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So I was on snopes.com, debunking a cousin's Facebook post, when I saw a grotesque image as part of the article.

Ever since, my brain has been going "ick! That was gross! Here, look at it again! Wasn't that awful?"

Suggestions for making my brain effing STOP already?
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I have accomplished my first sponge bath and clothing change with no additional injury and am getting pretty good at this crutching around lark.

#1 helper is still percocet, though.

I've ordered no rinse shampoo and body wash from amazon. Any other useful items y'll can think of?
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When I announce my undies match (as they do today,) they are beige cotton and tricot for the brassiere.

I want to branch out!

Now, usually when people strategize their underthings? It's with R and up rated fun times in mind. Logical colors would be pink, red or black. As a recently self-identified asexual, these are not priorities.

I am looking for confidence building colors that only I (and you, for your sins,) will know I'm wearing.

Black matte silk is still on tje table because some days, you just need to go full ninja on the world's ass.

What, in your opinion, are the best confidence building colors going?
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Vaguely frustrating: the cast and crew of The Silver Lining Playbook starring in Joy, which is not a sequel thereto. It is instead a woman-power sort-of biopic about a lady who invented a better mop.

Outright angry-making but educational: The Big Short, detailing the ways and means by which Wall Street screwed over the economy, starring some of my favorite hot guys and funny men.

Repetitive but fun but expensive: a second viewing of The Force Awakens because sometimes only 3D will do.
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It all started with discussion of that one guy shooting those people in Virginia, when a co-worker noted that he legally owned the firearm used in the commission of the crime. This mad me wonder how many people committing murder with firearms do legally own the weapon?

So I found this on Wikipedia about gun violence in the US State by State, but there isn't anything in there about the ownership status of the guns.

The FBI crime statistics are (1) One or two years old and (2) suspect because I heard on NPR that no State law enforcement agencies are required to report statistics (and many do not,) with those that do using different report formats than the FBI, further complicating the compilation of meaningful reports.

Anyone have any ideas about what group or agency might compile statistics on how many gun crimes are committed by the legal owner of the weapon?
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1. So, my person hell odyssey through the prospect of surplus is over as of last Friday. It continues, however, for the seven or eight people actually surplussed. How are the rest of us supposed to act around them???

2. Fellow sci fi geek and coworker dismisses Neal Stephenson as a hack. I decide to google "Neal Stephenson hack?" and discover the difficulty of search terms when an author's most famous works have to do with hacking. Question: is there any literary merit to coworker's claim that Neal Stephenson is a hack?
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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is listed by amazon.com a literary fiction, "family saga." However, what interests me the most about the story is that it's told against the backdrop of half a century of Ethiopian history (according to the blurb.)

Is there a specific genre or search term for "books set amid modern events?"
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I have, like, four tabs open as a result of Googling "white feminism," so research is in progress, but I'm wondering if anyone on my flist can explain in small words and short sentences when white (sometimes "liberal" is thrown in) feminists became problematic?

Is it the privilege of missing being a white man by one?

Is it the possessiveness we feel of feminism since we started it, forgetting rich white educated women were the only ones who didn't have to work all the jobs to survive and therefor had time to make trouble?

Are white feminists like Patricia Arquette or Hillary Clinton being racist or otherwise remiss?

In other words, have I missed a nuance?

edited to add:  Some nuance... "The trouble with (white) feminism"
or, a really long winded version of what [livejournal.com profile] amycooper said :D
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This is the knife I bought.

This is the knife my parents have.

I've worked with both. Granted, mine is newer, but the heft is similar and both take an edge liek woah. Also, I think mine is prettier (because that's really important in a kitchen knife.)

Can anyone figure out or look up the logic behind the =/- $45 price difference? Strictly name? Carbon content in steel? Tendency to resist fairies? Tis an itch in my brain!

Also, da fuuuuq? That's gotta be a brand thing.
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I will own being as white privileged as it is possible for a female person to be, so the follow post and its addendum puzzled me:
"

Let me make it clear that white people should never under any circumstance make or engage in white jokes. No matter what your intent is, you have effectively communicated that you think you’re different from other white people and have earned the right to join poc in the one thing we have to make light of our daily experiences with white supremacy. You look like an ass when you do it.


yep. you’re taking power away from it, which means you’re taking power away from us. you’re distancing yourself from your white privilege- you feel exempt from putting in the hardest kind of anti-racist work- processing your own internalized racism & white supremacy. so who does this help? no one, but you. it is selfish and damaging"

First reaction: "Isn't cultural appropriation sort of our thing?"
Second reaction: "Wait, white people do this?"
(My brain has a lot of parts)
Third reaction: "Everyone chill until we find out what sort of jokes we're talking about here."

So...what sorts of japery am I avoiding in order to not be a supremacist jackass?

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Have you ever just come home from school or work, faded into the couch or recliner and said "tomorrow is another day?"

I've been doing that for a week now and could use some advice on overcoming cushion inertia.

So...meme

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:16 am
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How pronounced?

memm? (Thank you Benedict Cumberbatch for reminding me of my highschool French)
mee-mee? (Thank you Beatles for Screaming ones)
meeem?  (Thank you brain for taking the easy way out)
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Below the cut are the chores currently on my Chore Checklist app:
My Chores )
Did I miss any? And, yes..."put away x" needs to be a separate chore for me. My brain is an ultra-weird place.
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I made 'mackerel fish salad' today, which is basically tuna fish salad with mackerel instead. This accomplished two goals:

1. Set me eating lower on the fishy food chain which is supposed to be a Good Thing.
2. Fishy smell drove the cats batcrap insane. You cannot buy entertainment like I had while lunching.

Issue: mackerel is a stronger-tasting fish than tuna, so it was "one of these things doesn't belong" when I put it in a mix with dill relish and light mayonnaise. Tasted all right, but it got me wondering if there is anything meant to go with mackerel the way relish & mayo go with tuna.

Ideas?
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Behind the cut is a picture of my sofa with my CERT bag and a quarter metric tonne of medical supplies, mainly various sizes of bandages. (I had no idea there were 8x10 bandages.) The CERT training materials suggests what to buy and that we organize it, but it a little short on how.
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I'm thinking ziplock baggies, but that's as far as I've gotten. Any suggestions?
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These are my trolls so far:

(The final week before the Superbowl)
"Is there some sort of sporting event this Sunday?"
"That's, like, Major League football or something, right?"
"Final four football?"

(I need more for basket- and baseball, though...)
"NBA World series?"

Any suggestions, flist?
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My mother texts "My new mantra is I want what you want. What do you want?"

I probably gave her a cardiac event by waiting a day and a half to reply "life would be a lot easier if I knew that."

She pinged back "Maybe you should give that some thought."

So. Questions for the flist:

1. You are offered full-throttle support for what you want in life by someone who is no slouch in the support department. Do you know what you want in life?

2. Do you remember figuring out what you want in life?

3. If so, how the frickety frelling frack did you figure it out?
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Is "personable person" actually bad usage?

I say it's the whole word version of annoying alliteration, but not actually incorrect nor even redundant, since there are shades of meaning to "personable" that don't apply to "person."

My correspondent says it's exactly like redundant, and the sentence should have a period after "personable," or maybe a comma if there was more to the description, but no "person," as he doesn't tend to interview sheep for open positions in his department.

What say you, flist?

(I say he should invent the Wireless Resume Drinking Game if he's got enough applicants, but he is Not Very Amused.)
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Books on my iPod:
The Art of War for Women
Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Sylvia Nasar
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathon Lyons
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (CURRENTLY LISTENING)
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet by Robert M. Hazen
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Thieftaker by D.B.Jackson
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can do To Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

edited to add links to the latest additions to my audible library:

The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts
Air by William Bryant Logan

Tyson's book was so good, I've been on a bit of a science kick. :D After The Righteous Mind, I'm actually leaning toward Bourdain's bloody valentine (snarkier version of Cooked?) or The Swerve, because I dig the notion of getting my history back on. Air and Oceans of Life would round out the elemental nature of the science kick, though.
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Books on my iPod:
The Art of War for Women
Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Sylvia Nasar
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathon Lyons
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet by Robert M. Hazen
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Thieftaker by D.B.Jackson
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can do To Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

Edited to add What I've been listening to, for context:
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (did not finish; something shinier came along. Was shaping up to be Diabetic Latina Makes Good, Yay. These sorts of things make me feels like a whiny little bitch.)
Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron (did not finish; got a little whiny around Uzbekistan)
Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson (barely started; something funnier came along)
The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr (intend to finish; left off around Pakistan. Suspect Nasr may be a whiny little bitch.)
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (finished; freaked me right out, NO LUNCHABLES. EVAR.)
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (finished; more macabre than funny)
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Michael Pollan (finished; highly entertaining & makes me want to cook again)
Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield Jeremy Scahill (about half-way through; kind of rage-making, but it's got stuff I never knew I never knew, y'know?)
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (current listen; absolutely fascinating attempt at a more sympathetic or at least more balanced view of a ruthless conqueror with minimal table manners.)

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