Playlist of songs for which there are works

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:24 pm
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Direct link or see below.

Enjoy! I will add to it as pinch hits or treats come in. Some songs have more than one work! This may be a spoiler to what you're getting as a gift: click advisedly.

Regarding the fandom page at the collection
You may notice that the collection presently reads 49 works, 12 fandoms. Current AO3 wrangling policy is that unrevealed works are not wrangled. However, one of our participants who is also a wrangler has kindly agreed to wrangle the fandoms immediately at the time of reveals. I am also happy to consider any suggestions for additional aides to provide to ensure you can find what you're looking for.

Please see previous posts for outstanding pinch hits. Treats are also very welcome.


Sunday, May 28th, 2017 02:05 am
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1. I finished the story!!! \0/ I don't think I've ever completed a piece of original fiction before, so this is very exciting.

2. I read this book and it's kind of funny, because--I have watched a ton of murder TV, right. I have watched so much of it that [personal profile] starlit_purple made me stop for awhile because I was becoming too paranoid about serial killers. But for all of that time spent, I've never been good at actually solving the cases myself unless it's super, super obvious. (My sister, though. When we marathoned Major Crimes together I'd already seen the episodes once and I think there was only one episode that she got wrong. I asked her to teach me, but her reasoning was always something fucking random like "his shirt was orange and his pants were brown.") What I am good at is remembering plots, which can get especially repetitive in murder stories. So I'm reading this book, and maybe a third of the way in I'm like "oh! I know this one!" The first time I saw it I remember thinking it was really clever (I was also like... fourteen, so.) And I actually figured out who did it, because the book was angling so hard for it to be one of three guys that it had to be the fourth one.

Post-Deadline Pinch Hits

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 05:11 pm
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The assignment deadline is past. I gave some extensions, so if you do not have a gift and do not appear as a pinch hit, feel free to check with me - - as to when your gift may appear.

Pinch hit #8 still needs a writer - please claim it at that post or by email.

See below for four further pinch hits (please reply here or email to claim).
Pinch hit #10 - fic, art )

Pinch hit #11 - fic )

Pinch hit #12 - CLAIMED )

Pinch hit #13 - CLAIMED )

Pinch hits are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June. (Countdown)

I will shortly post a playlist of all songs for which a work has been posted (updated as treats & pinch hits come in, of course).

The deadline is fast approaching!

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 06:39 pm
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As a reminder, assignments and all currently assigned pinch hits are due tomorrow, May 28, at 11:59 PM EST.

Pinch hits: I had intended to send out one group of pinch hits tomorrow morning, but as there have only been a handful, and most of those are (oddly enough) for people who are double assigned, I am now inclined to just send out all of them on Monday morning. That said, I'll make a decision on that based on what comes in overnight, and edit this post accordingly when I get up tomorrow. If I do post some pinch hits tomorrow morning, it will likely be around 8 AM EST. ETA: All pinch hits will indeed be posted Monday morning, as none came in over night and it will be easier for me to do all of them at once instead of two today and the rest tomorrow.

Pinch hits #8 and #9 and approaching deadline

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:09 am
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Your assignment is due in ~6 hours, or according to this countdown.

There are two new pinch hits. Please email or reply in a comment (please include your AO3 name and your email) to claim them:

Pinch hit #8 - fic )

Pinch hit #9 - CLAIMED )

Pinch hits #5 and up are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June. (Countdown).

Treats can be posted freely until reveals (collection will then be set to moderated).

Loki Poe

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 09:24 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in welcoming this Caturday’s Star Kit, Loki Poe. He is 9 weeks old from Petaluma, CA.

Loki Poe

Loki Poe announced himself by walking straight up to the kennel bars by stepping on two other kittens to be seen! He lives to sit on my shoulder and sleep under my chin.

Loki Poe

He is rambunctious, loving and follows us from room to room. I’ve had many kittens but Loki is by far the most loving, even-tempered little ball of fur I’ve ever seen!

Loki Poe

Doctor Who

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 08:39 pm
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I've had like two hours sleep and a really long day where I couldn't stop worrying on a trivial thing, so my focus is not the best, and my thoughts uncomplicated.

That was very much a middle.

And the entire fate of the world continues to hang on the Doctor's tech being worse than what is promised by currently available phone apps.

Children's stories

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 10:36 am
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 Favourite Oswin (age 3) moment this week.

Picking up a book of wild flowers and sitting down to read it (she loves flowers of every kind), we heard her 'reading' aloud:
"Once upon a time, there was a bluebell..."

this week

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 01:15 am
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It's been a couple of rough weeks at work. I compensated with buying a lot of things and now I own like... fifteen shades of lipstick and a couple new shirts because if I'm gonna suffer that much to make the money I'm gonna buy myself some nice things with it. (In my defense, Colourpop has a buy two get one free deal and also a free mini lipstick for every so many dollars, so I didn't go thaaaaat overboard.) (Also whoever told me that I should never wear stripes was wrong.)

I went and applied for a job today!! It's full time, a two minute walk from my apartment, and is during the daytime. I really hope I get an interview because I'm super over working 10 hour days because no one wants to come to work. (I mean, I could say no, but when I am the person who is going to be stuck understaffed I would want someone to stay for me, and I feel like that should go both ways.) I'm not sure how many applicants they got, but. We'll see.

In other news, my familyex story has gone from "fuck fuck fucking fuck" to "oh hey, I got this." I'll finish it up tomorrow, which is a little closer than I like to cut these things, but it'll be done on time for sure. I could even see it being the start of a longer work, somewhere down the line.
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I’ve heard a lot of advocates of inclusion say things like “kids with disabilities work twice as hard as everyone else” or “my employees with Down’s syndrome never come in late or take a day off.”

This sounds like praise, but it isn’t.

The time disabled people spend working twice as hard as everyone else has to come from somewhere.

There are reasons why kids aren’t in school every waking moment. There is a reason why vacation time exists and why it’s normal to be late occasionally.

People need rest. People need leisure time. People have lives and needs and can’t do everything.

Being disabled doesn’t erase the need for down time. Being disabled doesn’t erase the need for play, or for connections to other people.

Working twice as hard as everyone else all the time isn’t sustainable. Praising disabled people for doing unsustainable things is profoundly destructive.

People with disabilities should not have to give up on rest, recreation, and relationships in order to be valued. We have limited time and energy just like everyone else, and our limitations need to be respected.

It is not right to expect us to run ourselves into the ground pretending to be normal. We have the right to exist in the world as we really are.


Friday, May 26th, 2017 10:29 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in meeting and greeting today’s Star Kit, Bellmont. She is 6 weeks old from Richmond, Virginia.


A friend heard her meowing and scratching in the wall of her apartment and finally got her landlord to cut her out of the wall after 3 days.

In the pits of my own making

Friday, May 26th, 2017 04:38 pm
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One of a variety of related thoughts I keep coming back to is Nietzsche's line that you can put up with almost any how as long as you've got a why. Sometimes I guess you put up with the how kinda hoping that the why comes together somewhere down the line. Or else hoping that it doesn't fall apart ... any more than it has already fallen apart. But you're probably not gonna get bit by as many mosquitoes before you come inside to look at random shit on the internet ... or else write something, although you're not really sure why you're doing that either, so. (On one hand, guilt is a terrible motivator. On the other hand, "I'll feel worse if I don't than if I do" (let alone "things will be worse") is not completely lacking in motivational force, even when you feel like if you do it probably isn't going to work out very well anyway.)

Others of those related thoughts have to do with laziness, e.g. how the relation between laziness and things like learned helplessness (where "learned helplessness" may or may not be taken as a technical term) is something like the relationship I was on about between cowardice and anxiety--i.e., you could see them as two ways of describing the same thing, or you could see the latter as a cause of the former ... or you could insist that they're different. What is laziness? Obviously, to begin with, avoidance of work, of effort ... the "harder" the work is the more laziness resists it. But is laziness that, or is laziness a particular kind of psychological inclination to avoid effort ... and if so, what could that possibly be? It strikes me that one interesting thing about laziness as a vice is that it easily lends itself to the ancient style of thinking about vices and virtues in that I think people tend to think that the opposite of the lazy person--I'm not sure there's one good word for the virtue that's the opposite of laziness--is someone who isn't just willing to make an effort and work hard but who actually enjoys working hard. (It's pretty easy to start formulating explanations of why this is, having to do with the fact that (in, uh, social arrangements with which I am most familiar) work is normally done for others, and those others--starting with your parents--tend, if you're unhappy about working for them, to be unhappy with you, whether out of guilt for making you work or out of some kind of righteous anger at your ungratefulness either for being given work or at being asked to work for what you're given (and (obviously?) that righteous anger may sometimes or often or usually be a product of guilt).

Saying that laziness especially avoids "hard" work of course brings me back to the problem of what "hard" means ... although come to think of it I'm not sure I ever put down here what I was thinking about that a couple of years ago when someone said something about living at the cottage through the winter being "hard" ... I said it wasn't hard; it was just a matter of doing the things that needed to be done to get through it, and either that was possible or it wasn't, and as long as it was possible you just kept doing it until it was done. Which reminds me of digging a really big rock out of the ground today. For a while I really wasn't sure it was possible for me to get it out, but I was determined that if it was possible I was going to do it, and eventually I did it. Obviously getting that rock out of the ground was harder than getting most rocks out of the ground. I could've looked at it as being hard, and I could've given up because it was too hard. But I wasn't looking at it like that--I wasn't looking at it in terms of hard and easy; I was looking at it in terms of impossible and possible. I've always thought of getting through my PhD dissertation in the same kind of way. Like I always used to say, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other until it was done. (With, uh, a lot of lying down on the ground along the way, but y'know.) It didn't seem hard; it just seemed like a thing I was going to keep doing until it was done. (Why all the lying down on the ground along the way, then, though? See, this is all not so simple.) I guess I'd venture that what might make me look at things in terms of hard and easy as opposed to impossible and possible is if they hurt ... in a way that is not very simple either, because sometimes physical pain counts as hurting in the relevant sense and sometimes it doesn't. And this takes us back to that old boa constrictor, which makes things that are very very possible also very very painful--hard as fuck in terms of hard and easy, "easy" as hell in terms of possible and impossible. (So, right then, anxiety is to laziness as anxiety is to cowardice. Excellent.)

Currently at Havelock: 16.8. High today: 18.2.

Arrowverse: If 2151 is Reverse Flash’s origin

Friday, May 26th, 2017 09:25 pm
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Eobard Thawne’s personal timeline was logically impacted by the Legends when they got the Armageddon virus released five years early, in 2147. That meant it’s before instead of after his birth. Mass casualties would decimate a different set of people, potentially killing his parents, definitely removing people he would otherwise know.

Per Degaton’s reign was accelerated and if his reach was truly global Eobard grew up under his rule, or rather Savage’s, after the betrayal. He’d have been 15 in 2166, when the Legends took out Savage. He’d be 24 in 2175 when the Time Masters say the Thanagarians invade.

... do they still do that?
I have no idea how that end of time is meant to look now.

But what could it have looked like before?

Read more... )

Still, the future the Legends fought to change might have very little resembled the one Thawne came from.

Or it might have all the clues to piece together a number of interesting personalities for him...
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Posted by JenniferP

Hi Captain,

So, I’ve been attending a salsa dance class the last few months. The class is structured so that you are welcome to come as a single person, and the participants shuffle through partners throughout the class. It’s a lot of fun and the men are generally pretty respectful and appropriate.

My problem is that a young man has been attending the last two weeks, and while he is very polite, his body odor is HORRENDOUS. I really cannot overstate how bad it is. By the middle of class he is sweating profusely, such that there is perspiration dripping off of his nose, and yes, onto his dancing partners (or at least *this* dancing partner, which is my main concern).

I really don’t want dance with him, but I don’t know how to refuse or what to do about it without being rude. I can totally see his attendance in this class as a suggested “assignment” from a therapist or other advice giver (such as yourself!) to get out there and be around people, even if it’s something he’s not comfortable doing.

Do you have any scripts that I can use? I do want to be kind.

~Dreading Dance Class

(She/her pronouns)

Dear Dreading Dance Class,

I’ve gotten a lot of “how do I tell someone they smell” and a lot of “how do I deal with this awkward dance partner” questions that I haven’t answered yet – thanks for this question that lets me combine both!

You don’t have to dance with him (or with anyone that you don’t want to) and if his turn as your partner gets a “No thank you/Not this time/Oh, sorry, I need to use the rest room/catch my breath/make a quick phone call” for now while you work up to talking to him about it, that’s okay. This is as true for The Dance Partner Who Never Stops Talking, Too Much Perfume Lady, and The Brotherhood of the Traveling Hands as it is for Febreezio The Fragrant.

Ideally dance teachers and studios should communicate ground rules for class and issue periodic reminders, for example:

  • Dancing means getting really close to people, so we expect that you’ll wear clean clothes and freshen up before class. Don’t forget to brush your teeth/use breath mints, too.
  • Everyone sweats when they dance so please remember to blot/mop yourself up occasionally – handkerchiefs or bandanas are useful for this!
  • Please avoid strong cologne or perfume due to allergies.
  • We like everyone to dance with everyone else and feel welcome, but you can refuse to dance with anyone or sit a dance out for any reason. If someone doesn’t want to dance with you, or sits out a dance, don’t take it personally – in 5 minutes you’ll have a new partner.
  • If you feel like someone is dancing too close here is how you signal that!/Here is how you signal or ask for permission to dance closer.

Of course, posting general “for everyone” rules definitely don’t magically solve the issue. We all know that Sylvia-in-your-office-who-cuts-a-sliver-out-of-each-of-the-free-cookies-in-the-break-room definitely doesn’t think she is the problem when the office manager sends out the “Please can everyone just take the whole cookie from now on? You don’t have to eat the whole thing, but it’s gross when they’ve all been handled and look like there are bites out of them” emailThe office manager needs to send the email and have a “Sylvia, could you please stop doing that” talk.

When you join a scene or a hobby or a workplace or any social enterprise, certain expectations come with that (There is no talking in the Diogenes Club). If Febreezio doesn’t already know that “It’s okay if you are a naturally sweaty person but dancing close to people means doing what you can to manage your sweat”/”Your usual hygiene game is not cutting it for this level of close contact and physical activity” someone in that scene – you, or the teacher, or another old hand – is doing a kindness if they tell him directly as soon as possible. Communicating those expectations is not persecution.

He will definitely not enjoy the conversation and not feel good! Nobody likes to get told that they stink! It’s embarrassing! But it will also be wicked embarrassing if everyone suddenly needs to take an urgent phone call when it’s their turn to dance with him.

If you want to have the conversation, pull him aside privately (not on the dance floor) and try this script:

Hey, X, can I talk to you real quick about something awkward? Great.

I’d love to dance with you sometime, but I’ve noticed you don’t smell so great today and you don’t mop up when you get sweaty. Can you make sure to freshen up before next class, and bring a handkerchief or bandana with you to mop up sweat?

Casting it as a thing you’ve had to deal with personally can help:

“When I first started coming to dance classes I definitely underestimated how sweaty I’d get. I needed to raise my deodorant game for one thing, and I also realized I needed to bring a clean shirt with me to change into between work and coming here. I’ve noticed you having some of the same issues. Can you make sure to freshen up before next class, and bring a handkerchief or bandana with you to mop up sweat?”

Whatever you do, keep it short and treat it like a normal, reasonable request that you think he will want to follow in order to make you more comfortable as a dance partner.

If you talk to the teacher about it, try:

X is new here, and I’ve noticed that he doesn’t smell so good or mop up when he sweats, so I don’t want to dance with him. I don’t want to hurt his feelings and I want him to have fun and be included here. Can you speak to him about it or do you have suggestions for how to approach it with him?

The teacher should take him aside and say something like:

We’re very glad you’re here, but I’ve noticed* some issues with body odor and sweat today. Please take a shower, use deodorant, and please make sure you’re wearing clean clothes before you come to dance lessons next week, it’s part of being a good dance partner. Also, bring a handkerchief or bandana with you to mop up if you get sweaty.” 

Notice the list: Clean clothes, shower, deodorant, bandana to mop sweat. Now is not the time for vague euphemisms like “be more aware of hygiene.” Either the guy doesn’t know he smells, or he does know but he doesn’t have a good practice to make it stop. You’ve come this far into Awkwardtown, might as well be specific and tell him what exactly you’d like him to do.

As for your worries about driving him away from dance class forever, let’s get some perspective: What if a therapist did recommend for him to come here? What if he is really really really nervous about dancing? What if he comes straight from working a really physical job and doesn’t have time to shower and this is his only outlet for exploring the pleasure of dance? What if it’s a medical issue? What if these are his only clothes what if the closest washing machine and shower are 10 miles away from his house and uphill both ways?

Is that really your baggage to take on?

Isn’t it also patronizing to project all of those possible explanations, excuses, and reasons onto other people? After all, he is an adult man who signed up for and attends a dance class, so isn’t it likely that he can:

a) Take steps to clean himself up before doing a social activity (See Jimmy’s trunk full of wet wipes on this week’s Better Call Saul)?

b) Experiment with and adjust his hygiene strategies if it is in fact a medical issue?

c) Handle 5 minutes of awkward conversation about it?

d) Make choices about how he deals with uncomfortable feelings, whether that’s “Clean up a little better so I can enjoy dancing” or “flee forever…too mortifying…ack?”

When someone is doing something that makes you uncomfortable, it’s very easy to get lost in diagnosing all the reasons they might do it. Compassionate people try to walk in the other person’s shoes, and it’s even more pronounced when you factor in how relentlessly women are socialized to protect men’s feelings. But if you avoid a difficult conversation with someone who is making you uncomfortable because you can’t stop worrying about the reasons or stop generating possible excuses for them, it won’t help the person or solve the problem. It will just put you through a lot of emotional labor without making a single thing better for anyone.


*Important: If you are ever a peer or an authority figure who has to deliver embarrassing news to someone, and if it can possibly be avoided, don’t start with “We’ve had complaints” or “Everyone talked about this and we think ____” or “Some people have suggested that you…” I understand the temptation to displace the awkwardness onto the anonymous authority of the group, but it just makes it worse for the person and also risks derailing the conversation with “Who complained?” “What exactly did they say?” The first time you have the conversation with someone, let them save a little face by not making it them vs. the whole group or the whole world. You’re already here delivering the awkward news, so use your “I” statements and own the problem.

Appendix: I’m not a dancer but as a teacher and a manager and a dater and a person with a body, this has been my approach Private Conversations About Smells (And Other Body Awkwardnesses).

Case Studies #1-???: Conversations With Stinky College Students

Odor/hygiene problems are almost always co-morbid with the student falling behind academically, so that’s usually my angle.:

Me: “You’ve been missing a lot of class/You didn’t turn in your last assignment. What’s going on?

If The Stink has crossed to a Truly Problematic place, then I add: “Also, is really awkward and I hate to put you on the spot like this, but I’ve noticed that you don’t seem like your usual self in class lately – you don’t smell good/your clothes aren’t clean – is everything all right?

As you can imagine I find out all kinds of stuff, from “I live in a homeless shelter” to “I don’t know how to do laundry and I’m too embarrassed to ask” to “Showering wastes crucial earth resources and deodorant is just a conspiracy from Big Pharma to make us CONFORM!” … to depression, grief, sexual assault, and other really hard stuff, so I never, never assume what the problem is.


  • Obviously, deadline re-negotiation and referrals to many campus resources for the hard stuff.
  • For the “Oh, Buddy” Freshmen: “Have you Googled ‘how do I do laundry?’ “No” “Maybe try that? Oh look, here’s a couple of tutorials” “Ok!” “Cool, I don’t want to smell you next week.” “LOL, you got it.”
  • For the “I’m stinky FOR THE EARTH, DEAL WITH MY RIGHTEOUS STENCH” student I’ve had luck with “I get that but if I can smell you from here it’s gotten out of hand for what’s okay in a small classroom or working on a film crew in close quarters. Can you research some environmentally-friendly solutions or schedule the weekly bath for right before my class? I’d sure appreciate it.”

Case Studies: SexyTimes Stink! 2000-present day

Brevity and directness are kindness:

  • I’d very much like to put my _____ on your _____ or your _____ in my _____ but I think you/I/we both need a shower first.
  • Oof, it’s a little funky down here. Can we pick this up after a shower? Awesome.

If you’re close enough to someone that you’re going to put your ______ on their ______, then you’re close enough to say “Bodies are gross sometimes, let’s agree to take mitigating measures.

Case Studies In Which I Was A Manager Of Someone With Awkward Hygiene Stuff

Script/Mad Lib:

“Hey, this is awkward and I hate to put you on the spot, but [you don’t smell good][you aren’t wearing clean clothes to work][you’re probably not aware but when you lean over in that top your whole chest area and bra can be seen (true story!)][that white shirt is see-through please wear an undershirt][there is some other specific thing about your hygiene or physical aspect that is giving me cause for concern].”

If appropriate:

“Have you noticed that, too? That’s not like you at all, so…[Is there anything going on we should know about][Have you had a medical checkup lately][Visited a dentist to talk about that?][Do you need a couple of days off to catch up on Life Stuff like laundry?][Need to make a Target run for something that doesn’t have holes in it before our client meeting?]”

As with students, people who had difficult life reasons got referred to whatever resources could be had, and everyone got a “Hey, this is informal right now – I just wanted to check in with you and talk about it before it becomes a real issue. Please [do the stuff we talked about][take a few days to get it together][take another look at the dress code and let me know if something is unclear or seems impossible] and it will go back to being a non-issue.

By way of contrast, here’s a story about what not to do about The Stinky Guy:

Case Study: The Saga of The Smelly Hippie Guy I Shared An Office With For A Year In The Late 1990s Before I Had Therapy/When I Was Still Terrified Of Conflict

Me: :Agonizes for months about whether to say anything:

Him: :continues to stink:

Me: :Complains about him to everyone who would listen…except him.:

Him: :keeps it funky:

Me: :Tries to get my office moved: :Have a choice of sticking with stinky-but-quiet guy or sharing with a lady I hate who never stops talking: 

Me: :polls my work friends at length re: The Noise or the Funk?:

Me: (sigh) :inertia + Funk:

Him: :wavy stink lines come off him sometimes:

Me: :executes a complex series of trades with everyone in the office until I am his Secret Santa: 

Me: :gives THE GIFT OF TINY FANCY MAN-SOAP & DEODORANT: (We travel a lot for our work so this can be played off as “I got you some awesome travel supplies!”)

Him: “Sweet! Thanks! Hahaha! Are you saying I stink?”

Me: “Hahahaha no. No. Hahahaha. No. Why would you think that?

Him: “Right on!” :gift disappears into desk drawer:

Also Him: :rocks on with his funky self:

Me: :Periodically checks his desk drawer to see if the soap package has been opened or moved:

(It hasn’t moved)

(It never moves)

Him: “I’m going to start biking to work, is it cool with you if I have my bike in here?”

Me: “Sure!”

Me: :buys a scented candle and moves it slowly closer to him each day when I burn it:

Office Manager: All Staff Email: “Reminder: No candles or open flames in the office.”

Me: :buys a carved wooden incense burner and some incense from a street vendor down the block. For some reason tell him that I got it on an international trip:

Him: “I like this incense you brought back!”

Office Manager: All Staff Email: “No incense, either! No fire at all!”

Me: :sprays Glade:

Him: “Ugh, could you not spray that stuff? It’s full of chemicals.”

Me: “Oh…ok.”

Him: “Yeah, and also I just can’t stand the way it smells.”


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Another month goes by. It’s my turn to take over our department’s “Word of the Week” email. It’s a fun game so I’ll describe it for any office workers reading: Junior staff would secretly take turns picking an unusual word and gaining bragging points by using the word as much as possible in meetings and office communications throughout the week. Points were awarded based on sophistication and correctness of usage, frequency of use (more points for being the seventh person who says “I think we’ve crossed…the Rubicon… here” in the same meeting than for being the first), whether we could say it without laughing, whether we could make the one Cool Boss who has caught on to the game laugh or (better yet!) use it, and (best of all) whether we could make the expression catch on widely among senior staff.

My words that month: noisome, malodorous, putrescent, fetid.

Him: :adopts some kind of all-rotten egg, all-compost lunch routine:

Also him: :keeps on reekin’ on:

Another month goes by. It’s almost a year to the day that we started sharing an office. In summer. In Washington, D.C. aka SWAMPY MCHUMIDPLACE.

Me: :Walks into our office and gags because it smelled like old socks have been dipped in ball sweat, wrapped around road kill, and slow-roasted over a dung fire:

Me: “DUDE, it’scoolthatyoulikebikingtoworkandeverything but it is getting RANK in here. THERE ARE SHOWERS ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE BUILDING, PLEASE USE THEM!!!! Or bring a change of clothes with you. OR SOMETHING.”

Him: “Whoa!”

Me: (small voice) “I’msorryIdidn’tmeantoyell”

Me: (small voice) “But you stink.”

Him: :smells his own pits: “Wow yeah I am kinda stinky today. Sorry.”

Me: (almost a whisper) “Not just today.”

Him: “There are showers?”

Me: “Yeah! Top floor.”

Him: “Is there a code or a lock or anything I need to know about?”

Me: 7-2-0-1#

Him: “Sweet! I’ll bring a towel with me tomorrow.”

Me: “And…every day?”

Him: “And every day.”

Me: “Thanks.”

Him: “No worries! I hope this wasn’t bothering you all this time?!?”

Me: “Hahahaha…no, of course not. All good. Just…clean yourself.”

Him: “Got it.”

Me: “MaybethatsoapIgotyouisstillinyourdesk?

(It was)

(I had checked 2 days ago)

Him: “GOT it.”

Me: “OkI’mgoingtolunchnow…bye…can I bring you anything back…”

Him: “All good…”

Me: “Ok!”

Him: “Seriously, Jen, it’s all good.

Me: :goes to lunch, brings him back a cookie and a brownie and a coffee:

And lo, he did take regular showers, and behold, a bike makes a pretty good good rack for holding a damp towel, and indeed, when his towel started to get funky I said “Hey time to wash that towel, yeah?” and he smelled it and said “Good grief, yes, I’m sorry!” and we never spoke of it again.

Letter Writer, your conversation with this dancing guy is going to be easier than that, right? Right.






Classic Vids - YouTube

Friday, May 26th, 2017 06:02 pm
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Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

Friday, May 26th, 2017 05:47 pm
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Aww Heck, Not Yet!

Friday, May 26th, 2017 08:45 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


 I popped into the Foster Room yesterday hoping to pick up a set of cuties to bring home. There were several sets of mamas with tiny babies and a few teen cats in need of some socialization, but no little orphan kittens for us.

Things have been pretty busy down there so I would be really surprised if our wait was long at all.

Should they arrive today or tomorrow (the shelter is closed Sunday and Monday) I'll pop over here and share a peek.  We'll blast in on the social media too, of course.

I know you're itchin' for kittens -- I'm sorry we'll be waiting just a wee bit longer!  Hopefully, just a day or so. Stay tuned!

Scary hot

Friday, May 26th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Today's daydream: lady demonstrates superpower, gets reaction like 'wow that's hot'

and I know that sounds like it happens a lot but I was just looking at gifs on tumblr and it's like women with power are scary and hot, but because they're wearing tight whatsits and doing wiggly walk. And like it's their power that is scary and their body that is hot.

I want a lady to be dressed like Winter Soldier and doing the stompy boots murder walk
demonstrate power
and the power is hot.

It feels quite distinct.

Read more... )

I just wanted a guy who'd look at me like Gomez looks at Morticia, specifically because I'd just demonstrated I could kick his arse.

Pinch hit #7 (and #5) - CLAIMED

Friday, May 26th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Pinch hit #5 and pinch hit #7 have now been claimed.

Pinch hit #7 - CLAIMED )

Pinch hits #5 and up are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June (Countdown).

All other assignments are due at 11:59pm EDT Saturday 27th May. (Countdown).

Treats can be posted freely until reveals (collection will then be set to moderated).

Moving! Aaaaaa!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 11:13 pm
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The moving cubes arrive tomorrow. I have them for three business days (one day for arrival, one full day, one day for pickup) plus the intervening weekend.

I intellectually know that I have a whole lot of things sorted and packed, but the fact that I haven't got much in the way of a sensible staging area makes everything very hard to see the progress, and many of my daily-use things are still front and center, even though the closets and cubbies are getting packed and stacked.


We'll be loading the moving cubes, and then I take some important things in my car and drive from the SF Bay Area to the Seattle-Tacoma area. I'll be crashing with my sister for a while; there will be some overlap between me and her boyfriend who is currently staying with her. I'm bringing an air mattress.


All of these things are hard. Occasionally my partner has to remind me that hyperventilating is bad, and maybe that anti-anxiety medication is there for a reason.

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Friday, May 26th, 2017 06:29 am
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It has reached that time of the year when leaving my windows open at night makes my flat much more pleasant
means my neighbours back from the pub drama doesn't even need to raise voices to keep me awake, and then neighbours start getting up and having loud cars around six.

not much sleep yet
but it's lovely weather.

Languages redux

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 09:26 pm
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Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.


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