After 50 years of cutting-edge seafloor exploration, the Alvin submersible—renegade deep-sea explorer for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute—just got a long-deserved makeover. Alvin is the United States’ only deep-diving manned submersible used for science, so its upgrades will have a serious impact on the discoveries we can pull off in the deep. To make a […]
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A staggering number of creatures out there (and even some fungi) have figured out how to mind-control their unfortunate hosts. In Absurd Creature of the Week, I’ve covered quite a few of these. But today I present to you my five favorites: Real-Life Zombies That I’m Sorry to Say Are Cooler Than Your Zombie Halloween Costume That You Really Just Phoned In. First up…
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Author's Ego Inflates to Size of Universe!
As previously noted, I'm doing Unclutter 2014, which involves getting rid of 1 thing per day in 2014, plus an extra thing for every thing that comes into the house. I thought I'd also keep track of where the things go (landfill, charity shop, recycling, etc). I'm planning to post once every ten (or sometimes twenty) days, giving a summary of how I'm doing.
Days 1–280: 464 out (128 landfill, 185 recycled, 83 charity shop, 26 gifts, 1 returned to owner, 8 Freegle, 1 bartered, 15 used up, 9 food waste, 8 archived), 124 in, net out: 340.
Days 281–300 totals: 4 out (2 landfill, 1 gift, 1 used up), 2 in, net out: 2.
I am slowly, ever so slowly, inching towards my goal. Details of the past 20 days are below.
Days 281–284: Nothing in, nothing out.
Day 285: 2 out: A broken clothespeg and a broken bowl, both put into landfill.
Day 286: Nothing in, nothing out.
Day 287: 1 out: Top given to friend to take to clothes swap.
Day 286: Nothing in, nothing out.
Day 289: 1 out: Tub of dashi that's been in the freezer since September 2011, used up.
Days 290–297: Nothing in, nothing out.
Day 298: 2 in: An original painting and the bubble wrap used to transport it.
Days 299–300: Nothing in, nothing out.
"The sad thing is that Kent Hovind and ignorant people like them are never held accountable for destroying the minds of their children. They take a young mind, capable of wonders, and fill it with ignorance and defense mechanisms against the intrusion of reality. It's an epecially terrible thing to do to anyone." -- Jeff (commenter at Pharyngula), 2008-06-27
[The scariest quote I already had lying around in my quotes file. Happy Hallowe'en!]
It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.
N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.
To enhance this week's glee: David Funatake develops an amazing line to honour a friend.
tranquil as a forest, but on fire within.
#I’m sorry is that a mulan song on a melinda gif set#OH MY FUCKING GOD IT IS#REBLOG REBLOG REBLOG#melinda may#better than your faves#fuck me this is genius#agents of shield
Also, I hadn't realized that Rygel had been the one to break them out of their cells! Good for him. Now he's done like five things I approve of. (I am not a Rygel fan.)
Oh, and the PKW was pretty good too! Some silliness, but also some really fun comedy and action for Aeryn. I felt like she got more agency in the PKW than she did in, like, all of S4, so that was cool too. And I finally found out where the "shooting makes me feel better" line came from -- I always assumed it was from S1 and I'd missed it.
Um, there were a few moments that also made me very sad. I won't say which.
Also I've now watched all the Farscape vids I know about (so, like eight) and they are great. I still never know if people appreciate comments on old vids, which I then often use as an excuse to not do it, but...I might be leaving comments on some of your old vids, folks.
My Orphan Black vid is basically done, but my brain has decided that I have to color and gamma-correct basically every clip. Probably overkill, but it is *so* satisfying to adjust the black levels and see how much prettier the image becomes.
Festivids! I am Festivids-adjacent again this year, which means that if you want to squee/rant/ask for beta at me, I'm up for it!
- Practically ran off afterwards to Dr. Vint's class where Sabrina Vourvoulias and Fabio Fernandes were skyping in, which was quite exciting. I live-tweeted the thing and Storified it.
- PK and I went to lunch afterwards and worked on ICFA abstracts. We then went to Coffee Bean to continue.
- AP called at some point wondering if I had time to go shopping with her for Halloween stuff. But alas, she called when PK and I were working on abstracts.
I have a draft abstract which I think is okay. Tomorrow I'll put together a bib because bibs are mandatory for ICFA proposals which is kinda weird to me.
- I also accomplished a couple more paragraphs in my newest short story. Still haven't quite figured out how to segue into the main conflict.
- I feel really tired still, and heartache-y. It's getting annoying.
- I got my shipment of STEAMPUNK WORLD books!! I'm pretty sure the MOTHERSHIP books are in too. Gotta get them tomorrow.
- I also get to dogsit for HH tomorrow. so there's something.
Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it”
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect.
To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.
I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…
Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.
Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.
One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.
This is the best band post
Everyone else go home
Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this
which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,
that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that
Who does that?
This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.
More like Julius Fuckit
this post just kept getting better and better
This is my favorite post and always will be.
C's Mom: I like your t-shirt.
C's Mom: Bartleby the Scrivener. Nice.
Lori: Extra points for knowing the source.
C's Mom: Of course I know it! It's my favorite story ever. Like, ever. It's so good. I love it. I love Melville.
Lori: [suddenly has a parent-crush on C's Mom][insert heart-eyed emoticon here]
Lori has taken the children to the Tea Shop on the Mills College campus.
Random Older Guy: I like your t-shirt.
ROG: Bartleby the Scrivener. Great story.
Lori: It's one of my favorites.
ROG: Some people say it's the greatest American short story ever written.
Lori: [sincerely] Really? I didn't know that.
ROG: Yes. I had an instructor once who said that choosing the Great American Novel is contentious, but choosing the Great American Short Story, no contest.
Seriously, folks, I didn't know there was quite such a Bartleby fan club out there. Huh.
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.
Chapter Summary: Amamiya tries to use Rin to get into Sei's head--literally--but things don't quite go as planned.
2. Irene found a therapist with the LA Gender Center and had her first session Tuesday. They offer therapy for all trans people, not just gender-related therapy, and by seeing an intern she was able to get a lower cost.
3. She was really wiped out after work that day, so I took the bus up to the Center with her and just waited while she had her session. It isn't far away but we weren't sure how bad traffic would be so we left really early and ended up getting there early, so we stopped and got tacos from a truck on the way there from the bus stop, and then the Center turned out to be above an awesome little Persian bakery so we got dessert there.
4. And speaking of her job, today was her last day. She worked several days this week as a bagger and really enjoyed working there, but she's just having too many dizzy spells for a job that requires her to be on her feet and moving around all day. The dizziness has been a problem for a while, but has been getting worse recently (though it has gotten better since the really bad days she had with the bronchitis). The good thing is while she was there she made a good impression on her manager and so might be able to go back once the dizziness is taken care of.
5. Covered California is supposed to be opening to new applicants in November, so hopefully we can get Irene on insurance really soon so she can actually go to the doctor and find out what's causing the dizziness and get it taken care of!
I have a list of things I want to write as treats, and those are going to be fun too.
I have my HLH_Shortcuts assignment, and an idea for what to do with it.
So far I have managed to post something to fan_flashworks every challenge since the beginning of June. Still need to get something up for the current one, but I have something I can post. I just want to get a little more of it.
mini_wrimo is right around the corner, and I have signed up with my usual 100 words a day, and my plan is to write a Yuletide Drabble each day, as a warm up. And if they turn into full-length treats that is lovely, and if they stay drabbles that is lovely too.
Plus - Mini-Wrimo will be posting on Dreamwidth this year, not just LJ! Here is the info/signup post
In celebration of these excellencies, I have made the first batch of Eggnog, currently doing it's alchemical thing in the fridge right now. I decided that what with the notable Durin's Day (a lunar and a solar eclipse!) the festive season should start immediately.
It is finally, finally beginning to cool off. I slept under covers all night last night.