May. 24th, 2016 02:22 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
Scott and I got to bed early last night. Fifteen minutes later, the power went out. DTE told us power would come back in about three hours (and they were only four minutes off). Unfortunately, this meant that Scott lost a lot of sleep time because of not being able to use his bi-PAP. I don’t remember if we still have the generator he bought last year (or was it the year before?), but getting it set up (in the dark!) would have take as much time as the power was supposed to be out.

The weather was clear last night. It wasn’t even windy. This means we really, really weren’t expecting to lose power. Cordelia was a little scared but not a lot.

I set my cell phone alarm for 5 a.m. so that Scott wouldn’t be late for work. I didn’t think to turn that off when the power came back because I was half asleep and didn’t remember that his alarm clock has a battery backup. I just knew that he hadn’t tried to reset it after the power came back, so I figured we still needed my alarm. Scott’s alarm apparently goes off at 5:08 instead of 5:00. His clock is five minutes fast, though, so it was actually 5:03. That was just long enough for him to get really cranky with me about lost minutes of sleep.

I ended up not getting back to sleep until after Cordelia left for school. She was afraid she’d sleep through her alarm, so she’d asked me to get up with her, and I did. I was back in bed by 7:00 but didn’t sleep until after she left around 8:00. Then DTE called at 8:45 and at 9:00 and at 10:30 to let me know that our power should be back on. That made me seriously cranky, so it’s fortunate that I’m at home alone and can get past that.

Our DSL was out when I got up. I ended up restarting the modem twice. I wasn’t hopeful when I did it the second time because I thought that, if it was going to work, the first time would have done it. But apparently twice was what was needed. I was worried that I’d have to try to power cycle other bits of equipment that are a lot less easy to get to, that I’m not certain what they do, that don’t have actual power buttons, and that have multiple cords, none of which are clearly the power cord.

My step-father got back from China last night. That’s where my mother was when I tried to reach her to update her on my sister’s status. I rather thought that was likely because I couldn’t think why else she’d have left home under the circumstances. Apparently, my sister’s husband tried to text Mom, but Mom’s cell phone is very, very old and won’t download text messages. It will tell her they exist, but it won’t download them.

Oh, and the asparagus has not caused problems today, so I’m going to try other vegetables today.

Misc. linkspam

May. 24th, 2016 03:01 pm
[personal profile] umadoshi
"In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges".

"How Flowers Help Us Understand Why Bridges Collapse".

Via [ profile] sovay, the Paleontological Research Institution has a Kickstarter for "Ammonoid Plushie - a new Paleozoic Pal".

Via [ profile] yhlee, "The Plan to Avert Our Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse: A new report estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds, unless the world’s governments take drastic steps now". [The Atlantic]

I saw this go by on Tumblr a week or two ago, and then it was mentioned again in a [ profile] ladybusiness linkspam. Science!Tumblr rallies to answer the question of whether a malachite stalactite can be safely used as a dildo. There's no science like Tumblr science, folks.

Sarah Kurchak posted about Justin Trudeau and #elbowgate...for the mixed martial arts blog she writes for. *^^* "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Threw An Elbow In the House of Commons, Should Stick To Boxing". [Fightland]

"Stop Telling Single Women How to Find a Man".

"The Curious Case of the Weapon that Didn’t Exist". [The Public Medievalist]

"What the Heck Is Blue Raspberry?" [Mental Floss]

"Makeup artist Lexie Lazear has been transforming herself into famous paintings, with some truly incredible results". [Buzzfeed]

"Special Agents: The Women of SOE". [The Paris Review, May 2012]

"Everything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People". [Wired]

Via [ profile] oursin, "Cadavers in pearls: meet the Anatomical Venus: They were reclining beauties with ecstatic expressions – and lift-out intestines. Enter the necrophiliac world of 18th-century anatomical models". [The Guardian] "It is a truism of sitcoms that, whenever there’s a conversation about violence towards testicles, men always cross their legs. As a woman, reading Anatomical Venus, you will want to fold yourself protectively over everything, wrap your arms around your kidneys and liver, run some barbed wire round your reproductive area." File this under "sounds really interesting, and I am personally so not reading the book discussed here".

From comments on someone else's locked post: "How Our Brains Stop Us Achieving Our Goals and How to Fight Back". (Content note: dieting talk in some of the discussion, alas.)

"Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans". [Gizmodo]

On RocketNews24:

--"Shockingly huge, exquisite egg sandwiches found in Tokyo".

--"We know it’s hard, Super Mario fans, but please resist the urge to punch this Tokyo Station sign".

Daily Happiness

May. 24th, 2016 01:11 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. I had a nice, relaxing day off.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished, as well as some other stuff. Not as productive as I had hoped to be, but whatever.

3. I finished reading another book! That makes a whopping six this year, but considering how dire the last several years have been for me readingwise, I'm pretty excited about it.

4. I finally got my ballot filled out and mailed. As always, I'm eternally grateful to live in a state where you can vote by mail. It just makes things so much easier.

5. Lately Chloe has been enjoying this box that [personal profile] kiwimusume sent her all the way from Japan.

Paging Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans

May. 23rd, 2016 08:38 pm
[personal profile] meganbmoore
A friend is looking for a ladies-heavy, Anakin-lite guide to SW:TCW. I've connected her to the Ahsoka primer and given her episodes numbers for Satine's appearances, as well as a few episodes for more minor characters.

I could use some help, though, with Ventress and Padme episodes, since they have more episodes than Satine but less than Ahsoka, so some can be skipped.

(I'm on the fence about Shaak Ti episodes, because she's secondary to the clones in all of those, but those episodes contribute a lot to my clones-related feelings.)

May. 23rd, 2016 07:57 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
A friend suggested that perhaps texting my BIL would make sense, so I did. I keep forgetting that texting is a thing I can do. He responded immediately, telling me that they just got my sister into the room where she’ll spend the night. She’s doing well but is still pretty tired and out of it. I told him, through another text, that I’d let this side of the family know, so I called our mother, our father, our sister, and our brother. My father said he’d call Grandma, so that’s everybody. Admittedly, I only got the answering machine with my mother, so I don’t know when she’ll actually get the message.

Son of insert clever title here

May. 23rd, 2016 04:46 pm
[personal profile] telophase
Well, it’s been a week since y’all heard the adventures of Murderface McKenzie, murder hobo Gentleman Adventurer. He’s been doing quite a lot since then, and only died three times!
Read more... )

May. 23rd, 2016 04:32 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
I’m still waiting to hear anything about my sister’s surgery. I get a bit more antsy as it gets later. I don’t know what time things were scheduled to start, though, and I don’t know how long a hysterectomy should take. But they’re in the same time zone I am, and they have a nine year old who’d have been out of school by this time of day.

I called my mother an hour ago to see if she’d heard anything, and she hadn’t. We both figure that my sister’s husband is likely to call Mom and not so likely to call me. We didn’t talk long because neither of us wanted to tie up the phone.

I’ve emptied the dishwasher and washed a load of laundry (that’s in the dryer right now). I also got a couple of books almost ready for shipping. I just have to find the tape and then address the package. I’m not sure I’m up to doing much else, chore-wise, right now, however.

I ate some asparagus with my lunch. I figure that I’m not planning to leave the house tomorrow, so if the asparagus doesn’t agree with me, it won’t be a disaster. I really want to get vegetables back into my diet.

I’ve now gotten two checks from Books By Chance for stuff they’ve sold. I’ve made $46, and I’m not sure it was worth the bother. It was sort of fun looking up book prices, and I really didn’t have the mental wherewithal right then to write during that time, but… I spent a lot of time on it, and the boxes stayed in the living room for weeks. I kind of think that just donating stuff to the Friends of the Library as we go may be a better idea.
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

India has successfully test launched its first ever indigenously built reusable space shuttle — Re-Usable Launch Vehicle - technology demonstrator (RLV-TD). 
[personal profile] rachelmanija
A novelette set in the Chalion world, in which Gods and demons are real, though powerful and supernatural forces rather than representatives of the concepts of good and evil. (People do generally think that Gods are good and demons are bad, but it’s more complicated than that.) It’s set about a hundred years before The Curse of Chalion. (This isn’t obvious in the text, or at least it wasn’t obvious to me; I think I found it in the author’s afterword.) You can start the series here; it’s unrelated to the other books, and a complete story.

A young man on a mission finds both his task and his entire life unexpectedly diverted when he becomes possessed by a demon. In this case, demon possession means having another personality sharing your mind and talking to you, not having your own personality displaced. In the process of learning about his demon in the hope of divesting himself of it, he learns a lot about himself, his world, and what he really wants from life.

The characters and story are likable and engaging, and the magic system and cosmology, which I enjoyed in the other books in the series, continue to be interesting. It’s a pleasant story with a cozy feeling, but a little slight, especially compared to the novels set in the same world. I was unreasonably distracted by a major character having a name that I have previously only encountered in a Shakespeare play, in a world which seems to have no relationship to ours, but this may not bother anyone other than me.

But if you like small-scale fantasy about well-meaning people, in a world in which altruism is neither stupid nor the sign of an approaching cement truck, you will probably like this. It reminded me a bit of The Goblin Emperor, though with a much more down to earth and informal tone. Bujold's Sharing Knives books also have something of this cozy, domestic feel, though they are romances and this is not.

Penric's Demon

May. 23rd, 2016 01:14 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
I managed the fasting blood draw and appointment without any problems. The receptionist at the clinic was fretting a bit about how long I sat in the waiting room, but I arrived more than an hour before my appointment, so I was expecting to sit there for that long. If they’d put me in a room, I’d have had to wait there for the doctor anyway, and at least in the the waiting room, I could stay dressed.

Some of my test results were in by the time I saw the doctor. My thyroid is apparently quite a lot out of whack. I can’t remember what the thing she was talking about was, but it was over seven when it ought to be under two, so she’s trying me on 75 mcg of levothyroxine now. I’ll go back in early July for another blood test to see if that’s resolved things or if we need to tinker further. She suspects that the intestinal troubles I’ve been having are thyroid related (though probably still with an anxiety component).

It had been five years since my last pap smear, so we had to do that. Fun times.

She’s concerned that we’re not trying more medications to treat my anxiety, but I think she understood the idea that trying new meds just now isn’t a great idea. My suspicion is that she simply wants to do something.

Yesterday, Scott and I walked around downtown for thirty or forty minutes. We played Ingress while doing it, but that wasn’t really the point. I think we walked more than I was really up to. I just barely managed to get myself dinner last night.

Scott and I are inching our way through season two of Continuum. The slowness is more me than Scott. I just can’t do more than one episode of the show in an evening right now. My attention span truly sucks at the moment, and no matter what I’m watching, the urge to get up and do the dishes or otherwise just plain get away is pretty powerful. That’s another anxiety thing, but I’m pretty relieved that most of the shows we watch together are on hiatus. I’ve got some library DVDs that I think will be easier for me to watch, and I can always go back to Steven Universe or Danny Phantom.

At [personal profile] hopeofdawn’s prompting, I pushed Scott a little on the subject of our websites. Part of our difficulty with internet service is that we need a static IP address in order to have our websites hosted in our house. Comcast and AT&T won’t do that unless we pay business rates (we also hesitate because everyone we know who has either service locally is desperately searching for a better alternative). Right now, we have Earthlink DSL. The customer service has been great, and 95% of the outages we’ve had have been issues with the physical phone line (most of the reason we still have a landline is that, as long as we do, AT&T will maintain the lines as part of that. We haven’t had anything but local service in years, so it’s not more than $10-$15 a month. The rest of the reason we still have the landline is that nothing will convince my mother or my father to use my cell number. I’ve been trying for fifteen or sixteen years), but DSL is pretty slow. If we’re thinking about doing all of our TV watching online, that’s a huge deal. It’s not a problem during the day during the work week, but it gets iffier on weekends and in the evenings.

Changing from Earthlink would be a PITA, though, because those emails are attached to 90% of our online financial stuff. I’ve been working on moving everything I deal with to Gmail. I think that the local parenting Yahoo list is the only thing I still use the Earthlink address for (but my parents and Scott’s parents use it all the time).

At any rate, two of our three websites ought to be pretty easy to host anywhere because they’re mostly text. The third, though, is kind of sprawling and holds thousands of photographs from both sides of the family and a lot of digitized videos that we want available for the whole family. There’s a home movie, for example, that my grandmother made of her, my mother, and the oldest of my mother’s three brothers when my mother was four or five, which puts it around 1950. There’s no sound. It was intended for my grandfather while he was in service. I have no idea how he watched it. We want our own website for this content because we want it to be up to us whether or not the platform continues and because we want control over formatting, access, etc. without having to scrutinize terms of service and changes in terms of service. But that’s a heck of a lot of data.

The origami paper is still available, but if no one here asks for it today or tomorrow, I’m going to offer it to Cordelia’s art teacher. I’m sure she’ll have some use for it— Maybe the kindergarteners can cut it up and paste it into pretty patterns.
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

sometimes devilmen are so busy planning scoundrel attacks they forget to REGISTER important website names. this is a SOFT WAY of the antibuckaroo agenda but is also good because it makes it easy for BUDS WHO KNOW LOVE IS REAL to prove love (all).

please understand this is website to take DARK MAGIC and replace with REAL LOVE for all who kiss the sky. here are some links that make bad dogs blue very upset (as angry NORMAL men)

May. 23rd, 2016 10:39 am
[personal profile] telophase
Heh, well, this weekend turned out a little different than we intended because Toby got sick. Not sure with what, because it's the same symptoms he gets for EVERYTHING (fever, body aches), but he's feeling exhausted and cranky and spent the weekend playing Skyrim and Fallout 4 instead of all the things he'd planned.

And I spent Saturday playing video games, intending to get down to work on Sunday with all the design/art work I'm supposed to be doing, but because he felt so much worse on Sunday, ended up cooking so we'd have food this week if I get sick with what he's got. (He cooked also--made telera rolls because they didn't require him to stand up for long periods of time, and he felt like doing something constructive earlier in the day.)

I'm feeling pretty normal, though, so with luck I'm going to miss whatever it is he's got.

Monday Works Roundup 5/23/16

May. 23rd, 2016 02:45 pm
[syndicated profile] erinptah_feed

Posted by Erin Ptah

But I’m A Cat Person
Poe as Poe (art | Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
This is a public ocean (comic | Ivy/Holly | worksafe)
Lace and body pillows (comic | Violet/Rowan | NSFW, barely)
This is a public garden (comic | Olive/Magnolia | worksafe)
Fancy Rowan (art | Rowan | worksafe)
Not!phone sex (comic | Annie/Birch | worksafe)

Black Butler
Dance with the devil (art | Sebastian/Ciel | worksafe)

Fake News
How Far I’ve Gone, How High I’ve Climbed (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Steve, Sam, others | T)
In the darkness with you (art | Jon/”Stephen”)

Homestuck sketches (sketches | Dave/Karkat, Davepetasprite^2 | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Hairstyling (sketch | Rey/Kylo | worksafe)
Stormpilot cuddling (sketches | Finn/Poe | worksafe)
Lightsaber Summer Fun Buddies (sketch | Finn/Rey | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Politics
Big Angry Cheeto Puff vs. Big Angry Cheeto Puff (art | Trump, Jasper | worksafe)

Infinity tattoo design (text tattoo, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Start of a new chapter. How’s Jany been doing lately?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes plan for their not!date. Then: Holly goes on a field trip.

Filed under: But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup Tagged: "Stephen"/Jon, Black Butler, Fake News, Gravity Falls, Homestuck, Politics, Star Wars, Steven Universe
[personal profile] heresluck
Trances of the Blast is interesting. I'm not sure I like it, exactly, but it's interesting.

Women in Labor

Women who lie alone at midnight
because there is no one else to lie to

Women who lie alone at midnight
at noon in the laundromat
destroying their own socks

Women who lie alone at midnight:
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates

Women who lie alone at midnight
as the first furl of starlight
purls the moon with nacre

Women who lie alone at midnight
sending a postcard bearing
the face of a bawling infant
who cries I am for the new!

Women who lie alone at midnight
reciting the names of shoes

Women who lie alone at midnight
spurting unjustified tears,
the kind that run sideways
never reaching the mouth,
the kind you cannot swallow

Women who lie alone at midnight
singing breast away the burden of my tender
and afterwards burp

Women who lie alone at midnight
obeying the laws of physics
Women who let their dreams curl at the end
Women in a monastery of flamingos

Women who die alone at midnight
contributing to the end, to
lost time, to the rain and flies,
seeing the bird they saw trapped in the airport
surviving by the water fountain

What's more, try it sometime
It works

— Mary Ruefle
from Trances of the Blast
[personal profile] synecdochic
Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Daily Happiness

May. 23rd, 2016 12:58 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Really looking forward to my day off tomorrow!

2. I've been doing some redrawing/typesetting the past couple days and remembering how much I enjoy that aspect of scanlating. It's faster if I just do the translating and farm out the rest to a bunch of people, but I do enjoy it. (The person I was going to work on Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! with seems to have crapped out on me so I've decided to just do it myself.)

3. I have such cutie kitties.

[personal profile] umadoshi
Today's rhythm felt entirely different than yesterday's, but the basic list of accomplishments is much the same:

--Adapted the second half of the chunk of manga that's due tomorrow, so in the morning I just need to look a few things up and do a final read-through...before getting to work on the full volume that's due on Thursday.

--Watched two episodes each of The 100 (finished the season), Penny Dreadful (so I was caught up for a few hours, but then a new episode aired tonight), and Person of Interest (still two episodes behind and really excited to get to the next one; hopefully I can catch up tomorrow!).

[ETA: Penny Dreadful spoilers in the DW comments!]

--Read Gena/Finn in one sitting, entirely unintentionally. For six episodes of TV the cats hung out with me on the sofa off and on, but naturally it wasn't until I turned the TV off and was thinking I'd come up to my office that Jinksy suddenly curled up on my feet. ^^; So instead, since I hadn't decided what I was going to read next anyway, I plugged my phone in and flipped through my Kobo library and mostly-randomly picked Gena/Finn, and by the time Jinksy wandered off again I was mostly done.

The ending sneaked up on me, because I cannot figure out how to convince the Kobo Android app to count page numbers by the book, not by chapters. (On Elliot, my actual Kobo reader, IIRC it was pretty easy to do.) So my reading "progress" was constantly rolling over as the short and therefore many chapters went by. (Anyone know offhand if there's a way to fix that? It really bugs me! But I read on my phone so rarely that I almost never think of it.)

--And once again, I managed not to nap at all and am unreasonably pleased about it.

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