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November 19, 2019

Seven Things

'sleepless'

01 | I have deleted my Instagram account and it was not easy. I had searched how to delete Instagram and it keeps saying go to the 'delete your account' page, like that's so apparent. Well, it's not. That little link is under the support page which you had to go through a few steps. They obviously do not want you to delete your account but honestly, is it really so hard to have a delete option? I mean, some of us changes our minds a lot and needs this option because we don't want have thousands of unused accounts. Why is deleting your Instagram is so hard? Why? Because they really, really want to frustrate you enough to not delete your account which has an opposite effect on me because it made me not want to use their service.

Now if you really want to delete your Instagram, go to the 'support' page (at the bottom or wherever they put them) and then to 'managing your account', then to 'delete your account' and then to 'how do I delete my account' and then click on 'the delete your account page.' I did this on my desktop so it might be easier on your phone but it's freaking stupid the way you had to keep clicking and clicking...

02 | I keep trying to back up my computer onto my external drives but I keep forgetting because I'm not on a schedule. I really hate schedules so I don't have one for backing up files but now I'm thinking, maybe I should make one up. I have two small drives that I used as backups and I use Time Machine that came with the Mac system to do this. It works well when I remember to back up. But of course, there is so such thing as certainty when it comes to computers. My computer and my external drives may fail at any time because machines doesn't last forever just like everything else. I probably need to get backups for my backups.

03 | The few writing contests that I was involved in all had the one thing in common — all the winning stories are boring. I am not saying they shouldn't win, I'm saying why does the most boring story wins? Maybe these stories aren't boring, maybe they are for a more sophisticated audience so I can't understand them and that's why I think they are boring. They just seems to lack something exciting or meaningful to me. I don't know. I just don't understand it.

04 | Does anyone like unisex bathroom? Just recently, I've been in one in a book store and I must admit it's a bit weird to see a guy coming out of a stall. I really do not want to be fixing my hair next to a guy. And also, this is just an excuse for perverts to spy on women. This was a temporary situation as the men's room was broken or something. I do hope this is not a permanent thing. I definitely hate the idea of unisex bathroom.

A while back, I saw a clothing store that sells unisex clothes. I didn't go inside but from the window displays, the clothes looks a bit strange and kind like they are made for shapeless people or aliens. I'm not against guys wearing dresses but it would take some getting use to plus wouldn't it be weird to see a guy wearing the same dress as you and he looks better in it than you?

05 | Don't use the search term 'down with love' at amazon because you'll see porn images or porn dvd covers. I've never encountered this before which troubles me a bit. Seriously, they really need to have people check third-party sellers because sellers usually provides the product images. This looks to me like they have poor quality control or does amazon sells porn? I just like to shop without seeing porn - is that too much to ask?

Also Society6 do allow mature artworks so I did see a few of these mature artworks when I searched for something as innocent as 'reading.' So I am now forced to really make very specific search terms but sadly even that is not always safe since the seller is the one that gets to use whatever search terms they want. I guess one would ask what constitutes porn and what constitutes mature artwork? Definitely if it shows body parts together, that's porn, right? Seriously, what kind of people likes to hang such artworks in their homes anyway?

06 | Books read in September & October

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen > link
It's an enjoyable read though it lacked humor, well, more humor, or maybe more of Eugene who is an automatron, I really like this character. I do like Hazel and Sam a lot but I find the ending to be too expected, that is, I actually predicted what would happened and if you know the tale of Rapunzel or even the Disney movie, then you could already predict the ending somewhat.

We get glimpses of the 'Lady in the Coppergate Tower' who is Hazel's sister named Marit but mostly Hazel is the central character and she also pretty much saved herself which I don't think it's a spoiler because the whole series all have strong female characters that essentially saved themselves so no surprises there. I guess it would have been nice to know more of Marit, or that she did more than just show up now and then in Hazel's dream or head, after all, she is the lady in the title of the book.

< SPOILER > What happened to the maid is unfortunate and yet, it seems her exit is a bit unnecessary and Hazel and the Sam did care about her but it seemed her presence didn't do much but sort of give reason to move the story along. Still, I really kind of hope she had survived. It just seems a bit cruel even for a character we do not know well of. < END SPOILER >

The various shoulder lift which is probably suppose to be a shrug done by almost all the characters is kind of strange and I suppose you can make a game of it. I do find the romance a bit weak. I mean, these two knew each other longer than a year and they danced around each other each thinking the other does not feel the same and yada, yada, it just seems they should just become a couple from the start but the point of the book is their budding romance so I suppose that wouldn't do. As I said, this is an enjoyable read plus if you have read the other two books in this series (they are all kind of stand-alone), you will enjoy the mention of characters from those books. Also, I must admit that these books does have Disney movie elements like similar storylines, that sort of thing but I didn't mind it.


A Wrinkle in Time trilogy by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time trilogy by Madeleine L'Engle > link
So I didn't quite finished this. I read Book 1- 'A Wrinkle in Time' and then started on Book 2 and then I just gave up. I kept reading, stopping, reading, stopping, it was just so boring. I should love this series because it's the kind of books I do like reading but I can't seem to get into them. Perhaps if I had read this years ago, I might have loved it but now, it seems extremely boring to me. I really do like the various book titles like 'A wind in the door', 'A swiftly tilting planet' so maybe I'll try reading this again in a few years.


The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell > link
I read 'My Lady Ludlow' and then I just decided I didn't care to read the other two stories. It seems rather boring to me. I'm thinking I'll read the other two stories later but they might be boring too but that's that.

07| Movies watched in October/November


Kong: Skull Island > link
I don't know what I was expecting because I occasionally like watching monster movies like these but this was just a violent ride through a jungle-like world back up with a 70's soundtrack. The actors are barely there since Kong is the central focus and if they change the actors, it really makes no difference. It was okay for a weekend movie but it wasn't that enjoyable.

Shazam! > link
I enjoyed watching this superhero mashup but perhaps it's a bit predictable. They could have added some surprising elements but they didn't. I have to say if Zachary Levi wasn't in the movie, I wouldn't even bother watching it. There's certainly a family theme here but I didn't mind that. I actually like how it ended though I still wonder why superheroes aren't fat. (I don't think this is a spoiler since it's in the trailer). I mean, one of the guys is fat but his superhero version is not fat so what does that mean? That your highest potential, a bit of it that is, is not to be fat? Anyway, this was a fun watch.

What have you been up to lately?

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful art, I haven't been in a unisex bathroom, doesn't sound comfortable.

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    1. @Christine: I guess unisex bathroom are uncomfortable, I suppose some people can get used to it, though not me.

      Thank you for visiting & have a lovely day.

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  2. I don't think unisex bathrooms are a good idea either. I mean, they can have them if there are also separate ones, so that those who want the shared experience (ewww... that doesn't sound right, but I just mean if someone WANTS a unisex bathroom, then okay) but I don't think it should be the only option. That's just me, though.

    Kong: Skull Island- yeah I agree. I kinda liked it (I think mainly the setting, which I think was filed in Vietnam or somewhere like that if I remember) but the story was pretty lackluster...

    I love the art for "Sleepless".

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    1. @Greg: I agreed, unisex bathrooms are good but probably for other people, just not you or me.

      The Kong movie's trailer was better actually, probably it's enough just to see the trailer.

      This 'sleepless' piece is actually a re-do of an older piece, I love the result. I'm glad you love it.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  3. 03 So totally can relate to this. I also had had the idea that it was too sophisticated for me to grasp the literary qualities of the winner and followers-up, so I just stopped submitting my pieces to the site (a Haiku site in my case). Maybe I should publish my contributions at my blog?

    04 Unisex bathrooms are a thing here. I like it, because with double the number of bathrooms I have a shorter wait - men are almost always faster than women.

    06 I have also read A Wrinkle in Time and found it too sketchy to really catch me. As you say, maybe if I've read it as a small one it would have been OK, but now I think all the characters are not really coming alive to me, only like paper people.
    I am trying to find new books, I like, but it seems my ieal of a good story is not what's published today. I might have to go hunting in second hand bookstores soon.

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    1. PS. I love your artwork the busstop looks all eerie and dreamy-like.

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    2. @Uglemor:

      03 - You can publish anything on your blog, I'm reader's respond would tell you something.

      04 - Yes, men are quick when it comes to using the bathroom but I guess I'm just so used to just women in public bathrooms, it's just strange to see a guy there. At least, there are enclosed stalls or else it would be a bit awkward.

      06 - I agreed with you on 'A Wrinkle in Time' - it's best to read it when you're young or younger.

      This 'sleepless' piece is supposed to be dreamy, eerie, I was thinking of someone out in the middle of the night with no one around - that sense of being alone in the world - you do feel it if you're there in the wide open space with nobody around.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  4. I have to admit, The Lady in the Coppergate Tower isn't my favorite Nancy Campbell Allen novel. And I am not a fan of unisex bathrooms. :)

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    1. @Lark: 'The lady in the coppergate tower' is not a favorite of my either but it was enjoyable to read.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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  5. I'm not entirely happy about unisex toilets and if there's a women's only toilet available I'll go there instead.
    I read A Wrinkle In Time many years ago and loved it, it wasn't part of a trilogy then, just a stand alone book and I think that's how it should have stayed. I've seen the movies too, the original and the remake and they're okay as long as you haven't read the book first. The book is better.

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    1. @River: Actually, 'A wrinkle in time' is five books, I believe. I'm sure I would have book the book if I had read it as a child.

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  6. Lissa,

    Your artwork is lovely, as usual! I prefer keeping the sexes separate in clothing because I like looking like a girl, not a guy! Women and men have different plumbing, so should public bathroom be for use. I don't care if a guy is a homosexual or transgender or straight and visa versa applies to women who consider themselves to be men. Of course, then comes the worry of, how do you kow if the man next to you is really a woman? This issue definitely causes a lot concerns and not an easy one to put those of us who have the natural antamoy of a woman/man's minds at ease. You mentioned having difficulties deleting your Instagram account. I've run into problems like this with other sites and it's absolutely crazy. Thanks for sharing with us and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my dear! xx

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    1. @ Cathy: You do make a point there - how do we know if someone's male or female these days? But I still prefer separate bathrooms.

      Companies do not want you to delete your accounts so they it hard, but I guess this is why being persistent is a good thing.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  7. I am guessing you know that you can set up Time Machine to back up every hour, or day or week.
    But you are right, we need to back up our backups. My computer died recently. I had it backed up, but for some reason I lost all my tags and edits in my photo program (Lightroom), that was a lot to loose! Did not loose the images though.

    I don't enjoy unisex bathrooms either. I experienced a lot of them in Europe.

    Lovely Day to you Lissa.

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    1. @ Tammie Lee: Yes, I can set Time Machine to backup for certain time but I do not keep my external drives connected to my computer at all times so this would not work. I guess I just need to try to set up some system of sorts.

      Well, some things you can't back up but it's good that you didn't loose the images.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  8. I definitely think that unisex washrooms are extremely beneficial in society, because it shows that we are inclusive towards trans and non-binary people. While I prefer to use women-only washrooms, I totally see the case for unisex washrooms and I can understand how stressful it could be for a trans or non-binary person when they are only faced with women and men washrooms.

    I also very much appreciate unisex clothing, basically for the same reason! I think it is awesome that more clothing companies are challenging the classic gender binary, and experimenting with fashion. I see no issue with people of different genders wanting to experiment with clothes from “the other side.”

    I am actually currently reading Jacob Tobia’s memoir, and they have really made me quite interested in the experiences of non-binary people and the social constructs of gender. Jacob is a non-binary person and their writing is awesome! I think they have made me really passionate about the subject lol.

    Thanks for allowing me to have this discussion! It was interesting to hear your viewpoint!

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    1. @paperbackprincess: I definitely did not think of society when it comes to unisex bathroom but you are right but I'm also picturing people fighting over which gender a person is. Some people are sensitive to these things. I guess I'm too traditional but I really just don't like unisex bathrooms.

      I don't actually mind seeing a guy in a dress but it does take getting some used to.

      Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

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