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2017-09-14 03:18 pm

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Saving to read later, Krebs's take on the Equifax security breach
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2017-06-17 01:08 pm

NOLOSE Trans Justice Working Group–Call for participants. Stipend available
The Nolose board is looking for expert advice in making a plan for our organization to work more effectively for trans justice and address transmisogyny and cissexism in Nolose. The board is looking for a group of thick and fat trans folks, especially trans women and transfeminine people, especially people of color, especially folks with some experience either with Nolose specifically or with transmisogyny in queer fat community/movement spaces, to meet via conference call and/or group chat to generate formal recommendations for the Nolose board to address transmisogyny and cissexism, and work for trans justice, as an organization.
Nolose has budgeted for stipends of up to $250.
Application details at link.
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2017-06-15 03:24 pm

Wonder Woman

Not a review, just a couple of reactions and a list of subverted tropes.

I liked it quite a bit.
Spoilers ho )
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2017-05-08 08:50 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review (spoilers)

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: I'm mostly not sorry I saw it; I didn't dislike it as much as the first Guardians movie, but I don't recommend it.

Spoilers ahoy )
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2017-04-10 06:56 pm


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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2017-04-07 04:18 pm

Circle updating

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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2017-04-05 09:27 pm

Saving for later

[community profile] 2017revival is a friending community, based on the LJ one of the same name.
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2017-04-04 02:13 pm

Saving to refer to later

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.
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2017-04-04 02:09 pm

Pulling back [x-post from LJ]

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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2017-02-12 05:22 pm

TV series recs?

If you have watched any of the following series, I would love your opinion.
Well written?
Cast/creator diversity?
Sexism/racism/other $fail?

The Colony
Into the Badlands

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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2017-01-18 04:04 pm

Media Consumption Wednesday

Let's see if I can revive this habit.
There might be spoilers in the comments.
In which firecat rambles about books and TV shows )
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2017-01-14 11:01 pm

We need a vornado in here

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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2017-01-13 02:44 pm

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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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2017-01-13 02:32 pm

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365 questions, some of which are thought-provoking in various ways (including "what assumptions does this question carry?")
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2017-01-07 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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2017-01-07 01:29 am

A couple of tasty links

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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2017-01-07 01:09 am

Prescriptivist foreplay

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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2017-01-03 01:24 pm

Notable books and audiobooks consumed in 2016

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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2016-12-31 11:07 am

LJ / Dreamwidth

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: