On Josh Duggar and Mike Huckabee

May. 22nd, 2015 07:44 pm
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TW child abuse, sexual assault

so, this is what i have to say about Josh Duggar.
Q: what's it called when you hush up your own children being raped to preserve your reputation?
A: it's called Omelas. and if you, like Mike Huckabee, care nothing about walking away from Omelas, i don't want to know you. that's all.

Home alone

May. 22nd, 2015 05:58 pm
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Mike's off on a flying visit to Dublin, for his nephew's confirmation, so I'm home alone, if you don't count the animals. Jodie's sitting patiently in the front garden, waiting for him to get back. She was a lot happier last night, when the local pub had Italian Night and Mike had lamb shank:

Up in the woods today, I was quite excited to see a snake on the path, although I was slightly concerned that the fact that it just lay there without fleeing from us means there was something wrong with it.

I'm sure someone will appreciate a cut! )

lightening the load

May. 22nd, 2015 10:19 am
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The latest news around the Gin Palace is that we have decided to accelerate the plans to build an apartment in the basement. Unfortunately we don't have enough money yet to do everything we want to do - I really want to lower the floor by a couple of feet, but that's holy-shit levels of expensive. We're waiting on actual quotes, but since we've decided that water-proofing and building a new bathroom take priority and since both of those things are also money pits, we're expecting that the addition of more head room will just have to wait a few more years. (Person who will be living in said apartment has been consulted on this decision and is in agreement.)

To that end I took the week off work and the two of us have been going through all the stuff in the basement so we can empty it out in preparation for the work. You know the thing about hoarding? It creeps up on you. I honestly had no idea how bad it was. At one point I was sitting on the floor surrounded by empty boxes and full garbage bags and laughing and sobbing at the same time, because holy shit brain, two trash bags of old socks? How could you be any more ridiculous? Axel assures me I go through the same thing every time I "level up". I dunno. I think I've blocked it out. Although sitting on the floor sobbing whilst surrounded by boxes and boxes of canned goods does sound kind of vaguely familiar.

Ah, mental illness. Every day you bring me on a new and magical journey though What The Fuck land.

Anyway. As well as finally throwing out a lot of stuff that is OBVIOUSLY GARBAGE WHAT THE HELL, we also did a massive purge of our books. Axel has been able to convert 95% of what we want to keep into electronic format and so five bookcases have been condensed down to one and I have a sixth that I still have to sort through. It just so happens that our neighbourhood is having a big yard sale event on Saturday, so I'll be up early dragging everything out onto the front walk in the hopes that people will contribute to our cause by taking it all away.

stacks of books

We both still have a wall in the storage room to go through. Axel's stuff is mostly RPG-related and the last of the albums he has to rip. My stuff is half assorted souvenirs from events like Convergence and past gigs and half is Fiona's stuff that I had to put down and not deal with for a while. I'm taking today off to chill and let the dust filter out of my lungs and tomorrow I will tackle more boxes.

When I split up with the ex-husband I moved back to Toronto with just what I could pack into the back of my hatchback. That was a loooooooong time ago.

[EDIT] I have added another stack of books since that picture was taken. Rock'n'roll.

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May. 22nd, 2015 10:11 am
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Things i have learnt recently - it's hard to lip-read someone who's on an oxygen mask (and the hum of the mask and associated background noises will be getting on the way of my auditory processing and mean i need to lip-read to augment what i'm hearing)

[livejournal.com profile] omangel is very ill. She has cellulitis again (it's an infection in the deep layers if your skin - not anything to do with cellulite) and is having problems with her kidneys and heart. She was taken in to hospital on Wednesday and moved into ITU yesterday. Since then her kidney function has improved a little but she's still very ill.

Some of you already know that my Uncle (Dad's eldest brother) has been ill in hospital in London. He's now been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He has the rare subtype of respiratory onset MND so his symptoms are a bit different to [livejournal.com profile] mankylarry's - but the prognosis is ultimately the same. Things and stuff (and an asthma-y infection) mean i've only visited him once but Dad is there a lot. On Tuesday he moved from hospital to a hospice.

Meanwhile Mum's care needs are much less dramatic but are ongoing. She's been having worse mobility - it looks like the "good" knee may be coming out in sympathy. She's had x-rays and is waiting on more detailed scans and assessment (and hopefully treatment?)
But i'm not there to help out because i've been having painful gyne-badness
(which at least means i'm available for [livejournal.com profile] omangel visiting)

This week is Officially Rubbish!

So, I have Windos at home now

May. 22nd, 2015 02:07 am
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(Still can't bring myself to actually type that second "w")

IIRC that's the first time I've installed Windos on a non-'ork box since Win98 was current. And I have to say: Win10 is pretty much pain-free to use, UI-wise. It has a "start" button. Too much reliance on pictograms, but that's probably just me (hating pictograms in general, I can never be arsed to even try remembering what each one stands for). Only annoyance was having to find out that "Project Spartan" means "web browser", but since I only needed that for downloading FF, well, whatever.

Quite an annoying lot of "get this useful bit from our App Store". All the other commercial OSs are there alreaedy, of course (where we of package-management-worth-a-shit have been for 15+ years), so that's just the usual Microsoft "wait for us, we are the leaders". "Tiles" or other such mobile-device shit I've heard so many UI-grief stories about are completely absent.

Now I just have to play through The Witcher 3 before the free Win10 preview^wtrial runs out, then I can re-purpose the disk it's on for more sensible purposes.

Nails and Cocktails, 5th September

May. 21st, 2015 08:07 pm
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This time I shall remember to give advance warning to those of you who aren't on the book of face (or if you are on the book of face and haven't been invited then prod me, I'm sure it was just an oversight due to rubbish interface).  The next Nails and Cocktails afternoon will be on the 5th September.  Delicious cocktails, fabulous nail art, and splendid company; what's not to like!  Put it in your diaries now, and I'll post a reminder closer to the time.


get offa my lawn

May. 21st, 2015 01:13 pm
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I would say this is me in twenty years, but really it's me now.

(Lots of busy, Longer post later.)

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May. 21st, 2015 03:49 pm
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Died on this day in 1471 aged 49 King Henry VI of England (my toy,wikipedia). Henry was pious and kind and mentally ill; and none of these things helped him keep control of England, the lack of royal control lead to a lack of general law-and-order and eventually the duke of York decided he should Be King instead and the Wars of the Roses began. Henry founded Eton, King's Cambridge and All Souls Oxford; all of which are still standing today.

Born on this day in 1527 to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal, King Philip II of Spain (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Mary I. Philip married 4 times, lastly to *his own niece* which I'm sure oughtn't be allowed. He ruled huge swathes of Europe and South America, which was a pretty difficult Empire to keep going.

Newspaper clippings

May. 21st, 2015 12:28 pm
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Hello! I need some advice on newspaper clippings, specifically clippings from local newspapers for local history purposes.

At the moment, I'm physically clipping articles out of the newspaper and glueing them to sheets of A4 paper, then labelling them with name/date/page of newspaper and subject of article (usually a specific local business [someone else is doing this for specific local people]). This is a giant faff.

What I would like to do is take photos of the articles, label them in the filename (perhaps with keywords too), and back them up in multiple places. However I wonder if copyright law would stop me sharing these photos with others in the future. Or if there's any other disadvantage of doing it this way.

I would like to preserve these clippings (physical or digital) for the long term; they might eventually go to Croydon local studies, or to the CNHSS. (I'm aware of newspaper digitisation projects, e.g. the excellent British Newspaper Archive, but I do think it's worth preserving things in more than one way and with more than one focus.)

Any advice?

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Previously unread.

Slowly chewing through the Hugo Novel Nominees backlist (well, I say "slowly", I am now at 4 out of 5 read).

This is, in my honest opinion, a pretty darned readable book. It's, however, somewhat slow (there's a lot happening, it's just... not full of action; there are a few action scences, but...). It is essentially a book centred on politics and political awareness (that of the eponymous "Goblin Emperor").

I would be delighted to read more works set in the same fictional universe. And, to forestall the question I expect to see in comments, soon, "yes, I think it is better than Ancilliary Sword".

If you think you might like political fantasy, this is well worth trying. If you like coming-of-age fantasy, the same. If you like rip-roaring adventure and/or bodice rippers, there are most definitely books that will serve you better.


May. 21st, 2015 02:46 am
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My dream life has been just amazing lately.

Sunday night I dreamed that J and I wanted to buy a house on the street where my father's apartment is, but we decided that we wanted the only brick building in a row of wood-frame buildings. I started to worry that I was just too non-conformist and it was going to make me miserable, so I went to a company that mind-wiped people and turned them into happy mindless company employees/slaves. They ran a psych profile on me that said I was a very poor candidate because I was such an independent thinker that the mind-wiping might not work on me. I signed a contract, but at the last minute I backed out. The penalty for breach of contract was having a swarm of bees sent after me that were supposed to all sting me at once, and I had a 50% chance of surviving. I ran away down the street and ducked into a store so the swarm would miss me and sting some poor passerby instead, like I was dodging a guided missile. The company sent another swarm after me, but I found a taxi driver who would drive me uptown to where I would be safe. He used telekinesis, I think? Sometimes I felt like we were sitting on wooden chairs, and other times I felt like we were in a black limousine; I'm pretty sure the limo was an illusion. But he got me away from the bees, and in the end J and I decided to buy the brick house.

(At least half of this probably stemmed from a conversation I had with my father on Sunday evening where he asked me whether I saw myself as a rebellious person. I said that I didn't care enough about mainstream values to define myself as rebelling against them, but of course it's more complicated than that.)

Monday night I dreamed that my room had gotten horribly messy and dirty, and that our apartment (which was now very small, maybe a 1BR) was full of ratty, shabby old furniture. I'd agreed to take in two more cats but then I forgot about them. They were black cats and hid under the furniture where I couldn't see them. There were puddles of cat pee everywhere, but I blamed Sam. Bugs and body grossness ) I was incredibly appalled that I had forgotten and neglected the cats and let my home get into such a state, and I think at the end of the dream I was trying to feed and wash them and clean up my room, but it all kind of fragmented.

(I'm kind of surprised it's taken this long for me to have what is essentially an anxiety dream about being a horrible neglectful parent, given that we've been actively trying to conceive for more than a year now and planning it for a while before that, but I guess I'm slow to develop. On the bright side, when I woke up and went out into the main room of the apartment, for once I looked around and thought "We keep this place in pretty good shape" rather than immediately noticing all the housework there was to do. So hooray for perspective, I guess?)

My therapist and I are going to have SO MUCH to talk about tomorrow. :)

Reading Wednesday

May. 20th, 2015 03:33 pm
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I'm still reading Rogues, it's long, and bitty.

Next up - Hugo nominated short fiction. I expect a lot of this to be shit, but I shall give it a go...

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May. 20th, 2015 03:22 pm
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Died on this day in 1837 aged 89 Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of George II, the last grandchild of George II to die.

Born on this day in 1315 to King John of Bohemia and Elizabeth of Bohemia, Bonne of Bohemia (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of Joan who married Henry IV. Born Jutta, which is a form of Judith but can be read as "good" in English her name was changed to "Bonne" or "Bona" when she married the future King of France.

"I'm interested in things"

May. 20th, 2015 01:43 am
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Stuff that has felt good lately:

* Doing work while listening to birdsong. I still use my Pomodoro playlist of progressive house mixes sometimes, but I find that the birdsong is very relaxing without being soporific--it calms the anxious chattery noise in my head, which lets the rest of my brain focus on the task at hand. Thanks to the birds, I was super productive today!

* Doing my PT exercises. I mean, yes, they're kind of boring, but it still feels really good to move and get stronger. The current list: leg stretches, isometric leg exercises, knee raises, straight leg raises, ankle pumps, weighted leg extensions; hand/wrist/arm stretches, wrist rotations, straight and reverse wrist curls with weights, hammer curls with weights, biceps curls with weights. I do this every night except Monday and Friday when I have actual PT, which is how you can tell I'm seriously committed to getting stronger. 5x5 is on hold until I strengthen my legs enough to protect my knees during squats, rows, and deadlifts, hence all the leg exercises.

* Getting comfortable with low-stimulus time. If I'm waiting for a file to load or sitting on a train for ten minutes, I keep the Twitter tab closed and the phone in my pocket, and deliberately sit alone with my thoughts. I'm still training up that comfort and it's definitely not always easy, but when I can get settled into it, I really like it. I'd been doing the Headspace creativity pack, but more and more I find I want to get back to just basic meditation or mindfulness without the themed bells and whistles.

* Doing gender mix-and-match with my appearance. Super-short buzzed hair and big earrings. A snug V-neck blouse and men's straight-leg trousers. Summer's a great time for this.

* Eating vegetables. I tend to forget about vegetables for a while and then remember them again. They're pretty great! Next I think I might rediscover legumes, which I've been ignoring for some time but are also delicious. Lentil soup, white bean dip, and daal are all on my list. Over the past year I ate a lot of poultry (and red meat and seafood in restaurants from time to time, but not cooked at home) and starches, and I'm ready for a change.

* Spring and summer weather. Breezes! Warm nights! Thunderstorms! I want to hug it all.

Plus the stuff that already felt good like snuggling my family, snuggling my kitten (who has been very very snuggly lately), and so on. :) I just feel very much in the groove right now. It's lovely.

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May. 19th, 2015 05:05 pm
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Died on this day in 1536 aged 35 Anne Boleyn (my toy,wikipedia). Executed for adultery, incest, and treason but really for the crime of "not having a son" and "not being Jane Seymour" (since Henry had got it in his head that he could switch wives, and the women of the court had discovered that if you held out for a ring you could get it... this was a very dangerous time to be Queen). Anne's father was "new money" by Tudor standards - his grandfather had been a Mercer, whilst her mother Elizabeth Howard was a descendant of Edward I. Her father survived Anne's execution, but was stripped of the office of Lord Privy Seal and did not survive for very long after. Anne had fought hard to be Henry's wife rather than his mistress, and fought hard for the church of England to be more Protestant.

Born on this day in 1744 to Charles Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg and Princess Elizabeth-Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (my toy,wikipedia). Charlotte married George III. The marriage was arranged and at the time she spoke almost no English. The marriage seems to have been more successful than many, and they had 15 children. When George became ill (likely with porphyria) it is his wife who assumed responsibility for his care (although this doesn't mean she actually *did the nursing*) whilst their son (the future George IV) ruled as regent.

scent + memory

May. 19th, 2015 10:39 am
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Wow, that was a memory ambush, although a good one. Riding past a construction site this morning I was enveloped in the scent of engine grease and my subconscious went "Dad?". :-)
Visiting him in the hangers when he was on evening shifts, sitting by the truck or van as he worked on them, pestering him for information (I think I can still rattle off the steps in the ignition system), going out to call him into dinner and seeing his coverall clad legs just barely poking out from under the truck, learning to apply filler and trying to use the rivet gun to patch rust holes, struggling to loosen wheel nuts, all with the scent of engine grease hanging around us.
"Clean dirt" is still a concept that I invoke after working on my bike and even multiple scrubbings with orange gritty stuff doesn't get it all off.

So, yeah, file engine grease along with skunk scent (the Base library had skunks living under it) under "good scents".