KWLP is On the Air! 9-20-2017

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:16 pm
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NOTE: Next week's show will be PRERECORDED.

KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

This week: Star Trek

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEADIN TRACK
Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: End Credits

THE OBLIGATORY SONGS
Tenacious D - Star Trek Theme w lyrics (Live)
The Firm - Star Trekkin'
The Hillman Morning Show - Star Trek Rhapsody
Hi-Fidelity Star Trek Quartet Part 1
Dana Jean Phoenix - Enterprise!

A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SCIENCE
Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah - Beam Me Up Scotty (remixed by switchstand)
Rob Balder - Technobabble World
Aurelio Voltaire - The USS Make Shit Up (BiTrektual Version)

NOBODY MADE SONGS ABOUT MCCOY, DID THEY?
Nerf Herder - Mr. Spock
Leonard Nimoy - Highly Illogical
K-Face Rules - Drop It Like It's Spock
The Library Bards - Now You Have the Bridge Spock

A LITTLE TOO INTO IT
t
he great Luke Ski - You Might Be A Trekkie (Live at MarsCon 2006)
Jonathan Coulton - Redshirt
Debs & Errol - Tribbles
The Nick Atoms - Where's Captain Kirk?
Tom Smith - Temperature of Revenge

OH YEAH, THERE WERE OTHER SERIES TOO
Debs and Errol - Make It So
DarkMateria - The Picard Song
The Great Luke Ski - One Night At Quark's Bar - featuring Carrie Dahlby
the great Luke Ski - Quark's New Merchandising Enterprise (Live at CONvergence 2007)

EVERYTHING'S BETTER WITH KLINGONS
Carla Ulbrich - Duet With A Klingon
KLINGON STYLE (Star Trek Parody of PSY - GANGNAM STYLE)
Devo Spice - The Dumbest Song on Rock Band

REQUEST ROW
Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains
Monty Python - Accountancy Shanty
Sci-Fried - Pirate Life
Tom Smith - Talk Like a Pirate Day
Lazy Town   You Are A Pirate

BONUS TRACK
Leonard Nimoy - A Visit To A Sad Planet
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Dear Senator Johnson:

I have been reading about the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill, and the more I read, the more horrified I am. The premium hikes it allows for "pre-existing conditions" are unconscionable, and if you don't think Wisconsin will exploit those hikes, you have no understanding of your state's governor. Moreover, it's estimated that 32 million people will lose coverage within 10 years. Remember when you were arguing that 16 million was "better" than 22 million? Because I remember that very clearly.

Senator, this bill is a DISASTER. I am forced to choose between believing that you did not read or understand the bill that you have co-sponsored and believing that you understand it perfectly and just care that little about the well-being of your constituents and the rest of the American people.

Your party's obsession with repealing the ACA has been wasting time, energy, money, and other resources since the beginning of 2017--not to mention the resources and opportunities wasted by your party's childish obstructionism throughout the Obama administration, in which you are fully implicated. Repealing the ACA is fantastically unpopular and has failed repeatedly. And, honestly, the worst thing that could happen to the Republican Party is for this repeal bill to succeed. If it weren't for the catastrophe that would be brought down upon millions of people, I would almost want to let you have this monkey's paw. By all means, Senator. GET WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

However, I would much prefer it if you would join those of your colleagues who are trying to REFORM the ACA, even if you won't go so far as endorsing Medicare for all. In fact, I thought you HAD joined them, since you were participating in hearings about healthcare reform, and I am bitterly disappointed in you (yet again) by your co-sponsorship of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

I know nothing I say will change your mind, and certainly nothing I say will convince you to vote against your own bill. But I cannot remain silent and allow my silence to be counted as consent for this abhorrent, inhumane, and unethical bill. You cannot say you did not know that there was vehement opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill among your own constituents, to whom, in theory, you are supposed to listen and whose interests, in theory, you are supposed to represent.

I am frankly ashamed to have you as my senator.

Sincerely,
Sarah Monette
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Dear Senator Johnson:

Today you unveiled your proposed health care legislation. I am not impressed by it, especially in comparison to the health care legislation of Senator Sanders and Senator Baldwin. I know I cannot change your mind, or convince you that removing federal regulations is a catastrophe, not a solution, or that block grants to states, while perhaps a workable solution in some states, will be misused in every way possible in others to ensure that the money does not go where it is most needed. I count Wisconsin as one of those states. I do not believe the state government has its citizens' best interests at heart any more than I believe you do.

Republican senators have been trying and failing to repeal the ACA for all of 2017, despite intense opposition from their constituencies, while Senator Sanders' Medicare for All plan creates the reform you claim to want. You are wasting time, energy, money, and other resources that would be better spent on almost anything else--perhaps the opioid crisis you also claim to be concerned about.

I am disappointed and angry. You have betrayed your constituents again, Senator. And although this is just one more chapter in a book you are making longer by the day, I am still appalled by the stupidity and cruelty you continue to endorse. Even though Wisconsin is not my native state, I have lived and voted here for more than twenty years. I am ashamed that one of my senators has put his name on this bill.


P.S. You still have not made a public statement denouncing fascism, either.

KWLP is On the Air! 9-13-2017

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:21 pm
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KWLP is my little Internet radio show on DementiaRadio.org, 9 to 11 PM Wednesdays (Central time).

This week: Pirates v. Ninjas

Tune your streaming-audio app to listen.dementiaradio.org:8027 to listen!

Comment to vote for as many songs as you'd like to hear replayed next week; the top five total votes here, on IRC chat during the show, and on the Dementia Radio Facebook group will be replayed next week as REQUEST ROW. The top vote-getters for the whole year get played the last two shows of the year in our top-100 countdown.

LEADIN TRACK
Tom Smith - Talk Like a Pirate Day

CORN'S EXPENSIVE AT A BUCCANEER
"Captain Black Jack" Murphy - Psa - Talk Like a Pirate Day
Lazy Town   You Are A Pirate
Smashy Claw (feat. Dictionary Attack) - Pirate
Sci-Fried - Pirate Life

THE PIRATES WHO DO SOMETHING ELSE
Shel Silverstein - Captain Blackbeard Did What?
Ray Stevens - The Pirate Song
The Consortium of Genius - Bucket of Blood
The Arrogant Worms - Last Saskatchewan Pirate
Monty Python - Accountancy Shanty

IT'S NOT ALL RUM AND WENCHES
Stan Rogers - Barrett's Privateers
Sudden Death - Down With the Ship
Monty Python - Cannibalism

A WORD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'S SPONSOR
Le Jizm - Mr. Pirated Anime Goods Seller

NOT SILENT BUT DEADLY- SILENT AND DEADLY
South Park - Ninja Song (Let's Fighting Love!)
SMPFilms - The Ninja Song
The Yordles - He's A Ninja  Remastered
Sci-Fried - Ninja Drinking Song
Incompetentia - Invisible Ninjas
Tom Smith - Redneck Ninjas
Kobi LaCroix - Jeremy the Ninja

ZOMBIES ALWAYS WIN 
Elvira - Zombie Stomp
Toyboat - Zombie Mamma
Insane Ian - Some Zombie by George Romero
Devo Spice - Brain Food
Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains
The Consortium of Genius - Zombie Apocalypse Barbecue

REQUEST ROW
Da Vinci's Notebook - Internet Porn
Tom Lehrer - Smut
Denis Leary - Asshole
Avenue Q Original Cast - Everyone's a Little Bit Racist
Devo Spice - Gravity is Stupid

BONUS TRACK
Jimmy Buffett - A Pirate Looks at Forty


UBC: Rosner, The Anatomy Murders

Sep. 13th, 2017 12:33 pm
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The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous CrimesThe Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes by Lisa Rosner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


[library]

Up the close & down the stair / But & ben wi' Burke & Hare / Burke's the butcher, Hare's the thief / And Knox the boy that buys the beef.
--Anonymous doggerel

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I don't want to write another huge long entry tonight, because last night's took 90 minutes and then I went to bed super late, but I do want to leave myself some quick notes on a thing. When Kit was off from daycare for a week, I was up and dressed by 11 every morning so I could do childcare. I put on real clothes and left the house every day. I did social things and I did actively fun things (not what I'm coming to think of as enjoyable sloth things, like playing video games or hanging out on Slack). My body and brain were engaged. I felt GREAT. I enjoyed every day and ended the week feeling like I'd been on vacation—like I'd gone on a holiday to New York and done all those things I'm always too busy or tired or whatever to do. And I did it while working (at night) and staying totally on top of my deadlines, even the ones accelerated by the holiday.

So I need to figure out how to do that more. I hoped a week of early rising would reset my body clock but of course I'm right back to going to bed at 5 a.m. (or later—Monday morning I went to bed at half past nine, which is not okay and has set me up for feeling like crap all week) so I will have to work on that part because I think it's pretty essential. Having something fun to get up for really helped, a thing that has been true going back to my childhood; I would be late to school every weekday morning for months but happily get up at dawn on a weekend to go to the Stormville flea market with my mother. Even more crucially, I would care enough to go to bed early—a thing I did during Kit's week off too—so that getting up early didn't wreck me and wreck the event I was looking forward to.

I don't think I can get up before 10 on a regular basis, but if I got up at 10 or 10:30 to be out the door by 11 for a ~12:00 thing someplace, that sounds doable. It just has to be a fun thing. I have an OT appointment at 13:00 and I genuinely enjoy OT in addition to it being kind of vital for my health and well-being, but it's not the exhilarating kind of fun, so going to bed early and getting up early and getting there on time are all challenging.

What are exuberant fun things that could happen around noon? I think I need something where I'm making a commitment to someone else, at least at first; I've tried setting schedules through sheer willpower before and it's never worked out. Lunches with friends? Classes of some kind? (Ideally free or cheap ones.) Swapping language lessons with someone who wants to improve their spoken or written English and help me learn to read kanji or sign ASL? A teaching or tutoring gig? (Maybe the local library needs volunteers in their adult learning center. I've sent them a note.) A crafting meetup? A chorus or other singing group? A walking club? Doing storytime or otherwise helping out at Kit's daycare? It doesn't need to be a big thing or a long thing or a very structured thing. It just has to start at around the right time of day and get me out of the house and engage my body and mind and bring me real joy. Nothing will do that as well as time with Kit, but some approximation should be possible. Suggestions are very welcome, keeping in mind that I used to write the learning section of the nonsense nyc weekly events newsletter and already know about basically every source of free and cheap educational experiences in the city. :)

"That's rather nice, actually"

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:45 am
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What a lovely week it's been. What a lovely thing to be able to say that!

The weather has been 100% autumn and I am HERE FOR IT. Today I wore my hoodie! And zipped it up! While it was still light out! I've had my window open for three nights running. So much delicious aaaaaair.

J and I had a real date last Saturday (we went to a friend's BBQ for a bit, which doesn't sound like a date but was amazingly nice to do as two adults with no child in tow), and X and I had a real date today (we went to Coney Island for the first time in ages), and we even got a real family date last weekend where we snuggled up in my bed and watched Pacific Rim and ate popcorn. There have been lots of cuddles and hugs and smooches lately as we all savor finally being healthy. The week Kit was off from daycare was splendidly vacation-like and I came off of it feeling rested and relaxed and happy; now they're adjusting well to being back in daycare, and eating and sleeping like they're being paid for it, which means they should have a big growth spurt pretty soon. I'm having lots of fun writing fanfic for [community profile] crossovering and I just nominated fandoms for [community profile] yuletide for the first time in something like 12 years. J has been cooking a lot, and tonight we axed our towering tottering basil and made pesto, which was easy and delicious; I threw in some macadamia nuts on a whim and didn't bother measuring anything and it worked out great. [twitter.com profile] schanoes came over on Friday and we had lunch and talked nonstop for three hours. I figured out how to comb my hair while it's starting to grow out. The meeting for Kit's IFSP went extremely well and all their PT services have been renewed. They're starting to play with their food sometimes, which is a big improvement on being wary of it. It's just been a nice week.

I have to keep the focus pretty tight to write about things this way, because the land is being destroyed by fire and storm and a great many people we care about are having a really hard time right now. But that makes me cherish our little oasis all the more. We're able to offer other people shelter and support again, after months of barely being able to cope with our own stuff, and it feels so good to be able to help our friends and to have our feet on stable ground. For however long this lasts, I plan to bask in it and store up good memories to get me through the next round of challenges.

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