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Ow. I am very stiff and sore from being very out of shape and doing a lot of shlepping.

I hit up Target for some necessaries late-ish Saturday night - the new one in Porter Square – and decided to take the stuff directly back to the new apartment, so I could find out what it's like at midnight.

I lied on the floor. I didn't detect any vibrations.

The sound isolation between apartments seems very good. The sound isolation between building and the outside seems not so good – that is the windows aren't so great at sealing out sound. My window isn't right on MassAve, but the sound of traffic on MassAve through my window was loud enough to make me think, "Oh, hey, I should shut the window", but the window wasn't open.

The heat is steam heat, and it is abundant and very clangy. I have earplugs, so I assume this, and passing traffic, won't be an issue.

The hot water is very hot, and also abundant.

Today (Sunday), [personal profile] tn3270 and I drove over a load of fragile stuff that can be put away, out of the way of movers, in the kitchen and the closets. So my booze, and my glassware, and my fancy dress clothes are all now moved in. Am now ready to party. I also brought over all the outerwear I'm not currently using (the spring and autumn weight stuff mostly and my summer sun hats, and my back-up winter coat) and populated the coat closet.

Getting my formal-wear and outerwear out of the closet under the water heater that's overdue to blow is a relief. I still have stuff in there to wisk away to safety, but... soon. Not right now. Were I not so sore, I would be tempted to call a cab and take a second load over tonight.

But I think I'm rapidly approaching the point – like maybe one car load more – where everything left is either something I will need here until the day of the move, or it is something that requires the rugs or the furniture to be there already to go on top of or in, or will be in the way of movers and so should go in the truck.

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17/2/19 17:30
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thirsty in the desert with a bagful of gold (5317 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Marinette Dupain-Cheng & Tikki, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Plagg, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Chloé Bourgeois
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Tikki (Miraculous Ladybug), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug), Chloé Bourgeois
Additional Tags: Episode: s03 Climatika 2 | Stormy Weather 2, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Discussion of Extinction
Summary:
"Hey Hawkmoth, Take A Bath Before We're All Extinct (or, Stormy Weather Would Not Have Stopped)"
—μcat, Schrödinger’s Miraculous: physics in the City of Heroes (may work differently when observed)
It was Mme. Mendeleiev's fault, really. She liked bringing current events into her lesson plans, and μcat the superhero-science blogger had done a lot of research and a lot of math in the four days after the second go-round with Stormy Weather. Marinette, looking at all the equations and cited sources and clear, concise prose salted with wordplay, wondered if μcat had slept at all in those four days. If she focused on how long it must have taken them to read each article, run each set of numbers, write each paragraph, then she had no attention to spare for the words "extinction event", and needn't think about what it meant here and now. What it implied. What it must have taken to make it not.

(Adrien whisked Aurore out of the classroom the moment he saw the essay title. He then casually leaned on the door frame, blocking Chloé from following. Marinette should have thought of those herself.)

Marinette lasted two more days before she cracked.

Boskone

17/2/19 19:28
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Mostly I attended filk items and talked with friends at Boskone, as usual. Unfortunately, there were quite a few regulars who didn't make it. With some it was conflicts; others had health issues. And of course Harold S. is no longer there. Attendance at the filk was light, but a number of younger people were there, which is good for the future. I didn't bring my keyboard but used Ed Stauff's, for which I'm grateful. I parked at Alewife and took the MBTA in; to complicate things, there was no train service between Alewife and Harvard, so I had to ride the shuttle bus. Not having more luggage than necessary was good.

In addition to filk concerts and singalongs, I went to a lyric writing workshop, a panel on the year in physics and astronomy, and a "name that tune" session on TV and movie music. For the last one, I sat back in the audience rather than joining one of the teams, since my knowledge of that kind of music isn't very deep. However, one part featured classical music used in movies. I got the name and composer for every one of those; the slow movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony took me just one chord to identify. However, I didn't know what movies they were in.

Boskone was fun. It's the only general con that's still on my regular schedule.

Still fairly sick

17/2/19 15:02
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I don’t actually feel completely horrible?

But Read more... )

Done Since 2019-02-10

17/2/19 15:11
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There is sadness this week, as NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End. Oppy's last transmission amounted to “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”. Several songs have already been written; I'll almost certainly try to write one of my own. Probably from Oppy's POV; I seem to enjoy anthropomorphizing AIs and other inanimate objects.

Not a whole lot has been getting done this week. I did manage to run some errands Thursday and Friday, with the car on the street. Pulled back into the driveway Friday after things were done, anticipating that the predicted good weather would make it possible to get up again the next time I need to. Fingers crossed.

I started working on the potential writing (tutorials) gig -- we'll see whether $editor likes my proposal. Not many notes Friday and Saturday as a result. Not sure I'm working fast enough. That remains to be seen; it's going slower than I'd like but that may just be because I'm working on the outline.

If you're into music at all, you'll get a kick out of (Gimme Some of That) Ol' Atonal Music - YouTube and Twelve Tones - YouTube (via ysabetwordsmith).

And I was highly amused to find someone seriously advocating the use of RFC 1149, some 18 years after I wrote a song about it.

Notes & links, as usual )

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There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, February 18 through Sunday, February 24.  I hope to see you there! 
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Welcome to Mercedes
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 2, complete
Word count (story only): 1417


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story is set in Mercedes, and takes place immediately after “Ripple Effect,” (here is the link to part one) and picking up right after Aida left the shop. Bennett gets a feel for Evard’s personality as he insists upon trying to mitigate the young man’s earlier experience with a “massage” that focused more on his body issues than his emotional needs. Fluff and comfort for miles. ::


On to part two




In Bennett’s work space, there was only one visible clock, in the work room where the client could see it easily. It was also the only sound, muffled almost completely by the glass wall and door that separated the main area from the work room. Silently, the two men watched Aida jog away, standing still for a long moment after she moved out of sight.

Evard cocked his eyebrow, and shifted the position of his hood a little. “Is she always like that?”

“No.” Bennett laughed aloud. “That’s a mellow response from her. He sent a text, then grinned at his guest. “Now, let’s get you ready for a real massage. Sledgehammer? Seriously? I’d best not meet them any time soon!” he warned.
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I'm still doing LetterMo (and InCoWriMo)!  As of today I have mailed out 22 letters/postcards/cards (with one ready to go in the mail), received 3 replies and one letter-not-a-reply, and drawn castles, maps, lava, clouds, and barns.

I've talked about the weather a lot, Ithaca, winter activities, and whatever else came to mind - including often the paper or card I was writing on.

And Friday and today, as a reward for finishing my work self-evaluation and then for getting the taxes done and sent, I bought a bunch of stationery. 

read on…
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Have read the 2013 Young Avengers Omnibus, and am currently reading a Squirrel Girl trade (it collects an '81 Ironman story with GLA/GLX issues (unless those weren't standalone) and I'll see what else.

I've also got a Gambit trade and a Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel omnibus.

Will be returning Candy:A Century of Panic and Pleasure soon.

Space Icons!

17/2/19 14:47
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A satellite disk pointing upwards under meteor shower (not that you can really see the meteor shower at 100x100 pixels Bright star on the right, faint space dust on the left. Hubble image of rather dramatic space dust, most coloured orange with a spike of formation through the clouds. Bright star top left, edge of planet bottom right. Hubble image of swirling pink and yellow coloured space dust
Snagging is free. Credit is appreciated. Comments are loved.


Original pictures taken from Astronomy Picture of the Day except for number 4 (no idea where that comes from).
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Gendered Classrooms

17/2/19 04:22
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 This was me.  I did this damn near every time someone tried to line us up by gender.  If I wasn't doing that, I was standing with the boys.  It drove many teachers so batshit that they quit doing gender lines rather than argue with me.

Refugees Then and Now

17/2/19 01:09
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Yes, some refugees today are in exactly the position of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.  They leave or they die, because some countries are killing Muslims or Christians or whatever else they've decided to hate; others are killing gays and transfolk and women who wear pants; quite a few are targeting doctors, scientists, journalists, and other intellectuals; and several just seem to be shooting anything that moves.  It's the same.  It's people fleeing genocide because they don't want to die.  

And countries are responding now just as they did to Jews: turning them away.  Oh sure, after  WWII everyone was "shocked" and "sorry" that Jews sent back to Germany were executed en masse.  After most of the Jews were safely dead and not in need of food, shelter, or any other assistance anymore.  People will turn back desperate masses and then be "shocked" and "saddened" when a toddler winds up drowned on their beach.  Well, when people are in dire situations, they will escape as best they can, and if nobody helps them do that safely then quite a lot of them will die along the way.  So everyone who supports  refugee-hostile polices becomes guilty of refoulement and shares part of the moral burden for those deaths, because their choices lead to actions that lead to dead refugees.  Those who fight for human rights are not at fault for the errors of others.

Stretching

17/2/19 01:02
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Here's a post that says stretching has no benefits.  I have no idea how people keep generating these results.

When I was in school, everybody knew that stretching was a good idea.  That is, either we had personally ripped something or gotten awful cramps because we didn't bother to stretch out before doing something vigorous, or we'd seen other people make that mistake and decided to be more careful ourselves.  The connection was really sort of obvious.

Currently, I use stretching in small bits scattered throughout the day, because if I don't, my butt welds itself to the chair and my muscles lock up.  Stretch, or ache.  This also is really fucking obvious.  Some people's bodies don't knot up as much as others, but if you sit long enough -- and people nowadays tend to sit a LOT -- then eventually it will happen.  It can be fixed by stretching.

Anyone who's done a bendy sport -- cheerleading, gymnastics, bellydancing, yoga, etc. -- can tell the difference between people who do some kind of stretching regularly and people who do not.  Granted, there is a strong genetic factor in how stretchy your body is, but it will certainly bend better if you stretch it regularly than if you do not.  And if you haven't done it recently, you can sure feel the difference when you try to do it.

WTF even, science. >_<
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I'm writing "Stormy Weather 2" out of the Miraculous Ladybug canon.

Also I'm going to make "Stormy Weather 2 What Stormy Weather 2" an AO3 tag. It is going on all my future ML fics that do not explicitly deal with this episode.
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I have another three three-month subscriptions to the Shatner Chatner to give away; comment here WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS -- comments are screened -- and if I have more than three by Wednesday night, I'll ask the RNG.

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This is the freebie for the February 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zianuray.


"Experience Stinks"


Growing up
is learning that

not everything which
is black-and-white
and fuzzy is a kitten.

Sometimes,
experience stinks,

but it's still better
than ignorance.

* * * 

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This image was the other inspiration for the poem.
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OMFG.

So a million years ago last December, I decided I was Done with BoA, and signed up for a fresh business bank account with a new bank. This one is with Webster.

Not much happened in the account in December, what with the various challenges of setting it up (about which I have failed to regale you, o my readers), but starting with the new (fiscal) year, I converted over to using it.

So I just got what is effectively my first statement, covering the month of January. The first month in which I actually ran money through it.

Turns out, the way Webster accounts deposits made at ATMs is that it batches all the checks put in at once as one transaction, and it batches all the cash put in at the same time as another transaction.

So, if you you go to an ATM and deposit a check for $100, a check for $91 and $7 cash, it will appear on your statement as a transaction for $191 and a separate transaction for $7.

Oh hello, this makes my checkbook unbalanceable.

I, like a normal human, record transactions in my checkbook in one of two ways. Either all the money going into the machine at once is one transaction (e.g. of $198) or I break each of the checks out separately (e.g. three transactions: $100, $91, and $7). What I do not do is lump just the checks.

At first, as I started trying to use this statement to reconcile my account, I thought it was merely highly unfortunate. I had been using the batch-everything approach (which is how the previous bank did things), so I was having to add transactions mentally on the statement to figure out which things to mark as cleared in my digital checkbook. Having to do mental arithmetic to balance a digital checkbook is asinine - it's error prone and time consuming, and exactly what I am trying to avoid by having a digital checkbook in the first place.

Then I got to the last deposit I had made, on Jan 31st. The bank only registered part of it - the cash part. The checks I deposited? Don't appear at all. So now I have an entry on 1/31 for $459.00, of which $240 has cleared. I have absolutely no way to indicate that on my register – except to edit in two transactions, one for the cash and one for the checks.

I'm very strongly inclined to close this account rather than change how I keep my books to be compatable with this. I am completely aghast.

This is the first I've ever seen of this practice. Generally "first I've ever seen of this practice" in banking makes me think it maybe is illegal. Certainly it's ridiculous.

Anybody else's banks do this? Apparently I'm back in the business bank account market, and I'd like to know what companies to avoid.
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Virtual tea party...

16/2/19 17:25
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I have a cold and feel vaguely terrible but also want company, so I’ll be watching this space.

My current tea: generic black tea a la Lipton, coz I can’t taste it. Going to make some peppermint sweet tea in a bit though.

What’ll you have? *puts kettle on*

ETA: Various folks have brought scones, ginger snaps, and Girl Scout cookies, which may be assumed to be baked in whatever sort of gluten-free, low-glycemic, dairy-free, or whatever manner the eaters desires and feels necessary. We also seem to have All The Tea at this point, with special attention to things that help knock back colds and other minor illnesses. Teatime manners here consist of being not deliberately knocking someone’s tea on the floor ( eying fellow felines known to exist in various households ) though if it should occur by accident I also have All The Paper Towels.

Old friends and new acquaintances are both very much welcome.

ETAA: this particular tea party is now excused to go tidy up or take naps, but given the enthusiastic response, I will repeat this event!

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16/2/19 16:52
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
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Hey, do I know anyone affiliated with a Girl Scout doing online cookie sales (with, one hopes, ship-directly-to-buyer as a delivery option) in the Little Brownie Bakers region? I wanna buy a bunch of Thin Mints.

ETA: sorted!

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