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The car is totaled, of course, after the accident.

Double scary? I got a recall notice on the airbag two weeks after it deployed. Apparently I had one of those specially designed "shrapnel spewing" models, motto: "If the crash doesn't kill you, we can finish the job! (some restrictions apply, such as requiring the proper humidity, but we'll try)"

The car shopping has come to a screeching halt.

Yes, I have enough for a down payment.

Yes, I have good credit.

But it turns out that grad school (reduced work hours, increased debt) is a bad time to try to buy a car. My income-to-debt ratio is too high.

Of course, not being able to get to (thank god only some of) my grad school classes has had a bad impact. The worst was missing a project deadline on a syllabus ... just, fwip, it went right by me, busy as I was with doctor appointments, crutches, car insurance companies, health insurance companies, and the daily ordeal of organizing rides to try to keep up with my work-and-life responsibilities. Not to mention the total waste of time spent looking at cars that, I discovered Thursday, I can't buy.

Now the project is seriously overdue, the professor hasn't responded to my emails, and I'm ... overwhelmed. I'm picking a couple of small, easy assignments to try to rebuild my confidence as a student, get some momentum going.

Surprisingly hard to concentrate, given how worried I am at my professor's non-response.


ETA: Prof has responded! Now I just have a massive amount of work to do, in as little time as possible. Too bad I work tomorrow--but maybe I can get it done by Monday night.
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The car is still injured (okay, totaled), but I took my foot in to see the doctor. I would've loved to have removed it and left it overnight, but, I had to go in with it.

The doc told me that the numbness, cold, and tingling was due to inflammation pushing on the nerves and veins. "The hospital didn't give you any anti-inflammatories?"

"No."

They just told me to stay off of it.

"Okay...."

It seems I should've had anti-inflammatories all along. Then she gave her prescription:

"Don't baby it. Don't push it."

With a sprain, it's a balance. Keep it elevated when I can, but she says being too delicate with it could cause problems later down the line.

"Can I drive?" I asked her.

"Well, maybe not on 270. Try it in a parking lot first."

WHOOOOP! This is the opposite of what everyone's been telling me. Life just got so much simpler.

S. looked at my beaming face and said, "I have this image of having to tie you down."
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Anyone in Colorado, or know someone there?

Through a complicated series of events, my mother has two nights at the Breckenridge ski resort in Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge for just $350 (yeepers)...

... check in Sunday night (late check-in okay).

Any interest?

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/qkbvi-marriotts-mountain-valley-lodge-at-breckenridge/



Pass the word. It's through a friend of hers.

Breckenridge... not far from Vail....
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Looks like I'm going to spend my birthday on crutches. Rested the sprained foot three days after the accident, then had to go back to work on Sunday. Walked ... well, limped ... on it, sat in my usual pretzel positions too much Monday, until I got this pinch-yeowch pain that told me to stop.

When I tried to drive a rental the Tuesday after the accident (about six days after), within about ten minutes, my ankle felt like an over-stretched rubber band about to snap. I could keep my foot down for about 10-15 minutes, then it was too much.

Not painful: numb, weak.

Okay, so driving was definitely out, and maybe this injury's worse than it seemed.

Taking the bus wasn't any better (seven days after). I had to do so much walking from one stop to another that my foot was swollen by the end of the day. I started icing it.

Finally, last Friday, (nine days after the accident), I gave in and got crutches. I needed help staying off of it, and a visual reminder to people that I'm hurt so they'd help me stay off it, too.

It got worse over the weekend. Frickin' block of ice. Numb, pins and needles the other night (two weeks after). Called a nurse. She had me check to make sure I have feeling in the foot, and I do, so that's good. She told me to see the doctor within 72 hours.

Couldn't go to an orthopedist, had to go to my GP first (hello, managed care hoops), and couldn't get in till today (16 days after).

One of my professors is being very kind and understanding. The other one has been hard-hearted and harsh, "Hope you're feeling better. If you miss too many class days, it'll hurt your grade," she says, after I tell her I can't drive, the buses don't go from here to there, and it'll take other students a five-hour round trip to give me a ride.

My whole schedule's screwed up as a result of this injury and I'm quite behind on school (16 days after)--though I've done everything for the teacher who's been kind to me.

When I asked her about taking an incomplete on this class, instead of saying no ... which I would've understood, incompletes mean work for the teacher long after the class is over ... she went straight to the Dean to block any chance that I might. You don't usually go right to do the Dean. Though maybe at this school you do.

They say my only option is take an F and withdraw, then retake the class next fall. Fuck that. Pay for the class twice? Even if I have to miss every session from here on out, it'll only cost 6% of my grade.

More than that, I'd never retake this class. It's a small school. I'd rather spend three more sessions with her, then look forward to ten classes with her in the future.

Four more sessions of this class, and then I never see her again. I'm looking forward to putting her in my rear view mirror. *flips the mirror up so I don't even have to see her then*
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Got in a car accident tonight. Just back from the hospital.

The x-rays show my foot's fine, just sprained. My car ... didn't look good.

I've resisted getting a cell phone. Really, you don't need one for emergencies because everyone has a cell phone.

But as I sat in that hospital bed, bored out of my scull, I thought of all the things I could be doing with one of those nifty smart phones. I could be checking my email. Looking at Yuletide prompts to start writing Treats. I could complaining to my friends about how bored I was, waking people in the middle of the night.

As it was, I contented myself with mantras and playing with the hand sanitizer.

I was reduced to playing with hand sanitizer.
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I signed up for Yuletide in 2012.

I defaulted.

I never default. Backed out of my first ever challenge (the Snape FQ Fest back in 2003) because I didn't know how to do them, and one year out of eight SGA Santas I had a personal situation.

But otherwise, in ten years of Ron challenges, Blame Somebody Else challenges, SG-1 challenges, SGA Gen Fic challenges, SGA Flashfic, Percy Ficathons ... I never missed.

The engine died on Yuletide. For no reason.

No, I didn't get the impossible fandom.

No, the prompt was fine.

I drifted, completely uninspired.

Hovering around Yuletide for years, it seems like everyone else has fun. I don't know why I didn't enjoy it. After my experience defaulting ... I haven't wanted to try again unless I was absolutely sure.

But this year there was a micro-fandom I wanted to try. It was possible. When I tried to sign up though, I couldn't offer more than three. Fandom number four, there just wasn't anything I'd be willing to write.

And I had defaulted before.

I debated back and forth. Was it worth a shot this year? No one had requested my micro-fandom, so it seemed unlikely I'd get matched on it.

Dithering too long, buried under schoolwork ... I missed the deadline.

Am so disappointed. I feel like this was the one year Yuletide might've worked for me.

Feeling really down in the dumps about this. Anyone out there?
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I discovered my childhood favorite (and [personal profile] astolat's and [profile] tafkarfanfic's) Battle of the Planets is the American version of the 1972 Japanese anime classic, Gatchaman.

Now I'm marrying the two canons, or trying to.

Gatchaman
Gatchaman is so iconic in Japan )

Battle of the Planets
In 1978, the Americans created Battle of the Planets. But they decided to not try to translate it. They just hired writers to watch the shows and make up their own scripts.

Not all of their decisions are bad. )

However, making up the scripts from watching the series ... Battle of the Planets lost the backstory. As a result we lose the narrative arc, especially in the character growth of Mark/Ken.

So I'm working on marrying Gatchaman's backstory to Battle of the Planets.

What's missing from Battle of the Planet's character arc
In the original series, in the first thirty episodes or so, Mark's learning how to be a leader.

1) First he tries to go it alone like he doesn't have a team )

Very different shows. Can the characterizations of BotP be grafted onto the character development and story arc of Gatchaman? With Jason, I think so. At about 60 episodes (of 108) in, I think that it's possible, if we consider Gatchaman to be the story of Mark's early days, and the Battle of the Planet's Mark the more adult version of him, after he's gone through a lot of maturing.

The big character change in Mark comes at around 40 episodes in. More in the next Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets post.
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I discovered my childhood favorite (and [personal profile] astolat's and [profile] tafkarfanfic's) Battle of the Planets is the American version of the 1972 Japanese anime classic, Gatchaman.

Gatchaman is so iconic in Japan )

In 1978, the Americans created Battle of the Planets. But they decided to not try to translate it. They just hired writers to watch the shows and make up their own scripts.

Not all of their decisions are bad. )

However, making up the scripts from watching the series ... Battle of the Planets lost the backstory. As a result we lose the narrative arc, especially in the character growth of Mark/Ken.

So I'm working on marrying Gatchaman's backstory to Battle of the Planets.

In the original series, in the first thirty episodes or so, Mark's learning how to be a leader.

1) First he tries to go it alone like he doesn't have a team )

Very different shows. Can the characterizations of BotP be grafted onto the character development and story arc of Gatchaman? With Jason, I think so. At about 60 episodes (of 108) in, I think that it's possible, if we consider Gatchaman to be the story of Mark's early days, and the Battle of the Planet's Mark the more adult version of him, after he's gone through a lot of maturing.

The big character change in Mark comes at around 40 episodes in. More in the next Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets post.
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Have been over-commenting in [personal profile] astolat's journal, as she's pretty much the only person to write my first fandom love, Battle of the Planets. As a kid, I loved this show so much, I'd get up--in summer vacation--at 6am to watch.

I've discovered that it's the American version of the 1972 anime classic, Gatchaman (does this make me cool? I think that's definitely cool). The Americans who bought the distribution rights never bothered to get Japanese translators. Instead, they had writers watch the show and "figure it out." The resulting off-the-mark scripts and lack of backstories changed the characterizations.

Gatchaman has a real, honest-to-God, narrative arc. Character development that never happened in Battle of the Planets. (Oh, and Gatchaman doesn't have the loathsome, badly animated, talk-down-to-the-kiddies robot character, 7-Zark-7, added to deal with what the US cut for the censors... cut to speed up action... and to add sexual innuendo, because, nothing says appropriate cartoon fare than sexual innuendo.) Yes, there are superficial differences, character names changed, a young character bowdlerized, the baddies are on another planet for Battle of the Planets while on Earth for Gatchaman, so the world-building's different.

But the big difference is the main character. Enough that I'm enjoying the heck out of Gatchaman and thinking ... can I bring this narrative arc into Battle of the Planets?

It's a fandom puzzle. Can I marry the character arc of Gatchaman to Battle of the Planets?

Oh sure, I could just write Gatchaman fic. But where's the fun in that?

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Any betas out there?

Yes, I am SGA Santa obsessed. I'm so happy it's back, I've already got the rough outlines of one fic, and finished another. (Shh, it's okay if my recipient gets two fics.)

So. First draft of SGA Santa fic, a little shy of 5,000 words. Lots of action and excitement. Gen with implied pre-slash.

What it needs is a little help on the conclusion (it's weak, I know), and there's a scene that I should probably delete ... but maybe it needs it? If so, it has to be longer. There are jump-cuts in time that I need to be sure are clear.

Then once the pieces are in place, the next draft (hopefully?) needs the electronic polisher.
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Siennavie kindly reopened signups for a Round Two.

We've already added a dozen more authors--and there's still time!

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SGA Santa continues for its eleventh straight year.
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Signups close today for SGA Santa. I'm so glad Siennavie reopened them for us!

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I've been far out of fandom for some time. Many reasons for it, but right now I'm in grad school, working, and deep into many, many projects. All of which take Time.

Yet I never miss the SGA Santa. Not if I can help it.

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[personal profile] scribblinlenore points out that this is the ten year anniversary of the SGA Fandom! What better way to celebrate than ...

...SGA Santa!

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I'm there.
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Having just found out about the new Secret Santa challenge, I spoke with the mod (pleaded, begged...).

There was another person who'd missed the deadline. So [profile] siennavie took pity on us and opened up a "round two" for the sign-ups.

http://sga-secretsanta.livejournal.com/482.html

YES! My sign-up's already in! Spread the word!
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There's a new SGA Santa exchange -- AND NOBODY TOLD ME???

I went back to the old SGA Santa comm to wistfully kick cans, wishing it weren't over, just ... hopeful ... that this year Alyse had changed her mind.

Maybe it was instinct.

Maybe it was an old friend rereading my fic for her from last year.

I can't do Yuletide. I tried. Random micro-fandoms don't work for me. I'm too much a fandom monogamist.

And there was the announcement. A new SGA Secret Santa comm!

I rushed over to sign up.

The last day to sign up was last week.

Not even exaggerating when I say I'm heartbroken and on the verge of tears.
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Took forever for me to finish, but in response to a friend, at long last:

How To Decorate

Final phase: Now. Where to put the furniture...?

So you know what you're going to do in your place. You know what you need to be comfortable. And you know the styles you like. And as synedochic suggested I've listed official "designer" terms to make those styles searchable.

Now it's time to draw your layout and decide where to put your furniture.

Homework:
1 - Measure your place. (Oh! And measure your larger pieces of furniture.)
2 - Now sketch the shape of your place (on graph paper if you like), marking the length of each wall.
3 - From the list of what you want to do in your place (eat, sleep, read, entertain, exercise, tap dance), pencil in areas for each of those activities. Draw a circle demarking the areas for each activity and label them.
4 - Then draw where, within those areas, what you already own will go (consider first things like, oh, grand pianos that can only go in one or two spots).

A drawing helps you use your space intelligently.

Read more... )

Pencil in areas for each of your planned activities from phase one.

Read more... )

The graph paper helps you see the space as fluid.

Read more... )

What are you going to use to shape the room?

Read more... )

Pick your colors according to the mood you want to create.

Read more... )

Now place (draw) furniture in the activity areas according to what works for your activities.

Read more... )

Consider line of sight.

Read more... )
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Shoe shopping, a fetish, or a weird Chinese pass?

A Chinese fellow in a prim button down shirt and slacks flagged me as I left work the other day. Wanted to know all about my shoes.

Assuming he was shopping for his wife, I rattled on for a while, "They're Hush Puppies. Very comfortable. I've had them for, oh, gosh, fifteen years? Haven't really taken care of them."

He wanted the name of the type of shoe. Okay, I pulled the shoe off and found the name, getting an odd, overly interested vibe here. But he was Chinese, so who knew?

He didn't write the name down, and closed with:

"They look nice because you have such pretty feet."

Bwah? Uh. Thank you?

So ... foot fetish? Cultural shoe thing? Inept pass? Totally appropriate Chinese compliment that comes out strange in English? Someone who's awkward in any culture?
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Spilled Grape Nuts on the floor.

First Rothy came by and nibbled some.
Then Junior.

Cats eat Grape Nuts?

Somehow, I can't see Post cereal turning this into a plus. "Tastes as good as cat food!"
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A site called http://www.ebooks-tree.com is scraping fic from AO3 and apparently selling a subscription to access it. (Though some people say it may be clickbait where you go in circles trying to access the culled content. Wouldn't risk my credit card number to find out.)

Here'a how to file a DMCA complaint asking them to take down your content.

AO3 knows about it and OTW is discussing what to do.

In the meantime, AO3 says it will help to lock your fics to registered users on the site. They say they've made it harder to scrape stories, but to stop it altogether they'd have to disable the download feature.

I've locked all my fics. I'll be taking down Out Of Bounds tout suite.

I'm testing a workaround to see if I can render the download feature moot and protect my stories.

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