Unexpected item in bagging area

Dec. 1st, 2016 05:23 am
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I have a follow-up appointment and pelvic exam with my surgeon on Friday. Purple and I were brainstorming items that the surgeon would not be expecting to find when inspecting the surgical site.

Kinder egg (without chocolate)
Kinder egg (chocolate and all)
Toy fire truck
whistle
kazoo
Slide whistle
Entire Google car (full size) (we were at the Five Guys on Rengstorff, so there were lots of them driving past; I saw three simultaneously at one point)
Tiny model uterus (he already took one out)
A crab. (Zodiac Cancer.)

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Nov. 30th, 2016 11:51 am
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 Things that do not mix well: beards and CPAP machines, as well as a stuffed up nose and a CPAP machine. I am home sick and my nose is all prickly from too much sneezing and being chapped from tissue. At least I don't have sinus pressure to deal with.

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Nov. 29th, 2016 12:16 pm
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 TFW, you kind of have the urge to make an EP but know you only have a few hours of keyboard time. Ah, screw it.

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Nov. 28th, 2016 07:35 pm
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Mordo in Milliways thoughts...Thar be spoilers for Dr. Strange if my online sleuthing is anything to go by.

Read more... )

Whelp

Nov. 28th, 2016 01:17 pm
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I should not have thrown Mordo into today's DE. It's my own fault and I am laughing at myself, but the character has a lot more appeal than I even thought when I made the account a week or so ago.

I will have to see the movie now. Or I could make myself wait for the digital rental to give other pups a chance at getting to a deletion place.
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I have recently started watching Humans. It's very good, and I'm looking for a copy of the Swedish original to compare it to, but there are some aspects that just jar me out of the suspension of disbelief.

Anita, the android that the family buy, says her processing power is about twenty petaFLOPS – twenty thousand million million floating point operations a second. That'd put her third on the current list of fastest supercomputers. But..

.. where's the evidence elsewhere that this sort of processing power is (relatively) really cheap? The cost of getting Anita's said to be about the same as a car and she has full language capabilities and excellent vision processing for example. But people are using current style computers and laptops via keyboard and mouse, and not talking to their toasters.

.. it turns out (micro spoiler) that she's quite an old model. Fourteen years old in fact. Why hasn't there been any significant advance in CPU processing power since then?

.. why's she built to do so many floating point operations in the first place? As the great Chuck Moore likes to say, robots use integers, not floating point. The real world may be analogue, but robots measure it with analogue to digital devices that have a limited resolution. Even if you're (pointlessly, in many cases) sampling audio with 24 bit resolution, you're still working with integers that easily fit in 32 bits. It's a lot easier and faster (and cheaper in terms of silicon space and power requirements) to do integer maths than floating point.

.. there have clearly been major advances not reflected elsewhere in the world – one of the biggest problems with real supercomputers is cooling them because they take a lot of electrical power, never mind Anita etc being charged for at least a day's use with a few hours plugged into a low voltage charger and not having a visible heatsink, they're not even human body temperature.

Ah yes, temperature. Read more... )

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It's no exaggeration to say that I never expected to see forty.

In elementary school I remember reading an article in, o, probably 3-2-1-Contact, that opened with "What will life be like in the year 2000?" That seemed unimaginably far-off at the time. I counted it out and realised that I'd be twenty-three-turning-twenty-four that year, which didn't make it any closer.

Birthdays mostly don't register for me. Having a birthday right around Yanksgiving means there hasn't been much point in trying to celebrate since elementary school: people are always off partying with their families. Some friends threw a surprise party for me on my eighteenth, and at least once when I lived in McLean [personal profile] uilos got a bunch of people to call and wish me happy birthday, both of which were pretty cool.

In general, though, milestones don't signify. I'm the same on both sides. I turned eighteen and was still stuck in the same house for another year, I turned thirty and that didn't make "29" any less relevant.

There was no particular reason I should have made it as far as forty. No reason not to, most of the time, just ... no overriding need to have drifted that far downstream. And yet.
A man's still got his strength at forty. He knows most of what he's going to learn, and he's got the strength to put it to good use.
--Terry Brooks, "Magic Kingdom For Sale -- Sold!"
I first read Magic Kingdom sometime in late elementary school. It felt thin, even at that age, but it was a lot of fun watching Ben Holliday traipse around his new kingdom, trying to be the best king he could be. Too, I was amused that I had a pretty good idea of where the portal to Landover was located, a couple hours' drive from my previous house.

And Meeks's quote above stuck with me, for no reason that I can possibly explain.

I'm not even sure I believe it, either. I certainly hope I don't know most of what I'm going to learn. Far too many things I don't know yet, in both the "neat facts" and "handling situations" senses. As for strength ... my hearing has been getting worse (that or I'm spending more time around quieter people) and my sight, well, that's been getting worse all my life, no shock there. Will see how things go when I get moved and can start running again.

At least I don't have the bourgeois concern of whether there's fun after forty. I think that's pretty well taken care of, between pancakes and (I hope) cinnamon creme pie and [personal profile] uilos and Erin.

Happy day, y'all.

more on Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Nov. 26th, 2016 12:23 pm
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So I'm about a month into Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and I really like it! Though there HAS been some plot points that made me a bit grr-faced (you have to rescue kidnapped girls, and Rain is rather lecherous when talking about Siren and Shiva) but for the most part the plot is good.

I'm currently rocking a party of Rain, Lasswell, Krile, Penelo, and Dark Knight Cecil. Cecil is my leader, so that means my friends can play with him. Krile's my healer and is working pretty well in that role right now. Penelo's probably the weakest of the group, and the first one I drop when there's challenges for a party of less than the full party size.

Speaking of Penelo, in this game she's a dancer. This rather surprised me, because FFXII doesn't have the dancer role, at least not in the original version (I don't know if the Zodiac version does). I don't use her dancer abilities often, but Curing Waltz has been nice when I needed a little extra healing.

I've been checking out the Unit Ranking list, and I see I have two units ranked #1 in their roles - Refia & paladin Cecil. I'm currently working on leveling Refia to take over at healer, but I can't swap her out yet as she doesn't have any cure spells at the moment. I haven't really had need for a tank, but I will probably level Cecil next.

Dark Knight Cecil is fifth for physical damage, so I'm doing pretty good there. I really with I had Lightning. One of my friends has a maxed out Lightning, and she's just so totally ridiculous. I see Kefka is ranked third for magical damage. I do have him, so I'll probably level him soon as well.

So I think I'm doing pretty good, unit-wise, considering I've only been playing a month! I do wish I could have gotten Dracu Lasswell during the Halloween event, as he's pretty strong, but it was not to be.

Speaking of events, I haven't really been doing them, as I wasn't sure if I was strong enough for them yet. I did try some of the Grand Gaia events and did the first few dungeons, which netted me a free summon ticket. Right now there's The Big Bridge event, which I think I will try because I'm rather a big fan of Final Fantasy V.

I haven't tried the Arena yet, for fear I'd get clobbered in it. Yet the guide does say that you get stuff even for losing, so maybe I'll try it soon.

One thing that's frustrating me is not having the ingredients for magic keys. I see now that I can buy them with Lapis, but I'm not sure that'd be a good use of my Lapis. Yet the ingredients to make a key are rather hard to obtain, so.... I don't know, I may end up buying some keys eventually. Though looking at the silver chest list, the items don't look as spectacular as I had thought they were, so yeah. Hmm.

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Nov. 24th, 2016 09:22 pm
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 I'm trying to read Campbel's The Hero With a Thousand Faces and failing at it so hard. Part of it is the academic tone it has but the rest is my prejudiced against his "monomyth" concept. He does sort of address this in the intro which makes me think I'm being a little too critical of what seems like mythological gentrification, but the academic tone is still standing in the way.

I was stuck in the DMV yesterday and starting reading the translations of Tokyo Ravens again and fell in love with Touji all over again. New protocol for pups, reread/watch canon before deciding the voice has faded. This also means I need to figure out how to write his canon story as he seems to want this story told now. I had originally thought he was a just show up in bar and not write out the canon pup. I'll have to figure out if I want to use the anime or the manga as primary. Eventually I will have to switch to the lite novel since it goes farther than the either the manga or the anime, both of which drop you off a big cliffhanger.

I do think I will be giving up Amelia and reapping Eliot Waugh. I love Amelia but I feel like the character I have in my head is not the same as the one from canon. I also apped her with the idea of running quest style OOMs but I just don't have the time for that.

Settling into my MiL house and I feel my inner self stretching out. I didn't realize how much I was folding in on myself at the apartment until I had twice the space.

CUrrently watchin How to Train Your Dragon 2, and enjoying it. 

Hooray for the internet!

Nov. 23rd, 2016 12:26 am
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Today was just a kind of great day all around.


I got some lovely quality time with someone important, and acted as an inadvertent muse for some writing. :)


It turns out that someone I have long been acquainted with via the internet is now local, and we met up for hot chocolate and gossip at Borderlands. I look forward to many more beverages-gossip-and-writing meetups as long as we remain local!

It turns out that when I'm forced to choose between Foreigner and Rosemary and Rue, I will go with Bren. They're for different things, with me, and the application here felt more like that one.


TMI )


There was dinner with a friend who was in from out of town. Purple had offered that he might be available, but teased me that he didn't *have* to be available, if it was that kind of dinner.

It was the kind of dinner where things that had previously been hinted at were made somewhat less oblique. It was also the kind of dinner where my phone decided to malfunction by turning itself off repeatedly, in a way that made me despair for its actual lifespan. Fortunately, applying power made it behave itself better. (Even though the battery was showing 30-something percent.)

It took us a while to actually successfully wish each other goodnight, as additional topics of discussion kept occurring. But I was home at a sensible hour, and gave Dawn the promised update. (My primary partner got first update.)

And tomorrow will be General Togetherness! Should be fun.

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Nov. 22nd, 2016 04:03 pm
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 Boy howdy did I forget how much moving sucks. At the new place and exhausted. So much more packing to do at the old place.

I swear I will get back to threads once I have a spoon.
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The necromancer Wake, in response to the apprentices' concerns of using their power appropriately:

Being good is not a wise course. I should not care to see you set out to do good, either.

The consequences of defeat are permament; the consequences of victory persist until the next defeat. So with good; what you do that is good persists until the next evil. This is very simple, if you can reliably decide what is good. Good would be a struggle to create a series of victories as little broken as you might arrange.

Each of you may live a long time; each of you is of significant strength. You could do good, if you could judge all the consequences of what you might do. Yet the world is immense; a full understanding of consequence is direly difficult to obtain, even should you live for thousands of years to see how what you have done works on the world, and yet good remains a judgement.
[Commentary by the apprentice Edgar: Same as not building in the flood plain. Simple rule. Figuring out where the flood plain really is, for the flood you don't get every ten years but every thousand, that's hard to do. If you pick everywhere it might be, you don't leave yourself much farmland.]
Act to avoid constraining the future; if you can, act to remove constraint from the future. ...

Remember that the least constrained future that anyone has yet managed prefers the rule of law to the whims of wizards.

--Graydon Saunders, A Succession of Bad Days (Commonweal 2)
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Usually when I'm not writing here it's because I'm depressed. This time it's because I am running myself at the ragged edge of exhaustion again, and "time to write introspective journal entries" has been one of the casualties of that. Along with "much other writing," and "most boardgaming and roleplaying," and "quiet evenings at home." Viola too has dropped off to what I consider an absolute bare minimum, sometimes beyond that.

So, I mean, that's still not a good thing, but at least I'm not crushingly depressed. \o/

The current state is nonsustainable. Yay me for recognising that now, after a month and a half, rather than waiting, o, three years to figure it out. Thing is, I can sustain an unsustainable state indefinitely, I've proved that plenty of times before. I just crash pretty hard once I don't need to sustain it any more.

I've not been sleeping well since we turned the heat on, around 1 October. I genuinely don't know what's going on with that, staying asleep has rarely been a problem in the past. Lot of stuff rattling around in my head that I haven't had a chance to sort through, maybe. Not bad stuff, I don't think, just ... stuff.

In another month (ack) we'll be moved in to the new place, which will relieve a lot of the temporary stress. The scheduling stress is substantially less tractable but perhaps next year will be easier on that. Family will ... either sort itself out or not. The current round of my stupid personal issues are at least identified so that I know which buttons are being hit this time. ("Everything is connected. That's why it shorts out so often." --JMF)

And, you know. I can tell that a lot of the things the inside of my head is telling me are bullshit. Doesn't make them any quieter but I do recognise that they're the product of stress and ongoing sleep-dep, and not reflective of the actual outside world.

Onward.

Politics

Nov. 20th, 2016 08:21 am
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[community profile] spoonlessactivists and [community profile] thisfinecrew are setting up to do good stuff. [livejournal.com profile] siderea is also posting hard thinky stuff, and [personal profile] rydra_wong is posting practical stuff.