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So Sean Spicer's resigned (we all knew it was coming), Sessions discussed the Trump campaign and policy issues with Kisylak in 2016, and Trump looks like he's revving up to fire Mueller and Sessions and then pardon himself and his family for everything they've done ever.

And all I can focus on is this story that Sean Spicer stole a mini-fridge from junior White House staffers.
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For anyone who might be interested, Pixar has Pixar in a Box on Khan Academy.

It's primarily directed at film writing, but I think it can be used for all types of narrative storytelling. I've been listening to The Art of Storytelling video series.

It starts out with "We are all storytellers," (I'm there still) which I think is an admirable point and has a number of their creators talking about their amateur efforts and how they got started, like Betty and Veronica fashion fanart. :)

It leads to characterization and story structure, and while I don't know that visual language is going to be terribly helpful to us print writers, it might give good ideas for descriptions of scenery to go around dialogue. There are also lessons and activities that you can do, should you choose.

(I can't find closed captions on Khan Academy, though. That's my one quibble thus far.)

One of my favorite pieces of writing advice is still this graphic: Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling.

No, I'm not saying they have to be YOUR rules too. I'm just saying I find the list as a useful set of way to help me go through one of my stories and figure out what's not working and what I need to do to make it work. Or sometimes, for me to just let go and stopy worrying at something, and maybe come back to it later.
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ETA: Logged out and gone to sleep. Good night, all!

I'm going to be trying to figure out what city I should be setting my urban fantasy in. (Or at least, what it should be an analogue to, geography-wise.)

I'll be on Discord for a couple of hours, if anyone wants to join me:

https://discord.gg/w9PK3Yg

(This time I'll remember to edit the post to say when I log off Discord!)
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The Guardian: Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms

New York Times: Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation

Note: it was "private" as in "out of earshot of anyone except Putin's translator" and "not mentioned to the public". It was not private as in "it was held in view of most of the other G20 leaders OMFG ARE YOU KIDDING ME".

Just to make the whole thing even stupider (on Buttercup's part) and more of a blatant power play (on Putin's).

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder breaks this shit down: A Million Encores: Putin And our Playable President

And spells out one point in particular:

Why do we know about this? Because some of the European G-20 leaders were so concerned about this that they called their global risk consultant to get his opinion on it. That’s what Ian Bremmer does: he assesses global political risk for people who want to use it to make investment decisions.

Doctor Who (and St. Trinian's)

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:59 am
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The best part of the Doctor Who casting announcement is that it opens up EVEN MORE amazing possibilities for horrifyingly beautiful St. Trinian's crossovers.

"Oh, Beverly!" called Miss Fritton from her office, leaning over and waving one hand. Beverly could see one her out of the corner of one eye.

"Yeah, miss!"

"What's that little knobbly thingummy you're pointing at the door?"

"It's a sonic screwdriver, miss!"

"What's it for?"

"Nothing, miss!" There was Dalek invasion and the First Years were busy lobbing explosives from the tower while Beverly - the Doctor, really, but she'd been undercover for years and thought of herself as Beverly still - remodulated the alarm system to broadcast a frequency that would short-circuit their disruptor beams. The Daleks, not the First Years.

Though Beverly privately thought the First Years infinitely more dangerous to let loose upon the human race than the Daleks, but she did have standards after all, and centuries of enmity with the Daleks to uphold.

"So what you're saying," said Miss Fritton, appearing in her doorway with an empty bottle of vodka in one hand, "is that we're out of vodka and you forgot to stock up, is that it?"

"Get the gin, miss," said Beverly, holding back a sigh.

virtual garage sale

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:55 pm
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So it appears that I'm going to be moving again in about two months. I'll save the whys and wherefores for another time, but in order to clear out things I don't feel like moving, and raise moving funds, I'm holding a virtual garage sale. If you're interested in any of the books of DVDs below, comment or PM me.

Marvel comics, literary criticism, and more. )

I am willing to negotiate on everything except the Stargate DVDs, which I have sentimental attachment to and for some reason am willing to part with, but only if they all go out together. Shipping is free in the US. I will send everything USPS Media Mail. If you're outside of the US, we can probably come to an arrangement.

So yeah, got scurvy again

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:08 pm
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For the sake of pedantic clarity: much as I like saying that, I don't actually have scurvy -- quite.

I do presently have plasma vitamin C levels which (Google tells me) would qualify me for a scurvy diagnosis if I was showing any particular symptoms. Which I'm not, beyond my usual levels of fatigue and physical crud (there's stuff -- flare-up of an old injury, etc. -- which, with hindsight I could construe as maybe related somehow, but basically I'm very well, and said stuff would not have made me suspect that anything was wrong). Possibly I'd get symptoms if I let the deficiency run on longer, but that's an experiment I am disinclined to try.

N.B.: this is on an intake of fruit and veg which should easily supply far more than the RDA from diet alone, plus supplementation of a gramme of vitamin C a day.

Which is absurd mega-dose levels.

It used to be two grammes, as that's what it took to drag my blood levels back into the normal range when this showed up on test results before; this past year I suggested tapering down to half-as-ridiculous and monitoring my blood levels to see if they stayed okay. Which they did, at least until last autumn.

Then I was getting a blood test for something else completely, my GP suggested checking my vitamin C levels, and boom, they have fallen through the floor again.

So now, back to double-ridiculous doses and waiting to re-test.

My medical Google-fu is usually pretty good, but it's failed me so far on this. I've asked my doctor to consult colleagues and see if I should be referred to a relevant consultant or WTF, on the basis that it's such a bizarre and extreme test result we should probably see if there's an underlying reason that could or should be treated (or, for example, something which might cause the test to give inaccurate results).

Anyway, I thought I'd lob it to the hive mind in case anyone's heard of a similar case or know of something that could cause this, because I am so baffled. And I realize that my belief that bizarre medical things should happen because of reasons has been shown to be delusional before, but still.

... maybe I have a tapeworm that consumes nothing but vitamin C.

(no subject)

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:04 pm
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If my brain put half as much effort into important things as it does into figuring out how fictional universes work, I might actually be able to make some progress in life.

Me: What should I do about this housing situation? Should I move or shouldn't I?
My brain: Dunno, but you know what could explain instantaneous Vulcan telepthy across light years? Quantum entanglement.
Me: Um, thanks?
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So many photos. At least they're resized so they should load decently? If you want to see one larger, just click on it (or open in new tab).

old wooden sign with Beagle Pups For Sale hand lettered in black paint on a white background
Last Saturday, D went to an auction and his purchases included the contents of some sheds on the property, most of which was scrap metal (or is now anyway). He found this sign laying flat in one old cabinet, so covered with dust you couldn't read it. And now it's mine.

On to the garden pictures! )
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The thing I like about this is Lifehacker article is that it explains the various problems with gluten that people have, and also it lies heavily on the "don't be a jerk if you think someone is a 'faker' with their gluten sensitivity" principle. Which. DON'T BE A JERK ABOUT PEOPLE'S FOOD ISSUES. Whether you think they're faking it or not isn't really the important thing.

Also it's just a really good article that's in the Celiac 101/Gluten 101 vein.

Here's the Deal with Gluten
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Glow is getting less attention than Wonder Woman, but this article is reminding me a lot of the articles about the Amazons working in the background of Wonder Woman - or what would have happened if they'd hired non-athletes and trained them to be athletes for Wonder Woman.

'Glow' Star Betty Gilpin: What It's Like to Have Pea-Sized Confidence With Watermelon-Sized Boobs

Anyone seen it? What do you think? Alison Brie is in it, and I loved her in Community.

[La]

Jul. 13th, 2017 04:17 pm
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Today's the kind of day that would be both better and worse if I were working for someone else. To be fair, that's true of most days, but this one is a little more evenly matched than the usual scale tip in favor of better self-employed. The weather has me in a serious case of brain fog and that completely saps my self-motivation skills, and going into the week without a specific schedule of things to accomplish hasn't helped (although they might just have been more things not getting accomplished, honestly). Being woke up between 4 and 6 am by pounding rain 3 days this week might also have something to do with it.

Fortunately, there's very little chance of rain for the next 7 days in the forecast, and tomorrow looks to be partly sunny, so that's a definite upswing. Today is full clouds after 10 in/25.4 cm of rain in the last 4 days: 5 in/12.7 cm the first half of Monday, 3 in/7.62 cm in 2-3 hours Wednesday, and almost another 2 in/5.08 cm in 2 hours this morning. Needless to say, we're a little waterlogged. Our property has been doing okay in terms of drainage at least, even with all the ditches* full and river up. The drainage tile we installed the last two years is paying off and the new raised beds are basically my favorite thing ever now.

*Shallow types and the ones deep enough to swallow an SUV because farm country in "former" swamp ground

Anyway, I didn't plan a lot for this week because I've worked a little ahead and wanted to use that cushion to catch-up on household chores and other random things while the weather was the inconvenient-for-work sort. Which means feeling guilty for not getting a lot accomplished is like feeling you frittered away a weekend reading when you'd planned to do spring cleaning; it's really not the end of the world, but I think I'm always discomfited by a drop in motivation, regardless of how often it happens. Gotta love social conditioning.

I have at least caught up on laundry, kept myself fed (D's been running on food we both contributed to last week and weekend, whereas I wanted to use some of what's coming out of the garden), and accomplished some low key volunteering and errands including Jack's annual check-up, so that's all something. Basically it's a brain squirrels situation where they're confused due to being atmospherically stoned. Or something. I have a half dozen tabs open of DW posts to comment on so if you get one of those, uh, hopefully they're coherent.

Don't I sound like exactly the kind of person that should be wielding sharp knives in the kitchen in a few hours? Tonight is Thai basil chicken (aka Gai Pad Krapow per The Woks of Life, which is the recipe I'm largely following, but using hand chopped chicken thighs and also jalapeños because I'm weak). This is the primary reason I'm growing so much Thai basil in the first place - I put in a few plants last year, made this dish, and fell absolutely in love. I've yet to see this type of basil available anywhere around me and I only sighted seedlings a couple of times in other areas of the state this past spring.

Ideally, I'll even have pictures to share tomorrow once the sun comes out. I mean, ideally I'd also have some recs and also clean the counters, scrub the other half the floor I started last week, etc., so we'll see how that goes but it could happen.
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Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning

The pattern is free (and color-coded for each section, which is awfully nice), so even if you don't make it, you should either save it to your Ravelry library (if you have one) or download it for future planning purposes JUST IN CASE. It's pretty simple, and should you be looking to learn short rows, this is a good one for that.

It was also translated into French, should you be a native French speaker or wish to practice your French or French-based knitting skills. (I don't believe Ravelry pattern writers turn down translations of their patterns, should you wish to donate your time to spreading the fandom love, but if you are interested, the comments section on the pattern post is here, and my experience on Ravelry's comments has been generally pleasant.)