Caringbridge for Vonda N. McIntyre

Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:28 pm
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Vonda spent much of Seattle's snow week at Swedish Hospital with jaundice and some vertigo, having many tests. The test results are in now, and the news is not good. The diagnosis is inoperable metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her doctor said it isn't stupid to hope for a year, but it could be less. She'll probably be getting treatment that may or may not slow things down, no way to know for sure.

More here.

49F - 45F : Spitty

Feb. 23rd, 2019 08:56 pm
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I went to bed around midnight last night, after someone finally posted the name of the road I wanted to find the parking lot on facebook around 11pm. I guess that would have been useful around 7pm as I drove up and down a different road looking for it. But it posted at 11pm, and I saw it before going to sleep. I tossed and turned for about 3 hours before finally getting to sleep. Garmin says I slept 5 hours. The alarm went off at 8:15, and I got up and got dressed and cleaned up and packed and got on the road by 8:30. I found the place easily with the new directions.

I got there, and got dressed and Samirra asked me for pick ups. I fought her once, and my arms were just dropping, and I couldn't concentrate and life sucked. I was like "I'm sorry. I think I need to investigate coffee options before I do this." I walked over to the breakfast tent, where they were out of coffee, but had hot chocolate. I poured two packets into half a cup of hot water making it pretty intense. I drank that, and decided to take a caffeine pill which is equivalent to about half a cup of coffee. By the time I was finished, the tournament was about to start.

It was not quite raining but not quite not raining? Our first tournament had to be outside because we couldn't access the ballroom until 10. There was a roof over the open air space, and we were able to squeeze in 3 fights at the same time. I fought several fights, and lost them all. About halfway through, I had to sit down. As I was sitting there, Brendan saw me, and came to make sure I was okay and getting some fights in. After a short break, I rejoined the line. Someone I fought lost their next fight and wound up behind me in line. He told me I was leaving too big of a pathway between my sword and dagger, which seems to be the way of it when I try to stand in profile. I do it less if I stand squared up, but then I provide a bigger target. So. I don't know. I'll ask someone to help me with my stance on Tuesday.

The tournament ended at 10, and we went inside for a melee tournament. This is 3 on 3 bouts where each of the winners gets a mark on the back of their dance card, and the teams keep switching up. My second team was Patrick and someone I don't know, but the person I don't know was really good, and told us "just stay alive. I'll kill everyone." So Patrick and I teamed up and stayed alive, and this unknown person killed everyone and we won. Then we lost the next round. My next round I was against Patrick, and he and I double killed, so I actually killed someone today. We lost anyway.

There were an additional 5 tournaments, and I lost every fight, but I did get a lot of fighting in. Master Ximon took me aside for some pick ups, and I won a couple of those, but I suspect Ximon let me win those as they didn't count so they were more like practice and a good teacher will make sure you win about 30% of your fights against them at a practice. I also did a couple pick ups with his highness who was going by the name "Incognito." I lost all of them, but they were probably my best fights. Cam, whom I haven't seen since I started fighting, but used to live near in Statesboro when I went to grad school, said he was proud of me that I was out there and having fun, against so many people who were so much better than me. That made me feel a little better.

I talked to Pietro for the first time since becoming his deputy web minister, and he assured me I was doing a good job, and asked if I was sure I wanted to continue. He'll announce the position at the March business meeting, but he wanted to make sure I really wanted it before doing so.

I left before court, because the weather was gross and spitty at that level where you kind of need windshield wipers, but also the wipers just make the situation worse? Maybe that's just my wipers. I probably need new wipers. Anyway, I wanted to do it before it was gross and dark. It took me about an hour to get home. When I was about 3/4ths of the way home Kevin called me and said he noticed I was on my way home and he hadn't expected to see me tonight, but since I was on my way home could I pick up chick-fil-a. So I did that. I came home and ate dinner, and then Kevin was yelling at me for turning the bathroom light off after I took a shower. Apparently he is using that light even when he's not in the room, and I'm supposed to pay to keep the light on 24/7.

Kevin is watching some kind of vampire thing, and it's making me very anxious. I thought it was ending but apparently there was another chapter, and it's not ending. I am very uncomfortable.

It's now supposed to rain on Thursday, so I won't get to fight most likely. I feel like it has been forever since I fought heavy. It's supposed to rain all night tonight, too, so the fields will be soggy and we probably won't fight tomorrow. Wulfstan mentioned something to me about doing drill practices at his house on Wednesdays. I never heard more about this, but I just PMed him to ask if it had ever happened, and if so if I could get an invitation to come out sometimes. It means not going to the business meetings, but it also means getting better at heavy fighting, and Wulfstan is a good person to learn from.

I keep forgetting how short February is, and now March is on the calendar. It's a little shocking - that's the month of Gulf Wars! There's less than 2 weeks left before I am leaving for Gulf Wars. Giata posted that she was looking for volunteers for Ca'd'oro, and I asked what kind of volunteers she needed. I plan to help them set up on Saturday once I get my own stuff set up. But if there's anything else I can do, I guess I just need to be asked. Also, it's almost spring! I know that officially it doesn't start until the 21st, but here in Atlanta, the beginning of March is really spring. Just ask the trees.

This is going to be a rough week. I have to wake up early (for certain values of early that seem to apply only to myself), and take 3 of the pets to the vet. I'm taking them in a set of two, and then one alone instead of all at the same time. This was probably a mistake, but trying to wrangle 3 at once seemed more difficult. I also have to wake up early to read to Jafar, and a week from tomorrow for Chai Mitzvah. Tomorrow is book club, so I have to get up around 2, which isn't too early if I manage to sleep tonight, but I had caffeine earlier this morning, so I may not? I'm not tired, and it's 10pm.
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Title: Whither Shall I Wander
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 2688
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John
Warnings/Content: Established relationship, On the run, Geese are assholes
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: Running from Samaritan, Harold and John must hide out on a farm.

Also at the Archive

John pulled up to the roadblock )
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Another day, another art post! This one's here is for "Happy Endings" by the wonderful babybluecas. Little warning here: don't get fooled by the title. While it ends on quite a hopeful note, the road there is anything else than a happy one. Anyway, these artworks were created for the Dean Winchester Big Bang 2019. Enjoy!

How To Cure Loneliness, Winchester Style... )



I hope you like it! And now please head over to the story and leave my author some love!

Late to The Dark Tower

Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:59 pm
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Finally, belatedly watched the film adaptation of The Dark Tower - really a mashup of bits from various novels, plus some stuff that IIRC never happened in the books, presumably needed to hold the rest together. I was relaxed about it being a rather free adaptation, and only began to worry a bit when I heard that they'd gutted it in editing; it seemed like one of those productions where people can't agree what it's about and, as R put it earlier, they settle that by making sure there's as little of it as possible. I've often advocated for shorter running times (behold the economy of a good 1940s film, and imagine it being applied to much of today's output), but an hour and a half was both more of this than I wanted and far less than it would have needed for us to actually care about the characters.

The biggest problem is that this needed to be a TV series, and fortunately there is an Amazon series in the works. Currently IMDb lists it for 2020, but that must be when production begins rather than an airdate, because all the news stories that reference it are "It's not dead!" ones. (I'm giving this fandom a tag in the hope that we will end up with a TV series worth discussing, and because it would be fun to re-read the books and talk about them.) Anyway, TDT is clearly a book series that is made for TV rather than film: like Game of Thrones before it, it needs and deserves time to spread out and appreciate its expansive world, deep charactersation and accumulation of lore, much of which echoes Stephen King's other work. Also, I think that the appeal of his writing lies very much in his style: he can be breathtakingly crude, colloquial in a way that rings true, and touching, sometimes all on the same page. Tone is a hard thing to translate to the screen when long passages of the books have Roland alone, but I believe it can be done.

The film is trying, in both senses. Idris Elba is a good choice for Roland; he's a man who can convey a wearing personal history with a look. But what we get of that history is so slim that even the litany of gunslingers, though moving in the books, rings as cheesy here when used to tie together the fact that our two barely-known protagonists have shit to work through re: their dead fathers. Though I have to say that even as a fan of the books who weirdly enjoyed that aspect of the books, it's also a very unfortunate cultural moment for an American film to have a man handing a boy a gun and telling him that working with it will make him feel better. A lot of emotional work has to be done by that scene, and the one where Roland comforts Jake about his mother's violent death. Otherwise, it all feels like it's on fast-forward. We don't get any visceral sense of why we should care about the Tower - yes, we're told our world is threatened along with the multiverse, but they tell us that in every other SFF film.

A TV series will have the chance to let the story breathe, and above all to develop the sense of Roland's absolute obsession with the Tower, and the sense of looming existential threat. It can slowly unfold the sense of a world that has "moved on"; a post-apocalyptic society grinding to a halt, where everyone has some degree of radiation poisoning (one enigmatic hint the film didn't have time to explore), where scarcity is absolute. The film shows Roland with a belt full of bullets, but part of the genius of the books was to make every bullet count, because it has been scavenged for, and because firing it now will mean not having it later, and having no way of knowing when or if there'll be more. And that's why Roland can be so staggered by simple things like Coca Cola, or aspirin; his body has never known refined sugar or modern medicine.

I think that shows like Preacher, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones all have qualities of atmosphere, tone, worldbuilding and production values that would make for a really good adaptation of The Dark Tower. It doesn't have to be identical to the books, but it does need to import what made them compelling.

Book Meme Day 4

Feb. 23rd, 2019 07:04 pm
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7 days, 7 covers, 0 comments.

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Love, sex and female empowerment: GIFs by this week's featured artist, Ghazaleh Rastgar | CBC Arts

These artistic GIFs celebrate the vulva in serious and silly ways.

Why doesn’t PBS publish this level of excellent content?

I welcome crowd-sourced image descriptions in comments

54/365

Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:37 pm
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I woke up early thinking I could catch up on lots of reading for uni, I could do all the dishes, I even had time to go to the gym if I wanted!

And then I played games on my phone and watched old familiar TV and barely got myself fed and dressed in time to go to Brighouse for games night.

Not much to report today.
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Botnik is essentially a text prediction website, that pulls from multiple sources. I like to tweak around with it because it's fun. :P

I attempted to summarize each Harry Potter book... using dialogue from Seinfeld. I inserted a few words here and there, and let Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine take it from there.

(Spoilers for the books, of course. Albeit very very subtle, all things considered.)

Read more... )
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Actually, language learning is not hard. When people say it is, they're almost talking about all the stuff that surrounds language learning, but not the process itself.

To master any language (even a first!) a learner needs to understand the material and then practice it. If a resource introduces something--a writing system, a verb conjugation, a grammar irregularity--without explaining it, many learners will give up in frustration: I don't get what's going on. Heaven help the learner if it introduces an element--spelling, conjugation, irregular verbs--incorrectly, because then they've absorbed something they don't even realise is a mistake and will have to spend time and effort and confusion to 1) realise it's wrong, and b) learn it again, correctly.

Which is why it's insane to me how shitty so many language-learning resources are--to say nothing of those created with self-study in mind. For instance, I dare anyone who's ever even briefly studied Chinese to tell me which of these four answers is correct. )

これで以上です。

a phone call with Mom

Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:35 am
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When I got home from Re-bar last night, I saw an email from Mom asking when would be a good time to call. I answered Mom, and alerted the United Sister Front. Mom and I haven't spoken in what, three months?

I just got off the phone with Mom about twenty minutes ago. The call itself lasted about fifteen minutes, which is generally how long Mom can keep it together before she really goes off the deep end. It was about 40% small talk, 60% complaints.

She still doesn’t seem to know where her money is. Surely her guardian has told her. She keeps getting surprised when it isn't where she expects it to be, and freaks out about notifications from banks about his activity.

She asked him how to get out of guardianship. He said, “When you die.” She told me that twice over the course of the call. She thinks she can get out of guardianship through marriage. I didn’t try to disabuse her of this notion.

Sometimes it was hard for me to tell what she was complaining about, her guardian or a neurological exam that she failed, despite it being something for "a ten-year-old".

Of course she complained that we put her in guardianship in the first place. I said, "Mom, we've been over this." I didn't repeat our list of reasons why.

She said she was writing up a medication list and was going to have a cardiac stress test next week. Yay no more cardiac surprises?

The good news is that we didn't get into any real arguments, mainly because I managed to keep my mouth shut. The bad news is that she's still a delusional ball of hurt feelings, and I doubt that'll change. Until she dies.

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Feb. 23rd, 2019 06:59 pm
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What was the name of the movie

Feb. 23rd, 2019 01:33 pm
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Where it turned out the diverse, talented team just needed a mediocre white dude to pull them together?

Nyan nyan!

Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:00 am
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So I signed up for Coffee Meets Bagel. That's just backstory, though. I filled everything out, and let it sit, and then yesterday a notification pops up on my phone and it's...this:

Coffee Meets Bagel February 22nd notification

This is probably the most kawaii notification that I have or will ever have received. It's hard to even translate because it's so reliant on puns. Maybe something like:
Nyaaa~ Today is Caturday! Maybe today you can find a lovely bagel to meow-t up with?
Apparently, February 22nd is 猫の日 (neko no hi, "Cat Day"), because it's three twos in a row, and the kanji for two () is part of the katakana for meow (ニャ. I don't really understand it myself, but it's a thing in Japan that even major corporations get into.

But, can you imagine an American corporation doing this if it wasn't explicitly pet-related? Dating app notifcations do tend to be filled with emoji, but it's usually hearts, and in English the actual text certainly isn't written in that kind of chō-kawaii language. When I got the message, I just kind of stared while I read it, my brain refusing to believe what I was seeing. But no, there it is. A company really sent me "Nyan nyan!" in a notification.

The dictionary also says that にゃんにゃん can mean "to make out" or "to have sex," which adds a whole additional layer to that notification. I wonder if that meaning is actually widely-used enough to be intentional?

So, happy belated Cat Day! Dancing kitty emoji

Edit: Today I got a notification about 富士山の日 (fujisan no hi, "Mt. Fuji Day"), another number-based pun. 2/23, and two can be pronounced "fu" (like in 二日 futsuka, "the second day of the month"), or "ji" (like in the name 二良 Jirō), and 3 is "san." Hence, fu-ji-san. It wasn't cutesy, but I think it's funny that I got two pun-based notifications from the same app two days in a row. And they used the Mrt. Fuji emoji. 🗻

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Feb. 23rd, 2019 12:04 pm
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This morning, my sense of smell was ultra-sensitive. Scott makes himself an omelet most Saturdays and Sundays, and this morning, I couldn't go into the kitchen because of the lingering smells. Mostly, it was the combination of the frying and the fresh broccoli. Nine times out of ten, I don't notice that sort of thing, but this morning was awful.

I ended up putting a scented lotion on a thigh high sock (the pair was about $3, so I bought them to see if I liked them and found I didn't) and tied it around my head so that I was breathing through it. I considered asking Scott to prepare my coffee and find me breakfast, but my 'coffee' is kind of complicated and involves me adding a lot of things by eyeball measurement combined with taste.

I don't want Scott to have to give up the omelets because the odor's okay for me most of the time and because they're a thing he enjoys. It's just that, when it gives me trouble, it gives me a lot of trouble. I'm pretty sure that getting the hood installed over the stove would help, but that's going to require that I find someone to do the work. Making the calls to try to find someone keeps getting bumped down the list and/or forgotten.

I think the problem is that I'm on the edges of migraine territory this morning. I'm not sure why a migraine today, but I get massively odor sensitive with those, and I'm having other symptoms that fit with that.

Well, time to wake Cordelia so that she has time to get dressed and eat before my guest arrives.
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Until this morning I had never heard of the agency Zenith Media Contents, but after seeing these two videos, I'm curious about them.  Z-Boys and Z-Girls are both based on the same concept - obviously a marketing gimmick - which is crazy enough that it just might work.  Each group is made up of 7 members, each member from a different Asian country, all singing in English.  It sets them up for pan-Asian success, as well as for a possible breakout into the English-speaking world.  Unfortunately, it also kind of sets them up for failure in Korea.  There's a strong thread of "K-pop = Koreans" in Korean fandom, to the point that I've heard people say that Twice has too many foreign members[*].  Only time will tell, I suppose.  The songs are catchy enough, now all we can do is wait and see if they catch on.





[*]  Twice has 9 members:  5 Korean, 3 Japanese, 1 Taiwanese.

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