D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:10 pm
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Back to work. Hope I managed to stock up enough sleep. It was cool today, and I didn't notice the sun ever burning off the clouds. Definitely fall weather, and though the trees have hardly started to turn, I noticed the other day that the cotoneaster berries are starting to go orange.
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Kim Nielsen is a disability historian. Her one-volume A Disability History of the United States provides an overview of living with disability in these colonies from founding to 1990. What particularly interested me is how non-white-male bodies were defined as disabled, and then how the divisions changed.

http://www.beacon.org/A-Disability-History-of-the-United-States-P836.aspx

On Worldcat in print, braille, and ebook

On her author blog, her essay "God’s Real Name: On Rescues, Ableism, and Unexpected Empathy" explores her reaction to a homeless man who blesses her.

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My own ableism, my own class squeamishness, and bigotry, my interpretation of his religiosity as distasteful insanity, had led me to dismiss the man. I had excluded him from our joint rescue plan--indeed, had understood him as something to be rescued from--and ignored his offer to gift me with help and rescue.
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http://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2014/03/gods-real-name-on-rescues-ableism-and-unexpected-empathy.html

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Sep. 15th, 2017 07:21 pm
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Today we went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It was quite impressive, although the little Wikipedia quiz/game was very silly.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 11:16 am
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LeKesha, at the group blog Black Girl Nerds, meditates on the talents and mental illness of the marvelous Nina Simone:

quote, link, video  )

Spotify playlist
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX8OYzU0lx5hL

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:32 am
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Unfortunately the dog has once more done something nasty to her hindquarters. She visited the vet yesterday and we had to take her in early this morning for surgery. Poor little dog.

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:31 am
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It did eventually get cooler, but we've visited several beaches and all caught the sun.
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One of my earliest and longest-lasting fandoms is civic infrastructure. Not only did I float boats down the gutters when I was a child, I built dams and spillways.

decoding the title of this post )

A musical rabbit hole )

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:13 am
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I have family visiting this week, so I'm taking a vacation week. The gods have apparently decided to make things interesting: after the sudden early-morning wind storm, which apparently left meteorologists scrambling for an explanation, we had a full-blown thunderstorm with rain after I collapsed into bed yesterday, leaving my laundry on the line. It was still flickering when I crawled out of bed, so I was able to say hi to Redbeard. And I see they are now forecasting another hot day today and have switched the cooler days to starting on Wednesday. Clearly they are sticking pins in the map at random.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:42 am
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16 years ago, around about now.

Tremendous wind came through starting just before my mandatory lunch break. It blew over the "reserved parking" sign in front of the store while I was eating. Seems to have died down now; I guess the Hunt has swept on to the East Coast.

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Sep. 10th, 2017 11:20 am
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On the spur of the moment, we took the slow drive down El Camino to The Milk Pail in Mountain View. (It's not really open air any more; it occupies a winding shack not unlike the permanent tent where I used to buy veggies in Hell's Kitchen; and it's not very European. What it is is very good.) The developers who put an apartment building where the Bevmo and clothing store used to be refused to make up for the loss of the parking the store used to rent, and what parking lot it has is all set about with construction work; there's a long, winding wheelchair ramp serving as the only access to the store. The parking lot was like a game of Tetris, and the store a controlled madhouse; people continue to determinedly shop there. We scored tiny black grapes, cheese, bread, frozen pasta for the housemate, mango and pepper sauce and fava beans for me ...

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 10th, 2017 11:11 am
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The dog left her stuffed squirrel in the middle of the path in the backyard last night. It is soggy from the dew; I've picked the grass seeds and clover burrs out of it but she still wants nothing to do with it.
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http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2015/04/i-hope-you-get-officially-sick/
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the minute you can condense your symptoms into a singular diagnosis, and have That Phrase on your sheet, it’s like getting upgraded to first class on the airline. Suddenly, doctors have to agree that you must be taken seriously – sure, you’re in the exact same amount of pain you were in before, but they can’t hand-wave it off. When they see That Phrase on your chart, they actually stop and read back to see what they were missing, because That Phrase makes you somebody important.
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This blogger also writes about writing, and posts pictures of amazing nail art:

http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/ferretts-pretty-pretty-princess-nails-a-gallery/

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Sep. 8th, 2017 01:51 pm
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The first touches of fall foliage on stressed trees, and I had to cut back a chunk of one of the remaining cotoneasters because the weight of the berries was bending it down into the driveway.

The new janitor took the keychain to San Francisco, but brought it back last night so now the mop water can be changed. (I know, I know ... )

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Sep. 7th, 2017 11:50 am
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It's crisp and cool today. So my window remains open. The dog has her jaw resting on the sill and her nose pushing at the screen. There is a squirrel on the fence.

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:44 am
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I was in downtown Mountain View the other day. The aquarium store on a corner on Castro St. is now a gift and toy shop that has this in the window. Comes with 6 cats! Only 6?
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I was getting frustrated by men whining about feminism so a friend recommended this book to me.

The Fifth Sacred Thing is a fantasy story where the magic is neo-pagan magic. It was written in the early 1990s, but it feels like it could have been written yesterday in some ways. In the neo-pagan community at the beginning of the book, the communication is done both in spoken word and sign language. The community believes that earth, air, water, and fire are the four sacred things that no one can own. The people in the community are various ages and races.

There were a lot of sexual relationships of various configurations going on throughout the whole book, and I thought that touching was a little over-sexualized because it felt like most characters of the same age who were touching each other were about to get it on.

Their enemies take ownership of water and create a dystopia based on water-scarcity.

The sadism of these bad guys involved a little too much rape, and I hope that literature is moving in a direction where characters can be harmed and face adversity without that harm and adversity always being rape.

One of the highlights of this book for me was that I usually panic when I see a lot of foreign language phrases in a book. I feel like authors try to show the readesr that their liberal arts education has breadth by doing this. I also feel like they create distance between themselves and readers who do not know the languages that they are using. This book used a number of Spanish phrases, and I knew what most of them meant thanks to Duolingo. The use of Spanish also made sense within the context of the story. Languages that were not English were forbidden in the dystopia created by the enemy. However, Madrone, one of the main characters in this book, had been born in Mexico and used some Spanish phrases as greetings and to show that she was rooted in the place that she had come from.

Excellent Free Fonts

Sep. 7th, 2017 08:58 am
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Font Squirrel is a great place to go when you're looking for a new font for a project, website, or reading application.

Like many font sites, you can browse by style like "serif" or helpful tags like "corporate" or by language like "Hebrew."

But you don't even have to search for "FREE" because all the fonts on the site are ready to download, most of them with webfonts as well as desktop, application, and ereader licenses. Many are as lovely as the ones I pay hundreds for at commercial foundries.

They also have an "almost free" section listing bargain fonts.

https://www.fontsquirrel.com
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