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Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:41 pm
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I slept really, really badly last night. We went to bed a little after 11, and at 3, I was still awake. I think I slept through Scott getting up to go to work. At least, I don't remember him going. During the not sleeping part of things, I was in that state where my body was almost relaxed and my mind was too unfocused for getting up to do something else (I couldn't have kept my eyes open), but I couldn't get either mind or body to let go and actually sleep. If sleeping were falling, this would be the equivalent of getting snagged on something three quarters of the way down. I couldn't go back up, and I couldn't make it to the bottom either. (I know-- The analogy's not great since falling is painful and undesirable and sleep is beneficial. Just go with me. I can't think of anything better.)

This getting stuck at the almost asleep stage is really pretty common for me. It's why I always boggle at the folks who say that, if I can't sleep, I should get up and do something else and go back to bed when I can sleep. I have no idea how getting up to do something else would be possible when the only part of my brain that's functioning is the tense, anxious bit that says that letting go is dangerous and/or wasteful.

I end up spinning a lot of stories when I'm in that state. I can't tell, though, if the stories prolong the difficulty or just fill the time. Or, maybe, even are a beneficial side effect since my plausibility editors tend to be offline just then which can lead to me having ideas that I actually can turn into stories later.

Scott and I mostly just relaxed at home last night. We took a walk out around 7 p.m. because someone from the other side in Ingress hit the science and nature center. I was confused by the rhythm of how the attacks went and by what was attacked when, but all was explained when we got there and found the place full of people. There was a Halloween event for families, and pretty much all of the timing weirdness makes sense if the other player had a kid or kids and was following them and only playing when they stopped for long enough to be safe.

Scott made level 10 as a result, so it was all good. He sent a thank you to the other player over the game comms which we hope was taken as sincerely as it was meant. He doesn't get much chance to play, especially this time of year, unless something happens at the science and nature center.

I need to go back through my journal and check against the other records I've been keeping, but last night gave me a strong indication that the breakthrough menstrual bleeding I've been having for months might actually correlate with when I take long walks. I think that will be a project for tomorrow while Cordelia's at school. I'll be seeing the gynecologist on the 9th, and I don't think I need to have that checking done any sooner than that.


Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:49 am
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Movement and Stillness (1761 words) by lilacsigilFandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq/Seivarden Vendaai
Characters: Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Unrequited Love, Drug Use

Seivarden feels like she is still in stasis while Breq rushes onward, but there are two sides to every coin.

[personal profile] lilacsigil gives utterly great Imperial Radch.
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Sundog, as we drive out of the fog bank over the Hudson on the way to the Rhinebeck fiber fest.
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You do you, man. If you feel better on a vegan diet, go for it. Just don’t try to get me to stop eating animal protein. Vegan diets don’t supply some B vitamins, but that can be supplemented.

But honestly, animal husbandry goes hand in hand with farming plant based foods. Chickens are going to lay eggs even without a rooster. Those eggs will just rot unless collected and eaten. And you want chickens, because they are A+++ natural pest control in gardens, and chicken dung is an excellent fertilizer to improve soil fertility for more plant food. And chickens die, eventually; why waste the meat? Even if you never slaughter a chicken, there is no good reason not to eat eggs and the chickens themselves once they get old and die. Save the feathers; those make good stuffing for pillows and mattresses.

Same for goats. Goats can live on marginal land where no crops can be grown, eat almost anything, and produce high quality milk, far more than a baby goat can drink. So, drink the milk, eat the goat when it dies. Compost the dung and use as fertilizer. Use the leather for whatever you need leather for.  

Pigs can live off kitchen scraps. During WW2 in England, it was common for people to form a “Pig Club” to fatten a pig on scraps and then butcher it and share the meat. It was a good way of turning waste into food. Tan the hide, use the leather.

Veganism isn’t better for the environment. Going VEGETARIAN to a large extent, where you still eat eggs and cheese, might be a good compromise, and would make sure you get the proteins and B vitamins a vegan diet lacks. But honestly, the idea that veganism is somehow better for the environment is a myth.
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if anyone was wondering if you combine a bunch of surplus tomatoes with some surplus apples and some sugar and some champagne yeast and let it sit for three weeks you actually do get alcohol which when distilled is. well. i mean. 

it’s definitely alcohol, i’ll give it that.

Celluloid Hero chapter update

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:07 pm
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Celluloid Hero (43914 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Jack Warner, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamarr
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit, Pining Steve, Period Typical Everything

In which Steve has to cope with the terror of his first screen kiss, gets assigned to make sex hygiene films, and finds out his idols have feet of clay.

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Oct. 21st, 2017 06:02 pm
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Cordelia came home from school, did her homework, and then crashed in our room until we roused her at about 9:45 to get her into her own bed (Scott and I both using c-PAPs makes relocating for the night more difficult). She got up about 9:00 this morning after sleeping straight through.

Scott commented that he hadn't realized that getting less that four hours of sleep would hit her that heavily and that he wouldn't have insisted that she go to school if he'd known. I gave him a look of utter disbelief because I find it weird that he'd think that she wouldn't feel it. Also, he leaves an hour before Cordelia does, and I was prepared to overrule him on that if I thought she couldn't do it. If it hadn't been Friday, I probably wouldn't have sent her. Knowing that she didn't have to be anywhere before 5 p.m. today was a major factor in my decision.

I took down and washed the shower curtain because it had gotten to the point of being really nasty. I think we need to replace the bath mat, too. I've wanted to do that for a very long time, but Scott paid a lot of money for-- of all things-- a memory foam bath mat. I have no idea why he wanted that. It's not as if anyone stands there for long enough that it matters. Mainly, what the memory foam means is that it sucks in water and takes forever to dry. At this point, it's starting to smell, so I think I can get away with pitching it. It's really not washable unless I want to do it by hand somehow. Given that I hate the dratted thing... Well, it's not happening.

I'm kind of surprised that it didn't get to this point sooner. I think we've had it about three years. I just loathe it because the area in front of the tub is also the area in front of the sink. I despise having the wet squish under my feet when I go to wash my hands or brush my teeth or do anything that requires the sink. I've asked Scott to dry off in the tub so that the mat doesn't get that soaked, but it's apparently not something he can remember to do.

I posted another story in the House of Sulfur and Mercury sequence yesterday. It's short, just something I kind of dashed off that's set about thirty years after the end of We Are Where We Began. It will make zero sense without reading the earlier stories in the arc.

I haven't been doing formal announcement posts for most stories in this arc because I figure there's not a lot of overlap between between people reading here and people following that story. Am I wrong? Then again, I'm not sure how big an overlap there is between people reading here and people interested in any of the fic that I do formally announce.

I wrote between 800 and 900 words yesterday, some of it was the Amber story I mentioned above and some of it was a Weiss Kreuz story that I'm really hoping is near done. It's a one shot smut thing that's been in progress for years. I just wasn't sufficiently motivated before to really look at it and get it done. I think that right now I'm going to focus as much as I can on finishing some of the shorter WIP that are sitting on my hard drive. Of course, some of them are sitting because I have a suspicion that they want to grow into novels or even more than that in length. Others are sitting because I know there's something broken in what I've written so far but can't quite tell what.

The three stories I still might finish for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki all have their own difficulties. One needs massive amounts of description. One needs at least another 5000 words and has characterization problems in the parts already written. The third is the one I'm working on right now, and that... I'm concerned that the characterization is too far from canon. Then I remind myself that, working just from the anime, Schwarz doesn't actually have that much canon. There's a good bit pulled from other sources, but I can't always tell that from fanon, and, well, I tend toward divergent AUs anyway, so I probably shouldn't fuss about it. People don't read my WK fanfic for accuracy of canon voice and/or details. At least, I'd be very surprised if anyone does.

I try to be canon accurate when writing for exchanges but often play with backstory and characterization and such while writing for other purposes.
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Sometimes a skunk, if its not too close, just a hint on the breeze, can smell a bit like coffee. Its woken me up before thinking someone had made me coffee.

There WAS a skunk smell up by the compost, which is about a quarter-mile up the hill. The remaining apprentice who’s still staying in the cabin up there said it was pretty strong, he figured the skunk had scuffled with something over by the pile. You could vaguely smell it by the house, enough that my sister hesitated to let the dog out this morning. 

So it might have been that! Or it might have been that my nose was really stuffy and I was hallucinating.

Still, though– I feel less crazy now!
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As Catalonia pursues its path towards having its own state, the Spanish government has only intensified their crackdown on the Catalan language, education and economy. They keep using the Constitutional Court to invalidate any law that guarantees Catalan identity and welfare. When Catalonia requests to dialogue to reach an agreement, Spain does not answer. Catalonia has been disproportionately funding the poorer regions of Spain, which benefit from better infrastructures and services. Conversely, this deficit translates into obsolete infrastructures and precarious welfare in Catalonia.

For centuries, the Spanish Inquisition persecuted those who didn’t conform to the religious standard. My ancestors were forced to convert to Christianity or die. After forty years, a fascist government died in 1975 with Franco. Nonetheless, his heirs still hold key positions. The Francisco Franco Foundation gets subsidies from the Spanish government, so it can continue to promote the work of a dictator. I find it outrageous, since Franco ordered the killing of some of my family members. These relatives remained in a mass grave for decades. Finally, ten years ago, a permit was granted to reinter them with dignity. This is just one example of Spain’s Pacto del Olvido (Pact of Forgetting). When it comes to democracy, Spain is still an amateur. Could you imagine Germany funding a Hitler Foundation?
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A post shared by Bridget Kelly (@bomberqueen17) on Oct 21, 2017 at 10:12am PDT

Reunited with my fuzzy darlings, now much less fuzzy and more feathery. Relatedly, I just read an article on how hobbyists treating chickens like pets has led to an increase in salmonella. For the record, I don’t kiss the chickens and I wash my hands after I pet them.
Today’s treat: hard boiled egg! If fed cooked eggs, chickens don’t develop a taste for eggs– but never feed them raw eggs, says conventional wisdom.

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Oct. 21st, 2017 10:02 am
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I am jumping on the bandwagon for The Good Place with both feet! Philosophical discussion with disasters! Veronica Mars and Ted Danson and a lot of other excellent actors in a whacked out version of the afterlife.
It is wonderful!
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me @ me: buddy, buddy, the semicolons

also me @ me: i know; they’re great right?
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Here it is: Best stuff first

Extremely handy if you follow a lot of people and hate missing anything good. 

Best Stuff First moves the best stuff on your dashboard—mhm!—right up to the top. 

It’s rolling out this week on iOS and Android, and comes with this Help Center article.  

Thanks! ✌️

Head’s up folks! Tumblr decided to shit the bed and go non-chronological!

This bullshit is being rolled out this week and it’s going to be default!

Ah yay, another feature to deactivate immediately!

Has anyone actually ever wanted this bullshit feature in any of the social media apps????? Like I’d rather give all the people I follow the same power posting wise than let the popular ones go first. Ugh

No.  No one has ever wanted this ‘feature,’ with the exception of advertisers!  Because if your posts aren’t chronological, then it’s easier to slip more stuff they ‘think’ we’ll ‘like,’ ie something someone else PAID to go first in our feeds.

@staff Making things like this a default instead of allowing an opt-in is why everyone hates and mistrusts you.

PSA: Don’t install the Tumblr app. Just use your Chrome browser. Works fine. Doesn’t really truly support chat or asks, but, like. You can keep up with your dash. 

Fuck the Tumblr app.

[i haven’t seen any info on whether this is coming to the real site itself, but if it is, ffffffuck! you realize this is optimal for shadowbanning and down-low censorship, and that’s why it’s so widely-used in social media. someone giving you trouble? just make it so their followers see their content last. no one will ever know.]
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For @nicolecooke, my farm sister was wearing overalls so I made her go pose next to the letterpress print you made. Bonus: her daughter wanted her picture taken too.
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I woke up this morning smelling coffee, which was pleasant but slightly confusing: in my house, I am always the first one up, and I always make the coffee, and Dude always pours it when he gets up. That’s just how it goes.

My confusion intensified after another moment, when a rooster crowed. Uhhh… I’m in the yurt. 

(Let me remind y’all, the yurt is my guest-bedroom. There’s no kitchen. I’m 100 feet from the greenhouse, which is 100 feet long, which is 40 feet from the old barn, which is about 100 feet long, which is about 300 feet from the house, across a driveway and a running stream, so, if the smell of coffee is reaching this far, it’s definitely not coming from the house.

The smell has faded, and I know I must have hallucinated it, but it was so weird.

Also everything in this neighborhood smells frustratingly like cow shit. It’s not the farm. It’s the conventional farm up the street, we suspect, which has probably spread manure on a field. It’s incredibly pervasive. It stinks for miles. It’s not us, and neighbors are surely going to believe it is, but it’s not. We only wish we had cows.

[Roosters: I have not been able to hear them all summer, but this week they moved the hen flock back toward the house. Now the hens are straight across from the turkeys, so all the poultry are together. Easier for chores, but I worry how tempting for coyotes. But it’s in view of the house, so I expect brother-in-law will be up there with a shotgun a lot. Can you believe we had basically zero predator attacks on the hens all summer long, with them half a mile from the house? The key is open field, apparently; predators like cover. Counterintuitive.]


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