Arcade Fire at the Shoreline!

Aug. 1st, 2014 06:08 am
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I drove down with my friend J to see Arcade Fire at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View Wednesday night. Arcade Fire were amazing, as usual! They are one of my all-time favorite bands and they never disappoint, of course.

I actually listened to their March 08 concert in Minneapolis while I was studying for orals, and so I was surprised, upon comparing the setlist from that show with the setlist from the show I saw (note: the latter doesn't mention which song they launched into a few bars of New Order's "Temptation") to see that they were quite similar; it felt like our show had fewer songs from Reflektor, but it actually didn't. Compared to the last time I saw them in a comparable venue at the Mann Center in Philly, though (2 August 2010), they did play fewer songs from the new album. But, given that they now have more albums…I don't know. It was awesome all the same, and thanks to the presale code I used we got quite decent seats for less money than might otherwise have been expected. I was glad they did "Normal Person," because that's one of my favorites on the new album, and the split stage with Regine and Win was great on "It's Never Over," and I personally thought the fake band bit with "Tunnel of Love" was hilarious. Win opened "Joan of Arc" by shouting "Dear god, give us a female president," which was also pretty great. The crowd was decent too! The seats were close to sold out, and the lawn was pretty full, and people were, for the Bay Area, pretty into it--they stood up as soon as the band came out and for the most part didn't sit down again, although they did as usual smoke a ton of pot and often stood there like lumps. Sigh. They were better than when I saw Arcade Fire in Berkeley, anyway, though not as good as Philly or Tokyo; I think the band request to come in party clothes or costume helped get people into it.

The Shoreline is decent too; it's pretty comparable to the Mann Center honestly, though with less ease of access to major roads, and frankly, the damn South Bay is just so far away. We missed Dan Deacon entirely because of traffic, which I was a little sad about because he is awesome. In short, I will continue to regard the Shoreline as a venue to go to only if the artist playing there is someone I 200% want to see.


Aug. 1st, 2014 09:31 am
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Ooh! Rich! Expressive! But a little confusing as to where the light is coming from.
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Posted by Akshat Rathi

Chronic pain, defined as disabling pain that persists despite attempts at treatment and often without obvious cause, has become a serious challenge for health professionals. It is not surprising that someone suffering from this level of pain might become depressed, but most studies consider depression a "comorbidity"—an associated disorder—or suggest that the pain is "somatization" of the depression. That is, it may be a mental disorder’s effect on the body.

These ideas ignore both the impact of pain on people and 50 years of understanding in pain science. A new study by Neil Schwartz at Stanford University and colleagues, just published in Science, has helped clarify the relationship between pain and depression. The researchers identify the underpinnings of loss of motivation in mice with chronic pain and depression.

For the study, they induced chronic pain in mice through injury. Before the injury, the mice were tested for their motivation to search for and work to get food. After the injury, they were just as interested in food they could obtain with minimal effort. But those with pain gave up much sooner when getting food required more work per pellet. This shows that chronic pain can reduce motivation.

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Rec of the day

Aug. 1st, 2014 03:28 pm
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Fair Play by [ profile] Penknife
Gen; Vala, Teal'c and team; humor/friendship; teen; 2987 words
Summary: Five times Vala and Teal'c didn't play by the rules.

I'm gonna be vacation and Internet access's gonna be spotty for the next three weeks so Rec of the Day is going on summer hiatus...

monthly word count - July

Aug. 1st, 2014 02:45 pm
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Granted the bulk of it is for a single fic in the Girl Genius fandom and not anything most of y'all will want to read, but. XD whoa, nice wordcount, self, you rule. it feels so good writing regularly once again guys ;__;

-not-even-a-drabble dave/terezi dragon/knight cute (82 words)
haha ha ha aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh orz

just have it here never mind linking it:

"So you’re not the type that changes to a handsome human from a fair damsel’s kiss, huh,” Terezi said, hands cupping a long scaly muzzle.

"Where do you see a fair damsel," the dragon droned back, and flicked his long forked tongue at her fingers. "Oh right, you can’t see shit, I guess that explains it."

"It’s okay, Dave, you will always be a pretty princess in my heart," the knight said soothingly, and flicked her much-shorter tongue right back at his.

-Crash Standing chapter uhhhhh 15? 16? (345 words orz)
-Homestuck: Demon Patrol (756 words)
-Homestuck: arranged marriage davekat fic: Lil Hal sequel (1 328 words)
-untitled Girl Genius OC-centric fic, chapters 1 to 6 (38 775 words BOOYAH)
-first attempt at GG fic, abandoned (151 words)

teasers )
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Posted by Katherine Zlabek

Last week, there was a certain book I needed to read. In order to read it, I had to take a trip to a store embedded in a mixed retail/outdoor fun/restaurant area. You know the sort—face painting, hermit crabs, a fountain. As I approached the store, I saw two children in see-through balls floating on a shallow pool of water. Another child was still on land, crouched, with one hand up. He was in a ball that was being pumped full of air from a very loud machine. The hand was up, I assume, to keep the air from hitting...

Roundup Call

Aug. 1st, 2014 07:44 am
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Got any Follow Friday-related posts to share this week? Comment here with the link(s).
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
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So I've been wondering whether it's possible to ensure that each hatchie is a wanted hatchie. The answer would seem to be to actually use the hatcheries I've set up, and take requests for pings.

Do any of you run hatcheries? Does it work? Do random people like to sign up for it? Or is mainly just friends, as we essentially already do here? Do you set prices ahead of time per breed/gene combo?

How about being a hatchery customer? Do you all do this? How does it work for you?

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Posted by Simons Science News

For billions of years, single-celled creatures had the planet to themselves, floating through the oceans in solitary bliss. Some microorganisms attempted multicellular arrangements, forming small sheets or filaments of cells. But these ventures hit dead ends. The single cell ruled the earth. Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of […]

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Aug. 1st, 2014 06:07 pm
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Someone needs a name.

Suggestions welcome.

(All I can come up with at the moment is Fluffson McFlufferton, Lord of Fluffington Heights)


Aug. 1st, 2014 05:24 am
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I've only been back at work for a few days, but already I'm noticing that the more wholesome activities are quickly dropping out of my life: walking, exercising, reading, meditating, and extra writing.

"The one conspicuous similarity between these activities is that they cost little or no money, but they take time.


"The last thing I want to do when I get home from work is exercise. It's also the last thing I want to do after dinner or before bed or as soon as I wake, and that's really all the time I have on a weekday.

This seems like a problem with a simple answer: work less so I'd have more free time. I've already proven to myself that I can live a fulfilling lifestyle with less than I make right now. Unfortunately, this is close to impossible in my industry, and most others. You work 40-plus hours or you work zero. My clients and contractors are all firmly entrenched in the standard-workday culture, so it isn't practical to ask them not to ask anything of me after 1pm, even if I could convince my employer not to."

-- David Cain, July 2010

Fridy glee is projecting

Aug. 1st, 2014 10:18 am
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

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: apparently Angie Payne has finally triumphed over her nemesis project, Freaks of the Industry (V13). No footage yet, so here she is on a previous project, European Human Being (V12).

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Aug. 1st, 2014 01:23 am
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Got an email today from Graduate Division. I'd forgotten about it, but I applied to be an International Graduate Peer Mentor which would be far more intensive than the International Center's peer program. Even required a couple of hours a week of office hours, so I thought, hey, that sounds kinda cool, I'll try that, especially since I'm good at being a peer adviser, it seems, and there're a ton of things that international students need but either don't know how to ask for or don't know where to look.

The problem is that I already have a TAship for the fall and that puts me at my limits for how much I can work per week as an international student. It's a federal law, too. Boo! This might also explain why I haven't heard back about my application to be a GSA Appointed Officer. I was told I'd hear back "in two weeks" and that was back in early June.

And finally sent out the first round of responses for SEA steampunk!! Some of the rejections were hard; I feel like there are several stories with a great deal of potential but would require so much more work, and there are other stronger pieces. I really must get my SEA SFF zine started as soon as I get home.


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