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So, I apologize in advance - this post will be of limited interest to people who don't speak Russian.

Mostly, I just spent most of the weekend self medicating with this musical artist I LOVE and have loved deeply for years, and catching up on his new material, and this post is basically a collection of my favorite things of his (basically EVERYTHING) and a primer for Russian speakers who may not be aware of him. There's also stuff for English speakers! But ultimately the videos are in Russian.

Valentin Strikalo present )

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:02 pm
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The site slowdown tonight (Saturday night) is due to database load -- Saturday nights are one of our busiest times and we're still going to need to do some performance tweaks to our new setup over the next few days as we run into load issues. (Some problems only show up once all y'all start banging on the site!) We've made a few changes now that will improve things for some people, and will do a more permanent fix later on tonight or tomorrow morning once the traffic dies down, since doing it now would just increase database load.

Site performance may continue to be rocky on and off for the next few days until we get everything tuned the way it needs to be tuned -- thank you for your patience!

Revenge by ecc-poetry

Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:24 pm
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Since you mention it, I think I will start that race war.

I could’ve swung either way? But now I’m definitely spending
the next 4 years converting your daughters to lesbianism;
I’m gonna eat all your guns. Swallow them lock stock and barrel
and spit bullet casings onto the dinner table;

I’ll give birth to an army of mixed-race babies.
With fathers from every continent and genders to outnumber the stars,
my legion of multiracial babies will be intersectional as fuck
and your swastikas will not be enough to save you,
because real talk, you didn't stop the future from coming. )
Link here.

Known Issues Update 12/2

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Dec. 1st, 2016 12:14 pm
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We have now cut over to our new hardware! If you can see this, the site should be working for you.

Things you don't need to tell us about:

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Dec. 1st, 2016 09:17 am
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We are now within our maintenance window for today. The site will go into read-only mode when we're ready to begin the maintenance, and will be unavailable for at least most of the morning. Watch our Twitter status account for updates!

Reminder: Downtime tomorrow

Nov. 30th, 2016 10:06 pm
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A reminder: the site will be down/in read-only mode tomorrow for server maintenance for at least a little while. (Some people may also have trouble accessing the site even after it comes back up, depending on your network/computer/ISP settings.) We're beginning the maintenance window at 10AM EST/7AM PST/11PM UTC, and to be on the safe side, we're setting a window of 8 hours for possible downtime. It probably won't take that long, but there's also a (very small) chance it may take longer! We'll keep you updated on any changes with our off-site status Twitter account.
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As we prep for tomorrow's server maintenance, the site may look weird or 'naked' (no styling, images not loading, etc) on and off over the next hour or so. If you notice it, there's no need to report it: if it happens, we did it on purpose.

Good Behavior 1x04

Nov. 30th, 2016 04:34 pm
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Sneaking in a tiny short post because GOOD GOD this show gave me a good episode, even though 1x04 was closer to a drama, for me, than the other more heist-based episodes. (I DID NOT MIND THIS AT ALL, FYI, IT WAS 100% AWESOME DRAMA.)

spoilers for 1x04 )

Maintenance window - Thursday Dec 1

Nov. 28th, 2016 03:48 pm
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There will be a maintenance window, with some downtime, on Thursday, December 1, starting at 10AM EST/7AM PST/3PM UTC, for server maintenance and upgrades. To err on the side of caution, we're calling it an 8 hour window (so, until 6PM EST/3PM PST/11PM UTC), although we don't expect that the site will be in maintenance mode for the whole time.

We'll remind you Wednesday night, and again when the site is going into maintenance mode.

Good Behavior

Nov. 28th, 2016 10:50 am
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So, I inhaled all the available episodes of Good Behavior, a new TNT show, and now I'm utterly in love and also apprehensive, because I'm always worried the universe will not let me hold on to nice things.

The best way I could describe it, I guess, is the halfway point between Jessica Jones and Leverage, with a Mr. and Mrs. Smith type plot. A tropey action show about outlaws trying to do right that allows its characters' flaws to be dramatic, but doesn't dwell on them. Starring a woman! A WOMAN WHO IS A SCREW UP IN AN ACTION/THRILLER SHOW THAT'S MEANT AS ESCAPISM. I JUST.

So the premise is this: Letty is an ex-con trying to hold down a job and stick to the rules of her parole so she can get her son back. However, staying clean proves harder than Letty thought and she's soon back to her old ways of grifting. But when an attempt to rob a fancy hotel room leads Letty to overhear a handsome hitman being hired by a husband to kill his wife, she ends up intervening to save the woman's life. Things get complicated from there.

That's the official premise. The unoffical premise is this: spoilery for the first three episodes )

almost the weekend

Nov. 24th, 2016 09:38 am
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Disability has been... pretty debilitating this week. My back has meant I spent the first three days of this work week coming home, lying flat on my bed for 5 hours, and still waking up in pain the next day. Lest you think I let debilitating pain, panic and despair stop me: I tried to reach out to three different ways of coping/making this issue better, all of them were unavailable (all were available during the summer).

I basically need to come up with entirely new things (that MIGHT work, because no guarantees), make phone calls, wait for appointments, and then maybe, MAYBE slowly something will improve? I love winter. (And my wonderful body that keeps breaking down in new and exciting ways.)

And I'm trying, god knows I'm trying. It's so fucking hard and exhausting and just sucks up all the energy I might have used on other things like say, writing. I'm a sad, sad writer these days.

In other news, I spent another Wednesday evening hanging out with my roommate's friends. It was less fun socially this time, because I felt more like these were just his friends he invited over, and I was just kind of... there. And not really friends with any of these people. Which is the truth! It is exactly what it is, and there's no reason for it to be otherwise, and all of these people are super super nice and I felt included and I was allowed to be part of the conversation which I do not take for granted.

But at this point, either I work hard to become friends with these people - who are really in my space to see my roommate, who they've known for ages, I'm just the random girl who also lives there - or I continue to be sort of on the sidelines? IDK, maybe it'll happen naturally if I keep showing up for their Wednesday get together? In any case it'll take some time. Which on the one hand kind of sucks, and on the other - one of these people already friended me on facebook, and she's also a writer, and honestly I can't think of a more convenient way to make friends than have them regularly show up at my house and not expect me to be a hostess. Like, in a way this is what introvert dreams are made of.

Anyway, despite the measure of social awkwardness (or rather, not-belonging) I felt, every other aspect of the evening was superb.

* Apparently this week their alcohol project (I 100% blame there being Alcohol Projects on the fact that half the group are Russian speakers; we love that shit) was a homemade Midori sour, which indeed took some time to make. There was a cocktail shaker and bottles of lemon juice and sifting through coffee-infected white sugar. But the end result was a chilled, green salty-sweet liquid that tasted like heaven.

My stomach is still not 100% from the intense virus that had me bedridden for a week in October, and then back pain meds more recently, so I was trying to pace myself (I haven't had caffeine at all this week, in any form, and over the weekend was down to eating small meals because my stomach couldn't handle too much food at once) so I stopped myself from chugging the whole bottle.

(But as a result, we have leftovers! There is Midori sour in my fridge right now, waiting for me to come home and celebrate the weekend!)

* My roommate asked if I wanted to be in on their food order, which turned out to be sabich, which I haven't had in a million years. I usually eat a lot earlier, but this time I didn't have dinner after work and instead waited for this deliciousness to arrive, and it was so worth it. Smooth, flavorful tahini, fried eggplant of my dreams, browned eggs, all in a soft pita. They got it from some famous sabich place (everyone at my work apparently knows about it) that has its own lingo and everything, and it was so cheap (dinner for like 5$!) and I didn't have to GO ANYWHERE to get it! It arrived at my house without me making a single phone call!

Anyway, it was greasy and satisfying and like magic, it appeared when I texted my roommate what I wanted, which is how all food should be.

* My roommate bought a tea kettle (with a filter inside) so we could make tea on Wednesdays (he personally doesn't actually drink tea) so I used the opportunity to christen it with Chinese tea [personal profile] the_grynne sent me. We steeped it twice, for two rounds of tea, and it was fantastic. HIGH QUALITY GREEN TEA and greasy satisfying street food, my god. I know it's not everyone's cuppa, but it sure is mine.

* Finally, there was weed. Apparently last week someone got a joint of really, really strong marijuana from someone as a gift, and they brought it for the group, and the group only managed to smoke half of it before everyone who wanted to be high was high.

So this week we finished the second half of the joint. That shit was enough to get FIVE PEOPLE high, y'all. Holy shit. There was one girl who'd never smoked before, and everyone kept telling her to not take too much and I was like "LOL come on guys! She's gonna get like two puffs!" and then two puffs later I couldn't stop smiling, couldn't stand up, and was laughing uproariously at every goddamn thing. Like, that is some strong fucking pot.

By the end of it, when I went to put my tea mug in the sink, for a moment I couldn't remember which side of the mug should be down and which side should be up. "Best if I do the dishes then," was my roommate's joking response.

(Another thing is: he does all the dishes and cleaning up after these things, which always feels weird? Like I don't actually want to do the dishes or clean - I want to just shower and go to bed, which is what I've been doing - but I feel bad? But he never lets me near the dishes or the cleaning because like, he's the host and he invited these people and I just live there and joined because it was that or sitting in my room? And I almost feel like, the point at which they'll also become MY friends is the point at which I'll be allowed/expected to participate in the clean up? IDK IDK. It's weird.)

Anyway, so that was an A++ evening after a week of coming home and staring at the walls and wondering whether the pain will ever get any better. Honestly, given my lifestyle/health situation in the winter especially, having a weekly get together at my place that I don't have to arrange or do anything for is... I'm sure some weeks it will be annoying? But some weeks it's a lifesaver for my mental health.
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There will not be a test.
It does not have to be
a Number 2 pencil.

But there will be certain things--
the quiet flush of waves,
ripe scent of fish, smooth ripple of the wind's second name--
that prefer to be written about
in pencil.

It gives them more room
to move around.

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