On Teaching, but Not Loving, Jane Austen
The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language
When Young Chinese Ask, ‘What’s Your Sign?’ They Don’t Mean Dragon or Rat
How Checkers Was Solved
'Super Producer' Donates Gallons of Her Breast Milk to Feed Other People's Kids
Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War
The Lonely Lives of Dolphin Lice
Lemon juice has long come in containers shaped like lemons.
When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limits
A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine
North Dakota’s Norway Prison Experiment
What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates (The issue isn't the work, it's the pay. Pay them actual minimum wage. If you don't want them to use that money, require them to save most of it for when they are released. Even if you don't want to pay them, it seems obvious that not doing so drives down everybody else's wages.)
Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground
The Kitten Rental Program is Saving Lives (It's all in the marketing ♥)
When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British
Sean Spicer stole a mini-fridge from White House staffers (One can only hope they are now able to reclaim it.)
In South Sudan, a child soldier long thought dead comes back
Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Senate Bill That Would Make Boycotting Israel A Felony (Oh, ffs. You can have a perfectly rational reason for criticizing specific policies taken by the Israeli government without hating or even disliking: Jews, Israelis, and/or the modern nation-state of Israel. And I voted for these people! Oh, uh... don't read the comments. Sheesh.)
Israel's struggle to integrate ultra-Orthodox and Arabs raises economic fears
Disabled and disdained: In rural America, some towns are divided between those who work and those who don’t
For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf
How smugglers use trucks with sometimes deadly results
Protecting our children from climate change might take more than just cutting emissions
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This book seemed to spew random trivia about anything related to Mars, rather than forming some sort of cohesive narrative. I got about 60 pages in and then I couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't even too heavy on the science, there was a lot about how Mars is seen in pop culture and astrology which, the author says, is pseudoscience BUT then she does this "isn't it interesting how astrology is right about saying Mars has this characteristic about being emotionally cold and low and behold it turns out Mars is a cold planet so the astrologists are right" type dance that got extremely aggravating (plus tangents about how astrology is pseudoscience but right about the other planets...and palmistry! Which is also pseudoscience, BUT...I wish I was making this up).
The random trivia wasn't even given in any sort of chronological order so we could see how our views of Mars evolved with time which could have been interesting (for instance, she talks about how Mars is portrayed in "Doctor Who" while talking roughly about the 1960s, goes way into the 2000s to talk about an episode with Tennant before going back and talking about an episode with Troughton in the 60s). And she does not combine how Mars is portrayed in popular culture side by side with how our scientific findings impacted the media portrayal, which also could have been interesting. It was just a spew of loosely connected facts.
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(also open to suggestions for rehoming them, because what I am doing isn't working)
If I think about it much, when I think about it, I generally would attribute this sort of thing to being autistic. I mean, I'm sure there are plenty of people who aren't autistic who do this too, but probably not many who go out of their way to do it for fun. I could be wrong here, of course.
Which is where this gets interesting. I went out to bring my mother her coffee, and before I went in I spent a few minutes with our crape myrtle. And my mother said I was just like her mother.
My mother has a very complicated relationship with me and autism. On the one hand, she swears she knew when I was a small infant. On the other hand, she is eager to downplay any signs of autism that I might ever bring up - especially if they're traits shared with anybody in the family other than her father, who really was undeniably autistic. Either she denies that the traits exist, or she denies that they're quite strong, or she denies that they have anything to do with autism whatsoever. (There are some things she can't do this to, like the topographical agnosia, but otherwise she gives it the good ol' college try!)
So for her to criticize what I'm pretty sure is an autistic trait, and attribute it to her mother instead of her father - well, I could've used this as a segue into my ongoing attempts to speak with her on the subject of the broader autistic phenotype, assortative mating, and our family. But given recent events, I decided instead to talk about exfoliating bark and how I'm sure the reduction of dead bark will decrease the risk of a forest fire in our backyard.
They went to a vet before going to their new foster home, and according to the update I got they are in comparatively great health - no FIV, no feline leukemia, and mostly recovered from earlier infection. Unfortunately, the one eye will not improve much from how it is now (there seems to have been some trauma, not just an infection), but the vet said it shouldn't affect her too much either. That's all we can hope for, and not that surprising.
Second raccoon corpse up near that cafe, smaller size. Friday's version still lay as comparison. Don't know where the cleanup crew was -- coyotes satiated?
Beach peas have joined the floral assortment. Checked milkweed at water stops, but found no evidence of monarch caterpillar munching.
Beautiful day in the neighborhood, still in the 60s F when I started the ride, 72 F now. Little wind. Rode upriver to my eagle overlook with, alas, no eagles, then down the other side and back into the hills. Did not die.
35.55 miles, 3:05:13
I'm a 33 year old Scottish woman, trying to get my journal groove back. I'm a mum of three boys from teen to newborn, and work in healthcare but (thankfully) I'm on maternity leave just now. I mainly write about daily life, the struggles and highlights of attempting to adult and parent and be healthy as a highly strung, stressed over-thinker who doesn't like herself most of the time.
Wow, I sound fun. Should I mention that there will be wine, gin and chocolate?
I was obsessed with my Livejournal back in the day - I started it back in 2003 and even though I've only dipped in and out of it in recent years, writing is still very much how I make sense of my life and my mind. That's why I'm trying to reignite that obsession I once had...though it's difficult with increasing grown up responsibilities and shrinking time of my own to put
I swear and I like to write no-holds-barred. I'm very liberal and support choice - be that choice of who you love, choice over your reproductive options, or just the freedom to chose what you're going to watch on telly tonight. I'm doing my Masters in weight management so I try to live healthily through fitness (like dancing and weight training, albeit on a very beginner level) and healthy eating, but more often than not find myself alone amongst the crumbs at the bottom of a packet of biscuits. I'm book obsessed (mainly literary fiction and never fantasy, chick-lit, or much sci-fi), love a good tv series (Mr Robot, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, OITNB, Top of the Lake and Homeland have been recent highlights), and sometimes I even get out to see friends. Some or none of this may come out in my writing.
Along with a lack of time, I guess part of why I've lost touch with my journal has been my shrinking friends list. It's hard to make time to update when it feels increasingly like you're just shouting into a void. So I'd love it if anyone out there who is in a similar place in life or who is into similar things would like to take a punt on my journal. I wont promise a very active journal but I am going to try, and I'm also going to try and be a good friend in return.
It's a good job I've been with my husband for ten years, because I'd suck at filling out a dating profile. Feel free to swipe left (or is it right...? I'm not on Tinder).
- Finished my two-week employment marking papers for a National Exam for Visual Arts. It was a good experience to gain as an Educator in the field, but not one I'll be repeating any time soon. Way too tedious having to mark the same couple questions over and over for what felt like THOUSANDS of students. Plus it took up the entire first two weeks of summer vacation. So glad I am done! \o/ And now my vacation can truly begin! \o/
- I've been avidly following the SDCC tag on Tumblr since Thursday, and it's amazing seeing so many fandoms converging in one spot. The superstars are all there, the new trailers are out, the fans are delighted like kids at Christmas, and there seems to be so much *JOY* everywhere. It's been such a treat, waking up the past couple days wondering what new delights await. :D
- I also noted (via Tumblr) that in the midst of all the glee, the Supergirl fandom is going through an Actors-related Thing. Which, my sympathies, Supergirl slash fans. More than anything, I know that it's the disrespect and disregard for what you hold dear that hurts. The complicated relationship between Kara and Lena, and their chemistry, was one of the few things to pique my interest in the show. Apparently I have a type. :b As a longtime Super-Luthor shipper from the olden days of Smallville, I feel your pain of loving your ship even when knowing it's never ever gonna be validated or respected by TPTB. It brings back so many memories... *___* Hey, at least they're honest and don't falsely pander and queerbait like some. *side-eyes a certain wolfy show*
- Anyway, speaking of Lena Luthor, and Katie McGrath (who I adore ♥)... I'm thinking of doing some BBC Merlin fanart for this week's drawing challenge at drawesome. We're supposed to draw an object from two different perspectives, and I'm thinking some kind of important artefact, like King Arthur's Excalibur.
There are a *LOT* of Significant Objects in fandom to choose from. Stuff like weapons - Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Cap's Shield, Harry Potter's wand, Wonder Woman's lasso, the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, Wynonna Earp's colt. And then there's vehicles, like Stile's jeep and Dean's Impala, and every sci-fi spaceship ever... *g*
Title: Scratched Plans
Characters: Ryo, Dee.
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Dee and Ryo’s weekend away goes a bit wrong.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Soothe/Soothing’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a drabble and a half, 150 words.
( Scratched Plans... )