And then water fell from the sky

  • Jul. 26th, 2017 at 9:22 PM
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You know that feeling when you get soaked on your way into work and then when you put your anorak back on at lunch time it's still wet?

That. It has been that kind of day. Soggy anoraks, exporting data, zipping up enormous files, copying enormous files to various locations where the automatic replication process can do it's thing tonight... I've achieved a lot but it has been very unexciting.

Tomorrow brings more of the same but if the elder gods of the lurgy are kind I might get to spend the evening pretending to be some kind of competent fighter type helping to rescue kidnapped personalities from some very unpleasant people in a transhuman future. Which certainly beats waiting for file copies to finish :)

Day Off

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 10:28 PM
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I ended up in town anyway because it was nice to have a walk and because I got to have coffee with [personal profile] keziath that way :)

Pokémon have been caught, comics have been read, pottering about has been achieved. And Kheldar was generous enough to reduce me to fits of giggles while he was basking on the balcony. His paws twitched. His tail twitched. His tail was expertly bought under control so that the important business of sleeping in the sun could continue. After a few minutes he raised his head, rested it on the side of his water bowl and fell asleep again.

Sploosh!

And now I know why my cat occasionally turns up with a damp head when the rest of him is dry. We have the best Kheldar. The best.

Choices Made With Ease

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 2:42 PM
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Title: Choices Made With Ease
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), ambiguous ending, rated G
Word Count: 293 words
Summary: Saving Holmes was what was important. The consequences of that success meant little to Watson.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] watsons_woes "Healer's Choice: One person Watson chose not to save" prompt.

Choices Made With Ease
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Ahem.

I never mention RL issues here, but...

EEEEEEE I BECAME A GRANDMA FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY

What an amazing, incredible blessing this is. My new granddaughter is beautiful. My daughter is a trooper. My son-in-law is utterly besotted. Quite frankly, so am I. :D

We now return you to your regularly scheduled SG-1 fannishness.

Jul. 24th, 2017

  • 3:43 PM
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The weather doesn't know if it's coming or going and neither does Kheldar. One minute we're having torrential downpours and the next it's basking on the balcony in the sunshine weather.

I've had a busy weekend and a stupidly busy Monday and I suspect I'm going home late because I'm not in tomorrow and there are things that sadly can't be left until Wednesday. But at least this week's remote build instructor is absolutely lovely to work with.

In other news I am definitely spending too much time visiting coffee shops. Today's barista didn't even ask my name :)

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TV, Writing and Whatnot

  • Jul. 22nd, 2017 at 5:48 PM
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Wynonna Earp has been renewed! Awesome news all around, apparently SYFY/Space isn't scared off by a female led shows with canon f/f. Kind of surprising that it's only halfway through S2 and they're already announcing S3, but I guess it's due to SDCC hype.

Killjoys has been pretty good this season, the most recent ep gave us a taste of Pree's warlord days and introduced us to both his current (Gared) and his ex (and Pree and Lachlan's 'goodbye' makeout scene was ridiculously hot. I hope we see him again soon) I need to hunt down everything Thom Allison has ever done, I love his Pree and he's wonderfully kind of twitter.

I fell away from Doctor Who a while back, but the new news re: Thirteen's casting is awesome. I just may have to try to start watching again.

I haven't managed much for this year's Watsons-Woes, a combo of uninterest in Sherlock (the past several additions to canon haven't really been my thing), general bad brain and the fact I set myself the goal of writing something I'd be willing to put on AO3 as opposed to just throw on my LJ/DW. Oh well, maybe the last few prompts will spark something.

I'm debating signing up for the newest remix challenge, http://remixrevival.dreamwidth.org/, which, unlike previous ones, does not allow for turning gen relationships in the original fic into a pairing (all have the rule that if the fic has a A/B relationship you can't change it and remix it to be B/C but the last time I did one it didn't consider that altering A&B to A/B was changing the relationship so that was allowed). I worry a little that I'd get assigned someone who writes only, I don't know, A/B/O HS AUs or something and be stuck trying to figure out a way to write a remix out of something that is not remotely my cup of tea. Signups don't end until 7/30 though, so there's still time to decide.

I'm been doing a lot of genealogy of late. Something I love, but am often hampered by the lack of online resources, location (if only I were still in NY!), money (I can only justify paying for subscriptions to so many sites/ordering so many certificates) and a language barrier. There aren't that many German, Polish or Russian documents available for my tree for me to flail and fail at, but there's quite a lot of church books in Swedish and French (Quebecois technically) that I've been trying to muddle my way through for my husband's. Trying to get through 200 or 300+ year old bad handwriting (sometimes also scanned poorly) in a language I do not know can make for an interesting time. (On that note, if anyone is willing to look at one particular 1819 Quebec marriage record for me, I'd be ridiculously grateful.) By the by, I've also helped create trees for friends, if you're interested in trying to delve into your family's history or expanding on what you know I'd be happy to help. (I have the world ancestry.com subscription and know of a bunch of other sites, some of which are free, so while my expertise is US- particularly NY/NJ/MN, Pale of Jewish Settlement, Canada, and Sweden, I can probably help for just about anywhere.)

Daughter finally arrived home from studying abroad across the pond a few weeks ago. She had a blast and traveled at every opportunity so went all over the UK, Ireland, France, Milan, Italy, Romania, Germany, Latvia, Spain and probably a few places I am forgetting. However it did lead to the great texts like "I'm okay! Was at Notre Dame when everything went down but they herded to a bookstore and locked us in! How awesome is that?" (about the stabbing spree at Notre Dame. She was in Manchester and London the days of the terror events in those places too. Possibly another as well? I can't remember.) She also made it to Oxford and met up with [personal profile] jadesfire there so that was kind of cool. Molly the dog is thrilled to have her girl home, and as a bonus I don't have to walk her in super hot summer humidity anymore now since that's daughter's job when she's here. :)

Jul. 21st, 2017

  • 10:48 PM
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Just when I was in need of a calming distraction... an unexpected Neko Atsume update appears. I've got to admit that I'd mostly stopped playing but given the number of conference call requests that the team mailbox got bombarded with this afternoon now seems like a good time to start checking in on the Neko Atsume yard again.

In real life feline news Kheldar is thoroughly disappointed by the amount of water that has fallen from the skies today. He has apparently spent most of the day asleep under a bed and is only willing to venture outside now that the rain has slowed from torrential to the occasional bit of drizzle. It is very, very wet underpaw and frankly that's just not acceptable for an elderly cat.

Wisdom of the crowd.

  • Jul. 21st, 2017 at 2:01 PM
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Every time I see the promo for this show, all I can think is "that's almost the exact scene from 2010 where the Aschen are lauding 3/4 of sg1....."

Jul. 21st, 2017

  • 8:13 AM
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More things I have learnt from physio - mainly notes to self. I suspect [personal profile] hagar_972 and [personal profile] taennyn may have useful experience here, where I'm just starting out on the same journey they've already been on.

Muscles in the thigh - VMO, lateralis, the big quad one, the sartorius one across, adductors on the inside, abductors on the outside. VMO needs extra strengthening due to hypermobility. The small stabilising muscles tend to give up, then the big muscles compensate, and that's why my hamstrings get tight all the time. Then the hip/bum ones like glute max and glute mede also need help, particularly the latter.

Making sure things activate in the right order is hard. If the lateralis activates before the VMO instead of at the same time, then my kneecap slides sideways and that's one of the reasons it hurts. Trying to activate the VMO first will retrain it so they both go at the same time.

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Wonder Woman, Made of Clay

  • Jul. 18th, 2017 at 7:51 AM
beatrice_otter: Wonder Woman--Black and White (Wonder Woman)
Thing I do not understand about what people take away from Wonder Woman: "Zeus and Ares considering Diana to be Zeus's daughter"="Diana was not sculpted from clay by Hippolyta."  It's like, they assume that the whole "sculpting from clay" thing was just a lie to get away with "where the heck did you get sperm on an island with no men."

I mean, the Greek gods were "born" and came to life in all kinds of weird and wacky ways.  Athena, for example!  Athena was Zeus' daughter with Metis (and very similar to Diana of Themyscira, in a lot of ways).  How was Athena born?  She sprang fully formed from Zeus's head!  He was still her father and Metis her mother.  A bunch of Zeus's other children were at least sometimes considered to have been born through means other than sexual reproduction.  (Ares' mom may have gotten pregnant with him by eating the wrong lettuce leaf at the wrong time.  Ares was still considered a child of Zeus.)  The Greek gods just kind of went with the flow.  The people involved in your creation (whether through sex or not) were your parents.

What I'm trying to say is, everything we are told in the movie could easily be true all at the same time: Hippolyta wants a daughter so she sculpted one out of clay and prayed to Zeus.  Zeus wants a god-killer to take out Ares, and so he obliged her by flinging a lightning bolt her way or whatever, and bringing the baby to life.  The Amazons know this, but what is most important to them?  This is their Queen's daughter, their princess, the only child on the island, their Diana who was sculpted out of clay by her mother.  What is most important to Ares?  That Diana was brought to life by Zeus and is thus his daughter, and therefore Ares' sister, whether or not her birth fits into the standard "mommy and daddy have sex and nine months later a child is born" model that is the only way humans reproduce.  Ares and Diana are not humans.  They are Greek god and demigod.  Ares, in particular, scorns humans, so why would he care about human definitions of parenthood and sibilinghood?  Especially when he's trying to get Diana onside.  "Come join the family" is a lot more compelling than "come join the dude you've been taught to hate all your life for all the horrible things he's done."

As for Diana?  How does she consider herself?  What is most important to her?  That she is Hippolyta's daughter, sculpted from clay.  Yes, she was brought to life by Zeus.  Yes, that means that in the way the Greek gods thought, Zeus was her father.  She acknowledges this tie.  That means Ares is her brother.  But I bet you that when you ask her how she was born, five minutes heart-to-heart with Ares on a battlefield doesn't overturn the fact that she is an Amazon and thinks like one.  And therefore, unless you are specifically considering her role as god-killer, the fact that Hippolyta sculpted her from clay is far more important than Zeus's contribution.

Look at the battle between her and Ares.  She doesn't really ... react much when Ares starts calling her his sister.  She doesn't look, talk, or act like a person having a major identity crisis.  She's just like, "okay, you want to call me sister, sure, fine, whatever, guess that fits too, let's get on with this."  She doesn't react like "OMG, my mom LIED to me, everything I know about myself is a lie!"  It's more in line with "oh, right, yeah, from your POV Zeus's contribution is the most important, whatever."

Several Things Make A Post?

  • Jul. 17th, 2017 at 3:35 PM
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  1. I'm quietly pleased by the Doctor Who casting announcement. I just hope that the writers can step up to it and give her some really good scripts.

  2. Apparently last Friday marked a year of me playing Pokémon Go? I'm playing it less than I used to but I'm still pottering around with it so either that's a hopeless addiction or it's a game that manages to keep long-term player interested.

  3. Went for cocktails at the Rummer on Saturday to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. It was good evening but I should not be allowed access to both friends and internet at the same time. It turns out that if I wave Etsy pages at people saying things like, "I really like this coat," the general response is "That's awesome, you should buy it." So I've got a fancy new coat on the way to me...

Writing Resources: Trauma and recovery

  • Jul. 14th, 2017 at 11:43 AM
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One of the things we fans love is our Woobbie Heroes, the guys (like Daniel Jackson or Bucky Barnes) who suffer so beautifully.  Hurt-comfort, we loves it, precious.  (And oh, I am dating myself with those terms.)

Anyway, there are a lot of fics about, say, Bucky recovering from torture, or where his psychological recovery is a large part of the story.  And one thing I've noticed is that the treatments for PTSD that people normally use are behind the times.  Like, they'll have talk therapy, and maybe a therapy animal or journaling--and these are good and helpful--but there's been a LOT of research into trauma disorders and recovery in the last two decades, and a lot of developments of new treatments.  Talk therapy is not the gold standard of what a cutting-edge therapist recommended by Tony Stark would use.  It might well be part of the therapy, but not the whole of it.  And Sam Wilson, working at the VA, would certainly know this as well.  I am not a professional, but I have read enough of the top books on trauma to have some feel for the subject.

If you would like to incorporate some more current research, understandings, and techniques, the best place to start is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk.  He's got decades of experience and research dealing with combat vets, survivors of childhood abuse of every kind, and every sort of trauma you can imagine.  The book is well-written and interesting and suitable for a non-specialist to read, and it covers the history of trauma in psychology and how we learned what we know today, along with some very interesting case studies.  Best of all, the last few chapters are overviews of what he's found to be the most effective forms of treatment, including a brief overview of what the treatment is and their best guesses as to why it works, and then some examples of what's happened when he has used it or seen it used.  (Also, it's fun how he burns the DSM-V and some of his colleagues.  Like, there is SO MUCH SHADE, OH MY GOD.)

If you want some medical jargon to use in your fic, the place to start would be The Body Bears the Burden by Robert Scaer.  Scaer is a neurobiologist, not a psychologist, and boy howdy can you tell in his writing.  This one is a little more challenging, but it has a lot of medical stuff if you want to use that in your fic and wikipedia isn't doing it for you.

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Wheelchair recs

  • Jul. 13th, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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Your first wheelchair by [personal profile] kaberett was brilliant for helping me upgrade from Shopmobility's hire chair to something designed for active use and being pushed by the person in it rather than a carer.

The Spinal Cord Injury Empowerment Project by the University of Washington has excellent videos on wheelchair skills. The American accent and cheery tone grates after a while, but it's very useful info and nicely bite-sized.