The problem

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:16 pm
liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
[personal profile] liv
Sexual violence against women and girls is endemic. There's an absolute mountain of evidence that this is the case, from the experiences of my friends to any number of posts on social media to rigorous studies. A big part of the reason I decided to identify as a feminist is because women are routinely denied bodily autonomy and feminism seems to be the only political movement that cares about this.

links and personal observations about sexual violence against women )

I absolutely believe everybody else's experiences, people I know and strangers writing brave, brave columns and blog posts. I am just a total outlier, and I really shouldn't be. So I'm signal boosting others' accounts, because I know that I needed to be made aware of the scale of the problem, and perhaps some other people reading this could also use the information.

Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
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[personal profile] crafty_packrat
This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.

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Oct. 14th, 2017 08:35 pm
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[personal profile] lea_hazel
Remind me to never again do a game jam during the holidays.

TGIF

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:42 am
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[personal profile] darthneko
My week, thus far, has consisted of the following in no particular order:

  • endless monkeys
  • terrifying commutes involving the dredge end of hurricane downpours in the dark with zero visibility
  • same as above, but now add in road repaving, so it's grooved, wet, and has no lane markers at all
  • an hour of overtime, countered by a fortuitous hour off early the next day so that I actually got home early and wasn't stuck on the train that apparently broke down for several hours
  • a 2 hour job that ended up dragging on for an entire day with multiple revisions, all while backing up the jobs I was originally supposed to be doing
  • the discovery that the ankle I banged up back in august is still being Problematic, and the problem is probably tendon related (DO NOT step down and pivot on that foot. Not even a little, not even just to modify course on the sidewalk in order to not run into someone. Just don't.)
  • being behind on inktober
  • making headway on the short that needs to hit the Zon market next week in time for the halloween theme
  • going to bed early two nights in a row because EXHAUSTED, only to discover I'm even more tired the next morning after tossing and turning all night
  • forgetting to take my meds yesterday (yeah, THAT didn't help with the exhausted at all)
  • and one or two minor bouts of my stomach being a total whore

    *flops* Hi, I'm tired. How are you?
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    [personal profile] cassaclyzm
    I don't know exactly why, but over the last couple of weeks I've started actually being able to go "I should do X thing" and... do it? This shouldn't be surprising, but here we are. I finally set up the new monitor I got (cue SICK-ASS DUAL MONITORS), did a whole bunch of little household tidying and chores that I'd been putting off forever, and sucked it up and bought a decent budget vacuum cleaner. And I vacuumed tonight, for the first time in... too long. I didn't go nuts - just got the really high traffic and visible areas in my living room and office - but oh god. When I emptied the canister it was like, half a pound of dirt. I am not exaggerating.

    I also DMed D&D 5e for the first time! A few weeks ago I decided to buy the Curse of Strahd module so I could see how a module is set up (I've watched a group of players go through it, so it's neat to see what was in the published module and what was altered on the fly or as they progressed to fit the direction of their campaign.) I happened to be talking to a couple friends from back home on Skype later that day who were lamenting not being able to roleplay lately. So I offered to DM Curse of Strahd for them, and in the weeks since we made characters and I have whisked them into Barovia for what I'm sure will be a graaaand old time. It's kind of the perfect month for that module, now that I think about it. I learned a lot from my first session as a DM, but I think I'll go into that in another post soon.

    A possible side effect of this "I can function and do things!" bent is that I seem to be having trouble getting to sleep at a reasonable hour. Going to try reeeeal hard to rectify that tonight. Like, shortly.

    Music meme: day 24 of 30

    Oct. 12th, 2017 02:40 pm
    liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
    [personal profile] liv
    Another song category I disagree with: A song by a band you wish were still together. A band breaking up is like any relationship coming to an end: if the people involved don't want to be together any more, who am I to wish they stayed in a situation no longer good for them?

    It's also partly another example where I don't have the relationship with music that the meme seems to assume. I don't really have any bands that I follow in the manner of eagerly anticipating a new release, therefore none that make me sad if they split up and there won't be any new material coming. The existing songs that I like are still there for me to listen to. I do occasionally go to live gigs performed by ageing rockers, and that's cool, but it's not something I wish for more of in my life.

    So I'm going to pick Joy Division. I wish at least that Curtis had lived for the band to split up due to creative differences, rather than coming to an end with his death. He'd be 60 now, and it's hard to imagine what Joy Division might have done if he'd had even one more decade with them let alone four. A lot of other bands from that sort of era, if they have carried on, have tended to get more bleepy and less raw noise, and New Order certainly went in that direction, but Joy Division were something else, and I imagine that they might have continued to innovate musically, maybe not all the way through to the 2010s but through the 80s and 90s at least.

    Here's something a bit more gentle and thinky than their big hits like Love will tear us apart: Passover, by Joy Division.

    video embed (audio only) )

    Music meme: day 23 of 30

    Oct. 11th, 2017 05:15 pm
    liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
    [personal profile] liv
    Things that are not helpful to a [personal profile] liv recovering from an asthma attack: Cab drivers who smoke in their cars. I took a taxi to work yesterday because I wasn't sure I was up to cycling, and the cab smelled of smoke and air freshener, which maybe makes the smell less bad but also makes my breathing even worse than just stale smoke.

    Things that are even further unhelpful: colleagues who observe that I am coughing a little bit (due to the smoke exposure), and passive-aggressively tell me that I ought not to be at work while I'm sick. I mean, I agree with the general principle that people shouldn't come into work with colds and infect and annoy everybody else. But nobody realistically expects anyone to actually stay off work for the several weeks it can take for a cold to completely clear from one's chest, once past the stage of being actively infectious and unable to think clearly. And I'm annoyed at not being believed when I said that my asthma was making me sound sicker than I really am.

    To be fair, I'm annoyed at busybody colleagues due to factors which are not entirely their fault. Not their fault that I'm sensitive about being told off (even gently) for having asthma, due to a miserable year when I was 9 and my class teacher was convinced I was faking not being able to breathe for attention. (I certainly didn't want the kind of attention that involved an adult in a position of authority standing over me and yelling my face and never letting me be absolutely certain she wouldn't hit me, though she never quite got to the point of physical violence.) Not their fault that work has an annoying policy where being allowed to work from home is reserved for people more senior than me. But the upshot is that I've been given special permission to work from home today, and I resent being made to look like a slacker, but there you go.

    So I have a moment to catch up with the meme that I've entirely abandoned for a month and a half while in the middle of moving jobs. And I find that I'd stopped just before the section where I have philosophical objections to the questions. A song you think everybody should listen to: there's no such song, because everybody has different tastes in music! And I don't believe in a moral obligation to listen to music, because it might be very good, but people get to decide what to do with their own listening time.

    But let me try and post something anyway, cos I am completionist even when I'm very slow. I have sometimes wanted to sit people down and make them listen to The house of Orange by Stan Rogers. It's a very good song, with a message I think is important. But by no means everybody should listen to it, only people who have managed to pick up the foolish notion that sectarian violence is romantic. And, well, people who appreciate well-written but hard hitting songs might get something positive out of it, but I wouldn't go as far as to say should.

    I think if I have to pick one song that if not everybody, then at least lots of people who are generally in political and musical sympathy with me might appreciate, I'm going to go for Tam Lyn retold by The Imagined Village and Benjamin Zephaniah. Because Zephaniah is an amazing poet, and The Imagined Village is an exceptionally interesting and innovative folk project. And because it's a really brilliant reworking and interpretation of the Tam Lin story, which itself one of those core folk pieces. I recommend it even if you don't generally like folk music; it's not in the musical style associated with folk at all. And because it's musically great, it's nearly ten minutes long and I usually have to repeat it several times every time it comes up on my playlist. And finally because I agree with its pro-refugee and pro-migrant message, so if I'm going to impose one song on everybody, this is my pick.

    video embed )

    Not the weekend I hoped for

    Oct. 9th, 2017 02:32 pm
    liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
    [personal profile] liv
    TL;DR: I had a medical problem, I got appropriate treatment, and I'm now safe and recovering.

    includes breathing difficulties, but not gory )

    At this point, comments I would find helpful are: expressions of sympathy; discussions of healthcare policy. I would prefer if you could skip telling me your own stories about asthma and breathing troubles, and I don't really want to hear any experiences with prednisolone right now. I know that's not very socially appropriate of me when I've just told you a long story about my asthma experience, but I find other people's descriptions of asthma triggering and my breathing still isn't quite right. And prednisolone has an effing scary side effect profile, so I'm trying not to scare myself into believing I have any symptoms, so I would rather wait until after I've finished the course to compare experiences.
    crafty_packrat: Heart design on whorl of a polymer clay spindle (Default)
    [personal profile] crafty_packrat
    Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

    It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

    This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

    I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.
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    Bosc, bartlett, and asian pears, black twig, neorthernspy,Esopus Spitzenberg apples, quince, persimmons, figs, pita, tiropita, and milopita (apple handpie!).

    Also, I harvest the Table Gold acorn squash this week -- 3 squash, for a total of 2lbs. It also looks like I'll get at least 2 cups of cowpeas once they're finished drying, and at least some Tarbais runner beans, though probably not enough for a cassoulet.

    *cranky*

    Oct. 6th, 2017 09:46 am
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    [personal profile] darthneko
    Updated to iOS 1.11 on the ipad. DNW. It's weird, I don't like it, my app store is all funky and kind of Pinterest like, and dammit, STOP MAKING EVERYTHING LOOK LIKE SOCIAL MEDIA. Fuck this noise, I don't like social media to begin with, I don't need everything looking like it. *hisss*

    Behind on Inktober again, but yay, it's friday, I have a weekend to catch up. And continue the great glacially slow unpacking... we have 3 weeks to unpack the rest of the living room and make it look like a real house before my mom gets here. Sadly, we've already unpacked the books, everything that's left goes in the "I don't know where I'm putting this" category. (oh closets, you are going to be my saving grace!)

    And in the meantime, if I buckle down and knock out today's jobs then I can sit and ink (hopefully before I can no longer decipher the scribbly sketch I'm working on. There comes a point in a drawing's lifespan where the multiple levels of scribble scratch no longer look like anything except maybe a relative of cthulu.)
    dancing_serpent: (Photos - Scotland - Bowmore Sunset)
    [personal profile] dancing_serpent
    On Day Three of [community profile] snowflake_challenge I set myself some goals for 2017, and here's what I did last month:

    Post to one DW community I follow at least once a month.
    Ah, nope. Nothing to show this month. I'm feeling bad about it, too, because there actually are some things I want to post about.

    Make some fannish posts to my own journal at least once a month.
    See above. Nothing to show this month, which is sad, because I do have some things I want to post about here, too. Hopefully this month!

    Go to the gym or get some other exercise at least once a week.
    Yeah, that went well I guess. *g* I walked and hiked a lot during my vacation, the longest hikes were a bit more than five hours. Of course, that might have been a bit too much for my foot...

    Stick to my new financial plan, but try to save up money for traveling again.
    Spent nine days in Scotland, yay! Now it's back to saving up again.

    Writing is hard.

    Oct. 5th, 2017 11:54 am
    lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
    [personal profile] lea_hazel
    Writing with chronic and mental illness is doubly hard. Maybe more? It's been a while since I was not either of those things.

    I'm anxious about the state of my Yuri Jam game, and that means I have to fight twice as hard against procrastination tendencies, because it's easier to put something off than keep worrying about it. But of course, any time I put something off that just makes it more difficult, and adds a weight of guilt about "slacking" and "laziness" to my problems.

    Yesterday I tried to relieve some of the stress by setting aside some time to think about NaNoWriMo. Actually, since the beginning of October for the past week or so, I've been paying more attention as NaNo preparations start gearing up. Found my NaNo forums password. Looked up some of my posts from last year. Scanned some worldbuilding notes. Luckily I had the foresight to organize everything carefully in my Evernote notebooks. I even have access to it on my phone.

    Still going with a story about the sister of last year's protagonist (and I've changed her name, now she's called Kitsa). So far don't know a lot more about it, except some character concepts who don't yet have names of their own.

    daily (weekly?) happiness

    Oct. 4th, 2017 08:42 am
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    [personal profile] glass_icarus
    1. Shared a mooncake and spent some time throwing around a frisbee yesterday with friend A, which was nice! Also hilarrible, because the frisbee said "Caneh!dian". A said it was the last one in the Walmart she was at; I think that sounds suspiciously like a troll setup. xD

    2. Choreo catch-up practice with S last night. It's still not done yet, but that's because we had to pick up the finished pieces after our mini-hiatus, not because I forgot my ideas.

    3. NYC for the long (Canadian Thanksgiving) weekend! It's going to be exhausting but amazing- so many dance friends to catch up with.

    Happy mid-autumn to everyone celebrating!

    2017 yuletide letter

    Oct. 3rd, 2017 12:08 pm
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    [personal profile] lotesse
    Dear Yuletide author,

    Hi there! Thanks so much in advance for writing for me this year!

    some introductory chit-chat )

    The Handmaiden (Sook-Hee, Hideko) )

    Smoke Signals (Thomas, Victor) )

    Indiana Jones (Indy, Marion) )

    Thanks again for writing for me this year; I will love any story that you make for me <3

    bullet points

    Oct. 3rd, 2017 09:33 am
    darthneko: tired pink bunny with really big coffee mug ([personal] coffee coffee coffee)
    [personal profile] darthneko
  • Have bought plane tickets to go see my Dad. By sheer luck (and the fact that Dad's town in Alaska only has one tiny airport) I will be meeting up with Mom in Seattle and we'll be flying up on the same flight. Ditto for on the way out. The only flaw in all of it is that I have to freaking drive to the airport on my end and park the car in the economy lot for the duration, plus I get back here at midnight my time. Tentative plan is to take an extra day off and just crash in a cheap hotel around the airport for the night, then drive home the next day, because airports are always hell in the form of tangles of circular roads, and I am not driving in the dark at midnight somewhere I have no familiarity with. Driving in at 6am in the dark is bad enough. >____<

  • Finished my exchange fic! \o/ On time and everything! \o/ I'll share it once the crossover/fusion exchange goes live, which is next week I think. Or... well, I guess the author reveal is on the 20th, so yeah, then. Kudos to my dragon for a quick proofread, helping me find and replace all the italic marks with proper code, and the idea for the best epilogue ever. XD

  • Health news - test results came back good, everything is as it should be. I have, however, asked my doc to try raising the adderall up by half, as it very much feels like it's not as effective any more. We'll see how that goes.

  • A bit behind on Inktober. Weekends are always a hot mess, and yesterday was "oh crap, there's a fic deadline!", and now I have three sketches but haven't applied ink to them yet. I'll work on that today.

  • And as soon as I'm caught up on that, OMG I need to play WoW. NEED, not want, but need, because my performance in the raid last week was utterly humiliating and goddammit, I don't want to be carried, I need to up my game and go grind to get some better gear, because being the first one dead on every boss pull is just demoralizing and humiliating. >_<

  • Because of all of the above, there hasn't been more fic writing like the usual stuff yet. I'll get back on that too, as soon as I'm caught up on Inktober.
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