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


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.

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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.

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Alex

Mar. 22nd, 2017 05:13 pm
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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.

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

Ostara

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.

Diversity

Mar. 7th, 2017 11:31 pm
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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."
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
If you want a sandwich that will almost give you an orgasm from eating it, here's the instructions for the one I'm having:

Ingredients:

Fresh bacon slices
Several slices of sun-dried tomato flavored turkey
"Great Seed" bred by Franz
Lettuce
Tomato slices
Mayo
Black olive slices
Pickle slices

LOL

Mar. 1st, 2017 03:28 pm
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
LOL, I forgot the word "temperature" last night in my sleep stupor, so I ended up saying aloud "I need to increase the heat volume."
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Simple enough question: Does anyone know if Medicare covers chiropractor visits? I used to go to one in high school, and it really helped. Thanks in advance!
fayanora: Steph Chloe Dartagnan (Steph Chloe Dartagnan)
Chapter 26 of The Many Faces of Har---er, Adira Potter is published!

Summary: Alastair Potter passed out just as every name in the Potter collective thus far came out of the Goblet of Fire... save for one name. Chandra Rahasyamay, previously only seen in the Potter collective's dreams, has come out at last. Everyone else in the collective has mysteriously vanished, leaving Chandra on his own with an incomplete amnesia. In this chapter he struggles in school, and everyone else struggles to comprehend his odd manner of speaking. Will he be able to figure his magic out before the First Task?

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

UGH, MOTHS

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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Truckfumpet

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)

LOL

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
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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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Sephora

Jan. 18th, 2017 08:53 am
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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."

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