Daily Happiness

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:10 pm
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was one of those days at work, but despite a bunch of people calling out and a bunch of crap going on, I got out of there only an hour late.

2. Tomorrow I can sleep in!

3. Earlier this week the forecast was predicting temps in the 80s this weekend, but it's actually been in the 60s and low 70s. I hope that continues for a while.

4. We had a nice walk this evening and stopped at Pollo Loco for dinner.

5. Look at this fluffy kitten!

Life happened

Apr. 29th, 2016 10:22 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
No Tanith Lee review this week. To make up this, I am extending the Lee reviews past the 52 week mark to the end of 2016.

Ah, young love

Apr. 29th, 2016 07:45 pm
[personal profile] telophase
The further adventures of Murderface McKenzie, Esq. in Skyrim.
Read more... )

The curse continues.

Apr. 29th, 2016 07:58 pm
[personal profile] meganbmoore
I've been largely enjoying The Catch , the new Shondalandshow about a private investigator who starts hunting down her fiance after he reveals himself to be a conartist and steals her life savings. I had a lot of reservations but it was steadily growing on me. And then this week's episode came along and...

spoilers )
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Come play in Victoria Park!

A Task Party is a collaborative art event. Everyone will draw tasks and complete them in whatever interpretation they see fit. The only limitation is your imagination! And physics.

BRING: yourself, an open mind, optional: snacks, craft materials/ random objects to contribute, and a smile*!

Take Chances! Make Mistakes! Get Messy!

This is a kid-friendly event. In fact, kids are probably 10,000% better at the whole Take Chances! Make Mistakes! Get Messy! thing!

* If not your own, then someone else's.

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:25 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
The last couple of days, when I’ve been at home alone (so that it’s quiet), I’ve been hearing something that sounds like a sink with a very heavy drip or a rapidly moving fan with a little catch in it. Nobody else has noticed it, probably because Scott and Cordelia have music or the TV on all the time. At any rate, all of the fans are off. None of the faucets upstairs are dripping (and I wouldn’t expect to hear something like that from the basement). I’m not sure Scott believes me that it even exists.

I’ve eaten toast, crackers, and mashed potatoes* today. I really, really want something else, but I don’t dare. This is definitely going to make taking my mother out for lunch a lot more complicated.

*I wasn’t sure the mashed potatoes would come out. The instructions on the package called for some milk. Almond milk is generally fine, but Scott never, ever checks when he grabs that to be sure he’s getting the plain kind, so what’s in the fridge is a nearly fully, very large container of vanilla almond milk. That would be just plain nasty with garlic mashed potatoes, so I used extra water. I think it would have been better with milk, but it’s not inedible. But why on earth does Scott keep buying the vanilla flavored almond milk? I’ve asked him repeatedly not to.


Apr. 29th, 2016 04:38 pm
[personal profile] telophase
Can tick "drive through golf-ball-sized hail" off the bucket list. Do not recommend.

Most of it was quarter-sized, and I think nothing larger hit the car. I was terrified that the windshield would crack. Can't tell until the storm is over and we can inspect the car in better light than the garage has if there's any dents.

It was a very short-lived storm, luckily. I was still panicking whether I should pull over and shelter behind buildings when it ended. I was trapped at a light for most of it, and had gotten maybe 100 yards down the road when it ended.
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Officers and members of the 26th Battalion of the Second Canadian Expeditionary Force. Photo credit: Patent and Copyright Office, now in the collection of Library and Archives Canada

The young ladies of Berlin want you

Darn those Hyphens!

Apr. 29th, 2016 12:07 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

This I Believe

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:35 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Read because it makes you happy. Read for content!

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:53 am
[personal profile] the_rck
I was very, very conservative about what I ate yesterday, but I’m still having difficulties this morning, and I had reflux last night. Rice and Nilla wafers should not cause reflux. So maybe I have some sort of bug instead of this being because of the pineapple. I don’t know. I used to be extremely cautious about fruit because of having this sort of response, but I’ve been having bananas and apples pretty regularly for a while without trouble, so I thought I was past that.

I’ve been cold the last two days which is really, really weird right now and may well support the idea that I have some sort of illness. It’s not colder in here than it has been recently, but I’m feeling it differently.

We’re trying to figure out what on earth to do with my mother tomorrow. I think we may end up sitting and trying to find things to talk about for hours. Scott has been throwing out suggestions that he knows won’t work, things like taking her to Penguicon. Right now, we’re expecting her to arrive around 11 and stay until 5 or 5:30. She wants to be back in Lawton before dusk because she can’t safely drive in the dark. I checked sunset time last week, and it was about 8:30 then, so I’m guessing she’ll want to aim to be back to Lawton by 8 or so in order to give herself a cushion.

I expect we’ll take Mom to lunch. I’m just not sure where. Graduation and me having digestive issues complicate things. I’m sure Mom would love Cardamom, but Cordelia absolutely would not. I want to avoid going into town, so Blue Nile, which is one of Mom’s favorites, is out of the question.

I’m experimenting with more time without the compression pad. Basically, not wearing it hurts in one way, and wearing it hurts in another way. I’m not sure which is better/worse in that direction, and I’m pretty sure that neither is worse in terms of swelling. Everything being equal, I’d rather stop wearing the pad, but I worry that I’m not evaluating things properly.

I need to buckle down and read some of the books I can’t renew. Roller Girls is due on Sunday. It ought to be a quick read, but I’ve only gotten about a dozen pages in, and I don’t feel any strong pull to pick it up again. The annotated Sense and Sensibility is due a week from Sunday, and I’m only about five chapters in. I’m really curious to see what the annotations add, but I don’t recall any major revelations so far, so that might be why I haven’t picked the book up in weeks. Lumberjanes 3 isn’t due until the 15th, so I’ve got plenty of time on that. I expect that will go quickly once I actually start.

Okay. I’m going to climb into bed and pile on the blankets. I’m not sure if I’ll try to sleep or if I’ll read.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:45 pm
[personal profile] torachan
1. We went to Costco this morning to see about a new prescription Carla got the other day, which she wasn't sure if Medi-Cal would cover or not (and if they didn't Costco would be the cheapest place to get it if we had to pay), and they did, so it was totally free! :D

2. Today was Alexander's birthday so we went out to lunch and karaoke. For lunch we went to ROC Sawtelle and it was so good, especially their "three cup chicken" and pickled cucumbers. We got there in between lunch and dinner so it wasn't crowded at all.

3. I didn't do much translating today, but I finally finished a big project I've been working on for a while, another collection of one-shots by Nishioka Kyodai. The scans haven't even been cleaned yet, much less any progress on typesetting, so I have no idea when we'll be releasing it, but I feel good about getting my part of it done.

4. We bought a few things while at Costco today and they gave us a box that is open on three sides and when turned upside-down makes an excellent fort for kitties. We call it the Fortress of Catitude.

linkspam is grateful it's Friday

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:02 pm
[personal profile] cofax7
So, yet another delayed compilation.

Argh, yes, this a thousand times. When I picked up my last bicycle, the guy in the shop kept steering me towards the pink and purple helmets, and it was like pulling teeth to get a black one to try on.

Oh, yeah: 33 Things I hate about this Election. SO TRUE.

This is one of the most amazing/horrifying stories I've seen recently. I guess this is how conspiracy theorists get made?

This article about bassist Carol Kaye reminds me I need to watch that documentary about The Wrecking Crew (even if that wasn't really their name!).

OMG this looks like the best thing ever. Daveed Diggs as Hobbes! ::loves::

Chernobyl, 30 years later. Jeez.


In other news, I finally watched Steven Universe and OMG Peridot is basically Rodney McKay. ::facepalm:: Anyway, how long until the next season? I am totally hooked.

I also watched Over the Garden Wall last weekend, and that was lovely.

I'm also finally watching Man in the High Castle and it's pretty interesting, even if I can't quite tell what's going on half the time. I think a lot of spycraft is too subtle for me. (I would be a terrible espionage agent, I'm just saying.)

ok, and now to bed.

Ch11 - p33

Apr. 29th, 2016 12:00 am
[syndicated profile] unsounded_feed

Posted by Ashley

Lord Winalils doesn't appear to care for the sound of that. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Miscellaneous linkspam

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:04 pm
[personal profile] umadoshi
"How to identify any language at a glance". (By which it means languages written in the Latin alphabet.)

"These Gloves Translate Sign Language Into Text or Speech". [Mental Floss]

"Top 10 Grammar Myths". [Mental Floss]

"The Best Board Games for Developing Valuable Real-Life Skills". [Lifehacker]

"Food Photographer of the Year 2016". [BBC]

"10 Fascinating Facts About the Evolution of Dating and Courtship". [Mental Floss]

"Watch a Japanese Man Play 'Amazing Grace' on a Cabbage: Junji Koyama makes musical instruments out of vegetables." [Atlas Obscura]

At Everyday Feminism:

--"5 Ways to Maintain Your Queer Identity in a Relationship People Read as Straight".

--"5 Assumptions Behind the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ That Are Actually Really Ableist".

--"Sociopaths, Borderlines, and Psychotics: 3 Mental Illnesses We Must Stop Hating On".

--"6 Ways I Was Taught to Be a Good Fatty (And Why I Stopped)".

On The Toast:

--"“Everyone But Cis Men”: Creating Better Safe Spaces for LGBT People".

--"People In Tiny Houses Can’t Have Sex".

--"As A Father Of Daughters, I Think We Should Treat All Women Like My Daughters". "It didn’t always used to be this way. I used to only have sons. Things sure were different then. How merrily I used to drive down country lanes in my old Ford, periodically dodging off-road to mow down female pedestrians (you must remember I had no daughters then). Was what I did wrong? How was I to know? I had no daughters to think of."

--"“Yet I’ll Speak”: Othello’s Emilia, A Rebuke to Female Silence". "Coleridge may have argued, in praising the docility of Desdemona’s death, that Shakespeare knew it was the perfection of a woman to be characterless, but Shakespeare himself contradicts this assertion in his depiction of Emilia. In fact, the strength of Emilia’s rage loomed so large in the Victorian imagination that her part was severely cut in most productions, for fear she would overshadow the title character in the last act of the play."

On RocketNews24:

--"Interactive online map of Kyoto lets you toggle between modern day and the 9th century".

--"JR East to introduce numbering system at all stations in Tokyo".

--"The women’s wrestling league in Japan is way more intense than WWE".

--"Every Yu-Gi-Oh! card ever, all in one place at awesome Tokyo train station display 【Photos】".

~Rev up the chainsaws

Apr. 28th, 2016 04:02 pm
[personal profile] zarla
I'm so tired but I can't sleep. I'd say there's too much noise, but even tiny noises seem to wake me up now. I kept waking up today (before the neighbors started chainsawing a tree) because I kept hearing faint creaks and subtle sounds that made me feel like someone was standing around in my room trying to be quiet, but there wasn't anyone there when I sat up and looked and I might have just been imagining it, or maybe I was dreaming it. There have been a few neutral nights, but my dreams seem to lean towards the unpleasant to nightmarish side as well. I should probably write down when I get nightmares in general and not just ones that startle me awake or trigger sleep paralysis but I feel like the data results would be depressing.

I should talk about what happened to Loki or something, or just stuff that's happened in general, but it just feels so exhausting. Everything feels tiring right now. Loki at least died peacefully, as far as I can tell, and he was very old so it wasn't exactly a surprise. Still, I expect to see him walking around. In a way it hasn't sunk in yet, I don't think. Even thinking about it, it doesn't really seem real.

I've been up and down a lot the past couple days, kind of unpredictably and apparently unconnected to anything going on. I've been drawing stuff but I don't have the energy to write up a post for it right now, maybe later. I also finished Mother 1, but I have to sort through the caps before I can put together a post for it. It probably wouldn't be that long a post though. What an odd game.

Weird mood lately. It'll pass eventually, I'm sure. Sorry for not updating over here very frequently.

13th Age April 6, 2016

Apr. 28th, 2016 02:46 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Virgil the Tiefling Sorcerer. “Amnesiac”. Didn't used to be a tiefling.
Ren the Dwarven Bard: tall for a dwarf, with red skin
Percival the (ancient) Forgeborn Commander, the perfect Dwarven companion bot.
Ewoud Thon, Human Fighter.
Blunder, Human Fighter (NPC)

Beyond the dragon he is nose to nose with, Ren can see a massive room, filled with rubble, treasure and bodies of the dragon's prey. The good news is this dragon is smaller than the last one the party ran into, only the size of four horses and a beer wagon combined. The bad news is that means it can fit down the staircase the party is standing on.

Read more... )

Apr. 28th, 2016 01:51 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
Cordelia has been cleared to sleep in her own bed as of tonight!

The physical therapist thinks that the two more sessions we have scheduled will be enough to get Cordelia back to 100%. We’re scheduled to see the orthopedist four days after the last PT appointment, so if we need more appointments, he can authorize them then. I don’t think we will.

Apr. 28th, 2016 10:59 am
[personal profile] telophase
Ganders, the goose from the streaming cam on top of the Bioware building, has at least one gosling!

I think I actually saw two, but not at the same time so I can't be sure.

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