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Odin's Day 
28th-Jul-2010 07:14 am
Hello to new reader eight_demands!

State of the 'Song
Severe nausea, second day in a row. Ugh.

Is this Saturday! Sponsor me! Buy awesome stuff in the auction!

We've had a few reports that auction stuff is not working. Please let me know if you're having a problem so I can get programmer gardenfey on it - we want people able to bid!

Story Sale
"Between Truth and Life" to Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Which means I get ice cream when the nausea passes.

Dating While Feminist
Tomorrow! 6pm! Lir Pub on Boylston! Come and discuss the particular challenges of dating while feminist with me, Jaclyn Friedman, Holly Pervocracy and Ian Trefethen! RSVP here.

Rebecca Loebe show!
Rebecca Loebe is playing at TOAD next Tuesday 7-9pm; I'm going their straight from Diesel. Anyone want to join me? Facebook invite here.

I'll be leaving the confessional posts up indefinitely, as they've not attracted much abuse. Keep playing! Have fun! Yes, you can respond to people on both posts. No, it is not bad form to respond to people who are crushing on you. In fact, it could lead to Good Things for all involved. I say go for it.

Her Vampires in Literature course, btw, had a focus on Polidori, le Fanu, and Goethe rather than Rice and Meyer. Don't know if I mentioned that. They have a workshop day today, and tomorrow she starts her Shakespeare Goes to the Movies course. (She keeps criminal psych and forensic science.) Her workshops are Flash-Fiction Writing; Fairy, Zombie, and Monster Make-Up; and Video Aesthetics In Music Videos.

Link Soup
* From everyone: Jane Austen's Fight Club.
* The ten goofiest panels from X-Men: Mutant Genesis.
* Epilepsy drugs and suicidality, which does not surprise any of us who've been on said drugs. Of particular interest, as always, is Keppra, which actually lists psychosis as a side effect on the manufacturer's website. I was basically River Tam when I was on Keppra. Firefly iteration, not more-together Serenity iteration.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Scientists have for some years been able to 'teleport' quantum states from one place to another. Now Seth Lloyd and his MIT team say that, using the same principles and a further strange quantum effect known as 'postselection', it should be possible to do the same backwards in time.
* Researchers studying human conversation have discovered the brains of listeners and speakers become synchronized, and this "neural coupling" makes for effective communication. In essence, the participants’ brains connect in a kind of "mind meld."
* Why it matters that we're close to discovering the Higgs Boson particle.

In this state, I can't imagine I'll be up for anything much but a nap post-work. Hopefully I'll get off my ass and edit "Maxfield Parrish Blue(s)", and I also should submit some stuff; it's been ages since I've sent anything anywhere, besides "Between Truth and Life", which was written specifically for that anthology.
28th-Jul-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Yay, fellow Steam Powered contributor! *clinks glass*
28th-Jul-2010 11:19 am (UTC)
It's going to be a pretty awesome TOC, from what I gather. You have just confirmed more awesomeness. :)
28th-Jul-2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
Making my own announcement this fine morn...
28th-Jul-2010 11:24 am (UTC)
FYI: the error code I get when I try to confirm my bid is:

500 - Internal server error.
There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

(I got it again this am)
28th-Jul-2010 11:45 am (UTC)
28th-Jul-2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
I got this too at 9:17 am.
28th-Jul-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's fixed now.
28th-Jul-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
28th-Jul-2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
It's fixed now.
28th-Jul-2010 11:43 am (UTC) - a bear of little brain
Remind me; are you solo blogging or having people over this year? My husband is under the impression that Bree and I will be at your place, but I don't recall actually running that by you first. I don't want to impose or assume that it's like last year's blogathon.
28th-Jul-2010 11:44 am (UTC) - Re: a bear of little brain
Having people over, but we're already at maximum capacity... didn't even know you were Blogathonning!
28th-Jul-2010 12:56 pm (UTC) - Re: a bear of little brain
that's what I thought...

hadn't actually planned on it, just had mentioned that I'd like to do it this year. He asked me last night if I needed a ride to your place, and I was like, "Why?"

Let me know how best I can help, whether it is drumming up support for you from here or donating.
28th-Jul-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Topamax is the only anti-seizure medication that works for me, and it was great. Really great. I lost weight (one of the side effects), it helped me with some borderline bipolar issues (another thing it was prescribed for), etc.

It also has this one, teeny, tiny, shows up in .01% of the people who take it effect on me. When I got angry, often for genuine reasons, I got really, REALLY, REALLY angry. Like, hadn't lost my temper like that since I was 15 sort of anger. It's a known side effect, but of the type that's 'so rare' they don't need to list it on the warning label type of known side effect.

I have temper issues, but I'm pretty good at keeping them under control compared to previous iterations of me. That said, that drug made me angry, willing to express my anger, and totally unaware that I was acting differently.

(eventually I got shown logs of IM conversations where it was pretty damn obvious.)
28th-Jul-2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Her Vampires in Literature course, btw, had a focus on Polidori, le Fanu, and Goethe rather than Rice and Meyer.

Oh, thank heavens, a course designed by someone who loves literature. :)

I'm impressed that it didn't include Stoker! That's the usual default. But le Fanu is So. Much. Better. after all.

re epilepsy drugs and suicidality: Given that ALL the neurotransmitter-affecting meds have been getting suicidality warnings lately, I'm not surprised to see that some manufacturers are trying to get clinical trials that indicate that their drugs aren't "as bad" as others on that point. (Antipsychotic manufacturers appear to be MUCH more worried about the hyperglycemia/diabetes warning than they are about the suicidality warning, and continue to compete to be "least bad" when it comes to hyperglycemia and weight gain and cholesterol imbalance and... yeah.) IIRC, anti-seizure meds were late to the suicidality-warning party anyway.
28th-Jul-2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale!

I'm glad to hear you're (apparently) feeling better today than you did yesterday. Hopefully you'll feel better still tomorrow.

And of course Elayna's course didn't include Rice or Meyers - it says right there in the title "Vampires in Literature! (/snark) [Disclaimer: I actually like Rice, but with some of the things she says she makes me laugh. I've never actually read Meyers, but when Z. was reading the books she said that all 4 books could have been cut down and combined into one book without losing anything.]
28th-Jul-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hooray on the sale!

Boo to the "500 - Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed." when I try to bid on an item in the BARCC auction!
28th-Jul-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's fixed now.
28th-Jul-2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I successfully placed bids.
28th-Jul-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw. ;)

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28th-Jul-2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh fantastic. I'm on Topomax (topiramate) for migraines. I wonder if that's why my depression has gotten so much worse in the last year? I thought it was just work making me psycho. And it would be a damn shame to go off it, since it works so well at preventing them.
28th-Jul-2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories.


(also, congratulations! :))

Edited at 2010-07-28 08:05 pm (UTC)
28th-Jul-2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Rest assured that I will post a link when it's orderable. :)
29th-Jul-2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Yay on the sale, boo on the nausea!
29th-Jul-2010 10:59 am (UTC)
I wish I could go to Dating While Feminist but I have to watch the kids as my wife has a 6PM medical appointment. I think I am practicing Not Dating While Feminist :P

The crush/flirt thread has me feeling blank, wishing I could post there, feeling in my gut it is an awful idea. I didn't expect to see my name on anybody's crushlist, which is... well, I can live with that, my life is busy. Just... I mention sometimes, in person, that I am shy. I have had some pretty bad experiences with expressing attraction in my formative dating years and it makes me go near-collapse when feeling serious and wanting to express a crush that impacts offline when there is any serious ambiguity of interest on the other side or potential for serious negatives.

It is my damage. That which did not outright kill my relational life did cripple it.

Have fun tonight; wish I could be there.
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