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May. 23rd, 2017 05:42 pm
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It was horrible waking up to news of the Manchester bombing. My heart aches for everyone involved.

Yesterday it was James' DLA to PIP assessment. We think it went okay, but then again, we thought mam's went okay and she lost her car and most of her disability benefits. We've been researching what would be asked, the things you get assigned points on, and discovered that if he'd changed last year James would have lost the car for sure as his mobility was much better. As he's in his wheelchair so much now he should get maximum points -- oh man, please let him get maximum points. It's hard and frustrating and I know they need to assess people but the whole situation isn't easy, and having to sit there and explain in detail all the things he can't do wasn't fun. And now we get to wait between 4-6 weeks for the decision.

But, there's been good times too. It's lovely and sunny today so I've been in the garden potting and weeding, and my hands and nails are now hacky to show that fact. Over the last week we've been to see three films, and James fell asleep in every one. The new Aliens I liked, but he missed the second half. King Arthur I really enjoyed a lot, and hello Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen on screen together again. James missed the middle bit of that. Then yesterday we went to see Snatched, and the less said about that the better. I wished I'd fallen asleep too.

FE Echoes

May. 23rd, 2017 09:05 am
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I'm actually playing a game at release! Weird.

I'm...about 20 hours into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia now; I got to the opening narrative of Act 4 on the morning commute (and then backtracked to visit the blacksmith before I take on the first story battle of the act).

Mechanically, most things are good! It's a little weird to be playing FE with no weapon triangle; I'm guessing it wasn't part of the mechanics in the original Gaiden release and they didn't change things to add it in the remake. (OTOH it's nice to be playing FE and have most of the enemy archers unable to do bonus damage to my magic ponies.) I wish it were easier to get my hands on good weapons; Celica's party is mostly well equipped but I would be super grateful for another good lance or two and another bow for Alm's. I am infinitely, infinitely grateful for casual mode, without which I probably would have given up in despair very early on. (I will beat my head against SMT difficulty endlessly, but the caution FE's permadeath requires is beyond me.)

Storywise, or really mostly about characters/relationships )
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I’m not sure what kind of luck the $115 frozen pizza badger is supposed to bring but I’m not taking any chances

Bless me Pizza badger

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can we just talk about the time that Lupin was recovering from a full moon and Snape taught the DADA class and made all the students write essays on how to kill werewolves for Lupin to read when he got back I hate Snape so much it’s not funny

Lupin gets back and he feels like crap and suddenly his best friend’s son is writing an essay about how to kill him like that is so fucked up

Bear in mind that an ex-Death Eater does this to someone who was in the Order, risked his life fighting against said Death Eaters and lost his best friends to the Death Eater’s genocidal leader, for the sole purpose of screwing him over, and as far as we know he experiences no consequences whatsoever for doing so.

And if that wasn’t enough, he made them write those essays hoping some of them would realize Lupin’s a werewolf. And one did, but Hermione is a fucking DECENT HUMAN BEING and said nothing. Apparently the ‘insufferable know-it-all' can keep her mouth closed, when it’s for something important. Just like Snape didn’t do at the end of the book.

I’m getting mad, so here’s something I’ve realized while reading The Order of the Phoenix again. (Please keep in mind that my books are in Italian and some concepts might be hard to explain, I apologize for my English mistakes)

In chapter 14, when The Trio talked with Sirius, he said that two years before Dolores Umbridge had written a law against werewolves that made it almost impossible for Lupin to find a job.

Now ask yourself this question. Why two years?

What had happened two years before? During Harry’s third year? Oh, right. The Magical World had discovered that one of Hogwarts’ teachers (someone who was in constant conctat with their children) was a werewolf. Does that ring any bell?

But that’s not all! If we take a look at chapter 15, in the Daily Prophet article we can see a familiar name: Remus Lupin. In a newspaper. Where everyone can read it. “The werewolf Remus Lupin”. No wonder he couldn’t find a job!
And it’s not the first time the Daily Prophet has written about him, as it’s stated in the article itself. There must have been a huge scandal when it had all come out.

So basically, when Snape decided he couldn’t bear not having what he wanted (for example, SIRIUS BLACK GETTING KISSED BY A DEMENTOR) and spilled the secret, he didn’t only tell the whole school. He didn’t only tell the kids’ parents. The told the whole Magical World.

He told the whole Magical World that a man who had kept his condition secret all his life was a werewolf.

And the Magical World responded with a law against werewolves.

So, basically, Snape didn’t only ruin Remus Lupin’s life. He ruined the life of every single werewolf in the UK.

But, you know. Bravest man I ever knew.


Gonna play Devil’s Advocate here, but let’s not forget that Snape was tormented relentlessly by James and Sirius and both Peter AND Lupin STOOD BY AND WATCHED. And the worst part is that people both in the story and in the fanbase just expect him to brush off being horribly bullied and humiliated almost every day of his student life. Yes, he did something horrible by telling, but chances are that he told the parents and one of the parents told the papers so he only indirectly caused this misery. And I think Lupin was actually sour at Snape about that in the book, so it’s not like they’re ignoring it.
Snape had to deal with seeing James’ face every day on Harry, and I think his eyes were the only thing keeping him from being absolutely vicious. Then again, you could say Harry’s eyes are a constant reminder that Snape’s CHILDHOOD BULLY got the girl of his dreams.
And yet, despite Sirius bullying him and Lupin enabling it, Snape managed to WORK with them, even though it probably tore him apart to do it. How many people can bear to work with their childhood bully, to see their face every day? And Sirius never changed, he was being a bully when he met Snape again when all Snape was doing was making sure the students were okay because of the WEREWOLF in their class, who could change at ANY FUCKING MOMENT, and the psychotic, albeit framed, convicted murderer.
And let’s not forget that Snape made the Wolfsbane potion for Lupin. He may have wanted the students, at least Hermione, to realize what Lupin really was, but he’s not heartless. I doubt he would be helping him hide if he was planning to tell the press.
No, I repeat my statement that it was more likely to be one of the parents, who was told by Snape or even their kid that figured it out.
Snape only ever did what he did to protect the students. Imagine if Lupin had missed a dose, just once, and they found out because he changed when facing the Boggart and badly hurt every student in there?

Right, I’m going to go ahead and just take this apart piece by piece.

“Gonna play Devil’s Advocate here”

No, you’re not. If you were going to “play the Devil’s Advocate,” you wouldn’t type such a long, passionate response in Snape’s defense. Being the Devil’s Advocate means you don’t actually agree with what you’re saying. It’s a debate tactic used specifically to help someone find holes in their argument by lobbing counters at them. So for instance, if someone was preparing a speech on why it should be illegal to text while driving (because it’s dangerous, et cetera), someone else might help them prepare by playing the Devil’s Advocate and throwing counters at them so that the anti-texting person can strengthen their argument. That is the Devil’s Advocate approach. You, on the other hand? You clearly agree with what you’re saying. You’re not playing the Devil’s advocate at all. You’re being a Snape stan and I honestly have no time for that, yet here I am, replying anyway, because I can’t stand to see something like this in my notifications without smacking the nonsense down.

“but let’s not forget that Snape was tormented relentlessly by James and Sirius”

Cry me a fucking river. 

I’m so, so, so, so, so, so, SO beyond sick of the “poor wittle defenseless Snape was zomg BULLIED!1!1!1!!” defense that has been thrown around for the past, what, fourteen years now? Ever since Order of the Phoenix was published, at least. Snape was bullied by Sirius and James, yes. They picked fights with him, absolutely. But Snape gave as good as he got. He was far from defenseless. Not only did at least one of the spells that James used in the flashback come from Snape’s own mind (Levicorpus), but Snape also invented far more dangerous, dark magic curses that he fired right back at them (Sectumsempra). You may notice, if you re-read the flashback, that only one of the participants in that fight drew blood, and it wasn’t either James or Sirius. No, it was Snape, and the only reason why James wasn’t more badly wounded is because his aim wasn’t as good as it should have been. Snape was also the only one to use a slur in that scene, and he fired that slur at the supposed ~*~love of his life~*~, because he was embarrassed that she was standing up for him. What a class act.

Back to the point: Snape was already hanging out with future Death Eaters at the time (e.g. Mulciber, something Lily called him out on), and he was already buying into the Death Eater doctrine as well. After all, a slur is not something that you simply say by accident. Though he was angry, and probably wouldn’t have called Lily that had he not “lost his temper,” as Lily herself points out (and he can’t argue against), he had no problems calling others of her birth that. He only stopped after she died, and even then, we shouldn’t give him gold stars for not using slurs anymore. Being halfway decent is not something you’re rewarded for. Regardless, Snape was (and always has been) highly intelligent, and a gifted wizard. He wasn’t some poor, defenseless little boy that James and Sirius kicked around for funsies. We also know that he started some fights of his own, because even after James stopped bullying him, Snape kept going after James, as both Lupin and Sirius tell us. (“Snape never missed a chance to hex James, and you couldn’t expect James to take that lying down, could you?”) Yes, Snape was bullied, but it isn’t as if that ongoing feud was a one-way street. What James and Sirius did was wrong (and James grew out of it—more on Sirius in a minute), but Snape fired back and was under no circumstances the defenseless woobie that so many of his stans try to make him out to be.

Oh, but you know who was defenseless? Neville Longbottom, when Snape harassed and bullied him so badly that he was Neville’s worst fear, even more so than the Death Eaters who had tortured his parents into insanity. Harry Potter, when Snape singled him out on his very first day of class to ask him advanced questions that no eleven-year-old first year could have reasonably been expected to know (Hermione is the exception, not the rule). Hermione Granger, when she was hit by a stray curse and her teeth grew down to her chest, and Snape cruelly said he saw no difference. And so on and so forth, because Snape—a grown man—went out of his way to demean, belittle, and bully innocent children for “crimes” such as “Voldemort targeted the Potters instead of the Longbottoms and so I’m going to punish Neville because his parents are insane instead of dead” and “James fucked Lily and so clearly that’s Harry’s fault” and “Hermione is nice to both Neville and Harry so clearly she must suffer.” I don’t give a goddamn how much he was bullied as a child. That gives him no excuse for bullying children when he is their teacher, nor does it give him any excuse for joining the Death Eaters, nor does it give him any excuse for outing Lupin as a werewolf. He has no excuse, and I’m sick of “but zomg he was bullied” being used as one. Harry was bullied, too. So was Neville. You don’t see them joining up with the Death Eaters and bullying other defenseless children.

and both Peter AND Lupin STOOD BY AND WATCHED.

And so did pretty much everyone else who went to Hogwarts and was out on the grounds that day, with the exception of Lily, whom Snape then called a vile a slur for trying to help him. In case you haven’t noticed, Snape wasn’t very well-liked due to the fact that he a.) hung around future Death Eaters who used dark magic on innocent students (which he brushes off when Lily brings it up to tell him she takes issue with it), and b.) clearly lashed out at those who tried to help him. Does that mean everyone at Hogwarts is deserving of Snape ruining their lives? Does that mean that he should have free reign to do whatever he wants, because he was ~zomg bullied~? I think not.

And while it’s true that Lupin himself admits that he should have done more to rein in James and Sirius, it’s also still no excuse for Snape ruining his life all those years later, when they’re both adults. None. Peter is irredeemable for other reasons (like, say, betraying the Potters and framing Sirius for it), but Lupin falling prey to the bystander effect is no excuse for Snape ruining his life in a fit of childish temper because he’s mad that Sirius wasn’t given the Dementor’s Kiss. It really isn’t.

And the worst part is that people both in the story and in the fanbase just expect him to brush off being horribly bullied and humiliated almost every day of his student life.

Bullshit. Let me tell you something, sis: I was bullied for pretty much every day of my student life. I got kicked out of daycare when I was five for punching a girl in the face because she wouldn’t stop pushing me, had to get into physical fights with boys twice my size to get them to leave me alone when I was in elementary school, was bullied so badly in junior high that I didn’t want to go to school at all except to get away from my abusive mother (fisticuffs didn’t help in junior high), and continued to be mocked and bullied throughout high school because I was an anime nerd. I know full well what bullying can do to a person, I know how hard it is, and I also know that it’s no goddamn excuse for bullying others, ruining people’s lives, or joining goddamn hate groups, which is what people call him out on.

Would it be understandable for Snape to still not trust nor like Lupin or Sirius? Yes. No one is expecting him to be ~zomg bffs~ with them. But Snape’s actions are still far beyond the realm of excusable. Joining the Death Eaters is inexcusable. Bullying innocent children is inexcusable. Ruining a man’s life when they are years out of school and it’s clear that the man wants to just coexist as coworkers and members of the Order is inexcusable. This isn’t about “being unable to brush off bullying;” this is expecting him to be a halfway decent human being and not go out of his way to make others suffer just because he can. Being an abuse or bullying victim can explain why Snape acts the way he does, but it does not excuse it. His tragic backstory is not at all a justification for why he does the things he does and so, again, I’m rather sick of “zomg but he was bullied” being brought up time and again in an effort to excuse the horrible things he did.

Yes, he did something horrible by telling, but chances are that he told the parents and one of the parents told the papers so he only indirectly caused this misery.

Again, Snape was a highly intelligent individual. He knew exactly what he was doing. Trying to brush it off as if he was only “indirectly” responsible is nonsense. That’s like soaking a house in gasoline, handing a toddler a lit match, and then saying, “Well, I’m not the one who dropped the match on the house, the toddler did, so I’m only indirectly responsible.” You knew what you were doing in that scenario. Snape knew what he was doing, too. And for the record? He didn’t tell the parents. He told everyone at Hogwarts:

“That was the final straw for Severus. I think the loss of the Order of Merlin hit him hard. So he—er—accidentally let slip that I am a werewolf this morning at breakfast.”

He “accidentally let slip” that Lupin is a werewolf in front of a Great Hall full of students, knowing that the word would get out that way. He’s smart. He knew what he was doing. This was no accident and it is his fault.

And I think Lupin was actually sour at Snape about that in the book, so it’s not like they’re ignoring it.

First of all, if Lupin was upset with Snape about that in the book, he would be absolutely justified, since there is marked prejudice against werewolves in the wizarding world that makes it nigh impossible for him to get a job, and now he’s lost the one job he’s been able to find. Lupin is very poor because of his circumstances; it’s remarked upon in his first appearance that his robes are always shabby because he can’t afford new ones. So yes, if he was upset with Snape for telling everyone that he’s a werewolf and then condemning him to a future of even worse poverty than he’s already been living in, he would be rather justified.

However, you’re wrong, because he’s not. I have the book right here:

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Doctor/Jack: Summer Hols!

May. 23rd, 2017 06:07 pm
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Anyone up for a little Doctor/Jack? Our annual Summer/Winter Holidays fest is just starting up again ...

What's this about? Every year in July, we've been throwing a Doctor/Jack party at [livejournal.com profile] wintercompanion - and this year we'll be at [community profile] wintercompanion too! On July 1, we start posting new fic and art created to a prompt list kept secret until the month starts, and then all of the prompts are opened to everyone. Here's what we're looking for:
  • writers willing and excited to write at least 500 words of Doctor/Jack based on specific prompts, to be finished and submitted by 25 June

  • artists interested in producing a Doctor/Jack-centric work (wallpapers, icons, banners, drawings, vids, etc.) based on specific prompts, to be finished and submitted by 25 June
(Prompts can be interpreted as strictly or loosely as you like.)

Interested? Sign ups are open right now here at LJ or here at DW.

We'll send out prompts over the course of the week for everyone to pick their favourites, and final prompt assignments will go out no later than the 31st.
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Writing is dumb and I don't recommend it.

In other news, I woke up at 5:15 this morning to pee and didn't fall back asleep until after 6:50 am, partly because I have a bug bite on my ankle (first of the season *sigh*) and even with cortisone lotion and allergy meds, it didn't stop itching. That is just wrong. My alarm goes off at 7:20 (it allows me to hit snooze three times and still be in by 9). I was not happy.

So instead of anything interesting, here's a meme [personal profile] snacky tagged me to do over on tumblr and as always tumblr is useless for finding things later, so I'm posting it here in case I ever want to see it again:

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

I'm doing recent, because it's easier than choosing favorites:

1. "Forget about Vader for a few minutes, Luke," she says after another great victory that's come with its own desperate costs. "Let me tell you about our mother, instead." (Mother Is the Name for God, Star Wars, Leia & Padme)

2. It's as good a way as any to start a day. (Stuck in the Middle with You, Star Wars, Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, platonic bed-sharing)

3. The Force chimes with a clarity and closeness Anakin hasn't felt in a long time when he sits down beside Obi-Wan, takes a deep breath, and opens his mouth to finally tell him the truth. (and gravity, scientists say, is weak, Star Wars, Anakin & Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Satine)

4. Ben went, and he and the galaxy both exhaled in relief. (Everything That Rises Must Converge, Star Wars, Skywalker Family Reunion Time)

5. Rey grinned, warmed by their confidence, and prepared the Falcon for takeoff. (if you find yourself lost, dig, Star Wars, Rey & Leia)

I think I'm better at last lines than I am at first lines, but sometimes I like to wrap things up too neatly, so they land with a thud instead of whatever smart and satisfying sound they should land with. I dunno, what do you think?


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May. 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
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This speech by New Orleans Mitch Landrieu, on the removal of Confederate statues from the city, is 100% worth all the buzz about it. It's worth the 20 minutes to listen, or there's a transcript of his remarks. (Remarks start at 2:52; you can't embed a timestamp in an embed.

It is a beautiful speech on loving the South's history without revering Lost Causism or ignoring darkness past and present.


May. 23rd, 2017 10:35 am
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You may have seen me yelling happily about it on Twitter last night, but I watched Captain America: Civil War again last night for the first time in about a year. There are a lot of things I miss about feeling like I was in fandom, but something I don't miss, particularly about Tumblr, is the endless avalanche of people ripping apart and shitting over every single frame of that movie because it didn't conform to the (amazing!) fanon they'd spent the past two years building. Turns out that removed from that context, it's definitely as fantastic as I remembered from my first time seeing it. (And way more pleasant than my second, which involved a seat-kicker and multiple assholes checking their phones in the audience throughout.) Given distance, I didn't even feel that there was too much Tony, which I felt strongly before, and not enough Bucky. Do I wish it had been a simpler, more intimate film? Yeah, but it was always going to be an overburdened ensemble. Ant-Man is a goddamn joy, Spider-Man is a delight, Sharon Carter is a made-of-competence Maria+Natasha BAMF, Clint Barton finally gets to be recognizably Clint Barton, T'Challa is [INDECIPHERABLE SCREAMING ABOUT HOW AMAZING HE IS] and I still respect the hell out of Bucky's choice at the end.

Not only that, but Sebastian Stan is posting dopey Winter Soldier gym-training selfies again, including with Scarlett Johansson, so you can bet I'm feeling a whole lot of stuff, including Winter Widow stuff, what a good ship. ("You could at least recognize me!" is. Doing things in my head, quite a lot.)

The downside of two nights in a row of amped-up fandom feels (Sunday night was a Winter Soldier rewatch, that movie is still so good!!!!) is that I am not able to wake up on time, not even remotely. Therapy last night was, ironically, "Don't get paralyzed by the things you can't control; focus on what you can do." So I'm waiting to hear back on some pitches I'm excited about and putting together job applications in the meantime. I really need money and good health insurance, not least because while clearing out my 1,000+ OneTab links (I'm now down to 200!), I remembered that LindyBop is a thing, and now I have to contend with cute+affordable shit like this dungaree swing skirt (in nutmeg, teal and navy, oh shoot!!) and this cute-as-hell tea dress with puffins on it.

I have one eggplant left over from this rousing success, so tonight I'm trying charred eggplant and walnut pesto pasta salad, assuming my hand cooperates. Having to keep my bestitched hand away from getting wet or dirty is really messing with my ability to, like, clean up my kitchen, which is frustrating. (I know, I know, get some gloves. I'll get there!) I can get the stitches out on Friday, which I'm really looking forward to. The eventual bill for the initial hospital visit, with my shitty insurance and its 50% ER visit co-pay, less so.

So, okay! Late start, but starting nonetheless. Happy Tuesday, gang. ♥
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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 52/70 - Boxing Day
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Links to CH52: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Here is a delightful thing

May. 23rd, 2017 09:38 am
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Via [tumblr.com profile] violent-darts:

AV Club: Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie

Because we need it this morning.

Fuck terrorism, fuck Katie Hopkins and her vile cohorts, pre-emptively fuck Trump because presumably he's going to make some sort of statement about Manchester at some point and it's going to be awful (or at best the kind of vacuous blandness that means they've managed to make him stick to a script for a few moments), go awesome black women and making movies happen through the power of Twitter and delight.

May all the surviving kids at the concert be safe and reunited with their families soon and participating in the proud British tradition of recounting acts of terrorism in terms of the epic journeys that had to be taken because public transport was shut down (a la 7/7 -- Americans: "We weep for you!" British people: "I had to walk for FIVE HOURS").

ETA: Oh fuck they let him write at least part of it. Yes, of course Buttercup thinks the worst thing you can call someone is a "loser". Because winning is all that counts, and Buttercup is the winningest winner ever. Losing means you're wrong because winning is right.
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*El Problema del Caballo*

Claudia Fontes. Argentina.

Curador: Andrés Duprat.
Pabellón: Arsenale, Sale d'Armi

57 Bienal de Venecia 2017.

Wow this is every horse girl’s dream

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According to the CDC, in 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch the child do it, having no idea it is happening. Drowning does not look like drowning—Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard’s On Scene magazine, described the Instinctive Drowning Response like this:

“Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs.

Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.

Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.”

This doesn’t mean that a person that is yelling for help and thrashing isn’t in real trouble—they are experiencing aquatic distress. Not always present before the Instinctive Drowning Response, aquatic distress doesn’t last long—but unlike true drowning, these victims can still assist in their own rescue. They can grab lifelines, throw rings, etc.

Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:

Head low in the water, mouth at water level

Head tilted back with mouth open

Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus

Eyes closed

Hair over forehead or eyes

Not using legs—vertical

Hyperventilating or gasping

Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway

Trying to roll over on the back

Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

So if a crew member falls overboard and everything looks OK—don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you all right?” If they can answer at all—they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents—children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

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Lucas—a four-month-old endangered Rodrigues fruit bat that was hand raised at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center after the death of his mother—has just started to use his wings on a couple of practice flights, although they are more like flutters right now. Details: http://bit.ly/LucasZn517 (source)

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Today was a lazy day...which for vacation-time seems appropriate. Occasionally. I SUPPOSE.

After sleeping in post-South Shore sojourn, we ate breakfast with fresh pineapple, ran errands in Hanalei, and finally! got our hands on some poi. Poi! )

Then, dear reader, we tried the Kalalau Trail. Emphasis on trying, alas. The idea was to go just for two miles, from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai Beach along the Na Pali Coast on Kaua'i, and of course back. Kalalau Trail Cautionary Tale )

Right now, we are roasting breadfruit in the oven. If you've seen my Instagram per the last post (and you really don't have to), then you will have seen our Allerton/McBryde Garden shots; it's a National Tropical Botanical Garden and well worth seeing. Bob & breadfruit )

And thus, Sally and I are having stir-fry tonight, with her adding her chicken-leftover, me frying some eggs, and both us roasting breadfruit in the oven, per the original National Tropical Botanical Gardens recipe.

miscellanea (brain-dump)

May. 23rd, 2017 03:52 pm
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하나. I can't remember who recced Helenish's Die Hard fic, Pre-Existing Condition, but kudos for the rec. It was delicious!

둘. Over the weekend I signed up to asianfanfics.com so I could crosspost my three or four Kdrama fics, but I'm too self-conscious to actually do it, and I don't properly understand their tagging system (that new-fangled x thing instead of slashes?), and I feel like it's full of strangers (which is true of AO3 too, of course, but I'm used to that), and what am I even dooooooooing?

New platforms are hard.

셋. Current Kdramas: Goblin (cont.); Witch's Romance (rewatch); Dal Ja's Spring; and for my solo watch, a confusing mix of The K2, My Girl, and Imaginary Cat, all of which I've started, none of which I've got more than an ep and a half into, all of which I intend to watch more of. I'm usually a "one show at a time until I'm done" solo-watcher, so this is kind of throwing me.

넷. Plus I'm trying to catch up with [personal profile] wc_rewatch, having missed a few episodes. (I'm definitely skipping 3.05, but on the fence about whether to give 3.06 and 3.07 another go now that my attitude to Sara has changed. Given I've already recapped the entirety of season 3 in elaborate detail, 3.08 was more fun to revisit than I expected (CLINTON!), but 3.03 was still blah. I much prefer a Neal who at least has an inkling that he can't have the things he repeatedly says he wants unless he rehabilitates himself and STOPS BETRAYING HIS FRIENDS. :-P)

다섯. I'm still using Windows 7 (adapted to look as much like Windows Classic as possible), and in the wake of the recent ransomware and hacking events, the general tone of the internet is "If you're using Win7, how are you still alive?" Since my kneejerk reaction to the free Win10 upgrade last year was a strong Do Not Want, I'm now considering switching to Ubuntu instead.

(Why is it that learning a whole new thing is less irritating than adapting to a new version of an old, very well-known thing? Actually, I know the answer to that: it's the problem of changing ingrained procedural memories.)

Anyway. I'm making a list of Things I Do On My Computer, but if anyone has any Ubuntu advice or suggestions, please please please. Particular areas of uncertainty: a simple alternative to iTunes that lets me load stuff onto iPods; vidding software recs (something similar to Sony Vegas would be fantastic; hey, if it handles new file formats, I might even get back into vidding)...

...and, yeah, here's why I'm hesitating: because I just looked up FileZilla for Linux and it said, Built for Debian 8.0 (Jessie). It is highly recommended to use the package management system of your distribution or to manually compile FileZilla if you are running a different flavour of Linux. Oh god, I have no idea...

Okay, wikipedia says Ubuntu is Debian-based. *breathes again* But still. Is there an Ubuntu-for-Dummies Dreamwidth comm anywhere?

여섯. I'm going ahead with the [community profile] nanodownunder comm, even if it's just a handful of us. Daily check-ins for June. Locked posts, no frills, very little modding (unless someone else wants to take on the social side of modding duties). Pretty much modelled on [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, which sadly doesn't seem to be running mid-year this year. Who's in? All welcome. Join the comm -- and feel free to spread the word.

We'll kick off 1 June, NZ time. :-)

Capitalism Will Eat Your Children

May. 22nd, 2017 10:32 pm
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Most of my playlists get their names from a song lyric or phrase in a book. This one is an exception.

This is my revolution playlist's older, slightly more jaded sister. But despite the name and the sentiment I don't think it's terribly depressing. Just crabby. And couldn't we all use some crabby every now and then? This is also longer than most of my playlists: 26 songs or an hour and forty four minutes of music.

Capitalism Will Eat Your Children
Zip file on dropbox (146MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

There's A War Going On For Your Mind - Flobots
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - My Chemical Romance
Walking Down Madison - Kirsty MacColl Feat. Aniff Cousins
Bankrobber - The Clash
Dance or Die - Janelle Monáe Feat. Saul Williams
How Long? - Wild Strawberries
The Trouble With Normal - Bruce Cockburn
Death To My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen
Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name) - Chumbawamba
16 Tons - Tom Morello
Save This House - Spirit Of The West
The Economy Is Suffering...Let It Die - Anti-Flag
(Antichrist Television Blues) - Arcade Fire
Burundi - Saul Williams Feat. Emily Kokal
Weight of the World - Martyn Joseph
Wings - Josh Ritter
Oh My God - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Reject All American - Bikini Kill
Pink White House - PRIESTS
Jam Tomorrow - Oysterband
Little Boxes - Walk Off The Earth
The Kids Are Ready To Die - The Airborne Toxic Event
The Sound of Silence - Disturbed
Come On Forest Fire (CPI Mix) - Rae Spoon
Waiting For The Great Leap Forward - Billy Bragg
This Is Why We Fight - The Decemberists

I'd appreciate a comment if you download, just so I can know how much interest there is :)

Thick As Thieves

May. 22nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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I have at least four posts I want to make before we leave for Wisconsin Wednesday morning, so let's start with the shortest and easiest one!


I just want ALL the fic RIGHT NOW. It doesn't matter that it's a tiny book fandom and the Thick As Thieves hasn't been out long enough for much fic to be written yet. Rationality has no place in my desires, and my desire is for ALL the fic, ESPECIALLY if it's slashy.

Presume spoilers in comments. At least, I hope there will be spoilers in comments ;)


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