Oh, joy, the car battery is going.

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:38 pm
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Here's hoping it'll make it to the car place tomorrow! (I turned the car on this evening -- after going nowhere all day yesterday -- and got a "grindgrindgrind." I paused, tried again. She started. The clock had reset to 1:00. Um. Mm-kay. I wasn't going far, so spouse could rescue us, and I hoped that it was just that I hadn't driven her all day yesterday. Went and got gas. She ground a little (didn't lose the clock) and started. Got dinner nearby. Re-started car and she groundgroundground a little less than the first startup, but more than the second, and lost the clock back to 1:00 again.

Pretty sure that's "battery does not hold charge; replace battery" indication. ...crap, I'm gonna hafta reset the radio buttons AGAIN. *headdesk*

Tomorrow is ALSO fun because of multiple doctor appointments -- spouse has one pretty far away, and I have one nearby, and there's going to have to be Dropping Car Off, and depending on how the weather is, I might wind up walking back home or something. -_-

Well, we'll see. (Might need a jumpstart tomorrow, depending on how bad the battery is being.)

Have sneaking suspicion I have the kid's -- and spouse's -- stomach bug now, which has Queasiness After Eating. Maybe I should take a ginger pill.

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GM: The woods are dark and creepy and...oh never mind, you all have low-light vision.
RANGER: We do?
GM: You have darkvision.
RANGER: Oh. Huh. Yeah!
--http://tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1488336.html


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Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:23 pm
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Clearly I have, because Karma's been after me since Friday.

1) Buster, my Sacred Birman cat, developed trouble with his peeing on Thursday night. Ten thousand trips to the litterbox, a few drops each time. Same Friday morning. Otherwise, he was in top shape. Called the vet, vet said bring him in at once. I was alone at work, so had a friend (who has keys to my flat) zip over and take Buster to the vet. Who found an empty bladder (thank goodness, no obstructions!), no obvious irritations, inflammations, etc., and gave the cat a shot of antibiotics in the bum and declared "special food" for this cat, too. Sigh.

2) My bike broke down! Some tiny cogwheel inside the back wheel hub, something the bike doc only sees maybe once a year. Of course that had to be me. Grah. Had to get a (big) taxi to take bike and me to the bike shop, seeing as I was stranded downtown.

3) I got a cold. Like, MAJOR owies in the throat Friday night. All night. Until morning and then through Saturday. Got some stuff at the chemist's that lowered the pain. Now my nose is clogging up. Whee.

4) My laundry machine is breaking down. Very bad noises coming, it's too old for warranty fixes, so getting a repair person involved is a total gamble. If it can be fixed, it'll cost X money (lots). If it can't be fixed, it'll cost me a new machine PLUS the fee for repair person to come over and look at the old machine. These fees are brutal. So I went online and bought a new machine, to be delivered on August 1st. I can't be arsed to deal with expensive and probably sloooow repair wossnames.

This summer is just so dang expensive! Both cats getting sick with whatever (must take Laban to the vet in a week or two to check his liver thingies), bike breakdown, laundry machine, flowers and flower boxes for my "garden", and just grah.

At least my summer holiday started on Friday. And the weather is, finally, summerly. I am tanned! It is hot! And the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is SO. AWESOME.

Thanks to the weather and the holiday start, 1-4 above have not managed to turn my mood into a vinegar factory. Norwegians are easy to please. :)

Within Context

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:02 am
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After a few years of picking up and putting the book down (in other words, purchasing it in a Boston bookstore, accidentally leaving it on a plane to Missouri, and then finding another copy in the village library across my office) I've finally finished Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self by Gish Jen.

Jen is a novelist whose fiction I've never read but whose transcribed Massey Lectures are assigned reading to intercultural relations students at a certain New England university. The book had been recommended to me by a friend. The jacket gives the following introduction:

"Drawing on a rich array of sources, from paintings to behavior studies to her father's striking account of his childhood in China, [Gish Jen] explores the aesthetic and psychic roots of the independent and interdependent self -- each mode of selfhood yielding a distinct way of observing, remembering, and narrating the world. The novel, Jen writes, is fundamentally a Western form that values originality, authenticity, and the truth of individual experience. By contrast, Eastern narrative emphasizes morality, cultural continuity, the everyday, the recurrent."

Her thoughts (purposefully) do more to raise questions rather than offer answers, but it was an interesting angle nonetheless. Still, I walked away from it pondering on one critical issue which she would have done well to at least elaborate on for a page. Or even a brief parenthetical mention (did I simply miss it?). In all that discussion of an independent/interdependent self spectrum and Eastern/Western narrative tendencies, what can or must be said of colonialism? Of postcolonialism?

And to be honest, I've always skirted the literary aspects of this myself, but if it's indeed true that my own narrative tendencies are, at least in broad strokes, framed by the dynamic then I can't say it has nothing to do with me.

On my mother's side, they trace the family line back to a Chinese merchant, shrewd and methodical. On my father's side, a young firebrand Spaniard of the lower nobility who ran away from an arranged marriage and set off to the Indias orientales españolas (consequently disinherited). The son of that Spaniard, a mestizo, had apparently inherited his temper.

Got drunk, my father duly noted in the family history, as if this were a crucial piece of information. Punched a friar.

Over a century after the fact, the stubborn and proud great great granddaughter, yours truly, now makes note: And the asshole probably deserved it too.

Kid stayed in; spouse and I went out

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:16 pm
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And talked mostly politics, alas. I also at least got enough ice tea to stave off the headache that'd been trying to get at me, despite me having had a mug of tea that I made myself, yesterday! Or maybe I simply hadn't had enough fluids and it was dehydration? Or both? Dunno. Hmph.

I have been eating these Sungold/golden Kiwis (not the bird) like peaches. NOM NOM NOM. Skin's just more fiber, yay!

Kid might, might, might be recovering from stomach bug. Slowly. Let us hope.

I have complained about a VLACS test where -- and I checked -- none of the answers in the multiple-choice actually fit the material. Plus one of them wasn't in the text material at all and had to be googled up. I mean, it's nice to have research as part of a class, BUT. Y'know?

Online classes that require a separate account to view part of the material are Bad Planning. If they don't also have text, then they are inaccessible to the deaf and that's an ADA violation and I will make grouchy noises because I have developed, over the years, zero patience with hurdles to my kid being able to process required information.

Anyway. Got to bed at 4am last night. Oh, well. ...I need to repair the little holes in that houserobe. O:(

(Oh, hey, a relatively new 5-star review of Herb-Witch on Amazon! Yay!)

Havva Quote
S••••• says, "Hah. Okay the way Athens financed things like warship upkeep is that rich citizens were simply ordered to finance it, something called a "liturgy". There were two ways to get an exemption -- prove you performed another liturgy last year or this one, or prove that someone richer hadn't done a liturgy last year or this one. But, of course, there were no public accountings of wealth, so how do you think they enforced the latter?"
S••••• says, "You offered to exchange everything you owned for everything the person you claimed was richer owned. If he refused, he was admitting he was richer, and thus had to perform the liturgy."
arcangel says, "Ha!"


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Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:25 am
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Did STO. It is late. Trying to set up a new ship. UGH. I wish that they'd make it easier to put in all the default buttons like "Evasive Maneuvers" and stuff that doesn't depend on the ship.

Finished Raven Stratagem. There was actually, I think, more hand-holding on the terminology early on. Plus I think the editors got down on their knees and begged for a slightly less high body-count. So if one were cautious, one might dare to get attached to a few characters. Very, very carefully.

Did the new STO mission and that ACCURSED DREADNAUGHT IS TOO BLOODY POWERFUL. I think it's designed to require the blighted extended-engagement weapons from last lightning-fast event thing, but darnit, I do plasma on that ship! So tedious.

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According to the briefing, the Eels had a directional storm generator. The storms scrambled vectors. The effect was localized, but it was troublesome when parallel columns ended up at opposite ends of a road a hundred kays apart, and fatal when movement along the planetary surface sent you underground instead.
---Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee.


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Made the appointment. Read a book.

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:55 pm
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Finished Ninefox Gambit today and bought-and-started Raven Stratagem.

Ninefox Gambit seriously harkens to older, "classic" kinds of SF (okay, probably 70s and 80s, when I was reading it...) in that it is perfectly happy to throw you into the deep end of New Terminology and expect you to keep up. You're reading SF to stretch your mind, not get spoonfed! (Honestly, Raven Stratagem is more infodumpy, it feels like. I think the editor was crying at the author.) And it has more modern concepts of worldbuilding complexity, so it's not, y'know, pulp. Even if it is high epic science fantasy universe.

I like it.

I like it despite the fact that the body-count would make the Borg mildly taken aback, or perhaps even be put to shame. Basically, do not get attached. To anyone. I mean, yes, there's a sequel so if you want to take a cautious risk or two, okay, on your head be it. (There is also the occasional bit of body-horror, because the "exotics" class of weapons are, um... ew. At times.)

Anyhoo, it's a well-written book with some seriously weird stuff going on, say I.

In other news, I have apparently gotten the kid's continuing stomach bug or something, except it is manifesting as pain more than nausea. On the other hand, it's the time of Hormones Do Stupid Things That Affect Smooth Muscle, so who knows how that might be confounding issues. O:p

BUT I DID MAKE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT! For Monday.

Tomorrow, I intend to log in early and DO THE DADGUM STO MISSION. *sulk*
(Also on the to-do list: more ST: Renegades and ST Continues.)

Reminder: I have 3 free short stories at Smashwords, which are pushed to Kobo, iBooks, and B&N among a few others. Plz feel free to check them out. Reviews or stars appreciated. >_>

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arcangel laughs. https://smile.amazon.com/Why-Johnny-Doesnt-Flap-NT/dp/1849057214
arcangel reads the look-inside and howls happily.
arcangel | [Johnny] is never exactly on time, varies his rituals, looks directly into people's eyes, speaks cryptically, and never gets lost in his own world. But the narrator still likes Johnny, in spite of these quirks.
--(Look, the kid and I have discussed how, if autism-spectrum were normal, wars would be fought by making the opposing side so miserable and sensory-overwhelmed that they just go home, so this sort of thing is amusing to me. Neurotypicals are so weird!)


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Jul. 19th, 2017 09:54 pm
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Summer haze. Even when retreating into darker, cooler indoor spaces the weariness does take its sweet time to lift. Oddities catch me unaware: like the inventor's mannequin in the office across the hall, which stands just inside the door and is visible whenever his visitors walk in and out. It isn't an anatomical model, but a male mannequin normally found in department store windows and interior displays. The hair is auburn and stylishly done, as far as current couture goes, yet it wears no clothes. Stiffly unposed, gestures neither here nor there. Thus having plucked it from its original context, the inventor now uses the mannequin for demonstrations of a machine intended to detect certain cancers. Or so they say. Patent pending, it seems.

ARGH!

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:08 pm
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Okay, I have set an alarm to call the doctor's tomorrow. *sigh* Let's hope I manage, since there's yet another thing I will have to be driving for.

I did walk for an hour and a half, watching Star Trek: Renegades. (The pre-scrubbing version.)

1: It has a Liberated Borg in it, who got some Very Cool Bits although not as many as I would have liked. He also had one infodump that they should've directed at The New Guy, but they also had nanite SFX so I will forgive this. (...did I mention I am Borg Trash? Ten wants to adopt him.)

2: It has a snarky female captain. I can work with this. They aren't quite writing her as smart as she's supposed to be, but hey, she looks pretty good doing it.

3: After they got the main cast set up, they apparently decided that if they were going to have a secondary character, they might as well make it a female one. I LIKE THIS. Also, that is one buxom Andorian.

4: I'm pretty sure that's a Romulan there. I am on board with this. Chekov, where are you meeting Romulan assassins? ...nevermind. Woman gets very few lines but she is Alertly Present and Kills People Without Hesitation. I believe she's competent and specialized.

5: I will admit, the fight scenes are frequently dubiously-choreographed and a bit muddy. I think the script-writers went "Insert Fight Scene; Heroes [Win/Lose]" for most or all of them. Whatevs. I will watch Borg-boy shoot people with his reconfigurable arm even if the plot is bad.

6: Some of the leaps in logic require a bit of audience-effort, and one of them really needed a clarification in the script, as I was going, "Um, WAIT WHAT HOW ARE YOU BEAMING DOWN THERE?"

7: The SFX are at least TOS level on the ground, and extremely good with the ships. There's one scene with a Starfleet ship [spoiler spoiler] that just looks sweet. Where the SFX get a little clunky is mostly where they're trying to be ambitious, and honestly, there was some pretty clunky SFX in the first Star Trek Movie where the giant space storm was destroying Klingon ships and whatnot, and we will NOT discuss the Weird Bad LSD Trip Warp scene, come to think of it.

8: I think some of the redshirted characters had a lot more that coulda been done with them, but yeah, they had too many characters to drag around everywhere, and needed to chop some down. kinda-spoiler )

9: Apparently the fact that I really warmed up to Soval, in ST:ENT, means that I have a positive reaction to his actor, even when he's playing a human. Took me enough double-takes to decide it really was him!

10: I have seen the serial-number-filing-off stuff on Requiem and am facepalming, with sad snickers. (I really, really think that CBS should figure out a better method of controlling fan-films. Possibly involving licensing-as-AU, some amount of work-for-hire disclaimers, and a buyout option. These things feed a hunger, and I suspect that the hunger grows to encompass available material; I would want to watch official stuff more. Though they really would need to require a ginormous disclaimer like, "There are many timelines. This FAN-MADE PRODUCTION is but one of them. Who knows how the main timeline will go? CBS and Paramount, not us." In a Star-Wars type crawl, even. >_>)

Anyway. It was also a long-drive day (which is why I'm really annoyed that I forgot about calling the doctor, what with nipping out the door fast to get to a breakfast restaurant before it closes), but ze spouse took ze kid to that, and I stayed here. And mostly walked and watched Renegades 1. (Which is better than its promo trailer, actually!)

Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done soon, early.

Havva Quote
I__ says, "I got a sextuple kill."
I__ says, "That was the ENTKRE ENEMY TEAM."
--From the kid playing Overwatch t'other day


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Did not call the doctor's yet.

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:50 pm
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Mostly because I woke up around 2 in the afternoon (having gotten to bed around 4 in the morning) and the kid was probably awake till 5 or 5:30. Then we went... ah, right, Mexican place. Which was okay, except then they TURNED ON LOUD MUSIC and the baby at the other booth yelled baby disapproval and kid had meltdown and we fled. But I did get the headphones cord! I'd wondered if it'd gotten set down ON THE MENU and then folded into the menu and apparently YES! WE FOUND IT! So that was good. So we ran off to Local Americana Food Place where we have our own special booth, practically, and the dining room is frequently all but deserted (or entirely deserted) when we go -- clientele are often up in the upstairs, separated-at-the-atrium bar -- ...where was I?

Oh, right, we went there because there is almost always nice and low-sensory-impact, and it was nearly 5pm by the time we got out.

And then we had dinner just now at 10, and also it is trash night, and anyway I need to call the doctor tomorrow about the bruise to see if I have a vitamin problem or if it's something actually scary. O:p

Still puttering on the almost-no-imagination-required bits that I'm doing for that GURPS thing. Making myself a cheat-sheet for stuff even if it doesn't stay. Hah.

Edit: Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done tomorrow early.

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Whoa! ...okay, flying into a wall was not my finest moment.
--Kid playing Overwatch


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What's in a name?

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:19 am
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Years and years and more years reading fanfic. All the porn. Or pr0n, as it was called back in the day. And I still can't get used to how they keep saying their partners' names during the act. Repeatedly. Like it's some sort of sex mantra. It's weird, is what it is! @_@

Short shameful confession

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:52 am
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Every time I read The Lorax, I want to take a blue pencil to the opening pages.

Many visitors

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:52 am
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This summer I am getting all the visits! Cousins and cousin's exes and old old friends and my mom! Okay, so mom visits every summer, but the others not so much. It's lovely to get all these guests, but also a wee shock to my introvert hermit's system. The cats love it, begging for snacks and affections shamelessly. They get the latter, but not the former on account of vet's orders. Poor sods.

The annual St Olav festival is soon upon us, I should get moving on the ticket purchases. Am feeling lazy, though. Tomorrow. Maybe.

The new Spiderman movie is glorious. I have now seen it three times at the cinema, and it was worth all those three times. It brought the fun and laughs back to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), something it desperately needed after Captain America: Civil War kinda broke the Avengers. (Like the Hulk kinda broke Harlem.) The new Spiderman is so precious. A 15 year old kid, not elegant, not smooth, zero game, utter dork and super sweet. I just want to put him in my pocket, take him home and feed him. The interaction with Tony Stark is also great, and I am very much relieved that it was just enough, not too much. This is Spiderman's movie, after all. And the bad guy, Michael Keaton, oh my word. Fantastic! He's becoming more and more Jack Nicholson-like, in a very good way. The Vulture is a bad guy we can understand and sympathise with, unlike Ultron and Thanos and Red Skull and such. The Vulture is an unpowered human with a very honest grudge, a real background; like the Kindpin from the Daredevil TV series - but more likeable! There are of course also a ton of candy for the fans. I don't follow the comics, but I have seen all the movies and TV series since 2008. And I have read metric craptonnes of fanfic. So yes, I get to notice lovely little non-plotty fan candies, like Principal M*****. ♥

Bruised arm? Huh.

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:20 am
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Giant bruise on the back of my arm. No clue how it got there. Similar to one on the back of my calf at one point, which I figured I must've gotten by catching it on the edge of the kid's toy-chest (now a Flat Surface), though I couldn't recall when.

Also a probably unrelated weird bump on the other arm. O:p

Due to sheer paranoia, I think I will call the doctor soon. These are kinda alarming and... really, look more like blood vessels that went splody, more than actual bruise-damage. O:/

Right knee is very unhappy with me, off and on, but I am okay for flat surfaces. I just have to be careful going up and down stairs.

Got to bed at only around 3 in the morning last dark, yay!

Still futzing on that GURPS thing. Which is, upon re-reading, probably quite cool. But entirely undreamedof, and thus probably unwanted, and there are Other Factors. O:p

But it's something I can futz with that doesn't require actual creativity just now. Or at least not plot/character creativity. Mechanics Creativity.

I must get time to watch Star Trek Renegades on YouTube, because it looks like there is a Liberated Borg in it and okay, I'm in. Because I am both Greenblood Trash (Tuvok as chief of Section 31? I'm on board with this) and Borg Trash.

Another thing on YouTube, with HISTORICAL VALUE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1Dq6YjFxw

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Oh frag no. I do not wanna be in the middle of the enemy team. I really do not.
--Kid was playing Overwatch


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For Poetry Monday, an acknowledgement that Elizabethan sonnet sequences weren't all about the mens:

Sonnet 19 from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, Mary Wroth

Come darkest Night, becoming sorrow best,
    Light leave thy light, fit for a lightsome soul:
    Darkness doth truly suit with me oppressed,
    Whom absence power doth from mirth control.

The very trees with hanging heads condole
    Sweet Summer's parting, and of leaves distressed,
    In dying colours make a grief-full role;
    So much (alas) to sorrow are they pressed.

Thus of dead leaves, her farewell carpets made,
    Their fall, their branches, all their mournings prove,
    With leafless naked bodies, whose hues fade
    From hopeful green to wither in their love.

If trees, and leaves for absence mourners be,
No marvel that I grieve, who like want see.

Lady Mary Wroth was Philip Sidney's niece, and author of a prose romance and scandalous roman à clef, The Countess of Montgomery's Urania -- to which this sequence was appended, in the persona of the heroine writing to and about the feckless hero (some of the sonnets from it also appeared diegetically in the text).

---L.

Subject quote from "Westminster Abbey: October 12, 1892," Thomas Henry Huxley.

Guh

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:58 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Not as crippled by all that walking as I might've been, but legs definitely a bit sore.

Coulda done with getting to sleep before 5 in the morning again.

Have poked at a GURPS thing that who knows if I'll bother submitting. *sigh* But I'll finish it up and see what unwieldy wordcount it ends up being. I should be working on something I can publish myself, like Dragonsmutwhatsmut and CLB, but noooooo.

On Flight Rising, someone bought one of my dragons-for-sale for 175 gems... and exalted him. I cannot even. There were far cheaper dragons around. *shakes head* I am being annoyed all the way to the bank, though. 175 gems is useful. Especially since I am going to need to drop another 1,200 gems on Stained at some point. After I get me a couple of the new Rosette secondary genes. Already scored a Jaguar.

(Someone tell haikujaguar that Flight Rising is stocking her gene.)

Ah, and for the non-Zon among us, some Pick Your Own Vendor links for some books. Not mine. But.
https://books2read.com/ara/ for A Rational Arrangement
https://books2read.com/fa/ for Further Arrangements
https://books2read.com/me/ for The Moon Etherium

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   WHOOAAA, that was NOT what I was hoping for!
   Namely, D.Va to the face.
--Kid while playing Overwatch.


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I. Have walked. 11 miles.

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:17 am
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https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/886426005061201920

SO MUCH WALKING. Because I walked and ended the workout and walked again and it didn't tip over and @AppleSupport said no, it had to be one workout but you could Pause and ARGH, so I did it AGAIN. And the treadmill does 2mph but the stride-length calculations on my watch think it's like 1-1.5 or something so I walked A HECK OF A LOT LONGER THAN 3.5 MILES. TWICE.

My legs hurt.

Kid continues sick and will need Something to eat before bed, because the takeout ordered was deemed a Mistake and not very tasty. I have marked it as Not Good on the menu so we will remember in the future.

My legs really, really hurt.

I have also been productive in finally mending spouse's pajama bottoms. I need to get him new ones.

My legs hurt so much.

My feet also hurt. So, so much.

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Romulan ale was even a challenge for species as stout as the Klingons, who were usually quite resistant to the effects of alcohol. After drinking a sizable amount of Romulan ale in celebration of William T. Riker and Deanna Troi's wedding in 2379, Worf, obviously suffering its effects, stated that "Romulan ale should be illegal", to which Geordi La Forge replied, "It is." (Star Trek Nemesis)
--http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Romulan_ale



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...and I will shout, "BLOODY HELLS!" And then follow on with bellowing, "STOP IT! THAT IS ILLEGAL IN [this town]*! YOU ARE DRIVING MY KID UP THE WALL! YOU HEAR ME?" Whilst approaching with a full head of steam as the culprits nip into their garage and close the door without answering. (Because I'd walked out in my bare feet and was standing at the end of the driveway, and I'd been planning on going and knocking on someone's door when I found out where the fireworks were coming from. But NO! This ginormous red-white-blue thing goes off about 80 feet from me, KABOOM, and it didn't reach all that high, either -- maybe above the rooftop of the house? Maybe? 2 story house. (That's ground floor and a floor above it, for the UK audience.)

So I went back inside, snarling, and called the non-emergency cop line and asked if they could swing by and make frowny-faces at our neighbors. Which they did, and the result was, "The guy's 16-year-old niece was over with her boyfriend and they'd left, but the officer who swung by explained that No More Fireworks was the order of the day," according to the dispatcher lady.

So. That was MY excitement for the day. *FUME*

*Footnote: it is illegal to set off fireworks in this town without a permit. Which they clearly did not have, as they vanished with haste instead of calling, "We have a permit!" Therefore, the statement stands.

Spouse is writing what is effectively a white paper about why we need Net Neutrality. He will be forwarding it to one of our Senators or Congresscritters, too. I should make sure I've written something on that.

Anyway. Do not shoot off fireworks from your driveway. Especially do not do so when there is someone DRESSED ALL IN WHITE I MEAN COME ON I WAS A BLOODY HERALD OF VALDEMAR OUT THERE standing relatively nearby, to be startled. Go to the bloody cul-de-sac (we have like three of them in the neighborhood!) and blow off your fingers there.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I also continue to run on low sleep. Got to bed around 5am. *sigh*

Havva Quote
arcangel always hears "Ricotta" instead of "Rakata." CHEESE TECHNOLOGY.
I__ coaxes arcangel with whatever made the BLOOP back in '97.
I__ says, “The lightsaber does not taste like cinnamon, and the Rakata-tech DOES NOT TASTE LIKE CHEESE.”
arcangel [to I__]: Has anyone licked it?
----------------------Quoted by Ellie-----------------------
Kos chews on the Engine.
Jen'et says, "Uh-oh, Kos got possessed again."
Kos shakes his head. "It tastes like cheese!"
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I__ says, “IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE CHEESE.”
E•••• | A group of acolytes are gathered around a single acolyte facing a lit lightsaber, balanced on the floor. The group is chanting "LICK - THE - BLADE! LICK - THE - BLADE!"
arcangel SNRK.
arcangel says, “Ill-advised, that. Unless you want a cybernetic tongue.”
I__ says, “Well, that's one way to weed out the ones too stupid to be Sith.”
arcangel says, “...true.”




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Bed at five thirty in the morning...

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:12 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Partly due to offspring insomnia, and partly because the book I was reading whilst keeping kid company... Well, I was almost done by the time they went to sleep, okay? (Jackdaw, one of the same-world books as The Magpie Lord. It had taken me a bit of time to warm up to it, but I liked the ending. On to the next one!)

(I have this desire to find a review of these books by a gay guy, because I would like to know if I should be making technical notes for m/m stuff of my own, or going, "Well, this bit is problematic" and enjoying the problematic while making notes not to imitate the problematic stuff...)

Anyway, spouse had to get up at six thirty. I don't think I got much sleep before his alarm went off. I fell back asleep, though. Yay.

Kid is queasy still, which is bad, because this is cutting into work-on-VLACS time. *sigh* But the Xantax -- Zantac? Zantac... -- doesn't help, so it's a bug. We went... ah, right, the newest Chinese Buffet in town. (Plus sushi, desserts of a distinctly non-Asian sort, ice cream, fruit, salad bar...) Then I hung out with the kid up in the front bedroom and managed to finish the m/m smut/humor thing that... depends on knowing a rather long fanfic (look, it's over 75k words so by Hugo standards it's a bloody novel)... which depends on knowing my kid's unfinished fic, and has spoilers for it. So it's like cascading spoilers and GODS but I wish that universe would pack itself into storage so I can FINISH COPPER LEAF BARGAINS ALREADY OKAY IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK???

At least I know what I want to do on the next chunk of this CLB scene. I think. *headdesk* And I don't have the fluffy smut distracting me. And I don't need to worry if I got the m/m bits wrong because NEITHER ARE HUMAN HAHAHAHAHAHAH NEENER NEENER I CAN DO WHAT I WANT, especially since it's a timetravel-changed AU timeline so THINGS CAN BE DIFFERENT HAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Anyway, all three of us went out to Olive Garden! ALL THREE OF US! This makes me happy.

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E____ says, “Man, that Bothan was creepy.”
I__ says, “Oh, good.”
I__ did try.
M•• says, “Yeah, ancient Sith ghosts that are that busybusy are creepy.”
M•• still doesn't trust him to get Alecto coffee though.
M•• says, “ALL DEAD.”
arcangel heeheehee
--In retrospect, this may not make sense. Or maybe it does if you read through and fill in the blanks. It involves a Star Wars RPG game.




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