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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-22 09:27 pm

Walked down a street I rarely do today

Dear god, that street has a lot of cats in varying degrees of feralness. One house with a large lot has at least a dozen hanging out there at any given point of time. Another house with a small lot has its own colony, at least three adult queens and two litters of kittens at distinctly different ages. Somebody is feeding these cats, but they're not doing anything to reduce the surplus population.

I kinda want to TNR the lot of them. Or, rather, I want to T them, have a rescue organization handle the N, and then give them an address to R them back to. (Except the kittens, who'd get rehomed, not returned.) With good timing the whole process wouldn't take much longer than a few weeks. But there's the iffy issue of setting up traps on other people's property....

(Plus the other issues of not having the time or energy to do any of this, let alone the cash. Can't save 'em all.)

Maybe I can put in a call to a cat rescue organization that does TNRs anyway. They might be willing to wade in and handle this. If they're not overwhelmed. (LOL. Of course they're overwhelmed.)
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peaceful_sands ([personal profile] peaceful_sands) wrote in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning2017-10-17 07:26 pm

Bite-sized Anti-procrastination

Little by little we get over the hurdle, past the obstacle and little by little we make a difference. We may not have the time, the energy, the power or the ability to tackle the whole, but if we examine things carefully we can find the bit that we can do, the progress that we can make - the steps that begin the journey.

In the middle of the week, we have our anti-procrastination day. It's a great opportunity to look carefully at the things we've been avoiding starting and thinking about why we aren't getting anywhere with them. There are any number of reasons and it really doesn't matter what they are, they were good reasons before, but now is our chance to reevaluate and to begin to look for a way past them. Remember - this comm is not about having to manage to complete the whole of a task in one go, it's about finding first the way to start and then the way to continue it until we can overcome it. Tasks don't have to be daunting and beyond us, because all we're looking for at any time is the next step.

Can you think of something that you'd like to begin? Something that bit by bit you could overcome? What's today's part of that task going to be (or tomorrow's if today's is the planning stage)?
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-22 01:35 am

Deleted scenes from iZombie

Liv talking to her mother and brother. JFC, we should've seen some of these in season 2. They should not have been deleted! But maybe we'll get some family closure, finally, next season, now that zombies are officially a known quantity.
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-21 06:37 pm

Sweetheart is getting bolder

She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

Also, Bookriot has a $500 sweepstakes to spend at whatever bookstore you like.

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How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

The Tomato Pill Craze

American cricket gets ready for take-off

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-16 03:06 am

Watched Discovery

Don't remember who asked me about the tardigrade, but here's what happens )

Other thoughts: 1. Tilly needs a role other than being Michael's teddy bear.

2. We have got to learn the names of some of these people on the bridge, ffs.

3. Klingons torturing people are the worst Klingons, with or without implied rape.

4. Yay, gays!

5. Creepy scenes would be just as creepy without the dramatic "don't touch that dial!" music cluing us in.

[personal profile] rivendellrose has an interestingly plausible theory about our new character. Spoilers, naturally.
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-20 12:36 am

Finn appears to be eating something in his dreams

It is intensely adorable.

(Also, happy Diwali, guys!)

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Video: The women breaking taboos in Mali to become puppet makers (I haven't watched this yet, I'm just trying to adjust my good news : bad news ratio)

A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas

From Prejudice to Pride: The Ainu

The Futurism Industry’s Blind Spot

Texas Inmates Donate US$53,000 of Commissary Money to Houston's Hurricane Harvey Victims

A Bakery in a War Zone

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs

Meet The "Young Saints" Of Bethel Who Go To College To Perform Miracles

With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

Americans are moving less than ever, but that fact masks a deep divide between the affluent and the disadvantaged.

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

This Company Is Trying To Disrupt The Braces Industry And Dentists Are Fighting Back

Child brides in India: Sex with minors now considered rape but enacting verdict isn't easy

ISIS setbacks reported in Syria

As Xi Jinping gets a second 5-year term, Chinese wonder if he’ll be another Putin

Austrian elections: Young, conservative Sebastian Kurz's People's Party wins poll

The growing use of mandatory arbitration

California 'horror' fires kill at least 40, deadliest in state history

Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulations

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site

'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

LGBT activists worry about Trump impact in Africa

Finally Something Economists Can Agree On: Trump’s Debt Talk Made Zero Sense

White House’s decision to stop ACA cost-sharing subsidies triggers strong opposition (Keep opposing it!)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pulls out of brutal drugs war and accuses EU of plotting

Kurds say reject Iraqi warning to withdraw from key junction south of Kirkuk

The U.S. government might have been spying on attorney-client meetings at Guantanamo Bay

I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US government is starving me to death

More Than 800 People Have Been Shot in America Since the Las Vegas Massacre

How We Learned Not To Care About America’s Wars

Despite Suicides, Jails Replace In-Person Visitation With Video Screens

Yemen's cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-15 04:59 pm

Signal boost

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.


There is more information in the original link by [personal profile] rachelmanija.
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-19 06:15 pm

I've been vaccinated against the flu.

I hate getting shots, but I hate getting the flu more. Got it once in high school. NEVER AGAIN. Even our bout with rotovirus doesn't compare.

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How to make the cosmic web give up the matter it’s hiding

Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts

When Sonar Doesn’t Cut It, These Bats Crawl to Hunt Prey

Surgeon aims to diagnose deformities of extinct saber-toothed cats

Mountain Lions Are Way More Social Than We Thought (Didn't expect to hear that, but still... not surprised. People are bizarrely wedded to this idea that All Cats Are Loners, but it's not true for housecats, so why do we expect it be true for mountain lions?)

Hogwarts Express rescues family stranded in Highlands

A to Z of English usage myths

Fighting racism: Teaching kids to identify individual black people can reduce racial bias

How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles

Rotten Apples That Will Last Forever

The Secret History of the Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis

Old-school news: sensational, moralistic and, above all, sung

Jeremy, The Lonely, Left-Twisting Snail, Dies — But Knows Love Before The End

Birds gone wild: Resurgent turkeys spar with human neighbors

Google Will No Longer Allow Users to Skirt Paywalls Using Its Search Engine (Not exactly. Google will no longer penalize companies for not allowing users to skirt paywalls, but it won't stop them if they choose to allow it.)

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

Pythons are invading Florida. Meet the scientists fighting back.

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

When the Larsen C ice shelf broke, it exposed a hidden world

How Stalin Hid Ukraine's Famine From the World

The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

9th Circuit Rules There’s No Constitutional Right to Sell Firearms. Will the Supreme Court Care?

Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions

Analysis of 141 hours of cable news reveals how mass killers are really portrayed

The less… umm… fewer the better (Gotta laugh so you don't cry)

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

The Trump Administration Is Preventing Undocumented Immigrant Minors From Getting Abortions (More)

The Constitutional Counting Crisis

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

To Save Her Children, She Pretended To Be Crazy

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-18 10:45 am

When I put flea medicines on subscription, I winced

They were over $100 for six doses. That was about a year ago, and comparable with cat flea meds. Last time I looked, a week ago they were around $20 for the same number. Sticker shock, but in the good way!

Finally got an answer for this - they came off patent! Well, hallelujah! Doggies hopefully will stop scratching soon, and I'll corral the cats soon. I'm making a mark of the day - it's entirely possible the real problem is that I wasn't keeping a strict enough regimen of when they were dosed. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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The Rock Solid History of Concrete

Adorable Japanese-style public service ads in LA metro

Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

How European Kids Are Getting Their Sex Ed: From Social Media

The Ancient Origins of Both Light and Dark Skin

Where food is limited, guppy mothers gestate their young longer

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

What Happens When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help (14 New Pics)

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

Two sisters, a mountain trek and a wobbly wire bridge (Photojournalism)

In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?

A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made

The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England’s Fall Colors

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule

8 Bizarre Medical Murderers

The School Synthetic-Turf Wars

Where the heck is autumn?

How fever in early pregnancy causes heart, facial birth defects

Trump kills key Obamacare subsidies: What it means

America’s Top Fears in 2017

America's shadow war in Africa

The government isn’t very good at keeping track of how often the government kills people

Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count
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anais_pf ([personal profile] anais_pf) wrote in [community profile] thefridayfive2017-10-13 01:37 am

The Friday Five for 13 October 2017: Musical Firsts

These questions were written by [personal profile] jesse_the_k.

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?

5) And why?

Copy and paste to your own journal, then reply to this post with a link to your answers. If your journal is private or friends-only, you can post your full answers in the comments below.

If you'd like to suggest questions for a future Friday Five, then do so on DreamWidth or LiveJournal. Old sets that were used have been deleted, so we encourage you to suggest some more!

**Remember that we rely on you, our members, to help keep the community going. Also, please remember to play nice. We are all here to answer the questions and have fun each week. We repost the questions exactly as the original posters submitted them and request that all questions be checked for spelling and grammatical errors before they're submitted. Comments re: the spelling and grammatical nature of the questions are not necessary. Honestly, any hostile, rude, petty, or unnecessary comments need not be posted, either.**
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fred_mouse ([personal profile] fred_mouse) wrote in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning2017-10-13 10:42 am

Staying on track

I've most of a day at home with 'no interruptions' (I'm on my own until 12:30pm, and I have to leave at 3pm), so I'm trying to make progress on a number of things. And while I'm having a low pain day so I can do quite a bit of housework, I'm having a high scatty day, and trying to focus is really hard. I'm employing a number of tricks, but would be interested in hearing more.

So the first thing is that every 'task' set is either really short and obvious ('reply to yesterday's email from J'), or has a specific time limit ('spend 20 minutes tidying up the bedroom). This means that I'm getting lots of positive reinforcement, as I've put the tasks in Habitica, and get to tick them off and get rewards frequently. Secondly, I'm putting the tasks in to the list as they come to me, and then making myself do them in order, so that I don't end up at the end of the day having done either the fun or the easy ones, and then hating on myself for having left lots of shit jobs for Saturday, which is already hell on wheels.

Those of you who are also scatty will have looked at my twenty minutes, and laughed at me, because focusing that long? Yeah, I know. I've made iTunes give me an ~20 minute play list, and each time the songs change, it triggers me to think about what the next sub-task is, or whether I'm still on the task I started on. So far, that is working well. It also means that I know what the last song in the list is, and so when it gets to that, I look at the room and work out what the most urgent thing is that I want to finish.

But before that, I'm doing lots of talking out loud, lots of specifying what's next, and lots of counting. So, for example, in the bedroom, there was a pile of wash that needed folding and putting away, and I watched myself shy away from it several times, because it was Too Big (about half a wash basket). So I made myself count each item (15) as I put it away, and that kept me from losing track.

And reminding myself of the rule that I only have two hands, so I should only be looking at at most two things to deal with at any given time, and that the goal is to have done Something, rather than specific things in each room is helping as well.

And my break times are at the computer, but I've moved everything so I have to stand up, and that means that I don't want to linger there, which means that I'm actually getting back on task, because I look at the list on the computer, and then start the music, and then go to the next thing (I've finished three so far, and typing this has been my third 'on the computer' break, having got one of my email accounts read for the last two days)
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Li ([personal profile] darjeeling) wrote in [community profile] fandomweekly2017-10-12 06:42 pm
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Scheduling Info!

Please note that we'll will be extending Challenge #46 through until NEXT Monday, October 23rd, not this coming Monday, to give everyone a chance to reset to the usual schedule. Following that, we will be returning to the regular weekly format. Our next Amnesty period will be following Challenge #50 and run for its normal two weeks.

Thank you!
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Li ([personal profile] darjeeling) wrote in [community profile] fandomweekly2017-10-12 06:41 pm

[#046 | FOOL'S GOLD] Challenge Post

Challenge 046:
FOOL'S GOLD
Also known as iron pyrite, fool's gold is a gold-colored mineral that is often mistaken for real gold. Fool's gold is also a common term used to describe any item which has been believed to be valuable to the owner, only to end up being not so.

Write a story where someone values (either knowingly or unknowingly) something that doesn't actually have a tangible worth.

BONUS GOAL: Three's Company

If your submission is written in three separate scenes, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, October 23 at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 046 - fool's gold
• If you have questions about this challenge, please ask them here

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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-17 01:40 pm

OMG

I got an email from the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, three concerts.

This is how each concert has a title, but for the link text to buy tickets to that concert, somebody carelessly put in lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur. Which actually makes this the second time I've encountered randomly inappropriate lorem ipsum in the past week.

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Researchers discover an evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

Their Coffee Is World-Renowned. Now More Guatemalans Are Actually Drinking It

150 People Attempt to Draw World’s Famous Logos Completely From Memory

Behold the 50-Year-Old Can of Soup Someone Donated to a Food Bank

Greek transgender community hopes new law will improve lives

Catalonia, Spain’s Biggest Problem

The Movement to Bury Pets Alongside People

Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

After 3 Years Under ISIS, Mosul's Children Go Back To School

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Rethinking Beauty and Race at Dominican-American Hair Salons

I keep going back to this interview Larry King did w/Bill Cosby where spiking women's drinks came up. Take a listen. (Content note: Turns out, in the 90s, it was okay to admit to this on national television and nobody reacted. Ew, gross.)

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

For Puerto Rico's Children, Finding A 'Safe Place' In The Few Schools That Are Open

FBI is now going after "black extremists" (0.o)

AP PHOTOS: A Rohingya boy's struggle to reach Bangladesh

“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”

Trump suggests challenging NBC's broadcast license

Inside the CIA's black site torture room (ALL THE WARNINGS)

“Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons
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Li ([personal profile] darjeeling) wrote in [community profile] fandomweekly2017-10-11 11:37 am
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Voting Reminder

Please remember to vote for Challenge 45. We have 5 votes so far.
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-16 02:23 am

Bah, that's annoying.

I was typing up something on family stories, and ten minutes in I realized that even though I have quite a lot to say on the subject of children's literature, none of it really was coalescing into anything vaguely resembling a point. I was just blathering.

And I still want to say it, but not if it doesn't go anywhere. That's just going to ultimately bore me and you.

So I'm going to bore both of us with my whining, which at least isn't nearly as long-winded!
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conuly ([personal profile] conuly) wrote2017-10-15 10:22 pm

I'm not always so good with faces

So all I really recall of those people who were not feeding Finn or taking care of him is a general impression of yelling.

This is very awkward, as I never know when the next neighbor I don't recognize is really them.

So today I'm walking the dogs, and two people carrying a fluffy pomeranian are staring at me. Is that them? Who the hell knows, but it can't be, right? Last time they bumped into any of us, they screamed their stupid heads off!

All the same, when I got home I asked Eva if she could provide a physical description. "Well, there's an annoying little girl who's a jerk, and an annoying boy who's an ass- a butthole, and...."

Not helpful, Eva!

"Also, they recently got a new dog, a pomperanian...."

GOD DAMN IT!

I better dig out those adoption papers just in case.

God, I wish they'd just move already, to some place that doesn't allow pets.
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peaceful_sands ([personal profile] peaceful_sands) wrote in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning2017-10-10 07:39 pm

Mid Week Anti Procrastination Time!

Here we go, it's time for that starting bell to ring and for us to let loose on the things that will no longer be procrastinated.

So what's it going to be for you? Big or small, easy or hard, tell us all about it. Let us cheer you along, and bolster up that motivation, because while we may not be physically there with you we're out here waving pompoms and believing that you can do it!

In need of a challenge - in deference to my own fatigue levels at the moment - I'm going to say set a timer for an appropriate length of time (5/10/15 minutes) and go for it! What can you get done? Tackle a pile or a task, clean a floor or organising a drawer or just do a bit of washing up until that timer goes.

If your personal goals are higher or your energy is abounding *eyes you jealously* feel free to do multiple rounds of time setting.

Don't forget, every good deed done deserves a reward - so what's your reward going to be?

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