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feorag July 29 2014, 11:00

My tweets

sbisson July 29 2014, 11:00

My tweets

  • Mon, 16:21: RT @maryjofoley: Sharks Cove SoC development board available for pre-order for $299 (includes Win 8.1 image): http://t.co/4gnLifRKh4
  • Mon, 18:12: Sitting in a San Jose garden, sunning off the jet lag and trying out @thefreedomcase's lapability. Not a bad way to start a Monday.
  • Mon, 18:12: RT @dlavenda: Microsoft Platform @citeworld http://t.co/OOWerjFPWN @sbisson very clear articulation of the MS strategy. I enjoyed reading t…
  • Mon, 18:15: Long lens, check. Sunshine, check. Fountain bubbling, check. Now, where ate the hummingbirds? Plenty of house finches and tiny lizards...
  • Mon, 18:28: I get the feeling that a lot of the reactions to Besson's film making are due to a lack of familiarity with BD story-telling conventions.
  • Mon, 18:32: @cfiessinger I am a big BD fan, and am pleqased to see its techniques finally appearing in Anglo comiics. Seen Bryan Talbot's Grandville?
  • Mon, 18:44: Squirrel just lept from the powerline into a tree. Much bouncing of branches.
  • Mon, 19:23: Vulture orbiting the garden. Toto, we're not in Putney any more.
  • Mon, 19:25: One good thing about flying @VirginAtlantic: they're serving a decent radler on their flights this summer. #BeerInTheAir.
  • Mon, 19:28: @thurrott NTP would be good for networks (like most of those in the UK) that don't support cell tower time sync.
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andrewducker July 29 2014, 11:00

Interesting Links for 29-07-2014

bart_calendar July 29 2014, 08:52

There's No Time!

Freddie Prinze, Jr says he hated working on 24 because he was shocked that Kiefer was constantly drunk on set.

I'm sure this news surprises you as much as it does me.

Do you think he's telling the truth?

Poll #1976927 Jack Bauer
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15

Do You Believe Kiefer Was Drunk On The Set Of 24?

View Answers
Yes.
1 (7.7%)
Duh!
0 (0.0%)
Of Course He Was!
3 (23.1%)
Is He Ever Not Drunk?
6 (46.2%)
I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way!
1 (7.7%)
No. He Seems Like A Sober Bloke
0 (0.0%)
Freddie Prinze, Jr Lies!
0 (0.0%)
Say It Ain't So, Kiefer, Say It Ain't So!
2 (15.4%)
bart_calendar July 29 2014, 08:08

Oh, Facebook

Facebook, the site that took several years to decide that breast feeding photos were not porn and therefore allowed on the site has decided that a group called "Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews" is just fine.


"The page, which spells "Zionist" incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25."

UPDATE: Since I posted this it's been taken down.
rosefox July 29 2014, 05:58

"Hurts so good"

This userpic isn't applicable to many sorts of pain, but it is perfect for physical therapy.

PT is EXHAUSTING. I'd forgotten. Also, going straight from PT to walking half a mile to the subway station, sitting on the L for 45 minutes, and then driving from Manhattan to Brooklyn was maybe not my smartest move ever.

The physio thinks my lifelong right hip wackiness is the cause of the knee issues, which would make a whole lot of sense. Apparently my right ITB and quad are "astonishingly tight". "Wait until you get to my hip flexors!" I said cheerfully. Then he tried to make my right hip bend the way most people's right hips bend and I yelled a lot.

Prescription:
* 8 weeks of biweekly PT
* Daily exercises at home w/ Theraband: 3 x 10 @ leg press, 3 x 10 @ hamstring curls, followed by ice (have the ice pack handy before starting to exercise so I don't have to hobble to the freezer for it)
* Start taking glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM (I've ordered an unflavored drink mix version that I can mix into chocolate milk or something, rather than swallow those enormous pills)
* No more sitting with both knees pointing to the left <.<

I'm seriously tempted to just keep going weekly or every other week after my eight weeks of intensive PT are up. The physio is hands-on and terrific, and therapeutic massage is amazing. And because I'm going to a shabby little PT clinic over in Brownsville (also known as "the neighborhood that will never, ever gentrify"), it's only $50 a session. That's the uninsured rate*. O.O The physio was telling me that he moved to Staten Island because he can't afford Brooklyn--maybe it's because he's seriously undercharging his clients. At that rate I really could go just for... well, not fun, exactly, but because it would probably be good to work on fixing my hips so that the knee problems don't recur, and because it feels good, and because I'm a lot more likely to exercise if it's been prescribed by someone I have to fess up to every week or two.

* I have insurance, but my plan year just started and I haven't met my deductible yet. Insert standard "American health care system is broken and bullshit" rant here.

The drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn was because auntyglory is in town and she hasn't driven to our place before. Giving her directions would stress her out and navigating from the passenger seat would stress me out, so she drove into Manhattan from her cousin's place in New Jersey, and I met up with her and drove us home in her car. This was definitely the least mentally and emotionally taxing option, but NYC traffic means a lot of right-leg work, and by the time we got home I was very thoroughly done with any sort of moving around. She wants to go shopping tomorrow; I hope I'm up for it.


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james_nicoll July 29 2014, 04:41

The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran

(original cover)
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(original cover - full)
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(current cover)
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For the life of me I cannot recall who recommended Moran to me but while my mass market paperback is a first printing (I think), I know I did not find it on my own. I remember a figure – tetrapod, bipedal, endothermic, homeothermic, and tachymetabolic - raving about The Long Run in my store decades ago convincingly enough that I made a point of buying it. Having bought it, I then tracked down every other Moran book that I could – Armageddon Blues, Emerald Eyes and later, The Last Dancer. Then silence fell. Publishing is a cruel and arbitrary world and it seemed that like so many other authors, Moran had been cast out into the shadows.

Happily, his books are once again available; the link is at the bottom of this review unless, ha ha, I forgot to include it. A sensible person would add it right now; I wonder what I actually did?

Onwards to The Long Run, and if I ever sound a bit negative, do remember this book was good enough to make me a Moran completist [1]. Read more...Collapse )

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boxofdelights July 29 2014, 03:31

No subject

[personal profile] telophase also linked to http://www.playbuzz.com/gregs/can-we-guess-who-you-are-in-only-20-questions

Answering truthfully, I got
Here is our best guess at who you are:
1. You are male.
2. You are still a teenager, but won't be one for very much longer.
3. You're in college and are already worried about finding the perfect job that will be both fulfilling and will pay well. Your future worries you more than you'd like to admit.
4. You have beautiful, silky brown hair and big eyes.
5. You know that if you'd only believe in yourself more, things would be much easier for you. Yet you still doubt your instincts more than you should, instead of trusting them every time.

So, how did we do? How many of these did we get right? Tell us in the comments!

Half of one. Almost. I used to have beautiful, silky brown hair. And small eyes.

They offered me Pixar characters, I picked Merida! They offered me food, I picked salad! A lot of my demographic never wears makeup!

ETA: Oh, I got Mungo's results! Except he has nooooooooooo trouble believing in himself. None.

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rosefox July 29 2014, 03:20

"And what did you do? And what did you think?"

Today I went looking for a paper I wrote for a college course in 1996--and found it. It's... um. It's not bad, by the standards of papers written by white freshmen about AAVE. There are surprisingly few parts that make me cover my face and shake my head, probably because most of it is primary source quotes. I'm amused to realize that I still write articles basically the same way: quote primary sources as much as possible, with just enough link text to provide some structure and flow.

Anyway, that got me looking through my folder of old text files, and I found a diary entry of sorts, dated December 3, 1996. If LJ had existed at the time, it would have been an LJ entry, so I posted it, backdated. It's here if anyone's curious. I find it of interest mostly because it establishes a date for my first self-diagnosis with depression and describes my experience of being depressed at the time. Also little notes about my life that are very telling:

"I've found a job that makes me almost as happy as writing for a living would, and which requires much less courage." That job was copy editing for the NYU student newspaper. I admire 18-year-old me for being so perceptive; I continue to cherish editorial work, and to choose it as a career, because it requires far, far less bravery than writing.

"I still have my writing talent, but no time to exercise it, and it's trapped in a cage where I can feel it reverting from housepet to wild animal, all the training eating itself away.... I still have story ideas, though they rarely get to bloom, and the only thing that hurts worse than the unsprouted seed is the one which pokes up a few shoots, looks promising, and then withers away because I don't have the time to care for it properly." Clearly I came into my talent for metaphors at an early age. And... yeah, this is all still true, except that I've gotten a lot better at not looking at it.

"The present never interested me; the past, the future, and the timeless are my domain. The present is vaguely repellant. The past is warm and familiar, the future softly bright and promising..." The positive descriptors are misleading. I'm not drawn to the past or future. The description of the present as "repellant" is much more accurate; specifically, it describes what I would now call anxiety. The past and the future are places to hide from the present.

"I use that word a lot these days. 'Safe.' I wonder what I feel that I need to be kept safe from. My own weariness, maybe. Or the world. Or time." These days I challenge the whole notion of wanting to be kept safe. Risk and bravery are better.

And now I'm going to close those folders before I start reading old chatlogs. That way lies days of secondhand angst and misery.


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boxofdelights July 29 2014, 03:20

blackstone

[personal profile] telophase pointed to this short interesting article: The experience of hearing voices is complex and varies from person to person, according to Luhrmann. The new research suggests that the voice-hearing experiences are influenced by one's particular social and cultural environment – and this may have consequences for treatment.

It's interesting to think about the culturally-mediated experience of hearing voices in Blackstone, the Canadian TV show set in a First Nations reservation. Two of the characters see and hear someone no one else does. In both cases, it's a close family member who is dead, and the experience is distressing. Neither character thinks of the experience as mental illness, though one does ask a doctor for sleeping pills to avoid seeing the dead family member in dreams.

The second season of Blackstone is streaming on Hulu now. Have any of you watched it?

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