Things I want to post about

Jan. 22nd, 2017 04:02 pm
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Going to the Boston Women's March For America yesterday. \o/

Delicious turkey soup variant.

"Fake" vs "Fictional" News, and other media literacy nuances.

What am I actually doing today? Household chores + slumping on the couch with the creeping suspicion I will be going to bed at 7pm for the second night in a row. Being sick = aaaaargh.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jan. 20th, 2017 07:40 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Linkspam can't stop rereading

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Gay Talese @ Esquire: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold
Frank Sinatra, holding a glass of bourbon in one hand and a cigarette in the other, stood in a dark corner of the bar between two attractive but fading blondes who sat waiting for him to say something.

Jeanne Marie Laskasjan @ NYT: To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation
These were people writing, and you’re a person reading, and the president is a person. Just keep remembering that, and you’ll be fine.
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Atul Gawande @ the New Yorker: The Heroism of Incremental Care
Success, therefore, is not about the episodic, momentary victories, though they do play a role. It is about the longer view of incremental steps that produce sustained progress. That, such clinicians argue, is what making a difference really looks like.

[personal profile] siderea: [pols] "hardened against crisis through social programs"
Manufacturing (and exploiting extant) crisis is a way of destabilizing polities and shifting the balance of power. Hardening a society against that line of attack is a matter of civil defense.

Ta-Nehisi Coates @ the Atlantic: My President Was Black
It was birtherism—not trade, not jobs, not isolationism—that launched Trump’s foray into electoral politics.“
It is a quintessentially Obama program—conservative in scope, with impacts that are measurable.

A thing I did!

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:09 pm
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I did a thing! A local activist-y thing, even!

I have been calling so many representatives lately that it has become (slightly) less terrifying and so I decided to contact my local board of representatives about a thing that has been bothering me For Awhile. Namely, that it's really unaffordable to use the local rec centers if you're on, say, disability benefits and yet while there is a very wonderful and deserving senior discount there is no discount for "disabled and poor af". (Another thing that bothers me: only one doctor has ever really acknowledged "I would love to get pool exercise, but it's too expensive" as a real thing.)

I got a response as well! Which is excite. The response was (translated from politics-speak) "huh this sounds like an idea that we would like the photo-ops and political capital from, we never thought of that. we're sending it to the correct department to see if it's in the budget and we'll blame them if we can't make it happen. but thanks for the idea!"

So, we'll see?

If you're interested in sending a similar letter to your own reps, here what I sent with space for specifics for your jurisdiction. It's US-focused since it's based on the US benefits system, but could be adapted for other countries. Places for specifics are marked with [[[parentheses]]] so you can find/replace.

text of letter for your editing pleasure )

php all the things

Jan. 15th, 2017 11:12 pm
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Installing things on Windows through command prompt feels weird.

(no subject)

Jan. 15th, 2017 02:51 pm
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New Year \o/

I have set myself the very small goal of writing 5000 creative words. This doesn't sound like a lot, but it's more about getting back on the wagon for me, since I wrote nothing last year and wasn't in a good position to do so. /o\

I'm planning on signing up for to try and help that happen - nominations are open and here;

So far I've nominated cross manage, hikaru no go and 15: Meisetsu Kougyou Koukou Rugby-bu

3 Good Things, Doubled

Jan. 9th, 2017 08:49 pm
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1. Snow!

1a. I ran on Sunday morning even though it was very, very cold outside, and I did an hour of pro bono shoveling to boot. \o/

2. Saw Hidden Figures over the weekend, and it was amazing. [personal profile] thedeadparrot has a neat writeup here.

2a. I've been having a lot of feels about space and the history of women-as-computers this week. I keep rereading Sofia Samatar's poem Girl Hours ("The body is a computer") and thinking about distances in time and space and social constructions of reality ("to travel /where distance is no longer measured in miles but in lifetimes, /in epochs, in breaths, in light years, in girl hours"): 1961 was really not that long ago. Thinking too about periods of retrograde motion, and parabolas of escape from Euclidean metaphors of history - we need better geometries of justice and social efficacy. It feels like it's time again to pick up Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science from where I left off last year to finish my degree.

3. I tend more toward Quarterly Intentions than New Year's Resolutions, but here's one resolution I'm holding to: my yuletide mess has the seed of a damn good fic, and it's worth however many rounds of rewriting it takes to get it to sing coherently for posting to the NYR '17 collection.

3a. I will also do my best to make a few minutes every day to listen to myself, and be both kind and ruthlessly about picking myself back up however many times it takes. Figuring out a walking meditation route to do before work has been a good restart.


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