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Anticipate that life is going to give you lemons, and preemptively make sure you’ve got a small knife, a pitcher and a glass, some water, and just the right amount of sugar on hand. Then when those lemons arrive, make the best frikkin’ pitcher of lemonade that ever was and offer a glass of it to life as a passive-aggressive way of asking, ‘Is that all ya got?’
My apparent take on the old adage, based on my general pattern of behavior.

"How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?"

"Unfortunately, when it comes to the amount of sleep adults require there is not really a "one size fits all." Sleep need can vary substantially between individuals…

"Both the circadian and homeostatic processes are influenced by internal factors, such as genes, and external factors, such as prior sleep history, exercise and illness. Individual variations in sleep timing and duration can be largely explained by these internal and external factors…

"…it would seem that for most of the adult population, somewhere between seven and nine hours of sleep is the "right amount"."

(Source: The Conversation via io9)

Honestly, the amount of sleep I get is SO much less important than the amount of coffee available to compensate. As long as I have my cup o’ joe first thing in the morning, I’m pretty functional for at least the duration of the work day.

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Just got back the annual work retreat, when we stay overnight at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. There was less ugh and more enjoyment this year. I was able to get out of my head and be around other people for longer, without starting to go insane. So that helped.

I didn’t take as many pictures as last year, but this caught my eye. I think it’s, like, a sacrifice to the Bird-God of Hoarding, or something.

"Kenyan film tells stories of LGBT lives"

"A man arranges a sexual liaison with another man and sits in a hotel room, waiting for a knock on the door…A woman and her female partner dream up an escape plan as angry mobs threaten to evict gays from their homes…

"These and other real-life stories, drawn from a collaborative project to document the lives of members of Kenya’s LGBT community, were the inspiration for “Stories Of Our Lives,” a collection of five fictional vignettes that will have its world premiere [on Friday, September 5th] at the Toronto International Film Festival…

"There are still concerns, though, about how the movie will be received in Kenya, where homosexuality is punishable by law — though rarely prosecuted — and a lingering social stigma remains. “We’re not entirely sure what will happen to us as individuals, and us as an institution,” said [filmmaker Jim] Chuchu. “We’re still kind of in uncharted territory.”"

(Source: Al Jazeera)

Lest we forget.

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"…The publisher didn’t like any of [Vampire Diaries author L. J. Smith’s proposed character developments,] and they wanted the books to stay close to the TV show, so they invoked a work-for-hire clause and fired L.J. Smith from her own books, replacing her with a ghostwriter.”

(Source: io9)

This is a thing that can happen??? And I don’t know what’s worse: that, or the fact that there are people out there who will agree to take ghostwriting gigs under these circumstances.

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