Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:28 am
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Famous mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has passed away.  She came from Iran and won her first medal in a
mathematics competition in 1994.

A Glimpse Inside my Psyche

Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:27 pm
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I am afraid of emergency broadcasts.

But Why? )

tl;dr - I'm very strange and have some strange interests and phobias. But I'm also fascinated by them.

Call for Themes

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:48 pm
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I've reached the end of scheduled themes for the Poetry Fishbowl project.  It's time to brainstorm some new themes!  These are a few that I've jotted down earlier, ones that I've thought up or people have suggested, to give you an idea what kind of stuff might be suitable:

* Help and Helpiness
* Otherkin
* Pirates and Brigands

What other themes would you like to see me write about?  Suggest them in a comment below this post. 

Later on I'll collect the suggestions and do some polling.  The most popular topics will be added to the schedule for future fishbowls.  Previously, I have just dumped all the proposed themes into a big poll.  The more themes people suggest, the less well this works.  I have an idea for fixing that problem.  This time, I'm going to run the first large poll with checkboxes so you can express interest in as many themes as you like.  I will then either pick from the most popular ones, or use that information to pull out the favorite themes for a smaller poll to select the ones which will appear in upcoming fishbowls.

You can also help by linking to this post so that more people will see it.  Everyone is welcome to suggest themes.  Everyone will also be able to vote for them later; prompters and donors will get extra votes.  If you link to the call for themes, you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:
"Testing the Metal
"Dangerous Refuges
"The Marble and the Sculptor
"The Golden Peaches of Peace
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"The Quick Brown Fox"
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"

Poem: "Chipped"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:23 pm
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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [ profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "bisexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:09 pm
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Do scented soaps and lotions taste good to kittan?

Clearly I am approaching due for either figuring out how to clip Thea's claw tips or how to apply the red plastic thingies.


Read "The Order of Their Stars"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:05 pm
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Thanks to generous donations from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] across_space_and_time[personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline, you can now read the opening of "The Order of Their Stars."  Astin helps V with a shopping trip.

Effects of Father Loss

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:10 pm
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 ... are not just emotional, but biological.  It shortens a child's telomeres.  While death has the biggest impact, divorce or incarceration have similar effects.  Shortened telomeres correlate with shortened lifespan and worsened health.  Now consider that in light of policies from prison to foster care.  Losing a parent is the worst thing that can happen to a child.  If they are not literally in immediate risk of death, everything else does less damage.  That sucks, but it should be used to find other ways of solving family and social problems that do not butcher children's lifespan and health at a cellular level.

No mention was made of mothers.  Likely the effects parallel those of father loss.  I would not be surprised if they are worse.

Weekend Roundup

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:07 pm
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I've spent the past few days really focusing on the A-Z of rock cross stitch for my brother's birthday, and I'm now halfway through J (for Judas Priest). The biggest problem I'm coming up against at the moment is using the special gold and silver threads I bought for accents, because they're thicker than regular cross stitch threads and so I also have to use a bigger needle when working with them just to thread them through the eye. Which also makes it frustrating when I mess up and need to unpick a few stitches. Still, the end result looks good so it'll be worth it.

The burstitis/mystery hip injury continues to be a pain in the... well, hip. The Deep Freeze gel helps to an extent so I can move about without too much pain, but if I go too long without reapplying it I end up hobbling round the house emitting little cries of pain while Callie dances around my feet, working on her Underfoot skills. I'm aiming to get a doctor's appointment on Monday (I couldn't Thursday or Friday as I had deliveries due and it would be just my luck that they'd arrive while I was out).

I got a letter this morning from E.on - I thought it would be about the complaint I made on Monday and it was related... but no, it was actually a letter from them gently telling me off (but still telling me off) for not letting the engineer in the house when I was trying to catch my cat to go to the vet. So I ended up on hold for 40 minutes with them before getting through to a very nice CSR called Paula to complain again (because even if I wasn't so anxious as to not want to let people in like that, if someone is about to leave the house when you call you don't get to throw a strop at them and storm off). A formal complaint has now been filed, mainly just to put this on record as it's not like I was ever expecting to get anything more than a general apology, and we're going to make the arrangements to get a Smart Meter fitted so that no meter reader ever has to darken my door again. I just have to speak to the landlord and then clear the front room (possibly easier said than done). That'll lead to me calling the Greenfields Centre again on Monday to see if I can speak to one of the people who are covering for my social worker while she's recovering from whatever terrible lurgy has afflicted her, because they're always offering me help with organising and cleaning the house.

Movie reviews for the week:

Martin (1978) - George A Romero's personal favourite of all his films.
Without Warning (1980) - Martin Landau stars in the film that inspired Predator
Without Warning (1994) - War of the Worlds-inspired TV movie that I think is pretty underrated.

Also, three times this week I've gone to the corner shop to buy milk for my cereal, then forgotten to buy it. Where is my helper monkey?
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Pita, spanakopita, mixed tomato-cheese handpie, olive bread, melomakarona, mango donut peaches, regular peaches, shiro plums, blueberries, yellow sweet cherries, a half-gallon of Mocha Moo, cheese curds, 3 lb of ivory and purple bell peppers , and spicebush (now called 'sorghum', because no one knew was 'spicebush' was) vinegar.

I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.

Yatta/To Do for 19 - 22 July

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:24 pm
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* Woke up too early!
* Performed PT exercises!
* Valient attempts on getting children back on regular routine!
* Put dinner into the crock!
* Went to movie theater to see Hotel Transylvania 2!
* Did the big Costco shopping!
* Hauled the groceries upstairs, with child assistance!
* Put away the groceries!
* Put milk on for yogurt!
* Went to our usual Wednesday afternoon playdate!
* Cross stitched on the week two chart for Steotchalong! (Still 3 days behind)
* Turned the children over to the sitter!
* Had delivered Chinese food, Defiance and Assassin's Creed:Revelations for date night in!
* Decanted yogurt milk to ferment!
* Did not unfuck my Thursday morning!
* Performed PT exercises!
* Girls managed to be ready for the day barely on time!
* Mom came to visit!
* Unpacked the vacation luggage!
* Washed and dried/hung to dry two loads of vacation laundry!
* Cross stitched the remainder of the week 2 chart for Steotchalong! (finished 4 days behind...)
* Washed and dried a load of towels!
* Took kids out to the airplane playground!
* Washed a load of towels and backpacks!
* Cross stitched some of week 3 chart for Steotchalong!
* Made brats and mashed potatoes and salad for dinner!
* Went out to a craft store with Mom and without kids!
* Got home to help with kids' bedtime!
* Read Junie B to K while she was waiting for teeth brushing!
* Read the entirety of the long version of the Dr Suess Sleep Book! (and K was still awake)
* Watched the last of the Giants game! (they lost)
* Did not unfuck my Friday morning!
* Did PT exercises!
* Made myself a big breakfast!
* K unccoperative in getting ready and misses morning deadline!
* Both girls squirrlly, so I got them out to the airplane park before 10am!
* Played at airplane park until 1pm!
* Cross stitched some of week 3 chart for Steotchalong!
* Dried a load of towels and hung backpacks to dry!
* Washed a load of kids costumes and other delicates!
* Set the brain to work on how to repurpose the rolling file cart I found in the garage into an art cart!
* Made calls to determine kids' dentist appointment (which I had to move) and when I need to submit their medical physical forms for school!
* Worked clearing the office for about 45 minutes, in fits and starts!
* Hung-to-dry the kids' delicates!
* Washed the rest of the backpacks!
* Had leftovers for dinner!
* Puzzle Pirates!
* Watched the Giants game from the 6th inning! (they came from behind to tie the game in the 9th inning; but lost in the 11th - the game ended after midnight!)
* Put away a bag of random stuff taken out of backpacks/luggage!
* Decided which garage sales to stop at on Saturday! (Looking for kids' clothes)
* Did not unfuck my Saturday morning!
* Got awakened by children!!!
* Got me ready for the day!
* Put chicken soup into the crock!
* Shopped at some garage sales, where I got 13 pieces of kid clothing, an M&D fairy coloring pad, and a couple of Dora book for $20.50!
* Attended the Y playdate for incoming kindergartners!
* Went to the Park & Rec Play Day at the park near the girls' new school, where the girls tried bicycling and skateboarding and wall climbing and a big fun slide!
* Shopped for some things on sale at Michael's, plus 20% off everything coupon!
* Hosted B5!
* Baked Chocolate chip cookies!
* Cross stitched some of week 3 chart for Steotchalong!
* Showered the children, and koolaid-dyed their hair (sort of, they didn't want to wait long enough)!
* Puzzle Pirates!

To Do

= Unpack
= Wash all clothes from vacation (animal issues)
= Wash backpacks
= Put away luggage


Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:15 am
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You can tell how hot it is because the squirrel's tail is so flat

I'm sick, but here's a happy memory

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:20 pm
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1. Yesterday afternoon I suddenly started feeling weak and nauseated, and so tired that I couldn't stay awake, so I took a nap and slept for approx 16 hours. Now the tremors are back, so I was not able to do much today. I'm also still very tired / weak / heart is beating too fast even though I'm relaxed.

I didn't want to say until I knew for sure, but there was a good chance I would have some work next week. I was going to follow up with them since I haven't heard back yet, but as my health has suddenly taken a nosedive, I would not be able to work, so I did not follow up after all, and I'm hoping they don't call me back either, even though I really wanted this job. I hate my body right now. And I hate that I don't even know why this happens.

2. One thing I like about facebook is the "memories" feature, which shows you things you posted on this date a year ago, or however many years ago. Here's a photo of a deer, from 2015, which I don't think I ever shared on my journal,

Photo of a deer peeking out from behind a tree in a field.

I know it's not a great photo (taken with an old cell phone) but it still makes for a happy memory!

Galactic Budgies

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:26 pm
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I think I have a posting routine figured out - if I post here and crosspost to LJ, then I can back it up with LJ Archive. But since DW forked off before a lot of LJ improvements were made, it's not so easy to add an Instagram!

I had to wait a while for my husband to pick me up, so I used just about every filter on every graphics program I had on my phone!

Birb! #weird #budgies #mirrorimage #picsaypro #rainbow #birds #budgerigar #parakeet #birb #cosmic #wellensittich #budgerigars #bored #overdone #mirrorimages #mirrorgram

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

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