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Open Thread to boycott the inauguration and talk about anything but Trump

Not Donald Trump

If you’re sick of talking about That Man, talk about anything other than him here. And enjoy the weirdest pic I could rustle up on short notice.

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Nequam
Nequam
5 years ago

I don’t remember if I mentioned that I was doing some maintenance work on a blog about vintage horror comics? Anyway, I was going through posts and tagging them for easier site navigation.

Well, the guy who runs the blog sent me some reprint comics for my work– and one genuine vintage one, too!

Ludomancer
Ludomancer
5 years ago

According to one source, 2017 is set to be the Year of Tolkien.

I know I’ve been reading a lot about Middle Earth in the last two months. For me, the Professor’s magnum opus is a perfect anodyne for…current events.

Johanna "Actually Godzilla" Roberts
Johanna "Actually Godzilla" Roberts
5 years ago

I, um, held out the begging bowl on Tumblr and might here as well. 1500/mo is not enough for a disabled woman, her child and all the expenses we have. lol, all my underpants have holes. The joy of living poor, right?

That being said, I suggest Pussy Riot music today. Loud.

brian
brian
5 years ago

if anyone is looking for some good strategy videogames to play to distract themselves, the “Endless” games are on sale on Steam this weekend. I especially recommend Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless.

FrickleFrackle
FrickleFrackle
5 years ago

Hey gamers what’s up? I never show up here anymore (not that I was a regular really), in part because I have enough Discourse to wade through anyway, also school has started up again. Anyway, does anyone here do Gunpla stuff? I’m trying to get into it and finished my Burning Gundam and Gusion HG models a bit ago. Does anyone here know other good HGUC models, or anything about building them?

Weatherwax
Weatherwax
5 years ago

I have taken up running, using the Couch to 5k programme. I’m about to start my fourth week, so am quite proud of my achievement. I am also trying to persuade the dog to run alongside me, which he is grudgingly complying with. So I’m proud of his achievement too.

Johanna "Actually Godzilla" Roberts
Johanna "Actually Godzilla" Roberts
5 years ago

Guest
Guest
5 years ago

I want to acknowledge the people whose comments on a previous post made it a little easier to get through the day yesterday. One of the things I did to mark the anniversary of my mom’s death was go back and listen to some of the music that used to make her laugh, and was a part of her culture. I often berate myself for spending way too much time reading blogs and social media, but once in a while I get something really important out of it–so thank you all, and thanks David for making this space.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

This might be a good thread to bring up some personal stuff?

I recently came out to my wife about having been sexually abused as a child. I have never, ever told anyone about this before. Not even therapists. It’s very far in the past and I don’t feel very traumatized at this point, but it’s a secret I’ve kept entirely to myself for 25-ish years. It feels almost unreal that I’ve actually talked about it.

The perpetrator was someone who I will never see or have any form of contact with again. It was not a family member. He was also a minor at the time, although significantly older than me. Even though I’ve felt for a long time that these events haven’t significantly affected me, I do feel my heart rate speeding now when I write the comment. Not sure what to make of it.

Well, that’s that. It happened, and I remember it. It’s not like I forgot for a number of years and had memories resurface later. I’ve always remembered this, but sometimes I’ve gone long periods of time without thinking about it.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

Completely different note. Are there any Mammotheers who feel like collaborating in an attempt to lose weight? (Standard disclaimers apply: no pressure for anyone to lose weight unless you want to, fat people are cute and sexy as fuck, including men, etc etc.)

I am pretty sure I have an eating disorder + ADHD, and it’s extremely difficult for me to stay disciplined and not eat chocolate for dinner (for example). I’m also limited in my ability to exercise, because of chronic pain. I suspect I would be more successful if I had a partner in suffering, so to speak? But I don’t want to burden my wife with having to worry about my calorie intake. :p

Sooo, anyone?

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
5 years ago

I tend to suggest meeting a doctor to correctly diagnose and find help for the disorders on thoses cases. Then again, I never got properly diagnosed for depression, so eh.

That being said, losing weight is extremely hard for *anyone*. My best advice have been to stop drinking soda and drink only water, because stopping drinking soda don’t leave one too horribly hungry compared to the other. If you already don’t drink soda, you’re out of luck.

The other advice I can give is to make it as gradual as possible, once again to avoid being hungry.

The last advice is, if you move or have another big change in your life, it’s an excellent moment to also diet. Changing only your eating pattern is harder than changing everything at once, at least for me.

For the record, my personal case was to lose about 10 kgs on 90 or so.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
5 years ago

I’m thinking about my dad this week. It’s been 4 years since he died.

Pavlov's House
Pavlov's House
5 years ago

Condolences and good thoughts to you Victorious Parasol; I know this must be a difficult memory.

Paradoxical Intention: Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Trying this name format. I think WordPress is just totally eating my comments though, since they’re not even appearing for moderation.

I also got a beef/lamb gyro at the this place a few doors down from my internship that the other interns had nothing but praise for. Nothing like delicious food made by a lovely lady in a headscarf!

I can also hear the inauguration playing in the conference room, so headphones on, Panic! At the Disco up loud. Currently listening to Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time from the Death of a Bachelor album.

I really love that one.

kupo
kupo
5 years ago

@Victorious Parasol
Hugs. I suggest pampering yourself in some small way. It usually helps me when a death anniversary comes up.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
5 years ago

Thank you, kupo. I’m trying. It’s hard right now to come up with anything that sounds appealing.

Schnookums Von Fancypants, Purveyor of Misandrist Klondike Bars
Schnookums Von Fancypants, Purveyor of Misandrist Klondike Bars
5 years ago

@Imaginary Petal

Hmm…I’ve been wanting to lose weight as well for what might be one of the more absurd reasons (I want to cosplay as Lord Humungus. Yes, Really.) So I wouldn’t mind collaborating.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
5 years ago

So, my brother’s doctor wants him to get bariatric surgery because he’s been unable to lose weight. I don’t yet know what my mom thinks, but my dad seems to be considering it.

My brother is autistic. Not in the way some of the commenters here are. He’s much lower functioning. I do not believe he’ll be able to follow the extremely rigorous after care program without 24/7 monitoring and that this surgery could be dangerous for him. I’m actually a little flabbergasted that his doctor is even pushing for it. It seems irresponsible to me.

Does anyone have links that outline clearly all the problems with weight loss surgery that I can forward on to my parents if they decide to proceed on this path. I’m very worried about my brother right now and am afraid fat eliminationist doctors are trying to mislead my parents.

Weatherwax
Weatherwax
5 years ago

@Imaginary Petal

Internet hugs for you, if you want them. We’re here for you to talk about whatever feels right for you.

On the diet thing, I lost over a couple of stone (translation: about 15 kilos) a couple of years ago, and this is what worked for me. I wrote down everything I ate, when eating pasta (which was pretty often) I halved the amount of pasta and replaced it with vegetables, and when I had alcohol I limited myself to two units. The weight loss was very gradual, as you might expect with such a minimal approach. I was quite surprised by how influential writing things down could be. Rather than saying “no chocolate” (which, for me, just means I’m thinking about chocolate all day), I could have some chocolate but I had to write it down, which seemed to be enough to help me have just one slice of cake.

Obviously everyone is different but I thought I’d mention what worked for me, in case you could use any of it.

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

Right now I’m trying to figure out what was the mystery fruit I ate ~35 years ago.

It came from Japan, or so the salesperson said at the fair’s stall. I do not recall the name, but there’s a faint suggestion in my mind that it might have started with ‘k’?

I bought a bagful. I remember the taste and overall shape being close to something like peach-crossbred-with-kaki/sharon (roughly that size and color too), BUT, there was a big stone inside, and I managed to make one of them sprout and I planted it. I do not recall if I ate the peel or not, but it was very thin, so I might have tucked right into it rather than try to peel it. It did not keep very well, it was pretty much “eat in two days or it’s rotting”.

It grew into a slender, yard-long wannabe tree, with very big dark green non-serrated leaves covered with pale fuzz on top, color was much more pale under the leaf and no fuzz. Never flowered, it was indoors in a pot all of the time, and lasted for a couple of years before withering away (too small pot and not enough light, I suspect).

Does this sound familiar to anyone in here? I already scoured through Wikipedia’s “Japanese fruits” category and none came close.

Pavlov's House
Pavlov's House
5 years ago

My colleague is planning the writing assignments for our department’s upper-division military history survey class and asked for some recommendations of memories or diaries from common soldiers of eighteenth-century Europe. Of course for that time period there are very few. I’ve been looking at Ulrich Braker’s autobiography, which was translated and published in English in 1970. It has one of the few derailed first-person accounts I’ve seen of what it was like to desert from the eighteenth-century Prussian army. It’s great though for raising issues about how forced enlistment of economically marginalized people actually played out, from the point of view of one such person. But fortunately I get to leave work a little earlier today; I arranged to take the afternoon off to go meet Ms. Pavlov’s House for a yoga class together. I need a good, vigorous hot class today. Plus it’s nice to practice beside one’s beloved.

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
5 years ago

Weird .gif from Fantastic Planet. Feeling nostalgic for this movie, for some reason.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly82xw0UDx1qdjhrgo1_500.gif

kupo
kupo
5 years ago

@Skiriki

Could it be a momo or ume?

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2347.html

Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@ pavlov’s house

Maybe email our Imperial War Museum? They have loads of stuff like that and the staff are really nice. They might be able to help.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/documents

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