Good luck to squeaky with the recovery!
For reasons I do not care to discuss outside lock, my cope has increased dramatically. (Shit I've literally procrastinated for a year and a half? Dealt with.) I wish therefore to try a practice of attention to physicality. And, hey. I cleaned my apartment! My living room and dining nook have a substantial open carpeted space now, so something like a YouTube video or channel that I could follow solo three mornings a week is an actual possibility!
Therefore: rec me exercise Youtubes?
I'm looking for something interesting enough to keep my attention over a span of time measured in weeks or greater, but basic enough that my (probable near-total) inexperience in the activity will not be a barrier. My priorities exercise-wise are, in order from the top, lung capacity, endurance, strength (full body), and flexibility.
I like to dance, but the only type I'm any good at is square dance; this is far too social an activity to work as my 3x/week solo morning exercise. I'm going to look for Irish dance exercise Youtubes later, though. I'm also going to try to get out to the city park to walk on the regular, but it isn't yet warm enough around here that I want to do that.
At a talk last week, the head of US Cyber Command and the NSA Mike Rogers talked about the US buying cyberweapons from arms manufacturers.
"In the application of kinetic functionality -- weapons -- we go to the private sector and say, 'Build this thing we call a [joint directed-attack munition], a [Tomahawk land-attack munition].' Fill in the blank," he said.
"On the offensive side, to date, we have done almost all of our weapons development internally. And part of me goes -- five to ten years from now is that a long-term sustainable model? Does that enable you to access fully the capabilities resident in the private sector? I'm still trying to work my way through that, intellectually."
Businesses already flog exploits, security vulnerability details, spyware, and similar stuff to US intelligence agencies, and Rogers is clearly considering stepping that trade up a notch.
Already, Third World countries are buying from cyberweapons arms manufacturers. My guess is that he's right and the US will be doing that in the future, too.
a) I am realizing how much I let fall by the wayside in the past MONTH, sorry EVERYONE WHO EMAILED ME and anyone who asked me even a slightly detailed question in asks
b) I am back at work and expected to be a competent human being especially since half the team is now out sick (probably my fault). Also one of our newest analysts is very sweet and has imprinted on me just a little – I am her preferred question-answerer, I think – which is fine except for how I gotta know answers and stuff.
And one of the highest-up guys in our company – who I used to smartass around with because I didn’t know he was one of the highest up guys in our company – emailed me today like I NEED. A THING. PLEASE. NOW. HELP. and I, having realized Who Exactly He Is, made tiny mental screams of terror while procuring the thing.
It’s been a day.
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1. wow, I'm so glad I didn't turn off the Oscars because what a wacky ending. I mostly only watch for the gowns and the gaffes, and the gowns were great (as were some of the tuxes - Riz Ahmed needs to call me) and I cried at Viola Davis's speech, so it was already better than most years, even though they kept shoving Mel Gibson's face in our faces (otoh, CEvans and Scarlett Johansson sitting behind Denzel! Were they there together? I still shamefully ship them), but then that ending! !!!
2. My father does not have endocarditis. Whew. I don't know if I even mentioned that was a possibility? But the doctors were concerned it was but then the test on Friday got mistakenly canceled so we had to wait until this morning to find out. Otoh, he does have deep vein thrombosis and a blood clot in his left leg, so there's still that. Plus the infection. At least that's responding to antibiotics? And he's on coumadin so. *hands*
3. Work remains ridiculously busy.
4. Music always has super strong associations for me, but it's kind of hilarious sometimes the way it takes me on a trip through my fandoms, since my commuting playlist is about 300 songs I mostly never get tired of, always on shuffle, so it will be like, "The Whole of the Moon" and I'll go, "Oh, Remus/Sirius" and then "American Slang" and I'll go, "Oh, Dean," and then "Sorrow," and I'll go "OH STEVE."
5. I never posted about this week's Star Wars Rebels but I thought it was a good, solid episode, even though I still roll my eyes at Ezra a lot.
It's challenge time!
Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.
Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!
Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!
Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.
From luzula: Your favorite non-fiction books
I'm reading a lot (A LOT) of non-fiction for school these days, so the first place my mind went was to start trying to choose a school book... but if we're talking REAL favorites, and I think we should be, then I've got to name Kate Braestrup's books.
Kate Braestrup is a UU minister serving as chaplain to the Maine Game Warden service, which means she goes out to be with families during search and rescue missions and during body retrievals (from lakes, etc), and she ministers to the game wardens themselves. I find her books to be wise, funny, and warm. (Just like kass, who originally brought them to my attention. ♥)
Here If You Need Me is Braestrup's first book, which simultaneously introduces her present-day experience as a chaplain and weaves in the events that led to her service there: the death of her husband in a car accident, her decision to become a UU minister (which had been his dream), raising her four kids in the midst of grief and ministerial formation and their own lives.
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity is her second book, about meeting and marrying her second husband and about her continuing work with the game wardens. She tells a story I love, about bringing a small piece of metal on a date with her to-be-second-husband, presenting him with it. It goes something like this: He, an artist, says, "Oh, did you make this? What is it?" "A kettle," Braestrup says. "You need to know about me that I am the kind of person who can put a kettle on to boil, and then forget about it so thoroughly that it actually melts and turns into little bits of metal." Funny and humble, and also true: as we come to know ourselves, I hope we also come to know the value of being able to tell others in important relationships, "You need to know this about me. You need to choose me with this information included."
Anyway, all her books are lovely and if you enjoy memoir-esque musings interspersed with educational passages wrapped in a willingness to poke gentle fun at the author's self, I recommend them highly.
Title: Getting Home Again (The Kidnappers Never Prosper Remix)
Remix Of: Kidnapped! (Again) by Muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel 616
Characters: Steve/Tony, Avengers
Summary: He was asleep when Tony was taken, and it's left Steve a wreck. Now he's got to keep it together long enough to get Tony back...
Notes: Angsty Steve PoV remix of my angsty Tony fic. All fic should have Steve!Angst remixes, even (especially?) the Steve Angst ones.
Title: 'Iron Man: The Watchers of the Moon'- the rehash
Remix Of: Iron Man: The Watchers of the Moon by Muccamukk
Fandom: Avengers (Ambiguous Fandoms)
Summary: Will the moon ever be the peaceful passenger for our world again, will the alien menace be defeated, will the plot ever be resolved....? The idea continues....
Notes: SOMEONE DREW MY COMIC SCRIPT! That's like a life goal taken care of right there. Which, is also amazing because it's extremely well done, and adds a new ending to the original story, which is excellent and hilarious. THIS IS THE BEST.
Title: Inquiries into Orbital Dynamics (Mission Controllers' Remix)
Remix Of: Gravitational Pull by antigrav_vector
Fandom: Marvel 616 (OCs, Rhodey, Jan, background Steve/Tony)
Word Count: 5,600
Notes: Steve and Tony do not appear in this fic, also I'm a massive nerd. Thanks to Dap for beta reading.
Summary: When a mysterious object appears in orbit around the Moon, NASA teams up with the Avengers to investigate it. This is NASA's story.
Relay Remix (Telephone remix, similar to Rolling Remix, the chains are revealed here.)
Title: Nightmare Fuel
Fandom: Marvel 616 (Steve/Tony)
Notes: Due to a mix up in files, instead of getting Ranoutofrun's excellent send up of the cover of Iron Man #172, I got the actual cover of Iron Man #43 (which looks like this) and, not recognising what it was, cheerfully remixed it into this story. Whoops. Thank you to Robin for beta reading.
Summary: The mission may not have been exactly routine; Steve did get turned into a evil snake, and may have almost killed Iron Man, but he's usually better at shaking off this kind of thing. Now, the memories linger.
Title: Nightmares and Daydreams of You
Remix Of: Nightmare Fuel by Muccamukk
Summary: Steve wakes with a start, gasping for breath, tangled up in sweat-soaked sheets. The images of lunging at Iron Man's throat, of teeth and metal still fresh in his mind, the scene playing over and over behind his eyes.
Notes: This chain when through the most amazing universe hopping. Here's the first one :D I really like the sweet h/c moments towards the end.
I’m debating what to do now. I have two library DVDs (one of which can’t be renewed), three library CDs (none of which I’m enthusiastic about), and two books due next Sunday that can’t be renewed. I may, however, just look for a book that’s no work at all. I’ve got a couple of library books that ought to work for that and one or two books on my TBR shelves that also might.
Or maybe it’s time to reread something?
Much as I’d like to, I don’t think I can nap just now. I’ve been drinking a lot of water during the last hour or two.
Ways to Give:
inquisitorhotpants is raising money to keep a roof over her family's head while dealing with Portland's unforgiving rental housing market. You can read more and reblog at her tumblr, support the fundraiser at her YouCaring, or help out by subscribing to her Patreon.
casapazzo linked to a fundraiser for The Lit Bar, an indie bookstore and wine bar that hopes to fill a gap -- that there are no bookstores operating in the Bronx. Noelle Santos has been working on this for two years and is hoping to open the bookstore this year; you can read more and help out here.
Buy Stuff, Help Out:
alyyks is moving from Columbus, OH back to France, but because oil paints are a fire hazard to ship, she is selling her paints to fellow artists for a modest price. You have to be in Columbus or willing to drive there to pick them up, but you can read more and get in touch about them here.
marginaliana linked to the Angry Introverts shirt, for those who are introverted but still angry about what's going on in the US; this is the last week to buy the shirt, with proceeds going to the ACLU.
Elaine linked to She's Running, a new podcast about women running for local, state, and federal office. The podcast interviews women about their inspirations, support systems, and challenges. You can listen to the first episode here or on iTunes -- and remember to rate and review if you do!
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
I can’t get in to see my primary care doctor until mid-April. I’m frustrated about that, but my hands and my Achille’s tendon aren’t going to kill me or get enough worse to be permanently damaging.
Scott bought new handles for our bedroom door and for the bathroom. He took the old knobs off the bedroom door with the idea that if it didn’t work it wouldn’t matter much because we don’t tend to close that door. It’s just as well. He discovered that it’s going to take major work to put the new hardware in. He decided not to try to drill holes in the door while I was in bed, resting, so he’s putting it off until next weekend.
Scott says he bought me a new lamp but that he’s sure I won’t like it because that’s how these things work. I haven’t seen the new lamp yet, so I have no opinion.
Cordelia’s math class is using an online textbook, and she asked me to help her try to find the exercise her teacher had assigned. It turned out not to be there at all, but I got a good look at the site. It’s a Holt, Rinehart textbook. The site says that it should be viewed with either Internet Explorer 5.1+ or Netscape 7.0.2+ which made me boggle. It displayed okay in the most recent version of Firefox, but when was the last time they updated the site?
I’m trying to figure out what I can manage to do today in terms of household chores. The sink is full of dirty dishes. Normally, that wouldn’t take me long to deal with, but I tire out fast, so I’m a bit worried that, if I do that, I won’t be able to do other things that need to be done. Right now, I can manage two or three minutes on my feet at a time. Laundry would be nice, but I can put that off until tomorrow. I’d also like to cook. I think that won’t happen.
ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump
Also, this website, via lynnene:
President Hillary Rodham Clinton
News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules
It's hilarious, and apparently makes Trump supporters really mad!!
( So many links, I'm sure a lot are out of date by now... )
This is an excellent survey article on modern propaganda techniques, how they work, and how we might defend ourselves against them.
Cory Doctorow summarizes the techniques on BoingBoing:
...in Russia, it's about flooding the channel with a mix of lies and truth, crowding out other stories; in China, it's about suffocating arguments with happy-talk distractions, and for trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos, it's weaponizing hate, outraging people so they spread your message to the small, diffused minority of broken people who welcome your message and would otherwise be uneconomical to reach.
As to defense: "Debunking doesn't work: provide an alternative narrative."