On terrorism

Oct. 24th, 2014 05:07 am
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The word 'terrorism' has a very specific meaning, and that meaning is about the intent of the perpetrator(s) of an act. Is the intent behind an act to cause widespread fear in the general public and lead to chaos? Terrorism. Is the intent behind an act to harm a particular individual at a particular moment? Horrible, but not terrorism.

The fact that the perpetrator of the shootings at Parliament Hill in Ottawa had converted to Islam doesn't inherently make him a terrorist. Neither does the fact that you can point to lots of people on Twitter and say "look how scared they were yesterday!" (by that measure, lots of Fox News television journalists would be perpetrating acts of terrorism whenever they talk about Ebola these days). That's because terrorism is about intent.

The fact that he was an addict and possibly mentally ill doesn't make him not a terrorist, either, at least not inherently, and neither does the fact that he wasn't part of an organized group. The fact that he was Canadian-born certainly doesn't make him not a terrorist. That's because terrorism IS ABOUT INTENT, not religious affiliation, not birthplace, not mental status.

How do you show intent? Well, the way we tend to do that in this day and age is for a group that has already talked about its intent to take responsibility for the acts. But an individual could also show terrorist attent by having a manifesto stashed away somewhere (they didn't use the word at the time, but the Unabomber? totally a terrorist).

In the case of the Parliament Hill shootings, we know that the perpetrator attended a mosque in Vancouver, where they were wary of him because of his erratic behaviour, but tried to help him anyway. We know he had a history of drug addiction and had spent some time homeless. We know he had perpetrated earlier crimes in an attempt to get himself locked up. We know that he was not close to his family, and didn't seem to have any friends. We know that the people who knew him at his mosque didn't think he had become "radicalized."

What we don't know (yet?) is why he shot a soldier at the War Memorial yesterday and then went on shooting in various other Parliament Hill buildings. Maybe he was a terrorist, maybe he wasn't. I'm leaning toward "wasn't," myself, but I simply don't know yet--and you don't either. And in the absence of that knowledge, tossing around words like 'terrorism' is both potentially quite incorrect and an action that has the potential to cause a lot of damage.
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I departed Vancouver on the Amtrak Cascades from Pacific Central Station. Unlike the other Amtrak trains that cross into Canada, the Cascades only has one stop north of the border, so they have partial border control at the station even though Border Patrol agents also board the train at the border to check everyone’s documents. This meant that I had to arrive quite early and spent a while in line at the station and then sitting in the train at the station. It also meant that a fence on the Cascades platform somewhat obscured my views of the rail yard and other trains in the station, unfortunately.

Our departure was further delayed by a fire along the tracks just outside of the station. We never got a clear explanation of what was going on, but from seeing the burnt-up area as we passed through and the number of fire vehicles present, it was apparently somewhat significant. The ride itself was fairly nice, and had internet. I also turned out to be sitting next to someone quite neat: a woman who was returning home from having hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Vancouver. The Border Patrol agent who checked her passport and asked the purpose of her trip was very impressed and, afterwards, I talked to her a little about it. It sounded very neat, but also not like something I could ever imagine doing. (Backpacking in general isn’t something I could imagine having the stamina or endurance for.)

Pacific Central Station, Vancouver's intercity train station. Inside Pacific Central Station. Rail yard at Pacific Central Station. Cascades locomotive. Via Rail coach. Via Rail observation car. Scenery. Mount Rainier (fairly faint in the distance). Inside the Cascades. Cascades seating. Cascades dining car serving area. Cascades dining car eating area.
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The Blood is The Life 24-10-2014

Oct. 24th, 2014 10:00 am
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Cycle of Improvement

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:23 am
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I feel I often cycle through a pattern something like:

1. I'm living with the status quo "ok", despite living with a number of bad habits of thought (either my problems, or not noticing bad situations, eg. see previous locked post etc, etc).
2. I have a little bit of success, look to the longer term, notice what I've been putting up with.
3. I go into an introspective spiral, annoyed at all the things I've been doing wrong, get all wibbly, and often blame myself for not having noticed and dealt with it earlier.
4. I resolve a lot of problems, and resume a slightly happier more efficient status quo

That means, when I get all wibbly, it might mean things have got worse, but it almost always actually means, I've just poked my nose up above my comfort-zone parapet of coping strategies to try to tackle some of the problems directly.

Like, in the previous post, I could cope fine with stressful situations by just accepting that problems came up every three months and would be stressful for a bit and then go away, but understanding it will (hopefully) remove a lot of that stress, as I know what to fix and what just to ignore.

However, I'm only now noticing this is a pattern I fall into, and wondering (i) could I have noticed earlier and (ii) can I reduce the angst-wibble in step #3 to make the process more efficient and be less annoying/worrying for my friends.

And for that matter, (iii) can I embrace the cycle, and not just wait for success+stress to trigger it, but deliberately try to have a certain amount of introspection per month (but not more, or it just goes angsty, and not less, or it all gets stored up and bursts out in this cycle)?
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This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Summary: A week after Dumbledore is removed as Headmaster, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, and Xiomara Hooch go drinking and debate ways to solve the crisis Hogwarts is laboring under. (1,800 words)

Note: This is a sidestory for Secrets, my retelling of CoS from Ginny's perspective. I'm not sure when I started writing it -- probably early 2003 -- but I stalled out after the first 200 or so words and posted that in 2004 as what I expected to be a permanently unfinished fragment. The thing is, the universe lives to make me eat my words. When I opened the file to tidy it up and post it to AO3 as part of a collection of other HP fragments, I suddenly needed to finish it. So I did, ten years late. *wry*

I suspect, based on the title, that I originally meant to have the teachers focus on the peculiarities of Ginny's behavior, but McGonagall has no reason to think Ginny's in particular trouble compared to the rest of the school, so I ended with a more general story.

A Problem Like Ginevra )

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Ha, I win.

Oh, right, some notes! Note are useful things. McGonagall was apparently born circa 1925, which means that in 1943, she could have been a sixth-year, a seventh-year, or one year out of school. I'm assuming she was a seventh-year. Madam Hooch doesn't have a canonical first name; the two options are Rolanda and Xiomara, and I picked the one that sounds cooler. Similarly, Moaning Myrtle doesn't have a canonical last name. The one I gave her wasn't chosen completely at random -- it's kinda-sorta a word play on weeping willows -- but it's still pretty arbitrary.

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Oct. 24th, 2014 03:47 am
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Got my new sleep medication in the mail on Wed. Only took, what, 5 months?

It came just as I was about to go to sleep for the day. (I was in bed, but alone in the house. The dog heard someone at the door and barked. So I went down, got it, and put it away.) Opened the box the next day. The box was big enough to fit a couple dozen paperbacks. Inside were some instructions and paperwork. And a brochure with no text. Open it up, and a friendly man and woman take turns reading you the information. (Remember, almost all the patients who take this stuff are totally blind.) Oh, and one little pill bottle. Filling up the rest of the relatively cavernous box was a big sheet of oversized bubble wrap.

I read the printed instructions from the pharmacy. (They'd asked before mailing if I needed them in any special format - audio or braille or whatever.) On the sheet and again on the bottle, it said the medication must be stored at 77 F (25 C), but that it can be stored "briefly" at temperatures from 59 - 86 F (15 - 30 C). Also, it must be kept away from moisture. And light. Wow, this stuff is sensitive! Good thing I brought it in from the front stoop; it's been pretty rainy. But, oh no! It was overnight downstairs, where the temperature was well below 77! (Was I going to need to buy an incubator for the one little pill bottle?)

I called the manufacturer's hotline. "Oh, that. That just means you need to keep it at room temperature. Don't put it in the fridge or near any heat sources, and you should be fine."

*whew*

But also... huh? If that's what you mean, then put that on the label. What's with the scary specificity?

Then again, among the safe places to store it that she listed was "medicine cabinet." The instructions also clearly say not to keep it in the bathroom. (Most likely because of moisture.) I think I'll call back today, see if I can check with someone else...

Anyway, I've got an appointment with the sleep doctor next week to let her know I have the stuff and go over instructions. By then, my sleep schedule should be coming around towards normal. I'm going to have to hold my sleep schedule steady for weeks or more to give this stuff a fair try. (The friendly people in the brochure told me that it can, for some people, take weeks or even months before the stuff has any noticeable effect.) We'll see how it goes. But this could get rough. And exhausting.

Review: Doctor Who, Flatline

Oct. 24th, 2014 03:23 am
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Flatline falls short

Image: The Doctor looks out through a tiny Tardis door. Screenshot from 'Flatline'.

I did it again. Made the mistake of watching a recent episode of Doctor Who a second time.

I really enjoyed "Flatline" the first time around. I barked delighted laughter and might even have gasped in surprise a time or two. I found Rigsy charming and Clara on her own a small revelation.

But when I queued up the story for a second go-through, things were not so good. Not terrible, but too obvious by half and derivative without improving on the inspiration.

My full review, as always, includes spoilers along with my keen analysis (or so I like to believe) and charming nervous exhaustion. This time, there's also a poll! Click here for the full story.

When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth

Oct. 24th, 2014 06:00 am
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Posted by deardesigner

Sian Zeng is a London-based design company specialising in wallpapers, interior accessories and gifts that are playful and feed the imagination of children. And adults too I might add.

Sian Zeng Dino Yellow Green Wallpaper

Yellow/Green

They have developed a range of interactive, magnetic wallpapers on which their young customers can play out their own fantasies by moving a cast of magnetic creatures and buildings across the wall, adding quotes and stories with write-on speech bubbles.

Sian Zeng Dino Pink Green Wallpaper

Pink/Green

And the newest in the range is this Dino collection which offers a magical trip to a far off land, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Sian Zeng  Dino Magnetic

Available in a range of colour combinations, including grey, yellow green and pink green, all wallpapers are printed in England. The magnets are available to buy separately.

Sian Zeng Dino Grey wallpaper detail

Grey

The Dino collection is also available in a non-magnetic finish that is ideally suited to a smaller budget, but also offers the chance to combine the two, using regular wallpaper and accenting a single wall with a magnetic design to create a striking feature.

Styling: Charlotte Love

Photography: Jon Day

Daily Happiness

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:32 pm
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We stopped in the cheesecake shop this evening and I got a slice of green tea guava ube cheesecake. *_* It was so good! Green tea cheesecake with chunks of ube in it and a guava glaze on top. It's over $6 for one slice, so it's not somewhere we go often, but I definitely want to try and get that again at some point.

They had a lot of other stuff that sounded really good, too. I wish I could try more of them out! (But right now if I were going to splurge for another piece, I would definitely get more of this than try something else new...)

Telling the story

Oct. 24th, 2014 06:00 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Toshiyuki Enoki 1

Toshiyuki Enoki

I see her walking
on a path through a pathless forest
or a maze, a labyrinth.
As she walks, she spins
and the fine threads fall behind her
following her way,
telling
where she is going,
telling
where she has gone.
Telling the story.
The line, the thread of voice,
the sentences saying the way.


- Ursula K. Le Guin

(from "The Writer On, and At, Her Work)

 

Toshiyuki Enoki 3

The gorgeous Mythic Art in this post is by Toshiyuki Enoki. Born in Tokyo in 1961, he was trained in traditional Japanese painting, lacquer painting, and western painting techniques. You can see more of his work here.

Toshiyuki Enoki 4

Toshiyuki Enoki 5You can read the full poem, "The Writer On, and At, Her Work," in The Writer on Her Work, Vol. II  edited by Janet Sternberg (where it was first published), and in Le Guin's  collection  The Wave in the Mind.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:04 pm
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So, general things first. For Yuletide I like a low angst level on the part of the main characters  (OC case victims are another story). I like happy endings, even if that just means the case is solved. I'm very broad in my likes as far as tone and trope. Gen and up to M are all equally fine, but as my RL id is somewhat attached to my fannish ID, full on explicit porn I'd have to have unlinked from my AO3 account. I would rather not even approaching pron fic for Midsomer or L&O:UK, as much as I love Tom and Ronnie I don't find either one sexy.  Het, slash, femslash ships are fine.
Feel free to add in any other characters from the show, there are no canon characters in any of these shows I dislike.
So, I love detectives, as you can tell by the fandoms. I love a good case of any type. I'd rather things not get so graphic it hits horror film levels of gore--network tv levels are fine.
Hard DNW: Adultery or partner betrayal on the part of a canon main character, as this is a trigger point on which I will stop reading. I don't like AUs which alter things completely--especially if the detectives stop being detectives. I like them because they are detectives.

If it so happens you've seen more than one of these shows, I do love crossovers, especially for mystery shows. Detectives meeting each other and teaming up for a case is fun, and any of this bunch meeting each other would be awesome. Ronnie and Tom are a lot alike anyway. I would recognize quite a lot of detectives in addition to the ones I'm requesting. In the spirit of Yuletide though, please stick to Yuletide eligible ones--Miss Fisher, Marple, Poirot, Forever Knight, Major Crimes, Copper, Bletchley Circle, and Cold Case are ones I spotted in the tag set that are ones I'm fond of.

Fandoms:
Midsomer Murders:
   Tom is such a wonderfully unflappable old fellow. I love the way the plots in this show are always so convoluted and everyone is so bad at murder they have to drop three or four bodies extra to try and cover up the first. I'd love something happening that would draw him out of retirement, perhaps to John or Jones. Or just an exploration of how he's dealing with being retired. Tom and Joyce have a lovely marriage I would not want to see anything bad happen to, but I have no ship preferences beyond that. If you are up for a crossover, Tom and Ronnie could spend 1K words trading stories and I'd be delighted.

Law & Order UK
    I feel about Ronnie much the way I do about Tom Barnaby, he's such an old 'seen it all before' sort of detective. Other than casefic, I'd love to see Ronnie deal with being the old guy. He's very very good at looking after the younger detectives, but I get the feeling he's a bit lonely sometimes and being a a detective is his whole life. I rather not see Ronnie shipped with anyone. As above, I feel like Ronnie and Tom could so trade stories if you are willing and able to go the crossover route.

Murdoch Mysteries
   Oh Will. He's so earnest and literal and proper. I love the weird made up science on this show--it's like one step away from being steampunk. My absolute favorite part of the show though are the constant surprise historical figures! You've already had episodes with Doyle, Houdini, the Prince of Wales, Edison, Ford and Tesla to name a few. There are so many others he could run into! Jules Verne? Shackelton? Nellie Bly? So many possibilities. I like William and Julia as a ship, but I'm perfectly open to other ships for them.

Forever
   Henry is just the sort of detective I like, so I've quickly fallen in love with this show. I know canon is quickly changing on a show this new, so don't worry about it. I like the relationship between Henry and Abe a lot. I'd love an adventure from Henry's past though--he's got more than 200 years of backstory yet to be filled in, so there's a lot of room to play in. This show seems a perfect set up for crossovers or including historical characters, if those appeal to you, and I'd love to see Henry meeting other detectives, real or fictional. I haven't developed any shippy feelings about anyone here yet.

The writer at work

Oct. 24th, 2014 06:00 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Toshiyuki Enoki 1

Toshiyuki Enoki

I see her walking
on a path through a pathless forest
or a maze, a labyrinth.
As she walks, she spins
and the fine threads fall behind her
following her way,
telling
where she is going,
telling
where she has gone.
Telling the story.
The line, the thread of voice,
the sentences saying the way.


- Ursula K. Le Guin

(from "The Writer On, and At, Her Work)

 

Toshiyuki Enoki 3

The gorgeous Mythic Art in this post is by Toshiyuki Enoki. Born in Tokyo in 1961, he was trained in traditional Japanese painting, lacquer painting, and western painting techniques. You can see more of his work here.

Toshiyuki Enoki 4

Toshiyuki Enoki 5You can read the full poem, "The Writer On, and At, Her Work," in The Writer on Her Work, edited by Janet Sternberg, and in Le Guin's The Wave in the Mind.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm
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- First unit test today! Apparently many students did not know the word "vindication" which my professor thinks should be a university-level word. We also discussed grading parameters for the short answer questions. I still don't have a grading key for the rest of it.

- Skedaddled to a talk by a prospective spousal hire and I am excited by her potentially joining our department!! She's an Africanist, researching Igbo storytelling narratives surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. As far as I can tell this department has never had an Africanist, which is frustrating and ridiculous, and practically no Black people in faculty ranks, which is even more ridiculous. As a result we don't have any Black grads either. I'm hoping this will change.

- Started reading Matt Hill's FAN CULTURES and it begins with a critique of a moralistic dualist approach to studying fan cultures, namely, the "productive" fan versus the "consumer" fan, also "fan-community" vs. "fan-commodity". Hill is trying to trouble this, and also the idea of the "fan vs academic" and the terrible positions academic fans like to take in being a fan but trying to hang onto institutional authority. It has no discussion on how basic gender and race analysis might affect this (although there is a single mention that most of current theories are out there written by white dudes). IDK if I should continue reading this or if I should read the Consumer Culture Reader first.

- I also set out a buncha cue cards listing some things I'd like to talk about in my dissertation. I feel I'm missing out one more thing that I want to talk about, but I don't have a name for it. In order: Gears, Goggles, Corset/Vest, Tea, Mad Science, Adventure, Promenade. None of them touch very deeply on the Maker aspect which is the last thing I want to talk about but I don't have the right word to talk about it.

- I finished stitching my rank braids! Wow, that was really fun and I really want to get back into hand-stitching stuff now. I bought an embroidery hoop a while back so I'm thinking of getting into that. I doodle some stuff while listening to Night Vale:
* Feminist Killjoy (got some dark navy blue fabric and lime green threads for a pinafore, and was planning on stitching this on the front or back)
* some phoenixes
* random pretty flowers (which thus far is my favourite doodle; I haven't decided what colours yet, but I'm going to try some satin stitches)

Story: "The Path of the Sun"

Oct. 24th, 2014 12:30 am
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This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

This casts the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The first story in the series goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

The Schrodinger's Heroes, project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

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