( List of books behind the cut )
2. I've been slow to admit to myself that my baseline anxiety has been cranked to high these last two months. My mother, self-elected president of Get 'Er Done & No Excuses, pointed out that finally finishing up my degree this fall marks a big transition, and it's normal to feel anxiety about big transitions. Oh. I think I've got so used to pathologizing my lows that I forget they can also be normal reactions to stuff happening in my life. Anyone who feels comfortable sharing, how do you cope with experiencing anxiety? When do you make space for it, and when do you push it away?
3. ( When I was a kid, I used to reread certain books periodically until some inner threshold of desired reliving was satisfied... ) As I've aged, and my time for reading has shrunk, I reread much less, and I tend to do my rereading in spurts — no rereading at all for months to years upon years, then suddenly I'll feel compelled to devour Collin's the Moonstone or the entirety of Bujold' Vorkosigan saga one after the other as if there was some timer in the back of my head ticking down to when I'd forgotten enough details of key plot points and/or accumulated enough new life experience to revisit a particular book or series with fresh eyes.
Do you reread things? If so, what kinds of things — are there particular books, fic, comments or emails, poems, [insert written thing here], you feel especially drawn to revisiting? Do you tend to reread stuff when [X] happens, you feel [Y], just because, something else entirely?
ETA, 7-2-2015: And so they did, the day after I wrote this. Unfortunately I'm Internet-less until further notice - possibly until the beginning of next week - so I can't download the new .ISO just yet.
If I see one more article about another Windows 10 leaked build I'm going to stop going online until RTM ships. I've played with 10130, examined its guts, researched Cortana so extensively I know it right down to its files (the registry's another matter; much harder because more new entries/more new names because Windows 10 is built on 8/7/Vista/XP/2000/ME /'98/'95/3.1 which is built on freaking DOS which, by the way, with correct application support still runs on your Windows 10 rig/blah blah blah), written all the how-tos that solidify her key shortcuts, hacked the registry to 1) make the entire OS black (don't try this if you don't want Spartan to only partially take on black background and white menu option and address bar effects; it renders Spartan visually unusable on 10130 - it otherwise works without a hitch, though, to turn the entire OS black), 2) make the taskbar show only tiny icons, 3) make the taskbar display tabs instead of icons on open applications, 4) disable transparency, 5) enable taskbar thumbnails, and so many other hacks that I already forget most of them. How I love the registry. That comes with any version of Windows. I could just hack away within it forever.
But anyway, done that, got the t-shirt, and now I'm bored, just as Onuora [disclosure: I'm on his mailing list] is waxing poetic about how great the latest leaked build is - he's even showing screencaps featuring English-encoded apps, but the leaked build is supposedly only available in Chinese so this leads me to ask: a) how did he do that and b) where is the English version and c) more importantly, you folks at Microsoft know Insiders are downloading leaked builds (who else would be crazy and determined enough to except for maybe tech bloggers like Onuora?) and d) most importantly, why would you want us to when "we" are your own Beta testers? At least give us a legitimate release build to work with instead of some Bittorrented crap. I don't download leaked builds because I just don't, but too many avid Insiders posting constant feedback and voting on other's feedback just as constantly deserve better than the Chinese version of something you obviously don't want us to have even if tech bloggers who install it think it's so great. We've worked hard and diligently as Beta testers and deserve better. Release
the hounds another build, already.
I had to google it, and just my luck, the results confirm it's not possible for squirrels to burp. Unfortunately, this little guy - or gal - or heck, can squirrels have multiple gender identities? If so, what do I call it without asking what it prefers? Is it alright to call it "it", or does this offend someone, or is it imagined that if the squirrel could understand it would offend the squirrel? I mean, do we have to do this again, only for squirrels this time? Anyway, it burped, and unfortunately (as I was going to say before I went off on a tangent about squirrel gender identity) I didn't have time to catch it on camera. But I swear, it burped.
But only after the squirrel drove my cat nearly insane by hanging upside down under the dining room roof eave for many minutes in between bursts of running at top speeds, then freezing before hanging upside down again did it finally - and quite unexpectedly, as it hadn't been eating anything I could see - let out this burp. Are squirrels related to bats, by any chance? I thought my cat would hyperventilate or have an actual heart attack. He was standing under the squirrel, up high on a built-in shelf, with his eyes ready to pop out of his head while he literally beat the shelf with his left paw, he was so frustrated by it. All he wanted was to get that squirrel.