Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 07:25 pm
But I always feel nervous visiting a church that's not Episcopalian. What if I do something wrong? What if I chew the Host? Do they even have the Host? What if I bow or kneel at the wrong times? Do they even have bowing and kneeling?

This is why I don't venture out of my Episcopalian comfort zone very often.

But I'm going to visit the Methodist church on Main Street tomorrow, I think.

I keep getting this metaphorical thwop to the back of the head every time I think about church and going, but I don't like how they handle things at either of the two Episcopal churches here in town (gossiping during the Peace? Oh hell no.) So the next closest thing is the Methodists. If I don't like Main Street, there's always Court Street right downtown as well and Parkway Heights next to Hwy 49.

Here's hoping things work out well enough. Even if I do chew the Host sometimes.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 04:04 pm
Been doing more unpacking, but not as much as I'd hoped to get done. I spent about three hours reading fanfics online before venturing to do some unpacking and the unpacking only lasted for about 30 mins. Still in those 30 mins I did clear out a few boxes and started the laundry and dishwasher, so I'll count it as good. My next goal for the day is to cook the chicken thighs I bought so that I have something ready for the rest of the week.

I tried calling my mom as it was her birthday yesterday and the two times I did call it just went to voicemail. Didn't have much more luck today. I know it's because they were probably out yesterday and at lunch today when I called, but it still feels like I'm being ignored and did something wrong. I hate feeling like this, but I know it definitely comes from my Mom's side of the family. She gets like this and so does her mom. Don't know if it's nature or nurture, but it's still really annoying.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 01:40 pm

What I love about autumn is that it is pumpkin everything and then it will be peppermint everything, and I AM EXCITED BEYOND BELIEF.

It's my weird me-thing.

First pumpkin-flavored goodie of the season are these yummy yummy yogurt-covered pretzels. I parsed the larger bag into smaller snack-sized bags, so I don't devour it in one sitting. It's so damn perfect.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 11:08 am
I did get the second sock to resemble the first one, and they are work-compatible (insofar as one may wear dark red socks to an office at all; mine is relatively casual for its ilk). small photo )
Lesson for me: adjust stitch count freely. My bony ankles are larger around than average and my heel a good cm taller than any pattern I've met so far expects, although my bony feet are slightly narrower than average. (Not narrow enough to fit into a narrow-width shoe, but enough to slide around awkwardly in average-width ones. I pine sometimes for the five widths in which German shoes are sometimes sold. The US has three.)
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 10:33 am
I have accomplished the task I really had to do today before getting started on laundry and cleaning and recuperating from dragon con. My car is now registered in florida! I've been meaning to do it for the past two months since I got here, but there was always something else to do and since my registration in SC didn't expire until sept it kept getting put off. It is done now and that's one less thing hanging over my head.

I have to say that dragon con really brought home that I need to work on a bad habit of mine that I picked up somewhere. I don't really look at people. Someone complimented me on the ren faire outfit I wore and I just looked down at it and talked to it instead of the person talking to me. For some reason people paying attention to me/paying me compliments really unsettles me and I don't know how to handle it well. I also have a hard time just observing people/looking at people, especially if I think they're cute at first glance.

I also need to work more on noticing when someone is flirting with me. It happened at least four times and twice the guys involved somewhat propositioned me. One was married, which military here so that is not happening as it's asking for trouble even if they're both okay with it, and the other was much older and not my style. The other two I sort of realized, but didn't really until afterwards when I went nope not in my head they were hitting on me.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 06:29 am

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

I recently acquired Edna St. Vincent Millay's collected poems. I saw Blight in the TOC and I flipped to it. I'm glad I did. I feel like it's talking to me. I have a lot of hate in my heart towards various individuals. I think I need to get rid of it. It would only make me feel better.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 08:09 am
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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. 

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. 

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Thanks, History Side of Tumblr!

The Plague Doctors - Creepy, yet Scientific and Functional! 
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 07:05 am
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My new battle-cry.
Monday, September 1st, 2014 09:31 pm
I feel like it's been an age since I last posted, even though it's only been a few days. A combination of stressful work week and the three day weekend and being a social being and things. As usual, I have way more posts in my head than have actually made it to paper. I feel the urge to do one of the question memes that's going around, just so I can feel like I'm talking to people again.

The goings on have been pretty good, all things considered. I started watching the Miss Fisher's Mysteries on Thursday which are very fun and very good, and delight me no end. I am so very much loving the show ) I was so excited, I made my boyfriend watch the second episode with me, and he loves it too, wants to bring back jazz and 20's clothing. Which is all great except now it's something we're watching together and I have to wait till next weekend for the next episode. My life is hard sometimes.

So today, on my lazy day, I started watching Person of Interest because [personal profile] grimorie/[tumblr.com profile] isgrimorie reblogs it and it's slowly becoming something I want to know more about. Who am I kidding, it has Sarah Shahi in it (eventually) and [personal profile] grimorie hasn't steered me wrong yet on a show I'd like. I'm only a few episodes into season 1 and I'm waiting for it to get into a groove, but generally liking it so far.

I haven't been reading much lately, though I did get the rest of the available Hawkeye comics run, so I'll probably be poking at that next.

After I devour all the Troubles Fest Haven fics that went live today. I received two stories, which are fun and funny -- one of them is a crack fill for a crack prompt.

I'll Wake Up New Gen rated, Jennifer/Duke, Audrey/Nathan, Jennifer/Duke/Audrey/Nathan
Summary: It turns out that relationships in Haven are a lot more complicated than Jennifer could ever have imagined, and her new birth certificate suddenly turns everything on its head. It might be a good thing that she’s surrounded by people that are usually bad at following the rules, right?

Audrey The Vampire Slayer Gen and gen rated
Summary: Life on the Hellmouth is hard, especially when the Hellmouth is in Haven.

In other news, I've managed to fuck up my left shoulder now too, though it's not as excruciatingly painful as it was on Saturday. Also I reinvented cereal. I keep granola around to mix in with yogurt for breakfast and this weekend in a fit of not wanting to cook, I combined the granola with chocolate chips from the freezer and added milk. It was genius.

So TV shows are starting up again I hear? I am so out of it. September doesn't feel real yet.
Monday, September 1st, 2014 08:00 pm
I don't know his actual last name, but Dennis Tengu attacked me before we left for Dragon Con on Thursday.

When Dennis and [a friend] arrived at my house, and Ben and I loaded the car, Dennis threw my luggage at me then proceeded to unleash a torrent of vitriol and swearing at me for no reason. He refused to say why he did that when I asked for an explanation. I had no idea why, and I said it wasn't like I'd even seen him in five years to give some sort of offense. He responded, "There's a reason for that." (I only ever saw him at COUP-related events, and I stopped going about 5 years ago.)

When we stopped at a rest area, he apparently told Ben (when Ben told him that his torrent of vitriol was completely uncalled for) that he did it to preemptively win the argument over who got to sit in the front seat. (Never mind that I get motion sick.) I can't remember what [friend] said he told her, but it was a little different than what he told Ben. (Possibly that he didn't want me to talk to him at all.)

Both Ben and [friend] told him that his actions were uncalled for. He showed no remorse and refuses to apologize or even say a word to me.

Dennis apparently does not consider me a human being who is worthy of respectful treatment. He is a sick, vile person; he has sociopathic tendencies. His actions fit an abuser's profile: he knows how to act around people who he wants to see him in a positive light, so that when he is horrific to someone, they don't believe that person or they defend him. They call it "drama" to stick up for you and make sure his actions have consequences [ie LOSING FRIENDS].
Monday, September 1st, 2014 07:03 pm
Had a blast at dragon con as usual. Made it to first alternate in the catan tournament which is the best I've ever placed. Everyone showed up though which meant I didn't get to play in the semi finals. I definitely played some of my better games on sunday. I still need to work on finishing as I only won one game and had two second place 9 points. Friday I played horribly so it was good to see myself get better. The boards they came up with were great though. They didn't use the usual a,b,c placement, instead they had one that meant there were no really good place and instead everything was pretty evenly placed.

My hotel room was at the Marriott and having it to myself was wonderful! Unfortunately it's also the hotel with the lobby party area and it got really loud the first two nights. Not sure if it was from a party or someone's personal hotel room, but Thursday and Friday my room had some really annoying thumping vibrations. The sound didn't bug me as much as that did. Being able to go up to my room and just switch shoes whenever I wanted to or take a break was really handy.

I am so peopled out now and am so glad I took tomorrow off for the con crash, laundry and restock the pantry runs.
Monday, September 1st, 2014 05:08 pm

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

I just got Aunt Lute's anthology of women writers in the US. This book focuses on the 17th-19th century. I looked through the table of contents and I saw Coquette et Froide. Need I say the title made me flip the page?
Monday, September 1st, 2014 02:08 pm

It's time to Pumpkin all the Things... I was worried about getting overwhelmed by a pumpkin-a-day challenge for a month, but a friend on FB suggested a pumpkin-a-week challenge, now until Thanksgiving. And so it shall be. Almost certainly all cookies and breads and pies and tarts. Mmmmmmm... pumpkin...

I found a pinboard that should help with finding recipes, though some of them don't call for straight-up pumpkin. But within almost 600 pins I can certainly find 13 decent recipes... and I do have my old favorites (one will have to be pumpkin pie, of course, and I have a pumpkin cookie recipe I adore, so I only need 11 new recipes!)

...I need to get excited about something, I just found out that my favorite grocery store is closing TOMORROW. It's just big enough to carry what I need and small enough you don't need a dog with a barrel of whiskey to come rescue you. It's laid out super-conveniently so that you don't have to travel eleventy billion miles to run in for a gallon of milk. It's on my way home, and easy to get in and out of. A huge mega-grocery store opened a mile away and they just don't have the business anymore. Said huge mega store (HyVee) is obnoxiously large and super stupidly laid out, and I hate it. Plus I hate them for the bullshit they pulled trying to make the city I work for look like the villain for not PAYING FOR THEM TO UPDATE THE STORE. Even though the city did offer money for outside renovations, that wasn't enough. They wanted to the city, and the taxpayers, to pay to remodel the inside of the store. That is uber-bullshit. So, even though they're the only store on my current route home, I'm not going to shop there if I can help it.

And, in a tangential note, I worry that my favorite liquor store, located in the same center as the closing grocery store, will not have enough business now, either. And having a huge vacant store just sucks. Hopefully something moves in quickly. :(
Monday, September 1st, 2014 11:17 am
* The Joseon annals (sillok, 실록) are on the web. So is some material in the Kerala State Central Library Rare Books repository.

* I also hadn't known that bayrische Tanz exists in Chile (I knew a little about Argentina, but not Chile). Note the presence of two female dancers for each male dancer, and the locally influenced scarves pinned to the women's shoulders. The leg-slapping part looks especially familiar: I've no idea about regional nuance to the patterning, but my father showed me something similar once that he'd learned before ~1950 in the next province over.

That time, I was trying to find a representative clip of polka dance for Reason.

* I've watched Lee Michelle's debut song thrice in a row. It's titled "Without you (위드아웃 유)" (the hangeul is a phonetic rendering of the English); English subtitles are available there if one turns on closed captioning.

One ought to say more than that about the video. It has excellent use of color, if a bit unsubtle for those who have been living for the last little while. (Lee is b. 1991.) Someone snappier than I could discuss Lacan here; I donwanna.
Monday, September 1st, 2014 08:10 am
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I will always reblog Fa Mulan.  
Monday, September 1st, 2014 02:09 am
Hey guys I just posted a little short story on my writing blog. You can find it here.

Oh and a small poem (Like I write anything else): Here
Monday, September 1st, 2014 07:06 am
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holy shit.

For the win


I am so very glad this is back on my dash.

This time my troubles are going to have troubles with me.