Wednesday Yardening

Jun. 28th, 2017 04:49 pm
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Today is mild, hazy, and blustery.  Earlier I went out shooting pictures.

Doug and I had a nice long session in the ritual meadow, cutting live brush and dead branches.  \o/  We found an empty bird nest in one bush (I checked that it was empty before we cut the bush).
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Posted by Dan MacGuill

A viral meme describes a promising research project at MIT and Harvard, but so far it has only been tested on the skin of a dead pig.
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Posted by Andrew Bleiman

1_Brookfield Sea Lion 6

Guests will be seeing double when they visit Brookfield Zoo’s Pinniped Point in a few weeks. Two California Sea Lion pups were recently born, and they are the first of this species born at the zoo in nearly 30 years.

The new pups are currently behind the scenes, bonding with their mothers, and learning how to swim, as well as being monitored by animal care staff. It is anticipated the pups will have access to their outdoor habitat in a few weeks.

The first pup, a female, was born on June 4 to seven-year-old Josephine. A week later, on June 11, Arie, who is estimated to be about nine-years-old, gave birth to a male.

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4_Brookfield Sea Lion 5Photo Credits: Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society (CZS)

California Sea Lion pups are usually born in June and July and will weigh between 13 to 20 pounds. Pups do not swim for their first few weeks of life, but rather stay in tidal pools until they can go to sea with their mothers. They nurse for at least five months and sometimes for more than a year. In the wild, after giving birth, mother Sea Lions will leave their offspring for a short time while they forage at sea. As the pups grow stronger, the mothers leave them alone for longer periods. Mother Sea Lions recognize their pups through smell, sight, and vocalizations.

The new additions at Brookfield Zoo are very important to the genetic diversity of the accredited North American zoo population for the species because of the unique backgrounds of the two moms as well as of Tanner, the pups’ sire. All three adults were wild born and deemed non-releasable by the government for various reasons. All were taken in and given homes at three accredited facilities: Aquarium of Niagara, Brookfield Zoo, and Shedd Aquarium.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the birth of these two Sea Lion pups, which is a coordinated effort between us and our partner facilities,” said Rita Stacey, Curator of Marine Mammals for CZS.

Josephine was abandoned by her mom at the popular tourist attraction, Pier 39 in San Francisco, which is a highly unusual place for a California Sea Lion to give birth. As a newborn, Josephine was helpless and would have starved to death without human intervention. The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) stepped forward and offered to give her a home at Brookfield Zoo, where she was hand-reared and has resided since 2010.

In 2009, at approximately one year of age, Arie was found stranded on a beach, where she was rescued and rehabilitated three times by a California stranding center before being deemed non-releasable and given a forever home at the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, New York. She arrived at Brookfield Zoo in 2016, based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ California Sea Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP). The program manages the breeding of Sea Lions in North American accredited zoos to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Jennifer McGee, Lead Animal Care Specialist for CZS, is the coordinator of this plan and also manages the studbook for the species. In these roles, she is responsible for documenting the pedigree and demographic history of each individual California Sea Lion at each institution and assists in making breeding recommendations.

Tanner, who is estimated to be 14 years old, arrived at Brookfield Zoo from Shedd Aquarium also based on a breeding recommendation. In 2012, Tanner received a second chance at life when Shedd Aquarium staff offered to provide him a new home after he was removed permanently from the wild by NOAA Fisheries for feeding on a federally protected endangered species of salmon in the Bonneville Dam area on the Columbia River. Government officials gave him the distinguishing and permanent ID on his back, “C011,” to be able to accurately identify him should he return to the dam to feed again on the endangered salmon. Despite several attempts to relocate him to another area, Tanner continued to return to the dam.

Although California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) are listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the species still face challenges in their natural habitat along the west coast of North America from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico. These threats include entanglement in fishing gear, toxins they ingest from their prey, intentional dumping of toxic and hazardous waste, and changes in global atmosphere pressure that affects the availability of prey. Today, the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act protects all marine mammals, including California sea lions.

Those interested in helping care for the California Sea Lions at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Share the Care program. For $35, the recipient will receive the Basic Package, which includes a 5-inch x 7-inch color photograph and fact sheet about the species, a personalized adoption certificate, a Share the Care car decal, and an invitation to the annual Share the Care Evening. For further information, visit: www.CZS.org/SharetheCare .

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Good News

Jun. 28th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Caturday, with big cats and a kitten

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:27 pm
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When I got to the kitten room Joni Mitchell was at the door, looking as if she wanted to be on the other side. I used a broom to make sure she couldn't get through; I wasn't going to risk putting a hand or foot in reach. Once she got food, she was in a slightly better mood.

The star for today was a black, cage-climbing kitten named Diadem. She's everything you'd expect a kitten to be: cute, friendly, and extremely active, making a mess of her cage. Virginia put her in a carrier while cleaning the cage. There wasn't much else to do, since we didn't want her running among the big cats.

And there were some very big kitties this week. Bongo (long cat) is still there. There was a gray cat who sat in the bathroom sink and filled it completely. There was also a small tortoise-shell named Shasta, whose name I didn't know at first, but who answered to "Hübsche Katze" (pretty cat) when I called her that.

Vin Diesel was in a particularly bad mood, and Virginia and I both got slight scratches from him. He jumped me from behind when I was sweeping up spilled cat food. Maybe he thought I should have left it there.

Social Media Hacker Warning

Jun. 28th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Posted by David Mikkelson

Accepting a Facebook friend request from a stranger will not provide hackers with access to your computer and online accounts.
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Hi Dreamwidth! If you have a DRM-free ebook or ebooks you would like to share, I would be very interested. My tastes are summed up in this post from 2016, but I am willing to explore pretty much any genre (I'm set for The Great Western Canon, I think, thank you Project Gutenberg), with a particular fondness for SFF and historical fiction.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 02:02 am
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I need to go to bed. And there's so much to write about. I was actively happy most of the weekend. This is noteworthy. It is my place, my people. Despite the ticks.

Tonight is Mom's yartzeit. It seems like something I should note. I have a scented candle burning. It says it's good for 25 hrs. We'll see how breathing is.

Skittish tiger?

Jun. 28th, 2017 03:44 pm
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This message is what I sent to Per earlier:

The toaster scared TC, which is why the framed things fell down. She was sitting next to the sink, the toaster went -clunk- and that scared the bejeezus out of her 🙀
 

Yep, Moxie (sometimes known as The Cat, but just TC here) was sitting on the kitchen countertop near the sink as I was making a couple of slices of toast. 

The toast jumped up, and TC jumped back.

Yep, there had been a few framed posters leaning up against the other side of the counter, but they fell when Moxie fell on them. It's good for her that cats can't blush, because I'm pretty sure she's embarrassed by doing that!

Speaking of falling, Per and I recently finished watching The Fall on Netflix, and ... yow, that was short-lived, but long-sticking, I think.


Wedding Whoopsies

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Brides, have you ever had a lofty cake dream...

 

...fall flat?

 

Or have you ever wished for pretty-as-a-picture polka dots...

 

...only to get gravity-defying cow patties?

 

How about something that should have been simply sublime...

 

...that turned terrifying?

 

Perhaps your "something blue"...

 

...has you seeing red?

 

Have you ever wanted creamy lace and bows...

 

...only to get "AAAAUUUGGHH!!"

Well, have you?

Yes?

Oh, good!

Then send me a picture, won't you?

This stuff cracks. me. up.

 

Thanks to brides Ashley B., Emily K., Lara A., Christie S., & Kathleen M. for sharing their private pain with us. So that we may laugh. And then feel kinda bad about it. But not enough to stop laughing.

*****

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Reading Wednesday 28/06

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Recently read: Too like the lightning by Ada Palmer. I borrowed [personal profile] jack's copy to read this for the Hugos. It's thinky and original, but also rather unpleasant.

detailed review )

Currently reading: All the birds in the sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Partly because it's Hugo nominated and partly cos several of my friends were enthusiastic about it. I'm a bit more than halfway through and finding it very readable and enjoyable. Patricia and Laurence are really well drawn as outcast characters and their interaction is great. It feels very Zeitgeisty, very carefully calculated to appeal to the current generation of geeks. The style is sort of magic realist, in that a bunch of completely weird fantasy-ish things happen and nobody much remarks on them. I find that sort of approach to magic a bit difficult to get on with, because it appears completely arbitrary what is possible and what isn't, so the plot seems a bit shapeless.

Up next: I'm a bit minded to pick up Dzur by Steven Brust, because I was enjoying the series but very slowly, and it's been really quite a few years since I made progress with it.
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In case anyone's got some spare cash they found down the back of the sofa:

The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:

Donate to NILC

Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:

Donate to PP

The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:

Donate to the CSLDF

The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):

Donate to the NNAF

If you know of others, please comment!
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Title: Forgotten But Not Gone
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles, Erica/Stiles
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 6:02:00
Music: Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary: Stiles starts losing his memories and nobody can figure out why or how to stop it.

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [6:02:00; 171.1MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [26:06; 20.0MB]
Chapter 2 [31:42; 25.1MB]
Chapter 3 [31:33; 43.5MB]
Chapter 4 [35:53; 28.1MB]
Chapter 5 [27:57; 38.6MB]
Chapter 6 [32:23; 25.2MB]
Chapter 7 [28:15; 39.0MB]
Chapter 8 [32:58; 45.5MB]
Chapter 9 [34:07; 26.7MB]
Chapter 10 [38:54; 30.9MB]
Chapter 11 [42:12; 32.4MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

Archivists: Please do not archive this work.
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Constant readers will recall that I wrote a three-part post titled, "Why You Can't Find A Therapist, No, Really". I posted Part 1 on Sept 1st and Part 2 and Part 3 on Sept 30th of last year.

The clinic I work for as a contractor recently paid me, for my last pay period, an amount of money that was four times my typical earnings. Admittedly, how much I actually get paid fluctuates pretty wildly, but I figured I would have noticed having either 4x in arrears or having seen 4x as many patients as usual. But I'm paid via direct deposit, and the corresponding statement saying what I was getting paid for is put in my mail box at the clinic, so I had to wait till I was back in the clinic – today – to pick it up and find up why I was getting all this money.

The statement mystified me when I got it. It was two whole pages of pairs of canceled previous payments and replacement payments and at first I couldn't make heads or tails of it, and then I realized that I was looking at a statement where almost all the patient sessions listed had happened in 2016.

As I mentioned, last month, for the first time in decades, we got a raise. A big raise. Not big enough to be adequate, but big enough to be astounding. It was, we thought, effective starting May 1.

No. Turns out the raise was retroactive. To – apparently – Oct 1, 2016...

...The day after I posted the final sections of "Why You Can't Find A Therapist, No, Really".

Rumor has it that the raise – more properly, the increase in rate paid by at least two of the Medicaid providers – happened because MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid) leaned on them to do so, to fix the emergent strike.

Um.

MassHealth? Are... are you there? Are you reading my journal?

If so, thank you! (If not, still thank you!)

I have a few other suggestions for things you could fix!

For instance: I'm currently doing an amazing job (or so my chart reviewer wrote) doing care coordination with a big medical team involving four clinics, three hospitals, and family all involved in the care for a patient with an emergent psychotic illness. I can do that because the patient has MBHP, and MBHP pays for case coordination if it's extramural. I'd like to point out that it's insane that if I have a 15 minute conversation about the diagnostic formulation for a challenging and high-risk case with an in-house psychiatrist, I don't get paid for it (and neither do they), but if I do the same thing with a psychiatrist at a different clinic, I do. How wack is it that I literally wouldn't be able to afford to spend the sort of time on this case that I did (and continue to!) if the patient hadn't coincidentally decided he didn't like my clinic's available psychiatrist and went and found himself another one through his PCP. Surely this can't be the incentive system you want me or the patient (or the psychiatrist) to be functioning under – one where patients are incented to get their psychiatric care from an entirely different facility from their therapist.

And thank goodness that he had MBHP, as pretty much an amazing fluke. No other MassHealth payers pay for care coordination at all. If this guy had been on NHP or Tufts/BMC when he came down with schizophrenia... I shudder to think. Do you realize how much I've been on the phone with MGH's ER and APS and social workers and psychiatrists at local mental hospitals in the last six months?

Don't you think there should be some sort of provision for what happens when someone presents with a psychotic disorder? Like, when a provider slams the big red "R/o Schizophrenia" button, the payer has to start paying for some case coordination? (I'd also recommend that for substance abuse cases, where patients can manipulate providers around meds; and in mandated reporter cases, where you should probably have payers pay therapists for their time filling in DCF/DPPC/DES or whatever.)

I have to think that the time demands of handling such a high-risk case are part of why some – maybe many – therapist are leary of working with psychotic or other high-risk patients. I've been there. I've twice spent four hours – half a work day – keeping a patient in crisis calm and coordinating with the BEST team and then the hospital, and never saw a dime for any of it. Who wants to bring a patient onto their caseload, for whom the total compensation divided across the total hours of work for that one patient come to less than minimum wage?

And I'm just talking about care coordination – I'm not even talking about CPT 90839 and 90840 which last I checked were still universally unfunded. Funding that would be way cool.

I have many other fine suggestions – I swear many of them even aren't just suggestions you pay me more money! I'm happy to talk more about reforms in mental health care.
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If you want to be intensely spoiled for next season, clicky clicky. I can't wait!

Edit: Yeah, the nod to a certain government official — we thought we were being cute, and now, I find myself longing for George Bush, wishing we could have George Bush back in the White House and remembering him fondly.

Yeah, Rob, you and me both. Never ever dreamed I'd be nostalgic for those days.

New Atlantis Comic Series 2

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:29 pm
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Chuck and Walter having offworld adventures


Ronon is a troll as usual

How did I not know American Mythology released the first issue of the new series of Atlantis comics last month? I am not tapped in.  Here Chuck and Walter are trapped on an Earthquake planet having gate technician adventures!

The second series is called Hearts and Minds. (First edition print or with Premium Cover). It’s also available at ComiXology in digital.

If you haven’t read the first series, Back to Pegasus, I’d advise reading those three first, they are awesome. Lots of team!  Be careful buying because they have alternate covers, so it’s easy to accidentally buy dupes (but I love all the covers so I ended up buying dupes on purpose).

Please support so we get all three volumes of the second series!  Also, if you’re into SGU, they have the first comic of the series out, Back to Destiny, as well (print only).

[Art by Greg LaRocque. Colored by Gene Jimenez. Story by Mark L. Haynes and J.C. Vaghn]



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Posted by David Emery

The claim that Japan has announced plans to dump 920,000 tons of nuclear waste into the Pacific strays from the known facts.
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My achilles tendon stiffened up on Monday, to the point where merely walking from work to the station, from one station platform to the next, and walking home from the bus stop was awful.

So I worked a half-day from home yesterday and saw a physio, and I'm working from home again today because it's still twinging a little.

Down side: all the testing and over-the-shoulder help I could use right now is not available. And there's quite a lot of it.

Up side: I can pick up my Sydney Transport card which I dropped on a bus the other week and which someone kindly picked up and turned in.

iZombie

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Wow.

Read more... )

So. Yeah. I'm... I'm... I think I'm gonna rewatch the whole series now. Because yeah.

Contata (or is that ConToddler?)

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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We had a good time at Contata, despite my frequently missing pieces of concerts as I chased a certain toddler on a loop through the main room, dealer's room, con suite, dealer's alley, and back through the main room. Such is my life these days. What I was at least aware was going on (if not attentively listening to) sounded good, including concerts from MEW and Ed, Twotonic, Jane Sibley, the Angry Antz (Silke Kovàr and Steffi Zurek, from Germany), and the cast of dozens in the so-called "Kabarefsky" (singing songs of GOH Bob Kanefsky). I got to sing "Come Ye Muppets" (Bob's parody of "Come Ye Knights") in the Kabarefsky and play guitar for [personal profile] batyatoon on "Bootstrap" (Bob's parody of "Uplift").

Speaking of the Antz, apparently the rule that filk fiddlers (Silke in this case) must have at least a few streaks of blue hair applies in Germany as well...

The schedule was a bit unusual by filk con standards, including both the Brave Toaster and Interfilk concerts being on Sunday. Some of this was to accommodate the three NEFilk Summits to discuss the future of the NEFilk convention. (Short version: the occasionally-discussed merging of the three cons into one appears reasonably likely to actually happen.) Some was to accommodate the sound check for the Kabaresky (which I'd have put in the late morning, myself).

Having been mocked mercilessly for failing to include a lunch break in a Conterpoint schedule years ago, I was amused Contata failed to include a lunch break on Sunday schedule. Grazing in the con suite didn't quite stave off hunger from having a somewhat-hearty breakfast at 11, but a nice dinner with [personal profile] madfilkentist and [personal profile] lemmozine at The Famished Frog made up for the wait.

We also had a nice dinner at Marjan Persian Grill with Bill Laubenheimer, Carole Parker, [personal profile] runnerwolf and [personal profile] happyfunpaul on Saturday night. At least 15-20 other folks from the con had a similar idea. Thankfully we beat the rush. The food and conversation were good.

On the flip side, dinner on Friday was one of those "look back on and laugh" moments. Sheryl and I had gone to Ming II, since we (and Sam) like Chinese. However, for some reason the little guy didn't take to either my duck dish or Sheryl's noodle dish. To make things more fun, he found a pepper on my plate which he got a small bite of, then proceeded to rub on his cheek. Followed not surprisingly by a full meltdown. Once we got him back to our hotel room, washed his face off, then hit our stash of yogurt, fruit cups and apple sauce, he calmed down. (Other than a few minutes of fussing after I went back downstairs for the Kanef Source Songs theme circle.) Toddlers...

(I am told Paul and Beth are taking notes, since everything we are currently experiencing is in their future...*grin*)

Traffic was craptastic on the way north, thanks to a wreck on the Delaware Turnpike plus a later start from Maryland than planned. (We ended up having to run a few errands on Friday morning. Also, note to self...listen to Waze.) The run south was largely smooth sailing and left us time for dinner with my mom after we got home, as well as food shopping for the week.
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Oh god I didn't know it was possible to be this wet without actually wading into a body of water.

Reminder: Registration Cost Rises 7/2

Jun. 27th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Hi all!

Just a friendly reminder that attending registration will remain at $110 through 7/1/17, and will go up to $125 starting 7/2/17.

Registration link is here!


Epic Dessert

Jun. 27th, 2017 07:35 pm
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Today, in Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun, I discovered that Cracker Barrel has a new dessert for summer: Campfire S'Mores.  This consists of a graham cracker crust, warm fudge brownie, roasted marshmallow, and melty chocolate bar accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate sauce.  *DROOL, SLOBBER*  It's harder than it looks to translate recipes across different cooking modes, such as bringing a campfire classic into the kitchen.  I've had several attempts at indoor s'mores, including the pretty good s'more dessert pizza at Brixx, but nothing that compares to this.  So if you like s'mores and you're near a Cracker Barrel, go try this.  \o/

EDIT 6-27-17: Someone has thoughtfully posted a copycat recipe.  This will be useful after the special concludes in August. Meanwhile go throw money at the people who invented this, in hopes they will make more awesome food.

EDIT 6-28-17: Now in delicious poem flavor!  I wrote about some supervillains discovering this dessert.  "Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun" is 60 lines, Buy It Now = $20
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Posted by Dan MacGuill

A web site known for bizarre, fake stories has published yet another hoax, this time with a side of racial animus.

Bull Shark Spotted in Kentucky Lake?

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Posted by David Emery

A fabricated report concerning a nine-foot-long bull shark allegedly found in Kentucky Lake originated on a do-it-yourself fake news web site.

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Jun. 27th, 2017 10:41 am
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I slept last night. It took a double dose of melatonin (in hindsight perhaps I should take melatonin and then put down the novel so as to avoid the adrenaline rush that at least felt like it cancelled the stupid stuff out) to do it, but I slept and it was glorious and I didn't even have the hangover the next day. Also as far as the illness goes I'm down to periodic sniffles and the typical wheezing of an asthmatic. Which, ugh, but I figured that second would happen for a few days. No capoeira for me tomorrow, we all three of us are very bad about keeping me sat and not overstraining my stupid broken lungs. I'd blame my teachers not knowing what an asthmatic can't do but no, no, I'm just as bad.

BLEGH.

Fun stuff: I budget crunched and determined I did have enough to start buying Makeup Geek shadow pans on this past paycheck, which spreads them out over more paychecks which is very nice. And then I seem to have successfully made will rolls against buying more makeup brushes I really don't need, self, I don't care how stressed you are.

Although since I started this post the day has gotten increasingly faily in small but irritating ways until the UPS software I literally need to do my job blew up and now I'm just stress eating eclairs and want to buy all the makeup until I stop being too rage-y to write. HATE.

I did not so much figure out something about Long Road last night as figure out that I am not too clever to not have to do the thing the way, and so some of that should be easier when I get back to it. I also went ahead and decided that since I haven't been looking ahead at any of the stuff I already wrote for this portion of Malachy I might as well delete it all. Which I did except the last scene because I looked ahead and decided okay, that was the girls and Keith, that seems in character for the conclusion, that can stay. Everything else can go, so now I have a better idea of what I've written and how much I have yet to write and hopefully since I'm not cutting and pasting and measuring anymore, this will go a lot faster. Or it would have today if the day hadn't been full of ducks nibbling me to death.

Seal Hugs Beluga Whale?

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:26 pm
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Posted by Dan Evon

An image purporting to be a photograph of a seal embracing a whale is actually a piece of digital art.

Tuesday Yardening

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:12 pm
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Today is beautiful, cool, and sunny.  I trimmed brush around the purple-and-white garden, finishing that round.  \o/   

EDIT 6/27/17: Round 2, I watered plants.  Then I hauled 4 garden carts full of brush from previous projects to the brush pile in the ritual meadow.  I have not yet picked up the giant ring of trimmings around the purple-and-white garden though.

EDIT 6/27/17: Round 3, I sprayed week killer in the old raspberry patch and in the streetside yard.  In some places there is poison ivy as far as the eye can see.  >_<  I expected that, because it is a "bandage" plant that appeared in disturbed earth, but I do not want it here.  I have firmly suggested that Gaia patch the ground with something else, such as the grass I spent two weeks planting there.  Some of the grass has grown in beautifully, but other areas remain stubbornly bare dirt or noxious weeds.  Ah well, it's a work in progress.

Ding Dong the Witch is Taking a Nap

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:27 pm
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Vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (the name of the Senate bill) has been postponed until after the July 4 recess. And when they get back, they'll have a whole megillah about passing the budget, which has a hard deadline, so they may "forget" to take up the BCRA.

This is c&pd from a Center for Medicare Advocacy Alert:

Health Care Repeal Vote Postponed - But Keep the Pressure On

Senate leadership today announced that a vote on the Senate health care repeal bill would be postponed until after the July 4 recess. While this shows that the efforts of all those who have called and written to tell the truth about this awful legislation are working, it is not the end. We saw this happen in the House, and can’t let it happen again.

Use the July 4 recess to attend town halls, parades and rallies, and don’t stop calling your Senators to tell them not to cut or cap Medicaid.

Find a town hall event: https://townhallproject.com (Find tips for attending a town hall at http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/town-hall-location-congress)
Call your Senators' local and state offices: Get numbers for every Senator's in-state and Washington, DC offices at https://action.seiu.org/page/content/congressional-offices
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Posted by Andrew Bleiman

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has an adorable new addition. A male Southern Pudu was born on May 31 to mother, Posie, and father, Little Mac.

This is the first fawn for Little Mac, and he is proving to be an excellent father, doting on the yet un-named male fawn. Keepers often find him grooming his new son or sleeping next to him. Posie is also an excellent mother and shares a birthday with the little one.

Pudu, the smallest species of deer, are around 15 inches tall when full grown. Jacksonville Zoo’s new fawn weighed less than two pounds when born and stood less than eight inches tall.

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4_fawn 6Photo Credits: JZG Senior Mammal Keeper, Lynde Nunn

The two species of Pudus are: Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and the Southern Pudu (Pudu puda) from southern Chile and southwestern Argentina.

Adult Pudus range in size from 32 to 44 centimeters (13 to 17 in) tall, and up to 85 centimeters (33 in) long.

As of 2009, the Southern Pudu is classified as “Near Threatened”, while the Northern Pudu is classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

Southern Pudu fawns are born with spots, which form strips that will develop into a solid reddish-brown fur as they grow older.

The Pudus at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) are currently housed in the Wild Florida loop, next to the Manatee Critical Care Center. Keepers report they are naturally shy creatures, with the fawn usually hiding in the exhibit shrubbery.

More great pics below the fold!

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 4

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:29 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "gender, orientation, and identity." I'll be soliciting ideas for QUILTBAG folks, queer allies, homophobes and other identity bigots, boomerang bigots, gender scholars, the oppressed, the misunderstood, ordinary people, outcasts, abuse survivors, the women that men don't see, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, looking in the window, taking people for granted, surviving oppression, hiding in the closet, coming out, upstanding, speaking truth to power, punching up, protesting, telling your own story, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, libraries, cities, alleys, bars, parades, liminal zones, self-discovery, self-awareness, QUILTBAG pride, pride flags, other symbols of identity, birth control, reproductive freedom, sex toys, assumed male gaze, same-sex marriage, alien sex/gender dynamics, unpaid labor, self-sacrifice, emotional labor, disruptions, subversive education, humility, humiliation, social evolution, appreciation, identity literature, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Emulsification of Humankind" (14 verses, Torn World). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

#resist spreadsheet

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:41 pm
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Spreadsheet of actions fighting AHCA/BCRA; you can add your own group's actions to the spreadsheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TxjyXhCxst8HgqZZym4iXIRirWJs16Qar5AnEr4fy0o/edit?usp=sharing

Link for Public Comments on BCRA

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:13 am
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HHS is accepting public comments on the AHCA/Better Care Reconciliation Act. All you have to do is either sign your name to a canned comment, or write your own:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/trumpcare_public_comments?t=5&akid=23825.12952682.neY85u

Men Of Marvel

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Note: This post is not appropriate for young children. And the older ones will be all, "Ooooohh! I'm gonna tell DADDY!!" so you might lock them out, too.

 

Spider-Man's dirty little secret revealed:

Now that's a Dynamic Duo.

 

Here's one of the lesser-known heroes, Essenem Man:

He may not be much of a fighter, but he is always on the ball.

 

GRRAAA!! HULK TENSE!!

HULK TRY RELIEVE TENSION.

 

The good news: little Ryder had no idea why his mom was in such a hurry to cut the cake.

The bad news: everyone else at the party did.

 

Liz D., Kristen C., Mark F., & Rebecca J., I would tell you who my favorite superhero is, but I'm afraid it's a three-way tie.

Note: If you're wondering, the second cake is supposed to be Batman. Obviously.

*****

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Ficlet: First Steps (Raven Cycle)

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:06 pm
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My word processor of choice, FocusWriter, reopens with all the documents I had open last time I closed it, which occasionally leads to me discovering things I have no memory of writing.

Most recently, I found one scene and about 6 disconnected lines from a Raven Cycle fic idea I'd noted down after listening to books 1-3 on audio book a few weeks back. The scene was 218 words, so I hacked out 18 of them and posted it as a double drabble.

First Steps (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III
Characters: Noah Czerny, Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Sadness, Ghosts, Double Drabble, Pre-Canon
Summary: Noah becomes Richard Gansey III's friend outside the gates of Aglionby on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon.

Music meme: day 10 of 30

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:43 pm
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A song that makes you sad. It's hard to find anything sadder than one of my friends who posted a video of a scratch orchestra playing the European anthem Ode to Joy the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. But the song most likely to make me cry, personally, is the aria Voi che sapete from Mozart's The marriage of Figaro.

break-up sadness, plus video )

Water-Powered Robots

Jun. 27th, 2017 05:14 am
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These robots crawl or grasp based on humidity rather than a conventional power source. 

toothpicks and glue

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:30 pm
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One of my closet doors has been messed up for a long time, and after years of it grinding along horribly and throwing metal shavings all over the place I finally got tired of it. So today my dad and I fixed it with—I swear to god—some glue and a couple of toothpicks. It's just such a dad move, as well as completely in character for him. Apparently it's a trick he learned from my mother's father. So I'm having a moment of belated father's day reflection.

And now my closet door actually slides in the track and I can reach the clothes on that side of my closet again! Thanks, Dad.

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