Just One Thing (23 October 2017)

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 21:28
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Hardening my heart against charity

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 20:53
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Charity cold-callers are sometimes trained to tug on one's heartstrings or, perhaps more commonly, to steer the conversation such that it is by far more comfortable socially to donate. I do not want to encourage interrupting manipulators by making their visit worthwhile. I try to keep well enough abreast of matters to be aware of how and to whom I might most beneficially donate and I am quite able to seek them out myself without an external efficient cause. Being of limited means I must needs refuse many solicitations.

I now realize that the effect that these charity workers have in my world is to teach me to more easily be heartless. I have learned that if I openly agree to offered propositions such as that I do not want to help disabled children then their script falters and we sooner stop wasting each other's precious time. It is as effective as pretending to try to introduce unwanted Jehovah's Witnesses to Scientology. As we learn from the Tweedledum episode of Colditz (1972) one should beware one's own method acting.

Fortunately, the callers lately who actually go to door-to-door have been more matter-of-fact and ready to move on, they just need interrupting or they go on for a while. I may in due course donate but I am unlikely to choose them on the doorstep without more research and consideration. An interestingly common facet of those around here is that an early component of the script involves assurance that the money is spent on local people.
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When the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission they'll be deciding the future of equality in America. We need to make sure Supreme Court Justices hear loud and clear that America stands on the side of progress – and that means making sure your Members of Congress stand up with you, too.

Send an email to tell your Members of Congress to sign a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of our clients Charlie and David, and the future of equality..

Also, friendly reminder that if you are a US Citizen who would like to keep pressure on Congress to do the right thing, 5calls.org is an excellent website that gives you a bunch of current issues to choose from, phone numbers to call, and a script to say.

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Theme Prompt: #046 – Fool’s Gold
Title: Like Diamonds in Her Eyes
Fandom: Mindhunter
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 | Spoilers through Episode 6
Bonus: Yes.
Word Count: 879
Summary: Wendy grapples with the direction of her career and her relationships.

like diamonds in her eyes )
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Posted by Mike Smithson

PinkNews

One of the things that always impressed me about Farage’s UKIP was the speed in which he’d deal with situations like that which Corbyn’s LAB faces tonight over the online homophobic comments by the man who ousted Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam on June 8th.

The former leader of the purples was acutely aware how actions like O’Mara’s amongst party officials, candidates and those holding elected positions could damage the party and he would act very quickly. In doing so he generally closed down the issue.

So what is Corbyn who’s faced a lot of criticism for his relaxed approach to antisemitism going to do about O’Mara?

Alienating the gay vote isn’t smart.

Mike Smithson


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It might seem quixotic, at a time when Spain looks like it is falling apart, but could the country’s future lie in a union with neighbour Portugal? DAVID BARKER investigates ‘Iberism’

Birthday post

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 18:27
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Hello all.

I *think* I have managed to reply to all posts/messages. (If I have missed anyone, please let me know!)

Had a very lovely day yesterday - we went down to Cambridge to see Miss M, so after a lovely breakfast & opening cards/presents we were out of the door a little after 9am.

After having a wander around the town (and buying a couple of things) we went and had a picnic lunch which Darcy had prepared earlier. (As it was a cold and windy day, we had the picnic in Miss M's room.)

We then went to the Botanical Gardens, where it was Apple Day ([personal profile] the_royal_anna will know which this was a particular draw), but it was interesting (and very pretty) apart from that.

Had a nice 'tea' from Dominos and then set off back home. But twas a lovely day, with all my girls. ♥

And then this afternoon one of my oldest childhood friends came to visit with husband and children. The children are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and adorable, so it was a very nice afternoon. :)

It seems I love books )


OTHER STUFF:

NEW DOCTOR WHO COMPANIONS!!

On the BBC's website

On the Doctor Who website

~~

Delightful Spike/Angel vid by [profile] double_duchess that I happened to come across:

I Hate You

~~

Am also watching Victoria, but way behind (tend to watch episodes a day or two before the disappear off ITVPlayer). However it keeps being as wonderful as before, and honestly I could watch them forever. (Just watched the one where they go to France, so no spoilers beyond that please.)

Also watching The Good Place and have started on iZombie on Netflix (Dr Ravi is my new favourite everything). Not that they aren't all brilliant, and it does so many things I appreciate. <3

And that's all for now, should probably go interact with the world, even if most of my friends live in my computer. Thank you all for just being you. ♥

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Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 14:11
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I need to set some sort of alarm to remind me to take regular breaks to lie on the floor on my back. It hurts to do it, but it's the only thing that eases my shoulders at all, and when I don't do it, they just get tighter and tighter and tighter which also hurts. I'm pretty sure that the things that hurt when I lie on the floor aren't going to be harmed by it. The shoulder thing hurts and exhausts me. I'm pretty sure it's contributing to me not sleeping at night.

Cordelia and her friends were sufficiently bored by Saturday night's dance that they left after about an hour (considering it was a bit more than $25 per ticket, that seems like a terrible return on our money). They walked to one of Cordelia's friend's houses. Cordelia says she really wished for a jacket or sweatshirt because her dress is sleeveless.

Scott got really pretty cranky about not getting around to mowing the lawn on Saturday. The front lawn looks okay even when it doesn't get mowed for weeks, but the backyard actually gets sun for a lot of the day, and it gets pretty shaggy. I don't care because we don't do anything out there and because no one can see it but our neighbors who don't much care. Scott, however, was brought up with the idea that lawn care is Important as a sign of competent adulthood.

Seriously, when we were house hunting, we looked for the smallest lawn we could get. (Condos weren't an option because, in our price range, they were all either too small for our bed (or our books) or very, very vertical; most were both. We were more concerned about limiting stairs than about lawns.)

We got sandwiches while we were doing our library run yesterday because I was running out of time to eat. Scott got a sandwich with pesto, and the basil was so strong that I really wanted to get up and move because my mind associates the smell with getting sick after eating it. I hadn't expected to have that reaction, and I'll need to mention it to Scott so that he knows for next time. I don't mind him eating it, but it would be much better if we sat at separate tables for it.

We have no idea if we'll be able to go to the celebration for Scott's sister's birthday on Saturday. Her family needs to be done and gone before we can possibly get there if Scott's working that day. Sunday wasn't an option because of a choir fundraiser that will keep Cordelia most of the afternoon combined with me not being able to eat anything at all after 6 p.m. on school nights.

I think I'm in spitting distance of the end of the first draft of the story I'm currently working on. I hope so, anyway. I know the main thing I need to address when I edit. I just keep cat waxing, though. I can write a couple hundred words, and then I need to stop for a while. Mostly, right now, I'm looking over saved prompts to see which ones I really, really want to write. I think I need to delete any that don't give me immediate plot bunnies. Well, I'll keep the ones from people I know, too, with a generous definition of 'know.'

Mixed bag

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 13:08

Gratitudes

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 13:49
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1. Being able to take a personal day today when I needed one.

2. Having sufficient supplies on hand to make food without having to go to a grocery store. (Slow cooker chicken curry with potatoes and carrots; later I will make my favorite baked rice with cinnamon and curry leaves and lemon peel.)

3. Laundry, clean and folded and put away.

4. My cat, curled up on my desk beside the laptop.

5. Autumn sunshine and leaves spiraling lazily down through the air.

How are y'all?
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A devastating masterpiece. When Trump was elected, I was afraid that my lifelong nightmares of concentration camps would come true. I should have known that they already had. Since the inception of Reagan's War on Drugs, the USA has been a for-profit carceral state.
Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.

I had known bits and pieces of this - one can hardly live in America without knowing it. Alexander's achievement is to put together the evidence in as damning an indictment as one can imagine. The fact that this was written two years into the first Obama administration, and seven years before the inauguration of a white supremacist demagogue, just underscores the seriousness and urgency of its message. Black lives matter.

La Lucha!

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:51
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      . . . .  Vaquero now has his own freestyle Mexican wrestling mask, so he too can become a superpowered wild man any time he wishes.

 

This happens every Sunday night in Xalapa, to the pounding of Rock, techno and other energetic forms of music.  It's a kind of martial arts ballet-acrobatic thing, intensely energetic and theatrical. It's a family affair, with mothers as enthusiastic about verbally abusing and killing the opponent they don't like as their little boys -- who are in heaven, wearing their own masks, of course, whether painted or pulled on.  Lots of cerveza is sold and drunk.


By the way, the number of emporiums in Xalapa selling comix, old and new, and that particularly advertise the availability of superhero books, is very high.


La Lucha Vaquero

 

 

 

HLWW: The Gathering

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:16
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It's been a while since I posted, and longer since I posted anything of significance. Aside from the general chaos and emotional upheaval of our lives these days, we bought a house in August and moved in the middle of September. The house is a total fixer-upper, and it's huge, and I probably don't need to go into the details of the slightly hellish experience that is living in a giant construction zone. Plus, new roommates! and a dog! and a six-year-old! My poor cats. We've been living out of suitcases since May, though, so I suppose this is an improvement? We'll see.

ANYWAY. Thank goodness back in April, before we moved, I'd already bought tickets to the Highlander World Wide convention in LA. It was this past weekend, and it was fantastic! I coerced my dear [personal profile] hafital to come with me, and then figured what the hell—I also planned a road trip with [personal profile] destina for the week previous to the convention. So, the last ten days have been a much-needed balm to my soul, a too-rare opportunity to spend time with two of my favorite people in the world, and a chance to re-awaken fannish loves after nearly two years of putting fandom on hold.

Road trip! )

HLWW: The Gathering )

And with that, I must away to the airport. It all went by too quickly. Thank you, friends!

Fic rec

Mon, Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:13
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Deep thanks to [personal profile] shoshanna for sending this to me -- holy wow, it is gorgeous.

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The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.

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