Backfill Widowmaker saves the day

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:34 pm
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I joined a team that had taken the first point at Anubis, and had apparently stalled out a bit trying on the second point, and someone dropped.

After a bit of futzing around and a halfhearted push that I survived (but most of my team did not), they got grouped together and made a decent second go of it. Enemy team wasn't expecting a highly mobile Widowmaker, so I was able to pick their primary healer before this clip started, and then I just hauled my blue aggro ass in with the tanks for this POTG.

(Silvered in objective kills, too, which is always funny as basically deep backfill.)

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This isn't a very interesting highlight, and I'm a little sad about that, because it was a very interesting game.

I'd mined their initial spawn, as always, for the little early intel about who they had coming at us, yeh? And it tripped, like always, and one of the incoming was enemy Widowmaker, who I headshot as she chained up to the hotel balcony that you can see in the preview before she even landed.

She was mad. And, as it turned out, good. And the first kill was so hilarious that it took me a couple of goes to figure that out, and the entire game came down to which of us could keep the other one of us down. When she had me down, she'd kill half our team, and they'd advance the payload. When I had her down, I did the reverse, and we backed them up.

And that was the entire game. When, in the end, I came out ahead against her, we won. Simple as that.

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Funny thing about this was how much of the key part of it happened before this POTG starts. They were flanking to our right, and I'd ping-ponged my neg orb through that channel, and it was racking up damage while I was over on the payload making sure they couldn't inch it home. So the orb's POV would've been a lot more interesting, really?

I had been backfill - enemy team had already made the first checkpoint - and had come in as Pharah, and we almost held them at the second, but a few of them figured out that Pharah as a fucking problem and took me down. Then, inside, well, Pharah's not the best choice, so Moira.

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Feb. 16th, 2019 10:05 am
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It is 'roses are red' season... someyears ago I saw one that was 'violets are *violet* but we didn't used to have that word' but I can't find it again... anyone know where I might find it?
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I'm just so excited to have read a book this week. Because of my headaches and facial pain, etc, I've had a hard time reading, and it makes me sad becuase I love reading. it's not that I love "having read", I love reading itself, the quiet of it, the way time stretches pleasantly and I can immerse myself into a narrative. Sometimes when I finish a book I'm just so happy with the experience that I'm like, "5 stars! Excellent book!" Then later I think more critically and temper my opinion.

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Some of this is copied from my Goodreads:

Intense, absorbing, and beautifully written. This memoir details the author's experience with childhood cancer in her jaw. Unsurprisingly if you know me at all, I especially enjoyed the horse parts: as a teenager, Grealy works at a couple of stables and finds solace in the horses. I appreciated the meditations about how one's face can be a stand-in for one's self.

Contains: harrowing descriptions of medical procedures including surgeries, radiation and chemo, dental procedures, plastic surgery, hospital stays;
Human and animal death;
Descriptions of bullying.

Several times the author uses "blind" as a pejorative.
---

The flaw of this book, if there is one, is that the beginning parts are intensely detailed, making you feel as if you are there with Grealy, but then the last third of the book is not very detailed at all. Suddenly she's in college, then grad school, then living in Europe. This is the part where she's getting a lot of reconstructive surgery, none of which she's very happy with. I'm not sure how I feel about this part, or about the book as a whole. Sadly Grealy did not live very long, so couldn't reflect more upon this stage of her life. She died of an overdose.

She seemed to have a very interesting and complex inner life, with a fierce intelligence.

This book does not get into disability politics or culture at all, except perhaps in a few scenes where she finds community with fellow patients in hospitals.

frida 5 grocery shopping.

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:22 pm
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1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?

Yes, although I'm only responsible for 2-3 dinners. I plan them, my lunches, and my breakfasts and snacks.

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?

sort of, it's not in one list form - recipies and my 'I always get...' list in my head

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?

Fresh fruit, I'll get what's available

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?

I do this when I am *in the house* shopping. At the moment it is lentils, it has been pasta, and toilet roll.

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?

Yes, almost all of my groceries are delivered.

Salon post: February 15

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:16 am
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Good morning!

Topic of the week
Stuff you're enjoying right now, whatever that is.

What I've been up to
Doing all sorts of catchup stuff at home, whee! (And a few enjoyable social outings.)

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )

just emailed the mayor, about Amazon

Feb. 14th, 2019 02:34 pm
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Amazon has just announced they won't be moving to Queens, onto land that had been (and I hope will be) designated for much-needed housing, because of local opposition. I just sent an email to the mayor of Somerville, saying that we don't want them here either. (Somerville had expressed interest, before Amazon picked New York and Virginia.)

I figure it can't hurt for them to hear from us now, before they start making public statements on the subject. ("They" also includes your local government, if you live somewhere else that tried to make this mistake.)

Here's the letter I sent for use by anyone who isn't sure what to say )

Some things I have watched recently!

Feb. 14th, 2019 06:03 am
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The Incredibles 2, on Netflix.

I didn't hate this, and it was fine to zone out to while I was de-stressing from something, but it just seems like such an unnecessary story. The main conflict or progression of the story is that Mom (aka ElastiGirl) goes back to work, and Dad (Mr. Incredible) stays home to watch their 3 kids. He finds this exhausting and difficult. If you have low tolerance for heterosexual problems, definitely skip this film, especially if you hate the trope where the dad is a big oaf. I did enjoy some of the set pieces, especially ElastiGirl saving a high-speed train. Her story was the better part of the movie. So... meh?

One Day at a Time, Netflix - Season 3

I can't recommend this show highly enough. In some ways it's an old-school sit-com, filmed in front of an audience, with limited set changes, and problems are generally solved in a half hour. In other ways it's the most progressive show on TV. Even Brooklyn 99 still has some jokes that make me cringe, but ODAAT is warm and sweet and and funny in a way that is not mean to anyone. There is a non-binary character, Syd, who uses they/them pronouns. Everyone in the show effortlessly uses their pronouns. Stories have subjects such as anxiety, coming out, addiction, and chosen family vs. biological family.

Rita Moreno plays Lydia, and she is a delight. Her character has some quirks that could be annoying in the hands of a less competent and amazing actress. Moreno is 87 years old, and she frequently dances on the show. She's playing a character who is 10 or 20 years younger.

social: visit from Elizabeth

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:04 pm
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Elizabeth is someone [personal profile] cattitude and I know from Yale Story Reading and then hadn't seen for many years while we were living in New York and she was in Boston. Cattitude went to dim sum with herh and a whole bunch of other people on Christmas Day. I didn't get to talk to her at length, but I mentioned the planned eye surgery and she offered to give me a lift to the surgery.

At the beginning of February I sent her a message with the subject line "touching base," to ask if that still looked doable, and saying that also, I'd like to just hang out soon. So, she came over here yesterday afternoon to spend a few hours with me, Cattitude, and the cats. A good time was had by all; the conversation included a bunch of catching up, and chatting about our cats. Elizabeth praised Molly's fluffy tail and general long-haired-cat good looks, as well as scritching both cats.

Galentines?

Feb. 13th, 2019 05:33 pm
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I was shopping for cards and treats for friends this afternoon and realizing that #galentines is the White Feminist version of #nohomo.

Pentagonal Signal Boosts of Joy

Feb. 13th, 2019 06:57 pm
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I’ve spent the last two days trying to catch up my reading list. Not yet successful, but I sure have enjoyed the journey. So I'll share:

hours of enjoyment )


Unicorn chaser is the marvelous ThreadReaderApp, which makes a Twitter thread into a single webpage. I was happy to throw a little money their way, and they create PDFs for me to download.

https://threadreaderapp.com

from the can't-make-this-up-dept

Feb. 13th, 2019 04:03 pm
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https://jalopnik.com/dealership-makes-woman-sitting-right-in-front-of-them-c-1826232532

Marci Robin was buying a Fiat 500X from a West Palm Beach, Florida dealership, and was in the final stages of signing all the paperwork, when she was presented with a strange but simple question: was she a robot?

This wasn’t online or anything, she was right there, in person, in front of the sales person, who wanted her to check a box, with a pen, on real paper, confirming that she was not, in fact, a robot. She claims she isn’t.

Can't Remeber

Feb. 13th, 2019 05:59 pm
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I read this book a couple of years ago. It's focused around a guy who was given Metal Hands and indoctrinated into a religious order and a commander in an Empire's military. The Empire is in disarray because the Emperor was assassinated by the religious order, and the line of succession is heavily disputed. A fleet of black ships was seen coming from a volcanic island and they attacked a coastal city. I, regrettably, never finished the book and it has lead me to here. If anyone knows this book I would greatly appreciate your help.

wait what now?

Feb. 13th, 2019 02:56 pm
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AVATAR KYOSHI NOVELS INCOMING

Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (preorder)

the hype is real

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NASA has pulled the plug on the Mars rover Opportunity, several months after it was last heard from. That rover did a lot of science (as did its sister rover Spirit, which "only" managed six years of their original 90-sol mission. Landing on Mars is difficult, but JPL builds good hardware: the Voyager space probes are still functional and doing science after more than forty years.

Signal Boost: Back on my bullshit

Feb. 13th, 2019 12:07 pm
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[personal profile] kitewithfish posted: Back on my bullshit

Robert Jackson Bennett: Well, to be fair, it is a big pain in the ass. To maintain this world, I have to carefully curate what is now an eleven-page Word document consisting of a 2,000 year timeline, along with varying names of the months, the days, the religious texts. This would be a pain in the ass to maintain even if it corresponded with a real-world history

eleven page word document

ELEVEN page WORD DOCUMENT

elVFEFneva Pgaege WORD DOCUmenTIUHEFLIUHWEFLWEFf

reopens the 800-plus-page Of Gods and Monsters notes file and runs screaming off into the distance

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Feb. 12th, 2019 11:53 pm
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Stolen from [personal profile] recessional who stole it from [personal profile] sholio:
I remember there was a meme-type thing going around a long time ago on this general premise, though perhaps phrased a bit differently ... but if you could get me to write anything at all, what would it be? Like, a fandom I'm not (still?) into, a pairing I don't normally write, tropes that aren't my usual thing -- or maybe an even more indulgent version of something I do write, or that epic 300K post-Agent Carter fic that addresses all the plot points in the series finale, or whatever.

Let's say you could commission me to write anything at all. I'm not looking for prompts because this is likely to be things I probably wouldn't write. I'm just curious. :D And procrastinating.

Flexible Gatekeeping Account

Feb. 12th, 2019 05:33 pm
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The amount of time spent by people running my flex-spending plan, doctors, nurses, [personal profile] cynthia1960, and me on “substantiating” the claim for buying Cyn a scooter is now probably worth more than the scooter.

But hey, we made sure nobody “undeserving” got a scooter, so go team neo-liberalism.

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