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Thursday, May 28th, 2015 07:23 am
Have decided my memoir is to be titled "If you meet the Buddha on the road, aim the nose of your car at him, spraypaint your mouth silver, scream "WITNESS!", and floor it."
Thursday, December 31st, 2015 11:55 pm

Leer Denken Wat Je Wilt Denken
- Rients Ranzen Ritskes
Young Woman in a Garden - Delia Sherman
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman (audiobook, read by the author & full cast, re-read)
Het raadsel van alles wat leeft en de stinksokken van Jos Grootjes uit Driel - Jan Paul Schutten, illustrations by Floor Rieder
Gouden jaren - Annegreet van Bergen
Ze noemden me duivelskind - Michaela DePrince* (book club)
De leesclub - Renate Dorrestein (book club)
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (audiobook, read by the author & full cast, re-read)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo*
Everyday Zen - Charlotte Joko Beck
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances - Neil Gaiman
The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn - Clara Parkes
Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman (audiobook, read by the Author & full cast)
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay*
Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman (audiobook, read by the author & full cast)
Revolutie met Recht - Roger H.J. Cox
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan*

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 03:48 am

Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Trixie is a big fan of these little rainbow pompoms. She gets quite possessive of them and if her siblings get too close while she's playing with one, she get's all growly and fierce. It's pretty ridiculous hearing these sounds coming from such a sweet and tiny kitten.

I guess they're a whole lot of fun for her because what you're about to watch in this video is a pretty common sight around here: ball in mouth, belly-up,  paws flailing, kitten joy.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 05:06 am
So you know how sometimes there’s some stupid movie you remember but can’t find what it was? One of mine was some horror sexual harassment comedy about a guy who was possessed or some shit, and all I really remembered was that at some point in the movie, someone told him “you’re not possessed, you’re pozatski.” So every couple of years I google for the term, and have never found anything.

I was randomly going through old blog posts to figure out my life’s timeline, as you do, and I had used the word in a post, decided to google it again, and found THIS:

My Demon Lover / 1987
85 minutes
Dir.: Charlie Loventhal
Starring: Scott Valentine, Michele Little, Arnold Johnson

Movies that cram in as many genres as possible are the best. What could be more special than a movie that wants to cover so much ground? And what could be more fascinating than watching that fail? Enter My Demon Lover, a romantic comedy with an OUTRAGEOUS twist: its main character Kaz (the attractive male lead played by attractive male human Scott Valentine) is secretly a hideous monster. Even TWISTIER? His grotesque features only show themselves when he is sexually aroused. But he still believes in LOVE, goddammit, and he’s seeking it out the only way he knows how: groping women on the street.

Yup. It’s real. From the description, it’s also just as horrible as I remember
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 04:56 am
 Including one of my favorites, the Go-Away Bird, whose alarm call really does sound like "Go away! Go away!"
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 09:46 pm
"The surgeon general has warned against spraying silver paint on your mouth... so we ran him over."
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10:55 pm
This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome. Boundary issues. Negative coping skills. Communication issues. Anxiety.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Comfort food. Positive coping skills. Talking. Self-control. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Skip to Part 7.

Read more... )
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10:46 pm
So everyone is talking about Mad Max: Fury Road and I am starting to contemplate actually watching this movie. I'm not as much a fan of postapocalyptic stuff as I used to be, but daaaamn the buzz is strong with this one.  Thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman for the link.

“Patriarchy, it turns out, is prettiest when it’s on fire.”
-- Laurie Penny, Buzzfeed

What she said.  :D
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 09:35 pm
Shed antlers provide nutrients to other forest animals.  Squirrels, raccoons, and mice are the most prone to gnaw on them for the mineral value. 
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 08:05 am

Posted by mugumogu

Maru:[Hey, I got angry!]

Hana:[I don't know!]

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 06:43 pm
Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good.  It can be personal or public.  We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone.  It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 01:20 pm
Here's a crowdfunding campaign to publish a book about a little boy who is black, queer, and imaginative. 
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 01:08 pm
Here's a thoughtful post on the representation of nonbinary people in genderqueer communities.  I've noticed that people who have to claim their own identity can be very rigid about identity, including a tendency to misgender or misorient other people based on what they think that person "should" be.  Really not helping.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 10:20 am
Twelve years ago, right around this time, my father collapsed at work while waiting for his mower's blades to get sharpened so he could go back to work on his mower at the nursery where he worked part time in his retirement years. Despite heroic efforts to revive him by his coworkers (including my brother, who was one of his supervisors at the nursery), EMS, and the ER department, we officially lost him around noon that day...

Dad had many flaws. He was a total curmudgeon, especially in his final years when his coronary disease was worsening and he was unable to do as much as he wanted to do, but he was really A Good Man who always meant well. I loved him with all my heart, as all Daddy's Girls do. Yes, I was a Daddy's Girl; generally speaking, I had that man wrapped around my little finger. ;) Did I take advantage of that? You bet your sweet bippy I sure did! ;) I learned to not, though, at least not so much or as often, as I got older...

Gods, do I miss that man...The hole in my heart remains enormous for missing him...

Dad playing the chef during deer hunting season sometime in the 80s.

Hope you've been resting well, where ever it is your soul's been hanging out Out There since you left us. Wish you'd visit me sometimes like Mom does, but I understand if that's not your style.

I love you and miss you very, very much, Dad...
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 05:43 am

Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Myron has always looked a little messy. When we first met him, as I'm sure you all recall, he and his siblings were all learning to eat so his rumpled suit was often covered with his last meal. He had many wipe downs, half baths and full baths, but always seemed  a little greasy.  It looked like his hair was clumped together, revealing much of his white skin beneath.

Upon close examination this weekend, we realized it wasn't white skin, it was white fur.  While the tips of of his hair are solid black, the undercoat is white! They call this coloring "black smoke".

Take a close look - you can see it best when his hair is parted.



It's getting more defined as he grows bigger, and now when you watch him move about, you can see the white ripple, and he almost has an iridescence to his coat.

We've had many colors of kittens over the years, but is a first for us.

Myron, your coat is magnificent!