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Feb. 14th, 2019 01:48 pm
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If you're going to promote your book on Prolific Works (née Instafreebie), and you spell your protag's name one way on the cover and another way in the writeup, I'm probably going to pass over your book.
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Toby and I went to a funeral today* and near the church I saw this banner for a school-type place.

Sigh.
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The sad part is, the general dirt and wear indicate that the banner's been there for a while.



* Friend of the family, no condolences necessary for us.
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Going to state right off that I'm not looking for advice.

I believe I have tracked the cause of my regular tension headaches down. After months of swapping out pillows until I found one that did not regularly cause my head and neck to be hurting in the morning, my overall head/neck/shoulder pain has localized to one spot in the back of my head where one of the muscles connects to the skull. My current hypothesis is that I strained it somehow and the various pillows and bad form when lifting weights keeps aggravating it and keeping it from healing. The allover neck and shoulder/upper back pain seems to be from everything else trying to compensate for that muscle being injured.

The pillow in question is s $12 pillow from IKEA. YOU KNOW WE SPENT $160 ON A SPECIAL PILLOW AT ONE POINT and it was a damn TWELVE DOLLAR PILLOW FROM IKEA THAT MY HEAD AND NECK WANTED. (The $160 pillow has directional speakers in it that I can plug my phone into and listen to podcasts without Toby hearing, so we're keeping it for the times when I do have a headache and can't stand to wear my headband-with-speakers at night. [And no, the headband doesn't cause the headaches--we ascertained that with the pillow--but it does aggravate one that's already started, worse than the pillow-with-speakers.])

Now that the headaches are minimized--not completely gone, alas, but much better--I've discovered that Advil, which didn't do a damn thing for the headaches, actually does help a bit with the possibly-strained-muscle, so my current plan is to keep at it for a week or two and see if it seems to be improving. And yes, I've emailed my doctor and told her all this and my plan, and plan to heed any advice she gives me.

(Again, no advice, thank you.)

eta: And yes, another part of the plan is to meet with a personal trainer and get my form corrected. :) We're on a cruise before too long: I may book an hour with one there, if not I'll find some time that the university gym isn't full of students and book one then.
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Well, I think I've got my dragon design more-or-less down.

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GO TO MARVEL'S CAPTAIN MARVEL WEBSITE

YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY YOU DID

https://www.marvel.com/captainmarvel
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AIWeirdness generates cats.
Speaking of training data, StyleGAN’s training data was something called LSUN Cat. Evidently, LSUN Cat’s images were sourced from the internet, because when it generated some cats, it added meme text to them, assuming that white blocky lettering is just part of what “cat” is.

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It also attempted to generate cats with the Shutterstock watermark, although actually spelling “Shutterstock” proved tricky for it.
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Go answer my poll in the previous entry before reading this. :)

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Poll!

Feb. 6th, 2019 11:43 am
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Because I was thinking about a miscommunication with a person who requested art for me about a decade ago...

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40


Someone is wearing a hairstyle in which the hair is gathered into one or more bunches using an elastic or a rubber band, and left loose. This is called a...

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pigtail
0 (0.0%)

ponytail
19 (47.5%)

either one, interchangeably
2 (5.0%)

either one, depending on another variable (gender? hair texture? something else?)
15 (37.5%)

something else, to be explained in the comments
4 (10.0%)

Someone is wearing a hairstyle in which the hair is gathered into one or more bunches using an elastic or a rubber band, and braided. This is called a...

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pigtail
10 (25.6%)

ponytail
1 (2.6%)

either one, interchangeably
1 (2.6%)

either one, depending on another variable (gender? hair texture? something else?)
4 (10.3%)

something else, to be explained in the comments
23 (59.0%)

I have a completely unrelated thought and would like to make it known



My answer under the cut, as I don't want to influence your replies to the poll )

Sketch

Feb. 4th, 2019 10:01 am
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I finally started on another long-term project I have in mind, which is to draw/paint/produce some things to post on stock image websites to see if anyone wants them. Mostly thinking dragon because I see the same damn 3D model over and over (because it comes from a site that allows you to sell the renders as stock) and I'm tired of it, and I hope others are, too.

It's still in the sketch stage as I'm working out the anatomy, but bits of it are quite nice.

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...and you send a short bio about yourself in to a con for their program book, you'd do well to NOT MISSPELL MULTIPLE WORDS IN YOUR LIST OF ARTICLE TITLES.

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