[sticky entry] Sticky: Friends MOSTLY

Jan. 15th, 2012 02:03 pm
fayanora: SK avatar (Default)

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

Buy my book! (science fiction)

Buy my dad's book! (nonfiction)

for existing friends )

(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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Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:28 am
fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
Moths are getting to be a problem in our house. Only they don't seem to be attracted to clothes, but to actual food. I just had to throw out a bunch of rice because of wriggly white moth maggots. Given that, and given that I can't stand mothballs, I'm gonna go with a more natural solution and make satchels of red cedar shavings and/or other repellent herbs. Apparently lavender repels moths, too. And lavender is edible, so I might just buy a bunch of lavender and mix it in with the new rice I have to buy now. I'll have lavender flavored rice, but that's the opposite of a problem for me.

Hmm... I wonder if it would work to buy some small cedar planks and put them near the food?
fayanora: Elle tongue (Elle tongue)
I realized today that my constructed language Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog didn't have a word for "cute." As I was trying to decide what word to pick for that role, I realized that the word "cute" is itself cute. Cute, pronounced kyoot, is a cute word. So the TPNN equivalent should be cute, too. This is what I came up with:

Cute = nyao'ni'mi

Pronunciation guide: "nyao" rhymes with "cow," and the i's in ni and mi say the E name, so nyao'ni'mi rhymes with "cow see me." "Nyao" was also inspired by "nyan" of "nyan-cat."
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter, chapter 25, is now up!

Fic blurb: Harry Potter is a wizard, which surprises him. But Harry Potter is also a Multiple, which surprises everyone. But that's not the end of the surprises. Note: Trans!Harry eventually. If this bothers you, then that's your perogative; I just don't want to hear about it. Respect my desire to not hear your transphobic opinion, or else be blocked.

Chapter 25: The Triwizard Tournament

Chapter blurb: The Triwizard Tournament arrives at Hogwarts. The night it starts, Al recognizes the Goblet of Fire from his vision and runs away, but he can't escape for long.

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fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Chapter 5 of "Aspie Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," part of the "Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals" series, is now published!

Chapter 5 - Yuletide Surprises

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Feb. 1st, 2017 07:14 pm
fayanora: Steph book (Steph book)
An excerpt from a letter to a friend:

Gonna talk about Herr Tinyhands for a couple paragraphs, but it's to relay some possible good news. Even though the Mango Mussolini is down to 50% popularity in his first week or so and will probably be out of office in 6 months at the most, I will assume that's being optimistic and will try to save money for later. Thankfully, even with executive orders, the Tiny-Handed Fucktrumpet won't be able to easily get rid of all the things his Nazi staffers want him to get rid of. ACA (Obamacare) has NOT been repealed, only news on that front was they passed some preliminary budget thing that's like a first baby step to getting ACA repealed. It'll probably take Derp Fuhrer or his replacement a year or more to get any headway on that, and they haven't even begun to start trying to get rid of Medicare or social security, and frankly, if they try it will only make the impeachment happen faster.

I've also been reading things from official political sites dedicated to fighting Vlad Trumpula that say it's possible we can take out Pence and the rest of the Nazi clown circus with Drumpf when he gets impeached. So there's hope.

Okay no more about the fascist oompa loompa with a giant caterpillar on his head. (Except to relay one more pseudonym for him that I think is too good to pass up: Herr Piece)


Jan. 26th, 2017 04:41 pm
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I'm reading a Harry Potter fanfic right now, and I was at the part where they have to get away from Lupin because he's turning into a werewolf, and just then the VLC playlist went to "The Wolf" by Angelspit, which has the refrain "I was on the lookout for the wolf, the wolf."LOL
fayanora: SK avatar (SK avatar)
The 24th chapter of "The Many Faces of Harry Potter" is done and published!

Blurb for this chapter: The collective meets the Skrewts. Al and Javier get closer. Al helps Hermione with her house elf liberation front, and convinces McGonagall to reinstate the Dueling Club.

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Jan. 18th, 2017 08:53 am
fayanora: DMT Collective Icon (DMTC)
My roommate gave me a pair of tweezers she'd bought from a place called Sephora, and the receipt, so I could return it for money toward the rent. Since I had to go out into the out yesterday anyway, specifically downtown, I took it with me and stopped by Sephora to return it. I figured they were worth $5, so I wouldn't have bothered if I hadn't been in the area anyway. But when I got there, I found out she'd paid $28 for it!!! I got $14 cash and the rest in store credit, though I have no idea what I'll do with the store credit. Maybe I'll sell the card they gave me for $8 or $10, I dunno. But I was utterly flabbergasted. I couldn't believe anyone - let alone my thrifty roommate - would spend nearly $30 for a stupid pair of tweezers! o_O I personally wouldn't spend more than $5 for tweezers, and even that much would be pushing it.

As to yesterday, it was very cold and wet and rainy, and I got soaked to the bone. I was so exhausted when I got home that I went pretty much straight to bed, even though it was only 8 pm.
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
I am a night owl, I sleep during the day. So you'd think I would have gotten blackout curtains years ago when I first moved in here, since I know about them, and did then, too. But I didn't. I didn't even look for them. Which is a shame, because they're a hell of a lot cheaper than I thought they were, about the same price in some places as regular curtains. And best of all, I found PINK blackout curtains at Home Depot! I haven't gotten them yet, but I plan on doing so.

What I'm gonna do is put the blackout curtains in my room, and switch my current curtains (which are very nice but not as good as they could be) into the living room if I can, since I don't really need blackout curtains in the living room. At least not yet. In the summertime, that will probably change, because among other things, blackout curtains (at least some kinds) are apparently insulating as well.

What got me thinking of curtains after all this time? Well, I just finally got around to putting plastic over the windows to keep the cold air out. It was quite an ordeal. I started at around 8 or 9 PM and didn't finish until around 3 AM. Well, there was some moving of heavy bookshelves involved (because one window had a bookshelf in front of half of it, because the window is so fucking long), and I had to take down the blankets my roomie pinned over the windows with thumbtacks to keep as much of the cold air out as possible (as well as sunlight; she's a night owl too). And washing the surfaces, letting them dry, dealing with the mold in the windows (as much of it as I could get) and then the double-sided tape has to sit 15 minutes before you can take the other side off and start applying the plastic. Also, the windows were designed by a moron who got his engineering degree from a crackerjack box. Among its "features" are plaster walls along the edges with only a thin strip of wood around the edge of the windows, lots of nooks and crannies for mold to grow in, a shitty window lock made mostly of plastic, and dumbest of all is that all of these windows have little vents you can open and close, which we only noticed when we were doing my bedroom's windows back in November. I don't even know how to draw windows properly and I could design a better window!

Oh yeah, and then I kept messing up and had to keep tearing out the tape and reapplying it. And the second window was bigger than the first window, even though they look the same size when eyeballing them. But I know the one where the bookshelf was is longer than the other, because the plastic from the same roll as plastic that stretched easily across the other one and had several inches on all sides to spare had to be wrestled and fought with for 30 minutes to get it on. There was only just enough room to do it, in the end, and even that involved having to redo some of the tape to move the sides closer together. But in the end, I triumphed!

The most fun part, of course, was using the hair dryer to shrink the plastic. That caused some more delays, as I had to stop occasionally to let the dryer cool off before continuing. It's not a perfect job, there are still lines, even big ones, but the thing is taut and I can't feel any leaks.

Oh and another delay was that the roomie had done half of one window (IE, there are two window panes side by side, and she did the right-hand side one), but I eventually figured out there was no way to do the other half without tearing out her work and doing the whole window at once on my own. So that's what I did.

And because I want to double-layer it, and because there's no other way to do so, I am going to have to go out and get some of the kind of insulation kit that uses the strips of cardboard you have to staple into the wall, because the tape doesn't stick to our walls because our walls are bumpy, painted plaster.1

Anyway, so that was my day.

1 = Honestly, I don't know how this place passed city code inspections; the ceilings are too short, the walls are paper thin and have little to no insulation so that sounds from outside sound as loud as if you had the windows open2, the windows look like they were designed by a very confused octopus, the light sockets in the kitchen are overpowered or something and keep shorting out every light bulb we use within just a couple months of putting them in - even the kinds that are supposed to last for years, there's no heater in the bathroom and so it's like an icebox in there in the winter, the water heater is old and horrible, the kitchen sink was clearly designed by the same octopus that designed the windows, the counter by the bathroom sink accrues a mysterious reddish-brown goo of unknown make and origin, the ceiling is so thin it's a wonder nobody's fallen though the floor into our apartment, one cupboard can't be opened all the way because the doorbell chime box is in the way (they could have put it a foot higher and it would have been out of the way), the heater in the living room doesn't work during the day, another cupboard can't be used because it has the oven vent running through it, there's not enough storage space in here for one person let alone two, the window blinds are shit, and some of the door latches need some convincing to latch. Oh yeah, and now they have a security camera that points directly at our door, so they can record what the inside of our apartment looks like whenever we open the door. And let us not forget the fact that we're expected to keep everything at least 3 feet from the heaters at all times, in a space so small that the only way to actually obey that rule is to not have any possessions at all unless we were to keep everything we own in the bathroom or the kitchen. Ah, home sweet hovel.

2 = And most Wednesdays they've got people doing the building's yard work where they do everything with power tools because apparently they've never heard of mechanical push mowers or even rakes. And yes, they always use power tools; they even use the leaf blower to try to blow away grass clippings because they've never heard of bagged mowers. Yes, even when the grass is so wet that it takes them an hour to leaf-blow away a single clod of wet grass clippings. I suspect they're paid by the hour and are deliberately doing things the slow way to get more money. Which I wouldn't object to if they would just use mechanical push mowers and rakes. But then, a mechanical push mower would be a hell of a lot more work.
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
Interesting notion for a superpower: the ability to "speak" silence, IE they open their mouth with the intention to use this power and a wave of silence spreads from their mouth at the speed of sound. It acts like sound in terms of speed and normal human voice range, but it's imposed silence. How much silence depends on how intense the silence intended is. So it could range from making it harder to be heard over the silence when speaking, all the way to "I can't hear a bloody thing because they're screaming their silence."
fayanora: Elle tongue (Elle tongue)
While listening to a couple Vocaloid songs - Vocaloid is apparently a computer program one can use to create music that includes lyrics sung by your choice of computer voices, voices that are surprisingly realistic - I had this sudden memory of a story of some kind I read or saw on TV (I don't remember the media) wherein part of the story was something about a prolific author that turned out to be a computer. It wasn't sentient, it was just a computer that was generating popular books via some algorithm. And that is literally all I remember about it. But it was an important point in the plot, like the conclusion of a mystery, I think.
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Fun convo from Tumblr I thought was worth repeating here for anyone who doesn't go through my Twitter feed:

do older generations not get fatalistic humor?? like the other day my friend’s parents were hanging around and we were joking and i was like “well no matter what i can always fling myself off the nearest cliff” and they didn’t laugh then later the mom pulled me aside and was like “maybe you should get some help, sweetie” like stfu?? help? in this economy? i don’t think so, debra

I honestly don’t think they get it as a coping mechanism, they think it’s a cry for help rather than actually helping.

i’d even say it’s past just coping and is also now a category of Stuff Kids Got Used To When No One Was Looking; not everyone using that humor is even covering up something bigger, we just stopped thinking fatalistic = taboo/unspeakable somewhere along the line, and most parents don’t seem to know why or how ~

My boss opened a door and missed me by inches, he said “whoops, almost killed you there!” My result of “Oh, if only.” Led to an awkward end of shift debrief.

This generation shares the same humor as the goddamn Addams Family and the previous generation is the White Sixties Family™ that lives next door and runs away screaming at the end of the episode
fayanora: Steph Chloe Flapper (Steph Chloe Flapper)
A quote from a conversation about Alastair from Many Faces of Harry Potter, and our own Alex, that I felt bore repeating here:

"Our Alex is a sarcastic, bitter, angry, occasionally mean and nasty son of a bitch, but he's OUR sarcastic, bitter, angry, occasionally mean and nasty son of a bitch. He fits well the "system protector" role, and Alastair is similar."

LOL though in the next bit, I went on to say, essentially, that Alastair is like a tiny adorable puppy compared to the giant Cerberus that is Alex. Which is a hilarious thing to say about Alex, given he doesn't like dogs.

EDITING to add:

"LOL, I think I'm actually failing at what I planned with Alastair. I wanted to show that sometimes one of the other people in a multiple system can be extremely difficult to live with, be someone you wouldn't associate with normally, but still be family. But Alastair is not doing that. Sure, Alastair can be rude and inappropriate, but honestly, I think if I were making Alastair properly like Alex, that I'd be getting all kinds of messages of hate about him, because honestly Alex may be a feminist, genderqueer himself, staunchly against racism and constantly reblogging social justice stuff from black Tumblr users, against guns, and in favor of youth rights like a lowered voting age and rights of children to privacy and property (with parents prosecuted for theft and privacy violations), and other cool things, but for all that he's still hard to live with. He is infuriating. I pretty much covered it with bitter, occasionally mean, and so on above, but I could write a book about how difficult he is. Instead, Alastair is more like Sirius than Alex. By starting to make Al paranoid in newer chapters, I'm trying to edge him closer to being like Alex. I'll start with that, then try to work in other things like Alex's pessimism (which ties in well with paranoia), and his need to be right at any cost (it IS actually possible to get Alex to change a deeply entrenched belief, but it's a long, drawn out, and painful process and we haven't figured out how to replicate it).

"*Sigh* Yes, describing Alex to people who don't know him personally is very difficult indeed. Because if one is too good at explaining the bad bits of his personality, they overshadow the good parts, and honestly the trick to Alex is that the good and the bad kind of balance out... the same way having two Bruce Banners playing tug-of-war and randomly becoming The Hulk at different times balances out."
fayanora: Steph Chloe Dartagnan (Steph Chloe Dartagnan)
OMG everyone, check out this site! Put in some text you've typed, and it analyzes your writing and tells you stuff about your personality! It was pretty accurate, the parts I could understand. It thinks I'm more open than I am, probably because I am more open on the Internet than in person. And I do volunteer, even though it thinks that unlikely for me.

My results, with commentary (in parentheses):

You are unconventional, (yeah, totally) somewhat inconsiderate and skeptical. (That bit must be Alex.)
You are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself. (Amen!) You are reserved: you are a private person and don't let many people in. (Aye) And you are authority-challenging: you prefer to challenge authority and traditional values to help bring about positive changes. (So true!)
Your choices are driven by a desire for discovery. (Yeah, sounds right.)
You are relatively unconcerned with both tradition and achieving success. (Yeah.) You care more about making your own path than following what others have done. (Amen to that!) And you make decisions with little regard for how they show off your talents. (I guess so.)

You are likely to______
prefer resale value when buying automobiles (LOL! When I had cars I drove them til they wore all the way out, resale value is the last thing on my mind.)
volunteer to learn about social causes (Got me there.)
prefer style when buying clothes (My own, but yeah.)

You are unlikely to______
prefer safety when buying automobiles (WTF? No, that's wrong.)
have spent time volunteering (I totally do.)
be influenced by social media during product purchases (Depends on the social media, the people, and the product. But essentially right.)

More under the cut )

Some highlights from Alex's, that we did for comparison: "You are a bit indirect, somewhat inconsiderate and can be perceived as insensitive." LOL yeah. "You are solemn: you are generally serious and do not joke much." Mostly accurate. His humor tends to be insults, sarcasm, or puns. Sometimes all three at once.

Let's see... Alex is apparently less susceptible to stress, at 81%. (???) Also less self conscious (87%) and less prone to worry. (81%) Also, he got a higher percentage for "taking pleasure in life," at 29%.

I don't really trust the results for "Fiery," because it gave a calm, thoughtful entry by Fay a 76%, gave one of Alex's rants a 64%, and another, angrier Alex rant a 43%.

I want to finish by reminding everyone that with our form of multiplicity, these kinds of tests are bound to mess up. Internal stuff fluctuates so often and so randomly that there's no telling for sure who's thinking what when, and how those thoughts will influence behavior. So that the fact this test is even this accurate with us is a minor miracle.
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
My roommate gave me a Happy Holidays card and I was filling out one for her, when I had the sudden thought of "I'm annoyed that there aren't really any uniquely pagan holiday things thanks to Christians stealing our holiday and calling it Christmas." So I came up with something for us pagans and neo-pagans: the Yule Dragon.

What we have so far, for the Yule Dragon: I put, on the inside of the card, "May the Yule Dragon set fire to your enemies and reward you with gold from its hoard." And then on the other side I drew a stack of Yule Gold bars with an angel on top. But it could just as easily be a pentagram on top.

So yes, new Yule tradition for Pagans: the Yule Dragon! It's green with red stripes on its back and silver claws and gold eyes, and it flies through the skies lighting hearth fires on Yule by blowing fire down the chimneys (it's intelligent, it knows when it can't or shouldn't do this). Then it breathes fire on your enemies if you want it to. If you're more compassionate, the Yule Dragon can leave dragon poop in the stockings of your enemies instead. To invoke and celebrate the passage of the Yule Dragon, give friends and loved ones gifts of chocolate "gold" coins, or something else shiny!

Also, leave a pile of "gold" chocolate coins or something shiny by the tree or yule log or menorah or other holiday symbol on Yule Eve (20th of December this year) for the Yule Dragon!


Dec. 17th, 2016 02:15 am
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals book 3 (Aspie Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban), chapter 4 is published!

Blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, & 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. Third book of H.P. & the Trouble With Neurotypicals.

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fayanora: Steph book (Steph book)
Chapter 23 of "Many Faces of Har--er, Adira Potter" is out!

Chapter blurb: Al makes a new friend, despite becoming a little paranoid after the Quidditch match. Or will this boy be more than a friend? School starts, and Al smells danger looming in their future. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

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fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
I had a problem with OverDrive recently and their links were as stupid and unhelpful as their new design promised, so I wrote to the people at the library instead, hoping that would be more helpful. Instead, I got sent a response that was basically a very long way of saying "Go to this link" and a link that was completely unhelpful in an entirely different way to the OverDrive help links I'd found on my own. Here's what I sent them as a response:

I sent you a question and got back a link to instructions that, in context, make no sense at all. (Original question at the end for reference.) So your response to what was basically "my Kindle got deauthorized from OverDrive and I got an error because of it" was essentially "have you tried deauthorizing your device and signing back in?" Or, put another way, you want me to fix the problem by doing the same thing that caused the problem in the first place?

My original question, for reference:

I had to factory reset my Kindle Fire 7 tablet. Now OverDrive won't let me download "Maskerade" by Terry Pratchett in epub format, I was almost done with it, too! Gives some error about it being downloaded to another device, so it can't be downloaded again, even though it had no problem with the audiobook I downloaded.


Dec. 1st, 2016 09:13 pm
fayanora: Hermione not amused (Hermione not amused)
I just saw a Credo petition to “Make Standing Rock a national monument.” This is an excellent example of “Heart in the right place, brain missing.” Because the whole reason Standing Rock is such a big issue is because that’s First Nations owned land, technically another country altogether, and the cops and other aggressors there have NO jurisdiction there at all. And, well, national monuments can only be on land that the government owns. From a legal standpoint, that land is technically a different country altogether. This petition is almost as stupid as would be a petition calling for Obama to make Toronto Canada a national monument. So, yeah. Cue Hermione saying “What. An. Idiot.”
fayanora: SK avatar (SK avatar)
This is a bit late, but oh well.

I don't like most holidays. Thanksgiving, to me, has only been about free food for many years. Because a church a couple blocks away had a free Thanksgiving meal for the community for many years in a row. Then, suddenly, this year they didn't have it.

Oh well. Thanks to my roommate, we found alternatives. I was too tired to go to any of them on Thanksgiving day, but the night before there was one a short bus ride away at a black church. That was cool. One of the people serving food there recognized me from my volunteer work at a local school. She's one of the teachers there. I didn't recognize her, though, because of my partial face blindness.

While there, roomie struck up a conversation with an elderly couple. The man... I thought he was a bearded lady at first. Not judging that ill, in fact I thought it was cool. Still, I made no comment. Found out later he's a guy; the woman with him used he/him pronouns for him at least.

So my roommate and I had meals there, and I took one to go for Brooke. So Thanksgiving itself was devoid of free food for me, but oh well. I don't mind.


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