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  1. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Would this be a bad time to mention an article I read recently (in a reputable source) that said metformin may have anti-cancer properties? ;-) Don't mind me, I take four of those darn extended-release horse tablets every night -- well, every night that I don't forget -- and I use that study to console myself about it. In my case, it's not for diabetes, but for polycystic ovarian syndrome. Yes, an insulin sensitizer can improve other hormone disorders, too! Hormones are weird and interact in unexpected ways sometimes.
  2. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I guess I'll be getting that. I went to see a weight loss specialist, and one of the things they routinely worry about is sleep apnea. Saw the sleep specialist, and even though I answered No to all of the screening questions except that I snore enough for my sister to notice if we're in the same room, and I occasionally wake up with a dry mouth when my nose is stuffy from allergies....they still want to do a sleep study. So, I get to spend a night with wires and various other stuff and with someone monitoring and possibly watching me. Part of that is an EEG. Time to prove whether it's there and functioning!
  3. Things You Find Amusing

    A thread for sharing jokes, humorous situations or comments from real life, amything you find amusing. Please try to keep it light-hearted in general -- we want to be amused here, not depressed. ;-) Went to an event last weekend where a friend of the organizer posted on Facebook that she'd be wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt she knew she'd like. Well, there must have been a couple hundred Doctor Who T-shirts at the event! Including on me. That's what you get when you tell everyone in the Facebook group what the event organizer is into, and everyone wants in on the gag! I saw a trio of ducks outside my townhouse this afternoon, two drakes and a hen. The drakes didn't appear to be fighting or trying to edge the other out, they were just walking in a triangle, the boys leading the way almost side by side, the girl following close behind. I couldn't help but think a cheery, "You go, girl!" Which reminds me....why does a chicken coop have two doors?
  4. Patreon April 21, 2018: Strechies!

    On the one hand, I love the idea, the catly abandon with which Catalina stretches, and the fact that Susan is completely herself, from her appearance to her being turned on by watching. On the other hand, that tail is coming out the wrong place! The tail is a continuation of the spine; if it came out where it's pictured, Catalina's pelvis would have nothing to attach to! I know it can be hard to figure out how to combine clothing with tails, but completely breaking the anatomy just totally ruins any suspension of disbelief. Better to have it emerge from the shorts in the right place with no explanation, or give it its own little "leg", or have it emerge from one of the normal legs of the shorts, or anything else that's actually possible.
  5. Story Monday 4-23-2018

    Referring to a crowded collection of odds and ends as "a magpie's nest" is quite common. Magpies are probably better-known as a metaphor than as an actual bird; I knew of magpies for many, many years, but only saw one in person at the San Diego Zoo relatively recently. (Quite the talker and mimic, too!)
  6. Story Friday April 20, 2018

    That is, of course, assuming that Kevin has any idea what he's talking about when he says Ashley is a wizard, or even a potential mage at all....
  7. Things That Are Just Annoying

    The animal hospital is closed on Sundays, but a client showed up knocking on the door tonight with his dog in the car wanting me to just take a look at her. That's not what's annoying, although it would be if I weren't already too far behind on Game of Thrones to be trying to get to a viewing party. It's a good client, and his daughter works for us, so I didn't mind checking their pooch. No, what's annoying is that his cell phone went off, playing just the first eight notes of Bach's Minuet in G. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons will know this piece. And I had it stuck in my head for at least an hour, with periodic relapses since. Aren't cell phones bad enough without people putting earworms on them???
  8. NP Friday 4/20, 2018

    I don't think "annoyed" or "embarrassed" are the main reason Susan is blushing right now. Something else starting with an "a"....
  9. NP Wednesday April 18, 2018

    A wizard could easily get into a gotta-catch-em-all mindset about their friends' and associates' spells, trying to learn as many as possible, even to the point of obsession. Not that I see Ashley going that way, but given how Nanase was grinding levels for a while there, maybe it's just as well she isn't a wizard....
  10. NP Wednesday April 18, 2018

    So now it's officially canon that Susan got more body-shy about stuff like bare midriffs after her growth spurt and all the comments it led to. Curses on all those commenters! (Only mild curses, mind you, let's not go overboard....maybe they only find parking spaces five spaces further out than they would have without the curse....or their cell phone batteries will run out a few minutes faster but only when it's not an emergency.....)
  11. Story Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    So, Pandora said that the wand Tedd was making could hold a small arsenal of spells, including enough power to cast them. I wonder how many spells this wand holds, and whether it has enough power to cast them even for a very low-power caster? If power will be a limiting factor, is the wand smart enough to direct her to use the most efficient spells in the most effective manner?
  12. Things that make you sad.

    Now I'll never get to have Carl Kasell's voice on my home answering machine....
  13. What Are You Listening To?

    Wonder if they got the Harp Twins to do that one?
  14. What Are You Listening To?

    Verity!, an all-women Doctor Who podcast (named in honor of the original producer of the show). They've decided on a theme of Firsts for this year, and thus are reviewing both first episodes, old series and new. It's great hearing the breadth of perspectives on "Rose" and what everyone thought of the idea of a revival of the series at the time. The sort-of-companion-podcast Radio Free Skaro (which is all guys) often makes for a good contrast to this one, but I haven't caught up yet to learn what the boys have planned for the season off. One of my favorite review quotes ever came from a Verity! episode, describing Clara's influence on the Doctor. Something along the lines of, "Donna showed how sometimes, the Doctor needs someone to tell him when to stop. Clara has taken the brakes off and is going WHEEEEE!!!!"
  15. NP Monday April 16, 2018

    Blindingly white legs are a thing. And super-pale skin can be sexy!
  16. The Weather.

    Yeah, that about sums it up. One good warm spell can melt a lot of snow, except for the mountains pushed up in the bigger parking lots. Even when the temperature stays frigid, snow eventually sublimates into the super-dry air. We probably spend more time in winter with bare ground than we do with snow.
  17. The Weather.

    Lucky you. It's been snowing pretty much all day here. Sometimes big fluffy flakes, sometimes tiny little icy specks, almost always blown by too strong and cold a wind. I think it's finally stopped, leaving our cars in need of scraping and brushing off yet again. Isn't it the second half of April? I can't complain, though, because whenever someone else has complained, "What happened to spring??" my reply has been, "This is spring!"
  18. Story Monday April 16, 2018

    Am I the only one who saw that succession of panels, and interpreted it as the side of the box falling onto all the little spirit-birdies, squashing them flat? Nice touch, Ellen being visible in the bottom right.
  19. Things You Only Noticed On Reread

    Same here, thankfully with no tragic family alcoholism story behind it. I just didn't see the appeal nor the need. I could relax and enjoy myself without any artificial help, and I grew up in a university town reading stories in the paper almost every weekend about kids getting drunk and falling off balconies, wandering into traffic, or getting mugged walking/staggering home from bars or parties in the wee hours. Seemed to be all down side, no up side.
  20. NP Friday Apr 13, 2018

    That's actually one of the images I had in mind when I said I'd rather see Susan herself instead of some sort of distorted version of Susan. Going out in FV5 or some other "enhancement" is like going out in a costume, putting a barrier between those seeing you and your real self. In this NP, we get to see Susan as she really is, and that makes it more intimate even though she's only taking off one item of clothing instead of all of them.
  21. Things that make you sad.

    There have been several stories about services and ceremonies held by Jewish congregations and organizations in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The reason this makes me sad is, while they repeatedly declare they will NEVER FORGET the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, and no one else should either, they seem quite happy to forget all about the other six million victims, the disabled, the homosexual, the Romani, and all the other minorities that the Nazis were equally diligent in trying to wipe out. Not one mention of the fact that there were any other victims, that anyone else suffered and died. You would think if they're so determined that everyone remember what they went through, that they'd be a bit less quick to forget others who went through the same thing and are doubtless just as unhappy to be forgotten. It was especially blatant when reporters cited a recent study that said that something like 22% of Millennials thought only 2 million Jews were killed -- and not one reporter nor anyone they interviewed made any mention of whether they knew about any of the other victims, or pointed out the lack of their inclusion in the study if that was the problem. If you wish not to be forgotten, the most important step to take is to remember others. It holds true for individuals, but I believe it holds true for groups of individuals as well.
  22. This Day In History

    "We are the U. S. government, we don't do that sort of thing!" -Sneakers "Too soon?" -Johnny Carson, any time he tried to tell a Lincoln assassination joke, as they always fell flat
  23. The Album, and Other Music

    Perhaps a message to any Let's Players or reviewers who have done any of the games your music is in? "Hey, if you liked the music in this game, could you pass the word to your fans that there's a new album by the same composer?"
  24. Things You Only Noticed On Reread

    I had a roommate on the women's gymnastics team in college, and she said that she and her teammates (not sure how much of the team) were going to get together, and the younger team members would be able to drink for the first time, and experience what getting drunk was like, in a safe environment where they had their older teammates, still sober, to look after them and make sure they didn't do anything stupid. It sounded like the sort of thing that could potentially be abused and turn into hazing, but if it wasn't, it might be a way to remove some of the pressure some college kids feel, that they are supposed to find out what drinking and getting drunk was like now that they're "adults." Once they've already done it, then they could be more confident telling others, "No, thanks, two's my limit" or "I get sick when I drink, and you don't want to have to clean that up," or somesuch. Again, not ideal, but maybe better than the alternatives, such as going to a party with only friends the same age who are equally inexperienced....
  25. NP Friday Apr 13, 2018

    Hooray! Susan is more comfortable with herself, and we get to see a character who is actually still that character instead of some distorted version of that character! To me, at least, this is a more significant, more intimate image of Susan that a naked-but-FV5 "Susan" would be. And I also like her blaming/crediting science. ;-D