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2017-05-27 01:23 am

It's Fleet Week.

I absolutely hate Fleet Week, and I'll tell you why.

Fleet Week involves air shows. Air shows sometimes end up sending fighter planes over my house. Fighter planes over my house panic me and bring me back to my third period class on 9/11, when they were right over my school. This is not good.

And I feel so stupid about it. Nobody I knew got hurt. Nobody I knew* was even there - the closest was Jenn, on the boat. She just walked off back into the terminal and went home. Likewise, my mother and I were both on Staten Island. (And trapped here for a week!) It's not like I had to flee Lower Manhattan with body parts raining down on me.

So even though "a lingering dislike of low-flying planes, especially fighter planes" is a very, very minor side effect of 9/11, I don't like having any at all, like it's somehow disrespectful to people who actually suffered and actually have PTSD. (And you don't need to tell me that this is a ridiculous position. Knowing that doesn't make it better, and I feel like the vicious cycle this can lead to is a bit self-evident.)

On the plus side, and there is a plus side, at least I'm aware it's Fleet Week. It's only really bad when I don't pay attention to the calendar and am completely taken by surprise. One year the airshow was a week late or something, and I ended up in the basement with the girls. They thought I was completely overreacting. And I was, but if I hadn't been, I might've just saved their lives, so whatever.

Edit: Actually, I had the bright idea after typing all this up to look at the schedule. Looks like all airshows have already happened. Boy, is that a relief. Worked myself up over nothing!

(Still don't like Fleet Week.)

* This is not strictly true. My mother's coworkers were all there, and I knew many of them. But you know what I mean, I hope. Anyway, they all survived with no physical injuries.
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2017-05-26 10:26 pm

Ugh. My browser has decided to forget all my previously opened tabs

I had to guess using my history, and there were a few I had open for long term use and now I don't remember what they were.

Very annoyed.
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2017-05-25 12:31 am

Tried taking off his collar today

Nothing doing. I think poor Finn might be stuck in that stupid collar until a full ten days has passed, given how he dove right for his stitches and started to nibble.

Edit: Also, he's making a weird noise in his sleep. He's burping or hiccupping, I don't know, but it sounds like the sort of bubbles you'd hear popping in an old video game. It is super adorable.

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Learning to read as an adult might change the way your brain works

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales

Reinventing high school

Male Fish Borrows Egg to Clone Itself

Taiwan is closer to being 1st Asian place to allow same-sex marriage

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

Last show for Ringling: Why it’s not really the end of the circus

Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

Hundreds protest over minimum wage at McDonald's stockholder meeting

Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students

How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a “catastrophic risk” – survey

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Lives – At A Cost

There Aren't Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy

The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

Border Walls and Biodiversity: New barriers, new horizons

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work

How the Right Is Perverting Religious Liberty

Trump's budget means deep cuts for health care safety net

In Trump's America, Infrastructure Is Not for the People

I read Trump's budget with an expert. His take: it's cruel and based on phony assumptions.

SMBC: Marine Biology (This is not a funny comic.)

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Army trucks roll deeper into Philippine city that is under siege while thousands flee
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2017-05-24 03:39 am

So iZombie this week introduced me to

Finnegan's Wake (the song, that is.)

They certainly get to brawling fast, don't they? I get that the row and the ruckus has to start somehow, and that they're all a little into their cups by now, and Biddy sure is a buzzkill... but even so. I wonder if we're missing some important backstory here.

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Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Why the Venus de Milo Has Extra-Long Second Toes

Capybara Loves All The Animals On Her Farm

Study shows snakes, thought to be solitary eaters, coordinate hunts

Gorgeous Artwork Shows Kids With Their Superhero Shadows and Will Warm Your Frozen Heart

Welsh Farmer Accidentally Creates World's Hottest Chili

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering (Relevant link to LJ)

How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirit

Migrants sweep their way to integration in rubbish-strewn Rome

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Grasshopper Glacier

Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance

Why we have more and more days without frost

Animals still in cages a year after Buenos Aires zoo closure

In the aftermath of disaster, Haitians ask what makes a city.

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Without ID, Homeless Trapped in Vicious Cycle

Covering Standing Rock

The 'Muslim World' Does Not Exist

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central America

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

The Deportation Fears of Immigrants With Disabled Children

Federal Agents Are Now Using ‘Stingrays’ to Track and Capture Undocumented Immigrants

The Disappearing Data Project

Dubious arrests, damaged lives: How shelters criminalize hundreds of children

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

They Outnumber Refugees But Don't Often Make Headlines

The Scramble for Post-ISIS Syria Has Officially Begun

20 million people are starving and the media only cares about Trump, says UN

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.
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2017-05-23 02:02 pm

Did anybody happen to look at M-W's trending now list?

Apparently, people are looking up: Suborn, nutjob, collusion, counsel, and witch-hunt.

*giggles*

Now, class, I want you to write out the entire list three times, and then use each word in a sentence.
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2017-05-22 01:24 am

Sigh

So I'm reluctant to give Finn too many treats while he's walking around like the silliest evil overlord ever. He doesn't realize he ought to face forward, and so I end up with my hand above his nose, and one way or another, I'm likely to get my fingers nipped.

But after I walked him this evening I saw we had some chewies and thought I might try getting him to sit while I took off his leash. Well, he sat obediently and waited when I asked... but when I reached for his collar he stood up again. Lather, rinse, repeat. We'll call it a work in progress.

How many days until the cone comes off again!? We're on day three already.

He's now on my bed, looking like a pile of laundry. This is also improvement - before we took him to the groomer, he looked like a dust mop, and I couldn't make heads nor tails of him. Literally, was never sure which end was which until he stood up and licked me.

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Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Gender confirmation surgeries on the rise in the U.S.

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement

Woman Uses Ancient Swedish Herding Call To Bring Her Cows Home

In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s

A Brief History of the Pencil

31 Vintage Posters That Demand You Pick Up a Book

YOU CANNOT ACTUALLY DO ALL THE THINGS

Autistic people can hear more than most – which can be a strength and a challenge (No duh)

The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent With Autism (All parents interviewed seem to use identify first language. Somehow, the writer of the piece didn't get the memo.)

The Immigrant Activist Who Loved America’s Ideals, If Not Its Actions

Urban beasts: how wild animals have moved into cities

Bevy of bobcats: Thriving animals poised as next urban pest

Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina congressional district maps

Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians

Trump admin scales back threat to sanctuary cities

Study finds that speeding up sepsis care can save lives

A Short History of U.S. Presidents Explaining Islam to Muslims

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' Lives

The Slums Of Buenos Aires Are Too Wet And Too Dry

The Children Being Denied Due Process

Spreading south, jihadist violence threatens future of children in central Mali

The war you’ve never heard of

Flynn declines Senate subpoena in Russia probe
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2017-05-21 12:45 pm

So, after we do sit

How do I make the dog stand again so we can do it again?
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2017-05-20 05:04 am

A few days ago somebody online asked if people think I have an accent

This is a fairly common thing for autistics to have, a sort of developmental foreign accent syndrome, and I've got it too. (So, I think, does my mother, but she has an alternate explanation. Well, whatever the origin, she also is afflicted by people asking where she's from.) Interestingly, the further I get from NYC, the less people are likely to hear some strangely unidentifiable foreign accent in my speech.

Anyway, it's been a while since this came up in real life, but what do you know, just yesterday one of the people at the doctor's office asked when I was there with my mother!

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Haiti chefs carving out higher profile for country's cuisine

We may have accidentally formed a protective bubble around Earth

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

The Lost Typefaces of W.A. Dwiggins

This Barista’s Disney Latte Art Makes Caffeine Too Pretty to Consume

Novel tissue-engineered islet transplant achieves insulin independence in type 1 diabetes

Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses

The Suffragist Statue Trapped in a Broom Closet for 75 Years

Fiction: The Lifecycle of Software Objects

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls meet families after 3 years

Young Muslim Americans Need Leadership. Can These Men And Women Answer The Call?

Racism Harms Children’s Health, Survey Finds

Fast-Growing Moss Is Turning Antarctica Green

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly disease

American Dolchstoss: The German “stab-in-the-back” myth springs back to life in America, this time through scapegoating over lost jobs.

A meatpacking town in Kansas opened its doors to Somali refugees. Then a group of Trump supporters plotted to kill them after Election Day.

Yemen cholera cases could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

‘It’s just horrific’: caseworkers break their silence to reveal toll of addiction on children

Politics )
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2017-05-19 12:52 am

It's a long train ride to the shelter

And there are no real sidewalks, so I took the bus to pick him up. The bus drops you off directly. OMG, the bus ride is even *longer*, though.

Plus, my metrocard didn't work, so I had to make a pit stop to make change. Got him some chewies in the hopes that they'd keep him happy on the ride. They did not. All he wanted was to snuggle, preferably entirely out of the bag.

He's now home, calm but subdued. Not much interested in eating yet. Looks like he's about to fall over asleep.

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Scorching weather breaking records in Northeast US cities (Golly, was it really hot out today? I didn't know at all!)

30 Excellent Terms From a 17th Century Slang Dictionary

How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset

Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s

Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files (I didn't know there was a film of the book!)

Scientists Just Found a Completely New Kind of Symbiotic Relationship

From Dark to Dark: Yes, Women Have Always Written Space Opera

Why Does New York State Control the Subway? That’s the 20-Cent Question

Why Is Trump Ignoring These Good Heartland Jobs?

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

Sri Lankan Tamils remember relatives killed in the civil war

My two messed-up countries: an immigrant’s dilemma

How the wrong cat litter took down a nuclear waste repository

The 1927 Bombing That Remains America’s Deadliest School Massacre

Unaccompanied minors among stranded migrants in Serbia

You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor

"No Place Is Safe": This Is What Happens to Kids When an Undocumented Parent Is Detained

Trump's Fans Shrug Off Oval Office Leak (Terrifyingly Onionesque. Sample quote: '“This is only a scandal in the minds of those who haven’t heard that the Cold War is over,” said white nationalist Richard Spencer, who over the weekend rallied a peaceful, torch-bearing mob in support of the Confederacy at a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.' OMG.)

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748)
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2017-05-17 06:03 pm

Dog chews

Why are they so expensive?

Tomorrow Finn is going back to the shelter to be fixed. I was supposed to get a ride over, but turns out she's, like, quadruple booked, so it's starting to look like I'll have to take the bus. Yeah, that's gonna be fun.

Well, the newest Attolia book finally came out, and I wanted to re-read the first four, so I guess this'll give me the time to do it. There and back again - twice. WITH A DOG.

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Cockatoos keep their tools safe

Why Early America Was Obsessed With Wooden Nutmegs

St. Louis Road Workers Were Defeated by This Small Blue Kia

Library brings drag queens, kids together for story hour

Humans rely more on 'inferred' visual objects than 'real' ones

Pointless snek meme, but no matter how often I see it, I still giggle

Some fandoms are like that. (Even in Australia.)

This Craftsman Creates Stunning Floor Art From Random Wood Pieces

It’s Not Just Chili Peppers That Are Hot

Setting aside a few uncomfortable economic truths such as the increasing U.S. skills gap, eye-wateringly high unemployment in parts of the euro zone, and growing income inequality in China, the world economy has been doing pretty well this year.

Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

Smoke alarm: Indonesians take tiny steps against Big Tobacco

'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics

How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing

The Aesthetics of Bliss and Trauma in Plantation Weddings

Expelled by Beijing

Born a cremator: An Indian boy's fight for an education

Piss off a man today. Tell him you agree with his compliment of you.

Man gets 49 years for anti-transgender hate crime killing

When Your Child Is a Psychopath: The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.

El Daily Stormer: Neo-Nazi website is now in Spanish, too (What is this, I don't even.)

Why does the U.S. lead the world in incarceration?

Trump is deleting climate change, one site at a time

Famine 'not fake news': WFP head laments media's Trump focus

Remote island turns into a dump after 38 million pieces of trash wash ashore
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2017-05-16 08:23 pm

Actual conversation with my mother

Mom: ...and after all, 100 years ago a marriage between an Irish Catholic and a Jew was considered a racially mixed marriage. I think there was a play about that...
Me: There was, Abie's Irish Rose, which was popular enough to spawn a sequel. The couple had twins.
Mom: HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS? THIS IS NOT NORMAL TO KNOW!

Honestly, Mommy, you're the one who brought it up!

And the answer is I know about it the same way I knew about Chekov's Gun when a cabbie brought it up a few weeks prior: TvTropes. So now you know! (I tried telling her that, but I'm not sure she's ever been on TvTropes herself, so....)