Today, I put away about six loads of laundry, including schlepping an ironing board up and downstairs, and I was wiped out. My breathing got fucked up so that talking made me cough, and I still feel quite subpar. (I can't tell if it's the impact of the laundry or if it's just me feeling shitty from the flu.)
Anyway, also today, I decided against reinstalling Ubuntu on my computer. (I was dual booting Ubuntu and Windows, but first my Windows partition got too small to be usefully updated, then my Ubuntu partition got too small to be updated, so I took it to a computer shop to be repartitioned, but they were kind of freaked out by the idea of installing Ubuntu, so I ended up having them wipe the hard drive and install Windows 10. I actually really like Windows 10 and One Note, and almost everything else I do, I do online.
So, I'm going to restore the data from my backup, but not Ubuntu. I'm pretty sure it's going to be easier, once I eventually get everything backed up. (Getting everything backed up is going to take forever, though. I'm doing it in chunks, as I'm trying not to download stuff that was saved multiple times on my hard drive. For some reason, nearly all of my podfic had been saved twice, for instance.
I feel a little sad about it, but also like it will make my life easier. I was never very political about free software, and dual booting is kind of a pain in the ass. It's the end of an era for me, though. :/
Some random statistics might be interesting. I kept track of them for my own purposes, and then I had too much fun with pivot tables, so I'm sharing some of my results. Keep in mind these are often guesses on my part, because I only needed rough numbers, and I could be wrong.( Many stats! )
Signups are going to be open from October 1 to October 10. Now to figure out what all I'm offering and requesting...
Denji Sentai Megaranger
Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
Ahim de Famille
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
動物戦隊ジュウオウジャー | Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger
烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー | Ressha Sentai ToQger
Emperor of Darkness Z
Gritta (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Nijino Akira | Zaram
Tokashiki "Tokatti" Haru
Kamen Rider Amazons (2016)
Mamoru (Kamen Rider Amazons)
Kamen Rider Blade
Kamen Rider Decade
Kamen Rider Drive
Chase | Mashin Chaser
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Kamen Rider Ghost
Alain (Kamen Rider Ghost)
Alia (Kamen Rider Ghost)
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider OOO
Ankh (Kamen Rider OOO)
Gamel (Kamen Rider OOO)
Mezool (Kamen Rider OOO)
Kamen Rider W (Double)
Garo: Gold Storm Sho
And some Power Rangers:
Power Rangers Dino Charge
Heckyl (Power Rangers)
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Derrick (Power Rangers)
Power Rangers in Space
Adele (Power Rangers)
Andros (Power Rangers)
Silvy (Power Rangers)
Zhane (Power Rangers)
Power Rangers Time Force
Windows 10 has its own EXIF remover, which I came to discover only after I tried and failed to use EXIFStripper on the photos I posted tonight. Windows (or the program itself, I'm not sure which one dropped the ball) won't let me drag and drop images into the tool anymore.
I found this extremely odd so tried variations on where I dragged from (Downloads, Pictures, OneDrive, the Photos app itself) and variations on how I ran the tool (both as Administrator and not as Administrator) only to find failure all the way through. At which point I Googled and came upon 3 Ways to Remove EXIF Metadata (and yes, whoever wrote it needs an editor on that title, STAT) only to see Windows 8 and 10 have their own built-in stripping utility that works pretty well.
I say "pretty well" because certain metadata like F-stop, exposure and other clueish items get preserved, but at least dead giveaway stuff gets stripped out, not that it really matters - I keep geolocation turned off, anyhow.
Because why would I post normal things?
Uncooked vegetables for shrimp curry
Uncooked but fully assembled pizza
Some foods look better raw than cooked - that's just how it is. Both meals came out tasty but not as good-looking as they were raw.
The pizza was a treat Other Person made tonight with Publix pizza dough, shallots (we get 10-15 for just $1.49 at the local Asian market), fresh basil from the back porch, garlic crushed in the stone mortar and pestle (which I snagged for just $10 at the Asian market because the pestle was broken, but some super glue set that right real quick), thick shredded mozz, thin-sliced cherry tomatoes, Barilla spicy marinara, and Boar's Head pepperoni, which I was grateful for after taking a survey asking if I'd like to buy bags of crispy pepperoni slices like you get on pizzeria pizza. Well, yes, I would, enough to rush out in my nightclothes right now, where are these crispy little delights you speak of?
Talk about sudden cravings.
The pizza was delicious. Never tried Publix's pizza dough before but as I commented to OP after a few bites, they must've stolen the recipe from some Italian restaurant back in NY, because it did taste authentic.
Some weird flea medicine
My mom's dead spider plant
The weird flea medicine is my neighbor's. I took a picture to Google it when I got back home (but still haven't Googled) but then I thought I'd post the pic to ask the rest of y'all, has anyone tried this? Is it any good? Her entire apartment smells of peppermint from spraying her cats (she's got the two black kittens I never took and some others) and her rug.
The Activyl flea medicine came today. We applied it to all five kitties while the pizza cooked. I was surprised it came so quick, but glad, because in the last few days I've picked a flea off Bowie's face and OP's picked one off of Pip, and I've come to see flea dirt everywhere (yes, even in my dreams, where our entire living room was coated in flea eggs this morning) so it couldn't get here fast enough unless someone airdropped it even as I clicked "Add to cart".
The last one's called "My mom's dead spider pant" because she said it would die before she did, so before May of 2012. I hate to say it lived - I wish it'd been the other way around, and the plant died just days after her prediction while she went on to live forever, but alas, it was not so. As crazed and really no longer myself as I was by then, something about her saying it would die - at all, much less before she did - was the proverbial flag in the bull's face.
Mom got too sick to know or care if the plant lived but I wouldn't give up on it. It had maybe a tiny handful of half-dead leaves when she passed but by then I'd kept it alive single-handedly and nurtured it back to glowing health by that fall so it looked mostly like the picture above. Then a frost killed it at the house out in the woods about two years ago.
What you see in the picture above? Is not the plant she predicted would die two years before it actually did. It's one of the children it had. Just one.
I have four more pots holding them, and between those there are dozens more babies hanging off those, so her dead plant lives on. I'd keep it going forever, in memory of her, if I could.
Part the first: The only good planner is the planner you actually use. Things that make you stop using a planner are extremely idiosyncratic and extremely real. If you don't use your planner because it's too big or too small, because it's not pretty enough, because the pages are hard to turn, because you never have your planning pens with you, or whatever it is that's giving you grief, change your setup until you are willing to use your planner consistently. Like exercise, planning is for you to make your life better, so if the planner you have is not one you're using, it's not doing you any good. If any of the advice you get from me or anyone else makes you less likely to plan, ditch the advice. You do you!
That being said, the opinions.
Part the Second: Bullet Journal opinions
- Start your bujo in a notebook you already own. This is gonna feel weird for maybe as long as the first 3 months and it may end up not working for you. Don't throw out cash to begin with, just pick up an old spiral-bound and get started. If you find that a bujo is kind of working for you but you want something prettier or smaller or larger, you'll figure it out. But to give it a try, just use the notebook and pen you have on hand. The first three months are seriously you just trying the system.
- Page 1 should be your key. Leave a blank page on page 2 for changes you make to your key, a color code, or a pen test.
- When you do buy a journal specifically for bullet journaling, you want dot grid paper. (You don't have to buy an expensive Leuchtturm1917 to get dot grid paper.) It's much easier to draw boxes and grids freehand if you have the dots to guide you. If you really can't get dot grid paper, you can get quadrille notebooks from any office supply store.
- Your bullet journal should be the largest notebook you will happily carry everywhere with you. Feeling cramped is a problem lots of people have, feeling weighed down by too big a book is a problem people have. Find your best compromise, which may be tiny!
- Index. To make it easier to index, you should either write the page number on all of the pages as soon as you start your journal, or make adding a number the first thing you do when you start a new page. Adding a page to the index should be the second thing you do when you start a new page. Index.
- After you've figured out your preferred monthly or weekly spread (maybe you don't need a monthly and a weekly. Maybe you do.) consider turning it into a printable and just printing and pasting the spread to save yourself some time. (Unless you like drawing your layouts. But consider creating the printables for a really busy week. Just keep it in your back pocket.)
- Think about how you're going to archive/transfer your permanent collections. Evernote and Onenote are options.
- Planners have a bazillion neat tools for planning. Stamps, stickers, printables, binder clips, paper clips, magnetic bookmarks, tabs, stickynotes, paper flags, washi tape. Don't feel limited to highlighters and colored pens and pencils for making your bullet journal work for you. However, the tools you pick should probably be the tools you feel happy to carry with you just about everywhere. So your bujo is with you, and your tools are with you, and you can always update your bujo.
- Skipping weeks or days in your bujo is fine. Pick it back up when you have time. It's just blank pages. Figure out what kept you from using it, and if you can simplify, eliminate, or switch, wrote you're busy. But if you wind up putting things down and picking them up, it's fine. Honestly, maybe you just prefer a different method.
Part the third: Planner opinions
- Consolidate in as few planners as you can. The more planners you have, the more opportunities you have to not have the right planner to take the note or make the appointment you need to do at the moment.
- If you have to modify the layout all the time, create a printable or find a stamp to make the change you need.
- If you don't care about bulkiness, a disk system offers maximum flexibility and ease of change. If you want something relatively slim, get a bound planner, but pick your layout carefully. If you don't know exactly what layout you want, your best bet is to wait until December (or even January) and buy several different discounted planners at a bookstore.
- Carry your planner supplies with you inside of your planner.
Part the fourth
Are you sure you wouldn't be happier doing all of this on your phone? They make quite large phones, nowadays.
My thread is unscreened and may be replied to.
(12 years worth of emails, and this was my mostly fannish email account for many, many years. ;_____; I can at least import most of the incoming emails to gmail, but I think the sent items are all pretty much gone. Not to mention, I've been updating and updating and updating various places where I signed up, but who knows what I've missed. Kind of sad seeing all the places that no longer exist though. ;___; )
Review in multiple parts:
Part the First: The story
Do you like things that are cute? Do you like magical girls? Do you fondly remember Sailor Moon or Card Captor Sakura? Do you have positive feelings about love and negative feelings about sadness and despair? This comic is relevant to your interests.
Adorable Lia Sagamore, her bestie Rachel Martinez, her "um…friend" Luis (a college freshman!), and her magical mascot Hunnie are involved in the battle against evil. The story has not advanced very far, but so far the points of interest are, this comic is extra adorable. It is made of cream puffs and lollipops and kawaii and ALL of the pink. Lia and Rachel are black. Rachel and Luis are Latinx. All you need to fight evil is love and an open heart.
Things I love: It's cute. I love the relationship between Lia and Rachel and between Lia and Luis. (Chapter two is all about how you should tell people how you feel about them, instead of building up your FEELINGS until they burst all over everybody.) It is darling and all about handling your feelings.
Things I'm not sure about: Something's up between Luis and Rachel, though, and I'm not sure how I feel about that! I'm not interested in love triangles or secret dating/breakups that went bad. Also, no one has any parents? I'm always a little bit dubious about stories about high school which feature zero parents. And lastly, our enemy is the dark queen. I think the association in American/Western culture between dark and bad is not good for black people, and I find it a weird choice to make in a magical girl comic, i.e. traditionally heavily color-coded, about black and brown people. Can the evil one not be an ice queen? Or the vast, white empty? Just sometimes? However, it's relatively early days. Maybe this queen will turn out to be dark like Nightmare Moon.
Part the Second: The physical copies
These are stapled, about digest size, and were sold to me in plastic protective sleeves. I can't figure out anyway to buy them over the internet. They appear to be four colors, dot printed sort of like an old newspaper. The paper is slick and just faintly reflective, but not really glossy. My copy of volume 1 is printed much more darkly than volume 2. I don't know if that's an artifact of when they were produced in the print run or if they deliberatley changed the saturation value on volume 2. I much prefer volume 1, because the brown comes through more strongly and you can really see that Lia and Rachel and several of their friends are black.
Part the Third: The webcomic
This is a tumblr. The links in the header work, but not the ones in the footer. The tumblr contains just the comic itself, but no extras or fan interaction. Each page/panel links to first, last, next and previous, but there's no archive to specifically direct you to the beginning of each chapter. Only Lia and Rachel are listed on the cast page and the About page is still coming soon.
Basically, what I am saying is that ngoziu has set a standard for navigation and fan interaction with omgcheckplease that all other webcomics on tumblr fail to live up to, and I am perpetually disappointed.
Anyway, I am greatly enjoying this comic, it theoretically updates Tuesdays and Thursdays (last update July 19), I am mad I never heard of it before Yuletide nominations, and I recommend it to you, provided you like cuteness and pink. If you want to support her, you can use Shaunadraws @patreon. (I include this link because it is weirdly not on the comic website, the personal website, or the personal tumblr? I think I saw a tweet mentioning it?)
Just got done reading The Politics of Pockets. You know how sometimes in school you'd listen to a classmate run on and on to answer the teacher's question, and want to raise your hand or interrupt so badly, sometimes/especially when their answer was clearly incomplete or wrong? (You didn't do that back when I was in school, or you got the hand you raised cut off, and your mouth duct-taped shut for the rest of the year. Times might've changed.)
That's how I felt reading this article, because you know what's sexist? Insisting you need a certain look for fashion, then deciding the fact that you're stuck with it is sexist, is sexist. Pockets make your pants hang more saggily in the front. They add weight and heft that can mess up how fabric falls against against your skin - again, especially in the front. And that's just the short list of Reasons Why Pockets Suck.
On the backs of pants, pockets can be problematic: set them too low and your backside might seem too low; set them too far apart and your backside might seem too wide. The opposite of both states also holds true, though I've never heard anyone complain that their ass looks like it sits too high up on their body. For these and many other reasons women's clothing designers long ago chucked the pocket in favor of more slimming and often more flattering, pocketless designs.
I can't help but envision the uproar in a world in which women were pocketed and men pocketless by virtue of a different set of values in place hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. "Only the oppressed must carry so many things around", the reasoning might go. "Look at men with their flat-fronted fashions, using human reticules to carry everything around for them - yes, using us! Is this not slavery? Why do I have to carry this entire kitchen cookware set in my pocket? Men just don't understand how badly we want to be lightweight and free like them."
This isn't a case of being unable to make feminists happy - this is a world in which pocketed or pocketless, we simply never will be happy.
I have my own relationship with pockets. As a child I didn't need them. As a teen who grew up reading fashion magazines I understood why they were The Enemy of high fashion and my figure. As an adult I've want them for work - dozens of pockets covering everything I wear, along with the ability to grow more, as needed - but away from work I have problems with them.
I have an otherwise gorgeous pair of dark denim shorts I don't wear because the back pockets sit too low. I've tossed or donated many pairs of pants and jeans over the years because the back pockets sat too far apart or the front pockets were too thick and bunchy for comfort or style. I can't say how many a) pajama pants, b) jeans, c) dress pants, and especially d) shorts I've taken scissors to and cut the front pockets out of because they crumpled, billowed or bulged, making for a bunched-up and sloppy look. Not to mention in the heat of summer I'll do nearly anything to not sweat just short of crawling into my freezer, and the more pockets you remove, the lighter your clothing becomes.
But I also see an intersectionality between pockets and economic issues. Rich US women, for example, don't wear clothing with pockets; they also don't carry their own purses or cell phones because they have handlers to do those things for them. I need pockets at work only because I'm at work. Elsewhere pockets come in handy only because of what I need to get done or to hold things I need to get through my day or survive. But if I'm rich then I don't need pockets, though I might want them for more non-essential things, so I'll likely go without pockets more often - if not altogether.
It came in the mail today. I asked Other Person to install it only to be told, "Oh, yeah, sure, that's easy!" Ten minutes of scattered, "Oh, my GOD"s later, I took it it was not that easy, but he got it done (after the Scroll Lock key literally jumped off the keyboard as he pressed the keyboard in, and after he found he couldn't lock the keyboard because the locks aren't moving, and might be there just to make it look like the keyboard it's supposed to look like but actually isn't).
The keyboard, now that I'm typing on it, doesn't feel too great. I don't know if it's the unusable locks but it looks and feels too "springy" and the space bar and letter "a" tend to miss unless I consciously pound them. I tend to pound on keyboards, anyhow (yes, I'm The Most Annoying Typist, ever) but apparently I'm not pounding on the "a" or space bar hard enough.
It's also missing the joystick, or whatever the little doohickey's called between the "g", "h", and "b" keys, as seen in this picture. It came in handy when my touchpad malfunctioned - which it still does at least a few times a month, usually after installing Windows updates. The joystick would work even when my touchpad went nuts, so I'd use it to restart my laptop until the problem fixed itself, or else to find and uninstall the driver when it wouldn't quit fucking up.
Besides that, the delete, insert, pause, escape and left arrow keys were set inside the keyboard crooked and off to one side by the manufacturer. This keyboard's mostly solved the problem of the bubbled-up from beneath look of the last keyboard, but there's still a slight rise above the upper right side that we can't quite figure out.
Once it was in and working, we decided it was mere aftermarket lookalike crap that will probably need replacing within six months. I'd replace it right now if I could, as the springiness is getting to me. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how nor where to order an HP-certified replacement, plus I'm thinking it might cost too much be feasible.
Stuck on You (1312 words) by Sineala
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Adventures (Comics), Marvel Adventures: Avengers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Mild Hurt/Comfort, Established Relationship, Winter, Crack, Fluff, Stony Bingo
Summary: Life tip: Don't kiss Iron Man outdoors in winter.
Also a fill for Cap-IM Bingo, "(very) minor illness." Please enjoy the fluffy cracky h/c ficlet.
I ended up folding about three loads of laundry, doing a modicum of office work, and crossing several things off of my todo list (of the sitting at your computer variety) while I watched large numbers of bullet journal videos and one and a half episodes of DS9.
What I really wanted to do was read comics all day.
I have got to stop watching bullet journal and planner videos. I'm 100% not going to use them because paper planners don't work for me and I've figured out a digital system that mostly works.
Ok, I'm going to go off and read comics now.
(This entry brought to you by the need to continue my 12 day streak of writing in journal.)
The feature I'd specifically like to focus on in this entry is Siri. I had previously heard demonstrations of Siri, and was impressed. I sort of wondered if it would ever be made available on the Mac, so consequently I'm happy to see it on here. I played around with it a bit earlier today, and it seems to be pretty cool. I thought I'd have to train it to call me by name and recognize my voice, but that hasn't been the case at all thus far. I'd still like to play around with it some more. Although I probably won't use Siri as much as some other people, it's nice that the good Cupertino folks have included it and I will definitely make at least some use of it.
As with Apple's prior releases AppleVis has all the nitty-gritty stuff that VoiceOver and Zoom users need to know, so I won't steal their thunder. But what I will say is that Apple has once again demonstrated their true and ongoing commitment to universal accessibility across their product line.
I need to come out of my shell again.
In the meantime, hi. I'm still here and still around. Obviously not journalling like I used to, and I miss everybody. How are you all?
Things that have changed since I last wrote anything in here:
- I'm back to using Linux full-time. (Specifically, Gentoo Linux.) This came about because through some bad judgements on my part, Windows 7 started bluescreening on boot and I couldn't recover from it. Instead of reinstalling Windows 7 and having to set my environment back up again, I decided to switch back to Linux.
I did this because I've been telling myself for a while that once the time comes to move off Windows 7, I'd want to move to Linux rather than use Windows 8 or 10. (Especially Windows 10... but that's a topic for another post.) This was probably the best time to do so, since although I *could* go back to Windows 7, it's quickly on its way to becoming unsupported, and general Linux support is just getting better.
( Rambling about Gentoo, and Linux distributions in general. )
- I've been making a lot of music with SunVox lately. It's a great program which combines tracking with modular synthesis. In that sense it's kinda like Jeskola Buzz, except that I never actually used Buzz back in the day as it needed more CPU power than I had at the time, if I remember correctly.
Like a lot of creative stuff I do, most of my tunes done using it are a work in progress that I'm not ready to release to a wider audience yet. Hopefully at some point I can release stuff, though. I'm getting pretty close on one song in particular.
- ...you know, I can't think of much else right now. :/
Still nothing. Unless "Peter Rabbit in Latin" counts.
What I'm Reading Now
( Civil War II #5, Civil War II - Choosing Sides #6, Civil War II - X-Men #4, International Iron Man #7, Vote Loki #4 )
What I'm Reading Next
Probably still nothing.