Figuring out PM problems!

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:50 am
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Okay, I'm going to try and get to the bottom of our PM troubles, so I am turning them on again for the purpose of this experiment!

We had to turn private messages off because of a really staggering drop rate.  I'm trying to figure out if there's any correlation between the user and what gets dropped, or if the glitch has resolved itself.  I'd appreciate y'all's assistance! ^_^

If you'd like to participate, please send us a PM--the content doesn't matter.  Leave a comment here saying that you've done so, so we can track how many PMs (if any) get lost and never make it to us!  We will respond, both in PM and in comment, and y'all can see how many of our responses actually make it back to you!

Thank you very much! ^_^

--Sneak

Adventures of Genius Cat archive

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:55 am
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[personal profile] novalinium apparently saved local copies of the old Adventures of Genius Cat posts, so for posterity (and in his fluffybutt honor), we're rehosting them here! The file dates are lost; all the posts took place in 2017 at the latest.

a lot of random old tumblr posts of Genius Cat, plus a few photos )
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From CBS News:
Dozens charged in major opioid bust across U.S.
By Brian Pascus
Updated on: April 17, 2019 / 10:36 PM / CBS News

Dozens of people, including 53 medical professionals, have been charged for their alleged participation in the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids and other narcotics, Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services officials said Wednesday. Federal law enforcement and health officials held a press conference in Cincinnati where they announced charges resulting from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force takedown operation that began only four months ago.
'k
[...] According to the indictment, one pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio prescribed over 1.75 million opioid pills
Wait what. Pharmacies can prescribe? Is that a thing? I thought the whole point of pharmacists existing was to separate the prescribing of drugs from the selling of drugs to eliminate the conflict of interest?
The indictment states one doctor in the Western District of Tennessee, who called himself the "Rock Doc," would exchange opioids and benzodiazepines with patients in return for sexual favors.
This is your friendly reminder that if a physician is prescribing medications to someone, the recipient of that prescription is that physician's patient, and a physician having sexual contact with a patient is, depending on jurisdiction, somewhere on the continuum from profoundly unethical to frankly felonious. Further, that someone with an addiction is someone with a mental illness that makes them desperate for relief. This is not an exchange for sexual favors, this is a medical professional sexually extorting the vulnerable mentally ill. Jesus Fucking Christ. This is like saying that a manager "exchanged promotions with subordinates for sexual favors", only worse. There is no sense in which this is a meeting of equals in which consent can obtain.

But all that said, turns out this "Rock Doc" person is not a physician. From The Tennessean:
Young, 43, a Tennessee nurse practitioner who called himself 'Rock Doc' and once piloted a reality show about his Jackson clinic, was indicted with federal drug trafficking charges this week, accused of trading drugs for sex.
*rolls eyes* Do NPs get to prescribe unsupervised in TN? Or is there some physician whose license this was done under?

Emotional Intimacy Question:

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:13 am
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

28. Let’s alternate sharing three positive characteristics of each other.

This one is awkward to do online, so I'll just list three positive characteristics of my audience.

* You're smart.  You know all these incredibly cool things and you love geeking out about them together.

* You're diverse.  You take my writing in directions I'd never find without you, and give me details that make it solid, even when the "official" sources suck.

* You're generous.  Your donations keep our household budget going.

I squish you all so much.  :D
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Sunday of our trip was just as delicious as Friday and Saturday.

So delicious! )

Kit was asleep when we got in, and X was glad to see us but also wiped out from a tiring weekend of solo parenting. We scavenged food and went off to our separate rooms, deeply contented from an excellent vacation.

Coda 1: I did indeed try using the shoe boxes for a bit of shelf organization. I think I prefer cloth drawers, though. Marie Kondo can get her kicks from efficiently using whatever she has handy. I get mine from everything having a unified look.

Coda 2: On Monday, I picked Kit up from school (they were SO HAPPY to see me). When we got home, they didn't want to go inside, so we hung out on our front patio for a bit. While watching them run around, I stuck my hand in my coat pocket and found the half-empty pack of almonds. Kit demanded a tithe, so I gave them a few and ate the rest. I loved having that little vestige of vacation still with me as the daily routine resumed.
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Strange Morning
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 5 of 5, complete
Word count (story only): 1216


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Strange Family series, this story begins the morning after “Strange Discussion” (link to part one. Miscommunication and missteps may cause a problem that’s not easily fixed, but the family tries to pull together. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Discussion of magic/witchcraft and biases against such. Discussion of Abrahamic religions and their opinions on homosexuality, discussion of circumcision and blood squick, and Saul managing to put his foot in his mouth- to the knee. Happy ending in progress, but I hope readers will consider the story worth the hard work to get there! ::


Back to part four
:: Thanks for reading! ::




Nimkii found another card standing in the microwave, folded the same way as the first. She laughed again. “Somebody hid these in silly places!”

“If they’re too hard to find,” Pips mused as the corners of his mouth twitched, “then no one has any fun.”

“Good point. By the way, Saul,” Genna called over her shoulder, “If there’s another drill, we grab the quilts, please.” Her voice wavered on the word ‘drill,’ but she managed to keep the tone light and mostly even.
Read more... )

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:27 pm
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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.

累死了 | lei si le | I'm exhausted

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:42 pm
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Star: Is it a mistake to drink a second cup of caffeinated tea?
Robin: No. Never.

~ Things that are getting me through another week of double shifts ~

♥ Pictures of Zhu Yilong (what, he's adorable)

*cute jacket in the sunshine
*tomb notes restart
*time engraver
*guardian (the last gif though, of him dressed as the Envoy without the cloak or hood!)
*botanic garden photo shoot

♥ "Cat" videos (I love everyone in this bar)

Learn to Meow by 三千白狐 via [personal profile] mecurtin
Cats Online by NASA二师兄 via [personal profile] sam_gardener
Princess Syndrome by 拿苏 via [personal profile] sam_gardener

♥ Twin songs* (plz suggest more if you have thoughts!)

"you can call me uncool but it's a simple fact: I got your back
'cause we're one and the same, we're anything but ordinary
one and the same, I think we're almost legendary
you and me the perfect team"

--selena gomez and demi lovato
"one and the same"


(srs "twin songs" which are not as fun but are still pretty)

"don't turn away, don't tell me that we're not the same
we face the fire together, brothers 'til the end
don't run away, our time will come but not today
I stand beside you, brother, with you 'til the end"
--lord huron, "brother"


"brother let me be your shelter, never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call, when you’re feeling low
brother let me be your fortress when the night winds are driving on
be the one to light the way, bring you home"
--needtobreathe, "brother"


♥ Writing outrageous Guardian fic*

*Both asterisks go to the same place because of this video that [personal profile] mecurtin linked to: All That You Are Is Mine by w青阑之蕴w, which I am in no way writing fic for except in the way that I've already started.

(Do we like "Junan" and "Junying" as girl-ish twin names for daemons? I know, their daemons don't have to be twins. Actually I don't know that and I think they do. Probably because all I know about daemons is what I've read in fic. THIS WILL NOT STOP ME.)

We saw Hellboy (2019) and it's a mess

Apr. 17th, 2019 03:10 pm
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Instead of the long-awaited third installment in the original Hellboy franchise (Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman) we get this semi-retread, semi-reboot helmed at least nominally by Neil Marshall, though lots of written rumor stuff says that the producers interfered heavily. The movie is not better for it. (2/5 stars, watch with a beer or other intoxicant of choice)

Hellboy has always been a challenging character. The comic has a small but devoted fan base but in the era of mega-sized superhero productions from Marvel and DC the movie needs a wide appeal and this just isn't going to do it. Credits to the cast for trying. Mila Jovovich is enchanting, Ian McShane is plugging away as best he can being a flawed person with no good answers to the questions he's being asked, and both Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim serve in the "new sidekick" roles with appropriate levels of gusto, snark, and angst. David Harbour works at being a worthy successor to Perlman despite being hampered by prosthetics that seem designed to make him awkward and expressionless. I like the actors' work enough that I'd be willing to see what this cast does with a good script and I raised it from one to two stars based largely on their efforts. But this film wastes almost all of it.

There are also some SFX fails, but the script is the downfall of this film. It's ponderous, ridiculously expository, and full of frankly unnecessary bits. Nobody actually faces the camera and says "As you know, Amanda..." but they might as well. The film starts off with backstory exposition that would've gone better as a flashback for Jovovich's Nimue character and includes a tie-in exposition that links the secondary villain with one of the sidekicks. Why? Because... reasons. Worst of all, there's an entire cul-de-sac that involves Hellboy fighting some giants (you see a bit of this in the trailer) and frankly the ENTIRE thing is disposable. Like, irrelevant. A distraction. If you took it out you'd have precisely the same movie. I can't fathom why it's in there.

It also has stupid unnecessary splatter-gore bits that just... why?
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I received an email today from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov) with the subject line "Sandbox: Your email address and username have changed." and the text "If you did not make or request this change, or the new email address/username is incorrect, please contact us immediately at (855) 411-2372."

And, as long-time readers may remember, I use plus-addressing, and of course I had used a unique tag when I had opened an account (to complain about BoA, actually) with the CFPB years ago, and, yes, the tag in the email address was correct. Whoever it was who was emailing me had access to the CFPB's corpus of complainant email addresses.

I read the header, and there was a lot about Salesforce.com in there, and a SPF soft fail. There were no malicious urls hidden in the body and the phone number was correct, so *shrug* I called the CFPB.

They were very abashed and apologetic. And "knew about the issue". No, they weren't compromised; yes, "the emails had been sent in error".

A Bad Take on Going Nonverbal

Apr. 17th, 2019 01:06 pm
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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

Read more... )

Battles of Wits with Genius Cat

Apr. 17th, 2019 01:09 pm
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Genius Cat learned a new trick.

We have a boom box we play music on while we work.  Genius Cat's learned that if he jumps on top of it, and then jumps off, the CD player pops open, insta-stopping any CD playing. (And more importantly, making us pay attention to him.)

But I've outsmarted him.

NOW I'M PLAYING TAPES.

Hahaha, beat that, cat!

Also, since our tumblr's been all deleted, I've decided, for posterity, to pull up what few photos and posts of Genius Cat I can find.  If anyone has old reblogs of the "Adventures of Genius Cat" posts, let us know!  Anyway, here are a couple photos!
Genius Cat photos behind cut. )

Hard Things

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:46 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?

[health, me] Technical Difficulties

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:07 am
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I am experiencing some technical difficulties with my body: I'm having some RSI problems with my arms, and also I seem to have injured a leg. The remaining limb aint none to happy with the resultant distribution of labor.

My various hurt bits seem to improve if I don't use them. But everything in my life seems to consist of either keyboarding/writing or going somewhere. Argh.

[labor, MA] Peapod Update

Apr. 16th, 2019 11:56 pm
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Peapod has no delivery times available until Sunday April 28. This suggests either an abundance of caution, or they don't think the Stop and Shop strike is being resolved any time in the next week and a half.

They're still aggressively advertising their new delivery discount deals, which one cannot presently elect. I'm guessing that was preprogrammed in advance, or maybe there's areas they're still delivering in? Their notification text suggests that.
Also, it was updated:
Important information regarding order availability.

We are experiencing some service disruptions within your service area due to a result of current negotiations between UFCW unions and Stop&Shop. If you are looking to place an order, delivery and pick-up times may be limited. Please check the Delivery Times page to see current availability for your specific location.

We know our customers rely on us. We’re working hard to ensure that we can continue to serve the communities that we operate in and we hope to be back to full service availability as quickly as possible. We genuinely appreciate your business and thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions about a scheduled order, please call or email Peapod Customer Care on 800-5-PEAPOD (800-573-2763) or service@peapod.com
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Strange Morning
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 4 of 5, complete
Word count (story only): 1272


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Strange Family series, this story begins the morning after “Strange Discussion” (link to part one. Miscommunication and missteps may cause a problem that’s not easily fixed, but the family tries to pull together. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Discussion of magic/witchcraft and biases against such. Discussion of Abrahamic religions and their opinions on homosexuality, discussion of circumcision and blood squick, and Saul managing to put his foot in his mouth- to the knee. Happy ending in progress, but I hope readers will consider the story worth the hard work to get there! ::


Back to part three
On to part five




“Officially, the Christian teaching is from Dominic’s side of the family, but the denomination is inclusive, and socially aware.” Genna cocked an eyebrow at him. “How else do I show the boys that tolerance is different than acceptance, long before we need to have this kind of conversation?” She paused as the door clicked, then winked at Victor. “Or have to explain why Saul is unicorn bait.”

“Yuk it up,” Saul grumbled, but he smiled as he put his arms around Genna. “So, how far have we gotten in the explanation? Have I missed the g-word?”

“G-word?” Pips repeated. “We haven’t been discussing… Oh, wait, Jews don’t say--”
Read more... )

Books Read

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:22 pm
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60 Cenotaph
61  Wake

both by "Notes", at AO3. Fanfic in a variant of the Worm universe. Not standalone.

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