From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2019-01-07:
"Sometimes the ultimate pointlessness of a line of work is so obvious that few involved make much effort to deny it. Most universities in the United Kingdom now have public relations offices with staffs several times larger than would be typical for, say, a bank or an auto manufacturer of roughly the same size. Does Oxford really need to employ a dozen-plus PR specialists to convince the public it's a top-notch university? I'd imagine it would take at least that many PR agents quite a number of years to convince the public Oxford was not a top-notch university, and even then, I suspect the task would prove impossible. Obviously, I am being slightly facetious here: this is not the only thing a PR department does. I'm sure in the case of Oxford much of its day-to-day concerns involve more practical matters such as attracting to the university the children of oil magnates or corrupt politicians from foreign lands who might otherwise have gone to Cambridge." -- David Graeber, from his book Bullshit Jobs.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
Dad's now on 24 hr surveillance again, and of course Stepmother has told me nothing and I texted the nurselady and nothing.
I also suddenly remembered that I was going to send adaptive tableware and plates and mugs and stuff but had totally forgotten because that conversation had been right before I left for the airport after the last trip and I've pretty much been running since.
Carefirst killed my insurance at the end of January. A payment hadn't gone through somehow to correct a wrong autopay and they didn't bother to make any attempt to reach me after midmonth; my attempt to pay was after midmonth. After calls to them on Wed and Thur they did finally send me a termination notice yesterday. I am less than happy. I have since secured "insurance" but it's not in fact anything like what I was told it is, and I have many more calls to make on Monday.
I'm missing a whole bunch of stuff this weekend I would have liked to do because sick, and it's especially annoying in that I'm not /all that/ sick.
I started to watch Fahrenheit 11/9 . . . and I just can't.
TBH, I fully expect that man to be reelected.
I got a handheld GPS device in early 2009 and keep it in my camera bag, so all my photos in the last ten years are geotagged. At the beginning of this year I started migrating all 15 years of my photos to a modern hosting platform. I made the, in retrospect, questionable decision to manually geotag the remaining 5 years of photos, starting when I bought a point-and-shoot camera in August, 2003.
This took five to ten times longer than I anticipated. I considered giving up several times, but the existence of a definite time bound and the thought "I didn't take that many pictures that year" kept me going. But now I'm done tagging and will soon be able to announce my new (but still too cluttered) gallery. And it'll have pins all over the map!
 And by "manual" I mean "Point Google Earth to the location and then tell GraphicConverter to set EXIF data from Earth."
Post-Death Routine, Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan. Magnus wakes up after dying, to find Alex in his room. There are interactions, both verbal and not. *g* (NSFW)
Take the T-Bird Away Psych (TV show). Henry is en route to rescuing his idiot son yet again, and reflects on the number of times Shawn has put himself AND Gus at risk with his harebrained approach to solving mysteries. OMG, this was BEYOND spot-on.
Go read, and be sure to leave some love for the authors, whoever they may be.
I hear there's a confessional going on somewhere on dreamwidth...
"'Our community has some of the most marginalized in our society, so doing things that could potentially harm the livelihood of sex workers doesn't really matter to folks because we are seen as disposable,' Santos muses. 'But we are actively seeing how attacks on sex workers quickly becomes an attack on all women. How are people going to be able to differentiate between a sex trafficked victim and a woman traveling alone or eating dinner alone or just having a glass of wine alone? We are just the entrance to something that can and will get bigger if we allow it.'" -- Sandra Song, "When Anti-Sex Trafficking Policies Like the Marriott's Do More Harm Than Good", 2019-01-30
"Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love." -- Washington Irving (b. 1783-04-03, d. 1859-11-28)
[Happy St.Valentine's Day to all who celebrate it! And FWIW, a good balance of kindness and really clever snark works well too, in my book. ;-) Just sayin'.]
I wrote you a little ficlet/triple-drabble as a present. Don't know if you're still into NCIS (which I haven't written before), and I apologize that it's implied het, but I hope you like it anyway:
( A New Life )
Hope you've had a great day! <3
This was perhaps not my best decision. I'd seen it in the theatres and remembered that it was brutal in the end. I'd forgotten just how slow the rest of the movie is, how much one wants to, so many times, say to Brandon 'omg no, don't do that.'
After, I was curious as to whether Hilary Swank had name power before she was cast - spent some time reading the imdb extras, including that the other young women in the film had all also auditioned for the role. Wondered what the reaction would be now to Swank. Read wikipedia on what differed between real life and the movie, and one of the major things that did was that Lana actually sued the studio over implying a) that she continued the relationship on learning and b) that she was at the murder scene. Also read a 20 years later response by the original village voice writer.
maybe i'll look for the links later.
tired. today's been pretty useless. might ge getting sick.
It's weird to be home. I don't fit.
"For any misgivings I may have about the U.S. government and our policies overseas and domestically, I have no misgivings about my support for transgender individuals currently serving and wishing to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is a question about whether one of our nation's largest employers can turn trans people away simply because we are trans. It is about whether government benefits will be withheld from trans people because of animus and disgust. At the center of these cases and this policy is a question of whether the federal government will recognize trans existence and health care.
"If President Trump's military ban is permitted to stand it will set a dangerous precedent for all trans people in all aspects of our lives. [...]
"But for all of the support for trans service members receive on social media and all the hashtags defending our existence, the truth is that many anti-trans policies gain momentum because of widespread and willful ignorance about trans people, our bodies, and our health care."
-- Chase Strangio (@ChaseStrangio), "The Many Dangers of Trump's Trans Military Ban", The Advocate, 2019-01-24
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2019-02-05:
"Like many of my generation, I became a news addict during World War II. Even now, it takes a definite effort of will for me not to switch on the hourly news summaries, and with a truly global service one could spend every waking minute monitoring the amusing, crazy, interesting and tragic things that go on around this planet. I can foresee the rise of even more virulent forms of news addiction, resulting in the evolution of a class of people who can't bear to miss anything that's happening, anywhere, and spend their waking hours glued to the [console]. I've even coined a name for them -- Infomaniacs." -- Arthur C. Clarke, writing in the May 1977 issue of Creative Computing.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
( Baby ninja quilt and hat )
The following project was not created by me, but by two kindergarten girls (which means they're just 5 or 6 years old). During indoor recess on Thursday, they were working to complete a "book" that they had co-created: one had done the primary writing, the other had done the primary drawing. I thought it was so adorable and well-done for their age, I had to take pictures of the completed story.
( The T-Rex Time Machine )
Is not that adorable?? I loved it.
"my primary tell that i'm a bottom is i like every reply from the other person in a twitter convo" -- Elly (@cherubelly), 2019-01-04
[I'm not sure this is an accurate test ... but then again, I'm a switch who leans sub, and I hit the like button on replies a little more often than not. Hmm. Anyhow, the fun part was all the response tweets from other bottoms.:-) ]
"Meritocracy only works when merit is perceived.
"As it is not perceived equally, meritocracy is no excuse for failing to hire minorities.
"Meritocracy is the goal, but can only come by changing false perceptions."
-- Delaney King (@delaneykingrox), 2019-01-30 (For context and an extensive example of her point, read the whole thread, an example of the exact same qualifications and skills being valued very differently depending on the class/status of the person with those skills)