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Mar. 30th, 2015 10:05 pm
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Some of the new releases for the week that I found interesting (plus a trio of Samhain romances at Hot Romance on the Knob!):

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel ($10.99 Kindle), by Katherine Center [St. Martin’s Griffin / Macmillan ]

Book Description
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.

Bedside Manners: The Breakup Doctor #2 ($2.99 Kindle), by Phoebe Fox [Henery Press]; the first novel in the series, The Breakup Doctor, is on sale for $0.99!

Book Description
Brook Ogden has never encountered a broken heart she couldn’t patch together…

Her counseling practice as the Breakup Doctor—on call to help you shape up after a breakup—is so busy she’s expanded to offer group sessions. (Turns out there are far more than fifty ways to leave your lover.) Her radio show and advice column have made her a local celebrity, and even her personal life, after some gruesome breakups of her own, is in recovery: Ben Garrett started out as a revenge date against an ex, but has turned into so much more.

But when sizzling-hot Chip Santana, an old client she once shared a rather unprofessional midnight roll in the sand with, comes back into her life asking for her help, Brook can’t say no. Yet while she’s busy stitching up his relationship troubles, Chip reveals much more than a therapeutic interest in her.

In the standoff between her heart and her hormones, Brook’s cool, collected Wise Therapist persona begins to crack like thrown wedding china. She’s yelling at recalcitrant cheating husbands. Offering crazy advice to radio callers. She’s even hugging her clients.

When the situation goes critical, Brook’s forced into a decision she isn’t ready to make—and the Breakup Doctor has to decide what kind of casualties she’s willing to accept.

Repeat ($3.99 Kindle), Neal Pollack [Lake Union Publishing]

Book Description
Through strange metaphysical circumstances, failed screenwriter Brad Cohen finds himself caught in an infinite time loop, forced to relive the first forty years of his life again and again. Each “repeat,” Brad wakes up in the womb on what was supposed to be his fortieth birthday, with full knowledge of what’s come before. In various timelines, he becomes a successful political pundit, a game-show champion, a playboy, and a master manipulator of the stock market, but none of them seem to lead him out of his predicament. As he realizes he wants to break out of the loop and find the love of his life—the one he hadn’t appreciated the first time around—Brad tries, fails, and tries again to escape the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth. Repeat answers the question: If you could live half your life over, would you do things differently? Be careful what you wish for! Repeating is enough to drive a dude crazy.

Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam ($8.69 Kindle), by Eric Poole [Osprey Publishing]

Book Description
On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, married only 30 days before shipping out and on active duty for just 6 months, died as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. When an enemy grenade landed near a wounded comrade, Sabo used his body to shield the soldier from the blast. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Sabo’s life. This attack by North Vietnamese troops killed eight of Sabo’s fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the “Mother’s Day Ambush.” Sabo’s commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, but the request was somehow lost. A campaign to correct the oversight began in 1999, ultimately leading to legislation that eliminated the three-year time limit on awarding this medal.

Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism during the Vietnam War saved the lives of his fellow soldiers; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor on May 16, 2012.

Using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, journalist Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne forged bonds of brotherhood in their battle for survival. Company of Heroes offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Scotch ($6.36 Kindle), by Ted Bruning [Shire]

Book Description
Scotland today has more than 100 distilleries ranging from vast factories to artisanal workshops, and more than half of them welcome tourists.Scotch whisky is the world’s favourite spirit, with established European and North American sales being swelled by fast-growing markets in China, India, and Brazil. Once again new distilleries are being built in Scotland, and older ones that had been “mothballed” are being brought out of retirement.

Scotch outlines the history, heritage, and romance of the industry including the two-century conflict between illicit moonlighters and the Excisemen; the extraordinary boom in whisky production when phylloxera devastated the vineyards of France and created a shortage of Cognac; the challenges presented by two world wars, depression, and prohibition; and Scotch’s resurgence after facing down world-wide competition from white spirits.The heritage, the craft-based production method, and the picturesque locations of many distilleries are a huge part of scotch whisky’s appeal.

It also explains the production of grain whisky and the blending processes that give us our best-known brands, instructs in how to get the best out of expensive single malts, and guides readers as to sourcing unusual malts and visiting distilleries.It explains the raw materials – malted barley and water transformed by the degree of peatiness both in the maltings and the water – and the distillation and maturing processes, going into the sometimes minute variations in ingredients and equipment that give each malt whisky its unique character.

Betrayed by Your Kiss ($3.99 Kindle), by Laura Landon, and The Salvation of Vengeance ($3.99 Kindle), by Nancy Haviland, from Montlake Romance

Betrayed by Your Kiss

It should have been the happiest night of her life…

Lady Olivia Sheridan knows one thing: she has loved Lord Damien forever. But when her beloved is accused of fathering another woman’s child, Olivia’s world is shattered in ways she never thought possible. Especially when Damien’s accuser sets a huge price on his head, and Olivia discovers Damien’s death will be the only outcome…unless she does the one thing he will never forgive her for doing.

When Olivia’s plan to save him goes disastrously, dangerously awry, Damien doesn’t think he’ll ever see the light of day again and, with bitterness, he realizes that the woman he loves is capable of the ultimate betrayal.

Now, four years later, Damien has returned. His eye is on one thing: seeking revenge for what Olivia did to him. Only his heart may get in the way…

Because hell hath no fury…like a man betrayed.

The Salvation of Vengeance: Wanted Men #2

Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger.

With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever.

In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob and loyalty to one’s heart.

Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest ($14.99 Kindle), by Cyrus Copeland [Blue Rider Press / Penguin]

Book Description
A spy story, a mystery, a father-son heartbreaker: Cyrus Copeland seeks the truth about his father, an American executive arrested in Iran for spying at the time of the 1979 hostage crisis, then put on trial for his life in a Revolutionary Court.

As a young boy living in Tehran in 1979, Cyrus Copeland—child of an American father and Iranian mother—never dreamed that his dad, an employee of Westinghouse, would be in danger for his life. That is, until the moment his father was arrested on espionage charges and put on trial in a Revolutionary Court. Almost simultaneously, more than fifty other Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy by Islamist militants, an event that has recently captivated the world again with the success of the book and film Argo. With the hostage crisis receiving most of the attention from the media and White House, it was largely left to Copeland’s mother and family to negotiate his father’s reprieve from the firing squad. Now, more than thirty years later, Copeland sets out to find the truth about his father and his role in the Iranian hostage crisis. Was he in fact an intelligence operative—a weapons-system expert—caught red-handed by the Iranian regime, or was he innocent all along? Part mystery, part reportage, and part detective work, Copeland’s brilliantly original family epic is a powerful memoir and adventure.

You’d never know it from the snow we had over the weekend, but it’s nearly time for these two new books from Storey Publishing: How to Make Ice Cream: 51 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Flavors ($4.79 Kindle) and Making Vegan Frozen Treats: 50 Recipes for Nondairy Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Other Delicious Desserts ($4.61 Kindle) by Nicole Weston.

How to Make Ice Cream: 51 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Flavors

Making ice cream at home is fun and easy! Nicole Weston shows you exactly how to achieve delectable results with these 50 exciting recipes ranging from classic vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry to innovative creations like blackberry cobbler, toasted coconut, lemon curd, brown sugar and cinnamon, fresh ginger, salted caramel, maple bacon, matcha, chocolate hazelnut, and goat cheese and honey. She even includes flavors especially for the holidays — gingerbread cookie, pumpkin pie, eggnog, peppermint mocha, and more.

Making Vegan Frozen Treats: 50 Recipes for Nondairy Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Other Delicious Desserts

With these 50 irresistible recipes, it’s easy to make delicious vegan “ice creams” with soy, almond, or coconut milk or to create refreshing sorbets, granitas, and frozen pops! This Storey Basics® book offers ice creams ranging from the classics (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, strawberry) to innovative flavors like chai tea, mocha almond fudge, peanut butter and banana, horchata, and coconut-raspberry-lime. The sorbets include peach melba, tangerine and olive oil, and spiced cranberry, and you’ll love the fresh and interesting granitas, such as honeydew and mint, Meyer lemon, and pear and cinnamon. You’ll also find 12 recipes for frozen pops (including blueberry-balsamic pops, mojito pops, and lots of pudding pops), cookies for making ice cream sandwiches, and sauces and toppings for sundaes — all completely vegan and completely delicious.

About the Author
Nicole Weston, a Los Angeles-based pastry chef, food writer, and recipe developer, is the author of How to Make Frozen Yogurt and How to Make Ice Cream. Her blog, Baking Bites, was named one of the 50 best food blogs in the world by the London Times and has been featured in other newspapers and publications, including the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, the Vancouver Sun, and People Magazine Country Edition.

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do about It ($14.49 Kindle), by Harriet Brown [Da Capo Lifelong Books]

Book Description
Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, “fat” has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, “I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. But I never called you fat.” How did we get to this place where the worst insult you can hurl at someone is “fat”? Where women and girls (and increasingly men and boys) will diet, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all in the name of being thin?

As a science journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an objective perspective; as a mother, wife, and woman with “weight issues,” she has struggled to understand it on a personal level. Now, in Body of Truth, Brown systematically unpacks what’s been offered as “truth” about weight and health.

Starting with the four biggest lies, Brown shows how research has been manipulated; how the medical profession is complicit in keeping us in the dark; how big pharma and big, empty promises equal big, big dollars; how much of what we know (or think we know) about health and weight is wrong. And how all of those affect all of us every day, whether we know it or not.

The quest for health and wellness has never been more urgent, yet most of us continue to buy into fad diets and unattainable body ideals, unaware of the damage we’re doing to ourselves. Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty, but also offers concrete suggestions for how each of us can sort through the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves.

About the Author
Harriet Brown is the author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, which has been translated into several languages and won a Books for a Better Life Award in 2011. She has edited two anthologies and has written for the New York Times Magazine and Tuesday science section, O Magazine, Psychology Today, Prevention, and many other publications. Brown is an associate professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

A trio of new releases from Schiffer Publishing that are available in paper only from Amazon, so far:

Aroma Kitchen: Cooking with Essential Oils by Sabine Hönig and Ursula Kutschera

The human tongue and palate know only five tastes; our nose complements this rather limited sense. Much of what we think we taste is actually derived from our sense of smell! Because the nose and mouth are connected, taste and smell work hand-in-hand to complete our eating experiences; incorporating scent, in the form of essential oils, is a logical way to optimize our meals without adding additional chemicals and fillers to our food. The recipes in this book focus on using fresh, local (if possible) ingredients and scented essential oils to nourish your loved ones in a healthy and varied way. Included are the basics of essential oils, including recipes for creating your own spiced oils, vinegars, butters, salts, syrups, honey, and sugars. Easy-to-follow recipes for warm and cold appetizers, soups, main and side dishes, desserts, and drinks and cocktails will have you cooking with essential oils in no time! A tips and tricks section helps to eliminate any guesswork on the part of the home cook, and the authors include menu examples by occasion. Eliane Zimmermann, leading lecturer for aromatherapy practice and graduate of the renowned Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy, provides the introduction.

Dare to Bake!: Cupcake Recipes to Awaken Your Sweet Tooth by Ady Abreu

Learn to bake new and creative cupcakes using everything from the standard vanilla and chocolate to fruits and vegetables. These proven cupcake recipes can be easily recreated at home and also provide a fresh twist to some classics. There are the Tamarind and Guava cupcakes or the Hibiscus flower and Passion Fruit cupcakes that include exotic but easy-to-find fruits. There s also a selection of all-time favorites: peanut butter apple, fruity cereal, and pumpkin spice latte. The versatility of vegetables can be found in sweet and savory cupcake flavors such as spinach, corn, and pepper. With step-by-step baking instructions for the cupcake, filling, and icing, you ll soon be creating gourmet and delicious cupcakes that are sure to impress family and friends. This book is perfect for the avid bakers who want to look beyond the typical cupcake recipe.

Serbian Cooking: Popular Recipes from the Balkan Region by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden

Fifty-three recipes make up this Eastern European cookbook. Inside, find all types of traditional Serbian fare, including potato salad, lentil soup, and an assortment of pita dishes, as well as sauces and a multitude of delectable desserts, such as crème puffs, baklava, and crepes. Most Serbian cooking traditions are intertwined with the cultures of its neighboring countries. So, don t be surprised if some of these dishes seem similar to some of your own family s traditional recipes. Also, be prepared for some differences. In Serbia, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, while dinner happens to be the lightest, typically focusing on merely cold cuts and bread. Throw in an afternoon snack of a baked pastry and coffee and consider yourself a convert! Many of the recipes are vegetarian, but feel free to add your choice of meat to any dish.

Eggs for Breakfast: Delicious, Healthy Recipes to Jump-Start Your Day: A Chef’s Guide to Cooking Eggs with Over 50 Easy-To-Follow Recipes ($3.99 Kindle), by Donna Leahy [Food Arts Fusion]

Book Description
Eggs for Breakfast is the definitive guide to cooking eggs with delicious, easy-to-make egg recipes and fool-proof techniques for the morning meal. Chef and cookbook author Donna Leahy shares her secrets for making perfect eggs every time with easy-to follow recipes for making eggs the star of your breakfast table. Eggs for Breakfast will give you techniques for mastering the art of cooking eggs and step-by-step, mouth-watering recipes that will become your trusted favorites for A.M. entertaining.

These may be price matched at B&N,, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.

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Title: Cultural Disconnect in the Highlands
Author: [ profile] mercredigirl/[personal profile] mercredigirl
Reader: [ profile] blackglass
Rating: G
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: Cho Chang/Cedric Diggory
Summary: When she was young, her maamaa used call her siu chau like a particularly amusing pun.
Length: 1:17
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3. Also available at AO3 are bonus materials in the form of:

1) Podficcer's notes re: translation choices
2) A phone conversation with my parents wherein we discuss how to pronounce the words in this story in Cantonese and Mandarin, what the words mean, translation difficulties and differences between Cantonese/Mandarin, as well as some cultural context for some of the terms in this story. (You can also listen to me evade the question of why I want to know these words and where I found this story like a NINJA :P).

(1 + 10) x 1= 11

Cross-posted to [community profile] podfic_bingo

Contagion, contagion

Mar. 30th, 2015 05:04 pm
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So, now that I have recovered from my cold (except for some residual clearing-out of phlegm and other mucus), the boy toy has come down with the virus. So he's lounging around today and I cooked him pancakes and sausage for brunch (instead of him cooking for me).

Somebody please tell the natural world out there that it's supposed to be spring?!
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Published: 2013 by Momentum
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Series: Aurora #1
Genres: Science fiction
Source: From the publisher via NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015
Available: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Google Play ~ Kobo ~ Print

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora‘s new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.

When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off. But somebody is home.

What’s the first thing I do after signing up for a fantasy reading challenge? Why, dive into some science fiction, of course! What makes this weirder is that I’m not a huge sci-fi reader. However, Amanda and I travel in some of the same circles, so when there was an opportunity to check out the first of her series on NetGalley I decided to give it a go.

I’m glad I did.  If you’re the sort of person who wants to know how gravity is generated on board the Aurora or why the spaceship is so big in comparison to current technology, this is not going to be the book for you. This is soft sci-fi, preferring to concentrate on the relationships between characters rather than scientific details. It particularly touches on what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated sphere.

Carrie is a relatively likeable character, being hard-working and passionate. She also has her flaws, one of which is a huge chip on her shoulder. Of the three female recruits to the Aurora, she is the one that deals most poorly with the harassment she receives at the hands of the other crew members. This may be because she is the only female recruit who specialises in combat–being a sharp-shooter–and she strives to prove she is just as good as her male counterparts at everything, even when her petite build makes that physically impossible. She verges on annoyingly foolish sometimes with the way she argues with her superior officers, but she gained back some respect from me by being quick to admit her mistakes.

There is a diverse mix of races and nationalities among the other crew members but I found the characterisation to be a bit shallow. Class differences came a little more into play, but the focus was very much on binary gender differences in a heterosexual context. This focus was somewhat integral to the plot but I hope to see more genuine diversity later in the series.

The beginning was a little rough and verged on info-dumping in places, especially when it came to setting the scene of Fort Centralis. There was also some awkwardness with abbreviations and acronyms that were mentioned once and then never come up again in the novel. However, once it got started, it was well-paced and I devoured it in no time. Some may feel the wrap-up was a bit drawn out, but I felt it held the tension well and played to that focus on character relationships, though there were elements I didn’t agree with.

Safe to say I’m hooked. I’ve already snagged the next two in the series and am looking forward to diving in.


Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

I remember…

Mar. 30th, 2015 01:44 pm
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I remember crashing the Pinto and you telling me that you'd crashed your dad's car too. And that he was so mad he tried to take a swing at you from 20 feet away.

This is someone else's story, but this one I particularly want remember because it's part of a small number of pieces of information that tell me my dad suffered much worse physical abuse than I did. And I like the idea that he tried to reduce the harm he passed on to me. I know I've done the same.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 02:42 pm
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Today I will definitely deal with a week's backlog of email.



(Sorry, everyone.)

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Mar. 30th, 2015 01:46 pm
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Русский язык )

I keep hoping that having come off the week from hell with a new shiny living room layout and soon-to-disappear mounds of furniture that I don't want, I will maybe feel better.

Then I keep eyeing the flat affect and going, right, we're doing this again/still. I mean, at least I'm getting yay-done brain points when I do things. It helps that it's all screamingly tangible. Aaaand yet it's just not lasting past the initial burst of yes, that is a thing that I accomplished. I can't say that's a huge surprise, either, it's just mentally exhausting, to go along with needing to figure out the spring + mental health combo of sleep schedule that'll work best for me.

Aaaanyway. I think I have one more pattern repeat on this scarf, and then I can bind off, clamber around for the mohair, and alternate that with the silk/cotton skein. Both of which I suspect will feel better on my hands than the Lanaloft. I swear it's more humid than it has been in weeks, I'm hydrating fine, and nevertheless my skin is Unhappy in a multitude of ways.

Also I found out that, in keeping with all my recollections, there is no nail polish that will stand up to violin. I mean maybe if I'd bothered with a topcoat, but as a rule ahahahahahno.
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I wrote the bulk of the poems during last July's Camp "Session."

But I've been faffing about with the prose "Notes & Comments" part. I feel the need to back up each poem with prose explanations so that what I'm saying is not dismissed as "mere poetic license" (you know?).

So, this morning, I decided to sign up to the Camp's April session for that part, with a word count goal of 10,000 (same as last time).

Making an official commitment, now.

UNIT Group Hug by gnasler (SFW)

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:44 pm
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Third Doctor, Jo Grant, the Brigadier, and Benton
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] gnasler

Why this piece is awesome: This cute and fluffy work feels like the perfect way to end my month of Classic Who recs. I love the way this artist can make a few lines express so much. In this work I'm particularly fond of the Brigadier's perplexed look.

Link: UNIT Group Hug

A flagrant violation.

Mar. 30th, 2015 03:31 pm
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Summarizing four months of validation data requires caffeination. I don't care what the safety manual says.

Jay in the cherry tree

Mar. 30th, 2015 08:50 pm
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[Click to embiggen]

Our tree is begrudgingly conceding that it might be spring in the northern hemisphere, and the jay is gently corroborating with particularly plush plumage.

One page from The Walking Dead #139

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:13 pm
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I was waiting for cyberghostface to post something from this issue, but I could not wait anymore.

One page after the cut

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daily gratitudes

Mar. 30th, 2015 10:47 am
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  1. if I have to sleep badly, at least I can get up early and have a leisurely breakfast and commute
  2. TEA. Tea, Assam, hot and milky and sweet
  3. starting to clean out my desk meaning I have nine working days counting today in this job
  4. ranting about books with [personal profile] ungemmed
  5. I'm a lot more confident doing debugging and troubleshooting than I used to be

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Mar. 30th, 2015 01:30 pm
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The wastebasket next to me has started to smell, probably the result of me putting banana skins in there every morning since Friday. I prefer to put such things in the kitchen garbage, but that's too far for me right now. It's also too far me to empty this wastebasket. I'll have to wait and have Cordelia do it when she gets home in an hour and a half. Of course, it's possible that what I'm smelling isn't the wastebasket but is actually the kitchen trash. I hope not because we can't do anything about that until Scott gets home, whenever that may be.

Hopefully, Scott won't have to work late. We need to cook chicken tonight, and I don't think I can get Cordelia to do that. First, she's freaked out about the idea of touching raw meat. Second, she dislikes chicken passionately and isn't likely to want to participate in making it dinner for the next several nights.
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Kindle Daily Deals 03/30/15

Mar. 30th, 2015 04:26 pm
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Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get up to 52% Off select SentrySafe Safes.

For the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 40% Off select Puzzles & Crafts from T.S. Shure

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is two Caprice De Luca Mysteries by Karen Rose Smith for $1.99 or less each [Kensington].

Staged to Death

Welcome to Kismet, PA, where home stager Caprice De Luca helps her clients shine in a lackluster real estate market–and where someone may only be in the market for murder. . .
Caprice De Luca has successfully parlayed her skills as an interior designer into a thriving home staging business. So when her old high school friend Roz Winslow asks her to spruce up her mess of a mansion to perk up a slow buyer’s market, Caprice is more than happy to share her skills. But when Roz’s husband Ted is found skewered by one of his sword room’s prized possessions, it appears the Winslows may have a few skeletons in their palatial closets. With the stage set for murder, Caprice will discover she can track down an antique tapestry and a cold-blooded killer with equal aplomb–as long as she’s not the next victim….

Deadly Décor

Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors–and it seems someone has designs on murder. . .Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She’s dating, she’s rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she’s decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet’s most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she’s worried about her pregnant sister. Bella’s marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she’s decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he’s found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it’s time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella’s husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit….

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Free ComicBook – Boys Over Flowers

Mar. 30th, 2015 04:02 pm
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The first four chapters (issues) of Boys Over Flowers: Season 2 are free from Comixology today.

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Eitoku Academy has a legacy of being a school for the ultimate elite, the best of the best. And the most rich and powerful students there have formed the Correct 5 clique to maintain the integrity of their school. Unfortunately, new student Oto Edogawa doesn’t have the pedigreed background of her peers and has to work part-time jobs to help make ends meet. Will a chance encounter with Haruto Kaguragi, the leader of the Correct 5, put everything at risk?

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BA Video: Attack of the Waterspout!

Mar. 30th, 2015 04:17 pm
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A couple of weeks ago, a waterspout formed off the coast of a tropical beach in Brazil. The panic it evoked was merited … kinda sorta. Here’s why:

I’ve seen dust devils in person many times (driving from California to Colorado years back, we saw a half dozen, one that was so big we were kilometers away when we first spotted it), and pictures of them on Mars(!). But I’ve never seen a tornado in the wild myself, or a waterspout … or an ash devil, or a fire tornado.

Y’know what? I’m not too upset by that. Watching them on video is just fine by me.

Watch more of Slate’s Bad Astronomy videos with Phil Plait.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 12:20 pm
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I'm a little worried. It's a minor thing, but it would be an inconvenience, especially right now. Basically, the sound on my laptop is fading in and out unpredictably. It doesn't vanish altogether, just gets very faint and then comes back and then fades again. I spend a lot of time listening to music while I'm home alone. It makes me feel less alone.

If I can't play music on my laptop, my other option is to use the TV and the DVD player. I've got most of this music on CD. I just can't currently get to my CDs (the walker won't fit into the study what with all the junk in there, and music isn't important enough for me to do without the walker).

I don't think the sound going on my laptop would be important enough to pay to get it repaired, especially not given how long I'd be likely to be without a computer (and thus internet access and the ability to write easily). I'm not sure how old this laptop is. Three years? Four? Older? We really can't afford to replace it any time soon.

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Three Weeks With Lady X

RECOMMENDED: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James is $1.99! This is the first book in the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series. Elyse reviewed this almost a year ago and awarded it an A:

I really, really didn’t want this book to end. It was worth reading till two a.m., worth being exhausted the next day, worth all the feels it made me have, and it’s going straight to the top of my favorites list.

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…

His fierce and lawless heart.

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Secrets of a Summer Night

RECOMMENDED: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is $2.99! This book has a four-star average and is the first in the Wallflowers quartet, one of the best series Kleypas has written. It focuses on four friends who for various reasons are very low on marriage prospects. The first book features Annabelle, who is trying to save her family by marrying a nobleman, and Simon who is in trade, and is among the most wealthy men in London.

Sarah really liked this book because Annabelle and Simon both have to realize their own prejudices and snobbery (more on Annabelle’s side with that issue), and both deal with social expectations, too.

Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband.So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

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Married to the Viscount

Married to the Viscount by Sabrina Jeffries is $1.99! This is the fifth book in the Swansea Spinsters historical romance series. There also seems to be a marriage of convenience plot in the thick of things. Some readers weren’t too found of the hero (I believe the term “douche” has been bandied about), but other readers mentioned how they enjoyed the couple’s growth together. It has a 3.9-star rating on GoodReads.

Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union.

Far too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his “bride” without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in-name-only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother — who is responsible for everything — and untangle this messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate…and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss.

But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn’t nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought.

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The Wicked Wallflower

The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale is $1.99 at a couple vendors at $2.10 at Google:Play. This is a historical romance that’s part of Rodale’s “Bad Boys & Wallflowers” series. The hero and heroine have a pretend engagement, and you know those always work out the way the characters intend.  Elyse reviewed the book and wound up giving it a C-:

I liked how Blake and Emma finally come together in the end, but getting there was a little rocky. The Wicked Wallflower wasn’t a bad book by any means, but with so many Regencies out there, it failed to stand out from the rest of the pack.


Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement—to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it’s discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she’ll no longer be a wallflower; she’ll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.

A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke’s tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.

London’s Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity—among other things—of London’s most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma’s wanton side and prove there’s nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers…being perfectly scandalous together.

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What If?

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is the Audible daily deal today at $2.95. This unabridged audiobook runs for 6 and a half hours, give or take, and is narrated by Wil Wheaton. Munroe is the creator of It has a 4.1-star average, and reviewers of the audiobook say that it’s great in small doses, too, so it’s a very good choice for scientifically-curious commuters who listen in their cars or on mass transit.

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

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“What Remains” soundtrack

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:35 am
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This is a totally self-indulgent post, especially given the limited audience for any Dublin Murder Squad story, but just in case there’s someone who actually does care about soundtracky stuff for “What Remains” (back in the Turningverse days there were plenty of soundtrack-loving folks, so you never know!), here goes:

This soundtrack started—as everything concerning this story—unintentionally. After a linkspam a little while ago where I linked to a piece about openly gay pop musicians, I started randomly going through my small collection of queer music from the 90s, which reminded me of the existence of the Tom McCormack[*] album “Missing.” At the time, of course, my head was all up in “What Remains,” so I naturally jumped immediately to: waaaaaait a minute, isn’t there a song on there that starts “this is my house, this is my home”? (There was!) And isn’t there a song on there that’s about a bunch of young friends living in a house together and sometimes having sex? (There was! And neither of those two songs was the most fitting one, as it turns out!) So I started with the appropriate songs from that album and then rounded it out with some other stuff, including the two classical piano pieces that actually occur in the story itself. And voilà, I had a soundtrack.

The only one that works on a line-by-line basis is “Don’t Tell” (just imagine some of those lines in Daniel’s mouth, it’s eerie), and some work better for mood than for anything, but I’ve still tried to put them “in order of appearance” for the story. That quite frankly makes for a lot of bizarre transitions, so please do feel free to only download the ones you want, rearrange things, delete the ones you don’t like, whatever. Oh, and I apologise to non-German speakers about the last one, but if you do understand it, you will get why that song just had to be on this soundtrack (it’s a wonderful song even if you don’t understand it, though!).

1. “Home,” Tom McCormack


This is my heart / This is my home )

2. “Disappear,” Crooked Fingers


I'm gonna disappear / and take this sorrow far away / so you can live your life )

3. “The Time of Our Times,” Tom McCormack


We came from different worlds to make our own / Somewhat afraid but not scared enough to go running home )

4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major K.279, Movement I (Allegro), W.A. Mozart (performed by Andras Schiff)


5. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭ major, Op. 83 (Allegro Inquieto), Sergei Prokofiev


6. “Laying Down to Perish,” Alan Doyle


I’m laying down to perish / and God knows where I’ll go )

7. “Don’t Tell,” Tom McCormack


Sometimes saying too much / means things you love may get broken )

8. “In Secret,” Tom McCormack


Why be afraid to love you as if it's a crime / I want to get carried away in the light of day / if it takes a lifetime )

9. “Carrion Doves,” Crooked Fingers


You're guilty now / but in your heart / there soon could be a change )

10. “Still,” Jupiter Jones


So laut und so verloren war es hier / als Stille bei uns wohnte anstatt dir )

[*] Tom McCormack especially is guy-with-a-piano singer-songwriter stuff, so if that is not your thing, you will want to steer clear ([personal profile] zombieallomorph, that means you!).
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What Remains

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:31 am
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"What Remains" by Jae Gecko

Source text/fandom: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (specifically The Likeness)
Rating: Mature.
Genres: Slash (Justin/OMC, Justin/Rafe). Gen. Het. In that order.
Summary: What’s left for Justin ten years on from when Lexie died, with flashbacks.
Size: 40449 words
Acknowledgements: To [ profile] tangleofthorns, [personal profile] soupytwist, and [personal profile] tehomet for various combinations of beta and “picking,” and to the first of those two and [personal profile] tellitslant for batting things around with me in the planning stages.

I wrote this story as a Yuletide New Year’s Resolution gift for [ profile] ninety6tears. Back when people first started posting their 2014 yuletide letters last fall, I read hers and became convinced that the Yuletide Gods would assign me to write for her--and though it didn’t happen that way, bits of it kept bouncing around in my head anyway. So while it is entirely possible that this story might have ended up being written even without the influence of her unfilled Dublin Murder Squad prompt, it definitely would have been a different story in several respects without it.

When I posted my 2014 yuletide story "Mother, I Climbed," I explained that there were two rather separate mysteries in The Likeness (who the victim was, and who killed her), and I also mentioned that that story spoiled one of those mysteries but left the other alone. Well, this story spoils the one the other story didn’t while leaving the first one alone (I am apparently an equal-opportunity spoiler-er). So please keep that in mind if you decide to read it without knowing the novel.

how it came about (spoilery for both the novel and the story) )

And last but not least, there’s kind of a ridiculous amount of stuff that I came up with about these characters’ lives that didn’t end up making it into this story in the end, so if you find yourself curious about anything I left dangling after you finish reading it, I do always love being asked those kinds of questions!

Kobo Daily Deal – Don’t Go

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:48 pm
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Don’t Go ($2.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Lisa Scottoline [St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle and recently a Nook Daily Find. If you already have this one, check out several of her other novels, on sale for $1.99-$2.99.

Book Description
Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline has thrilled millions with her emotionally-charged novels that feature strong women exploring the boundaries of family, justice, and love. In Don’t Go, she breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left – his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him – his family. Gripping, thrilling, and profoundly emotional, Don’t Go is Lisa Scottoline at her finest.


Audible Daily Deal – What If?

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:31 pm
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Today’s Audible Daily Deal is What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ($6.99 Kindle, $24.47 $2.95 Audible), by Randall Munroe, narrated by Wil Wheaton [Blackstone Audio]. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014, I bought this to listen to, the last time it was on sale, and thought it was mostly pretty good.

Book Description
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd comes this hilarious and informative book of answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required listening for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.

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Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection ($2.99 Kindle, B&N; $3.99 companion audiobook), by Chris Lane [Chronicle Books]

Taking the form of a biologist’s illustrated journal found in the aftermath of the attack, this pulse-pounding, suspenseful tale of zombie apocalypse follows the narrator as he flees from city to countryside and heads north to Canada, where he hopes the undead will be slowed by the colder climate. Encountering scattered humans and scores of the infected along the way, he fills his notebook with graphic drawings of the zombies and careful observations of their behavior, along with terrifying tales of survival. This frightening new contribution to the massively popular zombie resurgence will keep fans on the edge of their seats right up to the very end.

Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead ($1.99 Kindle, B&N), by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon [Chronicle Books]

Imagine being trapped aboard the doomed Titanic on an icy Atlantic. . . with the walking dead. This fast-paced thriller reimagines the historical events of the fateful Titanic voyage through the lens of zombie mayhem. Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle desperately try to contain a weaponized zombie virus smuggled on board with the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York. Faced with an exploding population of lumbering, flesh-hungry undead, Smith’s team is forced into bloody hand-to-hand combat down the narrow halls of the huge steamer. In its few short days at sea, the majestic Titanic turns into a Victorian bloodbath, steaming at top speed toward a cold, blue iceberg. A creepy, tense page-turner, Deck Z will thrill zombie fans and Titanic buffs alike.

Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Lost Zombies [Chronicle Books]

Post Secret meets World War Z in this chilling vision of the fallout following a global zombie pandemic. A gradual mutation of a virulent strain of super flu gives rise to millions of the undead, who quickly overwhelm treatment facilities and swarm cities around the world, leaving survivors on their own against a legion of the infected. This chilling story is told through the scraps of paper, scrawled signs, and cryptic markers left by survivors as they struggle to stay alive and find those they ve lost in a world overrun by zombies. Through these found notes and messages letters to loved ones, journal fragments, confessions, and warnings readers can uncover the story of what went wrong, and come to know the individual voices of those affected by the zombie crisis.

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God Is Dead #30

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:10 pm
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"Well, first off I want them to have a lot of fun reading a book about Gods scheming and betraying and beating each other to death. Those are simple pleasures, and I don’t want it ever to be said that I’m not a man of simple pleasures." - Mike Costa

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i adulted ALL THE THINGS

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:30 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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Mar. 30th, 2015 10:53 am
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I took a bath yesterday evening. Getting into the tub was relatively easy. I didn't manage it entirely without putting weight on my right foot, but I came as close as I could. Getting out again was much more difficult. I couldn't do it on my own. After the water had drained, Scott had to get into the tub with me and lift while I used my good foot and both arms to push up. I think this means that washing my hair again will have to wait until next weekend. I'll do a washcloth bath Wednesday or Thursday just so that I can stand myself. My hair was awfully tangled when I got up this morning-- It took me three times as long as normal to brush out the knots, and I'm not sure I got all of them. I think it's largely due to washing it in a bath as opposed to in a shower.

Scott and Cordelia went to the library around 2:00. Scott has put the barcodes from our library cards on his cell phone, so he didn't even have to carry my card or Cordelia's card. I had a few CDs waiting and two books, one an interlibrary loan book. I was afraid Scott would forget the interlibrary loan book because it requires going up to the front desk to get it, but he remembered.

I'm having a hard time leaving the chores to Scott. The dishwasher has been full of clean dishes for three days now, and the sink is piled high with dirty dishes. Scott only brought half of the clean laundry upstairs. That's enough for me to find clothes for today, but it bothers me. Also, I want very badly to put away my laundry, but I can't. I'm not sure I can ask Scott to do that because I'm very particular about how my stuff should be. I also want very much to change the sheets on our bed, but the clean sheets are in the basement, and I couldn't do it anyway. I hesitate to ask it of Scott (he doesn't care if the sheets get changed) as it's usually a two person job.

I was better about staying off my bad foot over the weekend because there was pretty much always someone around to fetch me water or food or my meds. All that I had to do was go back and forth to the bathroom. I'm thinking seriously about getting up with Cordelia so that she can make me coffee and carry my breakfast banana into the living room for me. I don't much want to, and I know she'd be annoyed by it, but it might be the best course of action.

I am a little concerned that I'm putting weight on my bad foot while I'm just sitting around. I'm not sure how to avoid doing that, however. The weight of my leg just naturally rests on my foot.

I did a good bit of writing yesterday, maybe as much as three pages. I've added a complication that I'm not sure I'll keep. It may be one thing too many, and I'm not completely sure the characters would go there. It's potentially interesting, but... I'm not sure.

Scott finished writing up a general overview (without mechanics) of magic for the FATE game. I haven't read it yet, I must confess. I really should since my character uses magic. I also need to spend some time figuring out my character's skills. Everybody else had that done more than two weeks ago, and the group will meet again this Wednesday. I'm just not very motivated to do book work. Plus, all the stuff I need is in a part of the dining room that I can't access while using the walker.

Cordelia's teacher just got back to me-- It's okay for her to attend the Expo on her own if Scott's not ready when it starts. They are willing to let me use the elevator, but Cordelia thinks me going would be a bad idea since it will be nothing but walking around, looking at things. I'm just glad she doesn't mind. I'm not sure exactly how they'll be able to display the projects on tables. If I'm recalling correctly, Cordelia told me the project was to make PSAs about earthquake safety.
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I'd gotten used to my children bringing home friends by the time Jin was in high school. Junie was a little socialite, even in kindergarten, but Jin - Jin was a one-child rescue wagon. He brought home stray dogs, stray erbiss, lost pixies - his entire 7th grade year had been devoted to creating an elaborate dollhouse for a family of Tinies...

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Mar. 30th, 2015 10:46 am
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"Fire in the Head", first on Sharon Knight's Neofolk Romantique album, is a ridiculously awesome song about a piece of Welsh folklore: Cadair Idris and its role as a source of poetic or artistic inspiration. "Some wake mad, and some wake dead, and some will rise with a fire in the head..."

Sharon Knight's Portals Indiegogo campaign has sixteen hours to go. Check it out!

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Mar. 30th, 2015 09:55 am
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Some links for today:

Obama battles 'superbugs' with national plan

I mean, it's about damn time. I've been saying this for years. Patients need more education so they're not in the doctor's office demanding antibiotics for the cold or the flu--both caused by viruses, which CANNOT BE CURED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. Like seriously, people, learn this simple fact, god. Farms need to massively cut down on preventative antibiotic use in livestock. Here's a better idea: Don't raise them in filthy, cramped conditions that make them prone to getting and spreading infections in the first place. Then you wouldn't need a shit ton of antibiotics just to keep them healthy.

The farm measures, from what I've read about this, aren't nearly strong enough. But it's a start. I like that the plan is to put more money into researching new antibiotics, too, because no one's really doing that, at least no one with money (basically, no one outside of academia). The drug companies dropped most of their antibiotic research programs years ago with the excuse that there was no profit in it.

And this is a few days old, but The X-Files is coming back! I'm so excited for this. Don't even care how bad it might be.

Novel Completion Queries, Day Fifteen

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:00 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Is the novel finished: PROBABLY NOT (I might have finished it on the plane, but that seems unlikely to me, and as I’m writing this ahead of time because I am likely still on the plane, I don’t know for sure)

Today’s question: Your favorite stuffed animal from your childhood (or heck, if it’s one from your adulthood, name it too, I don’t judge).

ppbMy answer: A pot belly bear (representative picture to the right), which was a faddishly popular stuffed animal in the late 70s and early 80s. Mine was named (because I was that kid) Lt. General Potter Patton Chocolate Chip Cookie. No, I don’t remember why. It just seemed to be the thing at the time. I got it in elementary school. I really liked that stuffed bear, enough so that when I went to boarding high school, I took it with me, which was not actually an advisible thing to do. I remember the poor being kidnapped a couple of times and at least once being threatened (jokingly, to be clear) with a swirly. When I left for college I gifted the bear to a girl friend of mine. I wonder if she still has it.

Your favorite?

Flim: Home II (Worlds Collide)

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:58 pm
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Reasons for watching it I'd seen trailers for it and thought I would probably enjoy it as the excerpts seemed funny and cute and well animated. Though I also thought it might be too annoying, not cos it's pitched at children but because it relies too heavily on cringe humour. And there was some amount of buzz on Twitter about a DreamWorks film with a POC as a protagonist and with Rihanna voicing the lead, which was another thing that encouraged me to see the film.

Circumstances of watching it We let the six-year-old pick the film this time :-) I had been ill all week and was just out of quarantine in time to come to the film as originally planned; I'd have been really disappointed to miss it. So I went back to the Light cinema yesterday afternoon with [personal profile] jack and [personal profile] cjwatson and [ profile] ghoti and their younger two, and we watched the film and then went to the Indian buffet in the cineplex and it was generally a really nice way to celebrate being better.

Verdict Home II (Worlds Collide) is amazingly sweet and original and a whole lot more fun than I was expecting.

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