Make a list of things I want to refer to re: AS job.
Make a list of things I want to refer to re: DW volunteering.
Figure out a plan regarding applying for jobs.
Enable the beta entry page on my 'hack.
Create a new branch for 2277.
Call FoxFones again.
Make a list of things to talk to the doctor about.
Learning CS and Programming
Find syllabi for Algebra I and Algebra II in the US.
Wash up crockery and yoghurt pots.
Finish that load of laundry.
Reply to Cesy.
Reply to Barbara.
Look through inbox and figure out if there's anyone else to reply to.
Make notes on Tess
Brainstorm 100 words for Ellie.
Email that person and ask them for a prompt.
(But seriously, those were some expenses I didn't really want that close to one another. I certainly have enough money now for most of the things I want to get, but my buffer will take a few months to rebuild.)
Mostly, I'm annoyed I can't play RO2 or watch Teen Wolf/SYTYCD/The Voice until I get the replacement.
In work news, it's been such a joy to listen to the twenty or so teens participating in this week's songwriting camp. They're so talented, and the leader who is a somewhat famous pop artist is really great at being inspiring. This morning she even talked to us about setting up a network of mentors for these kids once the week is over. Computer woes aside, this has been a very nice week for me, with the songwriting camp in the mornings and then the library after lunch. Our project group got granted money for what we're doing, so hopefully we can do a lot more of these kinds of things over the next year.
So the other day, I found one of those old "look up the top commentor in your journal memes" and I vaguely wondered if there was a version for dreamwidth (as far as I know, no).
But the xml that the other memes used is also generated by dreamwidth. I just haven't the foggiest how you get the username from the user id = http://www.dreamwidth.org/export_commen
I don't even know where to start looking for figuring that out, and on the one hand - CURIOUS! :3 on the other - EFFORT! D:
Cooking - preserved to make fun of myself 10 years from now;
( Chokos! )
I've just finished off Sibatora (a series about a youth devision detective who although he's an adult looks like he could still fit in middleschool) which I highly enjoyed, and it reminds me why I probably wouldn't do a regular reading meme; D: I'd actually have to face how much manga I read (15 volume series; 2 days; but it was sooooooooooooooooo good.) instead of just being oblivious. Incidentally, I'm trying to convince my husband to get rid of the fireplace so that we can put in a new bookshelf - I know what I consider to be a lot more useful, when it comes to purposes of holding up stuff. :3
You are too old to justify reading one more novel, one more chapter, one more novel, when it's way past your bed time.
P.S I'm trying out the new update page again; and a feature I didn't realise from before - you can if you activate settings, rearrange all the different "items" like icons and so forth so I can make it a lot more intuiative for my own work flow. If it wasn't the fact that I sometimes want to cheat with RTF mode, I think I can see myself using the new update page permanently. (although, I still really, really wish that Dreamwidth would implement the queue posts feature for queuing your own posts in advance.
Oh, Adrian Searle, there is probably a bingo card to be made for journos reviewing any event with an erotic component and emphasising their journalistic detachment.
What I immediately note about this exhibition at the ICA is that it appears to be foregrounding the male body and genitalia (esp the latter?) rather than the perennially fascinating trope of nekkid wymmynz.
'obvious and a bit lame'
'[work of artist not in show] much more subtle in its sexual politics – and better drawn, too'
'Whatever subversiveness they had once has faded.... feel[s] redundant, telling us things we already know'
'Like most pornography, most sexual fantasies, and even sex itself, their work is deeply repetitive, playing again and again on the same tropes' (This plaint would work a whole lot better if one could not think of many artists who returned again and again to similar non-sexual themes, or 'We wish M Monet would get away from the waterlily thing, srsly'.)
'There is an exhibition to be made about drawing and sexual politics, pornography and protest, and the boundaries between private acts and public display. But this flaccid exhibition isn't it
In Dept of Oh Dear, What Is She Thinking: codfish over here for Francesca Annis:
I only took my clothes off in one film – Macbeth, directed by Roman Polanski. I looked at his past work and felt OK. He's never been into exploiting nudity. He's interested in the dark side of the female psyche.
What Are You Reading (Actually On A!) Wednesday:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
The Unicorn Hunt by Dunnett. I'm about 40 pages in.
Mary of Delight by Naomi Jacob. This is a hilariously terrible historical novel about Mary Queen of Scots. I loved it when I was 12 or so. It ... hasn't aged well. I mean, it's hilarious but mostly because it's remarkably awful. My personal favourite thing at the moment is the characterisation of Lord Darnley. I mean, Jacob has a good handle on his excessive drinking and womanising and general being a bit of a dick, but for some reason she has also chosen to make him really stupid. So, in Mary of Delight Darnley doesn't speak French. At all. And claims he can't learn to do so because he doesn't have an aptitude for the learnings. Which is, you know, hilarrible because Darnley was actually well-educated and did in fact speak the French.
What did you recently finish reading?
Scales of Gold, Dunnett. SO MANY FEELINGS. SO MANY OF THEM. I sent wildestranger a series of increasingly feelings-filled text messages as I was nearing the end of this.
Brand New Friend by Mike Gayle. Don't both reading this, it's a bit dreadful.
So Much For That by Lionel Shriver. As lunchtime reading this was a failure, I like my lunchtime reading fluffy. But, you know, it's Shriver so it was a good book if a little heavy-handed. Intriguingly it was the 'nicest' protagonist of any Shriver novel, which made it all a little boring. I like to hate the protagonist's of Shriver novels.
Free Country by George Mahood. In which Mahood and a friend travel from Lands End to John o' Groats, with no money and start off only wearing boxer shorts. It was a fun read, and I do like books about the general oddity of the British.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Well, the rest of The Unicorn Hunt, and I got Elizabeth Wein's new novel, Rose Under Fire the other day. But I don't know when I'll read that because it will require the plucking up of courage.
"No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man." -- Thomas Huxley
[Though I guess it can take a few generations for some groups to get the clue and stop trying to hold other folks down ... *sigh*]
2. As it turns out, I'm really enjoying Ace Attorney, so that free+ download was a good way to get me hooked. :) I'm really only playing it before I go to bed at night (though a bit more on my days off), so I'm only on the third case, but it's fun.
3. Today my snack buddy* was at work and he bought three new things, all of which were really good. (And all of which I will probably buy myself tomorrow when I get my mochi, since I'm planning to use one of my 10% off employee coupons anyway, so the more I buy the better. :p) The first is Tohato caramel corn in green tea flavor, which I'd been vaguely curious about before but never enough to buy it on my own, but it's so good! Then there was these mysterious sweets called "foil yaki" that came with the Chikara Mochi bakery delivery the other day. They are in foil packets so there's no indication of what they are like, except for the fact that they're something baked (yaki = baked, but also the feel was definitely baked as opposed to something made of mochi). No one was buying them due to the mysteriousness, but it turned out they're kind of like the hiyoko manju except not shaped like a bird (or anything in particular). Last of all was some new orange cookies from another bakery, which were super super good (not really surprising since I love orange stuff, but I just hadn't gotten around to trying them, since they were new).
*I have a coworker who shares my passion for snacks and trying new ones and due to family issues he has only been working two days a week lately, so it feels like I never see him anymore.
Instead I did laundry and some other household chores, then formatted a bunch of short Homestuck fics for ff.net (which eats a bunch of things, possibly still including my normal line breaks) and stuck them up: the remaining four Alpha timeline fluff fics ("Hollywood Shenanigans" was already there), the four parts of the "Alternian Nights" sequence, "Gifts Unlooked For," and "And the Big Bad Wolf." I also posted "Dedication," which is a Susan POV Narnia ficlet about the first year after LWW -- it's kind of a disaster story told in my best approximation of grace.
I am probably tempting fate with this paragraph, but I admit that I wonder how long it will take the vultures to start shrieking about interactivity, since some of the aforementioned Homestuck fics are in second person. They are not interactive in the slightest -- for one thing, they are all complete, so there is no conceivable opportunity for audience participation -- but upon reading the fic posting guidelines, I noted that the ff.net administrators have STILL not clarified their terribly worded rule one way or the other, so I expect the idiots are still darkening the digital skies, so to speak, and have yet to learn the difference between interactive and non-interactive uses of second person. *sigh*
I should get to work on formatting and posting my back catalog of fics to AO3, too. I don't really want to post my Harry Potter stuff until I finish "Secrets" and can start with that story, but I could probably do the miscellaneous fandoms one or two a day. Or maybe start with "The Way of the Apartment Manager" and run through all my Naruto fic instead. *ponders* Ah well, we'll see. I am fundamentally lazy, after all, and crossposting years-old stories is not very high on my priority list, especially since they're all available through my journal already.
Just, you know, auuuuuugh. And like that.
I've been busy enough that I haven't kept up here in, like, two weeks now, which is pretty much the first time that's happened with this particular set of web presences in the last decade. This should give you some idea of the drama-volume inherent in the system. Please do let me know if there's something that happened to you that I should know about, or, I don't know, some massive shitstorm has broken out somewhere on the internets and I've been in a cave and therefore didn't notice. *flaps hands*
If you've read anything long and escapist lately and want to share, that would be great. I've run out of Ginn Hale, which, y'know, takes a while.
Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell level
I started a Watch2gether room for sewing tutorials and all the episodes of the first season of the Great British Sewing Bee, and I called it the Sewcial Justice room (we have a tag on Tumblr called that).
I moved stuff from my bedroom to my living room just so I can see how much wallspace I've got. I want to get shelves so I can just not have stuff on the floor. Also, more organization.
I also seem to have acquired another cat, a very very needy one who won't let me take a step without running to rub herself against my leg. Whenever she's in my apartment it gets kinda awkward trying to just walk cross my living room.
Tomorrow I'll hop over to JoAnn to use up my coupons, and then finally get to some reading, I hope.
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hulk, Steve Rogers, Betty Ross, JARVIS, Bucky Barnes, Nick Fury.
Warnings: Mind control. Inferences of past child abuse and other torture. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: A mission in Russia introduces the Avengers to the Winter Soldier. Steve wants Bucky back and will stop at nothing to make that happen. Everyone else helps however they can.
Notes: Asexual character (Clint). Aromantic character (Natasha). Asexual relationship. Sibling relationships. Fix-it. Teamwork. Canon-typical violence. BAMF!Avengers. Bucky!whump. Vulgar language. Drama. Rescue. Hurt/Comfort. Emotional whump. Survivor guilt. Friendship. Confusion. Mind control. Memory loss. Slow recovery. Nick Fury makes stupid-ass decisions. Fear of loss. Arc reactor. Fluff. Nonsexual ageplay. Making up for lost time. Tony Stark has a heart. Games. Trust issues. Safety and security. Howard Stark's A+ parenting. Obadiah Stane's A+ parenting. Brian Banner's A+ parenting. Food issues. Multiplicity/Plurality. Sleep issues. Non-sexual touching and intimacy. Yoga. Personal growth. Family of choice. ALL THE FEELS. #coulsonlives.
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29,Part 30, Part 31, Part 32, Part 33, Part 34, Part 35, Part 36, Part 37, Part 38, Part 39.
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