Six Should Write:

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:48 am
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1. More of Madhukar and the Berettaflies.

2. A con-panel style presentation:  The Prehistory of Monster Hunter, outlined below.

3. A con-panel style presentation: Sacred Springs and Blessed Arrows: Shinto in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, outlined below.

4. Work on the fanfic you already have to meet your goal.

I didn't put "more Ormarr background stuff" on this list because that will happen regardless.

Outlines )


(P.S. "yes" is a valid answer but will result in Must. Write. Faster.)

brief and journal-esque

Mar. 27th, 2017 07:54 pm
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I am at my parent’s home, my childhood home, in Kansas City, cleaning out my closet and bedroom. About sixteen large boxes of papers to go thru, ranging from elementary on up thru grad school, much of it sorted repeatedly but all still needing reorganizing and tossing of much of it, but not all - I refuse to toss everything. Lots of fun going thru memories; avoiding ruminating on change, loss, etc so far. Joy in noticing continuities and recovering old creative work. I was very prolific with poetry, sketching, world-building, and childish short stories! Need to tap back into some of it and keep going. Feeling strange but overall positive at this point. Just shy of halfway of a first pass thru all the boxen, getting rid of obvious junk only.
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Okay, recent experiment shows that if you edit, on DW, an imported-from-LJ post and turn on crossposting for it, you wind up with two versions on LJ, the original, and the edited-and-crossposted one.
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Earth Hour is a thing that is happening tomorrow – or today, by the time you get this. It's a light fast: no* illumination for one hour. It's a world-wide observance to demonstrate opposition to climate change and light polution.

It happens tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in your local timezone. All you have to do is turn out your lights for that hour.

Please join the millions of people around the world doing this, if you can swing it.

Locals: the Cambridge Community Development Department is asking folks to participate, and will be giving out hot chocolate at the main library branch during Earth Hour to celebrate.

* There seems to be an understanding that candles, phosphorescence, and fireworks are okay? So this is Reform Earth Hour? Presumably Conservative Earth Hour is where you can have a candle or glow-stick, but only if it was lit before Earth Hour started, and an Orthodox Earth Hour where you will damn well sit there in the dark.

Oh, and for those who don't get the title of this post, the string to search is "how many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb?"
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Let the finger-pointing commence!


Food Friday: unplanned bento

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Other things got in the way of the usual grocery-shopping process, so we sort of did it on guesswork this week. That turned into all the steamed veggies, all the time. The volume was big enough that it was Laptop Lunches or nothing.
Pic and bonus recipe: Chicken Pepperoni Bake )
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Me two days ago:
You know what would be awesome, Medium Game, for the Blue Nation and Obamacare? If outraged Repealists started flipping out on Replacists on Twitter, accusing anybody who espouses Replacism of being a RINO/libtard/Democratic plant/etc and attacking them for being a lazy slob who mooches off the government like those damned Democrats.

Come the day that Republicans expect to be personally attacked by fellow Republicans for expressing any wish for government assistance in securing health insurance, a whole bunch of no-longer-insured Republicans will quietly cross the aisle.

I don't know that the Repealists have started doing this for us. Here's hoping.
Today, on CNN, emphasis mine:
The tug-of-war between the factions angered some other Republicans who are not part of either faction and resent their influence, like Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne.

But Byrne predicted that when the bill finally came to the floor, political reality would kick in.

"If you are a Republican you have one choice. You're either going to vote with Donald Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare or you're going to vote with Nancy Pelosi to defeat the only bill that will repeal and replace Obamacare. And if you're a Republican, that's a pretty simple choice."
Now we just need Red Twitter to run with it. Oh please oh please oh please.

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:00 pm
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My family's long-term economic situation isn't great; we've been doing alright in L.A., largely because of rent control and occupying the same apartment for 40+ years. But that situation is tenuous... development is happening on our block, and even if our complex doesn't fall to it, we need a little more financial security than we currently have. Right now, it looks like we'll be purchasing a house in Cleveland and moving there later in the year, possibly as soon as this summer. I'll be in Japan for May; no sooner will I get back than I'll have to start making preparations to move. Exciting times.

As a reminder, I'm also on Twitter. Expect politics, philosophy, weebism, and salt.
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As I alluded in my post Junk Insurance, while I correctly anticipated that the Republican mickey for the insurance industry would be to legalize junk insurance, I was surprised to find that the ACHA (Ryancare) merely targetted the ACA's (Obamacare's) 42 U.S.C. 18022 subsection d (which specifies the levels of coverage), instead of just directly attempting to gut subsection b, which is the part which defines the ten Essential Hea–
A key element of the negotiations between the Freedom Caucus and the White House revolves around the so-called Essential Health Benefits. The White House is working to possibly include the repeal of Obamacare requirements that certain benefits -- such as mental health coverage, drug addiction coverage and maternity care -- be required in insurance plans. [ one hour ago]

I still have it! \o/

That's it. That's the straight-up legalization of junk insurance, by the front door instead of coming in through the side.

virtual blanket fort

Mar. 23rd, 2017 06:28 pm
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This evening I am building a virtual blanket fort for anyone who wants to drop in. Be kind, and bring cozy things.

I'll start by piling up a huge supply of couch cushions in stacks to make the soft but firm walls of our fort, and draping rainbow fabric from high up so that people can enter the soft space at any height.

ETA: The blanket fort will continue for awhile, since people are having fun with it! Feel free to come and go as you please.
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Heads up: I just got an extremely suspicious email purporting to be from Patreon, requesting support for a political project to defend Federal funding for the arts.

One problem: I got two copies, one to my current actual secret Patreon email address, and one to my honeypot email address - the Patreon-exclusive email address I decommissioned after I learned of the theft of creators' email addresses from Patreon about two years ago.

I checked Patreon's front page and blog and there's nothing there about this political project.

None of the links in the email actually go to, they go to a third party service - which is not unusual for corporate mass-mailings, but which is still... unreassuring.

I strongly recommend not clicking any of the links in the email if you get it.
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It's spring by any reasonable measure. True, we'll have at least light frost for probably a month (maybe two) yet, but... SPRING. Yesterday, I saw mountain bluebirds and the season's first Mourning Cloak. The chickadees are out, the blackbirds have arrived, and the deer and elk are making their spring cameo before they take their fawns back up the mountains.

Goodbye, winter gardening prefix! Ramble and pics under the cut.. )
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Canonical link:

It has come to my attention that some of the Blue Nation is unclear on what is currently playing out on the Right in response to Ryancare. This is terrible: you're missing out on some top-shelf schadenfreude.

A crucial confusion is, apparently, not understanding that there are several different factions over on the Right right now. If you attempt to understand what is happening over there by generalizing from all the things everyone over there does, things look very self-contradictory. I mean, even more self-contradictory than they actually are.

Before explicating the factions and their agendas, I need to take a moment to recount how it has been long much observed that messing with Obamacare wouldn't work or wouldn't be possible, because of the Three Legged Stool principle. The Three Legged Stool of Obamacare was... [3,700 Words] )

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My letter to Anime Feminist.

Mar. 20th, 2017 02:18 am
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So there's a site called Anime Feminist, and it's kind of spiffy. While feminist writing on anime is not a new thing, and can be found on numerous blogs, this is the first site that I know of to explicitly dedicate itself to feminist criticism. I love that they pay their writers, the articles are (generally) high quality, and I hope for much more to come.

That said, I'm not comfortable with their policy on fansubs/scanlations. As it's worded, it seems to go beyond "don't link to them, for plausible deniability" to "they aren't a part of legitimate fandom, don't even talk about them under any circumstance". So I wrote this to their staff.

Hey, I wanted to ask: can you consider softening your stance on fansubs and scanlations?

This is important to me because, one: much of anime and manga fandom is built on fan translations, and two: as it stands, it seems like you aren't welcoming of poorer and otherwise marginalized fans.

I've purchased anime that I wouldn't have because of seeing the fansub, and the same is true with manga and scanlations. But even if that weren't the case, fan translations are an important part of the culture, and have been from the beginning. Fansubbers and scanlators put in a lot of hard work. And their efforts not only help raise awareness of a title, but can help to show the flaws and issues in an "official" translation.

With regional limitations to streaming media, the decentralized and international nature of file sharing can be crucial to being able to see a title at all. Also, depending on where they live and under what circumstances, someone might not be comfortable with importing a title with LGBT themes. Or even able to do so.

Finally, I don't like the division that your statement of policy creates between "real" fans who purchase and "fake" fans who pirate. All fans, including consumers of fansubs, contribute to fan culture; yes, with our money when we're able to. But also with our energy, ideas, and criticism. Our blogging and vlogging. And our sharing what we love. That shouldn't be discounted or stigmatized because it runs up against copyright law. On the contrary, it's what has made anime and manga fandom so vibrant today.


Mar. 19th, 2017 11:07 pm
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I got veggies and things and I made food and this was a happy-making thing. I’m going to post about that instead of the things that make me miserable.

(Contents: food, money, cooking, cooking as coping, cooking as not coping, worrying about food, FOOD) Read more... )

signal boost: on junk insurance

Mar. 19th, 2017 10:09 am
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So along with the many many plans to destroy health insurance access, here's some details on a plan to allow companies to sell junk insurance that only LOOKS like health insurance coverage. Fascinating reading, if you can stop screaming long enough to read it.


Mar. 18th, 2017 12:44 pm
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You are a person and therefore you deserve love and care and safety.

Length, content warning for battling with brainweasels Read more... )

ETA: Comments are now screened in case someone wants to share a personal reaction in private; I will ask before unscreening.
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As a reminder, I blog about endometriosis in public because maybe it'll be useful to someone, sometime.

This entry features a lot of medical detail. )

Comments are screened.

[pshrinkery, psych] Oh

Mar. 17th, 2017 02:18 am
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That feeling when you come across a brilliant, electrifying blog post that is massively informative and deeply insightful in a rare way that makes you giddy and excited and want to meet the author and have a conversation with them and maybe try to become friends with them and they turn out to be dead.

[poetry, lit] Which Came First?

Mar. 16th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Dear lazyweb,

I have to rush off to work. Can anybody tell me which poem was published first: Roethke's "I Knew a Woman" ("I knew a woman lovely in her bones...") or Frost's "Mowing" ("There was never a sound beside the wood but one...")? Or if there is some way one would have gotten to read the other's work besides publication, that date instead.

Thanks in advance
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Canonical link:


As I explained previously, Paul Ryan has proposed a replacement for Obamacare which gives consumers what they want at the expense of the insurance industry, which is mighty suspicious, what with how powerful the insurance industry is.

In particular, Ryancare repeals the widely despised (especially by the Republican base) individual mandate while maintaining the pre-existing conditions exclusion. Why would the insurance industry take that lying down? It would be economic catastrophe for them: the profitable consumers to insure – the comparatively healthy ones – would drain out of the market, while the unprofitable, money-losing consumers to insure – the expensively sick ones – would flood the market and the insurance companies wouldn't be allowed to refuse them insurance.

One possibility here would be that Ryancare actually is ruinously bad for the insurance industry. Maybe the Republicans just are pissing in Hartford's wheaties, whether from cluelessness or from finally deciding they can get away with it. It could be in the context of a daring attempt to bribe the insurance companies' leadership into doing something in their personal best interests but to their companies' devastation. In any event, the upshot is that it's possible that Ryancare really does just fly the entire American health insurance industry right into the ground, and it all goes bankrupt, which would be... interesting.

That was always a possibility – but it seemed worth it to consider the other possibility: that there was something in Ryancare to compensate insurance industry, some concession to them that will let them continue to function. (And also continue to donate to the politicians who are doing this to them.)


Last December, I started working on the thought experiment, "If I were a Republican lawmaker taking my knife to the ACA, I'd want to preserve the pre-existing condition exclusion, because my base wouldn't tolerate its repeal, and I'd want to abolish the individual mandate, because my base will expect that of me. But if I did both of those, the insurance industry will (1) hate me and (2) die. So I have to throw them a bone. But if my base saw me pandering to the insurance industry, they wouldn't like that either. So I'd have to be clever about it. Where in the ACA could I hide a concession to the insurance industry?"

Well, I thought, if it were me, I'd just change the definition of what this "insurance" that insurers have to offer people is, so that it doesn't actually have to cover much of anything, and save them a fortune.

That's easy enough to do... [4180 Words (2800 original + extensive quotes)] )

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[patreon, me] Huh

Mar. 15th, 2017 04:52 pm
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That feeling when you're finishing up a Patreon post on the insurance industry concession being introduced to the ACA and in doing a final tidy of the formatting of the quotes you grep the Ryancare bill for the relevant keyword in the passage you want so you can see the original linebreaks and turn up two hits, and thereby discover an entirely other potential insurance industry concession.

the mindful approach to trivia

Mar. 14th, 2017 08:37 pm
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I am reflecting gladly upon the following items:

… Cherry blossoms starting to crinkle open. Read more... )

… Daffodils.

I am, however, perturbed… ruffled… perhaps even peeved that my car stereo has declined to play CDs.

Small things. All I can handle is small things. Approximately ant sized.

… Make it a good ant, then? Well. I’ll try.

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