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I did a DW journal search just now for "clucky", knowing every Thanksgiving post I've ever made, like ever, would come up because they all have the same title, because that's how I find them from one year to the next, because even back when I used tags I hated them and always found the contents of this blog through Google or a DW search or occasionally with a trip through my Archives (when even I am as lost as everyone else, but know what I'm thinking of; sometimes just a single word I can recall is the only mental clue I have as to what the hell I'm after) because I really am that lazy and tags, I hate them, or did I say that?

Tags clutter up your page and add weight to your CSS if you're going to style them (and believe me, you're going to style them). They go in reverse chronological order so if you're looking for something more than a screen back, it will take the modern day person's equivalent of forever to find it. And I'm like, a super impatient person. I think Google should read and filter my thoughts and post the better ones to Twitter and DW for me so I won't have to (do you KNOW how many posts I've lost over sheer lack of automation and an even greater lack of time and ability to post manually every time I think of an awesome thing to write? This blog would have more pages than fucking Wikipedia if I could ever have pulled that off).

This post has already frustrated me because it's including more than the original subject matter - because brain, it wanders - and I've got two left thumbs on the keyboard tonight (I should say two right thumbs, because I'm left-handed, but it's a right-handed world, so whatever) so editing will take forever (ETA: and ha, I wasn't kidding). And because no company on Earth has yet done what I want, I'll have to manually type, edit, re-edit and finally give up on every last word - like I always do - because without the dreampt-of autoposter I'll have to rely on my brain, which is seriously lacking in both speed and precision. Grrrrr.

Anyway, I thought I was missing a Clucky Day for 2010 but actually, I'm not; it's just got a strange title, which I'm probably going to amend in a minute to match the rest, because wth, I thought I'd died when I couldn't find it (life in the Matrix, 'tis strange). So I'm not missing any posts for six years running, which fills me with relief, as I was getting ready to blame my ex of eight years for stressing me out too much to write or something but literally no one has ever stressed me out too much I was no longer with him by then.

Of course, there's no guarantee I'll do the post from one year to the next as I don't write it until after dinner. I could theoretically eat so much turkey I die - I swear that wouldn't take much - or else have such a bad day it never gets posted, but neither has happened yet, though I came close to sort of a hybrid of both situations back in 2012, to judge by the entry's not-so-cool title. Which I'm thinking of editing now because uh, I'm still posting these things, after all; false alarm times 3.

Solved the Matrix problem.

Nov. 25th, 2015 06:11 pm
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So there's long been people pointing out that the Machines in The Matrix using humans as batteries would be terribly inefficient, losing power rather than gaining it. Well, I may have a solution: maybe that's only what the humans freed from the Matrix thought they were being used for. According to a panel at OryCon, power satellites in space would be terribly inefficient in beaming power down to earth, or else dangerously good at it, so his suggestion was to make server satellites instead; a whole slew of tiny, paper thin satellites equipped with a recently created computer chip that is very resistant to radiation. This Server Sky, as he called it, would turn the power of the sun in space into a space based server that could connect people anywhere in the world to the Internet without cables that can be cut.

Then, in Echopraxia by Peter Watts, there's this thing called "Heaven," which is a thing where people who are suffering from Present Shock can go to live in a fantasy world they create. It's free because at the same time, their brains are being used as living computers, living servers, to process their version of the Internet through their subconscious mind.

Well, that got me thinking, what if the Machines were using humans in the same way, as living servers to subconsciously process data for them? It would be a lot more efficient than using them as batteries.

Just a thought, though. I still personally prefer my previous fan theory that the Matrix is like a nursing home the Machines keep their doddering old parent species in out odd compassion, and that it's nested, and nobody in that world had ever really been outside of the matrix, they just think they have because they saw through the first layer. But the two theories are not mutually exclusive.


Nov. 25th, 2015 05:30 pm
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Along with "fortnight" is a couple of archaic English words I learned the other day, that I want to find excuses to use: 1. Overmorrow, means "the day after tomorrow," and 2. Ereyesterday, means "the day before yesterday."

Wednesday Reading Meme

Nov. 25th, 2015 06:45 pm
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Well, I don't know about you guys, but my Tumblr dash has been melting down in flames since the Civil War trailer dropped. Let's... talk about something else, okay?

What I Just Finished Reading


What I'm Reading Now

At least comics this week are fun and non-upsetting!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 )

What I'm Reading Next

Books, I guess?

So there's this thing

Nov. 25th, 2015 05:46 pm
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where I will abruptly realise that one of the men I love simply does not know something that so thoroughly permeates my experiences of the world that I barely even think to mention it.

Content notes for misogyny and gender policing and violence and all that good stuff.

Read more... )

Hurt/comfort recs for [personal profile] rachelmanija

Nov. 25th, 2015 04:02 pm
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As some of you will aready know, [personal profile] rachelmanija is dealing with some very stressful stuff; she could use some good h/c recs. This is the recs accumulation post.

She says:

I like old-school "lost and injured in wildernesses," "held hostage," "poisoned," "race to get to medical care," "post-action breakdown" "adjusting to being a civilian with bonus PTSD," that sort of thing - I like when the hurt is serious or life-threatening, there's some action, and plenty of comfort at the end. Sholio and Dira Sudis write the sort of thing I like, and of course my Werewolf Marines books are the exact sort of thing I like.

I like canon recs too but already know Sharpe, Dick Francis, Lymond, Hornblower, Modesty Blaise, Eagle of the Ninth, Leverage, Star Trek (any iteration) Star Wars (ditto), Percy Jackson, Pern, Kushiel's Dart, Benjamin January, Attack on Titan, X-Men (especially anything but First Class, but I do also like First Class. I just prefer the comics and first two movies). Would love any fic recs in those canons or probably any book or anime fandom. Like, anything that's ever appeared in Yuletide probably has sufficient context.

For fic, if the story's really great I'll try anything. But I'm picky about MCU (don't like infantilized Bucky, have irrational hatred for Coulson), don't like SGA, Sherlock, or Teen Wolf, and don't know Hamilton, Homestuck, or Steven Universe. Finally, I'm neutral on rape recovery - it's not a plus but it's not a back button either.

I like touch starvation, people feeding each other or helping each other to walk or carrying each other, huddling for warmth, washing each other or washing their hair. And a minimum of vomit.

So, I've been quiet

Nov. 25th, 2015 01:05 pm
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Cut for talk of weight/exercise/eating... )

And because I've been eating better and all, this morning I made cherry jam. Probably going to attempt apricot and white peach in the next couple of weeks, because they're cheap presents and people seem to like getting it. Don't know if the cherry plums will be ripe in time, but if they are, then we'll make that too.


Bought a few things lately. Got five autism books from Better World. (Waiting on one, still, but four arrived okay.) Three personal accounts by nonspeaking autists (Peyton Goddard, Elizabeth Bonker and Tito Mukhopadhyay), one by a speaking autist whose mother's parental account I already own (Blaze Ginsberg) and the one I'm waiting on is a parental account that's meant to be good. (Following Ezra by Thomas Fields-Meyer). Also waiting on a couple of tv series (Lewis, White Collar, Agent Carter), the Funko Pop Agent Carter, and, when it's released, Ant-Man. We bought the photo book for Agent Carter season one because Amazon made it super cheap. It's not the sort of thing we'd usually buy, but I'm glad we did because it's beautifully put together.

That sounds like such a lot of stuff, but that's from the last few months, and pretty much everything was way below retail price except Agent Carter Season One. I paid about five bucks each for the autism books, and I discovered one of them was author signed. Bonus!


I have finally finished knitting the last of the last figure ever for the nativity set I've been making Brother2's family for the last five years. On the one hand, FINALLY, on the other, I have no idea what to make them next year.


Finally watched through White Collar to the end, and I was satisfied with it. I'm kind of sad we didn't get a full length season six, but compressing the major story arc into six episodes with no distractions worked. It felt tight and it told the story the creators obviously wanted to tell. Naturally, I would have preferred more, but at least they fought and won the right to tell that story, rather than having the series end abruptly with the cliffhanger of season five.

Also watched through Poirot and Marple again, and am getting close to the end of Granada Sherlock Holmes. Am feeling desperately left out because everyone else is diving into Jessica Jones and have no way of getting it besides waiting, waiting, waiting for the torrents to finish. Also waiting on Lewis season nine and a Tommy and Tuppence series done earlier in the year. Don't even mention things like Agents of SHIELD, Elementary, Castle, etc to me. We haven't seen anything of the new stuff.


Books I have read recently:
* The last of the Phryne Fisher books I hadn't read. Now am up to date on the series.
* Two marvellous books on Bletchley - The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop and The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith. Highly recommend both, as the focus is different - Girls is more about personal accounts, Debs is more of a general history, so they compliment each other really well.
* The Man Who Couldn't Stop by David Adam. Excellent book about OCD. Pretty much confirmed for me what I already thought - that the OCD dx the psychologist tacked on with my (correct) autism dx is bullshit. I have anxiety which can seem to produce obsessive compulsive behaviour, but the headspace/thoughts common to people with OCD are completely not my experience.
* A Double Shot of Happiness by Judy Sharp. Decent enough parental account of an autistic artist.
* Melting Stones & Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce. Read these in published order, and I shouldn't have - chronologically, Battle comes first and Stones second.
* Dirty Magic by Carol Hughes. This felt like it could have been better. I think the writer was aiming to be Garth Nix, and falling far short. It needed a story editor to truncate the dull bits and tease out the important stuff that was just skipped over completely in favour of ending the story.
* i am intelligent by Peyton Goddard and Dianne Goddard. This was really interesting in that the broader story was structured like a parental account but it was peppered with Peyton's own words and observations and experiences. So you had the mother's quest to cure her daughter and integrate her into the community counterpointed with what it was actually like for Peyton. This is a great alternative to the typical structure of relegating the autist's account to an essay or Q&A at the back of the book, as in News From the Border or Reasonable People.

Reading Now:
* Agent Carter Season One Declassified
* I Am in Here by Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia G. Breen
* Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray


I've been cataloguing my books again. Added a whole bunch yesterday, no idea how many, but I'll probably do some more tomorrow. The goal is to have everything recorded, so that I can search my collection at a glance. BookDB2 is basic but detailed enough to be satisfying and useful.


Garden is doing well. Kale is great, if somewhat latticey because of getting eaten by bugs. Most of the strawberries have survived and one even seems to be thinking about fruiting. Kohl rabi is getting tall, as are the potatoes and tomatoes. Radishes were a bust, they just made lots of leaves and flowers but there doesn't seem to be any root bulb development. Broad beans are taking over the world. Only one plant each of the snow peas and sugar snap peas sprouted, and they're fighting for a bit of space from the broad beans. All my roses are out now, and they're lovely, as is the honeysuckle. Sage and rosemary going great guns, with beautiful new growth. My scented geraniums which I thought were dead have made a comeback. The rose one sprouted up in August, and the peppermint which I though completely dead and gone as of about April (!!!) suddenly popped up a whole bunch of tiny new leaves a week ago. My lawn is mowed, thanks to the guy who delivers my firewood in the winter, but my disaster of a hedge still needs hacking back to upright. He was meant to come and do that last week, but he hasn't, so I may have to embark on it myself. Not looking forward to that. /o\


Oh, I almost forgot! We did marvel bang again this year, and we ended up with TWO stories. One was the actual fic that we submitted and the other was a fic I'd been writing since January that I finished up just in case I didn't get the main fic done in time. If you like Peggy, Bucky and Steve, if you like canon-close AUs, if you like sequel fix-its of semi-obscure comics mini-runs, then you might like one or both of these fics! If nothing else, go check out Emma's art.

we'll just pick a star and aim for it
The door isn't closed forever, the president had told him. The past will always exist. But Steve himself is a liability. He knows too much about the future, and even if he could stop Bucky from jumping on that plane, he could change the world irrevocably.
Rather than looking back, Steve needs to look forward. He's trying, he really is.
Fortunately, some of his new comrades have a plan to travel through time, cheat death, and neatly avoid breaking reality. It's what comes next that has no plan, and no instructions.
(Or, my Captain America: Man Out Of Time sequel/fix-it fic.)

(so, come on) Put On Your War Paint
All her life she has wanted to run and run and run, but only now does she have the body to do it.
(Or, my Peggy gets the Serum and bangs Steve like a barn door in a hurricane fic.)
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There are YouTube socks! They are not tube socks, alas.

Gratitude Practice Fulfilled

Nov. 24th, 2015 01:50 pm
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A few months back I began posting gratitudes. I'm still grateful a lot of the time; in fact I believe that I'm able to see the good all around me, even in the dimmest of days.

Which means I have hundreds of gratitudinal moments, not three. I don't want to let go of the hundreds, so I'm going to focus on other topics in my posts here.

Thank you for taking the trip with me. Knowing you were there improved the journey.

I'll leave you with an art object that's a continuing home for gratitude, MyGuy's birthday gift:

Five inch tall glass egg with one-fifth vertical slice cut to reveal a clear interior with one perfect bubble. Outside has peacock tail colors and pattern with matte AB surface )


Nov. 24th, 2015 05:09 pm
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[personal profile] cesy
The Fanlore page now has some links to most of what's been happening and some good summaries, for anyone who's not already aware.

I am still trying to figure out what to say publicly, but I am also desperate to talk about it, in between being really nervous of hearing stuff dragged back up that will really upset me. I'm mostly healed from the previous incidents, but not entirely.

I'm tentatively hopeful but still slightly cynical at the moment. Matty and LO (Atiya) are great people and I look forward to seeing what they'll do. They're not perfect people, and fandom's idealisation-devaluation cycle is vicious. A clean slate is easier in some ways than changing a culture when you're a minority, but there are bits of problematic culture that have been spread across the org for so many years that I really doubt they're all gone, so I don't think the Board is the only problem culturally or ethically, let alone in any other way.

I haven't linked it from the Fanlore page as I know she doesn't want the whole of Metafandom descending on her, but [personal profile] recessional's commentary is interesting, for any mutual friends/network who hadn't spotted it yet.

I have been sick for the past five days, I'm exhausted and everything sucks, I still have dayjob to do, chores to do, and a pile of fun stuff including Dreamwidth coding that I'd like to get to at some point. But I've gone and volunteered to share my knowledge on the finance side, because institutional history can help, provided you can prevent it perpetuating bad culture.


Nov. 24th, 2015 09:48 pm
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[personal profile] vass
Randall Munroe on why Cory Doctorow's 0wnz0red is... not exactly realistic.

(But it's such a nice fantasy. Apart from the horrifying.)

The mouseover text is particularly pointy.


Nov. 24th, 2015 12:29 am
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Purple got snagged by lb and Mr. Netflix for lunch today, since lb and Mr. Netflix were the only representatives of the department actually in the department for lunch. Thus it was that I did not see Purple in person until it was time to go home.

I managed to wait until we were outside to apologetically point out that I would be having a worse time than expected for the next couple weeks because I'd trained pretty hard on Bearded Purple, so Beardless Purple was essentially a stranger (with, for bonus points, a smile a hell of a lot like Figment's).

It's going to be a super weird couple weeks. I'm going to be double-taking a lot.

lb had immediately given him shit upon seeing it. Purple did mention his reason for doing it, and it's a reason I fully endorse beyond the "dude, it's ... your beard? and you're the boss of your beard?" position ... but dang, I still have a hard time recognizing him without it. Despite having known him for quite some time without it, I still learned his face with it due to his directory picture.

<lb> I think we should give him some beard products
<lb> beard products are a hint to beard harder

"objective" journalism

Nov. 24th, 2015 12:47 am
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[personal profile] jadelennox
From Fred Clark over at Slacktivist:

The title of the post at Joe.My.God is “Donald Trump Tweets Racist Lying Graphic.” The title of the post at Talking Points Memo is “Trump Retweets Inaccurate Statistics About Black Murder Rate.” Joe gets that right. Josh gets it wrong.

This is a side effect of our belief that even those of us who aren't in a court of law can't call something racism unless we can prove what was in someone's heart, can't call something lying unless we can prove they were 100% certain they were stating an untruth.

Trump's tweet (screenshotted in that Joe. My. God. post, TW for repulsive racism, and I'm not going to alternative text it because, sorry, can't bear to) is quite obviously racism and lying. I can't prove the lying, certainly; I have know idea what Trump believes is true. The racism is patently obvious, though; I challenge anyone to come up with a believable fanwank under which a tweet like that (in the context of Trump) isn't prima facie evidence of racism. Racist intent and racism in his heart, even, although I think asking for evidence of either of those is always a bullshit way of avoiding discussing effects.

(Meme) December Blogging Meme

Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:54 pm
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Tried this last year, did not do that great (admittedly we got sick in December so that didn't help). Trying again this year.

via [personal profile] yohjideranged

- Pick a date in December and give me something to talk about.
- You don't have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
- If you are doing the meme, I'll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one.
- Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
- Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I'll fill it in.

Topic Ideas
Fandoms: Ace Attorney, Welcome to Night Vale, Young Wizards/Cats of Grand Central, Magic Ex Libris, Harry Potter, Pretear, The Hunger Games
Writing: Meta/Process, Ficlet/Poetry/Meta in Original Universes (More Than One, Agent DreamWriter, Willerverse, Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue, Johanna's Story, The Connector of Stories), Ficlet/Poetry/Meta in Shared Universes (Nine for the Nebula's Heart, Heliodrax), Random prompts for fic/poetry
Misc: Reiki, Oracle Reading, Rehabilitation Psychology/Recovery Model of Psychology, Plurality (and yes you are allowed to ask specific people questions Cast List), Mental Health, Other Life Things

Date Claims/Topics )

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Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:39 pm
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Oh yeah, I'm married to [personal profile] girlnamedlance now :D

We had our honeymoon in Chicago last week. Next up, getting our last names changed and getting me on her health insurance.

So. That just happened.

Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:40 am
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Important announcement from the OTW Board of Directors

The OTW Board of Directors voted at its regularly scheduled meeting on 22 November to appoint Andrea Horbinski to serve the remainder of the term vacated in 2014 by Anna Genoese, ending 31 December 2016. Filling board vacancies by appointment is a normal part of board work provided for in Article V §4 of the OTW Bylaws, and the Board has done so at multiple points in the past.

After discussion with the rest of the Board, Andrea Horbinski has decided to decline the appointment to the OTW Board for 2016. She has tendered her resignation from the Board effective 15 December 2015. Soledad Griffin, Jessica Steiner, Eylul Dogruel, Cat Meier, and M.J. MacRae are also resigning from the Board effective on that date. Those who currently serve as members of OTW committees will remain with the organization in their staff roles but not their Board roles.

The 2015 Board wishes the 2016 Board and the volunteers, staff, and membership of the OTW all the best for the organization’s continued success.

For those who want to know how I feel about this, see below cut.
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Capitalism is weird

Nov. 22nd, 2015 06:28 pm
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During the first Hunger Games movie, I kept being grossed out by media tie-ins for cosmetics (even though the film skipped the book's awesome hair removal scene, it's still pretty judgmental about cosmetics) and fast food (because ew). Tonight I've just seen three Catching Fire car ads, and I can't even. The series, and particularly the second half of the third book, are about toppling the comfortable upper and upper middle classes from their exploitative lives of conspicuous consumption! That's the point!

I mean, I can go off for a while about how the third book undercuts the strength of the message (of the systemic ignorant exploitation inherent in comfortable well-off industrial modernity, and how a long term revolutionary force works by years of groundwork followed by appointing a camera-friendly face) by turning victory into something that can be achieved by pitting a spunky hero against an evil villain. But the point is, unless the movie is drastically different from the book, toppling das kapital is kind of the basic premise.

happy punch in the face sunday

Nov. 22nd, 2015 06:10 pm
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Sometimes you find a new fanfic author you really like, who pulls you into a new pairing, and you're 70K into a 100K+ story before part of the twist involves the brain-damaged slowly-weakening sibling dying.

So, you know, fuck it all.

Sardonyx x Amethyst + Steven

Nov. 22nd, 2015 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] softestbullet
Before she unfused in Friend Ship, I wanted Sardonyx to scoop Amethyst up, look searchingly into her eyes, and tell her in a clear voice that Sardonyx thinks she's a beautiful shining star, indispensable!

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