Weekly Check in April 30

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:29 pm
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Yesterday was Minority President's 100th day in office. It was also the day of the People's Climate March who were out despite the 90 degree heat in DC. Congress has reached a deal for the budget through September (the end of the federal fiscal year) (WaPo)

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017 <- this is definitely worth checking out.
TOMORROW MAY 1: #RiseUp in solidarity with immigrants . Link goes to a toolkit that has content and talking points for social media for posting on May 1. The idea is to flood social media to show support for immigrants.
Contact your Congress people about Trumpcare 2.0, which goes even further to the right to appease the Freedom Caucus.

For inspiration we have a discussion of topics that members of the comm are contacting their congress people about.

Upcoming Protests
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other news to know
For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.

The Guardian has a major story on the links between Trump's campaign and Russian hackers.

Write up of what campaign promises Trump's done in his first 100 days at Vox

Currently, the Trumpcare 2.0 plan doesn't have the votes to pass. (NYT)

Canada fought the war on science. Here's how scientists won. (Vox)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18300 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


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called my one senator
0 (0.0%)

called my other senator
0 (0.0%)

called my representative
0 (0.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/fax/letter
2 (66.7%)

atteneded a townhall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
1 (33.3%)

went to an in person activivst group
2 (66.7%)

participated ina phone or online training
0 (0.0%)


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went to a protest
1 (50.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
1 (50.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)


Apr. 30th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Arthritis: My latest flare was at least nicely-timed. I saw my rheumatologist three days into it and started a steroid pack that day. He also gave me a rather immense amount of prednisolone and pretty much told me to experiment with it. The literature suggests that one per day is within normal variance for naturally produced corticosteroids and thus has no ill effects but can still be helpful for inflammatory disease; it's only once you get above 10 mg prednisone-equivalent per day that the problems like diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, etc. start to show up. EULAR (the European League Against Rheumatism, which is a fantastic name for a professional society; American Heart Association, take note!) even recommends it as standard treatment along with TNF-blockers. My doc said I could also just take it like I would an NSAID, two or three times a week as needed, but that doesn't seem very effective--it takes me about 48 hours to process a steroid, generally, so it's not exactly immediate pain relief.

So I'm going to try the one a day plan for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Chandra's coming to visit at the beginning of next month, so I can also pre-medicate with three a day for the increased activity and hopefully prevent another flare.

I've also switched from Humira to Enbrel, since the Humira did nothing. The downside to Enbrel is that you have to inject yourself once a week rather than every other week. But hey, maybe it'll work!

Skating: I had BF take a bit off the toe picks when he sharpened them this time, and it was definitely the right choice. I was getting really scrapey after the last sharpening, and now I'm not. Spins are faster, too, since I'm no longer dragging on the bottom of the pick quite so much. Salchow and waltz jumps were hard to get used to at first--there's more to roll forward on now before hitting the pick--but I think I've gotten them back to normal.

P started teaching me the horribly named but very pretty broken leg spin. At the moment, mine looks nothing like that; it looks more like I really, really need to pee. However, I think it will get better. I'm hoping it will also serve the purpose of training me to quit turning my free foot out so much in spins and eventually jumps, because that's really all that's holding my loop jump back now.

Speaking of which, we tried having me go into loops and flips with a shallower three turn, and it certainly improved things. Still can't land either of them on one foot, but nevertheless, I persist.

Other: This week has had some great weather for sitting out on my screened-in porch. I now have a table on which I can put my laptop and/or a meal, which is quite excellent. I sat out there yesterday and sewed up the too-big armholes on a new dress, and read this morning. Good times.

First of May - Maypole 2017

May. 1st, 2017 01:58 am
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First of May - Maypole 2017

Date: May 1, 2017

Happy May Day! Revelers in various regions of  Germany will raise a maypole today to celebrate the merry month of May. The maypole is usually a decorated tree trunk, traditionally placed in the village green or town square. As today's Doodle illustrates, there might also be a procession through the town, complete with a brass band and traditional costumes. Some regions have maypole climbing competitions, and in others, everyone joins in a maypole dance with ribbons that form a festive braid.

Guest Doodler Christoph Hoppenbrock combined various traditions and customs, like a May bug (Maikäfer) and a smaller birch tree with a heart and streamers for placing in a sweetheart's yard. The Doodle’s whimsical style reflects the lighthearted fun that May Day inspires. "Deer are often used in traditional German folk art,” Christoph notes. “I found it especially fun to draw a deer in lederhosen."

The maypole (Maibaum) symbolizes unity and togetherness, so gather your family, friends, and neighbors and celebrate the season!

Location: Germany


Affandi’s 110th Birthday

May. 1st, 2017 01:58 am
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Affandi’s 110th Birthday

Date: May 1, 2017

Indonesia was the home country and final resting place of Affandi, a prolific painter who lived from 1907 until 1990. Before taking up painting, he worked several jobs, including painting billboards. He was able to save the leftover paint and used it to discover his own talent. Largely self-taught, Affandi learned to imitate works he saw in magazines imported from London. He soon developed his own technique of squeezing paint directly from the tube onto his canvas, and often spread paint with his hands rather than working with a paintbrush.

Today's Doodle honors Affandi's memory with a style that matches his own method of applying paint directly from the tube. The lines, like Affandi's, are fluid yet vibrant, with a color palette similar to ones Affandi used in his paintings. While he experimented with many styles, it was this one that became his signature. Happy birthday Affandi!

Location: Indonesia


Labour Day 2017

May. 1st, 2017 01:58 am
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Labour Day 2017

Date: May 1, 2017

Also known as International Workers Day, Labor Day offers a proud “hats off” to working class men and women around the globe. This Spring holiday dates back to May 1886, when thousands of US workers went on strike across the country in support of the 8 hour working day. The celebration reaches far and wide, although some countries, like the US and Canada, mark Labor Day in September.

Today’s Doodle depicts different work environments inspired by vintage posters and WPA (Works Progress Administration) murals.  

So put down those tools, close your laptops and take it easy this Labor Day!

Location: Global

Tags: History, National Holiday, Technology, Sciences, Architecture

sunday night stream

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:41 pm
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Two hours of speed paint - start from a blank canvas, slap colors down. I can see where the flaws are, but I'm also pretty pleased with it. Now, of course, comes the refining stage, all the details, and fixing the flaws.

....why yes, I have some headcanon about the Wrynn family temper, and the weaponizing of the Sha. >_>

feast on your life

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:31 pm
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To close out the month, and the tenth anniversary of my National Poetry Month posts (still astounding to me): Derek Walcott. Walcott died in March (here is a really lovely obituary from the The New Yorker), and, as small a memorial as it may be, I kind of knew from that point on that he was going to be my last poem, this year. This is one of my favorites of his, and one of his best known, and it's also, I think, the right note to end on, here in the uncertain waters of 2017.

The time will come )

CBC: New Options for Therapy Animals

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:33 pm
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You might be interested in this, depending on your mental health needs.

News report courtesy of CBC News Sudbury...

oliviacirce: (Default)
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One last extra poem, for those days I missed in the middle of the month. This is another one I would have loved to post while I was on my adventures in the Mediterranean, if only I'd remembered to bring it with me.

Those roads are long since undersea )
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Posted by Luke Plunkett on Cosplay, shared by Luke Plunkett to Kotaku

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, is one of the biggest nerd shows in the country. It was held earlier this month, and there sure was a lotta good cosplay there.


Below is a selection of some of the best of it, with all photos and video taken by Mineralblu. You can see more at his Facebook page.

Cosplay by Wulfgar Weapons & Props | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Egg Sisters Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Egg Sisters Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Egg Sisters Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Ranger Six | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Désirée Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Shan Claw | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Wulfgar Weapons & Props | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Megan Coffey | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Dancing Imperial | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Miggy Jagger, Gina B. Cosplay , Rose Romanova & Eric Tran | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Grimbee Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Amanda Lynne Shafer | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Brett Strassner | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Anna Faith | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Ruffin Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Megan Coffey | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Miggy Jagger | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Gina B. Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
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Oh man, I mentioned this on a post [personal profile] facetiousfutz made recently but I just realized I've been on DW longer than I was on LJ. I made my original LJ somewhere in 2003-2004 and deleted in 2009. I created another LJ in 2015 and stopped posting in 2017, but it was basically just a mirror of my DW. I made my original DW ([personal profile] nan) in April of 2009. It's now 2017.

Dang. That seems so crazy.

ANYWAY. I've got a Summer Anime Series Watch List!

List! )

SO THAT'S A LOT. But I might not like some of them and end up dropping them (and then replacing them, who knows). But yeah, I'm excited. :3

While I'm thinking about it

May. 1st, 2017 08:45 am
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Update on yesterday's amazingly optimistic wishlist of achievements:

house - the bedroom is tidy (and vacuumed, and the bed stripped and made); the bathroom is clean and tidy; the kitchen counter is clean; other people dealt with floors and the lounge room. All up, much better than we started the day.
reading - about 2 pages. Not enough, because I have to give that book back soon.
mug rugs - nothing
washing - filled the line, emptied a couple of the sorter baskets (actually, all but the hand wash at one point, but only because the sheets were all over the floor)
assignment - didn't do any extra reading, but did reflect on one of the topics and decide that more rereading isn't important -- I do get the ideas, I'm fine, just write the damn thing already (this is not going to be the case for the other one, where I have to remember what is covered in this unit, and how it differs from the way exactly the same question would have been handled during my psych degree, and to make sure that I'm writing for the right audience)


May. 1st, 2017 08:40 am
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It appears that my insomnia is on the uptick. The last few weeks, it has only been Friday nights that I've not slept well. This last week - three of the last four nights have been shitty in one way or another. Thursday, I did the half hour naps after struggling to sleep thing. Friday I don't remember particularly, but I do remember saying to someone on Saturday morning that I'd had 8 hours sleep across two nights, so I'm guessing it was a struggle to get to sleep, and then up at 5am. Saturday, after an incredibly long day, I had no difficulties getting to sleep, and slept 9 hours. Sadly, I can't throw that much energy at a day very often. Last night, tried going to bed a bit after midnight, too wired, got up, tried again at 1, too wired, tried again a bit later.

Those in between times were productive though - I wrote three good paragraphs for one of the assignment questions, to the point that this morning I've got up, tidied them up, worked out where they overlap with what I'd already written, rearranged the whole thing into a semi-coherent narrative, and made sure it was roughly a page (1 page limit). And it isn't even 9am! I'd given myself until noon to finish this one. I'm about to give it another read through, and then take a break for shower/meds/breakfast.

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Apr. 30th, 2017 08:36 pm
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A five-hour nap is a marvelous thing. I'm now awake enough to appreciate American Gods.

When We Rise

Apr. 30th, 2017 08:26 pm
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Been watching the ABC miniseries When We Rise - which is about the LGBT movement from 1970-2015. It's a moving and painful journey, that I've cried through.

This is a good take-away:

If “When We Rise” has a thread, it’s coalition-building, getting disparate voices to find a common chord. The out-groups it portrays are hardly monoliths — Ken, who’s African-American, encounters racism among gay white men and homophobia among black community leaders. But as Cleve puts it, when anti-gay politicians declare “war on all the us-es,” then the us-es discover what makes them a we.

Overall, I agree with the NY Times take on it, which is...that it is uneven in places, but overall with a viewing. And, while we've come a long way, we've still a long way to go, until that is the Archie Bunkers among us die off or change their minds.

It's monumental that the series aired on ABC for four nights. Interrupted only by he who shall not be named address.

The show makes me furious at the homophobic fools.

All That Jazz

May. 1st, 2017 07:59 am
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I watched the movie over the weekend, I think it's an interesting piece of work; it works like a a fabulous fever dream, totally in line with what's happening to the lead character. I have a fondness for this mainly because I think that this was the reason for my sexual awakening...that term makes me laugh, but I think it's very apt. I had an inkling I was gay way before this but it was like this boy is cute, that one is adorable, etc. When I watched this movie, I totally latched onto one male dancer, Autumn, which would climax (pun intended) in Take Off With Us.


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