"Passengers" and Ms. Pip

May. 25th, 2017 08:32 am
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We're taking Pippin for her annual vet appointment this afternoon. Hopefully all is well inside and out, she's still at a healthy weight, and the trauma will be minimal for her. There will be much rejoicing and a special snackie when we come home.

Shiremom and I enjoyed "Passengers", but we both felt the ending was a bit truncated after all the anticipation of getting there. I've been impressed with Jennifer Lawrence in everything I've seen her in, and this was no exception.

And... I snapped this pic in our neighborhood yesterday. It made me LOL! What these folks should do is smuggle ANYthing other than beer in that truck... no one will ever Suspect.

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JSTOR Daily

May. 24th, 2017 10:27 pm
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So this is a thing: JSTOR has free access to some of its paid journal articles through their daily posts. Subjects differ, but there's enough interesting to me that I follow them.

If anybody else wants to follow their posts through the RSS feed on here, but hates figuring out how those things work, apparently you can just click subscribe through this page now that I've subscribed and its created the page: https://jstordaily-feed.dreamwidth.org/

And I had to set the name, so look, I spelled things right. :P

Hopefully I am not the only one geeky enough to think this is interesting.

American media, can we talk?

May. 24th, 2017 04:52 pm
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This is not the first time the UK has been around the block with terrorist bombings. (You might want to look up what those lovely lads the IRA used to get up to with funding from Irish Americans.) It's not even the first time in recent history. In fact, there was a spot of it about 10 years back you might recall. I do. I was in London for it*.

London in particular, and the UK in general, aren't about to wet their pants and crawl under the bed to hide because something went boom. You're talking about a country that still occasionally finds unexploded bombs from WWII - a war in which they were, as the East End puts it with equal parts pride and defiance 'bombed by professionals!' They're actually quite good at handling the aftermath. They keep their heads.

You, on the other hand, dear American media, get very excited about this stuff. You start showing the clips of bloodied victims, shaken witnesses, and distraught relatives on loop. Then you start showing the bomber - which is probably the last thing you should do, because fuck people who kill kids. They don't deserve fame, not even a second of it. You never ask yourselves whether you are in fact doing exactly what a terrorist would want, or stop to think that you're playing right into their hands. (Other people have pointed this out, so it's not just me.) But that's not the worst way you're helping would-be terrorists.

No, it's something far more serious, and far more disturbing. You see, since you have the patience of the average toddler and a desperate need to fill your 24-7 news cycle, you do stupid stuff like leak investigation materials and then get 'expert analysis'. Kind of like you're doing right now with the blood and soot smeared bomb parts from Manchester. (No, I'm not linking it.)

The 'expert analysis' is the real problem. You leaked photos in the wake of 7/7 also. I remember looking at them. As an engineering student, I critiqued some of what I saw. But here's the difference. I did it privately, to people I trust aren't looking to blow people up. You are doing it publicly. You're identifying 'ways to make failure less likely'. You're pointing out ways in which bombs can be made more reliable and more lethal. Basically, you're making it easier for would-be bombers to find tips, pointers, and how-tos. Do you see the problem here?


*I have the world's best timing for taking sick days. My 7/7 consisted of telling freaked out friends and relatives that other than an atrocious cold, I was perfectly fine.

Hole in the wall!

May. 24th, 2017 09:36 pm
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My wall is getting holed, my wall is getting holed! *dances with joy*
The construction guy actually showed up this morning! *cheers*

holes! )

Sad News

May. 23rd, 2017 04:48 pm
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I had to take my senior tomcat, Loki (or Brownie, as some called him) to the vet this afternoon because he had quit eating. The vet asked me to leave him so he could run some tests. The vet called about a half-hour ago with the bad news -- Loki is complete renal failure, so I will go to the vet's office tomorrow and hold him.

I'm able to write this somewhat calmly now but I am sure that tomorrow I will be utterly devastated.

It's a birthday!

May. 23rd, 2017 07:48 am
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Happy Birthday, [profile] dodger_sister! I hope it's a day of fun and celebration.

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random RL stuff

May. 23rd, 2017 09:20 am
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I don't post much. This is because my days are usually overwhelming and when I even think about posting something I know it will take hours just to figure out where to begin. But recently I've had internet issues that prevented me from doing anything online the past few days. (Thank YOU, Windows 10 update!!!) While I could have used the extra time to catch up on writing the things I should, instead I read and watched a lot of TV and movies.

The best TV show I watched was Season Four of Line of Duty. The DVD just came out in Region 2 format. Since I have an all-region DVD player I bought one and have just finished it. You know those TV shows that come along once in awhile and make you think "this is the best show ever"? Well, currently that's Line of Duty. In the past I've felt that way about "Breaking Bad" and before it, "24".

As for movies, I have to say PBS' 2-hour one the other night, "Dark Angel" was rather shattering. It stars Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame as Mary Ann Cotton, a Victorian-era serial killer (she was a poisoner). Joanne F. was riveting in the part but I didn't sleep well after watching it. It was based on the true story. Here are some details at Radio Times:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-05-21/who-was-victorian-serial-killer-mary-ann-cotton-the-true-story-behind-new-drama-dark-angel

In real life stuff, Sean is sick with a sore throat and not back at school today. He actually can't talk, making it too quiet around here. The house needs a good cleaning but I can't get motivated yet.

I've also left it late to begin writing my story for the new SWG challenge (although I've decided to base it around the story of Beleg and Turin Turambar). I still need to do some research, come up with a title, block out some ideas and write the sucker! I'm also 3 challenges behind on Reuben's Weekly Challenge and I still need to write 2 more RPS stories for people.

What else? Tragedies lately! The Manchester thing is horrendous. Also the death of motocross racer Nicky Hayden, not from a competition but from a random accident in Italy when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. I'm shattered by both events and my condolences go out to everyone affected by them.

Today we have to do the grocery shopping and take our borrowed DVD's back to the library. Mine were all British mystery or crime series and Eddie's were pretty much all war movies. That reflects on what we're both into right now.

Cheers. I hope to catch up with all of you soon!

Word of the Day

May. 23rd, 2017 01:27 am

Ramble Meme #7

May. 22nd, 2017 04:30 pm
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[personal profile] la_samtyr asked: Is there a movie coming up that you plan to see in the theatre this year?

There's three.

I recently saw a trailer for The Dark Tower and it looked interesting enough that I put the book on hold at the library. (I'm fourth in line.)

Thor: Ragnarok, of course. I'm mostly nervous about this one and am already disappointed by it. I like Jane and Darcy, damn it, and Jane/Thor was and is an OTP in the fandom. But I'm worried about how they're treat Loki and Thor (mostly Loki) and I'm still going, "Why'd you need to bring Bruce Banner into this?"

and finally:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Because Star Wars is Star Wars and I love it to pieces even when it's not the greatest. Look, I'm fond of the Prequel Trilogy. The Force Awakens is tied with A New Hope is tied with Rogue One for my favorite movie. So I am very, very excited about this one. I am also bringing tissues with me to the theater because I'm not sure I won't break down crying when Carrie Fisher comes onscreen. But mostly: I am excited and terrified they'll mess up but mostly I'm pure glee and can't wait to see it.

Anne With An "E"

May. 22nd, 2017 12:59 am
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My sister kindly informed me this evening that Netflix's Anne of Green Gables series is available. I just watched the whole thing, although I'm not sure why.

I do not mind dark and gritty. I do not even mind a less sunshiney version of Anne than the Disney version of the 1980s. What I do not like is relentlessly gritty and dark claiming to be Anne of Green Gables. If you love the books, skip this mess.

Highlights:Spoilers Ahoy! )

And now I want to read the book as a palate cleanser. But it's kind of late for that, and I have to work in the morning.
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I'm officially behind in the ramble thing! BUT all of the SWG stamp stuff is up-to-date, so I should have a little more freedom this weekend to catch up.

[personal profile] independence1776 asked what are my least and most favorite things about living in Vermont. I was not allowed to count distance from family and friends as my least favorite thing. (She knows me and wasn't letting me off that easily! :)

I've been living in Vermont for eleven months now, and the Green Mountain State and I are very much still in the honeymoon phase. Most of the things I miss living here are pretty petty. Tops would have been that there is nowhere to get Indian food short of going to Burlington ... but then one of my colleagues connected with a local caterer who does Pakistani cuisine--very similar to northern Indian cuisine--and we had our first lunch day at work yesterday, and I had a most delicious cauliflower in butter sauce. We're hoping the caterer will have been as happy with business from our school as we were with her food and will be willing to deliver to us on Fridays going forward.

So I can hopefully no longer complain about the lack of Indian food.

We don't have--or at least we haven't found--what I consider a truly good Mexican restaurant in the area. Not on par with some of the places we had in Maryland. America's Taco Shop is good for lunch, and Aguilera's in St. J's is decent, but I miss Cinco de Mayo and El Rodeo from Maryland.

(However, we have the best Thai food I've ever had right in Newport, and good sushi as well.)

Also, very few people know how to make good iced tea up here. Most places--if they even have it--get it from a soda machine. Blech. Very few places brew it fresh, and fresh-brewed iced tea is my absolute favorite drink, and I do miss that being an assumed beverage at any restaurant. We went to dinner at Cajun's on Wednesday, and they did have fresh-brewed iced tea, and ohmymy was it a treat.

(However, Vermont has amazing hard cider. I'm not sure that drinking hard cider instead of tea is a step in the right direction, but it is something that Maryland doesn't have the same quality of.)

Most of the things that people complain about here don't really bother me. When we first moved up here, people warned us, "There's no place to go shopping!" Since I don't like shopping, I don't care. People complain about the snow--there is still snow visible of Jay Peak!--but having lived all but this year in a place that was cold with little snow, I'd rather have the deeper cold and snow: just-above-freezing and damp weather is far worse, in my opinion! It's more miserably, and all winter is the stick season that Vermonter's lament between the melting of the snow and the sudden burst of spring. Then we were warned about mud season, but the Coventry road guy is exemplary, and we're not clean-car people anyway, so we don't mind that our car is brown either from mud or dust for most of the year. (It's cleanest in the winter because of the snow!)

Now the easier list: the things I love about living here! Things I Love about Vermont )

Hot hot hot!

May. 20th, 2017 08:13 am
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It's going up to 90F/32C today, whew! Pippin and I had a nice walk around 7 a.m. when it was still relatively cool. Walkies mean ouchies because the plantar fasciitis in my foot is still pretty painful. I've had five P.T. sessions so far but don't feel any improvement yet. I'm doing lots of stretching exercises and there's more P.T. to come, so... I'm hopeful!

Shiremom and I will be watching "Passengers" today. Here's what Pippin will be up to during the movie:

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Next up in the Netflix queue are "The Founder" and (finally!) "Hidden Figures".

Happy Saturday, all!

It's a birthday!

May. 20th, 2017 07:55 am
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Happy Birthday to [personal profile] hanarobi! Wishing you a lovely day, a safe trip, and all the Magic you need to see you through the challenges ahead.

in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

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"Happy Birthday from me, too! There's plenty of room in here to snuggle."

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*groans*

May. 20th, 2017 10:36 am
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... renovations are just so much more important...

Bike!

May. 20th, 2017 09:22 am
[personal profile] openidwouldwork
Did I mention I got a bike for my birthday?



Now I just need to find time to actually use it...

It's a birthday!

May. 19th, 2017 08:17 am
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] grav_ity! It's another exciting year for you!

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Today's News and Weather Report

May. 18th, 2017 07:24 pm
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weather on 5-18-17

It was like this at 5pm, sigh.

In the garden

May. 18th, 2017 04:51 pm
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This little lady was hiding in the chocolate mint.

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