The more you know

31 Jul 2014 12:01 am
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OMG, has Amazon always done the wedding registry thing? I feel like this is the sort of registry [personal profile] darthneko and I should have, except instead of practical things it would be full of "Cookbooks! Yes, we need 27 more cookbooks! Oh, hey, Amazon sells yarn, we totally need yarn...Rhinox! Every household needs a Rhinox*..."

And so on. But probably it's awesome for normal engaged couples who are not twelve.

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.......Damn it, now I'm sitting here wondering, "Wait, I did tell y'all I was engaged, right?" >_> RIGHT? Because if I didn't, I'm announcing my engagement in a post that involves Waspinator getting a stasis pod up the kazooie. That's probably really undignified. TYPICAL. But undignified.

*whispers* I don't know what [personal profile] darthneko sees in me, either, to be honest.


*Or a Waspinator Though, really, what's a Waspinator who doesn't have a button that makes his head pop off, like the original? How ELSE are you supposed to re-enact the time he got whole stasis pod up the kazooie?

just FYI

30 Jul 2014 10:49 pm
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As of yesterday, my parents have been happily and largely uneventfully married for 40 years.

I hope this streak continues. :-)
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1. I haven't been having any luck applying to office-type jobs, so I have decided to widen my net to retail management-type jobs. I mean, that's more or less what I've been doing for the last several years -- on a small scale, and unofficially, of course -- but what the heck, making decisions about inventory and telling people what to do is still making decisions about inventory and telling people what to do. I guess we'll see if I have any better luck with that tactic.

(And holy shit, management jobs pay a lot more than I was making. No wonder there was no way I could get an official job title to match what I was doing. The going rate for managers is at least ten dollars more per hour than I was making -- and that's for "unspecified other managers" rather than any of the fancy specialized upper management types. *blinks rapidly, throttles back retroactive fury*)

On the other hand, on Friday I am attending a "meet the employer" workshop with a representative from Cornell, to learn what they are looking for in employees and applications, so maybe the office-type job thing will work out after all. And that is really more the kind of thing I want to be doing with my time, so... who knows! Truly, job hunting is a great mystery.

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2. Some upcoming stuff: On Monday my parents are dropping off their spare car en route to Minnesota; I will then get to keep it through mid-October. (This will, among other things, make getting to any potential interviews much simpler.) On Wednesday, I have made an appointment to give blood. And on Thursday and Friday, I will be driving to and from New Jersey to visit Susan before she has her birthday and I fly to Minnesota. (I mean, assuming I don't get a job. If I get a job, the vacation is obviously cancelled.)

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3. I did put my bonsai pepper outside last weekend. It was promptly uprooted by animal vandalism. I got it back upright and in the dirt before it could shrivel, and brought it inside to recuperate, but one of the leaves was badly mauled and it has not been noticeably growing over the past few days -- I think it has put all its energy into recovering from shock. I gave it some Miracle Grow tonight and maybe this coming weekend I'll be able to try it outside again. (The next time, though, I am putting it in the middle of the pepper phalanx instead of on the exposed outer corner. It needs protection more than it needs extra sunlight.)

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4. I haven't been getting anywhere with my writing lately. My brain is hung up on finishing my unexpected love Cotton Candy Bingo ficlet and won't let me switch to anything else... but I can't come up with any kind of functional ending for the ficlet in question. It needs an arc, a movement from opening through middle to closing, but I don't know how to either adjust the beginning or find some way to bring the development back to the beginning that currently exists. It is very frustrating.

Oh well, maybe tonight?

Eppur, etcetera

30 Jul 2014 11:30 pm
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[personal profile] whatistigerbalm
Christ was born of the Lord Father somewhere in the Far West three thousand two hundred and sixteen years ago by the old calendar: Anno Domini. There he spread his Word and, when his time was up, died on the Tree and became it. For fifteen hundred years or so the Tree blossomed in his people even as its roots took hold in foreign lands and up sprouted the Sultanates, the Apostate Republics, and the rest. And then came her, the serpent in the garden, the false prophet, the liar.

The Lady.


Yay I updated my original story blog! I'm linking it here because I'm happy I got this far - exposition time, at last - and that I'm one update away from this first chapter being done. (First draft, of course, but hey. Which explains the major character name edits and all the other changes too, in case you read any of what I posted earlier.) And I got it a sweet new domain name.

In other news RL is busy but good, and I loved the heck out of Hercules. More later!

Book memeage on a Wednesday

NSFW 30 Jul 2014 09:59 pm
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[personal profile] glinda
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And so...

30 Jul 2014 02:02 pm
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[personal profile] dragovianknight
yWriter joins the collection of unused writing software on my computer.

Media consumption Wesnesday

30 Jul 2014 01:44 pm
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[personal profile] firecat
Movies

The Tuskegee Airmen
1995 made-for-HBO movie (supposedly very lavish for its time). Stars Laurence Fishburne. Historical film about the first African-American fighter pilot squadron in WWII. Supposedly fairly historically accurate.

Fiction

Rhys Bowen, A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness series #2)
Audiobook narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Light historical mystery / romance series set in England and Scotland in the 1930s. Lady Georgiana is 34th in line to the throne and has a family mansion in London but no money, so she puts on a disguise and cleans people's houses for a living, while the Queen involves her in matchmaking schemes. The Lady Georgiana character is a foil for the more broadly comic characters she interacts with. Many of the characters are kind of stereotyped and Kellgren's voices are sometimes a little forced so I am not quite sure why I like this, but when it came time to pick a new audiobook I felt like downloading this one instead of starting any of the ones I already have.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Captain of the Pole Star"
Not a Sherlock Holmes story, more of a ghost story. I love Conan Doyle's writing and the way he draws characters so I thought the story was fun, although it's not as intricate as many of the Holmes stories. However, the audio version I had, narrated by Walter Covell, was awful.

Tananarive Due, The Good House
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Robin Miles. Due's second novel uses classic horror tropes about haunted houses and dysfunctional families with secrets and voodoo and multi-generational curses and small towns. But what's different from other horror stuff I've read is that every single one of her human characters is at least a little bit sympathetic and at least a little bit flawed. The protagonists are a mother and son, and there are occasional shifts to other characters' POVs. Race and racism are part of the their world but not constantly in the foreground. The horror comes from bad things happening to characters I care about, and characters making poor choices (either on their own or under outside influence) much more than from, e.g., the inherent ickiness of bodies (dead or alive). For example, mud and leaves aren't inherently scary, but when they show up in places they shouldn't be with no explanation, that is scary. The novel was longer and more rambly than I would have preferred, and there are a couple of plot points that I really disliked (one of these is a pretty big spoiler: (animal abuse, and a woman lying about having been raped [the "woman" is actually a demon in disguise, but it still bugged me]). But overall I'm glad I read it and if more horror were like this (making me feel "I really hope they figure a way out of this" instead of "everything is dooooomed for all time") I would read horror more often.

By the way, Due wrote a wonderful eulogy of Octavia Butler here: http://www.tananarivedue.com/octaviaebutler.htm

Rex Stout, The League of Frightened Men
Second book in the Nero Wolfe series. A while back, a fraternity hazing prank went wrong and resulted in a young man losing his leg. Now members of the fraternity are dying and it seems as if the man with one leg is murdering them, but nothing can be proved. The main plot was pretty easy to figure out but there were a couple of subplots that were more interesting. I really liked a lot of the Wolfe–Goodwin byplay in this one, but I don't think it's one of the best in the series.

Games

Pure Hidden
This is a hidden object game with puzzles, but it has no plot laid on. It's kind of like an adult's activity box (many of the puzzles would also be suitable for children). You open boxes that grow on a vine and interact with what's inside, which include searching for different objects, searching for many of the same object, picture-assembly puzzles, pipe-fitting puzzles, apps that create music or pictures (one of them was that typing on the keyboard caused different kinds of flowers to grow on the screen). You're also occasionally decorating a bathroom. The images you put together or search inside are beautiful and come in many styles. Once you've finished an image, it becomes part of a gallery and you can set it as desktop wallpaper if you want. Different ambient music goes with each hidden object game, and the music also comes in many styles. You can play in an easy mode, with copious hints and the ability to skip many of the puzzles if you want; or you can play in a point-scoring mode (I didn't try this). The hints come in handy because at least on my non-Retina screen a few of the images were impossible to see. But otherwise this is a really great casual game.

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30 Jul 2014 11:32 am
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[personal profile] the_rck
Cordelia stayed in all day, and we watched Clone Wars for most of that time. (There was a two hour break while I did my exercises and watched the recorded episode of Antiques Roadshow that was on the DVR). I kind of burned out on Clone Wars, so I'll be just as happy if we don't watch any today. Tomorrow is soon enough. We're in the middle of season two now.

Cordelia said something that led me to think that she was no longer going to be playing with the neighbor kids, but she refused to discuss it with me or Scott. Later on, she told me that they actually wanted to play with her yesterday but that she didn't know that until she checked her e-mail around seven. I don't know.

I worry that some day she'll be in real trouble and not be willing to talk to us about it. Scott thinks we must have done something to make her think she can't trust us, but I'm not so sure. I think it may simply be her temperament. It's going to make adolescence that much more difficult.

Scott is really stressed out. Work is being nasty, and some players are unhappy with the games he's been running. Cordelia not being willing to talk to us didn't help at all because it made him feel that he's failed.

He wants to figure out a way to run a LARP using FATE, but I responded badly to the idea because I understand my current system and really don't get FATE. He thinks there's a way to use FATE so that combat won't require a GM's intervention. I don't really have faith in that as a possibility. I think, no matter how simple the system, people will want a GM if there's the possibility of having one. Doing without a GM requires trusting that everybody understands the rules and will abide by them even if it gets their character in trouble.

Scott also suggested that we use the wrong scale for hit points, damage, etc. The current scale for normal human stamina (hit points) is 60 to 95. Non-humans usually get more, either because they're tougher or to reflect the likelihood that their vital organs aren't where a human's would be. Scott suggested scaling back to use a 0-10 scale instead of a 0-100 one. I didn't like the idea, mostly because I'm comfortable with the current one (I'm conservative about things like that). I did eventually suggest that 0-20 would be better than 0-10 because it would save me from using half points. I count most things by fives currently, so 0-20 would scale properly. I feel like the change is unnecessary, but Scott thinks it would help.

Scott is the one who ends up handling combat when we run LARPs. People come to him when they want to use special abilities or to ambush someone. That means he sees all the ways in which the game glitches. I'm not convinced that switching systems would help with the things he's not happy about-- Players who got their characters five minutes before the game began and who sat through a brief run through of the rules while they were reading their characters aren't going to remember all the bells and whistles of what their characters can do. They're not going to be fully comfortable with the combat rules and are going to take extra time trying to figure out what to do when a fight starts.

Reading Wednesday

30 Jul 2014 10:53 am
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[personal profile] annotated_em
Today, in things Em has finished reading this week, we have Libriomancer by Jim Hines. This is the first installment of his series in which magic arises from books and the power of belief imbued in them by the readers who love them, and it reads very much like a love letter to all things science fictional and geeky. Our protagonist, Isaac, is a semi-disgraced member of the secret society of Porters who know how to use the magic of books and whose job it is to protect this secret world of magic and magical creatures from discovery by the ordinary folks who can't use magic themselves. Unfortunately, Isaac finds himself in the middle of a brewing war between the Porters and the vampires and on the hunt for Johann Gutenberg, who founded the Porters several centuries ago and has gone missing at precisely the wrong moment. If that weren't problem enough, he's also trying to balance a tricky love triangle on top of everything else.

This was a pretty quick, light read, and as I said above, very much a love letter to pop culture and science fiction, and it earns props for dealing with the love triangle in a way that did not make me want to grind my teeth--which is pretty rare for the standard urban fantasy love triangle trope, I must say.

Dates!

29 Jul 2014 11:29 pm
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[personal profile] green_dreams
I am not-quite-bored, so here are dates. Mostly I am curious to see who will recognize which ones; partly I am curious to see if anyone has any others to add.

(For the record, 26 May, 1988[1]

August 29, 1997 (suspect this one will tip several people off... got sunblock?)

12 June, 2070

October 23, 2077 (my favourite)
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[1] Arguable! But it's Thursday, 26th of May, which I believe makes 1988 the most likely guess.

feel the fear and do it anyway

29 Jul 2014 09:59 pm
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We are having some exciting weather. My husband's girlfriend R and I are taking turns going up to his place to feed the horses and water the garden while Neal and Mungo are in Yosemite. Today was her turn, but I was worried about the possibility of flash floods, or lightning, or the horses getting spooked and doing something dangerous, so I--

--if you've been reading here for a while, you might remember that my husband maximized the uncomfortable of our getting acquainted, mostly by treating every potential meeting as terribly fraught. R and I would both rather be friendly acquaintances, but we're both painfully shy and much better at avoiding uncomfortable interactions than making them less uncomfortable. We're working on it. I've had her phone number for a while but never used it. Making phone calls is hard. But today, I really was worried about the weather, so--

I called! And offered to go with her. And it went fine! It wasn't necessary: the horses were up by the barn, not down on the flood plain. But I'm glad I did.
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All Your Tomorrows Start Here (2682 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, POV First Person, Pre-Canon, Community: smallfandomfest
Summary:

George is no more immortal than I am, and she probably figured that out even younger than I did. The pair of us hit puberty fully aware we were gonna die someday, and confused as all hell by the way people around us acted like they could live forever if they just played it safe enough. But then again, there was no way we could've hung onto that ignorance ourselves. Being raised by people who got lost in grief over their dead six-year-old and never found themselves enough to love you strips away all of your innocence sooner rather than later.

Phillip died young. People died all the time. One of those days, death was going to come for us, too--probably literally, since we live in a world where it's up and walking around.

It took longer to grasp that we might not die together.

Set seven years before Feed.

You can also read the fic under the cut )

music rec party post is a go.

29 Jul 2014 04:54 pm
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[personal profile] esmenet
Inspired by an old post of [personal profile] littlebutfierce, who has been looking for some new tunes lately.

Everybody likes an excuse to talk about their favorite music, right? Recommend me music, recommend other people music, make a specific request for music recommendations you might like, go for it!

Here, I'll go first:

just a few for now )

Also, if anybody wants to rec me some modern/new jazz, that would be lovely!


Please link this post to all your friends, etc etc., so we can get a wider pool of tastes (and more music).
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[personal profile] umadoshi
[personal profile] scruloose got back late this afternoon after being in Montreal for a music festival for most of a week. It's good to have him home. ^_^ It's also made me keenly aware that I'm leaving for Ontario in just a few days, so I started writing up a to-do list for before I go. It's undoubtedly far from complete, and already pretty scary given that it doesn't say much about the work that needs to be done in the near future.

Alas, there's no way to avoid needing to work while I'm in Ottawa. Working in Toronto was always inevitable, since I'll be there for two weeks, but the Ottawa stop is only a few days and involves friends I hardly ever see other than during the whirlwind of Anime North. :/ It would've been nice to be out from under the immediate deadlines. Oh, well. I'll do what I can before leaving.

I already miss the kittens. (By which I mean I've been preemptively missing them for most of the month. ^^;)

My Newsflesh fic for [community profile] smallfandomfest is back from final beta with [personal profile] wildpear, after some back-and-forth over untangling a bit of severe logic!fail on my end. >.> It took her two or three tries (due to brain frazzle over here; she was very clear) to convey to me that when she said Shaun's thought process was fine but what he says afterwards contradicts it, she did not in fact mean "clarify thought process". She meant "FIX THE CONTRADICTION". *facepalm*

Anyway, that's fixed now (fortunately it wasn't a plot point or anything, so it didn't have repercussions in the rest of the story), so I can get that posted tonight or tomorrow.

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29 Jul 2014 03:33 pm
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[personal profile] esmenet
I wrote a fic for [livejournal.com profile] stseiya_fanfics' Multifandom Yuri Festival, which I am very excited about, but the posting date got pushed back again (to August 20th) so now my fic is all finished and sent off and I want to talk about it but I can't. :(

I guess this means I can write people extra gifts, though?

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29 Jul 2014 11:01 am
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[personal profile] the_rck
It was really quite cold at last night's softball game. By the time the game ended, our car's thermometer said it was 60F outside, and it was windy. I wore long pants and a windbreaker. I should have worn my heavier jacket. Scott was in short sleeves and sandals (but long pants), so he got very, very cold. His mother actually hauled a blanket out of their car so that Scott could warm up a little.

Scott's parents came to the game. They arrived a bit late, but they came before Cordelia's first at bat. They left as soon as the game was over. Cordelia barely had time to come over and say hello and goodbye.

Cordelia's team lost the game. They played a strong first half, but the other team played strongly the second half. The other team had one pitcher who was amazing-- She pitched fast, hard and accurately. She walked one and struck out six. She's the best pitcher we've seen all season. Fortunately, no girl ever pitches more than two innings.

Cordelia now says that she wants to pitch. At the start of the season, she said she never wanted to pitch. I think it's unlikely to happen. There's only one game left, and I don't think she's ever practiced pitching. I would love to see her get a chance to try, though. I suppose it can't hurt to ask.

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28 Jul 2014 09:20 pm
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[personal profile] telophase also linked to http://www.playbuzz.com/gregs/can-we-guess-who-you-are-in-only-20-questions

Answering truthfully, I got
Here is our best guess at who you are:
1. You are male.
2. You are still a teenager, but won't be one for very much longer.
3. You're in college and are already worried about finding the perfect job that will be both fulfilling and will pay well. Your future worries you more than you'd like to admit.
4. You have beautiful, silky brown hair and big eyes.
5. You know that if you'd only believe in yourself more, things would be much easier for you. Yet you still doubt your instincts more than you should, instead of trusting them every time.

So, how did we do? How many of these did we get right? Tell us in the comments!

Half of one. Almost. I used to have beautiful, silky brown hair. And small eyes.

They offered me Pixar characters, I picked Merida! They offered me food, I picked salad! A lot of my demographic never wears makeup!

ETA: Oh, I got Mungo's results! Except he has nooooooooooo trouble believing in himself. None.

blackstone

28 Jul 2014 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] boxofdelights
[personal profile] telophase pointed to this short interesting article: The experience of hearing voices is complex and varies from person to person, according to Luhrmann. The new research suggests that the voice-hearing experiences are influenced by one's particular social and cultural environment – and this may have consequences for treatment.

It's interesting to think about the culturally-mediated experience of hearing voices in Blackstone, the Canadian TV show set in a First Nations reservation. Two of the characters see and hear someone no one else does. In both cases, it's a close family member who is dead, and the experience is distressing. Neither character thinks of the experience as mental illness, though one does ask a doctor for sleeping pills to avoid seeing the dead family member in dreams.

The second season of Blackstone is streaming on Hulu now. Have any of you watched it?

whois

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to remember

"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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