Beach Safety

Sep. 4th, 2015 03:01 am
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Cove in North Devon

Photographer: Marlene Kenese

Summary Author: Marlene Kenese

Shown above is a charming little cove near Wolocombe Beach in North Devon, U.K. I took this shot while jogging the coastal path towards Combe Martin. Inviting spots such as this can be dangerous to beachgoers. Inside the cove the sea currents are relatively weak (2 to 3 knots or 4 to 6 kmh), but away from the coast the flow increases to 6 knots (11 kmh). Wading into the water along shore it's easy to be lulled into thinking that if the water appears flat it's safe to swim. However, if you're swimming from the cove into the more open water you would suddenly feel like you're swimming on a treadmill -- the water is moving faster than you can swim. Water that seems calm superficially may contain rip currents that claim the lives of too many vacationers -- an average of 65 per year in the U.K. Photo taken on August 9, 2015.


the wrong affect

Sep. 4th, 2015 01:41 am
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I got a phone message from my new doctor's office, telling me that neither my new doctor nor anyone else on their panel was accepting new patients, offering me the phone number for Associates in Family Medicine, and signing off with "I hope that helps!"

I called back to protest that my appointment had been scheduled eight months ago. Eventually got to talk to a person, who agreed that my appointment existed and I should not have gotten that phone call.

I don't know what I'd have done otherwise; the reason that I agreed to wait eight months for an intake visit was that I won't go to Associates in Family Medicine, who still employ Dr Steven B. Tippin (*spit*).

I was just thinking about Dr Tippin (*spit*) the other day, when someone posted about the problem of having to present the correct affect in order to get medical care instead of being brushed off as a hysterical woman. Women, of course, are always untrustworthy; pregnant (or menstruating, or premenstrual, or menopausal) women doubly so; and then there's Hysterical Hispanic Syndrome, which is endemic here in Colorado. So of course when I noticed, near the end of my first pregnancy, that the baby's movements were decreasing, I made sure to stay calm and serious as I described it to Dr Tippin (*spit*). He appeared to take me seriously. He asked if there had been a sudden drop-off. I said no, it was very gradual[*], but clearly decreasing from one week to the next. He listened to the baby's heartbeat for 15 seconds, multiplied that by 4, and told me everything was fine.

My mom, who was an ER nurse, said that the doctor must have dismissed my concerns because I seemed like a hysterical pregnant woman. I said no, I had been very careful not to. My mom didn't miss a beat: she said the doctor must have dismissed my concerns because I didn't seem concerned enough.

At the next visit I evinced more distress. I reminded him that I had brought up this concern last time. I said that the baby's movements had continued to dwindle, gradually but persistently, in strength and frequency. He listened to the baby's heartbeat for 15 seconds, multiplied that number by 4, and told me everything was fine.

At the next visit, Dr Tippin (*spit*) yelled at me for not knowing that the baby had stopped moving forever.

That's Dr Steven B. Tippin (*spit*), still practicing with Associates in Family Medicine in Fort Collins, CO.

I do realize that Dr Tippin (*spit*) was yelling at me to drown out whatever small noise his stunted shriveled conscience was still capable of making, but you know that moment in Prince Caspian when Susan has to acknowledge that she saw Aslan, she knew they were going in the wrong direction, she didn't fight for what she knew because... she doesn't even know anymore, but something feeble? That's me.

[*]If you are ever pregnant and worried about whether the baby's movements are decreasing, do kick counts.
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Tonight I got to show Pimpernel Smith (1941) to [personal profile] skygiants, [personal profile] genarti, [ profile] agoodshinkickin, and two people who should let me know their LJ/DW handles if they have them. There was an inordinate amount of kugel, both sweet and savory, and a rose-mint-marjoram-infused vodka provided by one of the people who may or may not have an online handle. It was the most social thing I've done in a very long time.

I came home and worked for several hours by the grace of [ profile] derspatchel's laptop, which he has lent me for the purpose. Autolycus has spent nearly the entire time with me on the couch, purring and supportive, occasionally butting his head against my hands and gnawing gently on one of my wrists when I pay too much attention to my job and not enough to him. If there's not room for him to settle on my lap, as he likes best, he drapes himself over the back of the couch and watches the screen over my shoulder, purr crackling away behind me; he tries to groom whatever parts of me he can reach. He is an aggressively comforting cat. Bertie Owen has been out of commission since crashing halfway through a backup this afternoon. My dream scenario is that I'll take him to my parents' house and borrow a can of compressed air from my father and blow out a whole bunch of dust and cat hair that combined with the unrelieved summer humidity have been causing him to overheat, but I have no idea how realistic this is.

Afterward I sat in Rob's office, with Autolycus prowling around the shelves behind me—Hestia was in the kitchen, alternately napping on her favorite cardboard box or trying to catch insects through the window—and read about a dozen issues of Caitlín R. Kiernan's The Dreaming (1997–2001), which I still wish had been collected. I hadn't read most of them since grad school. My love for Lucien remains undiminished. He was my favorite character from The Sandman, with Cain and Abel following a close second, because that's my brain. I can remember haunting the Million Year Picnic for new and then back issues of The Dreaming.

I feel very much as though most of my life has been lost

I've realized the summer's ending; we're entering the season where I have the most trouble with ghosts, mostly of myself. I thought I was through that stage. I thought in 2013 I was alive. I am holding a soft-furred cat and hoping I still am, even if I can't believe it.
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Totem by Cirque du Soleil

Sep. 4th, 2015 03:19 pm
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Cirque du Soleil is playing in Perth with their show Totem.

As a first time experience of this famous troupe I was blown away by the skills of the performers. The fliers were fantastic - but the rug spinners and especially the women on the 3 metre tall or so unicycles throwing bowls onto each others heads with their feet While cycling backwards. Really took the cake for me.

The lighting and effects were extraordinary too, with the tide coming in and out, and the spectacular costumes and sets.

The clowns were non scary and very funny - skilled too, I especially liked Misha and his  musical piece.

9/10 Highly recommended and finding yourself in the middle of The Carnival of Cultures in zero gravity on the Sid and Nancy scale .
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The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings begins its 25th season on September 8 with presentations by Rajan Khanna and Michael Swanwick. Rajan Khanna’s first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, was released in October 2014. A sequel, … Continue reading

Friday's words

Sep. 4th, 2015 03:01 am
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It's Friday -- one word at a time

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100 / 1000

Uncanny Magazine Posts Sixth Issue

Sep. 4th, 2015 06:38 am
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Uncanny Magazine issue 6 has been released by Hugo Award-winning Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas (Chicks Dig Time Lords, Apex Magazine) and Michael Damian Thomas (Queers Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) Half the contents can be read free now, and the other … Continue reading
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Sep. 4th, 2015 02:34 am
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Antibiotics aren't allowed any more, I'm banning them. They're very bad.
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Some befores/afters – I finally did a deep clean/reorganization of my room in preparation for new roomies moving in! I’m hoping to actually keep it this clean and organized this time. Also the amount of dust/cat hair I found under my dresser was unholy. My rug actually looks new now that it’s been cleaned of like a year’s worth of Jasper laying all over it, and I found homes for all the random shit piled on top of my cosplay bin! I really should have cleaned out my cosplay bin (instead of just stuffing more shit inside of it…) and my shoe bin too, but that’s a project for another day. This was a whole-day kind of endeavor. Exceptionally glad I cleaned out and organized my nightstand drawer, and I started a folder system for all my important papers (Health, Work, Simmons, and Misc) plus an accordion folder that I’m using to record all utilities for the apartment now that they’re all in my name.

Also I took some nice pictures of the little accents in my room so that’s gonna be my next post!

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SPIKE: Oh, listen to Mary Poppins. He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. (everyone looking at him) You Englishmen are always so... (pauses) Bloody hell! (ticks off on his fingers) Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks, oh God! I'm English!
GILES: (puts glasses on) Welcome to the nancy tribe.


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Street date for Sentinel series dvds

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September 22, 2015, though I think they're insane listing it at that price, egad.

A Family Member's Child Is Missing!

Sep. 4th, 2015 04:01 am
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If you know where she is, PLEASE call police!

FINAL deadline has PASSED!

Sep. 3rd, 2015 09:11 pm
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The final deadline for pinch-hits has now officially passed! We will now begin the process of checking the uploaded stories to make sure that all assignments are complete and following the rules.

As long as everyone has a complete story, we will open the archive on September 4 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. We understand that this may be later than some of you are expecting, but we want to ensure that all loose ends are tied up before we open the archive for reading. That means treat writers will have until that time to finish and post any treats they've been working on. (Remember: treats can be of any wordcount!) You may also make edits to your already posted stories up until that time.

Thank you everyone for participating and thank you for your patience! We look forward to spending all weekend reading your brilliant stories!


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