Friday Open Thread

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I’m still riding a Taika high from Tuesday. You? Feel free to post random Taika gifs in the comments.

209 Responses to “Friday Open Thread”

  1. Kazoogrrl says:

    I don't have any Taika (how could I beat that gif up there), but I do have the Tom Hardy rap album which is . . . shockingly not as bad as I expected. Reminds me a very small bit of the Avalanches. It's on Spotify, too.

  2. Absotively says:

    Outfit pic from Wednesday with ~the vest.~

    Gym report, short version: ow.

    Gym report, long version: Many things are sore now. I left thinking that I was in even worse shape than I thought, but on reflection I think I'm not that much more out of shape than I thought, it's just that the workout was harder than I remembered. I did ok at switching to the easier versions of strength exercises as need be. I did good at picking a treadmill pace that got my heart rate in the right zones, even if it was below the recommended beginner pace. I did bad at following through on my plan to switch from the treadmill to the exercise bike if my foot started bothering me. I have resolved to just start on the exercise bike next week, so if I report on my gym-going again expect vague complaints about the existence of bike seats.

    They provide free shampoo, conditioner, & body wash now, at least at this location, so of course I tried those. My best guesses at the scents were thyme shampoo, cedar conditioner (or maybe spruce?), pine body wash. None of them lathered worth a damn. But my hair looked ok after it dried, and the weird scents didn't seem to stick to me, so I guess they weren't 100% terrible. Or else they did nothing and I should be washing my hair less often.

    • CleverManka says:

      The vest is awesome but THAT SKIRT ahhh!

      The effectiveness on bubbles/lather in regards to cleaning is actually a pack of lies if that makes you feel better. Those scents sound amazing

      • Absotively says:

        There is definitely a reason why the skirt survived decluttering.

        Good point about lather. I was not thrilled by the scents, the body wash especially smelled like sawdust. But like I said, it didn't really stick. I'll probably at least try the provided stuff a few more times.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      If you like those scents, this body wash is awesome. It's pricey but you only need a little bit. A friend brought it to the beach and put it in the outdoor shower, once I tried it I was hooked.

      • Absotively says:

        Good to know! I'm not enamoured with those scents currently, but maybe they will grow on me. Or maybe I'd like a version that smelled more like trees and less like sawdust better!

    • Fancy_Pants says:

      Ooh, I love that skirt!

      For what it's worth, I find that it doesn't matter how good of shape I'm in, if I do something new and different, I WILL BE SORE. Even if it's something I just haven't done for a long time. I suspect that your body will adapt pretty quickly, and the soreness will be much less next time.

      • Absotively says:

        Very true about soreness! The soreness isn't really the measure of out-of-shapeness I'm looking at. It's the amount of times where I had to do the easier versions of things and they were still hard that made me aware that I'm out of shape.

    • littleinfinity says:

      Oh hey I have the same short version gym report! OWWW. My arms 🙁

    • dirtymagpie says:

      I'm completely down with that skirt as well! I can't add to gym owees, but I have post-surgical owees that I did not expect to be this bad. I am doling out my pain killers because (channel Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction) GAWDAMM GAWDAAMMM. Thankfully I have extras in both hydro and perco, but for the first time, I'm taking enough that the itches are killing me as well, so yay, I've piled on Zyrtec and Benadryl on top of them.

  3. CleverManka says:

    Thanks for all the coat recommendations on Wednesday! My friend sent me four recommendations and the two I like are this one (I like that gray/olive color combo) and this one (which I think is the brand that ru_ri recommended? and I like how it looks very accommodating for curves). I'm torn though because very much prefer the styling of the first one but I think the second is probably a better coat? ergh.

    The Burgomaster and I watched a movie called American Fable on Netflix this week and liked it a lot. It's an independent thriller/kinda horror-ish film set in the 80s farm disaster era. The acting is great and if you're tired of seeing the same people over and over again (*raises hand*) the closest this one comes is a dude that kinda looks like Stanley Tucci. I liked it because it was one of those almost-mundane movies that has moments of "Are these fairies? I think those are fairies." Also, it was written and directed by a woman, so thumbs-up on that. Note: if you don't like stories that don't have tidy endings and do have lots of possible interpretations, this film is not for you (no judgement, just save your time and skip this one).

  4. Lee Thomson says:

    hi hi

    headed to the friends' house this afternoon. things are stable but not good? Is that possible? He is SO angry, which is not what I expected.

    Love to you all, will check in from there as available.

    • CleverManka says:

      Safe travels. I'll be thinking of you and friend/friend's family.
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    • vladazhael says:

      Stable but not good is definitely a thing. Best wishes to all concerned.

    • Heathered says:

      Sometimes anger's just the easiest way to deal with how low despair can lay you, though it's sure not pleasant for anyone it's pointed at. Hope all goes well and that he's able to gentle down soon. You are a good friend.

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      May it go well, better than you expect, and you have all the tools you need to handle everyone's (including your) shit exactly when you need them.

      *cough* From what you described, he may have some anger (or fear) about having his agency taken away from him. This is legit. If this is the case, acknowledgement rather than argument may be a useful deescalation tool.

      • Lee Thomson says:

        that is precisely it. Anger at not being left alone to do what he chooses, anger at being called back. A lot of anger. And shouting, which is SO unlike him it is painful.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Angry. That would be hard for me. You are a very good friend. He is lucky to have you. Keeping you, him, and his partner in my thoughts.

    • littleinfinity says:

      Depression can often manifest as anger, especially in men. Once out of the low low pit, the next step up the ladder is frequently to lash out either at oneself or others. I hope your visit goes ok, your friend is lucky to have you.

    • Absotively says:

      May your visit go as well as possible.

    • pseudonymica says:

      Best wishes and love to you and your friends. Remember self care, self care, self care.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Thank you peoples

      I'm here, I brought plain carbs and carbs with sugar. Their children are present – one staying here, and one local. His sister and her husband are coming tomorrow. There are a lot of people fighting for him. When people here talk about him it is hard, but even through tears, there is openness and honesty abut what is going on.

      Thank you for your presence and support, it helps me prop up those closer to the center. Can't type much for tearing up.

  5. Fancy_Pants says:

    Can we do a book recommendations thread? What are you guys reading? I'm trying to get out of the habit of mindlessly scrolling through things on the internet when I have no energy and feed my brain something *slightly* more nourishing.

    In particular I'm looking for: science fiction (my first and dearest love), Science non-fiction (I'm a STEM person, so I can handle fairly technical stuff), some juicy history or biography, or some entry level economics/sociology/decoding the world type stuff. Or travelogues, or something equally inspiring and escapist!

    (And also preferably not from the last year or two because I don't want to wait forever to get them from the library.)

    • CleverManka says:

      Hm. None of the things I've enjoyed recently fit those criteria, but just in case:
      Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity
      Bill Schutt, Cannibalism (his earlier book Dark Banquet is fine, too, but not as fun, IMO)
      Carolyn Purnell, The Sensational Past
      And I finished reading all the Mary Roach books except Grunt which just…didn't appeal to me.

      Those are all the ones I can remember liking? Hm. I should probably start keeping a record of the books I've read (or at least checked out). I have stopped reading a few after a couple chapters and it would be good to track those as well.

      Oh! Oh! I just remembered Susannah Cahalan's Brain on Fire and Lauren Marks's Stitch of Time (I liked Brain on Fire more).

      Does anyone here do goodreads?

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      I just finished reading "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life" by Rosamund Stone Zander (executive coach / therapist) and Benjamin Zander (conductor / teacher).

      I'm going to read it again, soon. It reminds me of what my best self looks like. (It's been a while.) It's a *way to think* type self-help book and it goes in some non-intuitive directions.

    • Heathered says:

      It's outside your category lists but I just reread Stephen King's On Writing, which was enjoyable. ON-topic, I picked up a copy of Ancillary Justice in a free box, I think because I'd read about it here? But I haven't had a chance to dig in yet.

    • Rillquiet says:

      Digging back through Goodreads records to see what might fit your specs; these are all nonfiction:

      Radium Girls, by Kate Moore: how two U.S. companies poisoned their workers with radium and contributed (indirectly) to the creation of OSHA

      Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World, by Aja Raden: the intersection of psychology and jewelry

      Starman: The Truth Behind The Legend Of Yuri Gagarin, by Jamie Doran: lots more detail than I ever knew about the first man in space

      Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, by Melissa Mohr: a fascinating investigation of how English's bad words have evolved and changed, including side notes about vulvar pilgrim badges and how the absence of swearing is interpreted in military situations

      The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson: a great narrative about how John Snow's map came to be

    • Flitworth says:

      I am enjoying Walking the Kiso Road, which is a travelogue by a (presumed American) translator of older Japanese works to English. It's a bit of a history lesson combined with appreciation for the Kiso Road. Author: William Scott Wilson, the publisher is Shambhala, which is smaller afaik. Anyways, if you are keen on Japan or like meandering history lessons you may enjoy it.

      Science non-fiction:
      The Gallium Spoon

      Other non-fiction:
      Why Did the Chicken Cross the World
      Pig Tales
      Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
      Anything by Mark Kurlansky

    • RoseCamelia says:

      I just finished Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy. The author, Jeff VanderMeer, is a skilled craftsman with language. I enjoyed it. More than half of the characters are women. BTW, it's the very loose base of the upcoming movie Annihilation starring Natalie Portman.

      • jenavira says:

        Seconded! I love Jeff VanderMeer, he and China Mieville are the only people I know writing surrealist fiction right now who don't seem like complete pretentious wankers.

        (Further recommendations for surrealist fiction welcome.)

    • littleinfinity says:

      Seconding these recommendations from other posts:
      Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
      Mary Roach books in general (Stiff is my favorite. Bonk and Gulp were pretty good)
      Brain on Fire

      Other recs:
      Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine (psych/ sociology, amazing take on all the pseudoscience around "the differences between men and women")
      The Third Chimpanzee – Jared Diamond
      Hild – Nicola Griffith – if you're into historical fiction, this is my fave in a while
      Debt – David Graeber – long but fascinating exploration of the history of money and capitalism

      I might come back and post more when I'm home and can look at my bookshelf 🙂 I have a bunch of STEM and sociology adjacent books that I could probably recommend but of course I am drawing a blank right now.

    • Jen says:

      I am reading Blackbird – um… I think that's it. It's the first of the Miriam Black series by Chuck Wendig. I love his writing. Also he's an awesome dude so there's that.

      I just got finished with Daniel OMalley's Rook series (only 2) – The Rook, and Stilletto… (sp??) I want him to do a third now. dammit Dan.

    • exitpursuedbyaclaire says:

      Do you like cats? Do you like Watership Down? If so, you absolutely must read The Wildlings with Nilanjana Roy. It's the closest thing I've ever found to the Watership-Down-but-about-cats I've always wanted. I'm reading the sequel now and it continues to be pure delight.

      All Systems Red is also pure joy, a pretty standard sci-if novella but told from the point of view of a self-described "Murderbot" who is socially awkward and just wants to be left alone to watch trashy soap operas all day.

      The Moor's Account is a gorgeous piece of historical fiction, but not escapist like the other two.

      The Marrow Thieves is wonderful dystopian sci-fi but the exact opposite of escapist–it's harrowing and wonderful.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      This weekend I'm picking up these books, not sure if they are your speed/too new, but they might be useful for someone:

      Tessa Gratton: The Strange Maid (Manka's BFF!)
      John Crowley: Ka: dar Oakley (I love Little, Big by him)
      Michael Twitty: The Cooking Gene
      And the making-of book for The Shape of Water

    • Fancy_Pants says:

      AHHH! I went to the gym and then came back to this thread to find a MILLION book recs! Thank you thank you <3 <3 I'm going to spend the evening trawling my library website for these.

    • Absotively says:

      Have you read Tanya Huff's Confederation books? They're military science fiction. Well, the first bunch are, then the protagonist leaves the space marines and endures slightly-less-military incidents while adjusting to life as a civilian.

    • Onymous says:

      Have you read the Aubrey-Maturin series? They are historical-ish fiction but they are also very much about the mechanics of the 19th century British navy so it will tickle some of the same parts of your brain that likes SF (well if you like hard sf)

      ETA: it is very much a series by a man about men being men. Not in like a a David Mamet way but still, worth a warning I think.

      • jenavira says:

        yesssss I love these books. (And while it is very much a series about Men Being Men, there are way more women than you would think, and most of them are pretty well-written. The Truelove is one of my favorite books.)

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Authors I have drawn delight and/or comfort from (mostly SFF, when I run out of women centered/women authored SFF I go to Tor and Liz Bourke)
      Martha Wells – basically anything
      Diana Wynne Jones – basically anything
      Ursula Vernon – just finished Clockwork Boys
      N. K. Jemisin – Geology SF!!!

      Romance (very short list)
      Courtney Milan
      Jennifer Crusie

      Soundings by Halli Felt – oceanography

      • Kazoogrrl says:

        I haven't read any of Jennifer Crusie's books, but I read a few of Lani Diane Rich's and they were entertaing and untaxing without making me feel like I was rotting my brain.

    • jenavira says:

      I really enjoyed Player of Games by Iain M. Banks – I know he's one of the Canonical Space Opera authors, but it took me forever to get around to reading him, and to my mild surprise I was delighted.

      Kameron Hurley's God's War trilogy is a whole mess of biological sf, middle-aged women mercenaries, blood and guts and vengeance, and if you like that kind of thing you'll love it. (It's also her first novel, and it shows – it opens slow, but really rips after the first third of the first book.)

      Perpetual recommendation for Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, in case you haven't read it yet. (Also her Chalion series, which is delightful.)

      If you are feeling full of optimism and meaning and resilient enough to deal with some relentless nihilism, Peter Watts writes really excellent science fiction about how evolution does not particularly favor consciousness. (I loved Blindsight but goddamn it's bleak. Starfish is less bleak and has the benefit of sea monsters.)

  6. Kazoogrrl says:

    Is anyone having an issue here where some GIFs made the page start to strobe? I'm using Chrome, so maybe that's it? If I reload it's ok until I get to the offending GIF and then it starts again.

  7. vladazhael says:

    I know they were running credit checks and income verifications yesterday, so I fully expect to hear back on the apartment application sometime today, which is both exciting and terrifying, so I've settled into a middle ground of "ok, whatever". I don't feel like they'll deny us for any good reasons, and denying us for bad reasons would just be an indicator that they're probably people we don't want to deal with anyway. The only stressors beyond that are either a) continuing the search with the new knowledge that denial is a possibility, or b) actually committing to a thing and signing a lease and saying "that's it, no more options, we live here now" (or rather, "soon").

  8. Heathered says:

    After a week as a shut-in climaxed by never getting out of my pajamas yesterday, I glomped henna in my hair before bed to force the issue today. This weekend may be challenging–Women's March tomorrow (yay), but a short grocery run today felt awful going and coming home (this panic thing may actually be a cardiac thing! boo!)–however on Monday, RoseCamelia is coming to town, which beats Santa Claus by a factor of roughly 10 million. Pretty excited over here despite the whole "death warmed over" situation.

    • CleverManka says:

      I mean, I love the days I don't get out of my pajamas, but they only happen like once a week. I didn't know you did henna on your hair! *highfive!*

      So excited for you that you get to hang with RoseCamelia!

      • Heathered says:

        I started with henna when I moved back here because I have my own bathroom, but I am still not great with it (and consistently manage to destroy my bathroom right after I've just cleaned it). Currently brown on top and clown on the sides, which is very mullet-y. But I did throw in a spoonful of espresso, and it smelled Amazing while it was cooking.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Pretty excited over here too. I get to meet one of my favorite writers!

      And I just put henna on my head. I'm swathed in plastic wrap right now, as I type. We're henna siblings!

    • littleinfinity says:

      Doing the Women's March tomorrow too! (In LA) Good luck and stay safe, and I hope it energizes you!

    • pseudonymica says:

      I'm glad you reminded me about the women's march! I keep bookmarking it in my head but I probably shouldn't go (for health reasons) so maybe that's why it keeps slipping out. But i might NEED to go for emotional and political health reasons so….

  9. vladazhael says:

    Manfriend has gotten me started reading Terry Pratchett, which is always a worthwhile venture. So far just Maskerade and halfway through Night Watch, but there will be more.

    For sciency things, I've read bits of this but haven't had the mental space to tackle the whole thing yet:

    Juicy history: anything by Alison Weir or Erik Larson. I also really liked The Plantagenets by Dan Jones, but I don't know that I'd describe it as juicy unless you're really, really into that particular topic.

  10. Onymous says:

    Just a reminder: Samantha Bee has been killing it

  11. Doc_Paradise says:

    I went to the coffee shop to read this morning because I need to get out of the house more. I've set aside today for ME stuff, which means I'm going to organize my art supplies and do some drawing, thinking, and possibly work on a relationship discussion/design tool that I'm creating.

    I've been struggling with writing anything for quite a while and that has been bothering me because I have ideas and can talk the ear off of people about my ideas… but writing (especially in a DW context) isn't working well. I realized at breakfast that I am not having nearly as much problem with writing long hand, physically, on paper. I also recently finished reading Alice B. Sheldon's biography and I was struck by how much letter writing was a part of her life and the types of things they wrote about. (Also… wow, letter post used to come far more often than I'm used to.)

    So… I'm thinking about writing physical letters to people. I used to do that, back before the internet was all things. Sort of a morning papers but TO people. I already have a random postcard with drawings on them list. Perhaps I should put together a list of people who would like to exchange physical letters about ideas and stuff too.

    • CleverManka says:

      Exchanging letters sounds so romantic and magical and I can see how it would be amazing and meaningful and I have zero faith in my ability to write out anything more than a thank-you note these days. I hope that you find good letter writers to exchange with!

    • Lynn says:

      Until I was about 30 I wrote my first drafts on paper (which astonished my fellow grad students, and at least a couple of my writing professors), and then I moved to the computer because I never typed them up and had a bunch of fragments in notebooks, and then for awhile I got kind of into typing on the phone — and now I have a bunch of fragments in the cloud. But I lucked into a really lovely little blank journal at my office gift exchange and I've been trying to get back into writing by hand. It makes my hand hurt but it has this really great meditative effect on my brain (more than actual meditation does).

      • Doc_Paradise says:

        I also write in fragments. I used to have a "Nothing Book" (and then text file) to keep them in. I've long since given up trying to force myself to only write from start to finish, it doesn't work. I find it more effective to start from fragments or handwritten notes and then connect them all together (rewriting as I go).

        There is something about writing by hand that is different than typing. It's different inside my head… less distance to the page maybe.

        • Onymous says:

          Part of it is I think that words have a shape. When you type that shape is always fingers moving up and down. When you write it's an entire arm moving uniquely for each letter. It adds a (I had to look this up) somatic component that typing lacks.

          • Doc_Paradise says:

            That makes a lot of sense and might be why I'm liking it right now.

          • dirtymagpie says:

            I've been reading a lot about teaching cursive and how it differs in use from typing notes. It activates different areas of the brain and there are studies that show using handwriting develops abstract thinking and better recall of concepts, as opposed to remembering facts.

  12. littleinfinity says:

    So I started out today dragging my ass to work… but then I received an office-wide email that our shitty CEO is "resigning", aka would have been fired but gets to slink out with his tail between his legs… and now I am in the Best Mood Ever. Sunshine and rainbows and schadenfreude-filled donuts up in here. MMMMM DELICIOUS MALE CEO TEARS. It's hilarious too because everyone is attempting to remain professional but many of us are quietly overjoyed, so there are like, secret giggle parties going on around the office.

  13. Doc_Paradise says:

    We did a purge of our library and now have 8 boxes of books to get rid of. Does anybody have a suggestion of what to do with them? We'd prefer something that pays, but I'm not sure how possible that is.

    • CleverManka says:

      Congratulations on the purge! Book-purging is so much harder than clothing, imo. I have zero suggestions on what to do with them, though–especially one that might pay (unless you have a used book store in town which, since you're asking, I guess you probably don't). The local thrifts here don't even take books (at least I've never seen any in the stores). I wonder if it's because it's a college town and they'd be overrun…

      • Doc_Paradise says:

        We succeeded by taking a shelf of books and laying them out on the couch. Then we each independently picked out all the ones we wanted to keep for whatever reason. Then we considered the remaining (ie did somebody think someone else might like a book). The leftovers went in a box to go.

        Only now… what do we do with them? We are asking our friends but many of our friends read e-books now, not paper books.

        • Absotively says:

          I don't have any suggestions for getting money from them, aside from the taking them to the nearest used bookstore or asking Google where to take them. If you run out of ideas for selling them, your local library may well take donations, though they're more likely to end up in an annual book sale fundraiser than on library shelves. You could also look at orgs that collect books for prisoners, maybe? They probably have guidelines for what they do and don't take.

          • CleverManka says:

            I was thinking about recommending the donating to prisoners, too, but I don't know if Canada is going through the same horrific censuring of available books in prisons like we are here in the US. So, Doc Paradise, if you go that route, be sure to check if the location near you will actually accept them (I think US prisons are just trashing the ones they won't accept) .

            ETA: here's one article about it if anyone's interested in that.

          • Doc_Paradise says:

            Thanks for the advice.

          • dirtymagpie says:

            At least one of these mentioned seem worthy for donating, the one that even pays the shipping: (I can't seem to get my html to work)

          • Doc_Paradise says:

            I'm 99% sure my library cries when people abandon books on its doorstep. I will look into prisons though. Good idea.

          • jenavira says:

            Ask! My library cries when people abandon books on the doorstep, but sometimes we do take donations if people are civilized about it.

            I would also second the recommendation for Amazon selling, particularly if you've got anything that might actually be worth money. If the book you're trying to offload goes for less than $2 on Amazon it's probably not worth the effort, though.

        • Flitworth says:

          Perhaps (depending on your feels about Amazon) sell them on Amazon? It's not too painful, I did it in grad school to get by.

    • vladazhael says:

      I don't know if 2nd and Charles is a thing where you are, but that's where I plan to take my purged media.

      • Doc_Paradise says:

        It looks like that is a US thing.

        We have second hand bookstores here but I hadn't considered them beyond as a last option. Most of them pay pennies or only in store credit… but I could be wrong about that. I'll have to check.

    • Absotively says:

      A further thought: if you do end up donating them, it may be worth seeing if you can find a charity that would give you a tax receipt for them. That doesn't give you much money for them, but it's something.

  14. Flitworth says:

    Feeling like I cannot win lately. Tiny human has a cough, her teacher at daycare indicated that it sounded like she was going to break a rib, which has not been what we've witnessed (nor the social workers who stopped by for monthly check-in). But, given the teacher's description and various factors, we decided to go to the doctor today and get her checked out. When I called daycare to tell them we were going to take her to the doc and keep her home the director was challenging me on my decision to keep her home a little bit. It's like, wtf, you people tell me she's disrupting class with her cough and making all the teacher's feel bad, then don't like that I decided to keep her home?! Anyways, doc says it's just a virus, no serious problems.

    • CleverManka says:

      It's always so great when managers (or directors) don't communicate with the people directly involved with the situation. UGH. Hope she's over it soon.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Some People take the whole "village to raise a child" thing FAR too seriously. Trust your instincts and observations. Glad it is a virus, although there is something cathartic about feeding children antibiotics and having them get magically better.

    • dirtymagpie says:

      Wow, "sounded like she was going to break a rib" sounds bloody extreme, I'd say.

  15. Flitworth says:

    If you are on twitter, check out Adam Rippon (@adaripp), Olympic figure skater and amazing human who drags haters in the best way.

  16. faintlymacabre says:

    Last night at work, I checked for the Friday open thread. It wasn't thete. I checked the Thursday link dump to see if there were some comments about why the open thread wasn't there. Nothing. Panic! And of course, I eventually realized it was Thursday, but uh…. thanks for being here. To all of you.

  17. LaxMom says:

    I am deep in the setting-up-my-class-website part of the semester and I am too much of a damn perfectionist so I'm not getting much else done. Who knew it would be so hard to build a powerpoint illustration of why the sky is blue?

    Teenboy is waiting to hear from colleges about admission and finances. He is also going through his first "argh they screwed up my registration and I have to go talk to all my professors to get added" experience at community college. I told him it was good to get out of the way while he was still in HS.

    speaking of, they didn't switch me back over to teaching pay so I am missing pay this month and they almost deregistered me. Hmmm.

    I went out for girls night last week and was driving home at 2 am and got to stop in and have "lunch" with ApartmentBoy (he works nights). It was good I did, he was very bummed because he'd wrecked his new car in the snowstorm the day before, didn't have money for lunch, and was in need of a hug. Car is fixable but was almost totalled. I was glad I could be there when he was down, but I told him not to count on me being out and about very often at 2 am! Then after days and days of driving out here in the boonies in the snow and ice, I drove out of the valley on my way to work yesterday on dry roads in daylight to see an upside down sedan that had rolled down the other lane, so I was pretty grateful only the car got hurt with my kid.

    Teengirl voluntarily wore a dress and tights and striped socks to school today.

    I will come back to give some thoughtful replies but I need to step away from the computer after powerpointing all day.

    • CleverManka says:

      What a nightmare about the pay thing! How soon can they get that resolved?

    • Onymous says:

      &gt;&gt;Who knew it would be so hard to build a powerpoint illustration of why the sky is blue

      Physicist who had five semesters before Rayleigh Scattering: it is very complicated why the sky is blue.

      • LaxMom says:

        UGH tell me about it. Explaining it enought that they get it, without dumbing it down, but then also illustrating it, which I suck at….it took me all afternoon. I wanted to get two entire presentations revamped and I got 6 slides done. But woohoo, rayleigh scattering!
        Related thought: Why the hell does't powerpoint have a curvy line/wave line shape? seriously?!! just the s thing doesn't cut it!

  18. Kazoogrrl says:

    It's late for this, but just saw my friend Nora as part of a video from FEMA Puerto Rico, where she is there with other Smithsonian conservators advising and educating on conservation work for local museums. She did the same in Haiti, and I remember shen she did it in Mongolia many years ago. It's so cool, and a side of post-disaster work a lot of people might not think of.

  19. Lee Thomson says:

    better than stable – improving

  20. jenavira says:

    Look, I had every intention of checking in here yesterday, but I was off work and wound up spending all morning in bed and all afternoon on the couch knitting. #noregrets

    I think I have figured out how and where to set up a small art studio in my house where I can leave art stuff sprawled all over the place and also not be endlessly irritated by the clutter. The problem is, now I have to figure out where to put the Comfy Reading/Knitting Chair. When I figure that out I will spend all day moving furniture, and I'm excited.

    I am now completely off of my old psych medication and onto week two of the new one, and my emotions are Strong, y'all. I used to dismiss people saying that psych meds made them feel numb, but it turns out that was exactly what was happening to me on Zoloft, I just couldn't distinguish it from the depression.

  21. Onymous says:

    This weeks Oglaf is not actually relevant to the Link Dump but still.

  22. dirtymagpie says:

    It's really saying something about the purely physical beauty when I did not notice there was a kitten on his chest.

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