Jul. 21st, 2014


[info]maureenlycaon

Sheer madness. I want it.

"The Robot Restaurant" in Tokyo is probably the craziest restaurant in the entire world

Warning: the restaurant's own website could send you into epileptic convulsions. Even so, now I want to find the most staid, conservative, hidebound cookie-cutter suburb in southern California, buy a lot there . . . and build this on it.

[info]alchemia

camera recs

Need 'prosumer' Digital SLR camera recs (or warnings!) for photographing small animals, artistic photography, and video.   Previous camera was a Canon PowerShot S5 I1 that lasted me just over 6 yrs.  Cost to repair it is quoted ~$250-$300 which is around what it cost at the time :-(

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Jul. 20th, 2014


[info]alchemia

RIP susan

RIP Susan, bugland's (and mine, but mostly bug's) little black cat. She was at least 20 (years, not lbs.   in lbs the most she ever got was a bit over 5 I believe).

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RIP susan

RIP Susan, bugland's (and mine, but mostly bug's) little black cat. She was at least 20 (years, not lbs.   in lbs the most she ever got was a bit over 5 I believe).

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Jul. 14th, 2014


[info]zephre

DetCon1 Schedule

So I'm just popping up at random here in the journal-sphere to mention that I'm appearing on Programming at DetCon1, the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) that's happening in Detroit starting this Thursday.

Here's my schedule (or at the website):
panels panels workshops panels )

I'll also have work on display and for sale in the art show.

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Jul. 13th, 2014


[info]maureenlycaon

Maybe I'm just being puritanical. Or irrational.

For those of you who don't understand how MMO's or roleplaying on Tumblr works, this will seem convoluted.

An RP group on the Warcraft server where I have most of my characters, Wyrmrest Accord, roleplays being a group that runs a hospice in Silvermoon City. As with a lot of WoW roleplay groups these days, their roleplay carries over onto Tumblr.

Yesterday, they made one hell of a post. It was a fictional report of an autopsy carried out on a corpse, in great detail. I won't go into the gruesome details. Suffice it to say it was more or less completely burned, with most of the head missing.

At the end was a photo, which appeared to be a photo from life of a similarly burned corpse.

My feelings have progressed from simply mild shock to a certain measure of anger and a feeling that they crossed some sort of line. No, I haven't reported the post to Tumblr management or even checked if it does break the ToS or AUP; in the end, I just put the account on block, which is a kind of ignore function.

I'm not even sure if my anger is simply because I was shocked and very squicked, or if it's legitimate. I suppose the one really morally questionable thing about the post might be the photo. Someone died a terrible death and left a corpse that cannot possibly be shown to any loved ones he may have left behind, and will require a closed-casket burial. They didn't die so roleplayers on WoW could display that photo as part of their play.

I'm not sure if I should be angry and offended about that or not. Am I too sensitive? Am I being silly? Or do I have every reason to be morally outraged and I should have reported it? Or what? Right now, I'm confused as hell.

All this, and the kittens, too . . . my neighbor caught the remaining kittens, and took the one kitten off my hands last night. But with seemingly every shelter swamped with kittens, their long-term prospects are bleak.

Jul. 12th, 2014


[info]maureenlycaon

URGENT -- KITTENS IN NEED!

******LONG BEACH, CA AREA******

EDIT: good news: the neighbor brought the kittens to the local SPCA, which turned out not to be overcrowded (amazingly). The kittens were friendly and reasonably healthy other than being half-starved, and they're 12 weeks old, not 8. They'll be up for adoption in a few days.

Sweet Bast, that's a relief.



If anyone knows of a cat rescue accepting kittens, please let me know -- someone has dumped a litter of kittens in my trailer park and they are about 8 - 9 weeks old.

One is currently in my trailer while the neighbor who caught her is at work. She's affectionate, healthy, but skin and bones. Mom is nowhere in sight.

I can't keep her; I have three adult tomcats who will want to kill her or drive her away.

I've contacted multiple cat-rescue organizations, but it's kitten season and everyone is full. This is time-sensitive as the kittens are without Mom, and need proper love and care.

Please contact if you have any information or are able to help!