July 9th, 2009


Thor's Day

Happy birthday to anverie and sindrian!

I am going to say this with great caution and with fingers crossed:

You guys, I'm feeling... better.

Clearer, faster, more balanced. I am feeling more like *me* than I have all year.

Now I fight the fear of that me-ness going away again. Because I had this when I started Lyrica - didn't I? Did I ever feel this okay? Or was it just that Trileptal was so dramatically horrible that the twilight of Lyrica felt like a decent normal to be at? Where I am right now is good. But. Will I lose that?

Consider this: I have been brainfucked and sedated for almost 6 years. It's hard to gauge normal.

And the hope that I'll have my brain back... wild fluttery hope. But I can't let myself get too attached to the possibility, because I don't want to get crushed...

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Quote of the Day
"Success is not the arrival, it’s the fact that we had the stones to make the journey. The arrival is the result: the success happens every single moment between now and then."
--Kelley Eskridge

Link Soup
* Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Go Mass!
* This, on the other hand, is awful.
* Would this be considered business casual at iRobot?
* Interesting idea.

Daily Science
AN ILLUSION device that makes one object look like another could one day be used to camouflage military planes or create "holes" in solid walls. The idea builds on the optical properties of so-called metamaterials, which can bend light in almost any direction. In 2006, researchers used this idea to create an "invisibility cloak" that bent microwaves around a central cavity, like water flowing around a stone. Any object in this cavity is effectively invisible.
Now a group of researchers has gone a step further. "Invisibility is just an illusion of free space, of air," says Che Ting Chan, a physicist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a co-author of the study. "We are extending that concept. We can make it look like not just air but anything we want." Instead of bending light around a central cavity, the team has worked out the mathematical rules for bending light in other ways. For example, a material could be designed to bend light in the same way as a spoon would. So the light hitting the material would be distorted to make it look as if a spoon were there.

Daily BPAL
Season of the Inundation: Sweet, black silt mingled with holy myrrh, melilot, hyssop, spikenard, balsam, cedar, and a hint of melting snow from the Abyssinian hills.
In bottle: Dirty/clean. Does that make sense? Rich loam, fresh water.
On me: Clean with that base of silt. There's the balsam. Nice.

The Feast for the Greatly Revered Ones: Cacao mixed with ground maize, agave wine, and octli, mixed with herbs and spices native to central Mexico.
In bottle: Cacao/agave yum. Also? It's polka-dot! The cacao note separates.
On me: Eh. The maize becomes primary. Spicy corn oddness. Not for me.

Um, the stuff I was supposed to do yesterday. **shuffles feet** Plus I must bake cookies for the Goblin Queens. Tonight, Goblin Fruit party! And I might make it in time for the 9pm panels, we'll see.
One Person can Make a Difference

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This is copy/pasted from the lovely zarhooie; all words below the dotted lines are hers.

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First, go read this. It's ok, I'll wait.

For those who didn't read, the article was about a family in upstate NY who lost everything in a house fire. Those people, Vance and Lisa? They are also known as Talorc and Emma McTaran in the SCA, and you couldn't ask for better people. Their kids, Brian and Josh, are pretty awesome too. They lost everything, including their dog, all their clothes and all their stuff. While Grizzly can never be replaced, the clothes and stuff can. This is where you come in.

They need everything, but clothes are especially needed. Emma wears a 14-16 womens and tends more towards jeans and t-shirts than fancy skirts. However, business casual wear for her would get used. Talorc needs jeans (size 32/32) and large shirts. He likes button downs and t-shirts. The boys also need clothes: Brian is 36,/32 pants xl shirt, Josh is 36/32 pants and xl shirt. They're 15 and 17, so use your best judgment.

Obviously, it's going to be easier for non-locals to send money rather than goods. To this end, gift cards to Target and Walmart are requested, along with Visa pre-loaded cash cards. They've also had a PayPal account set up for them. The address on that is emmaandtalorc AT gmail.com. Every little bit helps.

If you have physical goods that you'd like to give them (clothes, housewares, SCA stuff), please contact either Kat Toomajian aka zarhooie (zarhooie AT gmail.com) or Jen Melchert (jenphalian AT gmail.com) for an address. You can also contact either of us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your kindness. Spread the word! See the bottom of this entry for a copy-paste text box.