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Jul. 17th, 2017 03:00 pm
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M Morgan aka Milda Marjama; 9796
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M Morgan aka Milda Marjama; 9968
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M Morgan aka Milda Marjama; 9727
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words )

*pokes comm gently*

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:09 am
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It's been a while, but ...

MovNat (Erwan LeCorre's lot) have started releasing free follow-along-at-home movement vids, designed to be a supplement to/preparation for outdoor MovNat practice.

Here's the first one.

It's pretty yoga-ish (not that there's anything wrong with that), but with some nice variations.

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Jul. 16th, 2017 11:22 am
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Hemerocallis 'Kachina Dancer'; 0220
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Jul. 16th, 2017 02:20 pm
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Following on from my last garden update, here's a picture of my small front garden with more flowers:



I also have a small back garden with two raised beds which I use to grow vegetables. I'd had some terrible problems with slugs and birds eating stuff, early in the season, but I bought some netting which seems to have helped. To be honest, though, I feel like I've neglected my back garden a bit as I've been concentrating more on the front garden and have not had much time lately. So, it was a bit of a surprise when I thought I'd better go out there and start harvesting some stuff, and this was my haul!




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Jul. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
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Crow and the Birds
 
When the eagle soared clear through a dawn distilling of emerald
When the curlew trawled in seadusk through a chime of wineglasses
When the swallow swooped through a woman's song in a cavern
And the swift flicked through the breath of a violet
 
When the owl sailed clear of tomorrow's conscience
And the sparrow preened himself of yesterday's promise
And the heron laboured clear of the Bessemer upglare
And the bluetit zipped clear of lace panties
And the woodpecker drummed clear of the rotovator and the rose-farm
And the peewit tumbled clear of the laundromat
 
While the bullfinch plumped in the apple bud
And the goldfinch bulbed in the sun
And the wryneck crooked in the moon
And the dipper peered from the dewball
 
Crow spraddled head-down in the beach-garbage, guzzling a dropped ice-cream.
 
Ted Hughes, 1971
 

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Lucy Hooker @ BBC News: M&S says labelling avocados with lasers is more sustainable
Previous experiments with citrus fruits proved disappointing

Zach Wichter @ NYT: Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel
"Airplanes do not fly through a vacuum."

Cathleen O'Grady @ Ars Technica: Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future
The average would have been higher if one of the ravens hadn’t thwarted the researchers by figuring out a way to open the puzzle without using a tool—she didn’t pick the tool, because she didn’t need to.

Annalee Newitz @ Ars Technica: Intriguing experiment reveals a fundamental conflict in human culture
"Our equality condition shows that people would accept the elimination of hierarchies," write Zhou and his colleagues. "It is only when winners become losers and losers become winners that people object."

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jul. 15th, 2017 01:05 am
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I watched Spider-Man: Homecoming this afternoon, and it was a lot of fun.

cut for spoilers )
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For example I really like the "fish out of water" trope in stories, but I also have a pronounced embarrassment squick. Unfortunately far too often the former is peppered with the latter. So I end up being lured into reading stories and then have to put them down frequently because I just can't deal. That doesn't make for an immersive reading experience. I wish I could just bring myself to power through the squicky bits rather than taking breaks.

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Jul. 11th, 2017 05:02 pm
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holy shit

Last night I was like, nah, you're seeing things, wishful thinking, etc, but after treatment #2? The cords really ARE shrinking, dramatically so.

"Stops progressing" would have been a good outcome. Actual reversal happens in a minority of cases, almost always in patients who treat it very early. I'm SO FUCKING GLAD I insisted on going as aggressive as possible. Even if I wind up with more chronic pain out of it, I'll keep use of my hands for a fuck of a lot longer, thank ANYTHING THAT WAS LISTENING

July Garden update

Jul. 11th, 2017 02:37 pm
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The beans are slowing down, boo. We've gotten a gallon so far, and today, just a handful. There's still more still growing, so hopefully we'll get at least another quart before they fade completely.

More! )

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Jul. 11th, 2017 01:25 am
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First dose of radiation done, out of five (once per day this week). Aside from 20 minutes of "shitting cockgoblin fuckmuppet" pain levels just now, which did die down to just a slightly elevated from normal "ow ow ow ow ow", it was fairly uneventful! Holding the position required for the treatment is worse than the actual treatment, which is basically "the machine goes click whirr for 45 seconds".

So curious to see what happens in six weeks. The way this works, you see, is by activating all the dormant spots so the second round can nuke them in 12 weeks...

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Jul. 9th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Cottonwood Garden, Vancouver, 2017-07-09; 0119
© Bill Pusztai 2017

Morning in the Burned House Margaret Atwood

In the burned house I am eating breakfast.
You understand: there is no house, there is no breakfast,
yet here I am.

The spoon which was melted scrapes against 
the bowl which was melted also.
No one else is around.

Where have they gone to, brother and sister,
mother and father? Off along the shore,
perhaps. Their clothes are still on the hangers,

their dishes piled beside the sink,
which is beside the woodstove
with its grate and sooty kettle,

every detail clear,
tin cup and rippled mirror.
The day is bright and songless,

the lake is blue, the forest watchful.
In the east a bank of cloud 
rises up silently like dark bread. 

I can see the swirls in the oilcloth,
I can see the flaws in the glass,
those flares where the sun hits them.

I can’t see my own arms and legs
or know if this is a trap or blessing,
finding myself back here, where everything

in this house has long been over,
kettle and mirror, spoon and bowl,
including my own body,

including the body I had then,
including the body I have now
as I sit at this morning table, alone and happy,

bare child’s feet on the scorched floorboards
(I can almost see)
in my burning clothes, the thin green shorts

and grubby yellow T-shirt
holding my cindery, non-existent,
radiant flesh. Incandescent. 

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Jul. 7th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Our community garden in Vancouver. It's a wonderful place. But I just don't know how it ever got to be what it is. Every day, it seems, something large or small happens that just makes you want to throw in the towel. Last night some crackhead lit a fire next to the main shed in the eastern part of the garden and the old wooden building went up like tinder. A bunch of tools, the greenhouse, all their records, went with it. The insurance company wouldn't insure it so it's going to have to come out of people's pockets or from GoFundMe ... if they even decide to rebuild. Our already-rough neighbourhood got exponentially worse a couple of weeks ago when a tent city moved in. This may be news to some of you, but there is a pecking order among campers, and the people in the tent city are viewed with anger and disgust by the "free" homeless people camping down by the railway tracks, and the "free" people are destroying things and generally stirring shit in order to get the police to raid and destroy the tent city, who are the more visible target.

I mean compared to the meltdown of a government, this is small potatoes, but it's all kinda additive.

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