Today the dogs are getting a mix of Wild Frontier and High Endurance mixed with canned venison and veggies and topped with a cod skin roll - not too shabby for a rescue, I like to think. Bolt is very excited as you can see.
I should send you a birthday greeting on FB, which is where you hang out most these days. And I should keep in contact more often, which is something i say every year around this time. I'm bad at it - I'm sure you've noticed. I should be a better friend. It's been a long time since we talked the art, science, and frustration of fic writing, or fangirled about Who or BSG. In fact, your life has moved on from those days - you have a family that includes one of the cutest little red-heads I've seen in a long time.
But I'll always remember that you were one of the people who impressed me with her wit, and bravery, and creativity, all those years ago on TWoP, in LINDA. And I'll always be grateful to you for urging me on when I began writing fiction again, after decades away from it. I remember our efforts to bring back Jacob's Who recaps on TWoP - and we were kind of successful at that, weren't we?
You deserve a fantastic life, and I know you're having one. I'll drop by FB to say happy birthday one day late - but I grew to know you and cherish you far from FB, so this is where my birthday wish stands. All the best, my dear.
This morning we were talking about a time I'd visited and an astrologer friend of hers had also visited. The ad at a top of an LJ page is offering a link to Amazon for The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need.
I knew I was getting close to that 20%, and thanks to the incredible power of motivation that is increasing numbers I went out today and managed my longest run yet - a total 11.5k. I did take a couple of walking breaks at 30min, 60min and 75min, but I beat my previous 10k speed with almost a full minute and explored a new route and didn't injure myself or come home full of aches and pains.
I never in my life imagined it could be so rewarding to just... go out and run. (Jog. At the pace I'm going at, I doubt anyone would call it "running".) I'm still marveling at the fact that it's my body doing this - legs eating up distance, heart pumping, lungs... well, the lungs frequently need an extra boost from the inhaler, but I'm grateful they're doing as well as they are.
A really amazingly helpful bunch of comments from rydra_wong and others in her excellent yoga thread here has also done wonders for my motivation to practice more yoga at home. Ever since my bike accident reversed a bunch of progress for me I've been more timid about what I feel comfortable doing, and extreme anxiety about headstands and other inversions has made me enjoy yoga classes less and so of course left me less likely to practice at home between classes. But getting so much good advice on how to approach the practice, and validation that the anxiety is not a personal failing has made me eager to get back into regular home practice.
Plus last week at the climbing wall reminded me that I really, really need to work on getting upper body strength to match my new body mass! (Turns out leg and thigh muscles are heavy.)
There's so much more I've been thinking about my body a lifetime's anxieties and built-in assumptions about what it can and can't do have been slowly changing since my wife first took me to a climbing wall, but so far it's all jumbled and wouldn't make for any sort of post. I just wanted to mark the occasion of my first 100k and longest run - and also say I'm so glad it's getting milder and lighter. This week I was finally able to go out and run before work again, so hopefully I'll get to 200k in less time than I got to 100k.
Basically these are just asking for input on this year's schedule (tagset nominations in early March, signups in late March, fics due in early June - similar to last year) and a couple of potential rule changes.
On a completely other topic, I was in the school supplies aisle last night looking for a 2-pocket folder (this kind of thing) to replace the falling-apart one I've been using since middle school and don't really like anyway. Don't they have pretty ones anymore?? Do you guys remember all the different fashion folders we used to be able to get, with unicorns or cats or butterflies or whatever? Are those not a thing anymore? It was all solid-colored folders with a tiny handful of sports-themed ones. I wanted unicorns, dammit. :P They didn't even have very many colors. At least I was able to find a purple one.
3/5. In her late seventies, Nan orchestrates a reunion with her childhood friends. They have ghosts that need to be put to rest, and there are things Nan's daughter needs to know.
A deceptive book. I was impatient with the first third. Yes yes, I thought, they have dark secrets, their friend died under mysterious circumstances, Nan and her daughter both have a magical power, the garden is a symbol, yes. And all of those things are true, but none of them are quite what I expected. Yes, they have secrets, but they're much more complicated than the mere facts of what happened. And yes there are witches in this book, and they have a certain power, but the place where that power most readily intersects with the world is in supplying access to abortions. And yes, the garden is a symbol.
This book complexified and ramified as it went, and swerved into weird and back out into domestic, and over the other direction into scary, and then back to a quiet bittersweetness. It is exactly what I guessed it to be when I was impatient with it, but much more interesting and quietly rich. Lovely.
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Can you believe that I've been online since the ARPAnet and yet, in 2017, do not know the nuts and bolts of domain-name management? Perhaps you, dear reader, will point me toward the clues, and I promise not to be offended that you're quietly snickering there.
The recent LJ upheaval is far from the first signal that really, if you care about durable links, you need to own your own domain, but it's the one that's finally gotten through to me. Instead of relying on Livejournal or Dreamwidth or Medium or whomever else to provide a durable path to my stuff, I ought to control that, so if a service goes belly-up, the old, public URLs still work (with content migrated elsewhere).
What (I think) I would like (please tell me if this is flawed): some domain -- I'll use cellio.org as my example, though that one is taken so I'll need another -- where www.cellio.org points to my ISP-provided web content (which I can easily edit), blog.cellio.org points to my DW journal, medium.cellio.org points to my Medium page, and I can set up other redirects like that as needed. So I can't do anything about links that are already out there, but I can give out better URLs for future stuff (stop the bleeding, in other words). Bonus points if the durable URL stays in the URL bar instead of being rewritten (unlike pobox.com redirects), but that might be hard.
I do not want to run my own web server.
Now I already pay pobox.com for, among things, URL redirection, but it's to a single destination. And it's not at the domain level -- www.pobox.com/~cellio redirects to my ISP-provided web space. It'd be ok, though a little kludgy, if I could manufacture URLs like www.pobox.com/~cellio/blog that do what I described above, but unless there's something I can drop into my own web space, without requiring access to my ISP's web server, I don't think I can do that. Also, this leaves me dependent on pobox.com; owning my own domain sounds like a better idea. pobox.com has been solidly reliable for 20+ years, but what about the next 20?
I understand that I need to (a) buy a domain and (b) host it somewhere, and if I were running my own server then (b) would apparently be straightforward, but I don't know how to do that in this world of distributed stuff and redirects. Also, I'm not really clear on how to do (a) correctly (reliably, at reasonable cost, etc).
So, err, is this a reasonable thing to want to do and, if so, what should I do to make it happen?
Me: What do we need, that is available from Amazon, that costs $4.02?
Dani: Is this what's known as a first-world problem?
Me: Not the most egregious I've seen, but yeah.
Free shipping: modifying buyer behavior since...whenever they started that. But it works because of their enormous catalogue; you can find something to fill out an order. (For personal orders this is pretty much never a problem, but I was buying house stuff and thus using shared money.)
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