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Warehouse 13 5x01 - "Endless Terror" / 5x02 - "Secret Services"

I don't have much to say about the season 5 premiere, but since I'm writing a bit about episode 2, I feel like I should at least lead in with a few notes on episode 1. 5x01 )

On to 5x02! )

Peru: Day One Point Five

Apr. 24th, 2014 15:33
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Well, we made it. I flew United for the first time in…eight years, and it wasn't actually as bad as I feared; the coffee is actually quite good. That said, we were still delayed an hour in San Francisco because of maintenance issues and then because of an inability to find a United crew to staff the spare United plane they found (where from, who knows; the previous plane and crew were Continental; reconciling seniority systems is the hardest part of airline mergers), with the result that I was running through Houston to make my connection to Lima. Considering that I got on the jetway of my arriving flight twenty minutes before our scheduled departure, and the flight to Lima was not in the same terminal, I felt pretty proud of that.

I'm in a hostel for the first time in…many years (I've been lucky enough to crash with friends, or to get travel grants to cover conference hotels), and it's weird. Fine, but weird. I slept about three hours, maybe, and I'm a little paranoid about my laptop and passport, though I have a private room. Lima seems nice so far, though admittedly we are in Miraflores, which is evidently a relatively ritzy part. I haven't seen much more of the city than walking from the hostel to the hotel to get the conference shuttle, which is what I did this morning.

Equally importantly, Pablo Neruda's "Canto XII from the Heights of Machu Picchu" came up in [community profile] poetry today, and it couldn't be more appropriate, given my travel plans.

Who needs sleep?

Apr. 24th, 2014 12:10
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I hate insomnia. It's too bad that I'm so very, very good at it.

I've had chronic insomnia for years. Maybe decades. Probably decades. When I was younger, it was easy to 'soak' my sleep debt and then pay it off at some future point so it didn't seem so much like insomnia as being productive. My problem with sleeping is that when insomnia hits, my mind and body both conspire to do much more fun things than just lie in bed and rest. Both torture me with restlessness until either I get exhausted enough to trick them; or else I get up and try to get a little more tired while doing something.

There are things that you're supposed to do to avoid sleepless nights. You're supposed to exercise (check); you're supposed to go to bed at around the same time every night (check... mostly); you're supposed to have a comfortable bed (check). No caffeine for hours before you sleep (check). Etc. If you do all of these things... you'll find out that whoever said this will cure you of your sleepless nights is a damned liar.

Recently my sleeping problems got compounded. I'm on a new drug that's working wonders for me, except that it's been super-activating another chemical in my system. This led me to night after night of sleeping for an hour, suddenly awakening, sleeping for another hour, awakening... etc. Rinse and repeat until you never reach REM sleep. I've seen my doctor and I'm ramping down on the pill that's getting overactive; but for now, my sleep-debt is at epic proportions. I. Hate. Insomnia.

I also hate sleep debt. My brain works best when it's rested. This isn't funny, body! The joke's gone on long enough!

Sigh.

I hate sleep debt.
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William H. “Bill” Patterson Jr., author of the Hugo-nominated Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve, died April 22, only a month before the second and final volume of the biography will be released.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1mEdL1U at April 24, 2014 at 10:02AM
mskaylee: defira85: leeshajoy: mschaos: joebagofdoughnuts: M...
mskaylee:

defira85:

leeshajoy:

mschaos:

joebagofdoughnuts:

Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.

THIS IS ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

I totally want these, but a gentle reminder that if they’re magnetic, you should maybe keep them away from your computer and cell phone. Maybe read a book in your magnetic pillow cave!

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2014 14:52
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At least when Ginny sits like this, i don't get yelled at for typing oer her. Unlike Gabe.
Read more... )
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/RO8drG at April 24, 2014 at 04:30AM
defira85: leeshajoy: mschaos: joebagofdoughnuts: Magnetic...
defira85:

leeshajoy:

mschaos:

joebagofdoughnuts:

Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.

THIS IS ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
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The author of the two-volume Heinlein biography has died. He did finish it; the second volume will be out in June

Thanx to File 770

But hurt

Apr. 24th, 2014 06:12
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Lingua Franca looks at the tabu against beginning a sentence with "but" or "and." I do it myself, and I defend it with an argument from near-divine authority: The Authorized Version of the Bible does it all the time. Good enough for the King James Gang, good enough for me.

Dope menace

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:59
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Republican says that the president isn't allowed to pardon drug fiends. Charles Pierce points out that the real problem is electing morons.

Homeopathic urine and antivaxxers

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:52
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Jon Carroll on the reservoir someone allegedly wee-weed in. You know what W.C. Fields said. Read more... )

Not cute

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:39
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Amanda Marcotte makes the reasonable point that we should not encourage teenage boys to pester women who are not interested in them. Idiots attack.

Thanx to Pandagon.
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Despite how bad it actually is, the cherry-lime syrup was gone in the morning. I arrived well-armed with a set of gummy candies for the "hummingbird feeder".

It's possible that the departmental move may be delayed. I say this on account of my manager saying that we should have been notified by today at the outside if we're going this Friday. There are no emails, no letters, no white flag above my door numbered pieces of paper stuck to cubes or offices. Purple, who was also going to have been in this batch, is similarly without notification. He told a harrowing tale of a move where they told them on Monday, got other pending moves done, and then went "Hey, so can we move you folks like RIGHT NOW?" Except there were still some people with machines up running things that shouldn't be interrupted...

Read more... )

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