hopefulnebula: (Yuletide)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing for me! You clearly have the best taste in all of Yuletide. My letter, with prompts and general likes/dislikes included, is behind the cut. As usual, much of this is copy/pasted from previous letters, so if you get the feeling you've read this before, you're probably right.

Cut for length and spoilers for Alphas, His Dark Materials, Jake 2.0, Spambots (anthropomorfic) )


Thank you so much for writing for me! I hope you have lots of fun. As usual, feel free to contact the mods if you have any questions; they'll pass them along and preserve your anonymity.

<3,
Neb.
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Default)
Much of this is recyled from years previous, but I've changed all the stuff that needs changing. :)

Dear Yuletide Writer:

Thank you for writing for me! Or thank AO3's matching algorithm for making you write for me. Or something. Here's my letter (with prompts included for easy reference/what-have-you), full of joy and "omg this bit is THE BEST" and all the usual stuff like that.

Cut for length and spoilers for Alphas, His Dark Materials, Jake 2.0, Lock In - John Scalzi, and The Martian - Andy Weir )

Thank you so much for writing for me! I hope you have lots of fun. As usual, feel free to contact the mods if you have any questions; they'll pass them along and preserve your anonymity.

<3,
Neb.
hopefulnebula: (J/A Floor)
The NHL (or possibly NBC) is using "John's Walk" from Ink as the background music for one of their "oh hay it's the playoffs" ads.

I now know how it feels to be a dog who just heard a doorbell.

(To be fair, I also knew this feeling last year when John Murphy's "Adagio in D Minor" from Sunshine got used in an ad for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)
hopefulnebula: (Pale Blue Dot)
Athena's connected the word "quesadilla" to "that yummy human food my human gives me sometimes."

I may never have a quiet lunch again.

Cheese? )
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Default)
I could go the entire rest of my life without encountering another story about how ~~~inspirational~~~ disabled people are, and how ~~~amazing~~~ it is when they're successful. And I would be happy to do so.

Seriously, the news story I just watched was all about how this woman runs a restaurant, but it's not an ordinary restaurant, because she uses a wheelchair. They could have done a story about the barriers she faced getting it set up. (Hurdle number 1, as pointed out by [personal profile] exor674: people who are surprised that they can own a business!) They could have done about a hundred other stories about her. But no. This was flat-out "Hey, abled people, you can watch this and feel good about yourselves!"

Positive depictions of people with disabilities are good. The story I saw (which I am not linking, even via DoNotLink, because fuck that) is not positive, that is patronizing. It's inspiration porn, and I'm sick of it.

If you really want to use the media to help disabled people, you don't only show them the same way you'd do a story about a water-skiing budgie.
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Change the World)
On the latest (black-and-white striped, with a white-and-black striped shirt and a black-and-white polka dot tie) monstrosity Don Cherry is wearing:

"He controls the vertical. He controls the horizontal. He thinks he controls what language people should speak. ...The Coach's Corner. Please stand by."

I haven't even watched The Outer Limits since (mumble) years ago.
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Default)
I am now the proud owner of eight stitches! And I have been relieved of the remains of that atypical mole as well as an absurd sum of money.

Fun fact of the day: The kind of stitches that dissolve (that they use internally, which accounts for two of mine) are made of sugar.

What sucks is that I'm not allowed to take ibuprofen until Saturday and acetaminophen doesn't do all that much for me (except it makes me tired).

What sucks worse is that I can't lift Orion up without potentially ripping ths thing open. He's well over the 10-pound limit.
hopefulnebula: Claudia from Warehouse 13 putting on her best WTF face (Claudia WTF)
The good news: I'm scheduled for surgery! October 29th.

The bad news: I have to prepay for the damn thing.

I am absolutely getting a lower-deductible health insurance next year.

An unrelated question: The Avs are now on their backup backup goalie. If this one gets injured too, do we just put the coach in?
hopefulnebula: (Yuletide)
The official letters post isn't going to be posted for a few more days, but I'm bored and antsy and the Avs just (finally!) won a game and the package I'm expecting is still in West Virginia and I'm frantically trying to distract myself from real life, so here goes.

Dear Yuletide Writer:

Thank you for writing for me! Or thank AO3's matching algorithm for making you write for me. Or something. Here's my letter (with prompts included for easy reference/what-have-you), full of joy and "omg this bit is THE BEST" and all the usual stuff like that.

Cut for length and spoilers for Alphas, His Dark Materials, Jake 2.0, The Martian, and ParaNorman )

Thank you so much for writing for me! I hope you have lots of fun. As usual, feel free to contact the mods if you have any questions; they'll pass them along and preserve your anonymity.

<3,
Neb.


P.S. For the sake of entertainment (and advertisement), a ten-word summary of each fandom.

Alphas: X-Men meets Heroes meets Farscape; neurological differences are people's strengths.

His Dark Materials: Paradise Lost in multiple universes, with epic battles and betrayals.

Jake 2.0: Thanks to nanotechnology, IT guy becomes a secret agent man.

The Martian: Eighteenth person on Mars becomes the only person on Mars.

ParaNorman: Nobody believes this kid can see ghosts, but he does.
hopefulnebula: (J/A Floor)
So the dermatologist (I see her every year for exactly this reason) biopsied one of my moles a couple weeks ago. And it came back as precancerous. I've been through that much before, it's why I see the dermo (at a minimum) annually. What's new is that this is the first time the biopsy didn't catch it all so I have to go back to their surgeon. So I get to spend the entire week waiting for a phone call.

In other news, the biopsy site still has a big ol' scab over it (which is normal, as there were no stitches). And it ITCHES. And it's on my BACK. Why does it gotta be on my back? (The answer to that: so you can't scratch it, Neb, you dumbass.)

Anyway, it's PSA o'clock for all of you who're reading this. Know your skin. Nearly everybody has some spots, and it's important to know where they are and what they're like.

The warning signs, keeping in mind that I am Not A Doctor Myself, nor do I play one on TV:
Asymmetry - It may not be perfectly round, but it should be fairly symmetrical. Oval is cool. Blob-shaped is right out.
Border - The border on any moles and the like should be uniformly well-defined. If it's fuzzy, if it's uneven, if it looks like someone broke an egg yolk and now it's spilling everywhere, see a doctor. (If you have no previous personal or family history of skin cancer, you may be able to get away with seeing your GP; otherwise, see a dermatologist.)
Color - Each of your moles should be uniform in color. If it's more than one color, see a doctor. If it takes on a bluish hue, see a doctor. If you have several moles in one part of your body and one of them is colored differently than the others, keep an extra-close eye on it.
Diameter - If it's wider than 6mm (the eraser at the end of your pencil), see a doctor.
Evolution - This is the big one. If any of the above traits changes over time, see a doctor. Full stop, end of story.

Melanoma (not the most common form of skin cancer, but the form I personally am most likely to develop) has a 95% cure rate (that's not remission, that's cure) if it's caught and removed early, but it's nearly impossible to get rid of once it spreads. The good thing about skin is that it's nearly 100% visible, so it can be very easy to catch nasty things early, so long as you know what to look for.

Oh, and wear some damn sunscreen if you're going outside. SPF 15-30 is good for most people, but use a higher one if you're very prone to burning or are otherwise at high risk. (With anything higher than 60, you get diminishing returns, but I use 75 because between my personal history and my city's altitude it's just a good idea for me.) Use more sunscreen than you think you need. Reapply it often, especially if you've been exercising.

For more information (from actual professionals, even!): http://www.skincancer.org/
hopefulnebula: Myka and HG from Warehouse 13 in Egypt (Myka/HG Comfy)
Athena: *sits on the floor near me and stares until she has my attention*
Me: "What's up, tinycat?"
Athena: *walks over to the couch, sits down, stares at the couch blanket until she has my further attention*
Me: "Do you want me to get your blankie off the couch and put it on my lap so you can sit on it?"
Athena: "Meow."

I now have a blanket and a very happy cat on my lap.
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Default)
Dear Yuletide Writer:

Thank you for writing for me! Or thank AO3's matching algorithm for making you write for me. Or something. Here's my letter (with prompts included for easy reference/what-have-you), full of joy and "omg this bit is THE BEST" and all the usual stuff like that.

Cut for length and spoilers for Alphas, His Dark Materials, Ink (2009), and Sunshine (2007) )

So yeah, that's pretty much it. Feel free to ask me any questions via the admins (I don't bite and neither do they, seriously they're awesome).

<3,

[personal profile] hopefulnebula
hopefulnebula: My cat having a nap on the bed (Athena Nap)
Me: *making lunch*
Athena: *politely ignoring me from the other room*
Me: *gets out a bag of grated cheese*
Athena: *perks up, continues pretending to ignore me*
Me: Gee, I have this whole big bag of cheese here, if only there were someone I could share it--
Athena: *rubs up against my legs* *prrprrprr*
hopefulnebula: Black cat silhouette on a rainbow background (Rainbowkitty)
So I just got home and sat down and got settled, and I saw Orion across the room from me, staring. And I stared back. He sneaked toward me a little and stopped, and repeated this until he was right next to me. He then stretched up onto his back legs and tapped me on the shoulder with his front paw, and ran.

I think I'm "it" now.
hopefulnebula: "Scare the Road" road sign (Scare the Road)
I just saw Elysium, and can safely create a list of things Neill Blomkamp really, really likes.

Cut for length and very minor spoilers, if you've seen even one trailer you're probably good )

Thankfully, I like many of those things, am indifferent to a few, and only actively dislike one. (Guess which one. *eyeroll*)

A few more spoilery thoughts, below the cut:

Actual spoilers ahoy. )
hopefulnebula: Kirk and Spock in ST IV (the whale movie), caption: 'cetacean needed.' (Cetacean Needed)
My non-spoilery review, in the form of a text message conversation between me and my sister. (Footnotes added after the fact, and I've cleaned up some of my chronic laziness at proper capitalization within texts.)

Me: So it turns out that the new Trek movie is actually worth seeing. I'm a bit shocked my ownself1. Not one of my top three, but close2.
Me: I spent the first 20 minutes rolling my eyes, but I'm glad I stuck around.

Sister: Best. Review. Ever.

Me: Also there's Benedict Cumberbatch and Zach Quinto. I felt my Kinsey score dropping by the minute.

Sister: I don't know who Benedict Cumberbatch is but that is the best name ever

Me: BBC Sherlock. I'm madly in love with his hair.

Sister: Almost Matt Smith pompadour?

Me: I prefer his hair in Sherlock but that's how it looks in this one, yes.

Sister: Niiice

1 I'd watched like six hours of Firefly that morning, shut up.
2 More like five, really. Which is still passing.


More spoilery thoughts, mostly in bulleted list form, behind the cut.

Seriously, spoilers abound for Star Trek Into Darkness. Also it's long. )

QotD

Apr. 24th, 2013 12:08 pm
hopefulnebula: Calvin - You can present the material, but you can't make me care (Calvin - Can't Make Me Care)
The scene: it's 3 in the morning.

Orion: MEOW. MOW. MERROW. MREOWOWOWOW. MEOW. MROW. MOW.
Me: dfajfdakdfjkdfjghewas;dfdfsalf wha? Shut up, cat.
Orion: Meow. Mow. Merrow. Mreowowowow. Meow. Mrow. Mow.
Me: *groan*

QotD

Apr. 19th, 2013 11:04 pm
hopefulnebula: Claudia from Warehouse 13 putting on her best WTF face (Claudia WTF)
The scene: Tianna's car, where we're discussing anything but this week, because this week is depressing as fuck. The radio somehow goes from playing "Gimme Shelter" to "Margaritaville," so we switch to the local classic rock station. A minute later...

Ti: Wait a second, they're playing Soundgarden.

Me: ...omg, you're right.

Ti: I used to listen to this when I was driving this route to high school every day.

Me: At least they don't yet have a dedicated '90s night?

Ti: They do.

Me: ... THAT IS NOT THE ANSWER I WANTED TO HEAR.
hopefulnebula: Mandelbrot Set with text "You can change the world in a tiny way" (Default)
Actually sung to my boycat this morning:

Hey dude
Don't bite my leg
Learn your lesson
And behave better.
Remember, your teeth are really damn sharp.
Could you please start
To behave better?

Me-ow me-ow me-ow me-ow me-ow me-ow hey!

Meow, meow meow mewmeowmow, mewmeowmow, hey dude. x(infinity)

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