jesse_the_k: Lin-Manuel Miranda, costumed as Hamilton, laughing (xcbvbvb)
....and you can too, as long as reading about cockroaches in cereal doesn't bother you
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy stares hard at the closed front door, ready for anything (Lucy expectant)
ETA: This game is now available for iPhone for FREE

If yes, can you do it for for me, with a particular open source game?

I hope this is possible )

Happy to trade: I can offer beaded jewelry (or source materials); nicely formatting a ~Word document; or actual cash.

jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)
"Hexel" has much in common with Threes and its million successors, such as 2048.

I will admit that I don't understand the rules: 1 won't combine with 2, but 2 and 2 make 3. Rotating the board in six directions is a ton of fun.

(Massively inaccessible to screen reader users.)
jesse_the_k: BBC Sherlock atop a tor in Dartmoor, captioned "Looking all dramatic on a cliff top" (SH drama on cliff)
In summer and winter every year, the [ profile] holmestice community hosts a fanworks exchange. Many dreamers and scholars claim Sherlock as the founding stone of modern fandom, since these works have been redone and remixed all over the globe for so many years.

This year a brilliant vidder [ETA it was [personal profile] sanguinity JK] created

Something Good Will Come From That

[ETA: is the original post, and there's on the Archive so it's never lost to posterity. JK]

featuring one hundred years of Sherlock Holmes fandoms set to a bouncy dance tune from the 1920s.

If anyone ever asks you, "so what's with the vids?" you now have the perfect bookends:
This one to start, and Lim's canonical multifandom US to introduce the vidding of now.
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)

Home from a lovely WisCon 40 …with

  • detailed panel notes
  • enlightening chats with old friends
  • hazy memories of chats with new folks
  • fist-bumps with all folks
  • joyous spreading of gifts in the con suite
  • and only one shoulder squeeze

I actually stayed up until 1:30am today, which is highly irregular. I’m feeling droopy but not brain rotten. (Hope this psychic warm front continues; I’m not manic yet.)

More to come.

jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY success)
50 lb dog with shiny black-brown fur, white stripe down her nose and prick ears poses like the Sphinx, with her rear legs folded and her front legs outstretched )

Bella has burrowed her way into our hearts. Last week the Underdog Rescue placed Bella in our care. We've enjoyed every moment of our time with her.

She's a remarkably lovely dog. She's a young adult, though we don't know her exact age. She herded all the children in her first Madison placement , so we suspect she's got some Border collie in the mix. Her fur looks black from a distance but up close it's a deep brown; so maybe there's some chocolate lab heritage. We're thrilled with how easy* she is:

  • She greets everyone with a wiggle and a kiss, genuinely pleased to meet new people and dogs.

  • Her fur is as soft as a rabbit's coat, and she's so soothing to pet.

  • She enjoys playing, walking, and sleeping equally.

  • When she sleeps, she emits comforting snores, snuffles, and wheezes.

  • She came to us already potty- and crate-trained

  • She already knows "sit," "no," "come," and "drop it." In less than 10 days she's well on her way to "down," "hupup," and "off."

Black dog 35in from nose to base of tail, lies on her back, all 4 paws in the air. Front two paws meet the outstretched palms of MyGuy, an older white fellow )
*: We assumed all dogs were challenging after 14 years with Teddy the Neurotic, then 15yrs with Lucy the Alpha Bitch.
jesse_the_k: unicorn line drawing captioned "If by different you mean awesome" (different=awesome)
In early January we set out in our ridiculous red van, MyGuy at the wheel. We brought lots of snackers, copious water, and scores of props to help us stay comfortable in car seats. We stopped at least every two hours to stretch. Four days through St Louis, Tulsa, Amarillo and into a rented condo in Santa Fe NM, and we're still on good terms.

Great Things

indeed five of them )

Frustrating Things

four of those )

It was fun, I'm glad we went, we would never move there.
jesse_the_k: Well nourished white woman riding black Quantum 4400 powerchair off the right edge, chased by the word "powertool" (JK 56 powertool)
[ETA: fix Annalee's twitter handle and bad HTML]

Annalee Flower [ profile] leeflower
has a GREAT! intro post re: SFF & Disability.
quote begins
I’m hoping that if I walk through some of the more common misconceptions, I can move the needle a little–or at least save myself some time in the future, because I’ll be able to give people a link instead of explaining all this again.
The science fiction community tends to take this diluted version of the medical model to extremes. Because we’re used to speculating about abilities that humans could have if certain fictitious conditions were met, some of us consider all human bodies fundamentally broken. It’s easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking that, for example, since being able to fly unaided would be really cool and convenient, we must all be disabled because we can’t fly.

Here’s the thing, though. Because we can’t fly, we have built a world that is accessible to people who cannot fly. We build roads and sidewalks to facilitate ground travel and elevators to provide access to tall buildings.

quote ends

Read it and link like a wild thing :,)
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
A few months back I began posting gratitudes. I'm still grateful a lot of the time; in fact I believe that I'm able to see the good all around me, even in the dimmest of days.

Which means I have hundreds of gratitudinal moments, not three. I don't want to let go of the hundreds, so I'm going to focus on other topics in my posts here.

Thank you for taking the trip with me. Knowing you were there improved the journey.

I'll leave you with an art object that's a continuing home for gratitude, MyGuy's birthday gift:

Five inch tall glass egg with one-fifth vertical slice cut to reveal a clear interior with one perfect bubble. Outside has peacock tail colors and pattern with matte AB surface )
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
Finally got photos of the fabulous custom soft wool cowl (combination of a hat and a neck warmer) I'll be wearing all winter. It was a blast designing with [personal profile] killing_rose: we went back and forth with pictures four or six times, and the result is even better than I'd hoped for.

You too can obtain lovely custom garments at a very reasonable cost from Raven Yarnworks

three photos: all show blue-gray knit tube 12 inches high and eight inches in diameter with green contrasting stripe at top, center and bottom. The knitting is even and tight; the wool is as soft as a greyhound's chin; even the cord is well made kumihimo. Modeled by my white fat self (short brown/grey hair, thick glasses, big smile). Views include flat on table; hood snugged around neck, pulled up over the head. )

Thanks to [personal profile] sasha_feather for the pictures!
jesse_the_k: Photo of baby wearing huge black glasses  (eyeglasses baby)
Alien spore entered my body when I was young. In my teens, it blossomed, crawled out and sunk its pincers into my shoulders. I've been carrying it ever since. This "alien baby"[1] may be easier to recognize as my atypical bodymind, where the goulash of pain and limitation resides.alien psych insights )
jesse_the_k: Bitmapped "dogcow" was subject of Apple's Knowledge Base 13, and appeared in many OS9 print dialogs (dogcow)
Thanks so much for all your good wishes, which calmed me down enough to do some net research. Best single resource is
Tons of details inside )
Old Goat Thoughts: I remember when I got all my software from the Info-Mac Archives. Which, it turns out, are still online
thanks to an enterprising person who's reusing the Info-Mac reputation for their products.
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Beating heart of love GIF)
This site is catnip for the at-home mechanic. It has a wide range of fun and funky instructions, from all-cardboard storage systems, DIY security, and 3D printers that print themselves, to cooking recipes, provided in step-by-step detail.Pretty & Practical Bikes )
Instructables provides a nice framework for documenting your amazing projects (called ibles) so others can admire and do it themselves, as well as comment threads for more praise and good ideas.
jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
A year ago I enthused about the joys of meditation, in particular "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction." I've continued my formal practice of MBSR (15 - 25 minutes nightly before bed. I meditate lying down, to minimize pain crosstalk.) But wait, there's more!

I'm now learning about "Self-Compassion Meditation," which has been even more helpful for me. (I'm sure spending a year directing a kindly, curious attention to anything floating through my brain and body has enabled me to apply SCM at any time.) I can now do "informal practice" whenever I need it. The key to SCM is it rides along with the acknowledgement of pain. The fact that I'm beginning to lash myself on my perceived defects, or enduring the throbbing of my augmented ankle, or weeping over the daily news— that pain itself triggers my SCM response.

Self-Compassion Meditation—Kristin Neff
Dr Neff's site and book support a meditation practice for folks who live with mental, physical, and psychic pain. Her approach is firmly grounded in Buddhist spirituality, but is very accessible to those of us who bounce off religion.
In the brief month I've been using it, I've developed the skill of responding to negative events with compassion, not fear, anxiety, self-punishment, or despair.
The whole site is well worth reading: this resources page offers free downloads of guided meditations and writing exercises:
She also provides a self-compassion test which helps you to realize when you may be suffering needlessly, and how self-compassion could make your life less painful.

Resources mentioned last year )
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
Many thanks to [personal profile] littlebutfierce, who organized a midwinter gift exchange that lifted my spirits like a great big hot air balloon.

I was so lucky to draw [personal profile] raanve's name. Yesterday I received the most lovely hat, made by her very own hands! It's perfect across many dimensions.
  • Haven't cut my hair since WisCon and my new hat has plenty of room.

  • [personal profile] raanve knitted it with SWTC Karaoke SOYSILK®/Wool which is amazingly soft and beautifully colorful. I've been playing with reds and browns this year, and [personal profile] raanve somehow chose those colors, complemented by a mellow charcoal.

  • Its alternating, spiralling mesh holes mean I can wear it indoors and be cosy but not sweaty

  • I can turn up the edge for fashion gold OR hide all my not-ready for-prime-time-hair inside.

In conclusion, thank you [personal profile] raanve!
Red, maroon, charcoal fibers intricately knitted in a spiral hat, pulled down all the way on my head to below my mouth )
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD's butt & tail are all that's visible since her head is down a gopher hole (LUCY gopher hunter)
Seems there's a new meme in town called doge. If you've been seeing shiba inu dogs (plump foxes with attitude) adorned with semi-sensical language, you've seen it.

And this is why people get PhDs in linguistics:
begin quote The second factor that goes into doge is the general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.” Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings. We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional. quote ends
Find out more, aimed at people without PhDs, from The Toast.

Another viewpoint, from The Week.

And when did we start having sites with two-word names? Is this a move to borrow newsprint's gravitas?
jesse_the_k: Underwater picture of chubby woman stroking and blowing bubbles with a grin (lynne cox swimming)
I hinted back on the 3rd, that I'd begun two self-improvement programs. The jinx is off one of them. I think it's one reason I've been feeling much less depressed and cranky and I've had fewer headaches, and I want to share and boast.

So That's Me, Dunked )

(Yes, it's chlorinated. I've given up soap and shampoo; I apply Aveeno lotion after I rinse off; and MyGuy generously buzzed off most of my hair.)
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY success)
I attended a fabulous disability studies conference in Delaware. I learned many things and took extensive notes. More later.

To celebrate, I'm soliciting examples of hyperbolic comparisons.

Yesterday I had the good fortune to dine with Karen Moore, former WisCon chair and all-around enjoyable human being. She praised someone's marketing skills thusly:
He can sell socks to snakes

I'm contemplating purchasing an Apple TV box to handle streaming sound & pix to my TV. Along the way, someone recommends a keyboard to control it, because using an Apple Remote to type a login is
like mowing the lawn with nail clippers

Raise a glass to energy guru Amory Lovins, who memorably wrote that cooking food with electric power was
like killing a mosquito with a nuclear bomb

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