brynndragon: (Poly Geek)
Does there already exist a term for someone who can be either monogamous or polyamorous?

If not, I propose "variamorous".

Discuss.
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I've been thinking a lot about stress, so I want to know: What is the biggest source of stress in your life?

(if you get the reference in the title, you win the internets ;)
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So. . . I don't know what to think of this post regarding the Occupy movement. Thus I ask for your opinions: what do you think?
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
I'm trying to figure out the impact of changing my office hours on my work load. I'd really appreciate it if you would help me out by completing this poll.

[Poll #1733762]
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(via [livejournal.com profile] regyt)

I'm stealing the coolest meme ever from [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly's post:

I'm fantasizing today. Let's say you had NO IDEA what I do for work (which is probably true of some of you), and all you knew was that I wanted a change of career.

What real, achievable thing in the world should I be doing instead? Something that plays to my strengths and allows me to make something/somewhere more awesome just by showing up and being ME at it.
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I want to pick a habit to get into my system during February. But I want to pick just one, and I've got two that are vying for first place: daily meditation, and daily exercise. They're both important to me, both are things I've tried and failed to habitualize in the past, both have a direct impact on my health, and both will serve to further current goals of mine. So I'm asking you, my gentle readers, to help me choose:

[Poll #1673167]

(it's not really a matter of vs., but I like the thought of the two in a ring duking it out ;P)
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I want to pick a habit to get into my system during February. But I want to pick just one, and I've got two that are vying for first place: daily meditation, and daily exercise. They're both important to me, both are things I've tried and failed to habitualize in the past, both have a direct impact on my health, and both will serve to further current goals of mine. So I'm asking you, my gentle readers, to help me choose:

[Poll #1673167]

(it's not really a matter of vs., but I like the thought of the two in a ring duking it out ;P)
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I want a web-based to-do list that has a separate but still-visible section of the things I've already done, like things that still need doing on the left and things that have been done on the right (with the right side going forward in time and the left going backward). An unending list of things that need doing coming at me with no sense of what I've managed to accomplish rapidly overwhelms me into a ball of unproductivity, which rather undermines having a to-do list in the first place. I'm currently using Remember the Milk (RtM), but it only gives a number of tasks completed off to the side and that's the total forever, not a list of the items I've done visible on the same page as my to-do items. Which is annoying because otherwise it's pretty much awesome - I can put dates and times on tasks (or not!), I can use tags to categorize tasks, and it e-mails me my daily to-do list (which is good for reminding me of the existence of a to-do list as much as for what I actually need to do).

So, that functionality plus an already-done list on the web is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?
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I want a web-based to-do list that has a separate but still-visible section of the things I've already done, like things that still need doing on the left and things that have been done on the right (with the right side going forward in time and the left going backward). An unending list of things that need doing coming at me with no sense of what I've managed to accomplish rapidly overwhelms me into a ball of unproductivity, which rather undermines having a to-do list in the first place. I'm currently using Remember the Milk (RtM), but it only gives a number of tasks completed off to the side and that's the total forever, not a list of the items I've done visible on the same page as my to-do items. Which is annoying because otherwise it's pretty much awesome - I can put dates and times on tasks (or not!), I can use tags to categorize tasks, and it e-mails me my daily to-do list (which is good for reminding me of the existence of a to-do list as much as for what I actually need to do).

So, that functionality plus an already-done list on the web is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?
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(y'all were very helpful last time around, so I figured I'd give it another go :)

I'm trying to figure out what kind of bag I want now that I am no longer a student. As in, I'd like to have something that's not a backpack. I'm looking for something professional-looking that has a shoulder strap (these things might turn out to be mutually exclusive, although I hope not), both for times when I don't have pockets and times when my stuff doesn't fit in my pockets. I do not want a goddamn purse.

Another thing I want is a nice doctor's bag to make a portable acupuncture kit with. Thing is, it needs to be able to carry a pint sharps bin, which makes online shopping difficult (can't check to see if the bin will fit). The internet is also very bad at telling me where to find a meatspace store for such things, oddly enough.

So, Dr. LJ, do you have suggestions for IRL places to look for both the general bag and the doctor's bag? I'd also like suggestions for the general bag to get, if'n you have dis/recommendations.
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(y'all were very helpful last time around, so I figured I'd give it another go :)

I'm trying to figure out what kind of bag I want now that I am no longer a student. As in, I'd like to have something that's not a backpack. I'm looking for something professional-looking that has a shoulder strap (these things might turn out to be mutually exclusive, although I hope not), both for times when I don't have pockets and times when my stuff doesn't fit in my pockets. I do not want a goddamn purse.

Another thing I want is a nice doctor's bag to make a portable acupuncture kit with. Thing is, it needs to be able to carry a pint sharps bin, which makes online shopping difficult (can't check to see if the bin will fit). The internet is also very bad at telling me where to find a meatspace store for such things, oddly enough.

So, Dr. LJ, do you have suggestions for IRL places to look for both the general bag and the doctor's bag? I'd also like suggestions for the general bag to get, if'n you have dis/recommendations.
brynndragon: (Tea)
My companion and I, in an effort to eat a broader base of real foods, are looking to experiment with new-to-us veggies. My companion's taste in veggies is generally more limited than mine (I even enjoy Brussel sprouts ;), so for the moment he'll be the limiting factor. He enjoys corn, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and the rest he only likes raw: cucumbers, carrots, celery. He dislikes peppers (sweet or spicy), peas, and boiled green beans (we're going to try raw and lightly steamed green beans and see if that improves his opinion of them). The current experimentation list is: artichokes (I love these, so I'm hoping he'll like them too), spinach, kale, okra, and chinese broccoli.

This is where you come in: if you have either recipes for the above, suggestions for other veggies, or a combination of the two, please share! Being experimental for the most part I have no idea how to cook them (my mom generally went with frozen bags, which I'm liable to grab if no other suggestions for preparation appear; alternatively if it's available fresh I'll be going the "lightly steamed" route for generic prep). If you know a good sauce to put on certain veggies to make them more palpable, that would definitely be welcome as well.
brynndragon: (Tea)
My companion and I, in an effort to eat a broader base of real foods, are looking to experiment with new-to-us veggies. My companion's taste in veggies is generally more limited than mine (I even enjoy Brussel sprouts ;), so for the moment he'll be the limiting factor. He enjoys corn, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and the rest he only likes raw: cucumbers, carrots, celery. He dislikes peppers (sweet or spicy), peas, and boiled green beans (we're going to try raw and lightly steamed green beans and see if that improves his opinion of them). The current experimentation list is: artichokes (I love these, so I'm hoping he'll like them too), spinach, kale, okra, and chinese broccoli.

This is where you come in: if you have either recipes for the above, suggestions for other veggies, or a combination of the two, please share! Being experimental for the most part I have no idea how to cook them (my mom generally went with frozen bags, which I'm liable to grab if no other suggestions for preparation appear; alternatively if it's available fresh I'll be going the "lightly steamed" route for generic prep). If you know a good sauce to put on certain veggies to make them more palpable, that would definitely be welcome as well.
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My housemate needs to take her TV back from the living room so she has something to watch. If you have any suggestions for a cheap TV or have one you don't use and would be willing to lend, please let me know.
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My housemate needs to take her TV back from the living room so she has something to watch. If you have any suggestions for a cheap TV or have one you don't use and would be willing to lend, please let me know.
brynndragon: (bittersweet)
Does anyone have a shipping company for vehicles (in this case a car) that they like/dislike?
brynndragon: (bittersweet)
Does anyone have a shipping company for vehicles (in this case a car) that they like/dislike?
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
(yes, this time I *am* asking for advice ;P)

One of the rear tires on my car managed to pick up a screw. It's right in the middle of the tread, buried to the head at a ~80-degree angle; it currently slowly loses air, slow enough that I could get it home from Watertown Square without a problem once I refilled it but it will be flat again by morning. I want to try to patch it, which gives me two options: DIY or take it to a shop. Right now I'm rather low on cash, so cheaper is better; OTOH, my time is very precious as well and getting it done right the first time is rather a high priority. If you've got suggestions for either a patch kit or a tire shop, I'm all ears.
brynndragon: (Nekokaburi)
(yes, this time I *am* asking for advice ;P)

One of the rear tires on my car managed to pick up a screw. It's right in the middle of the tread, buried to the head at a ~80-degree angle; it currently slowly loses air, slow enough that I could get it home from Watertown Square without a problem once I refilled it but it will be flat again by morning. I want to try to patch it, which gives me two options: DIY or take it to a shop. Right now I'm rather low on cash, so cheaper is better; OTOH, my time is very precious as well and getting it done right the first time is rather a high priority. If you've got suggestions for either a patch kit or a tire shop, I'm all ears.
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The Super 88 in Brighton has defeated me. I went in looking for Yi Yi Ren (Job's Tears or Pearl Barley in English, Hato Mugi in Japanese) and could not find it. I tried asking someone for it, but I'm not sure if they didn't have it or my pronunciation was off (I guessed at the tones based on how I've heard it said by native speakers, but I'm pretty sure I said it right otherwise). I've been using it in rice congee as a medicinal agent so I rather want more of this particular grain. I now miss Kotobukiya more than ever. Does anyone know of any other local area Asian grocers? I might have to hit Chinatown on Sunday otherwise. . .

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