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I saw this New Yorker article recced by [personal profile] musesfool on my Network page.

Citizen Khan: Behind a Muslim community in northern Wyoming lies one enterprising man—and countless tamales.

It's a fascinating story about an immigrant entrepreneur in the early 1900s, the Islamophobia faced by his modern-day descendants, and the 1890s tamale fad.

Well, that's just peachy.

Jul. 29th, 2016 08:54
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The person who was on tap to plan the end of year luncheon with me has now dropped out, leaving me as the sole luncheon planner.

We play games every year. Everyone but me loves super competitive games. I like collaborative games.

I have no clue. I can plan the food part! But party games for adults? I am terrible at them. Terrible.

Gym update

Jul. 29th, 2016 08:37
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The gym is closed next week, as I might have mentioned. We shall see how much I can motivate myself to exercise anyway.

Last night, I went a bit overboard. After two weeks off, on Tuesday I stopped after the weights. Last night, I forced myself to get back on the elliptical after weights, distracting myself with the DNC; I ended up at 1.80 miles instead of 2 or a bit above. It felt good to sweat, and then to stretch out my legs.

Along with 105 bench press and (machine) seated row, I moved up to 300 on the Seated Leg Press because I thought I wasn't going to get a squat rack. It was easier than I'd thought (I moved up from 275), but I will find out the truth of that later today. Then, of course, a rack opened up. I tried using less weight but springing upwards with more energy, which was a workout! I think I'll try that again. I also did some triceps exercises with dumbbells.

I wore myself out, and felt very satisfied to do so.

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Jul. 29th, 2016 09:45
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I finished my WIP Big Bang story after 10:30 last night. My original plan for the story had been for something much longer that ended with Jadis’s death. Then Cordelia’s dislocated knee happened in March, and all of the stress and freak out of May and early June meant I couldn’t write then either. I think this way actually works better because having two or three separate stories means I can switch points of view and focus.

I’m at 6000 words for the month of July with three days left to go. I don’t know that I’m willing to work as hard as would be necessary to write the remaining 4000 words to reach my Camp NaNo goal.

I got to bed around 12:30 last night and didn’t sleep all that well. That’s not entirely true. I slept well up until about 6:30 and then couldn’t get back to sleep again. I had expected more trouble toward the beginning of the night because I had a cup of caffeinated tea with honey around 9:30 last night when I wasn’t sure how late I’d have to stay up, just that I needed to be awake until I was done. Caffeine doesn’t tend to keep me awake except in as much as it’s hard to fall asleep when I have to keep getting up to use the toilet. I would have preferred eating something to having tea, but it was late enough that there really wasn’t much I could safely eat. Pretzels might have been safe or some form of purely sugar candy, but we had no candy, and I didn’t think of pretzels because I don’t like them all that much. The rationale for having tea was largely as a sugar delivery vehicle because I couldn’t stomach a spoonful of honey.

We went to Target last night to look for a bathing suit bottom for Cordelia. She didn’t like any of the official bathing suit things available because they were all too short. We ended finding some shorts made of moisture wicking fabric. She didn’t think they were quite long enough, either, but they were acceptable for now, and the longer things (capri type things) she tried, she also didn’t like.

We also bought a couple of DVDs, a book for Cordelia, and a mop and broom, also for Cordelia, because the cleaning lady wants Cordelia to have her own implements when she starts teaching Cordelia about sweeping and mopping. Scott got a game (on sale) that he really wanted. He hasn’t decided whether to keep it or to put it aside as a Christmas present for our local nephew. We also got some protein bars because we will want them in Chicago, and they’re only about 3/4 the price at Target as they are at Kroger.

Scott is working twelve hours today, 7 to 7, and eight hours tomorrow, 7-3. He told me that the only way he could have gotten out of the 7-3 tomorrow was by volunteering to work 3-7 in the morning tomorrow. That seems like something that ought to be illegal, but apparently it would be legal if he volunteered for it. They just can’t ask him or require him to work more than twelve hours in twenty four.

We have friends who are having a cookout tomorrow, but we won’t be able to go. With Scott working, we can’t do that and also get all of the trip preparation done. We need to get to the library (I might try going there today, but I’m not sure I’ll be up to it) and to Kroger. I think there’s something else we need to do, too, but I can’t think what it is.

Today, I need to print all of those directions for getting around Chicago. I need to find a suitcase and start packing my clothes. I should call my brother and make sure he knows we’ll be stopping in Lawton for lunch on Sunday. I’m not sure it will occur to our parents to tell him, and Lawton is only twenty minutes from where he lives. I’m pretty sure I’ve got at least half a dozen other things I need to do in terms of trip preparation, but I’m kind of blanking on them at the moment. Maybe I can manage a nap now that I’ve been up for an hour. That works sometimes.

Friday Favs 7/29/16

Jul. 29th, 2016 13:00
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Posted by Jen

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:

 

Val's friends ordered her a Kansas University cake, with "Go Jayhawks!" on it. There was a little mix-up with the "KU" at the top, though:

Give it a sec.

(When in doubt, always add ellipses.)

 

This bride and groom ordered a small wedding cake, plus a matching sheet cake to go on the side.

Technically, I guess they DO match:

 

And finally, things that make you go:

 

Thanks to Brian H., Angie S., & Cheryl C. for discovering 2 out of 3 emojis love dog poop.

*****

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- Reading, books 2016, 129.

Night and Day, Hapgood, and Indian Ink. )

113. The Invention of Love, by Tom Stoppard, 1997, play. Odd that a play ostensibly about homosexuality stars a historical character who was to all appearances asexual and one of the world's best known bisexuals, lol. Note: anyone who believes Housman was a "repressed" [anything] needs to re/read his poems and criticism of other scholars. (4/5)

• At this point I developed an urge for very literally interpreted Unseen University fic: "This morning I had cause to have typewritten an autograph letter I wrote to the father of a certain undergraduate.  The copy as I received it asserted that the Master of Balliol had a solemn duty to stamp out unnatural mice."

• "Eros, which I suppose we may translate as extreme spooniness; showers of kisses and unblemished thighs." [...] "The Loves of Achilles: more spooniness than you'd find in a cutlery drawer [...]"

• According to the words put into AEH's mouth, Sappho also didn't exist (which is especially ironic as she was namechecked about 25 pages earlier) so perhaps Joanna Russ' How To Suppress Women's Writing requires another category: she wrote it but she was bisexual and bisexuals don't exist so neither does their writing. Although, to be fair, logical argument is not Mr Stoppard's metier, and he's better at linguistic games with cheap appeals to emotionality, which works well for portraying Housman (who claimed he believed art/poetry is for emotional appeal ahead of intellect).

AEH: "Oh, yes, there'd been songs ... valentines - mostly in Greek, often charming ... but the self-advertisement of farce and folly, love as abject slavery and all out war - madness, disease, the whole catastrophe owned up to and written in the metre - no; that was new."

By AE Housman, first published posthumously in 1937

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists?
And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists?
And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air?
Oh they’re taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

‘Tis a shame to human nature, such a head of hair as his;
In the good old time ‘twas hanging for the colour that it is;
Though hanging isn’t bad enough and flaying would be fair
For the nameless and abominable colour of his hair.

Oh a deal of pains he’s taken and a pretty price he’s paid
To hide his poll or dye it of a mentionable shade;
But they’ve pulled the beggar’s hat off for the world to see and stare,
And they’re haling him to justice for the colour of his hair.

Now ‘tis oakum for his fingers and the treadmill for his feet
And the quarry-gang on Portland in the cold and in the heat,
And between his spells of labour in the time he has to spare
He can curse the God that made him for the colour of his hair.
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Posted by Fred Clark

Wherein both the authors and their heroes grow so bored with the London conspiracy subplot that they all decide to just kind of drop it, without ever explaining or apparently even wondering what it is that this conspiracy was conspiring to do. Also too, we learn more about nefarious polyglot Nicolae Carpathia, but it's still not clear whether he looks more like Bill McKay or The Electric Horseman.

The Situation Ain't Me

Jul. 29th, 2016 08:22
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Posted by Dave Hingsburger

"I'd curious, do you blame God, or genetics or your own poor health habits for your present situation?"

I was reading an article on the stabbings of disabled people in Japan, an act of domestic terrorism, and a hate crime targeting those of us with disabilities. The article was written by a person with a disability, you could tell that simply because the terms 'hate crime' and 'domestic terrorism' were used. I still have not seen those terms used in mainstream media written by a non-disabled person. I DID see an article in the Japan times using the term 'mercy killings.' So there we have the great divide, those of us in the disability community and those who simply see us, to greater and lesser degrees, as burdens of one kind or another.

I read comments here on my blog and on my Facebook page with great interest and curiosity, I like seeing how this community of readers and those with whom we have agreed to call ourselves 'friends' on Facebook react. In both places, there are wonderful people who discuss, disagree and sometimes debate issues and topics that I raise. But, reading comments in other forums is a very different thing.

For example, I posted a video of one of the mother's who's son died in the Orlando massacre at the Pulse nightclub as she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. I went to the comments and was shocked at the hate and the vitriol aimed at her. People even claimed that the massacre never actually happened but was staged by the anti-gun people. Mostly the called her the 'B' word, mostly they accused her of simply being a bad actress paid for the performance. Mostly they assaulted her in any way, using any argument they could. I get very cold when I read these kinds of remarks.

The same was true when I read the remarks of a disabled writer writing about a disabled issue and bringing in a disability lens. I was shocked. The attack on the writer was astonishing. Oddly they'd attack him, verbally victimize him and then challenge him on playing the victim card. Wow. But one of the comments that struck me was the one I opened with.

"I'd curious, do you blame God, or genetics or your own poor health habits for your present situation?"

Hmmm.

 The reader simply didn't get the situation. The situation, as in the case of the murders in Japan, which was the topic discussed, isn't disability. The situation is the atmosphere of prejudice, ableism and disphobia in which people live. The situation is the lack of access not only to buildings, to justice and to simple respect, not the disability at all. The 'situation' that transgender people find themselves in, when confronted by a gang of bigots with weapons on a street, isn't the fact that the person is transgendered, it's the fact that there are people with weapons on the street.

The present situation is something that we as disabled people experience is something that I'd dearly like to discuss. But how can that conversation be had with people who think that we, ourselves, are the situation? How can we speak with people who filter our words through pity and hatred? How can we be heard above the white noise that our difference and our disability create in the minds of those who believe that the noise is cause by our discordant lives rather than their disgust at our bodies?

How?

God?

Genetics?

Health Habits?

No, buddy, you ... you are the situation.
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Posted by Bruce Schneier

Russia was behind the hacks into the Democratic National Committee's computer network that led to the release of thousands of internal emails just before the party's convention began, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded.

The FBI is investigating. WikiLeaks promises there is more data to come. The political nature of this cyberattack means that Democrats and Republicans are trying to spin this as much as possible. Even so, we have to accept that someone is attacking our nation's computer systems in an apparent attempt to influence a presidential election. This kind of cyberattack targets the very core of our democratic process. And it points to the possibility of an even worse problem in November ­ that our election systems and our voting machines could be vulnerable to a similar attack.

If the intelligence community has indeed ascertained that Russia is to blame, our government needs to decide what to do in response. This is difficult because the attacks are politically partisan, but it is essential. If foreign governments learn that they can influence our elections with impunity, this opens the door for future manipulations, both document thefts and dumps like this one that we see and more subtle manipulations that we don't see.

Retaliation is politically fraught and could have serious consequences, but this is an attack against our democracy. We need to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin in some way ­ politically, economically or in cyberspace ­ and make it clear that we will not tolerate this kind of interference by any government. Regardless of your political leanings this time, there's no guarantee the next country that tries to manipulate our elections will share your preferred candidates.

Even more important, we need to secure our election systems before autumn. If Putin's government has already used a cyberattack to attempt to help Trump win, there's no reason to believe he won't do it again ­ especially now that Trump is inviting the "help."

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers' spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines' and systems' resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can't guarantee their security online.

Longer term, we need to return to election systems that are secure from manipulation. This means voting machines with voter-verified paper audit trails, and no Internet voting. I know it's slower and less convenient to stick to the old-fashioned way, but the security risks are simply too great.

There are other ways to attack our election system on the Internet besides hacking voting machines or changing vote tallies: deleting voter records, hijacking candidate or party websites, targeting and intimidating campaign workers or donors. There have already been multiple instances of political doxing ­ publishing personal information and documents about a person or organization ­ and we could easily see more of it in this election cycle. We need to take these risks much more seriously than before.

Government interference with foreign elections isn't new, and in fact, that's something the United States itself has repeatedly done in recent history. Using cyberattacks to influence elections is newer but has been done before, too ­ most notably in Latin America. Hacking of voting machines isn't new, either. But what is new is a foreign government interfering with a U.S. national election on a large scale. Our democracy cannot tolerate it, and we as citizens cannot accept it.

Last April, the Obama administration issued an executive order outlining how we as a nation respond to cyberattacks against our critical infrastructure. While our election technology was not explicitly mentioned, our political process is certainly critical. And while they're a hodgepodge of separate state-run systems, together their security affects every one of us. After everyone has voted, it is essential that both sides believe the election was fair and the results accurate. Otherwise, the election has no legitimacy.

Election security is now a national security issue; federal officials need to take the lead, and they need to do it quickly.

This essay originally appeared in the Washington Post.

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Title: The best gift
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Pairing: Female Lavellan/Sera
Rating: G
Prompt: #070 - remainder/#054 - gift
Word count: 100
Summary: It was the best gift she could ever hope for.

The Friday Five for July 29, 2016

Jul. 29th, 2016 04:19
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1.Do you believe in reincarnation?

2.Have you ever felt that you knew someone the first time you met them?

3.Have you ever visited a foreign country or city for the first time and found that you knew exactly where things were?

4.Have you ever looked in the mirror and 'seen' a different face?

5.Is the belief in UFOs, aliens, physic powers, etc, growing because the belief in religion is dying?


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This whole week has felt like it's been a struggle to keep on keeping on. Some of it has been lack of sleep but I've more than made up for that. Some of it has been having nothing to do (I kept myself from strangling my manager at Major NonProfit when he said, "What are you working on right now? Do you have time for another project?" because at that point I had absolutely nothing on my plate and have had at least two days this week when I've done literally one thing (like write a note to a member). In eight hours. Yes, indoors with air conditioning and salary. But hard to look busy when there is literally nothing I can do... and a cubicle that is rather more exposed than one might like so surfing web isn't as possible as it was at reception.

Thankfully, he's started asking me to work on more stuff.... a memo getting passed up to the CEO on the guy who founded the organization as she's got a meeting with him on Monday, phone calls and emails to various attorneys regarding bequests. Today I may be working with someone on getting a mailing out, and Mr. Manager is going to be putting togther a call sheet of trust managers/attorneys to call next week and ask about value and so on. It is so ironic that this is actually the job I applied for and didn't even get an interview for... and if I were doing it, I'd be working on generating the piles and piles of receipts that my co-worker is doing but that's okay... it looks like a remarkably complex process drawing information from multiple sources. I'm perfectly content to fold and stuff the end results of his work.

And then there was the dream last night... I was a member of a church choir in which Hillary Clinton was also a member (as in regular member though for some reason it's only now that Secret Service screening is an issue) so we were all talking about what time we'd have to show up on Sunday to get through the process before rehearsal and services and such... and the word was 6:15 AM. I was incredulous and someone else said, "Well they wanted 4:30 but thought that was unreasonable..." What is up with my subconscious?

Now finishing breakfast and off to work. Wrestling with going to a gathering tonight or just coming home and running up and getting my laundry. I am leaning towards the latter; I have to get sleep tonight because I have to go to CarRental Company tomorrow followed by seeing my tailor. Erf.

Onwards...

This Week in Pokémon Go News

Jul. 29th, 2016 07:00
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Good morning, fellow trainers! Thanks for spreading the word about the community! We've been in business for less than 4 days and we're at ~100 members/subscribers! Not bad for a community I started on a whim. Let's keep things awesome and cool, and if you have any concerns or suggestions, feel free to hit me up via PM.

Anyway, here are some game-related highlights from the past week…

• Pokémon Go launched in Hong Kong! A big, warm welcome to the City of Life!

• Nintendo stock prices plummeted as investors belatedly realized the company doesn't actually make Pokémon Go. Awkward. (source)

• The Pokémon Go Plus accessory has been delayed until September. Were any of you planning on getting this? Not being a tech nerd myself, I'm curious! (source)

• In addition to revealing the Team Leaders, the SDCC PokeGo panel teased the future of the game. Forthcoming features include trading, PokeStop customizations, and potential healing centers. They're also planning to fix the three-step tracking bug (thank goodness!) and to address gym poaching. And given the fact that they unveiled Blanche, Candela & Spark, it sounds like we'll be interacting with our team leaders via the game at some point in the future as well. (source)

Any other PokeGo bits of news from your neck of the woods?

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