Age: 55 (Good G-d, how did that happen?)
Location: Seattle, WA
Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I’m a New York transplant living in Seattle with two cats and way too many books. I am creative and opinionated and still express myself like a native New Yorker, which makes some Seattleites uncomfortable despite my best efforts. I am a theater geek, a movie buff, a lover of tabletop and board games, a reader, a writer and a jeweler.
Top 5 fandoms: I’m a second-wave slash writer (second-wave as in: the first wave was in the early 1970s, the second in the mid-’80s to early ’90’s; everyone else came after) who hasn’t written fanfic in a while, but when I was doing that it was Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch and, more recently, Doctor Who (see my fanfic journal at scarlett_key). I have loved watching and discussing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, so many more. How do you pick just five?
I mostly post about: My personal life, which also tends to be sprinkled with bits about politics, the science fiction community, movies, theater, books, travel, cats, my family, writing and observations about life in general.
I rarely post about: sports, math, the giant hornbeam tree in front of my condo, jackalopes, and my collection of porcelain hands (yes, really).
My three last posts were about: I occasionally do the Friday Five so this morning’s post was answering last week’s questions, two particularly striking dreams, and discovering the pile of get-well cards I received when I was in the hospital last year.
How often do you post? I currently post about once a week, though I’m aiming for better.
How about commenting? I try to comment on at least half to two-thirds of the posts that I read.
There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner, which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public in presence of the magistrates. Neither did she feel abashed in going to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her the more.
The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever
Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells
Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)
Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)
Can American soil be brought back to life?
Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.
Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities
Disability Fraud: You know what?
For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name
A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality
Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?
Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote
Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows
Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas
Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them
Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA
Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs
Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal
Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests
Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)
Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck
Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking
Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing
Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico
Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)
Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings
The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants
Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh
Turn-of-the-Century Kid’s Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football
At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future (It's a kid-eat-bug world out there, guys.)
Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs
A Women’s Circus School Is Growing in Gaza
A Story About Singapore’s Urban Development, In Six Parts
How Park(ing) Day Went Global
How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm
This Legal Rebel Takes the Cases of the World's Most Vulnerable
Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the most coveted materials in the world – but after more than 1,000 years in the same matrilineal family tree, this ancient thread may soon unravel.
Why Koreans Shun the Suburbs
The Really Weird Link Between College and Brain Cancer
Echolocation and Its Discontents
Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls
The Case Against Civilization
The Secret History of FEMA
Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We’ve Tried
Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm
When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On
When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves
Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors
Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville
UN: Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks
Starting from scratch in Uganda
The Girl Gangs of El Salvador
Is flying coach too cramped to be safe?
Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish
North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan
The world needs practical people, that's good in it's way, but, I do sometimes daydream and wish I could create good art that moved people.
(yeah, lots of practice, making lots of bad art, hundreds and thousands of hours etc.)
* Once again, I forgot to make the L before talking about left and right.
Even better, I found a burner who wanted all of the old fans for an art project, so I just have to deal with recycling one box and half the styrofoam from the shipped new fans.
My new fridge got delivered this morning, also yay! Boo on that they took a chunk out of the plaster in the front stairwell. I can fix it, but will wait until the old fridge gets picked up for recycling - on Sept 23. *sigh* So much hurry up and wait with this. Luckily I have room (just) to keep the old fridge around for a bit, but the odd thing is that it has to be plugged in for them to pick it up (working).
I met a translator at wedding festivities this summer and was able to make a reading in which they were participating this week. They'd come in via commuter rail and were crashing with the organiser, so I was invited to the post event gathering so we could chat some more - that didn't quite end up happening, as it was just 5 people eating dinner - bit awkward for me to be the hanger on, but fascinating being with so many people who are passionate about literature, poetry, words in general. *happy sigh* I have a Korean poet to look up, and a morbid curiosity to read some of the war crime tribunal trial transcripts from the Hague (the organiser worked there for years). I learned a lot about Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian as 4 were working in those languages, only one in Spanish.
Also: successfully travelled to and from Ontario to do the Spartan Sprint up there with my high school friend L. Still bitter they moved it from Borden, but the course was pretty much flat. It was a lot of deep mud, some shivering and bonking on the course (one of my bar wrappers split and got ruined), and another 120 burpees (rings, monkey bars (though I did get halfway), frisbee golf (wft, I guess cause the venue had a course?) and spear toss) and a strained hamstring as I forced myself over the inverted wall. Got a boost on the wall traverse near the end, but did do the rope climb for my first Spartan bell ring - yay silks training! Registration was a complete mess, the computer system was down and it took me 2 hours to get signed in when they *finally* did it by hand. :-/ 2h 3m for 6.4km, not my best time but I jogged most of it. Visited the McMichael on my way back to the airport, and found that the rental car had a crack on the bumper when I returned it - either construction debris (oh man the construction!) or a hit and run at the McMichael. :-/ Thankfully I got the insurance, but the rental counter was a bit shady with how they explained and resolved things. I'm waiting on a call from a manager. :-(
More on that later, but I wanted to get the thought out.
Interestingly, though, if she sees that Finn can interact with another dog or a human without anybody freaking out, she'll calm down and turn back into lovable Moonpie, eager to socialize.
Finn is rubbing off on her! Good doggie, Finn!
Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces
When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires
The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall
Like sea stars, ancient echinoderms nibbled with tiny tube feet
Productivity hacks to rule kindergarten like a Silicon Valley boss
The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs
Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals
Oscar Dunn, America’s Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor
The First Black Fighter Pilot
Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens
Between the Holy Land and the Motherland
Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities
When Under Threat From Poaching, Elephants Change Their Travel Habits
The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced
The Indian women eating with their families for the first time
Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked
Irma spawns unusual storm surges on both Florida coasts
Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity
'All We Are Really Living on Is Hope.' Hurricane Irma's Devastation Lingers in the Caribbean
After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.
Scientists say damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges
Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities
Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament
The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.
Why Would Russia Try to Foment Protests in the U.S.?
ISIS' retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated
Brazil Launches Investigation into Alleged Massacre of ‘Uncontacted’ Indigenous Tribe
Bacteria Use Brainlike Bursts of Electricity to Communicate
Explosive birth of stars swells galactic cores
Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems
Why your ancestors would have aced the long jump
With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change
Chimpanzees and orangutans look for information to fill gaps in their knowledge
High fat diets may make mice live longer—but you (probably) shouldn’t live on butter
Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannot
What makes alcoholics drink? Research shows it's more complex than supposed
Swings in dad's testosterone affects the family -- for better or worse -- after baby arrives
Why Modern Cartographers Are So Impressed With This 16th-Century Map
A Patient Gets the New Transgender Surgery She Helped Invent
A decades-old book romanticizes a time when children were free to capture wild animals for pets.
What It’s Like to Ride Japan’s Cat Café Train
Wetin dey happen? The BBC's Pidgin news site is a huge deal
Mongolia's Hunt For Female Street Artists
Unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall: lost secrets of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians
A Weird MIT Dorm Dies, and a Crisis Blooms at Colleges
Teaching your kids not to “see” race is a terrible idea, studies have found
Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care
We Legitimize the ‘So-Called’ Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That’s a Problem
Your schedule could be killing you
Who Benefits From the Expansion of A.P. Classes?
Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet
This nifty GOP trick will punish the poor and increase the deficit — at the same time!
Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Also
Weathering a Hurricane in Prison
Miami sheltered homeless against their will as Irma closed in
Antifa, white supremacists exploit loose gun laws
America’s secret role in the Rwandan genocide
'Proof' of Rohingya-set fires in Myanmar fails inspection
Seven Days of Heroin: This is what an epidemic looks like