They say the world keeps spinning

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:36 am
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4:30 AM. As Jesse's friends are also night owls, sometimes he's out late to visit them. I do not begrudge him this. I just find myself sometimes unable to sleep at night, unable to really fall asleep, until he is home. A safety measure, a comfort blanket, just his mere presence in the home. It makes sense, given the number of medical calamities suffered while he was either asleep or not home, but still, it is annoying for me and I imagine for him, as well.

And as I wake up invariably, ridiculously early, well...here we are.

Argh, this is the part that is SO FRUSTRATING. The daily writing goes on, no matter what has happened the day before. The sun always rises, no matter what has transpired in the night. The body needs fed, the catboxes need scooped, the trees bloom and wither, and life just fucking GOES ON no matter what.

In my teens, suffering what would turn out to be a long line of traumatic events, I found this terribly unfair. As if the world should stop to acknowledge just how painful what I was going through was.

In my 20's and early 30's, I found solace in the continued spinning of the world, knowing that nothing, no pain would ever be so great as to end it all.

Now, with the age of 36 biting at my heels, I again find myself resentful of the concept at all. And so this will go on, every morning, so and on so on, until my body stops altogether, and even then, the world will keep spinning.

Hopefully by that time, I'll be too dead to care.

(That's not a suicidal thought. I just don't believe in an afterlife, therefore I'm hoping I won't exist in any form after death long enough to experience any emotion at all.)
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Posted by Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent

Pontiff makes surprise appearance at Vancouver conference via video-link from the Vatican

He sits behind a desk rather than pacing around a stage, but the power of his message is not diluted. Pope Francis has made a surprise TED talk, beamed from the Vatican to Vancouver, calling for leaders to act with humility and tenderness.

The first pontifical TED talk, which lasted 18 minutes, featured Francis dispensing advice to politicians and leaders of big business, as well as talking about his own background as the son of migrants.

Related: Five TED Talks that will change the way you work

Continue reading...

You probably knew this.

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:29 am
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Numbers on how most of the terrorist violence comes from the right and most of the publicity goes to Muslims.

Thanx to RAW Illumination.

QotD

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:24 am
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"They keep the radio on up front here all day long. The news snippets come from FOX, on the hour. If you're just a casual listener they make it sound as if Trump is achieving all these things he says. Tax reform? I just heard it will be done on Wednesday. I bet there are tens of millions of people who believe he is doing or has done this stuff he boasts about. It's really remarkable. His bullshit is working. He pretends he has accomplishments and it sounds like he does." -- Kay, Balloon Juice, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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Posted by Joshua Haigh

He’s one of the most recognisable models in the world, but Tyson Beckford certainly isn’t shy about showing himself off.

The male supermodel made his return to Chippendales in Las Vegas last week as the latest celebrity guest to take part in the strip show – but gave fans an X-rated treat on social media first.

“It feels great to be back, it’s like I never left,” said Beckford. “Vegas is my home away from home and I love the comradery with the guys here at Chippendales.

“It’s so much fun to come to work – we have the best audiences and the energy in this theatre is incredible – I’m just living in this great moment and not even thinking about when it’s going to end.”

Before hitting the stage, Tyson took to Snapchat to share a naked snap of himself preparing for the show – and he almost flashed more than he bargained for.

Take a look below:

More stories:
Husband of gay police officer killed in Paris attack delivers heartbreaking eulogy
Gay bobsleigh star Simon Dunn breaks silence over nude photo leak

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Posted by Will Stroude

This week brought with it the news that a big budget film about the early years of Madonna’s career is in the works – but there’s one lady who won’t be queuing up for popcorn come release day.

The Queen of Pop took to Instagram to blast the film, provisionally titled Blond Ambition, just hours after news broke that Elyse Hollander’s script had been picked up by Universal.

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story,” Madonna wrote. “Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool.”

The 58-year-old didn’t mince her words as she added: “Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

Set in New York in the early ’80sBlond Ambition is set to follow Madonna Louise Ciccone as she works on her debut album, 1983’s Madonna, and navigates a notirously sexist industry while juggling her personal life and the early pressures of fame.

Producers Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Brett Ratner (Prison Break) are attached to the project, which was voted the most popular unproduced screenplay in Hollywood last year.

More stories:
Husband of gay police officer killed in Paris attack delivers heartbreaking eulogy
Gay bobsleigh star Simon Dunn breaks silence over nude photo leak

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Posted by Attitude Magazine

Matchesfashion.com are launching their newest exclusive capsule collection with chic Parisian brand AMI

The collection is the third in a series of digital exclusives designed to showcase the best in global menswear from the luxury retailer.

AMI, founded by Alexandre Mattiussi, specialises in a casual, chic aesthetic that epitomises Parisian dressing – and this exclusive collection blends this aesthetic with inspiration from sport and streetwear.

Not only are the AMI classics being updated in new colourways and fabrications, but the brand is also introducing an embroidered ‘AMI de Coeur’ signature to t-shirts, striped shirts and knitwear. The signature is the symbol Alexandre uses to sign cards to his friends, adding an authentic and youthful element to the collection.

Further pieces include Bermuda shorts, slim fit jeans and white panelled sneakers.

The colour palette is kept fresh and light in white, cream, beige and sky blue, which makes it perfect for any chic summer wardrobe!

Alexandre says ‘‘The ‘Matches’ guy is someone very aware of style, of quality and of ‘cool’. I wanted to create a capsule that would embody these three things so that it represented both MATCHESFASHION.COM and AMI”, and describes the collection as “casual, effortless, spontaneous”.

The exclusive collection, available now, is priced between £85 to £685.

matchesfashion.com

Words by Peter Bevan

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Posted by Ross Semple

The husband of a police officer who was murdered in a terrorist attack in Paris has paid tribute to his “life of joy and laughter”.

Xavier Jugelé, 37, was killed last Thursday when a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Élysées in what French authorities are treating as a terrorist attack.

Xavier’s husband Etienne Cardiles delivered an emotional and powerful eulogy at a memorial service. He described Xavier as being “full of culture and joy”, noting that he loved seeing musical artists like Madonna and Britney Spears, and had a desire to perfect his English.

On the morning of the attack, Xavier and Etienne were making plans to take a holiday together. “I returned home that evening without you, with an extreme and profound pain, that maybe, one day, will weaken,” Etienne said.

Etienne told his husband that he does not feel hatred for those who killed him “because it is not like you. Because it does not correspond to anything that made your heart beat, nor why you entered the police force.

“And tolerance, dialogue and patience were your strongest weapons.”

Etienne finished his speech by paying tribute to what was most important to Xavier: “A life of joy and laughter in which love and tolerance were your uncontested masters,

“You lived like a star, you leave like a star.”

A member of Flag, the French association for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers, Jugelé was “a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause”  Mikaël Bucheron, the president of Flag paid tribute to Jugelé, told the New York Times.

Thursday night’s attack took place on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Jugelé, who joined the Paris police force in 2010, was part of the response team called to the Bataclan concert hall following the deadly Paris terror shooting in November 2015.

The officer later attended the re-opening of the venue, where 90 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, telling People magazine in an interview: “I’m happy to be here. Glad the Bataclan is reopening.”

He continued: “It’s symbolic. We’re here tonight as witnesses. Here to defend our civic values. This concert’s to celebrate life. To say no to terrorists.”

Watch the eulogy below:

Policeman’s husband delivers emotional eulogy

“I don’t feel hatred Xavier…because tolerance, dialogue and patience were your strongest weapons.”

The husband of the policeman who was murdered last week in Paris delivers an emotional eulogy at his memorial service.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

good morning, it's 26 april 2017

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:19 am
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I'm overbooked this week; Anna's nasal surgery on Monday went about as planned, but there is much more time-consuming aftercare than I understood, and while this needed to happen, it is a lot of time away from other things. Here's a partial catch-up, with emphasis on fascism and neo-fascist activities.

Russia:
  • Republican Oversight Leader: Michael Flynn Apparently Broke the Law
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sebastian Gorka’s Ties To Nazi-Allied Group Stretch Back Decades
  • Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering
  • Senate Trump-Russia Probe Has No Full-Time Staff, No Key Witnesses
  • Macron Victim of Cyber Attack Similar to U.S. Democratic Party’s
  • Donald Trump, Jr., retweeting Nigel Farage endorsing Marine Le Pen. Global. White. Nationalist. Authoritarianism. Movement.

Misogyny:
  • A GOP Lawmaker Has Been Revealed As The Creator Of Reddit’s Anti-Woman ‘Red Pill’ Forum
  • And here it is, the NH state rep and founder of The Red Pill talking about why he should get to sleep with underage girls
  • Donald Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women's rights around the world
  • Inside The Online Community Of Men Who Preach Removing Condoms Without Consent

Corruption and farce:
  • House Oversight Committee calls on Trump’s business to prove he’s not violating the Constitution
  • Ivanka Trump adds a chief of staff
  • Report: Trump won't fire Spicer because 'the guy gets great ratings'

Chechnya:
  • Gay men detained in Chechnya give accounts of abuse, electrocution
  • President of Chechnya Intends to Eliminate All Gay Men There by Ramadan

And three unsorted:
  • Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Order Blocked by Federal Judge
  • Resilience of the Resistance
  • May Benefits as Britain's Pro-Brexit Party Loses Supporters

It's April 26th, 2017; this is the news )

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Apr. 26th, 2017 04:00 am
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The new New 52 (Action Comics #978)

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:00 pm
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The latest issue of Action outlines for us the latest and current version of Superman's backstory:

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Currently re-living "the BiCon with the weevels" in my Parents kitchen. Mostly just in one specific cupboard which i've now thoroughly cleaned out and sprayed with teatree (am not against using more powerful insecticides in principle but can't apply them myself without stopping breathing!).
As a handy hint do not google things like "insects in food cupboards" just before bedtime because the enlarged images of creepy-crawlys will invade you dreams ...
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Comes Sandy one morn to say that The Fearsome Strand, that is my novel of wreckers and sea-monsters, does extreme well, and the publishers are exceeding anxious for anything else I might give 'em.

I sigh and say, 'tis gratifying, but has he had a chance to look over the plays I gave him?

Indeed, says he, as Celeste comes with coffee and shortbreads, and has already been see Mr J- with 'em. Likes 'em exceedingly – in particular the comedy, for hints most alluring at certain late scandals, without it could be suppos’d to refer to specifick persons. Also, there is Miss T-, that undertook Miss R-'s parts while she was unable to be about the business, comes on very promising, and with three fine parts for actresses, there will be no brangling amongst 'em.

I am pleas’d to hear it, says I, but I doubt not that Mr J- has suggestions for telling business that might be includ’d.

Why, says Sandy, taking a shortbread, I have a few notes to the purpose. But I think he may be dissuad’d from including a volcanick eruption in The Antiquarian’s Daughter.

La, says I, I may suppose he has late took on some fellow that manufactures spectacles -

Sandy remarks that he fears 'tis so, for Mr J- put out some feelers as to whether the esteem’d dramatist thought of turning The Fearsome Strand into a play?

I shudder and say, why, had consider’d upon it, but should shrink from matters of vulgar spectacle.

Sandy laughs and says, sure you are in accord with Mr P- for once, for he deplores that practice, as too oft employ’d to distract from the poorness of the play itself. And I myself am in some doubts as to whether brings about anything of enduring value to the drama.

We look at one another very amicable.

But, says Sandy, dear sibyl, you look a little troubl’d.

O, says I, 'tis entire foolish qualmishness about this dinner-party I go give, Lord and Lady T- and their gloomy son, and Sir B- and Susannah, with their house-guests.

Sandy winces and says, including Mrs D- K-, I apprehend. Sure will not be the jollyest of gatherings, but I daresay you have some strategy upon hand?

Why, says I, I am not sure I entirely have a strategy upon hand, but there are matters I hope observe; and sigh. Sure, says I, I can think of more congenial gatherings.

Come, dear C-, consider your soirées, that have brought together in harmony a deal of assort’d society.

La, says I, I would not answer for what might happen did Mr P- ever discover that Deacon Brodie was of the company.

Sandy laughs quite immoderate and says, naming of seconds, for a dawn meeting for the exchange of critickal opinions, at ten paces.

I am brought to laughter myself. My dear, says I, I am delight’d to see you in such restor’d spirits.

Why should not my spirits be lighten’d at receiving such kindness as I do not deserve? Has he not quite the noblest of hearts?

I look at him very fondly and say, harmony entire restor’d, then?

Sandy looks thoughtfull and says, somehow seems that the painfull breach has come to bring about a better understanding.

Long may it endure, says I.

But, dearest C-, I must be about my business: you may laugh when I tell you, Lord A- is mind’d to employ a secretary that may advize him upon such politickal matters as he is call’d upon to deal with in the Lords –

What? I cry.

- 'tis the influence of Mr O- B-, that he finds himself on excellent terms with, has contriv’d to bring him about to think upon his responsibilities and the condition of the nation &C.

I laugh a little, 'tis such a very unexpect’d conjunction of the fribble and the cotton manufacturer: but indeed I am pleas’d to hear it.

- so I go about certain of my acquaintance that might suit.

Why, I would not hinder you in such a task. Kindly leave Mr J-'s notes with me and I will address myself to the matter, ‘twill distract my mind from fretting.

But, alas, when I have done that, and set certain suggestions aside so I may think 'em over further, I am return’d to the frets, so I determine go take a little ride on Jezebel.

When I come to the stableyard I find Nick, Nell, and Sal, that is her sister that tends the mews cottage, that huddle together and I daresay are in concern over the matter of the sale of the livery-stable. They jump apart and Nell and Sal scurry off about their proper business. Nick goes fetch out Jezebel, that Ajax has been saddling &C.

'Tis another matter for me to go fret over as I ride.

But comes at last the time when my guests arrive, and sure 'tis ever pleasing to see Sir B- W- and dear Susannah, and Captain C- looks as tho’ having made his decision to sell out takes a deal of weight from his mind, and Mrs D- K- is looking in good taste. And Lord T- is ever amiable, and Lady T- makes exceeding civil to me, even if Lord K- is the same sad dull fellow, his eyes ever straying towards Mrs D- K-.

Timothy comes with some excellent fine wine - has acquir’d a deal of polish in the matter, I confide he took some lessoning at R- House in such duties – that most fortunate I had already in my cellar, for have been so busy since my return have had no opportunity to convoke with Mr H- concerning his friends of the Trade.

We exchange a little civil conversation – Lady T- wishes to know is there any lace made about Naples, for 'twas once most exceeding not’d for that art. Alas, says I, has declin’d from those days, there is indeed lace hawkt about but 'tis somewhat coarse. However, I go on, the Contessa di S- has some very fine antique lace that has been in her family this long while.

Susannah says, she is ever in the greatest admiration for Lady T-'s skill with the bobbins and the fine lace she makes. Alas, she goes on with a flourish of her lorgnette, I fancy I am too near-sight’d to be able to undertake anything of the like, even did my fingers have the skill.

Lady T- smiles a little and I see this prepossesses her with dear Susannah, that she has been like to suppose a sad bluestocking that rules her husband.

In due course comes Hector to inform us that dinner is serv’d, and we go into the new part of my house and my fine dining-room, and I look about it very pleas’d, for the furniture is all well-polisht and the table laid with my good china and my very fine wine-glasses, and there are candelabra with fine candles burning, and two epergnes that hold pickles and relishes and are deckt with flowers that were especial sent over from R- House.

'Twas no difficult matter to think who should take who in to dinner: Sir B- W- takes Lady T-, Lord K- takes Susannah, Captain C- arms in Mrs D- K-, and I, of course, am took in by Lord T-.

And Hector and Timothy come around laying the dishes that have come fresh and hot by means of that very excellent device from the kitchen beneath, and go round with wine, and I observe Lady T- look most approving at my dinner service. Euphemia has done most exceeding well and all except Lord K-, that looks sorrowfull at Mrs D- K-, look upon the first course with great pleasure.

I hear Sir B- W- offer to carve Lady T- some of this excellent beef, or perchance she would prefer duck, and here are some little new peas, and I see that she becomes amiable towards him. Susannah goes endeavour make conversation with Lord K-, that picks at his food as if fears might be poison’d.

Lord T- says 'tis pleasing to see me return’d to Town in such health, and hopes that the matters of my property at Naples are entire settl’d? – indeed, says I – and hopes they may see me at C- Castle this summer. We discourse a little of mutual acquaintance, and he remarks that Mr C- answers most excellent as secretary.

There is a pleasing little buzz of conversation tho’ one must observe that Lord K- does not say much.

At the remove and the bringing of the second course – Euphemia has contriv’d to obtain a very fine fresh salmon upon which all exclaim, and there is also the excellent early sparrowgrass – Lord K- is at last at liberty to speak to Mrs D- K-, that he does in somewhat of an undertone, waving away the while the offer of the very fine rice pillow with almonds and raisins. (Sir B- W- looks at me, and says, all the more for the rest of us.)

Lady T- goes converse with Captain C-, and very soon they determine upon some family connexion by way of Mrs Robert G-, and she displays a markt increase in civility towards him, and shortly he is telling her about his adventures at the Cape with his regiment, and later in Nova Scotia, and I see her eyes go to Lord K-, that leads such a dull life going about quacking himself for imaginary ailments, and I daresay she makes odorous caparisons.

The ice-pudding is most well-receiv’d, except by Lord K-, that says somewhat about the unwholesomeness of such things. He also eschews the very good cheese, that has been sent by Martha from the dairy on the Admiral’s estate.

At the proper moment I rise to withdraw the ladies to my parlour, so that Hector may bring out the port and brandy and cigars for the gentlemen.

There is tea and ratafia ready for us, along with some little macaroons, and we talk of various matters – what a shame 'twas I misst the M- House ball, 'twas an excellent occasion, but doubtless I saw a deal of society at Naples – until the gentlemen come in, that is not a long while at all.

Lord T-, Sir B- W- and Captain C- are conversing very amiable about Nova Scotia, but Lord K- has somewhat of a sulky look and goes with somewhat uncivil expedition to Mrs D- K-'s side.

I do not think he would drag her from her bed to kick her, but sure I am in some concern about how he would show as a husband.

My father-in-law

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:39 am
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My father-in-law passed away on Monday morning.

He was a kind man. Brilliant, playful, curious, funny, generous, loving — and kind. He loved to laugh and he loved to share, and his love for Amy shone out of him. He was so open to and enthusiastic about anything that made her happy — even if I hadn’t loved him for himself (and I did), I would have loved him for that.

I know he wanted to be remembered for who he was before the last few months of his life. The lively, silly, driven man who raced his small daughter down corridors (feinting the wrong way and giggling as she followed his misdirection), who trekked the world for charity, who took beautiful photographs, loved music, cooked and ate with gusto, and took great pleasure in so many things. But I’ll also remember how, at the end, he kept his kindness and kept his warmth. Every time we visited, I was struck again by how clearly he wanted Amy to feel welcome, to feel loved.

I was so lucky to have him in my life for the last few years. I'm far from the only one who'll be carrying him in my heart from now on.

I'm meming! I'm meming!

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:27 pm
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I'm still trying to catch up on posting fic to my Dreamwidth. As I go, I'm trying to post to a comm or two as well, because that's where DW falls down a bit, I think - there aren't as many active comms as there were on LJ. Some really, really active ones! But not as many.

Speaking of which, is there a place I could post my Black Tapes genfic? A general fandom genfic comm? I couldn't find a specific Black Tapes comm, but in searching, I did find that there's an option for DW to add that topic to your interests. (Which is awesome.) And then through that, I found [community profile] addme_fandom, which is like [community profile] addme, but fannish.



Meme with me? (as seen everywhere, probably because it's a good meme!)
Ask me:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed



Also, from [profile] yohijideranged, a music meme!

1. A song you like with a colour in the title.
I have three, because how do you choose these things?
Under this cut: Birdy, Lorde, David Bowie )

Youtube, why do you do that massive gap thing with your embeds? Why?

The rest of the topics )

neat

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:18 am
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Looks like Navbar version 3 might get fast-tracked. Mobile and desktop both. Might even be in next Monday's news post. Excellent.

concert review: Murray Perahia

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:05 am
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Another recital by one of my favorite pianists since I first encountered him when he was an obscure student some 45 years ago. I last heard him three years back, also at Davies, in a program much like this one.

Three medium-weight works by heavyweight composers: a French Suite by Bach, a set of Schubert Impromptus, and a stray but dark-toned Rondo by Mozart. Plus one very heavyweight work, Beethoven's final Sonata, Op. 111.

Perahia played them all with feeling and authority. Considering that the last time I heard Schubert's Impromptus they were played with no feeling whatever, it increased my appreciation for what a truly great pianist can bring to a work.

No encore. After applause brought him out yet again even after the house lights had gone up, Perahia put his hand to his heart to express his appreciation, and then went offstage again. I expect he felt that after you've given Beethoven's final words, there's nothing more to be said.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:13 am
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1. Since my one meeting was yesterday instead of today, I didn't have to get going until a little after noon, and was able to sleep in and just relax this morning, which was nice.

2. Today's meeting was long and pretty boring but we all went to dinner afterwards (paid for by the company) at a fancy restaurant and the food was good and I had a good time. And we were finished around nine, which meant that there was no traffic coming home, whereas if I'd come back right after the meeting, it would have been right smack in the middle of rush hour.

3. Look at this cutie Molly cat!

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Posted by Josh Haigh

American actor and all around stud Channing Tatum turns 37-years-old today (April 26), so here’s a look back at some of the Magic Mike star’s hottest ever moments. FYI, there’s been quite a few.

Take a look below:

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[Personal] Been AWOL and also boring

Apr. 25th, 2017 11:58 pm
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What I have been up to since last I posted:

* Seen Gifted twice (I enjoyed it the second time more than the first, where I was just sort of bemused by the whole thing. Brenna Clarke Gray had a short Twitter thread about it (she liked it and, as a bright academic, felt it touched on things that academia fails to adequately handle/discuss), which in turn spurred a lot of discussion on my Twitter timeline about the ways in which gifted kids are failed in general. My therapist, were I still seeing her, would be so proud. Not sarcasm. She would. It's very earnest, the movie, and really reminded me of a particular 1970s style of intimate drama.

* Tweeting my rage against the machine. Still. A lot. @mohmlet

* Reading non-fiction again. (Horror before that.)

* Hanging on Discord.

* Looking for work. It's been almost five months now.

* Parenting.

* Failing to catch up anywhere and feeling guilty and avoiding things as a result.

Writing, I notice, has failed to make the list again.

Baitcon XVII Take 2!

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:27 am
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The invitation is now live and registration is now open for our 2nd take at Baitcon XXVII, D.M.I.C.

We're back at The Abode again, and as promised last year the dates are 23-26 June.

Details, the invitation, and the reg link, as ever, are at http://wp.baitcon.org/

We hope you can make it! If you have any questions, please ask away, here, or in mail to bcc.

JB and all of BCC

Suspiria: Raspberry Swirl by se42

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:12 am
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Vid Title: Raspberry Swirl
Vidder: se42
Fandom: Suspiria
Summary: Suzy enrolls in a prestigious dance academy, befriends a girl named Sarah, and uncovers an ancient evil. (Or, welcome to evil dance school.)
Reccer's Comments: This is very cool and really well done! I love the use of color and how the cutting never lets up (and it kind of makes me want to watch the source despite not being fond of horror movies).

Surgery Eve

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:44 am
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[personal profile] cathugger
I was hoping to write something before the surgery scheduled on the 26th (AKA tomorrow), but I've just been so overwhelmed over the past week. Family problems, paranoia, stress, pain, and all the stuff we have to get done before surgery (much more than I expected at least) have me sitting here with less brain power than usual. Now it's past 1AM, and... I can't even remember what I was going to say. I really wanted to write the past few days, but they're already being pushed deeper into my memory. 

Yesterday I'm pretty sure [personal profile] woofelss  followed through with a last-minute plan to meet up with someone we used to hang out with. Thinking the person has been trying to avoid me, I wasn't sure about the plan, but [personal profile] woofelss  pushed the idea so I'd do something social. After all, he hasn't picked up any negative signs from that person, and I generally trust him more than I trust myself. We also went to a presurgery checkup earlier that day, and getting out of the DC area took two hours longer than expected this time. So we ended up only getting two hours with them, though they both got to see each other for a few hours before I showed up. That should've been fine, but paranoia isn't easy to control. It ended up being fun anyway--just probably spent more time feeling strong negative emotions before + after the event than positive emotions during the event (if my half-asleep words make any sense). I don't know if it was worth it.

Today, I signed a few documents on what is to be done when I am dead or unable to make decisions. [personal profile] woofelss showed up after his classes and is planning to spend the night and hang around the hospital on surgery day. 

Now? I'm exhausted, and I still have more to do. I had to take a shower tonight and will have to take one at about 6AM tomorrow. (Before today, the plan was to leave around 3-4AM, so I just decided hat I wouldn't sleep. Apparently, that's when the doctors who are more aware of my conditions are available. Not sure how I feel about that change. I'll go along with, though.) Then I have take meds at a specific time. Blah, this is starting to look glitchy on my iPPad, so Ill probably just sleep now.

Home from travels

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:08 am
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[personal profile] baratron
Home from travelling. Actually, I got in somewhere around 1 pm yesterday and proceeded to pass out for many hours. Woke up at 1 am and (much to my surprise) have been awake ever since. Husband has been snuggled. Boyfriend has been talked to on Skype. He looks very sad, poor thing, but it remains against the laws of physics for me to be in two places at once. Hoping we can have him visit in late June/early July for my birthday.

Super weirdly, I have been physically energetic enough to have emptied the laundry rack, folded the dry laundry, sorted all of the dirty laundry in my suitcase, put on a load of laundry, emptied the clean stuff out of the dishwasher and refilled it. I hope that I will not pay for this tomorrow, though I have A Theory. A theory which involves, of all things, vegan bacon and my ability to get it.

(Gods, I knew that Yves Veggie Bacon wasn't very fatty, but I didn't realise that 3 rashers had only 0.5 g of fat between the lot of them, along with 14 g of protein. Short of actually, y'know, BAKING my own tofu, I am unsure where to get tasty textured fake meat products which are low fat and high protein. Nasty-tasting, weird textured but low fat, I can do. Nice-tasting, well-textured and full of fat, I can do).

Continue to be Unimpressed with Aer Lingus. Will relate the full story later when spoons exist.

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:51 am
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[personal profile] moreteadk
Removing myself from LJ is something that it's becoming more and more clear to me is going to happen sooner rather than later. It's all beginning to feel a bit dragged out and in a weird sort of limbo, and I think it's time to start thinking about actually cutting the cord. Therefore, this is going to be my last cross-post and you may find me at Dreamwidth HERE. (Husband, yes you should, if you want to keep lurking.)


So, I have finished the Silly Marilly-on! Hooray! It only took about 2½ months, I think. Granted I was reading other things as well, but still. I'm glad I finally made it through that thing. I'm a bit Tolkien-ed out at the moment, though, but I want to see if I can get more or his LotR-verse stuff later on. Though not now. Later. Much later.

Last time I was uncertain about which direction I should proceed in, but [personal profile] just_ann_now tipped me over the edge by rooting for Shadows of the Apt (somewhat predictably), so Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky it is. Just over a 100 pages in at the moment. Without giving anything away, because I've read about half of this series before, I'm having a little problem with one of the characters, knowing what I know is going to happen to them later on. There are all sorts of foreboding little signs already in the first few chapters. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it, I don't know, but somehow on some level I sort of start thinking they always sort of knew they might be heading in that direction. Vague enough for you? I think [personal profile] just_ann_now might be able to guess which character I'm thinking about here.
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: A Child's Path to Clarity
Fandom: The Black Tapes podcast
Rating: Teen
Words: 4672
Characters/Pairings: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: "Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."

Also at the Archive

The apocalypse didn't start right away. )

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:59 pm
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The Art of Slow Writing

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:44 am
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] book_love
The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity by Louise DeSalvo

An uneven book.

There's plentiful information on various writing process and techniques, which can be useful. On the other hand, there's also a definite bias toward what gets cited. Ray Bradbury is quoted once, but not, obviously, the advice that he gives to write a short story every single week.

Best laid plans of mice

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:34 pm
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[personal profile] fred_mouse
Plan: get up early, take youngest to school, come home and tidy/clean until noon, eat lunch, answer either the 10 point (hopefully trivial bullshitting) question or the 5 point (tedious, possibly more bullshit, because seriously, how is that question supposed to cover 2 pages with that amount of info, and who writes a two page recommendation when a one page recommendation will do, because that will probably get read), deal with the ceiling repair person, take kid to dance, find time to prepare dinner, have a Wednesday evening.

Reality:
Getting up early was fine, but stomach was cranky, so no breakfast. Substitute Berocca for the planned coffee. Drive up freeway, get such a good run that it almost couldn't be better on completely empty roads, so youngest is at school ridiculously early. They hope that the library will be open. Will need to make contingency plan for the next time this happens, as it will, because equally plausible is barely scraping in on time. Drive home down freeway, start to feel a bit blah.

Home! Start tidying. Blah turns into so dizzy I can't work out what I'm supposed to be doing. Also, running hot and cold. Try napping - spend about 45 minutes in bed, may have been asleep for some of them. Sit up and read trash on the internet. Take temp (perfectly fine, 36.2°C). Not running a fever, probably just overdoing it colly-wobbles. Drink more Berocca. Play stupid games on ipad until start to feel a little better. Sit up, continue to play silly games. Urgh. Really need to do something. Involved eldest in clean up of kitchen island. Win! There is nothing but fruit on it. Find mouse proof box, move an assortment of (unmunched) packets off the table into it. Fall over for a bit. Go back, determined to get things clean. Look in pantry, realise exactly *how much* evidence-of-mouse is in there. Derail. Clean second top shelf, put most everything back (no evidence-of-mouse on top shelf, including no bite marks in the cereal boxes. Hopefully leave them alone). Clean (and scrub. and gumption) middle shelf, put most everything back. Kitchen counter starting to look like disaster zone again. Sigh. Push on, do fourth shelf. Manage to get half everything back, because some things are in plastic, and the more mouse proofing we do, the more desperate the mouse will be, and some of the plastic stuff already has teeth marks from an earlier invasion. Run out of oomph, eat lunch, type this up.

Tuesday with Tooth Extraction

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:19 am
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
Not my toof. Spouse's toof. Too many cavities = too many fillings = toof cracked.

So that got done. I had to drive spouse back home because, DUH, conscious sedation stuff.

...I woke up after 6 hours of sleep and could not get back to sleep. *headdesk* I eventually went upstairs and had a nap for a couple hours -- I know I was really tired 'cause my tiny wrist tyrant tapping on my wrist to make me stand up did not wake me -- and was therefore a bit more aware of things later one. Slightly.

Have a technique that helped kid out of a breakdown. We shall see if this works in the future, too. Kid said þey were still fragile, but not in the middle of jerkbrain breakdown, so good. May be sliding into it somewhat right now, a few hours later, but needs food.

*blinks at a lot of sales on Amazon* Oh, hey, someone went through all the Kintaran stories! O:> I hope they like 'em.

Havva Quote
Just to make it official, mysterious blood-stained stranger is now in YELLOW LETTERS.
--http://brokenforum.com/index.php?threads/hatoful-boyfriend-the-search-for-fat-birds-good-end.1028/page-10


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