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Aug. 28th, 2014 10:09 pm
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I just watched the very last episode of Poirot, the screen adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Curtain, written in the mid-1940's and published in 1975. The screen version is true to the original, as have been all the other screen adaptations starring David Suchet over the years. It ended the same way.

I doubt I'd have ever watched an episode if Paula had not been an avid fan. But as things turned out, I've been watching David Suchet play Hercule Poirot since 1989. For the last 22 months, I've watched the series wend its way to the inevitable end, wishing she were there beside me in her Martha Washington chair.

Tonight, I'm feeling very close to her, and I'm also feeling the distance across the Gulf.

Aspecting Characters Exercise

Aug. 28th, 2014 09:02 pm
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I've talked occasionally about "aspecting" characters. It's a way of taking a core idea and altering it in meaningful ways. You can start with a character and shift aspects of their personality stronger or weaker within the same canon. You can move the character into a different world and imagine how that would change them. You can take an archetypal trope you enjoy and imagine how it would manifest in different settings.

So here is a fun exercise for a group of creative folks. You can do this with artists or writers.

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A revision of our road construction map: behind a cut, because image )

The red section is still closed and will be until October 21 according to their current estimates. The blue section is where there will be street that wasn't there before.

The orange section is no longer ACTIVELY being worked, and the steel plate has been removed. The square, 3-4 feet on a side, that it covered, however, is not fully filled in, but is sunken several inches...and has been left that way for a week or more. Apparently that's our new reality. It COMPLETELY fills the lane of travel, the right lane of Courtside, at that intersection. It's not dangerous except to very low cars and maybe motorcycles/bikes, but it's annoying and no one wants to go through it. So we go around. I figure it's only a matter of time before that causes an accident.

Tonight, hopefully not for too long, they closed Town Center Loop between Courtside and the Wilsonville Road. That is the purple spot on the map...and meant we couldn't head home that way and I had to loop around a long way to get back. Fun! Anyway, the closure at Courtside blocks the right lane inbound to the neighborhood, so they had a flagger there moving us through since it was one car at a time.

Maybe they'd just like to close our neighborhood?? Seriously, why could whatever they are doing on Town Center Loop there not have been done earlier this month _before_ Vlahos closed at least?

Ah well. If worst comes to worst, we can park in the next neighborhood over (NO shared roads) and walk in on the trail that crosses the wetlands. And the fact that I even briefly consider that is sign of how stressful/annoying this is, but I didn't know until I got alllll the way back around the loop whether or not Courtside WAS open, since I couldn't see that far from the block between the Wilsonville Road and Town Center Loop.

I know, road construction season, but this is a wee bit ridiculous. :P

At least I'm getting good stories out of it?
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[personal profile] mmegaera's post from yesterday, All aboard the African Queen!, includes a steamboat ride she took on the weekend, with a photo of the modern steam engine. That part's in the 5th, 6th, and 7th photos and adjoining text, but the whole post is interesting.

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I’m working on Fake Drumkit part for Song for a Free Court/Anarchy Now, and it needed more real drums, so I got out…

Oh, right, it’s been a while since I’ve talked about Fake Drumkit. So the musical shtick behind the band – as opposed to the political/theme idea – is, “what if a bunch of elves heard metal and thought WE HAVE TO DO THIS” and used what they had.

Since that includes a drumkit, I make what I call Fake Drumkit. It’s made of real drums like bodhran and djembe and bongo and wood block and metal and glass, and fake drums like big sampled bass taiko or at least things which sound kind of like taiko. Anarchy Now also has three tuned glass cymbals. It’s gonna be awesome. \n/

Anyway, I have a few drums recorded (and all those glass cymbals), but it needs more. And the bongos sound right so far. Not as bongos – I don’t play them as bongos, don’t expect that – but as midrange drums.

But I don’t have a stand, which makes them a pain to mic. So I drilled a hole in the little plastic bridge that holds the two bongo drums together, and epoxyed down one of those metal threaded rings that are on every mic stand ever and I don’t know why.

Anybody know what these are supposed to be for? They’re no good at anchoring mic clips, so that can’t be it.

I clamped it down with wax paper and tape, to keep the epoxy from sticking to the wrong things (like the clamp), and let it sit until this evening. Then I tried it tonight.

I’m holding the mic stand up, to be safe, but I didn’t need to.

Hey, it even looks kind of intentional:

Lots of room for underneath microphones

I’m a little worried about leverage on heavier strikes, but so far, so good.

Fake Drumkit is a lot of work, but I like it when it comes together. Wait’ll you hear the track for Something’s Coming. It’s not half as complex as this, but it’s totally bombastic – kind of 80s hair metal, really. BOOM BOOM BOOM awesome XD

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Aug. 27th, 2014 11:15 pm
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Forgot to forward along yesterday's post to LJ from DW. Sorry 'bout that...

Today was the kid's first day of school. It was a mixed bag. She likes Biology and has a friend in it (yay!), the VLACS course had issues involving her old account being REALLY OLD and having the wrong email attached so she couldn't recover the password, she's annoyed that the Intro to Programming is going to include programming for Android (she was born into Cult of Mac), and while she's okay with the English teacher, she does not like the rest of the class, who are very noisy and do not want to be taking the class (she reports).

VLACS should be fixed -- I called them -- and we shall see how English will work, and she seems to be calming down about being forced to program Android stuff.

But between the report of that (English being the last class of the day and the one that was most stressy) and the HORRIBLE traffic at the school, I am still wanting to SMITE ALL THE THINGS.

Perhaps I will be able to go smite a few more chapters of edit commentary after this post.

Havva Quote
When Vera Menchik entered a 1929 [chess] tournament, a male competitor mocked her by suggesting that a special 'Vera Menchik Club' would be created for any player who lost to her. When the tournament began, he promptly became the first member of said club, and over the years it accumulated a large and illustrious roster.
--alt text on (except for [chess], which I added for clarity)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Dear Amazon...

Aug. 27th, 2014 10:33 pm
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I have this book, _Edvard Munch_, ISBN 1571330380. The author's name is on the cover at lower right: Per Amann. The back title page shows that the original publication was in German. All the text is in English, but for some reason the title page says, below the title,
Einführung von Per Amann

The two people selling copies of the book have misunderstood it in slightly different ways. That is not a first name "Einführung" and last name "von Per Amann". It is German for "Introduction by Per Amann". The author is not Einfuhrung Von Per Amann, as one would have it, or von Per Amann, as the other would, but Per Amann plain and simple.

Anime Charm Jewelry

Aug. 27th, 2014 06:02 pm
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I'm Jordanna, and I create charm jewelry featuring anime characters. (Along with a few game and cartoon fandoms as well.) I've been meaning to post to this community for a while, and since I just re-photographed my inventory after a convention this past weekend, I figured now would be a good time. :)

My main item is bracelets, but I also make decorative beaded fobs that can be clipped onto pretty much anything: keychains, backpacks/purses, cellphones, flash drives, etc. (In fact, I started out by making fobs for my mother's quilting group to attach to scissors. From there it was only logical to apply my talents to what I loved, and start making anime jewelry.)

If you're a fan, or perhaps getting an early start on Christmas stocking stuffers, by all means have a look!

Bracelets ($10):
Adventure Time | Attack on Titan | Avengers | Black Butler | Bleach | Blue Exorcist | Dangan Ronpa | Death Note | Fairy Tail | Free! (series) | Fullmetal Alchemist | Hatsune Miku | Kill La Kill | Kuroko's Basketball | Madoka Magica | My Neighbor Totoro | Sailor Moon | Sonic the Hedgehog | Sword Art Online | Vampire Knight

Chain Bracelets ($15):
Card Captors | Death Note | Fullmetal Alchemist | Hatsune Miku | My Neighbor Totoro

Fobs ($10)
Attack on Titan | Avengers | Dangan Ronpa | Death Note | Fairy Tail | Free! (series) | Fullmetal Alchemist | Hatsune Miku | Inuyasha | Naruto | Sailor Moon | Sword Art Online | Vampire Knight

Bracelets are roughly 7-7½ inches long, with a one-inch extender chain. Fobs are in the range of 5-6 inches.

If you'd like to buy something pictured above, send me a PM for details. (Please refer to the item you want by fandom and number, since I haven't been able to see all of those anime, and don't always know character names.) Paypal is my preferred payment method; Dreamwidth points are an alternative option. Or, if anyone here is an artist who would care to draw "Fullmetal Alchemist", I would also be interested in trading my work for fanart commissions.

I'm more than happy to create custom orders, as well. If you're interested in a fandom or character (or even a non-fannish subject) that you don't see here, just drop me a note. If I can obtain charms of the subject, I can make it!

For the record, I'm still very much developing my business. This past weekend was only my second convention (and not a great one; walking in to learn the artist alley had been lumped into the video-game room was not cool). I'm not really able to travel beyond my city for cons, and at this stage, I can only afford the table fees at small ones. Being an extremely shy and introverted person also makes it difficult for me to market my products. :Þ I enjoy creating jewelry, though, and I'm hopeful for future opportunities. Needless to say, if anyone here likes my work and gives it some support, it will help me keep working at moving up to bigger and better things.

word of the day: cría

Aug. 27th, 2014 05:39 pm
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James Harbeck, Word Tasting Notes, Aug 18

One building at the Canadian National Exhibition – bearing the name Better Living Centre, thanks to its past contents but somehow still appropriately titled – is in recent years where to go to see all the cute (and slightly less cute) farm animals. Come in the front door and look to your left and you will see a small paddock of alpacas. A sign on the fence informs you that a baby alpaca is called a cría.

Or just cria, of course, because we normally don’t go for that fancy accented character stuff in English. Why even pretend our spelling represents the speech sounds? Might as well try to spell animal sounds, our alphabet is so mismatched to our language.

No, though, if you think that’s where I’m going, baby alpacas don’t make a noise like “cría.” Their cri de cœur is rather more adorable. Look, here’s a 30-minute-old one wobbling around and making its little noises as it does:

Here’s another one, even more adorable, but you have to block out the much less adorable sheep noise in the background:

Seriously, is that a squee or what? I don’t mean the noise they make, I mean the “squee” you may make at the sight. Who doesn’t like petting charming little things? These wee beasties are so adorbs they’ll adsorb you: put your hand on their fur and you will simply be sucked into animal bliss. Unless, of course, they dislike your touch (as they well may), in which case they might just spit at you. You do not want that to happen. It is not like being spat upon by a human.

Not only baby alpacas are called crías. So are baby llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos – in short, all those Andean camelids. The word is Spanish; more generally it’s the Spanish word for ‘suckling’ or ‘litter’, from criar ‘suckle, rear’. That’s from Latin creare, which is also the source of English create and creature. And while I won’t say these are the cutest creatures in all creation – I reserve that spot for kittens – spending quality time with them can be a recreation lending to better living.

Does this word cría seem a little crisp, not quite fluffy and curly enough for these ultra-cute beastlings? Well, that is as it may be… different people find different tastes in words; crisp comes from the Latin crispus, meaning ‘curly’, so it seemed to suit the Latins well enough. I’m sure if you wanted to call crías hmm hmm hmms, you could for yourself and among friends you had informed of your choice.

And I won’t deny that I find the word cría capable of being cute on the one hand but harsh on the other. It may work well enough with its four letters for a little four-legged thing, but it can also take a decidedly Arctic turn. Or should I say Arctic tern: kría is the Icelandic word (sometimes borrowed into English) for the Arctic tern, a loud grey bird that makes a noise not unlike – yes – “kría!” And I bet if you pet it it’s rather less pleasant than a fluffy baby alpaca.

Fake Science Fiction

Aug. 27th, 2014 02:23 pm
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Fake Science Fiction

Today's post, while starting off as a pure rant of annoyance, has become something else. A peek behind the curtain of television programming.

“The Lost Ship,” a television series which has just finished its first season with a cliffhanger –and topics which so angered me that I will no longer even watch the “this is the good bit” minutes when hubby asks me to. The reasons why, in that case, fall under “spoiler month” so I won't pursue those elements at this time. I will only say that I strongly DISCOURAGE my blog friends from investing time and energy into a show which is at best your typical action-horror mashup which has, I admit, several very powerful individual scenes scattered throughout the first season.

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Fossil-Maker's Blues, Brust/Bucklin

Aug. 27th, 2014 01:25 pm
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(Also posted to the Filk community on LiveJournal, with the "found filk" tag.)
From Steven Brust's blog, Dream Café, with video from YouTube as in SKZB's post

Fossil-Maker’s Blues
Lyrics by Steven Brust, Music by Nate Bucklin

Character Generators

Aug. 27th, 2014 04:52 am
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This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.

Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 1

Aug. 27th, 2014 12:07 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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Unneeded PAX pass for Monday

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:53 pm
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I have an unneeded PAX Prime pass for Monday. Face value ($35). Contact info at the URL, if you don't know some email address of mine already:
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.

Up to 46...

Aug. 26th, 2014 10:48 pm
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I have to do a continuity read-through on a character's hair. *headdesk* (And/or my definition of a hair-style differs from the reader's definition, so my continuity may be fine, but the description will need to change. *headdesk*)

I did finally, today, finish a particular online course thing that's been hanging around for a while. (I had to yell at people to Stop Bugging Me About It, I'll Get To It When I Get To It. Well, I finally got to it.)

So yay on that.

Tomorrow is first day of school, which means waking up ungodly early, so if I want to get any editing done tonight, better wind this up fast.

Havva Quote
“Naturally,” returned the cleaver, with a nod. “I have always said, Captain, without a bit of irony, that you are a sterling officer and a solid citizen, bowled and polished to a degree. But what do you expect me to do with these prisoners?”
(This chapter is full of puns. Horrible, horrible puns. Pier Xanthony would bow to the master.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

(See content for title)

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:53 pm
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this  is  just  a  doodle

High school dreams

Aug. 26th, 2014 05:34 pm
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Night before last, I had another of those annoying recurring dreams, where I'm still at high school, like I got held back or, in some cases, told that I shouldn't have been graduated to begin with and having to retake high school all over again. (Practically a nightmare, for me.) In these dreams, I'm usually failing all over again, I often can't find my classes, or I've skipped several days of school and am way behind.

This time, though, I was doing my very best and still failing. Toward the end of the dream, I did something I'd never done before: I declared I was dropping out and getting my GED instead, because the whole education system sucks and, I quote myself, "I always ace tests but suck at homework."

I think I have these dreams because 1. I never did well in school despite my intelligence because I never saw the point of homework. (Still don't. Hardly any jobs exist where you do work when you're off the clock, so why does homework exist at all?) 2. I'm still struggling to understand this world and still fighting a crappy system/society.

Oh and last night? I think I had such a dream again, because I had the "trouble getting meals at the cafeteria" version of the dream. Usually it's having to go do something else during lunch time, or there being nothing I can eat, but this time it was the line being held up plus confusion behind the counter.
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Buttons, Beads and Books
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 1, COMPLETE
word count: 1201

:: This is fanfiction, set in [Unknown site tag]Ysabetwordsmith's Frankenstein's Family universe. No disrespect is intended.

:: Bogdana is the woman who sells used clothing, mentioned in passing in one of Ysabet's poems.

The nails in the crate groaned as the young man wedged the prybar in place, and it creaked ominously when he leaned down, forcing the lid upward.

Bogdana hid a sigh; from the amount of effort he seemed to be exerting, he would want a hefty tip for the "courtesy" he'd offered. The crate, stamped and burnished with numbers and a faint brand of a long, low brick building in a fancy, scrolled oval frame seemed like a strange, mystical treasure chest. The letter fisted in one, slightly trembling hand as she leaned on her cane, indicated something different.

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "healing & growth." I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Face of a Hero" (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.

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The soundtrack album may not be finished yet, but I’m looking for people who would post reviews (50-100 words or more, about the length of an Amazon customer review) if they received an advance review copy. Is that you?

You don’t have to review music regularly to do so, and you don’t have to promise what kind of review (positive, negative, etc) – just give it some actual words and thought. And it has to be posted publicly online somewhere.

Interested, or have a pointer? Here’s the contact form. Let me know. Thanks!

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

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Kameron Hurley's new book, _Mirror Empire_ is coming out today. No, I didn't provide a link (though if you want to buy it in E-form a moment's googling will pop it right up for you) and here's why--

There is also a special promotion. If you buy the book from Barnes & Noble before September 8th, (it looks like it will cost about $12--trade paperback, probably) and e-mail Kameron a photo or scan or your receipt, you have a chance at a free e-ARC (electronic Advance Reader Copy) of the sequel. There are 250 e-ARCs to go out, so it seems to me if you do it in the next few days, you have a good chance.

Purchases and orders in the first week of sales are what determine which books have more copies ordered, what will be available on store shelves, and thus a chunk of future sales.

What's it like? I honestly have no idea: I've read "We Have Always Fought" and found it well-reasoned, interesting and vivid, and pre-ordered _Mirror Empire_ (from Amazon, alas) on the strength of it. I'm giving serious thought to driving 45 minutes into town to buy a physical copy, though.

Icon Day

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:10 am
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Djinni is doing an icon day.  Read the instructions and fill out the form to request a free icon.  If you tip, you can get one in full color, and there are other incentives too.

'Green' filmmaking

Aug. 25th, 2014 10:37 pm
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Most viewers do not know until well after the movie is completed how “green”-- ecologically conscious-- a particular production has been, /even if they go into the project/ with plans for providing everyone a ceramic mug to be re-used instead of individual bottles of water, for example.

That little detail is, apparently, “important enough” to be subject to the secrecy and confidentiality that's supposed to prevent another studio from “copying” their work and putting out the same basic story and setting at the same time.

-8- crickets chirping -8-

Yeah. That's too big a topic for an aside. Uh, that might actually be the theme of this blog!

So we don't know in advance which movies or television shows are following more sound practices regarding building materials for sets (if any, as Sanctuary proved!), re-usable personalized mugs or /anything/ closer to sustainable practices.

If that's important to you, there's no way to /know/ which movies make an effort to cut their carbon impact.

So, how do we, as outsiders, as consumers, effect the movie industry?

We could insist on more advance notice of carbon impact, like listing the ways the production will minimize its impact while filming on location. We could ask for an impartial, honest /average/ assessment of the man-hours and /energy usage/ which goes into each minute of computer effects for both design creation and insertion into the film, and compare that to a makeup crew working on one actor for a role, or setting up an old-school stunt. Not a specific house, not a specific film, a /general/ comparison.

Information like that should be of interest to anyone who wants at least a ball-park framework for the costs of making a film, but it's treated like some kind of state secret.

The size of the production crew affects more than the base salary expenses on a film. The more total staff on site, the more paramedics and support staff which /also/ have to be on site in order to insure safe working conditions. The number of /assistants/ and /personal staff/ who are also on site with each big-name actor has an effect on the total cost of the movie, too.

I don't care whether Mr. Star had three personal assistants and a manicurist on hand every day while filming, or that Ms. Star had a personal shopper, an assistant and a yoga trainer for the same number of hours. I want to know what the /total/ effect of having those people on hand during filming in Outland, Oklahoma for two weeks cost in terms of resources and energy, pollution and waste produced.
This is important to me, and I want to /make sure/ I put my money, even indirectly, toward the movies and television which do the least damage to the environment in the course of their business. How?

Stop going to movies.

-8- I think the entirety of the blogosphere just shuddered. -8-

Seriously! If /that/ is your priority, DO something about it! Don't just talk about the one star who is doing X to improve the carbon footprint, or the one show which is now canceled who made their heavy use of virtual sets a MAJOR selling point in their transition from webisodes to television.

Don't go to movies. DON'T give money to theaters who toss out more popcorn per /day/ than a family of six eats in a year. (Yes, I /hope/ that I'm exaggerating!) Don't drive your car halfway across town to park it for two hours while sitting in an overly-cold theater whose electric bill conceals even /more/ damaging pollution, then drive your car home, kvetching all the while about the waste and excess which are the very heart of “Hollywood blockbuster.”

The problem as I see it isn't that it's trendy to be eco-conscious. Or that I'm taking on the anti-Hollywood wording and negativity that automatically implies that the film industry doesn't /care/ about its impact on the environment. I don't /know/ that; I don't know any movie producers, directors, or actors personally.

The problem is that while decrying the assumed waste and indifference in the ENTIRE industry, the alternative, “better” option... can't prove it. They don't have data. They won't OFFER data. If forty people need nine pages of script per day for ten weeks for a single production, that's FIFTY reams of paper printed single-sided, used and... what? Recycled? Tossed in the general trash with the candy bar wrappers and used makeup wipes? I don't know; I don't have any way to build up a library of thumbnail facts about script length, whether pages are shot by day and trashed (or replaced with a newly printed revision) the next.

Information exists. Most of it is geared for insiders, hidden in ways a layperson isn't going to want to untangle.

And the generalist claim that “Hollywood isn't green behind the camera,” can't be proven either. First off, as the lowliest bookkeeper on staff, I'd have stern words for anyone who printed ONLY single-sided documents. That cuts the number of reams of paper to twenty-five. That's two and a half boxes of paper, which is better than five, because it cuts the bottom line costs, too.

I think that we, as a culture, want to blame Hollywood, blame the infrastructure we feel powerless to change, for the lack of ecological /progress/ in everyday life since the energy crisis of the nineteen-seventies. Movies are a convenient target because they are, to most people, an utterly irrelevant luxury good. I'm certainly guilty of this, but I sat down and did the MATH-- and I can drive my car for a year, without creating the same carbon impact from ONE factory in China for ONE day.

Individually, we're pretty much micro-droplets, trying to find ways to agglomerate into a single drop, hoping to eventually fill a glass.

Making Hollywood, and “blockbuster movies” our sacrificial goat doesn't change /our/ lives, because well, that movie was already made, wasn't it? It's not like my ticket's going to add up to much in the grand scheme of things.

I remember quite well using a water droplet as a magnifying lens. It was a science experiment I made certain to do with the boys several times in their early schooling. Sometimes, to get the best results, the viewer had to change position, look at the paper from a slightly different angle.

If you don't like what you see... change your position, then check your results.

Cramps still suck.

Aug. 25th, 2014 11:39 pm
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Also, they -- or other associated bio-logistical* issues -- woke me up about an hour before I wanted to be up, and so I was short of sleep all day.

(* Yes, that is a deliberate pun. TREMBLE BEFORE ME.)

But I took the computer on Long Drive. In the hopes that everything would go smoothly.

...let's say... Not. Better than last time, but still not a situation where I could work without my concentration being shattered. Maybe I can get a little done tonight. Gods, I hope so.

Havva Quote
After saving the world, Korra and Asami have a talk about relationships. Lemur-spirits are not involved. Medium-explicitness is.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

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Obviative pronouns in TPNN

Aug. 25th, 2014 08:15 pm
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In my constructed language Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog, they have one pronoun, djai ( ʒeɪ ) and its posessive form djair ( ʒeəʳ ). But pronouns can get confusing even for humans, so I came up with an idea that is apparently called obviative pronouns. It's a series of suffixes to denote different people in the convo.

-ardj ( ɑ:rʒ ) = a second person in the convo
-airsh ( eəʳʃ ) = a third person
-arḥ ( ɑ:rḥ ) = a fourth person
-yurth ( yɜ:ʳð ) = a fith person

Beyond that, you'd be getting into "silly" territory.

Whichever suffix you use is assigned to a certain person, and should remain assigned to that person if reasonable. This assignation applies to the posessive form as well.

Anyway, let's see how that looks.

Without obviative pronouns:

I saw djai take djair arm and guide djai to djair pencil.

Confusing, eh? Lots of meanings. Let's see them with obviative pronouns:

I saw djai take djair-ardj arm and guide djai-ardj to djair-ardj pencil.
(I saw [person 1] take [person 2's] arm and guide [person 2] to [person 2's] pencil.)

Or maybe the situation is even more complex:

I saw djai take djair-ardj arm and guide djai-ardj to djair-airsh pencil.
(I saw [person 1] take [person 2's] arm and guide [person 2] to [person 3's] pencil.)

Or another sentence: I saw djai and djai and djai talking with djai and djai, about sada ("their" always plural in TPNN) earlier conversation about djair pencil.

With o-pronouns:

I saw djai and djai-ardj and djai-airsh talking with djai-arḥ and djai-yurth, about sada ("their" always plural in TPNN) earlier conversation about djair-arḥ pencil.

(I saw [person 1] and [person 2] and [person 3] talking with [person 4] and [person 5] about their earlier conversation about [person 4's] pencil.)

And so on and so forth.

Poem: "Je Ne Regrette Rien"

Aug. 25th, 2014 08:55 pm
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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl and is the second freebie for Twitter user Harriet Clough as a new prompter. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fill the "je ne regrette rien" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This popped up in my FB feed

Aug. 25th, 2014 09:51 pm
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Here is a careful breakdown of the Hugo voting, with some point by point explanations of how the instant runoff voting functioned in many cases.

The takehome lesson is that the Sad Puppies appear to have brought about 70 nominating ballots to the table, that Larry Correia and Toni Weiskopf would probably have been nominated without them, and that the Puppies had no effect on the final winners aside from keeping some pieces off the ballot entirely.

I expect Larry and Toni would actually have done better in the voting if the Sad Puppies hadn't been running around pissing in everyone's post-toasties. But done is done, and we'll never know now.

This piece also notes that we need more nominations at the nominating stage and I agree--though I think Seannan writes wonderfully and her fans have every right to nominate what they love, I would be psyched to see lots of variety on next year's Hugo ballots. There are twenty fiction pieces that can go on the ballot and I for one would be quite happy to make the acquaintance of twenty different authors during the Hugo reading.

Remember if you voted on the Hugos this year you are eligible to nominate (but not vote unless you buy another supporting membership) next year. Nominations will likely be open from Jan 1 to March 10. Other ways to be eligible to nominate are to buy an attending or supporting membership to WorldCon 2015 (SpoCon Sasquan) before Jan 31 2015. SpoCon Sasquan is in Spokane Washington, which I lived in for a year, and which is a beautiful place, with a whitewater river running right through downtown. If I could afford a WorldCon I would totally go.

I intend to read as widely as I have time for, and nominate a full slate. I encourage you to do likewise, and as you come across pieces you like, drop me a note--perhaps our tastes will align. Don't be shy about pointing out good related works, or fan writing, or other categories; I will read and nominate in as many as I can manage. However I don't have a TV, so while I will happily listen and smile if you want to tell me your favorite TV show, I won't be able to see it for myself.

Skillet Dish Algorithm

Aug. 25th, 2014 08:07 pm
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In addition to specific recipes, I like to make cooking algorithms. Looking at my recent Barley Chicken Skillet Dish, I was inspired to make tonight's Beef and Barley Skillet Dish. Then I figured that I might as well just write down the algorithm too, so you can see how the mix-and-match concept works.

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I made this for supper tonight, and it turned out very tasty.

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and how did you spend your weekend?

Aug. 25th, 2014 08:45 am
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Aside from tampering recklessly in god’s domain, and catching up on some media, I spent mine playing with Leannan Sidhe. Thanks to everyone who turned out on such a hot night! If you’re looking for the free downloads, they’re right here. And thank you again to The Dreaming Comics and Games for having us!

Life-Size Spiderman Sold Separately
(photo Angela Korra’ti)

We also watched the new Doctor Who, which was… nowhere near as good as the 50th, but so much better than the awful Christmas Special departure for Matt Smith. I’m with Anna on Moffat’s sexism, but at least Clara’s feeling like a character again, finally. And Peter Capaldi as The Doctor is extremely strong out of the gate.

It’s not up to Legend of Korra levels though. If you bailed out during the sluggish first year, I don’t blame you – but since then, Legend of Korra became pretty awesome. The turnaround happened about halfway through year two, and year three has just been insane. Seriously, start with the run-up to “The First Avatar” and catch up from there, it’s totally worth your time.

So that’s what I did. But I digress – what’d you do this weekend?

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I may have spent my Sunday off – my first day off in like three weeks – debugging UNIVAC Star Trek game code that was ported to TRS-80 Level II BASIC some decades ago. That may be a thing that happened.

(Well, I found some bugs. No, I did. One crashing! That doesn’t happen anymore. Also, now if you enter your name wrong, instead of hanging, it names you Captain Dunsel. It seemed appropriate.)

Here, have a copy of the audiocassette. Or a printout, if you’d prefer that. 16K required.

Did you know Level II BASIC’s built-in programme editor was based heavily on TECO? I feel a bit like Scarf Doctor stumbling across Shemp Doctor’s TARDIS console room and tin whistle. Or maybe it’s kind of like I spent Sunday afternoon flossing out my brain. For SCIENCE! Or something.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the demifiction "Medicinal Uses for Extract of Digitalis" for Frankenstein's Family.  I was intrigued by this, as digitalis seems like a very plausible ingredient for mad science reanimation of dead body parts into a living creature.

All shook up

Aug. 24th, 2014 11:02 pm
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It was 0322 at our house. Chris was sort of awake. I was sitting up in bed on the naptop, er, laptop (the cats like to sleep next to it). MIL was asleep. Suddenly, the bed was shaking, and then we noticed the rest of the house was shaking. It was a kind of a side-to-side motion that lasted a full 30 seconds. That's what Chris noticed the most was how long it shook. MIL woke up scared. No one was hurt, no damage, and the cats didn't seem to care. MIL went back to sleep shortly thereafter. I guess Alzheimer's has a positive side in that she forgot the quake quickly. We weren't scared, but it caught our attention!

Napa and the immediate area was hit badly. It was a 6.0 quake at 0320 PDT 24 August 2014. They have a lot of damage. The vineyards have damage: broken bottles and barrels. Fires from ruptured gas lines couldn't be put out right away in some places because water mains ruptured as well. It could have been worse, though, since a lot of people did do quake precautions.

Story: "Idjit"

Aug. 25th, 2014 12:02 am
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This story fills the "Episode Tags & Missing Scenes" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It contains spoilers for Supernatural Season 7, Episode 1, "Meet the New Boss," and the later parts of Season 6.

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We just finished watching the Doctor Who premiere (and in Paul’s case, watching it for a second time, since he watched it last night when Dara and I weren’t home). Picoreview: Capaldi is definitely an interesting new take on the Doctor. It’s nice to see Clara showing some active character development, and I generally always like Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.

However, the sexism in the episode did not elude me, and I found quite a few moments heavyhanded even for Moffat.


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Cramps. Suck.

Aug. 24th, 2014 11:01 pm
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I stayed up till about 1am editing. I am now about halfway through the document on the final betareader/playtest edit. (I swear to Bast, I'm gonna write something simple next time. SIMPLE. Maybe I can grind through the dragonthing once this is over, as a total id-surfing thing? That might be simple. Really. ........ungh, maybe I should look at... thing, QoR2. ....AUGH.)

I have also watched the season finale. And. Though I will give no spoilers. I will only say: My Korra/Asami FWB fic IS TOTALLY 100% CANON. The only way it could get more canon is if they KISSED ON-SCREEN, DAMMIT. I totally called it. So there.

In other news, there is a skunk around. Phew. *gets up, goes to look out on the deck* Oh, look, a possum. With its giant, white, undead-rat face. (Vorpal rats, those things are!) Too dark, even with the deck light on, to get a picture before it left.

Havva Quote
T_____ [to P_______]: My 15 was one-shot on pretty much everything that attacked me! Now my 25 will be one-shot on more things! :D
P: Woo! Murder all the things!
T: Not the quest npcs, though.
T: Or the shop-owners. Because then I cannot buy the things.
T: And probably not the guards, because I don't feel like dealing with bounty hunters right now...
P: ...okay, okay. Murder all the easily murdered things whose murder will not further inconvenience you.
--more discussion about Skyrim. And Kajiit rogues.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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The title page of a small book, barely four inches wide and six high, one of five found in a shipment of oddments from Bogdana's sister-in-law Ana, sent shortly after the New Year and arriving in the village near the middle of August.
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Home from London/Dublin

Aug. 24th, 2014 07:44 pm
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We have returned from vacationing and con-going in London and Dublin. Much fun was had, despite the fact we both came down with con crud immediately after Loncon wrapped. Shared van dropped us off around 5pm, unpacked, did our best to placate Nova (Luna, of course, is off hiding somewhere), and ordered pizza for dinner. I expect an early bedtime.

My 3LF comrades will be happy to know we in fact made it to Hyde Park. 8-)

Great seeing lots of old friends from both sides of the pond and meeting some of the UK filkers who haven't made it to our side yet (and who we didn't meet at Interaction in 2005). Big thank yous to Lissa, Anna, Rick, Deborah and everyone else who helped with filk programming and tech at Loncon.

Got to see the Doctor Who premiere with 300+ other fans at Shamrokon. Very cool.

a vanful of flags

Aug. 24th, 2014 06:08 pm
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Three weeks ago I noticed —I could hardly miss them! —the flag stickers on the car I parked behind at the curb:

big pic )

I pulled my trusty 5x3" pad from my pocket, wrote a note to leave on the windshield, and signed it with my email address.

(Before reading further, look at how the decals are arranged.)

Parking behind you, I noticed your flags—
I've been a flag fan for years—
And then I observed the way they were laid out.
For you and your flag map, THREE CHEERS!

Yesterday I got a reply from a University of Texas address:

You left a note on my van Eowyn last week* in Philly.  She thanks you for it, and asked me to share a few photo-memories.   All the flags are earned.  In 240,000 miles Eowyn visited 49 states, and all the provinces of Canada, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Canada has that territory, Nunavit, which the roads don't go to, and so we say of Canada, we have seen all of it except Nunavit. Eowyn has retired from long-distance service, and now ranges the streets of Philadelphia.
Several pictures of wildlife were attached, along with this:
I was about to ask about the map slide, but on noticing where the lines converge, together with your email address, I realized it must be a partial map of Éowyn's travels. She's a fine lady indeed! May I post about this on my blog?
Certainly you may blog.  …  The van is still titled in my name in Austin, Texas, but permanently lent to my daughter.*
* I guess his daughter took a while to send him the note.
I'm still enjoying the picture of the car every time I look at it.
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family. Three poems have been sponsored and linked. There are three poems left if you're still shopping: "Sânziene" ($38) "The Nature of His Game" ($23), and "Dance on the Table" ($61.50).

Done last week (20140817 Su - 23 Sa)

Aug. 24th, 2014 09:31 am
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Another rough week. But I put out three posts with actual content -- one informative (The Justin Case file), one River post (Empathy) and one demifiction (Introducing the Melody/Rose 'verse). So I should be feeling accomplished. I'm not, particularly.

Mostly what I'm feeling is broke, and worried about money. The house in San Jose still hasn't sold, so I'm carrying two mortgages as well as a horrendous amount of other debt. Not good.

Links below, many of them depressing.

raw notes, with links )

SE Pennsylvania: Kittens need homes!!

Aug. 24th, 2014 04:53 am
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See [personal profile] kk1raven's post here.

Note: The icon is of my Ista, shortly after she conquered us about 7 years ago. These  ↓ ↓↓  guys are the ones in question here:

[personal profile] kk1raven  writes:
For anyone not already following the story, about a month ago I discovered five kittens in my yard. I caught two and gave them to my sister. I've since caught a third one plus a tiny little kitten that I think someone dumped. The third of the bigger kittens really needs a home. He's feral but he's not unwilling to let me touch him. I had him in a carrier for a few days and I could reach in and pet him and even scritch him under his chin. Then I let him out and now he's mostly hiding, like many cats do when introduced to a new home. He does use the litter box. I haven't caught the other two yet, but I'd like to find homes for them as well. (I don't actually know that the tabby is a boy. I'm hoping to get a good look at him within a few days.)

I'm in southeastern Pennsylvania and I'm willing to drive at least a few hours to get these kittens to a good home. I'd prefer that they go somewhere where they'll be kept inside.
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 The first Heliodrax story is up, "Sanja's Discovery" by Dialecticdreamer.  See the cute baby dragon!

Introducing the Melody/Rose 'verse

Aug. 23rd, 2014 10:34 pm
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So, I guess I'm finally going to do it. Things have come a long way since I wroteSilk and Steel in 1988, and The Rambling Silver Rose in 1992, and I'm going to have to change a lot of the earlier back-story to catch up. *sigh* So here I am, revising in realtime without a backup. We'll see how far that gets me.


From The Backworlds Guide to the Solar System, 2188 edition
The Golden Cockroach $$ ****

Assuming one can get to Hacktown (which, depending on the whims of its inhabitants and the configuration of the Interplanetary Transport Network, could easily be anywhere between the orbits of Venus and Jupiter), and assuming it is open to visitors (which is usually a reasonable assumption), the Golden Cockroach is not to be missed.

The 'Roach, as it's usually called, is the oldest restaurant in space, having opened for business in early 2039 shortly after Hacktown was founded. It is still run by descendents of Frank and Susie Wong, who originally ran the Golden Dragon in Sunnyvale. Their Hacktown Fry, still served the traditional way in the center of a sphere of guests with chopsticks, is justly famous, as are the Egg Foo Bar and Hacked Chicken. Note that living in zero G dulls the sense of taste, so don't be afraid to ask for "spicy".


Open Mike's $/$$$$$ ***

Across the main sphere from the 'Roach you'll find Open Mike's Saloon. Mike's is, of course, best known as the home of Lady Melody, who has been been running the joint -- and hosting its legendary song circles -- since the death of her partner Geoff Kalman in 2042. However, it is almost as legendary in other circles for its booze, a collection which ranges from the ordinary to the esoteric. The best of the everyday brews is undoubtedly the locally-made Hashtown Pale Ale, made from malted hemp seeds. The cellar, by appointment only, is the most extensive anywhere off Earth, mainly because Mike's accepts bottles in trade.



Mike's is named after the fictional proprietor of the alt.callahans newsgroup, one of the earliest and most influential "virtual places".

The Interplanetary Transport Network is a network of gravitationally determined low-energy paths connecting the L1 and L2 Lagrange points of the planets and their satellites.

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