[sticky entry] Sticky: Friends MOSTLY

Jan. 15th, 2012 02:03 pm
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THE DJAO'MOR'TERRA COLLECTIVE:


Picture of a goth Stephanie of LazyTown

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

Buy my book! (science fiction)

Buy my dad's book! (nonfiction)

for existing friends )

Molly Elizabeth's wishlist

Kindle books wishlist

Alex's wishlist

Music wishlist

Robert Anton Wilson books to get me.



(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. )

Peace;
---Fay


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fayanora: ahh! (ahh!)
According to Gizmodo, there was a MASSIVE email data breach recently. (Here.) 773 million emails and "de-hashed" passwords were leaked to hacker sites. Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if your email address was one of them. (All you have to do is enter your email address, nothing else, so it's not a scam. Plus, Gizmodo says it's alright.) Then change your password!

[personal profile] kengr, I know at least one of your emails and passwords has been leaked, I checked for you. You might want to check the others.
fayanora: ravenstone (ravenstone)
It could be because I have a headache, but for whatever reason, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the word order for a conlang I'm working on would be. English is Subject-verb-object for instance.

Here's some examples I've worked out (subject to change):

"Stranger: Hello. Calling mine is (name). Calling your, is what?
As opposed to "Hello, stranger. My calling is (Name). What is your calling?"

..

"Brother mine: ┬┐Thought your, is what? ┬┐Her tell, should we?"
As opposed to:
"What do you think, brother? Should we tell her?"
("Her" is only ever possessive in this language, though.)

Anyway, I await people's thoughts. In the mean time, gonna go take a nap.

EDIT: I think, now, I'm going to aim for OVS. (Object-verb-subject.) So instead of "She loves him," it'd be "Him she loves."
fayanora: Aghast (Aghast)
So I have the character, Vedya Ravenstone, who is a math whiz. At 12 years old she tested into a high school math class (Algebra II, which is basically pre-calculus), and in one scene I have her accessing an encrypted drive with a 64-digit1 prime number as a password. (Which, according to my research, is more than plausible; some people can even memorize 120-digit numbers in less than a minute!)

Out of curiosity about how secure this password would be, I had WolframAlpha generate a random 64-digit prime number, then entered that into howsecureismypassword.net, and that site said it would take a computer "8 quattuordecillion years" to crack that password. Which is a number I had to look up; a single quattuordecillion is a one followed by 45 zeroes. (In the US. In the UK, it's a 1 followed by 84 zeroes, for some reason.) Reasonably sure that the universe would go into heat death several hundred trillion years before a computer could crack Vedya's password. I just had to fucking gawk at the screen for 10 minutes after figuring this out.

I'm not quite sure how fast she'd be at doing math like prime numbers in her head, since I don't even know the process of figuring out such huge prime numbers, but I still aim to have her be good enough to be able to work out 11-digit prime numbers in her head, at least. Unless that's just too unrealistic. I need some kind of clue how that would work.

The best part of this is that it shows how badass she is at math without me having to do any fucking math.

~

1 = This amount of digits was chosen for being the maximum number of digits the VeraCrypt program allows for passwords.
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/12/662925592/deaf-and-unemployed-1-000-applications-but-still-no-full-time-job

The ADA doesn't go far enough, and ableist employers find ways around it anyway. We need to try harder. Maybe a version of affirmative action for the disabled?

In the meantime, I'm going to work on showing my deaf character Chooli as intelligent and capable so when the books come out, we can improve the world.
fayanora: ahh! (ahh!)
It sounds like thousands of crows outside are riled up about something. Like it's not just a murder of them, more of a massacre or genocide of crows.

The Hu

Jan. 9th, 2019 11:13 pm
fayanora: Fay doll icon by me, original pic by Lady Dark (Fay Doll still)
Awesome band! The Hu combines Tuvan throat singing and other Mongolian instruments with heavy metal!



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Frog fact

Jan. 8th, 2019 03:20 am
fayanora: Steph laugh by ponyboy (Steph laugh)
Fact: Frogs are one of the few amphibians capable of taking their own life. Really! Scientists have on many occasions seen frogs kermit suicide.
fayanora: ravenstone (ravenstone)
After watching a video about octopus intelligence and how they're basically as smart as small children, right up there with ravens, cetaceans, and apes. Impressive, given that everything on that list except octopi spent millions of years and has thousands of ancestor species with high intelligence, whereas octopi evolved pretty much directly from clams. All those birds and mammals with high intelligence spent millions of years and had thousands upon thousands of ancestor species perfecting big brains, and then the octopus just came along and evolved a powerful brain pretty much straight from what is essentially living snot filter feeding from inside a shell. They essentially evolved both high intelligence and complex eyes from scratch.

And their body is pretty much still little more than fluid, rubbery muscles with blood, a stomach, and multiple brains. They can squeeze their fluid body through an opening as small as a quarter, and the only thing creating that limitation is their beak, the only hard part of their body. Oh yeah, and if they attach themselves to your skin, it can take as much as a thousand pounds of pressure to manually force them off.

Suddenly, the fact that Nizoni Hatathli-Ravenstone has a tree octopus for a familiar means that he'd be a badass at defending her. Octopi are already highly intelligent, and the magic of the familiar bond makes them far smarter than their mundanes counterparts. So... Massively intelligent, can squeeze into tight spaces, can hold onto things with amazing force, detached limbs continue to function for a little while, and is of a species of octopus that had mastered the land... Barry the tree octopus would be a very wily and dangerous familiar. I can see more a scene something like this:

Villain: "How did you get in here? This door is quadruple locked!"

"Oh, my familiar here just squeezed through the crack under the door and unlocked it for me once he got inside."

"Agggh!" (Attacks Nizoni)

(Barry attacks, covering the villain's whole face)

(Muffled screaming)

WTF

Jan. 2nd, 2019 06:22 pm
fayanora: Aghast (Aghast)
After seeing this article, I had my mind boggled by how much some people are willing to spend on smart phones. Six hundred to a thousand dollars??? O_o WTF? I think more than fifty bucks is asking too much, especially now that Tracfone is selling smartphones for around $20 to $30.

Listen, if you're spending more than $100 for a smartphone, you're getting ripped off. And if you're spending $600 or more on a smartphone, how about you stop throwing your money into this fire and give out to me instead, so I can afford to eat all month long. Because the new iPhone X, at $999, is $100 more than I have to live on every month. If I found an abandoned crate of 48 iPhones X, I could sell one a month on eBay and more than double my income for four years. (Hypothetically. Realistically, I'd be better off selling all of them at once and putting most of that money into savings.)
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)
Happy Sweetmorn, Chaos the 1st, 3185 YOLD! (http://calendar.discordipedia.org/) May this year suck less than the last one!
fayanora: Elle Fanning by LJ user bitemeee (Elle Fanning)
The best address for a marijuana dispensary to have would be 420 Potter's Road.

NYT

Dec. 31st, 2018 02:52 pm
fayanora: WWYDT? (WWYDT?)
Is anybody actually gullible enough to pay New York Times for online articles when it should be free? My reaction whenever a news article online is from New York Times and says "you have reached the limit of your free articles" I just click out of it; there's nothing that they've posted ever that's been worth spending money on. Honestly, there's nothing news-y that anyone has posted anywhere on the Internet that's worth spending money on.

And really who the fuck even reads the entire article? The most that I've ever read of 99% of all online articles I've ever read was about 50% of the article.

And before you go thinking this is some Internet era, millennial laziness thing, it really isn't. Newspapers, magazines, Readers Digest articles, the same holds true for all of them. I just don't like nonfiction as reading material. To me, nonfiction is for getting information, and it's been a long-standing tradition of newspapers and now online articles (mostly) to have all the important information in the first half of the article and anything else after that is just pointless bullshit that isn't important, stuff that's only there to bulk up how much the writer is getting paid.

If you want to blame anybody, blame schools. Or blame the people that write these things, because honestly, most nonfiction is fucking boring. And really, it doesn't have to be that way. I've read nonfiction stuff and demi-fiction (which is basically fiction that's written like nonfiction) that is actually interesting.

Of course, making interesting nonfiction that's worth reading is really difficult, especially since not everybody has the same interests. There are things that I can read entire books about that would drive other people insane from boredom.

Anyway, charging people to read newspapers is so 19th-century. Once they invented the radio and tv, it was pretty much over for newspapers. Really, why do print newspapers even exist anymore? I'm pretty sure most people only read them for the comics section. But there's nothing in any newspaper that you can't get elsewhere these days. Give it another 20 or 30 years and I think they won't exist anymore.

PS: I think that these nonfiction articles could be made more interesting if they were written in the style of somebody doing some had juicy gossip or something more personable than the dry academic bullshit or the sensationalist crap that permeates most of these so-called news organizations.

WOW!

Dec. 30th, 2018 05:32 am
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)
This Doctor Who episode, "It Takes You Away," has a blind character played by an actual blind person! Cool!

Pakistan

Dec. 30th, 2018 03:12 am
fayanora: Avatar dino (Avatar dino)
Learning some cool history from Dr. Who: India and Pakistan used to be the same country, and then got forcibly split in two by the British in the 40's. Wikipedia says some Muslim dude advocated the split, intending Pakistan for Muslims. And now I'm confused about why they don't get along with each other. Is it just the Hindu/Muslim thing? Or is the split the reason?

EDIT: Okay, so it seems there was a lot of violence during that time. Lots of people died. They seem to be implying that people enforcing the split were responsible. That could explain things.
fayanora: Neurodiversity (Neurodiversity)
A Facebook friend of mine posted that her cat's leg is broken and the vet have to put it down. I don't understand why they can't just put the kitty in a little cast on its leg. Seriously, if I had a cat with a broken leg and the vet said that to me, I'd be giving them such an earful. Imagine if we applied that logic to humans!
"Sorry, ma'am, but little Tommy's leg is broken, we'll have to kill him."

"Oh well, if you say so, I guess. Sorry, Tommy. Mommy loves you. I'll wait a couple months before I replace you."

(On an unrelated note, why does autocorrect keep putting "s" instead of "a" when I am on my tablet? When have I ever in my life used "s" on its own like that???)

WIIILBUR

Dec. 25th, 2018 10:07 am
fayanora: Dakota F says Eh? (Dakota F says Eh?)
Some time ago over on Quora, I answered a question "What effect does autism have on empathy?" with this:

Based on my personal experience, I as an autistic person have an excess of empathy. I can feel people's feelings whether I want to or not. Where I have issues is that I often don't know *why* someone feels the way they do. They either have to tell me or I have to work it out like a puzzle with 1000 pieces.

And earlier today, someone commented on it, asking for examples. This was my response:

Kind of long )
fayanora: moonphase anger (moonphase anger)
Tonight on The Poverty Shuffle:

Went to QFC, bought four things (bag of 10 tortillas, 2 pound bag of carrots, a gallon of distilled water, and a single crown of broccoli), used four different payment methods to get it all:

1. I had 12 cents in pennies and 40 cents from returned cans, for 52 cents total.

2. I had 77 cents left on this Kroger gift card I got from the food bank.

3. I had 28 cents left on my food stamps card.

4. The rest I got on my debit card.

In other news, I made more progress on my writing today than I have in the past few days.
fayanora: Elle Fanning by LJ user bitemeee (Elle Fanning)
Thought from a dream: we have electric blankets, why don't we have electric coats?

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