Watching and reading

Feb. 25th, 2017 03:34 pm
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I've been watching and reading the same thing lately: The Expanse, the series of novels by "James S. A. Corey" (a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) and the first season of the TV adaptation.

Spoilers ... IN SPACE )
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The Cloudbleed security bug, that was much in the news today, afflicts a behind-the-scenes service (the Cloudflare CDN) that both Dreamwidth and Patreon use, which means there may have been a privacy breech.

At this point, all you can (and should) do is change your passwords on both, and on any other sites that use Cloudflare.

The bug was this: Cloudflare's customers (such as Patreon and Dreamwidth) entrust web pages and web page requests to Cloudflare for expedited delivery to/from end users. For a period of time, small random chunks of web pages and web page requests that had been entrusted to Cloudflare were being randomly included in completely other web pages that had been entrusted to Cloudflare. So there's a tiny but non-zero possibility that anything you entrust either Patreon or Dreamwidth with – private content, passwords – might have gotten accidentally cut-n-pasted (not really, but effectively) into some random other, potentially public, webpage out there on the internet.

Worse, because private stuff was being included in completely random public web pages, out there on the internet, apparently some of it got indexed and cached by search engines. Now, Cloudflare has worked with the big search engines to find and delete the caches of leaked stuff; they found 770 such pages that have been removed. They're still working on it.

No, there's not really anything you can do about this.

The earliest date this could have started happening was 2016-09-22; the bug was fixed by 2017-02-18.

And a no-school-capable today

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:05 am
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Which meant I got some sleep. We ate very late, then went to the library for a while and kid got a full English packet completed, YAY!

I don't know if kid has gotten it printed out yet, but at least it's done.

Spouse took his car for inspection. It did not pass inspection. Apparently some very hard to get to parts have rusted out. The rest of the body is sound, but getting at these railings, that apparently the cabin rests on, would be... hard. Current plan: donate to the school, which has an Auto Repair class on the Vocational half, and use his mom's car till we have time/energy/etc. to go car-hunting. He wants to look at the Chevy 'Olts. (Volt, Bolt, I can't keep which one is which straight... I guess that means it's a Chevy 'Oltsmobile...)

Edit: Also this is funny as heck. Hat tip to Noelle.

Havva Quote
M__ actually cosplayed as a Klingon in college. WAY back when. :)
M__ says, “Well, it was easier as I had longer hair then. Even if it was red. :)”
M__ claimed to be half-Klingon, half-Irish. :p
M__ says, “They were never sure which side was the angrier one.”

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

New Moon Card Draw

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:39 pm
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It's a New Moon tonight, so I am once again offering to draw cards with the hope of sending some good energy out into the world, to spark some hope and creativity. You can ask about real life or a creative project. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts.

I hope you will stop by my garden. It was wonderfully warm for a few days, but then a storm blew in with thunder and rain, and now it's snowing. But it's nice and warm inside. I have a little round glass table that's etched with a dragon design; we can sit there by candle light or turn the lava lamps on. You and I can share hot chocolate or tea and chat, and you can get a reading if you would like one. Or we could make art together, or sing songs. Both new friends and old are welcome.

Until the end of the weekend, for free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards, or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide, ask for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

If I get $50 in tips, I'll use the cards I draw to inspire a painting, and I'll post progress drawings here for you all to see. So far I've received $0 of $50 for this drawing.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Please consider dropping something in the guitar case below. Readings take time and energy, and even though the Milwaukee winter, like everything else, has been affected by global warming, winter heat is pricey and old houses always need repair somewhere or other. Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card.

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration! Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

If you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $1 (Paypal charges fees). If that doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something else out.

I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. This weekend, there's a rally for health care and a house filk on Saturday, so there may be a bit of a wait if you leave your request while I'm out. However, I intend to stay open at least through Sunday night, and longer for paid readings since, between the holidays and being in these days of low LJ usage, people may find the post late.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

Spell Against Drumpf

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:24 pm
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For those of you wishing that #45 would go away ...

"Anyone do magic out there? I guess there's a spell being cast to bind Trump worldwide at midnight (EST) tonight. So if you have an orange candle, a tarot deck, and an "unflattering photo of Trump (small)" you can join in. :-D There are instructions in this news article as well as unflattering photo of Trump (small)."

Friday Yardening

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today I refilled the birdfeeders. Then I mulched around the contorta willow and started putting mulch around the big maple near the house.

I have miniature Dutch iris blooming now, along with snowdrops and a few more forsythia blossoms. :D

Read more... )

some things

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:18 pm
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I tried taking a day off work. I did. Then I worked two extra hours the night before and 2.5 hours the morning of my day off, whereupon my boss told me to take the rest of the day without spending vacation hours formally. And then I checked Slack for direct messages most of the rest of the day while doing other things, to answer questions.

Reason got her special outing---each year for the past four, we go to a nearby botanical garden during her week off and walk until she's tired---but her lingering cough and the cold air made her cranky, and she barely ate lunch because the place where we went last year now puts oregano into everything. (We're mildly to moderately intolerant of oregano. I ate but needed a nap afterwards. Two questions on Slack awoke me from the nap.)

The extra time coincided with a major office deadline, which had slid. Done done done done done. Happy Friday, everyone?

Actually, I find it peculiar (because it's unfamiliar) that a long deadline around here means more than six weeks. To me, long has come to mean nine or ten months. :P

Modest, unexciting weekend goals

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:17 am
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Goals for the weekend:


--DO NOT catch whatever illness hit [ profile] scruloose like a ton of bricks today. (Pleasepleaseplease let it just be a[nother] cold; we got flu shots, but you never know. >.<)

--Adapt as much of the final Maid-sama! volume as possible. The last ten pages or so of the first half are due this Monday [see also: kind and understanding editor!], and while the second half of the volume isn't due until the week after, a) I have a whole 'nother rewrite due that week too and b) we're still catching up at Casual Job, so AFAIK I'm working there Monday and Tuesday (at least).

(Imagine lots of sparkles and hearts around that "FINAL VOLUME", because holy crap is this series wordy. So wordy. I will not miss the horrifying amount of work it entails.)

--Catch up on The 100 (two episodes) and put as big a dent as possible into the second half of The Good Place season 1 (finishing it, ideally, but it depends somewhat on [ profile] scruloose since we're watching it together).

--Start reading A Conjuring of Light. (I finished both Final Girls and Wishful Drinking tonight.)

--Words?????? Make some???? This is a thing I can do???

Poem: "Black Mollies"

Feb. 24th, 2017 02:03 pm
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This poem is spillover from the December 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "Black Mollies" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that some readers may find unsettling. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv gets saddled with babysitting a toddler, which he is not prepared for and finds triggering. He actually can function while flashbacking, but it is not fun. The poem includes unwilling childcare duty, painfully inept attempts at babysitting, poor self-image, extreme anxiety causing significant physical symptoms, panic attacks, difficulty thinking, general freaking out, desperate begging for help from Dr. G, a lot of foul language only some of which is self-censored partway through, Shiv has no idea how to take care of a toddler, but he gets most of it surprisingly okay and there is no permanent damage, Shiv has utterly no grasp of how real sharing is supposed to work, boundary issues so many boundary issues, also some safety issues, lots of hints about Shiv's utterly horrible past, resistance to talking about anything remotely connected with sex, Shiv is terrified that he'll wind up abusing kids if he is around any, anxiety over making mistakes, abandonment issues, extreme potty panic due to Shiv's past sexual and other abuse, self-bullying, jealousy, age-switching, craft challenges, my supervillain has a pretty princess bathroom, half-sane half-scrambled gender issues, reference to outside teasing, inability to sit still, running on the stairs, Shiv's taste in cartoons is not entirely child-safe, children's songs are incredibly violent if you really listen to the lyrics, Buttons isn't sure whether to be grateful for the babysitting or pissed at Shiv's methods so she does both, which drives Shiv up a wall, clinginess, avoidance, clueless Shiv is clueless, aftermath anxiety, and other stress. This poem is likely to be uncomfortable for abuse survivors and possibly also parents. There is actually a lot of fluff, though, and aside from being a completely nerve-wracking experience for Shiv, it goes well enough that Jaxon likes him. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It's a point in Shiv's process of coping with his abusive past, so it's plot-relevant, but shouldn't leave an unavoidably huge hole in the main storyline if you skip it.

Read more... )

A little late. Still nice to hear.

Feb. 24th, 2017 07:34 pm
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My sister just called.

She just woke up from a dream, a dream in which we were little, picking blackberries in a steep crevice with railroad tracks running down it. The blackberries were so delicious, and she was picking and eating them, and she got mad at me when I put my hand out and told her to get back.

When she awoke she remembered/realized that what I was doing was getting her off the tracks because I could hear the train coming. And it was an amazing change in her emotional response to me. She had always thought that I was just mean to her all the time when we were growing up. But now she reinterprets those mean times as times I was trying to help her.

So she called to tell me this. And I am glad. I was 6 or 7, and she was 4 or 5. So for 50 years she has thought I was mean to her all throughout our childhood. It's a little late to realize that I was saving her, over and over again, that maybe I was not the mean bitch she's always thought I was.

She used to hit me. She'd take my things and give them to her friends. She was dismissive and insulting verbally. She thought I deserved it. It's also what was modeled by our mother-I was not valued, loved, or even respected as a child.

So now she's in a place in her life where she can revisit her memories and see them from an adult perspective, and she shared that with me. It's maybe 50 years late, and I really could have used some supportive family for those 50 years, but eh. It's still nice to hear.
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It's the first of a four-issue miniseries.

It's matter-of-fact from the first page- the dialogue's expository and organic at the same time.

The pacing has the same matter-of-fact understanding of the story, progressing over things as they happen.

That's the case even after the first few pages of action. )

More remixes!

Feb. 24th, 2017 08:21 pm
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Someone remixed me in Cap-IM Remix Madness! It is a remix of Plus One, the fake-dating fic I wrote for [personal profile] magicasen:

An Incredibly Platonic Evening (Plus One Remix) (3776 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Fluff, Pining, Dancing, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Mutual Pining, Oblivious Tony Stark, Remix
Summary: After years of pining for Steve, Tony invites him to a charity gala strictly as friends. It’s not date. Sure, he might want something more, but it’s totally manageable so long as Steve stays in the dark. Right?

The original story was Steve POV; this is Tony POV, and it's very very sweet. I recommend it highly!

Reveals are in a couple days. I have one story in regular Remix, one story in Relay Remix, and one story in Madness. Try to find me!
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Per [syndicated profile] wisconblog_feed:

"Listen, we know that getting to WisCon is not economically feasible for everyone. That’s why we have our Member Assistance Fund. Maybe you need gas money, or a plane ticket, or a hotel room, or even just dogsitting. We might be able to help."

WisCon welcomes nominations -- and it's absolutely encouraged for you to nominate yourself. The deadline is Wednesday, February 28th, 11:59pm Central Time.


"Panel Surveys are open until March 13. Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 41. The survey is a big part on how programming is decided every year!"

You do need a account to indicate your interest in attending, participating on, and/or moderating panels, but -- as I understand it -- it's ok if you haven't yet bought a WisCon registration.


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