(If the original trilogy is like Lord of the Rings, and the prequels are like the Silmarillion (LMAO), I think Rogue One would be like ... The Children of Hurin? Related to the action, but also an extremely bleak sidequest.)
Anyway, I did like it! It was sad. I think the ads may have been slightly misleading. Just slightly. You can read some more of my thoughts here, but basically? I came out wanting to read some fixits (or partial fixits) and also some fairly fucked up Bodhi/Galen because look, look an Imperial hostage/respected scientist does not get an Imperial pilot to deflect with no effort. I want to write fic?? There's so little of it, that's sad but. Story of my life??
Anyway, Disney succeeded in getting me sort of excited for The Last Jedi, although it does not have Riz Ahmed in it nor does it have Mads Mikkelson being hapless at being harmless so my interest is still minimal.
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Quartz: Procter and Gamble’s new anti-racism ad is roiling white America. Not this member of white America, obviously, but yes, unfortunately.
The Nation: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy.
The Brookings Institute: Essay - THE WALL | The real costs of a barrier between the United States and Mexico.
NPR: All Songs 24/7 played songs for the North American Total Eclipse all day, meaning every song they own which has "sun" or "moon" in the title. I liked "When the Sun Come Up" by All My Exes Live In Texas, an Australian folk group. Their CD, "When We Fall" is now on my Wish List. Listen to Boundary Road from their first release. Their harmonies are so lush.
New York Times:
How to Take Care of Your Clothes. Maybe it will be useful to someone.
The Case for a Breakfast Feast. Breakfast is my favorite meal so I am all in favor of this advice.
LitHub: Sue Grafton from A to Z. Today is the publication date for Y is for Yesterday. I quit reading her series around V is for Vengeance, I think. I can't remember why. Maybe it's time for a reread.
Did you know that Rosemary Kirstein (The Steerswoman series) was a panelist at Reader Con? Well, now you do. From her blog: My Reading. It sounds like she's still working on books five and six which makes me so happy.
And yes, I've cleared cookies, rebooted, reloaded, what have you. Still no dice.
It'll be interesting to see if this crossposts from DW...hm...
EDIT: Huh, it claims it has crossposted! Wave if you can see me, guys! I'm getting notifications so SOMEONE'S getting to LJ. lol Oh and it doesn't work in other browsers. If it works at home, the only thing I can think is that the antivirus software that updated here at work is blocking LJ which would suck.
And then Trump looked at the sun without glasses. And everybody is throwing fits about what an idiot he is. I commented on one article that no, it's not likely you'll go blind if you just glance at the sun for a second*, and one person replied "but this isn't the sun, it's the eclipse!" like that's a winning argument. I mentioned to another, who claimed you couldn't see anything without the glasses until totality anyway that I'd been staring at the cloud cover impatiently before the peak, and when the clouds parted I'd gotten an unprotected glimpse of the sun and yes, I could see the bite of it - and that person went "Well, you do permanent damage at 20 seconds, so you might've been lucky". How long do they imagine it takes to see the sun when the clouds break and then look down again?
I think I've figured this out.
The rule is "You should not stare at the sun, even during an eclipse". This is a sensible rule that nobody has ever needed to tell anybody over the age of, say, six weeks. We don't stare at the sun. Even infants know better - if the sun shines in your eyes, you squint, put your hand up, and turn away. Aniamls are even smarter! No matter what happens, they don't need to be told.
But humans think we're cleverer than animals, and during an eclipse we sometimes break that rule and look at the sun because it's cool. And because the light seems dimmer, we can look longer. But it's not really dimmer - it's just as bright, it's just that some of it is blocked. So for the past year, we've had it drummed into our heads that you shouldn't look at the eclipse without glasses. Consequently, many people have internalized the rule as "You shouldn't stare at the sun, especially during an eclipse". But the sun isn't any more dangerous then. It's only our behavior that changes!
If you look for up to five seconds, you're probably fine, just like when you turn a corner and find yourself driving toward the sun. (Or look up at a flock of birds just as the clouds part and find the sun glaring in your eyes, or wake up with the sun in your eyes.) According to the only study on the subject, you're not likely to have visible damage unless you look for 15 seconds or longer... and even then, most patients improved with time.
So don't stare at the sun, but if you did catch a glimpse, whether on purpose or not, it's probably no more harmful than when you catch a glimpse of the sun on regular days.
(As for Trump, this was a dumb move, but not because of the potential eye damage. It was a dumb move because everybody and their dog, literally, knows better but he still did it on national TV. Doofus. And if he's getting any flak from it he probably blames the aide for calling attention to his behavior rather than his own foolish decision to do something everybody knows, from the very day they're born, not to do.)
* Turns out it was more like 30 seconds in his case, which is really way too long. Not that I give a fuck what that person does to his eyes.
DID get the glasses. Boy, those were something. They seemed completely opaque until you looked up at the tiny, orange, dim sun. (The kids sold theirs to people even later than we were!)
Missed the lecture due to some miscommunication. Didn't see other exhibits, same reason.
But we did enjoy looking at the sun through the (shared) glasses, and the kids really loved making pinhole projectors on index cards. I'd expected they would - they wrote their names and all!
One thing that was not explained to me in the documentation, but in retrospect should've been obvious: The dimmer the light got, the closer the index cards had to be to make a clear image. At the beginning, having one on the ground and one in your hand was good enough. By the midpoint, when it was 70% covered and dark (and when we were done) they had to be right next to each other.
Several people, hearing me launch into another spiel on how "our eyes work the same way" and "the image is backwards and upside down - look, compare it! - but when it happens in our eyes our brains automatically flip it" asked if I was a teacher or a scientist! LOL. Only the former in a very *literal* sense, but this is something I've known since I was six or so. I had a book on the structure of the eye. (I didn't say that. I just said I homeschool and I made the kids listen to me talk to them about it.)
And then on the way back we talked about the Statue of Liberty and all. I heard a tour guide the other day say that the original model for the face was the sculptor's girlfriend, not his mother as in the finished version, but I don't know if that's correct. Still, "she looked too sexy" is obviously a story that's hard to give up!
First terror attack in Finland. I had mentally been preparing that a terror attack might happen in Finland too the last few years, but I wasn't prepared for it happening in my home town and a place I go to 2-3 times a week. I always kind of figured it'd happen in Helsinki.
Tomorrow morning I'll be going to Kauppatori, to change busses, on my way to the vocational course and then again in the afternoon. I'll be too busy in the morning, but I think I'll go pay my respects in the afternoon on my way home.
But! Later Wise produced an extremely similar flavor called Mambo Mania. These were also delish, and may have actually just been the first chips with a new name. Those too, alas, went off the market.
Since then, I've spent a ridiculous amount of energy trying to find a chip with a similar flavor profile, to no avail. But if anybody ever produces one, I'm going to stock up.
Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch
How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'
How My Instagram Hacker Changed My Life
The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes
How one town learned to live with venomous rattlesnakes
The unlikely story of the undocumented attorneys fighting for the lives of their undocumented clients
Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On
Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer
Hospitals in Trump Country Suffer as Muslim Doctors Denied Visas to U.S.
What General Pershing Was Really Doing in the Philippines
The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills
Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules
ISIS And The Middle East’s Vanishing Religious Minorities
How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on
Fentanyl linked to thousands of urban overdose deaths
Uganda struggles to cope as 1 million South Sudanese refugees pour in
In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?
Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK
Massive counterprotest upstages Boston "free speech rally"
Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators'
Trump's Racism Crisis Deepens Over His Barcelona Comments
What Kind of Monuments Does President Trump Value?
Where Statues Go to Retire
The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorials
Free Speech or Hate Speech? Civil Liberties Body ACLU Will No Longer Defend Gun-Carrying Protest Groups
Robert E. Lee's Direct Descendant Denounces Charlottesville White Nationalists: 'There's No Place For That Hate' (In this, he follows in his ancestor's footsteps. Lee himself made it clear he wanted no statues. They were put up after he wasn't around to protest anymore.)
The men in charge of all the branches of the US military have denounced racism and broken with President Trump's encouragement of racists.
The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump’s temper and refusal to back down.
Charlottesville Police Refused to Protect Synagogue From Nazis, so Jewish Community Hired Armed Security for First Time
In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US
The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought
What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations
White Supremacist Who Boasted About Being 'Ready for Violence' Cries Over Possible Charlottesville Arrest Warrant (Boo-hoo-hoo.)
Weeping Nazi started off as a “men’s rights activist,” which is no huge surprise
As he coddles neo-Nazis, Trump’s political isolation increases
Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments
He ‘Went Rogue’: President Trump’s Staff Stunned After Latest Charlottesville Remarks
I'll work my way up to it. I just get antsy thinking people will sneer.
(And now I'm thinking people will sneer because I didn't reciprocate. I can't win.)
On the plus side, my TBR list is full for at least a month. So thanks :)
Why It’s Better to Carry Weight on Your Head
The Newlyweds and their Baby Were America’s First Comic Book Family (1907) (These punchlines could come at the end of any modern hand-wringing about helicopter parents.)
Bacteria stab amoebae with micro-daggers
Britain's female wrestlers grapple with acceptance
When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde (I'm realizing now that I should've saved up these eclipse stories and then posted them all at once. Darn.)
Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell
Finding Somaliland's ancient cave art is hard. Protecting it could be harder.
Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks
"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors
The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI
The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture
After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea
NASA's ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano
Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem
What Mormon Family Trees Tell Us About Cancer
As Confederate statues fall in U.S., Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin
Birds cut down by kite flying on Indian Independence Day
Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October
In Six Years the Number of Homeless Children in New York City Public Schools Jumped Nearly 50 Percent
Florida prisons — all of them — on lockdown
Sex Workers In Alaska Say Cops Are Abusing Their Power To Solicit Sex Acts
Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.
Despite Escaping To The U.S., These Brothers Are Still Terrorized By The MS-13 Gang
Bangladesh ramps up border patrols to deter fresh Rohingya inflow
Meet July, the Hottest Month Yet (In NYC it was actually cool and mild... which is exactly what was predicted would happen as the ice caps melt into the gulf stream, so you can't even enjoy it.)
The New Normal of U.S. Politics
U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies
Sessions makes sweeping attack on Chicago’s sanctuary city policy
Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment
Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon fired
Bannon, basically: Trump’s campaign was a fraud
As Rich Thomas revealed at GenCon, I stepped back as developer of Werewolf: The Forsaken and Werewolf: The Apocalypse developer at Onyx Path a year and a half ago.
I didn’t say anything at the time as I was finishing the books I’d started — W20: Changing Ways and the Pentex Employee Handbook — but I have not started work on any new projects.
It was my decision as the amount of work at my day-job has stepped up considerably, and I am no longer able to give the lines the attention and time that they deserve. I’m not leaving the industry, but I’m back to doing writing and game design under the guidance and development of others. I’m also going to keep working on my own games, as I can take them at my own pace. I have nothing but respect for Rich and Rose and look forwards to the chance to write on Onyx Path books in the future.
Mirrored from ZeroPointInformation.
The other way you can tell that actually autistic people were not involved in this is that if you ask any autistic person what is most important for them in clothing they will tell you it's the fabric it's made of. Many autistic people have comorbid eczema, and a lot of those that don't have sensory issues, which mean that fabric and texture are hugely important in clothing. Something that is in contact with your skin all day needs to be made of something non-irritating; that almost always means 100% natural fibres. Cotton, or bamboo, or silk, or modal. Sometimes wool, but sometimes not. NEVER SODDING POLYESTER. And some of the clothes in that M&S range are 65% polyester. And of course it's very wearying that the only clothing specifically designed to be worn by autistic people is school uniform, because nobody of above school age is autistic, and no autistic child ever wears non-uniform clothing. AND they've "removed pockets for comfort". I have never known an autistic person who didn't want MORE pockets, as long as they are made from 100% natural fibre too.
So what would clothing for autistic people actually look like? Well, from the conversation on twitter today:
- Clear, obvious fabric labelling on the rack/shelf. While most of us just want everything 100% cotton, some of us prefer other natural fabrics like linen, and some actively prefer viscose or modal. Some of us can cope with silk or wool, some can't. Every single one of us, though, would like to see fabrics clearly, obviously labelled on the rack, without having to go hunting through the clothes for a tiny illegible care label.
- No polyester. Not even a little bit. Not ever. No, not even in linings.
- Linings are important! Linings are the bit that is actually in contact with your skin, so they need to be all natural fibres too. Note, though, that this does not mean you can take a garment made out of something horrible and line it with cotton and it will be OK - outer fabrics need to be touchable too.
- Care labels to be made of the same fabric as the clothing, not scratchy plastic.
- Elastic to be covered with the fabric the clothes are made of, not left to be in contact with your skin.
- Flat seams! Or even NO seams!
- For Cthulhu's sake, SOMEBODY make some bras we can wear! It is really, really, incredibly difficult to get hold of cotton bras, to the extent that I have considered making my own. And even if/when you DO find them, they are covered in non-cotton frills and lace and fripperies. And have stupid care labels made of plastic right in the middle of your back.
- Comfort and fit are much much more important than being on trend. I saw an article the other day that low slung waist trousers are coming back into fashion and actually cried.
- Moar pockets, on everything, especially women's clothes - but again, made of the same fabric as the actual clothing
- Stop saying things are "cotton touch" or "cotton feel" or "cotton rich". All this does is bugger up searching for cotton things. And actually, make your website searchable by fabric. That would be amazing.
- Would be lit sensibly, not with migraine-inducing lighting.
- Would have the afore-mentioned obvious, clear clothing labels on the shelf/rack.
- Would sort by size and colour as well as style.
- Would have assistants that wait to be approached rather than badgering you the second you enter the shop.
- Would not have music at all (many many autistic people love music, but find music that they don't like intensely irritating; whatever music you play some of us will like and some won't) and would ideally have sound baffling so that other people's conversations are not intrusive.
- Would open from (say) 12 till 8, rather than 9 to 5. Autistic people are more likely than others to have odd sleep patterns and/or working hours.
Reading that sentence is what convinced me to ignore this eclipse altogether. It's only going to be a 65% partial eclipse in Los Angeles, so why bother? To tell the truth, I'm more worried about our electricity going out. Apparently, we're supposed to shut off everything during the eclipse?
Longreads: Pregnant, Then Ruptured. After an emergency operation, Joanna Petrone considers the medical advances and legal protections that allow women to survive ectopic pregnancies.
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