Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #3

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:29 pm
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"i hope the way i write Dukes comes for your throat. i hope you get so attached to this alt reality Freddy that you custom order a floofy uwu Blob body pillow to cry into at night." -- Leah Williams

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Reading Wednesday

Apr. 24th, 2019 11:47 am
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 Recently Finished
Still chipping away at my pile of library books, and between going home sick on Monday and the heat in the library hitting 82 yet again last night meaning I got five hours of unexpected free time, I did quite a bit of reading this week! Finished Alyssa Cole's A Duke By Default, the second in the Reluctant Royals modern romance series, which was a much more enjoyable read than the first one and with a dynamic I enjoyed much more. I think my only complaint is that Cole's villains are just so over the top and obvious that they make some of the plot drag. 

I also read The edge of anarchy : the railroad barons, the Gilded Age, and the greatest labor uprising in America by Jack Kelly, which was a fascinating albeit depressing read about a railroad union and the biggest strike that occurred in the United States during the depression of the 1890s. The union had genuine grievances, and learning how both Cleveland and the future president Taft thought of them was depressing. I was really fascinated by poor Debs, the leader of the strike, who was a man ahead of his time and fairly doomed to failure from the racism and prejudice of the era. Also the Pullman Company's factory town would feel overdone in a dystopian novel, and yet it actually happened! 

I also read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I really should've taken notes, but it was very useful. One of the most useful concepts? Eliminating the idea of "tidying a little each day" because then you'll always be tidying and it'll feel like a never-ending chore. Instead she suggests taking a few weeks of major effort in discarding and organizing your space and then maintaining that effort. Hopefully I can get my ass in gear and utilize her ideas.  

Currently Reading
Between books at the moment! I didn't want to start any right away when I'm working this weekend, have a new Dungeons and Dragons game starting, and then also want to try my hand at a few fics for the Red vs Blue Rare Pair Week in May. 
What's Next
At this point I'm going with books that are due back at the library with holds on them, which means next up is either Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World, a collection by Kathleen Ragan or A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, whom I heard speak the other week and am really excited to read her debut science fiction novel! 
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This is pretty fucking critical for me, as there are several characters that I have emotionally imprinted on in a very big way.

First, and most important: Does Natasha die? As the only original female Avenger, and also the emotionally compromised red-ledgered former Russian spy of my heart, I'm going to have serious problems if this happens.

Second, and only slightly less important: Does Pepper make it through this film?

Third: Gamora, Carol, Wanda, Nebula? Okoye? Janet? Hope?

Basically, is there a kill count on women in this film? Are there refrigerators?

(Don't tell me how, if they do, just tell me yes or no, and if the Women in Refrigerators trope is involved.)

I can't see it until Sunday. So.

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!


2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

Thanos #1

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:36 am
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"I'm a sucker for a smart girl and the big angry guy who becomes her father figure. When I put some thought into what Thanos and Gamora's early relationship would have been like in an interpersonal sense, not the thousand-yard-overview we get in the old books, I go back to 'True Grit.' Or I think of team-ups like Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark from 'Game of Thrones,' you know? These classic duos where nothing threatens the big bad guy -- except for a kid. And it's not because kids are cute and vulnerable, it's because they're honest. And they don't have a full understanding of the world around them yet, so they're somewhat unaware of nuance and danger. And Gamora's even more dangerous than a regular child -- because Thanos has taken everything from her. She's got nothing to lose. And they share a moment in the first issue that I won't spoil here -- that answers the question: why her? Why Gamora?" -- Tini Howard

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Tuesdays are always a busy day in our household, and today was no exception.

Jack goes to a 'men's group' called The Dusty Shed. It's a men's over 50's group and they do practical things like woodworking, metalworking, electronics, burning fingers with solder, model making. He's been going for a couple of months and I know he really enjoys connecting with other men his age.

Lucy goes to a schizophrenia group, it's not a therapy thing but a 'self-help' group - sometimes they talk, sometimes they do social activities like bowling... note to self, this is changing to a Monday in May at a later time and a different location, you need to update the calendar.

I go to a bereavement group - it's nice to be able to talk to other people going through the same thing as you, to realise that what you're feeling is perfectly normal. It also helps to not feel like I'm offloading everything on Jack or Lucy. A bit like Lucy's group - it's everything from coffee and cake and someone to talk to, and sometimes we go walking or bowling.

I tried to continue yesterdays theme of saying positive things to people, and one of the younger girls in the group had cut her hair very short and dyed it a beautiful emerald green colour. I told her how nice it looked, how the cut really framed her face and she lit up - she actually started crying and hugged me, and of course, that made me cry.

We talked a lot about strengths and weaknesses, and I found it interesting how we could all really easily identify what we thought were our weaknesses but struggled with our strengths. I don't know how much of this is bereavement/depression vs social conditioning that, especially as a woman, we're told that we shouldn't be strong and celebrate ourselves. Fuck that. I'm organised, I'm efficient, I'm an analytical thinker and a creative problem solver. Jack just looked over my shoulder, read what I'm writing and says I'm a damn good kisser. I'm passionate, caring and easily excited.

I then spent the afternoon helping Jack finally set up the tablet I got him for Christmas - playing around in the app store, finding new things for him to play with. He's also updated his dreamwidth ([personal profile] jackjanderson) for the first time this year and is slowly working his way through his long-abandoned email account. He's got it down from something like 1100 to under 500. I'm hoping he's going to get back into blogging - not for me to read (though I do) but because I know he was enjoying connecting with people online. Like I said earlier, he's a social creature, my husband.

We're now all curled up on the couch - cats included - and watched some Doctor Who on Netflix. I'm pretty exhausted, mentally and emotionally, so I'm thinking I'm going to head to an early bed.

A week without complaining
This is going well. I am so pleased that I have been able to pull my head in, and focus on just getting on with stuff... and not complaining. What does it achieve? So far, so good - and I'm more than halfway through.


Apr. 24th, 2019 08:24 pm
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I just added the following line to my .bashrc:
alias week='date +%U'

Now if I type "week" in a terminal window it tells me what week of the year it is. Which is a thing I would want to do, yes.

One of those rare times when a real thing that was annoying me was actually a thing I could fix using my Unix skills.

Musings on Autism and Genetic Tests

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:49 am
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Today, I encountered an article about prenatal genetic tests for autism, and reading it made me sad. Also, before I go on, I am not autistic, and while I have tried to educate myself about the issues involved, I know this topic is fraught and apologize in advance profusely for any offense I may cause anyone.

In any case, it’s all too clear to me that if tests like these become even vaguely reliable and widely available, the number of autistic children will greatly decrease, and that upsets me. In addition to two people I care about very deeply being autistic, from knowing them and several other autistic people I’ve known, I have seen similarities in keen perception, profound honesty, fierce morality, and uncommon forms of wisdom that are notably rarer among neurotypical people. Obviously, all autistic people are not the same, but some of the traits I’ve noted seem exceedingly positive, and I believe the world would be a lesser place with many fewer such people in it.

That said, I also understand that many autistic people have a far more difficult time in life than either the people I know or most neurotypical people. It’s entirely unclear to me is this is partly or mostly due to variations in severity of autism symptoms, some of the various problematic medical conditions notably more common in autistic people, or abusive treatment by parents and educators, but it’s also clear to me that treatments or cures for many of the associated medical conditions would be a very good thing indeed.

Beyond that, as an ardent and seriously progressive transhumanist, my ideal world is one where all forms of functional cognitive architecture are respected and valued, and ultimately one where people can alter their own cognitive architecture in both the short and long term. Studies involving transcranial electrical and magnetic stimulation indicate that this later goal is possible, but also that we have a vast amount to learn before we can use it reliably.

As a side-note, and for people interested in learning more about both autism and the history of medicine surrounding it, I recommend NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman, which is not an awesome book, but is a good one.

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Apr. 24th, 2019 12:46 am
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Spoiler Endgame 'analysis' )


Daily Happiness

Apr. 24th, 2019 12:34 am
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1. I had super delicious chicken karaage for lunch. One nice thing about the long day of meetings is that since there's a set lunch break I'm more likely to actually eat lunch, and there are quite a few good options.

2. With all the driving I've been doing this month I'm set to get around $300 for my mileage reimbursement check.

3. Look at this Chloe tongue!

bathrooms over broadway

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:06 am
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Ran across this delightful documentary completely by accident. It's about the little-known world of so-called "industrial musicals," that is, fully fledged Broadway musicals that were for company executives or salespeople only. Some soundtracks and video still survive, and they are amazing to listen to. The movie goes through their discovery, then extends to meeting the people who performed in them and wrote them.

Check it out - Bathtubs Over Broadway. You'll find you can't stop humming "My Bathroom" to yourself.

Here's the trailer:

Corporate hagiographies are fantastic, especially in musical form.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:00 pm
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so i clicked on a thing on tumblr in a sort of "why the hell not" gesture and now I have an actual invite (non-transferable, they want govt ID, good thing I used my wallet name email) to a She-ra screening at Dreamworks in two days but you know, just me, not me and a friend, even if I had friends who weren't like, at work on a Thursday.

I don't know how to go alone to fannish/promotional events, I will now have an existential crisis about this purely optional thing I signed up for.

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