Getting sick of my antivirus program.

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 01:16 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
I realize that occasional exhortations to upgrade are the price of using a free program, but it's getting out of hand. What do you guys use?

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Pink Pineapples Have Finally Arrived (We can't get people to accept golden rice, which is packed with beta carotene, because it's a GMO... but they think pink pineapples are gonna sell?)

Key Crazy: Inside the Wonderful World of Keyboard Fanatics

Juno mission first results: Jupiter isn't like what researchers expected

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other (10+ pics) (Yeah, I know, but at least scroll down until you see the week-old kitten disguised as a kiwi.)

Crows and parrots – brainy birds, but in different ways (Article from 2011)

First Bamboo Biennale Creates Cutting-Edge Structures in Small Chinese Village

Tree-Climbing, Seed-Spitting Goats Help Trees Grow in New Places

Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company

Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

How one community rallied to save turtles from becoming roadkill

A Chinese company is offering free training for US coal miners to become wind farmers

All The Wrong People Are Asking All The Wrong Questions About Fidget Spinners

Too many prisons make bad people worse. There is a better way

Accused of underpaying women, Google says it's too expensive to get wage data

Study links Facebook use to reduced gray matter volume in the nucleus accumbens

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

The Tragic Story of a Texas Teen and the Marines Who Killed Him for No Reason

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans (This is ridiculous. I've never seen anything so universally reviled as this budget!)

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Flint Isn’t Ready To Trust Anyone Yet

Girls are increasingly being married off in war-torn Yemen

New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting

Booksale pile

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] katherine
I got a satisfying stack of books at a recent booksale.

I've already started one of the many Harlequin romances in the stack, The Beast Within (published in 2007) and two pages in been rewarded by the sentence "Grief choked him along with noxious fumes." Yay, science-experiment-gone-wrong werewolf!

Also Sex, Power and Pleasure, which is an ostensibly nonfiction book from 1985, solely because it fell open to the declaration:
Apart from being potentially versatile, lesbian sex can be tremendously powerful. It is of course true that any strong love, or any strong sexual urge, unleashes a powerful force in human beings. But without entering into competition for the Olympic sex medal, one can claim that the unique power of lesbian eroticism is one of the strongest forces in human existence.


Ironic that for both of these I'm linking to listings of ebook editions.
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[personal profile] davidgillon

I bought it at Asda, and stuck it between a couple of pizzas to keep it from getting bent on the way home. And you can guess the rest....

It seems to have survived the experience.

Sunday Yardening

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 01:22 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
It's beautiful outside: sunny, breezy, and cool.  :D  Perfect yardening weather, for however long it lasts.

Round 1, I planted a ruby sweetspire in the forest garden and a witch hazel along the fence. 

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 2, we picked up several piles of grass that Doug had raked up.

Tikun Olam: SwingLeft and vigil

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 09:54 am
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[personal profile] sonia
Right after the US House of Representatives passed their horrific "health" "care" tax cut act, I donated $100 to opponents of swing district Republicans who voted for the act. No idea if the money will make any difference or will even end up where it's supposed to, but I had to do something.

Yesterday I went to the vigil for Taliesin Meche and Ricky Best, the two men stabbed and killed by a white supremacist on the MAX train Friday afternoon. They stepped in to defend two young Muslim women from the white supremacist's harassment. Micah Fletcher, who also intervened and was stabbed, is expected to survive his injuries. The armed, violent white supremacist was taken into police custody alive.

The organizers didn't have sound amplification at the vigil, so we couldn't hear any of the speeches. We stood quietly with the candles someone kindly gave us, shielding them from the breeze. The people in the crowd looked kind, authentic, like people I would want to know. There were a lot (for Portland) of people of color, Middle-Eastern faces, Jewish faces. I felt like I belonged there.

There was a brief chant of "Not in our town!" Nice thought, but yes, this is happening in our town. Fascism and racism go way back in Portland. At the same time, it's good to know there are a couple of thousand people willing to stand in the heat on short notice to say "We're here. We stand for peace, and inclusion."

And then we biked home and sat on my front steps to enjoy the evening coolness and clear light. As we collectively spiral down into disaster, life also goes on more or less as usual. For those of us who didn't get directly affected this time.

The murders happened a couple of miles from where I live, at a MAX station I use sometimes. I went to the Farmer's Market right near there as usual the morning after, and people were chatting and buying vegetables in the bright sun, but with a jangling tension in the background. Too close to home. That could have been me. I keep reminding myself that people of color have been living in this dystopic world for a long time.

This spiraling descent like a bird pinwheeling out of the sky is not what I wanted to live through. And yet here I am, here the world is. We each contribute as we can, some by fighting disconnection, some by fostering connection. I don't know what doing enough looks like. I don't know if any amount would be enough to make a difference, to change our course.

I do think every little bit helps in the long run, making people's lives a little better where I can. And, the long run might be long. Things might keep getting worse for quite a while.
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[personal profile] kaberett
The Red Turtle is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Oscar-winning British-Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Having premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it's had a general release in the UK this week. [personal profile] me_and spotted a poster in one of our local stations; I've just started showing him the Studio Ghibli back catalogue; he suggested going. (It's Ghibli! It's turtles! These seemed like good things.)

The Guardian, in one of many rapturous reviews, says:
Suffice to say that the official one-line synopsis of The Red Turtle – "the milestones in the life of a human being" – rings entirely true; the cycle of birth, death and rebirth is expressed with piercing clarity.


... which is sort of accurate, but very telling about expected audiences, and reviewers, and... everyone involved in the thing.

'ware spoilers! )

To be clear, I'm glad that I saw it: I loved the animals and the textures and the ways in which one got to know the small island; I loved the atmosphere and the great sweeping shots of tiny people against a vast expanse of sea and sky; I loved the detail of the glass bottle that washed up on the shore, echoing a much earlier barrel.

I just really wish that it didn't, in framing itself as universal, once again write the experiences of anyone who's not a factory-default man completely out of the story.
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[personal profile] kaberett
Prompted by having received an utterly anodyne response from the party that completely ignored all of the actual issues I raised.

So, with content notes for transmisogyny and transmisogynist violence, here's the very brief summary of why -- regardless of party leadership's opinion on that matter -- that poster is Not Okay. (Yes, I have explained this in painstaking detail in reply to the e-mail from the party.)

Read more... )

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Sun, May. 28th, 2017 12:36 pm
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My hard drive just died completely. Scott thinks it's irretrievable. He won't have time today to work on it due to family obligations.

Cordelia and I are both feeling terrible, but... Family obligations. Scott is cranky and snarling at everything. Great fun.

I keep thinking there has to be a good day this weekend, and life keeps saying no.

Summer sucks

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 04:05 am
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[personal profile] fayanora
Well, this summer is shaping up to be as hot as the last. It's getting very difficult to find a time to garden without wanting to die from the heat. I need an air conditioner to survive this summer. And I think a certain friend who lives in an upstairs apartment needs a new AC, too. Her place is always at least 15 or 20 degrees hotter than mine, and I can barely tolerate the heat in my own place.

Neato

Sun, May. 28th, 2017 12:50 am
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[personal profile] fayanora
My current state of mind and the vibe of my current energy makes me feel like I'm channeling Luna Lovegood. It's like a placid river of peace is flowing through me.

*flop*

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 08:10 pm
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[personal profile] me_ya_ri
I'm so tired.

We got up early and went to Seattle today, the hubby and I. We had breakfast at the German deli, got silicone candy molds for making bath oils with, got essential oils (rose, lilac, vanilla, dark chocolate, strawberry and spruce), and then got ice cream. We were in and out of Seattle before noon.

Then we hit the mall and got spices for the BBQ ribs and ice cream for lunch. Followed by hurrying home as best we could when traffic was terrible.

Got the ribs into the smoker and then the hubby decided it was time to load up his truck for a dump run. Which meant going through all the paint cans, discovering that the majority weren't dried up as we thought, loading the truck, getting kitty litter and mixing it into the paint, cleaning the garage up a little bit and then realizing that it was almost time to pull the ribs for dinner.

So while we waited for the ribs I mixed up a first batch of bath oils, with lilac, rose and vanilla essential oils. I think I might have used too much essential oil but it does smell good. I had just enough left over to make a King of Skin diy. We'll see how they smell and work later.

I realized that I'm going to need to get bottles for making blends in, plus instructions on doing it properly, plus more oils if this works well. But a quick sample one to test is good.

Then I got 600 words written and decided that I was entirely too tired to attempt to make sense.

Tomorrow the hubby wants to make that dump run with as much of the paint as we can, then he wants to either go for a hike or ride our bikes. Plus we have a bunch of old (reeeeeaaaaalllly old) electronics that we want to get rid of. So tomorrow's going to be busy as well. Oh well. It is taking care of a bunch of stuff we wanted to deal with ages ago.

Goals for tomorrow are thus write (somehow), dump run, electronics run, hike or bike ride, and that's about it. Not planning anything else. Except maybe playing with my new bath oils.

Though I think I'll try one tonight just to see how it works in the bath.

Goodnight everyone!

First Fireflies

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 10:13 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )

I did it

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 09:53 pm
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[personal profile] buttonsbeadslace
 Today I transferred money into my savings account for the first time since December. 

My heart feels all soft and fuzzy inside. 

Entertainment

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 07:47 pm
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[personal profile] soc_puppet
Me: *gets through the last episode of Brooklyn 99 available through the library*

Me: Noooooooooo!

Me: I'm not ready to be stuck streaming episodes yet!

Me: Oh, well. I guess I could try Parks and Rec, since I did happen to pick up the first three seasons at a Bookmobile garage sale fundraiser today. I mean, it is by some of the same people, and I've heard fantastic things about it. And it's complete, so there won't be any cliffhanger BS. I bet I'll love it!

Me: *puts first DVD in to play*

DVD: *immediately starts with documentary-style storytelling and shakycam footage*

Me: Noooooooooo!


Seriously though, shakycam style makes me feel dizzy :( I had to turn it off. And I guess I don't care much for fake-documentary-style storytelling either? IDK, it's like it's dancing right over a line between actual documentaries and reality TV that my brain insists shouldn't be crossed.

On the plus side, I got Petal Dance scanned and fixed up and almost ready to print, my Accessibility Dept sign is scanned and one-third colored, and my next coloring page, Own Tempo (or possibly Teeter Dance? Featuring a Spinda playing a tambourine), is finished inking, so that's some serious productivity right there :3b

Next up, drawing-wise: A butterfly Pokemon inspecting a flower-y Pokemon ("Sweet Scent"; I'm leaning towards Butterfree/Beautifly and Floette) and a better rough sketch for the charity auction poster.

Saturday Yardening

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 06:24 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Today we went to Champaign for shopping.  The weather was mostly cool and pleasant.  Now it is warm, damp, and full of bugs.  >_<

Round 1, I planted two wave petunias, one in a pot and one in the barrel garden; plus a packet of chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 2, my partner Doug raked grass and I helped haul it away.

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 3, I trimmed grass around about half of the wildflower garden.
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I published a small game on itch.io! It's free and should take maybe ten minutes to play. It's not, like, groundbreaking, but I kept having this problem with RPG Maker where I wanted to make huuuuge sprawling games, and always lost track of myself.

So I forced myself to make a small game instead.

It has a beginning, middle, and end, and should be bug-free thanks to beta testing by [personal profile] tamagus, [personal profile] beemoji, and [personal profile] girlnamedlance. My heroes ♥♥

Rename 完了

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 05:11 pm
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[personal profile] zaluzianskya
To all the zero people currently subscribed to this journal: I did the thing. Sorry about the whole booting-you-off thing. I just really kind of hate that you can't prune your circle. I mean, I don't use Tumblr anymore, but softblocking was a godsend.

(I know that being subscribed to by someone who I don't want to be doesn't make my content vulnerable, and I know that force-unsubscribing someone doesn't provide me with any security. It's a personal preference I have.)

Anyway, I wanted to change my username regardless.

It's a genus of figwort.

And if you don't know me IRL, I'd really prefer if you referred to me as Zal from now on. \o/

Stim Toy Library Inventory

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 03:35 pm
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[personal profile] soc_puppet
For the Accessibility Department this year, I thought it would be cool to have a collection of stim toys and related items for our attendees to use at AnimeIowa. I had a budget of ~$200, and this is what I got:

Stim stim stim )

at WisCon

Sat, May. 27th, 2017 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] brainwane
I'm at WisCon right now, and leaving early Monday morning! Right now I'm preparing for the Tiptree Auction, which is tonight, about 7:30pm-9:15pm. I am not on any panels this year. Please feel free to say hi if you see me!

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