Done last week (20170212Su - 18Sa)

Feb. 19th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Things are getting seriously packed up now. I spent five hours yesterday with the organizers getting my papers in order; there's an apalling number of unpaid bills and even uncashed checks in there. Today's session will focus on my tools and other clutter in the Great Room, I think. A few items have gone missing; hopefully packed. N lost track of some irreplacable photos; two of the four had been packed and were ready to go out with some other artwork, but the other two turned up in the bottom of a bookcase, apparently put there by a previous organizer.

Our closet and kitchen have also been decimated. Naomi put some items up for free on NextDoor -- that seems like the most effective way to get rid of stuff that we would otherwise have to donate anyway. Cx came to take the smaller bookcases. A few antique items have been sold.

Chicken tikka masala twice this week -- last Sunday, and yesterday. It's quick and tasty, though I probably should do some other things too. (Well, I can do chili, stroganoff, stir-fry; I just don't usually.)

$PROJECT at work hit what I hope was the last snag Friday; hopefully we can get that sorted out Monday.

I still can't reliably distinguish between physical and mental symptoms resembling exhaustion or depression.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 04:03 pm
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Wanted to create a unit of enhanced lifeform super-soldiers, taking otherwise expendable kids, trying to duplicate documented Origin Events on them, then training them to be loyal and competent troops. So, in these effete days they might run into a legal issue over the child labour angle.

Could they disguise it as a sports program? Or dance? Nobody seems to mind what gets committed to make athletes and dancers.
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By Ashley R. Pollard

This month's theme is anticipation.

For instance, the anticipation of the coming spring that will soon relieve the winter blues, signaled by the mornings and evenings getting lighter. I no longer get up in total darkness and leave work as darkness descends because now the winter sun sets around five. Instead, I now walk over Westminster Bridge in the gathering twilight. The gloam of the day brightened as Elizabeth Tower illuminates, and the sound of Big Ben asserts the official time with all its authority that its chimes can muster.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/31074517774

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
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The Courage to Fly
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 3
word count (story only): 1027



:: This story takes place on Saturday, the day after Aida's dive accident, around mid-morning. This story is sponsored, for which I am eternally grateful.::

:: Pay Special Attention: a small group of strangers, along with two secondary characters, are in danger, but there are no deaths or permanent injuries. ::

back to part one
on to part three




The imam sighed. “I should apologize for Abdul's behavior,” he began, shaking his head as he looked in the same direction the teen had headed. Reluctantly, he pulled the gate shut again. “I am glad for you, Sister, but…” he glanced at Halley, “there are matters we should discuss privately.”

“Yes, Brother Didi,” Aysha answered, smoothing her hand over the scarf covering her hair and touching the silver wing pin at her throat. “My cousin is… angry at me,” she explained to the watching child.

Halley shrugged. “Yeah.”
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February Magpie Monday Results

Feb. 18th, 2017 11:25 pm
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Magpie Monday results for February

This month's Magpie had one large donation, for which I am exceptionally grateful. The story sponsored is first on the list, and begins posting today (Saturday, 18 Feb) as well. Please enjoy! If a reader wishes to sponsor something, PM me with which story you'd like to see posted. There's a paypal link on my Profile page and on the Magpie prompts page
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weird cookies

Feb. 18th, 2017 09:17 pm
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Do you like weird cookies?

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The Courage to Fly
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 3
word count (story only): 1018



:: This story takes place on Saturday, the day after Aida's dive accident, around mid-morning. This story is sponsored, for which I am eternally grateful.::

:: Pay Special Attention: a small group of strangers, along with two secondary characters, are in danger, but there are no deaths or permanent injuries. ::

on to part two




Halley sat on the bench near the swing set, fussing with the knot in the purple and black sarong tied around thon's narrow hips, even as bare toes wriggled until both feet were covered in the fine white sand that covered the playground. The child's polo shirt was a pale lilac color, but with buttonholes on the left. The handful of people around didn't seem to notice, and no one had wondered whether thon was a boy or a girl yet, at least in English.

Bethan sat two benches over, a paperback book resting on her ample bosom and a radio offering a low hum of voices. It helped, to have family nearby, but Halley's thoughts were as strange as today's clothing. The side gate opened, admitting a stair step run of teenagers all the way to a child Halley's own height, but of unknown age. All their clothing clearly marked their gender, with the teen girls wearing hijab and the boys either bare-headed or wearing a white khufi. Last of all, an elderly man with snowy beard to match his khufi pulled the gate closed, then whispered instructions in Divehi.
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These are all the ones I wanted to post yesterday, but didn't. There's a high preponderance of serious. I'm not sorting it, too lazy right now.

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Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees

Why Dragonfly Wings Kill Bacteria (I can sum up the comments for you: LOL, masturbation!)

House of Cards: The Politics of Calling Card Etiquette in Nineteenth-Century Washington

Baby's sex plays a role in pregnant woman's immunity

Mo Willems’s Funny Failures

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal

What I Learned About Life by Becoming a Landlord

Myopia cell discovered in retina: Dysfunction of cell may be linked to amount of time a child spends indoors

Striking Black And White Photos Show The Brutal Lives Of Gun-Toting Depression Era Mobs In America (A couple of pictures show non-gory images of deceased individuals)

Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the March

America's Television Graveyards

Why You Didn’t See It Coming

With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language

When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

Congress Destroying the EPA: What Was Life Like Before We Had It?

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.

How algorithms (secretly) run the world

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm (Absolutely fascinating - although, like the police department in the beginning of the article, I would've ignored his email too and chalked it up to random internet cranks.)

Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States?

This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown

We're Trashing the Arctic. Literally.

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

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Feb. 18th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Feb. 18th, 2017 03:46 pm
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Has DC Comics

Feb. 18th, 2017 03:42 pm
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Ever mentioned which Canadian federal ministry deals with metahuman affairs?

Sick Again, or Still?

Feb. 18th, 2017 02:12 pm
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I felt good most of the week. Even had a half hour workout Wednesday and again Friday. However, last night I had to get up shortly after going to bed and take a tummy tablet. (Generic Bentyl.)
 
This morning my gut was really acting up. As the day has moved on my throat has also become irritated, and my joints are a bit achey. When I went to make lunch I got out the bread, Miracle Whip and ham, put the Miracle Whip on the bread, then put the jar and the ham back in the fridge. Only then did I realize I hadn't put any ham on the sammich. I'm so fuzzy-headed I'm afraid to drive. 
 
So, skipping gaming again this week. Oog. 
 

music that keeps me alive

Feb. 18th, 2017 08:35 am
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Quote:

I was all out of choices
But the Woman Of Voices
She came round the corner
With music around her…

…And she said
‘I’m so glad you finally made it here
With all the things you know now
That only time could tell…’


— From: lyrics 'to You're Aging Well', originally by Dar Williams (thanks comments!), Leela & Ellie Grace, self-titled CD.

I am grateful to the following scattered assortment of filk and folk musicians for being the soundtrack that got me through my week: Kerry Stanley, Steve Savitsky, Leela Grace & Ellie Grace, Leslie Fish, and all their friends and musical associates.

Cut for length: Read more... )

And THANK YOU to my dad for giving me the music bug in the first place. *wink*

(Apologies that I haven’t gone through and sorted out better formatting and alt-text for links; I think I’d never post this if I did; I’ll try to come back and edit it later.)

Apologies again; first edit didn't take, let's see if this does...

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Feb. 18th, 2017 02:02 am
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How desert ants find their way in a featureless environment

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

The last wingwalker

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

The internet made monthly subscription boxes cool, but the roots of this business model can be found in decisions made in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mars Madness: The DIY explorers who dream of a 35-million-mile trek

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

The Girl Who Ran Away to Fight ISIS

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State

The graffiti kids who sparked the Syrian war

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?

The new sheriff in metropolitan Phoenix is ending a policy that keeps immigrants locked up in his jails past their release date to give federal authorities extra time to launch deportation proceedings. (Hallelujah.)

Migrating North, but to Mexico, Not the U.S.

Queens of the Stoned Age

124 years after overthrow, Hawaiians continue sovereignty push

If Kids Ran Juvie

Phones are now indispensable for refugees

Disability Hate Crimes Have Hidden Racial Implications

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

As talks falter, Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

Iraqis risk all to spy on Islamic State militants in Mosul

Thousands of Belarussians take to the streets to protest 'social parasite law', a tax on unemployment

First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched

Eric Garner chokehold case rolls on, but future is cloudy

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate

Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us

Policing the Poor in Detroit

Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream
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You know the tremendous number of people Sniveler In Chief expects this weekend in Melbourne, FL for his next ego stroking? (There are much less pleasant terms I could use than that. Most involve a part he claims has no problem with and another part he can't keep zipped, but I digress.)

Wonder how he came up with the idea of it being a tremendous amount? Wonder no more, because like many who cheer him on, he either brings them along from the inside or else hires them off of Craigslist.

Here's ardent "fans" cheering his candidacy announcement - you could buy these for just $50 a pop back in July of 2015 (this link also explains the cheering sections since he took office - hint: not spontaneous). Considering how well the entirely fake crowd worked, they probably go for up to $75 a pop, now.

Yeah, these are the folks who sold their souls for $50 apiece to our formerly wannabe regime changer:

And below is a Craigslist ad (it's a screen cap; I can't find an archival record; it's been submitted for removal from CL) for the rewards you get at his Melbourne, FL rally tomorrow night (and please for the love of God, I hope there's more protestors chanting away outside of it then there are "enthusiastic patriots" inside):

Screen cap of Orlando Craigslist ad for Snowflake In Chief's Melbourne FL rally, taken on 2-17-2017

Free to attend! Free cash vouchers! Free bling to flip on eBay (Christ, I'd go just for that and I deeply dislike him and most of his supporters*)!

You don't even have to be a Trump fan to get behind it; it's a moneymaker so of course attendance should be high. Much easier to buy people off than make them want to attend; I guess he gave up on that a while ago (like, before he even ran for president. I get the feeling he knows he's an old, crazy coot so any glimmer of "success" must be bought).

Yet protests against him/his policies/executive orders/Congressional actions are "paid"...no, really? If he can't get anyone friendly enough to show up for free, then he knows protestors will do what they do for nothing. Right? He does know that, doesn't he?

Sometimes I wish he'd stop buying his own bull just long enough to admit - publicly, at a press conference without any paid supporters - that Howard Stern's right: he does not, has not, and will not ever want this job. He wants Hillary to do it, instead. It'd be a relief for pretty much everyone who dislikes him or is merely doubtful.

*though I'd have to handle it wearing gloves and maybe have a priest come bless my house before bringing it inside

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by Rosemary Benton

It's an interesting premise: what would a meeting between Apaches and Tartars be like in a “wild west-esque” science fiction setting? And what if the Apaches were American explorers while the Tartars were from the Soviet Union? Andre Norton sets out to explore this idea in The Defiant Agents, her third installment in the Time Traders series.

This time it's not agents of the future who are being sent physically into the past, but rather the minds of a select group of volunteer Apache explorers who are on a rushed mission to reclaim the alien planet Topaz from the Communists...



(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

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