31 August 2014 06:29
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When the Spice Girls first started, my only connections to the word "ginger" were
1) the spice
2) the expression "full of ginger"

So I concluded that Ginger Spice was "full of ginger", and that they'd also gone with a subtle pun because she's a "spice" girl.

It was only last night that my brain finally went "Oh... She's a redhead..."

on holiday

31 August 2014 06:22
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My sister has been known to grumble about the weird British taps, and now I know why: it seems impossible to select both the water temperature and the water volume, simultaneously. You pick your favourite, and try to endure the other one.

We went to Edinburgh Castle yesterday, which was very cool. It's the first time I've seen a castle that has always (pre-museum) been a fully functioning thing, as opposed to being semi-ornamental, and it shows. Rather fascinating. It also afforded me the chance to drink my very first British cup of tea, which was as yummy as I was hoping.

The streets up to the castle could not be more clearly tourist-centric if they tried. If we wanted, we could have bought tartan (kilts, hats, bags, wellies, towels...) at twenty different shops. I was tempted, but refrained. The other standard souvenirs seem to be shortbread and whiskey. I even saw whiskey flavoured tea... which strikes me as slightly gross.

Today, we're going to Hopetoun House, where we will wander the grounds and have a traditional afternoon tea (scones and all), and then to Hadrian's Wall.

Conversation I just had

30 August 2014 14:03
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[phone rings; it's my mother]
Me: Hi.
Mom: Oh, hi. I didn't even hear the phone ring.
Me: That's because you called me.
Mom: I did?
Me: Yep.
Mom: I thought you texted me.
Me: I did.
Mom: I was trying to get back to that screen. I didn't mean to call you. WHOOPS.

Anyway, snagging a meme from [ profile] fluffyfrolicker and [ profile] rosaxx50 because I have been SERIOUSLY REMISS in my icon-making lately. Haha, remember how I used to participate in all these comms and challenges and then I just posted my FIRST ICON POST in like 4 months yesterday? Yeah, we should fix that.

So! Pick a number + fandom/character/ship, whichever suits your fancy ♥ and I will make icons. If you want to give me specific caps, that''s okay, too.

1. Faceless
2. Looking Down
3. Bruised & Battered
4. Up Close & Personal
5. Scenerygasm
6. Full Body Shots
7. Colors Abound
8. Silhouette
9. My Emotions
10. The Space
11. Light
12. Tickles My Pickle (whatever. who knows what might happen)

Just hop-hop-hoppin' along

29 August 2014 23:29
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I ended up down in Redmond Ridge again today for my walk... it's just such a convenient spot, on the way to and from so many places, plus it has some really great trails. I got a bit of a surprise though, when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me!when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Icon Batch #95

29 August 2014 21:28
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OMG it's been aaaaaages since I've posted icons.

[1-57] Snowpiercer
[58-66] Avengers: Age of Ultron promo poster
[67-101] Avengers: Age of Ultron cast at SDCC
[102-106] Chris Evans
[107-109] Young Avengers
[110-117] Hawkeye


Read more... )


29 August 2014 18:15
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So, because YouTube has everything, I've been watching the opening run of Eastenders from 1985:

It's actually bloody epic. Heaven knows if it is, but it seems a hell of a lot more accurate about East End life than Eastenders has been for a long time. Everyone's all cold and the houses are all run down and if people aren't worrying about social change they're worrying about where their next bit of cash is going to come from. And you can just feel the creaking joints of the underclass where even if they don't like each other, they're all in it together (and living on top of each other) and no one likes the police because there's no one who isn't touched by something that isn't just a little bit shady. And Nick Cotton's bloody trousers!

Just finished episode 4 and my Eastenders knowledge is a bit patchy, so I can't quite remember the fallout of Den and Angie... But at the moment they're the most amazing thing ever.

It's all a bit stagey in the way of vintage Beeb, but I would just lap up the contemporary equivalent of this. Plus I think the ratio of minority characters to white characters is the same as it is now, which considering thirty years has passed says something about something. (Definitely can't help but feel "What's pease pudding anyway?" "Some kind of English dhal." is far more interesting dialogue than that time six months ago or whenever that Shabnam was ranting on eternally about how Masood couldn't get with a white woman.)

Anyway, like a lot of stuff from the 80s, it just feels like it's been made by people who have something really important to say and who won't rest until you listen. I love that stuff. Watch it!! /Reminisce!!

ION my stupid wanker internet keeps dropping for no other reason than TalkTalk are bastards.

Fell down a rabbit hole:

29 August 2014 19:05
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A link to the BBC Yearbook from 1930 has put all my other online activities on hold.

Read more... )


29 August 2014 10:14
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Another 12 hours, and I will be in my favourite country in the world.

It has been my favourite country ever since I first learned how to read, and I've never ever been there, and this evening I will be!

(The UK being the country in question.)

We're starting in Edinburgh, then driving down past the Lakes, right down to the south coast, and thence to London. After which we'll go to WriterconUK, and hang out with many LJers.

YAY!!! *waves pompoms*

A pond in the forest

28 August 2014 21:56
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Today for my walk, I stopped off at a trail in Redmond Ridge that I'd never taken before (I'll admit it, there was a Geocache I wanted to find). It was a really pretty walk in the woods, with some marshy areas along the way (thankfully, the trail was well maintained and had boardwalks in the wettest areas). And then I came around a corner and spotted the pond. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Thursday linkspam

28 August 2014 23:12
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* It doesn't seem like a good sign that the Jennifer Lawrence movie Serena has been waiting so long for a release (like, who sits on a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence right now? For real), but it sounds pretty good and now apparently is opening in the UK in two months.

* If anybody still cares about Sherlock, Steven Moffat says series 4 will be "devastating."

* I find it hard to believe there is a huge demand for a Full House revival, but it may be happening anyway.

* Not sure people really want another Vacation movie, either, but I am extremely curious to see Chris Hemsworth do a totally comedic role.

* Here's the trailer for Jon Stewart's film, Rosewater, as well as Jon talking about the project and The Daily Show.

* The next season of Lost Girl will be the last.

* Apparently there are no jokes allowed in Warner Bros.' DC/Justice League movies. Because clearly that was a total bust for Guardians of the Galaxy, right?

* Even Jessica Chastain wants to know where the Black Widow movie is, lol.

* Director Anthony Russo talks about Captain America 3 without actually saying anything, in typical Marvel fashion. (And in typical fanboy fashion, this has restarted the rampant speculation that they're going to kill off Steve Rogers in the third film.)

* I... don't even know where to start here. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan were at a con and someone actually asked them about Chris Evans' well-documented (at least on Tumblr) boob-grabbing habit. Which was weird and awkward and, like, joke about it online all you want, but don't TELL THE ACTORS ABOUT IT.

HOWEVER. I can't decide which is better, the fact that Mackie has NO IDEA what she's talking about ("Who is Tumblr, and why does she think Chris Evans grabbed her boob...?"), or the fact that Sebastian IMMEDIATELY GETS IT and starts nodding before she even finishes the question. LOL that poor boy has clearly been groped too many times. But the best part, of course, is Sebastian's FANTASTIC demonstration (complete with slow-mo replay).

Here's the full panel. The boob-grabbing question comes up around 20 minutes in, but these two are an excellent comedy duo and the whole thing is entertaining.

27 Aug - Blood Donor

28 August 2014 19:07
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After quite a lot hemming and hawing, we decided to do the responsible mature adult thing and skip Dragon*Con this year. We could have afforded it, but by not going, we'll have more money to spend enjoying our trip to Texas in a few months that's supposed to be our real vacation this year. That said, I am never, ever, EVER going to skip Dragon*Con again. I'm already missing it and it hasn't even started yet!

One of the big things I always look forward to every year at D*C is donating blood... I actually plan things out so I can donate there and at Origins Game Fair, although D*C is even better because they give you a cool t-shirt! Since we weren't going, I made an appointment and hit one of the local blood drives instead. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Snapped this photo Tuesday morning after the sun had started to burn off a bit of the fog in the valley.

Even when we have fog here, it's beautiful. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

25 Aug - Cats eating peaceably

28 August 2014 17:50
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Even after all these years, I still can't get over having cats who can eat their food right next to each other. Our old cats, Cymry and Polly, eventually had to be fed on different floors of the house because they'd fight if they were anywhere near each other at meal times. peaceably.

We've got quite the high tech setup these days. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

take me to the river

27 August 2014 17:49
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re-thinking an exercise from my education:

when I was in the seventh grade, my multi-age grade 6-8 class went on an extended field trip; divided into two groups, the Haves and the Have-Nots, we spent a weekend mimicking c19th farm life. I was one of the Haves, and we were bored; the Have-Nots had to do hard work, but they had a lot more fun. Reflecting on the trip, I'm not actually sure what the lesson on socioeconomic class division was supposed to be. I remember concluding, with my friends, that it meant that it wasn't such a bad thing to be poor - and as our families were relatively poor, it wasn't a bad thing to have reinforced that money can't buy happiness. But looking back I'm struck by the way we were set up to overlook systemic oppression. Of course most kids are going to have more fun doing vigorous playful outdoor work than sitting quietly in an empty room. Cyclical poverty isn't like that. You don't get to go home, and it's not fun working for low/no wages when you're an adult with skills that deserve to be fairly valued. They taught us the wrong damn lesson, and likely lessened some of my classmates' tendency to empathize with the righteous anger of the exploited; we were Have-Nots too, for a weekend, and it was nothing to get upset about. 100% certainly it reinforced the blindness of all of the kids who were Haves, myself included, to the real benefits we gained through our various race/class/gender privileges; we were all of us white.

Humuhumu update

27 August 2014 19:38
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I've been jotting down various new quirks as they happen in a paper diary, but as Humuhumu seems to have undergone a big cognitive leap recently, it seems like a good time to make a longer update on her development.


She has lots of ways of referring to things that probably aren't obvious to anyone who isn't her parents. For instance:

  • "Door", accompanied by pointing to a specific kitchen cupboard. She knows that her special treat-foods are kept inside, such as "Pouch" (for an Ella's Kitchen fruit smoothie pouch) and "Cake" (can be either a rice cake or an Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Finger - a sort of chewy grain bar thing).

  • "Bey", which refers to the nursery rhyme "Wind the Bobbin Up". Usually she says this when she sees one of us holding our smartphones, and it means she wishes us to engage its most important function: playing YouTube videos. Today, however, she used it in a particularly devious fashion. I had just made a big bowl of popcorn, which we were sharing as a snack on the sofa. The bowl was sitting between us. She took a kernel, popped it in her mouth and then turned her big brown eyes on me. "Bey," she said. "Pull, pull, clap clap," she prompted, doing the arm motions.

    I started to sing. She smiled happily. Pulling the bowl onto her lap, she turned to face the arm of the sofa, giggling and stuffing popcorn into her mouth as fast as she could.

  • "Key", aka any cotton muslin square. Means "blanket", the corners of which get clutched tightly in her fist while she sucks her thumb. Probably explains why Iggle Piggle is her favourite In the Night Garden character, since he always has his "key" with him.

  • "CUGGLE!" Almost invariably shouted at the top of her voice as she hurls herself bodily at you. OK, this one probably is obvious even if you're not her parents, but she screams it so enthusiastically it's not always comprehensible.


These began fairly recently, and have been coming on in leaps and bounds. My favourites include:

  • "Bless you Mama (or Dada)", when we sneeze. She says it so promptly and clearly. My heart melts every time.
  • "I like/don't like [insert thing here]". Said things usually fall into one of four categories: foods, apps, YouTube videos or CBeebies shows. She uses "don't like" when she has grown tired of something temporarily.
  • "Night night Mama/Dada/Nani". Yes, she says good night to herself.


She loves her alphabet-based books, particularly A is for Aloha, which was one of mine when I was a child. It has a mixture of Hawai'ian and English words along with some beautiful black-and-white photographs of Hawai'i. She requests this one by saying, "'Loha". She also loves her Brian Wildsmith-illustrated ABCs (also ancient). Her identification of letters goes like this, depending on which book she's looking at. The ones with dashes are the ones where she can't say the word yet, e.g. canoe and elephant.

  • A is for: "'loha" or "Apple"
  • B is for: "Beebee" (baby) and "Boll" (ball) or "Fly" (butterfly)
  • C is for: --- (canoe) or "Meow" (cat)
  • D is for: "Dada" or "Fff fff" (dog - I think this is her attempt at "Woof woof")
  • E is for: "Nom nom nom" (eat) or --- (elephant)
  • F is for: "Suki" (friend) or *puffs out cheeks, makes popping noise* (fish)
  • G is for: --- (gecko) or "Goat"
  • H is for: "Hair" and "Flower" (hibiscus) or "Neigh" (horse)
  • I is for: "Ipu" or --- (iguana)
  • J is for: *jump* (jump) or --- (jaguar)
  • K is for: *kisses the page* (kiss) or *attempt at whistle* (kettle)
  • L is for: --- (lei) or "RAAAARRR" (lion)
  • M is for: "Mama" and "Muumuu" or "Eee ee ee" (mouse)
  • N is for: "Net" or "Nest"
  • O is for: --- (octopus) or "Twit TWOO" (owl)
  • P is for: --- (pineapple) or "Peacock"

After this it all goes a bit hazy, apart from "Turtle", "Unicorn" (!!!) and "Yucky".

She's also attempting to "read" more independently. I'll read her a story and then she'll take the book and flip through the pages, chattering to herself as if she's reading it, although I don't think she can yet.


This last week has been an exceptional one in the amount of television we've been watching, since we've both been ill and on our own some of the time too. Hence, we've discovered that we like some new CBeebies shows. We knew we liked In the Night Garden already, as we get an episode of that on the tablet most nights before bed. But now we've added Pingu (penguin and his baby brother), some funny little animated French thing about insects with good music called Miniscule, DipDap (slapstick adventures of a line-drawn character) and Timmy Time (claymation sheep, younger sibling of Shaun, I think?).

We're lukewarm toward Chuggington (animated show about train engines) and Sarah and Duck (narrated by Roger Allam, which softens me toward it but not Humuhumu).

She also likes two I can't stand: Kate and Mim-mim, about a little girl and her purple stuffed bunny toy that comes to life, and Waybuloo, which I'm at a loss to describe. The former is too saccharine even for me (and I have a pretty high tolerance for cutesy) and the latter is strange and pointless and the animated characters are very uncanny valley.


One again, this week has included an exceptional amount of tablet usage, and Toca Boca has managed to make me part with money for apps, something I'd resisted for years. Humuhumu's learning curve on the tablet is positively terrifying. She doesn't know how to unlock it yet ("Uh oh, locked," she says, holding it out to me), but she knows how to scroll to the screen containing her apps, to pick the ones she wants and to use 70-100% of their functionality.

She also has a technique for ensuring that she remembers how to do things within her apps. For instance, in "Pet Doctor", she will select an animal, hold out the tablet for me to show her how to cure its ailment if she can't immediately figure it out, watch me do it, and then keep going back to the same animal four or five times until she has its treatment down pat. She went from being able to "treat" one animal on her own on Tuesday to being able "treat" nine of them unassisted today. I find it fascinating, watching her absorb information and improve her fine motor control in such a methodical way.

(no subject)

27 August 2014 14:23
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C'est une chose à chérir, une brave petite maison posée sur l'herbe sous une voûte d'étoiles. Ici à V.... il suffit de s'asseoir en fin d'après-midi sur le promontoire naturel vers l'ouest pour éprouver la complicité existante des éléments qui diffusent une forme de quiétude.
J'ai remarqué que, lorsque la nature transmet sa force inaltérable, il faut un temps pour s'adapter, pour accepter ces vibrations particulières. Et c'est ainsi que pendant un jour ou deux quand on vient d'arriver, on peut être désorienté, vaguement anxieux. Puis cette sérénité, cette paix sauvage se mettent à couler dans mes veines et mes perceptions du monde s'en trouvent modifiées.


26 August 2014 19:49
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Because it looked like fun, and since I'm writing some stuff again I'm thinking a lot about writing.

Pick no more than three letters/questions and I will answer those questions.

List of questions )


26 August 2014 18:42
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I owe you picspam! )

More prompts to come: Wistful. I might have something for that. Exposé. I think I need help with this one.
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Blindfold 10 , Willow/Angel by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

[rest]Less (the folsom prison blues remix),NC-17 Faith/Tara/First Slayer by [personal profile] snowpuppies.

Saying Goodbye , Giles/Jenny/Xander and More Than Just a Dirty Old Man , Giles/Buffy by [personal profile] katleept.

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

Buzzfeed collected "23 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Jokes That Are Just To Die For".

creativity thoughts

25 August 2014 20:07
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1. Over the weekend, I cleared off a space on my kitchen table, and set up my laptop and desk chair. Suddenly I had a SPACE FOR WRITING. (for logistical reasons, the kitchen table is the best place for this) -- and it was sort of embarrassing how much this increased my interest in writing. Imagine that, I make literal space in my life for something, and I feel more comfortable doing it. I know this observation is as old as Virginia Woolf, but the truth is, I live by myself, because of the real estate market in this area I'm able to own my own space and do whatever I want with it -- so, basically, nobody is keep me from a having a room of my own except me.

2. In a similar vein, I realized with a clarity that I've never had before that I've caught myself in this negative feedback loop where I refuse to give myself time to work on writing -- because, see, I don't deserve to prioritize my creative energies over anything else (like, literally, any other commitment that comes up is by definition more important, because I'm not a serious writer.) And how can I tell that I'm not a serious writer? Because serious writers devote time to it. Which I don't.

2a. I am SO GOOD at self-defeating feedback loops.

3. Over the past year, particularly, I've put energy into thinking as an editor and a critic, and into reading and thinking about what's good or bad about other people's work. (Does this make sense? Slush reading, participating in Hugo voting, talking to and listening to editors, reading about what's good and bad in literature. And while these are all good things, I'm having trouble not only transitioning into creative mode but trusting myself. Currently I'm working on writing for the Shakespeare histories exchange (I know it was due tonight, I did ask for get an extension!) And I find myself worrying about whether I'm doing something wrong, and whether I'm fucking up, and it's getting in the way of telling the story.

4. I feel like I had another thing to say. But I should probably just go write.

5. But maybe I'll give my brain a break and watch some of the Emmys first.

6. Oh, right, Yuletide schedules are up. Nominating is at the end of September! I know I made a list of fandoms earlier but I'm not sure what they all were? I know Hemlock Grove, Max Gladstone's Craft series, and Portlandia* were on there. I'm sure there's something else.

*For the storyline where Fred and Carrie are both dating the same girl.

7. I should sign up for [community profile] femslashex though I'm not busting out with ideas about what to ask for. I forgot to nominate fandoms and I don't think Twilight is on there so I think my perennial Bella/Alice request will need to take a year off.

8. If anybody wants to tell me encouraging things, or remind me of what I wanted to request for Yuletide and/or Femslash, be my guest.

9. You are all great and I adore you.

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25 August 2014 13:21
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[personal profile] lotesse
hold on wait up - Darren Wilson, the man who murdered Michael Brown in the street in Missouri two weeks ago - Darren Wilson is my age??? Mofo looks like he forty! Guess callousness is prematurely aging.
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It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Changes the Rules, Spike/Willow by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Older and Wiser , Giles by [profile] xspike4evax.

ConsequenceOfSound lists the BtVS theme as No. 7 in their "The 10 Most Rockin’ TV Theme Songs of All Time". " Nerf Herder’s theme to Buffy perfectly captures the intersection of high-energy excitement and cool-nerd adventure the Scooby Gang would get up to on a weekly basis. Much like many Buffy episodes, it opens on the promise of a fun, spooky time (courtesy of some moonlit synths), only to be supercharged by some pitch-perfect late-’90s angst — one listen and it’s tough to fight the itch to go patrol Sunnydale Cemetery".

Amazon offers Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel-- Seasons 8 and 9 a deluxe oversize book collecting the covers, pinup art, developmental sketches, and favorite sequences from Season 8 and Season 9 as well as the series Angel & Faith.

It's a table *and* a cat bed

24 August 2014 21:32
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[personal profile] fenchurch
Yay! Two days in a row!

Today's photo is why we leave a tablecloth on the dining room table after we're done eating... and why we *always* change it before we eat there again, because we quickly realized keeping the cats off when we weren't using it was a losing battle.

Zoë sleeping in her favorite spot, with late evening sunlight across the valley behind her. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal

Days of Future Past

24 August 2014 19:25
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I actually really enjoyed X-men: Days of Future Past, which is interesting to me because I really disliked First Class. But it should be stated for the record that Erik/Charles was basically my first ever slash pairing, maybe after Emerson/Thoreau RPS and Sirius/Remus. But in spoilery news:

The one thing I wish was different in Days of Future Past )

lieder ohne worte

24 August 2014 18:18
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[personal profile] lotesse
I wonder who called the cops on Kajieme Powell, and I wonder how they're feeling about it now. That person may have thought they were doing everything right, after all. They tell you that you shouldn't go in after a drowning person yourself, because you'll likely both die that way; you're supposed to call for specialized help, equipped with knowledge and supplies that enable rescue without further risk of life. And the police are also supposed to be specialized help. Powell was visibly not well, and he did have a weapon, and I can absolutely see wanting to get him help without engaging him directly. He needed help. The police, who have protective clothing and presumably SOME training in getting through to suicide risks, are the logical next step.

What do you do about officers who respond to a suicide's agonized plea - "shoot me!" - with prompt and obedient action? They shot Powell down like a dog, mere seconds after their arrival on the scene, and they kept shooting, and after he's dead you can still hear them demanding that he put his hands up.

It shouldn't be possible to use the police as a weapon for self-killing. The drowning ones need to be safely rescued.

And then the PD tries to present it as a "clean" and justified killing of a young Black man by a white cop, only days after the murder of Michael Brown, an innocent Black child, right there in the St. Louis area.

eta: St. Louis Public Radio has audio of the 911 and dispatch calls. People sound worried; the second female caller's tone is pretty gentle, and she's clearly looking to get Powell help in addition to protecting herself and her business. Nothing that would even come close to justifying the kind of immediate massive violence the police unleashed on him.
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If you have seen me and/or Humuhumu in the past three weeks, please read the rest of this entry.

This Saturday morning, 23rd August, Humuhumu woke with red spots on her back and legs. We thought it was heat rash, but the spots had spread and widened and developed little pimples in their middles this morning, so we made an appointment with the out-of-hours GP at the hospital.

He confirmed that it is chickenpox.

She will have been most contagious the day before (Friday 22nd) and for the next five or six days until the spots begin to heal. However, the incubation period for chickenpox can be anywhere from seven to 21 days, so it's possible she was contagious while we were in London and at LonCon 3.

Please be on alert if you or your children have not had chickenpox previously. Humuhumu was lethargic and grumpy with a mild fever for the three days before she developed the spots (we thought she was just tired from the intense stimulation of the London trip), so the symptoms may not be entirely obvious. People I know for certain we had contact with include [personal profile] rmc28, [personal profile] kaberett, [personal profile] qian, [personal profile] yoyoangel, [personal profile] djm4, [personal profile] purplecthulhu, [personal profile] hano, [personal profile] coughingbear, [personal profile] major_clanger, [personal profile] foxfinial and [personal profile] liv. I offer my apologies to those, and to anyone else we may have exposed. If you know of anyone else, particularly those with compromised immune systems, that we may have come into physical contact with or with whom I was on a panel, please pass this information on to them.

Separately, I have come down with an absolutely stinking cold. It's the worst I've had in years - I normally shake these things off quite quickly but this has had me almost flat for two and a half days. So I apologise for being a vector for Con-Crud as well. :(

Hiking to Monte Cristo

23 August 2014 21:21
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I've decided to just start posting my daily photos again and then work on getting caught up as I have time... it's gotten long enough that the task was getting a bit daunting (and, I thought, would also be a bit overwhelming to folks on my friendslist).

Today, we met up with several other Geocachers at the trailhead for the hike to the ghost town, Monte Cristo, up in the mountains. The others were all biking up, but I hadn't had a chance to do my physical therapy to build up my shoulders for it, so we decided to just hike it. All in all, it took us about five hours, with just over three and a half hours of active hiking (I kept track) for the eight mile roundtrip trek. The terrain went from insanely easy (at the very beginning, I was regretting not just bringing the bikes because it was so flat and well-packed) to incredibly rough in the many areas that had been washed out (it was exactly like walking up a dry rocky creekbed). To give you an idea how bad it was, we left about 20 minutes before the cyclists and ended up arriving only about ten minutes after they did... and that was with us making several stops to look for Geocaches, which they didn't. Of course, they sailed right past us in the flat stretches on the way back down.

This post will be very picture heavy, mostly because it was so hard to choose!

Just after the first washout was the temporary "bridge" - a fortuitous fallen tree, positioned across the river. )

About an hour and a half of hiking later, we got to see some of the fun old signs for the town. )

This is the sort of sign that will make you pause before proceeding! )

And some video of Rackham having fun with a random fellow hiker, pushing the old railroad turntable. )

Part of the old ghost town. )

Charitable giving assessment

23 August 2014 23:06
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I’m thinking about rearranging my monthly donation schedule.

At the moment, my regular giving looks like this:

My donations total ~£60/month. That means about £720/annum, plus the ~£200 I give over the winter holiday period. Other organisations that I give to on a one-off basis include:

I’m thinking of replacing BRC with MSF for my regular disaster-relief monthly donation, and adding Mind to the monthly donation roster. I might also replace Wood Green with a more local animal shelter, if someone can recommend a worthy one in the Midlands.

I’d like to support, if possible, UK-based and local (e.g. West Midlands) organisations. I’d also like to support creative people in my online network. I won’t be able to give more than about £100/month, so none of these are going to be huge individual contributions, but hopefully I can help.

Please can you share with me potential organisations or individuals that you find worthy of support? I’ve screened all comments by default. If you’re comfortable with me unscreening your advice, please let me know.


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