Aug. 11th, 2017 04:05 am
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I just watched Logan, and man that Laura character is bloody awesome! I love that fierce battle shriek of hers, it's badass and adorable at the same time.

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So I'm watching X-Men Days of Future Past, and I have to say Magneto is an idiot. Okay spoilers ahead so if you don't want to see spoilers you should stop reading here.

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Aug. 10th, 2017 06:25 am
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Just found out that not only is Fay a unisex name, it can also mean "raven" as well as meaning "of Faery."
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“The Many Faces of Har—er, Adira Potter: Chapter 36”
By = Fayanora

Chapter 36 of The Many Faces of Harry Potter is now published!

Chapter title: The Sleepwalker's Arc

Chapter blurb: Chandra tells the story of the mysterious "Sleepwalker," which reveals some of his own past, too! First two parts of a three-part arc.

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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Alex and I both have accounts on Quora.com, which has been described as "Yahoo Answers for intelligent people who know how to use grammar." For many months now, he has been complaining frequently of getting hit for violations of their "Be Nice Be Respectful" policy.

While most of that is Alex's adversarial nature, I am starting to think Alex may be right about Quora's "Be Nice Be Respectful" policy being a bit ridiculous, because I got hit with my first Quora moderation notice for a violation of that policy, and this is the text of the answer they were objecting to, that they collapsed (whatever that means):

The question: "What if your teenage child came out to you as transgender but you were sure they were wrong?"

The answer:

The only way to be sure to either be a time traveler from the future, or to be the person themselves. And as to that first one, you still don't have the right to tell them they're wrong.

Basically, you think you know HE is wrong, but you don't. You don't know diddly squawk about HIS gender. You clearly don't respect your child's gender identity, either. If you did, you would not have misgendered your SON. If HE says he's trans, then HE is, end of story. If he changes his mind later, that doesn't mean you were right and he was wrong, it means that something changed. You’re wrong, he’s right, deal with it.

Stop being a transphobic bigot and just accept the truth: you have a SON, not a daughter.

So yes, I believe he has a point. When it becomes a rule violation to point out that someone is being a bigot, that is the point at which your rules need to be changed to something more sane.

This is what I changed it to:

If he says he is male, then he is male, and that is all there is to the discussion. You are not him, you do not know what he is feeling, so you are not able to know if he is wrong or not. You need to accept the fact that you have a son, not a daughter. And you need to use his proper pronouns and his new name if he has chosen one. Anything less is disrespectful to him.

I hope this will be acceptable to them. I am not sure, as there does not appear to be anything in the explanation of their policy (link here) that comes anywhere close to covering this supposed violation, so I am uncertain as to what exactly they are objecting to. If anyone has any ideas on which part of the policy I violated, it would be potentially very helpful to me in the future.


Aug. 3rd, 2017 11:22 pm
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I remember a time when Amazon's "price: low to high" included relevance, so you actually got low prices on the thing you were actually looking for. Nowadays when you try it, it gives you a fuckton of stuff that's barely relevant at best, accessories and other nonsense, and there doesn't seem to be any way to filter out the nonsense.
fayanora: disguised as an adult (disguised as an adult)
Whale tale for sale: Pale hale female quail email trail in braille nails Gail of Vale Dale for jail. Bail: shale pail of snail kale scales.

Edit: This tongue twister was the final result of a game we sometimes play in our collective. Like in this entry: http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1208612.html

And this one: http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1209218.html
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So because of the heat and the haze outside from the forest fires, I wanted food. I tried to order from Chin's Kitchen, which is the place I usually order delivery food from. Well, they've been bought by new owners and they no longer do delivery. Which is fucking stupid, because I'm certain 60% or more of their business was from deliveries. And I know it's now unlikely Brooke or I will be buying from them unless we happen to be in the area at the same time as a hankering.

So I looked online and tried Subway, but they do their delivery through some weird third party website thing, GrubHub. The same site suggested Panda Express, and since I didn't really want Subway, I tried ordering some Panda Express because their site said a $2 delivery fee and a minimum order of $15, which was $5 less than Chin's Kitchen used to do. But then they do their delivery though GrubHub too, and that site said $4 fee and minimum order of $30, which is ridiculous.

Next, I tried ordering a pizza online from HotLips. It said minimum order of $20 for delivery. I made a $20 order, and it refused to recognize it as valid. So I changed my order by getting a larger size, thinking maybe the pizza had to be $20 before adding extras. Cheapest I could get that I could eat was $28. I'm not paying almost $30 for a fucking pizza when a frozen one I can eat is $9 in the store, so I gave up on that and called them instead, on the thought that the website was glitchy and that's why it wouldn't take my $20 order.

Well that wasn't any better; the phone kept cutting out, I couldn't understand anything they were saying. Very hangry at this point, I hung up and said "Fuck delivery, I'll brave the haze." I went to Albertson's and got chicken and mashed potatoes instead.

It looks, outside, almost like it's cloudy, until you look closer and realize it's much too diffuse to be clouds. There's no lines like you see in clouds. As to breathing, I had no trouble doing so. I took my asthma inhaler anyway just in case, but I didn't notice any difference in my breathing.

Anyway, I had a horrible day. What about you?

Latin joke

Aug. 3rd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Today's weather: A fronte solis, a tergo silva ignes.

(To the front, the sun. Behind us, forest fires.)
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Can't stand to be here in the apartment cuz of the heat. Can't go outside or open a window because forest fires are making the air quality dangerous. (300 times worse than China, where they wear face masks because of the smog) Can't go out for fun, can't go to the store. I hate life right now.

I may order food online for delivery. It's too hot to cook, and the only other thing edible is deli meat I'm running low on anyway.
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In response to something ysabetwordsmith posted about a "metagender" character (link here), I wrote:

Then too, there's the Ah'koi bahnis, who would find the concept of gender confusing and or fascinating, as they have only one sex. I mean, to tie personality traits to something as odd as differences in anatomy??? They would ask questions like "So if you lose an arm, what is your gender then?" Or "what gender are you if you have an extra finger?" Or "penis is male, vagina is female... What if you have neither? What if you are a mutant with a cloaca?" "What gender is a sponge?" "My people have both a penis and a vagina. Are we all to like both dolls and trucks at once? How does one express and yet also repress their emotions? Should I oppress myself? Do we get paid the male rate for having a penis, or does our ability to get pregnant condemn us to the female pay rate? We do not have menses and yet we can get pregnant; does your god still consider us unclean? Do I still 'need a man' though I can impregnate myself or do I count as my own man in that situation?" Or other questions like "What if one has none of the traits assigned either gender, assuming that were possible?"

Oh, it could be fun to write a story like that. :)


Jul. 31st, 2017 06:34 am
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You know the format of website where it's a list of things and you have to keep clicking to get to the next item on the list? Gods, I hate that format. It should be banned, made illegal. It's such an annoying waste of time, and every time I pull up a site that turns out to be in that format, I can feel my energy and patience draining away.
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Autism is a mental condition, not a mental disorder. It's a condition that has, according to the latest science, existed for millions of years. It only really started being a problem for people with the condition when the world started getting super crowded, super noisy, and super difficult to live in. I do not believe this to be a coincidence; I believe autistic people born in a calm, quiet, spacious world (like the kind that existed for millions of years before humans started cramming themselves into crowded cities) would not have any issues at all of the kind normally associated with us, like meltdowns (which are caused by sensory overload or being unable to cope with the situation they're in for another reason).

In fact, there's strong evidence that autistic people were vital to human survival, once. A lot of early human life was (and still is for many tribes today) one that involved a lot of sitting around doing boring repetitive tasks, which would make autistic people great at weaving, sewing, making tools such as stone tools, making nets, and the like because we generally tend to be good at doing boring repetitive tasks for a long time without needing to stop. Attention to detail and heightened senses would have been very handy in hunting. Those are just two examples.
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Earlier today I saw a Quora answer claiming the X-Men character Legion has DID. (Dissociative Identity Disorder.) But the truth is, no he does not. He does not have DID, he is an example of the trope "mind hive."

Legion's multiplicity is due to his powers, and so is not really DID. DID is when multiple individual consciousnesses arise in a single brain of its own accord. It's something the brain does to itself, creating these other people from its own substance. It may borrow ideas for personality traits from observations of other people, but in the end it's still something the brain is doing to itself.

With that in mind, Legion's powers are something his body is doing to his brain, sucking entire other people into his own brain, along with their own mutant powers if they have them. Those other people in his brain are not created by his brain, they are literally other people who have been sucked into his brain by his powers. That is not DID. It bears a resemblance to DID, but it is not actually DID. What Legion has is, in fact, called "mind hive." http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MindHive

Another example of Mind Hive: In some stories of mine, I have a race of aliens who copy the minds of their wisest ancestors into their own brains. They're multiples, yes, but they don't have DID because their condition was caused by an outside force, and those minds were copied from another body into that one. They are an example of Mind Hive.


Jul. 29th, 2017 02:26 am
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I just found out from a fan fiction story that fiddle head ferns are edible!
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Netflix's new reboot of The Worst Witch series is great! The previous versions already felt a lot like Harry Potter (clearly Rowling borrowed a LOT from this series, a series that goes bac to 1986 at least), but now more than ever. It's still the same series, but they've got little nods to Harry Potter:
* The headmistress likes lemon drops.
* One of the teachers stows her wand behind her ear (like Luna Lovegood).
* Mildred is basically a Muggle-born witch.
* Pretty sure the castle they use in this series, at least in parts, is the same as in the Harry Potter movies.

What's more, the girl who plays Mildred Hubble is the same girl who plays Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones, who is one of my top five favorite characters. (Arya is on the list, as well as Tyrion, Mellisandre, and John Snow.)

Many Faces

Jul. 25th, 2017 03:56 am
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Many Faces of Harry Potter, Chapter 34 is published!

Archive of Our Own isn't working for me right now, so just these two options for now:

EDIT: Finally got AO3 to publish the latest chapter.

AO3 version



Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
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"What To Do When The Power of Positive Thinking Fails,
And How To Avoid Blaming Yourself When It Does"
By = Tempest Alexandria Arts

If you're at all involved in the New Age or pagan movements, you probably know that there are a lot of books out there about the power of positive thinking. There's no shortage of gurus ready to teach you all about how the universe really loves you and wants you to get what you want, and for a price they will teach you how to think in order to tap into this power. Because, as they quickly inform you, if you're confused about what you want or need, the universe will be too, which tidily explains why you aren't already rich and happy.

The power of positive thinking is real, of course, insofar as it can do amazing things because the human Will can do amazing things, but there are a major problems with this philosophy, and there are limits to what it can do that most of these gurus fail to address. First, the assumption behind why positive thinking works (that the universe loves you) works as a great excuse for why you need to be taught how to think positively (by buying their books or taking their expensive classes), but ultimately sets you up for failure. Secondly, it's a lot more difficult than the gurus try to make it seem, because the money is in providing a seemingly simple yet ultimately difficult and complex solution, so that you keep buying their books for more insight, more help. Third, it is far too easy to fall into the trap of victim blaming (especially victim blaming yourself) when it fails, which can become a vicious cycle. And fourth, the process can be made more difficult if you have conditions like clinical depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder, and is not an easy process even without conditions like that. Hopefully, though, you will have a fair idea how to go about the process in a meaningful and realistic way, and be able to help yourself without expensive books or classes, after reading this article.

The central assumption behind the "power of positive thinking" in most New Age philosophy is that God/the universe/the Goddess loves you, and wants you to be happy, but that it can't do that if your thoughts are confused, or you aren't thinking the right way. The idea is that if you don't know what you want, the universe doesn't know what you want either. On the surface, it sounds reasonable and so innocuous, but there are real problems with it that don't really come to light until you've tried it for a decade or more and failed at it, and even then only if you realize there's a problem and stop to analyze it. Because ultimately, the philosophy as it is usually taught is doomed to failure, since the even deeper assumption is that the power of positive thinking can be learned by everyone, it just takes vigilance, and also because the way it is taught is full of flaws; flaws often left in on purpose or added in to begin with, since it makes selling more books easier.

The problem with that assumption that everyone can learn to wield the power of positive thinking is that it isn't true. Getting positive thinking to work for you as it should is one of those things that you can either figure out how to do or you can't, to various degrees. Take lucid dreaming as an example; some people can learn how to do it, and do it easily, others never figure out how to do it at all, still others only manage to lucid dream by accident, and reading books or taking classes doesn't really help much. Similarly, some people can learn to activate the full potential of positive thinking, others never manage it at all, and still others only ever do it by accident, or somewhere else along that spectrum. Books can help, at least in getting the process started, but they can only do so much, and most books on the subject are deeply flawed.

Furthermore, even if you do manage to change your thinking to be positive all the time, that alone may not be enough. The power of positive thinking is a kind of magick, and magick can only influence the odds of something happening, it is still up to other people to have opportunities available for you, and up to you to take said opportunities. After all, you can think as positively as you like in the middle of the Sahara desert, but that's not going to miraculously make water appear out of nowhere. And even if you find an oasis, you still have to walk towards it and drink from its waters; those waters will not come to you.

Now that's not to say the power of positive thinking isn't real, and can't do wonders. It can in fact work, but my stress here is on the can. It can work for you. But not because the universe loves you and wants you to be happy. That belief defies all the evidence. If the universe truly loved us and wanted us to be happy, we would all be immortal, eternally youthful, and eternally healthy, with either no need to eat, or with plenty of food readily available without the need for hard labor. There would be no more menstruation, and people would only be able to have kids if they really wanted to, and the planet would never get overcrowded.
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