Poem: "What Makes a Hoard"

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:19 pm
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This poem is from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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When I posted about A Girl and Her Fed last week, I mentioned that [dreamwidth.org profile] davidgillon had warned me that the very beginning of Act 2 of the comic had a major spoiler for the as-yet-unwritten/unpublished Rachel Peng novels.

I did indeed press on, bracing myself for a spoiler. (And now I'm completely up to date on the comic; yesterday was the first new installment I read as a Caught-Up Reader. I think the only material I have left to read now is the handful of mixed comics/prose shorts on Spangler's store site, and I've made it as far as buying them all.) And many things happened, because there'd been a five-year timeskip since the first act of the comic, and I thought, "Okay, I don't know which of these things is the spoiler [dreamwidth.org profile] davidgillon mentioned, but many things happen very early in Act 2 that leave things in a very different place than they are as of the published Rachel books, so presumably it was one of those..."

Except then I read all the way back through the posts at [tumblr.com profile] agirlandherfed, and due to a couple of Asks there, the nature of the early-Act 2 spoiler was spelled out.

It was an offhand reference--a panel's worth of mention, at most--and so far the comic hasn't mentioned it again, and I completely failed to process it for what it was. But now, belatedly, I know.

And my heart broke a little.

Poem: "Only in the Gift"

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:41 pm
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In return for a beautiful day and a truly stellar performance from the Sun God and Moon Goddess, I am posting one of my eclipse poems for free.  You can see some of my eclipse photos here.


"Only in the Gift"


I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world 

a reminder that we live,
moment by moment, 
only in the gift of
his infinite light.

Monday Update 8-21-17

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:53 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "To Appreciate Small Victories"
Heroic Action
Poem: "The Bamboo That Bends"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "As Couples as Possible"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Poem: "The Whole of Civilization"
Bust of Lincoln Destroyed (54 comments)
Read "Absent the White Roses" by William Altolft
Poem: "Lycoris"
Read "Under Cover Fashion" by Bairnsidhe
Today's Adventures
Promoting a Better World
Hard Things
Poem: "Tricky Treats"


Today we saw the eclipse in Chester, IL. :D 3q3q3q!!!

The bonus fishbowl last week went well.




Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.

Weather has been warm to hot here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, thistle.  
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s-leary replied to your video: Trying out the new embroidery machine! I meant to…

Stabilizer sometimes ends up in the half-off remnant bin at my Joann’s–why, I have no idea, but anyway I will keep an eye out for it.

I found a little in mine! I need to pick up spray adhesive to go along with it, the iron-on stuff never gets remaindered like that. That’s what it is– you can have it cut by the yard, so there would be remnants. But the iron-on stuff is precut in sealed bags. There were coupons, today, so I only bought things I could use the coupons on– and i was meant to be making a hasty visit– but next time, I’ll get another coupon, and get some spray adhesive. Or, my mom will give me a gift card, lol. 

I’m currently realizing that the tutorial that made digitizing your own files look so easy was sort of glossing over a lot of things, most crucially that the digitizing software only runs on Windows, and i don’t have Windows. But. But! We have Windows machines at work, and I bet I can get it to run next week in the like, day and a half that my coworker is on vacation and therefore I’m unsupervised. 

Digitizing software is a nightmare. It’s all either ineffective, outdated, or $5000. I’m really struggling, and it’s really hard to track things down. Most of my leads come from forum posts from 2011. I really really really do not want to attempt to install a virtual Windows OS on my Mac, that would be Just Awful. 

But nobody makes embroidery patterns like what I want to do, and I’m really spoiled by hand embroidery, where I basically don’t ever use patterns and just do what I want. Oh well; I get why you can’t just… draw things on your embroidery machine. 

You can, it turns out, just type things on your embroidery machine, though, so. That’s fun, at least. 

Don't @ me

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:52 pm
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There are two types of people in the world:

People who think Abbey Road is the best Beatles album, sorry Sergeant Pepper,
And people who are wrong.

(Sergeant Pepper is second. Obviously.)

Well, it could've gone better

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:56 pm
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I wanted to be there right when the museum opened - missed that by about an hour.

DID get the glasses. Boy, those were something. They seemed completely opaque until you looked up at the tiny, orange, dim sun. (The kids sold theirs to people even later than we were!)

Missed the lecture due to some miscommunication. Didn't see other exhibits, same reason.

But we did enjoy looking at the sun through the (shared) glasses, and the kids really loved making pinhole projectors on index cards. I'd expected they would - they wrote their names and all!

One thing that was not explained to me in the documentation, but in retrospect should've been obvious: The dimmer the light got, the closer the index cards had to be to make a clear image. At the beginning, having one on the ground and one in your hand was good enough. By the midpoint, when it was 70% covered and dark (and when we were done) they had to be right next to each other.

Several people, hearing me launch into another spiel on how "our eyes work the same way" and "the image is backwards and upside down - look, compare it! - but when it happens in our eyes our brains automatically flip it" asked if I was a teacher or a scientist! LOL. Only the former in a very *literal* sense, but this is something I've known since I was six or so. I had a book on the structure of the eye. (I didn't say that. I just said I homeschool and I made the kids listen to me talk to them about it.)

And then on the way back we talked about the Statue of Liberty and all. I heard a tour guide the other day say that the original model for the face was the sculptor's girlfriend, not his mother as in the finished version, but I don't know if that's correct. Still, "she looked too sexy" is obviously a story that's hard to give up!
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A post shared by Bridget Kelly (@bomberqueen17) on Aug 21, 2017 at 4:23pm PDT

Trying out the new embroidery machine! I meant to record the end but I estimated it too soon. Oh well. This is the only built-in design that’s at all cool, but don’t worry, you can download more. And I found a tutorial to make your own. Anyone who wanted to get me a birthday present, I’m going to be going through a lot of tear-away stabilizer…

Dragon Eats the Sun

Aug. 21st, 2017 03:08 pm
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But he didn't eat all of ours -- only a 75 - 77% totality for us. Still, the light waned, and the sky to the north and west grew noticeably bluer. The temperature also dropped a few degrees, and it wasn't my imagination. Hopefully I (and all of you!) will be here in 2024 when we will get a 100% totality. :D

Started Simon Sebag Montefiore's history of Jerusalem, and so far it is such a great read.

Our Eclipse

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:53 am
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 It was actually pleasant outside, during our 75% eclipse. Now that it's over, it too hot to stay out in the full sun.  Dinah and Halo kept a whole gaggle of Jehovah's Witnesses at bay, while I watched the crescent sun through a pin hole viewer.
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Oh yeah huh, it does make a crescent projection! Cool.
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Welp Tumblr just ate the post I was making, weirdly– I didn’t press any buttons, it just popped up and told me the page took too long to load or something, so that was irritating. 

Anyway I’m back in Buffalo, after a detour through Rochester Saturday night. Lovely times. And Sunday morning, while I was in the shower, a package arrived– a new sewing and embroidery machine, which it turns out my bestie had coordinated with my three sisters to buy for me. So that’s cool and exciting and also very touching, that they thought to do that. 

Anyway. Forgot the door code at work, which was hilarious and awful. But I remembered the password, so when the alarm company called, I could say, don’t call the cops dudes, and they were like, it’s fine, don’t go deaf. Nice and stressful, but whatever. 

Phones are ringing off the hook; last week, we had some eclipse-viewing goggles in stock. We ran out last week, of course, and can’t get more, and starting Friday got about a 300-person waiting list for them, but that doesn’t prevent people calling today all blithe and bonny like “you have these, right?” and then wanting to talk to me for fifteen minutes about alternatives they can find elsewhere, while the phone audibly keeps ringing in the background. I just say “no, sorry, good luck” and hang up by now. 

I tried answering the phone, “Good morning, StoreName, we don’t have any eclipse glasses in stock, is there anything else I can help you with?” but of course got the one customer who had a different question and was like, “what?”, and then got a customer who ignored my greeting and engaged me in lengthy conversation about whether or not I’d, by any chance, have any of those, what do you call them, you know, the things, for the thing– I was like no sir, that’s what I just– so it’s just less exasperating to wait for them to ask, I guess. 

Anyway. Good times. 
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I had to Google myself to see how long I had LastPass. I can't recall but it feels like forever. I think it was since I still had a LiveJournal, and I deleted the last one of those (this blog) back in 2008. Google tells me I first wrote about it on Anti-AOL in 2009 and my Dreamwidth tags tell me I did so here in 2010, so I'd guess I've used it for at least 7 but possibly as long as 9 years.

Page confirmation after deleting LastPass tonight

But realizing there is no fix for the blank site list dropdown and blank search results in the Firefox add-on really does kind of enrage me:

  • Basic functionality - lists that populate on demand, search results that display as you type - have been missing for weeks, no one knows why and devs don't respond or fix issues
  • There's no workaround; the only workaround others advise (using the latest beta version) doesn't work for me
  • My own workaround doesn't work for me
  • We shouldn't have to scratch around for our own fixes or workarounds - LastPass has a paid and premium version, so the add-on owner makes money while bugs that wreck basic functionality go unfixed and people like me go nuts for all the fiddling with and wasted time trying to make it work or working around what's broken

Also unfixed (that I've dealt with personally; there's probably more)

  1. LastPass keeps telling you your Master Password is wrong though you watch yourself type it correctly; keeps giving you a big black X next to the password field (workaround: quit Firefox; restart and try again)
  2. If you get your Master Password wrong the password form field goes blank the second time and the search box goes blank on all successive tries (workaround: quit Firefox; restart and try again)
  3. LastPass will go weeks throwing an error on my Dreamwidth password for this blog, then will go just as long without throwing it, alternating with throwing the error only on my first log-in per session, but not on any successive log-in, alternated with throwing errors on every log-in within every session

Not a bug, but weird (1) or flat-out inexcusable (2):

  1. LastPass has different login dropdown styles on Dreamwidth; one is a long, stylish list in greyish-beige with a unique font that I see maybe once every 10 logins for no discernible reason on this site but no other; the other is the standard white background
  2. And I now think LastPass is what's hammering Firefox's memory usage and slowing it to a crawl, not Wordpress and not Firefox itself, like I previously thought.

I am just *gaaaah* so fucking done with LastPass.

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