I decided recently that I wanted to be measured for a bra, mostly because I haven't been in a couple of years and body shapes do change. The Macy's web page told me mainly that it doesn't play well with Firefox; Nordstrom's explicitly said they provide this service. OK, Nordstrom's it is. (They're about a block from each other within the same mall in Bellevue.)
( a bit about body shape, but mostly about clothing sizes and my trouble finding clothesCollapse )
Cross-posted from Dreamwidth (http://redbird.dreamwidth.org/1409406.h
So - this video is a little scary. But kind of amazing.
Apparently a tugboat capsized and sank off the coast of Nigeria. 2-3 days later, rescued divers were searching the wreck for corpses, when a hand reaches out of the murky water and grabs the fingers of one of the divers.
The ships cook had found a large pocket of air, and somehow survived 2-3 days floating in the wreck. The video shows him eventually being saved.
The scary-hand is the first thing you see, so it is not as scary for us as it must have been for the poor diver. Or the cook.
I worked two days this week so of course I feel like I am a week behind everything. I am usually pretty good at grabbing minutes to work on the cookbook but this week it didn't happen.
I'm stressing about all the stuff I want to make for people for Christmas too. Stuff from cookbook sort of.
I'm cranky too. I have too much 'mom taxi' to do today and if I am out of the house. Mom-dishes and mom-laundry aren't getting done. Nor walking of mom's-dog.
“Instead of insulting us, [Hines] could be using whatever influence he has in social media to help recruit more PoC into our circles. They need to know they’d probably be much more welcome here than they might be elsewhere. (After all, many of us would love to befriend extra terrestrials or anthromorphs.)” - from the "Secret Masters Of Fandom" mailing list, a "private" forum for discussing running skiffy conventions.
Some years ago, SpaceX came up with an audacious plan to return the first stage of their launcher to the launch site for reuse. They made an amazing looking video featuring, at 0:40-0:50, a first stage turnaround and relight. This was widely dismissed as science fiction and even when they did it on the Cassiope mission in September the belief was that it was only possible because Cassiope was a lightweight mission to an easy orbit. And publicly, SpaceX has been saying they were not going to try this on the SES mission that launched yesterday.
But I don't think they'd be working on this unless it could work for real missions too. And with that in mind I took another look at yesterday's launch video. The first thing I noticed is that all nine first stage engines shut off at once, at 3:10 in that video (or about 2:57 after liftoff). This is a departure from past launches (and common practice on other multi-engined rockets) where they've shut two engines down earlier than the others to prevent acceleration from going too high as the tanks empty. The payload is certainly heavier than last time, but this makes me think there was still fuel in the first stage tanks at separation. The first stage goes out of frame briefly but from 3:29 to 3:34 it can be seen firing turnaround thrusters. Then the ground telescope video cuts out and from there all we get is onboard video from the second stage.
So, did it relight?
It sure looks like they tried.
Vaccines. They work, bitches.
A team of researchers on a project called Tycho compiled a massive number of disease reports (as they put it, "87,950,807 reported individual cases," to be exact) and looked at the pattern of incidence for a bunch of diseases, between the start of record-keeping in the US in 1888, and 2011. As they said,
We estimated the number of cases that have been prevented since the introduction of vaccines for seven of the eight diseases. (Since there were no data from the era before the introduction of the smallpox vaccine in 1800, we could not quantify the number of smallpox cases that were prevented by the vaccine.) We estimated the numbers of cases of polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and pertussis that were prevented by vaccines by subtracting the reported number of weekly cases after the introduction of vaccines from a simulated counterfactual number of cases that would have occurred in the absence of vaccination, assuming that there were no other changes that would have affected incidence rates. We used the year of vaccine licensure as the cutoff year to separate the prevaccine period from the vaccination period. Counterfactual numbers were estimated by multiplying the median weekly incidence rate from prevaccine years with population estimates for vaccination years.
Seems it is finally dawning on TX GOP that a bunch of those tea party constituents would have been covered by the Medicaid expansion, and they don't so much like this whole "by the way, we hate Washington so much we are happy to screw you out of their largesse."
That and Turn Texas Blue is telling people about ACA.
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Ferrett has put up his "greed list," and he has been bugging me to get my list together. My problem is that I can hardly ever think of things I want for the holidays. I've become allergic to "stuff" and am trying to simplify life, so more things to store just doesn't make me excited. But there are definitely some things that I can use, so here's my list.
First of all, fitness-related things. I am linking to online pictures, but I encourage shopping in your local bike shop if possible, because I like supporting them:
Cycling shoe covers. I have most of my bundling up for cool weather riding under control, but my toes are often frosty. These would really help me be more comfy for the winter riding.
Bicycle repair stand. The simply act of oil the chain on my bike would be many times easier, and I am trying to learn to handle some simple repairs myself. Getting the bike off the flood to do so makes like many times easier.
Bike repair tool kit. I think I might be getting a little too ambitious with this one, but if someone gave it to me I would definitely try and learn to do a lot more of my own maintenance.
A gift certificate to Second Sole. I have a couple foot problems caused by having a longer second toe than big toe. There are shoes that are designed to deal with this problem, but they are kind of spendy. This is our local running shoe store, and if I am going to have to upgrade to more expensive running shoes, and I am not willing to shop for them anywhere else. These guys are great, support the running community a lot, and deserve support.
Heart rate monitor. You know, because. (And yes, of course purple!)
Jogging leash. Trying to jog with the dog leash in one hand is throwning off what little rythmn I have. This would be a great help.
Moving on to non-fitness items:
Knife sharpening kit. Ferrett got a small stone for sharpening his straight razor, and that works for small knives, but is not really good for large ones. I'm both excited and scared to ask for this. I would love to get a good edge on my chef's knife again, but I'm worried about messing it up. If I receive it, my plan is to go to Kat and Eric's and practice on their knives, which are in DIRE need of sharpening.
A 12" cast iron skillet. This would make my collection of convenient skillet sizes complete.
Tortilla press. I am determined to get back into bread baking, and I love flat breads.
And, since no wishlist is complete without the over-the-top, no-way-I'll-get-it gift, let's just add:
A Bernina sewing machine. I was very conservative here and linked to the one that only costs $6,000, not the one that costs $14,000. For those prices it should also drive me to work and give me massages, but I'm not expecting to receive such a thing. I just thought it would be amusing to throw in here. After all, it is a GREED list!
And finally, the "experience" category--not things I would end up owning, but things I would very much love to receive:
Gift certificates to Sacred Hour massage. I love this spa like no other. Sometimes I want to go and ask to just sit in their waiting area. It has an amazing feel. And of course the massages feel even better.
Gift certificates at the Venetian Nail Spa here in Rocky River. This one is a bit of a challenge, since they haven't managed to get an online system for their gift cards, but I would love to have a gift card to them. I like mani/pedis very much.
And finally, stocking stuffers:
Chamois Butt'r. I go through TUBES of this.
Coochy Cream shaving cream ... Yeah, I got nothing.
And, as always, Amazon Gift Cards are NEVER regarded as a tacky or thoughtless gift by me!
That's pretty much all I can think of now. Undoubtedly my wonderful hubby will buy me something not listed at all, and I will be amazed at how perfect it is. Because that's how he works.
In case you were hoping to share my essay “How Kids React To My Pretty Princess Nails” but were blocked by work because it’s adult content, the Good Men Project has reprinted it in a slightly changed format. Go check it out, comment, love, whatever you crazy kids to do it. Also, it gives them traffic, which I support.
I really wish I knew who to petition to have my site taken off the “adult content” lists. I put it on to be nice because I swore a lot and occasionally wrote about the vajayjay, and I thought being scrupulous would protect my site from kids. Now the whole Internet is 4chan, and I wish I could say, “Hey, all I do is words, you don’t need to treat me like I’m cow-felching porn,” but I don’t know to whom. There’s plenty of links to put yourself on the porno lists, but few I’ve found to get off.
(…so to speak.)
In any case, my essay is live and has pictures of me and more shareable, and on a larger website to boot. So check it out.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/357397.h
It started innocuously enough – when long-time reader Snippy left a comment on my Christmas List:
I’m curious: aren’t there any women writers whose work you’d like as a gift?
To which my snap reply was:
No, because I bought them all. (Or, in the case of Ann Leckie, won the relevant one I would have bought.)
Which was true. My Christmas list rarely reflects what I actually like, as I am a man of little restraint and tend to rush out and purchase what I want now, now, now. So when I heard Holly Black had a new book, I immediately zipped out and purchased that, and was literally about to purchase Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice when she announced she was holding a book contest, which I won. (In retrospect, Ancillary Justice was so good that I wish I’d purchased it just to give her money.)
My Christmas List was, in fact, originally developed as a defensive mechanism for friends and family, because before I started locking everything off, I bought ALL THE THINGS. So the Christmas List isn’t necessarily what I’m lusting to read – which are usually in my hot little handles – but rather what I’m curious about but not so rabidly curious as to get it that very moment.
Still, it’s a valid question. Do I read enough female authors? Certainly the books I’ve enjoyed the most over the last four months skew female: Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, and Joe Lansdale’s The Thicket are my favorite books, so 66% wimmen. I’m reading Alethea Kontis’ Enchanted, and that’s lovely enough that it’s going to be the topic of one of my upcoming podcasts.
But I don’t know. I tend to be more enthusiastic on the whole about my female authors than male authors – I’m a big fanboy for Nnedi Okorafor and N.K. Jemisin, so much so that there’s actually a hidden reference to them in the novel I’m writing now, and that novel is heavily inspired by Kij Johnston and Suzanne Collins. And while Daniel Abraham is my latest big fantasy crush I’m really kinda psyched to get around to Kameron Hurley’s God’s War, who I love as a blogger. (I’m actually sort of irritated that that’s not on my Christmas list, as I accidentally marked that as “purchased” on my wishlist when I didn’t mean to.)
I don’t know. It’s a tough call. Of the books on my to-read shelf, there’s only two females on it right now out of about ten books (hellooo, Seanan McGuire and Jo Walton), but I do tend to read more books by men because I have old and accreted tastes. Which is to say that ZOMG NEW STEPHEN KING BOOK and ZOMG JOE LANSDALE BOOK and ZOMG TERRY PRATCHETT and ZOMG OTHER DUDE I GREW UP READING do tend to clog the ol’ bookshelves, as I have a long history of acquiring my reading tastes during a time when women were not well-represented. And I love those guys severely. When they have new stuff, I get it reflexively. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But they do tend to get in the way of reading newer authors. Every book by an old favorite I’m reading is time I’m spending not reading some new hotness.
Plus, my old tastes had been reasonably constricted for the past decade or so. I used to read very widely, when I worked at Borders, and then there was a long period where I wasn’t as in-touch with the book industry, so what I read had calcified a bit into old favorites. Now, with Twitter and Facebook, I’m constantly hearing my friends micro-squee about awesome books, and my tastes have become much more catholic. There’s just a lot more authors I’m hearing about, period.
And those new tastes tend to skew very equal, if not actually biased towards women, as I read more women bloggers than men and as such I’m more likely to stumble across a really exciting female author. I think in about ten years that to-read shelf will have adjusted towards gender equivalence, as eventually I’ll have accreted enough new and exciting female authors that I’ll have to have their latest on the shelf, too, clogging up the path for even newer writers who I feel guilty about not reading.
It’s a good question to ask. I mean, the ultimate goal is to ensure that I’m reading good books, regardless of the author’s gender. Picking several books at random from girl-writers just to equalize the playing field would be crazy. But it is good to stop and analyze your reading habits occasionally, to see whether the new books you’re reading could be chosen a little more widely. And I’m glad to say that I think they are. I’m still reading probably about 70% guys at this stage, but a lot of those guys are – ahem – grandfathered in. But of my new and squeeing fandom-reads, a lot of them are women, and I think that ultimately balances out over time.
I won’t read a book just because someone’s a woman, just as I wouldn’t read a book just because someone’s a man. But questioning what you’re reading? Questioning what slices of life you choose to experience? It’s good to be called on that, and even more pleasant to come to the conclusion that you’re well on the path.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/357227.h
Here's what I read last month:
W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton
Fixed - L.A. Kornetsky
Glitter & Mayhem - John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, ed.
By Committee - Shaenon K. Garrity (short story)
An Urchin in the Storm - Stephen Jay Gould
Sweet Poison Wine - Seanan McGuire (short story)
The Piccadilly Plot - Susanna Gregory
#YalDawo map: Dridthal (n.)
I'm gettin' old.
So, peeing's not been the best. I'm scheduled tomorrow for a bit of roto-rooting. My prostate is squeezing my urethra tube too hard. It should be straight forward, ultra-high tech roto-rooting, but roto-rooting nonetheless.
"We had some really strange conversations, with her explaining what these composers were trying to do and me trying to explain what consciousness was; but it was surprising how often the two completely different things came together and turned out to be related. The neat thing about ideas is the way they keep doing that." -- Owen Griffiths, narrator/protagonist of Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. LeGuin (1976, Antheneum Publishers, New York, NY; ISBN 0-553-20081-X)
Spuyten Duyvil Derailment, a set on Flickr.
TV coverage took up Sunday, so I went out the day after to watch the re-railing of the train.
planned weekend: art museum exhibit of one of my favourite artists, dinner, flopping in front of the fire at the house on the beach
future promises of teaching me manual, so that I can drive the sports car, and possibly later, a motorcycle.
so far, this isn't sucking.
Since this is going around, are there topics you would like me to write about?
No guarantees, but the most likely reason I would decline a topic is because I don't know enough about the subject and/or it feels as though the question was meant for a different Redbird.
Cross-posted from Dreamwidth (http://redbird.dreamwidth.org/1409233.h
It's the start of a fresh month so I can disappoint everyone looking for fun or personal stuff by having an entry that's nothing but statistics for The Price Is Right. (I'll get to the pinball league tomorrow, I think, barring surprises.) This covers the 4th of November through the 27th (the show was preempted on Thanksgiving for the parade, and was a rerun on the 29th, and was a rerun on the 8th for some reason), and here's the Showcase Showdown winners:
And for the Showcase winners, regarding whether the first or the second-revealed won the showcase, or whether they both overbid, here we are:
|First Revealed||Second Revealed||Double Overbid|
I'm curious whether the selection of which Showcase bid to reveal first depends on how close the bidder is to the actual retail price, but it'd make my little spreadsheet a bit crowded if I started tracking that. I might anyway for the variety of it all.
The show played ``Pay The Rent'' once in November; the contestant went home with, if I remember it rightly, $5,000 but could have got $10,000 at best. There was just the one possible winning configuration because yeah, they've given the viewers at home their win and now they're not giving away $100,000 until people stop believing in the game anymore.
Trivia: One of the first buildings in Manhattan constructed as an office building was the Trinity Building, 1853, a five-storey, double-wide structure. Source: Gotham: A History Of New York City To 1898, Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.
Currently Reading: Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See the World, Gerard Helferich.
PS: Reading the Comics, December 3, 2013, mathematics in the funny pages.
Whiskey tango foxtrot bang query bang query!
-- mclaren, Balloon Juice, comments
People joke that General Rommel will soon be put in charge of Berlin, because he's great in desert wasteland.
-- German joke of late in WWII, quoted in "Storyville: Laughing With Hitler"
Got up before dawn, shovelled a foot of snow off the truck, played hockey, shot a moose. I am more Canadian than a beer commercial.
-- Twitter user @dgardner
Of course corporations are the same as religious institutions. Whenever I hear a news story about corporations, the first words out of my mouth are..."Jesus Christ." Religious power like that easily qualifies for total tax exempt status.
-- ReverendBluester, Panic in Funland, comments
Even the nicest people have their limits. Don't try to reach that point because the nicest people are also the scariest assholes when they've had enough.
-- tumblr user himchanspenus, spotted on imgur
( Fortunately, I can reset the rocks.Collapse )
Riordon has a fully booked day today - I had to take her dinner to school, in fact, I'd just got home from doing so when I took the photos - so I had to attempt to take photos of my outfit myself. It worked abysmally, sorry.
Since it's hard to tell, a black v-neck t-shirt, a pair of black capri-length yoga pants, blank ankle socks, and my neon salmon trainers. Because I ran when it was quite early and thus cool so pants (actually, it was overcast today so a bit chilly all day) and then didn't bother changing until it was time to make and pack food to take to Riordon between band practice and colour guard practice.
sure, wth, I'll do "Blogcember" too, I'll just throw it in with the photos I'm doing daily, unless the blog post needs to be locked.
So, if you've not seen it, the premise is that you suggest topics to me, and I babble about the to the best of my ability. I don't particularly mind if it's questions or.. here, let me just copy someone else's thing about it, though I'll edit it to suit me: Pick a date and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want. They will be brief, or not, depending on the subject. I probably will not decline subjects (because why would I?) but I may lock anything public - I'll try to keep it public-appropriate though. You can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't.
I don't think enough people are reading/using LJ to fill the whole month up, so 1) feel free to make up to five suggestions, 2) if you don't give me a date for the topic, I reserve the right to post them on specific days (ex: like every Tuesday and Thursday) just so it's neat and orderly.
ETA: catsittingstill wrote an awesome poem in comments. It'll do your heart good like it did mine.
Do you remember how I wrote about needing a word that means 'that's not true but/and if it were there would be nothing wrong with that'? Here's another case when it's needed. ( the latest salvo in the _War on Christmas_Collapse )
Thanks everyone for your post suggestions. There are still more days of the month than prompts, so if you'd like to request something, head on over here. Also if you'd like to suggest a better title than "Blogcember," I'm all ears.
metawidget asked about painting of the arty sort. I'm not sure I have anything really profound to say about painting. What I like about painting is that it's not very profound for me. As some of you know, I utterly agonize over most of the things I do—writing, teaching, freelance work, attempts to pick up playing piano again—painting is pretty much the one thing that I've been reasonably good at for a long period of time that I can do competently without thinking about it too hard. I put on music, I work sloppily, and I completely turn off the part of my brain that is a constant anxiety-ridden monologue for a few hours at a time.
I paint in acrylic, though lately I've been tempted to take up watercolour again, which I haven't done since I was a kid. I like acrylic because it's immediate. I went through a phase where I used palette knives and fingers rather than brushes, but now I'm back to brushes. I prefer to work on large works over small works, though when I was off work and in tons of pain, small works were the only sort I could do.
There's not a lot of deep meaning to any of my work. It's usually just stuff that I think looks cool. The painting I'm currently working on is a woman I saw at Black Creek Pioneer village; I thought she looked like she stepped out of a painting, so I snapped a picture on my cell and I'm working from that.
Unlike writing, where I really do need to be in a certain frame of mind (and I'm hardly ever in that frame of mind), I actually can force myself to paint. The fact that I don't do it more often has to do with time and hassle rather than inspiration.
Once I'm finished with a painting, I seldom want to look at it. There are three exceptions, two of which are hanging in my house:
1) A still life I did in undergrad. It's a gas mask, an old army boot, and a bottle of wine. It's about being prepared for whatever comes your way, a.k.a. the zombie apocalypse, and I have it hanging in my bedroom because it matches the colour scheme.
2) A portrait I did of the first male non-relative I saw completely naked. Which is to say one of our life drawing models in high school. (I was an innocent teenager.) He's clothed in this painting, though. It's very stiff and Victorian and it looks exactly like him. By the way, he was a really cool guy and often hung out at the coffee shop with us after sessions, and he was into the Church of the Subgenius. That one's in my living room, and I actually chose the colour of the living room to match the painting.
3) This street scene I did, one of my palette-knife-only paintings. It was based on a photograph that I took before there were digital cameras; essentially I shot the feet of the two people I was with, and it was blurry, and for some reason I decided to paint it. I was going through a very angry phase, and the process was violent; the sense I get from looking at it is that it's the feet of people mid-riot. I'd have hung it in my house but it really doesn't match the decor.
So that's painting. I do a lot more illustration these days; less clean-up and I get paid for it.
A few months ago, we had a member of the group I hang out with on Facebook leave the group because he wanted to avoid spoilers1 for Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Since the latter show just ended its half-season and is going on hiatus, he rejoined the group and announced he had returned. I replied “Welcome back!” and then, as I reflexively do whenever I say those two words, appended “Your dreams were your ticket out.” It’s just a thing I do.
Somehow, the juxtaposition of the theme from Welcome Back, Kotter and Breaking Bad stayed in my head, and a few minutes later I posted this:
For your consideration:
A 1970s era remake of “Breaking Bad” starring Gabe Kaplan and Ron Palillo.
One commenter noted that Ron Palillo sadly passed away not too long ago; I was aware of that, but somehow it was much funnier to me that our Jesse substitute was Horshack rather than any of the other Sweathogs.23 And, really, it might have ended there, but my friend Joey chimed in “With a theme by John Sebastian”.
At first, I tried to imagine how Sebastian might render Dave Porter’s brilliant Breaking Bad theme, but then I realised I was coming at it backwards. The following just wrote itself:
Your cancer was just an excuse
You always wanted to slip the noose
Well your dreams never were what you’d hoped they’d be
Now you’re out on the res in an old RV
Who’d have thought they’d come true
(Who’d have thought they’d come true)
Crystalised in ice blue
(Crystalised in ice blue)
Well, he’ll prob’ly wind up dead
‘Cause he’s in over his head
Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad
I really haven’t a clue what to do with this idea, but it’s continuing to entertain me.
I later decided that Vinnie and Epstein would be Badger and Skinny Pete, respectively. Mr. Woodman is Gus Fring. Not sure there’s a good analogue in this scenario for Freddie. ↩
ETA: No, Boom-boom Washington is Skinny Pete. Vinnie is Combo. That works better. ↩
Mirrored from Home of the Autographed Cat.
Oddly enough, I was feeling very grateful the week before Thanksgiving, for the many blessings the universe has been sending me, even if none of them is an actual job. Then, on the actual holiday itself, I felt very meh, about as unpresent as I could be.
Thurs morning, Jon, Lucky, and I trooped off to Ct to visit my family. Lucky had never been on commuter rail before, so he kept asking questions about when we'd cross the state line and how it compared to the subway system. Once at my parents' house, he tossed a football with his dad and ran around a bit. Food was better than usual: apparently Stamford Fairway was marketing jelly doughnuts, as well as matzoh ball soup and potato latkes.
My grandparents were more feeble than ever - apparently my grandfather has had to give up driving altogether and my great-aunt's face was black-and-blue bc she faceplanted while walking. eek. I feel somewhat guilty that I didn't spend much time with them over the holiday: some of it was the lack of presence, but some of it is that, well, dementia isn't helping our language barrier.
The weirdest thing about the holiday was that for the first time, there was my family-of-birth and my family-of-choice. The three of us slept in the far part of the house, in what is basically an in-law suite. Once my sister left town, we used her car, so we basically did things we wanted, as a family unit.
Bbro wanted to see a movie, so Thurs afternoon, we all trooped off to the local multiplex. Bbro, one of our cousins, and Lbro's wife took Lucky to see Catching Fire while Jon and I saw Thor. When we got back to the house, we lit candles and played games. Jon and I trounced Bbro at Perquackey (which we've decided needs better rules to make it less about the order of play) and Lucky kinda glanced at his No-Limit Dreidel game.
After a traditional post-Thanksgiving breakfast of pumpkin pie and matzoh ball soup, we met my parents for second breakfast at Panera and shopping at Costco. When I bought Chanukah presents, I didn't realize that getting one for my niece would mean her parents would have to buy my kid one (I buy Appul presents bc she's cute and only a little out of obligation) or that my parents would feel obligated to get him one too. oops. We got some supplies for our apt, like chicken apple sausages and all the cleaning wipes. Lucky discovered my set of Calvin & Hobbes books before bed, so he decided he wanted a volume of 1970s Peanuts.
My cousins conned me into climbing with them, so the five of us went to the nearest gym. Lucky climbed two whole climbs before running around like a maniac. My climbing mad cousin showed us his parkourish dyno skills and Jon and I found a few 5.9s we could tackle. The Rock Club in New Rochelle has the most honest grading I've seen in a gym. We sent Lucky home with them and stopped at the liquor store for other supplies for the house. I'd never been to an Ulta before, but I wanted one of their doorbusters -- until I saw it. We were very late getting back, but still lit candles and had a lovely dinner.
Shortly before the holiday, Jon and I had a conversation about how my father's mental decline has gotten to the point where he's cranky furniture rather than a personality. He was sick all weekend, going to the hospital for antibiotics on Thurs morning. Then Sat morning, he played checkers with Lucky and had the best conversation I've had with him in years, one of the ones I'll remember for years. I guess the antibiotics (and other treatments) are working.
Lbro hosted brunch for a hs friend of his and Lucky got a tour of yet another Stine house. I loved playing with Appul, and not just bc she is more affectionate with me than her grandmother (who babysits her 3x as often). Lucky was getting tetchy, so we headed back to Brooklyn just in time. Sun involved a whirlwind drive into Manhattan to drop off the car and pick up all the things he'd forgotten in Ct. I hadn't thought about how much he'd enjoy playing with my brother's rabbits. When we got back to Brooklyn, we had lunch and Kumon before we sent him off to his mother, not a moment too soon.
Not at all. Three of the people I usually rely on for staff wernt' able to make it to the con at all (and therefore, extra thankful head bobs to those that did, and were able to help me out), I was running around trying to take care of "official" stuff for the parent organization and/or follow-on con ( http://chessiecon.org ), and since I'm moving into a different job for the convention next year, I was also trying to touch base with several different people to cover the personal preparation for the new job. IOW, the same old story, just cubed: overworked and underlaid.
This entry was originally posted at http://zenlizard.dreamwidth.org/82393.ht
I have now has the chance to seeosewalrus do his thing in the flesh. Worth the trip, let me tell you.
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"Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs"
Four guys 'playing' carols on a piano. Fun stuff; especially fun to watch the coordination. (attn: siderea, among others)
And hey, they offer sheet music, which is kinda nifty. Sheet music is such a "maker culture" thing...I'm glad it's coming back into vogue.
As I read and gather ideas for this Minority Cultures and Relations course, I am open to suggestions on what to include/discuss.
Before you offer suggestions, be aware that the following areas will, at minimum, be included in the discussion, as per course guidelines: race (as categorized in the U.S. and elsewhere) and discuss why those categories are socially constructed, ethnicity, global perspectives, institutional discrimination, gender, sexuality, disability status, white privilege, dominant/majority group, minority groups, color-blind racism, etc. I plan to discuss the different racial categories used in the U.S. (White, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, & Native American/First Nation/American Indian), as well as discuss why these categories are faulty and problematic.
So... that said... let me return to my original question: If you were taking this class, what would you like to discuss, what do you think needs to be included, what articles, videos, movies, books, would you suggest, what questions do you have?
...I was being slightly optimistic...
...but part 10 of OIK is now up, at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episod
And the special announcement? Well, avevale.org is pleased and proud to announce that we will very shortly be hosting a selection of the solo writings of my friend and collaborator Sam Armitage, aka Soren Nyrond. Sam's style is quite different from mine, and I'm very fond of his work and believe it will find a ready audience. Watch the webpage...
Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia's John F Kennedy Plaza
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In the interest of encouraging people to patronise small businesses, I posted on FB asking friends to provide links to their business websites or etsy, etc. If you're not included in this, and would like to be, please comment to this LJ post, or to the FB post I'll be linking to here, with your pertinent info.
Lauren Socha - Scentsy candles
Liz Hannas - Lizziebee Deisgn - Clothes & accessories for American Girl dolls (I do custom orders as well--I have a ton of things I need to photograph and post as well) - http://lizziebeedesign.etsy.com
Liz Hannas - Dizzy Elastics - Elastic hair ties (again, more stuff available that I need to photograph & post) - http://dizzyelastics.etsy.com
Joy Hamm - Ratty Comforts
We make and sell hammocks for small animals like rats.
Southern Baptist leader says single moms should give up their kids for adoption, because Gawd intends all children to have two-parent Christian homes, even if It didn't see fit to make sure those children were born into two-parent Christian homes, apparently. According to the article's math, which which I can't argue much, his proposal would flood children's services agencies in the US with something on the order of 21 million children.
I have never seen a case where the type of parents he wants for adoptees adopt and everything comes out for the best; usually the situation winds up being a family with so staggeringly many children the kids don't get any attention, the parents can't do all the work, and the oldest kids don't get to have childhoods. In other cases, as I've mentioned before, it leads to abuse and death.
[See yesterday's post for the context.]
It turns out that, after the class in customer service, they all worked late and put it to work.
They have sent me an RMA number, and a request for exact details on my laptop "to see if we do have the right battery in stock for you".
Things are looking up....
Is it just me, or is livejournal refusing the first connection on EVERY ATTEMPT, and accepting the second one? Like, click a link, 404. refresh: good. Click "post comment", page freezes and times out. Refresh page, repeat comment, post: works.
Three clients (including both logged in and logged out), two computers, four internet connections, two days, all the same behaviour for me. Is it happening to anyone else?
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