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6th-Dec-2010 10:22 am
Katchoo - Terry Moore
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Happy birthday to phantom_wolfboy!

Hello to returning reader imortalscot!

State of the 'Song
Yep, still oogy. Slight improvement from yesterday in that my cough is productive today, rather than being something like Victoria's fake-hairballing. I dipped down to 97.5 yesterday, close to my baseline, but I'm back over 98 now. Better than Saturday, where I was hovering perilously close to 100 all day.

So basically goblin infestation in head and chest, cough, achiness, fatigue, but the piercing headache, sore throat, and severe nausea are gone. The things bugging me most right now are the chest congestion, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Elayna is home too, having finally contracted a touch of this. Here's hoping her hardy adolescent system trounces it with a swiftness.

Oh Facebook
So, new profile. Which is just fine, really, except that
1. I'd like it to be more customizable
2. I can't get it to put my current employer on the vital stats thing; why?
3. That thing where you can make sure certain people show up as friends every time is no longer there :(
4. Still no gender options other than male and female
5. Still no relationship options for non-monogamous people.

Also, figuring out whether to list your birthmother as your mother is hard. Why no fill-in option regarding your relationship to the person? Also, why no "brother-in-law"/"sister-in-law" option? Steve is not actually my brother. Facebook, you make me mislead people; I mislike that, I do.

Chanukah Awesomeness
Random LJer Lise, in case you're reading this, thank you for the cookbook! And sairaali, thank you for the tiny terrariums! (I think they will be earrings! Must find earwires and pliers.)

It has been a most excellent Chanukah so far, for me as well as Elayna. I have trained my parents to actually use my wishlist, which means books, yarn store gift certificates, and a certain box from Emblems that I have not yet opened but I totally know what it is, and yay for Narnia and having something by Danielle and it matches a necklace earmarked for tithenai!). I have shinies from my men, Wyrding Studios and Sihaya Designs, and geekery from them as well.

And I surprised Adam by getting him an eminently practical gift. Ha! Ten years and I can still surprise him. :)

Did I mention I knitted Elayna a shawl?



She likes it. More pics on Ravelry, bien sur.

Link Soup
* Do not blame sexually predatory behavior within fandom on autism/Asperger's.
* You guys, Game of Thrones is looking awesome.
* Go read ellen_kushner's "The Man with the Knives".

Daily Science
You already know about the arsenic-based lifeforms in Mono Lake, but here's your link roundup.

Also, Enceladus is awesome, bryozoans are awesome, Hyperion is weird and awesome, and the reason H1N1 killed so many young and middle-aged people? they had over-reactive immune systems, that is not awesome and not what I needed to read when I was sick.

Plans
More of that aggressive self-care. Perhaps a bath. Knitting and reading. I have actually found myself with arms too weak and tired to knit more than a few rows this weekend, which vexes me. Quit it, body. I have too much to do.
Comments 
6th-Dec-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Great linky goodness on predatory behavior.

Glad you're starting to turn the corner, sick-wise. And hugs to Judah--he wins my Favorte New Pal of the Month award.
6th-Dec-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm still cranky that I couldn't help! I missed a lot of stuff this weekend that I wanted to do.

Judah = awesome.
6th-Dec-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
So much linky awesome - will have to steal. :)
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6th-Dec-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome :)
6th-Dec-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely shawl.

On another note, is it sad that I recognize so many of those spines -- and spotted the CdL shelves right off?
9th-Dec-2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
By sad, you mean awesome, I assume!
9th-Dec-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course! Awesome. Absolutely! =)
6th-Dec-2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
*hug* I have a happy link to contribute. Here's hoping this makes you smile!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1U960aX7qs
9th-Dec-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Uri Westrich. " :(
9th-Dec-2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Love it - and so needed that right now!
11th-Dec-2010 04:43 am (UTC)
*hug* Happy to help!
6th-Dec-2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Darlin'.

Also, Elayna is turning into a beautiful young woman (no longer a beautiful girl). Keep that spear handy.
6th-Dec-2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
4. Still no gender options other than male and female
5. Still no relationship options for non-monogamous people.

Also, figuring out whether to list your birthmother as your mother is hard. Why no fill-in option regarding your relationship to the person? Also, why no "brother-in-law"/"sister-in-law" option? Steve is not actually my brother. Facebook, you make me mislead people; I mislike that, I do.


How DARE people and their relationships with other people not fit into our tiny little boxes! How INCONVENIENT!

(There is an alternative to Facebook being developed with a fill in box for gender, incidentally.)
6th-Dec-2010 11:31 pm (UTC) - In which I nerd out about epidemiology!
...Although as far as the H1N1 of last year, "so many" = about twice as many as the usual seasonal flu kills, which is still a tiny number of people, around one in two thousand.

This is to be contrasted from the H1N1 flu of 1918, which killed many, many more people. It had the same "murder weapon" - the victims' own immune systems - but in addition to that, the virus had evolutionary advantages that just plain don't occur in the first world today.

See, lethality always has to balance with transmissibility: anything that kills too fast doesn't make it to the next host. Except when huge numbers of hosts are living in each other's pockets constantly. World War I was on; there were military barracks where men slept in shifts and the second sleep shift hit the beds within five minutes of the first (paraphrased from John M. Barry's The Great Influenza) and people were packed together like sardines. This and similar conditions going around led to uncommon levels of mutation survival. In short, we practically bred the darn thing.

(Another thought on movement patterns, courtesy of Wikipedia, referring to the deadlier second wave of the 1918 outbreak: "In civilian life evolutionary pressures favour a mild strain: those who get really sick stay home, and those mildly ill continue with their lives, go to work and go shopping, preferentially spreading the mild strain. In the trenches the evolutionary pressures were reversed: soldiers with a mild strain remained where they were, while the severely ill were sent on crowded trains to crowded field hospitals, spreading the deadlier virus.")
7th-Dec-2010 04:38 am (UTC)
4. Still no gender options other than male and female
5. Still no relationship options for non-monogamous people.

Also, figuring out whether to list your birthmother as your mother is hard. Why no fill-in option regarding your relationship to the person? Also, why no "brother-in-law"/"sister-in-law" option? Steve is not actually my brother. Facebook, you make me mislead people; I mislike that, I do.


Not only that - but also no way to list step-family! Argh...

8th-Dec-2010 02:16 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better. Oh, and that story made me cry. Swordspoint was the book that let me know being gay was ok.
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