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"Put down the knife. The night is here
but still is spinning out stars in it's wake
and that stubborn light pools in your heart
warm and nacreous baby
the milk of sighs and dreams"

Shearwater "Backchannels"

If you've known me for a while you know that I periodically find a band to latch onto with the fervor of a thousand kittens in a tuna cannery. So a while back I was listening to Welcome To Nightvale and it came time for "The Weather" which is when they feature a song, usually by an indie artist. The song was "Quiet Americans" by Shearwater and it filled me with a burning need to buy everything they've ever recorded (still working on that; turns out I'm about 18 years late to the party).



This is another one of those bands that has a revolving cast of musicians but always the same primary songwriter. I kind of hope the current crop stays together for a while.

Rumor has it that's Jonathan Meiburg's actual barber in the video, shaving his head at the end. Wonder what that phone call was like: "Can you cut my hair quickly in a weird location?"

Jonathan Meiburg is that very thing that is most important to me in music, a stellar lyricist. If you like that quote at the top of the page, all the lyrics are like that. Listening to them is like rolling around on velvet, but the velvet is socialist, environmentalist and very angry. But still velvet. So... kind of like reading a Cat Valente book but in music form. Also, the dude is an enormous nerd who is super excited about birds. Here he is waxing rhapsodic about grackles:



The lovely voice reading the question is Emily Lee, the keyboard player. She is omnipresent on twitter, a joy to talk to and shares my love of youtube natural history series The Brain Scoop. It's nerd all the way down in Shearwater.

You should listen. Yes you.

Farewell

Jul. 20th, 2015 03:53 am
eustaciavye77: (lord and master)
RIP Samuel T Fuzzbutt III Esq
2000-2015
eustaciavye77: (lord and master)
It isn't obvious how to donate to a particular person's challenge. If you go to my page (https://secure2.convio.net/msaa/site/Donation2;jsessionid=0F8358E720F6BA27CCEAFFDB68735658.app274a?idb=1256320722&df_id=4520&FR_ID=1270&PROXY_ID=1636866&PROXY_TYPE=20&4520.donation=form1) and click on "Donate to MSAA" in the upper right, those donations go toward my challenge.
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I've decided to do a Swim for MS challenge in June. Here's a link to my personal fundraising page for details: http://support.mymsaa.org/site/TR/Events/SwimforMS2014-15?px=1636866&pg=personal&fr_id=1270

Feel free to pass this around!
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Anyone wanna buy my desk? I don't need it and I don't want to move it - $75 obo, I've got pictures or you can come over and look.

What about my crock pot? I don't use it so I don't want to move that either. It's huge, very nice, $20 obo.

Cat update

Aug. 19th, 2013 11:03 am
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Sam isn't doing well. The chemo has been ineffective so far and he's been eating less and less. He's back down to the weight he was at when I got him from the shelter and he was a skinny stray. The vet is being amazing and trying anything and everything to stabilize him. We've got more vet appointments scheduled and one possible treatment option left.

I'm still hoping he'll pull through, but I wanted to let people know in case there's anyone out there who wants to make sure they see him while he's still himself.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] elionwyr at Wanna help s00j and Heather Dale and Tricky Pixie and and and..?
Originally posted at http://omnisti.livejournal.com/19805.html:

~~~

Hello, my friends. I got a gentle reminder to post this to LJ, since not everyone is on FB...

Our little music collective has applied for a $250,000 grant, and you can help us qualify for it.

I just need 250 votes in the system at http://missionsmallbusiness.com" to get into the running, but I think a few extra votes would show them just how much this could affect our little Touring Music Collective ( Sj Tucker, Heather Dale, Alexander James Adams, Marian Call, Wendy Rule, Tricky Pixie, GB Mojo, The Traveling Fates, and maybe a little help for Frenchy and the Punk.) Like, vote, then share this link, spread the word.

How do you vote for us? Go to http://missionsmallbusiness.com and log in with a facebook account, then search for "Touring Music" in the "Business Name" field. You shouldn't need a city or state, but I used our office address in Redmond, Washington as the base location. That might help if it doesn't come up with a basic search for some reason.

If you don't have a facebook account, you can help spread the word by asking friends and family to vote on your behalf.

All votes must be in by June 30th. That's only a few days away.


(As of this posting, they're at 233 votes! GO MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN!!)
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

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Some of you already know that my grandpa is in the hospital. I went to NY to stay with my parents this weekend and see a concert in NYC and when I arrived I found out that grandpa had been admitted to a hospital earlier that day with MRSA which may have infected the bone. Not the welcome I was expecting. I still went to the concert which was awesome (I'll write more about it later) but the weekend became a flurry of calls to and from Florida. First he was going to get out on Saturday night with a pic line installed to get IV antibiotics at home. Then they couldn't make that work so they were going to do a line directly to his chest and let him out tonight. Well today we learned that being on blood thinners causes problems with invasive procedures so they are taking him off blood thinners and trying again tomorrow. Meanwhile they have also found what may be cancer on his arm. I still have high hopes that he will recover and be back and home where he will eventually die peacefully in his sleep as a man like him deserves but this _could_ go the wrong way. Tonight I want to get down some thoughts about my grandfather and tell you all about him when he's still alive. This will also serve as notes for when the time comes to give a eulogy because I'm sure when that time comes, I won't be able to think straight to write anything.

Read more... )
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Speak Out With Your Geek Out
So, the various nerdish Twitter feeds I follow have been afire this week about an article written by Alyssa Bereznak on the online Gizmondo magazine regarding her experience of the OK Cupid dating site and her meeting with Jon Finkel, world Magic:The Gathering champ of ten years ago. Normally I'd link, but as the author of the article gets paid per click, I'd rather not contribute to her pay packet for what was at best a badly written filler piece and at worst, a mean-spirited attack and link bait. For those who are wondering what she said, however, here's a direct cut and paste quote of the article, under the cut.

My Brief OkCupid Affair With a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player )

The Australian version of the same article was actually worse, but includes a disclaimer from Gizmodo:

My OkCupid Affair With A World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player )

Okay, context established. Jon Finkel himself took to Twitter to post his version of the dates, which is collected in one easy to read version:

Jon's response )

Mountains out of moleholes, basically, with Alyssa apparently being stuck for subject matter and seemingly deciding to go after Gawker/Gizmodo's demographic in an effort to ratchet up her page views. There's a lot of very good articles in rebuttal, take your pick:

“My Brief OkCupid Affair With a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player” UGH UGH UGH by kiala

How A Girl Named Alyssa Stepped on The Internet’s Last Nerve by Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts

The Science of Gawker's Nerd Baiting by Paul Tassi

Don't Be A Jerk by The Nerdy Bird/Jill Pantozzi

An Open Letter To Gizmodo Regarding Alyssa Bereznak And Her "OKCupid" Article. by Geek Girl Diva

Alyssa Bereznak Just Reminded Us That Women Can Be Predators Online Too by Elly Hart (Gizmodo Australia)

Re: My Brief OkCupid Affair With a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player by Pop Culture Monster

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Date Alyssa Bereznak by Geek Mom/Ruth Suehle

and finally, the Dork Tower response by John Kovalic

So, back to the original title of this post. In this article, Monica Valentinelli suggests a "let your nerd hang out" celebration as a more constructive response instead of the rather ugly trolling that's going on in the comments of the original article (and remember, trollers, each click earns Alyssa money, so well done there, d'uh). In Monica's words:

SPEAK OUT WITH YOUR GEEK OUT

Sometime during the week of Monday, September 12th to Friday, September 16th post about what geeky hobby you love. Then, tell us why we should try it, too. Leave your fears (and edition wars) at the door. Forget about your latest rant. Tap into that well of positive energy and share in the excitement of all things geek.

Let us invite those who would stereotype us to sit at our table and share our interests.


Sounds like a great idea to me. Who's in?

(There's also a Facebook page, for those who book the face.)

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This song was not written with the current crisis in mind, in fact its 25 years old. But still it feels timely:



lyrics )
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Fron Kythrene, by way of Browngirl

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

Edit, Tuesday afternoon: Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has signal-boosted, offered resources, emailed me, and otherwise been willing to help. Our friend is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Amy and I are driving over to New York tomorrow afternoon so we can provide support in person, and we are working on plans to help our friend and her daughter get back on their feet once the custody case is over.

(If you would be interested in donating an item or service to a fundraising auction in the near future, please let me know. Our friend is a talented artist and a wonderful mother to a beautiful little girl who deserves a safe home, and it wouldn't take much to make a huge difference in their lives.)
eustaciavye77: (...heaving breaths...)
We cut because we care. Eventually I may edit these and put them on a professional blog.

I have very strong opinions on this topic. After 10 years in the field, I'm allowed to )
eustaciavye77: (...heaving breaths...)
We cut because we care. Eventually I may edit these and put them on a professional blog.

I have very strong opinions on this topic. After 10 years in the field, I'm allowed to )
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Since the russian government has decided to hate on LJ or some such, I figure I should back up my journal. I know there are instructions on how to transfer everything over to dreamwidth and I have an invite to make an account there. Does anyone have a link to the instructions?
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Since the russian government has decided to hate on LJ or some such, I figure I should back up my journal. I know there are instructions on how to transfer everything over to dreamwidth and I have an invite to make an account there. Does anyone have a link to the instructions?
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A few years ago I bought an album. It instantly went into heavy rotation in my car and in my house. Sometimes I'd listen to it back to back to back all day. Then, somehow, I lost the CD.

Yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and purchase it again off itunes. Once again I found myself listening to it over and over. I haven't really put anything else on since the download finished.

The album in question is "Winter Pays for Summer" - the second solo album by Glen Phillips, better known as the frontman of Toad The Wet Sprocket. Toad was one of my favorite bands in high school and college. I saw them live just in time; the band split a few months after that concert (though rumour has it they are touring again but not releasing new music, they just tour with their old stuff). Glen has put out 4 solo recordings. I have three of them and am trying to locate the fourth. Even if I find it, I doubt it will usurp "Winter... " as my favorite. Its one of a handful of recordings that invariably instigates a good mood. Much like SJ Tucker's "Mischief" and Patrick Wolf's "The Bachelor" it seems to restore my sense of faith in humanity. Here for your perusal are a couple of videos. The first is my favorite song off the album: "Cleareyed" - this is the album version with a montage video because I could not find a decent live performance



And now a live performance of "Thankful" - no embedding allowed so click the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDoms_25Qc0

For those who care, the man's geek cred is undeniable; he wrote an EP about space travel which, if I am not mistaken, suggests sex in a space elevator.
eustaciavye77: (infinite love and ink)
A few years ago I bought an album. It instantly went into heavy rotation in my car and in my house. Sometimes I'd listen to it back to back to back all day. Then, somehow, I lost the CD.

Yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and purchase it again off itunes. Once again I found myself listening to it over and over. I haven't really put anything else on since the download finished.

The album in question is "Winter Pays for Summer" - the second solo album by Glen Phillips, better known as the frontman of Toad The Wet Sprocket. Toad was one of my favorite bands in high school and college. I saw them live just in time; the band split a few months after that concert (though rumour has it they are touring again but not releasing new music, they just tour with their old stuff). Glen has put out 4 solo recordings. I have three of them and am trying to locate the fourth. Even if I find it, I doubt it will usurp "Winter... " as my favorite. Its one of a handful of recordings that invariably instigates a good mood. Much like SJ Tucker's "Mischief" and Patrick Wolf's "The Bachelor" it seems to restore my sense of faith in humanity. Here for your perusal are a couple of videos. The first is my favorite song off the album: "Cleareyed" - this is the album version with a montage video because I could not find a decent live performance



And now a live performance of "Thankful" - no embedding allowed so click the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDoms_25Qc0

For those who care, the man's geek cred is undeniable; he wrote an EP about space travel which, if I am not mistaken, suggests sex in a space elevator.

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