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[personal profile] jesse_the_k posted: Markdown Simplifies Formatting Your DW Posts

Markdown is a minimal way to format your text. The goal is to use "natural" formats, similar to email. Software that understands Markdown translates it to HTML. Markdown is much easier--and more forgiving--than HTML. This post has the markdown you'll use the most.

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Had a blast the other night with [personal profile] anotherfmafan and the gang in the Fullmetal Alchemist chat! Cheryl (DW name??) was ultra-prepared and brought a bunch of trivia questions and prompts for a five-sentence ficlet challenge, and we had a great time!

You probably do not want me on your trivia team, but I did better with the prompts. :D

Prompt: Armstrong with a wiener (Armstrong, futurefic, gen) )

A snowy night in Risembool (Ed&Roy, preslash, PG?) )

Never enough time (Ed, Al, gen) )

When Transmutations Go Wrong (Ed&Roy, gen) )

Train shenanigans (Ed&Al, post-anime, gen) )

When egos collide (Al&Tringhams, preslash??, post-series gen) )
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Read Markdown Simplifies Formatting Your DW Posts for an introduction and the formats you'll use daily.

This sequel covers the rest of Dreamwidth’s Markdown support. 1100 words )

wherein Liz holds down the office

Feb. 21st, 2019 03:25 pm
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I am alone at the rental office today, since both Mom Boss and Aunt Boss are taking vacation to coincide with Cornell's February break. I will likewise be alone tomorrow.

This is occasionally awkward since there are various things I'm not authorized and/or just straight-up don't know how to do, but I've been muddling along pretty well.

I got approximately zero free time until roughly 3pm, though, because Things kept happening in a rude and inconvenient fashion. However, I successfully sorted all the Maintenance invoices that the head of accounting had said must -- MUST! -- start coming to her rather than to Maintenance... and then just stuffed into envelopes and ignored for four months and now the head of Maintenance doesn't have references to figure out a bunch of important stuff and therefore put her foot down and said, no, the invoices will resume coming to HER, thank you kindly. (Office politics is wild, I tell you. *wry*) I have also successfully rented one studio and half-rented another, and I've been manually routing around the annoying technical glitch in our package notification system so our package glut is starting to clear out. Those are all good and useful accomplishments.

And now I am going to make myself a second cup of tea (by which I mean a 16oz disposable coffee cup, because let's be real, work is not for the under-caffeinated) and see if I can relax for half an hour before any more Things happen at me.

Sam update

Feb. 21st, 2019 02:19 pm
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Took Sam to the vet yesterday. She says he has glaucoma in his right eye and that overnight blindness does happen a lot. (I suspect it's not completely overnight, I've taken him in for an eye issue before, so this has probably been developing for a couple of years, but just went critical this week.) Right now the pressure in his eye is bad enough that everything was blurry in her instruments, so I have eye drops for him that will hopefully lower the pressure enough for her to get a better look at a follow-up appointment Saturday.

The drops DO appear to be helping somewhat. About two hours after I put them in, the dilation in his pupils drops dramatically. Without them, his pupils are dilated so much that there's almost no color at all around them, which may be a contributing factor to why he can't see. Too MUCH light.

It is possible, verging on likely, that he'll lose the sight in that eye entirely, and possible but much less likely that he'll lose his left sight as well.

Right now we're focusing on getting the pressure down in his eye so that she can take a better look and see where to go from there. On the plus side, the lack of sight is not affecting him TOO much at the moment. He's moving around the house, though slowly and still bumping into things here and there. He's located the litter box and food/water bowls, so I know that he's eating and eliminating. (I haven't personally witnessed him drinking yet, but he's eating wet food when I put it in front of him, so he's at least getting some liquid.)

And he's learned that when I pat-pat-pat on a surface, he can - ever so tentatively - reach upwards and feel his way through a jump. Down is even more tentative, but he can do it on his own. So, even if the blindness is permanent, he's already proven that he can adapt.

Going outside is the only major worry re: his behavior and habits, but I'm making thoughts about that. I'm contemplating buying/building some sort of pen type of construction, so that he can at least BE outside and in the grass, should that be something he wants to do once he's adapted. Maybe a leash and harness, though that would take a LOT of training.

He's spending a lot of time making sure that he's in the same room as me, which I'm just fine with. I'd want to be close to someone safe and familiar if I suddenly went blind, too! I make certain he can hear me until he settles down for napping and whatnot, and I always speak to him before touching him so he's not startled.

Things aren't entirely bad, and we have options in case this is permanent. So, so far, more positive than negative, I think.

Podfic Fest: Out of the Auditary

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:39 pm
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out of the auditary promo banner

Out of the Auditary is a new, hopefully recurring fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format, such as meta, not!fic, epistolary and chatfic, video game codes entries, fake scientific articles, poetry, and many more! Rules and details are here on AO3; submission deadline is March 23rd!

If you want to promo the fest, just copy & paste this code:

Peak New England

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:09 am
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Me, in fleece pj pants, boots, an X-Men t-shirt and gloves, shoveling the plow pack at the end of my driveway.

(I had a coat, but I started sweating heavily enough that I took it off)


Feb. 21st, 2019 01:35 pm
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Since reveals are up, I can now claim authorship of two treats I posted in Chocolate Box at the instigation of [personal profile] fengirl88 and [personal profile] kalypso:

Suffer a Sea Change

(Grateful acknowledgements to [personal profile] caulkhead and [personal profile] coughingbear for betaing and also expertise in matters nautical.)

Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Gen

"That long line of naval officers, all with their happy ships..."

The name "Marlow" has been a powerful talisman in the Royal Navy for generations. What would it take for that name to change from a blessing to a curse?

On the eve of Nicola Marlow's departure for Britannia Royal Naval College, she and her brother Giles talk.

The Lady of Capensthwaite Hall
Fandom: https://archiveofourown.org/works/17643134
Rating: Teen and Up

(Grateful acknowledgements to [personal profile] caulkhead for betaing.)

Helen, Duchess of Denver is notorious for press-ganging her family into doing favours for her friends and acquaintances and generally rearranging their lives to suit no-one's convenience but her own. But she's overdone it this time, turning a simple request to Peter and Harriet to drop off a package of printers' proofs on their way North to Dumfriesshire into an overnight stay at a remote mansion in the wilds of Westmoreland, their host someone no-one, not even Helen, has met before and whom they only know to be a master of the uncanny tale.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 08:12 am
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The browsing period for Fandom Trumps Hate has started. There are several days left for people to look over the offerings and decide what to bid on. The list of offerings is here: [personal profile] fth2019offerings.

Each post there has links for bidding, but bidding won't start until, I think, the 26th. The posts are, sadly, not alphabetized. I think they're relying on tags for find specific people's offers and for finding offers in specific fandoms.

My particular thread is here. I offered Weiss Kreuz, Chronicles of Narnia (books), and Labyrinth (1986).

I was limited to three fandoms (unless I wanted to offer 'any' which really meant anything at all that the winning bidder wanted me to read/watch/listen to and then write) but am open to negotiation about fandom, especially if it's something I've written before. Any rating (but with details of explicit fic subject to some caveats and negotiation). Length at least 5K words.

I'll post the links again next week. I thought I'd post now so that people can browse a bit to see if there might be other things offered that appeal to them, even if my offer doesn't.


Feb. 20th, 2019 10:41 pm
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My brother just lost his job, so now we're all even more stressed than before. Fluffy animal pics appreciated.

Nirvana in Fire (rewatch), Episode 7

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:35 pm
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I'm on Episode Seven! AKA, "Mei Changsu Knows (Literally) Where the Bodies are Buried".

Things I noticed on this rewatch:
Notes below the cut. )
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Book news! Sarah Kurchak's book deal got announced today. I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder is due out next spring. ^_^

Sarah's a friend, a fantastic writer, and an #OwnVoices autism advocate; I've included lots of her essays in my linkspam posts. (She's on Twitter as [twitter.com profile] fodderfigure.)

What did you recently finish reading?

A small heap of Leigh Bardugo! I went back and reread Shadow and Bone and read Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising all in preparation for reading King of Scars, which I have now also read.

I enjoyed them well enough, and I think King of Scars is noticeably stronger than the original trilogy, but none of them come close to how much I enjoyed Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, which are simply very, very different books.

I've made no progress in my non-fiction books. ^^;

What are you currently reading?

I'm most of the way through E.K. Johnston's new book, The Afterward, and it's wonderful.

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm down to fourth in line for the library ebook of Holly Black's The Lost Sisters novella, and should that ever arrive, I will finally read it and The Wicked King. ([personal profile] wildpear was over tonight and said that she's currently on her second read of The Wicked King, and she's thoroughly in love with it.) But at this rate it may still be another week or two (or a few) before the novella turns up (or before I cave and spend the whopping $4 on it), so I don't know what I'll actually read once I finish The Afterward.

That said, the things I currently have out of the library are vol. 1 of Rainbow Rowell's Runaways series, vol. 1 of The Unstoppable Wasp, and Think Like a Cat: How to raise a well-adjusted cat--not a sour puss. (That last despite the fact that one of the non-fiction books I'm in the middle of is Adventure Cats.)

February shitposting, day 20

Feb. 20th, 2019 08:22 pm
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Today's randomly chosen theme is: motion

Do I talk about Roberts Rules of Order or physics? Or maybe the Force: always in motion, it is. *wry*

The topic is too broad; I will pick a tiny subcategory. Let me talk about walking.

So, I enjoy walking! It is my standard form of exercise, and one that I have sneakily arranged my life around. Admittedly this began as an arrangement of financial necessity, but it's one I perpetuate on purpose. I could probably afford a car (and car insurance, and parking fees, and gas) if I moved somewhere out in the more rural suburbs of Ithaca where housing prices are significantly cheaper, but Ithaca has a pretty damn good public bus system and as mentioned before, I enjoy walking.

It's also a useful way to get around my own mental stumbling blocks. I am bad at doing exercise as a Thing of its own. But if I've set up my life such that I have to walk everywhere I am interested in going (or at least walk to where I can catch a bus), then I get in a bunch of exercise as a necessary byproduct of doing stuff I have to do anyway.

I'm not as good with hills or stairs as I used to be, though. This is because I have taken to walking into town and catching a bus up East Hill instead of walking into town and then walking up the hill, and also because I live in a ground floor apartment rather than a second-floor walk-up. I keep vaguely meaning to do something about that, but as mentioned before, I am bad at doing exercise as a Thing of its own and my lizard brain is perfectly well aware that there are nice comfortable buses to take me up to Collegetown. *sigh*

Managing Twitter

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:28 pm
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I love being on Twitter. Constant stimulation. Jokes zinging right and left. Art and photos from around the world. Checking in with people who I only see once a year at WisCon if I’m lucky.

I hate being on Twitter. Constant stimulation. Terrible things happening world wide, curated for my attention by people I like. As of November 2016, I've been on a total newsfast to maintain my sanity, and there's a LOTS of content that's toxic.

Therefore: three tools that help me interact with Twitter manageably.

Thread Reader App

read and save threads off site )


real-time at your own pace )


superlative iOS client )

Star Trek: Discovery S1 + 2x01-05

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:05 am
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*shows up fifteen minutes late with raktajino*

I've been rewatching bits of season 1 of DSC, and keeping up with season 2, and…I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about Star Trek. It's been a while since I've had a lot of feelings about Star Trek. Rewatching the first season now, I find myself having a lot of thoughts about Lorca, and the way that it's increasingly clear that the first two seasons were designed to complement each other.

Thoughts about Lorca, Star Trek, and the mirror universe )

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Feb. 20th, 2019 12:50 pm
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I overdid yesterday and was hurting and shaky by the time I got home. Resting for several hours got me steady enough to bring laundry up from the basement, but I had to have Scott and Cordelia take out the trash and recycling because of the ice by the back porch (the pavement there is lower than the drive way or the yard and doesn't get much sun).

According to the Ingress tracking I went from 1011 km toward my Trekker badge to 1017 km, so... Erm. It was too cold for that, and I was carrying enough that my lower back got seriously stressed.

I had lunch at Totoro (part of the too much that I was carrying was food for Scott and Cordelia from there), and I delivered the disability review paperwork. Part of the walking around too much was me keeping busy while waiting for the doctor's office to call and tell me if I could drop it off. The other part of me walking around too much was me doing Ingress missions in hopes of getting one of the gold badges I need.

I have a referral to the Kellogg Eye Care Center. They got me in on Monday because they had a cancellation. The doctor at UHS said that I may simply never be able to use progressives and will have to change glasses every time I change distance or do without glasses altogether. The referral to Kellogg is because part of the problem is that I can't make my eyes focus downward and close in. I can get there, but I can't hold it more than a few seconds because it makes the muscles around my eyes (and in my neck) hurt. I'm pretty sure that that is also why I can only make one lens of the progressives work at a time.

At any rate, Scott has Monday off, so he'll be able to take me to the appointment.

My iPhone keeps popping up a request that I log into iTunes. I have no idea what's going on with that. I don't use iTunes on my phone. I very specifically don't want to.

4theWords? + mishmash post

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:28 am
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I'm trying to decide whether I should finally give 4theWords a shot, since right now (until tomorrow) creating an account gives an extra fifteen days on top of the regular free trial. I did the demo the other night, and it seems possible that the site has the kind of elements my brain seems to latch onto, which would be such a perk if it's something I actually want to be doing instead of something I repeatedly discover I've sunk hours into with nothing to show for it.

I know some of you use the site, but I don't remember who. What do you like about it? And on a practical note, a) is it as simple as C&Ping to extract your new text out into your own files? and b) do you have to leave copies of the new words on the site so they'll keep counting towards games/rewards/what have you, or does it just track the words as you write them and not need to otherwise count them?

--This morning I hurried out of bed when the doorbell rang, and the delivery person who'd rung it was driving off by the time I got down to the front door. That's annoyingly typical, but whatever. But oh, this poor package has clearly been through the wars--the box is bent out of shape and covered in tape. And it's not for us. *facepalm* So at some point one of us will have to go drop the poor thing off with the neighbor it actually belongs to, and hope for their sake that the contents are intact. ("It was like this when I got it, I swear." *sighs*)

--I'm not surprised that Jessica Jones has been canceled (along with The Punisher), but I'm heartbroken and worried about season 3, even though the articles I've seen claim that S3 will still air. *frets angrily*

--Last night [personal profile] scruloose and I went out so I could finally get blood taken for (not-urgent) tests that were requisitioned at the beginning of October. >.> just a bit about blood draw--and mostly about tattoos )

So that just leaves one outstanding medical thing I need to look into, which is sleep apnea testing; I have to get in touch with the clinic my GP recommended and ask if I need an appointment to set up testing (which I gather is done with equipment they send home with you) or if I can just drop by with my doctor's note/prescription. Will I get this last thing done before Casual Job revs up a week from tomorrow? TENTERHOOKS.

Five happy-making things make a post!

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:15 pm
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Happymaking thing #1: I got to hang out with my old grad school roomie D (who continues to be The Loveliest Person) on the weekend! She was in town for a workshop and had some free time on Saturday, so we went to get chaat (pani puri omnomnom) and then poked around my awesome local bookstore for YA books she could recommend to the school she teaches at, since they are a fancy-ass private school that has money :D

I was actually super pleasantly surprised by how many more books (especially YA/middle grade) feature or are written by people who aren't White, compared to when I was growing up. Not as many as I'd like, especially in the MG section, but still! Also, my sincere apologies for any harm done to your wallets.

YA: Roshani Choksi's Star-Touched Queen duology, From Twinkle With Love and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Nisha Sharma's My So-Called Bollywood Life, A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena, Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, That Thing Called A Heart and Mariam Sharma Hits The Road by Sheba Karim.

MG: Santayani Dasgupta's The Serpent's Secret, the Mayil series by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran, Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar, Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (oldie but a goodie) and Joy in Coorg by Tilak Ponappa.

Happymaking thing #2: Speaking of books, I actually started tracking my reading this year via a modified Smart Bitches Trashy Books spreadsheet and 10/10, would recommend. Because if I hadn't had my handy spreadsheet, I wouldn't have realised that I finished five books this year and am working on a sixth. Still not where I want to be two-thirds of the way into February, but. Better than how I thought I was doing. (BTW come join us at [community profile] dwbookbingo! It's fun and there will be prizes!)

Happymaking thing #3: In other media... Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga is THE CUTEST and all y'all should watch it post haste. 1) It's a queer Bollywood movie. A queer Bollywood romcom with a happy ending, even. 2) The title is taken from one of the most famous Bollywood love songs ever, and seeing it be used for a same-sex couple is just... oh, my heart. 3) The male lead of that movie, Anil Kapoor, plays the protagonist's father in this one. 4) The protagonist is played by his IRL daughter and their chemistry is amaaaazing 5) The casting is brilliant and pretty much every single character is perfect 6) The love story (which only has a small amount of screentime, which makes sense as this is v much a story about Sweety and her family) is ADORABLE.

Happymaking thing #4: I'm starting Spanish classes soon! I AM EXCITE. A languages teaching institute near my house is starting classes early March, and although I’ve forgotten nearly all of my Spanish it’s going to be fun to pick it back up. Plus I get to be out of the house and see other people \o/

Happymaking thing #5: Hot oil treatments continue to be a delight and also the only thing that keeps my hair at all manageable. For any non-Desis: take some oil (the olive or coconut oil in your kitchen are both fine; no need to faff about with whatever nonsense they’re selling on teh Insta these days), warm it up to reasonably warm but no more than that in a double boiler or in the microwave, apply to your hair, making sure to coat strands and massage it well into your scalp. Put on shower cap and leave for anywhere between twenty minutes to overnight before washing off. You can thank me later.


Feb. 20th, 2019 09:18 am
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Peter Hannam, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald: 'Our little brown rat': first climate change-caused mammal extinction (2019-02-19)
The Morrison government has formally recognised the extinction of a tiny island rodent, the Bramble Cay melomys - the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change.

The changed status of the Melomys rubicola from the government's "endangered" to "extinct" category was included without fanfare in a statement released by federal Environment Minister Melissa Price late on Monday.

Can't figure out how to make the signal boost bookmarklet work on mobile Firefox, bah.

Help finding a source?

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm
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A couple years ago I saw a survey going around that asked fans, "What do you mean when you say you ship something?" It was about the meanings of ship beyond "I think these two will be happy and healthy together forever and ever". I can't find it now. Anyone remember it?

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