Daily Happiness

May. 5th, 2015 00:00
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I made sundubu jjigae for dinner and it turned out so good!

2. Kitten was super cuddly today (even including some purring!). She still sulks a lot, but she's such a cuddlebun that I think even her tiny kitten brain realises she's only punishing herself by refusing cuddles. XD And the medicines are definitely working. Her gums are still a darker pink but not the bright red they were before.

3. We took a nice walk this afternoon. It was such a nice day. Warm, but not too hot, and a nice breeze.

Conference signup time!

May. 5th, 2015 02:32
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[staff profile] denise in [site community profile] dw_dev
The Dreamwidth conference this year will be Open Source Bridge, June 23–26 in Portland, OR. See my previous post for all the reasons you -- yes, you! -- want to attend!

This offer is open to anyone who's submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) since 1 January. (See me if you want to talk comparable volunteer work that doesn't go through Github, or if you want to make a case for "I only had one PR but it was a ton of effort".) We will pay for you up front, no "you front the money and we'll reimburse you". This offer includes:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person). Housing will be provided for the nights of June 22 through June 26 (so, arrive Monday June 22, depart Saturday, June 27).
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!) If you'd like to extend your stay in Portland past when accomodations will be covered, we can do that: just tell me when you'd like to arrive/depart, and pay the difference in airfare costs if greater than $50.
* At least one group dinner during the trip. (And usually others, on the principle of "whoever's around when the person with the DW credit card is deciding on dinner usually gets invited along", but we usually do one planned "okay, everyone's going to eat here tonight" thing.)

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

To sign up, comment here with:

* Links to your qualifying PRs (email me if you want to make a case for comparable volunteer effort/substituting a large PR for small ones)
* The airport you'd like to fly out of, and whether you have an airline preference (ie, I only fly Oneworld carriers because I've got status with them)
* Travel dates, if not "arrive 22 June, depart 27 June"
* Any access needs or accomodations I need to take into account for arranging housing (ie, mine would be "I'm fine in a hotel room but if we rent a house I'd need a ground floor bedroom" -- you don't need to tell me why, just what I need to take into consideration).

If you're uncomfortable with disclosing any of the above publicly, that's totally fine! Just comment here with something along the lines of "I'm taking you up on this and will email privately with my details". (The comment is important to have the list of people all in one place; I am a Bear of Very Little Brain sometimes.)

Using the info provided of your preferred airport to fly out of, I'll find you flights and email you for your approval and to get the TSA-required data for booking (that being the name, date of birth, and gender marker that appears on your approved ID, plus passport number for people coming from outside the US) plus any airline frequent flyer numbers, yadda. Once we've got flights that you're cool with, I'll do the actual booking on your behalf, so you don't have to front the money. (I will book on your preferred carrier whenever possible, and aim for the best combination of price/travel duration/travel times I can find. That sort of thing speaks to my min/max gamer heart.)

The deadline for taking us up on this is June 1. (After that point, we'll still register you for the conference, but you'll have to arrange your own travel and housing.)

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May. 4th, 2015 18:41
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[personal profile] ysobel
...Laverne Cox is doing a speaking engagement here the 19th.

I kinda wanna go. :x

storytelling party

May. 4th, 2015 19:16
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[personal profile] boxofdelights
I am responsible for hosting a storytelling party! I am a little bit terrified! It's on the second floor, so I can't serve alcohol. The good side is that I don't have to find a co-host who is willing to take turns keeping an eye on the alcohol. The bad side is... how am I going to lure people in? Nice foods, I suppose. But how do you decide how much foods to have, when you don't have any idea how many people might come?

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May. 4th, 2015 19:12
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[personal profile] snarp
Medical science please get your shit together and figure out my problems. Mine specifically, start with those. I don't have time for this. I have literary masterpieces to finish, and a sarcastic congressional run to plan out.

Age of Ultron

May. 4th, 2015 16:54
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[personal profile] melannen
So, I have a WIP I'm working on that's about toddler Natasha and the Winter Soldier having to go into deep cover as uncle and niece.

Currently I'm using a combo of movie canon and the bits of comics/fanon backstory I like and whatever I feel like.

Poll #16662 to those of you who have seen AoU
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


Should I:

View Answers

Watch AoU to incorporate new Natasha canon before I go any farther
0 (0.0%)

Pretend very hard that AoU doesn't exist and keep going as I am
7 (21.9%)

It doesn't matter that much it's unlikely anything in AoU will be worth changing your story for
20 (62.5%)

Watch AoU because there might be interesting stuff to incorporate but assume the story will be going AU from movie canon
4 (12.5%)

quit the wip for a couple years and see what the next cap movie ignores/retcons
1 (3.1%)



(try to avoid massive spoilers in comments?)

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May. 4th, 2015 13:01
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For those who don't know, [personal profile] loracs is in the hospital with cellulitis. We thought she would be home tomorrow, but her infection is being obstinate. They are trying other antibiotics and she will be getting a CT scan to see if there's some underlining cause for the infection. She is obviously worried as am I. I've had cellulitis on countless occasions, but my infections have always responded well to antibiotics. She is at the new Kaiser Hospital in San Leandro if you would like to visit.

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May. 4th, 2015 14:40
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[personal profile] cheyinka
Der Bb has a tricycle now! (it makes me really want one)

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May. 4th, 2015 13:06
cheyinka: A grayscale Metroid on the head of a Dreamwidth usericon (phonepost)
[personal profile] cheyinka
I have apparently automated der Bb. He just said "Thanks for botting me, Mom!"

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May. 4th, 2015 17:39
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The second chapter of 'To Hilary, from Prison' is now up on the AO3. This message will self-destruct.

Last Minute Reminder!

May. 4th, 2015 09:09
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[personal profile] verloren1983 in [community profile] hikarunogo
Apologies, I completely forgot to do any reminder posts until now. Fail. (Though in my defense, I’ve had A LOT of school/personal stuff going on, but nevermind). Anyway, this is your reminder that bg fics are due at 11:59pm EST tonight! Which means in just under 15 hours, I think, assuming I’m not counting that wrong. If you haven’t gotten your fic in, now’s the time to be working on it! Or starting it, whatever the case may be. ^_^;;;

Candidate

May. 4th, 2015 07:51
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[personal profile] supergee
Carly Fiorina offers to do for America what she did for Hewlett-Packard. The phrase that comes to my mind is "fair warning," but some people are taking it seriously. She recently hit the headlines by saying that what's wrong with America is workers watching porn. That's CEO thinking: If we keep the grunts from enjoying themselves, maybe they'll do a good job. Maybe she's dreaming of a national panopticon where the government can monitor everyone's monitors.

The next step

May. 4th, 2015 07:21
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[personal profile] supergee
I've been in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage since shortly after heteroracial ones were permitted, but now my support is suspect because I represent the abomination for which same-sex marriage is the innocent stalking horse: recognition of n>2 marriages, such as the loving, committed one [livejournal.com profile] womzilla, [livejournal.com profile] nellorat, and I have had for more than 20 years. Of course, there will be a whole new set of problems. For instance, we can't have it in the US until we have a single-payer health care system like the First World has because there are already more than enough people getting married for health coverage. Still, I believe we're getting there. An argument for it.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

Gluten is ritually unclean

May. 4th, 2015 07:00
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[personal profile] supergee
Distinguishing between real food problems and religious (openly or otherwise) taboos.

Thanx to Follow Me Here

Private law

May. 4th, 2015 06:51
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[personal profile] supergee
We should be focusing on the fact that a tiny -- microscopic -- group of people have collected immense wealth and power. They are a threat to democracy, decent lives for the rest of us and the survival of the planet.
--Eleanor Arnason on privilege
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[personal profile] umadoshi
--Status of the three pre-TCAF freelance deadlines: 1) the rewrite that's due tomorrow has been submitted; 2) the novel proofread for Sparkler is just about done (I still have to write up some overall notes and query a few word choices); and 3) the rewrite that's due Wednesday is getting a lot of work done on it tomorrow, because so far I've only adapted the front matter. (Although that's a bigger chunk of the work than it would be for many titles, since the translation's on the short side of the spectrum and doesn't look like it'll have many tricky spots, while that series' front matter is time consuming and sometimes aggravating to work on.)

--I emailed all the editorial folks at Casual Job about an hour ago to let them know I won't be in tomorrow. :/ Here's hoping they don't have a grueling evening (it's possible that they won't!), mostly for my co-worders' sake, but also because I expect if they do I'll feel disproportionately guilty about not being there.

--Since there's absolutely no way I can get my open tabs under a semblance of control for the next...longer than I want to think about...I did some sorting and created a tab group entirely for Age of Ultron posts. >.> (Which doesn't include posts any of you wrote before I saw the movie; those ones are all tucked into Memories. La?) I think the odds that I'll manage to comment much on most AoU posts is slim, because there are SO MANY, but I'm really enjoying reading everyone's reactions, regardless of where they fall on the spectrum of "loved it" to "hated it" (and wow, what a spectrum). I'm also impressed by how many people share my feeling of "...I don't entirely know what to make of it, and therefore I want to see it again". I don't know what, exactly, that says about the movie--it's certainly not the same as "I loved it so much that I MUST see it again!!!"--but it sure says something.

(As Maggie Stiefvater just tweeted, "My, Age of Ultron sure was . . . A lot of movies.")

--I was unaware until today that last week's Elementary featured the actual Stanley cup (as mentioned by several people today, and demonstrated by this tweet from [twitter.com profile] keeperofthecup).

--On the weather front, it's actually reasonably warm these days, although still more what I'd expect from mid-April than early May. We have a forecast high of 20°C (68°F) on Tuesday! This should not seem so amazing, but there it is. (The rest of the week, the forecast high is more like 12-14°C.)

Meanwhile, Toronto's apparently looking at a high of 27°C on Friday. Not that I'm really at the point of deciding what clothing to take this weekend yet, but I'm not even sure I can remember well enough what that feels like. (I'm much better at remembering what, say, "May in Toronto" is "supposed" to feel like, which is just not that useful. Especially when you factor in things like the fact that it HAILED two TCAFs ago. Oh, yes, Toronto. I remember. *side-eyes*)

--Tonight, for the very first time, we took Claudia and Jinksy outside on their new harnesses and leashes. We stayed out for maybe half an hour, and since Kas was with us, yes, there are pictures that I'll be sharing at some point. Surprisingly, Jinksy did better with it than Claudia did. [personal profile] scruloose had his leash, and Jinksy got a feel for how the leash worked and struck off to see the world (or at least the common "yard" area of our condo corp). I had Claudia, and she was much more inclined to go slowly. I don't think she was terribly nervous, but she didn't really adjust to the leash like Jinksy!bear did. We think it's her usual ferocious dislike of being restrained in any way; she'd move suddenly and reach the end of her leash before I could move easily with her, and seemed very displeased every time. (She also kept trying to go under the fences that are meant to give an illusion of privacy/little "patio" area for each townhouse, and that didn't really work well.) Both kittens wound up a bit overstimulated, I think, but hopefully not too much so. We brought them in and gave them treats, and they seemed fine.

I think the plan, insofar as we have one, is not to take the beasties out every day, but to do it reasonably often if they like it. I don't want it to be part of their daily routine, mainly because I don't want them to feel deprived or thrown off if they don't get it consistently, but hopefully it can be a normal thing for them.

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May. 3rd, 2015 20:46
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[personal profile] afuna
This feeling? I think it's contentment. I think it's love.
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Seen at File770:

Whether everyone on the Sad Puppies 3 slate was asked, and what they were told, has been part of the overall discussion.

Brad R. Torgersen addressed both questions in “Defenders of the nail house” (March 29) and “Sad Puppies 3: were they contacted?” (April 10) and in a comment here on File 770 (February 7).

Juliette Wade is one of the writers who withdrew her story from the Sad Puppies 3 slate, and she has agreed to share how that experience looked from her side.

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