Squee!

10 Apr 2017 06:56 pm
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I usually don't watch trailers because I hate even the smallest spoilers, but I made an exception for the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer because SO MANY OF Y'ALL were squeeing about it, and I am so glad I did. Even if the actual movie sucks I will still be happy.

(*plays Led Zeppelin for days*)
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I went through my circle and did some tidying (unsubscribing to inactive journals, turning off access to people who aren't subscribed to my journal). This wasn't intended to affect anyone actually following my posts, so if I turned off your access and you want it back on, let me know.
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[community profile] 2017revival is a friending community, based on the LJ one of the same name.
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I'm saving [personal profile] mdlbear's post about gracefully retreating from LJ since they posted their weird new TOS. I haven't decided how many of these actions to implement.

http://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1592457.html
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Confused about the new LJ TOS. I had to agree to it, but it says it does not apply to people with paid/permanent accounts, and I don't understand how that works.

There are a few people posting under f-lock on LJ whom I still want to follow, so I'm not planning to delete my account yet. But I don't think I'm going to be mirroring my DW posts here any more. I might post links to them if anyone is still following my increasingly neglected LJ account and would find that useful. (If so please comment.)

My DW account is also firecat.
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If you have watched any of the following series, I would love your opinion.
Well written?
Fun?
Intelligent?
Cast/creator diversity?
Sexism/racism/other $fail?

The Colony
Humans
Into the Badlands
iZombie
Killjoys
Lucifer
Spartacus

Do you recommend any other TV series (prefer crime/mystery/sf) that are available on DVD and are fun, diverse, and not too $faily?
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Some links about brain fog, via [personal profile] umadoshi

"Life Hacks for Brain Fog: Chronic Illness, Focus and The Professional Artist" and "Brain Fog Life Hacks: Out of Sight is Out of Mind" by Colleen Doran: These basically say (1) Keep your workspace organized and tidy, because disorganization adds stress; and (2) Make sure you can see anything that you need to remember about, because otherwise you'll forget about it. Of course, those are mutually contradictory... But anyway, I did like this clarification about brain fog:
It’s not that we can’t remember things, it’s that we have brain hiccups so we have to reinforce our memory, back it up like an engineer, and add sensation to the experience to make sure information sticks....Brain fog isn’t dementia, it’s misfire. Your deep memories are still there, but your working memory is shot....Organizing your studio so that you can have constant visual and tactile reinforcement for your memories and ideas will take the load off your working memory and give you more than one path in your head for what you need to remember.
And this one: "Brain Fog":
Brain fog isn’t just forgetfulness: it’s living in a bizarre twilight world where you are half in and half out of consciousness. Everything seems grey, and you don’t feel the passage of time. ( I could not remember the month, day or year it was.) You float through life, but it’s not a good feeling. You have an almost complete lack of awareness. You’re there, but you do not process what you’re experiencing. What memories you do manage to internalize seem as if they happened to someone else.
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Science brain: "This is fascinating!"

Sociology brain: "How many beers did the scientists drink before they came up with this idea?"

Paranoid dystopian thriller brain: "What does it mean that the US National Institutes of Health, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Brazilian government were the ones who supported this research?"

Paranormal fiction brain: "Aha! Here's how the virus that causes vampirism works!"

"Scientists switch on predatory kill instinct in mice" Source: Cell Press
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365 questions, some of which are thought-provoking in various ways (including "what assumptions does this question carry?")

http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/03/14/365-thought-provoking-questions-to-ask-yourself-this-year/

7 Jan 2017 01:54 am
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I'm trying to encourage myself to participate in DW more, so I checked out this friending meme. Maybe you want to check it out too.

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Recycling some Facebook posts...

I shared this first for the amazing art of the Buddha made out of pens and coins, and second because I think the article is very good.
It's too late for me to vow not to burn out. Having burned out in various ways, if I see a way to help that I am capable of, I am fairly often moved to do it.
"I Vow Not to Burn Out" by Mushim Patricia Ikeda

~

Wally's resemblance to most of the Doctors is slight, but hey, you can't go wrong with a costumed Welsh Corgi. And seeing him cosplay the 12th Doctor is worth the wait.
Corgis recreate Doctor Who by Mashable
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So there we were, lying in bed, discussing the plural of "octopus," as one does.
"I like 'oc-to-podes'."
"You pronounced that wrong. It's 'oc-to-po-des'."
"No it isn't. It's English, not Latin."
[side-eye] "I'm not taking THAT stinky bait."
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Comment if you want further thoughts on any of these. Some general descriptions of settings and characters, but no other spoilers. Read more... )
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I gather there is an LJ > Dreamwidth migration afoot, and it has something to do with Russia and with some LJ users being banned, but I don't know the details. If there's a search term or a post somewhere explaining it, I'd like to know about it.

I consider my primary home to be Dreamwidth, but I'm going to continue crossposting to LJ for now.

If you have an opinion about that, I'd be interested to hear it. Comments are screened but I will unscreen your comment if you say it's OK to do so.

[ETA] Here is a non-LJ/DW link that has more info:
http://www.metafilter.com/164293/LiveJournal-represents-social-media-without-borders
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Vague spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Might be additional spoilers in comments.

vague spoilers for Rogue One )
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This list of "Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America" is worth saving for future reference.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/11/tech-tips-to-help-stay-safe-in-trumps-america/

It should be "Tech tips to help stay safe in a world where the government engages in surveillance," because that goes on in other countries, was going on in the US before Trump was elected, and is likely to go on after Trump is in his grave.
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...because apparently LJ has implemented a "like" button and I want to click it.
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Over on Facebook someone shared with me this video about the use of yarncrafts in mathematics:
https://www.facebook.com/mentalflossmagazine/videos/10154510337972365/

Here's the accompanying article:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/86016/6-math-concepts-explained-knitting-and-crochet

I've been collecting links about this subject for a while so I offered to do a linkspam.

Particularly rich sites to investigate:
Dr. Sarah-Marie Belcastro's mathematical knitting page.
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/mathknit.html
WoollyThoughts.com, the yarncraft home of mathematicians Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer.
http://www.woollythoughts.com/
They also have a Ravelry group.
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/woolly-thoughts
In detail:
The original paper about crocheting and mounting the Lorenz manifold.
http://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/files/2988096/2004r03.pdf
Crochet your own Lorenz manifold
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lorenz-manifold
An interview with the people who designed and crocheted a hyperbolic plane.
http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/16/crocheting.php
Mary Pat Campbell's fractal crochet
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-sierpinski-fractal-triangle
http://www.marypat.org/stuff/nylife/020325.html
Gallery of sierpinski crochet
http://www.crochetgeek.net/crochet/sierpinski/gallery/index.html
Random stripe generator
http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php
Tessellated fish
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-recipe-for-fish
A recipe for knitting a Klein bottle (which can be worn as a hat)
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/mkkb.html#kbinst
The Crochet Coral Reef, a project of the Institute for Figuring
(this isn't strictly mathematical, but a lot of the creatures depicted grow in ways that can be depicted using hyperbolic plane crochet)
http://crochetcoralreef.org/coral-reef-gallery.php
You can participate in this project. Some example patterns here:
http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/crochetreef/crochetcoralreef/patterns
Cable knitting using random numbers
http://web.archive.org/web/20130707042959/http://www.fuzzygalore.biz/articles/probability.shtml
Knitting using cellular automata
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/automaton.htm
Cellular Automaton pattern generator (uses Flash)
http://www.unikatissima.de/e/?page_id=2148
Cellular automaton pattern examples
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ElementaryCellularAutomaton.html

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