Phone woes

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:31 am
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If anyone has tried to phone me at home over the last few days, there's currently a bad fault on the line and it's almost impossible to understand what people are saying or recognise voices - as evinced by a couple of totally incomprehensible answering machine messages. BT say it ought to be fixed tomorrow.  Fortunately it doesn't seem to be causing internet problems so far.


The M word

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:53 am
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Elitism has come to mean “rule by rich people who went to Ivy League schools.” Now, meritocracy is coming to mean “rule by rich people who went to Ivy League schools.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have a word for “having things done by people who are good at them”?

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Prompt #052 - Lost

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:05 am
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This week's prompt is lost.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:33 am
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1. I had a good day off today. Got a chapter of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead finished, and almost finished a chapter of Fulldrum. Did some housework, ran some errands. Got a lot of reading done.

2. I finally got the last memory in Breath of the Wild. Also finished up one of the sidequests I had hanging about (the Stalhorse one), and decided to search for the DLC treasures. So far I got the Twilight Princess mask and Majora's mask. (Both of them, as well as Misko's journal, which tells you the locations of the treasurers, were all in areas I'd never explored before, too.) Oh, and I picked up the reward for finding all 120 shrines.

3. When we were out running errands, I stopped at See's Candy and got some stuff that turned out to be almost exactly the amount left on the gift card my mom got me for my birthday. So I got a big bag of chocolates and only had to pay 28 cents. :D

4. Got soooo many great kitty pics today. I really love this one of Chloe looking regal.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 09:27 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] adair and [personal profile] owlfish!

Mexican Fishing Bats

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:15 am
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Posted by Edward Roqueta

In the Sea of Cortez, researchers delve into the mystery of a bat that makes its living at sea.

by Edward Roqueta |

Unshelved on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:00 am
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Posted by Bill Barnes

Liven up your next conference, staff day, or event with Unshelved!



Unshelved comic strip for 7/25/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on April 12, 2006.

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The general fund currently contains $85. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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A Hybrid Solar Eclipse over Kenya

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:45 am
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Chasing solar eclipses can cause you to go to the most interesting places and meet the most interesting people. Chasing solar eclipses can cause you to go to the most interesting places and meet the most interesting people.


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TARA: of course you want to bring your mother back, and I wish we could, but it's not possible.

DAWN: Why? You guys do magic for all kinds of things.

WILLOW: We do, but...

TARA: This is different. Magic can't be used to alter the natural order of things.

DAWN: But all you do is mess with the natural order of things. You make things float & dissappear and...

TARA: But we don't mess with life and death. Dawn.. I know how bad you hurt...

DAWN: You don't. They put her in the ground!

~~Forever~~



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--My sleep has continued to be all over the place. Last night I managed to get to bed around 1 AM or so (IIRC) and didn't get up until 11:30 today; the night before, I was in bed by 1:15 so I could get up at a reasonable hour and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, [dreamwidth.org profile] ginny_t, Kas, and I could go raspberry picking, and I managed, at a generous estimate, two hours of sleep. FUN.


--I had these notions of finishing a fic for this round of [dreamwidth.org profile] smallfandomfest, but it wraps up at the end of this month, so...ha ha ha no. ^^; But hey, I got it started and made some actual progress during [dreamwidth.org profile] nanodownunder, and unfilled [dreamwidth.org profile] smallfandomfest prompts remain available for claiming past the round when they're prompted, so it's not like I won't have another chance. I just liked the idea of doing it now.


--I haven't taken pictures yet, but when we were out watering the garden a couple of days ago, there were the beginnings of blossoms on one of the two clematis plants!


--Amidst all the political awfulness, personal stuff, cute gifs, and book-blogger chat, my Twitter feed has been full of people being gleeful about "Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator"--enough so that I briefly pretended I don't have something like 100 unplayed games and can't remember the last time I played anything and went to check it out. I was saved by an impulse buy by the fact that the game's currently Windows- and Mac-only; I do still have a Windows partition for games, but realistically, I also can't remember the last time I booted into it for anything but StarCraft. (And that wasn't terribly recently. I did buy at least the first of the SCII Nova mission packs, but I don't remember how far I got.) (Separate parenthetical: I've preordered the remastered original StarCraft, so for that, booting into Windows will undoubtedly happen. Unless it magically runs under WINE.)


--I need to keep reminding myself that Rogue One is on Netflix until I finally watch it (having literally slept through most of it in the theatre, which was not the movie's fault!). I should also rewatch TFA sometime in the next few months.


--It turns out Black Sails is shorter than I'd been thinking in two ways: I'd somehow had the impression it's five seasons, not four, and I also hadn't realized the seasons are so short (eight to ten episodes each, I think?). All of a sudden bumping it up to basically the top of my to-watch list (which seems to be a good plan, judging from how many people I know are in love with the show) is a way less daunting prospect.
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TARA: of course you want to bring your mother back, and I wish we could, but it's not possible.

DAWN: Why? You guys do magic for all kinds of things.

WILLOW: We do, but...

TARA: This is different. Magic can't be used to alter the natural order of things.

DAWN: But all you do is mess with the natural order of things. You make things float & dissappear and...

TARA: But we don't mess with life and death. Dawn.. I know how bad you hurt...

DAWN: You don't. They put her in the ground!

~~Forever~~



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Walked to the library

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:15 pm
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Saw a squirrel hop into the back of a pickup truck and wait, giving every impression it was waiting impatiently for something. Does it know trucks move? Is that how it got to the library?

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Jul. 24th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Difficult day, most of the days have been difficult of late...work feels like an unending obstacle course.

Tomorrow I'm coordinating and chairing/facilitating a site tour of an electric rail yard, with over fifty people attending. With any luck it will not rain.

I find the world tiring at times. Everybody thinks they are right, about everything. Too many spiders spinning their webs in the world, methinks, and not enough fireflies...

Scrolled through reading list, and got lost in the fluffy happiness and comfy escapism of the smartbitches book and film reviews...resulting in multiple book purchases at Amazon...all for $1.99-$2.99. One was about a woman with ausperger's syndrome who travels to Paris, France as a codebreaker to unlock a mysterious journal. It looked intriguing. And a few...just hit some of my story kinks rather hard. One was about a journalist who infilterates a BDSM club, and has to use an old lover as a means of entry. I rather love smartbitches...they are nice and fluffy...reading their entries feels a bit like looking at pictures of kittens.

I also joined a laughing yoga meetup group...now let's see if I actually get myself to go to it.
The concept of laughing yoga makes me smile.

Rather enjoyed a few postings on nature on reading list. Mai and peasant both did one. But, alas, I split ways on the whole spider bit. Luckily they didn't post pictures and just wrote about them. I have no issues reading about spiders. Actually, I do appreciate them on a certain level. As long as I do not have to see them, come into contact with them, or deal with them in any way. They can exist out there, away from me.

I'm afraid of spiders. Actually that is an understatement. I'm phobic. Downstairs neighbors in my old building liked to put a huge fake spider in the entry way, into the building. It looked real. I was convinced it would fall on my head and eat me. Irrational, I know, but phobia is an irrational fear of something. I used to have anxiety attacks just getting in and out of the building. Screamed when I first saw it.

And there was this time that I opened one of those huge chocolate Italian Easter eggs. I'd bought as a treat for myself. There was a spring-time gift inside. Silly me expected to find a flower or something. But no...it was a huge pink spider. You laugh. Go ahead. It's funny. But I had nightmares for weeks and threw it out, uneaten. Traumatized.

CW, a friend of mine, is also phobic.

CW: I don't know why I'm afraid of spiders.
Me: Oh I know why I am. It was reinforced by various and sundry sources over a lengthy period of time.

Read more... )


Off to bed. Hopefully to sleep. Long day ahead.

Agent Coco Butter

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please give a huge TDK warm welcome to our latest Star Kit, Agent Coco Butter. He is 4 weeks old from Arlington, Texas.

Agent Coco Butter

We found him in the yard all alone, so we took him in and have been bottle feeding him. He is now 4 weeks old.

Agent Coco Butter

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