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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2017-05-28 18:42
Security: Public
Tags:film, inveterate reader of the graun, mush
Subject: [film] La tortue rouge (The Red Turtle) (2016)

The Red Turtle is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Oscar-winning British-Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Having premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it's had a general release in the UK this week. [personal profile] me_and spotted a poster in one of our local stations; I've just started showing him the Studio Ghibli back catalogue; he suggested going. (It's Ghibli! It's turtles! These seemed like good things.)

The Guardian, in one of many rapturous reviews, says:

Suffice to say that the official one-line synopsis of The Red Turtle – "the milestones in the life of a human being" – rings entirely true; the cycle of birth, death and rebirth is expressed with piercing clarity.


... which is sort of accurate, but very telling about expected audiences, and reviewers, and... everyone involved in the thing.

'ware spoilers! )

To be clear, I'm glad that I saw it: I loved the animals and the textures and the ways in which one got to know the small island; I loved the atmosphere and the great sweeping shots of tiny people against a vast expanse of sea and sky; I loved the detail of the glass bottle that washed up on the shore, echoing a much earlier barrel.

I just really wish that it didn't, in framing itself as universal, once again write the experiences of anyone who's not a factory-default man completely out of the story.

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2017-05-28 18:22
Security: Public
Tags:politics, t, the personal is political
Subject: Articulating my thoughts on that terrible LD poster

Prompted by having received an utterly anodyne response from the party that completely ignored all of the actual issues I raised.

So, with content notes for transmisogyny and transmisogynist violence, here's the very brief summary of why -- regardless of party leadership's opinion on that matter -- that poster is Not Okay. (Yes, I have explained this in painstaking detail in reply to the e-mail from the party.)

Read more... )

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-05-27 20:06
Security: Public
Tags:challenge: jukebox_fest
Subject: (no subject)

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-27 18:06
Security: Public
Tags:89˚f/ 32˚c
Subject: Middle fucking way, my foot

More often than I'd care to admit, the Intern provokes some really strong emotional response in me. We have strong ups and downs, with deep and powerful emotional encounters both positive and negative.

We aren't dating and don't intend to do so again. But we still have these tempestuous eddies that neither of us seem to mind.

This is part of why I find the Quaker girl so appealing. She does not provoke the same deep emotional responses, but that feels good. It really feels nice not to travel to the extremes of both joy and anger for once. (I'm quite angry with the Intern right now, and it's fairly fresh. This means I'm more likely to curse about him.) There is something very powerful and soothing about having a more placid relationship in the middle way. Maybe this is more sane. Maybe this is more adult. Maybe this is the correct way of dealing. Maybe this is something I could sustain instead of a fiery passion that will burn out from lack of fuel.

At least that's what I'm telling myself. That the pleasant and peaceful conservation of energy that is the middle way might actually last a fucking lifetime.

Jesus.

(Here is where I wander off, muttering in anger.)

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2017-05-27 16:59
Security: Public
Music:Clapton/King: Hold On, I'm Coming
Mood:surprised surprised
Subject: bzuh

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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2017-05-27 14:39
Security: Public
Tags:charity, wiscon
Subject: at WisCon

I'm at WisCon right now, and leaving early Monday morning! Right now I'm preparing for the Tiptree Auction, which is tonight, about 7:30pm-9:15pm. I am not on any panels this year. Please feel free to say hi if you see me!

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-05-27 11:23
Security: Public
Tags:kitty
Subject: (no subject)

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The Wild Beyond
User: [personal profile] rebelsheart
Date: 2017-05-26 19:39
Security: Public
Mood:drained drained
Tags:work
Subject: Worn Out

My manager's last day was St. Patrick's Day - this was planned, though there was only a week's notice. The departure of my fellow contractor that day was not planned, nor his idea.

I spent the next week being solo primary coverage for roughly 250-300 users.

I got a new coworker (contractor) on March 27. At the end of that week, the rumor mill indicated the woman I'd been brought on board to cover for in May 2016 while she was out for an unknown period of time due to a medical issue related to a car accident would be returning. She did so on June 5, as our director - the only full-time IT person left in the state - was travelling for work until then. The returning FTE worked 2 hours aday for her first two weeks, adding two hours a day every two weeks, until returning to 8 hour days last week.

Upon her return, there was understandable concern about the longevity of employment of the new contractor - the job had been done by two field agents and their manager for years without issue. There was also a general consensus that had we had warning of the FTE's return, another contractor would probably have not been brought in.

We are currently very grateful to have 3 of us. Since the FTE's return (back when she was on limited hours), there have only been 3 weeks where I did not work OT and those were due to an illness, an interview, and weather. Had I not lost time those weeks, I would have likely had OT then as well. I had 43 hours this week, and I left 2 hours early today thanks to the holiday weekend.

I'm okay with occasional overtime, but right now three of us can't keep up and we're all wearing thin. Worse, I feel like the FTE and I are wearing thin with the other contractor because he's not where I was after 2 months.

Work is wearing me out, and it's eating into my already limited social life. I've been tempted to go to bed for 30 minutes now... and it's not quite 7:45 PM.

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masquerading as a man with a reason
User: [personal profile] ysobel
Date: 2017-05-25 21:26
Security: Public
Tags:brainstuff, duolingo, german, teaching myself things
Subject: Languages redux

Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by https://www.rocketlanguages.com/ which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-25 22:29
Security: Public
Tags:74˚f/ 23˚c
Subject: SEX VIKING

I bought a girl a drink at a bar tonight, and the cook described her as a sex viking. A sex viking! Of all things to be, that's a damn fine one! I would like to be that thing!

(Okay, maybe not. Pillage and burn, leave no survivors. That's probably not a good dating ethos. But whatever.)

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echan
User: [personal profile] echan
Date: 2017-05-25 19:21
Security: Public
Subject: moving weirdness

[personal profile] jmtorres and I are moving to a penthouse apartment in our current building, which was not at all the plan, but it was the winner in terms of low rent reasonable floorplan and non-insane building management.

But still: penthouse. Comes with the benefit of appeasing my very childish impulse that getting off the elevator on a higher floor than other people makes you more important.

The sign for the apartment says "Penthouse 1308". Mail is routinely delivered using "1308" or, more pretentiously, "PH08". Amazon 'corrected' the unit number to "Ph 1308". The power company, and only the power company, insists on using "PH8" which we only figured out after much back and forth.

The mailbox was overflowing when I checked it, and judging by all the election fliers it hadn't been emptied in at least two months. There was a small shipping envelope that was actually addressed to another unit, had been delivered wrong. I was uncertain, at 6am when I checked the mail and found this, how to deliver it to the other unit without making it appear that I had kept it from them for however many weeks it had sat in that mailbox. I went to bed to figure it out later and when I woke up [personal profile] jmtorres had already taken it to building management to handle, because she is wiser than me.

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2017-05-25 17:11
Security: Public
Tags:!essay: feminism, abuse, empathy, feminism, willful ignorance
Subject: Reflexive vs. reflective empathy, and why I get upset with people

I think it might be important to distinguish between reflexive and reflective empathy. They're terms that I just made up (or maybe remembered from somewhere?), but I feel there's a difference, in that one is a reflex and one is a skill. It's not a moral failing to lack a particular reflex, but if people are hurt because you aren't willing to understand what they're going through, that is a very bad thing.

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2017-05-25 01:28
Security: Public
Tags:anxiety, battletech, capitalism, consumerism, finances, mormonism, paizo, pathfinder, personal, religion, warhammer 40000
Subject: The Church of Paizo and Pathfinder

I'm starting to see game consoles, e-readers, and even franchises like Pathfinder and Warhammer 40,000 differently. They all have built-in stores, in a sense, but they also want to be your whole lifestyle, or even your religion.

Money, consumerism, anxiety, and abandonment )

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2017-05-24 20:47
Security: Public
Subject: feeling the Jack/Daniel SG-1 love

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masquerading as a man with a reason
User: [personal profile] ysobel
Date: 2017-05-24 11:48
Security: Public
Tags:personal: health
Subject: So very subtle, brain

I started to suspect part of my fatigue and brain fog problem right now may be a UTI -- no pain, very few of the usual symptoms, but cloudy pee that smells funny is not a good sign -- and I've been wondering if I should message my doctor and see if I can get tested and, assuming I do have one, get on antibiotics. I don’t like taking antibiotics, but I’ve suspected possible UTI for at least a week and it’s not going away on its own, and it’s probably not a good idea to let an infection go untreated just because it’s not painful.

Then last night I had a dream where I took Monkey to a specialized vet because -- and my subconscious is being super subtle here -- I had two weeks earlier taken her to my regular vet, who thought she had a UTI but there were two tests and one said yes and one said no so they weren’t sure but suggested I go to this other place, but I waited until after I got back from a week-long trip that included going to some sort of conference; and the new vet was yelling at me about how I needed to take better care of my cat, I should have canceled the trip and brought her in right away, blah blah blah.

No cats were harmed in the making of this dream, but, like I said: subtle. I wonder what it means...

(Called my doctor’s office, which was a hassle and a half -- partly because I don’t have most of the typical UTI symptoms like pain or burning or urgency, partly because they kept wanting me to make an appointment and I kept having to say “I am disabled and can’t give a urine sample at the doctor’s office, she’s going to want a urine test anyway so I should do that first, I’m fine with making an appointment but I want to get the urine test done first yes I fucking well ‘have trouble walking’ I am in a fucking wheelchair and can’t fucking use regular toilets what the fuck (paraphrased; I didn’t swear), my doctor is familiar with my circumstances please just send her a message” -- it would have been less work to message her myself (“suspect uti, please order test”) but that doesn’t always get seen the same day. We shall see what happens.)

#

In other news: For all that I am way behind on making the yarny stuff I want to make, I find myself wanting to make a small stuffed bunny for someone I’ve never met. (I don’t remember if I posted here or not about the 11 year old girl with FOP that was in ICU because of complications of parainfluenza and FOP-created scoliosis, and she had to be intubated, which can cause FOP issues but was kind of a Hail Mary as it was? She’s still in the PICU and will be for a while, but she’s doing better; got extubated yesterday and is on bipap, and in much better shape, though there’s still a long way to go. I asked her mom what her favorite animal and color are (bunnies/turkeys and pink/purple respectively) because I just … I don’t know, want to do something for her. And a crocheted pink bunny seems doable?)

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-23 23:58
Security: Public
Tags:75˚f/ 24˚c
Subject: Cool dude


Looking fly at the World of Coke in Atlanta, GA

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-23 23:39
Security: Public
Tags:75˚f/ 24˚c
Subject: Growth.

It turns out that my hot mess of a friend known as the Med Student dared to graduate this weekend. Yes, how dare he. That means his blog name has to change.

Per his request, the Med Student will be known as the Intern for the next year. Then he'll be known as the Resident for three years. After that, we'll go with the Fellow for a year...and maybe, if I'm still stupid enough to be blogging in 5 years, he'll be the Doctor.

Did you follow? The Med Student --> the Intern.
Now he's fancy.

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The Wild Beyond
User: [personal profile] rebelsheart
Date: 2017-05-23 21:10
Security: Public
Tags:haiku, poetry, writing
Subject: Haiku

Legends dream of peace.
Awakened in maelstroms,
their fury brings calm.

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-05-23 13:20
Security: Public
Tags:todo tada
Subject: (no subject)

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lady sporky rat of the ms holding and sporkington
User: [personal profile] sporky_rat
Date: 2017-05-23 10:34
Security: Public
Music:Survival Lilly - Building a Fire Reflector with Stones
Mood:worried worried
Location:Rat te Kāinga
Tags:cats are the deities of the internet, cats: nero, disability, health: major general, sca: a herald's work is never done, sca: camping out in the wilderness, the idiot lantern: major general
Subject: one foot in front of the other

I am very much worried about Nero. Right now he's at Dr Ebers' and there's probably going to be bloodwork and x-rays and I am worried about the big lug. I love that cat. He has come so far in such a short time from the cat he had been. He loves having his ears scratched and his head kissed and sleeping between me and his human. (I'm his human's human. That's about how he puts up with me.)

I want him to be okay.

I am currently avoiding all the panic that is percolating in my brain by watching Survival Lilly on YouTube in Austria build herself outdoor shelters. It helps. (She also has an adorable dog that loves to wallow in dirt and leaves.) It's very interesting to see how people in Europe build outdoor shelters versus what you would down here in South Mississippi. There you can use conifer branches and whatnot, but here it's more pine brances and they don't work well or cedar and that's sometimes hard to find where you can reach it.

We had water in the house again since it rained a lot.

Crown List was last weekend. It was held at the State Park near Shreveport - we have James and Joan as Prince and Princess again. I need to go do some research for their names because they don't have registered names or devices. I put up my canopy for the first time and I need to seal the seams on it. Wow do I. I also made a Lemon Bliss Cake and it was fine. Gaius made a deep-fried turkey for his Crown List people and shared with us other Heralds and that and my cake were divine. My Heraldic Boss (Brendan) fell in love with my large thick felt hat. If you wear glasses, a thick felt hat is wonderful because it keeps your glasses from getting spotty in the rain. Brent bought it several years ago at Acadiana or Scharborough Fair.

I should never get a top bunk again. It gets very difficult to get up and down from there.

I got a mole removed yesterday. Dr Rose is pretty sure there isn't anything wrong with it; it was one of those moles that's right at the waistband of your underwear or trousers or skirts and always gets rubbed on so it itches or gets rubbed raw occasionally. (I hate those moles.) So she took it right off then and there. I like lidocaine - yes, it stings at first, but then the lidocaine makes the sting of the lidocaine go away. Win win!

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