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Apr. 24th, 2017 12:13 am
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Don't really wanna type this all out on my phone (my touchscreen typing is getting worse lately if anything, and I swear SwiftKey is trying to make me look stupid on purpose: last night I thought I tweeted "I missed Doctor Who" but no, it said "I kissed Doctor Who" which made the grumpiness in the rest of the tweet rather inexplicable) but Andrew's got my laptop, and I've got words to get out of my head before I can sleep, so...

I should have the laptop back tomorrow. Andrew's will hopefully work with the replacement part we bought for it, which turned up today. Stuart was kind enough to spend all Friday afternoon and evening trying to fix it. He even soldered the broken part together two or three different ways to see if we could avoid having to get a new one, but his valiant efforts were to no avail. We did get through several cycles of "it should be fine!"/"no, it's fucked!"/"no, wait, this might do it!" which honestly was exhausting even for me and I didn't so anything except make the tea and occasionally hold something still. But Stuart said he enjoyed the process.

So I'll take the new part over, where I left the rest of his laptop the other day, tomorrow. But most of the rest of this week I think I'll be helping Andrew be front-of-house at the local Lib Dem HQ.

What had been a by-election HQ staffed with actual staff (and volunteers) has now been handed back to the local party, just volunteers. I was sitting in a meeting this evening thinking I really enjoyed being a small cog in the big machine, who could just do things and not have to make decisions. Now I'm the same size cog and the machine is...not exactly smaller but moving more slowly.

But we're still just as ambitious. We're focusing on getting through the original May 4 elections first, particularly because there's a council by-election in our constituency (maybe John Leech will get some company as the opposition on the council!) as well as the Greater Manchester mayoral election that day. I'd really love Andy "I'm so convinced I'll win I'm not standing to defend my parliamentary seat a month later" Burnham not to win. Particularly since he seems to have affectations instead of a personality, and his affected northernness is to hate foreigners and call coffee posh.

So anyway, Andrew has said he'll be front-of-house, i.e. make sure there's a human there all day long so when people turn up to volunteer or ask questions or whatever, there's someone who can help them. He reckons that he can sit there with a laptop as easily as here, and is pleased that something he can do will be such a big help to the campaign (most of the obvious ways to help involve things he finds hard or impossible).

But this will inevitably involve some help from me: the one part of this he will struggle with is getting going in the mornings, so I'm actually going to open up and probably do the "until-lunchtime" shifts. Starting tomorrow! So while there's more to talk about, I should try to sleep.

Skate Nashville

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:34 pm
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Skate Nashville was fun. I actually had competition in the freeskate. There were enough adults that it wasn't just me in my division!

This means I came in last out of the four of us, but I was expecting that as I knew at least two of the three had more difficult jumps than I do. Oh, well. (One of the five judges had me third, which was heartening.) I was uncontested in the compulsory moves event, which was fun to prepare for because the compulsory moves this year were all things I enjoy and am good at, but was over so quickly that I don't know if I'll do it again in August.

I bought the professional action shots a photo company was making of everyone, so here are some selected photos.

The opening of my October Sky freeskate Winding up for a camel spin Starting the footwork sequence I have discovered anti-gravity!  Nope, just a spread eagle. Landing the final jump of my three-jump combo
Sit spin (perching on a barstool spin?) Coming out of the sit spin Compulsory Moves - Spiral Entering a sit spin I saw the photographer at the end. :)

I don't think I'll be trying to do an out of town work conference and a skating competition in the same week again, though. That was very stressful and tiring. (And, unfortunately, this conference next year is going to be Thursday-Saturday instead of Wednesday-Friday, so I really couldn't do both. I'm hoping we'll get a budget from NIH someday soon--thanks, Trump!--and will get to hire someone, and that person can go next year, but I should probably be thinking about a poster I can present, since they have a section for training and educational support posters, and that would get me closer to the quasi-faculty position my boss and I want me to move into someday.)

In fact, it was so stressful that I'm pretty sure it's set off another arthritis flare. I have a previously-scheduled rheumatologist appointment tomorrow, though, so at least relief is in the near future.

Small things

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:15 pm
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* Spent yesterday spring cleaning. The upside: clean house! The downside: vacuuming should not leave me this sore. Boo.

* Went out with friends to a restaurant not even five minutes from our house, which we have driven past hundreds of times but never gone in. Good food, decent prices, and has excellent onion rings, which is not to be sniffed at. Now we know!

* Signed up for Not Prime Time, in part because I actually have Sufficient Fandoms that (a) I would be happy to get a story in, and (b) I could write a story in. It's sorta sticking my toe back in the fannish waters - the only fanfic I've posted for the past few years has been Yuletide, assignments I've snagged off the pinch-hitter's list.

Europe - UK & France Elections

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:31 pm
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:: United Kingdom

Reigning Tory Party Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a Special Election to Parliament early this summer. Given the disarray of the Labour Party, [personal profile] rydra_wong says,
So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.
She's got some UK Special Election hands-on information and advice.

:: France

Independent candidate and new political wunderkind Emmanuel Macron has secured most votes (24%) in the 2017 French Election, which means he'll enter the second round with runner-up "Marine" Le Pen, far-right Front National's leader, after she won 22% of the votes. Needless to say having a white supremacist gain that many votes is not exactly furthering a good night's sleep, but I place some trust in the French here. Mostly comparative musings; please follow the link below for actual facts and figures )

Read more about this run-off French Election 2017 on its own Guardian page.

Well that went to shit fast

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:14 pm
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In late February we moved into a new place and began sharing a house with my retired parents.  The good news is, they will neither starve nor be homeless.  Yay!  Then the leak started.  Within a week, the first floor of the house became a mold dank basement and the landlord was an ambitious contestant on America's New Top Slumlord.

So April has been taken up with evidence gathering, lawyers, rental-hunting, lease-breaking, pulling a second security deposit out of our ass, and moving a SECOND time since the end of February.  The good news is, we got the first security deposit back and are only out some cheap bookshelves and a lot of mental resources, but we'll get over it.

The new place has a better layout for kludging two households together, their ancient cat and our two young cats have a decent professional working relationship when Ancient Cat is not being a total catbag, and I can finally do fancy luxurious things like sit on my damned couch and write.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:14 pm
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I just read a lovely essay by Parker Palmer, titled The Gift of Presence, The Perils of Advice. Here's a little piece of it:

Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through.

(You may not be someone for whom 'soul' resonates, but I think there are a lot of other words that can apply - inner self, private self, etc.)

It's such a gentle essay, and it prompted me to think about how many times I am quick to advise. I have a lot to learn about listening and being present; but what a sweet little note on which my weekend can end.

She laughs a drainpipe down the phone

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:20 pm
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I can't wait to stop being sick. I have had whatever this is since last Sunday and not only did it stop my brain in its tracks, it took any leftover stamina with it. I walked out this afternoon to purchase some goat's milk (for me) and some unscented litter (for the cats) and after the first supermarket (Market Basket was out of non-Febreze litter; I had to go on to Stop & Shop) I was dead on my feet. I slept nine or ten hours last night. I could go back to bed as we speak. It's like having mono, only I don't.

marinade to make meat easier

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:18 pm
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a lot of marinade recipes will warn you not to marinate meat more than hour or so, and definitely not overnight, if the marinade has ginger in it, or acidic ingredients. the reason is that the meat will get broken down and become mushy.

if you want/need to eat meat and have jaw pain, trouble swallowing, or whatever other mouth/throat/tooth stuff, i recommend going against their advice! i marinated stir-fry beef overnight in a marinade of tamari, honey, and grated* ginger and indeed it broke the meat down to an "improper" mushy texture. it was very easy to chew and swallow.

*i tried this same marinade with the ginger in large chunks and it didn't work. it only worked when i grated the ginger.

(i did the ratio of my three marinade ingredients by taste, so i can't report, but remember, you can improvise a marinade and keep tasting and adjusting it as long as you don't add the meat till it's finished.)

Play day

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:15 pm
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Posted by Mary

While V and Andrew were at the cricket, A and I did some drawing:

Video: Drawing

A: C’mon Mummy, c’mon. I’m gonna do that and you gonna do that one, OK? … Yes, I! … Now, blue, I use orange, you use lellow, oh, I dropped, [sings] now Mummy, up here [pointing at her chalkboard] you draw there see? You come? Mmm? I make a rainbow, mmm.

And had a tea party:

Tea party
Video: Tea party

A: Mummy? Here you go Mummy. Cup of tea?

[Drops cup.]

Mary: Oh no, my cup of tea! … Thank you Lexi.

A: My cup of tea! OK. I think… my cup of tea. [slurps]

A: [laughs] Mummy, I want I want I want to see it? Please?

All video of A ends with “I want to see it?” Nothing makes her happier than reviewing her footage.

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There's no way Fox News could have persisted with culture of sexual harassment and cover-ups lasting for as many years as the Roger Ailes era did unless there were a lot more individuals involved than just Roger Ailes. There would have to be abettors; there would have to be top people surrounding him that weren't merely willing to cover up his own skeeviness, but thought it appropriate behavior themselves.

So it was no surprise when, lo and behold, it turned out that Fox host Bill O'Reilly had a laundry list of accusations against him as well. And it's not much of a surprise that now a frequent Fox News talking head is accusing host Sean Hannity of the same thing that got the other two fired.

Columnist, attorney, and former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel appeared on today’s Pat Campbell Show and accused Fox News Prime Time Host Sean Hannity of the same type of behavior that lead to Bill O’Reilly leaving the beleaguered network earlier this week. [...]

Schlussel says that after she turned down his advances, she was not invited back on his program.

What are the odds, and so forth. If recent history is any guide, these statements from Schlussel, who is no small name in conservative punditry herself, might very well result in other women coming forward as well.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Montana: the (fossil) treasure state

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:20 pm
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If you’re a dino hunter in North America, it’s hard to find a better place to dig than Montana. It’s known officially as the Treasure State, and the fossils found there are treasures indeed. These days, Montana is at the upper end of part of the high western desert. It is semi-arid, land-locked, sparsely populated, and gorgeous. But 100 million years ago, much of the state was submerged below warm, shallow seas and laced in lush, swampy coastlines. These were perfect prehistoric conditions for Jurassic and Cretaceous animals and plants to thrive, and the region would then transform into a perfect environment to create and preserve fossils of many of those impressive creatures.

Montana is world-renowned for fossils of all kinds. Formations with legendary names exist in the literature starting at the dawn of the modern paleo-biology page. Some of the first and most iconic fossils, including some of the earliest T-rex remains ever found and classified, came from the Montanan side of the famous Hellcreek Formation in the early part of the 20th century. Practically the entire state has been a hotbed of fossil delights ever since. If any one state should be proud of the contribution it has made to the study of natural history and evolutionary biology, it is Montana.

Naturally, there’s always some clown bucking the trend. In this case it’s a Montana politician playing the creationist card. Greg Gianforte is the Republican nominee for the state’s open seat in the House of Representatives. He says he’s not sure if he accepts evolution; no one can get a straight answer on how old he thinks the state and the rest of the world are; he claims he’s already answered the question whenever it is raised, etc., ad nauseam. It’s classic conservative evasiveness, that standard operating procedure.


Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu


I got the present to you.


Maru:[It must be disappointing anyway.]

This is the toy with matatabi.

Maru:[I love thiiiiis!!]


まる:「めっ! チビはあっちへ行きなさい。」
Hana:[Lend it to me.]
Maru:[No! Go away!]

Maru:[This is only mine!]

The Expanse 2.08 - 2.13

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:03 pm
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I got behind on The Expanse, just as it was getting great. Which it is! Everyone should watch it!

The Expanse 2.08 Pyre )

The Expanse 2.09 The Weeping Somnambulist )

The Expanse 2.10 Cascade )

The Expanse 2.11 Here There Be Dragons )

The Expanse 2.12 The Monster and the Rocket )

The Expanse 2.13 Caliban's War )

And for book readers, does anyone know where we are in the series? I'm curious to know how fast they're going through the source material.
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I have many photos of my trip to the US to post, when I get A Round Tuit. They are crappy mobile phone pictures, but I cannot be bothered to carry a real camera with me any more. I am a terrible photographer with the best equipment in the world, and I'm more interested in recording memories than attempting to take good shots.

Currently I am worrying about being stranded in New York tomorrow once Delta drop me off there.

It turns out that Aer Lingus are morons. I've had several "incidents" with them this trip and am never flying with them again, but in the meantime they are supposed to be getting me home to London tomorrow.Read more... )

Alien series: 16 Tons by ?

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:30 pm
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Vid Title: 16 Tons
Vidder: ? [the vidders for Spring Equinox 2017 haven't been revealed yet]
Fandom: Alien series
Summary: Ripley needs a better employer.
Reccer's Comments: This is awesome and chilling! The song works so well (especially in conjunction with the class themes that were particularly strong in the first few films of the series)
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Nerve Ending, Tobi Hill-Meyer, transgender erotica, Anne Rowlands, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: February 2017 by Instar Books
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Genres: LGBTQIA, erotica. Stories are a mix of contemporary and speculative fiction.
Source: Publisher
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A trans woman watches her sleeping lover and contemplates the moment of his departure. A genderqueer sissy fantasizes alone about connection in their hotel room. A trans woman adjunct professor and sex worker is hired for a sex party held by her colleges philosophy department. A trans boy has a Craigslist hookup with a queen embarked on detransition. A bodiless AI announces its gender, takes a lover, and works to revolutionize the world.

Presented here are thirty stories edited and with an introduction by Tobi Hill-Meyer that offer revolutionary erotic fantasies by trans people, about trans people, and for trans people at the crossroads of history, biology, anxiety, and love.

Editor’s note:I acquired a review copy of Nerve Endings on the recommendation of a friend. I thought reviewing it would be a good way to boost trans voices. However, once I started reading, I quickly realised I wasn’t the intended audience. Furthermore, this thread on Twitter from Corey Alexander made me realise I could be doing more harm than good by reviewing it. So, I invited Anne Rowlands for an Own Voices perspective on the anthology.



Transgender people are not a plot twist: the introduction of Nerve Endings reminds us of this essential point. It is a point recently discussed in Liz Duck-Chong’s essay on the play The Trouble with Harry and is also often used in more erotic novels in a way that is not only dehumanising but out-and-out stupid. A person who is transgender wants not to be treated as a special bit of “spice” or worse a surprise. They want to be wanted, loved, cared for, or just simply not to be told they are playing pretend.

The central idea of Nerve Endings is to help us realise and capture this in a way that keeps transgender stories present in our minds when we, the transgender audience, are at our most lonely. These stories keep us remembering that our lives are worthy. That we matter. Nerve Endings never shies away from being written by trans people for trans people. Anyone else who likes it, that’s fine, but it’s not for them, it’s for us. This was so clear as I read that I really understood why I was asked to write this review.

Nerve Endings is proud in its erotica and its kink, its few polyamorous tales. It is never there to shame, or to make readers feel less (or more) than what we are: a part of society, transgender or not.

Each story brings us into a universe that we can almost imagine is real. Even when the characters are a Demon and his summoner, or an AI and their partner, or just a simple trans woman, man or boi trying to make their way in the world.

I’m always a little left wanting with short stories anthologies. Each tale is almost always slightly less than perfect, ending bitter-sweet, or offering only a brief glimpse into the life and emotions of the characters. Almost every story left me wanting more. More of the characters. More of their love. More of the things they do to conquer their fears and anxieties. More orgasms. The unashamedly erotic, the consent, the kink, the characters and their needs and desires. It’s too much and not quite enough at the same time. I was left with a profound sense of needing–not just wanting–more. I really hope this is just the first serving of a new genre of positive, consensual stories about transgender people told in erotic, loving, caring and knowledgeable ways.

4 out of 5 stars.

Anne Rowlands


Anne Rowlands is a transgender woman librarian, in her spare time she is also an artist and poet. You can find her on Twitter as @anne_rowlands.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

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