pepper beauty pageant time!

1 Oct 2014 06:11 pm
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We've had really warm weather in Ithaca this past week or two, but as of this weekend the forecast drops to the 50s and low 60s during the days, and down into the 40s at night, so I think I will bring Mom's pepper indoors. (It's only just flowered; it's the most delicate.) I will probably bring the others indoors as well within another week or two, to give them extra growing/ripening time. My kitchen doesn't get the best light in the world, but at least it's warm.

peppers, Oct. 1, 2014
all my peppers, Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014

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1 Oct 2014 04:42 pm
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After all these years, I finally finished reading 07-Ghost! ...I don't know how I feel about it, to be honest.

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1 Oct 2014 05:43 pm
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Yesterday, I tried Adagio's pu ehr spice. That smelled great but had traces of bitterness that I put down to the cinnamon. I was still able to drink it unsweetened. I think I liked the chorange pu ehr better, but I liked the pu ehr spice better than I did any of the Adagio chais I tried. Today, I tried a second steeping with the same tea leaves, and that was less bitter.

I am starting to think that pu ehr of some sort with no sweetener may be the solution to my caffeine problem. I don't want the sweetness of the stevia just to have sweetness. The main appeal of sugar or honey is that the sugar gives the caffeine an additional kick that I sometimes want. Stevia isn't going to give that to me, so it's only useful if it makes things taste better
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As I have mentioned, I told Eric Schwitzgebel that I would give him a list of ten philosophically interesting items of speculative fiction. This will be one of the lists he will post to his blog, The Splintered Mind. Each item is supposed to be accompanied by a philosophical teaser that might motivate someone interested in philosophy to read, listen to, watch, or play the item. The context for all this is Anglophone academic philosophy. Approximately thirty people will be contributing lists. All of them either hold positions in departments of philosophy or hold post-graduate degrees in philosophy. An edited combined list will be submitted for inclusion in the second edition, now in preparation, of Susan Schneider's anthology Science Fiction and Philosophy.

Because my circle and network on Dreamwidth are among the most informed people concerning speculative fiction with whom I have any communication, I would like to discuss this list, including its teasers, with you. I've told Eric that my final list will be informed by this discussion. I've already sent him my list as it stands prior to writing this post. At this point, I don't envision giving public credit to any of you who help me with this, because most of you insulate your Dreamwidth life from your life outside Dreamwidth to a greater or lesser degree. If you help me with this and wish me to include an acknowledgment to you in my future communications with Eric and the rest of the list makers, please let me know.

I post this with some trepidation. This is absolutely not meant to be a “ten best” list, nor even a list of my ten favorites, or ten most interesting philosophically. It's more like the first ten I thought of! Nevertheless, making such a list public, and even more than the simple list of items, making the teasers public, will inevitably reveal my blind spots, my biases, and even my stupidities. Furthermore, some of the items on this list are items I have not read or watched in a very long time. If you are generous enough to comment, please don't pull any punches. This isn't squee—not even anywhere in that emotional-critical neighborhood. It's an attempt to bring philosophy faculty and philosophy students who may have had little or no exposure to fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, etc. into serious philosophical engagement with writing and other media that will challenge their biases, blind spots, and stupidities. The better I can make this list, with its philosophical teasers, the better it will serve that purpose.

~ Takes a deep breath. ~

  • Edwin Abbott Abbott (writing pseudonymously as “A Square”). 1884. Flatland. Novella. Conceptualization and visualization; imaginability, conceivability, and possibility; social class structure.

  • Peter S. Beagle. 1990. “Sarek”. Screenplay. (Star Trek: The Next Generation (s03e23, May 14, 1990). Dementia, social role, telepathy, telempathy, Stoicism, pietas, duty, honor.

  • Peter S. Beagle. 1993. The Innkeeper’s Song. Gender, gender swap, revenants, romantic love, nature of true love, laws of magic and costs of performing magic; do things and people have essential natures? Loyalty and power.

  • Stanisław Lem. 1961. Solaris. Novel (Polish). Communication with aliens. What, if anything, is real? Politics of science and exploration. (Andrei Tarkovsky. 1972. film.)

  • Ursula K. LeGuin. 1974. The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia. Novel. Anarcho-syndicalism vs capitalism; scarcity and abundance; co-operation and competition; sclerosis of a revolution.

  • Doris Lessing. 1980. The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five. Novel. Gender: are gender characteristics inherent?; gender essentialism; communication among genders. (Philip Glass. 1997. Opera.)

  • China Miéville. 2011. Embassytown. Novel. Philosophy of language! semiotics! impossibility of falsehood! simile vs metaphor!

  • Cordwainer Smith. 1962. “The Ballad of Lost C’Mel”. Novella. Galaxy Magazine (October 1962). Sex work, multiple grades of citizenship, civil rights, animal-human spectrum.

  • Charles Stross. 2005. Accelerando. Novel. Uploaded minds; post-humanism; the singularity. What is a person, anyway?

  • A.E. van Vogt. 1940. Slan. Novel. Astounding Science Fiction (September–December 1940). Transhumanity/superhumanity, telepathy, genocide. Meta: fandom: “Fans are slans.” The other. Mutual contempt and fear. (Hardcover 1946.)

Recipe blog recs?

1 Oct 2014 02:19 pm
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Right now I'm following veg recipes of india, Holy Cow Vegan and occasionally Smitten Kitchen. Those are great (some of the most delicious food I've ever made), but I really need more recipes that take fewer ingredients and less time. Or at least ingredients I actually have.

I hate looking for recipe blogs, because about 90% of the vegan/picky vegetarian ones seem to be run by the kind of people who make me really uneasy (the boo honey yay quinoa types), and the other 10% want me to have twelve very specific fresh vegetables on hand at all times. (who just has fennel in their fridge, i ask you.)

ISO month-long project.

1 Oct 2014 12:02 pm
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[personal profile] rosefox suggests a month-long project to help distract me from current frustrating-sadness. I don't know what I could do that would sufficiently distract me. Options:

- Study something related to my job.
- Buy and assemble bookshelves for my room. Subsequently log books.
- Start working on that knitted-squares-blanket thing R and I are slated to do.
- Complete that fire-safety page on our intranet and purchase what needs purchasing.
- Bite the bullet and set up a proper file server at home.
- I don't know.

Input is entirely welcome, so long as you have a vague idea of who I am (and so don't suggest daft things like "go for a hike").

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1 Oct 2014 08:16 am
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I must remember that I shouldn't nap on Tuesdays. I started link finding for [community profile] metafandom about 12:30 and didn't finish until well after 3:00. That means I missed my exercise programs. If I'd been up in the morning, I could have gotten it all done well before Body Electric came on at 2:00.

In terms of my library books, I'm giving first priority to the books with holds on them. Turning those around quickly seems like the polite thing to do (not that I always manage it). I've got about a dozen graphic novels that are tempting because they should be quick reads, but none of them currently have holds on them. I'm currently working on Hot Zone by Jayne Castle, and next up is The Copernicus Complex by Caleb Scharf. I will certainly finish Hot Zone; it's an easy read, requiring no effort or thought. The Copernicus Complex will almost certainly be more difficult. Whether or not I finish it will depend heavily on the style of the writing.

We learned last night that it is possible to overcook crab legs on the grill. The meat in the skinny parts was dried out, tough, and nearly impossible to get out. The meatier parts were okay, however, so all was not lost. We also had broccoli (well, Cordelia and I did. There wasn't enough broccoli for Scott, so he had salad) and biscuits.

Weirdly, last night, for a while, I dreamed that I was asleep and dreaming. I was at enough of a remove from myself, in the dream, to observe both that my dream self was sleeping and to be aware of what my dream self was dreaming. It made perfect sense at the time, of course, but now it kind of breaks my brain.

I'm considering baking today. We have a cake mix and a brownie mix and chocolate chips. Any one of those could end up on the agenda. Cake will last the longest. Brownies are likely to be the most popular. But I've made both of those recently. Chocolate chip bars would be different. Of course, I'm not sure we have all the ingredients I would need for chocolate chip bars. Brown sugar, in particular, would be problematic.

At school, the sixth grade is building a lending library. We've contributed $20 and a small pillow and will loan them a drill for construction. They asked for someone to buy them a drill, a heat gun, and a power jigsaw, but I think they don't really need to own those things. The teacher said that loan of a drill would be more than sufficient. So far, they've painted and put up contact paper with a wood pattern on it. They plan to build shelves of various types. Cordelia says they have books already but that most of them aren't books anyone wants to read. She mentioned Tom Sawyer and Number the Stars (apparently, they have about four copies of that) specifically. I'd offer to donate some books, but I think most of what I'd be willing to part with wouldn't appeal to sixth graders either.
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TOTAL: 34 227 :D

not baaaaad, now we're talking! :D not a LOT of things, but *big* things. That's pretty good. Not scattered. Now if i manage to bring myself back to the nuée sequel ... i spent the first two weeks writing nothing else and now we're three scenes away from the end and my brain's like nope. not cool, brain. >:X

-Demon Patrol chapter 24 (11 207 words)
-Crash Standing chapter 16 (4 740 words)

-Crash Standing chapter 17 (3 123 words)
-Crash Standing snippet i might never use and which is spoilery therefore unposted in the meantime (156 words)
-Demon Patrol chapter 25 (2 065 words)
-Girl Genius - OC - Nuée Ardente sequel (12 936 words)

teasers )

SF lists

30 Sep 2014 11:11 pm
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About a month ago I foolishly volunteered to contribute one of these lists of ten works of philosophically interesting SF. Each work is supposed to be accompanied by a brief pitch pointing toward the work's philosophical interest. It's proving surprisingly difficult, not only to get down to ten, but also to craft the 8–30 word pitches.

Some adventures are so big...

30 Sep 2014 09:30 pm
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...they require a playbook:

Photo on 9-30-14 at 9.26 PM

Settling in

30 Sep 2014 09:01 pm
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We drove to San Diego on Sunday. Yesterday (Monday), we cleaned and shopped and hung out with mom. I took her to the hospital for a sprained ankle she got a week ago, and we went out to dinner together. It was nice.

The apartment needs a TON of work, but we're tackling things a little at a time.

This got long, and is just babbling about our apartment stuff )All the work and trouble aside, though, we have a shower that works well, my mom is happy to pay for materials and labor to get the place in shape, and we're happy being together and working on this extensive (oh, man, very extensive) home-improvement project. When we're done, we will have a cute little apartment, a very functional project room (with a sewing machine, our exercise equipment, and the piano), and a beautiful backyard with lots of plants and places to sit and hang out in the shade.


Some day.

I hope.

The kid misses us, and I hope she finds a way to move down here soon. I don't exactly miss work, but I loved my job and wish I could have brought it with me.

Mom took us to dinner with her friend, who was having a birthday, and my uncle. It was fine. I don't think I've ever been to Black Angus before. Mom has been having a good time feeding us since we've been here. She doesn't cook much any more, which I would mind, except that her food safety awareness has gotten even worse as she's gotten older, and I'm afraid to eat the things she cooks, so I'm sort of glad we've been going out instead. We agreed to have Sunday dinner at her place once a week, and this week she's planning to make roast beef. There are worse ways to die than by eating my mom's amazing roast beef.

Tomorrow, applications open for grad school. I plan to apply. If I get in, I have almost a year to get ready to be a student again.
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Summary: When the Dawn Treader turned and began rowing west, Caspian thought he would never recover from the piercing sweetness of the uttermost East. (325 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is now up!]

As through a Glass, with Joy )


That was not remotely what I expected to write for that word, nor was it an area of canon I ever thought I'd deal with, but hey, I'll take it. *wry* I picked this name for Ramandu's daughter years ago, when I had a notion to write a story in which the Lady of the Green Kirtle conspired with Queen Prunaprismia to conquer Narnia while Caspian was away on his voyage, but I never had any reason to use it until now.
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I have been reading through this year's Narnia Fic Exchange stories with great enjoyment. I am not done yet, even though there are only twenty-five of them. This is because I try to take more time with gift exchange fics, and leave thoughtful comments.

I think I do that partly as a sort of interest payment on my normal utter failure at leaving feedback ("kudos" and "like" options are a godsend, seriously), and partly because I know that I spend the anonymous portion of such fests twitchy and nervous, wondering if people will like my work without my name attached to it. I mean, not that I have all that much name recognition to start with, but I have a little simply by virtue of kicking around various fandoms for twelve years now. There is value in being a known quantity. And I figure that if I feel nervous, at least some other writers probably do too, so I want to say, "Yes, people are reading your work and responding positively!"

This can, of course, get tricky with some stories, depending on the subject matter and the writer's skill level, but there is always something you can pick out and say, "I liked this metaphor," or "I liked how happy everyone seemed," or "You got the melancholy mood across very clearly," or "I had never thought of X that way, but you have convinced me it's an interpretation worth examining," etcetera ad infinitum. And you just shut up and don't mention the parts that are Not Your Ship, Not Your Kink, Not Your Writing Style, or whatever, unless you know the writer is okay with concrit in a public arena... which, given that the stories are usually anonymous at the time, you have no way to be sure of. So be polite. :-)

(I guess this maybe sounds like I advocate fraudulent praise as payment for participation? That's not what I mean, though. My praise can be extremely selective in focus -- I would never deny that -- but if I say I liked an element of a story, I honestly mean that I liked that element.)

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30 Sep 2014 11:53 am
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Last night was the big meeting for Girl Scouts. It was an opportunity to meet the leaders and to get paperwork. It was under attended because not all classes got the flyer announcing it. Cordelia's class didn't, and at least one of the fourth grade classes didn't. I still knew about the meeting because I'm on the e-mail list for troop leaders and volunteers.

The situation for Cordelia is complicated. There are, at present, only two Cadettes. The plan is to fold them in with the Juniors under the same leader. The representative from the Council said we may have to form a Cadette troop under the leadership of the Junior leader just so that the girls can be registered as Cadettes. The Cadette troop would meet with the Juniors and do all activities with the Juniors and, for all practical purposes, be part of the Junior troop. It would just exist as a technicality. Of course, we need five girls to form a troop, so that may not work. Cordelia and her friend may simply have to live with the Girl Scout automated system thinking they're Juniors. (It will matter if they want to sign up for special activities or summer camps.)

The woman who has volunteered to lead the Juniors is overwhelmed and not particularly organized. I feel like I ought to volunteer to help more, but I don't want to get entangled in something that will make me really anxious.

I've been exhausted the last couple of days. I actually napped both mornings. Yesterday, I knew I was going to nap, so I delayed my coffee (Cordelia told me it was utterly unfair for me to go back to bed when she and her father don't get to), but I had coffee this morning and napped anyway. I'm tempted to have more coffee now but will probably settle for tea.

September reading

30 Sep 2014 11:39 pm
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Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Akhenaten - Dorothy Porter
The Harp in the South - Ruth Park
Frog Music - Emma Donoghue
Her Private Passion - Rebecca Tregaron, Honey Dover, Victoria Janssen, Isla Sinclair, Mona Midnight
Nor Iron Bars A Cage - Kaje Harper
This Book is Haunted - David McRobbie
The Penitent Damned - Django Wexler
A Medieval Romance - Mark Twain

i read things )


30 Sep 2014 08:03 pm
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The bad:
- goddamn email.
- I discovered that my coworker who I was counting on to assist with some complicated jobs... was in Japan.
- My personal laptop which I brought in to achieve work goals while the new work laptop is on order crashed, restarted, and failed to boot as it couldn't find any bootable drive.
- I slipped down the stairs, and hit my head. Hard.
- I burnt my hand while cooking.
- I am still feeling stressed about my upcoming holiday with the in-laws. =/

- My husband's main car is under repairs, so he's been driving "Precious" which is my first car. Technically Precious is meant to be sold right now, since I have upgraded ("Shiny") but we hadn't gotten around to it yet due to 7 months of car woes with my husband's official car and having a spare car is very useful especially to some of our friends/family.

P.S my husband is a qualified mechanic...


Anyways. My poor baby. D: I suppose I feel sorry for the husband too with the whip lash he got, after being rammed hard from behind... >.<;

As I said to my husband "this is why I told you to sell it somewhere far away where I wouldn't know who had it, or what they did to it."

... it isn't pretty. /o\

The good:
- I have chocolate.
- Insurance. |o/
- the frying pan of love arrived and it does a perfect fried egg.
- Today was better than yesterday.
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Out of bed. Have had tea and a muffin. Have read the paper (meaning "skimmed Twitter, DW, LJ...").

Twenty minutes until my bus, in which time I must get dressed (for dreary weather) and fill the travel mug with tea and get out the door.


...'s dark outside.

But for real this time, self. Onward!
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Summary: Ekanu rides the wind, but not as a leaf. She is a bird, and will always return to her home. (300 words)

Note: Look, it's original fiction! \o/

So, okay, things I may not have mentioned about Ekanu. She does eventually end up in a stable relationship with Ain h'sut chung h'Ril of Pythas, but it's not a closed relationship. He stays in one place and raises their daughter, but Ekanu never stays put anywhere for more than a few years. And when they're apart from each other, it's understood that they can love as they will. (This is partly a Domaris cultural thing, and partly a personal negotiation.)

This freedom results in two "outside" sexual relationships on Ekanu's part: one with Joú Shaha Vagyu, a fisherwoman of Rudara, which is a mostly coastal saltwater marsh country on the Inner Sea of Nivenos, and one with Refan sin Alar, an Akhite mystic living in Talstrom in the rural lands around the holy city of Ikhalla. There's also her ongoing relationship with Kadeotak, her old best friend/lover from the Ice, but that predates everyone else in her life -- yes, even Denifar -- so it's not really the same category.

Anyway, Ekanu is in her early forties in this ficlet. Refan is about ten years younger.

Migration of Souls )


You know, I should really finish "Harvest" one of these days...

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29 Sep 2014 08:57 pm
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's offered sympathy for my grandfather's death. I don't feel up to answering those comments individually, but I wanted to say something. I'm taking comfort in the fact that he's with Grandma now. I know he missed her.


29 Sep 2014 04:22 pm
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I have an Ello account, because I collect social networking accounts. Same username.


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"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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