False advertising

Oct. 25th, 2016 11:08 pm
fayanora: Steph Chloe Dartagnan (Steph Chloe Dartagnan)
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I just got back from the store, where I was getting simethicone, a gas reliever. (Gas-X and so on.) I always, of course, price compare, figure out per-unit price, etc. This time something caught my attention. Several brands of this stuff had a regular and an extra strength version. But here's the thing: both regular and extra strength have the exact same amount of the exact same medicine in the exact same dosages. So... what's the difference? There is no difference! It's false advertising! Someone should call them on that bullshit.

I ended up getting the store brand in ultra strength, which was the one brand that was actually honest about being different; their regular had 125 mg of the drug, and the ultra has 180 mg. But the strength isn't what I got it for, I don't care really because regular is enough for me. I bought it because it had 60 pills for the same price as 50 of the cheapest alternative. More pills for the same amount of money, and there was a higher dosage in each one. I mean, it's not like I'm against the higher dosage. When I need to use simethicone, I need it, stat. Because what tends to happen is I wake up with powerful intestinal pain from the gas. Luckily it doesn't happen much. But between gas pain and headaches, gas pain is worse. Headaches I can deal with, headaches I've been getting since I was a kid. No, scratch that, I've been getting migraines all my life. I just tend to call them headaches now because I usually take pain relievers at the first sign of trouble and get an annoying pain at best. But there are still times when I slip up, or there's a stealth migraine. Pretty sure they're stress induced. And sometimes the stress tension or whatever disguises a headache until it suddenly becomes a migraine.

But my point is, gas pain is so much worse than migraines. I get a migraine, I might puke if it gets bad enough, but I'll eventually feel well enough - pain reliever or no - to go to sleep, sleep off the pain. Can't do that with gas pain. Gas pain wakes me up and keeps me in agony until the medicine really kicks in.

Anyway yeah, they shouldn't call it extra strength when it's the exact same strength as the regular stuff. They should be arrested for lying like that.

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Oct. 26th, 2016 02:29 pm
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My new trolley arrived yesterday, I'm planning to get tonight's support worker to assemble it - or at least get started.

So I'm turning over in my head to make sure I have all the bits and pieces needed for the assembly and eventually my brain points out the power board is missing.

After poking through my emails I realised that I spent so long talking about it I forgot to actually ORDER the bloody thing.


It's ordered now :)

Dear Holly Poly Gifter!

Oct. 25th, 2016 09:43 pm
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Dear Holly Polly giver:

Thanks for making me a thing! I'm looking forward to your thing, and I'm very excited to think you are doing a thing for me. I hope you enjoy making me something (or, if like me, creation is a bitch but you dig the results, I hope you make something you're glad that you made.) I'm going to give you some technical tips that will help you make a thing that I will enjoy the most, but anything I tell you about genre or story is a suggestion so you can figure out what to make for someone who is probably a complete stranger. Story and genre stuff is not a checklist, it's a menu of inspirations for you as you create a thing for someone you probably don't know well.

The only thing I really, really do not want at all is breathplay or choking of any kind.

technical stuff )

story ideas ) Have fun and Thank You for making me a thing!

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Oct. 25th, 2016 09:29 pm
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I know there's a lot of D: that Dreamwidth isn't busy, but it's actually sort of pleasant to have a social media situation where I can keep up. (My other big social media time is spent on Twitter, and it's endless refresh.)


Oct. 25th, 2016 10:01 am
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I had this funny idea pop into my head just now, that when Gomez and Morticia Addams got married, part of the ceremony involved the two of them having an intense swordfight. It seems the sort of thing they'd do. :)


Oct. 25th, 2016 02:39 am
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I didn't know what my roommate was watching, and then there was that distinctive weird electronic sound, and I was like, "Ah, she's watching 'Bones.'" Wish I knew what was making that sound.

Pre-Code resources

Oct. 24th, 2016 05:12 pm
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(For personal reference and for anyone else considering diving in.)

Mick LaSalle's two books on the subject:

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

Both are very readable and (IMHO) deeply fannish, in the sense of combining deep analysis with utterly geeky enthusiasm and biased love for the topics being discussed. Full of great recommendations, too -- I've found wonderful films via LaSalle's recs that I've never heard of in any other context.

Pre-Code.com: Celebrating Pre-Code Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1934

A website with vast numbers of reviews and useful starting points, e.g. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? and My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films.

The Toast: Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching (previously linked)

The Nitrate Diva: Pre-Code A to Z: 26 Favorites:

I decided to do a pre-Code A to Z, with a different title for each letter in the alphabet, because I wanted to feature a weird, slightly arbitrary collection of pre-Codes instead of a traditional top ten.

(Great as a sampler of the sheer range, glories and oddities of pre-Code films.)

TV Tropes: The Pre-Code Era (warning for the rabbit hole that is TV Tropes) (includes films from 1928 and '29, whereas a lot of guides count "pre-Code" as starting properly in 1930, when the Code was officially adopted but roundly ignored)

TV Tropes: The Hays Code

Cinematically Insane: Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

Not pre-Code-specific, but relevant to film history interests:

You Must Remember This

Podcast, available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, about "the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century" (and skewing fairly heavily towards the first half of that century).

Generally thoughtful and well-researched, with a deliberate focus on telling the stories of women, LGBT people, POC, and others dis-privileged within the Hollywood system -- but that makes it sound dry; instead, as the Guardian puts it, it "sounds like a dreamy mix of film noir voiceover, 1940s gossip column and Pathe news broadcast." Writer/performer Karina Longworth says: "I wanted the show to feel like something spooky that you would hear late at night on a drive through the middle of nowhere."

Assorted articles about it:

The Guardian: You Must Remember This: the woman spilling Hollywood's long-held secrets
Jezebel: A Chat With the Creator of Can't-Miss Classic Hollywood Podcast You Must Remember This
KQED: Karina Longworth Talks ‘You Must Remember This’ Before Going on Hiatus

If you've got links (or recommendations of your own) to add, please add 'em!
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Yes, the other sock said "awesome." #boston #socks #latergram

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Oct. 24th, 2016 06:12 pm
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(hello folk who normally see me on IRC, the Internet connection I'm using til Friday doesn't like ssh and I can't face using WebIRC or whatever, so if you want me then e-mail/grab me on Telegram/send me a message/etc <3)

Neat coin I found

Oct. 24th, 2016 04:50 am
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This is a coin I found today in the Albertson's parking lot. Looks Japanese. I found a dime somewhere else today, too, but that was just a dime. This is cool. Sorry for the poor photo quality, I took these with my tablet.

Under the cut for size )

Not a free ride.

Oct. 24th, 2016 04:10 am
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Social safety nets like welfare, SSI, SSDI, food stamps, etc. are in no way a free ride. It's not even a life raft. It's a 2 x 4 with a rope tied to it, barely enough to keep you from drowning if you grab ahold of it and fight constantly to stay afloat. And then the ship is dragging you along in its wake. Which wouldn't be so bad if the people on the ship were helping pull you back onto the ship, but no, they're standing there arguing. One side wants to cut the rope completely because you're "slowing down the ship," and the other side is like "No, that's not nice. Maybe only cut half of the rope?" And then they cut half the rope, and the rope is straining, and all it takes is one particularly strong wave to snap the rope and drown you. It's not fun, it's not easy; you're fighting for survival every moment, nearly dying, it's super stressful and exhausting, and will eventually give you stress illnesses if it goes on long enough. And the people on the ship just want you to give up, stop fighting, and drown already.

Nifty idea

Oct. 24th, 2016 12:43 am
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One of the candidates for Oregon secretary of state had a neat idea on how to get around the Federal ban on marijuana money in banks: start an Oregon-run "vault" as they called it, weed sellers can put their money there instead of the bank. So like a bank, but not a bank, and run by the state government. And I'm sure that the weed sellers would go in for that, because right now they have all this cash and nowhere really secure to put it, and so they get robbed frequently.

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 11:05 pm
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Why am I like this? I was at the office about seven hours doing 3-4 hours' worlht of work. Just Twitter and news articles. Well, I ate a bit, too. But, god, I would like to focus better, just do my work and go home, but I can't quite work out how.

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Oct. 24th, 2016 12:30 am
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New title idea:

Self-care Without Energy

Like it?

[ETA: "energy-free self care"? ]

Yes excellent

Oct. 22nd, 2016 04:30 pm
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Via [personal profile] sovay: here is a gif of Miriam Hopkins kissing Fredric March and Gary Cooper at the end of Design for Living.

In case anyone might need it for Tumbling purposes, or find it useful to have a taster to indicate whether this film would be relevant to their interests.

Another Toku Holiday Special 2016

Oct. 21st, 2016 01:41 pm
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It's a tokusatsu fic/art exchange! Word minimum is 2000, signups end November 1 and works are due on December 15.

Still trying to decide if I should sign up, but I think I might be able to juggle both this and Yuletide.

Proper review this time

Oct. 21st, 2016 09:24 am
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Now that I have finished reading "Every Heart a Doorway," a proper review is called for:

This is an amazing book, about a boarding school for people who - like Alice from Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy from the Oz books - slipped into another world, found they fit in, then got ripped out of that world back to this one, and now must adapt to their original world again, and cope with the strong need to return to the one they fell into. But of course, as with most of Seanan's writing, there is a horror twist: students are being murdered, their bodies mutilated.

As someone who coped with a troubled childhood by retreating into fantasy and then later got pulled kicking and screaming back to reality and has been trying to readjust ever since, I strongly resonate with these characters. Their characterization is unique, varied, realistic, and beautiful.

I was also pleased at the inclusion of a transgender character who is neither joke nor tragedy, and at the main character being asexual yet not aromantic. Further, one of the other girls is a scientist and genius. These characters, whose struggles to cope with being on earth again are so well written, added to a beautiful, rich, and believable fantasy multiverse, makes it a jewel to read, and I really hope Ms. McGuire will be taking us back through this door in the future.

Every Heart a Doorway

Oct. 21st, 2016 07:38 am
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I'm reading "Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire. It reminds me of what I've heard of the Mrs. Peregrine's Home series, but with a horror twist. A school for children who fell through doors into other worlds and then got shoved back here, trying to cope with this world again. It reminds me of my own childhood, because I was off in my own world during my childhood and have been trying to cope with being forced back to reality ever since.

Edit: Forgot to mention that there's a trans boy character, and the main character is asexual.

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Oct. 21st, 2016 08:20 pm
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Help needed! I've been working on a project around self-care for the severely sick folk like me. Most self-care says stuff like "Take a walk, go see a movie, go to a restaurant, take a swim" or similar stuff - none of which I can do as a bedridden person... so I've been making cards with things I *can* do.

I'd love to start a Facebook page to put up what I've been working on but the project needs a name. Originally in my head I've been saying "Spoonie Self-Care" but I'd like to stay away from the "spoon" idea because not everybody who's chronically its identifies with the spoon theory idea. There's a fairly limited set of options, given that it has to be fairly short and fairly self-evident what it means. I don't want to, for example, call them 'Penguin Cards' because nobody can tell what that means unless they already know.

Current favourite idea is "Low-energy self care", partially because Trump thinks that "low energy" is an insult so it must be good. Any better ideas?
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