The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.
This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*
Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.
*heads off to share the love*
Premiered at FilKONtario!
Friends, I'd like to talk to you about elitism.
Around the world, there are professional organizations such as the A.M.A., the B.M.A., and the C.M.A. -- respectively, the American, British, and Canadian Medical Associations. The Bundesärztekammer, or B.Ä.K.; that is, the German Medical Association. These, and other groups around the world, work to restrict terms such as "Medical Doctor" and "Doctor of Medicine" to those privileged few who not only have the means to attend medical school, but also are lucky enough to graduate.
But friends, you don't have to meekly accept this situation. You can push back. You have the power in your hands... and in your keyboards.
Do It To Yourself
(© Joel Polowin, 2019; TTO: "Do It Yourself" by Bill Sutton)
I went to see my doctor, and she told me with alarm
The surgery I wanted would just do me awful harm
So I turned to my computer, and I learned without regret
That you can be a doctor with the stuff that's on the net
A.M.A., B.M.A., C.M.A., and W.H.O.
B.Ä.K. and M.S.F. and others you may know
The medical monopoly, they want you to forget
That you can be a doctor with the stuff that's on the net
The first step is diagnosis, diagnosis is a breeze
'Cause Doctor Google helps identifying your disease
You just type in ev'ry symptom you might be concerned about
Then click "I'm Feeling Lucky", and you've got what it spits out
You might be wanting bloodwork, though getting it's a pain
There's lots of information lurking there inside your veins
So go log in to FaceBook, and click the links therefrom:
There's experts standing by to help at MeetRealVamps.com
And then there's medications, you can buy them all on-line
And in practically no time, they'll have you feeling fine
Read through all the testimonials and what they say to do
'Cause if they worked for someone else, they must be good for you
Another thing a doctor needs is radiology
For that you'll need a source of radioactivity
Kijiji and Freecycle let you get your hands on some:
A bunch of dying smoke detectors' americium
If you want to do some surgery, you need make no mistake
With Doctor YouTube there to show you ev'ry move to make
Start out with warts and hangnails, then get a cordless drill
'Cause autotrepanation's good for showing off your skill [bzzzzz!]
Last you'll need to have diplomas before you can be done
From sev-er-al pres-tig-ious on-line in-sti-tu-ti-ons
With a bunch of them up on your wall and more upon your shelf
You've ev'rything you need to be in practise for yourself
A few notes...
First: ALL OF THAT ADVICE IS BAD. DO NOT FOLLOW ANY OF THOSE SUGGESTIONS.
Second: As of this writing, there is no "MeetRealVamps.com". "MeetRealVampires", though, yes.
Third: Smoke detectors and their americium are not the most effective/efficient really stupidly dangerous way to get your hands on radioactive material. A good candidate for that questionable distinction might involve "FiestaWare". I will leave the details to the interested student, and strictly disavow any responsibility.
Fourth: Trepanation, or trepanning, refers to drilling a hole in someone's skull -- a necessary part of many forms of brain surgery, treatment of hydrocephalus, not to mention demon eviction. Autotrepanation (AKA autotrephanation) is the process of drilling one's own
And yes, there have been YouTube videos.
I had some fixes I wanted to attempt and it looked like the Dreamhack service might be sleeping or something, so I put together an automated way to bring up a Dreamwidth dev server.
It seems to be in decent working order now, so I'd love it if some other people could give it a try and suggest improvements!
One caveat: make sure the
develop branch on your fork (or whatever branch you set it to check out) is recent enough that #2412 is merged.
It's Friday! And unlike last time, I'm actually around to do this post! (I had to ask Pau to make the post last time as I wasn't available to do it.)
If you have any links that you'd like to share but don't want to devote a post to them, or want to make a comment anonymously, please feel free in this post! And if you see a link/comment that you want to discuss, please feel free to continue the conversation in the comments. <3
|free_speech (posted by sophie)
|Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content
Several URLs on the Internet Archive were reported as terrorist content, and there's a proposed EU law that would require such content to be taken down within one hour. The link goes into detail as to why this is a very bad idea, as well as showing just how broad the report was.
I. and I are scheduled for a concert at FilKONtario, the first event on Friday evening. The portable keyboard that she uses is adequate for basic practising but not very good: 5 octaves, no pedals, and no touch sensitivity (the strength which a key is struck with doesn't affect its volume). Will anyone be there with a better keyboard that we might use?
We could also use an accompanist on keyboard for one of I.'s songs, so that she could play violin.
For ten years of open beta. :)
My house (telecommuters welcome), details per previous iterations of same, will update this post with More Of Them just wanting to announce ASAP now that I've actually agreed blocking out the weekend with my housemate.
Two more of my songs from my old tape Shrink Wrap Blues are now up on SoundCloud: