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([personal profile] andrewducker Oct. 1st, 2016 06:00 pm)
My parents have a new puppy.

Uther is not impressed:

Mum seems pretty happy though:
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([personal profile] vatine Oct. 1st, 2016 02:00 pm)
book list )

Linear extrapolation ends up at just shy of 98 books by year's end. I am at a point where I can't say if that's accurate or not, but it sounds kinda low. On the other hand, there's plenty of things that clamour for my time as I gently commute to and from work, so, maybe?

Only one (#69 of the year) this month is, AFAICT, eligible for Hugo nomination in the coming year.
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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 1st, 2016 05:24 am)

"Life is rather like a long train ride; you may encounter a great many people, but looking out from your own small compartment of self you catch only a glimpse of other people's joy or despair." -- Faith Baldwin (b. 1893-10-01, d. 1978-03-18), Evening Star (1966)

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([personal profile] metawidget Sep. 30th, 2016 11:00 pm)

Here are some pictures from the summer in kind of random order. It's been a fun and busy summer, with lots of weddings. And not that many pictures...

The bunch of us at Heather's family's cottage.

Me reading to the family on a chaise longue with a log wall in the background.

Ada looking heroic on a tricycle. With our nascent garden boxes in the background.

Ada on a tricycle on our front lawn.

Lord magus Vivien at the Museum of Civilization.

Vivien with a horned hat in a theatre set. seven more… )
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([personal profile] copracat Oct. 1st, 2016 08:05 am)
Slept in a little bit more than I had anticipated - must remember to set an alarm on weekends now that I'm not crack of dawning it for work during the week. The habit of early rising is clearly lost very quickly.

There's a lot of out and about to do today and I am regretting those commitments. On the other hand if not today then they'd have to be done another day. I am very much ready for this transition to be properly over.

Because what I should be doing today is a cup of tea and Finding Prince Charming.

My sympathy to all of Kassie/ethrosdemon's friends and family. [personal profile] sparkymonster's post here.
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([personal profile] the_shoshanna Sep. 30th, 2016 05:29 pm)
Geoff had breakfast with a friend today, and he was out of the house before I even got downstairs. But when I did get downstairs, I discovered that he had ground coffee for me and set out all my breakfast things, just the way he normally grinds coffee for both of us and gets out my breakfast while he's getting out his own:

And then this afternoon I went grocery shopping, and as I was standing at the self-serve checkout a woman leaned over from the other side and called my name; she was the mother of someone whose wedding I did last weekend, and she just wanted to tell me how much she and everyone loved the ceremony, how I had them crying and laughing, how wonderfully personal I made it, was there some way she could send me a thank-you note... I beamed like the sun and gave her my card.


First (UK) book in the (first) Merchant Princes trilogy (US: hexalogy, first two). This is one of those odd books that feels hard to place in a sub-genre nicely and cleanly. It's a portal fantasy! It's near-future dystopia! It's near-future techno-thriller with SFnal elements! It's urban fantasy (well, maybe not, actually)! It's a biting criticism of various politics!

All of that. None of those. At the same time. Having read both of the volumes this was split into when it was published in the US, I am really happy that Stross was given a chance to merge them back into essentially their original shape ("new and improved", from what I understand). While there are basically two halves to this book, they work better when laid out in internal chronological order than shoe-horned and re-shuffled to fit the "no mammoth books!" directive that caused it to be two books in the US.

It's also, essentially, a pretty good read. Our intrepid hero is Miriam Beckstein, tech journalist (bio-chem sub-category), who's just stumbled on a Big Scoop. And by "big", I mean BIG. This is the once-in-a-lifetime, write-your-own-job-description, chased-by-all-employers kind of story. One that may actually cause protective custody to happen between "published" and "all things caused have settled down".

Then she gets fired. Not long after, she (literally) finds herself in a world she never knew existed (remember, I did say "portal fantasy" up above?) and things, from there, spiral out of her control in the most fascinating way.

edit managed to mis-remember the actual book title, fixed.
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([personal profile] andrewducker Sep. 30th, 2016 12:00 pm)
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([personal profile] sraun Sep. 30th, 2016 05:54 am)
Happy Birthday [ profile] 0metotchtli & [ profile] nishatalitha
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([personal profile] dglenn Sep. 30th, 2016 05:24 am)

"Trying to accomplish the simplest of tasks with chronic pain is challenging. Trying to keep up with activities of daily living is exhausting. Trying to lead a normal life with chronic pain as a constant companion is impossible." -- from "17 Things People With Chronic Pain Want You to Learn During Pain Awareness Month" (collected by Erin Migdol), The Mighty, 2016-09-01

"Twenty-five years have taught me that it has an impact on those that love you as well, but it's not your fault (although you will feel it is). Mostly that impact comes from not being able to help or lessen your burden, from watching you [in pain]. Best way to deal with it is, in my experience, to talk about it, openly, honestly, both [people with chronic pain] and loved ones. Inquire, ask, share. It helps with the loneliness you will undoubtedly feel and the helplessness your loved ones will experience." -- ibid.

"Just because you see a smiling face doesn't always mean we are fine. We've mastered the art of 'faking fine' so you won't hurt seeing our pain." -- ibid.

It's just come to my attention that I may have unintentionally portrayed myself as an Australian-Danish woman in Australia to some people looking at my Dreamwidth - namely, those who look at other journals in their own style. (Which you can do by setting the "Journal Pages Shown to You" box on this page, or by putting "?style=mine" at the end of a journal URL.)

The story is that this text (describing myself as someone I wasn't) was in my custom text module in my style. Since my style doesn't actually use the custom text module, it didn't show up for most people viewing my journal, including me. However, while previewing a style for someone else, I noticed this description and thought it may have been accidentally hardcoded in the style, so I let them know. As it turns out, though, the problem was on my end. Oops.

I guess I must have been testing styles at some point with someone and may have needed to use the custom text module to see how it looked. My guess is that I then left the text in there unintentionally, and never noticed until now because it doesn't normally show up.

I sincerely apologise to anybody who I have accidentally misled. While I am not going to detail what the text read (or whom the text actually described - even if I could remember) out of privacy concerns, the text did portray me as being in several underprivileged groups to which I do not actually belong.

To be clear, I am a white 34-year-old transgender woman living in Scotland in the UK. I am not currently employed and am living with my parents. My hobbies mainly revolve around the computer, including making music. I have a mild ataxic cerebral palsy, but no other physical diagnosed issues.

I don't know how long this text has been up, as I don't remember the last time I edited that part of my style, but I just deleted it. Once again, I am extremely sorry if I misled anyone. This is completely my fault and I cannot apologise enough for appropriating (even unintentionally) things to which I have no right.

Thank you for reading.
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([personal profile] filkerdave Sep. 29th, 2016 06:05 pm)

Last night at OTF we had a capture-the-flag block in the second half of the class. Two person teams. The first person would run .2 miles at a push pace, then do 10 reps each of 3 different floor exercises while the other person rowed. Once done with the floor, you tap out your partner on the rower, who heads to the treadmill to do what you just did while you row. With each iteration, the treadmill distance decreases, but the speed should increase (so .15 miles, then .1 miles).

The capture-the-flag part came on the rower. The first team to hit 3000 meters got an orange flag. The first team to hit 4000 meters got a yellow flag, and the first team to hit 5000 meters got a black flag. I rowed hard. So did my teammate. And we were the first to reach 3000. And 4000. And 5000. It was tough and it took quite a while to cool down after it, but I was pretty pleased with that. (I probably did most of the rowing because I think I'm a stronger rower than she is).

Let's see what tonight's OTF brings!