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2013-04-05 09:15 pm
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[sticky entry] Sticky: with regards to the shores upon which you find yourself

Hello! You are a person! You are probably lovely! I like people!

This journal ends up being a bit of a mix of Srs Business (rants; things I've learned from counselling; &c), fannish & scientific joy, linkspams, poetry, & misc life updates. I tag fairly compulsively, though not always helpfully; I use content notes; I have written up a cast of characters; I aim to maintain this as a safer space, and appreciate (but do not expect!) call-outs when I mess up.

I like it if you introduce yourself when you subscribe, but it's definitely not required. Probably 30% of this journal is access-locked; I give access very readily. Fanworks are always public; AO3 is the canonical place to find my list of works. I'm very happy for you to link to anything that's public, and I'll be even happier if you let me know you're doing it. :-)

Welcome!

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kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
2017-04-28 11:36 am

Today seems like a good day to ask folk not to give people with "Fascists Welcome" doormats money

... it being the UK release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Exhibit A: Nazi Captain America holding Thor's hammer, with an associated discussion of symbology, senior Marvel staff donations to the 45th US President's campaign, etc

Exhibit B: Marvel asking comic stores to change their logos to Hydra symbols and staff to wear Hydra t-shirts.


Like. Especially maybe don't give them opening-weekend money for this shit, please?
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2017-04-27 07:18 pm

peak Alex

"how much do you know about atomic ground states and the quantisation of energy?" I ask, while making custard
kaberett: Reflections of a bare tree in river ice in Stockholm somehow end up clad in light. (tree-of-light)
2017-04-22 09:56 am

[tiny linkspam]

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2017-04-15 02:26 pm
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[food] Matar paneer

The recipe I use by default, which I am rewriting here so that the tweaks I make are included and it's all in the order I want to do things.

Read more... )
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2017-04-10 03:08 pm

Notes-to-self on a Debian upgrade

I remembered from last time that several of these points were trivial to resolve but I didn't remember how they were trivial to resolve and my wry comments didn't actually include details. ERGO.

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kaberett: Photo of a pile of old leather-bound books. (books)
2017-03-25 10:03 pm

snippets

  1. The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. ([personal profile] sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
  2. Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
  3. The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
2017-03-20 02:39 pm

In which Anthony Nolan (the UK bone marrow donor register) are not shit about trans folk existing

... presented as a series of e-mails, sent/received over the past week or so.

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ANTHONY NOLAN. AREN'T THEY GOOD.
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2017-02-26 02:11 pm

the best people I know are looking out for me <3 // ten good things

  1. food )
  2. Also food. )
  3. Still food! )
  4. I am still chewing over last week's Elementary, and redemption arcs and chosen family and boundaries and necessities and narrative imperative in tension with multiple kinds of emotional satisfaction, and the things I find myself wanting -- superficially -- from the story, given points-of-view, and the odd and bittersweet relief at instead getting what I need. The murder plots make no sense, but then they mostly didn't ever; I am still very much here for the characters.
  5. My new CEA card arrived in the post yesterday, which means I will stop feeling faintly guilty about "wasting money" every time I go to the cinema. This is a Good Thing, given how much I'm looking forward to Hidden Figures.
  6. I'm having a really tough time writing an abstract this week, for a variety of reasons, but in the face of that I got a draft in more than 18 hours before the deadline that I was actually reasonably happy with, via the iterative-improvement approach to writing. It needs substantially rewriting, but I've demonstrated that my techniques work, and I've got reasonable confidence that the substatial rewriting wasn't in fact me wildly misinterpreting what was going on.
  7. I said no to someone, and it was fine. (And indeed several other someones, which was less fine but which left me feeling better than I would've if I'd stayed silent.) I told someone I'd screwed something up, face-to-face and more-or-less straight away rather than stewing for six hours over sending an e-mail, and it was fine. Both were really difficult, and I did them.
  8. I appear, via UCH, to have found a sustainable set of strength-building exercises to do that are resulting in measurable improvements. I'm dealing with a lot of complicated Feelings about this pretty well.
  9. Some stripy tulips were much reduced in the supermarket last week; they've been sat in a glass jar on the dining table slowly drying out and turning interesting shapes ever since, and they make me feel soothed and safe and at home.
  10. I am forever gently amused by the thing where, when A is around, we sleep under a single lightweight duvet and are frequently too warm. When he's away, I end up nesting in a pile of that duvet, my three-season much-larger covered-in-dinosaurs duvet, a weighted blanket, and a big soft non-allergenic stripy blue blanket -- and I end up comfortably warm, and with a lot of weight on me, and it's very nice to have occasionally.
kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
2017-02-13 02:36 pm

I have... not been around much

In the "posting or commenting" sense, though I am reading; nonetheless: as I'm on the mass spec for the next two days, any questions/curiosities/discussions? No guarantees about how rapidly or thoroughly I'll reply...
kaberett: Photograph of clementine with perplexed face drawn on. (clementine)
2017-02-12 09:53 pm
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[food] Marmalade!

I ran out of marmalade. It is Seville orange season. I looked at the box of Seville oranges, and noted it was rather cheaper than a single jar of my normal marmalade.

... A decided to enable me.

... well that's a thing that happened.

I've ended up with ~6 jars of tawny clementine-Seville marmalade, and ~4 jars of Seville-with-Gran-Marnier marmalade. RECIPE AND NOTES BELOW, very lightly adapted from the instructions on the box of oranges.

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2017-01-28 10:14 pm

Good news from medical research

[Content notes: HIV, needles, animal experiments.]

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kaberett: A photograph of a dark-grey train with white cogs painted on the side, with a bit of station roof visible above. (trains)
2017-01-27 01:58 pm

[tech misc] Follow-up on LineageOS

I posted in December about the abrupt implosion of CyanogenMod. The code fork, LineageOS, now has a bunch of images built and ready to install. Visit the Downloads page to find your device, and see the blog post Update & Build Prep for more details; the EXPERIMENTAL build may provide a seamless upgrade from CyanogenMod but you may well still have to wipe everything, and the option's going away in just under two months' time.
kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
2017-01-27 01:54 pm

[White Person Talks About Racism, film, linkspam] Moana

On the grounds that pretty much the bare minimum I ought to do after watching Moana was actually read some discussion (and it would have been better if I'd done that first), herewith a brief linkspam. A lot of these have been discussed in detail in the Facebook group Mana Moana: We Are Moana, We Are Maui.

I am not willing to host White People Criticise Critiques Of Racism. If you are a white person and you want to criticise any of the links here, (a) please actually try to read the discussions Pasifika people are having about this because that will give you a better understanding than discussion with me (do not wade in to tell them they're wrong if you go read), but also (b) I am okay with you PMing me to go "??? you thought this was worth sharing can you unpack some more for me" or similar.

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kaberett: A painting of a ship, taken from the cover of Ann Leckie's novel Ancillary Justice. (ancillary justice)
2017-01-27 01:05 pm
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[film] Very quickly, on Rogue One (non-spoilery, initial negativity turned positivity)

I went to see it with [personal profile] me_and and [personal profile] sebastienne and [personal profile] shortcipher on, I think, the 24th of December; I walked out completely underwhelmed, completely unconvinced by the characters, and just not caring.

And then I read a bunch of meta, including all the discussion over at [personal profile] recessional's (no spoilers in post; spoilers in comments are ROT13ed) and [personal profile] nanila's not-a-review, which prompted the realisation that me liking the characters or finding them convincing wasn't the point, and then I cried a lot.

So! That's a thing. Noting for posterity, etc. Perhaps I will watch it again sometime soon.
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2017-01-23 03:26 pm

UK folk: time-sensitive write-to-your-MP task on disability rights

As discussed by [personal profile] rydra_wong, tomorrow afternoon Inclusion London and Disabled People Against The Cuts are hosting a briefing and discussion session regarding the UN finding that the UK government was engaging in grave and systematic violations of the rights of disabled people.

You can use WriteToThem to find, and write to, your MP, in order to draw this session to their attention and urge them to attend. The event details are:
Grave and systematic violations – What next after the UN disability inquiry? Briefing and Discussion
Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament
2.30 – 3.45pm Tuesday 24th January 2017



My letter specifically pulls my MP up on his comprehensive failure to respond to my previous e-mail to him so will be of limited use, but just in case: Read more... )

(If any of you have the cope to adapt this for [community profile] spoonlessactivists, please by all means go ahead and do so.)
kaberett: Reflections of a bare tree in river ice in Stockholm somehow end up clad in light. (tree-of-light)
2017-01-10 08:40 pm

[art] Wildlife Photographer of the Year

About a fortnight ago now, I went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Natural History Museum with [personal profile] swaldman (we are making a habit of this!). I was certainly of the opinion (and I think Simon agreed?) that this year's finalists appeared to have been selected more on technical difficulty than on anything that we could emotionally connect to in the pictures; this was cemented rather for me by the fact that I have more favourites from the 25 People's Choice Award finalists than from the rest of the exhibition (certainly proportionally and possible absolutely). Voting is open until the 16th of January -- maybe go play if you feel that way inclined?

The particular ones I'm having difficulty choosing between are Caterpillar curl, Jelly starburst and Tasty delicacy (which last hits all my buttons around Victorian botanical and zoological illustration).

My highlights from the main exhibition. )
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
2017-01-02 11:04 pm
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[housekeeping]

I am no longer cross-posting to LiveJournal by default. I may still crosspost, but I'm not likely to remember to do so at all reliably. I intend to continue reading.