vivid but not visual

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:58 am
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That was great!

I haven't had a hypnopompic hallucination that intense since the snakes when I was a kid. That time, I woke up convinced there was a snake in my bed -- that was more visual, just a smallish snake wiggling down at the end of the bed. I forget how it ended/disappeared, but I suspect it was me whapping at it; this time, I woke up, convinced there was something moving down by my legs. (There wasn't.) As with the snake, I woke up, heart pounding, and it was *really hard* to convince myself it hadn't happened, even though I knew it didn't. (At least I don't fall out of bed? That's apparently common.)

This was at around 5 am, so I think it was that the guy upstairs was rattling around, prepping for work, and I incorporated it into the waking up.

(Hypnopompic: Post-sleep. Hypnagogic: Pre-sleep.)

With the snake, I piled stuffed animals around the bed as guardians. (And since I was about 7, I had no idea what had actually happened. I suspect I told my mom about it in the morning, which would be hilarious since I'm *not* ophidiophobic, and she is.) This time, I just went to the bathroom, did some deep breathing, and then, once I got back to my room, thumped the end of my bed a little as an aid to convincing.

I don't get things like sleep paralysis or exploding head syndrome (and isn't that a term for something one would like not to have), but I do sometimes also have some minor hypnagogic hallucinations, mostly of the "I suddenly feel like I'm falling in a weird direction" variety. Though come to think, I haven't in awhile. I mostly associate them with my parents' house. (Also, they're not autonomously scary. No heart racing.)

Anyone else have stuff like this?

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Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] dsgood and [personal profile] elekdragon!


Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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To: ,

Dear Home Secretary,

Apparently you have decided that the British citizenship of a young woman born in Bethnal Green -- and that of her week-old child -- can be revoked because the fact that her parents are of Bangladeshi heritage means she could theoretically apply for citizenship in Bangladesh, a country she has never been to.

Whether one regards Shamima Begum as a groomed child, a criminal, or both, it is profoundly abhorrent to adopt a policy wherein people with immigrant parents have a literal second-class citizenship, which can be revoked where that of others can't.

I have enough Jewish ancestry that I could apply to emigrate to Israel, if I had any desire to do so. Does that mean my British citizenship can be revoked?

yours sincerely,



I have done a lot of things today

Feb. 19th, 2019 07:51 pm
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And the past few days, in spite of having a cold & ear infection.
Yes, honestly. I'm not doing the itemized list now. I might come back and add it later.

I feel sad. (Warning, here be All The Breakup Angst with bonus general woe-is-me) Read more... )

So, that was a lot of feelings. Comments are welcome but it may take me ... awhile to be ready to reply to them.

I'm going to try to have a GOOD day at work tomorrow.

And I'm going to tend my plants before bed. And look up Meetups.

(Oh, I tried plugging in my computer charger one last time before going to the Apple Store. It worked. (wry face))
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I didn't (unsurprisingly) get the greenhouse, but looking at it did substantially clarify my thoughts and the eBays do regularly contain less fancy greenhouses that, actually, probably will perfectly well do the job now I know what I'm after.

In which I ramble about hardware and tell stories about secateurs. )

In terms of my upcoming jobs and planting...

Well, I need to spend some quality time pruning the Ribes bushes various; the plot came with a red dessert gooseberry, a redcurrant, and what-I-think-is-a-jostaberry, all of which are a little neglected and tangled. Tidying them up was on the list for Sunday immediately after the teasels, but a pair of secateurs that couldn't handle a teasel was... erstrecht not going to cope with actual wood. They also need top dressing with manure and then probably mulching, but that can wait until after I've tidied them up a little.

Next door, I've come to the conclusion that what I want to do with my ground-level bed (squash, pak choi, and failed calabrese last year) this season is set some broad beans and peas going down the middle around now, and then sow quinoa down the edges some time later. On the one hand, it's not known that this is a good idea; on the other, intercropping legumes and quinoa is a topic of active research and growing trials, and it looks to me like it ought to be sensible, so no doubt you will collectively get Running Commentary while I experiment.

At home, it's time for me to get the purple chillis and the orange bell peppers started (if I'm going to); that can't really happen until we're back full time, and while I'm happy to heat the house to a temperature that is safe and adequate for me to exist in when I'm actually there most of the time, that is... less the case when I'm away. (I'm attempting to resist the temptation to acquire a heated propagator.) Also the tomatoes, though there the thing I really need to do is work out where I want to put them -- whether I want to grow them on at home again, or if I'll be looking to plant them out at the plot.

Which is a general problem -- the working-out-where-to-plant-things. I'm dithering but probably about to come down on the side of putting the saffron bulbs in around the base of the cherry tree; I think I know where I'm going to put the comfrey once it's established itself a little better; and I'm tentatively leaning towards growing the poppies-for-seed in a patch of mixed wildflowers. (WHERE, though, Alex, you need to work out where you're going to put this. Probably also in the general vicinity of the cherry, if we're honest.)

But. Yes. Priorities: getting misc. seeds started; actually sourcing and constructing my proper raised beds so that I can plant out into them (which will inevitably involve More Weeding); pruning and dressing the Ribes; and working out what I want by way of asparagus, because my mother has offered to buy me some crowns.

So, you know, if you have asparagus cultivar recommendations, please by all means go ahead! I prefer the stems to the tips, and I am resigned to growing at least some purple...

The Friday Five on a Tuesday

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:47 pm
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As I was away all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to post this on Friday, or indeed, Sunday, as I normally do. It is in fact closer to next week’s FF than it was to last week’s. Taking lateness to new and dizzying heights, wahey!

  1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
    Sometimes. It depends on how busy we are. We usually do a shop at the weekend to prep for the week but more often than we’d like, it involves at least one pizza night, one “yes, you can eat PB&Js in front of the television” night and one “cannot be arsed to cook, TO THE CHIPPY!” night.

  2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
    Yes. I have problems concentrating in supermarkets. I’m not sure why. I’ve tried to do the “once up and down every aisle” technique that works for the bloke, but it does not work for me, and I end up getting distracted trying to work out whether a “deal” is actually a savings on a per-unit basis or not, or deciding if I would like to try a new flavour of herb tea, or mourning the out-of-stock status of the kriek lambic, or just pondering my shoes because it is all too much. Lists help me to focus.

  3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
    If it’s not on the list, it does not get bought. Even if it’s milk or bread or something I literally buy every week.

  4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
    The 17 tins of tomatoes in our pantry speak for themselves.

  5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
    The occasions on which I have groceries delivered are (1) When the bloke is going to be away for at least five days and (2) Special occasions, like the bloke’s birthday last weekend when I ordered a vast quantity of cheese and wine for our trip to Wales. Otherwise, not on a regular basis, no.
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[personal profile] sciatrix: Biology friending meme?

It occurs to me that I have an awful lot of subscribers and friends who have varying interests and expertises in biology, psychology, and all sorts of related topics and ideas. 'Related' being read broadly here--if it touches on natural or social sciences and you want to share, please do.

Things that are helping

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:18 am
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(food, material possessions, school job, health care, the privilege of having these) Read more... )

Protesting the Fake "Emergency"

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:27 am
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I went to one of yesterday's protests against Trump's unconstitutional declaration of a fake emergency (which he made to circumvent Congress to try to get border wall funding). It was a good event—well-attended, upbeat, with lots of supportive drive-by honking from the community. I liked that one of the protesters got us to sing. And I loved this woman's embodiment of Liberty calling for Impeachment! Her name is Angela Jarman, and she OK'd me blogging her photo:

Woman dressed as Statue of Liberty proudly holding up an Impeach Trump sign

Note: If you're a U.S. voter, please call your members of Congress to ask them to revoke the Emergency Declaration—they can do that, but it takes a two-thirds vote. So, we need as many committed Congresspeople as possible to stand up for the will of the electorate and for the checks and balances that are mandated in the Constitution.

If you don't already have contact info for your members of Congress, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and ask them to transfer your call to the appropriate office.

Deja vu

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:58 am
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In 1968 Eugene McCarthy bravely stood up to the horrible things America was doing. He didn’t win, and he spent the rest of his life being an utter shit about it. #HistoryRepeats
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"Rachel Martin: Author David Wallace-Wells opens his new book The Uninhabitable Earth outlining three misunderstandings about climate change. First it's speed:

Wallace-Wells: More than half of all the fossil fuel emissions that we've ever put into the atmosphere have come in the last 25 years. Which means that we've now done more damage to the climate than all of the millennia before and all of the centuries before.

Rachel Martin: Then it's scope:

Wallace-Wells: We were sort of taught that the problem was really about sea level and coastlines. We're starting to see that climate change is really an all-enveloping threat which promises to transform, probably deform, every life lived on the planet in some way.

Rachel Martin: And finally, it's severity:

Wallace-Wells: It was basically considered irresponsible to consider scenarios north of about two degrees of warming. It was called the Threshold of Catastrophe, and no one really wanted to think about it. It turns out that two degrees looks basically like our floor for warming rather than our ceiling. And so we really need to start thinking about what the impacts will be at two and a half, three and even four degrees of warming.
Read more... )

And about time, some of us say...

Feb. 19th, 2019 03:08 pm
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Apparently solo dining is becoming A Thing? (scroll down, it's the last thing)

In New York, there’s a rising trend for eating alone and some restaurants have amended their menus and tables to cater for this. The restaurant booking site OpenTable has also reported a rise in solo dining.
That thing that that is that I have been doing, lo, these many years. And I am sure I am by no means the only one, because I still remember with great affection the great Katharine Whitehorn's suggestion of a restaurant, or maybe an entire chain, set up entirely for solo diners, with reading lights and bookstands on the tables. Sign me up with a loyalty card! (and I am so not a loyalty card person.)

Perhaps I am a grumpy ol' misanthrope who has had one or two too many group meals which have involved going, finally, to some place that is nobody's first choice but will fit everybody in and accommodate everybody's dietary requirements/a person turning up late and keeping everyone else from ordering/that person who either takes for ever deciding what to order or is too busy chatting to address the matter/person who takes an inordinate time longer than everybody else to finish a course/ - yes, I am a grumpy ol' misanthrope.

Also, I have my book/e-reader/phone/laptop for company: I do not want a giant teddy-bear vis-a-vis. I should not have to come over all Greta Garbo 'Vant to be alone' at a teddy-bear. At least, one may hope, the bear will not attempt to engage one in lively conversation ('What are you reading/is that a good book?').

Which side are you on?

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:33 am
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There’s a wave of revisionism going around now pointing out that Winston Churchill was a genocidal colonialist. Our other ally in World War II was even worse. And we still were on the right side.
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This is utterly wonderful:

Including: Mission Impossible, Point Break, Star Trek V, Vertical Limit and Cliffhanger.

He's having SO MUCH FUN: "Oh, this is one of the worst scenes in all of Hollywood climbing. Let's turn the volume up."

And incidentally providing very good explanations of various climbing techniques, and what's realistic and what's hilariously absurd if you're an actual climber.

(Content note: contains "spastically" used in a kind of derogatory way but when describing spasming movement, which is ... not entirely inaccurate? Anyway.)

Cross-posting to [community profile] disobey_gravity.

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Feb. 19th, 2019 09:22 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lilliburlero!


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