Tonight at dinner Geoff and I cast Game of Thrones with Sesame Street characters. Like, Rob Stark is Cookie Monster, because he means well but he's such an idiot; the chickens are the Tyrells; and Oscar the Grouch is totally the Hound.

(I had been trying to tell him about the utterly fantastic Avengers/Sesame Street crossover I'd read, and the conversation kind of degenerated from there...)
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([personal profile] calliopes_pen Apr. 24th, 2014 01:16 pm)
In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Poll #15272 Which Antivirus Should I Switch To?
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Pick One--Or Both, If You Love Them Equally

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Avira Free Antivirus
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Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.


I totally want these, but a gentle reminder that if they’re magnetic, you should maybe keep them away from your computer and cell phone. Maybe read a book in your magnetic pillow cave!
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([personal profile] batwrangler Apr. 24th, 2014 12:11 pm)
I took this week as a vacation so I could catch up on few things but I have been feeling under the weather since Good Friday so I am not getting a lot done. I did, however, finally get around to finishing two old posts: this one from April 11th introducing Shine and this one from April 17th about our first week at puppy kindergarten.

And here are some videos of Shine and Fezzik playing together:

(Link in case embedding fails: )
Shine was about 17.6 pounds last week at the vet's. I don't think she's up to 20 yet. She and Fezzik adore each other and Fezzik is overjoyed when Shine comes back after being away for the day (I think he's afraid he's not going to get to keep her).

Shine and I had our first Puppy Kindergarten class last night. Shine got to meet seventeen new people (thirteen people who came with their puppies and four trainers) at class and nine (of ten) new dogs:

Wembly (black male Newf - about 45 pounds -- Shine was not at all intimidated by the big black dog, who was, after all, smaller and less bouncy than Fezzik)
Sasha - terrier/beagle mix (the bigger of the two white-and-fawn short-haired dogs, maybe a little taller than Shine, but lighter)
Amore - terrier mix (the smaller of the two white-and-fawn short-haired dogs, about two-thirds of Sasha-the-mix's size, constantly wanted to wrestle with Sasha-the-terrier-mix)
Penny - b&w hound/boxer mix (tallest puppy in class, maybe 25 pounds, but very shy, she ended up sharing the dedicated "small puppy" area with Maggie and Libby. Penny and the two terrier mixes are all rescues from southern states)
Sasha - the younger/smaller black Lab girl (roughly shine's size)
Summit - the older/bigger black Lab girl (a bit bigger than Shine)
Maggie - Shi zhu - with couple & two middle-school girls (Maggie is teeny, tiny, probably weighs less than a pound - Shine didn't actually meet her)
Libby - Maltese (very small but she seemed to like Shine and Shine knows to be respectful of small white dogs on account of the one she lives with at home)
Thorn - fawn male PB (about Shine's height, but stockier and heavier)
Bella - blue female PB (a little smaller than Shine and maybe the same weight as Shine)

DogSchool Staff: Karen, Allison, Jen, & another trainer whose name I've forgotten (and I left out the other puppies' owners' names -- only three of which I remember -- because I'm pretty good with dogs but not so good at people!)

We had introductions and some play time, worked a little on sit, down, and come (all interspersed with more playing), went out for a potty break, and then sat in a circle and passed all the puppies around the circle. Each time we changed puppies, we gave them treats and did something with the puppy in our laps: looked in their ears, played with their feet, jiggled their collar, held them in our lap, etc. (The two little girls with Maggie were given string cheese, which was the best treat on offer at class, to give to the puppies.) Then the puppies got to play a little more before class ended for the night.
No. Absolutely not.

Pope John XXIII was a saint. He opened the Vatican II Conference to allow people of all faiths to attend and watch the proceedings; this had not been done before. He was open to the possibility of women in the priesthood; he was willing to remove all barriers to use of birth control as a compassionate way for families to control the number of children they had and alleviate poverty. He had been a parish priest and a parish bishop; even as a cardinal he would go buy his own groceries and invite people to come home for dinner, and listen to them talk about their lives. Everywhere he went, he tried to be more inclusive; he listened; he welcomed people, welcomed discussion, welcomed scientific discoveries. He embodied what Paul wrote: 'When the Spirit makes you free, you are free indeed.'

Pope John Paul II was not a saint, by any rational measure. He suppressed women's roles within the church; he covered up the sexual misbehavior of church officials at all levels; instead of opening windows to other faiths he closed them, and he narrowed access to the church within its ranks. By turning his back on the thousands of women who were ready, trained and able to be ordained as priests -- they had met all the requirements that men must meet -- he forced the closure of parishes for lack of priests. His stubbornness, anchored in the times and customs of World War II Poland, resulted in the exodus of Catholics to other churches, other faiths. It might be possible to say that by his actions -- and lack of action -- and attitudes and prejudices -- he immeasurably enriched the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism in general, Quakerism, and many of the pagan faiths, by sending them good people who followed their consciences. But that came at the cost of depleting the church he was supposed to be caring for of thoughtful, caring people who could no longer in good conscience go along with what he did. His canonization comes at the political behest of wealthy, powerful people who are even further to the right than he is, as a way to endorse their wish to force the church back to a time before John XXIII opened its doors and windows and leaned out to wish joy to all.

So. Both are to be canonized this coming Sunday.

Saints are made through a process. It is notable that much of the process was waived in the case of John Paul II; his candidacy was hurried through.

[I am thinking of 'Beauty', by Robin McKinley, and her Cathedral of Forgotten Saints: Saint Frog, Saint Bat and so on. I would rather see my childhood dog Pat canonized, or Simba the Magnificent, my Maine Coon cat, than John Paul II. Both are far more worthy; both were kind to all regardless of gender or sexual preference. Neither one allowed anyone nearby who was smaller or weaker to be abused, and defended them against any who tried.]

I hope that Saint John XXIII will 'spend his heaven in doing good on earth', as St. Theresa said she would do. And I hope that John Paul II will listen to John XXIII... and shut up, because he's already done enough harm that affected people I care about.
There is no easy answer on this earth
To the simplest questions: What is my name?
Who am I? Where is home? Only a dearth
Of meaning, or a flood of facts -- the same
Thing in different sounds, all expressing
Images, feelings, meanings that exist
Beyond words, speech, writing -- all repressing
The vivid reality. But persist
We do, in stumbling sound and feeble phrase,
To try to find a way to share this clear
Knowing, this immediacy that plays
Throughout this body, upon this sweet sphere:
I am who I am, and who I will be
Dances on the Milky Way's eternity.
My default bat image isn't being displayed: instead it seems to be a picture of five rotary-cutting disks.
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([personal profile] calliopes_pen Apr. 24th, 2014 07:46 am)
In the last few days, I have had four spam comments from anonymous journals hit my most recent Livejournal posts. Annoying, but they are being cleaned up within a couple hours of them being posted. Thankfully, I always have it screened for comments if it's someone that hasn't friended me or if it's an anonymous post. It seems to be simply random gibberish.

Edit: And there's another one, to this very entry on LJ as of 10:15 AM. Deleted that one, too.
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Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.

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([personal profile] andrewducker Apr. 24th, 2014 12:00 pm)
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([personal profile] sraun Apr. 24th, 2014 05:39 am)
Happy Birthday [ profile] daedala & [ profile] desert_vixen
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([personal profile] dglenn Apr. 24th, 2014 05:24 am)

"Life is just one damned thing after another." -- Elbert Hubbard (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

Despite how bad it actually is, the cherry-lime syrup was gone in the morning. I arrived well-armed with a set of gummy candies for the "hummingbird feeder".

It's possible that the departmental move may be delayed. I say this on account of my manager saying that we should have been notified by today at the outside if we're going this Friday. There are no emails, no letters, no white flag above my door numbered pieces of paper stuck to cubes or offices. Purple, who was also going to have been in this batch, is similarly without notification. He told a harrowing tale of a move where they told them on Monday, got other pending moves done, and then went "Hey, so can we move you folks like RIGHT NOW?" Except there were still some people with machines up running things that shouldn't be interrupted...

Read more... )

Call me jealous of [personal profile] andrewducker (which in some barely-subliminal way, I probably am) but either way, for once...just once...I want to post some really Interesting Links of my own, so without any further ado:

Hat tip to the Techs...

Hat tip to the White Hats ( this is/was an old passion of mine)...

Hat tip to the Science...

Hat tip to You, ready to bust a move (I've signed up for both)...

Hat tip to the Old Skool Internet...

  • Watch grass grow (guys! guys! check out the Geocities design and typewriter text - it's nearly stroke-inducing)

Hat tip to who inspired this...

If you're into browsing through lists of interesting links (a true joy of mine since oh, 2004 or so) [personal profile] andrewducker maintains the gold standard on that so go check his DW out.

Storium, on kickstarter, is a way to play a game by writing the story with the other players. Or something like that. [personal profile] seekingferret is a backer, so he gets access to a beta version of the game. He's looking for people to play with him, here. Come check it out with me!
I had the most unbelievably groggy day, and it's almost entirely due to a kitten, not my work schedule. A CERTAIN KITTEN (not definitively identified, since it was nighttime, my glasses were off, and the kitten in question stayed near my feet...but I'm thinking it was usually or always Jinksy) decided to spend what felt like the entire night hopping up onto my legs with a crinklepuff toy ever hour or so and playing with it for maybe five minutes before wandering off again. It's hard to sleep through ten pounds of kitten frolicking on one's calves.

It kept waking me up just enough to groggily think about shutting the bedroom door, and then he'd be gone again. So I slept badly enough to be actively nodding off at my desk repeatedly all day at the office. At least it wasn't a rough day, and I'm pretty sure I was doing the thing where I was mostly-asleep for only seconds at a time, rather than losing any significant amount of working time. But it kinda sucked. :/

I'm still getting a lot of enjoyment out of seeing so many people's perfume reviews, esp. since the bulk of it is BPAL, and it makes me want to try some of the same scents to compare...but of course, the bulk of my collection is limited edition stuff from over the last few several years, and even my general catalogue stuff is all/mostly on the aged side, so it probably wouldn't smell exactly the same as Lab-fresh imps that some of you are ordering. And unless I actually start wearing what I have, I really need to not start acquiring more. O_O Self, you have something like two hundred scents. That is LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS.

I think it's time to try changing up how I pick what to read, given that for ages now my method has largely been a combination of "buy books and put them on the shelf and don't read them because they don't have to get back to the library, with a few Read Right Now exceptions" and "see what books the library randomly sends me from my hold list because they've been on the list for two years, and then read that if time permits".

New plan: some combination of "go through my holds list and actually prioritize the books that friends have loved dearly (as opposed to enjoyed well enough to rec)" and "read the books I buy". So far, I'm implementing this as follows: cutting the not-terribly-concrete plan, which largely boils down to a few lists of titles and some notes, for anyone who's curious (and for my own reference) )
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([personal profile] vass Apr. 24th, 2014 11:55 am)
"Neither respond particularly well to medication, but therapy with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships can hold the key. Particularly work focussed on metallization, which encourages a greater awareness of the intentions of oneself and those around them."
- from a blog post about commonalities between borderline personality disorder and Asperger syndrome
Still discussion happening in my Hugo reactions post, if that was a thing that interested you at the time; it seems to have had a slow trickle out onto Twitter, sped up today by John Scalzi linking to it and other criticisms of his position from Shweta Narayan, Arachne Jericho, and Rose Lemberg.

I explained why I took a somewhat different approach than those posters in a comment on my old post, but the criticisms of Rose Lemberg, and SL Huang, about the idea of "merits" generally, are important and worth reading as a broadly-applicable matter. (To be clear, I also recommend Shweta and Arachne's posts as powerful and important, they're just a little more focused on the specifics of this discussion.)

A link roundup is being maintained by Stefan Raets.

I'm going to again err on the side of caution and screen anon comments; I will unscreen them as soon as I can if they're consistent with the policy statements in my profile. So far I haven't had to keep anything screened; I will say so if I do. But, if you have substantive comments rather than something about these links, I'd appreciate it if you took it to the original post, because I hate split discussions.

And now, I must go wash dishes.