But it seems this was just a glitch because of my wonky clicking. At least when I tried leaving kudos again on a WIP I follow that didn't work. Too bad, I wouldn't mind being able to leave more than one, especially with long chaptered stories.
Well, I guess it's good to know that despite not being organic or anything, my cauliflower was wildlife supporting. I kind of feel bad for it, trying to escape and then slowly dying of cold. It was still unpleasant when I found that thing as I just wanted to grab some plums to snack on, though.
Also on Imzy there is some inbuilt system that makes it possible to pay/tip for posters'/moderators' content, which is intended to eventually finance the thing by Imzy getting some cut of those transactions, instead of having advertising? But I'm not really clear on that.
It doesn't seem very large yet, e.g. when during the sign-up process I searched for communities based on my interests there wasn't even one for pet rats yet and not many fandom ones either, but maybe it'll take off.
Anyway, now in turn I have five invites, so if you want one to check out that site, comment with your email. (Or if you don't want to give your email in public, comment and then PM me the address through DW or such -- I didn't set comments to screened because then you can't see whether five others have commented already.)
Anyway, I feel like indulging the time honored tradition of weather griping, so have a poll:
In which ways does your summer's weather suck thus far?
it's too hot
it's too cold
it's too dry
it's too rainy
summer is failing in some other way
summer weather here has been great actually
it's not summer where I am
Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?
the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes
no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following the Brexit in particular
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by rampaging football fans
the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by the above (or other) ecological disasters
I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
killer robots will get me
killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
and so and so forth... (nuclear disaster! war! genetically modified crops! (lack of) bees!...)
It adds motivation to also update my xover rec page (which unfortunately right now inadvertently links to this crap), though. On the upside, the story in question is still online elsewhere.
I mean that has to be a common issue, because most adult humans have at least have a crown or two by their thirties, often earlier, yet I can't remember ever seeing a scene in werewolf fiction where the newly made werewolf has to spit out their now obsolete dental implants...
In the prominent byline place near the brand name, where normally you'd see claims like "recommended by dentists" or such it advertised with "compatible with homeopathy". Just what? And it wasn't a toothpaste of the organic/all natural/no mineral-oil derived ingredients kinds or some other niche product either.
That seems enough to avoid true infestations with swarms in my kitchen *knocks on wood* but they are still annoying. And of course the garbage bins downstairs are popular breeding grounds, so you often have small clouds of fruit flies emerging when you open these. :P
I know you can do easy traps with soap/vinegar in water to attract them and do population control, and I'd probably entrap some before I notice any flying around (I mean as soon as you notice a pest it's a safe bet that there are more you didn't see), but frankly the idea of bowls with floating dead insects standing around in my kitchen as preventative measure is also gross.
I find this actually somewhat grosser than finding insects colonizing my foodstuff as opportunity. You anticipate your food to be attractive and watch out for that, but tape being attractive seems entirely random. I guess anything is edible to someone.
It's almost like meta-procrastination, because you are procrastinating through things that are supposed to help you be productive.
Since I only noticed after I opened the bag, I also had to rewrap the thing in a new plastic bag I could tie closed before throwing it away to lessen the likelihood of beetles venturing outside the trash bag before I can take it out. I still think I'm going to take that thrash bag out even though it is not yet full to get rid of the crawling cohort that turned my kilo of mung beans into their habitat. Obviously the beetles have been there for quite some time, and not in the trash even, so it's kind of irrational to feel so grossed out now, but vermin always feels worse once you become aware, I guess.
Also, of course I knew that fictional depictions of supposedly crappy NYC apartments in tv series and such always make them vastly larger than they would be in reality (perhaps because you couldn't actually fit a professional camera larger than an iPhone, the person operating it, and a person being filmed into an actual crappy NYC apartment from the looks of these photos so you'd probably have to stage them and leave one wall out that you don't see or something), but these are just astoundingly awful. Like, many seem to be either windowless closets rented as bedroom for several hundred dollars or some sort of crawlspaces repurposed for sleeping in, that are too low to stand or even sit.
It's like I'm house proud in a theoretical way, in that I'm interested in knowing cleaning, renovating and decoration techniques, and even sometimes envision their application to my home, but in practice I haven't even bothered for example to replace the bare light bulbs hanging from my ceilings with proper lamps in over fifteen years now (except in my kitchen and bathroom, where I found properly placed lighting important for practical reasons).
So now I'm wondering how many among the audience of that genre are like me, and (almost) never actually apply any of the gazillion DIY tips they collect on their Pinterest board or such. hence a poll:
What describes your approach to improving/maintaining your living space best?
I pay others to make sure my home is nice (cleaners, decorators etc.) but don't enjoy spending time and effort on it myself. I rather occupy myself with other things.
I enjoy home improvement/maintenance in a theoretical way (collecting bookmarks with tips, watching DIY shows etc.) but not so much the practice of realizing any such projects outside of fantasy.
I regularly do projects to improve/maintain my home, and enjoy media and online tips as actual inspiration and for help.
I like the practice of improving/maintaining my home myself, but have no interest in engaging in this through media or online tips to find inspiration.
I'm not into home improvement/maintenance beyond the bare necessities, and don't seek out media in that genre either.
In fact though I have seen pictures of them online, I can't quite imagine them how they would work in practice. I read that they are supposed to keep the work area clean and dry, especially for the composite fillings, but my dentist does that with cotton wads and suction, and I've never had a composite filling fall out or anything like that, and while once or twice I've had a fixed tooth rot again, many of my composite fillings are by now lasting longer than the "average" lifetime they are said to have, so I don't think my dentist's work is particularly shoddy (though I do sometimes wonder about his approach to hygiene, because while he does wear gloves for drilling and such, he doesn't always for just checking, even though his hand is in my mouth then too).
Anyway, I have been wondering how common the use of dental dams in dental work really is, hence this poll.
(The latest news of LJs upcoming "improvement" projects make me happier than ever that DW exists as alternative. Infinite scroll and site style for all flists, seriously LJ?)
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ETA: I had to catch and evict it to the outside after all. It didn't seem to be able to climb smooth surfaces to get out of the shower tub, at least when I caught it, it kept sliding down the side when it tried to flee. So it was quite unsuited to life in a bathroom anyway.
There is much truth to that it's really a kindness that we forget far more than we remember, and constantly adjust our memories to suit our present.