"You are not going to try to feed yourself to the snake so I can get away," said Sinbad at once. "So stop it."
Words: 1117, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Good thing I'm not into Orange is the New Black...I just thought it was funny.
2. I find myself endeared to cult or underdog works of art...stuff that self-respecting academics turn their shiny noses up at, what in other words is resoundingly disparaged in academic and by literary writers such as Paul Theroux (although he does write insanely entertaining travelogues, no one else comes close).
Daytime soap operas
Marvel and DC comic books
The Muppets and puppets
The Romance genre
I refuse to be embarrassed about loving these genres. I've seen amazing writing in all of them.
Although, I will admit that it difficult to find any good contemporary romance novels (that aren't in the vein of Jane Austen or the modern equivalent and about the inhabitants of a small town).
And the daytime soap is regrettably a dying breed, the writing has admittedly gone down hill in that genre...and I mean way down hill. Along with the acting. I think the people in it are getting a wee bit tired and desperate.
Also true of the Muppets...I think they've been pulled a bit thin and let success go to their heads.
And...Marvel admittedly has shot itself in the proverbial foot lately, and DC has gotten a shade or two too dark.
But other than that...
3. Just finished watching....
* The Catch -- which needs to find a way to tie together its storylines, because it's become hard to follow again. That said, I think it is about to. I'm almost positive...I know how.
It's sort of predictable, another problem that needs to be resolved. What I love about the Catch is it flips or subverts various genre gender tropes. The head of a British Mafia organization is a woman, who is bisexual. And John Simms plays her brother who is a bit dangerous, homicidial, and also bisexual. Think Drusilla and Spike as British mobsters, yet sane.
* Call the Midwife -- I can't get through an episode of this series without crying. But I am loving the characters and their interactions. It's among the few series that projects kindness and tenderness and compassion as a means of resolving conflict. A nice palate cleanser for...
*The 100 -- which is becoming almost too violent for me. I don't know if I'm going to make it through this season. But I care about the characters -- so still hanging in there. (Also I didn't ship and/or care about Lexa, who I found annoying, so her death didn't bother me. Actually I more or less saw it coming a mile away about six episodes before it actually did. Fit the pattern of the storyline...she had to die for this, that, and the other thing to happen, and to grow various characters. It was plot and character dictated, hence the reason I was able to predict it. And, I didn't care one or the other about the character. Was happy they did it. Two series on television are depicting "bisexual" characters, who really have no clear gender preference, The Catch and The 100.
Also both characters are tough women leaders, who in a way are a flip on a traditional gender biased trope. The Catch actually flips and subverts various gender tropes. The 100 is doing the same thing, flipping, commenting on, and subverting various genre and gender tropes. That's why I'm watching it and the characters and the actors...but ghod the story is grim. Ugh. I don't think I can binge watch it.
(I wonder if Jedao would eat chocolate ammo?!)
The satisfied customer endorsement really worries me:
The chocolate is surprisingly delicious and I now use the tin to store my real ammo. Great idea!--Damien Drake, Washington, USA
That either sounds like a trip to the ER or a firearms safety accident waiting to happen...O.o
This is going to be a short entry for today, because I’ve left it till quite late in the day before writing it and also there’s not usually much in the way of election news on a Saturday. It’s not quite the politico’s day off (there are all sorts of doors to be knocked on) but there’s a sense of everyone knowing that it’s not a big day for watching the news. At the weekends, the Sunday papers and TV political show circuit are the most important thing and everyone’s waiting to see what bombshells get dropped through those.
I’ve also reaching a point of meta-weariness with ‘strong and stable’ (which, thanks to a certain professor of my acquaintance is now triggering Hear’Say in my head whenever I see it) where I’m not just tired of hearing that Theresa May has been declaiming it to an audience in a half-empty village hall somewhere in Aberdeeenshire, but I’m also tired of the reaction to people hearing this news, whether they be outraged or prompted into humour by it. It’s now taking on the feeling of being a Stewart Lee routine, in which the punchline is repeated ad infinitum to see just how many times it can be pushed back and forth over the line of being funny/not funny. It’s not an election, but a psychological test of whether we will all have surrendered our own identities by June 8th and merely identify ourselves as ‘Strong and Stable Citizen #12896573’.Talking of earworms and anti-humour, did you know ‘strong and stable’ also works as a replacement for ‘Too Many Cooks‘?
Anyway, let’s jump on to the end, and finally I have a plethora of choice for Election Leaflet Of The Day! There’s Labour, Lib Dem and Tory leaflets to pick from (including a generic Tory one that’ll be great for campaigning in This Particular Town) but I’m going to go for the one with the least direct election content but the most pathos. Someone obviously wasn’t paying attention to the news yesterday and didn’t hear that Isle of Wight Tory MP Andrew Turner got himself into a bit of trouble with his blatant homophobia and decided he wasn’t got stand for re-election. Someone today decided it was time to get out and deliver those leaflets from ‘The Island’s MP’ they hadn’t got around to doing yet. One side of it being nearly blank does suggest he knew there wasn’t going to be a need for any policy promises, though.
Tune in tomorrow when we’ll see if Robert Peston is going to live up to his promise on Have I Got News For You to ask other politicians for their views on sin, and if I have time in the morning, there’ll be a blog post from me on why polling companies asking questions to see if people have fascist tendencies isn’t the problem, it’s the answers we should be worried about.
I enjoyed GotG 2. It was fun, it was colorful, it wasn't so stupid that it distracted from the movie, and it had several scenes that made me laugh out loud. It was also very pretty at times: that one planet kind of reminded me of "Jupiter Ascending" in its opulency.
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This tour covers April. It was a busy, busy month: 53 total issues resolved
Contributors: NightFlyer, afuna, kaberett, kareila, rahaeli, srukle, zorkian
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And unless someone sneaks in some fixes under the wire, that's it for now!
If your cable / satellite system carries GetTV, you can catch 4 episodes of One West Waikiki this weekend. GetTV is showing four episodes in a row, starting at 12:00 AM Monday. (Don't get mixed up -- that's late Sunday night.)
Unfortunately, the episodes are not consecutive... but I figure I can save them on my DVR, then make DVDs in the correct order. According to my Dish menu, the episodes are:
Season 1-5 A Model for Murder
Season 2-1 Flowers of Evil
Season 2-4 Unhappily Ever After
Season 2-8 Guilty
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Sneaky Vitamin and Mineral Interactions
Taking A, C, iron together is good.
But don't combine iron calcium or zinc.
Taking Calcium & D together is good. (and E, Selenium, Zinc). (and A).
Most minerals compete with each other.
Magnesium & Zinc reduce absorption of calcium, and vice versa.
But I have Calcium+Magnesium+Zinc tablets... is that a good thing? Ie., if you're taking more of one of them, you should take more of the others too, to make sure you don't get deficient in them? Or is it pointless to take them together?
Every once in a while I read something that makes me think "I should try supplementing with ***, maybe it will help my ***."
The latest such *** was magnesium. I had read that if you're deficient in magnesium, that can prevent vitamin D from being absorbed (and possibly vice versa, that taking a lot of D can make you deficient in magnesium). Both Qiao and I already take vitamin D supplements. I also read that magnesium deficiency can cause "nerve and muscle problems, such as muscle twitches".
So I thought, maybe taking magnesium will help these nerve issues I've been having. (And more lately, knee/joint issues.) I read that even though magnesium is plentiful in food, many people are deficient in it. For a while, I was taking one Tums tablet each morning for extra calcium. But maybe taking extra calcium like that without extra magnesium, was bad. I had since stopped taking the Tums anyway, due to quandaries as to whether doing so was any good.
Then I looked for magnesium supplements in the store, and found the above-mentioned Calcium+Magnesium+Zinc combo (each tablet ~33% RDA), and decided to try it. I don't like swallowing a lot of pills, so I've been crushing 2 tablets with a pill crusher each morning. If I mix the crushed tablet with a small amount of Kashi cereal (the kind which is like shredded wheat) and soymilk, it tastes ok. (Other things I tried mixing it in with, even a different kind of cereal, didn't taste good.)
According to the 2nd article, fiber decreases magnesium absorption. Kashi cereal and the other stuff I eat for breakfast tends to be high in fiber. (Fiber is supposed to be good for you!) But hopefully not enough to nullify the potential benefit of the magnesium.
Before that, rather recently actually, *** was Vitamin K. I don't even remember why... maybe for my bones or teeth.
According to this page on vitamin K, it works together with vitamin D. So maybe it's good to take the calcium/magnesium/zinc, and the D, and the K in the morning all together. Along with my cereal and soymilk, which provides some fat for the fat-soluble D & K vitamins.
Those dancers I posted vids of, their hand movements: Reminds me of how I tend to move my hands while dancing. (and OMG, that Illan dancer reminds me of !me! somehow, like that is totally how I would look dancing, if I had a flat chest, and if I were still young and flexible.) (BODY ENVY) But at the moment, I can't even imagine moving my hands and wrists like that without them getting very achy. I'm quite sure the best remedy for that would be for me to get more sleep, as opposed to any supplements. I do try, I really do.
Edits post again: Now, not to say that I'm old or decrepit. I am still rather flexible, just a bit out of shape, and these achy wrists don't help. I know I still got a pretty damn good body for the most part. But still, BODY ENVY, like that is totally! how I should look.
In that performance, he even did the !spinning! thing exactly like I used to like doing. But my *old*decrepit* head can't do it anymore without feeling sick and dizzy from it.
I mean for a start a great many people get stuck at the idea of dialing a flat number. They wander up and down looking for flat numbers on the doors. Which is fair, but, those never stay up, so, they just have to dial.
And then it gets to "you have dialled an incorrect number, please try again"
that really needs to be rephrased.
Like, it means "That flat isn't here, try another number"
or "wrong number dude"
person after probably drunk person just tries the same number over again.
and the ones that do not tend to get stuck dialling random shit.
and that's for people that get as far as successfully dialling in the first place.
so many get stuck on "now press enter"
which admittedly means reading the dial in the dark, but still, press the other button this time, how hard can it be.
this rant brought to you by someone very impatient currently trying to get in but cancelling every call when it isn't picked up immediately.
i mean I'm not sure they're leaving it long enough to actually ring.
and they've tried half the numbers in the block now.
so many failure modes for one little device.
and yet, so preferable to the box that had my number at the top, providing literally a decade of being woke up at two in the morning by people who insist they forgot their keys.
(my policy is that just means their night is going to suck, because there's no point having a security door if we just open it for anyone, and because I'm fed up of our building being set on fire.)
And then when it don't work they resort to kicking
which is pretty much why we have a steel plated front door now.
I feel like I got to know Eden a bit better over the past three days. She is more introverted than Violet and after a certain amount of time in amongst the family she likes to be taken away to somewhere dark and quiet so she can settle down, especially in the evening. It's very interesting that she has made this preference known since she was a newborn. She got to know me enough to smile at me and to allow me to pick her up and carry her around, especially when she wasn't tired or hungry. Of course when she *was* tired or hungry she needed her mother. I found that sometimes when she's fussing she will stop immediately if you take her outside and walk around in the yard or along the street. Maybe she gets bored in the house. Although she seems to be introverted she is not a quiet baby; in fact, she vocalises quite a lot including while she is feeding, which I find fascinating. Violet, the extrovert, was actually a quieter baby.
Violet now gives hugs but I'm not sure that she really understands what they mean yet. Still, it was nice to feel her put her arms gently around me this morning when I asked for a hug goodbye. She also gives kisses for hullo, goodbye, and goodnight. She had such an exciting time yesterday with four of her cousins that she had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night. She wasn't crying, apparently just lying in bed beside her father wide awake until about 9 pm, when she has been going to bed around 8 pm during this holiday and her normal bedtime at home is 7 to 7:30 pm. Her father said she was asking where the cousins had gone. It must be hard for a 19 month old to understand how all these children can appear, play with her for a few hours, and then just disappear again.
Age: 33 (in two weeks! Scary)
Location: Nebraska, USA
Gender: I'm easy
Describe myself in five sentences bullet points or less:
-Fanfic author for seventeen years now what is wrong with me
-Sometimes a fanartist, but so out of practice it's not even funny
-Mentally ill and unshameable for it (that's a word because I say so)
-GLBTQ+ and not afraid to take you on over it
-Political but I try to keep that to private spaces
Top five fandoms:
-Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 series; manga/Brotherhood were okay, but didn't click with me)
-Marvel Cinematic Universe
-Vision of Escaflowne (was anyone else weirded out by the movie?)
-Legend of Zelda (Since it is currently the end of April in 2017, Breath Of The Wild hasn't been out long and I haven't played it yet so please don't spoil me or I might cry at you)
I mostly post about: So far, no a lot. This will be changing, as I'm going to start talking about my mental illness and such- crossposting from IJ (user name same there as here).
My last three posts:
-Schizohprenia has an awareness week
-Results of a test and shit
How often I post/comment:
As often as I can! Since LJ can go bite on a big one, I'm going to make an effort to peek in here at least once a day.
Apparently there was a gif thing, too. So ETA that.
GIF to describe day so far:
About the guy who smells bad, my other coworker and me tried to let him know how bad he smells buy seems he doesn't care at all. He keeps not taking a shower everyday and wearing same shirt for 2 or 3 days in a row. Anyways I'm pretty sure that what smells isn't his shirt but his ass . The other guy today bought an aromatizer, it was our last try to see if the smelly boy get the message. Well... isn't a "boy".. he's a 40+ man.
When I left work mom called me and I had to run to home to check if my sister, who lives upstair, was fine. His boyfriend dumped her 2 weeks ago and this weekend she's alone because mom go away and we are afraid my sister tries something stupid... another 40+ yo person who act like a teen
So I had to cancel my plan to go to the grocery and cook for the whole week. I don't want to go now to buy food, maybe I'll go tomorrow and today survive with coffee. I'm in my 5th cup of coffee so far. The house smells like coffee!
After the rain of Tuesday it's full of mosquitos, so annoying. They are so big, and the repellent does nothing to them.
My option for the rest of the day: sleeping, watching Netflix, playing Magic Cards, reading a book, beauty routine, studying English, starting a new website or studying programming. I won't clean the house today. Prolly I'll write about the last 2 days of my vacations with Mike. It's been almost a month since I came back.
I'm taking a weekend off from protesting, which I also feel a little guilty about, but I feel like I'm in downtown LA all the damn time now for one protest or another. An immigrant rights thing here, Women's Day strike there, science march, tax day march, etc. I took this weekend off in the interests of just sleeping in.
I ostensibly put some Colin Stetson on to focus on writing, but lol whoops, I'm too into the music. I really liked his new album that just came out yesterday, All This I Do for Glory, but after listening to that on a loop at work yesterday while I powered through drafting a few things, I wanted to return to one of his earlier albums that I hadn't listened through all the way more than once, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Good god, what a fucking experience it is to listen to one of these straight through, with the sound up loud. It's sort of like being out in a storm, being buffeted by rain and wind, and feeling equal parts thrilled and terrified.
Like, not gonna lie, this is, at best, challenging music. It's one guy howling and screaming into a bass saxophone, clomping away at the keys, while, occasionally, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon pops in to either sing beautifully or roar with astonishingly metal brutality. The answer to just what genre this music is can only be answered with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But holy shit is there something deeply satisfying in the sheer forceful physicality of it, or sometimes the meditative drone of it. One man's breath powers all of this, no loops or overdubbing, and the embodied physicality of that really comes across. Not least because you can sometimes hear him breathing. Rarely have I ever felt music in my own body the way I feel this, where the music feels like it's filling my own chest and lungs.
Also, in this our new national nightmare, I find there is something incredibly cathartic in listening to one man howling and screaming in seeming agony and rage into a fuck-off giant saxophone. Like, objectively, I am aware that Hunted is sort of...punishing, as music goes, and that probably a lot of people would react to it with "....this is music?" Meanwhile I take a happy deep breath in every time Stetson lets loose with another eldritch monster of the deep howl through that saxophone. I think I see the appeal of heavy metal now.
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John Higgins got into the final. And half an hour before his last session I was feeling quite blah about it and like 'well he's going to get into a final which is good but he'll not win it and that's terrible and maybe I don't care, maybe it's too upsetting'. But then he won his match and got into a final and all my feelings of 'john higgins is in a final' FELL ON ME WITH THE WEIGHT OF TWENTY YEARS BEHIND THEM and I'm just all giddy and happy and beside myself. And he's still not going to win his final but I love that he's in it and I love that he's happy and I love that he's lasted forever.
I can't talk about matches when we're halfway through them generally because I feel too sick. But John Higgins basically made a lead in this match and then kept it and then won it without panicking, but also without playing well once. But then he only ever plays just better than his opponent. He basically said in his interview that he knew people were worried, but for him he'd played well against Mark Allen and then just hadn't needed to play well again, so hadn't. That is very much how he does the snookering, but it's a stupid way to live and it won't work against Selby. You can't play Selby's game against Selby, it's too tiring and awful and Selby is really good at it.
(John's cue broke yesterday and he panicked and drove for hours in the middle of the night to get a new tip put on it, and then there were road works and he didn't get back to sheffield until four in the morning and had to play again six hours later, and then again again at seven this evening. His post match interview was the most exhausted thing I've ever seen.)
Ding did not get into the final. Selby beat him and it's fine. He'll beat John too and that's also fine. Selby has turned himself into one of the greatest players ever, and none of the other people he came up with have bothered to do that and now I think he might just win everything forever unless Ding learns how to stop him. So that's Ding's new mission which he has to accept to save the world in future years if John can't save it this year (spoiler: he definitely can't).
Ding did brilliantly though, he stayed with Selby all the way through and went into the final session equal, and he matched him, and he's just grown up and real and good. It's really nice. It's like I have another ten years of snooker to care about just sitting there in him.
(Do you remember all the years when I was saying that it was appalling that the new players still let Higgins and O'Sullivan win everything, and it was like they weren't trying? Selby is the only one who eventually decided enough was enough. Very slightly I respect him for that, but also I wish he'd fuck off. The other day someone said 'players like Higgins, Hendry and O'Sullivan' and I was genuinely surprised they didn't add Selby to the list. I think he's that good now. I wish I liked him.)
The first secret from this batch will be posted on June 6thth.
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug
Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.
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I'm still not sure I really understand where Nicholas's story is going, but I'm definitely enjoying the ride.
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- I'm reading a novel about Space Hobbits, and there're repeated mentions of food, and the author is obviously quite interested in tech and worldbuilding BUT her spacefarers eat rice! Surely tubers, such as potatoes, which will grow in any medium from sand to human waste and will grow packed together in any shape of container and will presumably also grow in zero or low gravity are a more sensible food crop for carbs and starches than rice or any grains which need specific growing mediums (such as separate layers of soil, water, and air!) and room for each stalk to grow individually and presumably also some gravity for TWO differing reasons? I do understand that this is probably not what the author was intending me to think about while reading her story but I shall claim it's because I'm identifying with the Space Hobbit protag and obsessing about food. Anyway, thoughts on grain versus tubers in SPAAAAAACE?
- Reading, books 2017: 34
15. Giant Days vol.4, John Allison and Max Sarin, 2017, comic, not the bestest volume in the series so far but still on outstanding form and I'll be buying volume six. (5/5)
16. Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman, 2007, a comedic novel gently parodying gold and silver age USian superhero comics, with a pov supervillain antagonist as engaging as the pov superheroine protagonist. Includes an excellent feminist joke (populist feminism ftw, obv). The ending reverts to the predictability that inevitably wraps up any plot arc in a monthly superhero comic but I thought the preceding pages earned that side-step. (4/5 a "comic" novel in every possible sense)
• Europeans = supervillains, obv: Supervillains tend to build from scratch, since their technology is way beyond what’s commonly available. So everything’s a little off - screw sizes, voltages - like when you go to Europe.
the following are instructions to make a linkpost widget button for an Android smartphone.
tap button, paste link you would like to share on DW, commit, and BOOM, fully formatted linkpost.
this method can be used for any set of post settings that you would like to be able to reuse for a quick post. i'll be making one for mobile movie reviews as the local film festival revs up.
- Android device (works on a tablet for sure, i'd love to hear about Chromebook. i'll be saying "phone" from here on out)
- set up post by email and list your gmail account
- install and sign in to IFTTT on your phone (IFTTT is the glue that sticks services together.)
( instructions,with lots of pictures )
here are the posts that i make with the widget. it's as easy as sharing a link to any other service.
next up, using IFTTT to make notes into a draft post saved in Dropbox.
We agreed to look after their livestock for them as they keep chickens and quails and we had plenty of practice last week!
These are the girls:
Like most hens, they can just be let out to peck about in the enclosed garden during the day and they put themselves to bed once the light goes.
I hadn't had anything to do with quail before now. They're sweet little birds and suckers for a handful of mealworms, so it was easy to get them to come and get their photees took!
It certainly adds a little variety to life. John and Anne will be getting back some time tomorrow!
- Please welcome fragbert66 to the admin team here. He created the original version of this community on LJ, and it seemed silly not to give him the same privileges here.
- squidgiepdx is hosting a Fandom Community Directory (basically analogous to nanila's username post here). Real Life™ has kept him from updating it for a couple of weeks, but do give it a look, and if there are fandoms you know that aren't represented, help out if you can.
- ICONS! For those of you new to the DW side of the world, there are a collection of icons on the DW wiki here. I'm currently setting this one as the default for the community, but if anyone wanted to put together a dreamsheep for us, I'd be thrilled. (Bases are available on the dreamsheep profile page.)
- I have nothing else to add that is either relevant or true.
Edited to fix Nanila's username - sorry about that!
But my cell. phone fell out of my pocket on the train to work yesterday. I got in touch with the person who picked it up, and they said they'd hand it to one of the conductors, who in turn could drop it off at the Lost&Found at North Station.
What I had failed to reckon with was that the Lost&Found is not open on Saturdays.
Well, get up early on Monday and pick it up then, I guess...