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iOS 9.3.5 has just been released, and it’s a very important security update. Important enough that it made the news–because it’s fixing newly discovered security flaws that had the potential to give a remote attacker pretty much complete control of your phone. So jump on this ASAP and get your devices updated, mmkay?

The BBC has covered the story here:

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

(If you own an older device that’s running an older version of iOS, better check and see if a similar update has been released for your version, too. If your device is capable of updating to iOS 9, you might want to put serious consideration into doing so. If it’s not capable of updating to iOS 9 and Apple hasn’t yet released a security patch to your version, go get on them about that.)

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "lifestyle choice" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survivla Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a little angst and a lot of high-impact affection. Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers. There is a toddler tantrum, mention of possible dietary issues, repeated kitchen failures, a graphic kink scene, Gray popping out of subspace abruptly because he gets a cool idea, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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The first three parts aired at the end of June, meaning this story has spanned two MONTHS. It began on the 29th of June with the beginning of a complete re-imagining of “Beauty and the Beast” with no romantic plot, yet the same theme of personal connection triumphing over circumstance.
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Bits and bobs

Aug. 26th, 2016 03:25 pm[personal profile] china_shop
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1. Thanks to advice from someone on the [ profile] ljarchive comm, I uninstalled and reinstalled LJArchive and now have it up and running properly for the first time in two years. This makes me so happy, you wouldn't believe! It's such an easy way to search through my stuff. *dances*

2. J and I are 6 episodes into Queen In-Hyun's Man, and it's utterly charming. One of the best aspects, from my POV, is unlike other Kdramas )

3. I have Imzy invites, if anyone wants them. However, I barely have time for the platforms I currently frequent (LJ, DW, and increasingly twitter), so I don't know that I'm going to explore properly any time soon. As always, I expect to be a late adopter.

4. I'm trying to cut back on twitter. It's such a giant vortex of time-suckiness! (But then there are intermittent cute animal pics and political things and jokes/snark, and it's like the PERFECT operand conditioning environment. I'm sure this has been noted before.)

5. [profile] lunabee is hosting a letter-writing exchange (yes, actual paper and envelopes and stamps).

6. Dates are set for [ profile] get__together 2016. NZers, see the comm for details.

7. Arms continue to be annoying and sore.

8. Yesterday's fansplaining podcast on Shipping and Activism was excellent and thoughtful.

9. I saw this on twitter today:

This is such a weird question to me. Like, why would you want your ship to be canon?! That would ruin everything! I want my ships to be a) possible around the edges of canon, b) not contradicted by canon, and/or c) supported in oblique (yes, sometimes slash-baity) ways. So I can play!

This is not to say I don't want queer representation in media -- but in my fandoms, we make our own queer representation.

10. This comic.

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Once you've enjoyed the doodle (1:40), scroll down past it for more.

And from Engadget:

Google offers 360-degree tours of US National Parks

Nick Summers
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks Service, Google has put together a collection of virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos and expert narration. It's called "The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks" and is accessible right from the browser. You can choose from one of five different locales, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska and Bryce Canyon in Utah, and get a guided "tour" from a local park ranger. Each one has a few virtual vistas to explore, with documentary-style voiceovers and extra media hidden behind clickable thumbnails.

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Misplaced my glasses. Thought they might be on the bed. I looked all over the bed, looked on this side, looked on that side, shook out my blanket, then stepped off the bed to look under it.

Snapped my glasses in half with an audible CRUNCH.

Well, I needed a new pair anyway, I suppose. I've superglued these for now and made an appointment for next week.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "dominance and submission" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Ricasso asks Gray to help with a voluntary punishment, because Zhonn finds pain a useful reminder but his African ancestry makes him very prone to scarring. The racial aspects are handled mindfully, but this is a real issue in the kink community and even worse among non-kinky African-American folks. The poem contains delicate racial dynamics, discussion of medical details, practicing kink, exchanging roles, a minor performance mishap, use of a switch replacer forcefully enough to draw blood, intense emotions, physical discipline, voluntary use of a superpower to cause pain, an Italian-American man petting an African-American man's hair, and other challenges. On the whole, it's a positive poem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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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. 💜💜💜☎️🙄😘
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem follows the June 2016 Creative Jam including prompts by [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Alexithymia (Obscured Emotions)" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest, and the "comfort food or item / feeding someone" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It introduces Side-eye, a member of Ricasso's gang who has some odd neurological problems due to prenatal drug exposure. Diminished sensation leads to sensory-seeking behavior, some of it self-destructive. The poem features recovery from past injuries, requests for assistance with consensual pain, a little nervousness at trying new things, power exchange, fumbling around with new superpowers that are sometimes confusing, references to personal health, awkward conversations, physical and emotional spotting, unintended food roulette, spicy food as a kink material, hand feeding, consensual experimentation with superpowers, aftercare, and other challenges. Although not quite fluff, the overall tone is positive. If these are sensitive areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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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.

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On Wednesday this time! I’m doing less-pretty links in the hopes that they will actually carry across to DW/LJ and I won’t have to edit them all back in this week. Fingers crossed!


Still reading Interface, still listening to Glitterland, and just about to start reading Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (very belatedly! but the random number generator that rules my ebook choices finally served it up.)

Book(s) finished:

A Queer Trade ( by KJ Charles, in the same continuity as the Charm of Magpies series. This is a short m/m romance featuring a black man working as a waste-paper seller in Victorian London and the hapless magic-worker who needs his help. <3


I have 5 AO3 tabs open + 1 hydratrashmeme notification in my inbox + 51 things marked for later. I think I’m going to try “We Are The Time, We Are The Famous” by coricomile next–it’s Sid/Geno/some bloke I’ve never heard of, and the title makes me smile every time I click on that tab. :D

Fic finished:

(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently–you can see all my bookmarks at

Our Lingering Frost ( by eyres - Bucky/Steve, from 2014, an AU in which Bucky was recovered c.1960, then waited 50 more years for Steve’s plane to be found. (Read on a rec from @daily-stucky-recs​, which you should follow if you are into that sort of thing.)

mixed feelings about the function and the form ( by carpenter - Ghostbusters, Patty/Holtzy, with an awesome Patty POV and a thoughtful focus on INFRASTRUCTURE because who doesn’t love stories about infrastructure? 

Out of All Our Crazy Dreams ( by thesardine - Part 4 of the Alphabet series, which you should definitely read first!!

The Way Out Is the Way Down ( by Speranza - Bucky/Steve, post-CACW fixing everything <3

Marks of Ownership ( complete on hydratrashmeme - gen, with a deeply dehumanized Bucky who is safe with the Avengers now and just wants to show the correct organizational affiliation on his (its) body. WARNING for self-scarification and a very depersonalized POV.

from Tumblr
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New fic for the first time in...a while.

From Here, No Lines Are Drawn (3943 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Shaun Mason, Georgia Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, Canon Disabled Character, Pre-Canon, Menarche, damage control, Codependency, inappropriately close siblings, being thirteen is hard, navigating adolescent gender conventions

"Goody," George said, trying not to sound embarrassed. She didn't do a great job of it. "Either I'm unexpectedly hemorrhaging to death, or I'm a woman now." She spat out Option B in the same snarky sing-song she'd used after the time we watched some ancient sex ed. videos for laughs, one of which had featured a serious middle-aged lady droning about the wonders of a girl's blossoming womanhood.

Before the Rising, getting your first period meant possible messiness, embarrassment, and inconvenience.

It's worse now.

(In which Shaun Mason, age thirteen, side-eyes other boys and snuggles his sister, who's having a very rough night/morning.)

Additional notes:
--Title from Tori Amos' "I Can't See New York".
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.

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 A friend of mine in the local insect club reminded me that now is a good time to put out butterfly feeders.  You can make nectar substitute, or just put out some overripe fruit.  Check your farmer's market for "seconds" that are damaged and sold cheap.

Dear Google...

Aug. 24th, 2016 08:28 pm[personal profile] thnidu
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I live at xxxx Baltimore Ave. in Philadelphia. It's in my Google addresses as Home. There is also a restaurant at the same address called R... K.... When I seek transit info from from the University of PA Museum, all of a sudden you are giving me xxxx Baltimore PIKE, over two hours away by transit, and telling me that R...K... is at the same location. I have a screenshot showing the Baltimore Ave. address at the top over the Baltimore Pike map.

I've never had this problem before. Might this have something to do with my recent complaint when your directions from my home address to another place said "this place is closed", referring to R... K....?

Anyway, even when I modify the address to a nearby address on Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, you keep giving me Baltimore PIKE. This is stupid, this is wrong, this is a very new mistake. Please fix it ASAP.

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Aug. 22nd, 2016 04:08 pm[personal profile] conuly
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Surprise discovery in the blink of an eye

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of free web kiosks

Fruit-fly diet impacts descendants, researcher finds

Orphan village helps Russia rethink fostering (Video)

'Cyclops' beetles hint at solution to 'chicken-and-egg' problem in novel trait evolution

Rock music used to be a safe haven for degenerates and rebels. Until it found Jesus

Bubble-wrapped sponge creates steam using sunlight

Colombia rebels relax, play soccer as peace nears

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

The Race for a Zika Vaccine

In pictures: Kashmir's 'curfew schools'

It’s time to bring more realistic models of human behaviour into economic policy and regulation

UN: Thousands of Central American children seek to enter US

Inside the women-owned restaurants of Yida, South Sudan’s largest — and most tenuous — refugee settlement

The astonishing story of how two wrestling teammates from Miami came to oppose each other in the cocaine wars -- one as a drug smuggler, the other as a DEA agent.

Meet the worst ants in the world

Affluent and Black, and Still Trapped by Segregation: Why well-off black families end up living in poorer areas than white families with similar or even lower incomes.

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

Here's What It's Like To Be a Defense Investigator in a Rigged Criminal Justice System

Disabled California man seeks to have voting rights restored

These workers fuel a $120M industry, but many sleep on the streets

Walmart’s Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy

In Pursuit of the African Dream

The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

Big Pharma Increased Price of Life-Saving EpiPen by Over 450 Percent

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts

The dark history of Donald Trump's rightwing revolt

Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS

IS struggles to retain grip as it loses ground in Iraq
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Beauty and the –??
Part 50 of 50
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 1205

:: Rolf finally tells the others why hunting and Oleg are a nightmare combination. Minimal mention, but gross and (actually, fairly common as a rite of passage) part of many, many hunting cultures. ::

Wind slipped under Rolf's newest jacket, an oversized, second-hand sailor's coat still an inch or two too long in the sleeves, but with the matching navy thrummed mittens Skolla had made for him, he didn't mind at all.

Geese wobbled precariously, little balls of newly-hatched fluff shifting around Rolf's mittened hands as he put thicker layers of straw between the last two of the half dozen nests. “Behave for your mothers,” he teased gently as several of the goslings swapped nests, cuddling and rubbing their heads with their proper nest mates. “Skolla says goose should be a tradition in winter, and venison in the spring.”

His hands slowed, following tiny gaps and breezes, as his expression turned pensive.
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Really late post for which I apologise - but remember it's never too late to do something tomorrow!

So why have I thrown the word Multi-tasking into the title of this post along with the usual antiprocrastination? Well, I was reminded of a comment made several years ago at a place I was working on a temporary basis. There was a mixed group of people and one of the guys said, "How come all the girls can multi-task and we can't?" So I'm not going to comment on whether gender or anything else influences one's ability to multi-task, but for 'reasons' that part of that conversation came back to me earlier today and the result was I looked at how I could bite-size, anti-procrastinate and multi-task. Sounds too much to be true really doesn't it?

So is it possible? Now having given it some thought and gone about my evening with it in mind, I would say that sometimes it is and at times it can even help with the bite-sizing.

As an example, one of my jobs tonight was to do some laundry, so I sorted the laundry into a bag and the top of the bag was empty, so I looked around the bedroom and found a number of things that could safely be put on top of the washing and carried to where they needed to be on the way to the washing machine with minimal effort. Similarly, when I went down to retrieve the washing, I was able to carry quite a bit of the recycling on the way.

While the washing was in, I popped dinner into the oven and did 15 minutes of ironing while the oven did its magic - the result dinner served as the timer for the amount of ironing I was going to tackle in the first instance. Eating dinner was the first part of my break, and I carried on until the washing had finished using that as a timer for the end of my break.

Has anybody else got any tricks to share of ways to accomplish more than one thing at a time, or of using one task to limit another in order to keep it bite-sized.
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Some folks found an awesome new way to fight homophobia: when their lesbian neighbors were vandalized, lots of other people hung rainbow flags.  Not only is this a lovely show of support for the lesbians, and a discouragement to the vandals, it also provides protective camouflage.  Suppose a bigot drives by who doesn't already know where the lesbians live.  How's he going to find them now?  He'll run out of eggs pretty fast.  LOL

I saw this and immediately thought of the leprechaun story.

So pass it around.  We can sure use more techniques for turning all the isms into wasms.

Back to Centauri

Aug. 24th, 2016 04:39 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Our nearest celestial neighbor, the Centauri system, used to be extremely popular in science fiction.  As astronomers learned more about space, it didn't seem as promising.  Surprise!  Classic SF writers may have been right after all.  It turns out that Proxima Centauri has at least one planet which is likely to resemble Earth in some key aspects. 

Aaaaaand now I want to go there.
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I’m going to do something different for this look into Murderface’s life, by which I mean skipping ahead a couple of play sessions because I wanted to get this down while this extremely frustrating and hideously glitchy play session was still bright in my head.

Bonus: there are videos! Not-so-bonus: they’re filmed with my phone because I’m stuck on the PS3. FINGERS CROSSED I can port a PS3 save to the PS4 when the remastered version comes out, but I’m not holding my breath.

Anyway! Last time Murderface got married to the beauteous Sylgja because she didn’t run screaming from him at first sight, didn’t actively insult him, and seemed happy in his presence, which pretty much ruled out most of the rest of Skyrim’s population. Marriages have been made on worse grounds before. They’ve been settling in together, with a few hiccups here and there, until this, their first enormous challenge as a couple.

If you would like a portrait that perfectly encapsulates Murderface McKenzie’s (and my) rageface during this whole shebang, you can do no better than have a look at @ninjamonkeystudios’ Murderface marker portrait below the cut/jump/what-have-you:

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Wednesday Yardening

Aug. 24th, 2016 04:03 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today we picked up branches and rolled logs to clear a path between the savannah and the driveway.  Then my partner Doug mowed through there and did some other parts of the savannah, but we're leaving the part that came up all Queen Anne's lace for the butterflies.

Also, HAZELNUTS!  For the first time, my hazelnut bush has little green nuts all over it.  :D 3q 3q 3q !!!  The purple and yellow coneflowers are winding down.

The Anarchestra

Aug. 24th, 2016 02:03 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here is a video about a man who has invented hundreds of musical instruments.  Each is a one-of-a-kind creation.  Some mimic standard instruments, while others are completely unique.  He presents the Anarchestra as a public, interactive art show.  People can go in and just jam on the instruments.  Because the instruments are unique, that discourages the tendency to say, "Oh, I don't know how to play that."

In Terramagne, there are lots of gizmologists like this.  Most towns have at least one tinker who just loves to make stuff.  It could be anything -- musical instruments, tools, baby toys, buttons, circus trees, cycles -- done as a hobby or a profession.  Because most people make enough money to live on, there are many more folks who have hobbies, and people who want more than one job are much more likely to make the second one a passion job.  Towns take pride in their creative folks, like the Real Live Writers in Bluehill.  They get a kick out of telling out-of-town guests about the cool dude who makes one-off playground equipment or whatever.  

When people here try to imagine what it would look like if people didn't have to work themselves to the bone just to survive, well, it looks a lot like this.  You have these guys everywhere doing cool shit you would never have thought of, and they're happy to share it with other folks.

This is as bad as it gets.

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:07 pm[personal profile] thnidu
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North Carolina police kill unarmed deaf man using sign language
Shaun King
Monday, August 22, 2016, 10:49 AM

This is as bad as it gets.

A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed 29-year-old Daniel Harris — who was not only unarmed, but deaf — just feet from his home, over a speeding violation. According to early reports from neighbors who witnessed the shooting this past Thursday night, Harris was shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle.

He appeared to be trying to communicate with the officer via sign language.

"They should've de-escalated and been trained to realize that this is an entirely different situation," neighbor Mark Barringer said. "You're pulling someone over who is deaf, they are handicapped. To me, what happened is totally unacceptable."
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The Pale Red Dot campaign aimed to find a planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri. Incredibly, the quest succeeded and the team did indeed find a planet. Even more excitingly, the planet, Proxima b, falls within the habitable zone of its host star. The newly discovered Proxima b is by far the closest potential abode for alien life.

That feeling when

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:58 am[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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You discover there is at least one person out there who thinks WisCon post-2008 can be described as ahead of the curve wrt harassment policies.

(not linkable, which may be for the best)

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Aug. 24th, 2016 07:31 pm[personal profile] jolantru
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Today starts my social media hiatus once more.

Don't worry. I will post updates. But there will be reduced presence as I need to give myself a break from social media and its consequences.


Aug. 24th, 2016 09:17 pm[personal profile] peaked posting in [community profile] fandom_icons
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186 icons of the flash ( misc. s1. + 2.20 - 2.23 )
— 28 of barry
— 42 of caitlin
— 10 of cisco
— 6 of hunter
— 58 of iris
— 19 of jesse
— 1 of joe
— 4 of laurel / black siren
— 5 of thawne
— 3 of wally
—10 of wells

HERE @ [community profile] shithouse

Hard Things

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:45 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
Beauty and the –??
Part 49 of 50
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 815

Billeted down on the floor of the tiny office, with all three chairs wedged behind the heavy desk, there was just enough walking space for Rolf to walk heel-to-toe between the two pallets. At their feet, a wrought iron bench lay on its side, keeping the fabric half a foot farther away from the charcoal brazier used to warm the room. Rolf finished his walk, spun on one sock-clad foot, and returned to his pallet, fussing and groaning over getting things arranged exactly the way he wanted it. “Elspbeth,” he mused, “why didn't you come and live with Mister Martin when you started trading here? He treats you the way Emma treats her kids.”

“I couldn't,” Elspbeth whispered. “And you know why. Did you like helping to fix books today?”

“It was fun, and careful, like the fancy wooden block puzzles with pictures on them. Everything has to match just so.” Rolf buried a yawn behind his hand.

“Go to sleep; we need to leave very early to be sure your silly geese are okay,” Elspbeth mock-grumbled, but the deep noise at the back of her throat was Beast's laughter.
Read more... )
umadoshi: (kittens - Jinksy - peer)
I'm try to convince myself to go to bed like a sensible person who should get up in just over eight hours. Maybe posting will help me feel like I've accomplished something and, by extension, that I can call it a day.

--Between yesterday and today I've done a lot of rewriting, trying to get as much done as possible before Gaffney arrives on Thursday. Last night my brain was still basically up and running, but today I felt a bit foggy and this evening was worse. (The thing is--especially if I shut my browser to help with my focus--I can do a really sizable chunk of a manga volume in one day. It's just that then my brain is exhausted and feels kinda pulped [which I doubt is unusual], and I don't recover very quickly.)

--Tomorrow, barring my stylist being sick or something, is finally (finally, finally) haircut day. I have no idea what I'm actually going to come out with. My first priority is getting the last traces of red cut out, but I also have to tell her that a) my hair absolutely refuses to learn to part on the side, so doing something that parts in the middle would be a plus, and b) I keep clipping my bangs back even when a haircut is fresh, so growing them out seems like a good idea. Once I grow my hair back out into a bob those points will both be covered, but in the short term, I don't know if we can deal with both at once.

--I'm basically ready to finally post the Newsflesh fic [ profile] wildpear and I have been slowly tossing back and forth for a few months. (Oh, this summer!) She gave it--and the placeholder title!!!--the green light tonight, and getting it posted before Gaffney arrives would be ideal, so that means tomorrow.

(It feels strange to be about to post something, because I got a draft on this fic so long ago and have written basically nothing since. It doesn't seem possible that I can have something ready at this point in time.)

Anyway, I think I'm really fond of this one? It's Shaun's POV, and he and Georgia are only thirteen, and my mental picture of them at that age is adorable.

--Jinksy has been having such a snuggly day, which is wonderful. *^^* He's on my lap right now, and usually that'd make me stop typing until he wandered off, but it's nearly 1 AM and bed really would be good. Besides, if he leaves because he doesn't have my full attention, maybe he'll follow me to bed and snuggle with us there...

...and yep, he just left. So I'll take the hint. Good night, all.
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and she complained that "all your songs are morbid". This is manifestly untrue, and to prove it I reached into my mind for a preschool song. Not the one about the ducks, it makes Eva cry, so... okay, the one with the green and speckled frogs.

Nothing doing. Apparently that song is about the evils of peer pressure. It took me five minutes to stop laughing.

a meme

Aug. 23rd, 2016 08:32 pm[personal profile] rainbow
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1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
it sounded like a fun project to get involved with when it was starting, so i volunteered.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
i've been rainbow in various places for about 3 decades now, and on lj since the early 00s. i kept it when i signed up here.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
i do, because it's easy and automatic

4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
keep up wtih friends and communities on facebook, mostlym with forays downs the genealogy rabbit hole sometimes.

5. How about when you're not on the computer?
i'm mostly on the computer because i can't do much physically. when i can i like to play with the cats, garden, knit, make buttons, sew cat toys, draw

6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
that i am very literal, and when i ask things it's for information and understanding.

7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?

8. What community do you wish was more active?
i am okay with the activity levels

9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
no, i am not good at "should"s

10. Tell me about your default icon.
it is a portrait/drawing i did of catastrfy, one of the others who shared this body but died/vanished in the tbi of 1997.

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
a way to remind me to check it every day, because i have massive memory issues.

12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile?
i don't; they are all part of me.

13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
::happydance!:: -- because i do it often
bells n ribbons -- because i've been passing those out to friends since 1996 (good gravy, twenty years???)
good sleep -- because for most of my life it was elusive
identity first language -- i'm autistic
j. herbin ink -- for my fountain pens. larmes de cassis!
learning everywhere all the time -- because i want to
non-binary identity -- because i am
obes -- because my body doesn't work well, but i can obe just fine
snuggling in my comfy bed -- because it IS comfy

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?

i am reading this too ways: for getting to lj/dw: yes, i got to livejournal via the original bronze posting board at after the move to the wb and some other stuff, a bronzer made a private posting board called the treehouse.w hen that poster retired, i took it over. friends from their started using livejournal, so i made an account there in 15 years ago today.

for getting into fandom, also yes: the original dark shadows and the original star trek, both in reruns in the summer after 6th grade. i had a star trek official fan club membership and got a dark shadows zine. i was 12.

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?

genealogy: i love finding out more about where my families came from, finding distant cousins who can tell me things i didn't know, and i lovelovelove connecting distanting parts together.

ehlers-danlos syndrome and mast cell activation disorder: finding out that i'd been diagnosed when i was 11 and finding out the overlap with mast cell activation disorders has made my health issues since childhood make sense for hte first time. i love learning more about the genetics and the weirdnesses.

16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
i have no idea.

17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?
i have no met many face to face: 12
but i consider a lot of people i haven't met face to face irl friends and family, because i've been housebound and too ill to meet people much of my life. going by that: 25

18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
i mostly talk on facebook, because more of my friends and family are there and lack of spoons for multiple places.

19. Any questions from the audience?

20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
i have none

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
i have found people i had lost post tbi and i love that <3

New Species of Sedge

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:25 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This one is local to me, a new species of sedge has been named after a botanist at Eastern Illinois University. 
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
But NERVA looks increasingly like more trouble than it is worth the more I look at it.

The exhaust velocity was pretty sweet, though.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular fishbowls, inspired by a reader sharing an article on "Policing with Velvet Gloves." It also fills the "fall from grace" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains emotional breakdown, worried people, a call to the police, extreme angst, erratic behavior, academic problems, reference to people refusing to solve problems they created, and other challenges. Given the length of this story arc, it doesn't exactly have a happy ending, although solutions are planned. If these are are sensitive subject areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

Read more... )
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
"Still under warranty".

So now I have two transparent lenses. Whoot!

Except the left lens was not under warranty after all but since they were the ones who got confused, they found a work around that did not involve me handing over money.

Misc. linkspam

Aug. 23rd, 2016 11:23 pm[personal profile] umadoshi
umadoshi: (summer swing (never_ender))
Why, it's almost like I was out of town for ten days and spent the whole time saving links to read and maybe toss out to you all, and now have a backlog to get through!

"The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall".

"How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss".

Oh Joy Sex Toy has a new comic on pelvic exams and what to expect from the experience, plus links to other resources. Below the comic is some info from a reader with tips on getting through an exam if you've been experienced sexual assault.

"Gord Downie, Justin Trudeau, and the Complicated Magic of National Mythmaking". [VICE Canada]

"8 Things Someone With 'High-Functioning' Anxiety Wishes You Knew". [The Mighty]

Via [ profile] sineala, "12 Mobile Games That Will Calm You The Hell Down". [Buzzfeed]

"Finding your queer family - when you're 65 years old".

"Anne of Green Gables Is Obviously Bisexual". [Autostraddle]

"15 Of The Most Interesting Items From Amazon's New Kickstarter Store".

"The 2020 Olympics Could Change Tattooing In Japan Forever". [Kotaku]

"100 Years Ago, Artists Were Asked to Depict the Year 2000, These Were The Results".

"16,000 Flowers Become A Living Sculpture".

"Chatham Islands black robin: The recovery of the Chatham Islands black robin from the brink of extinction is an internationally renowned conservation success story".

"Polish Sculptor Makes Water Complete Her Bronze Fountain Sculptures".

How did I not know that there's a cat-inspired version of Monopoly?

"Magicians don’t think imitation is sincerest form of flattery".

"What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages".

BPAL Luper reviews

Aug. 22nd, 2016 09:42 pm[personal profile] theora posting in [community profile] smellsgood
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Here, have some reviews, of the brief persuasion.

Five 2016 Luper reviews enclosed )

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 07:01 pm[personal profile] telophase
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided dropped today and is moments away from finishing decryption and updates on Toby's computer.

What should I do for the next few weeks while I am a gaming widow?

Sent from my Apple ][e
balsamandash: (san] what is it that runs through you?)
I am still alive and 80% stable. I have many lists to make. Many many lists. Here starts lists. More lists may happen later.

To do list. )

A double dactyl

Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:50 pm[personal profile] thnidu
thnidu: winged staff with two serpents coiled around it (caduceus)
Pancytopenia --
Shortage of blood cells
Of ev-er-y kind:

Red for anemia,
White for infection, and
Platelets for bleeding --
That's how it's defined.

[ SECRET POST #3520 ]

Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:50 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3520 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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