Pragmatic

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:06 pm
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I put my new tent up for sale. I'm first listing on my FB page and on the Calontir page (give locals first chance), but will post on SCA Yard Sale FB tomorrow. The tent is brand new and never used, so I think it will sell.

It was a heartbreaking decision. I feel like I've shut the door on a dream. But with my health issues, Bob's schedule (and lack of enthusiasm for camping), and now these house repairs, it makes more sense to sell the tent rather than devote more money towards camping (I would still need to get a few more items, the most expensive being a portable battery for the CPAP machine.)

Not camping will most probably kill my chance of ever getting a peerage, but I need to make peace with that, and enjoy the hobby just as it is. There is plenty going on locally, various indoor events, and two big Arts & Sciences events a year to look forward to. Lilies is still close enough to daytrip, and someday I will make it down to Gulf Wars, and stay at my cousin's house.

But yeah, my tent. I loved that tent. I loved the possibilities that I felt because I had such a wonderful tent. I had plans for banners that we would post outside, and ideas about painting it.

But life is full of choices, and I choose to be pragmatic.

Dammit.

When the Rain Came In

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:27 am
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You know, I had so many snow icons from when we lived in Iowa. I need some storm icons for here in Kansas!

Huge, violent storm hit the KC metro last night. Thunder went on for hours, 70 to 90 mph winds, power outages (not here, thankfully), trees down, and flash flooding. Bob had to drive home through the deluge and had issues because there was so much water on the streets, the rain was coming down so fast.

And...our basement sprung a leak. Not a huge one, but bad enough. The idiot previous owner (who I am really growing to detest, as we keep stumbling on problems because she couldn't be bothered to take care of the house) put carpeting all through the basement. Carpet in the basement is never a good idea--even the best of basements get water in them.

Anyway, we're not sure yet of the source. There are foundation issues (need to get a specialist out here to figure out the extent), but this is not in the same area.

Bob has his desk in that corner, and loads of stuff stacked there, so we had to move a bunch of stuff. Some of his art prints were ruined, but luckily, he kept most of them in plastic sleeves, so only a couple had to be thrown out. But he's going to have to cut out a hunk of the carpet on Monday so that we don't get mold.

I don't remember if we took our dehumidifier with us when we left Dubuque. I think we left it at the house--that basement needed it! We need to buy one to help with the moisture issue. Bob has a ton of books down there.

My dad is loaning us money to help with the garage door, once I get estimates/bids in. So that's one less worry in a stack of trouble.

I had to back out of one of the things I'm doing for Feast of Eagles next weekend--it was a display about the Siege of Orleans. The organizer was never clear about what exactly she wanted from me. I'm already working gate in the morning, running the pre-print table in the afternoon, helping with the feast prep the day before, plus I've donated one of the prizes for the tournaments, and several items to the "Fish in a Barrel" raffle. NO ONE can say that I'm not doing my share of the work.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:02 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Here's how the new Star Wars novels will connect to The Last Jedi: The ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ books will explore details from the history of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia". I'm just gonna jump down here to Canto Bight: "This collection of four short stories will focus on creatures from the glamorous casino world of Canto Bight, described as the galactic version of Monaco. The book, which hits stores on Dec. 5, will be written by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller." [Also linked at [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes, because awesome news is awesome.]

"Stargate Origins Series to Launch New MGM Digital Platform — Watch Teaser".

"Pacific Rim: Uprising Releases Teaser and Info on a New Crop of Jaegers". [Tor.com] And once again, we have a Jaeger with a slur (same one) in its name. :/

"Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter, Finally Getting the Doctor Who Spinoff Adventures She Deserves" [in audio drama form]. [The Mary Sue]

"Dick Grayson vs. Toxic Masculinity". [Book Riot] [May 2017]


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] wendelah1, "Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew". [Content warnings: what you'd expect from that headline.]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "The Kitten Rental Program is Saving Lives".

"The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence".

"Photobucket Is Holding People's Photos For 'Ransom': The company is now charging a $400 fee to hot-link images — which will break photos on tons of old websites and blogs.". [Buzzfeed]

"The Lost Cookbooks Of Black Chefs".

"Just 19 Fascinating Things About The Hair & Makeup On 'GLOW'". [Buzzfeed]

"How Eyeliner Defines My Womanhood". "My politics and my eyeliner became inseparable. Projecting my own sense of beauty, without shame or hesitation, scared the hell out of my opponents. My look was my armor and my weaponry. / But the fight took its toll. Somewhere in my late teens, I closeted myself again, without particularly noticing that I was doing so. I stopped wearing anything that scanned as feminine. I didn't even own eyeliner for 20 years. And I said nothing when people took me for a straight, cisgender man. [...] I’ve finally recognized, over years of trial and error — mostly error — that a wildly disproportionate amount of anxiety I experience arises from dressing like a man. A couple of years ago, that anxiety was swallowing me whole. I didn’t like who I’d become, and I wanted better for myself and my family. And, thanks to the wealth of information available online, and the supportive trans and queer community I found there, I had finally found the words to describe myself."

"Not in This Day and Age? On “Feisty, Cheeky, and Rebellious” Women in History".

"Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground". "One of the biggest problems is a side-effect of what made it possible to dig the deep level tunnels in the first place — namely the very solid and nice to tunnel through London Clay which sits under the city.

In fact, when the early tube tunnels were dug, they were so cool down there that the cool tube was seen as a respite from the summer heat on the surface. Why suffer on a bus in the heat when there’s a cool tube to take instead, said the marketing men.

So why is the Bakerloo line, once the coolest place to be, now a mobile sauna?"

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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:05 pm
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I read an entry from [personal profile] brithistorian which came originally from [personal profile] spiralsheep.

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Enough

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:57 am
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I've decided to start looking into bariatric surgery again. I tried for it seven years ago, even taking the nutrition course necessary, but the hospital (University of Iowa) turned me down as a candidate because I have bipolar disorder. Since that time, there have been more studies done that show that bipolar patients are just as likely to follow post-operative directions as anyone else.

I will have to get documents from my psych doc, but I think he will cooperate. I still have episodes (that doesn't go away) but I recognize them and deal accordingly.

I'll be talking with my primary doctor next week about this, and have an informational meeting set up the week after that with a surgeon to see what options are available locally and also to get a handle on what the costs might be.

My father, who had tried for the surgery some time ago, found out the hard way that most doctors have an upper age limit (usually 55 to 60 years old), so if I plan to do this, I only have a few years to act.

The fact is that I weigh almost 300 lbs. I've had some limited success with diets, but the weight always comes back, especially when I have to take seroquel. I look and feel extremely unattractive, my hips, knees, and ankles are badly stressed, and it's difficult to find clothing that fits anymore.

Enough is enough. I know the surgery can work--both my brother and his wife have had it. They still have to work at keeping weight off (that never ends), but the surgery gave them the running start they needed.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:18 am
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I don't think I've kept updated here very well, so the short points:

I'm moving back to the US this week. The movers arrive tomorrow morning to retrieve half a dozen boxes of books and such, while I spend the week at a conference in Germany. Then I have one farewell day in London, an overnight in Iceland, and then I'll be back in the PacNW.

I'm obviously sad and frustrated, because I have been living a life and stuff and now it just all goes away because the country decided to wake up and be racist one day last summer.

But on the other hand, my mom's ill and about to start chemotherapy, so as timing goes, I should probably be there anyway.

I'll try to update better later and fill in the blanks - I'm still packing right now, and apparently going to just make up my conference paper as I go along on Monday.

Back to putting stuff into boxes!

Cheaper Than Rent, Yeah

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:42 pm
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This house--it's like it can hear us! Bob and I were chatting the other day about the garage door. It is original to the house, a double-sized wooden door with no insulation, which explains some of our cold problems in the winter (our bedroom is directly above the garage). We were making note of the wood rot/water damage on the lower part of the door.

Today, Bob somehow hit one of the side rails with my car mirror (Cue RAGE WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY LITTLE RED CAR THAT I LOVE??!!!), and the door wouldn't close. He got out some tools and hammered the rail back into place, but it is badly rusted and the area around it has some significant wood rot OMGWTF. There are bolts that are, I kid you not, tied into place with bits of rope. We actually took some rope and tied another bolt down so that it would not slip out of the rail. This is a temporary fix.

So now I need to start calling around and getting bids/estimates to replace the door. This time, we want a good one, preferably insulated steel (although vinyl might do). I don't know if we'll have to replace the garage door opener, but odds are good we will since the door will be much heavier, and that thing looks like its on its last legs as well.

Poking around online, it looks like we'll be out $1,500 to $2,000 for the whole thing? Bah.

Granted, owning is still cheaper than rent, especially in this area where the rents are rather high, plus I know at least three people who are having to move because the house they live in is being sold out from under them. House ownership costs money, no getting around that. It's frustrating, though.

Let's see, since moving here 4 1/2 years ago, we have had to replace:

The front door
The back door
The back deck
The front window(s) (two regular windows plus an oval display)
The water heater
The washer and dryer (did that when we moved in)
The guest bathroom toilet
The garbage disposal
Some of the gutters

plus extensive repairs on:

the plumbing
the irrigation system (every freakin' year!!)
three closet doors
two bedroom doors

And we're saving up for:

Repairing the foundation on the south side of the house
Repairing/replacing the concrete work (front steps and driveway)
Repairing settling damage on the outside front, second story
Repairing wall cracks (from foundation settling plus incorrect installation of drywall)
Painting the entire interior
Replacing the upstairs carpet (with pergo-type flooring)
Replacing the basement carpet (with laminate over a basement-type base)
Replacing the backyard fence
Replacing the Master bathroom toilet and the basement toilet

If we decide to stay here after Bob retires:

Replacing the siding
Replacing most of the windows
Exterior painting
Solar panels, maybe?

We also have to consider usual wear and tear on things, so odds are good we will eventually also have to replace some other appliances, the furnace and air conditioning, and possibly the roof.

This is why we don't have money to do much travel!

Taiko Workshop 1

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:39 pm
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Still a bit woozy, but I went ahead to the taiko workshop yesterday evening. I don't know when they'll offer it again, so I didn't want to miss my chance!

I've no previous experience with taiko, so it was all new. We learned some stances and hand positions while holding the bachi (drum sticks). It's very much like shodo (Japanese calligraphy) in that everything is rooted in FORM, and yes, you do need to do the form correctly because if you cheat now, it'll catch up with you later.

The most difficult part was the stance--a wide "horse" stance with knees slightly bent, but you have to keep your back straight and not lean over the instrument. I'm heavy and have bad knees, so this was a challenge, but I did my best! Taiko was fun and i learned a lot, so I'm glad I went, and am looking forward to the next three weeks' classes.

I came home and took some pain meds to stave off problems and that seems to have worked. I'm a bit sore, but not too bad. They were very careful to make sure everyone stretched before working on the drills!

Trope Bingo (Round 9) card

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:14 am
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This week I caved and requested a [dreamwidth.org profile] trope_bingo card to go with my cards for [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo and [dreamwidth.org profile] seasonofkink. This time I opted to only get prompts from the main set (I just typed "pain set". Hmm), rather than also drawing from the AU, kinks, and/or art sets.

I haven't spent much time going through and thinking in terms of which ones are most workable for me, but there are several I like. Chosen family is one of my favorite things; "huddle for warmth" is one of those reliable classic tropes that I don't think I've ever actually written; I like domestic things, so both curtain fic and food/cooking fit... We'll see.

Anyway, here's my card:
under the cut )
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A Pair of Kickstarters

--"Mermaid Hues: A Book of Mermaids" is a project by an artist whose work I enjoyed during Mermay, so I'm glad to see it's being made available for purchase!

--Sparkler Monthly just launched their Kickstarter for year 5: "Twelve more issues of women-oriented, LGBT+ friendly webcomics, light novels, and audio dramas in our digital magazine!" Their Kickstarter page includes a lot of info on the kind of work they do and publish, and links to a free downloadable Sparkler Starter Bundle.

(I do have to note that I'm friends with several of the founders/editors [and have proofread a few of their print volumes], but that means I can tell you with confidence that they bring a LOT of experience and passion to the table as long-term manga-industry professionals and as enthusiastic, thoughtful fans of female-gaze-focused Japanese and Japanese-style media.)


Cute Stuff

"10+ Times Corgis Mixed With Other Breeds, And The Result Was Absolutely Pawsome".

"Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Welcome A Squeaky Little Small-Clawed Otter Pup".

"22 Dogs That Prove We Don’t Deserve Dogs". [Buzzfeed]

[dreamwidth.org profile] naye posted June pics of her LaPerm kitties!

"I’ve Spent Years Photographing Rats To Break The Negative Image Of Rats By Taking Cute Pics Of Them".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] erinptah, "Senior Cat Was So Grumpy — Until He Became ‘Grandpa’ To Kittens: “I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever.”".


Miscellaneous

"Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF". [Tor.com]

Aww, yay! Sarah Kurchak is Writer of the Week at The Establishment.

"The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alexseanchai, a fascinating piece of poetry/meta and commentary about translation between languages where the speakers of one have oppressed the speakers of the other. It's remarkable.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] tielan, "5 Easy To Make Homemade Air Conditioners".

"How Clergy Set the Standard for Abortion Care: Fifty years ago, a network of religious leaders helped thousands of women find safe, comfortable ways of having the procedure". [2016]

"'Glow' Star Betty Gilpin: What It's Like to Have Pea-Sized Confidence With Watermelon-Sized Boobs", a piece about becoming comfortable in her body for the first time. (I'm not sure exactly what content notes to put on this; proceed carefully if you have issues tangled up with body image.)[Note: I have not seen Glow, although it's on the LIST OF DOOM.]
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Up all night last night, back and forth to the bathroom. I think it may have been food poisoning. Stomach was in full rebellion. Mint tea helped, though. Feeling better but dragging today. Decided not to go to Baronial sewing night. We ended up watching a few episodes of The Expanse, Season 2. (Really, one of the best sci-fi series I have ever seen, even if somewhat grim.)

As it happens, on the Famous Womens Project FB group, there was a discussion about the pleats on a number of the dresses that people were wondering about. The Cornificia dress also has these pleats. In my first bit of research, I found a number of examples in religious paintings of the Virgin Mary during the mid-15th century. Turns out a lady over in Northshield (Annetje van Leuven) did a good bit of research on this type of dress some years ago, and she shared a number of pictures of some extant garments that had the same pleating.

Definitely food for thought. My dress is structured a little differently, but it seems that the extant garment had some extensive adjustments in the 16th century. Then again, I'm not entering this for Arts and Sciences--this is to help someone doing a photography project. However, I'm picky enough to want to get things right, just because.

All kinds of ranting online today regarding the new SCA "Bullying and Harassment" policy. I'm sad that we even need to have something like that spelled out in a society supposedly devoted to the ideals of chivalry, but OTOH, I've been in the SCA a very long time and seen some very ugly behavior. It's not as rare as it should be.

I think the policy is badly written, though. Way too vague, and I'm afraid that it could be misused because of that. Calontir's King Damien, who grew up in the SCA, put out a calm and measured statement about his ideas on the policy. We'll see what happens.

Okay, off to bed. I think the worst of the stomach problems are over--I really do not want to miss shodo tomorrow morning and taiko tomorrow evening!
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In a shocking development, I'm going to try going to bed now (before midnight) rather than my more usual 2-3 AM. I can't even pretend to myself that there's any chance I'll produce any wordcount tonight, so trying to sleep seems like the right call even if it's wildly out of character.

PSA: the ebook of Feed (Newsflesh book 1) is currently on sale at all kinds of retailers, including the Canadian Kobo site, if you haven't tried it yet and feel at all inclined to fill my heart with joy by reading it and meeting Georgia Mason. (Here's my rec post for the series.)

As it happens, now is an extra-good time to pick up any of [dreamwidth.org profile] seanan_mcguire(/Mira Grant)'s books or support her Patreon: her beloved female Maine Coon, Alice, is extremely ill. ;_;
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--My brain is refusing to settle on much of anything. It feels like a mix of my usual lack of focus with a few scattered side notes of...not impending anxiety, but flickers of it trying to settle in. (In a couple of cases I know that the anxiety is about, but can't shake the sense that it may be justified, which makes it harder to deal with. I may wind up having to send an email or two of the "I honestly don't know if you're mad at me and I'm picking up on it or if my brain is making it up wholesale or if I'm picking up on other stresses from you and my brain's misattributing them" [and the later makes inquiring much worse, because if someone is worn down or stressed because of unrelated things, I don't want to add "oh, and please help me regulate my possibly-irrational emotions" to their plate].)


--For the past several nights my sleep cycle was even worse than usual, resulting in far too little sleep, and last night/this morning some part of my subconscious took charge and I didn't really wake up until almost 2 PM today. o_o Fortunately I had the rewrite that was due today basically finished, so I just had to give it a final polish and read-through. And this afternoon Jinksy was randomly extra cuddly and came to snuggle on my lap at my desk twice while I was reading the paper and working.


--This evening [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I got some gardening done. I deadheaded some annuals; he took down the "prey TV" birdfeeder (because of this); we moved the tomato plants around a bit so the smaller ones will get more light; we added some height to a couple of stackable tomato cages; and we put down mulch in the perennial bed and around the two lilacs (in the latter case, in order to clear the encroaching grasses as much as anything else). The Sensation lilac is thriving in the face of getting actual care from us! It's significantly larger than it was at the beginning of spring. (Why, it's as if pruning, fertilizing, consistent watering, and putting lime down makes a difference!) And the lone Sungold tomato plant is growing rapidly, and still far bigger than any of the others. (Even after it lost a stalk [?] today. We moved it, and once it was away from the others two stalks weren't nearly supported enough, but weren't outright falling over...and yet in the time it took [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose to get some ties ready, one of them said "fuck it" and snapped. *sighs* At least it didn't have wee tomatoes on it.)


--Hey, remember how, in Toronto, I bought orange Enthusiast Fluevogs in orange because the purple had been discontinued? Guess what just came out in a new purple colorway for the new season? *facepalm* Fortunately, I don't like this purple version nearly as well as the discontinued one. (And also, the orange--which I really do like!--were noticeably on sale, so even if the new purple had been out, it would've meant not getting either pair this trip, not getting the purple instead.) But part of me is still just like "...really? Really?"

小鳥の歌 76

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:26 pm
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A little bird sings
In the surrounding darkness
Only crickets chirp
The fireflies dance and die
My God it’s full of stars

link: glow of fireflies in the twilight to fireflies dance and die.

“My God it’s full of stars” is from Arthur C. Clarke’s Novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although widely believed to have been said in the movie, it actually wasn’t. I refer here to things I thought I heard, but were not actually said. That seems to happen to me a lot nowadays. I don’t like it.

The poem can be read forwards or backwards.
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Bob still has a couple of days off (he took last weekend, and then his schedule turned out in a way that he had 10 days off in a row). We have a massive heat wave hitting now (heat index in the 100's to 110's F), so there's not much incentive to go out anywhere. And the Y's pool is closed for repairs this week, too!

The local Taiko group (Three Trails Taiko) is holding a introductory workshop over the next four Wednesday nights, total cost $30. I decided to give it a try, especially since they are here in Olathe (no driving 30-45 minutes to some spot in Kansas City). "Three Trails" is actually a reference to Olathe, which is where the three main trails to the Old West (the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail) all converge. Olathe was and continues to be a railroad town, although fortunately, most of the tracks are on the other side of I-35 from where we live.

I don't know anything at all about taiko, so I figured if nothing else, I will learn something new. If I do like it, maybe it will be a way to meet more people and have fun.

Still doing shodo, but it is mostly a solitary thing. I meet up with my teacher usually once a week (or so).

Went to the Shire's Cooks Guild meeting on Friday. They were taste-testing some of the recipes for our event's feast later this month. I was so nervous, but everyone made me feel welcome and didn't mind all my questions. And I got a delicious meal, too!

Saturday was CalonCon, which is a day of business meetings for local SCA officers. Last year I was with the Chatelaines (not fun), then sat in with the Heralds because ours had to work. This year, I am the Shire's Herald, so I just showed up for that meeting. Despite all the nitpickiness of Heralds' work, heralds themselves are pretty fun to be around, especially with all the puns and jokes they like to sneak into names and devices. Got some questions answered, heard some stories, good meeting.

But I had a bad people hangover afterwards. Ysabel texted me to see if I wanted to come over and play board games with some of the Shire folk, and I had to turn her down because I was already in my pajamas at 8 pm. The day was fine, but being around so many people just exhausted me.

Sunday was doing laundry, napping, and watching some British comedy called Upstart Crow. We waited to watch the Game of Thrones premier until this morning (no spoilers--dang, it was good!).

I meant to cut out and experiment with the sleeve on the Cornificia Dress (I think I figured out what was wrong, after watching some Youtube videos about inset sleeves), but was so not in the mood to mess with sewing today. Need to do that tomorrow, though. Both the chemise and the dress use that same sleeve, so I have got to get it correct before I cut out the good fabric.

I put my new song up in the Shire FB group. It's called The Falcon's Cry and is sung to the tune of Palestinalied, a 12th century German song. I'd mentioned at the meeting and at Cooks Guild that I thought it would be fun for the Shire to sing Their Majesties off to war, since ours is the last event before they head out to Pennsic. (Not to mention, our theme is the Hundred Year War.) Some folks encouraged me, but now that I've posted it, there's been no response at all. Bob liked it out of pity (although he says it's good, but he can't go to the event anyway).

I have to decide whether I want to try to sing it on my own. See, this is why I consider myself a poet rather than a bard! I'm not a bad singer, but I'm a high soprano and better suited to choral singing. (Also super-sensitive to comments about When Fat Ladies Sing. Yeah, people are cruel.)
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I had theories about writing an actual post or two this weekend, but then the super-wordy (half-volume) of a Hana to Yume series* that's due tomorrow devoured every trace of brain power I had, apparently. OTOH, I have a draft, and once this is in I'll be back on track post-travel.

(That said, I'm already dreading the potential length and intensity of the fall bout of Casual Job and really hoping to actually get ahead on my freelance stuff, insofar as that's possible. *fingers crossed*)

Fannish/Geeky Things

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv, "Riverdale Casts Supergirl's Brit Morgan in Recurring Season 2 Role". (I didn't read the article, as I haven't yet seen Riverdale, but yay, Brit Morgan!)

"Black Panther Is Cleverly Reimagining One of Its Major Villains To Avoid Racial Stereotypes".

I love [dreamwidth.org profile] chaila's (spoilery!) [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness post about Wonder Woman from a couple of weeks ago.

"Star Trek: Discovery literally hired writers to fact-check new stories against Trek canon".

"Killjoys' Aaron Ashmore reflects on past Smallville, Veronica Mars roles". And a bunch of others!


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Glory: We’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?"

Also via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "A third of marine megafauna died in a mass extinction that we didn’t even know about".

"Kill Your Old Ideas So You Can Be More Creative". [Lifehacker] Hmm.

This site lets you see if a Twitter user (one with a public account, anyway) is currently shadowbanned.

"Why bisexual men are still fighting to convince us they exist". [January]

"10 Coolest Ice Cream Traditions From Around The World".

"That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis: And other tales from the intersection of science and airport security".

"After a Revolution". [Dimas Ilaw at Uncanny Magazine] [Content notes: refers to a wide variety of murder, rape, assault, torture...] "Here is a secret that is not a secret. Here is a curse that is not a curse. Revolutions are not redemption. They will not save you, just as ours did not save us back in 1896, or 1986, or 2001.

It is not that revolutions are useless; it is that they are not enough. And, perhaps, that is what damns us: we give everything we have, blood and fire and all our screaming voices, and after that it is still not over—we still have to go on, to carry our country through the painful process of rebuilding and rooting out diseases infesting our systems and finding better ways to be just, and fair, and kind, which is an even longer, more difficult trial, for all that it is less lit by fire."



On RocketNews24:

--"Dominique Ansel gives us new eye-popping ice cream served in a slice of watermelon!【Pics】".

--"Sanrio and Sailor Moon finally reveal their lineup of My Melody collab goods!"

小鳥の歌 74 and 75

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:12 am
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These sacred feelings
Enshrined upon an altar
Trapped behind my teeth
The river breaches its banks
I cannot outrun this flood

Link: Enshrined to Enshrined


The minutes linger yet
Time with her winged sandals
Goes racing past us
As fleeting as the glow of
Fireflies in the twilight

link: cannot outrun to racing past us

Written for the occasion of Rhodri ap Hywel’s birthday
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Via a few people, [dreamwidth.org profile] findthatbook is a comm. for helping each other identify dimly-remembered books.

"Fullmetal Alchemist live action drops new teaser trailer and 9 character visuals".

"Game Of Thrones Characters Like You Haven’t Seen Before In A Psychedelic Photoshoot".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sineala, "Star Trek IV Now Exists in the Same Universe As All Marvel Films Thanks to a Special Cameo".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] gramarye1971, Utena is coming out on Blu-ray with "other limited-edition items", and I don't want to buy it again (I bought the remastered version a few years ago, and I don't care about Blu-ray), but...it may depend on what the limited-edition things are. Utena!!!

"Stop Explaining the Direct Market to Me". [Book Riot]

[dreamwidth.org profile] skygiants posted about Sky Masterson of Guys and Dolls clearly having been written as a lesbian.


Writing/SFF

The #6MOP hashtag on Twitter is "6 Months of Pots", which started off here (and the thread explains the name: "[A] prof. does an experiment in his pottery class. Half the class can only work on one pot each during the allotted time. The other half has to make as many pots as possible in the allotted time. It's about quality vs. quantity. Turned out, the best pots came from the students who were making as many as possible. Each pot taught a new lesson, informed the next one. Basically, make shitty art. So I think July-Dec will be six months of shitty art for me. Maybe it will help me find the magic again. It can't hurt, anyway. All writing is growth.") Later, when starting the hashtag, [twitter.com profile] writer_gem says "Really the goal is just to happily and enthusiastically make shitty art for six months and not think too hard or worry too much." [twitter.com profile] Making_Pots' bio says "The #6MOP hype person, here to tweet prompts and encouragement."

"How A Reader’s Feminist Critique Changed My Sci-Fi Novel". [LitHub]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] zulu, "Applying the Moral Premise to your story" is an interesting take on plotting.


Miscellaneous

"Ways To Stay Motivated In This Shit-Shellacked Era Of Epic Stupid". [Chuck Wendig] "The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that."

"Artist Ronit Baranga’s Disturbing Anatomical Dishware Creeps Across Tabletops".

"Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns Are Now Available Online".

"Google has built a stunning, searchable archive of 3,000 years of world fashion".

"Meet The “Queen Of The Dark” Who Was Told To Bleach Her Incredibly Dark Skin By Uber Driver". It's a terrible headline. Have the first paragraph: "Meet Nyakim Gatwech, the South Sudanese model who’s teaching people not to be afraid of the dark. With her deeply pigmented skin and fierce determination, she’s breaking down the barriers of conventional beauty, and encouraging others to do exactly the same."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] isis, Factitious is (quoting [dreamwidth.org profile] isis) "a game to test your ability to discern whether a linked news item is real or fake".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] niqaeli, Pyramid Seven is "a queer owned, chicago based boxer brief company made for people with periods, regardless of gender. After noticing there was a lack of conversation around people with periods who didn't normally wear feminine underwear, we decided to do something about it."

Rising Heat

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Typical Kansas summer--super hot and humid air-you-can-wear weather, followed by a huge storm that takes several hours to go through the area. Listening to non-stop thunder for over 2 hours is an almost surreal experience.

On the plus side, we did need the rain, yay.

After months of soul-searching and dithering, I have finally decided to sell the Soulpad tent that I got for my birthday. Reasons include:

1. Slow recovery from the illness in March. It is taking much longer than I thought. It's difficult to have fun at an event when you are exhausted.

2. Bob has progressed from "I'm not really into camping" to "I hate camping and don't want to do it." I had hoped we could go to Gulf Wars and/or Pennsic together. He has made it very clear that he does NOT want to do that. Oh, he would go if I went (to make sure I was okay) but Bob at his most passive-aggressive is no fun to deal with.

3. Auxiliary costs--due to the CPAP machine and my bad knees, there are additional items that I would need to camp comfortably and they are outside of what I budgeted. Plus cooking items--I have two coolers, but nothing to cook with. People spoke up at the time with promises of help, but those seem to be just words. The fact is, I don't want to have to depend on people for physical help. It's their vacation, too.

4. I don't want to spend so much money and time on something that doesn't make my heart sing. The majority of my SCA experience has been with non-camping events (or just day-tripping at camping events). Because of where we live, I can continue doing that and still be active. And push comes to shove, if I want to do Gulf Wars, my cousin lives 45 minutes from the site and has invited me to stay with her. And Pennsic? Well, been there twice, done that twice, checked that box off twice.

The tent has not even been used, and I got it on sale (with free shipping), so I'm pretty sure I can sell it for what we paid for it.
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I just tossed seven pictures of the garden up in this Instagram post; I don't have the energy to deal with copying or embedding them here.

Picture info:

1) The three largest tomato plants, mainly. (And you can see what I mean when I talk about our patio stones and how much space that allows us between the back wall of the townhouse and the lawn.) The one on the left is the lone Sungold, currently featuring at least a few incredibly small tomatoes and some flowers; the two beside it are a Chocolate cherry plant and a Lemon Boy, although I don't remember which is which. Those three are the ones that got the "tomato halo" treatment. There's another row of smaller plants behind those ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I may try to rearrange the SmartPots so the back ones get more light), and off to the very left of the photo you can see the two annual planters in the shadiest area.

2) Super-tiny green tomatoes on the Sungold!

3) A different angle on the jungle of tomato plants, with a bit of the raspberry plant peeking in at the bottom right. Some of the SmartPots have marigolds tucked in with the tomato plants (possibly too close for comfort).

4) An annual pot and most of the (primarily-)perennial garden bed. The only two perennials showing any color yet are the two astilbe plants, which are growing quite differently from each other. (One jutting up at the far right, and the other rather droopier in the center of the pic.) As you can see, we haven't mulched at all yet. La? (This bed is where we'll put in some bulbs in the fall.)

5) One of the three hanging baskets--the preassembled one with fuchsia and two other plants.

6) The annual planter against the back wall of the building--lobelia, marigolds, and calendula.

7) Three of the annual planters beside the perennial bed--lobelia, marigolds, calendula, floss flower, Persian shield, snapdragons, and salvia. Maybe other things?

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