Jul. 29th, 2014 01:54 pm
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Q: How was your vacation?

A: Ten days eight timezones away, with me and Mr. E plus both kids plus the in-laws, every single one of us getting sick, except me who was sick when I left, stayed sick the entire time because you can’t get better when you don’t get any sleep, and am still sick? Staying in a B&B so filthy there were actually insects in the bed, because there literally wasn't another free pair of rooms in town, so we came home to do a full bedbug decontamination on all our stuff instead of resting? That vacation?

Q: Yeah, that one.

A: Well, first let me say that I recognize that I am a very lucky woman. I’m in a position to take a vacation, which not everyone is. And I’m lucky that I have in-laws who are willing to pay their own way to come on vacation with us just to hang out with the grandkids, without which I honestly do not know what I would have done; because even with them, two days into it I would have cracked and tried to change our plane tickets to come back home right away, but I couldn’t because I was too sick to fly. And I’m lucky to have two kids who have such vibrant good basic health that even when they develop a 3-pack-a-day cough and pour snot out like giant ambulatory faucets, it doesn’t sap their energy or slow them down in any way. And hey! The baby is clever enough that at just over 10 months, he has worked out that he can avoid having his nose wiped, which he hates, by smearing his face all over our shirts the moment he feels snot on his face!

So all in all, vacation was absolutely better than childbirth, I would say. Though it did last longer. And I might even be willing to take another vacation again someday.

Not, like, soon, though.

well, crap, it is Monday, isn't it

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:39 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Using their powers only for the good

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:03 pm
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Not that I want to take any credit away from the clever people who thought this up, but I like to think that there's a fictional universe not far removed from ours where its particular anti-harassment strategy was the brainchild of Sebastian and Demon!Ciel. It has their sense of humor all over it.

(Here in our world, the Satanic Temple is evidently basing their claim to the religious exemption to state-mandated misinformation on the majority's reasoning in Hobby Lobby. I haven't looked in any detail, and therefore have no idea how sound or unsound their reliance on it may be, but I admire their style either way. And hey, their reasoning can't be a lot shoddier than some things that certain panels of the Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit have embraced lately.)

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Jul. 28th, 2014 09:06 pm
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Why yes, Comcast, I did only need you to decide that you were going to stop letting me send mail through the SMTP server for absolutely no good reason.

I hate technology.
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I put my amaryllis out for dead on the back porch a few weeks ago with mournful ceremony. It recently sprouted three new leaves. Annuals.


Little known hazard of studying microscopy: temptation to evangelize. Have you heard of confocal microscopy? Are you ready to accept confocal microscopy into your life as your primary imaging system? Oh hey, I just happen to have a copy of the Imaging Processing Handbook on hand, want to take quick look? etc. etc.


I got a call from the department secretary the other day. Read more... )


At an institution that shall remain nameless, you cannot just walk in the front door of the T- building. Instead, the route is as follows: Read more... )

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Jul. 28th, 2014 08:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] ofearthandstars linked to a fundraiser for a friend whose children were recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder which requires specific treatment often not covered by insurance. You can read more and help support their medical expenses and transportation costs here.

[ profile] scifigrl47 linked to [ profile] dr-kara, who has opened emergency commissions to raise funds for a flight home for her grandmother's funeral. You can read more and find links to commission her here.

[ profile] piperki linked to a fundraiser for [ profile] sophiahagia and her guide dog Rusti. Rusti ate a non-food item and had to have emergency surgery; he's now recovering, but they are facing large bills for his treatment. You can read more and help Rusti out here.

[ profile] fira211 is leaving a terrible tech support job for the sake of her sanity, but is concerned about bills and new glasses while she hunts for a new job. She is offering to sing and draw in return for paypal donations to blefever at You can read more, including links to her art and music, here.

The Detroit Water Project is a new website that matches up people in need of aid with their water bills and people who'd like to help. You are given all the information necessary to pay a water bill directly (account number and past due amount) and then instructed in how to pay using the DWSD website. This is a genius site; you can read more and help out a Detroit resident in need here.

Sbarras linked to a fundraiser for "Pad Heaven", a company working to convert banana-harvest waste into affordabe menstrual pads for local young girls, who would otherwise miss school during menses. The founder, a student at UT Austin, is trying to get the company off the grounds and needs funding to do so. You can read more and support her efforts here.

[ profile] ovrthinxit linked to UndocuL and the Immigrant Youth Justice League, which are working for recognition and rights for all immigrants. They're raising funds to travel to Washington DC as part of a massive rally on August 2nd to put pressure on the Obama administration to help rework the current (dysfunctional) immigration system in the US. You can read more and donate to UndocuL here and read more about the IYJL and how to support its efforts here.

[personal profile] fairestcat is working to trap-chip-and-neuter feral cats in the local area, and is facing some ongoing expenses for their own cats as well. You can read more and find their paypal donation address here.

[ profile] capeandcowl linked to Riding Star Ranch, a horse rescue that has recently moved to Pierson, Florida. They have been able to adpot out most of their herd, but they still need financial support for the horses they have left, which are rescues and retired racehorses, some of whom are used for therapy for veterans and the disabled. You can read more and support the ranch here.

Help For Free:

[profile] digitaldiscipline is donating bone marrow today, after being a registered donor with Be The Match, a national bone marrow registry. He wanted to let people know about the registry and that bone marrow donation has changed a lot (ie, is a lot less painful) in the past few years.

[profile] vladadog linked to Heather, a canine behaviorist and volunteer with the National English Shepherd Rescue who is trying to win $2K worth of flooring for her elderly farmhouse. You can read more here and vote for the striped kitty on the red floor here.

[ profile] amemait linked to [ profile] bodacasims, who is looking for someone to foster her cats in Illinois or the surrounding states so that she can study in Ireland knowing they're safe. I'm not 100% sure if she's found someone yet, but her post from earlier in the month is here.

[personal profile] krait linked to Fandom Then/Now, the PhD project of Katherine Morrissey, who conducted a fandom study in 2008 for her Masters degree before the release of AO3 and fandom's slow migration away from LJ. You can check out her research data and share your thoughts here (or here on Dreamwidth); if you'd like to participate without your fannish pseud being used you can read here to find out more.

Just For Fun:

Anon linked to a video called "Interactions" about the various interactions of a pair of people living together.

Anon (a different anon) linked to the five winning entries for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story contest, reflecting a wide diversity of writers and points of view.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

Food log, 25-27 July

Jul. 27th, 2014 11:10 pm
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I went to the Isle of Wight! It was quite nice. Here is what I ate:

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

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Jul. 27th, 2014 03:13 pm
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Been a while since i've posted a ginny-on-my-desk pic. she's gotten bigger; my desk has not.
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