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Electra ([personal profile] starlady) wrote2014-04-24 15:33

Peru: Day One Point Five

Well, we made it. I flew United for the first time in…eight years, and it wasn't actually as bad as I feared; the coffee is actually quite good. That said, we were still delayed an hour in San Francisco because of maintenance issues and then because of an inability to find a United crew to staff the spare United plane they found (where from, who knows; the previous plane and crew were Continental; reconciling seniority systems is the hardest part of airline mergers), with the result that I was running through Houston to make my connection to Lima. Considering that I got on the jetway of my arriving flight twenty minutes before our scheduled departure, and the flight to Lima was not in the same terminal, I felt pretty proud of that.

I'm in a hostel for the first time in…many years (I've been lucky enough to crash with friends, or to get travel grants to cover conference hotels), and it's weird. Fine, but weird. I slept about three hours, maybe, and I'm a little paranoid about my laptop and passport, though I have a private room. Lima seems nice so far, though admittedly we are in Miraflores, which is evidently a relatively ritzy part. I haven't seen much more of the city than walking from the hostel to the hotel to get the conference shuttle, which is what I did this morning.

Equally importantly, Pablo Neruda's "Canto XII from the Heights of Machu Picchu" came up in [community profile] poetry today, and it couldn't be more appropriate, given my travel plans.
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lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-04-24 12:26
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Dorene: it was the right thing to do... bring her in. She's slightly dehydrated from not eating and Dr. Choy is concerned about the fact she's not eaten or pooped well in the past days.

She got a short blood draw, which verified signs of dehydration, but was otherwise very good numbers. Therefore they administered fluids to boost her hydration levels. Physical exam turned up nothing save for that she's lost just over a pound since her last weigh in back in December. Teeth and mouth are fine. Belly palpation was fine. Heart and lungs clear.

The trick now is to figure out why she's not eating and to get her to eat. Just in case, she got a shot of the antibiotic Baytril to stave off any possible infections that might be going on, a vitamin shot to boost her immunity and a quarter of a tab of mertazepine (a strong appetite stimulant med) and hand/force fed about half a can of A/D crisis food. They tried to get her to eat it on her own, but I think she might have been too shy/scared to eat it in front of Dr. Choy and Veronica; damned cat. :/ She got some sub-cutaneous fluids for the dehydration and I'm to watch her intake of water along with the food intake.

Dr. Choy suggested feeding whatever it is that Dorene will eat, so I went over to PetSmart and asked the folks there what they would suggest for a gravy loving small morsel eating cat. They suggested Nature's Recipe in chicken flavour--their experience with sick cats is they prefer poultry flavours over the stinky fishy flavours, with cats having colds being an exception to that rule (as it's the only thing they can really smell, and they rely on sense of smell to want to eat). So I picked up one each of the chickeny flavours of that brand that they had and I'll sort through the bag of Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers cans for the poultry flavours and feed those as well. They also, interestingly, suggested I try putting her back on kitten kibbles temporarily because it's full of calories and more nutrients than adult kibble and tastier to them to boot. I picked up Blue Buffalo Freedom grain free kitten in chicken flavour as well. Will be slowly integrating those into her diet. The last thing I want is for her to get a more upset tummy from switching over to a new food(s).

Sigh. All this and my other set of eyes (J) is leaving for an out of town work trip tomorrow morning and he won't be back until Tuesday. So all this sick kitteh stress is all mine. Sigh. Like I said in my other email--can't not have a broken kitteh in our household... :/
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lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-04-24 09:11
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Dorene: fuss pot or is something wrong???

Dorene continues to be eating poorly. She'll eat a bit of kibble that's left over out of Lars' or Ra's bowls, but barely touches that which is in her own bowl. I started her back on Fancy Feast Gravy Lover's wet food about a week and a half ago and she was at least eating that with gusto, but now she seems bored with more than a couple of flavours of that food, too. Two days in a row she ignored the Salmon flavour, so when she rejected it this morning I gave her chicken liver and liver flavour and she ate about 3/4 of the half a can I gave her. Because she's barely touching her kibbles, that's not enough food to sustain her. The last thing I need is for fatty liver to set in because she's not eating enough food... :/

Lars' kibble bowl has lower sides than Dorene's kibble bowl, and she eats his leftovers, so I decided to buy her a bowl similar to Lars' bowl to see if that would change her kibble eating habits. It really didn't change anything; she still pretty much ignored her evening kibble feed last night with the new bowl. :/

A call to the vet was in order. Veronica the tech asked if I knew if Dorene was pooping properly--come to think of it, it's been at least a few days since I've seen a Dorene like poop in the box. :/ Could she just be constipated and not being fussy? And if she *is* constipated, is it her Science Diet Adult formula that's making her so? I've been wondering for awhile if that could be the culprit for constipation in our cat household.

I think what's going on is a combination of factors. She's decided she really doesn't like the Science Diet Adult kibble, she doesn't like eating locked in the safe room (but I'm unsure of what to do about that, because if I don't lock her in there she *totally* ignores all her food and wants to run around and bother her brothers while they're eating. I guess I could try feeding her in the office with me in there with her with the door closed...That way she'll be in a different environment but no one will bug her and she won't be able to bug them because the door will be closed and I'll be in there with her to keep her company.

I'm simply at a loss. She's acting normally otherwise--her usual zippy, spastic self, questionable pooping as of late aside. I think it's past time to change up the kibble situation for sure. Hopefully the boys will like whatever new kibble I try out for them; they seem to like Science Diet Adult just fine, although Lars does leave a bit of his in the bowl every feed.

Sigh. It just isn't life at our house if we don't have a broken cat... :/
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-24 05:05
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badgerbag ([personal profile] badgerbag) wrote2014-04-23 19:34


I am doing a lot! Too much! Yet not enough.

Since Zond7 left Monday night I have suddenly degenerated from my smug routine, forget to eat meals, and there is laundry everywhere. somehow instead of writing extra poetry and living in a nice neat environment I have entered odd workaholic and not taking care of myself mode.

Weird! Instructive!

I think it is also the tramadol and extra coffee. Must fix that tomorrow.

Tea only after 1 cup of coffee, and no tramadol after .. umm..... 1pm?

I wrote to the EFF as i said i would, yesterday i did a fun zine reading thing at DU, I worked quite hard, went to all the meetings ever fucking invented, and hacked some portals whicih was super relaxing and fun, and grocery shopped.

i read from a funny old zine and a section from a newish poem that i think is nearly done.

Cannot do enough at work to feel like i'm on top of things or truly competent. HOw to limit things????? why do i keep on taking more responsiblity?

i do not want to burn out.

also i went to 2 doctor appointments which while not specially stressful or hard, and i went in a cab, were still stressful and hard.

i miss zond7 quite a lot!

i think i need to strictly enforce some hours off even if i can't take a whole day ... which i don't feel that i can....
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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2014-04-23 21:52
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quick follow-up to Hugo reactions post

Still discussion happening in my Hugo reactions post, if that was a thing that interested you at the time; it seems to have had a slow trickle out onto Twitter, sped up today by John Scalzi linking to it and other criticisms of his position from Shweta Narayan, Arachne Jericho, and Rose Lemberg.

I explained why I took a somewhat different approach than those posters in a comment on my old post, but the criticisms of Rose Lemberg, and SL Huang, about the idea of "merits" generally, are important and worth reading as a broadly-applicable matter. (To be clear, I also recommend Shweta and Arachne's posts as powerful and important, they're just a little more focused on the specifics of this discussion.)

A link roundup is being maintained by Stefan Raets.

I'm going to again err on the side of caution and screen anon comments; I will unscreen them as soon as I can if they're consistent with the policy statements in my profile. So far I haven't had to keep anything screened; I will say so if I do. But, if you have substantive comments rather than something about these links, I'd appreciate it if you took it to the original post, because I hate split discussions.

And now, I must go wash dishes.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-23 04:34

Cryptic Gender

Here's an interesting essay about characters whose gender is not revealed.

Now the fun part is, I have done all the things  here.  I've written male and female characters.  I've written around a dozen sex/gender identities.  Usually I specify them.  Occasionally I don't, and I have done that both deliberately and accidentally.  I've written non-binary genders.  I've even got one whose gender is explicitly identified as "I'm not telling."  All of those things matter.  But they don't matter to every story.  It's okay to get through one and realize that you haven't tagged the character's gender.  It's okay to specify something out of the ordinary, whether that affects the plot or is background parity.  Just know what you're doing.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-23 00:08

Story: "Hairpins" Part 28

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27.

Read more... )
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-04-22 20:09

it's like some horrible dream

I have discovered my superpower: Whenever Captain America: The First Avenger is playing on TV, even if I am not aware it is scheduled and have no intention of watching it, I will inevitably turn it on to a scene only minutes before Steve rescues Bucky.

I've done this like five times, okay. That can't be a coincidence! I've never randomly turned on the TV to find CA:TFA playing at any earlier or later point in the movie. Only that point.

Then I always have to watch at least until Bucky dies, because I love pain.

And, because I love sharing pain too, I would just like to point out that Peggy saying, "Allow him the dignity of his choice," in the aftermath of this particular situation is inadvertently THE MOST TERRIBLE DRAMATIC IRONY IN THE UNIVERSE.

*cries forever*

Should I watch The Avengers now? I think I should.

ETA. Okay, yeah, this is like my tenth time watching The Avengers and my first impression is still true: Thor has the most badass entrance.
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KJ ([personal profile] owlmoose) wrote2014-04-22 14:41
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Quick thoughts on the new DA:I trailer

Since, as I mentioned to [personal profile] vieralynn in comments, I can't imagine I can avoid what's in the trailer forever, and I'd rather learn it by watching now than via random, not-as-vague-as-they-think-they-are comments in random Tumblr posts. :)

Not spoilers really, if you've been paying any attention to advance news at all. )

October? October. Good deal.
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KJ ([personal profile] owlmoose) wrote2014-04-22 10:02

Five things make a post

1. My Tumblr dash is over half blocked posts. Must be new DA:I content! From the things that have slipped through (gaaah people why must things slip through), it sounds like a new trailer, which I would actually be interested in watching (just not dissecting in intense detail), so I'll have to check it out when I'm on a better Internet connection.

2. Speaking of Dragon Age, I'm still in need of a beta read for my Dragon Age Big Bang story. Any takers? At this point, given that it's due in less than a week, I'd be happy just for a quick read-through to look for egregious problems. Let me know.

3. I saw Winter Soldier again last week. It definitely holds up. I need to see it again. I posted my thoughts to Tumblr. Note, the entry also contains a significant spoiler for the two post CA:TWS Agents of SHIELD episodes. (Although it's the kind of spoiler that might actually lure some people into watching.)

4. We have another guest conductor this quarter. In some ways, he's as brilliant and as difficult as the guy we had in the Fall, but he has a way of communicating that makes him much easier to work with. The repertoire (church music by Holst and Vaughan Williams) is quite challenging -- so challenging that he actually pulled one work and substituted a much simpler one. It's a little disappointing to put three weeks of work into a piece and then not perform it, but it was absolutely the right choice, because now we can concentrate on making the rest of the concert amazing rather than struggling just to put it all together.

5. DOINK! I have my assignments and know which one I want to do. Now I just have to decide how I want to approach it. And see if I can manage to avoid all the shiny Steve Rogers distractions that the movie has put into my head.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-22 04:29
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Security Flaws

 A crucial and immovable flaw in many security systems is humans.  If people can't get something to work properly, they will find a way to make it work improperly.  I find that there are a great many places online that I don't think need passwords.  It's just something I don't want to fuck around with for trivial uses.  So either I don't go there, or I work around it.  The problem comes when people do exactly the same thing with a really, really important system.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-21 22:54
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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2014-04-21 14:45

more CA:TWS fic recs

I'm home with the Pip this afternoon because daycare is closed, and I can't take a nap because I had to do things and now it's too close to the time he'll wake up, so to keep myself awake, some more fic recs post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Spoilers below; organized chronologically except the one that I had to yell about.


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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-04-21 12:12

CA:TWS fic: Run Until the Road Runs Out

Run Until the Road Runs Out
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, teen, 5300 words. Post-movie. Contains spoilers. Thanks to [ profile] azewewish for looking it over!

Also on AO3.

Sam's along for this ride because he's not about to let Steve Rogers go it alone, but Steve's not the only one who needs a friend.

in which sam wilson is my favorite and everybody has feelings )
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-04-21 04:56