Feb. 16th, 2019 07:12 am
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So yesterday I had a doctor's appointment and then spent the rest of the day painting our guestroom. It had been a soft yellow for quite a few years, and that was okay, but the walls had been really scraped up and it was just looking really bad. It's a very bright room so I tried something different and painted it a fairly dark blue. It took me from about 11:30 or so to 4:00, but it looks really good, even without the furniture and everything in place. I have a ton of touch-up to do and I need to re-paint the white trim, but I should be able to get that done this weekend.


Feb. 21st, 2019 04:30 am
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I was cleaning my glasses and I guess I put too much pressure on the hinge because they just... broke. In a not really reparable way. Happily, I still have my old pair (same prescription) as a backup, but unhappily the reason I had the new pair was that the old pair was pretty scratched up, so I still need to replace them. Ugh.

(Also, reading along what everybody stocks in their pantries. Haven't forgotten to reply!)


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Gosh, I sure hope nobody has done anything particularly newsworthy! Particularly not something that is going to make me see red!

Boy, bialys sure are delicious, especially when I can eat them secure in the knowledge that absolutely nobody in power is overstepping their authority for silly reasons.

Lemme just take a quick glance....

Creative Jam

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:28 am
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

From My Prompts



Feb. 15th, 2019 11:31 pm
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1. Oops, after the hassle replacing my driving license last summer I still have to renew the thing this year as well, don't I? Online appointment list not quite as long as last year; still, I decide to visit the office that opens at 7 AM. Lines not quite as long there as last year either. There's been much news recently about how they'd been asking for only one address-confirming document (utility bill, etc.) where the feds require two. One's what I'd given last year, so I bring along all my documentation again, because the web site implied I should, but nobody ever asks for it. At the last station when they tell me I'm done, I ask. Oh, there's another window for that. Give them my second document, they photocopy it, done.

2. Tybalt's most endearing flaw turns out to be that he loves to lick me. B. too, but especially me. Skin, hair. Raspy tongue, incessant, not a couple dabs. He'll only nestle quietly in my arms if I'm long-sleeved and no skin is within his reach, including my hands. When I get into bed, he gets off where he'd been sitting quietly atop B. and comes over to lick me, and he will not be dissuaded. Not only will this rub me raw, but I can't sleep with that going on. So I have to get up, pick him up, throw him out, and shut the door, every time.

2a. When he is resting in my arms, I notice another characteristic new to me: He purrs silently. You can feel it, but you can't hear it.

3. Diogenes' search for a non-spicy Indian restaurant continues. Place with the extremely tasty but perfectly mild lunch buffet turns out to be not nearly so restrained for dinner. Even if the menu doesn't mark it as spicy, even if you ask for mild. I try it too and it impresses even me: no surface burn, but an impressive dig underneath. Stop at ice cream parlor on the way home for something to cool the mouth. Who makes cookie-dough ice cream with no lumps in it? This place.

4. At work at the synagogue library, we've been wrestling with the problem of what to do with high-quality but superfluous (for our collection) donated books. Latest idea: Install a "take a book" box down by the classroom wing. Custodial staff put it up. Looks like a birdhouse on a pole. Our committee artist has painted it with the tree of life. Yesterday is the dedication. I need to stop by work anyway, so I show up. It's raining, but it looks like the books we've put inside this miniature shuk will stay dry. Rabbi thinks a bit. Despite the claims of Fiddler on the Roof, there isn't a special blessing for everything. Decides to have us sing the Shehecheyanu, the most all-purpose Jewish prayer, praising God for letting us experience whatever it is that's going on. Then we eat strawberries dipped in chocolate.

5. [personal profile] andrewducker thinks the trailer for the Tolkien bio-pic is going to make a few people's heads explode. No, it only makes my head hurt. It looks agonizingly precious.

Creative Jam

Feb. 16th, 2019 01:46 am
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Welcome to the seventy-eighth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, February 16-Sunday, February 17. The theme is "Growing Up."

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.

Bilingual Silmarillion Reread, Part 3

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:31 pm
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Welcome back to my Bilingual Silmarillion Reread! Previous posts in this series are Part 1 and Part 2.

In this post, I’ll begin talking about the Quenta Silmarillion, the part of the book that deals with the First Age of Middle-Earth. This is the section that has all my major favorite bits, too. But I’ll get to those in due time!

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Found via Network: Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history:

The company, which has been financially troubled for some time and was sold by Yahoo to photo-hosting service SmugMug in April 2018, will discontinue its free terabyte of storage for all users and started deleting files from accounts that exceed the new cap of 1,000 photos[*], starting March 12 (the deadline has been extended following outcry from users).

I never got into Flickr so don't have photos or images to fear losing. I did go through the Great Photobucket Purge of, uh *checks Archives* 2017, though. I wrote a bunch of stuff about that.

The most useful post under that tag for the current Flickr situation - if you ignore the first three quarters of it, as it's entirely PB-centric - might be this one, where I advise (cautiously: I have not one but something like three as-yet unpublished Suggestions in with site management) using Dreamwidth's image-hosting services, or else signing up for free with (which is my current solution; last I checked, I was getting something like 3GB of image space for free each year; no videos allowed).

*"Photos"? Are non-photographic images barred from being hosted on Flickr? If Flickr's only deleting "photos", does that mean you can keep up to one terabyte of non-photographic images with them, still? I am confused!

Friday Five: Grocery Shopping Edition

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:06 am
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1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?

My appetite is such I often won't know what I want for dinner more than a few minutes ahead of falling down from hunger, which requires keeping at least several days worth of food on hand, or else making some meal I ultimately wouldn't feel like eating.

The only thing that remotely resembles a dinner plan for me, therefore, are cravings. Say I crave oyster stew (which in fact I've been craving for days now). As long as I can afford the ingredients they'll all land in the cart the next time I go shopping without being added to the list. Other than cravings, there's no plan, just foods I think I might feel like eating over the next few days, which I usually buy no more than 3-4 of at a time (as the fridge is kind of small).

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?

Shopping lists are like rough drafts: I need them, but they won't resemble my final product unless Mars really happens to align with Venus. So there are always lists, but unless I'm so broke I have no choice but to stick to it (which sucks), there's some variation in what gets written down and what gets bought.

This tends toward buying what's not on the list as I think of it as I move through the store, and/or else getting killed drawn in by Publix BOGOs and the like. More rarely I can't afford what's on my list; on Yellow Liner Days the list is ~10 items long because money and all the "can't leave without" items (usually no more than 3-5) are highlighted in yellow to prevent that thing where I go broke.

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?

Lactose-free milk and regular half and half* (these are perennially on the list, but if we're out I don't need them on the list, or even need a list, to know). Kitty litter and to a lesser extent, cat food, used to live on this perennial/unwritten list but Chewy does that now.

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?

No. More subliminally, pasta. Even more subliminally, red things in cans, usually tomato-based, because most of the time I don't stock up enough of them.

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?

No, speaking strictly of food.

I didn't tell y'all this, and you won't find it in the news because I was recently in a private study, but a famous big-box store is thinking of delivering anything you want to your door, including All The Food, for $99 a year. The predominant theme of the store is blue and there is an NDA. I'd *definitely* sign up because HELL YEAH - we spend more than that in gas just to get back and forth from the place.

Not speaking strictly of food, I get Cat Things auto-shipped now through Chewy, which means I never suddenly run out of anything Cat anymore, which has sort of revolutionized my free time, and freed me from the tyranny of always needing to go somewhere or get a ride somewhere to get something (because if the cats aren't out of something than we are, or both). I'm not *quite* over how amazing this is, though I've been getting auto-ships for roughly *checks Archives* four months now.

*Heavier forms of dairy like half and half and cream don't have as much lactose as milk. I'm not entirely off-the-chain lactose-intolerant, so I don't get too fussed about it.

Related: An at-best partial description of what's in the pantry, because [personal profile] conuly asked.

Friday gratitude

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:26 pm
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1. Free Solo, which is an awesome documentary about someone who should know better, and the people around him, who are simultaneously supportive and terrified. And his girlfriend is ridiculously pretty. So good: I hope it wins the Oscar.

2. Season 2 of The Dragon Prince dropped last night, and I'm already 4 episodes in.

3. Co-workers sent me a Harry & David box of fruit and nuts this week, which was awesome.

4. I'm going to Ireland in June! Pray for good weather.

5. I have a pot of Mark Bittman's vegetable cassoulet on the stove.

Vertigo is FUN!

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:20 pm
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
It's like a roller coaster in my HEAD!

I'm so vertiginous I'm nearly teal!

The pun, explained. )

Kid still has nausea. We went to see a candidate speak. Muwhahahaha! Kid coped well, though.

I am very glad for the wayback machine, as I needed to get a quote from a review for Reasons.

In other, similar news, I have managed to best Sigil in a fair fight, I think. I still want Vellum, which I hear is much better, but I think I have made something at least reasonable. Which seems to work.

Did you know that if you want to put a cover into Sigil, you have to make a blank page at the front, put it in book view, and then insert the image? It won't insert unless you have it in book view. (Aka WYSIWYG view.)

That said, after I got a *slimmed down* stylesheet to look at, I'm actually okay with CSS stuff kindasorta.

Havva Quote
"Books are like people. They can be beautiful on the outside and it’s wonderful when they are, but what counts is the inside. And the inside of a book can be communicated in a dozen different ways, and cheaply enough that everyone can have access. And everyone should."
--M.C.A. Hogarth (Rose Point (Her Instruments, #2)) via Goodreads

INwatch+Bookwatch )

poking my head in

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:49 pm
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[personal profile] likeadeuce
oops I disappeared for a month but in my defense it's a very weird February here in Virginia.

anyway, I've been watching Star Trek: Discovery and I like it.

At one point, the admiral describes Pike and Leland, skeptically, as "Old friends who don't shake hands?" and that's basically the description of a ship type that I can certainly never pass up.


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