alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine. I am amused that the format make it seem like the meme is self consciously stuttering.
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alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Still working from home as a software engineer, but for an Aussie company this time.

*waves*

May. 30th, 2017 11:44 pm
alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Am still feeling depressed, but getting by. My apologies to the multiple people who subscribed to me recently, you all seem very cool but unfortunately my brain's response to "do I want to see the kinds of posts this person makes on my reading list?" was "Who knows who cares EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE" which was not very helpful.

I have recently made this zuchinni slice minus cheese and oil plus extra egg and some savoury flavours (garlic oil, msg, pepper, salt) a few times using the very convenient zucchini spaghetti from WA Fresh and it is great, though removing most of the fat makes it a trifle rubbery and in need of extra toasting. Going to try it minus bacon next because I don't like eating pork if I can help it.

Though as much as WA Fresh has a nice variety of produce, as I discovered last night they are lacking one very important staple: a "cancel order" button. I had to make a panicked email at 10pm after accidentally ordering twice, it all turned out ok but was rather more stress than I like.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
So! I have been feeling a bit down recently for reasons I'm not going to go into in this post (I have realised that doing so makes me reluctant to read the comments, rather defeating the purpose) and would like some happy, positive human interaction.

So! If the mood strikes you, please comment with happy links, books/movies etc you've enjoyed recently, random cheerful comments about what you've been up to etc. No sympathy comments, I am not in the mood right now.

And to return the favour, here is my swancon costume as well as a mask I made. Also, here is some cute happy fixit art for Rogue One.

Also, while I'm here: hello to everyone who's been coming over to dreamwidth from livejournal!
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Sorry to the many people I did not speak to/was vague at, I was EXTRA SPECIALLY sleepy this weekend, on the plus side all the resting I had to do means I don't actually feel that bad now.

Between all the resting I still had a pretty good time! The Metro's accessibility issues weren't as bad as I thought they'd be, and having Cam to drive me around meant the lack of nearby restaurants wasn't too big of an issue for me personally. Didn't make many panels but the ones I went to were fun, and next years con looks pretty promising. The only guest I really talked to was Joyce Chng/[twitter.com profile] jolantru but she was very nice and had interesting things to say.

I wore a they/them pronoun sticker and mentioned my genderfluidness when it was relevant, and got no negative pushback whatsoever. I think partly because a sticker on the bottom of a lanyard on a wheelchair using short person with boobs is not going to be noticed by most people, but I'm still counting it as a win.

I didn't take a lot of notes but what I have is under the cut. The con used the Grenadine event management system for the first time, it worked pretty well from my end and is reminding me of what I did.
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alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
So today is my first ever December 25th not spent with my family! For the mundane reason that we're celebrating tomorrow (and celebrating Hannukah not Christmas) but it's still been really strange.

This hasn't stopped me getting presents: I got some games off my steam wishlist from Cam, a "Taunting Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Funkopop doll and some caped Robin socks from my friend who always sends weird presents, my Steam keys from the GaymerX kickstarter (good timing on the rewards there :D) and a new chapter from the very fun Pride and Prejudice soulmate fic I'm following, with the satisfyingly accurate chapter title "In Which Mr Wickham Gets Punched In The Face".

I've enjoyed how restful it has been but also felt a little melancholy as night fell so have been watching the most Christmas-y thing on my Netflix queue: Rise of the Guardians. It's an irritatingly generic kids film so far so I'm not getting through it very quickly but I guess that just adds to the Christmas-y-ness.

Also I got inspired to make meat pies for some reason. They turned out really nice, and it's always good to make something conventional I don't normally get to eat. Even with the lowest fat ingredients I could manage it was still fatty enough to make me feel a bit gross but sometimes you gotta have fun.

Anyway, hope you are all having a fun December 25th, whatever that entails for you!
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This time by [tumblr.com profile] faejilly. I quite like the questions on this one, especially since it doesn't make any false assumptions eg that I'm in highschool.
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Dentist!

Dec. 16th, 2016 12:04 am
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
Saw the dentist at Maylands Dental Centre. They were wheelchair accessible and very friendly and nice even when I put a small dent in the wall and then my card was declined and I had to go home to pay them electronically /o\ (I had the money but had forgotten to make sure it was in the right account) The dentist was very competent but the assistant kept getting the water-vacuum briefly stuck on my tongue etc which was annoying.

My teeth are apparently in pretty good shape! When I said I used to eat lots of sugary and acidic foods but had to stop for health reasons she said "Well, you're not missing out, sugar is terrible!". Lady, we both know that is a lie. I apparently have mild gum disease and need to floss more, which I got all inspired about but we'll see if I actually buy any floss lol. Last time I went to the dentist, *cough* years ago, they said I had signs of tooth grinding but apparently I don't now, must be because I went off cymbalta.

Before dentist appointments I always get anxious about cavities etc but forget how unpleasant having my teeth cleaned is. Ugh. But I do like the idea of getting rid of my gum disease since apparently that can have all sorts of nasty systemic side effects. (But flossing suuuuucks)
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Since I haven't done one for a while and feel like there's stuff I have forgotten to record.
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alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Cliche in the sense of the asshole dominant dude and sweet innocent woman etc.

The dynamic I don't like:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because she is the perfect woman.
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because he is the perfect man.
Them: You're right! Let's get married ^_^

The dynamic I do:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Makes sense: she's nice enough, and doesn't seem cowed by your crap.
Him: ACTUALLY SHE SUCKS (actually she is perfect ;_;)
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: WTF. NO. HE IS AN ASSHOLE. GO DATE THIS NICER DUDE.
Her: I KNOW. IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND YET.

I'm not saying this dynamic is good or feminist, and there's others I like more. But it's surprisingly enjoyable considering how much I hate the first dynamic.

Current example, which I read in a block when I had insomnia last night but in the light of day am having to finish in small chunks so I can take a break from the ridiculousness: Midnight Secretary, a manga about a secretary to a vampire who selfishly gives women amazing orgasms because it makes their blood taste better. Which is a pretty clever excuse for sexy dubcon blood drinking that DOESN'T MEAN HE LIKES HER HE JUST GOT HUNGRY OK, congratulations Ohmi Tomu.

Previous examples: the manga (also an anime) Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Jane Eyre.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
Rules: 1. Always repost the rules 
2. Answer the 11 random questions posted for you
 3. Create 11 new ones and tag 11 people 
4. Let the person who tagged you know that you answered.

Except I can't be bothered tagging anyone. I was going to come up with questions anyway but my brain refused.

My answers to Owlmoose's questions )
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
So it looks like waking up at 4-5am is becoming a pattern, on the plus side that gives me time to write this kind of post and plan. Yesterday morning I sat down with a map of Disneyland and added all the charging stations/power points (an image I plan to neaten up then put online, since noone else seems to have made one) then planned out what I wanted to do assuming Cam also woke early and we could take advantage of the one early morning start ("Magic Morning") you can do with a 5 day ticket. And he did!
NOTE: mention of implied fictional rape )
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
Today was actually really great! And TIRING, but in a good way. Photos to be added once I post them to tumblr.

Everything is super commercial and fake but I have decided to try and just roll with it and enjoy it for what it is. It's authentic to it's own culture of inauthenticity! And the Disney Corporation got it's claws into my id young enough that even when part of me is thinking "this is silly/cheesy" another part is going "AHHHHHHHH DISNEYLAND :D :D". I'm not sure if it's because Halloween is approaching or if it's like this all the time but there's lots of people of all ages in costume or themed outfits. Every time I see a little Rey my heart grows three sizes.

It's interesting thinking about how things are set up having worked at a museum aimed at kids. And everything is wheelchair accessible. It's great.

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alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
So things have NOT BEEN IDEAL but are looking up. Here's some rambly thoughts, with a lot of stuff about issues relating to my illnesses cos I know that's something I like to hear about from travelers with similar issues. I may make a shorter, pithier post later with the more interesting details.

So! Short summary of the trip:
Planes from Perth to Melbourne (2.5 hour trip starting at midnight with a 4 hour layover) to LA (14 hour trip), then the Disneyland Express bus to the Howard Johnson hotel with a power chair hired from One Stop Mobility.
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alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Leaving for the US REALLY SOON. And everything's going fine! But. Still. AAAAAAHHHHhhhhhhhh.
alias_sqbr: A giant eye with tentacles (tii)
Honestly not sure I'll stick to it, and if you slip up and refer to me as "she" I won't be destroyed (unless I thought you were doing it out of pig headedness or something) But I feel like it's something I need to try out and see if it fits.

If the usage confuses you: it's like if I was a person of unknown gender. Which, being genderfluid, I kind of am! "Can you ask Sophie if they are ready for dinner?" etc.

GIP: Tii!

Sep. 8th, 2016 02:21 pm
alias_sqbr: A giant eye with tentacles (tii)
I've been feeling the need for a non binary icon, and playing Children of Ur yesterday reminded me of the non binary god Tii. Who is also the god of maths :D I'm sure there other times a giant tentacled eyeball will be a useful icon, too.

Not sure how the transparent image will look against various backgrounds but I'll have to wait and see!

Oh! And updating my icons made me realise not all of them had image descriptions, oops. Sorry to anyone who's been frustrated by that in the past. Have fixed that here, off to check [personal profile] sqbr.

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