Apr. 18th, 2014 05:03 pm
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I am officially discharged from PT! My right hand strength is up to 80 percent of the left hand's, which is close enough to normal that I can do most things. I'm supposed to stick with the weight machines for a while instead of free weights, and also the cable machines. I will have to work back up to pushups slowly, but they should be fine, eventually.

I am so relieved, I can't even tell you.

But I'm not going to the gym tonight. I have a serious case of the don't wannas, and I think I can take the night off without harm. Besides, my arm is still sore from Wednesday.

Things To Do

Apr. 18th, 2014 09:22 am
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I need to do things this weekend, but I'm not sure how many of them I will actually accomplish. I need to finish my review book, and so some mroe laundry, and clean off my couch (sorting through junk mail), and cull some more books. I also need to figure out the best way to get rid of the books once culled - the Free Library has a store, and I've donated to that before, so maybe them.

My closets desperately need help as well, but I don't think that will be this weekend. That needs to be several, smaller efforts.

And I have a pile of paper to go through, a mixture of letters and cards and event programs and such, that's been accumulating dust for months.

And I have things to mail.

And website stuff to deal with.

And PT this afternoon.

Will I do any of this? Stay tuned.

More muscles please

Apr. 17th, 2014 08:53 am
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I went to the gym last night and did many interesting things with the cable machine, mostly just with my right arm, with occasional switch-offs to remind myself of the strength of my left arm. I interspersed many stretches, and some pronation/supination with a small dumbbell. And today, my arm does not seem to be falling off. Yay.

I then spent half an hour on the elliptical, reading Martha Wells Emilie and the Hollow World.

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Apr. 16th, 2014 11:58 pm
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the back of my chair fell off. like, fell off and i cant fix it anymore. D: gonna have to start walking to campus to do work now.

I took a walk today! unfortunately where I live in Riverside is not very interesting, just houses and apartment complexes. =/ sigh. i miss living in a downtown area!

investigating multivitamin powder options. preferrably something with high folic acid content, since i always forget to take my pills. the protein powder smoothies in the morning seems to be working out for me, so time to look into this further. two scoops of the stuff help with the texture a lot. it's not like using a banana, but close enough!


Apr. 16th, 2014 09:19 am
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I posted my Reading Wednesday yesterday, on Tuesday, and didn't realize it was the wrong day until the afternoon. Possibly because I was in meetings for 3 straight hours, and also my brain would not stop playing the same Bach cantata until I got home and put in my most recent mix, while I hung up a load of laundry and changed my sheets.

I'm going back to the gym this evening, and I'll try the new tricep exercise again - it's a pulldown, similar to the one with the resistance band, but with weights on cables. It's very enlightening to compare that move on my uninjured left arm with the difficulty on the right.

Did anyone register for Flight Rising on the 14th?

Wednesday Reading

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:13 am
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I'm reading a book for anonymous review, so I can't tell you about it. But I did read fanfic this week.

Not About Superheroes (A Private Little War) by AnnaFugazzi is Captain America/Iron Man slash that explores how Steve, who's gay, might (slowly) adapt to modern acceptance of homosexuality in the military, and gay marriage. It's the first time I've seen a detailed exploration of this idea, instead of quickly glossing it over, or having him easily accept everything.

I was deeply enjoying Jekyll And Charlotte by teaberryblue and then it ended because it is not finished. It's Black Widow POV, and mostly focuses on her relationship with Bruce Banner, and how she's the one really running the Avengers. As you might expect, the writing is excellent. Did I mention it's a WIP? *sigh*

Shoshanna posted Chains of Being, her "Space: Above and Beyond" novel that is really, in my opinion, a sort of meta-exploration of slash and also real-life coming out. At least, that's what I thought when I read it over a decade ago. You don't need to know the show to enjoy it. I didn't. I'm looking forward to reading it again.

A nice review of RIDER

Apr. 14th, 2014 08:37 pm
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here. YAY! Made my day!
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There is one bathroom in this house, and typically it goes to whoever calls it first when we come charging through the door (except for W, who refuses to play and patiently waits until the screaming and flailing is over).

But the last time we went to the movies, I called bathroom and D00M!Twin02 ignored me. She ran into the bathroom, slammed the door in my face, cackled maniacally and then sang happy taunting songs while she tinkled and I danced outside in outraged humiliation.

This time, oh this time, I was prepared. We got home, I yelled "I HAVE TO PEE" in the time-honored tradition, and marched towards the bathroom. And sure enough, a wild D!T02 appeared in the hall, grinning. Oh no you don't, kid. Not this time. I charged. Instead of charging the bathroom, I changed trajectory and charged HER instead, dropped my shoulder and slammed her into the wall. There were howls. She fell down and clung to my ankle. I kicked and stomped until she let go, ran into the bathroom, and locked the door while her sisters pointed and laughed. D!T02 started laughing so hard I'm mildly surprised she didn't pee herself.

D!T02: *on the hallway floor* MOM YOU ARE INSANE. XD

Oh, like this is news.


Yes. Yes I did, and I'm not sorry.

In other news that totally isn't because everyone else already knows: CAPTAIN AMERICA IS AWESOME.

I hope everyone remembered to wait for the second after credit clip. Oh, Bucky.

...Why is my room crawling with crickets...? Oh god, they're escaping from the dragon's cage. Dammit.

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Apr. 13th, 2014 12:44 am
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It's been a whirlwind couple of days. Thursday I meant to not do anything but I ended up getting more posters and reading in the library and I can't remember why else I was on campus so early. I also had to run around getting signatures.

Yesterday was the start of (dis)junctions, the English grad conference for which I put together a panel on race and SF. Man they got so much funding they could go all out with the free swag! I spent most of the morning reading in the grad student lounge but I did catch the first keynote's talk about teaching porn in the university. My panel went really well! I then had dinner with a couple of friends and got home around 10pm and passed out?

This morning I got up at 6.30 to help the undergrad recruitment for 8am. The panels started at 9am and so I went for an hour or so, and at noon went back to get lunch (blew off the discussion in favour of putting up posters, which did not take that long). Then it was panel after panel and I kind of got sucked into staying for dinner and the final keynote and wow, I got home at 8pm? But then I decided to lay out because my tummy was feeling weird and woke up at midnight? And I'm going back to sleep again.

I really have to buckle down and read tomorrow, got no reason not to now! I'm so tired that even socializing online sounds exhausting so I guess I will keep my internet activity low too, I hope.

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Apr. 11th, 2014 09:41 pm
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i'm fined AGAIN for something they didn't like on my patio... this time it's a trash violation which i don't understand??? it looks no worse than it usually does which unfortunately at this time is pretty bad, because i have dirt here and there and a lot of dry leaves and small piles of rocks but i ALWAYS have those!


and the stupid notice says it's not allowed as it might "attract bugs or critters" like are you fucking kidding me those things have been there for all time and will be there even with a clean patio there are fucking possums out here

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I only went to the gym twice this week, because of choir, and both times I skipped my usual headphones, because my head was too full of Bach.

This was a mistake.

The mats in the all-purpose room were very crowded both evenings, so I had no choice but to be fairly close to *gasp* College Students. And overhear bits of their conversation. A sampling: on Monday, "relationship blah blah his fault blah blah Now I don't have a date to the Formal"; on Thursday, "I know she's trying to sabotage me blah blah he says blah blah but she blah blah I don't trust blah blah."

I tried desperately not to hear but it went on and on and on. Do they have nothing interesting to talk about? And why do they have to have these conversations on the mats, which are for exercise, not for lounging and blah blah?

I think this is a clear sign that I am middle-aged.

The end of a season

Apr. 10th, 2014 09:56 am
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We had the last concert in our cantata series last night. Not as big a crowd as the previous one, but still a decent crowd, and they seemed appreciative.

Next season is starting off with Rachmaninov's Vespers for a festival thing out in the suburbs, and we're hopefully going to expand the cantata series to 8 performances, two of them with well-known soloists. The cantata series will depend upon outside funding. And we're using our repurposed Presser grant to do Bach's entire Christmas Oratorio in New Year's Eve.

I was pretty wound up last night, probably since we were performing on only two rehearsals, one of them the dress. Also, it was the last one of a successful season, so I guess I wanted to be sure it went well, at least from my end. It took me a while to wind down and go to sleep, so I'm draggy today, and on my second coffee.

Gym tonight, since I missed last night; and no gym tomorrow, since I have afternoon PT followed by a Chip Delany reading.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 9th, 2014 09:08 am
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Where is all the Captain America: Winter Soldier fic that is long and plotty and exactly what I want? Not that I can tell you exactly what I want, except that it should have Falcon, and platonic relationships. But still. I will know it when I see it.

I read Country Heaven by Ava Miles, a contemporary romance about a country singer and a cook, which was all right, but I grew increasingly uncomfortable with the Midwestern heroine's love of the movie "Gone With the Wind" and the idea that going to a restored plantation house for a fancy dinner that romanticized the past is a fun thing to do, when all I could think about was the slave quarters that were never mentioned. I am not sure if there was a single black person in the entire novel, even when they were in Mississippi.

I have put aside God's War for now. I'm mostly reading Peoples of Color in the American West, and am up to a section about female Anglo Protestant missions schools in New Mexico, around the turn of the 19th century.

I read some fanfiction, but none of it really stuck with me.

"Heartbleed" security vulnerability

Apr. 8th, 2014 08:16 pm
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For those who have seen reference today in the press to the "Heartbleed" security vulnerability in OpenSSL, we'd like to reassure you that although we (like a large portion of the internet) were running the affected software, we patched our servers last night and were no longer vulnerable from that point.

We have no reason to believe that anyone was exploiting this vulnerability against us or that any user data has been compromised. We'll be changing our security certificates for extra confidence.

On the other hand, the nature of this vulnerablity means that it's impossible for a website to know for absolute certain whether someone was exploiting it. If someone was exploiting the vulnerability, against us or against any other website, they potentially have access to any information you sent to the site, including your username/password for the site and any data you sent to the site under HTTPS. It's a good idea to change your passwords pretty much everywhere, but don't do it until you can verify that a site is no longer vulnerable.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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"We are pleased to announce that Flight Rising will be opening a registration window for new users Monday, April 14th starting at 5:00 server time (Pacific, I think) and ending at 5:00 server time on April 15th. We are excited to welcome new players to our game! We will be monitoring site performance during the window and week following. If this window goes well we will be opening up additional windows shortly thereafter, with open registration as our final target."

I saw the new Captain America movie!

Apr. 7th, 2014 09:32 am
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I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Saturday and I liked it, and I want to see it again, but I don't have major Feelings like many people seem to. Except I really loved the way Falcon was introduced and how he and Steve had this camaraderie based on shared experience, and I want Falcon in all the movies after this. And I loved all the good character stuff they did with Black Widow.

Also, how much do I love Samuel L. Jackson? LOTS. And LOTS.

I don't think they did enough with the Winter Soldier plotline, though. Given that was the title.

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