Problems with capitalism

Apr. 17th, 2015 10:24 pm
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Current world systems leave life beholden to capital, for without it we do not have access to our basic human rights. Cole Harris (2004, p. 172) writes, as Marx and subsequently others have noted, that the
spatial energy of capitalism works to de-territorialize people (that is, to detach them from prior bonds between people and place) and to re-territorialize them in relation to the requirements of capital (that is, to land conceived as resources and freed from the constraints of custom and to labor detached from land)."
(From here:

Capitalism is opposed to sacredness? That isn't what the quote is saying, but doesn't feel like much of a stretch, given "freed from the constraints of custom" and "detach them from prior bonds".

Semi-relatedly, by Fr Stephen Freeman (with credit to [personal profile] vaecrius for bringing this to my attention):

Second, debt is slavery, pure and simple. [...]

Finally, a world that works by debt is a world whose economy depends on slavery. We are still living in a slave economy. Our “rhetoric” makes us “free” but our reality is slavery. I do not wish to be political, but I am deeply opposed to the American system that has created debt slaves out of an entire generation through college loans. These were extremely minimal when I was in school – we paid my wife’s off in about 3 years – and they were very, very small. Today, the American government has created an almost infinite amount of capital available for these loans, and passed a law that forbids them ever being forgiven (bankruptcy). That same endless amount of money has allowed colleges to raise tuition at 5 times the rate of inflation, resulting in ridiculous amounts of debt.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 10:46 pm
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Quick FYI: DW apparently removed some people from my circle somehow? IDK. So if you got a notification that I added you, and were pretty sure I had already added you, I didn't remove you on purpose.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1712 aged 19 Louisa Stuart (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of James II & VII, born after his exile, she lived in France.

Born on this day in 1622 to Frederick V Elector Palatine and Elizabeth the Winter Queen, Princess Louise of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Grandchild of James I &VI, aunt of George I. Louise was a talented painter, some of her works are in German museums. To the confusion of her family she went to France, converted to Catholicism and became a nun.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 06:29 pm
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[this is cross-posted from the tumblr even #No Shame Day, for the selfies and stories of disabled people. I thought I'd share my post here as well.]

a white person with curly black hair and glasses sits on the floor with their hair loose and a blank/flat expression, holding a purple cane.

the same person stands, leaning on the cane, in a kitchen.

the same person smiling at the camera with hair braided and pinned up.

I went through diagnostic limbo hell as a young teenager and came out of it with a psychotic disorder NOS diagnosis, along with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety and some others. Self-diagnosed autistic abusive survivor with (also self-dx’d) PTSD. So yes, my face in the first picture is happy.

And now as of last year I’m back in diagnostic limbo hell with joint issues. I walk with a cane and can’t hand write more than a few sentences without severe pain. I also get tired really easily.

Sometimes I can’t talk. Sometimes I can talk, but my sentences come out totally garbled so you have to guess what I say. Sometimes, I hear voices. Sometimes I believe crazy things, like that the shadows are out to get me or that the music is talking to me. A lot of the time, I have panic attacks or can’t go out in public. I can’t really talk on the phone because of the audio quality, and I have to watch TV with captions or I miss dialogue. (This is an auditory processing problem, btw, comes with autism a lot.) My facial expressions inspire strangers to come up to me and ask if I’m okay.

I skip class more than people think is acceptable, but fuck you, I got a 4.0 last semester. I can’t really shower every day. It took me until last year to start brushing my teeth semi-regularly. But I live on my own anyway. I can’t clean regularly, and my apartment is a total fucking mess (the backdrop in picture two is the cleanest option in the place) but it is mine. I live on my own with my dog and I’m okay.

/heavy breathing

Apr. 17th, 2015 06:24 pm
[personal profile] khronos_keeper

I finally turned in my RPI acceptance letter, and then signed and sent in the teaching assistantship agreement. \o/ progress!

After like... most of this morning talking to my mom, and then arranging and re-arranging appointments, I have decided to probably go maverick and check out the two properties I am interesting in renting, probably on Monday. They're both within 2 blocks of campus, both within a block of a grocery store. 

They sound like they have all the fundamentals set out very sweetly. Now my big question is: what is the view like, and will I constantly be hearing traffic, smelling trash, or be woken up by loud, drunken yelling? Is there a back lawn? Is there a place for plants? 

Things that I want to do for the end of the semester and moving junk: buy a bunch of big plastic totes for which to move my stuff in. It shouldn't be that much, but I want to have it nicely packed and organized. 

(Whispery disbelieving side note: on further inspection of the teach assistant agreement, it reads the university is prepared to chip in about $266K for my 4-year studies, which aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh what what whwat WHAT. I have never seen that kind of money sum attached to me in my entire freaking LIFE.)

Maybe I'm over-suspicious?

Apr. 17th, 2015 08:38 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

(Shut up at the back there with the cries of 'Nooooooo! Say it isn't so!')

Yesterday I mentioned some weird possibly spammy emails I'd received.

I get a fair number over time from people trying to get me to pony up for their SEO services and who have failed to register that, hello, this site is not a business and in one place specifically warns people off trying to purchase condoms, as this is not something we purvey here, no, not even ones artisanally handcrafted out of sheepgut (though the occasional person still tries).*

But I suspect that I also get people who are trying to do some kind of SEO thing by asking me, apparently coming from some academic/education-related site (invariably, I think, of interest within the USA only), to link to them. Except, again, POINT THAHR MISST when they don't seem to have taken on board that my resources links pages are very heavily themed to particular research interests and I do not do general education-type sites (even if these things are legit, which, well, the jury has just sent out for doughnuts and coffee and there is no sign of an imminent decision). And after a bit, they will even send a polite follow-up.

So, when I get an email saying 'you have some broken links' and asking to contact 'the webmaster', but doesn't specify what links and which page on my fairly extensive site they were found, even if it comes from somebody who might be a student (but I would sure have more confidence in that if they had an actual institutional address rather than I am going to give it a side-eye. Even when a week or fortnight later they send a follow-up.

I am just being jaded, cynical and over-suspicious here?

*Maybe this is just me, but I would prefer fewer hits providing they were from people who were actually looking for the history of the condom, etc, rather than more from people who would be intensely frustrated that this was not the site they were looking for.

Hitchhiker. #ladybug #spring #mbta

Apr. 17th, 2015 07:25 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Hitchhiker. #ladybug #spring #mbta
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost I take it I last played @jetpackjoyride sometime around Dia de Los Muertos.

The 100 meta

Apr. 17th, 2015 10:18 pm
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As usual, a The 100 post appears with no context for the uninitiated.

For the record, The 100 is a scifi show about a girl with a sorta tragic past leading a band of misfits through a post-apocalyptic Earth. Highlights include: this girl being bisexual, this girl having a meaningful, complicated, important relationship with her mom, this girl slowly learning the price of leadership, this girl being surrounded by like, one billion amazing female characters and one very hot dude with whom she is platonic BFFs and has zero UST.

Anyway, I wrote some meta on tumblr that contains spoilers for the latest aired episodes. Copy-pasting it here in case anyone wants to have a discussion about it? I would love a discussion!

on why Bellamy's forgiveness wasn't enough )

Interesting Links for 17-04-2015

Apr. 17th, 2015 07:00 pm

okay no

Apr. 17th, 2015 04:33 pm
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I am legit more resentful than that about today's xkcd

if people would like to have a grump-in in comments here they are very welcome to

because what the fuck

(content note, if you haven't looked at it and are wondering: Read more... ) NOPE.)

The Hugo Awards, Inclusion, and Me

Apr. 17th, 2015 07:58 am
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I bought my first Worldcon supporting membership a few years ago so that I could nominate for and vote on the Hugo Awards. For years I had been reading blog posts about how disproportionately few women and people of color showed up on awards lists. The writers of these post talked about how the Hugos in particular were given out by a relatively small and not very diverse group of fans. These activists urged people like me to join Worldcon and nominate the works (often by women and people of color) that we loved.

I wasn’t sure that my vote could make a difference and or that it would be worth the money. What finally convinced me to go for it was Renay, of [community profile] ladybusiness writing enthusiastically about her experience voting. She made it sound fun. So I joined LoneStarCon3, and starting thinking about what to nominate. At the time I knew online short fiction existed but I didn’t read much of it. I read several end of the year recommendation lists and was able to find and nominate some stories that I loved. That year only a few things that I nominated were on the final ballot and I don’t believe any of them won. Still I enjoyed reading for nomination and voting and talking about the works so the next year I bought another supporting membership and did it again.

I don’t think my nominations were any more successful last year, but watching the awards ceremony at home on my computer I felt elated. Seeing so many powerful speeches about the value of inclusion made me feel hopeful about the genre and the state of the world.

My participation in the Hugos is political. The personal is political, and what I read and love is very personal. However I want to make clear that no one has ever told me what to vote for. Lots of people have recommend things for me to read, but I’ve only nominated works that I loved and thought were worthy of the award.

Anyways I’m uncomfortable with how some fans are valorizing Worldcon. I’m glad so many people have found it welcoming, but I also hear many stories form people who felt unwelcome at Worldcon and in Fandom in general. Diversity fandom has been saying for a long time that Worldcon and the Hugo Awards could and should be more inclusive. I don’t think we should ignore these problems just because people we disagree with politically are now also saying that they feel excluded.

Yet, I don’t think the problems of inclusion in Worldcon and SFF fandom are unfixable. In fact many of us have been working to fix them. We’ve been encouraging our friends to vote. We have been reading things we loved and telling people about them. In the last year especially there has been an explosion of projects to increase the visibility and discoverabilty of short fiction. I’ve been trying to help in my small way by blogging about short fiction that I liked and recommend.

I’m angry that after diversity fandom has been working for a more inclusive fandom for years and years, white men are attacking the Hugo Awards process because they don’t feel included. Many of us have felt excluded, but we haven’t tried to attack the awards. Yet instead of trying to build communities and create change these people are throwing tantrums and breaking things. I wish they would destroy less and build more. They could do many things to build community instead of breaking what others have built. For example: start their own projects to recognize and review short fiction they think is great; create spaces for the voices they want to see more of; recommend that people vote and tell them about things they should consider voting for; or even make their own award! That’s what diversity fans have been doing.

Still despite the current mess I am grateful to the fans who have reached out to me and encouraged me to participate. Sometimes the process has made me sad or angry, but overall participating in the awards has been a positive experience. I’ve read great things I might not have read otherwise. I’ve talked to new people. So I plan to do it again next year.

daily gratitudes

Apr. 17th, 2015 09:36 am
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[personal profile] watersword
  1. poem accepted for publication
  2. I work in an office with protocols for setting things up
  3. TEA
  4. office buying me lunch today
  5. sleeping through the night
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So Rock Band 4 was announced. Those of you are new here do not know the impending fury.

Those of you who are long-time readers remember my seething obsession with Rock Band. Think I promoted my book Flex a lot? My Rock Band tweedlings made the Flex Book Tour look like a passing reference on Facebook. I played Rock Band endlessly, debated which songs were better, got the top-of-the-line drum kit.  I even started a Rock Band related webcomic, which I promise you I will tell you how it ends just as soon as I can dig up the old story bible that Cat Valente and I were working off of.

So when Rock Band 4 was announced after the series was long thought dead, Gini and I cheered.

Then the problems started.

See, I waffled for months on whether to get an XBox One or a PlayStation 4. “What if I bought the wrong system?” I thought.  “What if I ally with the wrong side of the Console Wars?”  And eventually, I bought a PlayStation 4 as a reward for selling Flex, and…

…it turns out that the new Rock Band will allow you to import your old songs… but not cross-platform.

Which is to say that, according to the last count, I have purchased 967 songs for Rock Band 3 on my XBox 360.  Figuring roughly $1.75 a song, that’s… way too much fucking money, really.  But if we were to buy Rock Band 4 for the PlayStation 4, we would have to abandon all of those delicious, delightful songs, starting over with the bare minimum of starter songs.

Gini said, “We have to buy an XBox One, then.”

This is why I love her.  She never questioned our mutual obsession.

So that’s a $400 purchase we have to make to play the new Rock Band.

…but wait!  As it turns out, we purchased our new television set in 2002.  This was before the advent, or even the invention, of this thing called “HDMI.”  Which is the only way XBox One connects to a television, I’m told.  The same is true of the PlayStation 4, and we did get a converter box to downgrade its signal for older televisions, but the screen is wavery and fuzzy and you can’t read small text.  (This is one reason I haven’t played a lot of PS4 games; I literally can’t read the tutorials.)  Also, we’re out of slots on the television, so we’d have to manually swap out our Xbox One, our PS4, and our Xbox 360.

“So,” I told Gini, “We’ll have to purchase a new television to do this properly.”

“You realize we’re idiots,” she said.

“Yes!” I responded brightly. “And the new television probably won’t work with the antiquated stereo system we have, either!  So we’ll need to upgrade that!”


“Also, we’ll probably need to get a new Logitech all-in-one remote control, because the old one we have doesn’t work with the PS4.  But that, I promise you, is the end of the expenditures.”

“Except actually purchasing Rock Band 4.”

“Oh, yes. And that.”

“And the new instruments.”

“…those too!” I agreed happily.

“So we’ll be eating macaroni and cheese out of a box,” Gini concluded. “With no other entertainments but this copy of Rock Band.”

“Correction,” I added.  “We’ll be ROCKING that macaroni and cheese.”

In conclusion, please buy as many copies of Flex (and its impending sequel The Flux) as you can, because Gini and I are shallow gits who desperately need to get our pseudo-rock-star fantasies enabled. Thank you.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 01:58 pm
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Died on this day in 1271 aged 30 Isabella of France (my toy,wikipedia); cousin once removed of the wife of Henry III. Married the King of Navarre, as part of a peace deal between her father (the King of France) and her new-husband. She went on Crusade with her father and husband, who both then died, she retired to Provence.

Born on this day in 1154 to King Sancho VI of Navarre and Sancha of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Berengaria who married Richard I. Fought with other bits of Spain, and was quite friendly towards England.

Poem: "An Entangled State"

Apr. 17th, 2015 08:27 am
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[personal profile] jjhunter
If I assemble words tight enough to resonance with this
I will feel again what it is to pull a spiked gunked dripping thing up
from my stomach ratcheting up my throat catching at the maximus of my back
cranking my neck pulling taut the skin of my skull to rip out above my eyes
straining my temples with suckers as it goes

which is to say, I am weary of leaking
I gain at competence I want, I win, it inconstant yanks
back at this ungainly innard growth I call anxiety,
hurts me, hurts me there where it roots in me
I reach it resists, it brings me low
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A day out in Worcester

Apr. 17th, 2015 01:22 pm
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Keiki and I had a day out together in Worcester this week.

[Photo of us at lunch. Me after I had my makeup done and then spent too much money on makeup, with Keiki looking worried that I’m going to drop him in my risotto.]

We started off with a tour of the high street, poking into various shops for long-overdue purchases of important items like new tights to replace all my raggedy old ones, and stamps for sending postcards.

[Fish Street, with graffiti and bicycles. No fish, though.]

More flanage. )
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Because I am completely torn between "But theoretical understanding of a wide variety of topics is important!" and "Nothing I was taught in school between the ages of 13 and 18 has ever been of any use to me whatsoever, and really they could have interspersed it with some things that were."

Oh, and there's an excellent follow-up video here, where he talks about the various responses he got.)

(No links yet, due to Delicious continuing to be rubbish. How hard can it be to run a database of links?)

More hat-wearing problems

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:33 am
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A friend on facebook linked to a variant of the 100 hats puzzle I talked about at:

Suppose there are 100 scientists (or logicians, or philosophers...) and 101 hats. As in the other puzzle, the scientists are told the rules, allowed to confer, and then not allowed to speak. They're lined up all facing the same way, so the one at the back can see everyone else's hats, and the one at the front can see no-one's hats. And no-one can see their own hat.

The hats are numbered "1" to "101". The hats are placed randomly on the heads of the scientists, with one unknown hat left over. In any order the scientists can guess what hat they're wearing. But can't guess a number that was previously guessed.

What's the maximum number of scientists you can get to guess right?

If you have that, can you do it if there are 102 hats and two are left over? I genuinely don't know the answer to that one.

Hints in the comments.

Killed the most characters

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:31 am
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Ptc joked that authors kill off an average of three major characters -- most kill none, but one is George Martin :)

Which got me thinking, which author has really killed off the most characters? I want to say "named" rather than "major" so it's more objective. In which case you maybe want two categories: authors who kill off a whole world at the end of a book; and authors who kill off the most named characters -- but still have plot going on afterwards.

Who are the obvious candidates?

ETA: With thanks to Mark for the link and to seekingferrett, the current frontrunner is the Illiad with 254 :)

And I never liked the taste anyway

Apr. 17th, 2015 10:24 am
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How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

My life seems full of half-eaten elephants all over the damn place right now. I try not to think about this too much because it diminishes anything I have accomplished. But some days the slog gets too much and I just long for anything to be easy or straightforward.


Apr. 17th, 2015 12:00 pm
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Anyone on HabitRPG? I have decided to give it a try, mainly for piano practise and getting back into exercise. I am just rather stumped what to put into it. What do you track there?

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Apr. 17th, 2015 07:58 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] linzer and [personal profile] shezan!

Birthday greetings. And fic

Apr. 17th, 2015 06:50 am
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Happy birthday [personal profile] shezan.

I come bearing fic.

Naked Shingles of the World

It's that slight rarity, a mature-rated het fic in the Charioteer fandom. Crossover with Antonia Forest's Marlows, though I somehow suspect it will not be featuring on Ms Canning's user guide to Antonia Forest fanfic any time soon.

Warnings for never engaging in drinking contests with strange women of a certain age; they have, by definition, had a lot more time to practise. Also, if using Joyce's Ulysses for divination purposes, be aware that "think about sex" "go to the pub" and "eat pork products derived from the less-mentionable parts of the pig or other offal" (not necessarily exclusive of each other) are by far the most likely outcomes. If choosing beach pyjamas, always check how they look from the back. It won't stop randoms criticising, but at least you'll know on which side justice lies.

blood and Costco

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:50 pm
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First of all I'd like to apologize for the amount I've been tweeting about menstruation, and for the fact that I'm about to blog about it.

Here's the thing, though: it's the end of an era. In 2011 I bought a pack of pads from Costco. I remember sitting in my car in the parking lot crying, because I had joined Costco on the grounds that it would be good for buying diapers, and a year later, there I was, at Costco, buying pads instead of diapers because in a year I had failed to come up with any need for diapers and instead I needed pads because it turned out that once again I had failed to get pregnant.

And of course, since I was at Costco, I bought one package and it contained enough pads to absorb all great Neptune's ocean. So it lasted me until I did get pregnant with the Junebug. And it lasted me between when my period came back and when I got pregnant with Rocket. And it has lasted me until now. This will be the first time that I have bought menstrual supplies since 2011. I have one pad left from that package. It is the package that has seen me through my childbearing. And now it's over.

(Costco is great for diapers, by the way, but it's even better for wipes. Not only are they cheap, they're the best wipes I've ever found.)

Parenting win

Apr. 16th, 2015 05:16 pm
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I just watched the new trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie.

As soon as it began and the familiar sounds of a) Star Wars music and b) Star Wars weapons emanated from my computer, Mr. Five Year Old came running across the room to see what I was doing.

Geek parenting FTW. :-)
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... as distinct from your blue-eyed boys feelings, which is my actual main fandom; by which I mean I am as I have mentioned in a few places getting around to watching the canon that forms the basis for the thing and, well, I'm really sad at the moment, and apparently this means I am watching the first boxset twice (or at least am watching TFA and Avengers twice). ERGO. AVENGERS FEELINGS.

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