defensive and generally totally fail to not take it personally.

Could you all maybe just... stop saying these things?

I mean, more explicit boundaries between "venting" and "precisely stated stuff that I seriously believe" would definitely help, but stuff is always going to get take out of context sometimes, and I'm just so tired.

(Notice how this post is titled "griping" and has a cut. This post contains me being frustrated about something and writing in a somewhat blunt and angry way. Dear everyone I know in real life and/or talk to regularly, I still like you even if you sometimes post the kind of thing I'm complaining about here. I promise.)

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Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 11:04 pm
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Today's theme for my life was: Running on fumes. I got a pitiful amount of sleep last night (if I even fell asleep at all), nabbed a medium sized muffin for breakfast, worked for ten and a half hours, played the radio on my mp3 player until it ran out of batteries, drained my phone down to 7%, and just about ran my car out of gas by treating myself to a stop at Half Price Books after work.

Tomorrow I plan to make up for it with lots of sleep, refilling the gas tank, and eating a good breakfast.

...I'll probably still drain my phone, though. Gotta catch 'em all :P

Well, today was busy

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 08:43 pm
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If not terribly productive. I got a lot of work on the website. I posted the entire next novel for Novel Monday over on my WP site. It'll queue up automatically until the end of May which is nice. Then I worked on reformatting the Under the Tormal Shadow short stories since I want them fixed before I put them on the website. Got one done.

Then the hubby and I did our taxes (yay, getting money back!), did laundry and I made dinner. Then it was time for writing. I only got 1200 words written but hey, I have a slightly better idea of where the story is going now. Maybe. We'll see. I'm not sure about the twist I just introduced.

Though it might be fun to watch play out... *grin*

Didn't do well on my steps or exercises. I got up late so I didn't do the morning ones. And I haven't done the evening ones either. Very bad me. I'm letting the habit slide and that's never good. Back at it tomorrow for sure!

Goals for tomorrow include getting another Tormal Shadow short story reformatted, getting this week's short story ready for publication, work, writing and that's about it, I think.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 07:59 pm
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman in a chiton hanging washing on a line (Hanging the Washing Out to Dry)
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I've thought about the scene of Bucky buying plums a lot and what it says to me, especially taking this tumblr post on how the way he orders the plums is strange into account, is that Bucky is deliberately ordering the plums weird. He's doing a cognitive behavioral exercise! An exposure! He is deliberately (and harmlessly) breaking a small, harmless, unspoken rule. He does that, the person at the farmstand Socially Disapproves but doesn't do anything terrible to him, like electroshock him into forgetting things, no -

All that happens when you ask for “about six plums” is that you get a judgey look and exactly six plums.

I think he's pressing himself way out of his (probably incredibly narrow) comfort zone in that scene. His demeanor is forced as he interacts with the vendor, and after the interaction ends, he's visibly trying to get himself back under control. He's jittery before he ever spots the headline at the news stand. He's trying to work through that fear and carve out a wider space where he doesn't need to be afraid. He can break the rules and Not Do It Right and Something Bad (an unnameable earth crushing cosmic consequence) will not happen!

...of course. Well. Something Bad does happen, which probably puts him back at square one as far as that exposure goes, but that is the problem with the practice – sometimes your fears may come true after all, even if it isn't likely that they will.

Japanese - J4E ch7 (that was the plan)

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 09:10 pm
chagrined: chihaya smiling (chihaya smile)
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oops it has been a little while! i've been occupied with other things but trying my hardest to not ttly fall off studying too! i feel like esp starting with this chapter i have less solid of a grasp on the material from when i read it in the past so maybe i need to spend ore time reviewing and actually redoing the exercises as well...

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Sunday Yardening

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 05:19 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
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Today I put the protective jug back over one of the oak seedlings that had gotten loose, and mulched around it to keep that in place. I also put mulch around six other seedlings in the savannah garden.

The hazelnut bush has opened its catkins. When touched, they release clouds of golden pollen. :D Maybe this year I'll actually get some of the darn hazelnuts. I saw them last fall but only for a few days -- I think the squirrels pounced on them, possibly before they were even ripe.

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Movie and fic rec

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 05:34 pm
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Yay! I finally got around to seeing Hidden Figures, and it was very good; I see that they definitely increased the dramatic tension from the real-life events portrayed in the books, and it was, y'know, a very nice inspiring movie, and also SPAAAAAAACE.

And I see that the remix of my fic in the Cap-IM Remix has been revealed! An anonymous person has written Noir amnesia identity porn as a remix of my 616 amnesia identity porn story, now with Steve being the unfortunate amnesia victim:

Missing In Action (The Who You Are Underneath Remix) (22522 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man Noir, Marvel (Comics)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Pepper Potts, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter
Additional Tags: Action/Adventure, Amnesia, Memory Loss, Identity Porn, Secret Identity, Hurt/Comfort, Sexual Content, Awkward Flirting, Romance, Bisexual Tony Stark, Hurt Tony Stark, Remix, Getting Together, World War II, Captain America/Iron Man Fanfic Remix 2017, Community: cap_ironman, Amnesiac Steve Rogers, Love Confessions, Jealousy
Summary: Tony and his friends are on a mission in war torn Europe and Fury has sent along a soldier to serve as their driver and a sort of attache. Tony likes him well enough, but the real help he's counting on is that of Captain America, especially with Hydra hot on his trail. But then Private Steve Rogers has a mishap that costs him his memory – and Tony can't seem to make contact with Captain America at all.

I have only just started it, but so far it is very good! My favorite tropes, together again! I am sure the rest will be just as good!
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The Eternal Dungeon

After his love-mate had been escorted weeping from the great entry hall, nothing was left to distract his mind from what was to come.

Ten minutes left to contemplate what lies ahead, before the end begins.

Read online or download as a free e-book: The Whipping Post (The Eternal Dungeon).

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TPNN word for "cute"

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 12:01 pm
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I realized today that my constructed language Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog didn't have a word for "cute." As I was trying to decide what word to pick for that role, I realized that the word "cute" is itself cute. Cute, pronounced kyoot, is a cute word. So the TPNN equivalent should be cute, too. This is what I came up with:

Cute = nyao'ni'mi

Pronunciation guide: "nyao" rhymes with "cow," and the i's in ni and mi say the E name, so nyao'ni'mi rhymes with "cow see me." "Nyao" was also inspired by "nyan" of "nyan-cat."

Hello! Sory I suck at posting.

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 02:27 pm
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So...yeah, I'm still around. Online, I'm mostly at Archive of Our Own (orbitaldiamonds), Twitter (simonejester), and Tumblr (krepta-starchild and others).

I got the data entry job in Olrando, so now I'm Walgreens corporate instead of Walgreens retail. I lived with family in T-ville until I could afford my own place and since the end of November I've had a little apartment in Orlando. It's 45 minutes from work, but it was the best I could afford at the time. When all the colleges let out I'll check out apartment prices again and look for better neighborhoods that are closer to work.

I keep meaning to get back into LJ and DW, but if I do manage it, it won't be until sometime in March at the earliest. It's been overtime season at work (which I love! After having my hours cut drastically at the store, I consider the opportunity for overtime--which is strictly voluntary--a privilege!) and I've been working 60 hour weeks since December. I really should be doing housework on my one off-day (to be fair, I did do dishes and clean out my refigerator), but most of it's stuff that can wait until overtime season is over and the stuff that isn't (cleaning the bathroom, grocery shopping) can be done later. Besides, I have a fair amount of stuff to sort out online. I'm going through my email and deleting a lot of crap that should have been deleting years ago, and I'm considering creating a new email account and just using the old one (well, ones) for junk mail and archiving chats with Fizzy and others.

Hope y'all are well, if there's anyone still following this DW and the LJ it crossposts to. I'd say Happy New Year, but it's freaking February and it's too late for that. :P

P.S. I've been following the political news all along like the glutton for punishment I am. Semi-seriously considering learning Swedish and emigrating.


Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 05:34 pm
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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The Guardian: 'Sweden, who would believe this?': Trump cites non-existent terror attack

Sub-sub-header: At Florida rally president refers to attack in Sweden that did not happen, possibly confusing it with Sehwan in Pakistan.

(I would be interested to know if that's going to be the official White House explanation, particularly because Buttercup's speech makes it clear that he's referring to a European country which "took in large numbers" -- presumably of Muslim immigrants, because obviously, who else would be responsible for such an unspeakable imaginary attack? "Slip of the tongue, he meant Pakistan" won't cover it.)

Attempting to cover what actually happened in Sweden, a Swedish news agency reported a story about a bull moose that took a fancy to a wooden moose, but admitted that this story took place in the autumn and they just thought we would like it.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swedes and their moose in this tragic time.

I laugh because it's an alternative to screaming. For a grimly-credible analysis of what's going on with this sort of shit, see this piece from a few days ago: Europe's biggest paper ran a bogus refugee 'sex mob' story. What now?

Terrifyingly, the comments (never read the comments) feature multiple occurrences of exactly the line of thought the article analyses: okay, maybe this didn't actually happen, but other things like it probably did, and it would totally have been Muslim immigrants who did them.

From the article:

If the lie sticks, that’s great. If it does not stick, that’s no loss. The point was always to add another rhetorical layer of doubt and suspicion to the sediment of our national bigotry. There was no Bowling Green massacre? Well, OK, but there could have been one, and it would have been a Muslim who did it. In the flexible world of bigotry, we can even condemn people for crimes committed in our minds.

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Sun, Feb. 19th, 2017 10:56 am
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The local school district issues one large book that lists the classes at all the high schools rather than separate books for each school. My guess is that this is because students can take classes at other schools if they can figure out how to get there and back in the time they have. The instructions as to what is necessary to graduate aren’t nearly as clear as I’d like and don’t deal with the fact that the school Cordelia will likely attend, Skyline, does trimesters while all of the other schools do semesters. That’s got to change credit requirements for graduation and make taking classes at other schools really challenging.

We ended up leaving for the used book store about 3:00 and getting there about 3:40. We stayed about an hour which wasn’t nearly long enough for me to get through all of the sections I wanted to look at even though there really wasn’t all that much in any of those sections. I looked at children’s books, paperback mysteries, and general fiction paperbacks. Before I got through that last section, Cordelia was urging me to hurry up so that we could go home.

I had a ten page list of authors and titles I wanted to look for. I found four books from it. I wasn’t helped by the fact that I was mostly looking for fiction and the store skews very, very heavily to non-fiction. One of the other two stores specializes in paperback fiction, but it’s in the process of closing down, doing a clearance sale, so Scott thought going there might not be worthwhile. I think Cordelia might find that more interesting since it might actually have more than fifty books aimed at teens.

I poked around on BookMooch a bit last night. I haven’t sent anything out there in about eight years, but I had about ninety points left. Books from folks in the US cost one point. I went through my ten page list and found about fifteen things. I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to offer some of the books I want to get rid of that aren’t worth selling there. Mailing things is a serious PITA, though, and things I really want don’t tend to come up. But it would mean that, if the books went out, they’d go to someone who actually wanted them.

I couldn’t get Ingress to open at all during the time we were out of the house. Scott got in, but I never managed to. I could still get at everything else associated with that Gmail address, so I’m pretty sure it was an Ingress problem. The app kept telling me that that address couldn’t be used and that I should use a different address, but it would then kick me out without giving me the option to do anything at all.

Naturally, as soon as we got home, it opened just fine.

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