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Cuddle Party

Mar. 29th, 2017 23:31
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes.  Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime.  So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace.  Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room and a kitchen with a popcorn machine.  Come snuggle up!

D.O.P.-T.

Mar. 29th, 2017 21:13
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[personal profile] weofodthignen
A mourning dove has been settling in to the same hanging plant pot on the front porch, then flying off in terror when one of us comes near. But no eggs this time.
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In the never-ending attempt to keep my stock of author copies under control, I’m offering up three copies apiece of Voyage of the Basilisk and In the Labyrinth of Drakes. You’ve got about three days left to enter!

Also, I’m still looking for icons! Renewing the call not because I haven’t been offered a good selection, but because I want to give more people a chance to win the two Advance Reader Copies of Within the Sanctuary of Wings. Get your image manipulating on and maybe get a book!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

Real robo-callers

Mar. 29th, 2017 18:31
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Everyone else was probably already aware of this particular piece of technological progress: I'm getting a lot of calls that are clearly completely automated and playing recordings based on voice prompts (rather than auto-diallers connected to a live-person call center). Makes it easier to just hang up on them, despite the breezy "personal" style of the pre-recorded scripts. 
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From The Verge.

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

They betrayed you for chump change

Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.

* The article doesn't say they're all Republicans, but I scrolled through the list, and they are.

Click headline for story.






Wednesday Yardening

Mar. 29th, 2017 16:29
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Today I fed the birds.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.  I saw a brown thrasher in the fly-through feeder.

I trimmed some brush around the purple-and-white garden.  

The pear tree is blooming.  Both goji berry bushes survived the freeze earlier and are putting out leaves.  Pink buds are appearing on the redbud trees.

Weather today is chilly and wet, intermittently drizzling. 

So what arrived?

Mar. 29th, 2017 15:47
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[personal profile] telophase
In a previous entry I said we'd bought patio furniture, which was scheduled to be delivered by FedEx today, bu that FedEx claimed the shipment consisted of one box a foot square and 9" deep, with a weight of three pounds.

Toby was convinced that we'd somehow bought expensive dollhouse furniture. I was convinced that what we were going to get was a box with the warranty and some cleaning fluid in it (that's happened before when we bought furniture).

On the way home from dropping documents by our tax lady, we got a notification from FedEx that our shipment had been delivered, so the drive home was a bit tense as we wondered what awaited us.

So what arrived...?

Read more... )

So cute (and a little accident)

Mar. 29th, 2017 20:49
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Today, my children got to watch figure skating on tv for the first time. Just as I'd imagined, my son loved it. He was jumping up and down while he was listening to the music. Strangely enough, this time my daughter who usually loves to watch dancing, wasn't interested. Maybe she was tired. It seems that way, because she fell asleep a little later. While Pepper was asleep, we decided to take Salt out for a little walk. I was going to get his overall when I tripped over the rocking horse and almost fell down. Fortunately, I didn't drop Salt and he wasn't frightened either.

My CPAP machine is insecure

Mar. 29th, 2017 14:51
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So it sends me endless emails explaining how it makes my life easier. Today's was a claim that apnea sufferers who use their CPAP machines correctly halve their odds of experiencing a vehicular mishap, which is kind of funny because I almost got backed over by a car today.

Caturday: Salem steps out

Mar. 29th, 2017 12:19
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[personal profile] madfilkentist
The cat population in the kitten room was the same as last week. Endor is off bite quarantine but still caged. Salem wasn't in the covered box any more, but was hiding under a set of cat shelves. Dory is even friendlier than before, if anything. Paco Taco was hiding under the fancy cage, and I don't think I actually saw him the whole time I was there. (Virginia did.)

At first Salem was making scary noises, but after a while he surprised us by coming out and wandering around more or less calmly, even rubbing up against my leg. He still spent most of his time in corners, and I wasn't ready to feed him a hand, but it was quite an improvement.

The picture behind the cut is of Dory. The eyes aren't really two different colors; it just came out that way.
cat picture )

Wednesday Reading

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:37
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[personal profile] oracne
I'm slowly reading Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older - it's YA, but still set in the Bone Street Rumba universe. (There was a small crossover in Midnight Taxi Tango.)

Sierra, the main character, is a high school artist working on a mural in her Brooklyn neighborhood when she notices that a mural portrait of one of her grandfather's deceased friends has changed its expression, which, creepy and cool! I love this book. I love the rich details of setting and culture, and I love the range of characters, and I love the fast-paced dialogue. And I love Sierra, whose policy about boys is "ignore, ignore, ignore."

The best thing about it is the role older people play in Sierra's life. Her grandfather is disabled from a stroke, but she interacts with many of his contemporaries in the neighborhood, which to me gives a richness you don't find when the teenaged protagonist only hangs out with other teenagers.

There's a sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out in September. Yay!

Long way to go

Mar. 29th, 2017 15:09
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[personal profile] green_knight
Here are two periodical reminders that equality is a long way off:

http://www.parent.co/5-unexpected-gender-differences-in-childrens-clothing/

An article which details the differences between 'boys' and 'girls' clothes. Spoiler: clothing for girls is less functional and less sturdy. It's also more likely to make the wearers uncomfortable.


The other day I was watching a primary school class run around the local park. In school uniform. Many girls wore shoes that did not seem to be made for running. Also, all of the girls but only some of the boys were running in their blazers.

The result was that girls in blazers and uncomfortable shoes were competing with boys in shirts and comfortable shoes. Guess who runs faster? Guess who takes home the message that they're good at sports? Guess who will find sports uncomfortable?



A female cook and a male cook work on a project together. It's way, way cool. A 'media/news company' ("Insider") makes a short, viral film about the genius guy and briefly mentions his female partner.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQV5btvgxII/?taken-by=abbyleewilcox

This is how women get erased. In this case, very deliberately.

Those chocolate geode eggs are way, way, WAY cool.

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Mar. 29th, 2017 08:47
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so the patio furniture we ordered is theoretically on a FedEx truck to be delivered today...the FedEx website says we're getting a single package 12" x 12" x 9" that weighs 3 pounds.

Hmmm.
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[personal profile] oursin

What I read

Josh Lanyon, Fair Game (2010) m/m romantic thriller (I guess), following a rec from someone somewhere. It was okay - though I'd fingered one character as at least dodgy and concealing something quite early on - but I'm not inspired particularly to continue reading the series.

Robin Stevens, First Class Murder (2015).

On the go

Simon Brett, The Killing in the Café (2015).

Charlie Fox, This Young Monster (2017): 'hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things'. I did that somewhat reprehensible thing where one sees something in an indie bookshop that one should be supporting, and then goes away and gets the ebook a) because it's cheaper and b) because Boox We Are Too Menny and I am trying to cut back, not with entire success, on introducing more actual books into the household, at least until I have undertaken the long deferred purge.

Up Next

Dunno: I am in that state of mind vis a vis reading in which I have a massive tbr pile that includes things that I definitely want to get to, and yet keep getting distracted by other people's recs, thing I picked up in the charity shop, etc.

Oh yes, and had a thought that one of the reasons I did not get on with that Patricia Craig book was that our tastes do not seem to mesh: she either did not read or disliked some of the canonical works of my childhood, and liked things about which I was meh (I never got on with Just William, one would like to think that I already detected the misogyny, but I think it was the style that turned me off in my youth).

Haters gonna hate

Mar. 29th, 2017 07:07
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Some of the differently intelligent people who think fat people wouldn’t be fat if they exercised also think Nike shouldn’t make clothes for them to exercise in.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker
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The problems we have because Smart Republican Paul Ryan and his followers think that insurance shouldn’t work like insurance

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] mslorelei

Ugh

Mar. 29th, 2017 07:26
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[personal profile] telophase
Everyone at work is going to be cranky tomorrow--there's a big storm that
just passed over and in addition to the tornado sirens that went off (they
go off for warnings, which means conditions are likely, not necessarily
that one's been spotted), the university sent out an alert on their info
line so everyone got a text AND a phone call.

There's also a lot of cranky parents right now who are getting the alert
because their phones are registered as the main contact but who don't live
in the area.

take on me

Mar. 28th, 2017 22:13
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[personal profile] thistleingrey
Courtney Milan, Hold Me (2016): amidst everything, I nearly failed to notice that it's also nonbinding teacher/student (they're not in the same field or connected instructionaly). Way to overclock the setup.

That setup emerges from the narrative's predecessor, Trade Me. Here, Tina's best friend Maria runs a pseudonymous blog that was begun as a lightweight distraction but has gained some rather heavyweight-intellectual reader-commenters, including someone who signs himself Actual Physicist. Over time, MCL and A. have begun exchanging text-message confidences. Then we see them meet in person for other reasons, with instant enmity on both sides; then, of course, one of the two discovers the link. That's the main line. But it's also a book about multiple trans and queer individuals who form a group but aren't the same and don't all get along, and about being overtly femme with shoes that speak, and about men in technical fields who think they're allies and aren't, and about being a non-traditional undergrad, and about being wrong on the internet....

Whereas Trade feels slightly stitched-together to me (except for Falun Gong, I know every single riff's antecedent well, so the narrative tradeoffs show), Hold manages a self-consistency and balance while juggling so. very. many. complicated elements. Read more... )