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Title: Learn Something New
Author: [personal profile] cesperanza
Reader: [personal profile] mific
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: E
Summary: "This isn't a vacation!" Rodney shouted. "This is about declassifying research that's going to change the course of physics!"
Content notes: A favourite of mine! The urge to make a podfic suddenly came upon me, unfortunately when I hadn't completely gotten over a cold so my voice is even more nasal than usual. Sorry about that, but I didn't have the energy to re-record so I hope you can still enjoy it. Also apologies for the very bad singing :) Thanks to like_cheap_wine for permission to use their art as a podfic cover, and to Speranza for blanket permission to transform works.
Length: ~31 min.

text at AO3


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Apr. 19th, 2019 04:58 pm
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I was just emailed a weekend coupon to the local kosher pizzeria. I... don't know what to do with that.

A zissen pizzach to all!

I guess I do know what to do with that. :P
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Only a year and two months after I moved in, my mirrors are finally hung! Pics! I'm so pleased with how they look and the guy was so fast! He was done with both in less than an hour! Next weekend, the bench is assembled and that'll go under the mirror in the bedroom - between the windows but away from the radiator - and everything will be complete!!!

The exterminator came also, which is good because last night was like a nightmare in the kitchen. Things had been mostly quiet on the bug front lately, and I guess I got complacent because I was not prepared at all for last night. But I watched him spray the baseboards and put some gel on the lip of the backsplash above the sink where I can't reach, and hopefully that will take care of the problem. There's no food out and the sink is dry after 8 pm, and I wish they would just go away. It's so upsetting.

I also got the laundry done, and I'll fold it tonight while watching the Mets. Yesterday, I caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, which was a good choice, because it made me laugh a lot, and then last night's episode made me laugh even more. Everything with Holt was COMEDY GOLD. And Mark Evan Jackson looks amazingly attractive with that beard.

In other news, did you know that jelly shoes are in fashion again? I would like a pair of gold sparkly ones, but I doubt at this point I could wear them comfortably. I lived in them in the early 80s though. And those awful Dr. Scholl's sandals - you know the ones! - before graduating to Candie's.

Anyway, here is today's poem:

All Objects Reveal Something About the Body
by Catie Rosemurgy

Crisp is to the apple what
flexed is to the body.

Poor apple.

Being bitten is to the crisp apple
what walking is to the ripe body, but it's more complicated than that:

the apple of the face has been given
to the running juice of the body

and the body, which is often gracious,
makes it shine.

Lucky apple.

Having a core is to the apple
what having a core is to the body, city, method, circumstance, endeavor.

Having a core is flower-shaped and hurts
in the way that having a shape hurts, which is to say

it hurts ironically, because to have limits
is not just to make a declaration upon a mountainside,

it is also to be the mountainside. Having a flowering core
also hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,

which is to say sexually, as if the whole self
has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means

we always seem to be opening but never ever do.
Both these types of suffering color the air

when we pause to have them. The affected atoms
are hard to see amongst the billions

of sofa atoms, newsprint atoms
but, like the illnesses in the crystalline sea, they are there.

Red apple sliced, quartered, salted. Green apple,

alone in the basket.
Anything left on the shelf becomes weak,

suggestible, vulnerable to other shapes, hungry to be refilled
by something other than itself,

a poison apple.
The joining we do with others needs containing.

Apple pie.
Imagine the mess. Imagine a finger touching the sack of the heart.

Imagine being stopped, controlled that powerfully.
Imagine nothing like that being possible. Nothing ever stopping you

at the root of the breath. Huge apple.
The world in reference to you. How you move. Time a backdrop.

Or close the other eye: you in reference to the world.
How it varies and happens simultaneously.

Good morning.
Little apple.

***

Hooray for needles?

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:36 am
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I heard back from my doctor's office and they don't have a Measles Mumps Rubella shot listed on my immunization record, so I checked and a shot is fully covered by my insurance, without me having to first get a blood test to check the antibody titer. So I plan to go and get stuck with a needle at lunch, rather than go through all the business of getting a blood test and waiting for results. ETA: Done!

I had mumps when I was, I think, seven years old (I suspect, but do not know, that the vaccine either wasn't required or widely available when I was getting childhood vaccinations), and childhood measles vaccine, and I think the booster I had back in the 1980s was a full modern MMR. But I have no records of any of that, and apparently, immunity can be imperfect, especially for measles, depending on several factors. Also, there have been cases of mumps at the university where I work and nearby, and measles keeps popping up all over due mostly to self-centered idiots who don't vaccinate their children. I don't mind getting a shot to increase herd immunity.

My gym schedule this week was off due to me being sleep-deprived on Wednesday. Last night, I did my half-hour jog and some leg/core exercises. The first fifteen minutes or so of the jog was rough, but I kept going, and it got easier so long as I didn't try to go too fast. I managed to speed up a little for a minute or two here and there. My new Superfit Hero leggings had arrived, so I wore those, and they worked out very well. The brand has pockets now (which I don't actually need, but pockets!, and the fabric feels a little thinner and smoother than my Kickstarter pair.

Masechet Chullin Daf 142

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:15 pm
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Daf 142

End of the masechet! I'm trying to decide what I want to learn next- I liked the accountability of making myself do dailyish posts, but I don't think I care that much about the next Masechet, Bechoros. Anyone have any thoughts?

Actually, in general, I'm curious to hear from anyone who's been reading along who didn't have much experience with Talmud before, what they've learned from these posts of mine. Feel free to drop a comment or a PM.


The Rabbis usually want to end a Masechet on a high note, something that transcends the ticky tack technical details that otherwise fill most of the time in the Gemara and offers some more inspirational. Here, we get a little focus on the promise of long life to someone who observes the mitzvah of shaliach haken.

Kal vachomer: If one gets long life for such a piddling, easy mitzvah as shaliach haken, how great must the reward be for doing a legitimately difficult mitzvah!

Rabbi Yaakov moderates the enthusiasm a bit by pointing out that clearly anytime the Torah promises reward, it's not promising reward in this world, it's promising reward in Olam Haba. That's because reward in this world is too temporal to reward an action as great as doing a mitzvah, perhaps.

Rabbi Yaakov offers what seems like a mashal- A father sends his son up a tower to send away a mother bird from a nest and fetch bird eggs for dinner. The son falls to his death. Shaliach haken and kibud av are the two mitzvot that God promises long life for, so clearly the son's reward will be in Olam Haba.

The Gemara says "This seems like a mashal, clearly this never actually happened." No, answer the Rabbis, Rabbi Yaakov really saw this happen. I'm a little skeptical, but yeah, we all know about misfortunes in life that seem unfair. There is no clear causal relationship between our actions on Earth and our reward on Earth, that much is clear. God intervenes in our lives, but that happens in ways whose ultimate objectives are hard to comprehend. Needless to say, we don't always know what's good for us.


Edit Twist ending! The Gemara compares R' Yaakov's message to the message Elisha ben Abuya took from the same or similar events: God's rewards are unjust and we should rebel against God. If only Acher had taken R' Yaakov's lesson he would not have sinned, says the Gemara. Weirdly downbeat ending to the Masechet, IMO.

Ant-Man & The Wasp

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:10 pm
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New data for the unified theory of superhero films suggests being spoiled for stressful plot points increases enjoyment, but being spoiled for character moments and details decreases enjoyment. Data also suggests that there is a sweet spot between caring too much and caring too little. There is also stress with having the plot need to conform to an overarching storyline -- the Captain America: Civil War references stressed me the fuck out.

Overall: too much Pym, not enough Hope, no where near enough Janet, Ava is a character I want to read fic about but who didn't get the kinds of emotionally resonant scenes in the movie that I wanted her to have, Cassie got more to do and is great, loved the end credits, Luis and team remain my favs, and I am not sure which Scott pairing I like more: Scott/Maggie/Paxton, Scott/Agent Woo, or Scott/Hope. That's a lie, it's clearly some kind of communal living situation where Scott and Hope live in the same house as Maggie and Paxton and sometimes Agent Woo and Scott go out to dinner and Janet doesn't live there, but does have her own room that she stays in when she needs space from Hank. And Cassie has all the giant pet ants in the world.

I feel like I should have thoughts about how the movie explores people acting selfishly in ways that negatively impact those around them and how selfish quests endanger the lives of everyone else, but the movie didn't really stick the landing on that, so why should I stick the landing on analyzing it?
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Today is National Poem In Your Pocket Day! \o/ Here's a Round Up of the artworks created for our latest challenge, all of which were inspired by poetry. Congrats to all our participants! :)

Drawesome's Drawing Challenge #24 - Poetry Illustration



Entries submitted for Drawing Challenge #24 - Poetry Illustration:

Previous Challenges )

As usual, all of these challenges remain open, so you can submit entries to the community any time after the Round Up date. Be sure to tag your art posts with the challenge name though, so that it can be added to this list.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this challenge! :)
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Friends I am so sorry about The Magicians. I haven't watched season 4, and probably won't now.

It feels like the 100 all over again and it sucks so much.

I want better for us.
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[personal profile] elf posted: Pillowfort is moving to .social
In the various discussions about PF's user content rules, legalities, social standards, and so on, someone happened to notice that PF's domain host, .io, doesn't allow adult content of any sort.

Oops.

Pillofort immediately started looking for a new domain extension. They found one, and have begun the process of shifting over. The site's been cloned; logins work; posting doesn't. They'll keep the .io addresses for at least a year (unless the NIC.IO staffers happen to notice them and cancel it in the meantime), but the whole site will be officially moving soon, like this month sometime.

... On the one hand, glad they're doing something about this. On the other, how am I supposed to trust they can manage user conflicts and TOS edge cases and the business hassles of running a social platform, when they didn't bother to look at their domain host's content rules.
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So I woke up on Tuesday morning and I thought, I could take Thursday off and have a FIVE DAY weekend. And so that is what I did, and now i am home gloriously doing nothing today, except maybe laundry later. Tomorrow, someone is coming to hang my mirrors, and Saturday I have the cleaning service, so I will have to be up early, but today I slept in until 9! It was amazing!

Last night, I met L for dinner and then we went back to where she is apartment sitting for DG and chatted for a couple of hours, and I didn't get home until about midnight, but it was great just to hang out and talk. Dinner was good too, and there were two for one drinks, so she had some kind of blood orange cocktail and I had one two that had passion fruit and peach in it, and it was delicious.

Yesterday was full of surprising good things. I had my review, which went exceptionally well and better than I expected, given what happened last year. But boss3 said that not only had I risen to the occasion of having more and more work piled onto my plate, but she noticed that I had taken her advice from last year seriously and also seemed more engaged and interested in the work than I had been previously. So that was great.

Because of how the day was scheduled, I wasn't going to be able to eat lunch until 3:30, unless I ate at 12 noon, which I normally don't like doing, but I ran out and bought a bagel and scarfed it down, but after my review, it turned out that I did not have to cover reception, and in fact the receptionist had made me up a plate of food from a retirement party that had happened at lunchtime, and left it on my desk! So I ate a little bit of that (it was about 2:30 by that time, so my usual lunch hour), and then one of the other assistants guided me to where they were keeping the leftover cake, so I also got a piece of cake out of it.

That seemed like a good note to go out on for the week, so I'm glad I am off today, since yesterday could probably not be topped, unless they decided to give me a raise. Which sadly they did not, as there is no increase attached to the performance review process.

Now I need to find something to eat because I've just been drinking coffee all morning and it's starting to make me shaky.

*

Today's poem:

How to Write a Story
by Cyn Kitchen

1.

here, we join Ted
a man in a tree.
how he got there
you decide.
scuttling branch to branch,
lowered by chopper, launched
from trebuchet, a beginning.
here he sits, whistling, whittling.
above, birds flit among leaves
below, pasture green & rolling.
Ted is in the tree, you put him there
but make no mistake it was under
his own power.
 
2.
 
throw rocks at Ted.
start small,
bean him with pebbles.
muster strength to heave
stones fist-big,
boulders round & smooth as a heart.
observe. take notes.
consider more rocks.
let exhilaration blow through you
as you throw, observe, repeat.
do not go easy.
watch him in the tree, tattered
bleeding, wide-eyed
as an empty house.
writers never pity. 
this mess is of his own making.
 
3.
 
it is not Ted's tree.
he does not live here; 
he was only visiting.
suddenly, a tornado
sweeping over the prairie.
there is no cover. this is
between Ted & the finger
of God that will flick him from
his branch. or
that hunter in boredom
will blow him off his high horse
double-ott buck,
send him in a high arc over
crest of hill.
perhaps the same chopper
could pluck him away.
a ladder? too easy.
nevertheless, get him down.
 
4.
 
Ted is in handcuffs. the story took off
on its own while you were looking
straight at it. not what you had planned
but there it is, undeniable.
you did all you could
still you ended up here,
struck like a match. keep taking notes,
follow at a safe distance.
up ahead, another tree.
how he gets there you don’t know.
fill your pockets with stones
caress them like old lovers.
the story has not ended.
the story does not end.
it keeps going whether you
are watching it or not. 

*

Masechet Chullin Daf 141

Apr. 18th, 2019 09:29 am
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Daf 141

The language of the commandment of shiluach haken is of a negative mitzvah followed by a positive. First it says "You shall not take the mother bird." Then it says "You shall surely send away the mother bird."

Mitzvot in this configuration have a few possible interpretations. One is that they're just separate mitzvot entirely. Sometimes even though they're juxtaposed there's no reason to consider them together.

Sometimes, it's a reinforcement, to suggest this is a mitzvah to take particularly seriously, or that when it's in conflict with another mitzvah, you prioritize this one.

Sometimes, there's a concept of a positive mitzvah that nullifies a negative mitzvah. Meaning you violate the negative mitzvah, which would incur a punishment of lashes, but if you perform the positive mitzvah before you receive the punishment, it nullifies the violation and you don't incur lashes. A couple examples mentioned here are theft, where the mitzvah of not stealing is followed by a mitzvah of restitution which nullifies lashes as the punishment, and (relevant to the season, probably going to discuss it when I make my siyum tomorrow), korban pesach, where you cannot leave over any meat, but if you do leave over meat and then burn it in the morning, you do not incur lashes.

The Rabbis suggest that shiluach haken is such a mitzvah. You can't take the mother bird, but if you do, you're okay as long as you send it away afterward. Rabbi Yehuda disagrees.

I think, and some mefarshim support me, that their disagreement is a fundamental one that's actually the #1 FAQ of shiluach haken. Is this a contingent mitzvah, or is it an affirmative obligation? Meaning, say you don't want to eat birds eggs, and you come across a nest. Do you have to send away the mother bird and take the eggs anyway, because it's a mitzvah, or is it only if you need the eggs? Rabbi Yehuda thinks that the mitzvah of sending away the mother is an independent obligation, so if you see a nest, there is a mitzvah to approach, send away the mother, and then take the eggs. The Chachamim think that sending away the mother is just a subordinate positive mitzvah that nullifies the main negative mitzvah of not taking the mother bird. Thus if you don't want the eggs, you don't have to do it.

Rabbi Yehuda's position is perhaps surprising. Intuitively we think of shiluach haken as being a mitzvah to teach us about empathy. If we're concerned about the feelings of the mother bird, it can help us attune to the feelings of others around us in general. But it's also just a chok in general, with inexplicable halakhic parameters and most significantly and strangely, one of the only promises in the Torah that if you observe this mitzvah, this one particular mitzvah, you will live a long life. Rabbi Yehuda's position is more in tune with this mysterious aspect of the mitzvah.

Today I will finish the masechta except for the last bit, which I will hold off to learn tomorrow morning at minyan so that we can eat a festive seudah and the firstborns do not need to fast Erev Pesach.

Thanks to everyone who's been reading along and commenting, and Chag Sameach to all!

the Nightstand Project

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:45 pm
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Inspired by a post Jesse the K made about "the Nightstand Project"-- a gallery of photos of the nightstands of people with chronic illness-
(see https://jesse-the-k.dreamwidth.org/293658.html), I am sharing pictures of my nightstand and my "day stand" (the small table that sits by my recliner).

DSCF5866

Nightstand. Top drawer is open showing medications and a wrist brace. The top of the stand has a blue lamp, a bottle of lotion, a glass of water, a folded handkerchief, and some meds. My iPod sits on the edge; I use this for an alarm clock when needed, and for listening to "rain sounds" on youtube to help me fall asleep.

DSCF5868

Day stand. Contains: My phone, a box of tissues, Icy Hot cream, Lidocaine cream, a glass of lemonade, and 3 little microfiber rags that I use to clean my glasses. Also a pencil. Stuff accumluates on this table and I have to clear it off regularly.
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Title: Who we would be (you used to know)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Guardian
Characters: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Content Notes: Created for Challenge #24: Poetry Illustration. This was directly inspired by [personal profile] china_shop's excellent Guardian fan-poetry things you used to know. This piece was painted with a combination of watercolours and acrylics.

Sketching out these characters' facial feature right was a real challenge, especially the eyes and mouth, and then overlaying it with the watercolour after felt like walking a tightrope act. :b To get the galaxy effect, I found a whole bunch of useful tutorials on YouTube on how to go about painting one with watercolours. I tried my hand at it and am satisfied with the overall effect. :)

Preview:

(Click for entire image at my journal)

Art (Poetry Illustration - Guardian)

Apr. 17th, 2019 04:50 pm
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Been working on this piece for almost a week now, and it's finally done! \o/

Title: Who we would be (you used to know)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Guardian
Characters: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Content Notes: Created for [community profile] drawesome Challenge #24: Poetry Illustration. This was directly inspired by [personal profile] china_shop's excellent Guardian fan-poetry things you used to know. This piece was painted with a combination of watercolours and acrylics.

Sketching out these characters' facial feature right was a real challenge, especially the eyes and mouth, and then overlaying it with the watercolour after felt like walking a tightrope act. :b To get the galaxy effect, I found a whole bunch of useful tutorials on YouTube on how to go about painting one with watercolours. I tried my hand at it and am satisfied with the overall effect. :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

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