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In this case you do: . There's a really interesting discussion of anti-drunk-driving campaigns and how the same methods could be applied to anti-rape campaigns.


Apr. 5th, 2014 12:41 am
I just started watching House, partly as an experiment, and partly because I like medical fiction.

I am apparently more cold-heartedly goal-oriented than the show's writers. Maybe I'll decide that it is because they needed an artificial constraint, and not because they missed the (obvious, but rather distressing) conclusion.

I'm a little freaked out by this, though.

I find this conclusion distressing, so I'm putting it behind a cut )
The reading on my bus-ride home sent me into an internal discussion (and by discussion I mean towering charismatic monologue) of the reason to prefer white wine as a source to transmit into heart's blood, not the more (trivially, physically, dots-on-a-D&D-card-level) surface-level symbolic red wine. I then transitioned into a generalized mediation on belief which ended with the revelation that there is System and there is Soul and they are both all powerful and eternally interlocked.

It is worth mentioning that, due to the way on-call rotation works in my work group, I am shatteringly tired and under imperfect control.

(It is also worth mentioning that I emitted no verbalizations of these fantastic revelations or thundering visions. The fires of Truth do not override basic civilities.)

"too hard"

Nov. 12th, 2013 09:38 pm
Some days are sulky skirt days because pants are too hard. I am currently having a sulky bun evening because braiding my hair or having it down is too hard. I'm concerned that my definition of "easy" might be drifting towards "Victorian".


Oct. 27th, 2013 08:41 pm
whine )

[1] Recipe for dreary salted warm mush is as follows: get a big enough pot. Put in some pre-made veggie broth (one box) and some lentils (half a bag). Cook on a very gentle boil for a long time, stirring occasionally and adding small amounts of water if that seems like a good idea. Put some in a bowl with optional additional salt or boullion. Eat.

The warm salty mush against the roof of my mouth often helps with congestion, and the extreme boringness of the food suits me when I'm ill.
The new computer game matches a pattern that makes computer games profoundly addictive to me. I realized this hours ago.

What that means is I need to take aggressive action to actually allow myself to go to sleep, instead of staying in pattern. I know this.

And this is why it's 2:30 in the morning and I'm still playing.
"'It's milk. It's not for unicorns.'"
"So what's the context on that one?"
"Hockey fanfic"

(The first person said "Genders are like cars, everyone keeps telling me I abso need one and I keep going "I LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO"". The response was "Genders are like cars; I've had several, but I still don't know how they work.")
I lost a wonderful water bottle to the TSA. I remember many things about it (It was exactly the right size and shape to fit in my carry-around bag while carrying the maximum amount of water -- narrowish and medium height. It was clear turquoise plastic. It was sturdy. It had a thumb-pop-off-cap. It was light-weight.) Unfortunately, the only word on it (in large stylized letters) was "fuel".

It is very hard to search for "fuel" and "water bottle" and pick up this company, which apparently also goes by "home presence" and "trudeau". There are a lot of other people talking about using water bottles for fuel and fuel bottles to take camping and general other noise.

Sadly, I don't think I can get my proper turquoise bottle back. I think this will be my best bet, and I won't be able to tell if it's the right size and shape until it gets here.


Jun. 16th, 2013 05:21 pm
Raindrops the size of kittens!
I find it much, much easier to do self-directed learning in fiber-related areas than in math/computer-related areas. It's a weird difference. My suspicion is that it has to do with the physicality of the one and the writing skills of the people who write about the other.

Also, now I'm wondering about other people's balances.
Sexism in high-tech is like water: you don't even notice that it's there until you try to breathe without it.
I've been watching a particular TV show[1] on Netflix. At one point, the father of the monster-hunter family tells his daughter, "Our sons are trained to be soldiers. Our daughters, to be leaders."

There are ways to argue this away -- maybe most of the daughters choose to become accountants and plumbers and bakery owners instead -- but it really sounds like un-self-aware normalization of a 10:1 gender ratio.

(Admittedly, said daughter shows a strong interest in short- and medium-distance combat, and she's not nearly as weaselly or pushy as any of her male relatives that we've met. We see them maneuvering her in "leadership", boy-king-style. Maybe her father's just spinning her a line for weaselly convenience.)

[1] The quote I'm about to give is a mild spoiler, so I'm not giving the name of the show directly.


May. 21st, 2013 10:12 pm
I'm not going to WisCon this year. I have reasons, which are complicated and interlocking, but it basically boils down to preferring to choose to regret not going over choosing to regret going.

I'm glad lots of other people are happily going, and I will happily read and listen to tales of what happened. Have an excellent time in Madison, folks.


May. 3rd, 2013 09:38 pm
Nose stuff )
Ever since I read it, I've been frustrated by the end of the last book in Robin Hobb's Fool trilogy. It just doesn't work in narrative, especially not narrative as empassioned and dramatic as the rest of the series.

I recently had several thoughts in quick succession:
a) I could fix it with fan fiction.
b) Then I'd have to write something in which a character I identify with makes trivial and foolish mistakes that mess up all of humanity and also this relationship (small or large r) that matters so much in this character's life.
c) Given that they can't settle into smooth friendship together anyway, because Must Have All the Dramaz, Woe, maybe a softly-missed train connection is the best ending.
d) I was much more into Drama and Trauma and Woe back then.

Maybe instead I'll write an AU that starts when this character is 9.
Biblical literalism in English makes so little sense to me. Even flat-Earthism makes more sense to me, or at least I don't personally have experience that obviously contradicts it.


Apr. 1st, 2013 09:47 pm
I'm going to Stringtopia! I'm taking the backstrap weaving class from Abby Franquemont! This is not an April Fool's joke! Eeee!

[personal profile] frotz, I was thinking of staying at the Budget Inn, because it sounds quiet, close, and likely to still have rooms. Let me know what you decide, okay? (And if you are coming and have different hotel ideas, let me know that too.) (I would prefer to have one bed per person given the option, especially in a socially-overloading situation, so it affects what I tell the hotel re: # of beds.)
I hear occasionally of psychology / sociology profs handing out assignments to break social rules. Not big ones, like wearing clothing over one's crotch, not screaming in public, or driving on the correct side of the road, but little ones, like which way to face in an elevator.

I think this is interesting, but also somewhat off. Other people did not consent to be in your scene, no matter how interesting and growthful you find it. Still, I think there's value in noting how pressure-deep our everyday waters are.

I want to occasionally attempt to notice, and postulate contrafactuals to, as many currently-functioning social rules as possible. I think it would make a simple walk down the street either interesting or tedious.



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