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Jul. 25th, 2014 12:25 pm
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The attorney was a verbally abusive low-rent process server who probably only encounters animals in order to kick them. He told me to fuck off. I flipped him the bird from the truck.

But he did bottom-line it: she has to go back, or we may be dealing with a long list of charges.

The SU will talk to the family this afternoon.

And now, some political standup

Jul. 25th, 2014 03:31 pm
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I was rather amused by the reviews of the David Cameron cardboard stand-up.

I was somewhat amused by the reviews of the Nick Clegg cardboard stand-up. (mostly because they're largely variations on the David Cameron ones).

I was _very_ amused by the fact that the Ed Miliband stand-up has no reviews at all...

a glimpse of light

Jul. 25th, 2014 08:10 am
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The letter from the people who want Beautiful includes a fold-out of a lost cat poster -- which I did not see before -- that says she was last seen March 25. That's a week after we took her in and took her to the vet.

We hope to talk to an attorney today to help with this.
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...or if you've ever thought of trying out said audio plays but aren't exactly cash fluent, this may be of interest: Big Finish is celebrating their 15th anniversary, and every day for 15 days, they're putting different audio plays up to be downloaded (for 24 hours, then it changes) for just one pound. On day 1, there were even some free audio equivalent of short stories as well. Day 2, which should be soon over, includes some of the best Sixth Doctor audios (Jubilee by Rob Shearman later became, heavily altered because of the different Doctor and Companion, the episode Dalek on New Who; The Holy Terror is both a spoof of fantasy melodrama and an examination of real emotional horror once it sinks in what's actually going on - also, that's the one where the Companion looks like a Penguin).

Like I said: if you've been thinking about checking out the audios, this week and the next should be a great occasion to get several of them cheaply.
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Omoide no Maanii | When Marni Was There (2014), dir. Yonebayashi Hiromasa

When I realized, a few hours before I was supposed to meet my friend to see this movie in Shibuya, that the newest Ghibli movie was directed by the same guy who directed Arrietty, which I thought was basically a flaming pile of poo, I was very worried. But I actually enjoyed the movie quite a lot! It's not a major work, but I liked it a lot, and in a lot of ways it actually reminded me of Maleficent in that the most important relationship is between two female characters, and that it is chock-a-block with lesbian overtones.

The movie shares Arrietty's general concept of "Western children's literature transposed to Japan" (it's adapted from a British novel by Joan G. Robinson) and follows friendless adoptee Anna, who is put on a train to Hokkaidou to spend the summer vacation with her adopted mother's family. She's a loner whose only real pleasure is in her sketchbook, and so it's not surprising that she becomes obsessed with an abandoned Western-style mansion on the far shore of the tidal bay. Despite being told that it's uninhabited, one night she meets a girl named Marni there, and they soon become fast friends. Of course, that's when things get interesting, and to say more would be spoilery (although to be fair, the audience never entirely shares Anna's obsessive disregard for facts, so we're always waiting for the other shoe to drop for some reason).

The movie is fairly direct about Anna's loneliness and the joy she finds in her friendship with Marni; partly because Anna is a little older than most Ghibli heroine, her emotions are often quite affecting, and the supporting characters, particularly Sayaka and Hisako, are well-drawn. Quite a few people teared up at the end, which although somewhat melancholy was also very satisfying. I definitely recommend seeing it if you can, although of course I can't vouch for what horrors may or may not be inflicted on the movie in the dubbing process.

Interesting Links for 25-07-2014

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:00 pm
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Jul. 25th, 2014 06:09 am
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now that I can mostly type again (ALL HAIL), I've updated [community profile] synecdochic_decants with a bunch of info, including general policies. I've also created a poll to help me decide which general catalog collections to decant next -- I have my own that I want, definitely, but obviously would like to aim at the ones people are most interested in!

(Reminder: if you are interested in info on future decant circles, subscribe there; I'll announce new circles both here and there, but there is where all the details will go.)

We have always been here

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:01 pm
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Disabled people: not a modern invention. Not always put out on a hillside.

PLOS ONE: Earliest Cranio-Encephalic Trauma from the Levantine Middle Palaeolithic: 3D Reappraisal of the Qafzeh 11 Skull, Consequences of Pediatric Brain Damage on Individual Life Condition and Social Care

Licescience: 100,000-Year-Old Case of Brain Damage Discovered

So: around 100,000 years ago, a child survived a head injury which would have caused moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. This was "most probably followed by significant neurological and psychological disorders, including troubles in social communication". But they lived a significant number of years after the injury, and were buried in a way that suggest unusual, deliberate ceremony.

(Which could, of course, mean "these deer antlers ward off the evil from this unholy changeling child we finally executed." Many stories are possible.)

Hello, Qafzeh 11. Hello across the millennia.

(Also, hello little Sima de los Huesos Cranium 14, 500,000 years ago, who was not even a modern human but a Middle Pleistocene hominin, possibly a proto-Neanderthal. Hello.)

Daily Happiness

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:11 am
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1. Super busy day at work today, which was annoying in some ways (one reason I was so busy is because even though there were three stockers there yesterday, no one stocked my stuff at all, so I was playing catch up from my day off), but at least made the day go by quickly.

2. We had some new bento items today from Yamadaya, and I got their ramen salad for lunch, which was very tasty.

3. It was really hot today, but the high was actually 5 degrees lower than what weather.com had predicted when I looked at it yesterday, so that's good.

4. We got Subway again for dinner because it was too hot for cooking, and now I have half a sub to take for lunch tomorrow. Yay for delicious lunch and also for not having to make a lunch in the morning.
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If I had to pick one thing as the "lesson i have learned that has had the most far-reaching benefit in my adult life", it would be this: that my own time, effort, comfort, energy level, and physical ability/pain levels are a resource that I must account for in my calculations of utility/benefit, and that it is eminently logical to trade other resources (money, most specifically, but other things of value as well) to safeguard/benefit those things.

This goes all the way back to the days when I first moved out into my own apartment and "doing laundry" was either a) spending all day in the dank and miserable (and creeeeeepy) apartment complex laundry room with 2 washer/dryers that only took (a lot of) quarters and had no change machine, b) hauling everything to the laundromat and spending all day babysitting the laundry, or c) hauling everything to the laundromat, dropping it there, and paying $.85/lb for them to wash, dry, and fold it, then coming back a few days later and picking up a sack of clean clothes. (I chose C. A lot.) Today, that equation is made manifest in things like paying the fees to sit in the airport lounge whenever I have a layover of more than an hour or so (peace and quiet, better snacks, power strips, fewer screaming children, etc) and decisions like "if it's going to take more than X amount of time to fix the thing, get rid of it and get a new one".

Sarah often says that the lesson that time has value is one of the things she's learned from me that she finds most valuable. A while back, I found a calculator that tries to put a dollar value on your time. It's a really interesting exercise, for all that it doesn't map onto my life exactly. (I value my free time a lot more than my current hourly wage, but that's partially because it's really freaking hard to calculate my current hourly wage.)

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Jul. 24th, 2014 08:49 pm
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[personal profile] veleda_k wrote me a really lovely Sara Ellis/River Song fic! I'm not normally fond of crossovers but this is one crossover pairing I really like, and Veleda nailed it, I think -- fun and playful, amusing and a little heartbreaking by turns, and pretty much perfect for them.

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Jul. 24th, 2014 09:49 pm
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Got a letter today from the people who were out front, asking for Beautiful back.

I am looking for representation so that we are not in this alone. I am concerned about Beautiful's wellbeing.

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Jul. 24th, 2014 04:38 pm
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I got off work this morning, had a leisurely breakfast with [personal profile] theleaveswant, and came home for a sleep. Yay.

Work these days is just... *scrubs face* I'm having to dig really deep to find emotional and spiritual coping, because I am so compassion fatigued. I'm dealing with clients who are physically aggressive (or, in one case, going through a practical joke phase) and I have to immediately smother my fear or anger so I only bring the emotions that are useful to the table, and it feels... degrading. Like I'm actually eroding my self-worth. "Oh, it doesn't matter if you just grabbed my hair with both hands and tried to bite my face; what a silly child you are, let's play with toys."

I can tell that this is wearing and bad, and there might be a way not to feel this way; because as a counsellor I can sit very firmly in my sense of self and let aggression just flow over me choose how to respond and it feels so natural and it actually energizes me.

So I'm digging for a deeper well. Something to give me a sense of groundedness and strength. From a religious perspective, well, this is exactly the kind of situation my God would be hiding at the bottom of, waiting for me to reach a place of love and compassion. (Fuck.)


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