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Thursday floral report

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:29
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Rhododendrons dropping flowers, those full fairy-skirt blossoms that want to be strung into a lei or other garland. Lupines building seed pods at the bottom of their spikes. My itchy eyes say that the grass is also blooming . . .

Yesterday's yearling raccoon remains. I'd expected it to vanish -- perfect take-out dinner for a coyote or fox.

Breezy, pleasant temperature, got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.25 miles, 1:15:33

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:40
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Well, I work about two miles away from this zoo, so I could go and be disdained by this giraffe calf in person.

Theoretically. The air is about the temperature of boiling right now and the idea of actually setting foot on zoo grounds is not that tempting, really, even with the possibility of being personally disdained.

Owww.

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:20
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No gym last night, no softball tonight - my thigh hurts, even at rest, which generally indicates a muscle strain. It hurt enough to wake me this morning. But how did I do it? How? Unless I strained something while walking funny due to the lower back/glute strain? (which is better, BTW) I took another dose of naproxen and wrapped it in my brace, which helped last time I had a thigh issue, which incidentally lasted quite a while and annoyed me very much.

*throws up hands*

I started reading The Hanging Tree yesterday and I'm more than half done already, so that's something. It feels great to be reading a book I can't wait to return to.

Long cat is long

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:04
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As promised, here are some pictures from yesterday's trip to MRFRS. I noticed a tail at the top of the big rolling cage, so it was amusing enough to photograph:

Pictures behind the cut )

What's in it for me?

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:58
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Air temperature 56 F, clear, wind WSW at about 5 mph for the newspaper walk. Tomorrow's forecast leads me to think I should get a bike ride in today.

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[R]ed tape also means regulations that protect citizens, at a certain cost to companies that otherwise have little incentive to sacrifice some profit to mitigate risk. It is because of red tape that you cannot buy a flammable sofa, and that you are very unlikely to die in an air crash.

Much red tape, indeed, is the frozen memory of past disaster. Modern regulatory regimes as a whole came into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries because of public outrage at the dangerous practices of unrestrained industry.

This is perhaps partly similar to the phenomenon that having effective infrastructure and ongoing regular maintenance of same is not as dramatic a story as horrendous accidents.

It's possibly also analogous to people becoming anti-vaxxers, because vaccination programmes have been so successful that there is no notion of the risks there used to be from common diseases of childhood.

For the first few years of 'there were no new cases of polio in the last twelve months' this is news. And then that becomes the default setting.

For those who decry 'Elf and Safety, I recommend a salutary reading of the London Medical Officer of Health reports from the C19th, freely available digitised and searchable online.

There are some Victorian values one can get behind, and the rise of public health is one of them.

On other Victorian values, however, and those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it, this person seems unaware that providing tied housing contingent upon working for a particular employer is nothing like a 'welfare state':

it was recently reported that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is spending is around $30m to provide short-term, prefab housing for 300 of its employees because Silicon Valley housing is in such short supply. Tech giants helped cause a housing crisis in Silicon Valley, now it seems they are becoming landlords. It’s feudalism 2.0.
Not so much feudalism as C19th model towns, e.g. Saltaire, founded by businessmen to keep their workers contented and (I hypothesise) spurning the trades union movement (having had to do with a late C19th enterprise with some of the same elements of benevolent paternalism towards the workforce).

And, looking at that article, was New Lanark really quite the same thing? Enlightened capitalism not quite the same as utopian socialism.

Also had the thought that people who are 'regulation BAD' seem to reverse this opinion when it comes to panic measures against terrorism that are often symbolic rather than proven efficacious.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:40
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] woldy!

[personal profile] sabotabby is focused

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:01
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Possums and communism are basically my whole life.


Context is locked; QWP.
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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )

Loose Id sale

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:31
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A quick note to say that Loose Id have temporarily dropped the prices on many "first of series" books, including mine. This is currently guaranteed to apply only to books purchased directly through Loose Id, although they were working on getting the reductions onto the big third party sites like Amazon. You can also get two of my short stories for free from the Loose Id site. My catalogue page is here: http://www.loose-id.com/authors/erotic-romance-authors-g-k.html?cat=76
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  • Lisa Coxon of Toronto Life shares eleven photos tracking Toronto's queer history back more than a century.

  • Michelle McQuigge reports for the Toronto Star that the Luminous Veil does save lives. I would add that it is also beautiful.

  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee thinks it makes perfect sense for there to be a dedicated streetcar corridor on King Street.

  • Ben Spurr describes a new plan for a new GO Transit bus station across from Union Station.

  • Emily Mathieu reported in the Toronto Star on how some Kensington Market tenants seem to have been pushed out for an Airbnb hostel.

  • In The Globe and Mail, Irish-born John Doyle explores the new Robert Grassett Park, built in honour of the doctor who died trying to save Irish refugees in 1847.

  • Justin Ling in VICE tells the story of three gay men who went missing without a trace in Toronto just a few years ago. What happened?
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I am rather surprised that the phenomenon of the drag queen story hour, where children are ready stories by people in full drag, seems to be becoming mainstream. While I can see how it has become big, given the performativity of the best drag performances and the humour of these and the nature RuPaul's second ascent to mainstream celebrity, I am still surprised.

  • NOW Toronto's Kelly Boutsalis writes about the spread of the Drag Queen Story Hour from Church and Wellesley to Toronto at large, from Yorkville to Leslieville.
  • In MacLean's, Katy MacKinnon explores how the Drag Queen Story Hour has taken off in Winnipeg.

  • Erin McCormack writes for The Guardian about how this is becoming a worldwide thing, even.
  • unexpected encounters, part 1

    Jun. 21st, 2017 19:18
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    It was grad school, and I had a short break coming up. Scotty, the guy I was dating, and I decided to go camping in the Adirondacks for a few days. He was from Alaska; I had gone camping for several years with Girl Scouts. We had the equipment, and we headed off to a campsite in the mountains; you didn't have to reserve one, you could just show up and if it wasn't being used, you could have it.

    It was raining the first night we were there, so we slept in the Mustang; Ford should know that Mustangs are designed as road cars, not as hotel rooms. Not the best way to sleep, so I wasn't that awake the next day. I made a fire, we had breakfast, and after we hiked for a bit to find the nearest stream and look around, Scotty went to see if there were any other campsites open, such as ones with a lean-to -- those usually need reservations, but you could get lucky.

    I stayed at the campsite, which had an outhouse, a fire pit, and not much more. We'd sunk the food in the creek to keep it cool and also reduce the food smell for any animals around, so I wasn't that worried. It was quiet. I went into the outhouse to do what you do in an outhouse.

    And, not long after I'd turned the wooden latch on the door, I heard footsteps outside, heavy footsteps, and the kind of deep-in-the-throat growling that comes from something very large. I thought at first that it might be a puma; they're not common in those mountains any more, but they come through sometimes -- but they're shy. This was a big animal, sniffing and sniffing and muttering to itself. And then it pushed on the outside of the outhouse and made a scraping noise, and I nearly stopped breathing. Then it got quiet. I stayed in the outhouse, barely moving at all, until Scotty's Mustang turned off the road and around the corner into the grassy parking area.

    And then I got out, several shades whiter than usual. And told him what had happened.

    "Bear," he said. And we both looked up at the scratch marks on the outhouse, about eight feet up. "Marking his territory.

    We'd seen a much-rolled-upon area in the tall grass about a mile away that he'd said was probably where a bear had slept -- but neither of us had expected it to visit. It was probably looking for food, which we had not had nearby. We decided to move to a different campsite ....

    quote from Pema Chodron

    Jun. 21st, 2017 17:26
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    June 21, 2017
    When We Play with Fire
    8.135
    If this “I” is not relinquished wholly,
    Sorrow likewise cannot be avoided.
    For if he does not keep away from fire,
    A man cannot escape from being burned.

    When we play with fire, we cannot escape from being burned. This describes life in the cocoon: the more self-absorbed we are, the more we suffer. But we can’t just snap our fingers and say,“This ‘I’ is just a label; I’m not going to think that way anymore.” Our ego trips are deeply ingrained. They are, in fact, the very means that keep the six realms well oiled and running.

    So, how do we get out of this? As Shantideva has said again and again, seeing the sameness of ourselves and others is the key.
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    Chris Christie's opioid commission and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

    Re the article on psychologists who were involved in torture, the movie Doctors of the Dark Side is about this, and is supposed to be good.

    Where are the nurses trained in dealing with sexual assault, to take the evidence for a rape kit?

    The Supreme Court on free speech and gerrymandering.

    The NY State Division of Human Rights is investigating Fox News over claims of sexual harassment and retalliation.

    The Seneca Nation of Indians has stopped payments from its casino earnings to state and local governments, based on their interpretation of a contract; the state says the payments should continue, based on further paperwork.

    New York State raises the age for marriage to 18, eliminating child marriage. Which confuses me a bit, since I knew a couple who ran off to Virginia to get married because they could do it there but not in NY. She was 18 and he was 17 then; according to this article they might not have needed to cross two or three states to do it.

    It will take a village to save the Colorado River.

    Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris have become the stars of the Russia inquiry, and rightfully so for their incisive questions. And we are told that, despite the possibility of blackmail, former National Security Advisor Flynn had access to the most sensitive intelligence.

    The race to solar power in Africa.

    A new industry in China: mistress dispellers.

    Nora Ephron on making "Julie and Julia", and much more. An older article but a good one.

    My body doesn't belong to you.
    thnidu: Double spiral, spinning out from the empty space at a common center (heyiya-if)
    [personal profile] thnidu
    From my synagogue:

    17 year-old Nabra Hassanen was assaulted and killed early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia. This heinous act of violence against a young Muslim woman has transpired during the holy month of Ramadan - and in the wake of increased violence around the world.

    We invite you to join your fellow Philadelphians this Wednesday evening, June 21, for an interfaith vigil to honor Nabra's memory and to condemn her killing and the hatred that led to her death. The evening will begin at 8:00 p.m. with remarks from community members.

    The vigil will be followed by Maghrib/ Ma'ariv prayers, and a communal potluck Iftar (breaking of the fast) dinner in the park. Water and dates will be provided. All are invited to join us in breaking the fast, even if you are not fasting. People of all faiths are welcome, as are those who do not identify with a religious or faith community. Ours is a table of sacred healing and resistance. By sharing together, we stand against those who would divide us. We will gather for Nabra in the spirit of Rumi’s words:

    “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”

    If you plan to join us for the iftar and are able, please bring something to share: snacks or other food not containing pork or shellfish would be welcome. For help deciding what to bring, please email Raquel or Yosef.

    Sunset Interfaith Vigil for Nabra & Communal Iftar

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    Rittenhouse Square
    8PM Vigil / 8:34 Prayers and Iftar

    Sponsored by Sacred Justice, (List in Formation and will be updated)



    The song in my head and in the “Music:” tag. YouTube 3:01 )

    Hard Things

    Jun. 21st, 2017 17:32
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    Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

    What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

    an IMPORTANT question

    Jun. 21st, 2017 16:04
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    Poll #18516 trying to cheer myself up from rain/flood watch/tornado watch/tropical storm
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 33


    If I were to attempt CHEESECAKE [0] pinup art of a hexarchate character for lulz, it should be

    View Answers

    Nirai Kujen
    16 (48.5%)

    Shuos Jedao
    16 (48.5%)

    Kel Cheris [1]
    6 (18.2%)

    Andan Tseya
    3 (9.1%)

    Shuos Khiaz
    1 (3.0%)

    someone else I will name in comments
    1 (3.0%)

    ticky the EXTREMELY DISAPPROVING tocky
    2 (6.1%)



    [0] May or may not feature CHEESY partial nudity.

    [1] The incomparable [personal profile] telophase once did me a sketch of blonde, busty Cheris with her space ferret because I kept joking that I would get a cover featuring blonde, busty Cheris with her space ferret. (Hexarchate AU...?!)

    (In real life, I'm working on an art assignment...ahahahahaha.)

    (Dear Louisiana: PLEASE STOP RAINING. At least it isn't downpouring enough that I feel that I have to pack for emergency evacuation, it's just raining drearily, but...)
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    For once, Charles Pierce was too nice to David Brooks today. Here’s Drew Magary (uses language)
    thnidu: Red pen. Text: The red penis the editor's friend; editing mark "insert space" in "penis". from lj:stormsdotter (editor's friend)
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    Letter to AARP:

    Your community page treats "kudos" as a plural. It's not. It's from Greek and it means "praise". "One kudo" is absurd, as bad as "One prai" (singular of "praise", isn't it?). So are "two kudos" and "Who kudoed this?" and "Top Kudoed Authors". Even "two kudoses", "Who kudosed…", and "Top Kudosed…" would be better.