Now, of course, I'll have to see how this works out in the… morning, or whatever counts as morning when I get up at what? 1 p.m.
Now, of course, I'll have to see how this works out in the… morning, or whatever counts as morning when I get up at what? 1 p.m.
Recordings are sometimes one-off picks from the TV guide but more commonly they're series that I know I like or keyword recordings set off by the presence of a particular keyword or actor name in the description, so I don't always know what's being recorded. I delete things after watching, but otherwise deletions mostly happen when my hard drive is close to filling up and I go through and delete a bunch of stuff that's sat around unwatched for a long time.
One of the slightly humorous consequences of this approach is I often have recorded shows which I either didn't know were being recorded or have completely forgotten about. There was one there tonight called "Predators In Your Backyard". That's all I knew about it - it was recorded six weeks ago from a keyword I think so I don't recall anything about it except the title.
It's been sitting there for a while as the second oldest unwatched thing... I had assumed it was going to be about bugs and beetles and the whole teeny tiny ecosystem we have there in our backyards. David Attenborough type science of the very small.
I just turned it on ... it's about wolves in Yellowstone national park.
My brain feels slightly broken ...
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I found that earlier piece was amusing and moving, but also a bit of a revelation. It had never occurred to me until reading Ali's witty discussion of his own family's slow, reluctant, but ultimately total adoption of "Amreekan" tradition, that somewhere along the line, my immigrant ancestors must have also Confronted the Bird.
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It has a grand history of genocide, exploitation, state expansion and “manifest destiny.” It has a lesser history of family squabbles, allergic reactions, and a memorable afternoon /still/ labeled “the Bionicle Fiasco”... My mother-in-law never DID manage to find all the little bits of ammunition, but my grown sons still giggle when talking about it.
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Ari Seth Cohen has a street fashion blog called Advanced Style which focuses on stylish people (mostly women) aged 50 and over (usually a lot over). The blog has spawned a coffee table book, a coloring book complete with paper dolls and this documentary, which features a few of the women he photographs regularly. All of them live in New York City. You see them working (one works in a vintage clothing store, several teach), being photographed for ad campaigns, singing in a nightclub, being part of a flash mob at New York Fashion Week, visiting Los Angeles to appear on the Ricki Lake show, and more.
Edge of Tomorrow
An astronaut and a scientist inexperienced in space travel get stranded in space. Much effort was put into making the space environment seem realistic, although the scenario is less realistic. If you can see it in the theater in 3D, definitely do that, but if not, it's wonderful in 2D on a large home TV also. Great soundtrack. Sandra Bullock is an amazing physical actress.
The Last Unicorn
Animated 1982 film of Peter Beagle's 1962 fairy tale. Liked it a lot. Proves that (spoiler) "the princess marries the prince and everyone lives happily ever after" trope could be subverted long before Frozen came along (end spoiler).
Men in Black 3
This one wasn't as good as the first one but was better than the second one. Doesn't pass the Bechdel test, but has Emma Thompson as the head of the agency. Boris the Animal and Griffin are fun aliens. Time travel to the 1960s is generally fun.
Speaking of time travel to the 1960s...oh wait, this one was made in 1971, but close enough. One of the first and most iconic blaxploitation films, although apparently it annoyed white audiences for making too much of racism and black audiences for not making enough of it. (Gee not much has changed in 43 years.) The relationship between Shaft and his white contact in the police is fun. Everyone is wearing rust colored turtlenecks and lounging on fake fur rugs. Lots of product placement. If you want to make a point about male characters who would be called Mary Sues if they were female characters, be sure to mention Shaft. Now I want to do crossover fanfic with Shaft and James Bond.
FictionUp from the Grave, Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #7)
This is the last book in the Night Huntress series, although Frost has written other books set in the same universe. I'm somewhat incapable of explaining why I like these books, so have a collection of funny (some intentionally, some not) lines instead:
- "Baring the majority of my breasts"
- "That’s how two vampires, a medium, and a dog came to sit around a Ouija board in the back room of a floral shop."
- "The fact that I hadn’t known what I was doing when it happened was almost moot by comparison."
- "Groin cleavage"
- "Changing someone into a vampire was downright prissy-looking by comparison."
The Sittaford Mystery, Agatha Christie
Audiobook, well narrated by Hugh Fraser, who does a wide range of voices well. Published in 1931. Not part of a series, although it was rewritten for a TV show in which Miss Marple became the crime solver. Set in Dartmoor (English title: The Murder at Hazelmoor). The rural nature of the area, along with its bad weather, and the fact that someone can hide upon the moor play into the plot, but not the beauty or loneliness of the scenery as in Conan Doyle's or Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes in Dartmoor mysteries. My favorite characters are the chief crime solver, Emily Trefusis, who is the accused man's fiancée; and Caroline Percehouse, a cranky and very smart old lady. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is mentioned in the context of his being interested in metaphysics. I had trouble keeping some of the other characters straight. Enough red herrings to feed an army.
Here are some classic Thanksgiving recipes and instructions. These are recipes for people eating alternative diets.
Know where to find cooking measurement equivalents and ingredient substitutions. My favorite substitution? Tapioca starch! It's my favorite thickener for sauces, slightly sweet and very glossy, much less hassle than cornstarch or wheat flour without that pasty flavor.
Practice safe turkey.
Give thanks with prayers from various faiths and nondenominational gratitude prayers. Here's a huge list of Thanksgiving blessings of all kinds.
Stay sane during family gatherings and accommodate special needs. Give people something to do with family bonding activities.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? What are you thankful for?
Just in case you thought only modern art needed a secret decoder ring, check out this Anglo-Saxon stuff.
The link is to a post on the British Museum blog, which begins thus:
Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum
One of the most enjoyable things about working with the British Museum’s Anglo-Saxon collection is having the opportunity to study the intricate designs of the many brooches, buckles, and other pieces of decorative metalwork. This is because in Anglo-Saxon art there is always more than meets the eye.
The objects invite careful contemplation, and you can find yourself spending hours puzzling over their designs, finding new beasts and images. The dense animal patterns that cover many Anglo-Saxon objects are not just pretty decoration; they have multi-layered symbolic meanings and tell stories. Anglo-Saxons, who had a love of riddles and puzzles of all kinds, would have been able to ‘read’ the stories embedded in the decoration. But for us it is trickier as we are not fluent in the language of Anglo-Saxon art.
And a couple of images to set the hook...
Turning the brooch upside-down reveals four heads in profile on the rectangular head of the brooch, highlighted in purple.
Thanksgiving again! My third in Seattle.
Today I'm thankful for...
- Rainbow's End and all the people (and cats!) in and around it. I could not possibly have made it through the year without you.
- My family. Special thanks for Colleen and Naomi, who push me to do the hard stuff. That's a pretty thankless task, so thanks again.
- My friends, close and distant.
- Music. Family music nights, when we remember to have them.
- Seattle, my beautiful city, with its excellent transit system, comfortable weather, and zoning that allows us to keep livestock.
- Amazon.com -- both as a store and as an employer.
- A buyer for the Starport. I will miss our old house, and we won't see our San Jose friends nearly enough anymore, but I am very glad to be rid of that albatross and its mortgage.
- ... and, as last year, the fact that things aren't nearly as bad as they could be.
We lost power yesterday, late afternoon. We still have no power. The ETA on regaining power is "several days" for the area.
...I am probably not going to bother updating bookwatch till I get power back. Then I will hopefully have huge jumps! Spend your Thanksgiving sampling books? O-:> #HaloOnnaStick
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Specifically, what should be said is: “The Flash” writers should be taking notes. With quizzes, and term papers required. The topic: character INTEGRITY. Not ethics, just sheer structural integrity.
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Money problems? Hire an accountant. Lonely? Flash your money and you'll find it hard not to go home with someone. Legal problems? Hire a lawyer. Hire twenty lawyers! Someone bothering you? Have them dragged off by your security force, put a 20 foot tall wall around your mansion, and have your lawyers get a restraining order or worse put against them. Are you trans and want to transition? Just buy the hormones you need, no waiting, no arguing with Medicare, no diagnosis needed: you're rich, you could buy the entire fucking company that makes the hormones!
Have dietary restrictions like can't eat onions or dairy products? Your fucking personal chef would be glad to make whatever the hell you want with alternative ingredients, even if they have to be air-lifted in from outer Mongolia. Having a depressive episode that makes you feel like not doing anything? No problem, your money makes money for you so you can sit around the house and do whatever the fuck you damn well please any goddamn time you want to, and nobody is going to give a shit. You're not going to lose your housing or starve to death or sit in darkness because your electricity is shut off, not even if you never do an honest day's work in your life. Calling poor people lazy is you projecting your own flaws onto other people, you self-important sack of crap!
“Rich people have problems too”? Well fuck you! “Rich people problems” are pesky annoying flies to be swatted, and you can buy an automated fly-swatting machine. Poor people problems are literally life or death. The problems of poor people cause unhealthy amounts of stress, health problems we can't afford to fix, depression, suicidal tendencies, and all kinds of other nasty shit. Don't tell me “money doesn't buy happiness” when I'm one fucking paycheck from homelessness or starvation, you entitled fuckers. Rich people will take or make any fucking excuse to ignore genuine problems and pretend their own problems are so important because what's a conscience? What's basic human decency? What is a soul? Is a soul something you can buy? If not, they're not interested.
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Also, we could use lifts. We're arriving at the train station (Baltimore Penn, natch) at 10:37pm on Thanksgiving, and the light rail isn't running by then. We can take a cab, but a lift would be better, if available.
And going back, we're on a lovely 4AM (almost) train, Which is a minor, if soluble problem, as there's no light rail that late and Penn Station closes for an hour between 2AM and 3AM [for cleaning]. We can finesse this if we need to; there's a walkable Korean restaurant that's open until 4AM that we used last year for this purpose; however, if anyone has a better plan, I'd love to hear it [one where we get to sleep? Even better!)]
What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
"tired traveler, busy city"
"going to the ocean"
"friendship and enmity"
Those fall near the end of the series, so if you're new to it, starting at the beginning will make a lot more sense. It's Asian fantasy about two women who are paper mages and rivals.
Today’s top story: screw Black Friday, we’re releasing the first single from the forthcoming Bone Walker soundtrack NOW! Because we CAN!
Dara’s got her post up about it right over here, in which you can stream the premaster mix of “Something’s Coming” right off of Bandcamp. If you’re inclined, you can buy that single. AND you can preorder the album!
If you backed the Kickstarter, you of course don’t need to actually buy it because we will be sending it to you. But DO spread the word! And check out the previews of the other tracks that’ll be coming!
We’ll be doing the official release for this thing at the next Conflikt in January, along with the release for the actual Bone Walker novel! SO EXCITING. Stand by for more on this as it happens!
As I think I’ve mentioned before, Dara and I are fans of the Doctor Who Podcast, one of the many Doctor-themed podcasts available for your listening pleasure. In addition to reviewing new episodes when they come out, they have extensive knowledge of the Classic-era series as well as the Big Finish audio range, and all of their presenters are just generally fun to listen to.
One of the things we find particularly charming about them is the jingle they wrote for whenever they review a Big Finish release! It goes like this:
Big Finish with Ian! And Michelle from across the Atlantic Ocean!
Ian from UK, and Michelle from the United States!
Reviewing Big Finish, sorting out the wheat from the chaff and nonsense
Saving you money on the ones that are not so good!
It’s insidiously catchy, enough that every time we hear it show up in an episode of the podcast, we start singing along. Hell, THEY’VE even songvirused themselves with it.
So the other night I said to Dara, “I wonder if this thing would work as a round!” And the fun thing about having a spouse with her own music studio? She can FIND OUT.
Behold! Dara’s round edition of the Doctor Who Podcast Big Finish Review Theme!
And while we’re on the topic of things you should signalboost, don’t forget, Faerie Blood is ON SALE for $2.99 until this coming Monday! All the details are right over here!
I will also honor the sale price for anyone who wants to buy the ebook directly from me in the format of their choice!
Last but DEFINITELY not least, Victory of the Hawk is now available for preorder as well AND has shown up on Goodreads. So if you’d like to get in some preorder love on Book 3 of the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy, NOW IS THE TIME! Links are on the Victory of the Hawk page!
And if you haven’t read Valor or Vengeance yet, now would also be a VERY good time to get caught up on those. If you haven’t read anything of my writing at all yet, or if you’ve just read Faerie Blood and aren’t sure whether you’d like my high fantasy, you can even see some shiny samples that’ll let you read up to 10 percent of each book, provided courtesy of Overdrive! The samples are available on the Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter pages!
Mirrored from angelahighland.com.
SCREW BLACK FRIDAY, WE’RE DOING THIS RIGHT NOW!
The Bone Walker sneak preview is up RIGHT NOW. The first single – the full-band studio recording of “Something’s Coming” that has been the most-asked-for thing for the last three years – is out RIGHT NOW. Preorders for the CD are up RIGHT NOW.
Preordering pays for the mastering engineer and we need this thing mastered. So RIGHT NOW is a great time to pre-order. The whole album won’t ship until January 2015 and we all gotta deal with it, but the single? You can have that RIGHT NOW.
Kid had to come home early (missed last period) as her foot was giving her problems -- probably at least partly because the insole was for a size 8 shoe, and she now needs 8.5. So we went and bought her some 8.5s, and that's done now. (And turned in things that she had due, before going to shoe store, so yay.)
I'm kinda fried. Not sure why.
Have written many words on nothing immediately sellable, today. O:p
I did, however, do a little donating to some schools: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/sear
S_____ . o O ( "Pokemon: Hammer of Thor" Where you've got to catch the maul. )
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Word order is a particular problem in fish meetings, which Miles said she dreads. In a long sentence about a particular variety of fish, and in a language where the noun – the name of the fish – comes towards the end, the interpreter is left guessing about the subject of the sentence until it's completed.http://gizmodo.com/inside-the-weird-bra
I've heard of most of these words but not all, and I had no idea in some cases that they were considered native to one side of the pond or the other (e.g. "jaywalk" is American, "dodgy" is British).
Kelli Dunham writes brilliantly about Heather McAllister, Brittany Maynard, and assisted suicide
Here is a comic that seems to do a pretty good job of explaining asexual orientation.
Jonah Soolman is a nutritional counseling practitioner who works in the Health at Every Size paradigm. He attended the Cardiometabolic Health Conference, at which various procedures and products aimed at "weight loss" were much discussed. He writes: "Following this paragraph is my list of key moments from the conference. By default, I was going to group them by disease state, but given the circumstances perhaps it is more appropriate to categorize them by the emotional state they created." The headers for the article are "Interesting," "Startling," "Disappointing," "Frustrating," "Horrifying," "Infuriating," and "Made Me Want To Throw Something."
Paintings of migraines by artists who experience them.
DapperQ calls itself "GQ for the 'unconventionally masculine.'" This post discusses masculine fashion for people whose bodies don't conform to the tall, thin stereotype of androgyny (which just so happens to match the tall, thin stereotype of every kind of fashion).
Proof that political sensibilities and entertainment can mix with hilarious results: Unused audio commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky for The Fellowship of the Ring DVD. Excerpt:
Zinn: You view the conflict as being primarily about pipe-weed, do you not?http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/unus
Chomsky: Well, what we see here, in Hobbiton, farmers tilling crops. The thing to remember is that the crop they are tilling is, in fact, pipe-weed, an addictive drug transported and sold throughout Middle Earth for great profit.
By the Racialicious Team: Voices: The Michael Brown protests you didn't see (because the media were too busy showing violent protests instead).
By Janee Woods: 12 things white people can do now because Ferguson
A fat guy who is an employee of a Sam's Club in Mexico dances with great enthusiasm in front of a display of stereo equipment (the song is "El Serrucho" by Mr Black).
Yudkowsky does a great job of explaining a way to approach the hateful voices that people sometimes have in their heads. (I call them my brain trolls.)
"when you have a thought, you write it downhttp://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/103192
'You are different from the others. You will never know their innocence… and that is why you should hate your own existence. Die. Die. Die.'
then you figure out whether, if your life were a fantasy novel, these words would be spoken by figures wearing black robes, and speaking in a dry, whispering voice, and they are actually withered beings who touched the Stone of Evil
and if so then you don’t listen"
I have a linkback poem, "House of Cards" (26 verses, Polychrome Heroics).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few.
But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count: 1024
Review part ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR
:: The lovely, amazing, talented ysabetwordsmith allowed me to play in her sandbox of Polychrome Heroics. Anything developed here is also hers to play with as she will. It's only fair! ::
A few minutes later, Saraphina's face and hands were clean and her clothing changed. Aidan worked more of the shea butter into the little one's hair, talking all the while about an orange tree whose fruit made people happy and perfectly healthy, and the foolish, greedy man who tried to keep all the animals and birds away from the tree because it grew beside his little house. Within a year, there were no fruits for the greedy man, who threw his hands in the air, sold his land and moved away. The next year, the generous man who had bought the land had so many oranges he gave one to every person in the village.
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I'll add another point: better construction options. Used to be you were restricted to what you could do with standard dice, pawns, paper, and a few other simple materials -- unless you could afford the ruinously expensive process of creating all new pieces. Now you can buy much fancier stuff from designer hobbyshops, and many of those pieces can easily be customized. That makes it simple to design a prototype of a game, and if it proves popular, you can then crowdfund an upgrade with custom equipment. Some of the most popular modern games have gone through iterations like that.
Come on over and request a card.
There are new crowdfunding perks listed for both donators and advertisers.
Tips are not required, but definitely appreciated. And feel free to pimp this far and wide...
Everyone can help by promoting the award. Post about it on blogs, communities, hub sites, etc. -- wherever you think folks would be interested in a crowdfunding award.
I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.
If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.
HURT/COMFORT BINGO CARD
|hugs||fever / delirium||loss of home / shelter||rejection||septicemia / infected wounds|
|nervous breakdown||bites||planet destruction||Stockholm syndrome||kidnapping|
|forced to rely on enemy / rival||headaches / migraines||WILD CARD||extortion||orphans|
|hunger / starvation||tentacles||medication||motion sickness||cages|
|hospital stay||loss of identity||difficult / unexpected pregnancy||nightmares||abandonment issues|