Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:37 pm
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I woke up early thinking I could catch up on lots of reading for uni, I could do all the dishes, I even had time to go to the gym if I wanted!

And then I played games on my phone and watched old familiar TV and barely got myself fed and dressed in time to go to Brighouse for games night.

Not much to report today.
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This is the first thing I've written for months. Easing back into it with a missing scene that loads of people have already filled in, but eh. I wanted to as well!

and ignite your bones
Stamets/Culber & Tilly, 1450 words, hurt/comfort and angst (in that order).

Missing scene for 1x09 (ie the one where Stamet had to do the ridiculous number of jumps and for some reason the show erroniously thought we didn't need any aftermath)
Tilly can’t look away. Stamets, colourless, whole body shaking. Vibrating. Insanely, she feels she can almost catch the note.

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Feb. 23rd, 2019 07:44 pm
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I properly loved the Umbrella Academy. I enjoyed it right the way through. I wasn't expecting to, it's a comic book adaptation about superheroes, so I expected it to be needlessly boring. But it was great. I liked all the stylised bits they did, I didn't get too annoyed by the rubbish bits. I think it was a really good scenario for a story and then instead of telling the most boring story they could about it - which is very much what superhero things do - they actually made it well, and it wasn't desperate to be different or twisty or anything. I really liked it. I might even rewatch it. It wasn't slashy enough, and literally one of their characters is Spoilers ) Do you like how I list things I don't like about shows the moment I tell you I like them? It's the best way I think. Anyway, I have no fannish investment in it probably, but still. I hope they make loads of it until it's terrible.
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Spotted via [personal profile] firecat recently, this list: The 100 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time -

(And no, contrary to my usual habit, I'm not going to go through marking read/unread/hated/dnf/read something else by author.)

- which is, is it not, a claim that can be thrown out of the window if a book is published the very next day which bumps one of the books already on that list off the list, no?

'There can be only [X]'

Or can there?

I really, really liked this apercu spotted the other day, in fact I think the very same day, on Twitter:
Rant: Our culture is far too obsessed with “the best” instead of “the excellent.”

I am so there for that. The idea that there are lots of things that are excellent/great/worthy of attention and that it is not necessary, and may be counter-productive, to try and limit them to a selection that is determined to be the [restricted number of] The Very Bestest Evah. Or to set up competitions as to which is the Ultimate In Its Class.

Just One Thing (23 February 2019)

Feb. 23rd, 2019 02:22 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Getting older

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:09 pm
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Because i'm in my 40's i keep having conversations about how things i think of as fairly recent actually happened 20 odd years ago.
I'm sure every generation has their own version of this.
But what made me really gasp was Dad telling me that the first time he flew (he went to Germany to work on a Community Project between A-levels and University) it was in a propeller plane...

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Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:01 pm
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Yesterday i went to see a bunch of lovely people to celebrate the very lovely [personal profile] skibbley's birthday.

But unfortunately the last minute venue has a nightmare of (very) loud music, wierd lighting and poor signage.
Does anyone have any recommendations for sensorily friendly places to hang out?
(This was London but it would be useful to know about options in other places too)

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Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:22 am
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My cats, first thing in the morning.

Princess Fluffykins: I am a mighty and terrible hunter and I am here to bite your toes.

Sable: Who are you?

Backup volume issues

Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:32 am
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I have backups working well enough but I can't shake the feeling that things could be better. They certainly should be. After having seen some I/O errors last Fall I have now gone through two operating systems (fearing a USB driver issue in the first), three sets of USB cables and two drive manufacturers and I still see the occasional error which for backup volumes is intolerable. These are USB3.0 2.5" mechanical portable 2TB drives.

Furthermore, our powerline ethernet adaptor pair appears to be buggy: they fall offline. )

Also, even having switched operating system, backup drive performance remains far slower than I would expect. )

I wish I saw some easy alternative. Despite our slow ADSL the drives could be less portable if I could reach off-site backups over the network but I don't want to pay a non-trivial monthly fee for sizable remote storage; my remote servers are cheap low-capacity ones. I don't have an easy alternative way to connect upstairs networking to downstairs: being in a rented house I am not about to drill holes for and route cabling. The computers are just compact systems with SSDs; USB drives are the only way I see to grant them large storage. I would like to avoid having to buy a third batch of external drives or at least have a stronger sense that I could rely on such.
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Not doing so great right now. I have... exceeded some emotional operating parameter. I feel absolutely raw, and on edge. Today was a super challenging day for me, emotionally, before, well.

Some of the stuff is good stuff – some of the problem is here is emotional whiplash – some of which is abrupt relief of stressors like finally getting the rugs and booking movers. Which is good, but often comes not with a good feeling but a shaky, bullet-dodged feeling.

I don't talk about my work-life much here.

One of the things I pride myself on as a therapist is that I apply my therapist skills to the issue of patient attendence, such that I have, I think, a lower rate of non-attendance that typical for therapists seeing similar populations. At least last time I ran some numbers it seemed to bear that out; and more anecdotally, to hear therapists complain about it in our trade mags, apparently getting ghosted by patients is a pretty normal thing for most therapists. But it's vanishingly rare for me.

The unfortunate consequence is that when a patient does ghost me, it has been, an alarming percentage of the time.... a rather more literal "ghosting".

Read more... )


Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:16 pm
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There's a measles outbreak here.

I know I don't have a full set of vaccinations, because my mom was kind of antivax. I have vague memories of getting some shots, but which ones?

Years ago, when I did a summer program at the University of Chicago, I had to meet their vaccination requirements. My dad found my old records from when I was a baby in England and sent them to me.

My English records show that I got three rounds of DPT + oral polio vaccine in my first year (the third one was on my first birthday, apparently).

There's a confusing line entry with some corrections and crossing-out - it looks like an entry for me getting MMR around the age of 3 was made, but then crossed out.

When I was about two and a half, we moved back to Canada - first Ontario, then when I was around 5 we moved to BC. I don't have any records of what shots I got during that time, but that must be the time period that my memories of shots are from.

I remember I got a tetanus shot when I was about 12.

I know I had to get some shot(s?) to meet the University of Chicago requirements. Looking them up, I suspect it's MMR I had to get, because my English records show that I had met the DPT requirement. I should probably have a record of that but I suspect I don't.

[EDIT: No, I don't think I had met the DPT requirement after all. A look at the immunization form says that "One dose must have been given within 10 years of first day of the quarter you start at the University of Chicago". And that fits with my memory that I got a tetanus-related shot before going to the University of Chicago.]

I should probably look into getting an MMR shot to make sure...
And seeing what else I need to do to get properly up-to-date. But especially the MMR since measles is going around.

"Every mile is two in winter."

Feb. 22nd, 2019 03:44 am
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As is the usual way of things, posting here about being sick meant I was shortly to be past the worst of it. Tuesday I felt pretty decent and Wednesday I felt great. I slept! I got housework done! I went to PT! I took Kit to speech therapy! I shoveled snow! (My arms and shoulders are doing great and I wasn't even slightly sore the next day.) I had lovely smoochy times with J! He was a little sniffly but we assumed he was fighting off the same bug X and I had had.

Now I'm a little sniffly. And sneezy. And disproportionately tired...


But it's just a little cold, nothing nearly as bad as the flu-like thing that wrecked me for the past week. I didn't go to the office yesterday because I don't want to be a plague carrier, but I got work done from home, and J and I even took a leisurely walk in the not-too-chilly evening air. I was sad to miss the nice daytime weather, the likes of which we will not see again for a couple of weeks, but the walk was a decent consolation prize. And the kosher bakery was open late, so we got jam cookies and hamantaschen and bourekas ("for tomorrow's boureka-fast", we always say, because we find ourselves very funny).

I got more housework things done today, including folding all the laundry and entirely clearing off the dining table, and the house cleaners came, so the main area of the house looks great. The Shabbat candles are burning, the machines are quiet, the cats are mostly not being jerks, the humans are mostly asleep. It's very peaceful. I'm thinking of putting on a low-key TV show or movie and doing some cross-stitch or knitting for the first time in ages. It'd all be even nicer if my body didn't have that lingering bleh feeling of being sick, but it's still pretty nice, and pretty nice things have been scarce around here lately, so I will take it.

EDIT: I got out my knitting, but I think I am too tired to knit, so I'm going to go sleep a lot.

Against charity, against dynasties

Feb. 22nd, 2019 08:32 pm
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 Hot take: Caroline Mulroney is worse than her father. Given that I grew up in the 80s, that's saying a lot. But she is really and truly the scum of the earth—perhaps, if it is possible, an ambulatory slime mold worse than Drug Fraud himself.

Case in point: The Ford government has cut or frozen funding to rape crisis centres, the Child Advocate's Office, the College of Midwives, and the free childcare spaces for toddlers that the Liberals promised. It cancelled minimum wage increases, the basic income pilot project, and has proposed cancelling rent control. All of these cuts—and the many more that are no doubt to come—attack the threadbare structures that support low-income women. It is, in fact, a war against women* and in particular makes the lives of poor women attempting to escape domestic abuse even more of a living hell than it already is.

Caroline Mulroney, as Attorney General, has the power to stand up to Ford. She could even vote against him! Imagine that. She could compel the so-called adults in the room to act in response to a premier who is out of control, who governs by tweet, who appoints his cronies to plush positions at the expense of citizens of this province. She could come to the aid of the very women his policies are laser-guided to attack.

Instead, she sends little cosmetics boxes to women in shelters and pats herself on the back for being a do-gooder.

It is less insulting to do nothing at all then to pretend that these tiny, pathetic acts of charity do anything but make Caroline Mulroney feel better about herself, even as she no doubt looks in the mirror every morning and hears, in the back of her tiny, tiny brain, her smothered conscience croaking out the truth of her mendacity. She and her government are condemning women to misery and death, she is not only complicit but an active participant in doing so, and no amount of lipstick will disguise the blood on her hands.

Related: A proposal to ban the children of politicians from entering politics themselves. Sure, we lose Mike Layton, but we save ourselves the formation of a new inbred, spineless monarchy.

* It's a war against everyone but the rich, but women are hit particularly hard.

the [community profile] 100fandoms prompt table

Feb. 22nd, 2019 05:13 pm
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(I am going to CHEAT and use pre-existing fics because the mod said it was OK, lol. Also doing that still doesn't add up to a lot in my case of course, DOUBLE fucking lol. sigh.)

Prompts table )

Fills )

Volunteer social thread #87

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:36 am
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Another day, another extortion email. The first one was funny, the seventh one... not so much.

What have you all been up to?

Question thread #73

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:34 am
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
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I was inspired by [community profile] 100fandoms which is very chill and fun! This is just a literal drabble but it's the first thing I've written in MONTHS, (ETA no ALL THIS YEAR, wow I am even more pathetic than I thought. Just limping along....) I'm kind of pathetically excited, lol.

Read it here or at AO3. Based on the Captain Marvel trailers so far.

No real spoilers, cut just in case )

(While researching slang I found this link: "My Lt. is a cat"! Awww.)

[53/365] Lego movies

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:15 pm
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I started to furiously write this morning about the inadequate response I got when I emailed my disability advisor about the lack of a sighted guide at the beginning of the semester. But then I ranted a lot at my DSA "study mentor" about it when I had this week's meeting with her a couple hours later, so I've got that out of my system. And like I say, I'm so bored with this being a Holly Complains about Society Disabling Her blog.

So what else? Andrew and I went to the cinema for the first time since...Deadpool 2? Ocean's Eight? Something like that. End of last summer, anyway.

He wanted to see the new Lego movie, which I wasn't that enthused about, after the "girl does all the work, guy gets all the credit" story of the first one, but I was still happy to go and it even addressed that very thing. It was really fun. Andrew's been either working flat out or totally spoonless since he started this podcast so it was nice to get to do something fun together.

I loved that Maya Rudolph had a bit part being basically the same character she plays in The Good Place, and I thought I recognized the voice of the queen but I didn't guess it was Stephanie Beatriz. Andrew was hoping for lots of Lego Batman content and I thought he got it but he still said there could've been more. I said he'd probably think the same about The Lego Batman Movie.

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