9/212017 Nimitz Way

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:45 pm
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I walked out to the Mezue trailhead and back, seven hours, eight-and-a-half or nine miles. Almost like the old days except that carrying bins in my fannypack turned pouch limits the number of layers I can remove and stash. Today it worked well. The weather was perfect, no fog, little wind, yet cool enough that I wasn't miserable in two layers on return. The white-crowned sparrows are back! I saw a couple of juveniles and heard some iffy songs in the open area just north of Conlon, but only on the way back. On the way out I was dawdling to allow a coyote to put some distance between us (this was just after I'd dawdled to allow a cow with calf to do the same - there were a lot of mammals up there today) and noticed an unmistakable, non-native bird: a European goldfinch, presumably an escapee. So I had three kinds of goldfinch today, lesser, American, and one apparently healthy European. For migrants I had one Pacific-slope flycatcher in an sheltered oak at about 3 mi and one black-throated gray warbler in an oak at the top of Laurel Canyon Road. Oh, and my reward for getting all the way out to the trail head was a Say's phoebe at the junction and a large family of coyotes in the near distance. The list may be less fun than the incidentals: )

One other mammal, my first skunk! Way out in the dry grass north of 3 mi, a striped skunk trundled up the slope from the west, crossed the road, and trundled on east through the fence and disappeared. If only I'd had the presence of mind to take video.

Oh, Sam!

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:08 pm
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This is the 80th anniversary of The Hobbit!

Elsewhere on my feed:

Britain's Head Gardeners.

I got nuthin'

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:53 am
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This goes way beyond a Lol of the Day. This is a Lol of the Month.

Read more... )

Best News In A Month of Sundays

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
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 I just got a phone call from the lady who is in charge of cats at the shelter and Haldir and Púca are being adopted together by a couple.  The couple have been looking for a Maine Coon to adopt and had been in communication with the shelter about Púc and Hal and came in to meet them today, they played with them for a while and fell in love with them, just like I did.  That is the best news I've had in years!!!  The weight of worry about them finding a good home has been lifted and I feel like I can breathe again.  I hope my kitties and their new parents have very long and happy lives together.


Edited to add Note to Self: Oh, woman up and get over it already, they're not dead and they found a home together with great humans who will love them!  And they did so within a month, only having to spend a very few nights in the shelter itself instead of a house with humans!     
There, that tells me.  I truly am grateful for my fur babies' sake.

9/20/2017 Diablo Foothills State Park

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Went out with U, DW, and one other for the first time since early July, starting at 8:30 am. It was overcast with no wind so I went out in a t-shirt, a canvas shirt, and my trusty neckwarmer and was fine. No goddamned warblers nor any migrants save a Pacific-slope flycatcher or possibly two, and here it's the goddamned equinox. Very frustrating. A nice list of residents: )

Experiments in carrying bins )

Vagueness seeps...

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:56 pm
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I have to give the HuffPo points for this. Drat.

What Should Have Happened in Hillary Clinton's Useless Book.

I must add his blog to my feed.

Chris/Georgi Farm AU

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:30 am
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A contribution to the YOI Farm AU! I love this sweet, quiet world so much. And also these two. <3

Christophe/Georgi, rated Mature, 1300 words
Georgi's bees pollinate Christophe's peach trees.

Keywords: sweet, sexy, eerie, a lot of bees

peaches and honey )

Food glorious food

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I'm roasting cherry tomatoes in Greek olive oil and they smell so gooooooood.

I'm intersectional

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:46 pm
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My lol of the day. It makes a change from Hitler's medical problems which interest no one but me. I might have done this before, or something like it, during the Racefail frenzy on LJ. I won't tell you my score but my result is:

"You're not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You've had your fair share of struggles, and you've worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help."

The link is here.

I feel a vast relief about not having to educate anyone.

Orinoco Flow

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 pm
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I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.
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[personal profile] sasha_honeypalm's musical tribute to Barbara G. Walker's (professionally published!) novel
Amazon:


Don't know much about history
Don't know much about theology
Don't know much 'bout how to write a book
Don't know how to cite the quotes I took
But I know all that I say must be true
And I know if you believed it, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don't know much about geography
Don't know much sociology
Don't know how to understand folklore
Don't know what a reference book is for
But I do know that one god is bad
And if we'd kept the goddess we once had
What a wonderful world this would be

Now, I don't claim to be a goddess
But I'm tryin' to be
For maybe if I'm a goddess, people
You'll all worship me.

Don't know much about history
Don't know much about technology
Don't know much...


[personal profile] rosepsyche's paean to the Power of Story is also quoteworthy:

I have to call "bull" on Antiope's reasoning that art and music are inferior because they are "not alive" for another reason. No, such creations aren't living, breathing things. However (and I apologize if this gets a bit corny), the best of them can seem as if they are alive, get us invested in their characters, have us cheering about their triumphs and crying over their tragedies. They are just as valuable in their own way for their ability to entertain, to inspire, to teach, to help us grow and develop by seeing the world from a new point of view, and I don't think anyone involved in creating them would appreciate being told that their work can never compare to something that was squeezed out of a vagina.


Context sporks the world's worst Wonder Woman fanfic.

#@$%^! Weather Radio!!!

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:18 pm
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The bad part about living on the coast: having to constantly hit mute on the freaking weather radio because of all of the damned small craft advisories when the weather turns nasty.  I have the stupid thing for tsunami warnings, but I'm getting tempted to unplug it and take out the batteries just because we've had 17 small craft advisories today.  >_<

Return to Innocence

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.

Dear Trick or Treat Writer

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Dear writer,

I’m very excited the winter exchange season is starting up again. It’s always my fave end of the year event, and I hope you end up having fun with whatever characters/prompts you end up picking! And in case none of the prompts in my sign-up appeal, here is a list of more general likes/tropes/kinks. I'd be more than happy to receive a story based on any of this, even if it's not something I listed as a prompt. Furthermore, I ship some of the people I requested, but I'm well aware that not everyone ships these characters or that we might only match on one character. So even though I listed several shippy prompts, I'd be just as happy with non-shippy fic that just has my faves interact, or character-focused fic that explores their canon lives some more.

Read more... )

Do not want: gore, modern/mundane AU (unless prompted)


General likes:

Forced intimacy of any kind! This is one of my all-time faves, in any sort of situation or scenario. People thrust into closeness before they are ready for it and forced to overcome their differences is always delightful to me. Any tropefic of the handcuffed-togther, bed-sharing, undercover gay, arranged marriage etc. kind is always going to make me happy!
Huddling for warmth
One character trying to protect another with their own life (or really any sort of loyalty kink!)
Enemies forced to work together
Epistolary fic
Hand-feeding
Hot, sweltering summer days/nights
Bathing/washing - especially if one character is taking care of another
Casefic, or any sort of action/adventure scenario where characters have to work together
Enemies to friends to lovers
Enemy hatesex
Emotional vulnerability
Unhealthy/co-dependent relationships
A character surrendering himself

I'm fine with dub-con/non-con/rape, unhealthy relationships, any kind of D/s, BDSM, power play or pain play. For further porny inspiration, my Smut Swap letter might help: https://esteliel.dreamwidth.org/454688.html
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The "Wildcat Peak Trail is closed" signs disappeared a while ago so this morning I went up to see if the trail had really been fixed or just bashed down by foot traffic. But first I was surprised on Upper Packrat Trail by a bicycle coming up behind me. The guy claimed to have come from a trail "up there" and to have seen no signs; I know of no trail "up there" and the ranger I reported it to much later didn't seem to believe the claim, either. I wish I could say I made him turn back, but I think he would have pushed me off the trail had I refused to step aside. So that was a nice start.

Wildcat Peak Trail has indeed been fixed, wider and flatter than before. I guess it was done by a couple of guys with shovels as I cannot imagine how to get any other equipment to the site short of a helicopter. Maybe that's what they did. Anyway, once up that far (the slide site is a lot closer to the top than I recalled, but then I was too freaked to remember clearly) I of course did not turn around (my plan were it not sufficiently fixed) and after briefly contemplating going down Conlon I settled for the connector down to Laurel Canyon Trail and out.

There have been first of season reports for a number of winter species, but I neither heard nor saw any. Wildcat Peak Trail has no hard bits but it's boring and today was no exception. Just the usuals: )

So not an exciting morning, and it produced some un-encouraging empirical data. Stupid back. )

I forgot to say that the weather was perfect, clearing quickly but cool. I went out in two t-shirts and a light flannel, with my neckwarmer to start, and was quite comfortable.

Goodbye, Fuchsl

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm
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GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2

Abstract

This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.

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