ahahaha what

Aug. 25th, 2016 07:43 pm
ysobel: A kitten staring at its reflection; text: through the looking glass (through the looking glass)
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Browsing Audible, and came across this:

Game of thrones (asoiaf 1) runs 33 hrs and 50 mins.
Book 2 runs 37 hrs and 18 mins
Book 3? 47 hrs and 37 mins

For comparison, HP book 1 is 8 hrs and 33 mins. The longest book, OOtP, is 27 hrs and 2 mins. LotR is 19 hrs and 11 mins (FotR) + 16 hrs and 40 mins (TTT) + 18 hrs and 18 mins (RotK) for a total of 54h9m.

...yeah.

Sadly, one cannot search Audible's catalogue by length...

The Ballad of Purple's Cell Signal

Aug. 25th, 2016 01:07 am
azurelunatic: Cordless phone showing a heart.  (phone)
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Purple has a flip-phone that's about ... 5? 6? years old now. It charges off MiniUSB (not MicroUSB). Every now and then someone calls him "Captain Kirk" for using it. This tends to result in some parking lot improv.

Every now and then someone suggests to Purple that because he is a software engineer in the tech industry, perhaps he should be getting with a smartphone. Purple has a standard rant prepared for this occasion. The gist of it is:

Purple has a home phone. Purple has a work phone. When you find a smartphone plan that costs $100 a year, come tell him about it. Meanwhile, Purple is over here with his prepaid flip phone, which works perfectly well at getting him calls and texts while he is out and about; while he is out and about he is also not likely to need to be emailed, because he's generally driving or at dinner or in some other situation where really, you should not need email. (Also, in recent years he has added an iPad to his set of gear, and you often don't need a second portable computing machine at that point.)

Now, that's been the situation for nearly as long as I've known Purple. It's something that I've come to accept and even like about him.

Over the past months and weeks, Purple has noticed that his signal has become patchy. His noble little cellphone (which often does fun tricks like leaving the screen light on, which chews through battery, or failing to charge for some reason, or occasionally even pocket-dialing) has been getting signal in fewer places. First he noticed he wasn't getting it reliably inside his office anymore. (That chewed up battery.) Then there were other spots of spotty service. At some point, his prepaid cell outfit gently pointed out that his little old phone was 2G only, and the 2G network around these parts is going away. Soon. Now. And maybe you should get a new phone, bro.

I would describe myself as a procrastinator.
I would describe Purple as the kind of procrastinator who will cheerfully spend 15 minutes every week and a half to twice a week (depending on temperature) using a cigarette lighter plug portable air compressor to refill his slow-leaking tire, for over a year, rather than making the appointment to get the tire fixed or replaced. (I cannot throw too many stones. He knows where a lot of my stuff is hidden, too.)

Purple has allowed as how he will probably need to get himself a new prepaid flip phone that uses a slightly more modern cell network, and maybe takes a charger that more people are likely to have on them. He allows as how he may continue to put this off.

Last Friday at the ex-co-worker-crowd dinner, Purple invited his old friend GG (and her husband) as well as Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly and me. I texted Purple to let him know that I was running about 10 minutes late. I arrived to find that he hadn't got my text, as he'd no signal in the restaurant. Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly arrived somewhat after me. She'd become delayed in some event-related fuckery on 101. She'd tried to call Purple!

GG proceeded to give Purple a hard time about his Luddite refusal to have a smartphone, pointing out that Purple is a well-paid engineer who can afford a fucking smartphone and a data plan. GG does this sort of thing, it turns out -- gives Purple a hard time about things. And Purple continues to be his cheerfully procrastinatory and stubborn self.

I learned long ago that when Purple took a hard stance about something, that I was wasting everyone's time if I kept arguing about it, and the way to get around it was to accept his viewpoint and let him get around to it in his own time. Possibly by setting a good example by way of my own anti-procrastination efforts. Occasionally by saying "Eh, maybe you should get on that thing?" but not when he'd just been ranting about it.

Tonight I was halfway to dinner when I realized that I hadn't let Purple know that after we'd agreed on a time and place, I'd poked our mutual friend phone (whose favorite lunch spot it was) to let him know that we were convening for dinner and he'd be welcome. I thought about texting (hands-free, wheeee!) but realized: Purple wouldn't get that text. Anyway, I wasn't sure whether phone would be able to make it. So, we might as well see if he showed up...

I eventually remembered to text phone to let him know where we were sitting. He and his boyfriend showed up quite promptly thereafter, and we took a bit bigger table, and had a lovely time.

I may inquire gently with Purple, tomorrow, when he thinks he's going to actually get that new flip phone. 💜💜💜☎️🙄😘
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Just fixed the last three public posts for drunk-blogging errors. I mean, I'm bad enough sober (warning: I'm sober), but drunk-blogging is just like, cringe-inducing. I haven't engaged in much of it over the years (and most of it was on my other blog, where yeah, anyone would need a good stiff drink, or three, to deal with that audience) but after seeing the results of my latest bout of this sort of blogging I don't think I'll do it again.

Then again it's FUN it's really FUN

Which reminds me (or did what I'm about to say remind me I was drunk-blogging? Hmmmm) there's a real reason women drink (warning: I'm a woman) but the author, now sober, can't seem to find it. This read was almost as cringe-inducing as checking out my drunk-blogging, because as snarky/rhetorical as the author was in asking, "Is this why we drink?" as she comments upon situations where drinking's been foisted upon us as the normal thing to do either before, during, or after doing the thing, you can't help but wonder, well, why else?

Historically, alcohol numbs pain, so the Brazilian shouldn't even be on her rhetorical list of reasons for drinking. I mean, put me in enough pain and yep, me too! Other situations where society's made drinking what to do before, during or after self-improving activities - like hot yoga, working out or running a marathon - indeed seem like ridiculous setups for this sort of "reward".

I most want a drink after sleeping badly, working ceaselessly, arguing with idiots and banning at least two people from my other blog before cooking dinner, cleaning up, cleaning cat puke and in general wanting to go hang myself. OK, in that case? Please. Give me. A freakin'. Drink. Preferably before I get to the part where I'm cooking dinner. Drinking is for numb, for turning the day, mind, and todo list off. It's for finally cracking a smile and not spooking in shock at it because there's something else I just haven't thought of. Yet. Or something else looming I just haven't gotten to. Yet.

For me drinking's not the reward.

Not feeling like I need a drink? That's the moment when I win the day, the Internet, the world, freaking EVERYTHING. That's the dissociation I make. I don't go, "Oh, got my nails done/got off work/got done shopping/got the walk over, time to "celebrate" [or "relax"] with this drink!" No, I don't even want a drink, which is how I spend vast amounts of time not drinking - I'm just not stressed out/tired enough/pissed off enough. Then again, my tolerance levels for sheer bullshit might be off the chain by now, so of course ymmv.

[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. The book which I'm reviewing today wasn't actually recommended to me by anybody. Back in the days when the news was much better and much more upbeat than it has been in recent years, I was a big National Public Radio (NPR) fan. More specifically, I frequently listened to Chicago's NPR member station 91.5 FM WBEZ. This was partly because I tuned in often in my bedroom, but mainly because my parents always had that station on in the kitchen. They still do to this day. I still listen to WBEZ off and on, mainly for the great cultural programming which they offer. So when I saw that this book was available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, I immediately downloaded and read it. The narrator did a great job with the book.





This one was written by Lisa A. Phillips, and published in 2006 by CDs Books. Ms. Phillips interviewed several public-radio personalities. Those curious about National Public Radio--including how it all started--will certainly want to put this one on your book list. I for one have always enjoyed putting names with voices and vice versa, so I enjoyed this book very much.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Aug. 24th, 2016 02:56 pm
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[personal profile] sineala
What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing. I am so behind.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Captain America - Steve Rogers #4, Captain Marvel #8, International Iron Man #6, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10, New Avengers #15, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 )

What I'm Reading Next

Probably still nothing.

Dream

Aug. 24th, 2016 07:46 am
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Had lots of interesting dreams last night. I don't remember much, but one scene stands out: a scene where Alex is talking with an obviously blind woman, eyes are milky. He's looking her in the eyes when talking, odd for him, and someone berates him for it; he angrily says "You look people in the eyes when you talk to them, that's the rules. Why should this be any different?" Then goes back to talking with her as before. She seemed to approve.
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Sometimes I think about things that happened days or even weeks ago. Last night I was thinking about something [personal profile] kengr asked once, maybe a week or two back. I don't remember the exact wording, but she basically asked how I manage to function with queunliskanphobia, IE fear (or rather extreme disgust/revulsion, in our case) of saliva. My answer at the time was something that amounted to "compartmentalization." I think specifically it was "I try to imagine it just doesn't exist," or near enough. But I was thinking again about this last night because I'd had my finger in my mouth and looked at the spit on my finger and didn't have a problem with it before wiping it off.

This isn't the only time something that usually bothers us hasn't bothered us. Like, the thought of blood can quickly make me feel weak and shaky and have to lie down for a while. But when I get a cut, the blood doesn't usually bother me. It's like, a cut happens and the practical part of our brain is like "Well this has to be dealt with." But there's more to it than that, even, because Pi ([personal profile] svaenohr) is aroused by blood, thinks about consuming it sometimes when zee1, er... you know... *waves hand dismissively.* (Zee was going to call it by the phillia name for it, but then we realized the word hemophilia is used for a disease, a somewhat misnamed disease at that. Pretty sure hemophiliacs don't like blood, unless it's staying put in their body. I would think hemophobia would be a better word for it. But that's a different disease.) When zee does this, the rest of us have to shut down and wait for zeer signal to return. We have to do this with quite a number of Pi's fetishes, to be honest.

Anyway, so several things came together in my mind last night, including what I'd mentioned above, and basically... the different people in our collective have different likes, dislikes, phobias, philias, etc. Which is something we never really realized the full implications of. But yeah, this means queunliskanphobia is Alex's problem; dunno who else in here has it, but at least one of us does not have that problem. Or, at least, not to the same degree. Just thinking about... the thing... can set off Alex's phobia. And it's impossible to predict when his influence is going to wane enough from the system to make it alright. So yeah, we try not to think about it.

So pretty much all of us have a revulsion response to blood, not sure what to call it now that they've stolen the only term I could think of for another disease (and I was astonished at all the various blood diseases that put philia on the end of the word, in the short time I dared try to find a word to replace hemophobia. Did the people naming those not know what the word "philia" means? And honestly, I wouldn't call what Pi has hemomania, either. It's not a mania, it's just a kink of zeers, one of many. A kink that the rest of us would rather forget about... along with most of zeer other kinks. If you're curious, you can pop over to zeer LJ/DW and look it up. Thankfully it is all in zeer mind only. Most of zeer kinks are pretty much impossible anyway, and zee knows better than to try the others. Pretty sure if zee tried the blood thing, even with someone known to be disease free, the rest of us would freak out and vomit and probably curl into a ball in the corner and cry.

But yeah, there's others. Alex and some of the others have cynophobia as well, a distrust of and fear of dogs. (Not sure who else, aside from Alex and Pi.) But Molly's reaction to dogs is "Puppy!"

That's all we can think of for now. But there may be others. It's hot right now, and we were tired anyway, so thinking is not a strong suit at the moment.


1 = "Zee" is our spelling of the genderless "ze" or "xe," to make the pronunciation more obvious. We also change "zer" and "xer" to "zeer." These are Pi's preferred pronouns, as zee identifies as agender (without gender).

Small victories

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:56 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
I finally figured out how to get my iPad/phone to let me say "fucking" and "fuck" without duckifying it.

also, wips meme

Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:57 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
which is also going around and I needed motivation to get back on writing treadmill:

(This is only things that are new stories since the last time I did the meme, which is...more than it should be, less than I'd like.)


Nina on the Rocks )

Maybe Next Year )


A Chain We'll Never Break )

this one doesn't deserve a title yet )

On relating to art

Aug. 23rd, 2016 11:52 am
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[personal profile] kaberett
I have very clear memories of my ten-year-old self being immensely, deeply unimpressed by Rothko and Mondrian. I was very angry about why this constituted "art"; my definition of art explicitly excluded square canvases painted a single colour.

My ten-year-old self is gently unimpressed every time I stop dead in front of a six-foot-square matte black canvas in an art gallery, wonderstruck, and go "hmm, yes, isn't it fascinating what's being done here, isn't this good."

I am nursing a theory that the main differences between me-then and me-now are:
  1. I'm no longer in a situation where my autism is actively decried, and have internalised that it's okay for particular colours or shapes to make me happy, just because, and (as a superset, really)
  2. I've started believing that it's okay for me to have and experience emotions full stop (and am sufficiently well medicated that I can and do).

Which means that, over the past few years, I've stopped interpreting modern and especially abstract art as, fundamentally, threats: I've stopped responding automatically with defensive suspicion and fury to forms of art that (crudely!) exist to make me feel things.

There is nuance to this, of course. Seeing the Barbara Hepworth exhibit at the Tate Britain, the (possible? probable?) reasons for my emotional response clicked into place when I read that a lot of her more abstract work was in response to or in dialogue with her feelings of being cradled by landscape, and particularly by the Lake District and by Cornwall; all of a sudden it was obvious to me that the sense of home-and-safety-and-familiarity I get off those sculptures is, in fact, the same sense of awe and belonging and recognition I get staring out to sea or feeling dwarfed on valley floors or what-have-you.

That was followed up by another visit to the Tate Britain, one day I wound up in the right area of London with some time to kill, where what I'd intended to do was poke my nose into some of the public galleries. I saw War Damaged Musical Instruments advertised on the website and ignored it -- and then stopped dead in the middle of the hall it occupied, the moment I got there, and spent twenty minutes sat there crying.


One of the things I've been gently sad about for quite a long time is that I'm a classically-trained musician who is mostly very, very bad at listening to classical music unless it's something I've played or am preparing to play, such that I'm listening as a technical study. (I think I've talked before about mostly relating to music as either a technical study or a vehicle for lyrics, but if not I can give it a go.) I'm starting to think it might be time to have another go.
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Eavesdroppers Never (7729 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Hypothermia, Huddling For Warmth, Canadian Shack, Secret Identity, Identity Porn, Identity Reveal, Avengers Vol. 1 (1963), Stony Bingo
Summary: When Tony made the decision to have a secret identity, he had several well-considered and carefully thought-out reasons. But there were a few scenarios he never took into account. He never imagined that he, Iron Man, would be cuddling naked with Captain America in a Canadian shack in the middle of a snowstorm. He also never imagined that Captain America would pick that moment to tell him, Iron Man, about his feelings for Tony Stark. Uh-oh.

I was supposed to be writing my Big Bang. Somehow this happened instead. Identity porn and huddling for warmth! Why not? (And, yeah, then I started three other WIPs once I finished this. Whoops.)

For my Cap-IM Bingo card, the square "snowbound."

Dreamwidth Meme

Aug. 22nd, 2016 09:54 am
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
..because all the Imzy invites are making me feel disloyal and I really do love it here!
borrowed from several different people on my list )

Culture Consumed Monday

Aug. 22nd, 2016 11:22 pm
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[personal profile] vass
Books

Finished Martha Wells' The Cloud Roads. It took me a while to warm up to this. The last third I found a lot more exciting than the first two thirds. Moon's trust issues and everyone else's complete failure to grasp the extent of his trust issues were good. I'm not sure how much I was meant to take the Raksura and the groundlings' view of the Fell at face value. I kept waiting for the "we were wrong to think of them as pure evil and not try to understand them!" twist that never came. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just me reading with a different trope-detector than the one the author intended.

I really liked that Pearl became more sympathetic while still being just as much of a jerk. I... wait. I am just this moment, while typing this now, remembering that the author is an SGA fan, and if she brought that with her into this series, that would make the Fell the Wraith, and Moon would be Sheppard, in which case... is Pearl McKay? Is Jade either Ronon or Teyla? (I have no idea how close I came, if at all. I read as much SGA fic as anyone else in its heyday as a megafandom, but I only watched the first season, and didn't follow canon much.)

Listened to some of the audiobook of Ancillary Sword with Adjoa Andoh as the narrator. I like her reading voice. I like her acting. Some of her pronunciation and voice choices are breaking my brain, though.

Like giving Anaander Mianaai eight syllables. (I give the Lord of the Radch five and a half or maybe six syllables.) Or Anaander's voice. Which... bear in mind, this is Anaander in a very young body. So it's not a wrong choice. It's just that I had not adequately braced myself for the concept of Lord Chibiusa Mianaai, only more saccharine than Chibiusa.

Also she handles the problem of pronouncing the word "Kalr" differently from how I handle it, and it jars me a little every time. And she pronounces Seivarden's name (which I've always read as SAY-varden) SIGH-varden. Which... actually, yes, that makes perfect sense.

So it took me a while to get on board, even though I do like what she does with the little nuances of how Breq talks about her officers' data, and that's probably actually the most important thing for me. What won me over, all at once, was Kalr Five. Who has a deep, morose, Preserved Killick type voice, and delivered the line "Sir... it's the dishes" in a way that made me laugh out loud. A lot. Poor Five. I will be listening to the rest.

Comics and Manga

Read another chapter of Nimona. I like Balister so far, but I haven't yet warmed to Nimona herself. The total disregard for consequences or other people's lives is a turn-off, and watching her crash through Balister's boundaries and plans gives me secondhand anxiety. But we'll see.

Games

Still playing Pokemon Go. Keep on getting the following counting rhyme stuck in my head: "One Rattata, two Rattata, three Rattata, four. Five Rattata, six Rattata, seven Rattata, more."

Garden

There are four more daffodils in the garden bed. The two that came back after last year haven't budded, they just have long green stalks. I have this vague memory of reading somewhere that this might mean I won't get flowers from them this year, but might next year? It's not costing me anything to wait and see, anyway. Tulips are budding. Broccoli is showing additional signs of one day being broccoli. One of the carrots is as thick as my index finger at the top of the root. The others are smaller. The kale is not full size yet, but is looking very promising. The spinach is nearly covered up by kale and broccoli plants, but is still boldly growing.

Yikes

Aug. 21st, 2016 09:41 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
Apparently I forgot to do duolingo yesterday.

Thank fuck for streak freeze, is all I have to say.

(620 and counting.)

Disabilities

Aug. 21st, 2016 09:12 am
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Editor's Note: The first part of this entry is not totally accurate. I did that on purpose. Not all of the heARTwords writings are factual, even other people's writings. But the second part of this entry is true.





If I found myself in a situation where I was being discriminated against because of my disability, what would I do? I have actually never before faced any disability discrimination. But if someone or a group of people were to do this to me, I'd first try to tell them that discrimination against anybody is illegal and to please stop it. I would be nice about it, but firm. If they still didn't stop, I'd threaten to contact an advocacy organization and get them involved. Then if they stopped I wouldn't even contact an organization, but if the discrimination still continued I would have no choice but to involve the organization.







What do I think is the biggest misconception about people with disabilities? I think the biggest misconception facing those of us with disabilities is that we're not real people, or if we are then we're all exactly alike. Well, the truth is that we are all people but we're not all exactly alike. In other words, one size does not fit all. To borrow from some Disability Awareness trainings, "if you've met one person with a disability you've met *one* person with a disability. No 2 people with disabilities are exactly alike, just as no 2 people are exactly alike." Period, end of story.
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Using the word "presto" in my last post? Reminded me I have a post to make about Opera. Back in the spring (yes, I'm slow to get around to things, am I not?) Opera released a browser with VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology baked right in. The way I've seen it explained is that it's a network within a network. Your ISP (say, Comcast, my ISP) can see you connect to the Internet, but once you hop on your VPN, Comcast cannot see anything else you do. Pretty neat, huh?

The actual VPN technology has been buggier than my garden but it works, truly, it works (the latest release seems to have fixed making surfing via VPN a global/sticky setting - checking the box for that didn't used to make it global so you had to open a New Private Window every time - and with SurfEasy, Opera's VPN provider, going in and out of service intermittently, and with new Private Tabs telling you to enable VPN after you already did, which was probably the most mind-bending bug of them all) so if you've had any issues, try the latest version.

Here's Opera's original blog post about it; the download link is in the first paragraph (choose Opera Developer, the button to the right on the download page, not Beta, to the left). The rendering engine is, of course, still open source WebKit, not Opera's Presto, but I'll forever associate Opera with Presto - which btw, sucks (like Internet Exploder's Trident, minus the exploding, but definitely plus much of the same hideous page rendering, so I won't be missing it much) so there's that.

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  1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth? I was not in the room where it first happened, but I was in the room where it continued to happen, after [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark announced Hypothetical Journal. Therefore I was so there. [identity profile] azurelunatic.livejournal.com is userid 50, although I waited a little longer before actually creating my permanent journal, in case something needed doing, testing-wise.

  2. Why did you choose your journal name? There was a punk band name generator on mp3.com back in 1997-ish. There were a number of silly names that I wrote down, but this was the one that magnetized me. It compelled me, even though I was hesitant to commit for a few years.

  3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not? "Somebody That I Used To Know" is my song for LiveJournal. "I don't want to live that way." (Yes. I do have to treat them like a stranger.) I do not crosspost, but I did set up a syndicated feed for the public entries there, for the ease of my friends who still live there.

  4. What do you do online when you're not on DW? Reading fanfiction, email, Twitter, IRC, ICB, various other forms of instant message. Sometimes clicky-games. Writing, though that can be offline as well. Work, too. Many of my previous jobs have been heavily computer, if not 100% online.

  5. How about when you're not on the computer? Housework, spending time with family and friends, reading books, the portions of work which are not computer-enabled. Errands. The odd walk.

  6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you? I'm fairly social for an introvert, but at the end of the day that's who I am. This means layers and layers of self-protection against exposure to too many people.

  7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth? Lately it's been [community profile] awesomeers, actually. A daily-ish reminder that I am still doing things, even when they seem small.

  8. What community do you wish was more active? I miss the regular screaming in [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth.

  9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet? I was just running an encircling meme! [personal profile] sithjawa and [personal profile] silveradept should meet, though.

  10. Tell me about your default icon. My default icon shifts like the Aurora Borealis in the solar winds. Right now it's the Bastard's Prayer, from Lois McMaster Bujold's Five Gods universe, and it goes like this: "And the Bastard grant us, in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding." As soon as I met the Bastard, I knew that I was one of Theirs. They are the god of the out-of-season and weird, and while Bujold defaults to "Him", I feel rather strongly that the Bastard's gender cannot be encompassed by normal measure.

  11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently? This is a difficult one for me too, because when I think of one it goes into [site community profile] dw_suggestions. More work on the API and image hosting would be awesome of course!

  12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile?

    • the bullhorn of viola swamp: This is the magical item from Hogwarts which I would pull out of the Sorting Hat.

    • center for talented youth: Nerd Camp, which I adored. This probably says a lot about my childhood.

    • fishmumming the unfishmummable: While I wouldn't claim to have a "maternal instinct" as such, at some point I became the most likely grown-up in the room. Unless [personal profile] synecdochic is in the room, at which point I revert to being the one most likely to cause an item to be added to the local equivalent of Skippy's List.

    • magick: extra k and all.

    • [unicode goes here]: I wouldn't be me if I didn't test systems that I'm trying to use by also trying to break them. (Hold my flower.) I also have an enthusiastically frilly and/or sentimental side which is well-represented by the odd flower.


  13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there? I've got a bunch. They mostly got there as the result of bizarre injokes and references, some of which I have already forgotten.

  14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW? It was, technically, Star Trek. The animated series. As novelized by Alan Dean Foster. Or perhaps it was Pern. Dragonsong got me hooked on science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek introduced me to other people who liked the same things I did. Slightly different gateways. There are various Star Trek-related communities about. I haven't sought after Pern-based community, though I hear there are excellent angry feminist rants available in other parts of the internet. And I do love me some angry feminist ranting.

  15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination? I don't believe I have a fannish obsession at the moment. Generally, though, the common themes when I dive deep into something tends to be that there are a lot of things to be discovered and delighted over. ... Or yelled about. I've had projects at work which qualified as obsessions where there was more yelling than delight. Still a lot of things to discover. So, infinite discovery with strong emotion, perhaps?

  16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about? I ... did not walk into any stationary objects on the night of June 23rd??? I mean ... the most recent thing that I am delighted with has been the removal of my murderous uterus, but I've had the chance to post about that. So ... *hands*

  17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL? I stopped counting about 25% through the list and had already hit 30-ish, just with the people I have met at least once in person that I could think of, not including the people I have never met in person but who have become a part of my life. A lot.

  18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy? It turns out that with an appropriate and sufficiently tight filter, I will talk about a lot of things on Dreamwidth. But there are a lot of things I won't talk about in public. Other people's business, mainly.

  19. Any questions from the audience? Do feel free!

  20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi? The format isn't my thing, but being queer means that m/m romance is My People, even though one might argue that people who look like me are not fully represented in it.

  21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth? I'm going to say what I said elsewhere: the conferences. I feel that some of the loveliest and luckiest moments in my recent life have been at conferences where People From Dreamwidth were about.

How to wrap long lines in Firefox

Aug. 20th, 2016 11:48 pm
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Sometime in the last few years Firefox took away the ability to wrap long lines when you view source or any plaintext file. So there you are, scrolling left to right, line by ridiculously long line, going nuts because it's really hard to read code or absorb anything anybody says with all this distracting scrolling to do.

In the Olden Days (my God, maybe waaaaay back in 2014?) you'd hit the Menu Bar for something like View-->Page Style-->Wrap long lines but no, having that menu option made it way too easy for us, so now the option no longer exists, and Firefox, by default, still does not wrap long lines.

To wrap long lines without the option: type about: config into the address bar. And yes, of course you want to void your warranty! Just kidding. Check No on that. Then type "wrap" without quotes into the search box until you see plain_text.wrap_long_lines and view_source.wrap_long_lines in the results view. Double-click each entry (these are Boolean values but you don't need to know what that means, because it really doesn't matter) and set them to true. Presto, long lines will wrap now, whew.

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Wheelchair physics -- deliberately designed to be generally accessible and written by a physicist in collaboration with a wheelchair user. Links onward to a more in-depth PDF, which is probably something to read after I've slept...
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... because I have just made P read it, and then we stayed up til 1am talking about it, and I haven't talked about it here yet because Too Many Feelings, which I will now attempt to sketch.

(Spoilers within!)

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