Requiescat in Pace

Sep. 20th, 2014 09:55 am
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  • Jackie Cain, singer (Jackie and Roy; Roy died in 2002), who had a particularly fine version of "Lady Madonna" that I used to hear on the station I used to listen to back in the late '60s.

  • George Hamilton IV, singer (I'd heard of him before I'd heard of the actor, and confused the two well into my teen years)

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Sep. 20th, 2014 09:11 am
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 to [personal profile] serene !  See you later today, and best of luck with your Big Adventure!  And may your days be fantastic (unicorn optional).


Sep. 19th, 2014 09:20 pm
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[personal profile] lavendertook
Ye best not forget what day tis is, mateys . . .


. . . or ye be walking the plank in wooden undershorts like this pair yonder . . .


Then you'll be having an intimate understanding of the true origins of the most hallowed saying, "Shiver me timbers," as the most wise [personal profile] grey_wonderer reminds us.

Return of neurontin

Sep. 18th, 2014 03:29 pm
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Took a slightly old gabapentin last night out of total desperation. It went ok. It did its nerve pain relief thing. A relief and yet then i was twitchy and weepy feeling and did not like the side effects. Which thankfully just turned into falling alseep and staying asleep instead of waking up in pain a lot of times. Yay? I still felt in less pain in the morning too. Half a tramadol + tylenol + some coffee (bad idea for stomach, but so helpful) NOw I am back home from the Mountain View office on the couch and still able to work but the pain is very distracting and I am close to the edge of Not Able to Work. I realize this means I need to cool my jets completely for a bit. But I want to go to back to school night. One more thing tonight and then I will cool it for days and days I swear to god. Too much pain. I am making an appointment to renew my Medical Use card and another with my regular doctor to talk about help for worsening ankle(s) and general pain control for my upcoming trip in October. I don't see how I could get through it without serious pain meds at least for night time. I am at the point where I will go beg my doctor for pain drugs, a thing I very much do not like to do. Will work for oxycontin. OK. I find these status updates helpful to look back on someetimes when I forget (near instantly once I bounce out of it) that I just recently had a bout of difficult impairment/pain/whatever. Goal: intervene and stop myself before I hit some sort of rock bottom.

I really don't want to go on nerve pain/ssris long term, it was pretty horrible for me even if it worked for pain. Maybe would consider doing it for a horrible month or two though. Effexor sounds like the pits but it is what the pain clinic recommended i think. Its side effects sound more horrible than cymbalta, which was intolerable.... :(

OR... maybe this leg pain is temporary from the injection and will feel better in a few days. fingers crossed?!
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Abigail Nussbaum has written an excellent, thoughtful essay on the problematic treatment of the character of Mike Peterson on Agents of SHIELD.
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[personal profile] lotesse
Wow reading post-TS-by-BS Sentinel fic is a really different experience once you've started and abandoned a dissertation and an academic career. Damn.

Birthday greetings and felicitations!

Sep. 17th, 2014 01:53 pm
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 To [personal profile] imnotandrei  (yesterday; I was working) and [personal profile] daisydeadhead  (today, but she won't see it here):  Happy birthday and may your day be or have been marvelous (, dahling).

Need pain holiday!

Sep. 17th, 2014 09:25 am
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My injection site/bad leg are truly hideous the last few days. I powered through the weekend on tramadols (about 3 per day plus codeine at night, and i had coffee 3 days in a row on vacation) Now down to only painkiller at night and tylenol in day but today I need to kick that up a few notches. I just want to lie on ice packs/heating pads and writhe around. God.

Lots of meetings today. I would like just a little cup of caffeinated tea....

the cut

Sep. 17th, 2014 02:35 am
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Just sent mail to my daughter:
Cut almost 100 words. Mostly adverbs. Sorry, adverbs.

Young women use a lot of adverbs.

Context is that Nixie is applying for a grant for next year. Her project proposal and personal statement must be no more than 500 words each. They are 700-800 words each. She is too stressed by writing them to be able to see where to cut.

I used to have an image from the endnotes of a scanlation of the first volume of Kaoru Mori's Emma: Kaoru Mori's editor keeps pointing out things that could be cut, and she keeps exclaiming, "But that's the most important part!" I loved that! In the translation that got published in English, she says instead, "But that's very important!" Maybe that is a more accurate translation but it isn't as good.
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[personal profile] lotesse
so I'm kind of freaked about it, but I want to try and go down to Ferguson, MO for the mass mobilization in early October. I've felt so upset and so powerless this last month and a half, and I really want something to DO, some way to be heard. But I've also never done anything like this, and I've been feeling really mentally unwell for a good while now, and I'll admit the idea of going in to the scenes we've seen there scares me to bits. But the powerlessness def. isn't helping with the feeling mentally unwell, and I feel like, if folk don't keep the noise up on this one, justice en't coming. I'm reaching out to rl people, both here and at various academic institutions, to see if anyone wants to ride with me; my undergrad is only about three hrs drive from Ferguson, so something might come of that.

Do y'all have any advice, or experiences that you think would be good for me to hear about? How do I take action and still care for myself?


Sep. 16th, 2014 07:43 am
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Your BOFQ quote of the day!

Sep. 15th, 2014 09:49 pm
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For reasons, I have been thinking a lot about The Man From Uncle today, which led me to look up the reboot movie, which led me to finding out that Henry Cavill has replaced Tom Cruise (WHICH GOOD I HATE TC), which led me to this article on "12 things We Learned from 2014's Summer Movies" (which has a nice shoutout to The Winter Soldier as the year's first big hit, so yay) but also this quote, which made me cry and feel old, and now I hate everybody:
Word on the street says that 2014 was an off year between mega-franchises—that next year will unleash Hollywood’s A-Game. After all, summer 2015 has Avengers: Age of Ultron. And a Jurassic Park reboot starring everyone’s favorite new movie star. And a Fantastic Four movie that didn’t show up to Comic-Con. And a Terminator movie with a funny name. And… oh, um, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remake your grandparents have been asking for.

just begun to write this chapter

Sep. 15th, 2014 12:48 am
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from f-fa: here is a link to an 09 podcast interview with Andy Blake, aka thanfiction, aka Victoria Bitter, from back when no one knew he was the same person as VB. His interview segment starts at about 1:33, and beyond the hillarible accent, the most striking thing is his insistence on presenting himself as the newbiest of newbs - looking up "fan fiction" on the net with his bandmates for a lark, never written a thing before, no experience with fiction - when zie had been in media fandom for more than a decade at that point, actively producing fic in Star Trek: Voyager and Due South and Hornblower and Sharpe and LotR.

it's super weird to hear Andy as a voice; I'm used to hir being this disembodied and now largely ghostly presence, the author of works that zie can no longer claim because zie's killed off the associated personas that originally posted them.

Pretty Good Day

Sep. 13th, 2014 10:26 am
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[personal profile] onyxlynx
  1. Got up. Took weekly pill. Messed with the Internet. Actually got to church.
  2. Ducked out of the Rosary, went home to grab paperwork, went downtown for a drug screening. Yes, a drug screening. For a temp job. At a location really twitchy about security. Representing a company that does business with my mother.
  3. Hiked uptown, visited my bank, heard music. Followed music. Found plaza full of music and one cat dancing.
  4. Danced with cat, who kept trying to lead and to spin me, which didn't work too well, because he was much shorter; I spun him a few times. We were applauded (!) and then I sat down.
  5. No band can go wrong with "My Girl."
  6. Had lunch somewhere in there.
  7. Went home. Found email from [personal profile] irontongue , who was offering opera tickets due to family emergency. Pondered (I knew nothing about the opera in question) and accepted. Changed clothes, put cosmetics on face, missed the first bus, the usual drill.
  8. Arugula is an interesting leafy green, but it is not a favorite. Also, sliders are hamburgers the size (but not the consistency) of a hockey puck. Good to know.
  9. The opera was Susannah, based on Susannah and the Elders, but with divergences. The singing was wonderful. Spoiler, sort of. )
  10. Got a compliment. (For which I probably need to thank Mom, who had suggested gussying up earlier.)
  11. So thanks to Mom and to [ profile] irontonguefor an excellent day.
  12. Should I tuck you in?
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[personal profile] lotesse
I hate dreaming about my ex; I always wake with this terrible burning urge to get back in contact with him, but I won't I won't I won't. He's the problem not the solution. He's the problem not the solution.

I know why I had the dream, though. I was driving home from my sister's at 2:30 last night, and maybe it was because we'd been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender and I was feeling open and forgiving, but passing through the intersection where he and I both went to elementary school, where the highway that curves around the bay connects to the road that leads to both of our parents' homes, I was struck with this massive quantity of remembered tenderness. Enough, I guess, to carry over into my dreams and make me imagine strange and joyful reunions that will never happen.

He was such a big part of my life. I don't know what to do with my memories.

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Sep. 13th, 2014 09:41 am
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 to [personal profile] madshutterbug .  Have an excellent day!

talking to strangers

Sep. 13th, 2014 03:08 am
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I went out to dinner tonight, which I don't usually do on Fridays because it is busy, and it was busy, so I sat at the bar. I usually read at dinner, but the bar was not well lit. There was no one to my left, fortunately (that's my deaf ear). To my right was a child and her mother. When my food came the woman asked what I had ordered, since it smelled so good. We talked about food, theirs and mine. She said she was just telling her daughter how important presentation was; the daughter had turned in a report that was just a mess! I asked the child what grade she was in and agreed that in fourth grade, teachers' expectations really level up.

The child asked the waiter whether he liked crystals, and showed him a crystal she found on the playground. I asked if I could see it too. From that point on the three of us were chatting. I had told the waiter that my son had left for college, since that is what I say these days when people ask how I am, so the woman asked where, and we talked about where we had lived and what we liked about their climates. We talked about math, and educational philosophy, and what we were reading. And when I left, the woman asked me my name, gave me hers, and her phone number, and urged me to call if I was bored or wanted to get a coffee. She said she was really interested in talking to me again.

I can do being charming for a short time -- obviously, since I just did it -- but it is exhausting. I enjoy this kind of conversation while I'm having it, but afterwards, I never want to talk to anyone again. And I certainly can't call her: I feel like such a faker. Not that I said anything that isn't true, but-- that was as much as I usually talk in a week. I am too embarrassed to tell you how high my blood pressure was.

Do you ever feel like this? How do you cope?

Sweet Sixteen

Sep. 12th, 2014 09:14 pm
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[personal profile] lavendertook
I'm sorry to be late, but very happy belated birthday wishes to [personal profile] benedict and [personal profile] ink_gypsy! I hope you had great days.

I wasn't able to throw a kitty party to celebrate Saki's 16th last Thursday until Saturday. But it was a good time, as you can see here:

The birthday paw! You can see Herself surveying her birthday spread. A cupcake and cold cuts all garnished with copious amounts of catnip. For some reason, Saki and Tuxie go wilder over cold cuts than freshly cooked meats, and even Moo, who will touch no fresh meats or cat food except for her One Kibble, partakes of the cold cuts--go figure. So yeah, they had a proper little luncheon party spread.

She's 16, she's beautiful, and I'm hers . . . )
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