tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, October 21st, 2016 08:31 am
Imma just listen to "One More Time" from Hamilton and sit over here and think about how far the mighty have fallen.

If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on...it outlives me when I'm gone...
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016 09:21 am
I joined up for one, and one PH (because I don't need to receive any more in that area), and it's always lovely to receive parcels at this time of year!

Yuletide Swaps!
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Monday, October 17th, 2016 02:25 pm
You know, I understand the anger. People have suffered a lot, and it's not just the Trumpists who are angry.

A Tea Party friend of mine (yes, I have friends who are conservative USians) once sneered at the idea that America should take the higher ground on War in Iraq because of the opportunity/strength it had.

And, out of the ashes of Iraq and Afghanistan rises DAESH.

A lesbian friend of mine once said that while she advocated for gay marriage, all it would do for her was give her relationship legitimacy. Her joy was her own, her satisfaction in her life was her own, and the people who'd rejected her would continue to reject her and hurt her, while the people who accepted her and her partner, legal or not, would continue to love her.

In short, the law closes the legal loophole, but it doesn't heal the wound.

I guess that's what I'm seeing on the liberal side here. The woundedness, the righteous anger, justifies burning the ground and sowing it with salt. There is no halfway. There is no mediation. There's only destroying the other side with anything and everything they have in them. Laws would close the loophole, but nothing heals the wound.

And to imagine the other side has more reasons than just 'I'm a racist, sexist redneck from a rural area' is unacceptable.

I guess I posted the article because I figured, sure, Trump supporters are all that, too, but that kind of mentality - that blindness and stubbornness and cruelty and stupidity - it doesn't happen in a vacuum. Which is what I felt the author of the article I originally posted was trying to say.

It's hard to think through the sting, though. I admit, I had a few moments where I saw red after being told I'm an idiot for not even having a different opinion, but for just adding depth to the matter. But what can I do? Nothing more than anyone can do: live your life, own your own opinions, deal with the fallout.

I have few friends who'd rise up to defend me, I think; they have their own concerns to attend.
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Saturday, October 15th, 2016 10:37 pm
Back to throbbing/aching. Then again, I guess it never stopped, I just took painkillers the last couple of days to deal with the implant.

I wonder if I'm intolerant to the 'cement' they used to seal the implant in.

This is the 'worse before it gets better' part - that's what I'm telling myself anyway...
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Friday, October 14th, 2016 08:37 am
I find it...concerning? Distressing? Terrifying? At any rate, it's sincerely worrying when a 40 year old virgin like myself knows more about consent, and sexual assault vs sexual domination than what appears to be a large proportion of sexually active adults in western society.

5 Helpful Answers To Society's Most Uncomfortable Questions: about privilege and how to recognise that you're not just a leaf, but the whole tree. Also, I like his perspective on the rise of the human race: we've gotten better at taking away the barriers that allow poor, non-white, non-male geniuses to rise, and our society has become overall more productive and more varied - but at the same time, the 'rules' our grandparents operated under no longer apply - because of that variation.

How America Lost It's Fucking Mind: An entertaining and yet very true perspective on the cultural divides between urban and rural. I think this applies pretty heavily to Australia, too, as a country with a combination of highly urban/highly rural areas, and a fierce cultural divide. And while we didn't elect a Trump for PM, Pauline Hanson is much the same political type.

The Rise Of Authoritarianism (and Donald Trump): Really interesting in that Trump is merely the indicator, not the actual movement. And the movement will continue long after Trump is defeated. (And dear heavens, he has to be. Seriously. Y'all cannot be that stupid. Surely.)

The Widow And The Judge: the thing I'm taking from this is the line "God's justice will come, sometimes through human judicial processes...and sometimes in spite of them." I'm not sure whether the writer is alluding to the current political candidtates in the US, or just generally the political situation.

They Vote For You (Australian): a site which I need to take a closer look at. Not that my rep votes in a way that I'd like: he's Australian Liberal/National party (conservative/right-wing) and I lean left. Pretty heavily left. According to this site, though, he has 93% attendance and always votes the party line. Depressing, considering what the Libs are trying to push in Australian politics.

Understanding Urban Agriculture: Part 1 | Part 2: of interest to me because of gardening. Going to need to take some time to read through this.

Presently: reading through the employment contract they're urging us to sign and return (we got bought out by monstrous big acquisitional American company, and so our employment contracts are changing: the meeting in which someone came and talked about the job she does was not encouraging).

- apparently remunerations, vacation requirements are kept, etc.
- a clause that cites we're not supposed to work for a company whose interests might run contrary to current employer for at least six months. For a programmer of my type, this is pretty close to employment death.

It sounds really punitive in contract, although most of the time it doesn't get executed in person. Most of the time.

I should have done this two weeks ago, but kept on putting it off/forgetting and it's due by COB today...

Current sewing project: pattern-testing a bag.

Another progress photo. #shilohsatchel

...and I need to get some more panadol. B2 has snitched all ours...
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016 08:15 am
Headaches. I mean, it's not even 48 hours after I got the implant out, but headaches at the right temple.

stuff )



we're back in fandom limbo )


work )

Ugh. Life.
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 02:41 pm
I hate the 'sparkly' feeling of anaesthetic wearing off...
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 12:29 pm
You would not believe the flip-flopping I've been through on whether or not to take out the implant. First it was yes, then it was no, then it was yes, and then it was no...

I'm going for it. In just over an hour.

If you're the praying kind, I'd appreciate that. If you're not the praying kind, I'd appreciate whatever good thoughts you care to send my way for healing and health and all that.

I should probably have something to eat before I do this.
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Sunday, October 9th, 2016 04:19 pm
B2's party went off without a hitch. There was far more food than was needed, so we have a fridge full of leftovers. (Anyone want to come over for dinner?)

My cheesecake was a hit with the partygoers, but I think I need a proper quiche tin with a loose base so I can make the damn thing then extract it from the pan and present it nicely. Christmas, perhaps.

Oh, and the recipe? Really simple.

port wine cheesecake )


Finished next chapter of 'To The End of Love'. It may be drivel, but if so, it's now drivel that is out of my head, so there is space for the next thing.


implant extract )

Choices, choices. I'm coping with it, but I don't know how that's going to go when I start playing hockey next week (or the week after). Just summer comp, but still...


One question I have about Trump 'going down'.

Let's assume that the USA actually elects the most qualified candidate for president, as would happen in a sane, reasonable world where people actually want someone qualified to do the job, even if they don't like the candidate in question, and even if they're not happy that the candidate has apparently "gotten away" with things that the country has spent millions of dollars trying to prove and yet hasn't managed to do more than suggest that the candidate's actions may have been "unwise".

In short, let's assume that Clinton wins.

What are y'all gonna do if Drumpf won't concede to Hillary? He's been crowing on about cheating and rigged elections (in much the same way that the Bernie Bros did in the Democratic convention), and now that we're in 2016 and we're allowed to live in our own little bubbles of belief with nothing and nobody to challenge them, do you really think that Drumpf is going to declare himself the loser?

I mean, sure, that's the polite thing to do. But the words 'polite' and 'Donald Trump' are not remotely within lexicon of each other.

What if he doesn't?
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Saturday, October 8th, 2016 09:55 am
When you hold off posting something because it's not quite right, and then you find the piece you were missing.

Time for a rewrite.
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Friday, October 7th, 2016 08:26 am
So, apparently my Pottermore Patronus is a Manx Cat.

According to Wikipedia, the characteristics are "docile, good-tempered and sociable", but also "also shy of strangers", and at their best "an alert, active animal of much power and energetic character".

Works for me.


Ethicists Say Voting With Your Heart Without A Care About The Consequences Is Actually Immoral


At the entrance to Dachau, buried among the weeds and gravel, is an old railroad track. It's uneven, hastily built, and ends abruptly at a small unmarked concrete platform.

Here, not even a century ago, thousands of people were herded out of train cars, across the platform, and through the wrought iron gate emblazoned with the words "ARBEIT MACHT FREI."


I've just been reading Jo Graham and Melissa Scott's "Order Of The Air" series, which is one part history, one part fantasy, all parts awesome, and very very relevant in America's current political situation - not just the election, but in mentality, perspective, and the echoes of the past that are rippling through American society now.

If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it, not just for the historical perspective, but also because it's a damned good read.

The first five books are available in ebook format at Crossroads Press - a straight download in ePub or mobi.

Not sure when the 6th one will be out right now...


ficbit )


A shipment of fabric and leathergoods has gone missing. The tracking details says it's been delivered, but we haven't seen it at all.

At this point, I'm hoping that it got delivered to another house in the area - one with the same house number on a parallel street - this happens sometimes. But I'm kind of pissed off with the mail service, because I was hoping to have that delivery last weekend to complete something, and it still hasn't turned up! GRARGH.


B2 is having a birthday party tonight. I've been asked to provide a meat dish and a dessert dish. I was going to make cheesecake, but I'm not going to have the time to do it unless I go home around lunchtime (which I admittedly could).

Although, after a conversation with B1, it looks like I am to be let off by just buying some ice-cream and fruit on account of it being a rather warm day...
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Thursday, October 6th, 2016 11:00 pm
To The End Of Love: Chapter 6 is nearly 10k. It only took me three months to write...

Next focus: Marvel POC
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 04:51 pm
I spoke with the oral surgeon. He's willing to remove the implant. Now the implant may not be the cause of the issues that I'm having, but taking it out would reduce the factors by one. But the sooner the better.

I think I might. I don't really need that 'tooth' (the reason for getting the implant in the first place), whatever he thinks. On the other hand, if the issue is the 'puff' at the end of the root canal, then the issues will continue, and I'll have to look at that tooth more closely. But, yeah, one less factor to consider.

Now I wish I'd contacted him six weeks ago. I just didn't figure he'd be willing to take it out.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 12:18 pm
So, everyone seems to have had a positive reaction to it.

I guess I should finally use that Netflix voucher a friend gave me (or try to; it's probably expired by now) and try to watch it?

Do they show it in Aus?
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Monday, October 3rd, 2016 09:03 pm
October "Labour Day" Long Weekend

Spent quite a lot of it dealing with energy levels.

Tooth has been feeling really swollen, but still no external visible signs, and the scans come back clear. I think I'm going to call the Oral Surgeon and ask about the implant and the cheekbone ache and the headache, along with the TMJ issues (which have really upped the ante in the last two weeks).

I have hit 30K on To The End Of Love, I don't know if it makes any sense at this point. But I just want it done.

My posting date for the Marvel Big Bang is Friday 18th November, so I have 6 weeks in which to finish the final section of the fic. I may not get to NaNo after all.
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Monday, October 3rd, 2016 05:51 pm
So this is the year I go out on a limb. None of the usual suspects, a bunch of fandoms that I've never seen stories in, never read nor written, but would love to receive!

This year, I've been pretty brief on the requests, largely because these are fandoms I've never asked for before (with, perhaps, the exception of Ultimate Spider-Man) and I'm just a little curious to see what you'd do with these fandoms that we share.

Women's Hockey RPF, Bourne (Damon movies), S.W.A.T. (2003), The Shadow (1994), Shadow Of The Moon - M.M.Kaye, Ultimate Spider-Man )


Ultimately, dear Yulegoat, I want you to enjoy writing for me, so don't stress too much. These are just ideas that I have, and I'm not attached to them. If you can write my optional details without twisting your brain in knots, go for it! If you can't, then focus on the characters I've talked about and write your thing. It'll be good.
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Saturday, October 1st, 2016 11:15 am
My impression of Gary Johnson is as the (stero)typical American.

1. Nice enough guy on the surface (as long as you're 'his kind' of people).

2. Ignorant as all get-out about anywhere apart from the USA (doesn't want to learn, either).

3. Obsessed with his freedoms (his, and nobody else's).
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 07:40 pm
Went out and did a little gardening, then found I could barely keep my hands from shaking. Eating dinner with shaking hands: a new experience.

Whatever's going on, I think it's getting worse. We'll try for a really good night's sleep (or a sequence of naps) and see what tomorrow brings.

Upside: I finished my [community profile] crossovering assignment.

Downside: the sequel to Between Destiny And Love wants to be written, now that I've managed to work it into Cap 3: Civil War. And Part 3, which will be called Paved With Good Intentions may very well tie in with Dr. Strange (even if I don't go see it in the cinemas).

In the meantime, I still have:
- To The End of Love
- Marvel Bang fic
- Marvel POC fic
- the Winter Falcon fic