goodbye homeland; hello homeland

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:32 am
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So, in about 20 minutes I'm going to be leaving my parents' place, so that we can all go to the airport and travel to the country where my family has lived for as many generations as we know about (at least 4) and left when I was 7.

I've never been to the capital. I don't speak the language that people mostly speak there. (Everyone else in my family does speak it, but at home we always spoke Russian, the de facto lingua franca of the USSR, and that's all I managed to pick up by 7.) Kiev is new to me, and not new because I grew up on stories about it. (My aunt grew up there.) Odessa is familiar, full of people who will be happy to see me, but foreign too, like just another random European city, with buildings and customs that don't conform to the West Asian norms I find familiar and standard.

Anyway, if I started describing my feelings in earnest we'd never be done with parentheses.

I expect this trip will be a mindfuck. I expect being stuck with my parents for two weeks straight will be... a challenge. I hope, intensely, that the next two weeks will be wonderful and healing as well, as going home usually is.

Take care, friends.

Global Warming

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:47 am
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 ... is not new, is more solid than ever, but people still aren't listening.
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Scientists have discovered a geometric shape at the center of reality, whose form defines the behavior of particles.  It's a lot simpler than trying to calculate by hand the way those things move.  It goes from hundreds of pages of math to one. 

Meanwhile I'm laughing my ass off because, well, om mani padme hum.  Not the sound of the chant, but it's literal meaning: the jewel in the heart of the lotus.  Mystical people have been staring at this thing forever, because A) it's inspiring, B) it's really pretty, and C) when you're out of your body on a lot of other dimensions it tends to be right in front of your face and kind of hard to ignore.  Which is okay because A and B.  :D  Anyhow, quantum mechanics might like to take a look at the prismatic branch of sacred art.  Perhaps it will prove inspiring.  Because quantum physics is where magic and science meet, which is why it's cool.  I may not be able to hack the math, but quantum physics still makes my existential intelligence sit up and go squee.

On the downside, this means people are getting reeeeeaaaalllly close to figuring out graviton technology.  This is about as relaxing as realizing that the toddler has just about figured out how to turn on the blowtorch.  O_O  

Birdfeeding

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:22 pm
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A few days ago, I filled the birdfeeders.  Today I saw a mourning dove on the fly-through feeder, so at least one bird has discovered the seed.  \o/ 

NA does not mean Not Available here

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:08 am
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The 'shopping cart' portion of the site I linked to yesterday is for Narcotics Anonymous. You can check out those items if you haven't already here: https://cart.na.org/

Fandom is really important to me because I crossed the street from my high school in a wicked little town of many small-minded judgements to go to the community college. It was hell.

Going online and meeting people from all over, especially the really cool people from Asia, Canada, Europe, and Australia, that I would not have gotten to meet otherwise is and always has been, really really appreciated.

I kept going on my life path, and with God's help figured some things out.

Recently I was able to attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and it blew my mind.

I found out after reading that I had begun to awaken, an awakening of many sorts, at around Step Three as an adult.

It was nine years at Step Five that after going to this meeting I found out I could move on at Step Six, which was the hardest to put into action consistently, I found out also at the time.

Then, I know and feel keenly that I have passed the Steps outlined in this book, but it is a constant struggle to keep and uphold these principles, that is made much easier by my Judeo-Christian faith.

If you have ever or do have Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, or Anorexia Nervosa, this book Narcotics Anonymous, which you can get here: https://cart.na.org/ will help you find the cure.

God bless you, and keep you, until we meet again.

Hard Things

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:50 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

Pears in Progress

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:38 pm
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I got back out to pick up pears, so we cleaned half a bucket of them, and I put the bits in a crockpot to cook into pie filling.  :D

the last days

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:27 am
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11 days left until we leave. went to stockholm, picked up the VISAs. the two embassy guys we met were suuper nice; seems like the mean/grumpy guys actually work in another part of the building. wife's sisters are visiting, i have to empty my phone and give it to them today or tomorrow.

in stockholm when we were walking there were two fat old ladies going in the opposite direction, the one with the bright pink hat stopped with a big smile and said "good day! good day, misses! and good day, mister! this is the mister, right?" and we said "yes" and she said good day again and then we said "thanks, good day" and she left. her friend was silent the whole time.

"good day" is really archaic in swedish, no one says it anymore, my wife was super shocked to hear it. and i don't really know why the lady assumed we were married (i mean, we ARE, but literally every time i get on the bus the drivers assume i'm under 18 years old so??). afterwards my wife said "what's wrong with swedes? it's like that old lady had been locked up in her basement for 50 years and only came out for the first time today or something".

bought a suitcase for my wife (neon pink). she's finally started to get a little excited about going to japan, NOT because "it's japan" but because she's actually realizing that we're going to, if nothing else, at least be out of this house. her complaints about her parents / sisters have been increasing by the day, which i take as a sign that she's getting more and more impatient about us leaving.

some stuff with the parents does seem like it's getting worse, ex. her dad just SMELLS really really bad, every time he comes out of the bathroom it's like someone died in there AND the smell sticks to not only him but to YOU and the ROOM. my wife describes it as him being a "walking corpse". definitely wasn't this bad a year ago. also you can tell that his memory problems are reaching his face now; tonight when he talked to me, throughout the whole time he LOOKED completely lost and confused; even just a couple months ago he'd TALK confused but not LOOK confused.

i've also found out that some stuff in japan is cheaper than i originally thought, ex. someone just told me they bought 8 volumes of (brand-new-looking) used manga for 1,000 yen which is like... $1 USD per book i guess. i know it's super easy to spend all your money away in japan but wow, i'll really have to watch out!!

in "japanese-language" news, i've started watching dramas with japanese subtitles instead of just anime. everyone online says that dramas have "more realistic talking than anime" and uh..... no. not at all. not modern anime, anyway.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 03:19 pm

Tuesday Yardening

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:24 pm
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Today is warm, partly cloudy, and muggy.  We went out to the orchard and removed many many field weeds from under the pear tree.  It is a bumper year for pears, they are all over the ground already, with plenty left overhead.  If I have the energy, I'll go back out later and pick up a bucket of them to make pie filling. 
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Do you need to stop reading slash? Are you tired of your obsession to word porn? Can you recognize that there are elements of fandom and the internet that are modes of addiction?

Please, get this book now.

If you are in Europe, you can also get this book.

You love reading word porn. You cannot get enough, and you perhaps may be also hooked to watching mysogynistic or gay pornography which hurts you. Go get this book now.

I was never into watching porn online, no, but I knew of others who were. And I was maybe facing addiction to reading slash.

I have not read slash since 2007. Gen, good gen, is so much better. Challenge yourself and your friends to not read slash anymore. Maybe you can do it starting by going for a day without reading it. This book can help you, and so will God.

EDIT: A day later.

Maybe the additional traffic led to the password protection for the site's both European and American channels. The book is called Narcotics Anonymous, and you can get it here: https://cart.na.org/

General Class Frequency Privileges

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:56 pm
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In an emergency, you may be able to use a ham radio, whilst you may not be able to use your cell phone.

A complete chart of the U.S. frequency and mode privileges for all license classes available at http://www.remote.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/bands.html

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