Now: birthday week.

Feb. 27th, 2017 12:30 pm
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I turn 42.

Nature's given me a viral infection as a birthday present.

I am still alive. :D

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

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LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds

LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!
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Had a small fit of nostalgia, downloaded various Toonami mixes, starting with Deep Space Bass. This will only be relevant if you too were glued to the TV watching anime on Cartoon Network over 10 yrs ago (and if you happen to like/appreciate a lengthy collection of random digital beats).

FYI: So's not to disappoint anyone, it's not the themes of the shows or anything, it's all the background noise played by the animated host, T.O.M.


As it turned out the tub was not disconnected, merely shut off, but W's already ripped up the bathroom floor, we still want to install a shower option, and we still needed to tile it anyway, so at least that's one less thing on W's list.

We have also lost our minds knocked down two walls that they'd used to break up the upstairs rooms into tiny dark caves, thus restoring the home into something approximating what it'd likely started out as (full sized rooms with airflow and sunshine!) and ripped out all the rest of the red plush horror carpet as well. That...took a while and involved a lot of filthy names and plaster dust everywhere.

this would be fun, we said. this would be done next week, we said. )

Reading Wednesday on Friday

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:48 am
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I'm not unsick yet, but at least I am upright. I wasn't able to read much while home sick for two days, except a little on my Paperwhite.

Your Wicked Heart by Meredith Duran is shorter than a novel but still had her usual excellent characterization.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous jumps a bit forward from Volume 4, which means I have to find out what happened in between, probably a single issue of yet another comic. Urgh. It remains a great comic, and I love Kamala's family and friends. Also the characterization of Tony Stark.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 continues to be complex and wonderful.

Finally, I started Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder (in print), mainly as a result of having read a terrific essay on Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony in Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction, which I'm carrying around on my e-reader.

Still Sick

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:04 pm
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I can't find my thermometer but I definitely have been running a fever. I just took another hot shower and popped some meds. I feel like crap. The end.

Wednesday Will Happen on Thursday

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:51 am
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I will do Wednesday Reading on Thursday, because I have a sore throat and post-nasal drip and am at home today, which means no bench press tonight and my schedule thrown out of whack, which makes me mad.

Back to the Gym

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:39 am
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After a week of choir, I went back to the gym last night. My knees felt creaky, and stiff afterwards, but I was able to do squats and deadlifts, and paired them with military press, followed by thirty minutes on the elliptical.

I'm still at 70 for military press; last week, on my one gym trip, I almost managed my 25 reps at 75, my goal, but failed at rep 23. So back down I go for a bit.

I am sticking at 155 for squats for a while, and lower for deadlifts because of hand strain. I decided to try the deadlifts without using my lifting hooks; 70 pounds was do-able, though my fingers were feeling it by the last reps. They seem okay today.

I've been skimping on the cardio lately, and mean to get back to it for my three days a week. I'd been so [mentally, emotionally] tired that after work I just wanted to go home and hide, so I'd lift at lunch, which meant no time for cardio. Not a good trend. So back to the elliptical it is.
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I am still alive.

Fever went away, though I still feel weak/fatigued. Though I had to end up cleaning the house (sweeping, mopping, wiping) since nobody had the freaking initiative to help me when I was sick and unable to move. Well, at least, the layer of dust is gone (and we live next to a construction site, so imagine the amount of dust we get). (I am also annoyed that the said site has patches of water everywhere - and they keep on blaming homeowners for mosquito breeding, when the evidence is right there in front).

But... yeah. I am alive.

[family] the rake sketch

Feb. 18th, 2017 11:11 am
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MiL *to W*: ...Did ye know there's a rake in the twin's room?

W: A what?

MiL: A rake! A garden rake.

W: Oh, a rake. Yeah?

Mil: There's a rake in the twin's room.

W: Yes.

Mil: A rake.

W: Yes.

Mil: .....

W: It's Doom!Twin02's.

Mil: It's in their room.

W: Yes.

Mil: ....WHY??

W: Because it's her rake!

Mil: .....

W: *offers no further explanation*

Mil: ...I--you--*splutter!* *throws up hands and goes to store*

this swamp just won't quit us.

Feb. 17th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Have I mentioned? I don't think I mentioned--two weeks ago we ran into yet another snag wherein our 203k inspector had apparently failed to demand the various things that would make our bathroom be functional on the original HUD form, and our contractor had actually only bid on the removal of that weird indoor outdoor shower box thingy, which they did. The bathroom is still mostly untouched, except they did a lovely job painting one wall of it--the rest remains in its original wall-to-wall plushy red carpeted, terrible tiled, disconnected bathtub glory (I will be taking more pictures of this particular 'before'. I promise).



Feb. 17th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Well, I seem to have caught (suspected) dengue. So, basically from Tuesday, my body temperature went from high to low. At the moment, the panadol given by my doc is keeping the fever low and at bay. I am basically monitoring for other symptoms that might just pop up.

I pray that it's just another viral infection, not dengue, because dengue is awful.


A Plug

Feb. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
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This morning, I am surviving by listening to Sea Tangle: Songs from the North, an album that originated on Kickstarter. The singer, Maren Montalbano, is one of my choir buddies, and the violinist leads the band that plays with my choir. The composer did a terrific commission for my choir last year. I don't know the harpist, really, but now she's my friend on the book of faces, does that count?

The cool part is that all involved are female. And if you like art songs, or even if you don't, give it a listen. Because it's really cool. There's a lot of variety.

If you end up buying, and you're feeling especially generous, leave a review. I guarantee you they will appreciate it. My review apparently is not a "verified purchase" review, because I got my copy through the Kickstarter.

Wednesday Reading

Feb. 15th, 2017 09:59 am
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I wasted a lot of reading time last week with fanfiction that I discarded quickly, or too slowly, because it wasn't hitting the spot.

I've been saving my last remaining unread Lois McMaster Bujold for a while, but decided now is the time, and last night started reading Penric's Demon, in the Chalion series. I am enjoying it so much, which is a great relief. And there are a couple more after this one. I only wish they were longer.

I've also started reading my Xmas present to myself, Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry de De Iuliis. It's an oversize hardcover about Glyptodonts and Giant Sloths and other mega-creatures, so yay, escape! Sadly, chapter one started telling me what science is, and what it isn't, and it ranted a bit about creationism not being science, and I was like, too much real life! But I think I am okay now, and will get back to it soon. I already looked at all the pictures; I wish it had more pictures, recreations and such.

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

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* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
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Ah! Ah! Ah!

Feb. 14th, 2017 08:36 am
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Stuff is going on in the news, but I can't follow it right now because meetings and things to do that follow meetings, and then tonight I have dress rehearsal.

I think I want a cheeseburger and a milkshake for lunch.


Feb. 13th, 2017 09:56 am
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I went to a brunch full of writers on Saturday and drank way too much coffee, and learned that one person's rather severe ongoing health problems were on the downturn; her cancer has metastasized and it's looking bad, as in she is dying. I've been sort of expecting this, and we are not close, but I am sad, and worried for her husband, who has a grim outlook on life in general.

I did convince someone they ought to start coming to my choir's concerts; he had come to the Christmas Oratorio and enjoyed it, so maybe my pitch was successful.

After the lengthy brunch and socializing, I headed over to see C. and we binged television: the first episode of Legion and six of the eight episodes of Stranger Things.

Legion was almost too stylish, but I would like to see a few more episodes. I think a lot of the stylish was to replace CGI money they did not have. I hope Aubrey Plaza is in more episodes, though it seems unlikely. I liked the lead actor, Dan Stevens, whom I correctly identified as English very quickly (I did not see Downton Abbey).

Stranger Things was very weird because I remember the 1980s and there were so many homages to the media of that decade that I could barely concentrate on the story. I enjoyed it, but had trouble caring about anyone except Barb and Eleven and Winona Ryder's character, the mom of the missing boy (Joyce?). The rest were too much like characters from 1980s movies, and I don't want to go back to the 1980s. We're hopefully going to finish the series this weekend.

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