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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 27th, 2017 17:37)
And I got three more troll comments on that one fic, all with the same signature and all three claiming that my use of the Zero Room contradicts canon. I can only shake my head and laugh because there's almost no canon about the Zero Room to contradict. I mean, I could say that turtles left in there too long turn purple. There's nothing in canon to say that that doesn't happen, so I should be golden, right?

Seriously, go be pedantic about a canon that doesn't contradict itself six ways about every bit of canon relating to technology and the made up history and culture. Shoo!
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([staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Apr. 27th, 2017 15:03)
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
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([personal profile] jekesta Apr. 27th, 2017 17:59)
1. Every new episode of Prison Break fills me with glee and I can't work out if it's good or if I like it or if it just makes me happy by being. Spoilers for latest episode which was probably fourish? )

2. I love everyone who is only reluctantly happy about the x-files coming back. I thought the last season was spectacular, it was bad in all the ways the x-files is bad, it made sense in only the ways the x-files makes sense, the ridiculous timing was beautiful, the time they wasted on comedy episodes that weren't even that good. I loved it. I like that we're getting more, I like it without reservations and without expectations.

Everything should be fandoms from the past.

3. I didn't know Goldie Hawn was in a thing. She's in the new Amy Schumer film, and probably everybody who wasn't me knew that, but I live in the sand. And it doesn't look *brilliant* but it looks fineish and it has Goldie Hawn in it and I hope she's not in massive financial trouble and being forced back into work, and don't tell me bad things about her because she's sort of partly my everything. (My dream world plan was that eventually she and Dennis Franz would come out of hiding and be in something together. Preferably where they parented Mark-Paul Gosselaar. That dream is dead to me, but this is still good.)

4. When I'm not eating sugar I don't tend to eat things that are pudding (dessert) like because they just make me want puddings. But (a) I'm trying to eat more avocado, and (b) I'm allowed nice things during snooker, and (c) this mousse is really delicious. You don't need to click the link, one serving is literally:

Whizz together: One small banana; a quarter of an avocado; one tablespoon of cocoa powder.
Fridge for an hour. EAT.

5. I've got an hour before I have to start worrying about the snooker again. What I really need to do is wash my hair and ring people back, and wash Rita, and load the dishwasher, and water the garden, and eat proper food. But what I'm going to do is eat chocolate mousse and watch Wentworth.
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 27th, 2017 08:35)
My physical therapist says that I may need more sessions and that he thinks I'm likely to do well because I have a good attitude. He wants to get me to 50% less pain from the tendinitis because he sees that as a point at which what we're doing would clearly be working. He gave me a set of more general fitness exercises, and I'll have to figure out the best times for those. Before breakfast would be ideal from one point of view, but I don't see a way to do that unless I get up with Scott. The exercises themselves wouldn't take that long, but right now, I get up about an hour and fifteen minutes after Scott does. I can sleep in that window, but I can't if I decrease it at all.

My gynecologist is going to talk to oncology about my test results. Neither she nor I think that there's anything to worry about at present, but the endometrial thickening is something to monitor because it can hide things. It's just that it's not an uncommon thing for women my age on Tamoxifen. She said that I shouldn't consider this a factor in my decision about whether or not to go back on Tamoxifen.

On the assumption that I won't be restarting the Tamoxifen, I scheduled a uterine ultrasound for early August (not, thank goodness, a hysterosonogram this time). I need to set up a return visit with the gynecologist for after that.

I had lunch at Totoro after the appointment at UHS and then took the bus up to the hospital. I discovered that, if I walked really slowly, the tendon didn't start getting cranky nearly as fast. I had hoped to do some Ingress, and I did, but not as much as I'd expected. The Ingress servers seemed to be having problems so that, half the time, I couldn't see anything at all in terms of portals. When I could see portals, it took minutes, sometimes as long as five minutes, for a hack to process. I ended up taking about half an hour to walk the four blocks from Totoro to the bus stop.

My phone ended up with a reasonable charge at the end of the day, and I'm pretty sure that the slowness of Ingress was a factor. I had a charger with me. Of the two I found, one worked, and the other didn't. The one that didn't has Scott's company name on it and was, if I recall correctly, some sort of swag for days without accidents or something of the sort. Scott's of the opinion that it was very, very cheap and that the surprise is that it ever worked at all.

Scott put more memory in my laptop last night. That means that I'm going to spend some time this afternoon seeing whether or not it gets cranky when I try to run certain programs. Messages is still rejecting my AIM login, though, which is probably not surprising but is annoying. I suspect that this also won't help my problems with trying to access IRC with Adium (I don't like having to run Adium for AIM and Colloquy for IRC at the same time).

I ate a turkey (lunchmeat) sandwich for dinner last night around 7:00 and started having reflux issues around ten. Given the way my body was acting, I'd have thought I'd eaten bacon, a lot of bacon. I put off doing anything but eventually took an Ativan. That helped; the problem went away entirely, so I only lost about an hour of sleep instead of the three I'd have lost if I'd taken Tums and sat up waiting for things to resolve. I'm still inclined to make myself more black tea to see if that makes me more alert.

I've got two hours now before my cab comes for OT. Since it's Thursday, mostly what I'll be doing during that time is household chores. I want to run the dishwasher and make sandwiches for Scott and Cordelia and move all of the things that shouldn't be out when the cleaning lady comes. I should be home at least an hour before she comes, but I might as well do that now as later. Most of it takes very little time.

I'm very glad that the Not Prime Time moderators decided to make the requests public. I've seen a few things in fandoms that I wasn't planning to offer that I'm quite sure I could write. I can tailor my offers pretty carefully. If I understand the sign up form correctly, one need only offer one character grouping. I hadn't looked at those fandoms at all because I felt that the requests were likely to be entirely things I couldn't write due to the size of the canons in question. These groupings fit into corners that I know reasonably well and/or could review quickly. I need to settle on two more fandoms to offer and to figure out what I want to request. Once I know what I want to request, I can write my dear author letter and then sign up.
What I've Just Finished Reading

I finished Post-Captain by Patrick O'Brian, so I'm now committed to the series! I'm continuing to enjoy them, and this one was probably less technical than the first, or I'm getting to be less of a landlubber. Highlights being the bear escape mentioned last time and when Stephen decided a hive of bees are a perfectly reasonable thing to keep on board a ship. (It's very satisfying to have made a small dent in my TBR pile as well, because I was rather beginning to think I would never read anything new again that wasn't a regency romance.)

Before I finished that, however, I found another Regency romance in a charity shop (well, actually I found two, but the other was the usual, complete with someone called Carolyn) - from 1972!

I complain all the time about the modern ones not being like Heyer, now let me be nothing if not inconsistent and complain about Clare Darcy's Cecily for being too much like Heyer! The blatant copying left me open-mouthed. Her plot is her own, but all the Heyer ingredients and descriptions are present and correct... and, alas, have nothing of the engaging liveliness of Heyer. I'm not surprised Heyer used to get angry about this sort of thing. Clare Darcy was only lucky that Ms Heyer was probably dead by the time this book crossed the ocean.

It was an interesting read, though, and would have been better had the hero and the heroine actually had more time together on the page. Probably. Actually, it would have been better if it had just focused on the heroine's aunt and the hero's mother and their disapproving alliance, because that bit was her own, and a little more enjoyable than the rest. Everyone else should just go home for being pale copies of Heyer characters. Charity Girl was published the same year, and even though that is not my favourite Heyer, it still has a lot more going for it than a copy of the real thing.


What I'm reading now

I am just a few pages into HMS Surprise. There has not been a bear so far, sadly.

I'm still reading and taking notes from Jenny Uglow's In These Times, which continues to be an excellent social history of Britain in the Napoleonic War era. (There are no people called Carolyn in it. So far.)


What I'm Reading Next

I still haven't read that Daisy Dalrymple mystery, because I found two Regency romances for my light-reading needs instead, so that needs to get read so it can go back to the library.

I don't know what else will be next, or if I'll even get to Daisy, but I did find the first of Frances Brody's series of Kate Shackleton mysteries in a charity shop, hurrah, so that'll probably get read sometime soon, because I do need to get to the one I found first with the tantalising title of Death of an Avid Reader.
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 26th, 2017 21:22)
I got home to discover that some jerk on FFnet had left a series of comments on one of my fics that all pointed out what the commenter considered to be canonical errors. I was relatively cranky about it at first because it's not a story that tends to get many comments, so I was disappointed to get things that didn't even say the reader liked it.

But seriously? The complaints were all about details of Doctor Who canon which is like complaining about such things in, say, fic for Marvel comics (or DC comics). If you look far enough, you can find supporting canon for pretty much any sort of bizarre thing you want to throw in. One of the comments tried to tell me that regeneration only ever happens when a Time Lord is near death. But Romana canonically does it just because she feels like it when she goes from Romana I to Romana II. Another said that the Tardis doesn't ever get rid of rooms or move them.

So I'm now at the point of laughing. I have no idea what this person expected. Are they trying to prove that I'm not a trufan? Are they trying to humiliate me into never writing again? Do they actually think that this sort of thing is helpful and that I'll thank them and worship their wondrous grasp of canon? (I doubt it because they commented as a guest.)
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([personal profile] jekesta Apr. 26th, 2017 18:13)
kjsodifjoisdhfhwoejsd. !!!! \o/ \o/ \o/

1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Ding won his quarter final. Against Ronnie O'Sullivan. And it was amazing. It was actually basically fine, but it felt difficult and painful because Hendry kept saying 'I think this is the biggest test of his career' and 'O'Sullivan has gone favourite in this match for me' and 'if he doesn't clear up from here I can't see him winning this match' and he means it LOVINGLY, but it's AWFUL. And I so nearly gave up on it and had to leave, and I did spend one whole frame watching the match on the other table instead, and just listening to the noises from the crowd on Ding's table to let me know it was going okay, which is the mark of Caring Too Much. Esp. considering it's only a quarter.

2. Ding and John are both in semi finals, and I have THREE MORE DAYS of snooker to care about and I get to care about BOTH matches. Ding probably won't win his, it's against Selby who he lost to in the final last year. And John ought to win his, which is almost more difficult because he probably still won't. But possibly it doesn't matter.

3. The most important thing isn't even that Ding won, it's that when he won Ronnie just held him for a while in front of everyone and looked at him with wonder. He gave him a hug and talked low in his ear, which was loveliness enough, but then when Ding went to move away, Ronnie, kind of just couldn't let go of him and held him there for ages talking to him about how brilliant and beautiful he is, and I genuinely thought it might last forever. And because the crowd is loud, the talking after a match is always really close in, and he was talking right against Ding's skin, and I know I talk about how much Hendry loves Ding, but Ronnie loves Ding SO MUCH, and it was just delightful.

4. Hazel calls Ding 'Junhui' which is nice, because the commentators don't, and it's a bit odd that they don't. They call everyone else by both first names and surnames interchangeably. There's only really Ding and Liang that they know well from China, and they do call Liang 'Wenbo' quite often now. I think 'Ding' is just a lovely name, I think that's why they stick with it more.

5. The last time they cuddled like that was when Ding was crying because he was scared at the masters, and Ronnie just looked after him and has looked after him ever since then, and Ding has never beaten him since then because he loved him too much, and Hazel was all 'well this is an important moment in their relationship' and kajsdoifjoeijsdsd. Then Ding came and did an interview that was just about how he loves Ronnie and how Ronnie said nice things to him and how he feels good.

6. Ding's second round match and quarter final match would both have made amazing finals. His semi is also going to be nearly impossible. He is just the unluckiest of unlucky people. Selby hasn't even been tested yet. Maybe he'll fall apart the moment he is.

7. lkfdsjaoidjfoiejsdfspdof s. KJOISd. .
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 26th, 2017 08:51)
Pretty much all venting )

The chores I did yesterday were enough to make the tendinitis act up again, so I'm not looking forward to the walking I'll have to do today. Right now, my plan is to take a cab to UHS, get lunch somewhere nearby after the appointment, hang out somewhere (Espresso Royale, probably) until about 2:00 and then get the bus to the hospital. PT is 2:45 to 3:45, so I'll just wait for Scott to be able to pick me up after work. I really ought to make a lunch and take it with me, but I don't want to deal with that.

I've tried ice on the tendon. That hurts all the way up my leg. Right now, I'm applying heat. That's making my calf muscle ache, too, but I'm hoping it will loosen the dratted thing up enough that I can stretch it properly.

My left elbow has started giving me trouble. The pain is at the back of the joint and fairly pinpoint. It is, sadly, probably more tendinitis. I think it's stress from trying to compensate for not using my hands in the ways I normally would.

I didn't go with Scott and Cordelia to Cordelia's PT appointment yesterday. I was so very, very tired that I thought that staying home was a good idea. I haven't generally had the option, so that was nice.

Scott's avoiding pork products now. I'm not sure if he's going to try one more time to make sure that he didn't just have a bug last weekend or if he's just cutting all of that permanently. I think that, if it is an allergy, one more exposure won't make it suddenly as bad as the beef allergy, but I know that such things get worse with more exposure, so this isn't going to be something he can indulge in occasionally.

I'm working on clearing out all of the frozen stuff we've got that contains pork. Scott buys potstickers and spring rolls frequently, and he never looks to see what's in them as long as they don't say 'beef' on the front. It's resulted a few times in me not having easy options for feeding Cordelia's Muslim friends, so I've learned to check the freezer ahead of when I expect to have them over to see if I need to make Scott go out and buy something that will be okay.
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([personal profile] jekesta Apr. 26th, 2017 11:44)
John Higgins totally won his quarter final and now he's in a semi final and I'm just feeling confused. He was 11-5 going into this session and only needed two frames and usually when that happens he just couldn't care less about winning those two frames, he's just all relaxed and la la la, I'd rather win a final frame decider all things being equal, but instead of that he tried really hard and won 13-6.

Jason Muhammed is the current not-hazel. I don't like him as much as Rishi, I don't like him very much at all, but he's fine, he's not like worth complaining about. But it's always sad when people win a match and go for an interview and Jason is there instead of Hazel. It's doubly more awfully sad if fucking Peter Ebdon is there too. What was quite good was just that they interviewed John standing up and towering over him and he looked tiny and just laughed at basically everything Peter Ebdon said, because Peter Ebdon doesn't understand being good at snooker, so he was like 'you must have put a lot into being ready for this tournament' and John literally laughed and went 'not really Peter, I'm just lucky to be playing well' he said 'lucky' but he meant 'gifted'. And Peter asked him how he keeps so still on his shots and he just had to say it was something he had always done, by which he meant 'I'm just good at snooker Peter, I know it's confusing for you who are not good at snooker, but it's part of what it means to be talented'.

Then I just go on for a while about what might happen and won't happen and etc. )

(I am so sorry to people I have friended recently that I am just posting seemingly endless terrible posts about snooker. It does end. It ends next Monday. I'm not always like this.)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Apr. 26th, 2017 09:20)
I sighed up as an artist for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang this year, so here is my art post for [livejournal.com profile] sandrasfisher, who wrote Higher Games for SeaQuest DSV. (I'm not familiar with the fandom, but it was still fun to do.)

Cover, Banner and Icons )
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([personal profile] jekesta Apr. 25th, 2017 22:24)
laksdjfoijefse.d John Higgins and Ding Junhui are both winning their matches. John is 11-5 up, and Ding is 10-6, and they finish tomorrow and they have to get to 13 to win. I love them both so much, and I know that being in front means nothing to either of them, but oh god. There were patches today where I didn't even WORRY about them, they got in and I was just happy to watch them pot things and find position and pot things and find position.

What was especially beautiful this morning was that there were times when Ding was break building and he would score about twenty points without the commentators saying a word. It was like snooker used to be. It's such a nice feeling. And then Hendry opened his mic just to say 'oh it's just beautiful to watch', which is THE RIGHT AND ONLY THING TO SAY.

Hilariously this evening Ronnie had one slightly bad session, and now he's four frames down, and the entire bbc team have decided he is over and done with can't snooker any more what a pity he will probably die soon so sad to see. And like, everyone has one bad session at the crucible and they know that, and this was Ronnie's and all the same he won the last frame easily and convincingly, and he's clearly FINE. But they have no chill whatsoever, and I'm used to them doing it with John, who they pronounce dead pretty much every six months, but it's so weird to see them do it with Ronnie.

Tomorrow is going to be awful, but it's fine.


This afternoon I watched snooker with my niece and I'm writing about it mostly so I can remember it because it was amazing, I love her so much. )

Eventually she got bored and we had to play hospitals instead.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Apr. 25th, 2017 20:39)
I actually wrote this at the same time as Meet Me At Midnight, but it's a little odd, and I forgot about it. However, it finishes off my last prompt for my Fourth Doctor table at [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts, so yay.

Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Title: Treasure Hunt
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1842 words
Notes/Warnings: For the prompt "steal the gold." Fourth Doctor, Leela, Original Characters, K9. Outsider POV, implied death.
Summary It’s been a frightening day, and now there are some very odd burglars in Miya’s house...

Treasure Hunt on AO3 | also at the Teaspoon.
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 25th, 2017 14:16)
My SIL finally got back to me. She consulted with her colleagues about knee surgery and is of the opinion that it's not a great idea and should be a last resort. Her colleagues say that the success rate isn't all that good. They didn't give specific numbers, but I get the impression that they think there's about an equal chance of benefit versus no benefit at all. It doesn't seem to make things worse in most cases, at least.

I'm actually surprised by this because I had the impression that the tendon repair part at least was fairly standard and well established as effective.

My SIL's colleagues do recommend wearing a brace pretty constantly on top of PT and lots and lots of exercise. If those don't address the problem, then we should consider surgery as at least no worse than the status quo.

I think Cordelia will be both relieved and disappointed. All three of us are going to be pretty constantly on edge that the dislocation will happen again. I would like a better approach than an ER trip each time.
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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 25th, 2017 09:41)
Good news on the hysterosonogram-- No fibroids, no polyps. Things aren't quite right in ways that the doctors put down to the Tamoxifen, so they want me to have another scan (not clear if another hysterosonogram is needed or if a uterine ultrasound would be enough) in three or four months. I've got moderate sized (about 2 cm) simple ovarian cysts on both sides. If I understand correctly, because of my age and the size of the cysts, those will have to be rechecked every year unless they go away.

There's some confusion about the appointment I have scheduled for Wednesday morning. UHS's system doesn't show any such appointment ever existing, but the patient portal still shows me that I've got an appointment there at 10:50 Wednesday morning. It popped up with instructions for the appointment last night, and I still have the upcoming appointment reminder I got a few days back and the appointment scheduled message. I would rather not need to go to UHS Wednesday morning, but I also don't want to deal with a missed appointment fee or not go if the doctor has something to say.

I crashed hard yesterday at about 4:30. I don't think I slept, but I also wasn't awake. I lay in bed and didn't move much at all for about three hours until it was absolutely necessary for me to eat something and take my dinner time medications. After that, I ended up staying up until my normal bedtime.

I got a response from my email to Interlochen. They do have accessible cabins, and they supply golf carts for campers who can't manage all of the necessary walking (there's a lot of walking. Certainly more than Cordelia could manage day after day on crutches). My impression from what the contact person said is that they put in temporary ramps for whichever cabins need them, but I could be completely wrong.

Scott and I finished filling out most of the forms last night. There's one more that we need to get Cordelia's doctor to sign before we turn it in, but that one doesn't need to go in until June. I had been under the impression that it wasn't mandatory, but apparently it is. It's a permission slip for giving Cordelia specific OTC medications as needed. The form says they'll only do it twice a month without specific other forms from the doctor filled out for each occasion which seems kind of silly for something like, say, ibuprofen for menstrual cramps.

I need to do some laundry today, and the trash needs to go out. I've already done several minor chores, so I'm resting a bit. I kind of want a nap, but I think I need water more than I need sleep because I had very little water yesterday.

I have some ideas for things I can add onto my Fandom5K to make it work better. My first reader pointed out that there's a good bit of time between the deadline Saturday and the reveal, so I can edit if I come up with more text or change things or whatever. I'm very used to thinking of posting deadlines as the end. One of the changes I should make will be painful because it will involve changing POV for some events and losing a few lines that I love. I don't usually have to do the killing my darlings thing, but this time, I need to.

The OT yesterday showed me some hand flexibility exercises. She also showed me some massage techniques for my hand and then told me that I can't do them because the pressure required would be bad for the thumb on the hand doing the massage. Given that, I'm not quite sure what the point of showing me was. I've got a short list of (hopefully) not too expensive things that might help with the exercises or with tasks that I need to do.

She had a pen that she thought might be easier for me to use. Sadly, I couldn't even get it all the way to the paper. It was too long for me to hold it the way I was supposed to, and the way I need to rest my hand to deal with the tremor was an issue, too. Basically, the things I do to work around the tremor actively conflict with the things I should do for the osteoarthritis. Since I can't write at all without dealing with the tremor and can cope with the osteoarthritis long enough to, say, address an envelope, the tremor coping techniques win.

She also showed me their pain scale which doesn't even remotely match mine. For me, pain bad enough to provoke swearing is a six or a seven. Pain bad enough to want to take medication and/or to be constantly aware of it is a three. For them, swearing is a nine, and medication/awareness is a five to a six. I kind of looked at the chart and thought that it was really for people who don't normally experience pain. It basically stretches out the lower end and has no room at the top for severe pain. I've always assumed that anything that hurt enough to rate a ten would kill me because my body couldn't handle it and that a nine meant pain so bad I passed out or mentally checked out in some other way.

ETA: And the nurse from the gynecology clinic just called to say that, oh, she was wrong and I do have an appointment tomorrow. She thinks I should keep it, and I think her reasoning is sound. If nothing else, I can get clarification about what additional scans I need when and see about scheduling anything that needs doing soon. I think that I would also like the gynecologist to talk to the oncology folks. The pain issues had inclined me heavily toward not going back to the Tamoxifen, and I think this is more on that side of the scale. I'm also kind of curious as to why the radiology report said I was post-menopausal when everyone else keeps saying that I'm not there yet (all of them use 'perimenopausal' except my primary care doctor who hates the term while still acknowledging it as a stage of life. I think she considers it too medically imprecise to be useful).
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