Daily Happiness

Jun. 30th, 2015 12:42 am
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1. The plumber came out today and was able to fix the problem with the washer fairly easily. Apparently there was a bunch of mystery sludge clogging up one of the pipes. We did a load of laundry after they left with no problems, so that seems to have done it.

2. I started playing the Lego Movie game and it's pretty fun! Though I have to say, I'm really not a fan of how Lego games these days seem to all have talking and stuff. I liked the wacky pantomime of the earlier games. I don't want movie dialogue and movie cut scenes.

3. With all the computer stuff going on this last week, I was afraid I wasn't going to get my monthly scanlations posted, but I already posted Yasha and will be able to post Himegoto tomorrow!

4. The kittens are super adorable.

2:45 AM

Jun. 30th, 2015 02:51 am
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What is this even, how do people with insomnia survive?

If I'd known at midnight that I was going to be up for another 3 hours (at least!) I'd have tried to get something useful done.

i poisoned myself with caffeine

Jun. 30th, 2015 01:05 am
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I am guessing that unglazed tea pots must absorb caffeine and then leach it back out again. Because I am still awake at 1:00 AM.

The kids and I have been watching Natsume Yuujincho over dinner while Andy is out of town, and for a treat tonight I stopped at the international grocery and got some Japanese cakes and sweets. So we had a very fancy dessert while we watched Natsume, and I brewed some camomile tea... in the same cute unglazed teapot I've been making green tea in every morning for weeks.

Kal was out not long past his usual bedtime, but Chuckles was up till midnight, and I'm still awake.

I do not think this experiment should be repeated.

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Jun. 29th, 2015 07:52 pm
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This is one of the cutest things ever.

Cute baby kangaroo video.

The toilet paper roll! ::is lost::

~Leave no dingdong undongdinged

Jun. 29th, 2015 05:54 pm
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Ultramega Ok! recording

OFF - Peper steak
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Kurain Genealogy
Affection State - FF6 - Decisions
virt - EarthBound - Get on the Bus!
Deedubs - Megaman 2 - Flash Man and the Sorcerer's Stone Man
ぺとら@ぐっちりーに - Chrono Trigger - S-Princess

New and old stuff here and there.

Bleh, I feel so tired. All doctors and hospitals and appointments lately. So much stuff has happened lately and most of it doesn't really feel real. The big one I suppose is the gay marriage decision a few days ago, which still hasn't sunk in for me. Like I can remember how crushed I was about Prop 8 and here we are, it's all legal. It's legal everywhere in the US. It was so sudden, I guess some part of me is still waiting for the catch, or for someone to be like HAHA JUST KIDDING! or something. But it could also be my state of mind affecting my reaction. It seriously feels surreal to me. Everything sort of does in a way.

There was a lot of stuff I felt like I was going to talk about, but I can't remember most of it now. Uuuh... given how well EBB and EarthBound are selling, there's a chance that Mother 3 could be next. After all this time I dunno how high my hopes can get, but they're certainly higher than they used to be. Could it actually happen? :O I don't want to get too optimistic, but.

On a related note, I actually went through and broke up my old tags finally, so now there's a general tag for the Mother series, then individual tags for Mother 1, 2, and 3, for ease of browsing. I wasn't super thorough about really old entries, but everything that was under the old earthbound tag is still there under the general mother tag. Whether something got an individual game tag was decided on a weird set of criteria I can't remember now. It was late. Oh well, whatever.

I got a bit further in Mother 1, I should really put together a post for that already. I feel like I made a lot of progress in relatively few caps, weirdly enough. I've drawn quite a bit and also writing a little, though god knows if I'll actually finish the fic. The drawings are done though.

Little bit of everything in here )

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Jun. 29th, 2015 09:30 pm
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Did sylladexes stop existing?
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I am extremely fucked up, and got him treats and toys and a few cans of fancier-than-usual food, instead of getting myself intoxicated. Because I feel that intoxication causes... cysts? Grief cysts?????? Similar to cystic acne, hard and encapsulated and uncomfortable to sleep on. Different in that Vitamin A is unlikely to serve as an efficacious treatment.
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People killed by police, 2015. 550 and counting.

"Deaths by guns, though—the great majority suicides, accidents or domestic violence—have been trending slightly upwards. This year, if the trend continues, they will overtake deaths on the roads."

"If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future. [...] Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student."

Study of media coverage on New York stations [PDF] finds that black suspects are disproportionately represented in crime stories. "51% of the people the NYPD arrest for murder, assault, and theft are Black...but 75% of the people local news stations broadcast as responsible for those crimes are Black."

Five fires at black churches over six days. Knoxville, June 21; Macon, GA, June 23; Charlotte, NC, June 24: all deliberate arson. Warrenville SC, June 26: cause still undetermined. Tallahassee, FL, June 26: official theory is that it was an electrical fire. We can only hope.

20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Washington DC 10/10/15. Worth attending.
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

It’s been 11 years since I first heard this album and 15 since it was released, something I promise I’m not mentioning as a way to disparage the inevitable passing of time: “Want to feel old??” No. Sometimes it’s nice to think of my brain as a warehouse for a lot of thoughts and junk that are moving at their own speed on their own schedule; I give them a prompt, like, say, the echo of a man’s voice saying (in the embedded video above at 0:46) “Get a drink, have a good time, welcome to Paradise,” and I’m back in the front seat of my then-boyfriend’s first car, turning the CD over in my hands to look at the track list, because each song blends into the next so seamlessly it’s almost silly to have a favorite when the whole point is so clearly to listen to the entire album as a whole.

But I do persist in having favorites because I am the kind of person that likes to have bests and rankings and also retain the right to change my mind in the future. Favorites are a different kind of timeline, like a way of tracing distance without getting weird about the years piling up. “Want to see how much time has passed? See if this song still makes you feel the same way you did eleven years ago!”

When I heard that one of the founding members of The Avalanches had left the group I wanted to test that theory. Want to see how much things stay the same? That boyfriend is my husband now, and my favorite song is still the very first one, and I still love to sit in the front seat and watch him drive, even if he sold that car an unreasonable amount of years ago.

The Continuing Argle-Bargle

Jun. 29th, 2015 12:35 pm
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Posted by Kevin

In last week's opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court again broke new ground and has taken an action that will be debated for years to come.

It finally used the word "huh?" in an opinion.

This of course was deployed in dissent by Justice Scalia, who just the day before had introduced "jiggery-pokery" and "pure applesauce" (the terms, not the concepts) to the Court's jurisprudence. See "The Argle-Bargle Over This Jiggery-Pokery Is Pure Applesauce" (June 25). While "huh" had appeared in 11 Supreme Court decisions before Friday, in each case that was only because the opinion contained or attached a partial transcript in which someone else had said "huh," "uh-huh," or utterances to that effect. (One of those cases was FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, in which the someone was George Carlin. He said a lot of other things in that transcript that the Court has yet to officially adopt.) Justice Scalia's use of "huh?" last week was the first time a justice has used it in an opinion.

It appears in the paragraph that starts, on page 7 of Scalia's dissent, by saying that the majority's opinion "is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic." It seems a little rude to go after the majority opinion's style as opposed to its reasoning, which is always fair game. (Note that I, by contrast, have chosen to say nothing about its style.) But this does make for entertaining reading.

The "huh?" appears on the next page, as part of a series of rebuttals to statements by the majority that Scalia finds especially perplexing:

Rights, we are told, can “rise . . . from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.” (Huh? How can a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives [whatever that means] define [whatever that means] an urgent liberty [never mind], give birth to a right?)

Emphasis added.

Setting aside whether that sentence is pretentious—something about which, again, I am saying nothing—it does seem to deserve the huh, at least in isolation. The sentence just before that one says this: "The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources alone." So in context, it's clear at least that the majority is saying something like "rights may evolve over time." Fair enough. But here's some advice if you want to argue in a future case that a right has evolved: don't get up and say you should win because we now have "a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era." The response will be "huh?" or words to that effect.

This paragraph is the bulk of section II of Scalia's opinion, and it's full of gems despite—or maybe because of—the fact that it's completely unnecessary. His main point, like that of Justice Roberts (whose opinion he joined), is that a change like this should be left up to the voters, or maybe a constitutional convention, not handed down by "nine unelected lawyers." But he makes that point perfectly well in the first part of his opinion, so Section II (if not the whole dissent) is just venting.

And it's a fair point, though that's not to say it deserved five votes in this case. But partly because he is venting, the opinion is full of gems both good and bad.

  • "I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy."

Huh? Again, the anti-democratic point is a fair one, but to call this a "threat to American democracy" when the courts have let the executive branch do whatever it wants since 9/11 is laughable. (I'm laughing right now. Really.) Also, as many others have noted, Scalia has been just fine with nine unelected lawyers (five, actually) making a variety of other decisions that he happened to favor.

  • "If ... I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: 'The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,' I would hide my head in a bag."

The use of "head in a bag" is another Supreme Court first. (It does appear in one state supreme court decision, but in a very different context.)

  • "Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms?"

Um ... all of us? Granted, those specific words aren't in the Constitution, but neither is "expression," which Scalia has no trouble agreeing is a "freedom." We could certainly argue about what "intimacy" and "spirituality" mean, but it is a little creepy for a justice to ridicule the idea that anybody ever thought we had those freedoms at all.

  • "What say? What possible 'essence' does substantive due process 'capture' in an 'accurate and comprehensive way'?"

"What say?" is yet another Supreme Court first. It does show up in several earlier opinions, but only as an antiquated way of asking what somebody thinks. See, e.g.Creath's Adm'r v. Sims, 46 U.S. 192 (1847) ("What say the authorities in relation to a proceeding of this character?"); see also Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ("What say you? What say you? What say you?!"). But it's never been used this way.

Father’s Day Redo

Jun. 29th, 2015 08:00 pm
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On Getting Rid Of Stuff

Jun. 29th, 2015 07:00 pm
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Posted by Alexandra Molotkow


I bought this brooch at a thrift shop because it was so ugly it seemed alive. It also seemed cursed. But it looked like it needed a pal, and I felt that by touching it I’d claimed it, so I bought it. Now that I own it I’m afraid to give it away.

Right now I’m packing up my apartment and getting rid of stuff. I’ve always been more of a hoarder than a collector—I accumulate things for fear of not having them. I don’t measure my life in terms of stuff, but I worry constantly about how stuff affects my life, and I’m incredibly ready to live without it. The less junk, the better, because I’ve got a laptop and there are laundromats and it’s 2015 so why are we embodied even?

The hardest part about packing hasn’t been choosing which stuff to get rid of, but accepting the fact that my things will be out in the world. Not because they’re mine, but because they’ve got me all over them, which feels like a curse in reverse. I want the part of me that owned them to die.

A little background: I moved into this studio apartment in my early 20s, and always assumed I’d be leaving any day for a bigger place (rents were much cheaper in 2010). So I never put much effort into making it a place; over five and a half years it just became a place from having filled up with me. It functions as a storage unit, and feels like my guts. The smell disturbs me when I get back from vacation.

When I first moved in, my attitude was: COME OVER! Everyone’s invited! Sit on the floor! Now I feel as though my space is personal, and I shouldn’t extend the invitation to just anyone. A studio apartment is a bedroom, and a bedroom is a world the way a theater is—although a bedroom is the opposite of a theater, which is why it’s something to hang out in someone else’s. Sometimes it’s a reason to not have sex, and sometimes sex is just an excuse for it.

Clearing out your shit is a reckoning with who you’ve been. For instance, I was once the kind of person who wrote margin notes in pen because Oooh my thoughts are just SO urgent and because What are physical things anyway the True Book exists on the Astral Plane. Also because I really valued raw, spontaneous human whatever. I thought every thought was worth documenting, and every stage of life needed souvenirs, and flaws were charming and unfiltered states “truer.”

Now I have stacks of books I’d love to give to friends, except they’re filled with the most excruciating, self-serious marginalia, about I dunno, “the work,” and I don’t want friends to see them any more than I’d want them to see me naked and yawning. Maybe they wouldn’t care, but I do.

People who don’t know how to Internet think the Internet has made us oversharers. The Internet has made us better sharers, which means knowing what not to share. It’s partly strategic, and partly instinctive—the more public you are, the more intense you become about actual privacy, as well as waste management. This isn’t a good or a bad thing, because there is no Authentic Self, you silly hippies!!! Only good and bad decisions. You’re supposed to make yourself more appealing, but you don’t get to just be your sculpted self, either.

There’s this illusion that physical things matter less, but the opposite might be true. They accumulate like scum, and reveal you whether you want them to or not. I worried this brooch would be mine forever. But you can’t take it with you; someone else will get it.

Another SBURB-session dream

Jun. 29th, 2015 03:22 pm
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[personal profile] limitingwhimsy: In one of my dreams last night, we were meeting at a two-day Homestuck meet-up/convention near my sisters' house in Louisville, which we both knew was going to turn into a SBURB session on the second day. Not everyone knew this, but you had woken up on Prospit and had warned me, and I had warned thegeekgene and a friend of hers, who were also there.

You'd been worried about being around so many noisy people in a strange city (more than about having to fight monsters), and reasons that made sense in the dream, this meant that ahead of time you had sent me three old kameezes you wanted to wear, so that I could replace the seams with new thread and make the pockets larger. This seemed like a necessary kind of protective measure, and I'd done it - but not very well because I'm bad at sewing, and it was important that the thread be very heavy. The seams looked and felt very rough and uneven on the inside, so I was worried you'd be upset, or that they wouldn't "work" somehow. But you seemed to be happy with them, and were wearing a blue one with blue leggings.

(Now that I'm awake, I assume you were a Seer, and had decided to have a non-game-supplied god-tier outfit for Gamzee Reasons. You didn't have a symbol on there, and the tunics were all different colors that didn't match any of the aspects - the others were darker purplish-blue and pale yellow.)

Your obligatory SBURB totem animal was a very intelligent and socialized juvenile brown owl (of no real-world owl species) who was missing a bunch of feathers and flew awkwardly, and wasn't good at hunting. You carried him in a sort of stiff cardboard tube in your pocket, to keep him safe and calm in the crowd. He had a little piece of gold foil on his leg to remind him of where you were, like putting a string around your finger as a reminder. That evening, we were sitting in my sisters' back yard feeding him and trying to coax him to hunt the mice that were there. You knew that you were going to have to take the foil off and let him go on his own after we entered the game, and I was worried - he didn't seem healthy enough or ready.

(Again, now that I'm awake, I can see that he was very sick and thus "doomed," and as such you were going to save him by prototyping him, but it wasn't obvious to me in the dream.)

background on DeBoer v. Snyder

Jun. 29th, 2015 12:04 pm
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... which is one of the cases that got rolled into Obergefell v. Hodges.

This story comes from my university alumni association magazine. It was originally behind their paywall, but in celebration of the victory they're making it available to read. It's a two-page article about Jayne Rowse & April DeBoer and their family, and how they came to be involved in this court case.
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

Zadie Smith has been recruited by Claire Denis for the writer-director’s new film, a space adventure set beyond our solar system in a future “that seems like the present.”

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