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Remix Revival 2017 A fanart/fanfic remix exchange with signups closing on the 30th. I think this is the first panfandom remix exchange allowing both, I'm pretty excited!

[community profile] drawesome A fanart community that has had some fun prompts

Let's Make Games and Drink Responsibly: A gathering for people in the local games community, it was a lot of fun and I had some really interesting and inspiring conversations. Cam came along and it was perfect for him, as someone who is really interested in discussing and making games but isn't working on anything right now. Also Scott Ludlum was there! (I was too shy to talk to him but he said he was happy to be among friends, which was nice to see) It's apparently going to be monthly, best way to follow it right now is probably the Let's Make Games Facebook group.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:58 am
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Last night, I found out Chester Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park died. He committed suicide. While I was never really into Linkin Park, this made me very sad. Depression and suicide are very serious and very real. Rest easy, Chester. You will be missed by many.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 08:13 am
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More things I have learnt from physio - mainly notes to self. I suspect [personal profile] hagar_972 and [personal profile] taennyn may have useful experience here, where I'm just starting out on the same journey they've already been on.

Muscles in the thigh - VMO, lateralis, the big quad one, the sartorius one across, adductors on the inside, abductors on the outside. VMO needs extra strengthening due to hypermobility. The small stabilising muscles tend to give up, then the big muscles compensate, and that's why my hamstrings get tight all the time. Then the hip/bum ones like glute max and glute mede also need help, particularly the latter.

Making sure things activate in the right order is hard. If the lateralis activates before the VMO instead of at the same time, then my kneecap slides sideways and that's one of the reasons it hurts. Trying to activate the VMO first will retrain it so they both go at the same time.

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Jul. 19th, 2017 12:17 pm
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I ate way too much white cheddar popcorn and had a Degrassi marathon yesterday. I watched the episode when Craig's dad died and it made me really sad.
I haven't logged onto LJ in a few weeks and I'm a little paranoid to while I'm at my parents house. I'm worried about getting a virus from that site. Is LJ still safe to be on even though the servers are in Russia? I have some LJ comments to reply to and I'll get to them soon. I've been learning about ransom ware too and that really isn't helping with me being paranoid. I accidentally clicked on an ad on LJ and I almost shit my pants, it really freaked me out.
I'm going to keep this entry public. Not sure why.

june booklog

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:47 am
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72. Our Nig - Harriet E Wilson ) Frustrating and structurally unsatisfying, but a sometimes interesting perspective on discrimination against free blacks in the supposedly-enlightened North of the US.


73. Enough Space for Everyone Else - ed. JN Monk ) A thoroughly satisfying collection of space opera short stories in graphic novel form, telling stories that aren't just about strong-jawed imperialist white dudes.


74. Ruth Hall - Fanny Fern ) Enjoyable enough in itself, but as, essentially, autobiography it's vicious and satisfying.


75. The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction - Justine Larbalestier ) Fascinating look at early science fiction, both the stories and the community around it; I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in both feminism and science fiction, and I'm only sorry I took so long to read it!


76. A College of Magics - Caroline Stevermer ) Kind of an odd story, sometimes frustrating, but definitely worth my persevering with.


10 Thorndyke novels - R Austin Freeman ) I cannot ignore the dubious bits, but I do still really enjoy these.


81. The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker ) Complex and interesting and very human, even though it's about people who don't officially fit the description.


82. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal - KJ Charles ) I can see why Charles is so popular, but at least based on this book, I don't think she's for me. Alas.


83. Death by Silver - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold ) If you're looking for speculative fiction with gay detectives, I'd vote for this one over the previous!


84. The Girl with all the Gifts - M Carey ) Definitely interesting and, I think, good, but I could really take it or leave it.


85. The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo ) Surprisingly good for a random pick-up from a library shelf!


86. A Scholar of Magics - Caroline Stevermer ) Magical Oxbridge (sort of)! This was fun.


87. Sorcery and Cecelia - Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer ) Fabulous Regency entertainment, and I'm looking forward to the sequels.


88. Point of Hopes - Melissa Scott and Lisa A Barnett ) A satisfying fantasy adventure story with some really intriguing worldbuilding.


89. Among the Believers - VS Naipaul ) There is definitely scope for someone to write an interesting book about majority-Islamic countries, but it should probably be someone who doesn't have a reflexive dislike of the religion.


90. The Marshal's Lover - Jo Graham ) Fun historical adventures.


93. A Year of Biblical Womanhood - Rachel Held Evans ) In conclusion: Held Evans is a good writer, and this is well worth a look for anyone with an interest in what it actually means to live "by the Bible". Also, it's frequently very funny.


97. Raven Stratagem - Yoon Ha Lee ) Eagerly awaiting the final part of the trilogy!


99. The Saltmarsh Murders - Gladys Mitchell ) A very weird Golden Age series; I had a proper love-hate thing with it, and I still can't decide whether I want to try another one.

Wheelchair recs

Jul. 13th, 2017 07:22 pm
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Your first wheelchair by [personal profile] kaberett was brilliant for helping me upgrade from Shopmobility's hire chair to something designed for active use and being pushed by the person in it rather than a carer.

The Spinal Cord Injury Empowerment Project by the University of Washington has excellent videos on wheelchair skills. The American accent and cheery tone grates after a while, but it's very useful info and nicely bite-sized.

Busy day!

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:20 am
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Morning: feeding cat, finishing car registration.
Lunch: driving to Kirkland.
Afternoon: orientation for temp stuff.
Dinner: driving back, locating closed toe shoes and black pants.
Evening: catching up with Purple, sharing leftovers and various video content with partner.
Night: curled up happily.

Discord!

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:27 pm
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The irc-like chat program Discord is the new shiny fannish social media. One advantage over irc is that it shows all messages posted, not just the ones you're there for, which makes for a better ongoing conversation. The advantage over tumblr etc is the ability to have private-ish, moderated, communal conversations. The advantage over message boards and mailing lists is that it's new and shiny.

I quite like it but it can be tricky finding servers (eg chat rooms) relevant to my interests. Currently I'm only a member of public ones, so I can share the links freely. Here are all the ones I know about.
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