Yes, I've barely been around lately

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:28 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Real life's been so busy that I haven't even been able to check FList/DWircle, and I keep thinking it's almost at an end, and then more stuff gets piled on ... so, right now ETA for sanity is December. December's looking good.

That said, Festivids assignments will be going out soon, and - yay! Even though [personal profile] odessie has (thank God) taken on the bulk of the responsibilities, I'm still monitoring things and to be honest, assignment distribution is, like, the best time of year for me. So - woo!

And hopefully I'll be back ... some day.

I think I qualify for a Master's

Oct. 30th, 2014 04:58 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Wasting time on the Internet, ENGL 111.301:
Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. ... Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.
cimorene: Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth in P&P (1980), sitting alone in a smocked white dress, reading Darcy's letter (working)
[personal profile] cimorene
Hahahahahhahahhaha. Hahahahh. Hah hah. Hah.

Remember that whole farcical encounter with the employment bureau officer who promised that I shouldn't call anyone because my case-worker would call me? And refused to give me her contact info?

Well, since 3 weeks had passed I decided to just try the front desk. The front desk has one shared email for hundreds of workers and they promise only that someone will get back to you inside 3 days, but whatever, it's better than nothing right?

So I sent an email recounting this story and asking what I should do, could I talk to my case-worker even though I didn't know who it was or what?, last night.

This morning my case-worker called me.

She read my email.

And it was the first time she'd heard about it.

The hilarious worker never passed any message on to her in the first place?????

WHAT THE JAFLSKFJj;DHGJHFj.

So I went through my little spiel explaining what I wanted and what I was confused about and she was like Oh that? That's easy, we have this thing going that lasts a couple of weeks where they walk you through the process and explain the different places you can look for that kind of work. It starts next month at Turun AKK, how's that?

I was like, uh, sounds great, I mean, I'm nothing but time...?

And she was like Haha, right! Yeah, and after that, you actually don't have to call us. I'll call you or a substitute worker will call you, but we'll check up to see if it helped or what. And we'll send you a snail mail letter with the dates and times and stuff.

Man, that was totally easy (assuming she actually sends it, knock on pine etc). Like, uh, once I actually got to the man behind the curtain.

But she also gave me her name and number so I can actually reach her next time.

So they're tears of relief and also laughcrying about the whole extra-farcical conclusion to the previous chapter.

So that was a day.

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:12 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
In which the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and Anita Sarkeesian appeared on the Colbert Report. (Icon chosen very specifically.)

A good day for the Bay Area, I would say.

Gratitudes

Oct. 29th, 2014 05:42 pm
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[personal profile] kass
I am making a variation on [personal profile] heresluck's green lentils and kielbasa dish (using chorizo because that's what we have; adjusting the cooking technique accordingly) and I think it should turn out pretty tasty.

Also it should be bright and satisfying on a dark and rainy evening, which, yay.

Further reasons for yay: fannish tv again tonight! (Fringe with [personal profile] kouredios. My week has also featured Vampire Diaries with [personal profile] squirrelhaven and Person of Interest and Dr. Who with [personal profile] sanj.) My cup runneth over.

Also there is wine, and soon it will be wine o'clock.

And today I am wearing a favorite necklace, which was a gift, which makes me smile every time I look in the mirror.

\o/!

post of whining

Oct. 29th, 2014 03:26 pm
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[personal profile] umbo
I am going to vent and whine and then I am going to fucking grade because I have to.

This week blows. )
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[personal profile] ratcreature
I'm dithering whether I should pre-order the hardcover of Foxglove Summer, the fifth in the Rivers of London series, which comes out on November 13th, or wait for the paperback. It's harder because the paperback doesn't come out that much later, on January 8th, so it's not even a two month wait, not a year or anything, and that would be nine euro cheaper (almost twelve if I got the US paperback).

OTOH, I really like the series, so waiting longer than necessary would suck. Also Amazon seems kind of confused about the publishing date for the paperback, because it lists the UK paperback with both a January and a July date, and the US with a January one. So maybe the paperback would mean a longer wait after all. And it's one of those fandoms that I enjoy checking out in Yuletide, where there might be fanfic posted for it, and I'd have to avoid checking out those as well to avoid spoilers.
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[personal profile] musesfool
Oh, the other thing I wanted to mention in my post last night about the Marvel movies is that I hope anybody planning any sort of "superheroes need oversight/to be accountable to someone!" story (re)watches the JLU Cadmus arc, because it's pretty amazing at doing that, though of course it had earlier seasons to plant the seeds and let them grow to fruition organically over time. (I also think SHIELD-the-show needs to problematize SHIELD-the-organization way more than it has, especially after CATWS, but I'm trying not to post about that show anymore.)

And I just lost my train of thought because I got distracted by the idea of Adrianne Palicki as A:EMH!Veranke and Chris Evans as the Super Skrull. (also also, a little sad that Diamondback, or at least Madame Viper/Madame Hydra, isn't on the menu.) Carry on!

Also on that tip: Alan Sepinwall provides a quick and dirty Black Panther primer. Note: I know T'Challa only from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, where he is AMAZEBALLS. I need him to show up in Cap 3 and throw ALL the shade at Tony.

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The Flash: Going Rogue
spoilers )

I thought this was the best episode yet, though they still need to work on making the dialogue better.

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What I'm reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished

Ancillary Sword, which I really liked - possibly even more than Ancillary Justice. Though spoilers )

What I'm reading now

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway. I'm enjoying it, though I have a terrible sense of foreboding for the kid who calls himself Robin. (That is like the opening line of the book, so it's not a spoiler, and though I couldn't remember what it was supposed to be about, as soon as the narrator said, "the boy who called himself Robin," I was like, "I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT" even though I don't, exactly, but you know what I'm saying. *forever crying over Robins dot tumblr dot com*) I don't think anything will ever match Angelmaker, which I highly recommend to everyone, but I like Harkaway's writing A LOT.

What I'm reading next

Your guess is as good as mine.

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3 things

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:11 am
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[personal profile] marina
Not updating while I was on vacation has gotten me out of the habit.

1. Last night there was the night running marathon in Tel Aviv, [personal profile] roga and I went to see some of it and I got half of a free Balkan Beatbox out of it! And also a lovely walk by the river, which was chillier than I expected.

2. Yesterday at lunch my coworkers had a conversation that basically amounted to "Jerusalem is terrible, why would anyone want to go there, nothing good ever came from that city, you couldn't pay me to live there, let's just pretend it doesn't exist." I will never stop being amused by Tel Avivians' hatred for Jerusalem (and vice versa). Personally, I hate Jerusalem and you couldn't pay me to live there because I can't remember the last time I took public transport in the city without a random woman on the bus taking me aside to talk about my cleavage.

3. I am thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year! This is almost entirely due to [personal profile] yifu's influence, as she lives outside Europe/North America and does NaNo every year and it seems to work very well for her in her writing career. Seeing her enthusiasm every year has convinced me to give it a try, and this year is the first when my schedule sort of allows it. (Sort of. We'll not speak of grad school which I need to sort out.)

I'm going to use it to write the porn novel. stuff about writing )

Wednesday

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:42 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
They're about to replace a power utility pole on our street today, so I will probably be disappearing abruptly from the internet for several hours. I'll take pictures, including the car that for some reason has decided to park right in front of where the giant pole has to go through.

Shows I'm really enjoying:

Sleepy Hollow is fast-paced action mystery fantasy horror. And I mean, fast-paced. One of the things I like best about this show is that characters don't withhold information from each other. They run to their friends and blurt out everything the bad guys would like them to keep quiet about. And I love Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, and Tom Mison. And I'm really worried about what's happening to Orlando Jones' character.

If there's ever a live action Raksura movie, I want Lyndie Greenwood to play Jade.

How to Get Away With Murder. I'm loving this one too. Viola Davis and the whole cast is awesome. It's complicated and twisty and also fast-paced, and would lend itself well to binge-watching.

Weird thing that happened the other night: One of our cats, Tasha, woke us up in the middle of the night with what was apparently a nightmare. She was sleeping at the foot of the bed, and started crying, and when I turned on the light she ran up to us, still crying, and kept running between us and looking at us both. Her fur was puffed up and she was crying and purring (I think because she was glad to see us) at the same time. This is not the most demonstrative cat, though she's affectionate in her own way. (Jack is the one who will continually throw his body at your face and knead you and wind around your legs, etc.) So it was odd, and the only thing I can think of is that she had a nightmare and it scared the crap out of her. She finally settled down and went to sleep up by my shoulder. (And yes, I got up and walked around the house to make sure it wasn't on fire or being invaded by snakes or something.)

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Thanks to all who commented pre- and post-surgery with good thoughts and wishes. Y'all are a tremendous comfort. <3

Very high on everyone's list of Things to Avoid at All Cost should be Don't catch a cold immediately after having surgery on the inside of your nose. I'm saying, put this one way up there. )

In other news, did anyone watch this week's Castle? There was a guest star in a good role that should very much please some of y'all. [personal profile] seascribe, I'm talkin' to you, among others. ;-)
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[personal profile] sdwolfpup
HELLO WORLD. Though today is a day for massive Amy Poehler-based flailing (her book is out!), I'm going to throw you off pace and instead I'm here to proselytize to you a bit about one Mr. Peter Mulvey.

He played at The Royal Room in Seattle Sunday night and the stars aligned and my children went to sleep for the babysitter and so AHH and I had a date (!!) and got to see him. It's been awhile since I've been to/talked about a concert here, but the show reminded me why I feel like everyone needs to see at least one Peter Mulvey performance in their life.

I shall expand on that more under here )

But yes, if you get a chance, even if you haven't heard his songs or you've heard them recorded only and they haven't made a huge impression on you, you should try to get to one of his shows. He understands the magic of live shows and capitalizes on it every time.

And seriously - ask him to play that Over Coffee song.
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[personal profile] seperis
Just see if anyone else has this and may tell me the obvious:

1.) how on earth do I empty the trash? Or spam?
2.) Is there a select all anywhere here? Or even better, a select range?

Anyone who does not know what this is:

Inbox by Gmail which works in apps best and Chrome browser kind of (so much white space, appear/disappear left nav, not resizable, SO MUCH WHITE SPACE JESUS). There is bundling.

I like it, but I'm missing functionality here that's frustrating.

Dear Festividder 2014

Oct. 28th, 2014 11:19 pm
eruthros: T'Challa in a fighting pose; he's crouching with one hand on the floor (A;EMH: T'Challa crouching)
[personal profile] eruthros
Thank you for making me a vid in one of the small fandoms that we share! I want you to have fun and do festivids however you want to do it, and if that means totally ignoring this that is fine by me. I like a lot of detail when I read letters, so that's how I write mine, but please don't feel obligated to read this all or to take any of this letter as a strict guideline - I like all kinds of vids (including critiques) and I like surprises and I like these sources, so you're pretty sure to make something I'll like.

General preferences )

Music )


My requests, copied from the sign-up form plus some additional info: Sleep Dealer, Mighty Avengers, Crash Pad series, Black Panther, The Motorcycle Diaries, Brother to Brother, Daughters of the Dragon, Cloudburst )

CA:TWS Fic: Unquiet

Oct. 28th, 2014 10:39 pm
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[personal profile] dira
Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] teatotally for beta, and [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, [tumblr.com profile] feanorinleatherpants and [personal profile] iulia for encouraging this all along! Written for the "poltergeist" square on my [community profile] hc_bingo card.


Unquiet (15944 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Lucky (Hawkeye), Jane Foster (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Poltergeists, Gaslighting, Bucky Barnes Recovering, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug
Summary:


A few hours before dawn Steve woke up already in the process of running to Bucky's room, shield in hand. He hesitated at the closed door, and only then registered that the sound that woke him had been a strangely prolonged shattering of glass.

today in brief

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:05 pm
umbo: Carol Danvers flying (Carol flying yellow)
[personal profile] umbo
1. I am so fucking sick of this cold.
2. Also sick of grading care plans, but, oh joy, I have 9 more to go.
3. OMG MARVEL OMG BLACK PANTHER MOVIE OMG CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE
4. Also some not as happy thoughts about Marvel (where is my Black Widow movie? Why do we have to wait so long for Carol? what if they really do cast Bukkake Cricketbat as Dr. Strange?), but whatevs, I'll focus on the positives
5. Why did the tutor have to come talk to me during the Marvel livestream, anyway?
6. So a student cried in my office after I'd already used the last kleenex, argh. So sick of this cold. Also I might be losing my voice.
7. Meeting with student ran late. Took 45 minutes to get home. Had to wait for Rx and flu shot.
8. Breakfast tacos for dinner.
9. Did I mention how sick I am of this cold?
10. OMG Agents of SHIELD was awesome tonight!
11. OMG AGE OF ULTRON SCENE AND TRAILER OMG
12. I have to get up in 8 hours, argh.

Short stories I think you should read

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:32 pm
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[personal profile] wired
This Chance Planet, by Elizabeth Bear
http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/10/this-chance-planet-elizabeth-bear
What it means to have a fairy dog mother.

The Cambist and Lord Iron, by Daniel Abraham
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-cambist-and-lord-iron-a-fairy-tale-of-economics/
What is a thing worth, when it comes down to it?

The Glass Bottle Trick, by Nalo Hopkinson
http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-glass-bottle-trick/
It's a fairy-tale retelling that surprised me and tasted new.

Coins for Their Eyes, by Kris Millering
http://www.apex-magazine.com/coins-for-their-eyes/
A story about the jobs we are called to do. Creepy.

The Dryad's Shoe, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)
http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-dryads-shoe/
What do you want, out of this fairy-tale life?

each thing i show you is a piece of my death, by Stephen J. Barringer and Gemma Files
http://www.apex-magazine.com/each-thing-i-show-you-is-a-piece-of-my-death/
Experimental, twisty, but ultimately sort of spine-tingly.

What You Pawn I Will Redeem, by Sheman Alexie
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/04/21/what-you-pawn-i-will-redeem
Alexie said this was one of his favorite stories that he'd written.

On "In the Forest of the Night"

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:03 pm
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[personal profile] kass
Having now seen "In the Forest of the Night," I think the best meta/review I've read is this one at Tor. Here's a taste:

In Blake’s poem, the forest of the night stands in for the chaos of the universe and the Tyger is part of the dual nature of the creator of that universe alongside the Lamb. The former is cruel and destructive and capricious while the latter is nurturing and creative and gentle. And while you could ascribe that relationship to the trees and the sun in the episode itself, that relationship also doubles as a meta-commentary on the modes of thought that “In the Forest of the Night” represents for Doctor Who as a show.

Because the narrative within this episode is unabashedly a fairy tale and as such it defies the logical and deductive deconstruction that this particular Doctor is best at. The Eleventh Doctor would undoubtedly feel right at home in this Trafalgar Squarian forest, but the Twelfth Doctor refuses to submit to that kind of story. Stories just don’t appear and neither do forests. Everything has a reason, every cause has an effect...


(I read the review out loud to [personal profile] sanj, as well as the Blake poem. Good stuff.)
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[personal profile] heresluck
The Open Window

An elderly writer had formed the habit of writing the words THE END on a piece of paper before he began his stories, after which he would gather a stack of pages, typically thin in winter when the daylight was brief, and comparatively dense in summer when his thought became again loose and associative, expansive like the thought of a young man. Regardless of their number, he would place these blank pages over the last, thus obscuring it. Only then would the story come to him, chaste and refined in winter, more free in summer. By these means he had become an acknowledged master.

He worked by preference in a room without clocks, trusting the light to tell him when the day was finished. In summer, he liked the window open. How then, in summer, did the winter wind enter the room? You are right, he cried out to the wind, this is what I have lacked, this decisiveness and abruptness, this surprise—O, if I could do this I would be a god! And he lay on the cold floor of the study watching the wind stirring the pages, mixing the written and unwritten, the end among them.


— Louise Glück
from Faithful and Virtuous Night
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[personal profile] musesfool
Wow, I don't post multiple times a day much any more, but I feel like I need to squee (and grumble) here (and also I'm a little scared to get on tumblr atm) about the news coming out about Marvel's Phase 3.

The good:

CAPTAIN MARVEL! CONFIRMED AS CAROL DANVERS (I say let's leave Mar-Vell out of it altogether, or he can die in the pre-credits sequence and the movie can be about Carol learning to use her powers.) My money's for Katee Sackhoff, even though she's not tall enough, but I like a lot of the other suggestions I've seen around the internets: Yvonne Strahovski, Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Anna Torv, the blonde lady from Vikings whose name I don't know (though maybe she could be Valkyrie?). Carol needs to be someone you believe can throw a punch with some force even before she gets superpowered, though, and Starbuck is basically one long audition for the role.

Also, will I get to see DANGERS together onscreen? I WOULD PAY REAL MONEY FOR THAT. AND A KAMALA KHAN CAMEO (especially since they are also doing Inhumans.)

BLACK PANTHER! T'CHALLA ON MY MULTIPLEX SCREEN YAY! CHADWICK BOSEMAN IS SO CHARISMATIC. And I guess since he's making a cameo in Cap 3 that that's when the shield gets repaired (vibranium comes from Wakanda, which is the nation T'Challa is king of, for those of you who haven't wiki'd all this yet [or read the comics; I know a lot of you are a lot more familiar with the comics than I am]). Though I am still totally on board for that being the post-credits scene in AoU.

No confirmation yet on Bendadoodle Crumplysnatch playing Stephen Strange. KEEP THE ODED FEHR/ALEXANDER SIDDIG/KEN WATANABE/NOT ANOTHER WHITE DUDE DREAM ALIVE ONE MORE DAY. (Also, I don't think I would pay money to watch him be the main character in a film. I find him supremely unattractive. I have his name in tumblr savior so I don't get surprised by his face on my dash.) (I have other reasons than not liking him - I didn't like any of the white dude names floated for the part - if they're doing Doc Strange, they need to get rid of some of the racism of him going to the ~mysterious east~ and becoming the bestest sorceror ever after being trained by Asian masters [him and Iron Fist both]. Also, I'm not sure I believe he'd sign such a long-term deal when he's such a hot property atm.)

The not-as-bad-as-it-could be:

Civil War. Hopefully it as as much to do with the comics arc as movie!Age of Ultron does, which is sweet fuck all. They say it'll be about superhero oversight and accountability, which I guess makes some sense, and it can certainly tie in with the Bucky Barnes: POW vs. TRAITOR thing that could--and SHOULD--be the emotional throughline of Cap 3. Also, maybe it will give us this glorious event:
when metal arm meets iron groin )

Also, I wonder if the 'act break' between the split third and fourth Avengers movies will be Steve's 'assassination.' Because the first one would be Chris Evans' sixth movie. and then the eventual end credits scene of the last one could be him returning to his body/hiding out somewhere with a beard and a dye job while Bucky and/or Sam are Captain America.

The bad:

Still no Black Widow movie, yet Ant-Man is still a thing. Sigh. If the reason we're not getting it is beacuse Scarlett Johansson doesn't want to do it, that's one thing, but I'm afraid it's just because Marvel doesn't want to pay her what they'd have to if she renegotiated her contract. Possibly they'll do it with Monica Chang instead, when Scarlett bows out? Though a Natasha/Yelena Belova movie would be pretty awesome. I am just saying. Saoirse Ronan could play Yelena. You know that would be amazing.

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Dragon Age 2: Jealousy (Hawke/Fenris)

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:31 pm
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[personal profile] astolat
I've been replaying Dragon Age while waiting for Inquisition, so here, have a Dragon Age 2 piece -- Hawke/Fenris, and it's sort of a sequel to The Rest of His Armor, although it stands alone, too. :D



Jealousy (4607 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age II
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Fenris/Male Hawke
Characters: Hawke (Dragon Age), Fenris (Dragon Age), Varric Tethras, Tallis (Dragon Age), Anders (Dragon Age), Merrill (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Jealousy, Mark of the Assassin
Series: Part 2 of Armored
Summary:

There were few pleasures, Hawke thought sourly, to match a week’s journey in a carriage crowded against the man who’d fucked you until you couldn’t see straight, and then promptly leapt out of your bed as though it were full of coals.








Ancillary Sword, spoilery version

Oct. 28th, 2014 03:02 pm
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[personal profile] jadelennox
spoilery thoughts, brief because battery is not high )

Anyway I don't want to over-read into the politics of the series because I feel so many people are busy careful interpreting its politics that it's not being read as what it actually is, which is an (awesome) space opera which is no more or less political than David Weber or Orson Scott Card or Lois McMaster Bujold or any fantasy of space battle glory.

So brief thoughts on narrative structure )

Hello

Oct. 28th, 2014 10:16 pm
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[personal profile] tadorna
Hello. *waves*

er... I can't remember how this works. Er... Um.

So.

Everyone ok? Ish? What have you all been doing?

Ancillary Sword

Oct. 28th, 2014 02:45 pm
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[personal profile] jadelennox
     Travel to a conference
plus laptop power cord kablooeying a few hours before takeoff
plus waiting for overnight delivery of a power cord
-----
equals a lot of time to read actual books.

My non-spoilery thoughts on Ancillary Sword come down to this: I was checking Twitter during my reading breaks, and much of my Twitter stream is Ferguson-related. I wondered how much the parallels I was drawing were me forcing an interpretation, though some of the commentary on respectability politics seemed overwhelming. I had some vague impression that Ann Leckie was Australian.

Until I finished the book and read in the biographical note that she's from St. Louis, Missouri. Which, as [personal profile] cnoocy pointed out, needs to be interpreted in the light of a book's creation cycle, but is still very telling to me. (The more obvious ideological metaphors are to colonialism -- though reducing this series to ideology is stupid, which hasn't prevented a bunch of illiterates from claiming it's making some kind of feminist separatist statement -- but the arguments Breq hears are certainly used in more domestic issues, as well as post-colonial ones.)

Goddamit, MCU

Oct. 28th, 2014 11:56 am
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[personal profile] jadelennox
I had just become really contented in my decision to break up with you.

Book Day

Oct. 28th, 2014 11:21 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
* Star Wars: Razor's Edge is out in paperback, and the ebook price has been dropped.

* There is a short interview with me on SF Signal: INTERVIEW: Martha Wells on the Raksura and the Three Worlds

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The We Need Diverse Books Indegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-need-diverse-books
Reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities--people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities--the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors-- they’re windows as well. The more kids read, the more they understand not just themselves, but the Story of Us All.

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Other people's books:

* Drawn Blades by Kelly McCullough
"Aral the jack, formerly the noble Aral Kingslayer, is the best kind of hero: damaged, cynical, and despondent, yet needing only the right cause to rise from his own ashes."—Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

* A Death at the Dionysus Club by Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold
In the sequel to Lambda Literary Award-winning Death by Silver, metaphysician Ned Mathey and private detective Julian Lynes again challenge magical and murderous threats in a Victorian London not quite the city in our history books.

* New Rivers of London short story: The Home Crowd Advantage by Ben Aaronovitch
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[personal profile] musesfool
I didn't intend to watch Gotham last night, but then I saw Ben Edlund had written it, and I thought, if Edlund can't make this watchable, I'm truly out for good. Spoilers: It wasn't terrible! In fact, it was only about half-bad! Though I still am not planning to keep up with it. actual spoilers )

So possibly there is a decent show in there somewhere, though I still have a lot of doubts.

Then there was Sleepy Hollow. spoilers )

Okay, and I'm cutting separately for spoilers for next week's preview. spoilers for the promo for next week's episode )

In other news, if like me you are eagerly awaiting the release of Foxglove Summer (the fourth Peter Grant book), Ben Aaronovitch has a new short story up on his blog (thanks to [personal profile] marinarusalka for the link).

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weird marketing strategies

Oct. 28th, 2014 05:37 pm
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[personal profile] ratcreature
So I was buying some mouthwash, and saw the weirdest ad line on a nearby toothpaste I've encountered yet.

In the prominent byline place near the brand name, where normally you'd see claims like "recommended by dentists" or such it advertised with "compatible with homeopathy". Just what? And it wasn't a toothpaste of the organic/all natural/no mineral-oil derived ingredients kinds or some other niche product either.

Yuletide

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:40 pm
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream
Dear Yuletide writer! I only know one thing about you – and that is that you are fabulous. You are going to write a story for me! In one of the obscure fandoms I like!


I requested *Jeremiah*, Rosemary Sutcliff’s *Eagle of the Ninth*, Rosemary Sutcliff’s *Frontier Wolf* and *Zombieland* (the ‘zombedy’ not to be confused with *Z Nation* which is now showing in the US). Any of those would be cool.


Here are some things I like: characters being competent, banter, Sutcliffesque descriptive prose, romance, happy endings.


Here are some things I don’t like: main characters dying.


I like slash but I am happy to read het or gen or threesomes or whatever you choose. What I don’t like is the female characters being downplayed or killed off so the men can get centre stage.


I was going to write that I don’t like to read about children suffering and then I realised that the back stories of virtually all these programs are a long list of suffering. All the adults in *Jeremiah* died; Esca’s family were killed and he was enslaved, Marcus had an emotionally distant mother and then was horribly wounded while still a teenager himself; and in *Zombieland* essentially every human on the planet except the four main characters is dead. So it turns out that I did not know myself – I like the pain.


And here is my thank you in advance! Thank you!

Strange Empire (episodes 1-2)

Oct. 28th, 2014 02:50 pm
marina: (complaining)
[personal profile] marina
So, Strange Empire. A show set in Canada in the 19th century, essentially a "wild west" show, feature a boat load of women protagonists. Only one of the three main women is played by a white actress, afaik. THERE IS NO WAY NOT TO BE EXCITED BY A SHOW LIKE THIS.

How could you ever ruin a show like the show I've described? IT CAN'T BE DONE! but no, apparently, slowly but surely, you can take everything I've ever wanted in a show and water it down with rape culture and average-to-terrible writing until it's just... a sort-of watchable mess?

spoilers for the first two episodes )

Yeah.

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:47 pm
vass: My Little Pony, caption "Blossom is thinking about her novel" (NaNoWriMo)
[personal profile] vass
My response to the fairly reasonable question "Quick, What’s Your NaNo Story About?"

It's going to be about 50,000 words. I hope.

Daily Happiness

Oct. 27th, 2014 09:25 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I went in for four hours this morning because I not only needed to finish up my own ordering, but also needed to help the new drinks buyer order and answer questions for the other buyers who are now having to order from unfamiliar vendors due to all the American and non-Japanese Asian stuff going into their departments. I went in at seven because I had walked up with Irene to her job (they put her on a shift starting at seven and the bus doesn't run then and it's still dark) and then just carried on to work because it's almost halfway there. It was nice to be there that early and get a lot done before customers were in.

2. There was no new Simpsons or Brooklyn Nine-Nine last night so Irene suggested we do a Brooklyn Nine-Nine rewatch and I have to say, even just having watched these episodes a couple weeks ago, they are still awesome. XD (I'm glad there's a new episode this coming Sunday, though!)

3. We had ants in the kitchen this morning, but they seem to have gone away. *crosses fingers*

Dear Festividder:

Oct. 27th, 2014 10:06 pm
trelkez: (Default)
[personal profile] trelkez
This isn't the most informative Festivids letter of all time, as my brain is fried. Sorry, Festividder! Hopefully there's something useful in it for you, anyway. If nothing else, there are a lot of gifs in it? :D?

The Craft, Drunk History, Men in Black series, My Love from Another Star, Queen of Outer Space, Slings & Arrows, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Decoy Bride )

recipe Friday (on Monday)

Oct. 27th, 2014 06:07 pm
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
[personal profile] kindkit
On Thursday I accidentally cooked a pot roast. The accidental part was that I had originally intended to cook beef rendang, but then at the last second I found that I didn't have enough lemongrass. Nor did I have the time or energy to go out and buy more lemongrass, but the beef had been thawing in the fridge for a couple of days and needed to be cooked, so I improvised a pot roast based on what I had around (i.e. an onion, a stick of celery, some dried shiitake mushrooms, a few fragments of dried porcini mushrooms I found while looking for the shiitakes, and some sherry). So on Thursday I ate pot roast with mashed potatoes, then on one of the intervening days had some leftover pot roast over pasta, and tonight I made a sort of cottage pie with the remaining pot roast topped with the leftover potatoes. I was amused to realize it was in fact the same meal as on Thursday, only upside down. (But for some reason the pie tasted better than the original pot roast + potatoes. Maybe it's true that stews and braises get better--within reason--after they've been around a while?)

I still want to make beef rendang, but now I have no beef. I'll need to wait for beef chuck to go on sale again, I guess. Or beef short ribs, if I'm incredibly lucky. It's a dish I've wanted to try for years, in part because, while I love the idea of braised beef, I have seldom loved the thing itself. But to my taste it's very hard to go wrong with coconut milk and spices.

Speaking of braised beef, a while back I picked up some beef cheeks on sale. They're in the freezer, and I'm thinking of cooking them for Thanksgiving. Anyone have ideas for how to cook them that are more exciting than the usual "stew them in wine or beer" sort of thing? (I don't think they're suitable for beef rendang because they require v.v. long cooking.)

In other cooking news, I think I might try baking an apple pie on my next days off.
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The Good Wife
I don't know what the title of this one was, but I'm guessing it was "Old Spice." If it wasn't, it should have been! [personal profile] snacky and I spent most of the episode going "OMG OMG OMG" to each other over IM. spoilers )

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