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2017-10-20 02:13 pm
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The Frightening Friday Five

https://thefridayfive.dreamwidth.org/73063.html

What book frightened you as a young person?
None I can remember.

If you had to become a ‘living book’ (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
To Be of Use by Marge Piercy, poetry

What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The Outer Limits. I’d watch with my older sister and she told me when it was safe to lower my hands from my eyes.

What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
Silence of the lambs et seq

Do you have any phobias?
Centipedes, millipedes, and other Myriapodae make me recoil and squeal a little.

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2017-10-19 05:25 pm

Phone Blues: Could I Use a Mobile Hotspot Instead?

My iPad is always within reach, but it doesn't have cellular service. Could I get a mobile hotspot and use it as a phone?
more details )
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2017-10-19 11:27 am
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Such a good dog!

Thanks to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the link to a marvelous story about the Santa Rosa fire:

https://modernfarmer.com/2017/10/guard-dog-wouldnt-leave-goat-flock-california-fires-lived-tell-story/

A goat-herding dog refused to leave his goat flock -- and they made it it through the fire, and even enlarged the flock by a couple of deer fawns.
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2017-10-17 04:47 pm

Brian Fies' Heart-rending & beautiful comic

I first saw Fies' work with Mom's Cancer, a sweet and terrifying tour of hope and loss (now available free online):
http://www.gocomics.com/moms-cancer/2015/04/20

He and his wife just lost almost everything in the Santa Rosa fires blazing in central California, and he's made an almost instantaneous comic about it:

A Fire Story.
https://brianfies.blogspot.ca/2017/10/a-fire-story-complete.html
(thanks to [personal profile] umadoshi for the link)

I've started to make a transcript/image description:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aUa58clWMZzNEqZkdGhzttH6wTiTEO_m1P9aZ_oqA3Q/edit?usp=sharing

Ping me here if you'd like to help create this.
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2017-10-14 01:09 pm
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Friday 5: Song Milestones

Hey, it's [community profile] thefridayfive, and I came up with these questions (and why am I finding them so hard to answer?)

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
"Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" from Gilbert and Sullivan's 19th C operetta Pirates of Penzance.
song and lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOCPeQvlB4

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
Joni Mitchell's Song to a Seagull, 1968. I think I wore out the grooves.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
"How Can I Keep From Singing" happens a lot in the shower.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?
"Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard"

5) And why?
Lived below someone who played that song 20 times a day for a week.
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2017-10-11 04:47 pm

My Education re Adoption & the Devil's Advocate

What We Lost: Undoing The Fairy Tale Narrative Of Adoption by Liz Latty

Until reading this piece, I’d thoughtlessly hummed along to the stereotype that adoptions are about how wonderful the adoptive parents are.

read it now )

I’m Done Debating Racism With the Devil: White people playing devil’s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress. by Maya Rupert

“Devil’s advocate” arguments have always annoyed and angered me, but this essay explained why.

now you can too )

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2017-10-06 06:35 pm
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Five for Friday

Questions borrowed from [personal profile] grrlpup's entry https://grrlpup.dreamwidth.org/49196.html

What’s a good movie for October that has nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

I'm fond of Jodie Foster's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. While it's set at a US Thanksgiving weekend, I like to think it provides a firm base course for visiting family in the months to come.

What’s a good couple of songs for October that have nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going," music & lyrics: http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=71

Charlie Maguire's "Fall is Here" lyrics: http://www.charliemaguire.com/FallIs.html music: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/dhbdrake11 first track

What are some reasons to love October?

Liminal days when the ground is still warm and the colder Chinook winds make an ethereal atmosphere, with only-in-October lighting recalling Maxfield Parrish. Clouds coming from all directions. Fresh apples!

Radio stations sometimes call this month Rocktober, doing special playlists or giveaways in celebration of rock music. What would be a better rhyming name for this month, and how might it be celebrated?

I think Walktober, because the weather most often provides temperatures cool enough for me to walk outside, and landscapes colorful enough to want to go.

What would be a good holiday to establish in October for those U.S. states not commemorating Columbus Day?

I'd love to have a Harvest Day, where we could learn and share where our food comes from, who grows it, picks it, processes it, cooks it and enjoys it.

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2017-10-01 03:54 pm

The Joy of Swimming

Since 1995, I’ve been swimming three times a week. It’s crucial to my physical and mental well-being.

As Melissa Hung beautifully puts it:

“Though I’m not much more graceful in water than I am on land, swimming gives me the illusion of grace; makes me feel fluid in my movements. In an alternate reality of weightlessness, the water takes me–a teeth-grinder, a lopsided walker, a smacker when I eat–and makes me elegant: All my limbs flutter, one side and then the other, a constellation of moving parts propelling me forward.”

To Swim is to Endure: On Living with Chronic Pain by Melissa Hung
https://catapult.co/stories/bodies-to-swim-is-to-endure-on-living-with-chronic-pain

how I learned to relove swimming )

my routine )

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2017-09-30 10:20 am
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The Friday Five a few hours late

How did you choose your LJ/DW username? I'm the same name everywhere! My first name is Jesse, my last name starts with K, and I'm old enough to have heard "Murray the K" on the radio.

What has been your favorite day this year and why? WisCon Saturday is always my favorite. I've reconnected with many of my annual friends, I've attended some good panels, and there are two more days left.
Also, my birthday was particularly sweet this year, thanks to your lovely comments.

What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?
Arrival -- the aliens' language was truly alien, and beautiful. The cinematography was novel and fascinating.

What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?
Word by Word -- Kory Stamper. Details what lexicographers do. I truly LOLed twice every page.

You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?
not fluent enough in MTV to answer this question. But I really loved HELP! (the Beatles' full-length music video)

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2017-09-29 05:03 pm

SOLVED! Want to hire: CSS Wrangler

ETA: Yippee! [personal profile] susan came to my aid!

There are some teeny tweaks I'd like to make to my DW journal style. I've peeked at the code and my eyes cross.

So: would you care to create some "custom CSS" for me to my specification?

I would be delighted to pay you or make a donation to an org of your choosing.

I want four changes:

  1. remove tight letter spacing in the "navigation" module
  2. reduce the size of the headings & text/links in the sidebar
  3. true hanging indents for unordered <ol> lists
  4. true hanging indents for ordered <ul> lists

For my final question: when I make tweaks in my journal's colors, relative sizes, and module order, is there a way to save all that so I don't have to re-type it when I switch themes?

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2017-09-29 04:11 pm

Backing up Kobo Ebooks

I didn't find this answer on a quick search of Mobilereads.com forum, so I thought I'd share. I read on my iPad in the Kobo app. I buy my ebooks from Kobo because they have a deal with the American Booksellers Association; when I buy a book there Room of One's Own gets a 15% cut. why & how step by step  )

jesse_the_k: David Hewlett wearing almost nothing except a halo, wings, a sneer & extended middle finger (Fucky fuckity fuck sez DHewlett)
2017-09-27 04:38 pm

More proof that Facebook is a menace

I already know that FB is designed to shackle me to my phone/computer and in fact I can't remember spending less than an hour on the rare occasions I visit. I just finished a long read and a short one. Between them I have a more profound understanding of just why FB is a terrible place to hang out and not in the slightest trustworthy.
wall of text )
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2017-09-24 06:55 pm

Fanfics about Nuclear Waste Storage

This is a 10,000-year rabbit hole!

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was designed to store radioactive waste in Nevada. The storage area would not be safe to enter until 10,000 years had passed. Several groups of smart people came together to design warning messages that could outlive our civilization and protect future explorers. These designers knew they couldn't rely on any current language surviving that long, so they worked on landscape designs that project "this is toxic waste, don't mess!" audio/text background and four fanfics )

One of the forbidding-landscape proposals is incorporated into California, a meh dystopian novel published by a non-genre writer in 2014. If the WIPP project follows up on the experts' suggestions, elements of those proposal should be showing up in pop culture for millennia.

The WIPP-fic tag: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Expert%20Judgment%20on%20Markers%20to%20Deter%20Inadvertent%20Human%20Intrusion*d*dd%20-%20Sandia%20Labs/works WIPP Discussions on Metafilter: )

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2017-09-21 02:12 pm

MUSTREAD mrissa | Hollywood broken leg theory

Thanks to a [personal profile] liv-triggered happy rabbit-hole I just read Marissa Lingen's fabulous post illuminating why most people find the experience of impairment so mystifying.

AND YOU MUST READ IT TOO!

http://mrissa.dreamwidth.org/720690.html

if you need convincing: an excerpt )
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2017-09-20 04:41 pm

A Disability History of the United States

Kim Nielsen is a disability historian. Her one-volume A Disability History of the United States provides an overview of living with disability in these colonies from founding to 1990. What particularly interested me is how non-white-male bodies were defined as disabled, and then how the divisions changed.

http://www.beacon.org/A-Disability-History-of-the-United-States-P836.aspx

On Worldcat in print, braille, and ebook

On her author blog, her essay "God’s Real Name: On Rescues, Ableism, and Unexpected Empathy" explores her reaction to a homeless man who blesses her.

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My own ableism, my own class squeamishness, and bigotry, my interpretation of his religiosity as distasteful insanity, had led me to dismiss the man. I had excluded him from our joint rescue plan--indeed, had understood him as something to be rescued from--and ignored his offer to gift me with help and rescue.
quote ends


http://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2014/03/gods-real-name-on-rescues-ableism-and-unexpected-empathy.html
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2017-09-15 11:16 am

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LeKesha, at the group blog Black Girl Nerds, meditates on the talents and mental illness of the marvelous Nina Simone:

quote, link, video  )

Spotify playlist
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX8OYzU0lx5hL