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I have been on the internet for fifteen years. I should really, really have known better than to try to search for Dan Patrick on Tumblr by his initials.

Fortunately, I don't have a job, so there was no chance of my doing this at work where I might have had to answer difficult questions about the sudden explosion of double-penetration porn on my dash.

Oh, internet...
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So. I have seen all the Avengers Universe Movies.

I've also started writing fanfic again.

These two events are not unrelated.

I'm going about the fanfic thing in a...slightly different way, though. I have had such a huge problem the last several years with messing around and fiddling and tweaking stories that I end up never finishing them, or if I finish them I never post them. I have a finished Stargate: Atlantis story that I've never posted anywhere but here, and two finished Lord of the Rings stories I've never posted anywhere because I'm just endlessly fussing with them.

So, I'm trying something new. First, I decided to try my hand at posting anon on the kink memes (okay, so I'm telling everyone *here* that I'm posting anon, which is probably defeating the purpose, but never mind), so I feel a little freer for the story to not have to be absolutely totally 110% perfectly perfect with every word delicately crafted into place. (It only has to be 105% perfect.)

Second, I found a prompt that was really detailed. Like, really, really, really detailed, as in pretty much the entire story outlined down to how it ends. The OP has firm ideas on the shape of things, which is great because it means I don't have to make up everything myself (seriously, the OP is getting co-writing credit when I clean it up and re-post it). But, the OP also isn't dictatorial about the little details. So long as I hit the main plot points (which I wouldn't have picked the prompt if that was a deal-breaker), they're happy.

Cut because I discuss (non-graphically) writing non-con )

Fourth, I'm posting it as a WIP. Yes, I know, I KNOW!!! Vows are made to be broken, etc. But I feel like I need to try it and see if it works, if it kick-starts that ten-year-dormant fanfic-writing part of me and gets me over the fallback of "Well, I can always post it ten years later..."

So, yeah, I'm excited about writing again. Who knew? :)
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I have been to the rheumatologist, and the verdict is 99.99% officially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. No one was really surprised. They have to test me for stuff they're pretty sure I don't have, just to make sure I don't have it (TB, HIV, Hep B). In the absence of any other indications of disease, deficiency, or imbalance, though, and with me having several of the items on the checklist of CFS, it's a fairly straightforward diagnosis, unfortunately.

I know CFS was in the news a lot a couple of decades ago, but the Center for Disease Control has a pretty good page about CFS as it's being treated and diagnosed now. The most under-reported news, in my opinion, is that every attempt to link CFS to a specific retro-virus (Or, you know, any virus. Or common factor at all.) hasn't yet been borne out in repeated studies. Anyway, if you're at all curious, the CDC page is a good resource.

Prognosis; or, There are Two Kinds of Statistics... )

My exciting exercise therapy )

Onward and upward.
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About a month ago, I made a Facebook post to explain to the people I see everyday why I had dropped off the face of the planet. I've backdated that post and re-posted it to my journal so I can explain what's going on now. You can read the other post for full details, but the short version is that I've had some kind of (possibly viral) illness that's severely laid me up since mid-September. Time has marched on, and I wanted to touch base and give the LJ world an update as well.

It's still probably an Evil Virus of Doom )

Or it could be my meds )

Or it could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome )

The good news is that I'm feeling pretty good otherwise. I invested in a light box, and it seems to be helping a lot as the days get shorter. Maybe it's just a placebo effect, but as it seems to be a really effective placebo, I don't much care. So, even if I'm worried, I'm still fairly cheerful and I feel that even if this turns into the worst-case scenario, I can figure out how to cope.
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I'm re-posting and backdating this from my Facebook. I made this post because a lot of people I see regularly read my Facebook and I wanted them to know why I fell off the face of the Earth. Now that I'm posting about this on LJ as well, I wanted the background to be here for the record. So:

This is an FYI. I hate to update just for bad news, but I've been putting this off hoping it would go away. (Because that always works.)

So, there's this Evil Virus of Doom... )
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I just got finished reading (most of) Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Jim Miller and Tom Shales. Yes, I bought it because of my not-so-secret crush on Dan Patrick and his voice (he's actually not in the book very much, but I suppose it says a lot about the book that I didn't care), but also because I used to watch a ton of ESPN, especially in the 90s. (I will never forget, Dan and Keith, the footage of the avalanche substituted for every one of the avalanche of goals scored by the Avalanche that one night. Thank you.)

It's a book about a business! And sports! And a sports business! Told in first person by 500 people! Try to contain your excitement. )

This can't really be an unqualified recommendation, because I'm not going to say "Oh, you will all obviously love to read 700 pages of interviews about sports and business and people who run a sports business!" but I did want to praise Jim Miller and Tom Shales for their work. This book is the culmination of years of effort, and I was truly impressed both with the skill that they showed in putting all the pieces of interviews together, and in their philosophy of what to put in and what to leave out. I'm also impressed with their skills as interviewers. I know that Dan, for one, didn't really want to talk to them (Miller said, possibly joking, that Dan was one of the hardest people to get an interview with). They also managed to get access to ESPN, and for that alone they deserve a ton of credit for sheer perseverance. Good job, Mr. Miller, Mr. Shales.
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Pod-together promotional banner
Open for sign ups May 16 to May 27 on Livejournal and Dreamwidth

Full disclosure: I'm not signing up because I suck at deadlines of any sort, but I love podfic. I think this is an awesome idea that deserves whatever promotion I can give it.
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Not that I'm paranoid or anything, but I sort of accidentally, spontaneously formatted all my stories as text-only, zipped them, and uploaded them to Megaupload. You know. Because that's what ordinary people do:

I will also, in the spirit of being perfectly un-worried about story access, mention that I continue to be on Archive of Our Own as favicondmarley.

And, of course, everything is still on Dreamwidth and (for this five minutes anyway) Livejournal:

Dorothy Marley's Fanfiction Index on Dreamwidth

Dorothy Marley's Fanfiction Index on Livejournal

In all seriousness, I do expect Livejournal to continue to be around, and I'm rooting for them in their fight against the various DDoS attacks they've sustained the last couple of weeks. It's just that when a service where one has hosted one's fiction for several years goes in and out because of forces outside one's own control, one begins to think about backups. And about zipping stories as text files and uploading them Megaupload, just because.
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I got a call from the Red Cross yesterday because I had just become eligible to donate blood again, and the gist of the call was essentially "OMG O-neg person please come in PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE." Apparently the Red Cross has used up a lot of whole blood reserves because of the various storms across the US, and the system a couple of days ago has only made it worse.

So, if you feel you can donate and you would like to, now would be a good time.
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Just wanted to report in and say that, despite the tornadoes in Nashville, me and mine are fine. This church with its roof torn off is about half a mile away from our house, but all we got were high winds and rain. We feel pretty darn lucky. We're supposed to get more rain today, but hopefully it will only make us soggier, and not bring more wind and floods and tornadoes. Here's hoping.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in, and I hope that everyone else is doing well. Take care!
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Since I last did any extensive updating at LibraryThing (over three years ago!), they've switched things up a bit. Now there are these "Common Knowledge" fields for the works which contain things like the publication dates, editors, characters in the books, alternate titles, and other tidbits of useful information. It's all nifty, and I'd like to add some information to the Common Knowledge pool.

There are two problems with this ambition.

First, I have about 4,500 books in my catalog. That's a lot of entries to go through. Clearly, some of them will already be up-to-date on their Common Knowledge (I suspect, for instance, that some of the other 50,000+ people who have copies of the Harry Potter books will have taken care of them), but when I've got the only copy of Suffering and Evil in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe, that'll be on me to fill in the fields. This is, of course, the point of the exercise--to add my unique information--but it brings me to my second problem:

LibraryThing no longer allows me to sort by the number of copies. In the Olden Days, you could sort your catalog by the relative popularity of your books. This would be a really useful feature to have right now, since it would allow me to bump all my unique works right to the top and work through them first, instead of having to scan through all 4,587 entries to find the ones where mine is the only copy.

(Okay, there's sort of a workaround, in that I can put Common Knowledge fields into my catalog viewing and then sort by the fields, so at least I won't be constantly clicking on works that already have stuff filled in. But it would really, really be a lot easier to go to works that I can be almost sure no-one has filled in because I know no one else has the book.)

On a completely different topic, if you look at the cover I scanned for the aforemenioned Suffering and Evil as an example, you will note that all the book covers I scanned in and uploaded three years ago suck. A lot. I think there was some miniscule size limit, and boy does it show. I just uploaded a cover for The Mad Scientist Affair that doesn't even qualify as "high quality," but it's about a billion times better. I may have to go back and re-scan some of those covers (another task that that "sort by popularity" thing would be useful for).

Busy busy....:)
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I was going to make a meaningful update, but then [ profile] coreopsis and [ profile] instrumentality posted this meme and I remembered that months ago I had carefully shuffled my music and written it up but never posted it. So, here it is, the first lines iPod meme:

First Line Meme

Instructions (which have been different for every person I've seen post it, which is as it should be): Put your iPod on shuffle. Take the first 20 songs. Post only the first lines of the lyrics of those songs and see if anyone can guess what songs the lyrics belong to. No Googling allowed!

First Line Meme )
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Forgive my spam, but I have a metric ton of Dreamwidth codes from my various accounts. I know a lot of people are very unhappy with Livejournal's latest fiasco, so if you're thinking of checking out Dreamwidth, here's an opportunity to do so. Please feel free to pass the codes along to friends and so on.

For me, I was actually going to opt to use the Facebook thing to crosspost entries from my real-life nickname account because many of my real-life friends and family use Facebook and they like to know that I'm alive and well and see pictures of my cats and stuff, but then stupid LJ put my stupid real-life legal last name on my LJ profile page, so that killed that idea. (This is a good post from Cleolinda, who tested what the crossposting does and how it looks.)

Here are the codes. Share and enjoy! )
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I am looking at e-readers, and am intrigued by the new Kindle, both for its smallness and its (relative) cheapness. My main purpose in buying an e-reader is to read fanfic without having to lug my laptop around, so my main concern is the ability to transfer TXT, PDF and HTML files to the device and be able to read them.

As I looked more deeply into the nuts and bolts of the Kindle tranfser process, though, I saw a big snag, and want to ask Kindle users if I'm reading the help files correctly about PDF and HTML files. Here is what the Amazon help files say about the types of files Kindle recognizes when connected by USB:

Here's a list of the directories and the file types recognized by Kindle:

* Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC)
* Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)
* Music: MP3 (.MP3)

[Blah blah DRM blah]

Personal Documents

Kindle's Personal Document Service allows you to e-mail the following approved file types to your Kindle's e-mail address:

* Microsoft Word (.DOC)
* RTF (.RTF)
* GIF (.GIF)
* PNG (.PNG)
* BMP (.BMP)
* PDF (.PDF): See below for details.
* Microsoft Word (.DOCX) is supported in our experimental category.

Okay. If I am reading this and the section on transferring files by e-mail correctly, I will not be able to transfer PDF or HTML files directly to my Kindle via USB. Instead, I will have to e-mail PDF and HTML files to a special e-mail address, and they will then be sent via wireless to my Kindle.

So, my question for current Kindle users is this: Am I reading this right? Do I have to jump through e-mail hoops and wireless just to send a PDF or HTML file I've saved on my own computer to the Kindle? Really?

This is close to being a serious deal-breaker for me. Nearly all of what I read is saved in TXT format, but more and more authors are offering longer stories in single-file PDFs. If anyone reads PDFs on their Kindle, I'd be interested in your experiences and advice. Including if the wireless process is actually very easy and painless. :)
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The Purse Meme, most recently seen from [ profile] 51stcenturyfox.

The Purse, fully contained:

Photograph of my red purse, full and zipped up

I bought this purse primarily as a receptacle for my crossword puzzles. Of course, I had make sure that my crossword stash would fit. The natural solution was to take my ratty ziploc bag full of dog-eared newspapers into Dillard's and Macy's and try to fit it into various purses. For the record, I was not thrown out of either store.

The Purse, open to show that, yes, all the crap actually fits into it:

The Purse, open to show that, yes, all that crap actually fits into it

And now, under the cut, the actual crap I carry around:

What I carry in my purse )
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I am a genius! And also, amazingly stupid!

One of the problems I was having with my old computer was that all kinds of image files were getting mysteriously corrupted while in my New Fic folder. This did not happen to them while they were in any other folder, just the New Fic folder, and it only happened to files that had some kind of images with them, like .pdfs or picture files. Since there were Other Issues with my computer, I figured that this was probably just some thing with the hard drive going wonky.

I've had my new computer for a few weeks now, and so far all has been well with images and such in the New Fic folder. Until today. I opened a .pdf to read it, and lo! It was wonky. So was every other image and .pdf in the folder.

If you're going to screw yourself over, at least be able to figure out how you're doing it. Eventually. )
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Since I peppered you with all the bad stuff in the winter and spring, I thought it would only be fair to share at least three awesome things that have happened to me lately:

Three Good Things: My Vacation, Weight Watchers, and Parenting Validation )

So, three good things and counting. :)
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I think I said I was going to talk more about Weight Watchers, so I will, a bit. So far, it's really working well for me. I've lost a little over 11 pounds in five weeks (\0/), and it hasn't been impossibly difficult, just a bit of a paradigm shift.

It's mostly been a matter of substituting things I really like to eat that have fewer calories and fat for the other things I really like to eat that have tons of calories and fat, and keeping track of how much I eat of everything. I mean, yeah, I love french fries, but I really will be just as happy with a baked potato with a dab of sour cream and butter. Not to mention that on Weight Watchers I can have the fries every now and then, because WW treats me like a grown-up and gives me extra points to use for occasional treats and snacks.

In other news, we have, at last, released Tom into the house. It seems like forever, but I think the slow introduction with letting Tom live in the spare room a couple of days to let his scent in and then letting them "visit" through a cracked door has paid off. There have been isolated incidents of hissing and growling, but it's kind of hard to take it seriously when both cats are sprawled a couple of feet apart looking so relaxed it's hard to tell which one's making the noise.

Greebo has been doing most of the growling, but so far they seem to be fighting for who's going to be the submissive cat, since mostly they hiss, growl and then run away. There was one point when Greebo was working up a really intimidating growl and then had to stop to cough up a hairball. Not his most dignified moment.

In short, they're getting along as well as could possibly be expected at this point. I'm sure that there will be actual contact fighting at some point, but two days in it hasn't happened. They might not end up as buddy-buddy as Greebo and Sylvester were (see below), but that's okay, too.


:( vs. \0/

May. 27th, 2010 11:22 am
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I have had an...interesting few days.

The set-up:

On Friday, I joined Weight Watchers, finally. I may post in more detail about the actual program later, but here the point is that I went in and signed up and got the materials so I could start going to meetings the next Monday.

Over the weekend I finally sat down to order to the new computer I wanted. My old laptop has been very faithful, but it's starting to glitch in that "my hard drive is dying" way, not to mention that I have to restart Firefox at least once a day to keep it from eating up all the RAM. And the backlight on the screen shorts out about three or four times a day. Little stuff like that.

To make the purchase, we had to transfer funds from the savings at my husband's credit union. Although the credit union did finally upgrade a few years ago from the Commodore 64 computer that used to run the system (that's 64K, by the way), apparently they haven't upgraded to having anyone on hand to make larger transfers on the weekends. So, we had to wait until Monday. No big deal, right?

Yeah, right.

Monday, May 24, 2010-- :( = 3; \0/ = 0 )

Tuesday, May 25, 2010-- :( = 1; \0/ = 1 )

Wednesday, May 26, 2010-- :( = 0; \0/ = 3 )

It's now Thursday. All I've done so far today is forget Boo's lunch. Small potatoes. ;)
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First things first:

As I previously mentioned, my family was relatively unaffected by the flooding in Nashville. But I know someone who lost her home and possessions and every day I learn about new groups of people who are having difficulties getting back on their feet. As always, it seems that those who can least afford it have lost the most. [ profile] elizah_jane has a very good post with resources and links for making donations (thanks to [ profile] coreopsis for the link). There is also a follow-up post with more information. Tomorrow I plan to take my O-neg self down to the Red Cross. It's been so long since I've had the energy to even come close to qualify for donating, and now seems like an excellent time to go back.

In more benign news:

This morning, Boo asked what "If your cat likes Cat Chow they might like this" meant (it was written on our bag of cat food). Since we had been discussing proprietary formulas the day before (don't ask), this led to a talk about brand names, which led to patents, which led to trademarks, which led to copyright. That took up the first half hour of the forty-five minute drive to school, after which we switched to the Kuiper Belt.

The problem? I meant to review the words for her weekly spelling test today.

So, yeah, she'll be fine if the teacher asks her about trademark law, but won't be able to spell "butterfly" or whatever the hell it is I was actually supposed to help her with. Crap.

In other news, the cats are well )
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Those of you in the US who are watching the weather--or possibly the national news--are likely aware that it's been raining a bit here in Nashville. The weather service issued a flood warning several days ago, before the rain even started, and apparently they knew what they were doing. The mayor issued a civil emergency warning two nights ago asking people to keep off the roads because the flooding was just that bad. I live in the southeast part of the city, near a lake, but I'm not on a flood plain. (It should be noted that in Tennessee, "lives near a lake" also means "lives near a dam." Although that's pretty much true for "lives in Tennessee" as well.)

There's no school for Boo today. My husband tried to get to work and discovered that the entire area around the complex where he works is blocked off. Not surprising, really, since the Cumberland river flows right by and it's been breaking its banks since last night. So, he's home, too.

The sun is shining this morning, but supposedly there's more rain in the offing in the next couple of days. And of course the really nasty flooding doesn't happen until all the runoff gets done getting into the rivers. The river I live near, as I said, is dammed, but the parts of the Cumberland that go through downtown and the Harpeth river always flood, and the Stones River in Murfreesboro always does some damage, too. So, yeah, hoping the rain holds off a bit.


Apr. 26th, 2010 05:13 pm
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Dear Trees and Your Pollen,

I realize that you are an important part of my daily existence. You are beautiful and stately and I know that I would find it difficult to breathe without your lovely oxygen-producing qualities.

Right now, though, I'm going to hate you and your stupid pollen for about forty-eight hours.

Miserably yours,

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It's that time of year again, when feline hormones are thick in the air and Tom gets the crap beat out of him. Since this is the second year this has happened, I've come to the conclusion that if he's going to come inside, it should be before anything more serious than a post-fight ear infection happens to him.

FIV, Why Tom Is a Big Marshmallow and So Am I )
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It is finally the end of the Longest Passover Break Ever. Boo's school was closed from March 26 until this morning. I have lost count of the number of games of Clue I have played.

Actually, I was a crappy mom for most of the first week. My allergies were horrible and I spent a lot of time stuffed with antihistamines, rousing only when prodded by little hands for feeding time. Boo was really great about letting me sleep off the stupid allergies and mostly amused herself. I did take her to my knitting group and we had a play date with a knitting pal's grandkids, so I wasn't 100% crap in the mom department. I also made it up a bit this week with the aforementioned Clue marathons and with taking her out places. It's really amazing how nice mom/daughter time is when mom doesn't feel like crap.

Parental Visitation )

Useful Post-Apocalyptic Skills. Or Not. )
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Because I was stupid and managed to give myself the same cold/fever again with my own toothbrush (don't ask), I decided to make productive use of my lying-in-bed time by making a post to share some of my favorite fanfic-reading Firefox utilities (plus a couple of random things). Unless otherwise indicated, everything works on both Mac OSX 10.14 and Windows XP running Firefox 3.5 or 3.6 (some of the add-ons need to be the latest version to run on Firefox 3.6).

Firefox Add-ons )

Greasemonkey Scripts )

Other Stuff )


Mar. 13th, 2010 08:34 pm
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Someone posted a rant on [ profile] fanficrants about the difference between Early Modern, Middle, and Old English. This led to the reposting of a partial translation of Beowulf. Into LOLcat. (Courtesy of [ profile] aesc.)

Hay thar! We can has knowingz of teh c00lniz of
teh Spearcats, teh kingz of teh pplz, in teh old daiz,
how teh prinzes wuz all FTW!1!! \o/
Wif ninja cats Scyld Scefkitteh
stoled teh mead-benchiz (whut??) of many doggiz
an skared lots of pplz. Aftur he wuz
founded bukkitless he got cookies cos he was sad kitteh,
he growed up an pwned c00l stuffs
so all teh doggiz in teh hood
an cross teh see did whut he sed
an gave him cheezburgrs. Taht wuz gud king, srsly.

Beokitteh, 1 tru !1
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Um. Hello. Yes.

So. It's been approximately 10 days since I started watching Supernatural. Watched the latest aired episode last night. I think even for me that's a record for mainlining a series.

First impressions, which, if you have been a fan of the show for more than five minutes, you have no doubt read a million times already at some point in the last five years )
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I looked in the mirror today and thought, "Hey, I look great!"

I laughed out loud at Dan Patrick's singing.

I looked at pictures of kittens. Kittens!

Good grief, if I actually follow through and go knitting tomorrow, I might get a social life, too. Who knows what will happen then. :)
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Okay, so, insomnia doesn't usually occasion glee, but because of the sleep apnea, for a year I have struggled with the problem of being constantly sleepy and the sleep I get never being quite enough. I have had to take three-hour naps every day for probably over a year, and while doing so has kept me functionally rested and able to drive cars without falling asleep at the wheel (well, except for that one time), it's not exactly convenient.

For the last week or so, however, I've had some insomnia. I can't seem to nap during the day as easily as I usually do, and it takes a lot longer to fall asleep at night. Yeah, it's made it a bit harder to get up on the mornings where I haven't been able to get to sleep until 2am, but to be honest? I don't care. :) It's okay to be a bit tired when you've only had four hours sleep. But guess what? I go through my day and when night comes, I'm not so tired that I feel like crying. I'm not so tired that I can't even get up. I'm just normal, everyday, "Gee, I didn't get a lot of sleep last night" tired. I had honestly forgotten what that feels like.

I had a follow-up visit to my doctor yesterday about my new migraine prevention medication and my new dose of anti-depressants (both of which appear to be working well), and I mentioned the insomnia. He said, "I think that's a good sign," and I said, "Yeah, I think so, too." :)

Skip=339 ?!

Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:24 pm
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So, after watching the Supernatural* episode "Faith," I was reminded that I really needed to get a Julie Benz icon (because I adore her). I did an interest search on LJ, found several different potential icon communities in quick succession, and then saw the following horrifying information:

6,659 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

and only slightly less horrifying

3,217 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

And they were all like that. What the hell, icon journals? (You will note that I am not, in fact, showing off a spiffy new Julie Benz icon. :( )

*After all the miscellaneous information I've absorbed about the show over the years of not watching it, why have I not heard about those set designers dreams aka the motel rooms? Did they stop doing them after the first season? I was thrown into some kind of 70s flashback by the panes of orange ripple glass in one of the first episodes, and have watched in fascinated horror ever since to see what kind of monstrosity was coming next.
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My New Fanfic folder, it is clean! Okay, it's supposed to be clean, because it's supposed to be just a temporary holding area for stories while I get their Smart Quotes brainwashed and labels assigned before sorting them into their Proper Places. If this is done as stories happen, it takes about a minute a day. When it's not done, and the folder is bulging with over six hundred stories, it takes four or five days.

The tedious details of how it took fifteen years to realize that sorting by an author's full name is a Good Idea. )

Now all I have to do is work my way through the 1,700 untagged stories in the Torchwood folder...


Feb. 26th, 2010 09:18 pm
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Today was the Purim carnival at Boo's school. It was a bit touch and go whether or not she'd be able to go, because she was out of school Wednesday with a fever, and couldn't go Thursday because she still had it Wednesday evening and couldn't go back until she'd been fever-free for 24 hours. But, today dawned with no fever for over a day, so she pulled on her ballerina costume and set off.

Apparently they had some sort of ticket system to trade for things, and she came home with a paper bag full. Her haul from the carnival included:

  • Neon pink vampire fangs
  • Pink sparkly lip gloss
  • Face paint
  • Pony tattoo
  • Fairy tattoo
  • Pink polished nails
  • Grogger

    For those of you not familiar with Purim, one of the traditions is to make noise to drown out the evil vizier Haman's name every time it's uttered during the reading/telling of the Megilla, the story of how Esther saved the Jews from Haman's plot to kill them. Groggers are the preferred noisemakers for this purpose, and Boo helpfully demonstrated her enthusiasm for the holiday by shouting "Haman, Haman, Haman" and spinning her grogger. A lot.

    We'd usually be at the Purim shabbat service tonight (if only to see how the rabbis would top the Dr. Seuss costumes from last year), but Boo's still coughing a bit and we decided to keep her home. Also, I'm still adjusting to new levels of meds and I'm not too keen on big social events right now. Even if they involve having handfuls candy flung at me.
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    I just finished adding publication years to all my Delicious bookmarks. I started doing it to the new bookmarks back in November, but I had an enormous backlog that could only be tackled by loading every freakin' story and looking at the date on it. (If there was an easier way, don't tell me. Please.) I was able to use the bulk edit function, so at least I only had to make two or three passes to get a bunch of bookmarks done at a time. It was the only thing that saved me.

    It was tedious as crap, but the task did give me a chance to check for broken links, and also replace all the "+" signs with spaces on the Livejournal tag links so they'll actually work again.


    Bookmarks updated: 1 Gazillion (Okay, about 1,200. It just seemed like more.)
    Broken links deleted: 13 (Surprised it was that few, actually)
    Journals deleted while I was updating links to them: 1 (ETA: Journals un-deleted the following day: 1)
    Bookmarks eaten by Delicious: 1
    Number of times same link subsequently eaten until successfully re-added: 3 (Suspect Delicious may be getting wise to 50-tag workarounds. Also, yay for backing up Delicious bookmarks a lot.)

    Breakdown by year, if you're interested )
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    Title: Famous
    Author: Dorothy Marley ([personal profile] dmarley/[ profile] dmarley)
    Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis/Torchwood crossover
    Pairing: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness/Carson Beckett UST
    Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Carson Beckett
    Rating: PG
    Content Notice: (skip) There are no specific warnings for this story. However, the concepts of the Cycle universe lend themselves to exploring issues of consent, and the idea of Cycling carries with it the implications of dubious consent. If exploring further in this universe, please be aware of these issues.
    Length: 1,715 words
    Date Completed: April 3, 2009
    Summary: To Jack Harkness, Carson Beckett is much more than just a pretty face.
    Disclaimer and Notes )

    Famous )
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    To keep myself distracted from the gloomy world outside, I've been combing through old [ profile] torchwood_three posts for stories I haven't read. Which are many. (Seriously, I thought I was keeping up with Torchwood fandom back then.) Even though I was involved in the fandom at the time, and remember a lot of this stuff while it was being discussed, in retrospect it's a bit surprising to see where fans thought things were going, and where they ended up.

    Gwen/Owen 4Evah!!!!! )

    Lots of things you can do with a stopwatch )

    Leakage )

    One day I'll watch you suffer and die )

    Drabbles and WIPs )

    At the time of this writing, I've only just gotten to the days right after the airing of the season finale, so I don't have any post-Series 1 hiatus data yet. But it was fascinating to look back at something that I was actually in the middle of, and look at the patterns that only clearly emerged months later.

    ETA: Less than a week into the hiatus. Apparently "hiatus" is code for "Begin posting all your WIPs,!"
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    My brain is mush. I've been staring at the stories from today's [ profile] torchwood_three for ages, and two of them are the kind of thing I love to read: angsty and innovatively written and surreal and they feature Tosh, but the words are just slithering right across me and I can't seem to understand either of them. This might be put down to the complex writing, except that all the other stories seem to be over my head, too. Including the drabbles.

    Diagnosis: Temporary reader error

    Treatment: Nap

    ETA, four hours later...: Ah, much better. Okay, so I'm not sure I understood either story any better, but I did enjoy them both very much, and that's the important thing. :)
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    Important Writing Tip: If you decide to update your stories on an archive (that you kind of forgot you had them on) and need to use a different HTML tag than the one you just laboriously replaced your ancient ASCII asterisks with, make sure you copy the files to the new working folder. That way, when you inevitably screw up the search and replace (as usual) and need to trash the duplicate files and re-copy them from the originals, you won't go back to the original folder and say, "Hey, where are the originals..." and have to spend twenty minutes replacing the old HTML.

    (Yes, yes, I have backups. But they were across the room. And I possibly didn't think of using them until I was almost done.)

    No, really, I've been using computers for twenty-five years. Honest.
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    I am approaching a state of readiness for my journey west. I am slightly more ready than I'd anticipated being today, because I made my last-minute run for last-minute items today instead of tomorrow. I had no intention of setting foot in any store the day after Christmas, but about two this afternoon I heard a thump downstairs. A few seconds after, my cell phone rang. My husband was calling me from the floor of the hallway, where he was lying after his back had locked up on him.

    I got him up and onto the couch with a heating pad, then made an emergency run to the store for muscle relaxants. (Some things are, after all, just a bit more important than avoiding the post-Christmas rush.)

    The good news is that Al is much, much better now. At first he couldn't even stand up, but just a few minutes ago he was able to walk up the stairs to the bedroom by himself. Much relief all around. And, while I was at the store getting things he needed (for instance, a six-pack of medicinal Guinness), I picked up the last two or three things I needed for the trip. Not the way I would have chosen to get prepared, but it worked out.

    In between driving Al crazy asking him fifty billion times if he needed anything, I also took care of my computer transfer today, shuffling files from the Mac to the Netbook (in the process eradicating Smart Quotes from about 200 stories so I could read them gibberish-free on said Netbook...and I really wish I was kidding), converting and updating files on the iPod, making backups for me, making backups for my mom's iPod, and generally trying to make sure that everything I want will travel with me and I can survive if there's no internet. :)

    I've also test-packed my carry-on bag, and everything seems okay. I'll have to unpack half of it at security because I'll have my computer, camera, GPS, iPod(s) and Boo's DVD player to run through, not to mention my CPAP machine, but that's why I also plan to get to the airport Very Early.

    Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to flying right now. I'm not nervous about the flying part, but I'm worried about last-minute security measures. I've already cut way back on the knitting survival kit, figuring that now is not the time to show up with 50+ double-pointed needles in a wrap.

    Also, this is not the time I really want to leave my husband by himself. Based on previous history, he'll probably be more than able to take care of himself and drive and probably even go to work by Monday, but I'm not happy about jetting off less than two days after he couldn't even walk by himself, even if it was only for a few hours. It was sheer luck that he was listening to cricket over his phone when he fell, and therefore had it with him in the house. I'm thinking of asking him to Velcro the phone to his body until I get back.

    Bad News

    Dec. 21st, 2009 06:58 pm
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    I just learned that [ profile] schadenkatze died in a house fire early this morning. [ profile] lunaris1013 will be collecting donations until the end of the month for her twin [ profile] schaden_freude, who survived the fire.

    I never met [ profile] schadenkatze or [ profile] schaden_freude in person, but they have nonetheless been a part of my life for over twelve years. Signal boost this to fellow SSCers if you can, and please help if you're able.
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    I have completed Phase One of the vacation process. For several years, my mother and stepdad have been mailing their luggage instead of checking it on the plane. They started by mailing one bag because they couldn't fit their metric crapton of ski gear into the checked bag allowance, and then eventually realized that just mailing off the bulk of their gear saved them from the crush of humanity that always surrounds the baggage belt at the Jackson airport. (Imagine about 200 people crammed into a luggage claim area about the size of a postage stamp. Then imagine them all with skis...)

    This year, the mail-in option became even more attractive because American Airlines decided that checked baggage was no longer free, and would be charging $20 for the first checked bag and $30 for the second. So, I lugged my two ginormous suitcases to the FedEx office this morning and shipped them off. The cost to mail two 35lb suitcases to Wyoming? $66, only $16 more than it would have cost to check them onto the plane. And they'll be there a week ahead of time, and I won't have to fight my way through throngs of passengers to get them.

    More about carry-ons, and why CPAP machines don't count )

    Speaking of the CPAP machine, I had a follow-up about my apnea. )
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    So, remember my post about how my sister was going to have to detour around the two (2) landslides that were blocking her passage over the Smokies? And that it would make her getting home for Thanksgiving more difficult? Well, now she's going to have to make the detour while recovering from swine flu. She's feeling a lot better now, but this really hasn't been her year for easy transit home. Honestly, I'm glad I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

    In other news, following up on my concerns about the new Delicious add-on for Firefox, I did a test download on a computer that I don't use much for tagging stories. Sure enough, the clever bastards had closed the loophole that (formerly) allowed users to enter more than 50 tags if they did it through the add-on pop-up window. Guess I'll be skipping that version for a while. It's not that I have a huge number of bookmarks with more than 50 tags, but some of those long stories have a lot of characters and plot devices. (Of course, the obvious solution is to streamline my tags, but that would involve, you know, work. And planning. Much easier to just not upgrade the add-on until I have to. Laziness FTW!)

    Also, did I mention that I finished NaNoWriMo? :) :) :)
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    Just a little plug for Desert Bus for Hope 3. If you've never heard of this, it's a fundraiser for Child's Play, a charity that donates toys and games to children's hospitals across North America.

    How the fundraiser works: A group of gamers volunteer to play Desert Bus, the most boring and pointless video game ever in exchange for donations. The more donations they receive, the longer they play. At the present time, they have received over $16,000, enough money that they are committed to play for 104 hours. So long as they get donations, they'll keep playing. Check it out.
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    One thing I forgot to share in the previous post was the issue I had with the beginning and end notes on AO3, and how I got around them. This is a known issue, but I hadn't seen any information on this particular workaround and thought I would share my experiences.

    I discovered that if I added a note to the end of a story, the interface would then refuse thereafter to add a note at the beginning. I thought at first that this was a shortcoming of the interface and that you just couldn't do both, but then I tried it again on another story and figured out the workarounds. For those who experienced the same issue, here's what I did:

    First, if you are going to add notes both to the end and beginning, select the beginning option first. If you do this, you can then add the end note without, as far as I could tell, any problem.

    If you've already added a end note and want to add a beginning note, you'll need to go to the edit mode and delete the end note. You can't deselect the ticky box (yet), so you have to select the text and remove it, then save the story. Once you've done that, you can edit the story again with a clean slate on the notes option. At that point, just make sure to select the beginning note option first before reconstructing your end note.

    I'm not sure if this is specific to my system/browser, but if you're running OSX and Firefox and ran into this, give it a try.
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    Okay, so I'm sort of caught up with all my immediate things-I-want-to-be-caught-up-on. I have hit my NaNoWriMo goal for today (35,106 words!), and if I just write a little more than 1,000 words a day I'll get it done.

    I have also uploaded all my stories to Archive of Our Own. So far, I'm pretty happy with it. I didn't have any technical problems getting my stories on there, and I like most of the tagging and labeling features. There are couple of things that I suspect still need to be refined a bit, notably what, exactly, the various warning options are supposed to mean, but on the whole what's there is workable.

    So long, Usenet formatting, I shall miss you )

    Also, why the case sensitive option is your friend )

    My thoughts on AO3 tagging )

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