[sticky entry] Sticky: Friends MOSTLY

Jan. 15th, 2012 02:03 pm
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Picture of a little girl swinging on a swingset

Friends mostly! I still do a lot of public posts, but non-friends are screened by default.

BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER, READ THIS: http://fayanora.livejournal.com/838343.html

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(Click the picture to get at least an idea of the meanings. Only "ingenuus memes" are defined there yet. That and the opposites of the others.)

Friends mostly. Mainly means there's a bunch of content friends-locked. Also, non-friends and anonymous posters are screened by default. If you are an ass in your comments, your comments will be deleted.

Comment to be added. And if you're an old friend getting a new LJ, let me know that information.

Friending must-knows:

1. I do not tolerate myself or my friends being made fun of for any reason. If I find you have done this, you will be unfriended and banned.

2. I NEVER do friend-culls. If you find you've been banned, it's either a mistake or for the above reason. If you believe it to be a mistake, let me know.

Also, there are three stages here:

1. There's an "Acquaintances" filter, for people I don't know very well. Not much more they get to see than public does, but some things. If you never see any friends-locked entries here, let me know. It seems I have to add people to the Acquaintances filter.

2. Friends - They see the most.

3. Multiplicity - Ask me about this one. It's got the most personal stuff of mine.

Fun stuff and more information. )


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Apr. 18th, 2017 05:19 pm
fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
I just suffered through over an hour of hiccups! It only ended when I started eating my tuna salad sandwiches with chopped celery. Potential new hiccup cure?


Apr. 16th, 2017 06:27 pm
fayanora: Steph Chloe Dartagnan (Steph Chloe Dartagnan)
So a friend of mine pointed out that not many people know very many of the moons of the solar system, or more likely they recognize some of the names but don’t realize they’re moon names. Then she named a few she knew offhand. Which prompted this comment of mine:

Now I’m picturing an Animaniacs style song.

“Theeere’s Phobos and Deimos and Triton and Io and Ganymede Luna Charon,
Umbriel Ariel, Helike Aoede, Carme and Kore, and Sponde.
Leda Lysithea, Kalyke and Kale, Mneme and Metis Cyllene,
Carpo Callisto, Arche Ananke, Autonoe Iocaste, Thyone.
Amalthea Aitne, Adrastea Euporie, Callirrhoe Hermippe, Sinope;
Chaldene, Euanthe, Harpalyke Himalia, and Hegemone here in my ‘scope.
Elara and Isonone, Eukelade, Erinome, and Portia if you’ve any luck,
Kallichore Margaret, Oberon Juliet, Cupid Cordelia Puck.
Caliban sounds like Star Wars, so does Sycorax, and Setebus, Sao and Trinculo;
Bianca Larissa, Prospero Thalassa, Hydra and Nyx, Stephano.
Portia’s a car but also a moon; where Mab circles I cannot say,
Dysnomia Namaka oh god and oh drama we could be doing this the rest of the day
fayanora: Icky (Icky)
I woke up today certain it was Monday, only to find out it's Sunday again. I say "again" because I clearly remember Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Granted, I was ill on Friday and Saturday, but not so badly I could lose track of time.

I remember going up to Brooke's place Friday, coming back after two hours because of being ill, sleeping an hour before eating, going back to bed another hour. Then, I remember spending all Saturday long at the computer suffering from a headache and feeling like shit. I went back to bed Saturday night - actually night for once - and was up Sunday morning (actually morning).

Sunday, I texted Jesse and Lily about meeting, and they said they were at a con, but never said anything to suggest it was actually Saturday. Wasted some time trying to decide where else to go, preferably somewhere open 24 hours, but everywhere I found either was a place I knew was too busy or wasn't sure they had Wi-Fi, or else the site said Easter was possibly screwing up their hours, and I remember checking the computer's calendar and it said it was Easter still (before midnight). I kept looking for an hour or so but then it got too late for anywhere other than this IHOP that's a mile's walk away, so I tried to write at home, ended up publishing the next Many Faces chapter instead and then running out of energy. Watched Star Versus the Forces of Evil until Monday at 7 am, went to bed, woke up at 3 pm to my phone telling me it's Sunday again.

It is possible I'm misremembering and lost track of time, but considering how detailed my memories are, I doubt that I did that. Clearly, accidental time travel is to blame.

I hope today only repeats this once, because I hate Sundays, and I hate Easter Sundays even more than usual Sundays.
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
Chapter 29 of The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter is published!

Chapter Summary: The collective meets Dobby again, has occlumency lessons, and Chandra experiments with his magic.

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
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At our apartment building, me and my friend Brooke have a garden plot. And since chemicals aren't allowed in the gardens, and the plots are separate from one another, the dandelions that grow wild there during the winter (yeah, winter in Portland is big on rain and not very big on ice or snow) are perfectly safe to eat. (Ah yes, dandelions, poor man's salad. But don't eat them if the soil they're in is chemically treated.) So dandelion leaves and sometimes roots in stews or the leaves in salads is something we do.

This year, the specific species/sub-species/mutation of dandelions growing there are a kind that grows DOZENS of leaves each, in this pattern where most of the leaves are fanned out along the ground like a green sun with myriad rays. I must have cut at least a couple dozen leaves off each one and didn't even get a third of the leaves growing on them! Salad and soups for days!

Also found out that not only are the leaves and roots edible, so are the flowers. I'm wondering if that includes the stems of the flowers, too? I wonder because when I was a kid, I had a habit of peeling apart dandelion flower stems and licking the bitter white fluid inside, and I never got sick from it. (Don't worry, we never lived anywhere with chemically treated lawns.)

There’s these other “weeds” called plantains that are edible too (as well as having medicinal properties), but I haven’t seen any of those in the garden plot yet this year.

Interestingly, you can buy seeds of a large plantain cultivar on Amazon: Here.
fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
I hate Windows. The latest evidence, I just watched my desktop do the following, in order:

1. Got so slowed down by downloading updates that video and audio both got glitchy as Hell until it was done doing that. Before I streamlined this computer's startup to improve performance, Chrome and a couple other programs running in the background at startup was doing that to the audio but not the video. Downloading updates was literally more of a strain on this computer than running several resource-hogging programs at once, including Chrome.

2. When I shut the computer down, it literally took half an hour to install just 4 updates.

3. When I turned the computer back on, it did the entire startup process prior to logging in TWICE just to install the updates it had already installed. To clarify, it installed the updates during shutdown, installed them a second time on startup, then restarted itself and installed them a third time before letting me log in. Only the fact that the second two installations took less than a minute each time kept me from screaming in rage at the computer.

UGH! This is one of the major reasons I hate Windows! On Linux computers, when the computer was downloading updates in the background, I never noticed any lag in resources because the machine downloaded its updates at a measured pace. And then, when I would shut down, shutting down took no longer than normal. Starting up again took no longer than normal. On Linux, the computer literally downloads stuff in the background so quietly you'll only notice because it has to ask you permission first, and then it won't inconvenience you at all after its been downloaded, almost like it's ashamed it had to bother you at all.

Seriously, Microsoft needs to do with Windows what they did with IE. They stole Firefox's code (which is technically open source), slapped an IE logo on it, and called it IE. They need to do that sort of thing with Windows 11, if they call it that. Yes, steal the code for Linux Mint, make it look just a little bit nicer and newer, then slap a Windows logo on it and call it Windows 11. That way, the fucking thing would actually WORK in a sane manner.
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Looking around in the plant and gardening supplies store, Brooke and I today found a heatless, sweet habañero pepper. That’s what it said on the package! I don’t remember the name of it, but it was similar to “habañero.”

Oh wow

Apr. 6th, 2017 02:03 pm
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
On my tablet I use a program called Dimly whenever I have a headache because my headaches come often with sensitivity to light and sound. Well apparently the one I had last night was bad enough that I had the screen so dim that this morning I didn't recognize the first time that I had woken the tablet up because I could barely see even when I noticed it was on. I had to shake the tablet to reset Dimly so I could see the screen!
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
Chapter 28 of The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter is published!

Chapter Summary: Chandra and Al face the First Task of the Triwizard tournament. The others return, and try to pick up their lives where they left off on Halloween.

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Book 3, Chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals is published!

Series blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, and is hated by his guardians, the Dursleys. A little over a week before his birthday, he discovers that he is also a wizard, and the Dursleys knew all along. Not only is he a wizard, but he's also famous in the wizarding world! An AU fanfic.

Chapter blurb: Harry and Sirius try tackling how to catch Peter Pettigrew. Harry also has a thought about the dementor memories that has Lupin and Dumbledore concerned. Ron and Harry start trying to figure out how Hermione is getting to all her classes, by using the scientific method.

Links to book 3, chapter 6:

AO3 version

FF.net version

BigCloset version

Words hurt

Mar. 24th, 2017 07:10 am
fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
Having an argument with someone on Quora about PewDiePie being booted from YouTube for his disgusting racist jokes, and they said something that I am going to repeat here, along with my response.

Them: Humour is humour, jokes mean nothing.

Me: If you really believe that, you are an idiot.

Them: I'm a firm believer of. “Words mean nothing.” why trivialise something so… intangible and dumb? They are so subjective that does it really matter?

Me: Clearly you were never bullied growing up, nor experienced any kind of verbal abuse from anyone. Words mean things; if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be words. And words can hurt. Words can leave scars that never fade, deep emotional scars. Words can even kill; people can be bullied so badly, even with “just” words that they commit suicide. And slurs and racist/oppressive words have hundreds or even thousands of years of pain and hatred and death behind them. When you joke about something like “kill all Jews,” you’re declaring to the world that you’re siding with a very long history of pain and death. Whether you mean to or not, you are hurting people with words like that. Trivializing those words trivializes the pain they cause. You might as well be pointing and laughing at someone as they’re being beaten bloody by a dozen people at once when you say shit like “words mean nothing” or “it’s just a joke.”

If you can say “words mean nothing” with a straight face, you’re either really stupid or you’re emotionally/verbally abusive yourself. If the former, that’s sad and I’m not in the mood to waste further time trying to educate you. If the latter, I want nothing to do with you ever again for what I feel should be obvious reasons, given what I’ve already said.


Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:13 pm
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)
Trying to describe Alex to someone, I came up with this:

Alex is... Interesting. Compassionate but paranoid and misanthropic. Humor trends toward sarcasm, puns, and insults. Very rational in some ways but very emotional in others (like disregarding logic when in arguments regarding something he's really passionate about). Passionate but also apathetic a lot. He manages to be both a pessimist and an optimist at the same time.

Also gonna add: Loyal to friends and loved ones but betrayal can turn his loyalty and love into hatred and revenge seeking.
fayanora: Steph book (Steph book)
Chapter 27 of The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter is published!

Chapter Summary: Chandra struggles with school, but then Al finally resurfaces. It's just the two of them for now. Even with Al back, though, Chandra still struggles with his magic, which doesn't work like other people's magic.

Archive Of Our Own version

FanFiction dot net version

Big Closet version

Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC


Mar. 8th, 2017 11:37 am
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
One good thing about Easter stuff going up in March instead of april is that Ostara is in March, while the shitty Christian ripoff is is April.

A second good thing about it is it gives me an excuse to not decorate for that shitty holiday Saint Patrick's Day, a celebration of a man who killed or converted all the pagans of Ireland.


Mar. 7th, 2017 11:31 pm
fayanora: SK avatar (SK avatar)
I get so tired of people complaining about "too much diversity" in media, like honestly, why can't these people understand why we need diversity? I will also never understand why they DON'T want diversity. It makes no sense to me. What, these people LIKE hearing the exact same stories a million times over and over and over again? Well to heck with that! I'm on the autism spectrum and even I get tired of the same things all the time eventually!

Let me explain why I personally want diversity:

1. Because I am not represented in most media. I'm transgender, bisexual, polyamorous, autistic, mentally ill with depression and anxiety, and neo-pagan, but very few of these things are represented in most media. It hurts not being included, and it's a wonderful feeling when you're represented accurately and well by one of your own people, rather than someone who doesn't know the struggle pretending like they do. Even when they do a decent acting job, it's still an insult because we still know that person isn't what they're pretending to be. Acting the role of a farmer when you've never been one is one thing, anyone can learn to be a farmer, but you can't learn to be a gay person or transgender; you either are one or you aren't. Hiring an actor to pretend like they're gay or trans or something like that when they're not tells the whole world "We could have hired a real (insert minority here), there's plenty of excellent ones, but instead we're just going to go with Generic White Actor #14 because fuck you that's why."

2. Fairness. I'm white, but I like seeing people of color, especially women of color and especially black people (and dark skinned black women), in media, especially popular media. Why? Because it's fair. When certain groups of people are excluded, it sends a hurtful message, and the instances that don't affect me personally still hurt my heart because I feel other people's pain and have a strong sense of justice. And I don't think highly of people who don't share my compassion and strong sense of justice. I consider them selfish at best.

3. I have partial face blindness, and most of these white Hollywood actors and actresses look alike to me. For those who don't know, total face blindness is a condition that causes people to be unable to recognize their own mothers by their faces. I have a partial version of it, which simply makes faces a pain to memorize. By default, faces look the same to me; I have to concentrate on a face to work out its unique shape and memorize it, and that can take anywhere from hours to months depending on the face. And there's a lot of white actors and actresses I still can't recognize because Hollywood seems to despise uniqueness in its actors, the Hollywood casting people seem to hire mostly conventionally pretty white people. For white men, it's bad, but for white women, it's even worse. I can recognize maybe half the white male actors I see, but I can only recognize about a third of the white actresses. Heck, I had to stop watching The 4400 because one of the protags and one of the antags were blond white men who looke, dressed, and sounded so similar to each other that I was getting completely lost trying to follow the story.

Interestingly, for my part I find it a lot easier to recognize the faces of most people of color, especially black people. It takes me less than half the time to memorize the faces of black people than white people, I can recognize black actors and actresses more quickly than white ones, and I can count on one hand the number of times I've mistaken one black person for another (whereas that happens at least 10 times a month with white actors). Which is why I don't believe people who say all black people look alike to them; if I have partial face blindness and can do it, what's your excuse? (All these things are true of most other races for me, too. I have a little more difficulty with Japanese and Chinese faces than with other races, but they're still easier than white faces for me.)

4.White people, and stories with just or mostly white people in them, are BORING! Speaking as a white person from the midwest, I was bored of white people and their repetitive fucking stories before I had even turned 10. (And fantasy is the worst genre in this regard. Almost no diversity at all, and 99% of the stories were exactly the same until urban fantasy started becoming a thing.)

Growing up, I loved shows like Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Sister Sister because they were interesting, refreshing, and creative, whereas 90% of the rest of the crap on TV was the same recycled bullshit. Same stories, same character types, same settings, same old boring shit time and time again. Diversity of characters and especially diversity of writers and producers and directors opens up a million paths for new stories, things nobody's ever heard the like of before. It's becoming a struggle finding anything to read or watch these days because of the boringness of your typical white media BS, so I find myself drawn to diverse media because it's the only thing that doesn't bore the pants off me anymore. It's hard to be enthusiastic about reading when all the stories are ones I've already heard a million times before.

Hell, at least half my obsession with Harry Potter has to do with how new and interesting it was. I had never read anything like it before, it was so unlike any fantasy I'd read up to that point, and even if the diversity wasn't great, Rowling did at least TRY to be diverse, with Cho Chang, the Patil twins, and at least four black characters.

And not only can diversity show us whole new story vistas, it can revitalize tired old story plots. Take the old trope in scifi of time travel. Bloody boring, been done to death. And yet I've been watching a time travel TV show called Timeless, and it's pretty good for a time travel show, saved from being utter rubbish by the two black characters in it, one of whom is the dude who invented the time machine and pilots it. They inject new life into this dead trope by giving us a mostly realistic portrayal of a black man's take on history, which included gems like recognizing that the dude the Lone Ranger was based off of was black, giving us accurate depictions of relations between the First Nations people and the colonists, how life was for the black women who helped get NASA to the moon and back, and other commentary on history from a little-heard perspective. Seriously, if that black time machine inventor dude dies or leaves the show, they'll have to replace him with someone equally good or better, or else the show will lose all it really had going for it.
fayanora: Steph book (Steph book)
Got some spinach wrap thingies the other day, they’re like green tortillas. They're huge, and I got them because I figured they'd be lower in carbs. Which they are. One of them has 58 calories, and at first I was thinking "Wow, that's a lot." But one slice of my favorite bread, "Great Seed" bread, has 110 calories. So wow, I can have two wrap sandwiches for 1/4th the calories of a single sandwich using regular bread. Holy moley!
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Had a dream last night wherein Pi made an appearance. I can count on one or two hands the number of times one of the others has been in a dream with me. Alex and Lo have been in at least a couple dreams. I think Molly was in a couple as well. Now this one.

It wasn't a lot. Was dreaming that I was living with my parents again, and asleep in my bed at the house we lived in in the dream (never the same house twice in these dreams), and felt a presence watching me sleeping, in the dream. (IE, it was part of the dream and not more than that.) "Woke up" in the dream and tried to look in the direction of the presence, but eyes were gummed shut. That's when Pi took over the dream body and crawled out of bed sniffing the area for the presence. But the presence wasn't making any smells. Finally got our eyes open in the dream and there was nothing there. Then the dream wandered off into something else and I forget the rest.

The presence was harmless, by the way. Not menacing. We were just like "We can feel you looking at us. Why are you looking at us? It's annoying."


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