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Aug. 20th, 2014 11:30 am
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Today, for work, I researched a psychologist who once treated me.


Fortunately ethics and confidentiality prevent both of us from revealing what we know about the other, so technically I'm in some kind of endless informational standoff with a woman who doesn't know I know how much her home is worth.

My job is super-weird sometimes.

Quick linkspam

Aug. 19th, 2014 03:07 pm
umadoshi: (Rin "up to me" (sleepdebtfairy))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Have a handful of mostly-unsorted links that accumulated while I was away:

Over at [community profile] ladybusiness, [personal profile] renay posted "'I Forgot You Were Here.' Guardians of the Galaxy, Storytelling, & Associated Face Punches".

Via [personal profile] next_to_normal, two links:

--Buzzfeed has "The Whole "Veronica Mars" Gang Is Coming Back For A New Web Series".

--"Find out how Vin Diesel found so many ways to say three simple words in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy [Youtube link].

Comics Alliance posted an interview with Ed Chavez from Vertical on "Finding Great Comics For Women and Surviving the Manga Bubble".

Via [personal profile] alisanne, "15 Super Cute Animals Who Just Won't Give Up, Because Life Is a Struggle But This Cuteness Will Help". [adorable animal gifs]

[personal profile] wired reviewed Spandex Simplified: Sewing for Superheroes .

Via [personal profile] metaphortunate, [tumblr.com profile] ask-a-man: "Stephen Shaughnessy is a Certified Man who lives in England in 1882. He answers questions on tumblr through the strangest of black magics, which he does not choose to explain here.

He answers the questions that Men (with a capital M) are best at answering: the ones where everyone already knows the answer."

Via Facebook, an io9 article on "The Greatest Fake Religion of All Time".

[personal profile] jimhines's post about Emmi Itäranta's Memory of Water put the book on my to-read list, in part because of this impressive bit of info: "Itäranta is a Finnish author, and as I understand it, she wrote the book in both Finnish and in English, and it’s been published in both languages. Speaking as an author, let me tell you, that’s pretty badass. ".

Via [personal profile] jimhines, "Worrisome Uses of Quotation Marks" on Tumblr.

Via Tumblr, Anxious dragons stickers are available for pre-order.
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I'm in Heathrow again, on my way to Istanbul.

The way things are going, I'm not sure I'll get another chance to say that Loncon 3 was fantastic. My expectations were high, and then low, and then they were all exceeded. I don't think it's a coincidence that the biggest Worldcon ever was also the most international and the one with the biggest Hugo electorate ever. I ushered for the Hugos, and when Ann Leckie won for Ancillary Justice I stood up and cheered, along with many other people. on that note, I'm very thrilled that Tamora Pierce is found to be a Guest of Honor at Worldcon in 2016 in Kansas City, but I absolutely will be maintaining a supporting membership in order to vote for Helsinki in 2017. Worldcon needs to live up to its name.

I didn't go to as many panels as I might have, but that was okay; mine went quite well and I spent the time hanging out with and meeting many awesome people from around the world, who are literally too many to list on timed wifi. It was great to see old friends and to meet new ones, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Anti-procrastination Tuesday 8/19/14

Aug. 19th, 2014 12:25 pm
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[personal profile] lizcommotion posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay.) Give some attention to laundry in some way for five minutes. Clothes that are dirty not in the dirty clothes? Put a few there. Or take some dirty clothes to wherever they go. Maybe put some clothes away, or if you have laundry machines in your domicile, push some buttons to turn them on.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: I'm getting Botox For Migraines today, which will hopefully help with the headache I've had basically since May. Um. Apparently it "hurts like an SOB" so if I'm not on later to respond to comments or whatever, that's why! Hopefully you can all encourage each other <3 because you are all, each and every one of you, awesomesauce.

Home again

Aug. 19th, 2014 10:07 am
umadoshi: (Tori "freedom" (strangelittlex))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Yesterday was a surprisingly long travel day, given that the actual trip from Toronto to Halifax is relatively short. But I decided to head out when Ginny left for work, which put me in the lounge at the downtown airport for something like four hours--enough time to finish my final read-through on the script that was due yesterday.

It was also an odd food day. The lounge sells some food, but not a lot, and nothing that appeals to me (which I knew going in, fortunately), so breakfast and lunch each consisted of a Dlish cupcake. (I had SO many cupcakes this trip. It was lovely.) So by the time my flight got in I was very ready for actual food, which meant we got home a bit later than we would've if we hadn't stopped to get supper.

But then I was home! I love Toronto and all of my people there so much, and miss them already, but it's good to be back with [personal profile] scruloose and the kittens, and my own bed, and a shower with Halifax water. *^^*

My hair hates Toronto water, so I wash it as little as possible while I'm away (especially since it's also usually freshly dyed and red hair dye fades so damn fast). Washing it there rarely makes it feel any better at all, although at least it's not like the water out where we go on retreat, which literally leaves my hair feeling grungier than when I started.

Anyway, part of why I'm making note of this is that I was gone for two and a half weeks and managed to only fully wash my hair once. A few months back when [personal profile] seolh and I went to Lush and I bought a bunch of stuff, there was a bit of discussion in comments here about their dry shampoo (which probably correlates to most dry shampoo, since I suspect most if not all dry shampoo is just scented cornstarch, like Lush's "No Drought"). I'd never used cornstarch or anything before buying this stuff, and it was a lifesaver on this trip. ^_^

I haven't been saying anything here about what's going on in Ferguson because there's nothing I can say. It's horrifying and heartbreaking, but I'm a white woman in a different country and there's nothing I can add. I've been retweeting a lot of stuff over at [twitter.com profile] ysabet_m, and I did make a brief attempt at compiling some links for posting here*, but for the more part I'm just reading and listening.

Awkwardly, since it's not doing anyone a shred of good, this includes waking up in the middle of the night nearly every night and checking Twitter to see what's happened in the four hours or so since I've gone to bed. :/ Last night Jinksy saw I was awake and came up on the bed for a good long cuddle just as I finished catching up on Twitter. That helped no one but me, but it was very much appreciated, even if it did mean losing another twenty minutes or more of sleep.

*These links:

Via [livejournal.com profile] browngirl, "When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown.".

[personal profile] jimhines posted "Black and White in the U.S.", a link post of "a few data points for anyone who thinks what’s been happening in Ferguson, MO is an isolated incident as opposed to an ongoing, systemic problem."

[personal profile] riverlight posted a short list of links about the situation in Ferguson and what it says about racism and police militarization in the US.

And here is a resource list of "donations, protests, and petitions that you can do to help the people in #Ferguson and to assist #MikeBrown and #EzellFord all others who have been killed by the hands of the police".


Aug. 18th, 2014 10:07 pm
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[personal profile] metaphortunate
1) "I'm the mama! I'm the mama now. I will sit in the rocking chair. I want to hold Rocket. I will give him yoms [noms, which means nursing. - ed] I want you to put Rocket on my lap and he is hungry so I will give him yoms."

[pause, look down]

"Where are my boobs?"

2) While riding his push bike, talking about something, which I didn't quite catch: I caught up to him as he was finishing with "And so that's why Rocket needs a parent."

Me: Rocket has parents! I'm his parent, and daddy is his parent.

Junebug: Yeah, and I'm his owner!


Aug. 18th, 2014 11:30 am
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[personal profile] applewoman
I own and adore one of the older e-ink Kindles: the kind with manual buttons, not a touchscreen. I mostly load stuff on it with Calibre, which works pretty well, but lately I'm finding myself wanting to read shorter fiction on the Web directly so I can respond to it more immediately. Right now I have to plug in my Kindle on my iMac and look in Calibre to see what I've read, and then go look up the work on AO3 to post kudos or comments.

So I think I'd like to get a small, paperback-sized tablet I can use to browse the Internet. I'm not sure what I should get, though. My mother has a Kindle Fire, which she adores, but I've heard it's a bit clunky, and I don't want to get even more enmeshed in Amazon's web. (I would love an iPad mini, but it's WAY too expensive.) I just want something that lets me connect to the Internet with a decent web browser and has a screen that won't give me a headache.

Time for some research!

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Aug. 18th, 2014 07:30 am
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

There has been a lot of talk about Ferguson, Missouri this week, and rightly so, and I wanted to take a moment to address it. It can be difficult to sort out what's true and what's not, especially with what appears to be biased media reporting and what is certainly manipulation of the media by police in Ferguson at the moment.

[insanejournal.com profile] shusu has a post up about the events in Ferguson here. I haven't fact-checked the post, but it is pro-protestor, which I believe with regards to Ferguson right now is the proper stance to have, and it contains information about news resources. I have also reblogged a post here containing links to news resources and ways you can help the people of Ferguson. You can also visit the Mike Brown Law petition here and add your support to the petition for a new federal law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear a camera while on duty. (When put into practice, initial studies suggest that body cameras on officers reduce incidents of police brutality, and also complaints regarding police brutality, by 50% or more.)

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] mouseolaw linked to a fundraiser for the son of a friend, who has Type I Diabetes and is raising funds to get a diabetes alert dog. You can read more about the fundraiser here and support Adam's nearly-there gofund me here.

[livejournal.com profile] etakyma and [tumblr.com profile] rach366 both linked to a fundraiser to help get Bristol, a young girl with Rett Syndrome, from Nebraska to Boston for a clinical trial that could help in ameliorating her disease. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] primarybufferpanel is raising funds to get out of long-term unemployment and procure disability aid by selling hand-knitted items, hand-dyed superwash yarn, and other fiber products. You can support her through her Etsy store here.

[livejournal.com profile] merboo linked to a fundraiser for a comic artist to receive his top surgery, which insurance won't cover. You can read more and give to the fund here and check out his webcomic and store here.

Erik linked to [tumblr.com profile] harrimaniac27, who has been accepted to the paramedic program at University of New Mexico, but due to a financial aid mix-up he owes a little over a thousand dollars to UNM, which needs to be paid off by September. You can read more about his situation here, and give to his "paramedic fund" here.

[personal profile] samskeyti linked to a fundraiser to help save the Star Observer, an Australian not-for-profit GLBTI publication that has covered queer issues for the past 35 years. You can read more and support the Star Observer's fundraiser here.

[personal profile] akatonbo linked to a fundraiser for a cat owner who lost her job after extended illness, and needs help covering vet bills their cat, Mohawk. You can read more about their situation here and help with Mohawk's vet bills here.

Help For Free:

[livejournal.com profile] grey_bard is looking for recommendations for general practitioners/family doctors/primary care doctors in NYC. You can send your recommendations to fitzrose at gmail.msn.com.

NG linked to an online project to create a more representative version of the "Time 100" most influential people list. They have nominations open and are requesting a number of different demographic nominations based on world population statistics. I haven't examined the project in detail (I'm not sure where those stats are coming from) so I'm putting a little bit of a caveat on this one, but you can read more and participate here.

Anon let me know that the Smithsonian in DC is seeking volunteers to help with a massive project digitizing their archives. You can read more and find links to the volunteer signups here.

Just For Fun:

[livejournal.com profile] jadesfire linked to an article about E Forbes Smiley III, a map thief who raided rare libraries from 2002-2005. There's a new book out about him, and you can get more info on his escapades and the book here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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Aug. 17th, 2014 11:13 am
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[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
My challenge to myself today was "do something",  even if it's only one thing. Without killing every spoon I've got.

Okay, so my list this morning is short (because I am trying to hoard spoons). Due to the same, I'm not letting myself get bogged down with "Everything must be perfect!"

Put away laundry [done]
Do laundry [drying]
Put together purse for interview [done]
Put together bag for tomorrow [done]
Lay out interview outfit [done]
Straighten floor [started]
Fill med box [done]
Fill out two apps

Putting away laundry, putting all dirty laundry in a laundry bag, and laying out the interview outfit, along with some straightening of floor took less than 3 songs.

I am now on hiatus for a bit, because people in my house are still sleeping. (And I am the bad type of dizzy right now.)

ETA: I am not going to get those applications filled out, though I will finish up the prep to our monthly "freeze meals" two days of All The Shopping and All The Chopping, and my roommate was nice enough to follow my instructions on how to dry my clothes.

How're the rest of you doing?

Signal boost (one-link post)

Aug. 17th, 2014 11:29 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Sparkler Monthly, the digital monthly magazine from Chromatic Press, is having a membership drive.
Our goal was never just to publish great stories – it was to inject more fem-positive fiction into the industry, to offer jobs (and advances) to talented creators both seasoned and brand-new, and to help foster a community of inclusive creativity.

But beyond those ideals, we wanted to make a place where everyone could have fun. Taking cues from shojo magazines in Japan with their seasonal delights, talent contests, and waves of new content wrapped up in a neat package, our digital format let us play with different mediums and interactivity while plucking talent from all over the globe. We get to scout creators from our favorite fanfiction communities and Tumblr, for crying out loud. And we’ve been taking the opportunity to embrace our fujoshi ways and listen to your requests and just…offer you a ton of weird, wild, wonderful stuff.

The good news is, all of this was designed around a single goal: if we sold memberships at $5/month, this entire magazine and the rest of the company could comfortably operate on 2,000 subscriptions. We only need 2,000 people on the planet to give us $5 a month to sustain this magazine and keep those jobs open, those books and CDs coming, the community thriving.

The bad news is: on our best month this year, we barely broke 100 members. And we’ve dropped since then.

We know times are tough. We hear you. Even though we have a mountain of content accumulated in our first year, we’re keeping our monthly membership rate at the $5 we started with, because we think that’s affordable for most people. But if we can’t get 2,000 people to dedicate that $5/month to us in Year 2, there will be no Year 3. We’re proud of this magazine, and after a crazy first year, we know we can keep doing this and make it even better than before. But we need your help.
Sparkler's founders/primary staff include Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (a former senior editor at TOKYOPOP) and Lianne Sentar (a longtime manga adapter/rewriter), both of whom I've known for quite a while and both of whom I respected the hell out of long before that. They and everyone else there are as passionate about their work as they sound; in particular, I've seen firsthand how Lianne lights up when she talks about this demographic and the kind of things Japan brings out and the things she'd like to take from their example and bring to English-speaking audiences. These are some of the hardest-working people I know (and given many of the people I know, that's really saying something!). They care about their creators, they care about their work, and they care about doing right by the fans.

I'll be completely honest here and say I wasn't a subscriber during their first year, because while I believe wholeheartedly in what they're doing and trust them to bring out awesome stories, you've all heard me talk about my reading/watching backlog and how I'm behind on everything. ^^; But I often forget how insular that part of the internet can be (like most/all others), and figured the subscription numbers were better than they were. I'm a subscriber now.

The site has sample chapters of the current Sparkler offerings, and I encourage you all to check out the work they're doing and see if it appeals to you.
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