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Mar. 28th, 2017 08:02 am
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Tuesday 28/03/2017

Mar. 28th, 2017 07:58 am
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1) Lime for my bottle of water at work. And tea. Lots of tea.

2) My washing macdhine broke down yesterday evening, while it was washing clothes... -_- Luckily someone is coming to look at it this evening already.

3) Going to clean my windows this evening. And afterwards I'm going to call [personal profile] lhune ^^

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Posted by Mike Glyer

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced five finalists in the Best Novel category of the 37th annual Prometheus Awards: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Mandibles: A Family, … Continue reading

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Mar. 28th, 2017 04:43 pm
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Sometimes I wonder how I would feel if all those things on the current to-do list were suddenly done.


Mar. 28th, 2017 01:39 am
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Another day of accomplishing little. I got cat litter, and I cleaned the cat box.

Apparently the next Underworld day mod (and the last day mod of the season, ergo the last one I'm likely to be able to attend ;_;) is in Two Weeks! It's April 8. I did not realize it was coming up that soon, yikes! Well at least it should be a little warmer than last time.... hopefully. That said - I don't know where my character is or what's going on with her ;_; But that also said, if I can't play her for some reason, I could still NPC the day mod and net some frags (they're like... oog currency you get for volunteering/donations that you can spend on your characters in different ways).

Speaking of the weather, I'm debating taking the plastic off my windows. We're certainly past the worst of any cold weather, and getting into the season where I might want to actually open them. A project for tomorow, no doubt!

Other projects for tomorrow:
Space Swap?????
Jukebox signups
Jukebox playlists?
Put together a dresser
Work on the Dietremen write up? I did a bit of that today. But really, space swap before I have another assignment would be good! Why is everything time sensitive!

There is also a job I should apply for, even though it is in the US, and that is just such a steaming pile of Ugh. Ugh!

When will I hear back from the museum? Who knows! Who even knows.'

As a side note, I'm still on my old computer, which doesn't handle the slack desktop well. So if I am usually on Slack and you've been wondering why I haven't been responsive for the past few weeks, its probably because I can't remember my passwords so I am just waiting to get my new computer fixed first :p
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Posted by Arturo Garcia

A DNC tweet celebrating a Republican setback featured an altered version of a message from the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
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Democracy in Color and the American Majority Project Research Institute just released their roadmap for retaking the House and state legislatures through mobilizing progressive voters in key states.

Their report focuses on the 17 states and 13 congressional districts that Democrats won or lost by single-digit percentages in 2016. Their perspective is that rather than trying to persuade white swing voters, we should work on getting minorities and other progressives who don't vote (yet) to actually get to the polls.

They link to a number of local and state organizations that have proven success in registering and mobilizing new voters, and want to expand those and start similar organizations in other states that need them.

There's a great overview article about it at The Nation.

Spouse ill too.

Mar. 28th, 2017 12:20 am
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No school today for either of them. Not that spouse was doing school, but. Kid was feeling well enough to try some toast, IIRC, and see if þey felt well enough after that, and the answer was NO. But at least there was enough improvement for a shred of hope.

Tomorrow, a long drive that I will have to make, probably lots of people interaction for me on the other end, then driving back. I am gonna be FRIED.

I need to get to sleep soon. -_-

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3/27/17 link roundup

Mar. 27th, 2017 09:15 pm
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News / analysis - health care
* More States To Expand Medicaid Now That Obamacare Remains Law (Forbes)

* How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare (Atlantic). The title is a wild misrepresentation of the contents, but it's an interesting summary of what exactly right-wing media has been saying all these years about Obamacare.

* Democrats should write their own “terrific” Obamacare replacement (Vox)

* The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare’s Historic Accomplishment (HuffPo)

* How Democrats Aided in the Demise of the GOP’s Health Bill (WSJ)

* John Bel Edwards made 300,000 people eligible for Medicaid within 24 hours of becoming Gov. His upset win in 2015 had huge consequences." (Twitter). Short thread with some really incredible statistics on the difference Medicaid has made to Louisiana.

News / analysis - not health care
* Pentagon Tells Congress to Stop Buying Equipment it Doesn't Need (Military.com).

* LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services (Guardian)

* Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter (NYT)

* Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants (NYT)

* Federal Judge Sides With Trump In A Challenge To The New Travel Ban Executive Order (Buzzfeed)

* California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump (NYT)

* Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated (Atlantic). On the difficulty of turning GOP obstructionism into GOP governance.

* Passing Tax Reform Will Be As Difficult As Repealing Obamacare (Forbes)

* Wisconsin judge orders state GOP to redraw gerrymandered legislative districts (Salon, Jan 2017)

* LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration’s Civil Rights Health Pick (HuffPo)

* 'The Resistance' Faces A New Question: What To Do With All That Money (NPR)

* 6 Big Takeaways From The RNC's Incredible 2012 Autopsy (Talking Points Memo, March 2013). This is fascinating to look back on from the perspective of the past election.

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Mar. 28th, 2017 03:03 pm
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I feel like I wrote my [community profile] worldbuildingex fic around the wrong worldbuilding aspect.

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Downloaded from Librivox (if you don't know about Librivox, you really should oughta) and listened to in car. The reader pronounced some words in an ... interesting ... manner, but never such that I couldn't make it out.

In 1867, Twain joined a "pleasure excursion" aboard the USS _Quaker City_, departing from New York and traveling to the Holy Land with many stops along the way. Twain sarcastically takes the position of someone convinced that American ways are the only right ways, and from that position criticizes the countries he visits, in a way that sheds light upon what a later generation would call the Ugly American. Sometimes he is quite straightforward in his criticism, as of the "pilgrims" who strove to take "samples" from nearly every landmark and monument they visited. Some of his special barbs seem directed at himself as well as other passengers, as for example their insistence on calling all guides "Ferguson."

Several times Twain leaves the ship on (scheduled) side trips to Paris, Milan, and other places; indeed, his journey through the Holy Land is the longest of such side trips. In the Holy Land, he observes how small the ancient kingdoms were - often smaller than a large American county - and that the ancient kings ruled over tiny populations, smaller than that of a medium-sized American town. And yet so much happened here.

In visiting various sites associated with Jesus, Twain takes a completely respectful tone, referring to him as the Savior and such: if I did not know that Twain was an atheist, I should certainly never have learned it from this book. Indeed, his attitude towards religion seems at this point in his life to be quite ambiguous; on the one hand seeming to praise God for His wonderful works, and on the other mocking the simple faithful and the priestly classes, whom he seems to regard as no better than criminals ... _except_ for Catholic monks, for whom he frequently says a good word.

Perhaps the highlight of the European part of the excursion is an audience obtained for the whole boatload of tourists with the Czar Alexander II. Twain's attitude throughout the episode is somewhat remniscent of Merry and Pippin's initial reaction to Theoden at Isengard - "seems to be a pretty decent fellow."

I enjoyed this greatly and will doubtless soon listen to its prequel/sequel, _Roughing It_.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Mar. 27th, 2017 10:43 pm
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(Why yes, I got kind of behind in my blogging...)

Carrie is witty, but she's the sort of witty that I think may work better as a comedy act than as a book. I did enjoy the bits about her mother, who sounds delightful, and about her bipolar disorder -- she was pretty fascinating when writing about bipolar disorder, although I think I'd run across most of the really good lines pasted into memes in the months after her death.

Overall, it was OK.

I still miss her. :-( I usually shrug over celebrity deaths, but this one hit me kind of hard.
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Posted by Not Always Right

Office Supply Store | MI, USA

(Working as a cashier for four years has taught me a great deal of patience, but one particular woman always tries to cause a huff when she comes into the store. Today, however, we are short staffed. I am at my register and can not leave the front end, my manager is unloading the truck by himself in the back of the store, and we have one person working in the print department, who also can not leave her station, leaving no one working on the floor. It’s beginning to pick up and I notice the offending woman entering the store. From my register I see her quickly pace up and down the front of the store a couple times looking increasingly irate. She turns around to look at me.)

Customer: *suddenly yelling* “Isn’t there anyone working on the FLOOR?”

Me: *having to speak much louder than normal due to the distance between us* “My apologies, ma’am. We are a bit short staffed at the moment, but I will see if someone is available.”

(At this point the customer forcefully sighs and throws her arms in the air but stays where she is. I radio to my manager that the customer needed assistance ASAP. Before I can even finish speaking over the radio she starts up again.)

Customer: *yelling to no one in particular* “I can’t believe there’s no one working on the FLOOR!”

(I radio again to my manager, sounding a bit more desperate to have this lady out of my hair, and try to explain the situation. Eventually my manager comes out from the back and walks right up to the customer.)

Manager: *very calmly and with a smile* “My apologies for the wait, ma’am. I have lots of other customers who think they are the most important thing in the world, too.”

(The customer and I kind of looked at him in shock. She mumbled to him the item she wanted and I rang up the transaction trying very hard not to laugh. She left without another word.)

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This month's theme was "small yet crucial moments of courage." I wrote from 12:15 PM to 7:45 AM, so about 17 hours 30 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 11 later.

Participation was lively, with 20 comments on LiveJournal and 100 on Dreamwidth. There were no new commenters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Balancing on a Cliff"
"A Bridged Right"
"A Dangerous Thing with Style"
"In That Terrible Inbetween"
"Listening Back"
"Running Away from the Circus"
"Ruts in the Road"
"Stepping Out"
"A Tornado of Thought"
"What Real Courage Is"
"The Whip of His Own Remorse"
"Why Can't We Accept It?"

"Leaves Upon the Water" (December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Spooked" (Polychrome Heroics, January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for March 7, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: [livejournal.com profile] goldbach5[livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu[personal profile] janetmiles[personal profile] technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Spooked" was the free epic.  We also made the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus session.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Posted by Mike Glyer

(1) SPACE, THE INITIAL FRONTIER. In a profile published in the October 17 New Yorker, Julie Phillips reveals why Ursula Le Guin’s name has a space in it. Her husband’s birth name was Charles LeGuin.  They were married in France, … Continue reading


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