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Sep. 16th, 2014 22:59
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hoooooooly shit, the Orioles cinched the AL East championship tonight. THE ORIOLES.

(Also, that 9-1 win-loss streak they're on? Yeah, guess which game we were at. If you say 'the one where they lost', you know how my life works. Heh.)

SO GLAD we bought partial season tix for next year so we can get priority on buying postseason tickets. \o/
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I don't think I have a literal list of "things [read: household objects] that I used to think sounded like gimmicks and later started to think might be useful and then eventually acquired and immediately fell in love with", but if I did, my strawberry huller would be WAY up there. I finally caved and bought one while I was in Toronto last month, long past regular strawberry season, but today [personal profile] scruloose brought a quart of strawberries home from the market (they're lovely), and I got to use the huller for the first time.

And it's basically magic. So very, very worth the $3 or whatever I paid for it, no matter how much it may sound like a ridiculous kitchen unitasker.

I've worn four more Hallowe'en scents since the last time I noted them here. brief notes on Candied Pumpkin, Chant D'Automne, Creepy, and Day of the Skulls )

Let's talk about books!

Sep. 16th, 2014 22:18
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I made my "read 100 books in a year" challenge last week! I've been tracking it on Goodreads, because I'm finding it a lot easier to track reading separately from tracking ownership, but I imported the first hundred to LibraryThing because LibraryThing is still just a much more powerful database, so you can see them all under my Read 2014 tag. I've been reviewing them on Goodreads as I go, when I can, but if you would like me to blather at you in comments about any of the books on that list, here is your chance. :P

I've also been keeping an actual to-read list for the first time ever. I only started it a couple weeks ago, and it only includes media that are available at the library where I work, and it hit 100 items today. (Don't ever work at a library if you want to keep your to-read lists under control.) It's under the cut. If you would like to blather at me in a comment about any of these, here is your chance! (But don't count on me getting around to reading them anytime soon. This just the "check out from library" list. It doesn't include the 50-book-high to-read pile at home, or the 21 books in the 'currently reading' list, or the shelf of withdrawn books I want to read before I sell them on, or----) It also only includes things I've never read/watched/listened to before, and it has a lot of cases where one item is a stand-in for a whole series....

100 to-read, to-listen, or to-watch items )

...you get bonus points if you can guess which fandom/writing project inspired any of the nonfiction ones. <_<

I watched a squirrel

Sep. 16th, 2014 22:24
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Dodge and weave 2/3rds of the way across Charles St, lose confidence and race back through traffic. There may be some sort of lesson there.

(It's a fairly major road, this bit is near the bus station and there was a lot of traffic)

I also got to watch a squirrel follow someone onto a bus, stand on hind legs looking at the passengers and then leave. My guess is it did not have exact change for the fare. The driver did not seem fazed, which makes me wonder if this has happened before.

Expendable by James Alan Gardner

Sep. 16th, 2014 21:27
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The first science fiction author connected with the University of Waterloo I know for a fact I met is James Alan Gardner, whose work I heard first on radio in the 1970s, who I met in person thanks to FASS, the University of Waterloo’s longest-operating amateur theatre group, and who gives me a ride to gaming every week.

Festina Ramos is a member of the glorious Explorer Corps, that chosen elite who get to go down to the surface of unexplored worlds once the probes have hit their limit of usefulness to see what exciting new ways each new world has of killing people like Festina. That process of discovery is often called going Oh Shit because those are usually the last works heard over the explorers’ radios.
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Do all of the reviews I do for James Davis Nicoll count as paid or just the sponsored ones?

Maniacal laughter

Sep. 16th, 2014 19:36
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Decided to search the local used bookstores in person, rather than calling them to ask about a particular book.



WIP meme

Sep. 16th, 2014 19:34
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Via a couple of people, a fanfic meme (that I've also seen phrased a couple of different ways, at that): Post a snippet of your current WIPs without context!

These are in no particular order, and for the most part I'm sticking to WsIP that are far enough along to be in their own files.)

Single non-spoilery sentences from 13 fics (9 Newsflesh [inc. 3 AUs] and 4 Warehouse 13 [inc. Fringe crossover]) )
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Walter Jon Williams wastes no time establishing his world in this mid-1990s science fantasy novel:

A burning woman stalks along the streets. Ten stories tall, naked body a whirling holocaust of fire. Terrified people on Bursary Street crumple into carbon at her passing, leaving behind only black char curled into fetal shapes. The heat she radiates is so powerful that structures burst into flame as she passes. A storm of paper, sucked out of buildings by uncontrolled drafts, spiral toward her and are consumed. Uncontrolled rivers of flame pour from her fingertips. Windows blast inward at her keening, at the eerie, nerve-scraping wail that pours from her insubstantial, fiery throat. In a city that girdles the world, all-devouring fire is the worst thing imaginable.


Sep. 16th, 2014 17:41
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[twitter.com profile] kake linked to a cool post by [personal profile] doug about changing history with a time machine. It's the sort of post that makes me realize just how weak my history is. There's absolutely no way I could come up with any sensible argument for which people and events made a substantial difference to the course of history, or how history would have been different if those fulcrum events ran differently. Anyway I really like reading stuff by knowledgeable people playing around with ideas like this!

Also I accidentally rekindled the debate about whether Harriet Vane is a Mary-Sue at [personal profile] staranise's place. People are being careful about major spoilers but if you don't want to know anything the plots or characters of any Sayers books at all you might want to avoid the thread. [personal profile] legionseagle quite rightly points out that my initial premise was simplistic and probably sexist, and also has some really informative and insightful ideas about Sayers oeuvre, about Mary-Sues, and about the law. And lots of thinky stuff about class and how that's changed historically from various people, including [personal profile] naraht. And [personal profile] staranise herself brings the psychological insight regarding relationships between authors and characters.

One of the major topics I've been thinking about recently is how to maintain communication with people I care about a lot but who aren't regularly in my life. Partly sparked by this really chewy discussion chez [personal profile] kaberett, which started off responding to a Captain Awkward discussion about when you should just assume someone who isn't getting back to you doesn't actually want to be talking to you and it's time to stop pestering, and moves on to talking about different media and how they work or don't for communication. Also I've been talking to [personal profile] lethargic_man about related stuff; he used to joke that the reason he asked me out was that that was the only way to get me to answer emails, and it's somewhat true, I've been a direly terrible correspondent in the decade since we broke up. And now I am committing the terrible irony of failing to keep up with an email conversation about ways of keeping up with email conversations...

So, I'd like to hear from people, how do you manage this kind of thing? What sorts of communication media work for you or don't? noodling about this )

Anyway, how do you do this? How do you handle email guilt and deal with Facebook's horribleness? Are you comfortable flexibly moving between different media depending what suits your friends? Have you, like me, started to lose people now that lots are migrating away from DW? Thoughts very much welcome!
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Guess who got a Netflix account within a few hours of it being available in Germany?

Maybe I need to spend my holiday on the couch instead of in the US :-)
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Nicked from nwhyte

These days, everyone is talking about the Scottish Independence Referendum, especially when they’re not talking about ISIS. But sadly nobody has managed so far to explain this complicated topic in an easy to understand manner. So we commissioned a panel of Western Middle East experts and asked them to apply their unique approach to the subject with their customary disregard for cumbersome nuance and the stifling requirements of accuracy. The result is this fascinating article. - See more at: http://www.karlremarks.com/2014/09/we-give-scottish-independence.html#sthash.JIvxOJgH.dpuf


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