Day 1 - 30 Days of Music

Apr. 28th, 2017 12:46 pm
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There's a music meme going around my flist and I think it might just make me happier than trying to post about my brainstate, because I churn out the same damn positives every day. I'm going to try and pick happy songs.

1. A song you like with a colour in the title.

Blue Sunshine by Brandon Chandler. It's a beautiful little song that I first heard on Make It Or Break It, during a lovely moment with my favourite character almost getting everything she ever wanted. It still makes me a little emotional, in a good way. I always wanted Emily to have a happy ending, and I hate the one the show gave her, but at least she had this moment. Not that it's enough, in the long run, but it's something.

the full list )

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Apr. 28th, 2017 08:52 am
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Yesterday was my last OT appointment, and it was shorter than my scheduled time because we'd covered everything on my list by forty minutes in. I got advice on a couple of things that are not currently problems but were big issues when my hands were at their worst. I thought I'd ask just in case they're ever issues again.

Blue Cab seems to be doing a better job of running the A-Ride than Yellow Cab ever did. Every pick up was within five minutes of the start of the scheduled time (they set a half an hour window), and the cabbies were all friendly. The policy has changed from the drivers having no obligation to help passengers reach the cab to them being required to provide assistance from door to door if it's needed. They're not allowed to go inside, but they're not dumping mobility impaired passengers in awkward places.

Today, I have what might be my last PT appointment but also might not. I rather suspect not. My current intention is to take a cab there and the bus back. I think that I'll take the inbound #23 and transfer to the outbound #22. The stop for the #22 is about 2/3 the distance from the house as the stop for the #23 and doesn't require climbing a steep hill to get home. It'll add about half an hour to my trip, but as long as things don't change, I think I can handle that.

I had anxiety issues yesterday afternoon and evening that I couldn't explain except that maybe I felt guilty for not managing to fit in all of my PT exercises. Some of those require lying on the floor, and I didn't want to do them within an hour or so after eating and really couldn't do them while the cleaning lady was here. I probably could have fit them in after she left and before dinner, but by then, I was having reflux issues that made lying down very unappealing. I did do most of the exercises that I could do sitting or standing, though.

I woke this morning with a headache, but food and caffeine seem to have gotten rid of it. I haven't done any of my PT yet because I want to have all of my energy for going out. I'm still very tired and kind of groggy. I don't think more food will help, and I don't have time to make more tea or coffee. I know there's a coffee kiosk somewhere in Taubman (or there used to be), but I don't want to do the walking required to see if I'm remembering correctly. Plus, there's no guarantee that more caffeine would do anything but make me need many visits to the bathroom which would be pretty inconvenient during an hour long PT appointment.

The GSA at Cordelia's school is doing a reading of I Am Jazz for the 4-8th grades today. It's a picture book, so the reading shouldn't take too long. They'll have a panel discussion afterwards. Cordelia's really looking forward to it. She'll be reading the book. I'm not sure if she'll be part of the panel or not. I don't know if any of the kids are out as trans, but with forty to eighty kids in each grade and nine grades, there's pretty sure to be a kid or three somewhere in the school who is trans even if they're not out. My guess is that the reason for having only 4th through 8th is a combination of space limitations and the attention span for the panel discussion and probably also that explanations that suit five year olds aren't going to work for thirteen year olds. That last probably could be dealt with by an experienced presenter, but this is all kids ages eleven to fourteen who've never done anything of the sort before.

GYWO Bingo 2017

Apr. 28th, 2017 02:25 pm
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Last year didn't go remotely as well as I hoped, but hope's the last to die, right?

Picture meme

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:09 am
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Shamelessly stealing this from [personal profile] mybeautifulwars!

"Tell me what you want to see. If there is something about my life that you want a visual of, this is your chance. Simple? Thought provoking? Anything in between? You give me a direction to go towards, I will snap a photo & post it in an upcoming entry.

1... 2... 3... GO!

(Disclaimer: Rude requests? No.)"

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 28

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:17 am
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Day 28: A song by an artist with a voice you love

Has to be Tracy Thorn, formerly of Everything but the Girl. Thing is, I was really torn between something she recorded as part of EBTG, or a solo track or something else... and decided to go with the something else. So here is Tracy Thorn doing lead vocals on Style Council's beautiful "Paris Match".

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Since today is Sir Pterry's 69th birthday, it seemed as good a day as any to remind you that Leeds Waterstone's (not as pretty as Bradford, but bigger and with more events) is starting a Terry Pratchett Reading Group. The first meeting is on Tuesday next week, and the first book to discuss will be The Carpet People. You have to sign up in advance to join in; I already have.

Maybe see a couple of you there?

The Blood is the Life for 28-04-2017

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:00 am
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i got no patience for waitin' around

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:25 am
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You want mobile Dreamwidth, Artie? You got it.

The base style REQUIRED is Neutral Good. That's the default "new user" style and is why I went at that one first. This is an extension (and something of a rewrite) of that style, entirely in CSS. It fixes many bugs on desktop, and gives you a functional mobile view of your reading list and your journal. It makes NO attempt to address system style issues on mobile.

The CSS overlay which you need to copy and paste into the "custom css" pane of the advanced style customisation interface is here:

This will ALSO get you Navbar 2, the upgrade of Navbar I've been running for a while. (Yes, you can still disable it.) It will NOT get you Navbar 3, so you won't have the mobile version you see in the screenshots in my previous post. But the navbar will be better looking on desktop, and no worse on mobile.

THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE, only tested so far against Safari and Firefox. Please report bugs.

(Except for the one where replying to an extant comment in single-entry view causes iOS to autozoom still. I know about that one and I'll fix it. But other than that. Comments are particularly rough at the moment tbh.)

Fluffy devils

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:18 am
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Finished the 1st season of Daredevil, as a prerequisite for watching the 2nd season featuring my favourite superhero, The Punisher; and in any case, it's useful to expand my pop culture education.

First of all, it's certainly cool to see the main character not only learning to live with his disability but becoming a badass fighter. Though, to be fair, Matt can hardly be called "disabled", as his other senses are so sharp, and overcompensate for the lack of sight. Anyway, I love training & hard work, suffering and overcoming all the obstacles (I mean, watching how it's done by other people... ;) Also, I finally understand all the memes about Arya Stark's training with the Faceless Men ;)

As for the Daredevil's actual superheroing... sorry, not impressed! Not with the techniques (they do the job, even despite the lack of cool gadgets) but with the morals. So, it's fine to torture your enemies, beat them up senseless and leave them to a highly probable death, or drive them to suicide, but as long as you don't dirty your own hands with completing the job, you consider yourself morally superior? Why not accept the simple truth: to fight killers, you have to be a better killer - and embrace your dark side?

An ob-quote: "If you kill a killer, the number of killers in the world remains the same." (--Batman) "That's why I don't stop at one killer." (-- The Punisher.)

Matt's business partner Foggy is the resident clown, and despite being so over the top, he's actually amusing. But he insists on doing everything by the laws, which is one of the gravest sins in my little Slytherin book. The rest of the characters range from bleh to mildly annoying.

Except for Wilson Fisk, the "Kingpin" - now that's a proper target for my obsession with villains! A bullied boy from an abusive family, who overcame all the obstacles and grew up tough and brutal as well as smart and motivated, but remained sensitive and vulnerable, deep in his heart; a man who deals in violence and murder but at least he's honest about it, with himself and his close friends, without that "holier-than-thou" hypocrisy. Bonus point: as a child, mild spoiler ) and how is that (according to the Lawful Good Squad) a *bad* thing?? IMHO, one more reason to be proud! Another bonus point: that public campaign was such a sneaky, evil and smart move; I cheered aloud, seeing the annoying journalist's frustration as his plans went to trash. So yeah, for now, count me on Team Kingpin :)

Overall, I rate this season as 3/5: watchable but not especially engaging. Let's see what's up next.
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Dear person that I would really like to treat,

You needed to give me a scenario that wasn't smut. For this canon, I can't do smut. But I also can't really think of a plotbunny that pulls me in enough that I particularly want to write it. There's a reason that I've never wanted to write this canon when I first read it, while Star Wars, She-Ra, and Melanie Rawn engendered a thousand bunnies and more.

I think it's because the characters themselves were secondary to the worldbuilding, which was beautiful.

The problem with this is that I want characters, and none of them are working for me. (Honestly, if I think about it, the characters of Series 1 and Series 2 are pretty much interchangeable by gender; their function is more important than their personality. Which is a problem for me.)

I would really really like to treat you. But I don't have anything to work with in my head. And for a treat, I don't particularly want to build the story up from the beginning.

There's Something About Matty...

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:03 am
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...mainly the fact that he truly is out of this world, if this recent pic from his Instagram is anything to go by ;) Does he really age backwards??

fluff, fluffier - Matty! )

Note: look at that fluffy locks!! *wanna run my hands through*

source: Matt's Instagram

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Apr. 27th, 2017 10:51 pm
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All right, folks, what are your May Day plans?

Favourite Things Meme

Apr. 27th, 2017 09:59 pm
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Lifted from [personal profile] missangelique999.

Color - Black
Food - Italian, Mexican (all of the Italian and Mexican food)
Smell - BBQ, fresh cut grass, the forrest
Movie - the entire Star Trek series (include reboots), Forrest Gump, Apollo 13
Music genre - all of the music (mainly Canadian indie and classic rock)
Texture - a women's touch
Time of Day - sunset
Day of the week - Sunday
Drink - Earl Grey tea, Coke (recently switched to Coke Life for health reasons), I also enjoy port and gin
Precious Stone - saphire
Animal - elephants
Flower - sunflowers
Sound - waves on a beach
Hobby - writing, gardening (recently), following politics
Fruit - all of the berries, bananas that are mostly green
Vegetable - beans, corn on the cob
Shop - Best Buy, MEC
Boy’s name - Peter
Girl’s name - Margaret
Ice cream flavor - chocolate
Soda - (we say pop in Canada), again, Coke but gingerale is underratted as is Dr. Pepper
Season - Fall
Month - Sep/Oct
Word - fork
Compliment - not picky here, please do, haha
Eye color - colour isn't as important as depth (if you get this you get this, if not I am sorry)
Dessert - New York style cherry cheesecake
Candy - Sour Patch Kids
Restaurant - The Union Club of British Columbia
Thing about myself - I have layers like an onion

Calendars and Bullet Journals

Apr. 27th, 2017 11:05 pm
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There are a lot of things that I am learning, that may or may not agree with other people. Which is okay. This is my life. This is my Path. These are my lessons. Though I may share them, and be open to discussion on them, or even a different lens on them. While I have a WordPress, and people on there tend to "like" my posts, there is rarely discussion, it's kinda boring. Though I do like to be "liked". I would just like to know why you liked it or didn't.

That being said, I'm having great fun keeping a bullet journal. I never really thought that I would have fun at it. I never thought it would be needed, and I looked at people like they were nuts for keeping a calendar their daily stuff. But I find that keeping a bullet journal has helped me see where I'm spending money and time. Helping me keep track of things I would like to improve on. The best part, is it doesn't need to be perfect, and I can be as creative or minimalist about it as I want.

I did research about it. Most of them said start with a normal I bought a couple bullet or grid format Journals, and went about it. I started simple, then moved on from there. I'm pretty comfortable with the format I'm doing now. It breaks down my hours during the day, I did one color for prescheduled things, and several for things I did during the day, I try to keep things the same color used in my Google Calendar for simplicity. It's also letting me look at and understand things that I am tracking, and thinking on ways to improve upon them.

For Money, I started with a daily thing on one page. Yeah, that didn't work, because on paydays, there's a lot of output. So I switched to a quarterly for the month. That worked much better, though I think I'm going to try it on a weekly basis, so I can have more room to track WHAT I'm spending, and when. I think if I do some meal planning, a great deal of what is coming out will go down, because I am eating at home. I've noticed that I do dishes and clean more when I am spending time at home, and cooking my meals.

It's truly amazing seeing how interconnected things are. I've even seen some journal trackers for emotions. I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet. I don't know if I'm looking to track that yet, but it might be cool to see.
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27/4/2017 wordcount: a minuscule 484, but that was all on editing hooversuck which I've been putting off for MONTHS, so it's all good.

To ~reward~ myself for getting a daily wordcount again I went ahead and got some historic low-price games from the Squeenix Spring Sale. Not as much as I wanted, ofc, but walking away with four games for < $12 is pretty damn good. And one of those games went to my mother, so whoop whoop.

ANYWAY since Origin isn't working right now because it requires an update and the client won't update on this current connection (waiting until my data renews on the 30th, then I can get it going again) I'm just having Steam download Gyromancer cos hey 150mb, then will let it continue with FF9. I immediately queued Murdered: Soul Suspect after getting it today and already have Dishonored and Arkham Asylum on the DQ from a few weeks ago, so it's not like I'm hurting for games to waste my internet time on downloading.

I've also had some level 5 or so randos add me out of nowhere on steam, and when I refuse the invite they try again. I checked their profiles and every single one of them has swastikas and shit in their profile comments so they can "lol meme", so I just made my profile private for a bit.

White Supremacists will get bored and go bother someone else, they always do. But god damn, I wish I knew what it was that put me on their radar so I could yank it away from them :/
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 So here's the thing: I can't be the only author who had a book released in November (or December, or January...) who felt too gobsmacked by political events to feel comfortable going all out on book promotion. (Heck, it took me most of November to get out of panic attack mode.) So I'm giving myself permission to do a 6-month anniversary book release re-boot. And to feel a bit less self-conscious about it, I'm going to make a general offer. If you had a book released last November, hit me up with the basic info about it and I'll pick one or two book every day in May to cross-promote along with my own. If anyone else wants to joint the bandwagon, be my guest! Comment here, or e-mail me or tweet me or whatever works for you.


Apr. 27th, 2017 10:01 pm
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If you had been following me on a certain image sharing site, you might have noticed over the past three or so years an occasional series of photographs that I was calling #filmcamerabody. This is the collected directors cut version of those posts.


This camera just arrived from film photography project to be one of our table cameras at event15[1]. The AiBORG looks like Darth Vader and handles like a truck. It is however on of my favorite recent acquisitions thanks to its eccentric qualities. #filmcamerabody

nine more fab film bodies )

Predictably I picked up Lena's cough. Fortunately it didn't hit me as bad. We are both feeling pretty exhausted from everything. I am glad that the week is almost over and we are getting better.

  1. historical note: This is how I referred to our second or “party” wedding
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