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Aug. 19th, 2017 07:24 am
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Yesterday started out somewhat more slowly than usual, but the rest of the day was quite full. I left here just after 9 to drive south to the Air BnB where my younger sister and her husband were staying for a few days while she was in Perth for a medical procedure. It's about 13 km from here but it took me about 40 minutes to get there because of traffic plus the fact that I got slightly lost when I was almost there and found myself on a scenic detour in their immediate neighbourhood. (I was tickled to be able to drive along Violet Grove through.)

Almost as soon as I arrived we set off to walk across King's Park. My sister and brother in law were staying just off the western end of the park; we walked almost directly eastwards across the whole park and on to Elizabeth Quay, where we paused briefly to rest before turning around to walk all the way back again by a slightly different route across King's Park, stopping for lunch at a cafe on the western edge of the park. Altogether we covered about 11 km/7 miles. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather; after a week of stiff breezes and lots of rain, yesterday was pretty much perfect for a long walk, being clear and sunny with low humidity and a maximum temperature of around 19C/66F.

A very strange coincidence was that we bumped into my ex-husband not once but twice in King's Park, once on our way to Elizabeth Quay and once on our way back, and both times in almost exactly the same location. Quite amazing considering the size of the park and the number of people there yesterday (probably thousands).

When we got back to the Air BnB we had a cup of tea and rested for an hour or so before setting off to drive to the home of one of my other sisters, the only one who lives in the Perth area. I left my car at the BnB and let my brother in law do the driving; I was very glad I'd done so as we were setting off because it was hitting peak hour and the traffic along the main road near their accommodation was extremely heavy, stop and go for a few kilometres. Once we got to her place we sat outside enjoying the late afternoon sun for a while, until suddenly the sun disappeared behind clouds and it got cold, a reminder that it is still actually winter here.

We moved the party inside and started preparing our various contributed dishes for dinner. The menu was pumpkin soup (bought by me) with hot rolls supplied by one of my sisters, pasta carbonara prepared by my sister at her BnB, and chocolate self-saucing pudding prepared by our hostess while we watched - this pudding is an old family favourite from our childhood. After lots of socialising and catching up with news from the various branches of the family we watched the second half of a very exciting football match which finished with a score of 83 points to 80 points so very close. I don't follow football (Australian or otherwise) but I appreciate the skill and athleticism required for this sport. My sisters both had sweepstakes results resting on this match so they were very interested. (I think it was their team which lost.)

By the time I got home at about 9:45 pm I was exhausted but I slept well and feel fairly refreshed this morning. My sister and brother in law luckily wanted an early night because they planned to leave Perth at about 7 am this morning as she is running a half marathon today at a place about 1 ½ hours drive south. (Yesterday, when she did an 11 km+ walk, was her "rest" day from race training.)

How Do Dogs "See" With Their Noses?

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:00 pm
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You may have heard the expression that dogs 'see with their noses.' But these creature's amazing nasal architecture actually reveals a whole world beyond what we can see. This great illustrates how the dog's nose can smell the past, the future and even things that can't be seen at all. 

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Original Sins

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:34 pm
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This one's not a particularly famous story but it's still an interesting look at Two-Face. It first appeared in Secret Origins Special #1.

Scans under the cut... )

Poem: "The Whole of Civilization"

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm
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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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Bust of Lincoln Destroyed

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:27 pm
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So this happened

The same principle behind this leads to this and this.

I told you so.  I have been saying and saying that when a society starts pulling down statues, it tends to mushroom, because people get it in their heads they can destroy all the art they dislike.  Sure it's tempting.  Everybody loves to pull down something they hate and stomp on it.  That's very gratifying.  But it's a bad idea because it destroys the past and then nobody has nice things for a long time.  It also sucks when other people pull down stuff that YOU like just because THEY don't, and there is probably not one piece of art on the planet which is liked by everyone.  

Seriously, people, stop doing this shit.  Unpopular art can be moved to a place where it won't annoy folks, but destroying it is counter-civilization.

New Books and ARCs, 8/18/17

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:44 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

A very fine collection of new books and ARCs arrived to the Scalzi Compound in the last week, and here’s what they are! See anything you’d like on your own shelves? Tell us all in the comments.


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Robert H. Lustig, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and BrainsRead more... )

Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and VirginiaRead more... )

"Warding gestures*

Aug. 18th, 2017 02:48 pm
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My body: A tiny bit of post-nasal drip leading to slight throat soreness, probably just allerg—

Me: NINE HOURS OF SLEEP, STEAMY SHOWER WITH PINE AND MINT ESSENCE, NASAL RINSE, SALT-WATER GARGLE, ANTIHISTAMINE NASAL SPRAY, STEROID NASAL SPRAY, CLARITIN, AGGRESSIVE TOOTHBRUSHING

My body: —look, forget i said anything, okay?


I refuse to get sick. REFUSE. R E F U S E. J has had a horrid cough for a week and is on antibiotics and prednisone (when they prescribe prednisone to the guy with insomnia, you know it's bad), X is wrapping up a course of antibiotics for a throat infection, and J had to do that for his own throat infection last month. So far I've been fighting off all the respiratory bugs Kit brings home from daycare, but I don't take my ability to do that for granted. And I can't take most antibiotics without serious mood effects because apparently I depend on my gut flora for emotional management, so I have to be extremely diligent about my preventive care.

I'm going to go have spicy curry for lunch and drink some ginger honey tea. Fuck off, germs.

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:33 pm
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"Whenever it’s that level of shocking darkness, I think it gets you in the store. But I also genuinely believe that it’s been a really rough year for everybody, regardless of what political side you’re on. It’s a rough time. People are angry at each other. There’s a lot of divisiveness and terror out there about what’s going to happen, and from all corners. Metal is a story that’s about things that keep me and Greg up. It’s about the ways in which you can find yourself in a story that you didn’t think was possible, and it’s much darker than the one that you thought was inevitable." - Scott Snyder

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Poem: "Lycoris"

Aug. 18th, 2017 03:31 pm
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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Lycoris"


In spring, the strappy green leaves
emerge from the fertile earth
but bring no blossoms.

The leaves turn yellow,
then brown, and fade away.

In summer, surprise!

A sudden resurrection
out of the dry bare ground
raises flower stalks like magic,
pink lilies spreading themselves
in the sun like naked ladies.

* * *

Notes:

Lycoris is a type of lily with many different names including resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked ladies.  Both my parents and I have these, and they're beautiful flowers.

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a picture of an old man holding a stray kitten - cover for a story of a grandfather hiding from his wife a litter of stray kittens and their mother

Grandparents can be total pushovers. Whether its letting the grandkids eat dessert, or stay up late during a sleepover, they obviously have a soft spot. And you're probably thinking back to all the times you've caught this happening in the act. Well, for one grandpa in Puerto Rico, his soft spot wasn't only for his grandkids, but even went so far as to… the animal world! Jimmy, 85 years old, has been secretly raising a litter of stray kittens, what's better? He is doing it secretly behind his wife's back, after she said he couldn't keep them!

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Tagged: kitten , cute , story , Cats

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