Back from con.

May. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
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[personal profile] hannah
Thanks to low traffic and a good bus driver, I got in almost an hour early, and got into my apartment at about the time the original ticket said I'd be back in Manhattan.

So tonight I go back to sleep in my own bed, and tomorrow I begin the process of a con write-up - and as promised, those Buffy/Vorkosigan crossover thoughts I've been teasing friends about.

Argh, movie showtimes!

May. 29th, 2017 12:34 am
umadoshi: (Arashi *facepalm* (satura_te))
[personal profile] umadoshi
This afternoon I asked [ profile] scruloose if he'd feel up for seeing a movie on Tuesday night. (Side note: Tuesday is a bit of a pain because it's the night of his yoga class, but at least he pays for that on a punch-card/drop-in basis, so missing one doesn't mean being out the money for it. OTOH, Tuesday is the cheapest option for movie-going, and we're trying--haphazardly, so far--to spend less.) He thought that'd be okay.

I wanted to see GotG2 or maybe the new King Arthur ([ profile] ek_johnston tweeting about it as "Trash King Arthur" has been quite persuasive), but oh my GOSH, the showtime options are horrible if you want to avoid 3D. >.< Both of those movies, at all three theatre locations we use, offer reasonable evening showings in 3D but only offer 2D showings starting by 4 PM or after 9:30 PM. Not exactly useful on a worknight.

OTOH, Gifted is showing in 2D at a reasonable time that night at my preferred location (if we feel like getting a CarShare), and I did want to see that (I wavered for a bit, but after it opened, I think I was generally seeing positive word about it?), so maybe we'll still wind up Going To A Movie.

Meanwhile, at this point only the IMAX (etc.) 3D showtimes have been released for Wonder Woman, but I'm going to operate on the theory that there will be 2D showings Friday night, just...announced stupidly late in the game. (Okay, to be technical, I just saw that my least favorite of those theatre locations is listing a 3:45 PM 2D showing on Friday. I wouldn't call that helpful, but it's something.)

random mishmash

May. 28th, 2017 11:19 pm
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I joined [community profile] nanodownunder in an attempt to get some writing done in June! I signed up to get blackouts on a few cards which, if I remind myself that not everything needs to have a complete backstory and context, should be doable. But I'm going to start ahead of time in hopes of actually completing something. I'm just feeling so scattered after the creativity bubble popped. WHICH ALWAYS HAPPENS BUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO.

Considering the other comments on the sign up post, I'm in good company. :3

If you're into any of the Fire Emblem fandoms, claiming has started over at [community profile] fe_fest! I'm only a million years late noticing, haha, but I'm not really feeling any of the prompts anyway (except maybe the Pegasus Knights: Robot Unicorn Attack one, hahahaha).

There's a vague secret anon over on [community profile] fandomsecrets and I'm unreasonably annoyed by it, haha.

Tonight has been a night of reading Die Hard fanfiction. I just really love John/Matt. ♥

The local art supply store is having a pretty great sale and I'm reminding myself that self you do not need art supplies, don't do it. XD

[personal profile] imperion and I are going for coffee tomorrow! \o/

It's all about bread and pirates

May. 28th, 2017 10:33 pm
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1. Instead of getting on with my watch of The 100 season 4, I've actually started my rewatch of Black Sails from the beginning. I admit a little bit is because I'm still nervous about watching The 100 and with Black Sails I know how it all turns out. Also I've got a massive number of Black Sails vid ideas, so I've been ripping my dvds, so it follows that I need to rewatch before I start clipping.

What's really cool about it is seeing everyone as baby!pirates! I mean, everyone but Silver and Max are already seasoned pirates, but it's still cool to see. I'm following the plot of how the Ranger crew is involved and Max's role all much better this time around, and I've got to say it's delightful seeing Anne, Jack, and Charles together again.
spoilers for Ep 2 and season 4 finale )

2. In light of my new bread hobby, we started watching the Great British Bake Off on netflix, which has the 2014-16 seasons. You guys, it is SO GOOD! Everyone is nice, even the judges. They make beautiful food. We started the week with an episode a night, which turned into two episodes by Friday and then the last four tonight because it was down to the end. I just love it.

3. In my own baking adventures, I made bread on Friday in between I was teleworking (and yes, I got all my work done for the day.) I'm... not very happy with it. It was a repeat of the white bread from a sponge starter I've been working on, and I don't think the yeast in my starter is strong enough. I'm worried that I didn't feed it enough during the week it was developing because I couldn't get the bread to rise, or it was hard to tell if it rose, and I'm pretty sure on the second rise it didn't, it just spread out instead. On the plus side I was using bread flour, so I think that helped, and it tasted fine. It was just kind of flat.

I'm starting a new starter tonight, and tomorrow I might be making two batches - one with the new starter after is rises (and hopefully triples in size) oovernight and one with my old starter to compare. I feel bad throwing it out, but I'm just not sure about it. I also might make a direct method loaf bread because I know that one I can do.

4. In Farscape Friday Podcast, we're recording season 3 right now and I have ALL THE FARSCAPE FEELINGS! I love season 3 so much. We recorded Thanks For Sharing and Green Eyed Monster today and I am reminded of how excellent this show is at its best.

[podfic] beginning steps

May. 29th, 2017 10:36 am
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[personal profile] fred_mouse
making some quick notes, because I'll probably wonder about this in the future

I've been thinking about getting in to podficcing for a while, and with the imminent end to my degree coinciding with a formal podfic challenge thingie (I'll link later, when I have more time), I'm experimenting. Since last Wednesday, I've managed to record (and then export!) a whopping great 30s of me nattering. I'm only using the internal microphone, but I'm pretty happy with the quality that I'm getting. And now that I've proven to myself that I can record *something* the next thing to do is get in touch with my potential collaborator. And then think about recording something (maybe 'Shambleau' or some Muddle-headed wombat, both of which I've been thinking about doing for years) to get more familiar with the process.

- using Audacity. Required much faffing around to get the MP3 exporter working; had to use the .zip rather than the .dmg linked through the wiki
- finding quiet time is *really hard*. Rain causes eldest to not leave the house for enough time (going to the shops wasn't enough, but might be now that I've got over the nerves).
- if I don't want to do anything complicated, I've probably done all the really horrible time consuming set up stuff. But I probably need to learn how to compress things, because I think my file size is too large.

Riverdale fic recs

May. 28th, 2017 06:49 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
As I keep telling people, this show isn't good, but I am nonetheless enjoying the hell out of it. And the fandom is producing some fun stuff!

(and I said what about) breakfast at tiffany's by [ profile] somethingdifferent
Jughead/Veronica, 8k. This is just great - the ongoing theme of his book difficulties (including the lack of ongoing themes!), him introducing Veronica to movies, the snark, the eventual big reveal. They both sound so in-character. I love it.

you make me feel like I am home again by [ profile] izzybusiness
Jughead/Veronica, 4.5k. Sweet and gentle and easy, which is saying something, considering how many edges they both have.

While the Rhythm of the Rain Keeps Time by [ profile] FreshBrains
Betty/Veronica, 2k. If you wanted steamy atmospheric sex in the rain, then this is the fic for you.

Nothing Realistic by [ profile] Shippershape
Jughead/Betty, 5k. The author disregards the canon relationship to go with a very sweet slow burn, and I am here for it.

long live the car crash hearts by [ profile] izzybusiness
Jughead/Jason, 5k. My heart belongs with crack ships, apparently. I would never have thought this one up, but this fic is great: melancholy and full of that good teenage angst.

The Story Inverted by [ profile] nimmieamee
Jughead/Cheryl, 12k. Misery loves company, and nobody's life is more more miserable than Jughead's. Unless you count Cheryl Blossom's. This seemed like the most unlikely ship, but the fic completely sold me on it. They're both so tragic in their own ways, and they both sound so completely themselves in this. Also the sex is hot.

Not Since Bonnie & Clyde by [ profile] Lang
Alice/FP, 10k. This is everything I never knew I wanted?? It's a/b/o with alpha!Alice and omega!FP, and it's kind of a character study of Alice, HBIC who still can't quite keep life under her control for all that. But also it's got soapy twists to rival canon and hot mess of a ship that speaks to all my deepest needs. (Head's up that the dubcon is EXTREMELY dubious, so proceed with caution.)

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May. 28th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Scott has scavenged a hard drive from one of his old laptops. It remains to be seen how hard it will be to restore my data and programs. Right now, he's trying to clear his old data off it because there's almost no space there.

We have a program that makes hourly backups, so I probably won't lose files. I'm not sure about applications, though. We've never needed to restore from backup before.
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[personal profile] siderea
This is brilliantly put:


I know you want to, and you are constantly being told that you must, excel at and be committed to, for example:

1. earning a living wage
2. healing from and/or dealing with injury, illness, emotional trauma, disability
3. basic self-care and adulting (laundry, financial management, etc.)
[... nine more categories elided... ] enough downtime to keep you functional.

But excelling at each of those is equivalent to a full-time job and you cannot physically do them all. In fact, our society considers basic competence at two of them to be a passing grade. ONLY TWO.[...]
Read the whole thing. Recommended.

ETA: I would spin yet a thirteenth category off from #2. Distinct from health is recovering from catastrophe – I had to deal with both The Evacuation and exciting health issues in the past year, and they were quite distinct, though intersecting. Dealing with moving out of my home, having it remediated, and then moving back in, on no notice, was a full-time job. Heck, I'm not even done. TODAY I moved one of my large garment bags (full of summer clothes, natch) home from [personal profile] tn3270's place. I still have [personal profile] jducoeur's handcart. My house is still full of boxes (though, admittedly, that's its default state.) I still don't know where everything goes. Meanwhile along the way I was also trying to do physical therapy appointments and seeing an escalating chain of medical specialists. Whee.


May. 28th, 2017 06:53 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
✿ This weekend, I had the house to myself. At least, for most of it. It was so nice to get up super early, do a few chores, and just relax. Drink some coffee while listening to classical music on the radio and letting the sunlight and birdsong come in through the open garden door. It's so nice to have a bit of peace and quiet. I had no idea that CKUA plays a classical program early on weekend mornings; I might have to try to catch it more often. Unfortunately, my family usually objects when I play this station, but... I can work around that.

✿ About halfway through reading Hughart's Bridge of Birds now. Melusine really knew what she was doing when she sent me this novel; I find it absolutely delightful. Looks like I'm going to have to track down the others in the series.

✿ I went into the forest again this weekend. This morning, I got up early specifically so I could go out before the day got too hot. It's amazing how so much can change in the course of a week. The leaves are actually full and open now, and there are little harebells blooming everywhere. No rose blossoms yet, though, and the fireweed won't bloom until June. Didn't see any deer today, either. ...There were plenty of mosquitoes, unfortunately. I didn't get bitten, but I'll have to remember to bring some repellent next time.

✿ I've found a good place for rituals. It's in one of the places in the Birchwood where there has been some controlled clearing, which means that it's a little more accessible than the place I was using before. It also doesn't have the super-steep, super-slippery decline toward the stream that the other place does, and I don't have to go through a fuckton of rosebushes to get there. Best of all, there's this one tree that was sawed off very cleanly, and the stump is completely flat. It makes for a great altar; I just need to cover it with a cloth first. Most of the logs from the trees they cut down have been cleared, but I found a small section that was left behind, so I can actually sit down to do my work now. My only complaint is that the visuals aren't as good as the other place; before, the stream was only a few feet away from me, and it was a really pleasant experience to be able to watch the water while I cleared my head. Now, I can't see the stream at all; I can only hear it. But that's all right. The location makes up for it in other ways.

Sweet Freedom!

May. 28th, 2017 08:48 pm
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[personal profile] everchangingmuse
I was done at work on Friday by 2:30, and am good for the summer!

Which, of course, meant I woke up yesterday at 5:45 and couldn't fall back asleep. So goes. I was able to read more in my book - the book I've been reading for two months now. I'm nearly finished. Yesterday was an in-house day, mostly. We did go out for groceries in the morning, and for our first trip to Carousel of the season after dinner. Tasty, tasty soft-serve.

Today, we were up early as well, though this time by choice. We had to drive down to Richmond for my sister's bridal shower. OMG MY BABY SISTER!!! She's eleven years younger than I am, so she's not a baby anymore, but still. My little sister is getting married in six weeks!

Her bridesmaids put the shower together at a cidery in downtown. Even with the rain today, we had a lot of fun. The events area is mostly enclosed, but open to the private lot on one side, so while the rain poured down, it wasn't on us. She is so excited, which makes me excited. She also loved our gift - a picnic basket. It wasn't on her registry, but I remembered her talking about wanting to go on a picnic date with her fiance from back when we got together before Christmas, and I've been saving the idea for her bridal shower ever since.

It was nice to meet her close girlfriends. I know two of them pretty well - though one better than the other - but the other girls were all new faces. There were several teachers in the mix, so we ended up talking shop for a bit, as you do. I have yet to meet a fellow teacher outside of work and have a conversation that doesn't turn to school for at least five minutes. We need the commiseration, I think.

It was also nice to see my mom, and to meet my sister's almost-mother-in-law. Mom and Dad live farther away than they'd like, and than I'd like, so seeing them when it isn't a holiday is a treat. We took a bunch of pictures, and the woman who was our liaison with the cidery took pictures of us all as a big group. I'm glad I have a smartphone now, and I can do pictures so much more easily. I need to upload them to my laptop and go through them all. Because of the rain, and then the clearing of the rain, the lighting changed a lot over the course of the shower. I want to edit some of the photos before uploading them for everyone to see. My sister's bff took pictures of me, my sister, and my mom together, and then of me and my wife with my sister. I can't wait to share them with the family!

After the bridal shower, my wife and I decided to take the scenic route home, and head up to C-Ville before coming back. It's been a few months since we've been in that city, and I needed to pick up my comics. Before we hit up the comic shop, we stopped at TRU, and I am so glad we did! No dolls today, but - but! The store was doing some major clearance in prep for their summer restock, and they'd pulled a bunch of older merchandise out of the stock room. When we were looking through the Power Rangers toys, we found the proplica of the Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger, half off!

Not sure if I've mentioned this on my blog before, but I am a huge fan of Power Rangers. And, like most people who watched the original Mighty Morphin when it first aired, I'm a huge fan of Tommy Oliver. The Dragon Dagger replica was a TRU exclusive about three years ago, and at the time we decided it was too expensive for our collection. For the last year or so, whenever my wife and I have gone to TRU and seen the die-cast exclusive Power Rangers proplicas, we've talked about the Dragon Dagger. It's the one thing we've regretted not buying in the last few years. So, when we found it today, we knew it was coming home with us. Just need to decide how we're mounting it on the wall....

So, my first few days work-free have been fun and relaxing and surprising. Since this is also Memorial Day weekend here in the States, my wife is off work tomorrow. We're going to have a low-key day, after the busyness of the last few. If you, like us, are in the US, how are you spending your Memorial Day weekend? And, if you're outside of the US, how are you enjoying the weekend? Does it feel like summer yet to you (or winter, if you're southern hemisphere)?

Dept. of Belated Birthdays

May. 28th, 2017 05:55 pm
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[personal profile] kaffyr
Many Happy Returns of the Day ...

... to 
[personal profile] peoppenheimer , he of extraordinarily rare appearances and extraordinarily rarefied mathematical and philosophical abilities, who celebrated on May 22. May you continue to be all that you are; 

... to 
[personal profile] lydy , who had a birthday on May 24, and who I have not seen for far too long. I hope she's attending Wiscon, which I think would be a great follow up to London. If she's not there, I hope she's enjoying post-Londinium decompression. She's rather brilliant, independent, radical, occasionally mulish, and all of those things are eminently admirable. May the next year be fantastic for you!

... to 
[personal profile] sallymn , music lover, icon maker, fic writer, and genuinely nice person. I have many of your icons, I've enjoyed many of your musical recommendations - in fact, I enjoy interacting with you in many, many ways; I hope your birthday was a great one!


May. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
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This is mostly for tracking purposes, because I know I went swimming more than twice since my last swimming tracking, but I can't remember when or how much I swam, sadly.

Right now my swimming record is 3km in 1h42m, which is 34mn to 1km. I swam this roughly keeping the same speed throughout, given that I had swam 2km in 1h08m. I think my next goal is going to get under 30mn for a 1km. (Meanwhile, Olympic swimmers swim 10km in under 2 hours.)

Time before that I did 2.7km in idk how much time. *squints* I think I did 2.6km the time before that, but I ain't counting it because I'm not sure. (I'm tracking less because of accuracy and more because it motivates me to make concrete progress towards a distant/big goal.)

I was going to go swimming today, but it was too bloody hot and I couldn't make myself. I may try to go one evening this week.

Past total: 27 850 / 585 689. Current total: 33 550 / 585 689.

Getting sick of my antivirus program.

May. 28th, 2017 01:16 pm
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I realize that occasional exhortations to upgrade are the price of using a free program, but it's getting out of hand. What do you guys use?


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Juno mission first results: Jupiter isn't like what researchers expected

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other (10+ pics) (Yeah, I know, but at least scroll down until you see the week-old kitten disguised as a kiwi.)

Crows and parrots – brainy birds, but in different ways (Article from 2011)

First Bamboo Biennale Creates Cutting-Edge Structures in Small Chinese Village

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Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company

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Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

How one community rallied to save turtles from becoming roadkill

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All The Wrong People Are Asking All The Wrong Questions About Fidget Spinners

Too many prisons make bad people worse. There is a better way

Accused of underpaying women, Google says it's too expensive to get wage data

Study links Facebook use to reduced gray matter volume in the nucleus accumbens

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

The Tragic Story of a Texas Teen and the Marines Who Killed Him for No Reason

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans (This is ridiculous. I've never seen anything so universally reviled as this budget!)

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

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GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Flint Isn’t Ready To Trust Anyone Yet

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New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting

six months

May. 28th, 2017 04:14 pm
fox: cartoon drawing of oven with single bun in it (bun in the oven)
[personal profile] fox
This past Tuesday the prince was six months old. Holy crap.

He likes or does not mind me, his father, snuggling, milk, bath time, standing up on our legs and looking around, nomming his feet, rolling over (front to back over both shoulders; back to front over his left shoulder), practicing crawling, and eating from a spoon: bananas, applesauce, carrots, prunes, peas. (The carrots he tolerates; the rest he seems to like. Today, pears.) He dislikes wet diapers, dirty diapers, being cold, being tired, being hungry, being lonely when he wakes up in the middle of the night, and naptime at home.

It is an ongoing struggle. He seems to nap fine at day care Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Grandma's Wednesdays and Fridays. I am home with him Saturdays, Sunday afternoons, and Mondays, and his dad is by himself with him Sunday mornings, and between us we have about 20% success getting him to nap in the crib. That's his dad on very occasional Sundays. I have no luck ever. If I want him to nap--and I do--I need to put him in the car seat and go somewhere or better yet in the baby bjorn or the sling. He is in the sling right now in fact. (Reaching around him to type is only slightly awkward.) I suppose I just have to have faith that he will get there? Or this will persist until he no longer needs a daily nap. (He's in a transition phase between three naps and two naps now.)

Mind you he's had a cold for about three weeks--one in his nose for two weeks and one in his chest for the past week--so the fact that he is wanting snuggles is not so surprising. I should be glad he's sleeping at night, which he mostly is. Most nights he goes to bed fine and either wakes up once around 1am (so I go in and feed him) or I wake up around 2 and go feed him whether he's woken up or not. His doctor doesn't want us to leave him longer than about eight hours between feedings, which we will be querying at his 6mo appointment next Friday, because there have certainly been times--not a lot, but not none--where I think he'd have slept through the night if I hadn't got him up to feed him, but once I picked him up and fed him it took an hour or more to get him back to sleep, and I have a hard time believing four ounces of milk are worth that much sleep disruption. But we mainly (so far) do as we're told, so I keep doing it even when I'm really scared to. (Last night I woke up at 3:15, got up and fed him, put him back down, and went back to bed, and he didn't make a single peep. But other times it winds up where he's fed and changed and won't settle back to sleep no matter how we try to soothe him and the only solution is to leave him to cry it out, which is normally about 20 minutes of screaming that I think all three of us could live without if I just hadn't picked him up in the first place.)

He continues to practice hugs and kisses, also. I don't know if it's because they read a book about hugs and kisses at day care or because he has twigged that I always give him kisses, but now if I hold him facing me he will lean in and wrap his little arms around my neck and press his open mouth against my cheekbone or my jaw and say "mwah." He's not as kissy with his dad, though whether that's because his dad is a little less kissy with him or because his dad wears a beard or some combination of these I do not know. I definitely get slobberface baby kisses all the time now, though, and it is awesome.

Well, that sure happened.

May. 28th, 2017 12:07 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
So, a few days ago, the authors/artists of a webcomic I follow (Small Trolls) found my fanfiction for it, and informed me that they had read it. This isn't overall a big deal, but since I didn't write down my thoughts about that at the time, I might as well now, since I want to chew on some of my feelings about all this.

Cut for length )
umadoshi: (W13 - Claudia & Steve on Farnsworth)
[personal profile] umadoshi
A Toronto friend posted a pic to Facebook of her cat lying across her desk and looking stern, and said something to the effect of "cats make sure you go to bed". I commented, "Where were my cats at 4 AM?"

My sleep "routine" is even worse than usual lately. I think deadline stress is affecting it. I'm not even particularly behind on deadlines or anything, but I'm stressed anyway, which means my focus is shot... It's a nasty cycle.

It's still cooler than I like for the end of May, so we're not planting this weekend, but [ profile] scruloose is outside digging the flowerbed-to-be. Hero!

Meanwhile, the potted clematis in the spare room are reaching through the air, groping for the window. It's kinda amazing.

Reminder that [ profile] nanodownunder starts up in a few days! I'll quote [ profile] china_shop:

Want to kick-start your writing?

Set your own goals -- this doesn't have to be a full 50K-word endeavour, just whatever you want to aim for. Pick a WIP to finish, or set a daily time- or wordcount-goal. Or just wing it, if you prefer.

Daily check-in posts. Locked comm so we can chat/cheer/commiserate in semi-privacy (ie, you have to join to play, but membership isn't moderated). Come one, come all...

[ profile] EddieMcClintock tweeted a "Mini #WAREHOUSE13 reunion!" pic of himself, Scags, Aaron Ashmore, and (executive producer) Jack Kenny, and my heart melted all over the place.


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