Someone recommend me

Aug. 31st, 2015 00:09
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* a commentary-free LP of DA:I

* a commentary-free LP of whatever game you think I should watch while completely fucking zoned out and unable to concentrate like I always am recently

* if someone tricks me into clicking on a link to an LP of Magical Starsign or Wadanohara And The Moe Aesthetic or Witch’s House or Ib then I will die and rise again and shamble over and eat your whole head I swear to god

Conference Design

Aug. 30th, 2015 22:33
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I was clicking around on the Amtrak website and was reminded that the Pope is visiting Philadelphia next month. So I clicked through to the dedicated site for the visit and associated conference. So interesting! This list of patron saints for the conference (and this list of patron saints of the family in general) reminds me of other conferences' lists of keynote speakers.

I could (and will not) sign up to spend 30 or 60 minutes in adoration (silent prayer). The volunteering FAQ says you don't have to be a Catholic to volunteer (also, the Church will pay for your background check). They have training via online webinar, smartphone app, and a YouTube guide video.

I spent several minutes clicking around and reading their official prayer, their (sparse) info on accessibility, the suggestion that Philadelphians think of the Papal visit as like a snow weekend in terms of limitations on mobility.

Oh now I am reading the lesson plans for kids. Includes the note to the teacher: "Students may or may not be able to answer with depth. Try to lead them." I feel you.

Fool-Proof Methods Of Bribing Me

Aug. 30th, 2015 19:55
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* The Mother's India Fragrances "Ganesh Nag Champa" incense

* Triloka "Aphrodisia" incense

* Any Shoyeido "Daily" incense except Haku-un, but particularly Kinkakuji and Nokiba

* small vials of synthetic animalic- and woody-type perfume compounds, correctly labelled with trade name
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*Cat sits on the edge of the tub but outside the inner shower curtain, watching me wash my hair.*

Cat: *grief-stricken nyehhh*

Me: No.

*Cat climbs into shower, gets wet, runs away.*

Cat, from down the hall: *betrayed nyehhh*

Me: Right.


*Cat sniffs my shoes, looks startled, looks up at me.*

Cat: *betrayed nyehhh*

Me: Dude. Rude.


Dad: Here, boy! Here, Buoyancy! Awww, what a good boy! Look, honey, he came right to me!

*Dad pets him harder than he likes, as always. Cat jumps onto my lap.*

Cat: *betrayed nyehhh*

Me: You made your own decision.

OTW Fannews: Staying Vigilant

Aug. 30th, 2015 15:59
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Text backgound overlayed with a Batman Mask alongside the article title OTW Fannews: Staying Vigilant

The TPP could be a very negative treaty for fans, but it’s not the only worrisome copyright development out there:

Half-asleep thoughts

Aug. 30th, 2015 14:31
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"I should get a bunch of interference mica and epoxy and make all my stuff iridescent"

edit: could you put each component of the casting resin solution in a spray bottle and just alternate

or are they too thick

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Aug. 30th, 2015 11:04
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I'm sure we've all had this experience: You're reading a work of fan fiction and enjoying the heck out of it. Then.... boom; a sudden loss of characterization.

Read more... )

Yuletide underachiever

Aug. 30th, 2015 10:58
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For a good part of this past year, I've been questioning whether I ought to sign up for Yuletide 2015. Given that I've always fallen firmly into the Yuletide Is A Way of Life camp, this may shock some people, although I've had some helpful discussions about the idea with various friends already.

Part of the problem is that I had such an amazingly productive year in 2013. Last year I felt some pressure to live up to that standard and, although I did end up writing quite a bit, also ended up rather burned out as a result. There's also the fact that I'm working full time now, which means I'll probably have a lot less time and energy to spend on Yuletide.

Another factor, odd though this may sound, is the multitude of amazing fics I got as gifts last year. I couldn't be more grateful; they really were all amazing. But I know that I won't be able to pay all of those generous authors back this year, much though I would like to. Not to mention the fact that so many of my requests got filled - what am I going to request this year? I honestly feel a little abashed by it all.

Having said this, failing to sign up for Yuletide would almost certainly be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Despite my protestations, I've been keeping a running fandoms/requests list, seemingly out of habit. I know if I didn't put my sign-up in, I would spend the rest of the season feeling bitterly left out, not to mention regretting breaking my streak (which is broken already, but what can one do).

So, for the moment at least, my resolution is to have a much more low-key Yuletide experience this year. I will not write an epic letter and I will not post it several weeks before sign-ups open. I will not write epic treats. I will consider myself to have done my duty if I write more than 1k for my assigned recipient - and I will default if I feel that I need to. Everything else is Optional.

Also I will lower people's expectations. That's what I'm doing now. Is it working?

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 22:00
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!

and a link

Aug. 29th, 2015 16:22

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 13:12
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[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for

  • Embedded content support for and

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.

And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

some things

Aug. 28th, 2015 21:10
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* A child of an immigrant reflects upon Dragon Age 2. That's nearly enough to get me to play it, right there. I know I am not an immigrant, but I have been told to "go home," spent time shadowing my mother while observing differential treatment, and translated words and concepts within one language countless times. I have never felt at home in the locale of my birth, that assurance that most natives of a place enjoy. OTOH: this morning an immigrant from Goa told me, "You understand me: it is comfortable," and after my slight double-take, he amended it to, "You understand me better than our other colleagues." Fence-sitters are co-opted, immigrants are silenced, what is new.

* of contractors and extra narratives )

* I have hit the Stress Wall of No Reading. Its last Reason-unrelated occurrence was two years after I finished my diss, IIRC (the year I also co-organized a conference, planned a wedding in one place and a reception two days later in another, and tried to edit and lay out a volume of conference proceedings). Brain is too full and befuddled, and the reading can't become much simpler than it has been for a few months.

darkforge would seem to be under too much stress, too: the other night he had a bad dream in which his feet tried to run. More than once. Poor darkforge.

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Aug. 28th, 2015 23:30
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Help bring fair use to South Africa by sharing your fannish stories with OTW's Legal Committee:

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Aug. 27th, 2015 20:25
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If any of you is the person bidding against me on the weird probably-cursed eyeball rocks on eBay, please identify yourself so that we can negotiate a cease-fire. We can split the haul and spend less.

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Aug. 27th, 2015 18:48
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My mint plants need to be cut back, but I don't really want to dry the leaves, as I only like fresh mint.

Can I freeze mint leaves + stems. Is that an acceptable thing to do.

(I also do not have the energy for any cooking/distilling/whatever. I am for some reason at Peak Physical Shittiness this week and have barely made it out to the mailbox.)


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