It's No Problem

May. 26th, 2017 08:01 am
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Posted by Dave Hingsburger

We came into the lobby and were blown away. It was completely redesigned and really fresh and beautiful. It's a smaller chain known for room that are reasonably priced and for pretty good service. As we are in our 60s and as we'd been driving for hours our first request was for directions to the toilets. We were pointed in their general direction. There was a men's, a women's, and and all genders toilet, I was initially pleased to see the inclusivity until I noticed that none of them had the disabled symbol on them. I guessed that the all genders toilet would be the one and I guessed right.

Now I'm feeling a little bit bad for feeling a little bit annoyed. Why the loss of the disabled symbol? Knowing at a glance which washroom I can use is really helpful. Was I being petty? Was I simply tired and churlish? I don't know, but I felt that it was like the hotel saying, 'there's only so much diversity we can deal with so be grateful for what's here and hush up." When I mentioned the bathrooms to the clerk he went on and on about how nice it is to be welcoming to everyone. I pointed out the lack of disabled symbol and the guess I'd made. It was like talking to someone who cared a lot about what he already thought and didn't want to think any more thank you.

Then, after checking in, I wanted to go into the little shop beside the registration desk to get a snack for the room. It wasn't wheelchair accessible. They had these poles holding nicely designed curved frosted glass and at the bottom of the pole was a huge round disk. I suppose to others it would look pretty but to me it looked like a significant barrier. I tried and was right, I couldn't get in.

I remarked to the clerk that when doing renovations, which he had proudly spoken of while we were checking in, so I knew they were recently done, it would have made sense to have this area wheelchair accessible. He said, "But it's no problem, I can help get you what you want.?"

"That's not the point," I said, "I would like to go in and select myself, I can't even see everything from here."

He smiled at me like he would a child that didn't understand the way of the world.

I do understand the way of the world.

And the way of the web.

Yes, the letter is already written.

I should have kept count of how many of these I've written. I didn't realize upon becoming disabled that I'd become a prolific writer of letters documenting, to those who think we'd not notice, prejudice built and bigotry encountered. But they have to know we notice. They have to know.
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Posted by Fred Clark

It is only after our heroes confess this particular sin and embrace the "Bible-prophecy" teachings of Tim LaHaye that they become Real, True Christians and receive divine forgiveness and salvation. In Left Behind, the refusal to acknowledge LaHaye’s teaching as supreme truth is the equivalent of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unforgivable sin that condemns one to Hell along with the preterists, the a-Millennialists and the Jews.
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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Yesterday, Nerdist paid tribute to Wonder Woman while also paying tribute to some of history’s most influential female music artists. “Wonder Woman: Save the World” is about as nerdy mashup as it gets, let me tell ya, but it really is a wonderful selection of songs that reflect upon the heroine that is Wonder Woman, portrayed by Jessica Chobot, Ciara Renee (Legends of Tomorrow), and Katrina Rosita.

It starts out with a pretty rousing rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” then moves on to Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman,” Madonna’s “Material Girl,” Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman,” Britney Spears’ “Stronger,” and then (because of course you can’t have a female-empowered mashup without the Queen Bee herself, Beyoncé) “Run the World (Girls).”

Rather than straight covers, though, the minds behind this video decided to Wond-ify the lyrics, making them all about her heroics and such. It’s a bit hard to put into words exactly what that means, so you should, for starters, watch the gosh darn video, then check out the lyrics below, which Nerdist kindly shared as well.

I’m willing to bet we’ll see this video pop up in some Alamo Drafthouse pre-show reels; we should be so lucky.

Nerdist’s lyrics follow:

“Wonder Woman: Save the World”

You keep sayin’ you want me in your league
Someone who will rise to the test
You’ve been fightin’ where you shouldn’t’ve been fightin’

And now, you need some help from this princess

These boots are made for battle
And that’s just what they’ll do
One of these days these boots are gonna kick a hole in you

I am woman, watch me soar
Big golden shield and a broadsword!
Amazonian with power to defend

Send your villains to my shore
I’ll leave them bloodied, bruised, and sore
Send them running back into the world of men

If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong!)
My jet’s invisible (invisible!)

I am woman…

Some boys fly and some boys buy
But they won’t save the day (no way!)
But I will, a demigodess
Sculpture made of clay-ay

Cause we all live in, a Themysciran world
And I’m a Themysciran girl
You know that we all live in a Themysciran world
And I’m a Themysciran girl

When I lasso you!
You’re lyin’ days are through
Ain’t no way to hide
Secrets deep inside
An evil scheme you’re keepin’ from me

Then instantly will be revealed, ’cause
I’m Wonder Woman

Can’t lie to me
Anything I wanna know baby
You’ll tell me easily


There’s no one I can’t beat or slay
My Ti-a-ra-aa
And my gold bracelets will deflect your blades

You might think that I won’t make it
On my own
But now I’m stronger than DOOMSDAY

Brought to life by Aphrodi-TAY
The daughter of Hippolyta is here

Who bring the thunder…(girls)
Who save the world? (girls) Who save the world? (girls)
Who save the world? (girls) Who save the world? (girls)
Shout out to Wonder (girls) We bring the thunder (girls)
Shout out to Wonder (girls) We bring the thunder (girls)
Who save the world? (girls) Who save the world? (girls)
Who save the world? (girls) Who save the world? (girls)

We are queens
What do we want?
To save the world
(who bring the thunder)

We are queens
What do we want?
To save the world


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The World of Tomorrow

May. 26th, 2017 12:52 pm
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I'm thinking of writing something set in the mid-21st century and asked Charlie if he had any good resources for futurism on a ~30 year time scale. And lo and behold, a guest post appeared.

Now, I'm not much of a futurist, or really any kind of futurist in the formal sense. But I like to think I can see where things might be going, so here's a brief rundown of what I'm anticipating we'll see by mid-century.

TECHNOLOGY - A fractured Internet and radically decentralized social media are the name of the game. This is the cyberpunk dystopia you were promised, but without all the messy brain surgery and skulljacks. Getting data across certain national borders will be difficult. Getting news out during a blackout might, in some countries, be worth your life. Most countries that style themselves as free may resist government control of the Internet, but it’s unlikely that they will be able to do much more than maintain zones where the old rules apply. The Great Firewall of China is going to be a popular model. Alternative national networks that are inherently biased in favor of the state might prove to be another.

Even in countries that prefer to be mostly hands-off about their networks, legislation and policy changes will be put in place to harden their population against psy-op attacks like the one that has crippled America. The dream is already dead: in 30 or 40 years we’ll see what has grown from the corpse. Drones will be ubiquitous of course, as will anti-drone technologies to clear the airspace in an emergency.

POLITICS - Expect socialism, anarchism, and other direct challenges to capitalism to make a roaring comeback in the developed world.

The Washington Consensus relied upon Washington to be a reliable broker, and the loss of faith in American leadership due to the Trump Administration will be seismic in scale. By 2050, America has vastly degraded herself from her position of supremacy in January of 2001, but she is likely to retain a cultural influence that is far out-sized compared to her paltry 460 million citizens (already in fourth place after China, India, and the EU).

The global cultural impact of a resurgent Left in the famously right-wing United States may end up being one of the signature features of the new era, if for no other reason than our cultural productions might be one of our few remaining viable exports. It might not be cinema and TV shows by then. It might be hepatic enabled VR that let’s YOU fight the strike breakers in front of the Ford Motor Company gates! Feel that Pinkerton’s skull crack under your Louisville Slugger! Oh yes, the resurgent American socialism is going to be drenched in Americana, tip to tail. (At least it will be if I have anything to say about it!)

But, of course, America will as usual be a trailing indicator.

This shift is well underway in Europe already, and with a few more decades to develop it may become a big deal, historically speaking. I haven’t seen much discussion of how this dynamic will play out in Asia. It may be in places where the economy is still developing to a Euro/American level, these appeals will be less persuasive, but I kind of doubt it. It’s going to be a major controversy everywhere. International boundaries will continue to blur but will not disappear.

WAR - Modern war is horrifying in its expense and violence. This will be ever more true, and the extreme costs of the highest end weapon systems might paradoxically make them less vital in a strategic sense. Sun Tzu identifies the highest form of strategy as learning how to win without fighting, and when a single squadron of fighters costs a sizable fraction of a country’s GDP, their incentive to get creative with how they achieve their contested objectives has never been higher. We see that with Russia’s campaign of election meddling already. This will formalize as new type of international conflict. Perhaps there will be a new word for it, or perhaps we will simply change the definition of war to “a political conflict in which one side has decided the other’s interests are immaterial and not to be considered.”

When it does come to violence, I think we will see a pattern where much of the fighting will be conducted with low to medium cost weapons systems, and a few high end bits of kit meant to act as a force multiplier. How might this look in practice? Consider an urban guerrilla outfit which manufactures its own ammunition out of smuggled raw ingredients and feeds this into their 3D printed infantry weapons. They have as many riflemen as they want, but for antitank defense they rely on foreign missiles dropped off in the night by friendly special forces helicopters.

One caveat to this: many of the world’s most powerful economies have been sheltering under the enormous US defense budget for generations. With Washington no longer reliable, that may not be the case for much longer. But 2050, we may see large standing armies with fully modern equipment in places where they haven’t been seen in generations. If that’s the case, expect the first three weeks of any major conventional war to be an absolute bloodbath…and then the guerrilla phase starts.

For a historical example, look at the Battle of the Frontiers in World War 1. A lot of illusions were shattered at enormous cost of human life, and both sides then scrambled to improvise new tactics and technologies to counter the revealed status quo. Think of that, but without the trench warfare. Imagine instead if France had been conquered, and then immediately gone into a kind of medium-high insurrection against the occupation forces instead of surrendering. Now add in the Internet, foreign meddling, long-standing internal conflicts coming to a boil, and that will be the pattern for major conventional conflict.

And if fourth generation nuclear weapons ever get off the drawing board…it’s not gonna be pretty.

ENVIRONMENT - The shift to renewables will be all but complete, and pollution cleanup technologies might be a big growth industry, pushed heavily by China, who have a real strong incentive to figure out how to pull heavy metals out of the water and soil.

Antarctica is past the point of no return. Many coastal cities have flooded. To openly be a global warming denialist in some places on Earth is to take your life in your hands. By 2050, I expect at least high profile one climate related assassination to have occurred. Carbon capture technology is one of the highest priority areas of research, and scientists are also scrambling with a way to capture the other greenhouse gasses as well. Geo-engineering initiatives have significant political clout by now. People see the problem and they want it FIXED. Animals are being sampled so they can be cloned back into being after they go extinct. In some places, eco-preservation is almost a mania. The last few stubborn hold-outs in denial are likely to be radicalized and violent by now. See above for how that’s gonna work out for them.

I don’t expect the panic reactions to the Earth visibly starting to fall apart to work. We’re gonna get several nasty surprises. Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 had a plausible future history for how this argument might play out. Green cities of vertical farms, a smaller human population living in automated comfort, and a re-wilded countryside is an ideal that’s already attractive to some. It will only get more attractive as time goes on.

HEALTH - The permafrost has already begun to melt. Surprise, it’s smallpox! Or if not smallpox, some other damn thing nobody’s had to have antibodies for at any time in the past half million years. The death toll might be high, but one hopes a crash program of inoculation keeps this from being the civilization killer that some fear and others hope for. See the movie Contagion for what I’m thinking will happen. We get pandemic scares all the time (We’ve had like three just since I graduated college nine years ago) and sooner or later the bugs will get lucky. Stem cell therapy, 3-D printed organs, CRISPR, etc, are really coming into their own and helping people live longer and at a higher quality than ever before, if they have the money.

I do not expect much in the way of sci-fi flavored biotech, if only because the real problems that these technologies will be bent toward will be more subtle, but more important. Developing a new way to culture bacteria, for example, would be an obvious application of biotech that doesn’t exactly move the average heart to excitement, and yet would be as consequential as the discovery of penicillin.

Look for several medical breakthroughs of this sort in the next few decades, but be warned you may not live to see their full benefit because immortality isn’t fucking happening for people who are already alive. Who is the most enthusiastic about cheating death? Silicon Valley types who have never met a real limit in their life, that’s who. Don’t let their privileged delusions pollute your thinking. What is much more likely to happen is that upper class people will begin living much longer than has historically been the norm, but lower class people will find their life expectancy cut. Hey, remember when I said socialism was gonna make a comeback?

And that’s it. That’s my list of thoughts about where we will be by mid-century. I think there’s going to be at least one really big black swan event, and probably at least one major conventional war like the one I suggested above. What did I leave out? What did I get wrong?

It's raining, it's pouring

May. 26th, 2017 08:24 am
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The old man is no longer snoring. Air temperature 48 F, wind NNE about 10 mph, dark and rain, heavy at times. Weather radar offers us a gap in the swirl coming up. Maybe.

Some more MEA, and also Once

May. 26th, 2017 02:21 pm
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I finished Mass Effect Andromeda and my final assessment of the game is that it's flawed, but enjoyable. I think it's safe to say that I won't be replaying it as much as any of the Dragon Age games, but the same was true of the original trilogy.

So much of the critism of this game compares it to Mass Effect 1-3, and can never quite identify with that because I never had that much fun playing them. Biotics aside, I found pretty much every aspect of battle incredibly dry and boring. I adore Ashley and Liara, but there were a whole lot of characters I felt so disconnected from. Plus, the military nature of the game always made the crew seem more like Shepard's employees than the cooky space family I want/need/crave.

(The Citadel DLC is still the greatest thing to happen in our time.)

My small, tiny interest in Sloane Kelly has grown a little bit into a full on obsession after reading the tie-in novel Nexus Uprising. More on that in another post, probably. Too many feelings.

I conclusion, Mass Effect Andromeda appealed to me a whole lot more than the original trilogy, but Dragon Age 1-3 still win out by a mile.


In other news, Once Upon a Time season 6 is finished, and though there's a season 7 coming, this very much seemed like an ending to the story started in season 1. I'm assuming, going forward, that seasons 1-6 will be more or less self-contained, while season 7 kicks off a new kind of story.

I... can't quite believe I've stuck with this show for this long. There have been ups and downs, and several points where I was sure I was giving up on it, but I am really happy now that I didn't. This show definitely qualifies as one of the weirdest and most enoyable TV experiences I've had. The sheer absurdity of some of their storylines is staggering, but somehow they always make me believe it.

After we watched the last episode, [personal profile] commoncomitatus and I were both like, "...ha ha, what a weird few years, some of it was great but so much weirdness, wouldn't want to rewatch that, ha ha... unless..... you........... do.................?????"

So we're doing a rewatch from the very beginning now. It's going to be glorious.
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Posted by Tim Hardwick

Apple has successfully finalized a solution to integrate Touch ID fingerprint recognition directly into the display of its upcoming "iPhone 8", according to a new report on Friday.

Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) said it spoke to sources from Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), who apparently confirmed Apple's achievement during a technology convention held in Taipei on Thursday.

Among several design changes TSMC reportedly discussed at the TSMC 2017 NA Technology Symposium was the lack of a home button on the redesigned OLED iPhone, owing to Apple's use of "an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly on the screen" in the absence of a physical Home button.

In addition to the fingerprint recognition, the sources claimed the new iPhones will also come with "invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of the high-pixel camera" and to enable augmented reality functions.

If true, news of Apple's on-screen fingerprint recognition solution will come as a relief to watchers tracking the development of Apple's "tenth anniversary" edition iPhone. Reports that the company has been researching ways to integrate fingerprint sensors directly into screens go as far back as June 2015, but more recent sources have claimed Apple has struggled to find a solution that overcomes the production challenges involved.

Specifically, Apple was said to be facing low yield issues of its in-house fingerprint sensor solution, which may have been forcing it to consider three possible alternatives: remove Touch ID from the 5.8-inch iPhone entirely and rely on other forms of biometric authentication instead, place the sensor on the back of the device (similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S8), or delay production of the phone.

The security of existing face and iris recognition technology has already come into question, while the idea of a rear-mounted Touch ID fingerprint sensor has received a largely negative response from current iPhone users. Suggestions that Apple could announce the OLED iPhone in September alongside typical "S" cycle iPhones but delay its availability have also been met with skepticism.

Additionally, today's news also lines up with previous rumors claiming Apple has been aiming to finalize its fingerprint sensor specification in May all along, in time for mass production in late July, which would fall in line with the company's usual annual iPhone production timeframe.

The other design changes mentioned by sources at TSMC suggest additional biometric authentication such as iris/facial recognition could be used to augment Touch ID via a high pixel-density front-facing camera, which is expected to feature next-generation 3D-sensing capabilities powered by PrimeSense technology. The report also claims the screen ratio of the displays on the new iPhones will be adjusted to 18.5:9 instead of the previous 16:9.

The "iPhone 8" is thought to have a redesigned steel and glass chassis, an edge-to-edge OLED display, and could carry a "premium" price, compared to previous models. Apple is expected to debut the new iPhone in the fall alongside updated versions of its current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch device lineup.

(Via DigiTimes.)

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May. 26th, 2017 07:38 am
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Someone who physically assaulted a reporter for asking uncomfortable questions about policy just got elected to Congress by a margin of 6 points.

Anyone good with themes?

May. 26th, 2017 07:29 am
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I wouldn't mind a DW theme that had an Imzy look to it...
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Well, after writing that post last night (and I don't regret doing it, I don't, because I'm allowed to have feelings and you guys are people I trust, except I kind of do because society tells me I shouldn't need to share things like this—I'm thinking of all the negative comments I've heard over the years about "teenagers on LiveJournal," but ugh, Self, stop listening to that stupid societal voice and feel your feelings already)—

—anyway, after that, I crept home, walking down the hill from my Aunt & Uncle's in the dark, and snuck back into the house and up to my room. The front door was locked so I guess they figured out how I'd left.I came home to an email from mom, who said she'd called, and A. "sounded bad" and then said they "couldn't find me" so mom was worried. And I couldn't respond, just then, without sharing all my emotions with mom as well as you guys, and even after three screwdrivers I knew that was not a good thing in the long run in terms of being an adult and having sane family dynamics. 

So now I'm awake and I was reading through all your lovely comments, and then I saw that I had another email, and it was from dad, at 5:30 am. He was apologizing and saying he hoped I'd forgive him: no anger or self-justification, just very simple. And now I just—

—just, maybe I should be feeling sad or scared or something, because yeah, last night was no fun at all and I really didn't like it and I don't want it to happen again, but mostly I don't: I feel pretty good, in the light of day, about my willingness to trust my own needs and leave the house, and my choice to not involve mom, because both were safe healthy decisions. And I'm proud of myself for having realized that dad's anger isn't about me, and that I'm an adult enough to have figured out that "escape" is actually a safe and healthy coping mechanism, and for the fact that I'm going to be even better about using my words (as the Captain would say) and setting boundaries around politics talk. I mean, truly: I'm not actually anxious about any of that. Dad got angry, I got scared, I ran away, and then after about half an hour of panic what I was actually doing was staying away to give everybody a chance to cool down, so good job me. 

But now I just feel so sad that I've hurt my dad; I hate the idea that he thinks even for a second that I believe he's a white supremacist, and I'm afraid that, having convinced himself that's what I believe, that he will now think this awful thing about himself and think that I think that. So instead of being sad about last night I'm sad about the thought that dad is hurting. This isn't me being overly guilty or me excusing his behavior: yeah, dad behaved shittily, and he shouldn't have. But that being said, isn't it okay that I love my parents (and my Wicked Stepmother who in case it isn't clear only has got that name as a joke and is in fact lovely) and I want them to be happy? It feels weird because so many people I know have terrible relationships with their parents, but occasional shitty behavior aside, I feel about my parents the way I imagine people feel about their kids, in that it breaks my heart to think of them being sad. And that feels strange, but that's what I'm sad about right now.

(I'm pretty sure I've said several times recently—in this journal, even!—that I'm going back to therapy. I haven't done it yet. But. Uh. I'm going to do it. 

If for no other reason than I realized last night that even though I have a lot of dear friends in my life—many of you guys included!—the only person I felt comfortable enough calling was Colleague M., and he's someone who I hadn't seen for a decade before we started working together again, and is someone who hates feelings, and who I know hates it when his girlfriend relies upon him for emotional support—and, uh. It's probably worth thinking about, that I don't really have people in my life I'm willing to rely on like that besides him, isn't it?

And therapy ALSO because I keep asking you guys questions, and, uh, that isn't fair.) 


May. 26th, 2017 12:15 pm
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I didn't really get a chance to catch my breath about the citizenship stuff, because of the job interview appearing so quickly on its heels. Now that I've got the inevitable rejection out of the way, I'm starting to think a little more about it again.

I've been forgetting about it, or I've been at best excited that I have my passports back. I really underestimated how much I would hate being without them (plural because the expired one has my proof of Indefinite Leave to Remain in it, which is my proof I can work here and hopefully what keeps the border guards at Manchester Airport from being completely awful to me whenever I come back, so the expired passport is still an integral part of the deal).

Working on my book (I owe Kickstarter an update too). I am so stressed about it at this point, but Andrew's looking at what I have today and assures me it's not as bad as I feared and it's not as far from being done as I feared either.

And [personal profile] po8crg and [personal profile] haggis are taking me out for dinner tonight to celebrate my UK citizenship, so that should help make it seem a bit more real!

Keito’s Fructosamine test results

May. 26th, 2017 06:40 pm
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His BGL is always high first thing in the morning because he needs insulin shot after his first feed. What we want are good fructosamine levels. (Glucose attaches to hemoglobin)

Keitos' is in the 'good control' level, just missing the Excellent Control. (Insert happy applause here.) Will aim for excellent control over time, but very pleased with results, as he is a 14 year old moggie. He is happy, in good health, other than the diabetes, so we aren't aiming for 'perfect' numbers of a 4 year old cat.

No need to recheck for six months unless we have a problem.

fifty years ago next week

May. 26th, 2017 03:07 am
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In commemoration of the impending 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, I am proud to present you with ...

what I believe is the first cover version of any of its songs to be released. It was released in June 1967, same month as the original album, and it was produced by the same George Martin who produced the album. It's a comic actor and musical comedian artist of his (remember that Martin got his start in comedy records) named Bernard Cribbins, singing "When I'm Sixty-Four."

I haven't directly compared this with the original, but it seems to me as if George Martin just took the backing tracks from the original recording, stripped out the backing vocals (none too well), slapped the new lead vocal on top, and called it a day.

I gather that Bernard Cribbins is well-known in the UK, but he's not so familiar over here. I had to be reminded who he was, and who he is to me is the comic actor who played Mr. Hutchinson, one of the most memorable guests ever to stay at Fawlty Towers. Yes, he's this guy.
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: David Fitzgerald takes on the mighty Voyager.


May. 26th, 2017 05:44 am
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Well, there went that hope for this hockey season.

More later, if I can focus the brain and energy enough after work tonight.

blogging: a once a week occurrance

May. 26th, 2017 10:42 am
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apparently, anyway :)

I don’t know what I’m doing instead of blogging, since I’m on the computer all the damn time. (That’s not true. I know what I’m doing instead of blogging: watching the fall of the American nation in real time.)

We had a college friend visit in early May. We had a wonderful time with her. We saw a steam train in Dublin, and went to the zoo (where, as we were lecturing/answering Indy on some topic, switching back and forth with providing information, and ending by saying exactly the same words, together, I was reminded of going to a concert with her when we were in college and somebody telling us what a cute couple we were (we said thank you), and I said to her, “You remember that? Those same people listening to us right now would be delighted we were still such a cute couple,” and she laughed :)), and ate fudge (“This,” she said, in raptures, “this is like the chocolate in a perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven,” which she knows about because one of her superpowers, thanks to growing up in a bakery, is an ability to eat chocolate chip cookies while molten. She can literally eat them straight out of the oven. “NOOOOOOOO!” she tells other people as she shoves cookies out of the oven and into her mouth, “YOU’LL MELT YOUR MOUTH INTO A CAVE OF BURNING PAIN!”

“Pah!” say other people. “YOU’RE eating them, they must be fiOH GOD OH GOD MY MOUTH IS A CAVE OF BURNING PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN”) and she struggled with Irish bread bag “twist ties” (which are not twist ties, but stickers that you wrap around the closed neck of the bread bag), so I showed her how to open them and she muttered, “We need never speak of this again,” and I said, “Sure, by which I mean, I’m totally posting it online,” and she told me about Amish superhumans and she and Ted went out to dinner at our favourite restaurant, the Lebanese one in Dublin, where, when Ted came in with another woman, they were like “ER WHAT’S GOING ON HERE WHERE’S CATIE?” and Ted was like “Catie made the reservations! SHE KNOWS I’M OUT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN!” and this was a very long sentence which I feel touches on how much fun we had. :)

Then Trump fired Comey and I didn’t blog any of this because (see above, re: fall of American nation).

And then Trump revealed classified information to the Russians and I (see above).

After that it was our anniversary and we got to go to a movie together for the first time we could remember in at least a year and possibly almost three years (the last movie we’re SURE we saw together was GotG1). We went to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which was better than I expected it to be. It had roughly as much to do with the Arthurian legend as Disney’s Pocahontas had to do with Pocahontas, but it did a couple of REALLY nice things with the sword-in-the-stone aspect of the story, and the magic was really quite good. Also–don’t get me wrong, I loved the bad guy’s design, but–every time it came on screen I thought “So Guy Ritchie spent his formative years staring at Frank Frazatta paintings and thinking I totally want to make one of these a bad guy in a big movie someday,” and he by god did. I could have done with a bit more explanation in a couple places and about, mmm, fifteen minutes less movie overall, but by the end of it I was like, “Yeah, I’d go watch another one of these,” so it’s too bad it’s made absolutely no money. :)

And then some asshole blew up a concert in Manchester and etc.

That pretty much brings us to this week. I’ve been going to the gym, more or less. I wanted to be able to bike there, so I was looking for a second-hand bike, and a friend said “lo, I have one!” so I collected it last night and now I have a bike! ♥! I saw the PT yesterday who crunckled and twisted and tugged and pushed on me and it was great and amazing. I went to Colossal, which is a pretty good movie that is *not* what it says on the tin. I’ve gotten all the ATLANTIS FALLEN Kickstarter rewards sent out, and I’ve sent BEWITCHING BENEDICT to the editor for line edits and I’ve gotten line edits for REDEEMER back from her, so things are moving along there.

So how have you been? O.O

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


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