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Feb. 19th, 2017 04:21 pm
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I am notoriously terrible at talking about media I love. Observe the empty space where my review - which I've written like 3 times and never managed to finish - of Top of the Lake is supposed to be. Similarly I've consumed so much media I've LOVED recently (Hidden Figures, Chewing Gum, Crazyhead to name just a few) and yet all I have the energy for right now is to talk about what I consider to be "brain vacation" media, that's mostly terrible and not that well made, but that's fun to stare at, for me.

(On that note, I'll preface this by saying that it's difficult to make a historical drama set before the 20th century (later than that doesn't count as "historical" for me, sorry) that I won't at least glance at. Historicals are my comfort food, especially the military/adventure/politics genre (I'm a lot more wary with romance)).

I've been watching The Last Kingdom on netflix.

It seemed like an extremely generic story about England in the Middle Ages with Vikings on top, and I don't particularly care about that period, but I was like, if you manage to hold my interest by showing this history in an even remotely refreshing way..." and they did, and so I kept watching.

Anyway, the expected element I want to talk about is the female protag.

spoilers? I'm on ep 3 )

Gosh, I do love her. And the actress is great as well. Even though this show (and the books it was based on?) was clearly written by a man who doesn't understand why unplanned pregnancy is a big deal in pre-industrial times, I still really enjoy what this show does with Brida. Or at least, I have so far.


Feb. 17th, 2017 09:25 am
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I figure I'll just leave these here while I'm waiting for my morning caffeine to kick in.

Our Congress is less popular than herpes - I remember thinking it was ludicrous that Arnold Schwarzenegger got to be the governor of California. Little did I know that a) I'd actually achieve nostalgia about this opinion today, and b) HOW MUCH I WOULD ADORE/DIE LAUGHING AT THIS GERRYMANDERING VIDEO. Making the most of your old movies, Mr. Schwarzenegger!

A COMPANION TRILOGY TO HDM?????? *flails* I am somewhat conflicted about this because I thought HDM ended exactly the way it needed to. On the other hand, I'm so there for stories about Dust, or more Lyra (or Will, but really, LYRA- even if it's Lyra at a distance).

recovery is a form of time travel

Feb. 15th, 2017 09:38 am
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Tomorrow I'm supposed to have my fifth session with my pilates coach who's also a physical therapist. Have I mentioned how expensive these sessions are? They are so ridiculously expensive.

But in less than a month, my god. MY GOD.

I can't really describe all the billion little things that are different, the tiny minute changes. But I will say: I remember this. I was like this about two years ago. I remember the habits that go with this level of disability, the pace, the outlook on life. It's so odd to be here again, to go back instead of progressively getting worse.

I'm trying not to push myself, to be careful, to not pile on too much at once. I don't know whether this progress will stop after the next sessions, or after the one a month from now. I don't know if any of this progress will keep, if without my expensive personal trainer I'll be able to maintain this level of functionality. (I mean, I'll obviously keep doing various forms of exercise she recommends, but without someone tailoring workouts for me, who knows. I've learned not to trust improvement.)

In less than a month she's already taught my body to do so many things I didn't think it was capable of anymore.

There is honestly no limit to the amount of time and energy I'm willing to invest in becoming functional again. When my back problems started, I changed my living situation, my daily routine, I incorporated an hour of exercise daily, each evening, at least 6 times a week. If I had a penny for every person who's since met me, heard about my health problems and recommended I start working out to make it better. With each of them I've wanted to go "friend, how much money do you wanna bet that I spend more time exercising than you do?"

So, after all those years of progressively getting worse instead of better, despite many trips to insurance-sponsored physical therapists, you have to understand how bizarre and suspicious this feels.

A friend recently told me over sushi "whatever happens in the future, this has changed your life now. Objectively, it has. So make the most of it, enjoy it, however long it lasts." I'm trying to, I guess. I just have to keep telling myself not to get attached to this level of functionality, because getting attached and losing it again would be... let's not even go there.


Since I've moved like 9 times in the five years, I've kept my physical possessions to a bare minimum (I don't own any furniture except for my bed, for example, and no kitchen appliances except the kettle I got as a gift recently), which has been particularly painful when it comes to books. I've learned to be very selective about which books I get in a physical format.

However, I've also learned that there's one category of books that I HAVE to have in physical format if I'm going to have them at all, because I can't read them in any other form: poetry books. I have zero regrets or uncertainties about the small number of poetry books I own (unlike most other books which I'm sometimes torn about keeping).

Which is all a way of saying: Warsan Shire's first collection of poems, Teaching My Mother to Give Birth is only 6$ on Book Depository (with shipping, to anywhere in the world!) and I have zero regrets about purchasing it.

I can't recommend Shire enough for anyone who likes modern poetry. If I were to write an Authority-style comic about poets with supernatural powers, she'd be The Spirit Of the 21st Century. She started so young, and her poetry resonated so much online and was initially rejected by publishers. In a way, more than any other modern poets I know (including spoken word poets) she reinvented the form and made poetry a Thing again for an entire generation. As evidenced by the work she's done for Beyonce's "Lemonade", I guess.

Anyway, probably her best known poem online is For Women Who Are Difficult to Love, but I think my current favorite is a different one, under the cut.

What They Did Yesterday Afternoon
by Warsan Shire

poem )

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

February by Margaret Atwood

Feb. 12th, 2017 03:32 pm
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Winter. Time to eat fat
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
a black fur sausage with yellow
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
to get onto my head. It’s his
way of telling whether or not I’m dead.
If I’m not, he wants to be scratched; if I am
He’ll think of something. He settles
on my chest, breathing his breath
of burped-up meat and musty sofas,
purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,
not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,
declaring war. It’s all about sex and territory,
which are what will finish us off
in the long run. Some cat owners around here
should snip a few testicles. If we wise
hominids were sensible, we’d do that too,
or eat our young, like sharks.
But it’s love that does us in. Over and over
again, He shoots, he scores! and famine
crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing
eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits
thirty below, and pollution pours
out of our chimneys to keep us warm.
February, month of despair,
with a skewered heart in the centre.
I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries
with a splash of vinegar.
Cat, enough of your greedy whining
and your small pink bumhole.
Off my face! You’re the life principle,
more or less, so get going
on a little optimism around here.
Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.
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There is no such thing as the perfect martini.
Jazz musicians make lousy tippers.
A couple can walk in fighting and after two shots of tequila
hold each other for dear life on the dance floor
like they did in high school.

A woman doesn't notice her date's drink order
as much as how he treats the waitress.
No matter how cool the pickup line... )
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN, 4shared.com, playmoss.com, onedrive.com, jsfiddle.net, scratch.mit.edu

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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