The Physics of Consciousness

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014 12:38 pm
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This article suggests that consciousness is a state of matter.  Well, yes.  It's kind of like how little whizzing bits of energy get together and pretend to be solid.  But consciousness is also a lot more fractal and holographic than most people realize.  It's not indivisible.  Parts of it can be lost and other parts still function, or conversely, parts can be lost but then regained from unexpected angles.

A note on "intent isn't magic"

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014 05:34 pm
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Interestingly, this is one of the relatively few things my father got right in bringing us up - for values of "right" that do not include "actually expressing it well or compassionately", in that he tended to phrase it not as "intent isn't magic" but "intent doesn't matter".

I think this plays into some of what I've been working through. To use the treading-on-toes example, how badly something affects me has two components: the direct physical effect ("someone trod on my toe") and my emotional response ("and I'd repeatedly told this specific person that it's currently broken, and trusted them to be careful of that" has very different impact to "and they're a stranger on the tube").

Intent can't fix the direct damage (it isn't magic), but can be taken into account in modulating the emotional response of the person suffering it (intent can matter). However, whether it matters and how much it matters is entirely up to the person damaged: it does not automatically absolve the person who caused the damage.

It's about agency and respect and all that good stuff.

climbing Stromboli volcano

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014 05:39 pm
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Climbing a volcano! and the day after )

Oh, and no one recognized my OTW/AO3 water bottle. Not that I had any real expectation someone would.

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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014 10:44 am
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I'm debating asking Scott to pick up a pregnancy test. I'm vanishingly unlikely to be pregnant because I have an IUD (as I recall, the doctor told me the failure rate is about the same as the failure rate for tubal ligation), but I haven't had a period for two months, not even a hint of one. I have no other indications of pregnancy, and I'm forty-six, so missing periods isn't necessarily unexpected. Plus, I've never been regular. It just seems like something I should check. I'm taking medications that would be bad in a pregnancy.

Scott went to part of the Smithee Awards last night. He was gone longer than he meant to be. He didn't get home until a bit after midnight. He left me to do all of the Easter morning preparation-- I filled up the basket and the plastic eggs. We put Barbie clothes in most of the eggs this year because we knew she wanted Barbie clothes. She's getting too old for just candy.

Cordelia let us sleep until nine this morning. That shows that she's growing up. Finding the eggs is less urgent now than it was when she was younger. There aren't any good hiding places in the living room, so it took her less than ten minutes to find eighteen plastic eggs, and a big part of that was that the last egg was kind of challenging-- I'd put it on the DVD shelf.

Scott's having a Science Olympiad practice for the fourth graders today. The practice he wanted to have for the second graders didn't work out. The second graders aren't going to be very well prepared because they've had half as many practices as the fourth graders. The scheduling has been really difficult. Cordelia doesn't have a Science Olympiad practice today. Her coach decided not to try to schedule one. They normally meet at the library, and the library is closed today.
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Posted in full at: at April 20, 2014 at 04:30AM




"Hella Moon" is not enough letters for a troll name.

I have lost all will to make up twelve Chinese zodiac trolls, the rabbit has to be Hella Moon or life is not worth living.

You can add an h to the end of Hella. 

Hella* Moon, wherein asterisk indicates a footnote as to just how much moon.

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Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 10:12 pm
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(9:57:20 PM) [personal profile] staranise: I've been reading a psychiatry textbook, which is apparently my soothing place
(9:57:38 PM) [personal profile] staranise: and reflecting on how *sensible* some personality disorders sound
(9:58:08 PM) [personal profile] recessional: that miiiight be a sign you're under a bit too much stress, doll.

In search of Ray Vecchio het fic

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 05:48 pm
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I already posted this to [ profile] ds_ficfinders, but just in case some folks might see this on my journal who would miss it over there...

I have decided that my dS/C6D Big Bang project for this year will be a themed collection of RayV het podfics -- or possibly RayV-and-women podfics. Can y'all help me out?

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer!

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Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 04:25 pm
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Short Term 12 goes up on my movie list next to Oranges and Sunshine for amazing depictions of the helping professions and trauma.

Short Term 12 itself is a theoretically short-term placement facility for foster children, and the movie centres around the house's lead worker Grace and her boyfriend Mason, who also works at the house. Their work forms the backbone of their charges' days, since they create the safety and stability that give these kids a platform to launch from. God is in the details: Doing morning wake-up rounds, telling kids not to cuss, listening to children's poems and stories, enforcing time-out, and making birthday cupcakes.

The movie is pretty unique in another facet of intergenerational trauma it explores. That's when survivors of shitty childhoods turn around and throw themselves into the work of making things better for the children of today and tomorrow. Grace and Mason are so fiercely willing to go to the mat for these kids because they've been there. And at the same time: their work in all its difficulties has the potential to bring them healing. Being so steeped in a home that is about love and understanding and one's own personal willingness to step up to the plate and put pain into words is beneficial not only for the children, but also their caretakers.

It's also, you know, emotionally shredding.


Sidenote: I tried the kid who hates reading out on a comic book version of a Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode he's already seen, went to the kitchen to make tea, and came back to find him back at page 1, trying to read it aloud. \o/

So of course I've spent all my time since then worrying that I'll come back to work next week and find that his parents are pissed that I was encouraging his fixations on immoral/violent cartoon characters, and sitting around instead of being physically active, and therefore being forbidden to do that anymore. Let's hope not. *fingers crossed*

Abusive Parents Need Love, Too....

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 01:27 pm
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But do you have to be the one to give it to them?

When Elder Care Hurts: Caring for Elders who have been Abusive or Neglectful.

I know from my own experience that the final illness and death of the abuser is a wrenching process, no matter how much healing you've done.

Poem: "A Nice Little Racket"

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 03:35 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "extortion" square in my 6-10-13 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest and the "fury" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Read more... )

Next up: Peru!

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 01:13 pm
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I'm going to Peru for a week (Lima and Cuzco) very early on Wednesday morning. If anyone has tips of things to do, things to avoid, I'd greatly appreciate them.

I also have two specific questions: if you've been and if they're applicable, how did you handle carrying around/bringing your laptop, and how did you handle using your smartphone?

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 01:57 pm
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The April Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now running on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme is "characterization."  Ask for any of your favorite characters, suggest new ones, play around with what makes people who they are.  Claim prompts and make goodies of your own.  Come join the fun!

What I Have Written

"Not the Absence of Fear" 
Damask visit SPOON and a fight breaks out.
426 lines, Buy It Now = $213

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