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At GenCon, I was summing up the job search thusly:

18 applications
4 interviews
1 second interview
Bupkiss.

This summer was way more frustrating about teaching jobs than it has been in the past, in no small part because I really truly was doing an awesome job of applying places. I thought I was doing relatively well at interviewing. Maybe my references weren't as good as they could be, but in general, I was really putting myself out there and trying...and still getting nothing.

On Wednesday the 23rd of August, I got a call --would you be willing to come in?
On Thursday the 24th of August, I had an interview.
On Friday the 25th of August, I got a call.

On Monday the 28th of August, my perfect birthday, I woke up unbearably early and biked to school. Monday and Tuesday were teacher days, Wednesday was the first day with students. It's now partway through the fourth week of school, and I have finally gotten the HR bullshit sorted out and a paycheck into my bank account and that means it's really truly officially real.

I am a professional high school mathematics teacher.

For the whole year, from the beginning. At a public high school, with all the diversity and benefits that implies. With five classes and about eighty students (a frankly amazing average ratio) and oh my _dear sweet weeping gods_.

I am fully, blessedly, employed, in a place I love, doing exactly the thing I want to be doing with my life. Yes, it's frustrating that all my work searching this summer was for naught, but I can forgive the universe its machinations.

I've been sitting tight on announcing this until it was real, and it's been killing me. No matter how much I will complain over the next ten months about the early mornings and endless prep work, I am so so unbelievably very happy.

On Monday, August 28th, I celebrated my perfect birthday by starting at my perfect job.

~Sor
MOOP!

FAQs: No I won't tell you where specifically online. Algebra 1, Discrete Math, and Calculus. Some 9th graders, mostly 12th graders. Yes the commute sucks less than the private school one. Yes the pay is better --I'm making a bit over $50k this year. Yes, I am so so so so happy.

Guns and Roses

2017-Sep-19, Tuesday 12:26
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The restaurant. Normally when one describes a restaurant it’s about the décor and the food, right? Um, I’ll say it was beautiful and romantic and great because that’s what it was supposed to be but I don’t actually remember what the food was like or how it was decorated. I mostly remember the obsequious service.

Maybe it wasn’t more obsequious than usual, but all I wanted to do was be left alone and instead people were nonstop checking on us, telling us things about the food, asking if we wanted more of this or that, you name it. They weren’t being unprofessional–it wasn’t like they were taking our pictures or asking us for autographs–but it was like every person who worked there wanted to make sure they got to serve us.

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good life choices

2017-Sep-18, Monday 23:45
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I've done everything I was planning to do today and it is still a very reasonable quarter till midnight. Moreover I have finished book one of the Keeper Series, so there is nothing stopping me from going to bed and getting a good night's sleep.

...HA HA BOOK TWO HERE I COME ♥
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High Sensation-Seeking Highly Sensitive People (Elaine Aron)

It's like being a thrill-seeking introvert, I sometimes say, because I feel like that casually evokes some relevant associations even though it's awkward and imprecise. It's accessible, and that counts for a lot in communication, where being right isn't as important as being understood.

So someone once asked me, "How can you ever be happy?"

I was as baffled by this question as I was by the dentist who took one look at my bite (my upper and lower teeth don't meet in front or on the sides, only at the back two molars, a phenomenon which is largely invisible in everyday life even when specifically demonstrated as it just looks like I'm not biting down) and said, "How do you eat a sandwich?"

I... put it in my mouth and chew?

But the best part is, I'm a gemini with pisces ascendant and a libra moon. There are three astrological signs of duality, and I'm all of them. I'm always happy. And sad. At the same time, about exactly the same things.

Books: July 2017 (13 books)

2017-Sep-18, Monday 05:53
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I'm thinking this is going to be my last book post, at least for a while. I've been posting every book I read on either LJ or DW since 2005, and I hate losing that continuity, but I just don't have time to do it anymore. I do hope to keep up with posting on Goodreads (much easier to do on the go), so if you use Goodreads and would still like to see what I think about books (or, obviously more importantly, what my daughter thinks about books), please connect with me over there!

When, by Victoria Laurie: Finished 7/3/17. Spotted this through an e-library recommendation, I think. A fun read with an interesting premise, though I both saw the ending coming and also shot a bunch of holes in the logic behind Maddie’s ability. Still fun to read.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo: Started on 3/12/17, finally finished on 7/7/17. My five-year-old daughter calls this "the lady book". We read one or two stories per night, and it took us four months to finish the book. I loved reading her these stories and seeing her get all indignant ("That's not true that girls can't do that! Why would her daddy say that?!") or all fierce ("That's right, Mrs. Hillary!"). I didn't chip in for the crowdfunding of this book (it was a little too pricey) but I have to say, it's a gorgeous book, hardback, with a red ribbon bookmark (that my daughter loves - nice detail), and both the stories and artwork are amazing.

The authors obviously had a difficult task in selecting women to profile, and there are some obvious omissions, but also a TON of women I'd never heard of, and they do a good job of highlighting women of all different races, from all different time periods and from all over the world, and with different interests: there are warriors and scientists and queens and writers and spies and athletes and dancers and politicians. They really cover the breadth of rebel women. My daughter particularly loved the modern-era profiles (she couldn't get over Malala Yousafzai actually getting shot during my daughter's lifetime for saying women should go to school).

Each woman the authors include obviously had a full and interesting life, which they needed to cover in just one page of rather large type - so in many cases, I was wondering why they chose this specific aspect of a life story to focus on, rather than other elements that seemed larger and more important. Some stories are just more successful as stories than others. But overall, the authors did a great job of distilling each person's whole LIFE down to a digestible "bedtime story" format, which serves the purpose of introducing the woman and giving the reader enough to get her interested. Older girls will find this a great resource to find interesting people they can research to learn more about.

My daughter loved the book and actually suggested taking it to school for show n' tell (and her teacher read one of the stories to the class). Anybody who did crowdfund this can be super-proud of bringing such a great book to the world. I already feel like we're going to start over and flip back to the beginning to read it through again.

Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (Mercy Watson #5), by Kate DiCamillo: Finished this on or around 7/8/17. I wouldn’t say this was my daughter’s favorite Mercy Watson book, but the scene at the end where the Animal Control officer falls out of the tree did result in some giggling.

Catwings (Catwings, #1), by Ursula K. Le Guin: Finished on 7/9/17. I figured it was time to start my daughter on her own lifelong journey of Le Guin, so I got her Catwings for her fifth birthday. I had remembered enjoying it, but I had forgotten how simple and charming it is. We read it through twice in the first two days after her birthday. She was scared during the owl scenes and liked the part where the cats come to the children, which is as it should be. Just the thought of cats with soft furry wings! A win. It was perfect bedtime reading for us: short simple chapters, but with some new vocabulary and diction for her to absorb. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North: Finished 7/8/17. Not as good as North’s other book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August; the ending of Hope left me a bit flat. But the conceit of this novel is unique, and it was definitely worth reading.

Stolen Magic (A Tale of Two Castles #2), by Gail Carson Levine: Finished 7/12/17. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that Levine wrapped it up so neatly, making it clear she wasn’t writing any more sequels.

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty: Finished 7/13/17. A solid entry in the “amnesia” genre, and a surprisingly realistic one. Read more... ) Overall, worth reading.

The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi: Audiobook, finished 7/14/17. I had previously read Freya a version of Pinocchio, but that must have been a “children’s classic” or something because this one was the original and was definitely gorier. There were a lot of creepy bits, and she was still talking about how the cat’s paw got bitten off just a few days ago. I was a little worried about her hearing that, but she seemed fine and seemed to really like it.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1), by Jeff VanderMeer: Finished on 7/17/17. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything quite like it, and that goes for the whole trilogy. It’s kind of what the TV show LOST should have been if the writers had plotted it out correctly. It makes thistles both captivating and sort of horrifying. Highly recommended.

The People We Hate at the Wedding, by Grant Ginder: Finished 7/18/17. Fun and somewhat silly.

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, by Nina Riggs: Finished 7/24/17. I’m so struck by Nina’s grace in living with her diagnosis - in writing this book, in living the last years of her life - and how she shared that grace with everyone around her.

Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga #7), by Brian K. Vaughan: Received this as a birthday gift and read it right away (on 7/27/17). Many sads in this one!

Unfinished: Nevertheless: A Memoir, by Alec Baldwin: Gave up on this in late July. I waited so long to check out the eBook from the library, but it was just not very interesting. I made it up to Baldwin’s early 20s and the beginnings of his acting career. I’m sure it would be good for someone who’s really into film history or Baldwin himself, but just for a casual fan of both, the writing isn’t compelling enough to carry it.

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2017-Sep-17, Sunday 18:06
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So here's a thing.

Back near the start of June, Captain Awkward1 posted a link to the Ingrid Michaelson video "Girls Chase Boys". I'd seen it before, but not in a while, so hell yeah it was time for a rewatch.

And somewhere in the thirty or fifty rewatches I've done this summer, I came to a really striking realization about my sexuality. I feel queer2 or straight entirely independent of the gender of the person I am being attracted towards.

Like, this is probably a pretty logical end result of not having a gender myself. I can't be a lesbian if I'm not a woman3, but I'm also not able to be het with a woman if I'm not a man. Bisexual has served me fine as a term for years now (and queer even moreso). I am content and secure in my attractions4.

But it was a weird moment of clarity when I realized that the attraction I feel for the men in that video is decidedly queer attraction. And weirder still to realize that I can, and often do, feel straight attraction towards men. And continually weird to realize that my attraction towards women can be either queer or straight as well. Like, these are two markedly different feelings for me, apparently. They both have the same root (I want to get romantic and-or sexual with this person because I am aesthetically or otherwise pleased by them) but they feel different.

After some soul-searching5, I determined that a big part of what makes me feel queer vs straight attraction is whether the person I am attracted to is giving out queer vs straight signals. These can be either gender-queer or sexuality-queer, but apparently I save my straight attraction for the hets.

I don't know what to do with all this information. Hell, I don't even know if it's useful information to have, or if the back of my brain has latent transphobia in this regard (many of the attractive trans women I know are some variation of enby, almost all of them are sexuality-queer --I don't tend to feel straight attraction to people who I don't perceive as relatively straight, but would I automatically feel queer attraction to any trans woman, even a straight one?)

But it's a thing my brain is doing, and I like paying attention to those.

~Sor
MOOP!

1: Captain Awkward is probably the single best advice blog on the internet, and I highly recommend pawing through her archives occasionally. She is better at teaching people how to be adults than just about anyone else, and I try very very hard to behave as would make her happy.

2: "Gay" would also be accurate here, but I very much prefer queer.

3: TRANS LESBIANS ARE LESBIANS. TERFS CAN FUCK OFF.

4: This is absolutely not true, I'm into a lot of straight men for an enby. The fact that I'm demonstrably more androsexual than gynosexual freaks me out on the regular, because boy howdy, is it hard to actually be "bisexual". But for the sake of this post, let's pretend I feel not-weird about myself.

5: Translation: Looking at a lot of different attractive people for science.

Can’t Take It With You

2017-Sep-17, Sunday 20:27
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Mirrored from Suns In Her Branches | Kiya Nicoll.

The service ended on the vehement command: “Spend the afternoon! You can’t take it with you!”

I feel the church year proper has begun at last.

Rank by rank again we stand,
from the four winds gathered hither.
Loud the hallowed walls demand
whence we come and how, and whither.

There are times I feel that if I got nothing from church but the singing, that would be enough. I grew up sort of Methodist, which perhaps gives me a particular perspective on what Church Is About, but there’s also that… the only times that I felt deeply I could belong, in that church where I was, had to do with music. There is a particular feeling of voices joined in song, a particular sanctity, and it is so important to me. And even if I’m up in the balcony space – the drive means I’m often too late to be in the sanctuary proper – I can sing, I can belong, I can stand and feel the music welling up and my hand can mark the beats and this is important, so important.

Of course, I get more from church than the singing. But the singing would be enough.

The readings included The Little Duck and Pry Me Off Dead Center, which was also the sermon, and I found myself contemplating theology, listening. Theology and action and the necessity to move, and the shape and the change needed in the world, all of these things. One part of the sermon quoted Annie Dillard, and that, too, goes into the pot.

Balance, but also motion; not to be lukewarm, and thus spat out.

I came home and wrote a mythological snippet, titled Mercy, which I put up on my revamped Patreon in the appropriate category. We’ll see how that project rolls.

"I just like blue coats."

2017-Sep-17, Sunday 11:53
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Yesterday [personal profile] marcicat and I took my car to the Inflatables 5k. This is the second year we've done it together, and it was even more fun on repetition, which isn't a common gemini sentiment. I bought a race jacket, because they were bright blue and I don't like the free shirts they give out.

We stopped at Marci's apartment afterwards to change clothes and look at pictures (and laugh at videos; we are hilariously terrible at recording action) and when I went back out to my car I found a flat tire. This was inconvenient, since I carry approximately a rental agency's worth of sporting goods in the back of my car, so accessing the spare meant shifting a lot of things out of the trunk.

A few minutes into this project Marci remarked, "I like how you just bought a blue coat and there are five blue coats in here already."

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2017-Sep-17, Sunday 11:41
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Co-morbidity: SPD and other disorders

"Children whose Sensory Processing Disorder conforms to the under-responsivity subtype typically require a great deal of stimulation in order to become alert and active, a behavior often seen in children with autistic spectrum disorders. Meanwhile, other children with ASD have symptoms more similar to the over-responsive subtype of SPD. Because Autism and SPD both have over-responding and under-responding categories, Autisms and SPD are sometimes mistaken for one another.

The relationship between SPD and Autism is an area of great interest to scientists and families living with the condition. Studies by the STAR Institute suggest that at least three-quarters of children with autistic spectrum disorders have significant symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and probably more depending on how significant symptoms are defined.

However, the reverse is not true. Most children with SPD do not have an autistic spectrum disorder. Our research suggests that the two conditions are distinct disorders just as SPD and ADHD are different disorders."

⭐️

"Scientists and parents alike are keenly interested in understanding the relationship between SPD and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), a better-known condition that is frequently treated with medication. Although the neurological basis of the two disorders is different, children with the sensory craving subtype of SPD are especially likely to be diagnosed and treated for ADHD because their behaviors are similar to behaviors in children with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Studies by STAR Institute suggest that SPD and ADHD are unique disorders, each with its own distinct symptoms. This means that SPD is not simply a type of ADHD, and ADHD is not simply a subtype of SPD. However, an estimated 40% in the typical population and 60% in clinical samples of the children with one disorder also have symptoms of the other."


--The STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Institute
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Friends just pointed me to this nerd comedy event coming up at the Armory. I am a fan of new ways to reach out on science topics in fun ways, and this sounds good to me. 

Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT. Ticketing info over at facebook. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/116424495686654/

Come hang out with Boston Skeptics and enjoy a night of comedy between science friends.

"You know how Larry the Cable Guy's act pretty much consists of him yelling "Git 'er done!" every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee's material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin"
- The Boston Phoenix

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2017-Sep-16, Saturday 16:28
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"If I turn sideways, you can't see me."

Keith Marshall

2017-Sep-16, Saturday 15:27
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Keith Marshall died today. I don't have memorial info yet, but Diane might have people over tomorrow; she's not alone now, and that is good. Ping me on this handle on gmail if you want further info.

I was just about to leave for Wheaton regional for acro when I got the call, and then the other call. Had over an hour on the phone with the housemate yesterday rapidly coming to an understanding of why she was impossible to live with, so i suppose I should have known better than to admit I already knew, that Diane had already called me. And I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised when she started yelling and hung up on me when I told her the Baltimore and DC science fiction people would be available to help sort through his things - I knew there had already been strife over his wishes that his books go to bsfs.

I decided half an hour ago that I'd instedad go to faire at this point. Called gsh and established through tears that he would still be there. Am still messing with the iPad.

I wrote this on Facebook:
Back when social media showed stuff in order and I more consistently posted on a certain other network Keith William Marshall would check on me when I hadn't posted in a day or two. He was willing to spend likely three times as long supporting me in replacing my disposall 'myself' as it would have been to just do it. He made bracelets and fiddle toys the 3D printer and last I saw him he gave me a Magen david. I keep thinking of the anodized titanium bracelet he made and wore. He was kind and matter of fact and knew about so many things and i wish I'd remembered he was still one of the people who chats on the phone. Ive had a candle burning for Keith since last night; Diana called a few minutes ago and it sadly now serves as memorial.

We always think there will be more time. I knew yesterday the situation was bad but was already thinking about how to be future help.

there isn't yet memorial information. Diana may have an informal gathering at her place tomorrow. If you know her or Keith, ping me for phone/address.

I'm hoping that bsfs/wsfa can be involved in sorting through Keith's books and such, because it was important to him they not be trashed. Communication in that area is currently a bit fraught.

Fsck. Just Fsck. Other times friends have died it's been either less of a surprise or farther away


It's surprising and it isn't surprising that I'm crying. We met 20 years ago. He always made me feel cared for and protected. And it was a shock, and I could have spent more time with him. Particularly after he was no longer driving.

I gotta get moving in some direction

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2017-Sep-15, Friday 21:45
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Yay smashwords! I was looking for The Keeper Series online, because I have it saved on my laptop but it's my tablet that's sitting on my lap. And lo, when I googled it I found the author on smashwords! I had no idea, but I am delighted to be able to give Kristine Williams money for a story I have enjoyed for so long, and not incidentally, to find some more of their work along the way.

I have little idea what smashwords is, except probably something like lulu, with whom I have been privileged to work over the last ten years. As soon as I clicked "buy" it walked me through account setup, and now I have all four books in "The Keeper Series" on yet another device. Sweet.

ETA: Searching for the word "keeper" in my journal returns 15 results. 10 of them are about this series.

ETAA: This one's a classic. (And this one.)

ETAAA: Ha ha! ...Or I could just read all of my posts about it instead of rereading the story itself. It's faster, anyway. If I keep going I wonder if I can count this entry as my 750 words for the day.
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 There will be fireworks at Spy Pond at dusk (around 8pm) for Town Night/Day.
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We may not get more Jude | Zero | Zude in canon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get them in our fic/art/vids! This round of Team Zude Comment!Fic & Art Fest is for virtual season four-related prompts where Jude and Zero are both still on the show.

Leave a prompt in comments to this post at [community profile] team_zude. If you find a prompt that you like, go ahead and fill it!

The Fest will run for ~6 weeks, beginning today, Friday, September 15th, and running through midnight Tuesday, October 31st. See the post linked above for more information.

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2017-Sep-14, Thursday 14:24
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Just posted over on FB:
A "care and feeding of the [vval]" note: If there is some sort of Activity happening and I'm off to the side alone doing something else, that is very rarely my first choice in how my life is going. There are people who sit and watch at a dance or read a book at a party. That is not me. It may be that I've decided I'm superfluous, or am not sure how to insert myself (this happens at acro jams) but while I /can/ entertain myself on the sidelines that isn't why I showed up. I supposethere's also craft nights where everyone has a project. And it's certainly nice to be out near people while getting stuff done, so maybe that's another counter example...
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So the thing is, right now I'm sitting in Meridian Park watching three instructors do acroplay. Thing is, the visiting one had invited me to come join them, and had taken til most of 1 to mention to me that he was arriving at the Park to join with one of the others, and when I finally managed to get here, there were 3. And so I'm superfluous. They're doing stuff that's beyond my comfort level, which is fine, but I'd also expressed last night that I didn't want to get in the way.

So I paid a few bills and am now sitting typing, and I'm not sure whether they think this is what I want to be doing. When I rushed out and changed another potential thing I was doing to be here.

Edit: I just got to try a couple things and spot a couple things, which was helpful

(I Just Wanna) B With U

2017-Sep-14, Thursday 09:00
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Well, I almost got my wish. Carynne came over to my room, where I was resting after the taxicab sightseeing trip, to tell me the deal on dinner.

“What do you think about you, and Ziggy, and me, and another person doing dinner?” Her hair was pin straight in the cold, thin air and she’d had it trimmed recently so the ends were aggressively even. She had that half-grimace that wasn’t really a smile on her face.

“Um, that might depend on who the fourth person is…?” I was trying to get my brain up to speed but I had been napping and couldn’t quite identify what the issue was. “And why they’re coming with us?”

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Heat Pumps 101, Wed Oct 4 2017 - 6:30pm

2017-Sep-14, Thursday 09:35
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HeatSmart CoolSmart SomervilleAt the Climate Commission meeting last night, we got an update on the heat pumps program that's running now. If you have been thinking about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, you really ought to take a look at these new and high-tech super efficient devices. Or if you know your heating equipment is getting up there in age, you should at least come and learn about these. And they can do heating as well as cooling. In my house, it looks like I'll be able to reduce my natural gas heating a lot and rely on my solar for much of my heating and cooling.

I've been resisting air conditioning over the years for a variety of reasons, but this new style of heating and cooling tech I can have both, with much less environmental impact (and noise). Also right now there are big rebates and low interest loans. It's hard to know how much longer good programs like this will run in our current political environment, you know?

So this event will give you the backstory on the tech. https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/10/04/heat-pumps-101

Wed Oct 4 2017 - 6:30pm

LOCATION
West Somerville Community School Cafeteria
177 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144

Wanted: Android data recovery service.

2017-Sep-13, Wednesday 14:51
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My phone is still in boot loop. I posted about this problem in passing on August 21. Nothing about the phone has changed.

I still have many images and some text messages I would like to recover from it. I am willing to pay someone to get them back for me.

If you have had good experiences with a service and you would like to recommend them, please let me know.

Outlander Forum!

2017-Sep-13, Wednesday 08:59
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Now that season 3 is underway, come join us at [community profile] outlander_forum , a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. We've already got a discussion of episode 301 underway, so come and join in!!



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