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Sep. 25th, 2017 03:16 pm
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IF MY FUCKING PHONE IS IN ANOTHER FUCKING BOOT LOOP

ETA: OH GOOD

story recs

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:43 am
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Thanks to a recommendation from [personal profile] vass, I read Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow. It's beautiful and bittersweet and queer; I wouldn't call it a romance, but I don't know that I'd say it's not, either.

If you're up to reading stories about institutionalized child abuse with happy endings, this by [tumblr.com profile] caffeinewitchcraft and this follow-up by [tumblr.com profile] kelincihutan are stellar.

It's been far too long

Sep. 25th, 2017 04:16 pm
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And I really want to post about Oxonmoot, but in the first place two more places to find good icons.

As a teenager in the mid-80s, I'd grown up watching the original Star Trek on television, but what made me really fall in love with the characters were the series of original novels published just at the point when I had money from my paper round to buy them. :-) Authors such as Diane Duane created new adventures and new characters to help fill in the universe.

[personal profile] sheliak has made a lovely set of icons based on the covers of these books- if you have fond memories of them too, check them out.

And if you'd rather have attractive pictures then it's definitely looking at [community profile] pretty_pixels - the latest set is a lovely selection of autumn icons.

Culture Consumed Monday

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:04 am
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A fortnight after the last 'weekly' update.

Books

Read JY Yang's ~5K word story Auspicium Melioris Aevi, which they wrote about in this blog post. It's about clones and history repeating/not-repeating and the goals of a university education under capitalism and, most of all, about Singapore. Judging from the author's post about their story, clearly it was received best by people who knew Singapore well, which I don't, but I liked it a lot anyway and I think if you liked Cyteen you might well like this too. PS: I do NOT ship Clone Lee Kuan Yew and Clone Vladimir Putin, I DON'T, I REFUSE, you CAN'T MAKE ME. /o\

Read Heather Rose Jones' The Mystic Marriage, the sequel to Daughter of Mysteries. It's even less of a conventional romance genre novel than its predecessor. Where Daughter of Mysteries was in alternating third person between Margerit and Barbara, The Mystic Marriage shuttles between Antuniet and Jeanne's points of view and also Barbara's and Margerit's. Which is awesome if you prefer your romance couples to keep developing after the end of 'their' novel and not just show up briefly for a statically happy cameo in the next book to help the new couple, but a little confusing if you were expecting more of the couple you thought would be the main characters in the new novel. Not that Margerit and Barbara aren't there to help the new couple, but their stories continue too. I like this.

I also like how difficult and prickly Antuniet is, and Barbara's own flaws emerging a bit stronger than they did in the previous book (n.b. she's still awesome.) And I liked the competence porn -- Margerit's academic skills (including collegiality), Barbara's combination of court intrigue, law, and security, Antuniet's alchemy and research, and Jeanne's social engineering. That last in particular -- I don't think it's that common for books to show (rather than tell) that particular skill, not in detail. The actual work part of it, maintaining connections and introducing people and keeping track of who needs what and how that fits in with who else. Showing the role it has in Jeanne's life and how good she is at it gave a lot more force to Jeanne and Antuniet's extrovert/introvert issues, which also unusually, involved the introvert inadvertently not meeting the extrovert's needs. (The other way around gets a lot more attention in articles and books, to the point where it's become kind of a cliche.)

Read Rebecca Fraimow's fantasy novella Suradanna and the Sea, which is... bittersweet doesn't seem like the right word. Poignant, maybe. A very nice combination of sweet, charming, and ouch. With the emphasis on the sweet. Mostly. If you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra you might like this. I kind of wish I'd read it earlier (my own damn fault -- it came out in December last year) so I could have requested it for Yuletide or Trick or Treat.

Fandom

Read [archiveofourown.org profile] sadlikeknives's Stones Could Fly, which was a Yuletide fic three years ago, for 'Dixon's Girl' from Dessa's A Badly Broken Code, and is the spy/secret agent AU for that song I had no idea I needed, and the codenames are all references to the other songs by Dessa.

Rereading [archiveofourown.org profile] bessemerprocess's The 28th Amendment, a pundit and journalist RPF AU set after the 2008 US federal election which reads very, very differently in 2017. :(

TV and Movies

In honour of the Ghibli festival, went to see Kiki's Delivery Service in the cinema (in Japanese with English subtitles), which was a good way to see it for the first time (yeah, I know, absolute latest as usual.) I loved the art and story, but could have done with a lot fewer panty shots -- zero sounds about right. Also I'd have liked to hear Jiji talk one more time at the end, just to be certain Kiki could hear him again, as that was worrying me. I didn't know the story, so the bit about magic and artist's block was unexpected and hit me really hard.

Games

Played some Pokemon Go early on in the fortnight. Beat a gym through judicious use of revives. So many revives.

Was sufficiently stressed that I reinstalled Stardew Valley on my computer. It's just turned winter in year 1, and my character is incredibly sick of cranberries.

Podcasts

Tried a bunch of fiction podcasts: Juno Steel, Death at a Low Price, Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green. I liked Juno Steel okay, but made the mistake of listening to one of the non-Juno standalone Penumbra Podcast episodes, and it fucked me up pretty badly. This is why I don't listen to a lot of horror. I found Death at a Low Price a bit rambling for my taste and also didn't like the sound effects. I liked Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green quite a lot (but there are only two episodes out and it's on hiatus)

Perfume

Testing more of the BPAL imps from Kab. cut )

Garden

Got a couple of small, unexpected capiscums from the plant that's still trucking on. I haven't really been doing anything with the garden, but there it is anyway.

Other

Painted my fingernails in Pride stripes, so anyone who couldn't already tell just by looking at me what my position on Australian marriage equality is CAN NOW.

Activism

Voted in the Non-Binding Plebiscite On Whether People Like Me Should Have Civil Rights. I voted yes, which only shows that my queerness and transness mean I'm unable to be properly objective on these issues. (That's sarcasm.) Did other activist-ish stuff on this issue (a lot, actually -- it kind of ate all the time I'd been planning to spend going to Fringe) and also went to my local branch meeting of my political party of choice.

Which just goes to show what a deleterious effect 2017 is having on my behaviour, common sense, and happiness. I dont want to go to branch meetings. I want to make vegetable/pasta stews, and eat them while reading lesbian Ruritanian romance and/or playing farming sims with retro graphics. I want to mess about rearranging deck chairs on my computer's window manager settings and not even think of politics or natural disasters or misery. But 2017 does not care what I or anyone else wants.

little moments of alienness and not

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:10 am
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Years ago, when Leonard was writing Constellation Games, he named the various alien species after different human words for "alien" or "foreigner". So there are Aliens, Foreigners, Farang, Gaijin, Extraterrestrials, the Others, and so on. One species of them is the Auslanders; later a German-speaking friend told us the spelling of the plural ought to be Auslender.

Today I was rereading a little chunk of Lake Wobegon Days and came across Keillor referring to Ausländers, and was reminded of that moment years ago. And then just after that was the passage about Flag Day, and I was catapulted far further back, to fourth grade and the first time I read (or was read?) any of this book. I was in a Gifted and Talented class in an elementary school in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, with that teacher who had a chunk of the Berlin Wall in her classroom. Did she read that to us or did I read it by myself?

Saturday I was on the 7 train back home from Maker Faire and I was sitting near some girls who -- as they happened to say aloud, in their conversation with each other -- were 12 or 13 years old. I am about three times their age. Yet I wanted them to look at me not as an alien grownup but as someone they might be like. They all have smartphones and evidently deal with boys sending them dick pics. And they act blasé about it; I don't know how they actually feel. The next day I talked about this with the people staffing the table next to mine. One of them suggested that boys have always done sort of body-part-display to girls less as a sexual come-on and more as a thrill-of-the-forbidden act, with dick pics as analogous to mooning. We joked about the dedication of an imaginary man from a previous century who worked in rotogravure or lithograph or woodcut. Or at least, like, Matthew Brady or someone using silver nitrate film.

cue "Ashokan Farewell"

My dearest Elizabeth. Tonight the Union Army rests. We know not what battle the general will order us to tomorrow. But know that my love for you is the wind that calls your name through the trees. Here's a dick pic. I had to sit for five hours for the army portrait painter boy to make this.

Sergeant Cowling was killed at the Battle of Bull Run.


I was laughing pretty hard by the end of this.

Maybe one reason I like laughing with others, and making others laugh, is because it is a kind of proof that we are not entirely aliens to each other.
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I believe [personal profile] yiduiqie and I are going to cover this together in more detail on No Award, but I just wanted to say this before I go on to episode 2...

I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. )
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(Ik heb geen/zo min mogelijk spoilers in mijn recensie geschreven)

Titel: Gone - Verlaten (op Librarything, op Hebban.nl, op Goodreads)
Oorspronkelijke titel: Gone - The Exile
Auteur: Michael Grant
Vertaler: Maria Postema
Taal: Nederlands, oorspronkelijk Engels
Serie: Gone #1, in totaal 6 delen (al komt in oktober het eerste deel van de vervolgserie uit, dus dat zou dan eigenlijk deel 7 zijn).
Soort uitgave: paperback
Aantal pagina's: 495
Uitgever: Van Holkema & Warendorf
Jaar van publicatie: origineel Engels 2008, origineel Nederlands 2012, mijn editie 2016 (vijfde druk)
ISBN-nummer: 9789000313655
Trefwoorden: science fiction, instortende beschaving, wereld zonder volwassenen, vreemde krachten
Waarom ging ik het lezen: "Gone" is een serie waar ik al een hele tijd nieuwsgierig naar was, ook omdat Michael Grant samen met zijn vrouw Katherine Applegate de "Animorphs"-serie heeft geschreven, wat één van mijn favoriete series is. Ik kwam dit boek tegen in een minibieb, dus toen moest ik het natuurlijk wel meenemen en lezen!
Aanrader: Ja, maar hou er wel rekening mee dat het deel 1 van een serie is.

Korte samenvatting:
Van het ene op het andere moment is iedereen ouder dan 15 jaar verdwenen. Er zijn alleen nog kinderen over in het stadje en er is geen contact meer met de buitenwereld - er is een soort muur verschenen die het hele gebied omringd. Sam, die zelf ook bijna 15 wordt, probeert samen met zijn vrienden uit te zoeken wat er aan de hand is, terwijl iedereen probeert zo goed mogelijk te overleven in deze nieuwe wereld.

Achterkanttekst:
Tijdens een doodgewone schooldag ziet de veertienjarige Sam tot zijn verbijstering zijn leraar pal voor zijn ogen verdwijnen. Zomaar ineens... weg! Algauw blijkt dat iedereen die ouder is dan vijftien jaar op hetzelfde moment is verdwenen. Bovendien is er een ondoordringbare barrière rond de stad opgetrokken, waardoor er geen contact meer mogelijk is met de buitenwereld. Er breekt een enorme chaos uit.
Net buiten de stad neemt Caine de leiding over het internaat en daarna ook over het stadje. Eerst weet hij enige orde te scheppen, maar gaandeweg voert hij met een aantal volgelingen een waar schrikbewind.
Hoewel Sam helemaal geen leidende rol wil, besluit hij tenslotte toch dat hij de kwaadaardige Caine moet tegenhouden. Maar intussen komt de dag dat hij zelf vijftien jaar zal worden steeds dichterbij...

Over de achterkanttekst:
Er ligt meer binnen de barrière dan alleen het stadje, ook het internaat en een stuk van een natuurpark en de zee met wat kleine eilandjes.

Eerste pagina van hoofdstuk 1: 299 uur, 54 minuten:
Het ene moment stond de leraar nog over de Burgeroorlog te praten. En het volgende moment was hij weg.
Leraar aanwezig.
Leraar weg.
Geen 'poef'. Geen lichtflits. Geen knal.
Sam Temple zat tijdens het derde uur geschiedenis naar het bord te staren, maar in gedachten was hij heel ergens anders. In gedachten was hij op het strand, samen met Quinn. Op het strand met hun surfplanken, waar ze zich schreeuwend schrap zetten voor die eerste duik in het koude water van de Grote Oceaan.
Heel even dacht hij dat hij het zich verbeeld had dat de leraar verdween. Heel even dacht hij dat hij aan het dagdromen was.
Sam draaide zich opzij naar Maria Terrafino, die links van hem zat. 'Dat zag jij toch ook, hè?'
Maria staarde strak naar de plek waar de leraar had gestaan.
'Eh... waar is meneer Trentlake?' Dat was Quinn Gaither, Sams beste, misschien wel enige, vriend. Quinn zat recht achter Sam. Ze hadden allebei het liefst een tafel bij het raam, want soms kon je, als je precies de juiste hoek te pakken had, net een pieplein streepje water zien glinsteren tussen de schoolgebouwen en de huizen verderop.
'Hij is vast even weggegaan,' zei Maria, maar het klonk alsof ze het zelf niet geloofde.

Over de eerste pagina:
Hoofdstuk 1 begint precies op het kritieke moment: dat de verdwijningen plaatsvinden.

Recensie:
Verhaal:
Wat er gebeurt is onwaarschijnlijk: iedereen boven de 15 jaar, en vervolgens zodra iemand 15 jaar wordt, verdwijnt. Ook is er een vreemde, ondoordringbare muur rondom het gebied verschenen en lijken een aantal kinderen speciale krachten te ontwikkelen, zoals vuur schieten uit hun handen, of dingen laten vliegen. Het is echter realistischer dan de superhelden van Marvel: hier zijn het kinderen die zelf hun krachten ontdekken en er is geen "school" waar ze heen kunnen om er mee om te leren gaan.
Bij iedereen komt ook vrij vlot naar voren of ze hun krachten voor het "goede" of "kwade" willen gebruiken, maar gelukkig is niet iedereen persé goed of slecht. Dat maakt alle personages interessant, niet alleen Sam. Eigenlijk heeft bijna elk personage wel een belangrijke rol, al is niet ieders rol even groot. De veranderingen in de wereld hebben wel verschillende invloeden op de kinderen: sommigen proberen hun best te doen alles zoveel mogelijk te houden zoals het was toen de volwassenen er nog waren, maar weer anderen houden zich niet meer in nu er geen volwassenen zijn om ze te corrigeren en beginnen andere kinderen te terroriseren. De tijdslijn van dit boek beslaat maar iets minder dan twee weken (300 uur), dus dit verhaal laat wel zien hoe snel een "beschaving" kan instorten (al blijven de elektriciteit en het water hier wel werken, binnen een week is de wereld al niet meer de wereld die ze kenden) en tot wat voor soort wrede dingen mensen in staat kunnen zijn, ook kinderen.

Het tempo ligt hoog en je wil als lezer continue weten hoe het verhaal verdergaat. Sam en zijn vrienden zijn namelijk ook voortdurend op zoek naar antwoorden op vragen waar de lezer ook het antwoord op wil hebben.

Het verhaal is gepubliceerd in 2008 en er zitten dan ook een aantal referenties in naar dingen die op dat moment populair waren, zoals Pokémon en Harry Potter. Nu kent iedereen deze series nog, maar over een tiental jaren zal het boek juist door deze referenties wat gedateerd lijken, terwijl je het verhaal zonder deze referenties best in een wat ruimere tijdsperiode zou kunnen plaatsen.

Het is helaas ook geen boek dat echt op zichzelf staat. Je krijgt wel een soort antwoord op de belangrijkste vragen en het verhaal in dit boek wordt redelijk afgerond, maar om de hele situatie te doorgronden, moet je eigenlijk wel de rest van de serie lezen.

Schrijfstijl:
De schrijfstijl is een prettige afwisseling tussen dialogen en beschrijvingen.

Spelfouten/Typefouten:
Bladzijde 49:
De gave die hij al eens gebruikt had en waarmee hij toen bijna iemand had vermoord De gave die hij net weer had gebruikt, waarmee hij de persoon die hij had willen redden eigenhandig had gedood.
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De gave die hij al eens gebruikt had en waarmee hij toen bijna iemand had vermoord. De gave die hij net weer had gebruikt, waarmee hij de persoon die hij had willen redden eigenhandig had gedood.

Afbeeldingen:
Voorin het boek staan twee kaarten: van het stadje zelf en van de gehele omgeving waarbinnen het verhaal zich afspeelt. In het verhaal zelf is van alles echter zo duidelijk beschreven waar het ligt, dat kaarten niet persé nodig zijn. Het is wel een leuke toevoeging.

Conclusie:
De wereld is heel interessant opgezet en er worden een aantal mysteries opgelost, maar het is duidelijk een eerste deel: niet alle vragen worden beantwoord.

Herleesbaarheid:
Ik ga dit boek niet nog een keer lezen, maar ben nu zeker wel nieuwsgierig naar de andere boeken in deze serie.

Links:
- Deze recensie op Goodreads.
- Deze recensie op Hebban.nl.

Бомбо

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Один из лучших барабанов, когда-либо изобретенных за пределами Африки. Конструкция в целом повторяет европейские военные барабаны времен колонизации Америк, но с одним важным отличием: вместо голой кожи на бомбо натягивают стриженые овечьи шкурки. В результате у сравнительно небольшого бомбо мембраны дают глухой низкий звук, сравнимый со звуком большого оркестрового барабана. А на сдачу при классическом использовании есть еще и звонкие щелчки рукояткой колотушки по ободу или корпусу.

Но есть, конечно, и подвох. Натуральные материалы страсть как чувствительны к влажности, а бомбо из них и состоит. Вдобавок, в поезде его никуда не засунешь, все же великоват. Если соберетесь ввести его в состав, водонепроницаемый чехол обязателен.

Область применения: абсолютно универсальный басовый ударный голос.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 01:15 pm
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A baffling new trend @ work is people who wait in line to ask a cashier to personally unlock a cabinet without realizing its contents are locked up because they are valuable.

CUSTOMER: Does it work?

ME: It is over 20 years old, as you can see from the fact that it is a giant Nokia brick phone, and so I doubt that it currently has a charged battery since it wouldn’t -

CUSTOMER: Well, then it won’t be very useful! What good is a phone that you can’t call with?

ME: You can probably get a battery elsewhere, but people might just collect them.


Or then again:

CUSTOMER: 39 euros!! How can a Barbie be 39 euros???

ME: Well, sometimes they cost even more than that, but in this case, it’s kind of fancy… the pink wedding tux… and it’s obviously pretty old, probably from the 80s…

CUSTOMER: Why would anybody pay 39 bucks for a Barbie doll???

ME: Indeed, but I think people collect Barbies.

CUSTOMER: Oh!! They do??? Ohhhhhh.

ME: Our regular, not-collectible Barbies are over in the toy department, not in this cabinet of rare items.

CUSTOMER: Oh!! They are? I’ll look in the toy department.


this post on Tumblr
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...but the worst is that I accidentally keep "liking" posts even though my finger was nowhere near the "<3" button. And then I have to "un-like" things and then I fret about whether maybe people notice.

I'd just leave it, but in general I just don't favorite fic or text posts on Tumblr, nor gifsets or cute videos, just drawn artwork.
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The Spring Solstice

Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:39 pm
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In my preferred measuring of time, today marks the the three-quarter mark of the year and it has recently been eventful, rather than the reflective opportunity I take on such quarter calendar markers. The day started with a visit from [livejournal.com profile] hathhalla and [livejournal.com profile] ser_pounce for our irregular cheesequest session, which was followed with me running the third session of our Charlemagne D&D game, involving adapting The Veiled Soceity with the the historical revolt against his rule in in Friuli. Alas, the day ended with a very sad note with a message that [personal profile] caseopaya's mother has taken a turn for the worse and is now in a critical condition in hospital; a plane has been immediately booked to Perth and it is almost certain I will be embarking on the journey shortly afterwards. However, before I depart I have to attend VCAT on Tuesday to have power of financial attorney transferred to me for Rick B. and, with the universe displaying no sense of irony, the meeting of the Victorian Secular Lobby with Lesley Vick on the Dying with Dignity legislation.

On the scale of things there there is little else to report. I have been busy catching up on my PRACE supercomputing course when the opportunity presents itself, and even more so working on Papers & Paychecks at every available opportunity, especially working my way through the "sapient monsters" - cars, computers, photocopiers, fatbergs - that come to "life". There was a good game of Megatraveller on Wednesday evening with our regular group, and I have taken it upon myself to update and extend on existing javascript files for character generation to ship and world design. Finally, workwise things have been at their usual level of mad activity, with staff illnesses pushing our already tight deadlines for the GPGPU project into stormy territory. A lunch sponsored by SanDisk's Gary M., on Friday was thoroughly appreciated with a particularly high quality conversation. After that smashed my way through the somewhat tricky dependency chain for the SUMO traffic simulator. But, as mentioned, all seems to fall into insignificance at this point, even in my rational brain tells me that it is not.
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We have a window in our bathroom! (A skylight, technically, since the exterior bathroom wall slopes outward and is shingled.) Except I have yet to see the window, because it's on the front of the house and I came in through the back door when coming home tonight, and there's still a bathroom wall between the room and the window/exterior wall. Getting the actual window in was the only time-/weather-sensitive part, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and the contractor agreed that the drywall would stay intact for now. (I wasn't here for the discussion, so I don't actually know if that's because [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I haven't finalized what we're doing with that part of the room (the extra floor space we could gain by removing the existing interior wall and just having the sloped wall), or because of time constraints, or because that's just not being part of what that contracting company does...? *shrugs* But we have a window.

K.B. Spangler has a new book out this week--one that's not connected to A Girl and Her Fed. (Digital only right now, but a print version is coming.) [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire wrote a short Twitter thread in response when Spangler announced the new book's availability; the key takeaway about the actual writing is "If you want some of the most elegantly written, internally consistent, funny, touching, TRUE science fiction coming out today, you should take a look at @KBSpangler. She's the real deal, y'all. She's writing shit that breaks every rule, and still works."

In related news, I just spent a vile amount on US-to-Canada shipping* to get a print copy of Rise Up Swearing (so far the only compiled volume of AGAHF) and a little pin of Bubbles, the Fed's digital clownfish...avatar? (I'm blanking on the correct word. "Avatar" is applied to something else in that 'verse, though, IIRC. Hmm.)

I was spared having to decide, in this time of "yes, I swear, I'm trying to cut back on spending", whether I was going to get a "Literalists do it with their genitals!" shirt; the shirt is currently unavailable (as in, no longer showing up on the site at all, not just out of stock). My wallet is grateful.

*Ordered directly from the AGAHF store, and she was as appalled as I was at the shipping cost. It wasn't surprising, though.

The first week at Casual Job is over--all two days of it! (Four hours yesterday and eight today.) I'm having some tech frustration at the office that would take ages to type up and is not terribly interesting, but I'll say that I really, really hope the person who sometimes does on-site IT support for us is around on Monday, because WOW, calling the help desk was useless. -_-

So far at Hal-Con I've seen several people wearing geeky shirts from stories I know, and things like a Sailor Saturn costume down in the mall food court. (A moment of respectful silence for the food court workers this weekend, who'll be slammed.) But the best was when Ginny and I were running down from work to get lunch and ran into someone in Tohru cosplay! The cosplayer mentioned that she was off to get her Yuki and Kyo, but Ginny and I were then unsure if she'd meant plushies of the boys in their cursed forms or fellow cosplayers.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:45 am
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[personal profile] analise010 is doing a one-card draw to raise money to test as an actuary.

По сегодняшнему

Sep. 22nd, 2017 02:02 am
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Тушка так и не отдохнула и глючила повсеместно. Ну, и публики на Бульваре как-то маловато. Надо бы еще и температуру воды в море посматривать.

Впрочем, так и сяк достойных точек пока найдено лишь две. И надо все же отлежаться, столько выходов в сентябре у меня всяко еще не бывало.

Mishmash post

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:04 am
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--I want to say it feels weird to think that I'm going back to the office tomorrow, but it doesn't seem real enough yet to feel weird. (Having had only something like a week of work in the spring is not really helping. I'd barely sat down at my desk and then we were finished!) What does feel weird is thinking--hoping!--that when I get home tomorrow there'll be a window where there is now a solid wall.


--The first few days back are usually pretty reasonable. (I could conceivably even be home for supper tomorrow evening!) Thankfully, today I was able to finish and submit the half-volume that's due tomorrow, so that's not hanging over me...but I'll need to go pick up my and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's con passes, and then on Friday, no matter what time we wrap up at the office, I'll be going straight from there to the convention. I even made it as far as looking over the schedule and making notes this evening, although in practice I rarely make it to more than a small percentage of the panels and talks that catch my eyes. So many people. O_O (The "rarely" applies to cons and similar things in general, as this is only my second Hal-Con.)


--When I was poking around in my tags the other day to see if I could figure out when I stopped bouldering, I came across this 2013 post about Claudia from when she and Jinksy were about five months old. Oh, my kitten. *^^* (*finds baby!Claudia!kitten icon*)


--I have this half-formed theory that Casual Job is the appropriate excuse to actually start figuring out lipstick, since I really haven't, despite buying a bunch in Toronto. The defense I have to offer is that I'm usually at home living in pajamas when Casual Job isn't on (I'm very glad I'm not one of the many people who needs to Get Dressed to successfully work at home--although if it'd help my focus, you bet I'd do it), and when I go out it's usually either quick errands (hard to convince myself to bother) or to have dinner out with someone (and I know people eat and drink with lipstick on all the time, but it turns out I find it intimidating to consider needing to immediately touch it up while out if it smears/wears off).
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Fannish/Geeky/SFF Things

"Seanan McGuire on What She Learned From October, Plus a Sweeps!" The interview is about what writing Toby's series (AKA her first novel and series) taught her, and the contest, which is open until September 30, is for all eleven books to date.

"Transcript for OTW 10th Anniversary Chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells".

"Exclusive Interview and ARC Giveaway: In Other Lands author, Sarah Rees Brennan". This contest has closed, alas, but I really liked the interview (and its entirely appropriate attention to mermaids): "My protagonist Elliot is a huge nerd, so when he arrives in a magical world he immediately asks ‘Show me the mermaids!’ rather than ‘Explain to me this strange word… magic…’ and mermaids are for him a shorthand for him wanting to behold the many wonders on offer in a magic land–in other words, harpies, unicorns and mermaids, oh my. He then keeps asking about the mermaids, having lessons about them, researching them, getting different answers about mermaids from different people, until he finally does meet one–with consequences I will not spoil for those who do not yet know!"

"Sci-fi author Martha Wells on writing a series about a robot that calls itself Murderbot".

"‘SHEroes’: Wonder Woman meets Bionic Woman". "Lindsay Wagner, aka Jamie Sommers or “The Bionic Woman,” posted her photo with Lynda Carter, aka Diana Prince or “Wonder Woman,” on her Facebook page recently and, as expected, fans went wild with nostalgia."

"Superheroes for the Jewish New Year". [Book Riot]

Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, [dreamwidth.org profile] renay posted a great interview with Kate Elliott.

"Present-Day Devices as Props". "Every Star Trek production requires a large number of props to act as technical devices of Starfleet or of aliens. There are custom prop designs for standard phasers, tricorders or communicators. But in most cases there is a need for additional props that either serve a specific purpose in the story or are used as generic futuristic decoration. Several of the props that could be seen are actually slightly modified devices of the 20th/21st century. In particular, game consoles have been used repeatedly for handheld scanners."

Sarah Gailey (author of the hippo-wrangling AUs River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow) currently has an unrelated serial, The Fisher of Bones, running in Fireside Magazine, who've just announced that the whole story is now available for preorder (and...get the ending before folks who're reading it/choose to keep reading it in serialization, which seems a bit odd to me, but sure).


TV/movie news

"Linda Hamilton Set to Return to 'Terminator' Franchise".

"MISS. FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES Movie Is a Go, Thanks to Kickstarter".

"“Madam Secretary” Showrunner Barbara Hall Developing CIA Drama for CBS" about "a multigenerational family of spies."

"The real hero of Netflix's "The Defenders" is the way Jessica Jones throws very heavy things".

"REPORT: Marvel Studios Developing a Power Pack Feature Film".


Miscellaneous

"Dictionary of the Oldest Written Language–It Took 90 Years to Complete, and It’s Now Free Online". [Open Culture]

"A 68 Hour Playlist of Shakespeare’s Plays Being Performed by Great Actors: Gielgud, McKellen & More". [Open Culture, 2015]

"Street Artist Paints Fantastic Fake Shadows Under Objects Perplexing Sidewalk Pedestrians Walking By".

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