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Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 07:26 am
I haven't gotten any more complaints about Will's behavior since Wednesday, which I think means he's been able to complete his work at lunchtime without further incident. On Friday I called the woman who screened him for his IEP eligibility and told her my concerns, and she is supposed to meet with his aide on Sep 1 to discuss some alternate intervention strategies.

Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means H&P are preparing to attend DragonCon in Atlanta as they do every year. One of these years I would like to go with them and see what all the fuss is about, but I'm intimidated by the sheer size and scope of the event. Instead I will stay home and take the kids to swim lessons and watch the opening weekend of college football on TV.

I saw two great movies this past week. The initial trailer for Pete's Dragon looked like a bizarre mishmash of Jurassic World and Jungle Book, and was clearly nothing like the original movie, but the final product spoke to my heart. The Pacific Northwest scenery was gorgeous and the child actors were fantastic. TW for a fatal car accident in the first scene, but it was handled in a dreamlike way that blunted the impact of the trauma for the viewer; I would be OK with Connor watching it as long as he knew it was coming. The recurring theme of Pete's book made me tear up a lot, and I cheered out loud at the final scene.

Also, I took Connor to see Kubo and the Two Strings. My burning question was: why two strings when the shamisen clearly has three? Happily that question and many others were answered in a most satisfying way. This was also an emotional movie - Connor didn't just cry at the end, he SOBBED. Then he said it was the best movie ever, but he says that about most of the movies he sees.

I haven't done much knitting this month, in spite of the Olympics being on TV, just because it's been so miserably hot and muggy. I am starting to gather material for some new projects, though, since choir rehearsals are starting back soon, and also football season. Now that Will is in middle school, youth football is becoming a thing; they had an abbreviated schedule last Thursday so that they could hold a pep rally during school hours for their opening game. Maybe if he had some friends on the football team (or, you know, any friends at all) I would want to support them, but... nah.
Sunday, August 28th, 2016 04:47 pm
I am coming to Israel for some winter sun in November, staying in Tel-Aviv from 11th-19th. I am hoping to meet up with local fans, including [personal profile] marina, [personal profile] hagar_972, [personal profile] roga, [personal profile] the_ragnarok and others. Let me know if you're around, or have suggestions of things I should do while there. I've done a lot of the major tourist sites in Tel-Aviv last time, and did a brief tour of the country as a kid, but there's lots more to explore. I may well take a day trip up to Haifa, and be looking for someone to go to Blackout with me. Feel free to pass this on to other local friends.

I am excited!
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 12:10 am
The winner for first class to write home asking for help with Will: Social Studies!

Mitigating factors: he is sick with a cold this week; he hasn't been sleeping well; it's his first class of the day.

The good news so far: he's only struggling to complete his work in that one class, according to his aide. After social studies, he has P.E. and Math; the rest of his classes are after lunch.

Anxiety levels through the roof as the social studies teacher said, "I don't want to punish him, but..." Also he called me Mrs., which got my hackles up. Respect shown to women should not be qualified by apparent age or martial marital status; I always use Ms. and have come to expect the same from others. However, this is the first time Will has had a male teacher and I don't want to antagonize him by going Full Metal Feminist on his ass... at least, not immediately.

So I spent 3-4 hours this afternoon problem-solving with Will and writing emails to the social studies teacher and the IEP aide. Then I went to bed early because fuck this. Of course now I'm awake again, but hopefully not for long.
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 08:11 am
Last night was open house at the middle school and it was So. Stressful.

We had to bring our child's class schedule with us and attempt to navigate to each period's classroom in turn, in an unfamiliar building, with only 4 minutes between presentations that only lasted 7 minutes. Of the six classrooms I visited, only two had handouts with contact info. It felt like sorority rush. "Nice to meet you, bye!"

I had also hoped to meet Will's new IEP aide, who had said in an email that she would be attending, but haha of course that didn't happen. I still don't know when and how often he is receiving her assistance.

I did learn a few things:

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In summary: I am probably struggling more than Will is right now, and as long as he's doing well, I should try to relax a bit. I'm very annoyed about having to check each individual teacher's web page, though. The intermediate school also had teacher web pages, but everything important was communicated in emails and handouts.

Update: Now Will tells me he is meeting with his IEP aide before MWF lunch, and other times as needed, but she is not providing in-class assistance.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 07:33 am
Unless I missed tagging something, this is my first meme participation in 5 years... but I think that's because memes aren't as common as they used to be?

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?

Because Mark asked me to get involved, about 6 weeks before open beta happened, IIRC. I had Perl experience and a lot of free time, and the rest is history.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?

Ancient history: Kareila is a name I first used for an RP character in high school. Sometime during my sophomore year of college, I was invited to join a social MUSH, and that's the username I decided to use. It's been my primary online identity ever since.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?

I still crosspost for the benefit of my few remaining loyal LJ readers, but all my crossposts are locked there, even if they're public here.

4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?

Email, Twitter, and Facebook. Streaming music and YouTube. The occasional online game.

5. How about when you're not on the computer?

Reading books, watching sports, playing console games, hanging out with loved ones, or sleeping.

6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?

After all this time, I have no idea what my readers might not already know about me, especially the ones who have met me RL (most of you).

7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?

Probably [community profile] dwqdb. I'm also very fond of [community profile] kareila_books and [community profile] changelog_digest, but I'm biased in that regard.

8. What community do you wish was more active?

I'm going to say [site community profile] dw_dev even though that's sort of cheating.

9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?

If I had to choose just two that I don't think have met already, I'd go with [personal profile] azurelunatic and [personal profile] siderea.

10. Tell me about your default icon.

Many of my icons are TV/movie/cartoon characters that I strongly identify with. My default icon for some time has been Sam Sparks from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I've kept that as default for several years now because I particularly like how it looks with my journal theme.

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?

As one of the lead devs I find it uniquely hard to answer this question. At this point, if a feature doesn't already exist, it's because either I don't personally want it or else it's Too Much Work. (Or possibly a Work In Progress.)

12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile?

My interest list has been woefully neglected since LJ days and could stand to be updated, but from what currently exists: ChaoticMUX (the social game I ran for several years before everyone emigrated to LJ), choral music (I sing a lot), geophysics (my college major), INFP (my MBTI classification, which I find helpful when debugging interpersonal interactions), & xyzzy (reflecting my early love of text-based games). "Entropy" and "wishes" are also ChaoticMUX references.

13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?

I used to, but I don't any more - careful inspection of my LJ profile reveals that I removed 2 unique interests from my DW profile (they weren't unique on LJ). "Games Magazine" which I still subscribe to, and "Digital Blasphemy" which is a CGI wallpaper artist I used to patronize.

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?

I suppose my gateway fandom was Monty Python, in the sense that it led me to alt.fan.monty-python in the pre-WWW days, and that led to my friendship with [personal profile] hkellick which led to ChaoticMUX which led to everything else. I left that particular newsgroup a few years later, but I'm still a fan, as evidenced by that ficlet I posted the other day. Teenage exposure to Monty Python and Douglas Adams gave me the "yes, this is all really ridiculous" perspective I needed for my mental health, and I'm completely inseparable from their influence. I don't think there is a DW community dedicated to Monty Python, but since they haven't done much new original work in the past 30 years, I don't consider it an oversight.

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?

My previous post already covered this.

16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?

Recently? Uh... (thinks)... last week I watched the first three episodes of Mr. Robot. I don't manage to watch a lot of scripted TV, mostly just sports and competitions, so that was kind of a big deal. Also, the usual suspects have been doing a sporadic Bond Roulette, viewing (and mocking) all the James Bond movies in random order; we just passed the halfway point when we watched Skyfall on Saturday night. There's one other thing I did recently that I haven't written about yet, but that's redacted until the end of the month.

17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?

Just going off my access list: 49/58, but that doesn't correct for duplicate accounts. Still: most of you. For my entire subscription list, it's closer to 50/50.

18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?

Assuming I have the energy, the only things in my life I try to avoid talking about are my personal relationships with others except in the most general terms. If they're not reading, it's talking behind their back; if they are, it can devolve into he said/she said when there's any disagreement. Occasionally I need to make a mental health exception, but as a rule I try to avoid it.

19. Any questions from the audience?

I don't know, are there?

20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?

I don't have any? I mean, I know what it is, but I don't swing that way. Yuri, maybe. It's been years since I consumed any anime or manga on a regular basis, though.

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?

The people. Honestly, that's my favorite thing about pretty much everything I love.
Friday, August 19th, 2016 12:31 pm
I've seen this sketch many times, but I only just realised that the judge is Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor from Dr Who).

Some of the gameshows are largely forgotten:
1) What's My Line? (guess someone's job)
2) Mastermind (rapid-fire questions on a subject)
3) Call My Bluff (guess the definition of an obscure word)
4) Blankety-Blank (guess what word someone else used to complete a sentence)
5) Give Us A Clue (charades)
6) It's A Knockout ("play your joker" in a round to double your points)
7) The Price Is Right ("come on down!")

Gaffes:
1) the judge is wearing a barrister's wig
2) no judge in England uses a gavel
3) the defendant is standing in the witness box
4) lawyers don't walk around the courtroom
5) er, court trials don't include gameshow references.