Daily Happiness

Jun. 30th, 2015 12:42 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The plumber came out today and was able to fix the problem with the washer fairly easily. Apparently there was a bunch of mystery sludge clogging up one of the pipes. We did a load of laundry after they left with no problems, so that seems to have done it.

2. I started playing the Lego Movie game and it's pretty fun! Though I have to say, I'm really not a fan of how Lego games these days seem to all have talking and stuff. I liked the wacky pantomime of the earlier games. I don't want movie dialogue and movie cut scenes.

3. With all the computer stuff going on this last week, I was afraid I wasn't going to get my monthly scanlations posted, but I already posted Yasha and will be able to post Himegoto tomorrow!

4. The kittens are super adorable.
oursin: Cartoon hedgehog going aaargh (Hedgehog goes aaargh)
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After the delightful post-4th Street lunch get-together, I got back to the hotel, where I had my luggage stashed and an airport shuttle booked to pick up for my onward flight to Chicago -

And settled down with my tablet to check my messages -

And found that I had one to say that my flight this evening was cancelled for maintenance reasons, click here to rebook on another flight. As the only one today was some 30 minutes after the time of this message, no can do, rly.

However, there are several flights tomorrow - starting at 5 something am, is that an hour of the day, we ask? - which would get me there with, I hope, still time to hang around O'Hare before my flight home (o, joy) - though I was unable to book anything on any of these online and was told to contact the service desk at the airport.

And when I got to the airport I dealt with a rather grouchy service person (though if she had been dealing with previous people also bumped from this non-flight perhaps understandable), and rescheduled for a lunchtime-ish flight tomorrow -

And then sat down and got online and booked myself into a hotel near the airport -

And went to wait for their shuttle, which I think may be something one has to tell them one requires, rather than its turning up at regular intervals as most of them do, as I waited about 45 minutes, and then got a taxi -

And have quite a nice room and free wifi and a place I could go and check-in online and print out boarding passes, though was not prepossessed by the comestibles on sale in their 24/7 snackbar, which leant very heavily indeed on cheese, but the spinach salad, if boring apart from the rather too few artichokes, was okay -

And really, there are some problems which are far less aaaaargh if one has money to throw at them as necessary (surpriz hotel room, taxi, etc).

silveradept: A plush doll version of C'thulhu, the Sleeper, in H.P. Lovecraft stories. (C'thulhu)
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Let's begin with Japanese words that fit situations that would be awkward to explain in English. And follow it up with Macho Café, where everything is served by muscular men that will flex and pose for your viewing pleasure and a Boy's Love cafe.

One hundred short science fiction stories, all by women, from the last 75 years.

The United States Treasury Department is looking for ideas on who to put on the new $10 bill.

Classic profanity, in the definition of profane being an invocation of a holy thing in a not holy context.

A campaign in India suggested that women thank the men in their lives for not sexually assaulting them. Which leads nicely into the many bullshit ways that people try to justify sexual assault.

Perhaps we should think about teaching more comprehensively about sexuality, love, and what constitutes good special experience earlier than the never that seems to be standard operating procedure in the United States.

Would you like a good role model for masculinity? Pacific Rim has plenty, in all sorts of ways. They clearly are following the gentleman's guide to behavior in These Modern Times.

The credibility of an NAACP chapter leader has suffered after revelations that they have been lying about their experiences and racial makeup.

How about a good coming out story about being poly.

And a softball squadron that wants to play as a team of Elsa of Arendelle.

Also, making fun of the redpillers that believe body acceptance by women is oppression of men.

Take a look at these pictures of wounded veterans of the current worldwide conflicts. They show the consequences of war.

Two recent studies of deaths involving police officers by the Washington Post and The Guardian give us more insight into what makes someone more likely to be shot or stun gunned.

An infographic offers suggestions on how to sleep so as to minimize pain in common areas.

Fifty-one writers talk about the favorite thing they've done so far in their careers. Which makes me wish there were more than two seasons of Pushing Daisies.

Hollywood obsesses with pretty young people, and needs to be better about casting and employing people at all stages of life.

Mr. Scalzi points out that most people think about the disposition of their physical property with their wills, but they also need to think about the disposition of their creative and intellectual properties.

Laverne Cox talks about Caitlyn Jenner and the issues of trans women and cis beauty standards. We follow on from that with some common mistakes trans allies make about their allyship.

As one might guess, at the intersection of any set of disprivileging identity markers are the challenges of intersectionality, including trans and multiple.

Also, insulting things said to people with autism.

Going the other way, take a look at how easily male privilege is conferred, even on trans* men that look male enough. In contrast, Facebook's name policy means that someone can use their preferred name when working for the company, but not actually on the service.

Ever notice how many bands in the festival circuit are all men, excepting things like, oh, Fleetwood Mac?

The Swan Tower has many smart things to say about the process that should go into a decision on whether to engage in a depiction of sexual assault in print or on screen.

The guide for giving male characters in books the same close and detailed reviews female characters get. Additionally, a good for interacting with your fellow fandom peoples.

Racism manifests in all sorts of ways that sound like edge cases, but are instead mainstream bias.

Children have the right to their bodily autonomy, including refusing hugs, which is a thing we do not do well with them at all.

A famed Paris bridge that lovers attached locks to is undergoing a renovation that will remove the locks and prevent the attachment of new ones, as the weight of all that declared love was stressing the bridge significantly.

Self-acceptance is not the same as resignation to fate - only by acknowledging who we are right now can we do change or realize something isn't going to change. It may also be necessary to get rid of long-held and oft-reinforced beliefs about body size.

Introverts are not a monolith, and "advice" that treats them as such is not good for anyone.

Someone is stealing rare and expensive wine from restaurants and other places where it's being held. And not just stuff that people know is rare, but the expensive stuff that only people who know wine want.

Women in and on video games is an exhausting affair, including the lack of memory or permanence the industry seems to have and the even less permanent Internet where a lot of the conversation takes place. It's difficult, no matter where they are - in Russia, women are just starting to be taken seriously when they talk about their husbands being violent to them.

Miss Piggy is receiving an award for feminism - she explains why it is right and proper for her to receive such a thing, despite her naysayers.

Wardrobe advice on how to repel men, especially those misogynists that you want to avoid anyway.

An at-a-glance look at how the world legally views marriage equality. For which there are far too many countries that aren't in the full acceptance and legality column. Just take a look at what there is to look forward to once marriage is equal.

Infographics of the Marvel Universe, cinematic and otherwise.

Bits and bonds about that devil of a writer, Screwtape.

An all-female musical revue group will be putting on Rurouni Kenshin.

United States film studios have a very long history of casting people of color into stereotype, almost as much as casting a woman as a vampire likely carries with it subtler or more over tones of feminism.

Strength may not be the correct lens to view women characters with, as strength still tends to be associated as a masculine virtue.

It is okay to not like Joss Whedon and still be appreciative of his contributions to more diversified and feminist media. Honest.

Toshirō Mifune, veteran of the Japanese cinema and favorite of Kurosawa, will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Crime fiction and thrillers appeal to different persuasions of people who are looking for different plot beats. Oh, and creative people and celebrities, as always, have more pull with average people than politicians do.

Musical taste may be more of a class signifier than other things, as certain economic classes tend to like (and be exposed to) certain types of music.

To combat racism, white allies need to invest time in creating more white allies. That way, narratives that blame civil unrest on black people, instead of the white structures that create those situations, get challenged. Because it is the job of all of us to find ways to be creatively disruptive from the inside of our society.

Speaking of, if your campaign wants to use music for the candidate, you should check with the artist about it, if the artist is still alive.

As much truth as one gets with regard to the creation of Good Omens, the novel.

Pictures of people who live in the space that a capsule hotel encompasses.

If someone around you has social anxiety (or other anxieties), there are things you can do that will help them feel more at ease. Not necessarily "better", but you can at least do things that will help them avoid panicking about you.

Pronouncing global cuisine correctly - and the insistence on the wrong pronunciation as right. Elsewhere, ruthless methods for ensuring your spice cabinet is fresh and appealing.

Sesame Street is as effective or more effective than many preschool options on the United States, which says more about the lack of quality affordable preschool options in the country than anything.

Being a mental health person in a prison or jail is fraught with problems where security concerns are interfering with patient care.

The increased visibility of disabled people in our society is more a function of not trying to sequester or destroy them rather than any uptick in diagnosis. Now that we believe the disabled can function in society, we're not trying to pack them into asylums.

After the influx of donations brought about by the ice bucket challenge, the foundations related to ALS released their spending plans - getting all their clinics back to full funding and sinking the rest into research possibilities. Unfortunately, the Red Cross managed to bungle and waste the influx they got to engage in relief efforts in Haiti.

ProPublica offers tips on how to make your charitable donations do better. And Stanford research indicates a lot of historical humanitarian projects are closely tied to ideology that is anything but affirming of the basic human worth of everyone.

If you want a program that has an excellent track record, direct cash transfers to those people that need it most works best.

English, as a language, mugs other languages and rifles their pockets for spare grammar - so words that appear to be related aren't. They follow the rules of the language they originated with.

In situations where you're likely to interact with people more than once, benefits accrue to those who are nice rather than cutthroat. Additionally, tips on getting jobs and promotions that aren't in standard career advice.

Zen Cho writes about their specific thoughts on writing, and breaking through writer blockages, as well as an interview with Zen Cho about writing and a round table on diversity in the speculative fiction department.

More on writing - the power that authors actually have with their work, the ways that diverse authors need to be able to have the power to tell their own stories, frequently asked questions and answers about the craft of writing, the possibility that growth happens in fits and spurts, rather than on a constant plane of improvement, and ways to make your fiction better and more gripping, while keeping in mind every writer means something different when they ask or give critique.

Also, remember to give your own work a final once-over after the machines have had a look at it.

Lolita fashion is eminently compatible with requirements of religious belief such as hijab. Last of the haters have focused on the hijab, rather than the fashion, but even here, there are intersections.

What Ariel, the Disney Princess, might look like depending on the part of the ocean she hangs out in the most.

Watching nature do what it does to our human constructions is sometimes quite beautiful. And sometimes seeing what people do with their political border points is interesting.

In technology, a website that allows you to identify the birds in the pictures you upload to them and a website and app that will help you identify plants from pictures taken of them.

Seed and crop diversity over the last one hundred years has gone down significantly, often thanks to agribusiness and their patented seeds that prevent sharing. On the other side, if we are going to deal with artificial foods, we should be demanding that they be excellent artifical foods.

Mapping the microbes of the prairies, the viruses of the ocean, and the bacteria in the guts.

Tempescope, a device that displays the weather as actual rain, mist, or simulated storms and sun. The only thing it doesn't do is snow. It also has an open hardware and software version so that you can build your own - it's an Arduino.

Gadgets for the kitchen or that will help the kitchen move from out of the kitchen.

Record labels, while high-profile, are a small drop in the bucket of what might be properly considered the music industry. If you're wandering outside of those places, or you just have a lot of music stuff to work with, there are many excellent applications for getting all your metadata cleaned up.

We have the right to fix our own devices and make modifications to them. Because endless consumption is not actually a thing we want, nor can we afford, so being held hostage by planned obsolescence is not in our designs.

Plasma tubes exist above the known atmosphere, according to the research completed by an undergraduate in Australia. Staying in the theme of lines that aren't easily visible, humans apparently have stripes.

The colors of eyes are determined by variations of melanin and collagen amounts in our irises. Which, in turn changes the reflection of light. Neat.

The lack of rigid structures in jellyfish allow them to reorganize their symmetry fairly quickly after losing a limb.

Washable underwear for women designed to help with menses that have their absorbent pads built in, with much of their monies donated to helping those in underdeveloped countries get reusable pads as well. Elsewhere, the nearly-ubiquitous bindi is being used as an iodine delivery system to get impoverished areas necessary nutrients.

Learning new things causes damage to DNA - age-related conditions may be a result of an inability to repair the damage quickly enough or well enough. Much like how exercise causes the destruction and rebuilding of muscle tissue, perhaps?

Disney and others have built a robot that can draw lovely pictures in the sand.

Microbes have a method to detect DNA that they do not want and excise it on a precision basis. This technique can be exploited by scientists looking for sequences to eliminate and possibly replace with others.

As more and more tools are developed to help us with our biology and to enhance our biology, we have to think about who benefits and who should benefit.

A large art sculpture is also a functional water filtration device, pouring form and function together.

A suitcase with a fold-out desk and stool, perfect for people doing work on the go, or cosplayers and artists that need a surface for makeup or for creation or sale of their work. This is excellent and why hasn't it happened before?

Games such as the original Super Mario Brothers used to have their levels designed on graph paper, with changes marked and discussed using transparent papers on top of the original level design. That's pretty cool.

Last for tonight, Photography of over and under water of the same things. And the under water is usually more colorful than the over. Also punk taking time out to enjoy the cute, cute baby animals, a husky with cat tendencies, happy puppies, corgies chasing a camera that's at eye level for them, a government building that allows employees to take local shelter cats back to their desk for an hour, as well as providing a high-visibility spot for the cats to be adopted by the public, Steve Irwin's daughter is continuing the family legacy of wildlife conservation and advocacy, a convention devoted to cats in Los Angeles, the elevation of a cat from stationmaster to goddess, traveling the world with one's cat/a>, an infographic about the various communications cats do to us and each other, animals that are seeking warmth, fascinating fox facts, with a picture of what foxes can do if you respect them, hippopotamuses appearing to give a duckling a lift, a cafe with owls as the main attraction, underwater views added to the Street Maps in honor of World Oceans Day, and reasons why getting a dog are good - assuming you're also willing to put up the requirements, as well as justification for watching all those lovely videos, gifsets, and pictures.
sailorptah: Girlycard (hellsing)
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People killed by police, 2015. 550 and counting.

"Deaths by guns, though—the great majority suicides, accidents or domestic violence—have been trending slightly upwards. This year, if the trend continues, they will overtake deaths on the roads."

"If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future. [...] Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student."

Study of media coverage on New York stations [PDF] finds that black suspects are disproportionately represented in crime stories. "51% of the people the NYPD arrest for murder, assault, and theft are Black...but 75% of the people local news stations broadcast as responsible for those crimes are Black."

Five fires at black churches over six days. Knoxville, June 21; Macon, GA, June 23; Charlotte, NC, June 24: all deliberate arson. Warrenville SC, June 26: cause still undetermined. Tallahassee, FL, June 26: official theory is that it was an electrical fire. We can only hope.

20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Washington DC 10/10/15. Worth attending.

Not a new thought

Jun. 29th, 2015 03:49 pm
oursin: George Beresford photograph of Marie of Roumania, overwritten 'And I AM Marie of Roumania' (Marie of Roumania)
[personal profile] oursin

(Do I repeat myself? Very well then, I repeat myself. I am large, I contain multitudes a broken record,)

Or, number whatever in an ongoing series about what journals and other writers Do Not Get about internet connections.

Which tends to be, treating it either as the perpetual floating crapgame version of those annual round robin letters intended to convey to people one already knows irl how generally awesome one's life is;

or, weird unreal 'friendships' with pixels in the plastic box, what sad people have.

In past month have undertaken significant travel in order to get together with people who rock my world who started out as pixels and are now irl friend-type people.

One seldom sees this kind of trajectory acknowledged outside these kinds of online spaces.

Adventures with primates

Jun. 29th, 2015 02:39 pm
liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
[personal profile] liv
In an astonishing feat of logistics, we've managed to organize things so that I got to spend two consecutive weekends with [livejournal.com profile] ghoti and [personal profile] cjwatson and their family. And it was awesome.

diary stuff )

So two really lovely weekends, which have done a lot to make me feel relaxed and connected and good. I think I never really imagined my life as containing entire weekends planned around "family" activities, in the sense of family that means adults with children. So I'm doing quite a lot of assimilating of new experiences and building new skills, and it hasn't all quite melded together in my mind into something I can articulate usefully.
cimorene: (interrupted)
[personal profile] cimorene

  1. She saw her family slewed she was unstable and needed help. Takes off when Legolas brings Tauriel to Mirkwood and if you are interested warning!! things will be unclear because you probably haven't read the setting so I would advice read the setting first. Another warning the setting is terrible the Elven Moon is pretty bad so if you are interested but lose interest in the setting cause the writing and stuff is terrible and stuff like that promise me that you would read at least the first chapter in this book after you read the setting because I think this is so much better then the setting. Please trust me on this:)

  2. Harry had always been fascinated by Slytherins but he couldn't suspect that they would teach him about caring on Christmas Eve. Threesome HP/LM/SS AU warning. Slash.

  3. Chris Colfer/Darren Criss
    Chris finally delivers his son, Matthew, and it’s way more emotional than he thought it would be.

  4. Tags: beware of more man-smut

  5. Rated: T
    Tags: No Smut

#1 ~[personal profile] flamebyrd

Daily Happiness

Jun. 29th, 2015 01:32 am
torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
[personal profile] torachan
1. I went bowling with a bunch of people from work tonight after closing and it was a lot of fun!

2. Day off tomorrow! No big plans, so I'm looking forward to just staying home and resting.

3. There's a buy one get one half off sale on Target's website for a handful of 3DS games, including New Super Mario Bros 2 and Super Mario 3D Land, neither of which I had yet, so I went ahead and bought them.
oursin: Sleeping hedgehog (sleepy hedgehog)
[personal profile] oursin

Great con, great conversations, lovely people, etc, but v intense and by now, am v tired as things draw to a lingering close.

Fanwork Recs - June 28, 2015

Jun. 28th, 2015 02:10 pm
helloladies: Picture of T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics reading You'll thank me when you share my politics! (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies posting in [community profile] ladybusiness
Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

Recommendations included:

  • The 100 — fic (1)
  • Agent Carter — mixed media fic (1)
  • Avengers — art (1)
  • Captain America — art (3)
  • Captain Marvel — art (1)
  • Crossover: The Gentlemen Bastards/Saga — mixed media fic (1)
  • Daredevil — art (1)
  • The Last Unicorn — art (1)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — art (1)
  • T.S. 1989 — art (1)

On to the recs! )

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 32

Jun. 28th, 2015 11:20 am
torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)
[personal profile] torachan
With all this computer stuff going on, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to post much of anything this month, but it looks like I will have at least one chapter of Yasha and one of Himegoto. (There's still a few days left in the month, so I may manage to get a second chapter of Himegoto done, which is why I'm holding off on posting chapter 41 until the last minute.)

Anyway, we have reached the end of volume 6, which means we have reached the halfway point with Yasha!

Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei and the others scramble to contain the possible CKV outbreak, desperately hoping they themselves aren't infected.

Chapter 32

Volume 6

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Jun. 28th, 2015 09:32 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] rmc28!

Daily Happiness

Jun. 28th, 2015 12:28 am
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Almost everything is moved onto my new computer! I remembered one thing I forgot, my fonts, so I will grab those tomorrow. (Stuff that's stored in random places is always the hardest, and of course those are stored off in the fonts directory, which is nowhere near any of my other stuff.) The new computer is starting to feel homey!

2. Carla made shortcake tonight and we had strawberry shortcake. :D (Strawberries were super cheap this week!)

3. We finished our rewatch of Gravity Falls. Just a little over two weeks until the new episode!


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