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Faust 1972 )

I am sure something happened on Wednesday but all I can remember is doing chores and enjoying the weather. I avoided the news because it was all environmental disasters, election nightmares, secret service farces, and ebola; I tried to stick to Stephenie Meyer supporting women in film and Hugh Jackman grabbing his balls for testicular cancer, though then I couldn't avoid celebrity weddings and babies. I may have had a glass of wine with dinner but that was because I needed the bottle empty for a craft project.

TV this evening included David Tennant narrating Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, which was unexpectedly stressful because baby penguins under threat; Legends, which has an awesome cast (I knew I'd love Sean Bean but am really enjoying Ali Larter and the rest), though also stressful; and Nashville, which had one gorgeous song by Scarlett and Gunnar and lots of soapiness that is filling the void the Dallas hiatus has left in my life. The Chesapeake beach at Flag Ponds on the last day of summer:

Solomons Island )

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Oct. 1st, 2014 11:39 pm
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Feeling like warmed-over crap, and reasonably certain that it would not have made a difference if I had not gone to the committee meeting, during which it was pretty clear that nobody was interested in what I had to suggest. And for which I drove 45 minutes through rush hour.

Art: digital study

Oct. 1st, 2014 08:03 pm
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I can't remember who was in the reference photo; an old time movie star (maybe Gary Cooper?). But I didn't concentrate on catching any resemblance so much as that gorgeous black and white lighting.

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NOT Friday. Thursday!

Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:50 pm
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Stiff as a board today, and very sore. I won't be going anywhere.

Today's homecare has been cancelled due to a staff shortage. Normally I wouldn't mind, but I cancelled my last two homecare sessions because of the trip to Bendigo Art Gallery which never happened, so the house is a bit manky. I'm on the waiting list.

My cat is both hungry and cuddly today, which is utterly delightful.

I've made a bunch of phone calls and reorganised many things in order to make the next few weeks a bit more manageable, yay.

The other day, Eldest Brother bought in a mirror from the shed that I've not used for years, as I'd realised it would fit quite nicely in the passageway to the bathroom. It does, but it's a bit challenging because it means I see myself in passing quite a bit and am surprised every time I do so, as I walk funny and very slowly these days. It's not how I see myself.


Oct. 1st, 2014 08:29 pm
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Chapter XVI: 

The ruined city lies desolate;  the entrance to every house is barred.-Isaiah 24:10

The Nameless City, Yemen:



The city of Beiping, Empire of the Great Ming:

The locals of the city were disturbed at the spectral-seeming entity with hair of straw that strode among them clad in garments of a sheen of blood that glistened in the sunlight, blue eyes casting a balefire glow. Her voice echoed with a thunderous clamor, an echo that hinted of dark power beyond the gates of the world, past the wall of sleep erected around mankind to ensure that no Gods struck with overpowering force and thus none expanded their power in a given dimension from beyond the others:

I am come to light a fire on the Earth, and now it is already kindled among you. The Judgment of the skies above I bring with me, the fires of the everlasting Light from on high I have called to me. Come here you nations to hear and heed you peoples, fire has fallen from Heaven among you, and death rides with me!

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 1st, 2014 10:14 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] fenellaevangela, [personal profile] leanwellback, and [personal profile] trelkez!

Noms review post 2

Oct. 2nd, 2014 01:43 am
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Posted by hhertzof

We’re still sorting through the remaining nominations – the current count is 3676 down, 1196 more to go.

Thanks to everyone who has helped with clarifications so far.

The outstanding questions for the moment (fandoms in bold):

  • Pop Music RPF - from the list of characters (Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Backup Dancers), it looks like Bang Bang (Music Video) RPF might be more accurate?

  • The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani - tags in question are Sophie (The School for Good and Evil) and Filip. From a summary of the book, it seems that Sophie goes undercover in the boys' dorm magically disguised as "Filip". Sophie and Filip have been nominated separately. Are these actually separate characters?

  • Prince of Silk and Thorns - Cherry Dare - there are 4 characters nominated: Alar, Alazne, Garrin (correct spelling: Garin) and a 4th that we can’t find. Can someone confirm that Lierni is a canonical character and/or the correct spelling?

  • Drujienna's Harp - Ellen Kindt McKenzie - we can’t identify the character Elnorade.

  • Something Bad (Miranda Lambert song), characters: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert. The fandom tag is for the song, but the characters are for RPF - which one did you want?

  • Don’t Rest Your Face - the fandom was nominated without a disambiguation or characters, did you mean the tabletop game?

  • The Book of Manson - Raymond Pettibon - the format for this nomination implies that it is a published book. However, we can only find it as a movie - which media category should it go in?

  • Vienna Teng (Musician) - did you mean to nominate a Vienna Teng album? The characters nominated under this fandom are all from her songs, and the (Musician) disambig is for RPF fandoms.

  • The fandom Hellcats has been accidentally rejected. If you have nominated this fandom, please leave a comment with your nominated characters, as we only have a partial list of nominated characters saved for it.

  • Road Not Taken (Video Game) - the characters you nominated have an impressive array of piped variations. Ie, Funeral Singer (Fedor | Ralph | Marvin | Scott | Dave) - can you help us understand why all of those names are there?

  • The Littl' Bits - should this be categorized as "Anime & Manga" or "Cartoons & Comics & Graphic Novels"?

Reminder: if you see fandoms or characters rejected that you thought were eligible, it may be that they have been accepted under a different name. Please wait until the tagset is public to query any problems of this sort.

Comments on this post will be open until around this time tomorrow. It will then be frozen and the next post opened with any remaining (and new) questions.

This has been crossposted to Dreamwidth.

TV Watching

Oct. 1st, 2014 09:22 pm
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I'm not sure how much I'll be posting about them, but I'm still watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time as they air. Sleepy Hollow is still being watched as well, but I tend to watch it later in the week (whenever I have time) rather than making sure not to miss it when it airs.

Doctor Who is still being watched once it becomes available on Saturdays. I have... complicated feelings about this series so far. I'm very much alternating between either loving or hating episodes, without much middle ground, which isn't something that I've really experienced in the past.

I haven't quite made my mind up on Gotham yet. There are some things that I like and there are others that I don't, so we'll see how it goes? Right now, it's in the same boat as Sleepy Hollow. I'm watching it, but I don't feel any particular urge to make sure I watch it as it airs.

... and, uh, I think that's about all I'm watching at the moment. Is there anything that I should add to my to-watch list? I was thinking about giving Constantine a shot when the pilot premieres later this month, but after some of the comments the producer has made I'm reconsidering it.

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Oct. 1st, 2014 09:21 pm
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Gabe is so unimpressed by her complete lack of manners. Read more... )

feeding fruit to cats

Oct. 1st, 2014 06:06 pm
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[ profile] julian_tiger is still at the vet's until at least tomorrow, getting IV fluids and such, but they are encouraging us to visit, have him sit on our laps, and so on. I asked if I could bring him some blueberries and the receptionist said she'd have to check. So I cut a few in half and put them in a ziploc bag, figuring that if he couldn't have them I'd eat them myself later.

When I got there, the receptionist said that yes, he could have blueberries, and sent me into a room to wait. A tech brought Julian in, snuggled against her chest. She said nice things about him: he seems to be charming the entire staff. I offered Julian half a berry, and he happily ate it. And another, at which point she said something like "he really does like them!"

After the tech left, I fed him the rest of the berries, and then we settled in for a long session of head rubbing, scritching, and lap-sitting. He would have stayed on my lap even longer, had I let him, but our visits are an interruption to the treatment, and I want to get him home again as soon as possible. The first time I tried to move him off my lap he had hooked his claws into my pants, so I gave him a few more minutes, because he so rarely argues when we tell him it's time to get down.
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We must have a serious talk about self-esteem, Gin.

The Great Queen Seondeok

Oct. 1st, 2014 07:44 pm
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Dear Caroline,

I made it through the first month of school. That was hard enough. No internet! Not that I had time to worry about it.

Things are weird here. The upperclassmen are just about monsters. The older kids are rough, of course. There's a lot of hazing, and one of the other first-year students got pretty messed up. They call it Hell Night. I understand why.

I think I'll be able to come home for Christmas, but... things are weird. Um. You know how you always joked about us looking more like two girls than boyfriend and girlfriend, or how I could always wear your jeans? Well, things are...

"Nev!" The pounding on the door was augmented by a voice through the intercom. "Nev, come on!"

Nevada slipped out of the chair and headed for the door, the letter left forgotten on the desk.

Well, things are different now.

Then again, they usually were.

Written to [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters' prompt.

On Parsimony and the Beak

Oct. 1st, 2014 05:06 pm
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"What's that you say? One duck, eight people? How much is that never going to work...?"

And yet, it shall; I have decreed it.

Thing is, tonight is no-longer-yogi dinner; and we not only have the regular guests, we have Parents of Regular Guest. So I am a little bit on my mettle, at the same time as being a little bit on my uppers. So: I am making a duck ragu, to be served over rigatoni. Also dinner rolls, from a new recipe, and a chocolate chocolate teacake, ditto ditto*.

Just now everything is in the oven except the duck, which is out of it. It has been roasted to the point of disintegration, on a bed of manymany vegetables and a bottle of wine; as soon as it's cool enough I'll disintegrate it utterly, shred the meat down and mix it in with the veg. Slathered onto pasta, dollops of fresh ricotta on top, we'll call that dinner. Anyone complains, I'll remind them that we're all Italian here, which means it's all about the pasta, not the sauce.

(Talking of which, has anyone hereabouts been in Rome and eaten rigatoni con pajata? If you don't know what it is, you might not want to look it up; I would adore to eat it, but most of my friends would shriek and back away from the table, and that should be all you need to know.)

*Hunh. It turns out - rather as I feared - that when they say a 9x5 loaf tin, they do not mean an 8.5x4.5 loaf tin. Fortunately, as I had feared this, I put it on a baking tray before it went into the oven. It is now cheerfully splurging all over the tray, as it rises beyond the confines of the tin. Hey-ho.

[ SECRET POST #2829 ]

Oct. 1st, 2014 08:09 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2829 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Sorry, work as usual.

Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 024 secrets from Secret Submission Post #404.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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If you want to write a long-running or very large franchise, you've come to the right place!

For each of these fandoms, you can pick only one option. If you feel like you can only write in one franchise, don't despair- remember that you are only required to pick one fandom! Read more... )


Oct. 1st, 2014 06:33 pm
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A Ficathon Goes Into A Bar

Signups: October 2 to 11:59 PM CDT, October 15 (When is that?)
Prompts Distributed: By October 18
Posting Opens: October 19
Last Day to Post/Notify a Mod: November 19
Masterlist Posted: Late November

Even if you have read the rules before, read them again, as some things have changed.

How does this work?

Here's what you do:

1. Pick a character, any character.
2. Pick up to four fandoms that you feel comfortable writing in; the fandom your character comes from can't be any of them.

That is all you need to do. What we will do, using highly scientific methods (and by that we mean Wikipedia, our list of characters, and a bag of dice), is pick a character from one of those other fandoms to meet your character in a bar. You will then produce a fanwork from your prompt (see below for guidelines).


Okay. Let's say you sign up. You pick Kara Thrace, and you feel comfortable writing in Welcome to Night Vale, Mythbusters RPF, Blake's 7, and Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU).

I roll the dice, and through my magical methods, decide that the other character is Gamora. So your prompt is, "Kara Thrace goes into a bar and meets Gamora," and you need to produce a fanwork about it.

Further Information Under the Cut! )

I am totally on board! Sign my ass up!

Hot damn! Go directly to this post [coming soon!] and sign your ass up!

Please, pass it around! The more the merrier!

I has a question!

Please use the comments of this post to ask! You can also PM a mod for help. Please make sure your journal is set to accept PMs from non-friends.

aaaaaaaah ;________________;

Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:38 am
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thank you all so, so much; I cannot even; I-- thank you. Thank you. Poems & individual thanks to come (though I am struggling to match up some of your names-as-reported-to-me with names-I-know-you-as).

I do not the words, at least not right now. <333

Just curious

Oct. 1st, 2014 07:21 pm
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Is my new site eligible for any Hugo category or does it fall between the keys?

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Oct. 1st, 2014 06:04 pm
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First, thanks to all those who commented on my meds question post the other day. That was super-helpful and I appreciate it! <3

I've been reading Managing Pain Before It Manages You (3rd ed) by Dr. Margaret Caudill. (She's a med school prof at Dartmouth and put this program through successful clinical trials.) It is shockingly helpful and smart and practical. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you or a loved one is in chronic (and/or acute) pain. Note: it is not about curing pain. It is about reducing pain and improving quality of life.

I finished going-away-gift-kitty the other night only to rip out its face and redo it two more times before delivering it yesterday. It still wasn't perfect, but do you know how hard it is to find a pink yarn that goes well with mustard-gold? I went with a honey-brown for the face details finally, but it's really not the right color at all. Oh well. She liked it, and she can redo it if she wants.

Our highs have crept back up into the low 90s again, but a new cold front will probably bring us actual fall (for relative values of fall) by Friday. My one rattlesnake bean vine that survived the summer has a tiny baby bean on it. *adores* And the windowbox full of catnip is, you guessed it, full of catnip. (Om nom nom tea!) Otherwise, I've ignored pretty much everything plant-related. (This long, long, long summer has sucked.)

Just when you think there can't be any more Halloween decor... It is fascinating to me on a cultural level, though, as I'm pretty sure these people are not decorating for Samhain, especially as Mabon was all of 9 days ago. They're probably not decorating for Mexican Day of the Dead, either, although it'll be interesting to see if anyone puts any La Muerta decor/art out after Halloween is over. Instead, it just seems 100% trendy commercial Halloween monsters and gravestones and zombies and more zombies and really, yes, more zombies. And orange lights and streamers and bunting. In ever increasing amounts since mid-August. (I still just do not understand, although I suppose now it's October, I can put the spiderweb and black widow on my door.) I just...are we going to be doing this for every commercial holiday now? The retail economy has been holiday-driven for years, and Halloween is totally FUN in a way that nothing else but winter-gift-season is. So, yeah. IDK. It's interesting to watch.

I feel like I'm here -- I'm certainly reading posts and the occasional MCU and SPN fic, at least. I'm not watching any shows, though, and I've pulled back from some organizational things while we work on my health. I'm still planning to sign up for yuletide. I'm impatient for my brain to come back online and get back to work on the other Natasha fics of which I have pieces written. Six weeks of being off in another dimension is a lot. (Come back, brain! I need you!)

And oh god I'm so behind on comics. What is this even? /o\

Officially on sale!

Oct. 1st, 2014 06:54 pm
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The Farther i Fall

It’s official! The Farther I Fall is available for pre-sale pretty much everywhere!

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Books A Million ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

The official release date is January 20, 2015.

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Suppose Zealandia and by extension New Zealand provides an unlikely refuge for a lineage of mammaliamorphs descended from something very much like Sinoconodons. What does the developing science of biology make of them?
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all four new covers


I have a question for those of you who’ve read any or all of my Time in Yellowstone series, and there’s something in it for you if you win.

It seems like a simple, stupid question.

What genre are these books in?

Yes, time travel is obvious.  Go beyond that, if you can.  Go bigger, go broader.   Are they science fiction, even without a time machine?  Are they fantasy, even though they’re not epic or urban?  What else might they be?  And what do you think they are?

Name that genre!  And please, only a genre you’d find on Amazon, the genre you’d type in to find stories like mine, not a made-up genre or a description.

Whoever comes up with the best answer, including why, will win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Oh, and if you haven’t read any of my books, go here for a free Kindle copy, or here for a free anything else digital copy of my Time in Yellowstone short story Homesick.


Mirrored from Repeating History.

Lids down

Oct. 1st, 2014 06:11 pm
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Why Clay Shirky now tells his students to put their laptops away.
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Posted by John Scalzi

Dual, but not dueling, because they are both positive. Whew!

The one by Gary K. Wolfe says that Lock In is “the most enjoyable robot story I’ve read this year — even though it’s not quite about robots,” and notes there are “provocative notions about power, privilege, politics, and even family dynamics that give the novel a surprising and provocative complexity beneath its kinetic and movie-ready exterior.” The one from Adrienne Martini says that Lock In “is the work of a writer who hasn’t lost any of his swagger, yet has grown a little bit smarter about when to show off just how clever he is.”

I’ll take that. I’ll take both!

(Here’s a link to the Locus Magazine Web site. If you’re into science fiction and fantasy, it’s basically the industry’s magazine for news and reviews, and worth checking out. I just today renewed my subscription, as it happens.)

take a deep breath

Oct. 1st, 2014 04:48 pm
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My three-year-old daughter did an amazing thing a couple nights ago. I was sitting at my computer, feeling very angry because I’d accidentally deleted all my bookmarks and was afraid I couldn’t recover them. I was talking out loud at the computer screen, and my husband asked with concern what was wrong. I snarled, “NOTHING, just, nobody TALK to me right now.” He got up and left the room.

I rarely react like that, and I immediately felt sorry. (I was not really angry with my computer or anyone actually present. We’d just had a weekend visit from my father and his wife, and that messes with my equilibrium.)

There was a little silence, and then my three-year-old, who had been sitting on a chair near me playing with some toys, said with authority, “Mommy, you need to take a deep breath.” Without even thinking about it, I did. She came over behind me and gently stroked my hair a few times.

I said, “Honey, you’re absolutely right. Thank you for saying that. I DID need to take a deep breath.” And I felt better! I gave her a hug, and then I went to apologize to my husband.

It’s amazing to me that she knows how to do that at her age. I am so grateful she feels safe and loved enough that she knew she could say something like that to me when I was visibly upset and had just snapped at her dad.


Are long-running comics series basically fan fiction? (Aside from the whole “getting paid for it” thing, of course.) It sounds like the writers/artists often throw out the previous continuity and start something new. If they’re using the same characters, their backstories can be completely different from what came before. New storylines might be informed by previous canon, but the writers deviate however they wish. So, basically: fan fiction.

It helps me to think of comics this way. Otherwise I cannot handle the idea of having to learn SO MUCH CANON before picking up the latest issue of something. DECADES of canon. Not gonna happen.

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

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

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

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

~ Takes a deep breath. ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oct. 1st, 2014 03:58 pm
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Looking at knitted hats for the Japan trip, and I have made a discovery that quite often women are subjected to a giant bobble on top of their beanies, while men don't get that anywhere near as much.

I mean, I used to have giant bobbles on my hat. When I was EIGHT.

edit: I mean...LOOK AT THIS. 300 hats and I didn't find a single bobble on a hat listed for men, but plenty on hats listed for kids and women. (And who the hell is gendering SNOW HATS?!)

Events Calendar for October

Oct. 1st, 2014 03:45 pm
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Banner by caitie of curtains opening to show a stage with the words OTW Events Calendar
Supernatural reverse bang looks for participants, OTW’s Transformative Works and Cultures seeks fan submissions, and girls get geeky! Find out more!
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This fills the "Funerals and Wakes " square on my [community profile] ladiesbingo card and was prompted by [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It is set in The Aunt Family setting, but with new characters.

616 words by

Estella had only been married for a year, but she had, having grown up down the street, known Randal's family for far longer than that - she had, unlike some women to marry into this family, prior warning. With Randal's family - or, more accurately, Randal's mother's family - you needed that prior warning.
Read more... )
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Keithley 171 Multimeter with Nixie Tube display Keithley 171 Multimeter with Nixie Tube display


Remember this thing I mentioned a couple of posts ago?

It is showing up as delivered on the UPS tracking system, but it never actually arrived. There is still no sign of the parcel two days late.

I’ve opened a ticket on eBay, so hopefully it’ll either be tracked down or I’ll get a refund. Waah! I was really looking forward to this. :-(

OK, I admit it, I’ve gone off the edge of test gear user into test gear collector. At least it keeps me off the streets! And as addictions go, I suppose it’s not all that expensive…

Please note: this was cross-posted from my main blog at -- If you want me to definitely see your replies, please reply there rather than here.

#Electronics, #MoMBlog, #TestGear

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Oct. 1st, 2014 02:09 pm
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Русскй язык )

OKAY. The shawl was found, is blocked, I found a couple of purses below the towels that I needed to take out for blocking purposes anyway. I ended up creating scallops where technically none exist in this pattern, because it was that or be short enough pins to block it. And I was consistent about where the scallops went, so I'm not all that worried. It looks fucking gorgeous on my living room floor, I'll say that much, and it's a good thing most of my current plans involve things that size or smaller for the next ever. Cotton blocking can happen tomorrow. Pictures may happen on Twitter or Tumblr, I haven't figured that out yet. Maybe both? I don't have the Tumblr app on my phone (for good reason, I hear it's a brokeass piece of code) but Twitter's easy about posting photos. The one project my hindbrain just tried to freak me out about I just remembered is, actually, a piecework blanket where the squares get sewn together. And I should probably do that post-blocking anyway, so that I can block all the squares to the same size, because DUH. MAGIC.

I am not obsessed with knitting because it's getting cold early. No you. Shush.

(I am going to get started on that lap squares blanket this season, though, fuck this noise I want my alpaca-wool blanket of ultimate warmth.)

Uh. Rest of today's plan involves, I believe, a little more fiddle practice, a lot more sewing, and if we're very lucky and Jag emerges from her cocoon of death, a fair chunk of TV to while away the hours of sewing I've got waiting for me.

...I think I will alternate stitching in washers with knitting some more household goods that take much less time. WHAT handsewing hatred WHERE.

End of Superflat

Oct. 1st, 2014 01:21 pm
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Good afternoon, writers! Yesterday ended Superflat. Leave a comment in this post if you've finished your goals that you set in July, and a mod will leave you your novelty beads! Don't forget to tell us what your goal was and what you actually did so we can calculate any extra prompts.

Today also begins Amnesty Week. During the next week, you may finish your personal challenges, Lillith Fair, and the TV Tropes game and receive your novelty beads. When you complete these, leave a comment telling us which one.

Happy writing!

Events Calendar for October

Oct. 1st, 2014 07:44 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Rose Hale


Banner by caitie of curtains opening to show a stage with the words OTW Events Calendar

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of October! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • It's the 33rd year for Necronomicon, "Florida's longest-running science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention." Hosted by the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association, this year's event includes gaming, roleplaying, a costume contest, "Necronomi-prom," and a reception with guest of honor and scifi author Eric Flint. It's October 3-5 in Tampa Bay. (Add your Necronomicon experiences to Fanlore!)

  • The Swiss Fantasy Show, October 11-12 in Morges, Switzerland, will feature guests John Rhys-Davies and Adam Brown (from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films); Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1); and Colin Baker (sixth doctor in the Doctor Who series).

  • GeekGirlCon 2014, October 11-12 in Seattle, Washington, gives female geeks and their supporters the opportunity to build a community, share facts and fandom, and learn how they can help promote the role of women and other underrepresented groups in geek culture. (Add your GeekGirlCon experiences to Fanlore!)

  • The spn-Bigpretzel Halloween Reverse "Micro" Bang invites fanfic writers and fan artists to work together on Supernatural creations in the spirit of the (ghostly) season. Art is due October 13, and the claiming of art by writers begins the next day. Works will be posted beginning October 31.

  • Epic-Con Ohio: Geekfest is a con for a cause: The second-annual event is donating $5 from every ticket sold to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Guests include Walter Koenig, Tony Todd, Adrian Paul, Joanna Cassidy, and Lori Petty. This year's event features a special effects contest to award the title of "Best East Coast Indie FX Artist." It's in Dayton, Ohio, October 24-26.

  • EyeCon Vampire Diaries, which bills itself as "bringing our attendees the absolute most 'personal' time with the stars," is hosting its seventh Vampire Diaries convention. At the October 31-November 2 Atlanta event, meet and mingle with cast and creators at Q&As, signings, parties, and more.

Calls for Papers this month come from:

  • Transformative Works and Cultures No. 20 will be an open, unthemed issue, and general submissions are welcomed. Fans are particularly encouraged to submit Symposium essays (pieces of 1,500-2,500 words that provide insight into current developments and debates). Submission guidelines are available, and the deadline is January 1.

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!


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Oct. 1st, 2014 03:39 pm
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Rice cookers* turn out to be quite good at steaming corn on the cob. I did have to break the cobs in half in order to stand them on end in the rice pot.

And after they're done, the steamer goes into "warm" mode, and keeps them nice and hot.

*Ones designed like mine, with a stainless steel rice pot or aluminum steamer basket that sits in a boiling water bath, at least. It's basically an electric double boiler.

Other designs may not steam corn the same way.

a short public service announcement

Oct. 1st, 2014 04:30 pm
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So the more astute of my friends have noticed that I walk with a limp. I have done, on and off, for about six months, and the reason why has just come to light. Which is also the reason why - somewhat circuitously - this is a public post.

My friends, let me talk to you about vitamin D deficiency. cut for medical stuff )

The slight drawback - it will take six months before the level builds up in my body to the bottom end of average. So - six months of hobbling, hurrah. But - on the other hand, six months of hobbling, and otherwise my body runs smoothly and calmly, so I shan't complain. (And despite feeling like crap, I have managed my job and commute and run around London chasing my lawyers, and mostly worked from home rather than take sick days, so I'm a little bit proud of self. Have crashed and burned a bit on writing this week, but I'm trying to be nice to self, also.)

And the thing is: vitamin D deficiency is very common. For people - even white people - living in northern Europe, it's actually very difficult to absorb enough of it from diet and sunlight to meet the required levels. (My GP also wants to run a study tracking vitamin D deficiency against climate change.) So this is the public service announcement she asked me to make: are you a brown person feeling crappy? You're probably vitamin D deficient! However, it's very easily curable.

Also: please be patient with me? I am not an exceptionally good correspondent at the moment.
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So, [community profile] allbingo is hosting a Halloween/Horror bingo and I am kind of really excited for it. There are at least three lines (listed below) which I want to try and do.

Does anything jump out to you? DO you wanna see me write one line more than another? Do you have particular prompts be they fandom or original?

Leave them here and I will try and hit them up within the month! :D I'm so excited for this, so even if you want me to babble on my ideas for a ine, let me know.

Lines that I want. )

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