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Posted in full at: at April 24, 2014 at 10:02AM
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Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.


I totally want these, but a gentle reminder that if they’re magnetic, you should maybe keep them away from your computer and cell phone. Maybe read a book in your magnetic pillow cave!

via [personal profile] lilysea and [personal profile] alexseanchai

Apr. 24th, 2014 11:54 am
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Write Happy Women

Tell stories where it doesn't make sense for her husband or wife to die. Tell stories where her child dying is unfathomable. Tell stories where women live happy fulfilling lives. Tell stories where women find love and don't lose it again. Tell stories where women and their bodies aren't treated like objects.

Tell stories where women are happy, where a woman's happiness makes sense in the context of the story, where a woman's happiness serves the story, where a woman's happiness is integral to the plot. Tell stories where women's hearts and minds and bodies and families and vocations are healthy, and treated with respect by other people.

[draft] Letter to the DWP

Apr. 24th, 2014 03:39 pm
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Feedback appreciated; I won't be sending it til tomorrow.

Read more... )
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Posted in full at: at April 24, 2014 at 04:30AM
defira85: leeshajoy: mschaos: joebagofdoughnuts: Magnetic...




Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.

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I just got my application for DLA rejected. Again.

This fucking week.
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Despite how bad it actually is, the cherry-lime syrup was gone in the morning. I arrived well-armed with a set of gummy candies for the "hummingbird feeder".

It's possible that the departmental move may be delayed. I say this on account of my manager saying that we should have been notified by today at the outside if we're going this Friday. There are no emails, no letters, no white flag above my door numbered pieces of paper stuck to cubes or offices. Purple, who was also going to have been in this batch, is similarly without notification. He told a harrowing tale of a move where they told them on Monday, got other pending moves done, and then went "Hey, so can we move you folks like RIGHT NOW?" Except there were still some people with machines up running things that shouldn't be interrupted...

Read more... )
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Call me jealous of [personal profile] andrewducker (which in some barely-subliminal way, I probably am) but either way, for once...just once...I want to post some really Interesting Links of my own, so without any further ado:

Hat tip to the Techs...

Hat tip to the White Hats ( this is/was an old passion of mine)...

Hat tip to the Science...

Hat tip to You, ready to bust a move (I've signed up for both)...

Hat tip to the Old Skool Internet...

  • Watch grass grow (guys! guys! check out the Geocities design and typewriter text - it's nearly stroke-inducing)

Hat tip to who inspired this...

If you're into browsing through lists of interesting links (a true joy of mine since oh, 2004 or so) [personal profile] andrewducker maintains the gold standard on that so go check his DW out.

Magneto was right

Apr. 24th, 2014 11:55 am
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"Neither respond particularly well to medication, but therapy with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships can hold the key. Particularly work focussed on metallization, which encourages a greater awareness of the intentions of oneself and those around them."
- from a blog post about commonalities between borderline personality disorder and Asperger syndrome

Wednesday Reading Meme

Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:41 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Lynn Flewelling, Shards of Time: The end of the Nightrunner novels. It's... pretty much what I figured it was going to be, in terms of plot and style and so on. It's readable, but, well, it's certainly not as good as the first two books. Though if you've come this far, you should probably just finish the series already. (And if you haven't read the series but you like m/m fantasy, you should... probably just read the first two books.)

What I'm Reading Now

All the Avengers Steve/Tony fanfic in the entire world. In the entire world. *laughs weakly* No, really, not joking. Why am I so behind when it comes to fandoms? Also why do I apparently like the 616 fic better? I do not need a comics habit again. I don't even really want a comics habit. I certainly cannot afford a comics habit. I wouldn't even know what to try to catch up on. Also it's really hard to read digital comics on a 13" laptop screen. (You shut up, I did not just try reading Civil War: The Confession for the glorious angst and ~feels~.) Also, my surprise new favorite character from the fic seems to be Carol Danvers, which is kind of weird because the sum total of my knowledge about her is that I think Rogue stole her powers.

What I'm Reading Next

Actual books. Right. Um. Actual books. Let me think. I was going to read Tim Powers' The Stress of Her Regard (which I remember more than one of you recommending), but if it's a book that requires a lot of thinking or actual knowledge about the Romantics I might pass on it for the moment and read some random fantasy books that [personal profile] lysimache was recommending.

A Visit From the Cult of Nice

Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:27 pm
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I know I'm a blunt, cantankerous old biddy who often blunders straight past the rules of current social etiquette, but I found this today while scanning the reviews of a Priest fic I'm reading:

How Ruuuude!

The review that caught my eye was that left by Sebastian, which reads thus:

I just want to start off by saying I think your writing style is excellent. The way you develop your characters keeps the audience guessing, and I like that. Don't let criticisms hold you back from writing the story the way you see fit. I'm not naming names, but I've read some reviews on here that are just plain rude. There is a difference between stating constructive criticism and being just plain, outright rude. People like that take the fun out of writing, and it's a downright shame. Good authors are constructive, not cocky. I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work, and don't let negative, ignorant comments drag you down.

It's no great leap to surmise he's referring to my reviews because mine are the only ones more substantive than, "Ooooh, update soon!"

Look, writing is a very personal thing, and hearing strangers nitpick the warts and shortcomings of your bouncing baby brainchild is like watching them club a baby seal while eating baby bunnies raw. It's painful, and embarrassing, and you want to defend and explain. Sometimes, you stew and mutter under your breath about how the Philistines simply don't get your genius, damn them.

But here's the thing: Once you put something out there, the Philistines can react to it howsoever they choose. They can love it and write paeans to its awesomeness and clamor for more. They can not give a damn. They can also think it's a steaming pile of shit. For me, it's a toss-up between which of the last two stings more. Most of the time, it's indifference, but occasionally, there are those comments that cross the line into plain gleeful nastiness and personal attack, and those can be like a punch in the face if you're not ready for them. People who disguise personal attacks as legitimate critique are assbags.

But I don't think anything I said constitutes rudeness or an assault on the author or her right to write. It's the truth as I see it. It *is* ridiculous that a woman with no combat training who previously shrieked and flailed at the sight of a vampire can suddenly take down four of them plus a bevy of familiars simply because she prayed once. Honestly, that devalues BH's training and years of sacrifice and isolation. If any jackass who says, "Please God," can suddenly have His blessing and Grace, then why do priests need to suffer the way they do? The answer is they don't. Therefore, she's undermined one of the fundamental precepts of the world.

There are POV switches within paragraphs, which are fundamental no-nos in writing. The vocabulary is repetitious, and the constant use of "his eyes fell" conjures images of disembodied eyeballs tottering unsteadily on tiny little legs and faceplanting on noses. Any aspiring writer who wants to be published someday needs to have an extensive, varied vocabulary with which to convey thoughts and ideas. Period. Her mechanics are faulty and sometimes sloppy. If she's going to set the world on fire with her ideas, she needs to know how to convey them clearly. That's what writing is supposed to do.

As for her characterization, it's idealized and flawed. She tells us that Tessa is a smart, composed woman with experience with life's unfairness, but she behaves like a nineteen-year-old who's never left the safety of her dorm room and is playing with concepts from her Intro to Philosophy class. She's mercurial and pettish one minute and wise and even-keeled the next. Rape is apparently no big deal. The story tells us that she's left covered in semen from her assault, but later in the same chapter, she tells Black Hat there is no danger of pregnancy because none of her attackers finished. Uh, if he's wiping spooge from her nethers, then, yes, they did.

She loves BH so much, but doesn't listen to him when he tries to explain. Because the story needs her to be obtuse for dramatic effect. It's not an organic outgrowth of events but a plot contrivance of narrative necessity. Additionally, she takes Priest's part as if they were old friends despite knowing nothing about him save what pre-vamped BH told her. It might be morally satisfying to believe people behave that way, but they don't. People protect their own, even when they know they shouldn't. Tessa isn't a realized character; she's a walking ideal. Lots of writers do this to some degree, but most of them disguise their avatar a bit more cleverly. Some of them disguise them poorly, and professionals are not immune to this trap. Stephen King has his very own Marty Stu in Roland of The Dark Tower series. In later volumes, he's just dropped all pretense and is merrily wallowing in the Stu-ness. When you're wiping your ass with pressed gold bullion, you can afford to indulge.

But she hasn't earned that right yet. Tessa was never grounded enough to support those indulgent flourishes. She's a paper doll wearing whatever outfit a given scenario needs her to, regardless of logic or internal consistency.

It's maddening, and you know why? Because there is talent there. It's cracky and ridiculous and melodramatic and unrealistic, a telenovela of the first water, but it's also compelling. I find myself reading chapters over and over again and checking every day to see if there's another update. I don't want her to stop. I want her to finish because I need to know how it all turns out. But just because I want her to succeed and finish this crazy, glorious Frankenstein, that doesn't mean I can't point out where it strains credulity for me as a reader.

And just between you and me, I'm being rather restrained, I think. A professional editor would tear her to shreds and feel not a pang of remorse.

Req for recs

Apr. 24th, 2014 12:09 am
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Apparently this week I am pondering the construction of the idea of "muse" instead of working on my transfer report.

In particular I am wondering about how other people have conceptualised their relationships with real flesh-and-blood human beings they consider muses; presence/absence, the form of inspiration, and so on, and so forth. I think there is an essay trying to happen, but in order to tease out the details I rather suspect I need to expose myself to a wider range of viewpoints.

Suggestions and discussion in comments very much appreciated.

eta "museum" is "a seat or shrine of the Muses"!!!!


Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:51 pm
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Tune is roughly Last of the Great Whales though there's an extra syllable in chosen lines.

The labyrinth holds my boy
Now who will walk with me
No more will I see his smile
No more will he tease me
His face was beautiful
I wish he was here
How his eyes could bring forth the sun
His arms banish all fear

His lord says that he died well
Covered all in glory
And I'm to take comfort from
Him in song and story
But he died so far away
I wish he was here
I need someone to cry on
And he is nowhere near

Though hollow I must go on
Held up by loyalty
We've gold ribbons for his grave
He'll lie like royalty
His family demand no less
I wish he was here
He'd like to see how he lay
How many held him dear

And now the goodbyes are done
And he walks on alone
Perhaps we will meet again
Our lives play out unknown
His death will happen again
I wish he was here
He'll go on to greater things
I'm glad that he was here

Bright as yellow. #nofilter

Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:56 pm
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Bright as yellow. #nofilter
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Posted in full at: at April 23, 2014 at 04:30AM
copperbadge: eruvadhril replied to your post:Answers About Kindereggs Hey, Sam, tell us about how...

eruvadhril replied to your post:Answers About Kindereggs

Hey, Sam, tell us about how you used to make bootleg hooch under your sink in college!

WELL I’LL TELL YOU, all you really need to make alcohol is yeast, sugar, and fruit juice. When I was doing some research in some old newspapers, I came across a recipe for “dorm wine” — you mix yeast and sugar in the bottom of a large jug, then add fruit juice concentrate and fill the jug with water (I used a 2-liter soda bottle). You tape a balloon over the mouth of the jug to prevent bugs and dust getting in but to allow for gas expansion as everything ferments, and after about two weeks, when the balloons have deflated, you have decent but nigh-undrinkable alcohol.

The key to making it drinkable is to age it in the fridge for at least a few weeks; the longer it ages the better it tastes. I made “apple jack” and “red wine” this way. It was pretty mellow, probably not any higher alcohol content than most beer, but if you’re 19 and can’t buy booze yet, a couple of bucks for a 2-L of beer isn’t bad.

If you’re concerned about someone noticing what you’re buying, get flour and stuff and pretend you’re going to try making bread with the yeast. (Get baking powder as well, and make pancakes.)
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Qem: *curses at firefox* Nevermind dreamwidth has auto save and I've had this open for 30 mins so I'll get part of it back.*
Qem: *restarts computer*
Qem: "..."
Qem: *discovers previous post was actually posted!"
Qem: "..."
Qem: *deletes*

Qem: *gets text*
Qem: "..."
Qem: "Why is my coworker texting me about goat simulators?"

Qem: *talking to hospital IT* So my client would very much like to have email on her phone and we've been able to receive emails but not send emails. I just wanted to check if it might be because the hospital is blocking the port that the outgoing email is going through.
Hospital IT: "..."
Hospital IT: "Sorry I only do tech support for phones and I thought this was an email issue. Ports are like wifi and that. Not part of my job."
Qem: "..."

Stopping 'Stop Tony Meow': how web plug-in caught the Department of Prime Minister's attention

Staff at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have used up more than 130 pages of correspondence talking about a web plug-in that replaces pictures of Tony Abbott with ‘‘cute kittens’’.

But after charging the program’s creator $700 for access to those pages, what they actually said is a mystery, for now.

Developers Dan Nolan and Ben Taylor made the "Stop Tony Meow" browser extension in January. Downloaded more than 50,000 times, it automatically swaps any picture of Mr Abbott encountered online with pictures of cats.

Curious as to what the Prime Minister and his staff thought of the extension, Mr Nolan submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for any correspondence that mentioned the words "Stop Tony Meow".

Read more:

Qem: "... I'm not sure what part of this artical I find most hilarious."

Qem: *reads article*
Qem: "..."
Qem: My god yahoo, any excuse to cover the fact that your security is shit and that you were hacked on at least three seperate occassions last year where your passwords and usernames were leaked. Yahoo spam the majority of time in my experience is coming from a GODDAMN YAHOO SERVER SCAN YOUR OUTGOING MAIL AND ALSO FUCKING PROTECT YOUR DATA BETTER.

New "purse"

Apr. 23rd, 2014 01:02 am
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My new "purse"/leather pouch/sporran. It latches shut with a spinny latch! Got it from a seller on eBay. Hand made and has a Celtic horse design on it. I prefer these kinds of things because then my purse is attached to my belt and can't be easily stolen. And the latch makes it difficult to pickpocket it.

Under the cut for size )
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Today my manager was Out, and I used the 1:1 time shoving things into boxes, and reconciling papers with computers, and pulling things out of closets.

I popped by the desktop office with two briefcases full of ancient Latitude mumblety-something versions. Poor long-suffering Chip. Then I returned with a third briefcase, because there was really nowhere else to put it.

As part of this whole exercise, various things are being put out for salvage, such as the tablecloths of bad mojo, and a whole bunch of random swag. People from the team were coming up to me the whole day, asking whether I had any left. The vultures claimed it all, very quickly.

Transporting an array of coffee syrup bottles coherently is less fun than you might imagine. This is complicated by the need for everything to be in boxes -- if I thought I could get away with it, I would have left it intact and just carried it across and down myself. But probably not, no. So all the syrups went in one box. I top each box with my email address, just in case the external labeling fails and I have an orphaned box found somewhere.

So there was the matter of getting the syrup pumps out of the bottles. This involved unscrewing, draining, rinsing, and being careful about angles. I had a little more coffee than usual due to using up the drained syrup.

One of the bottles was the ill-favoured cherry-lime. I left that in the traditional free-stuff place.

I got the notice that I was accepted in to the transition pilot for the leap from Exchange 2007 to 2013. In the absence of my Overlady, I had to check her inbox to make sure she'd got the same message (because we go as a unit). In said inbox, I found a question from the PM on the other end of my block. So I hit the database again, and shook it until candy fell out, and this time I was careful to reply as myself and not as my Overlady. So another PM is learning where the information comes from.

One of the mover guys came past my cube and asked was I going to use all those boxes. Yes. Yes, I was.

The PM down the corner is not sure when she's moving, but she thinks it's soon. She is also going to be out of the state next week sometime. This may interact poorly. I bequeathed her two of my boxes -- when I run out, I can request more, but if she's going to be out of the office, she has a limited time window for packing.

The large metal rooster goes in the box before the lava lamp.

I saw JD checking in vaguely near where I was at, and called to ask if he needed a ride home. He allowed as how that might be good. Various communications later, I made my escape and headed in the direction of dinner. (Purple was delighted to learn of a place that did Mongolian beef in the general area, but was staying Somewhat Later.) I joined JD and his hiking buddy. Om nom nom beef.

When I headed out from work, the cherry-lime syrup bottle was still as I'd left it.

I had forgotten how very much I dislike driving and parking near Castro Street in Mountain View. It is not my favorite thing. Fortunately, parking garage. Fortunately, legs.

Then I drove JD home. Yay!

The Starbucks near my friendly neighborhood Trader Joe's is open hella late. I got a cookie. Then I came home and finished up my step count while detangling and re-braiding my hair.

Culture Consumed Wednesday

Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:48 pm
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For the past fortnight.


Read Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood. From Twitter:

@vassl: Now to attempt to finish reading the GOH's first novel before I arrive in the convention city. It was published in '98, I'm a little slow.

@vassl: Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood: surprisingly good airport reading. It's set in Hell, so relevant to my current location.

@vassl: Tullamarine Airport has fewer magic cockrings and sparkly jewels than Anne Bishop's Hell, and different decor choices, but otherwise similar

@vassl: Finished Daughter of the Blood. Started out all lolzy idfic magic cockrings, suddenly became not at all lolzy child trafficking rings.

Can see where JR Ward got her inspiration for what to name people in the Black Dagger books. There is a character in this novel whose name is surreal. I mean she is named Surreal. I mean both. [personal profile] snarp and [personal profile] rachelmanija were both right about it (except that I enjoyed it more than Rachel did, and will definitely be reading at least the second book.)

Reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Got through a few more pages in the last week. Hate Henry SO MUCH. Hate Dorian too. Indifferent to Painter Dude. Want to read a novel about Henry's aunt, written by Anne Bronte not Oscar Wilde.

Reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Everything. Got from pg 129 to pg 288 during Swancon weekend. Volcanoes and meteorites are scary. :( Some more Twitter commentary, because I like to recycle my jokes:

@vassl: Reading Bill Bryson on M-theory and have suddenly and regrettably turned into a zombie. Braaaaaaanes. #physics #holidayreading

Reread Komarr and 'Winterfair Gifts'.

Read Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 and #2. Basically giggled the whole way through. Yes, it was pure bubblegum, but I was in the mood for bubblegum. And Al Ewing's author's note on the last page, quoting Thor #353 (Odin: "For Asgard!" Thor: "For Midgard!" Loki: "For myself!") really rang true to me, both as a principle (standing up for yourself is not selfish/bad!) and also as an interpretation of Loki's character (not a nice person, but also frequently the only person on Team Himself.)

Read [personal profile] dira's Vorkosigan refugee AU and reread one of her Jole series while waiting for the plane. Some stories are worth going over your mobile data plan for.

TV and Movies
Watched 'Lake Laogai' from ATLA. Can we leave Ba Sing Se now? It is a terrible place.

Watched Spirited Away at [personal profile] bookgirlwa's house. It was made in 2001, but it's still very definitely in the tradition of 80s/90s kids' films that will destroy your infant mind with terror, while being instant classics for their meaningful script/use of myth and their beautiful cinematography/hand-drawn animation/puppetry/David Bowie's crotch.

Discovered Cut The Rope. Obsessed.

Watched the music video to Total Eclipse of the Heart for the first time, and have some preliminary conclusions: 1. I want whatever drugs they were on. 2. At least part of this is set in the Black Jewels universe. 3. The rest of it is set in Smallville. 4. I want the I'm Not Okay crossover. It would be epic. More epic, I mean.

Listened to Lydia Lunch's Queen of Siam. Liked.

I'm Getting Into Shape

Apr. 22nd, 2014 08:15 pm
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Content: fitness, diet, weight loss, depression )

Aside from that, I'm spending lots of time on Khan Academy and Rosetta Stone. The iPhone apps make it a lot easier to study no matter where I am at least a few minutes a day.


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