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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.

jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
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

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.
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)

Questions borrowed from [personal profile] grrlpup's entry

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:

Charlie Maguire's "Fall is Here" lyrics: music: 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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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)

jesse_the_k: Photo of female feet in piano keyboard socks in black patent leather flats (shoes key elements)
I'm a shoe person. Up North I discovered why sensible people have been wandering around in thick socks and sandals for the last few decades.

It's wicked comfortable. Happy toes, feet that breathe, and yet cozy. I always wear compression hose: a lively pair of thin wool socks on top makes for heaven.

Do you wear socks & sandals? To what temperature? Even in the rain?
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Thursday morning I joined [personal profile] emceeaich and [personal profile] cynthia1960 for a leisurely breakfast at the Concourse. Delicious and tasty company. I then hung around aimlessly watching folks arrive. Nodding at folks whose faces have by now grown familiar. Snuggling with some of my annual pals.

Eventually, I rolled into my room and crashed.

Friday morning: Meal #2 at an amazing food cart -- El Grito Taqueria. Yes, pulled pork & pulled chicken make a lovely breakfast.

Friday step by step )
jesse_the_k: black border collie standing in hug licking my chin (JK 60 loved by BELL)
Hello there! Anything you write in a reply to this magic post will only be visible to you and me.

I'll be panelling 9:45 to 11:30 on Saturday, otherwise my schedule is open.

Let's make a plan!

If you want to contact me during the con, you can also direct-message me on Twitter [ profile] jesse_the_k

I look quite a lot like my icon, but tragically no Bella at the hotel.

See you there!

WisCon 41

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:49 pm
jesse_the_k: manipulated photo of white woman with glasses & big smile (JK happy 61)
Yep, I'm going. Last year was the best one ever, so I'm taking a chance...

I'm also on one panel:

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F***ing Life?
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
Conference 5

M: R. Elena Tabachnick; Shayla D, Lenore Jean Jones, Jesse the K

When you know there's no fix, your disability's never getting better, might get worse, and acceptance is the only possibility, it's time to share (aka vent). On this panel, we'll air our pet grievances, exchange survival strategies, and discuss the challenges—both surprising and predictable—of life with disability. We'll also share stories we've used to keep going.

I'm always eager to meet first-timers, and of course I'm thrilled to see my con-pals. I'll be at the hotel & therefore available for most any occasion.
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.


The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )

Fiat Lux!

Mar. 13th, 2017 07:08 pm
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
It's 7:08 Central Daylight Time. The ~4inches of snow are still reflecting brightly through our windows. I have survived another winter. Hooray. What's your favorite winter memory?
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY success)
I got to share a lovely lunch with [personal profile] cathexys today in Alabama, and discover that acafans are people too. It was swell.
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
MyGuy, Bella, and me are driving down to Mississippi tomorrow. We'll be staying in Ocean Springs for two weeks, and be back before the first of February. Our outbound trip is hugging the Big River; we'll veer easterly for our return. If you're interested in meeting up, drop me a PM. We're supposed to have net access; we will see.
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY success)
Other things have happened, but following [personal profile] sasha_feather's example, I'm focusing on the best stuff



  • new mexico road trip
  • best WisCon ever
  • three deepened friendships
  • movie night (four friends, monthly, for potluck & a show)


  • Bella! The sweetest, easiest dog ever.

mental health

  • new therapist, massive improvements using a non-cognitive approach based on EMDR
  • new psychiatrist, lower doses, clearer head


  • iPad mini 4
  • great teva sandals
  • three spiffy new hats

movies & shows


  • Red Rosa : Evans, Kate
  • Lost and found : Tan, Shaun
  • Tetris : the games people play : Brown, Box
  • Rules of summer : Tan, Shaun
  • A silent voice. : Ōima, Yoshitoki,
  • The Shadow Hero : Yang, Gene Luen,
  • Becoming Unbecoming : Una
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur : Montclare, Hadley, Bustos
  • Faith. Vol. 1 & 2 by Houser, Jody,
  • The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage : Padua, Sydney,
  • We stand on guard : Vaughan, Brian K.
  • A silent voice. Vol. 1-7 : Ōima, Yoshitoki
  • Yo, Miss : Wilde, Lisa
  • French milk : Knisley, Lucy
  • Heart : Knisley, Lucy
  • An age of license : Knisley, Lucy
  • Displacement : Knisley, Lucy
  • Something new : Knisley, Lucy


  • Patient H.M. : Luke Dittrich (audio)
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States : Sarah Vowell (audio)
  • The partly cloudy patriot : Vowell, Sarah (audio)
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (audio)
  • The body keeps the score : Van der Kolk, Bessel A.,
  • Makeshift metropolis : Rybczynski, Witold.
  • Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller : Lambert, Joseph,
  • Fic : Jamison, Anne Elizabeth
  • Book : Agard, John
  • Hatching Twitter : Bilton, Nick
  • Rewind, replay, repeat : Bell, Jeff
  • Haldol and hyacinths : Moezzi, Melody
  • Making a point : Crystal, David


  • A thin bright line : Bledsoe, Lucy Jane,
  • All the birds in the sky : Anders, Charlie
  • Arcadia : Lauren Groff (audio)


more than ~1200 fanfics, these pop up today:

jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Beating heart of love GIF)

I’ hope there is a day sometime in a few decades where folks will ask “where were you when you heard?”

I’m so grateful that I was warm in MyGuy’s arms. I didn’t ask “what news” until 5am.

I was numb until 1015, sobbed in the Locker room until 1100. It’s 1933 all over again. I am truly frightened.

But here’s what my knowledge of history – global, familial, and local – tells me. I’ve had a lucky life. Time to help others.

Until there’s an internet that isn’t vulnerable to NSA-style open access, we need to strategize in other ways.

Will the mail be reliably private?

Do I need a GPS to make a cell phone call?

Are VPNs truly secure?

jesse_the_k: barcode version of (JK OpenID barcode)
The US's national dress-up holiday is the last day of October, Halloween. MyGuy will be staffing our front door with terrible1treats; Bella and I will be hiding in the darkened house of a friend.

Do you dress up on a particular day? What was your favorite costume?

In recognition of the day, for my bus ride & morning swim, I wore something rather silly looking )
  1. Tootsie rolls ↩︎

jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
here's Jackson Browne & Joan Osborne doing a lively cover of Noble-Prize-winning Bob Dylan's song, with lyrics on screen

Thanks to [personal profile] torachan (via [personal profile] laceblade) for importing this meme from Tumblr.

twenty one answers )
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