Misc. linkspam

Jun. 29th, 2016 23:04
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The sudden bursts of linkspam are because we're flying home tomorrow night and I'm trying to close as many taps as possible in my laptop browser before getting home rather than dealing with them all even more belatedly. (Or, as is more typical, copying and pasting them all into an email draft that never sees the light of day again.)

One fannish link: J.K. Rowling has identified the location of Ilvermorny as being on Mount Greylock...which is literally in [dreamwidth.org profile] kouredios' backyard. And [dreamwidth.org profile] kouredios has just posted information about the area for anyone thinking of setting fic there. ^_^

"In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die". [NPR]

"This tiny camera can be injected with a syringe". [Boing Boing]

"The Reluctant Memoirist: An investigative journalist returns from an undercover mission in North Korea—only to face her critics". "As the only journalist to live undercover in North Korea, I had risked imprisonment to tell a story of international importance by the only means possible. By casting my book as personal rather than professional—by marketing me as a woman on a journey of self-discovery, rather than a reporter on a groundbreaking assignment—I was effectively being stripped of my expertise on the subject I knew best. It was a subtle shift, but one familiar to professional women from all walks of life. I was being moved from a position of authority—What do you know?—to the realm of emotion: How did you feel?"

"A Toast To The Toast, The Site That Was Just For You. Yes, Even You". [NPR] "But the Toast's biggest gift to me was permission to rethink my relationship with a lot of the Western canon. It took a long time to realize that much of the art I was told is good did not anticipate me in the audience. The Toast's satire was medicine for the slight tightness in my chest when I walk into another museum filled with paintings of clothed men and dead-eyed, nude women, or my inability to swallow yet more novels with self-serious male anti-heroes and decorative women (here's looking at you, Jack Kerouac)."

On The Toast:

--"On Not Being a Mom or a Dad". [on genderqueer parenting]

--"Sidekick No More: Writing Asian Superheroes and the Challenges of Representation".

--"Bible Verses Where “Truly I Say To You” Has Been Replaced With “Can I Be Honest For A Minute Here?”"

--"“You just get stronger”: How Powerlifting Saved My Life".

On Mental Floss:

--"13 Glorious Images of the Solstice Strawberry Moon".

--"The Short, Strange Life of McDonald's Pizza".

--"Texas Town Fires Its Library Cat".

On RocketNews24:

--"Studio Ghibli releases second short adaptation of Japan’s oldest manga【Video】".

--"Japanese burger chain exorcises its demons with awesome new Ghostbusters menu".

just keep swimming

Jun. 29th, 2016 18:06
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I am back from OSB, which was magical as always. Got turned on to some new concepts in talks, made productive pilgrimages to Knit Purl and Powell's, and ate so many tasty foods!

The night I got back to town, my mom and I went to see Chris Isaak perform at the Lyric Theatre, which was one of the more entertaining shows I've been to in recent memory. It was my first trip to the Lyric since it reopened, and I was seriously impressed - although there was a tense moment when a smoke machine tripped the fire alarm...

Also saw Finding Dory which was utterly delightful. Again, as with Zootopia, I went with Heather because the kids weren't interested. Connor says he's up for seeing BFG next week, though, which was my FAVORITE Roald Dahl book as a child, probably because it had a female protagonist and played into my idealistic power fantasies. I hope the movie does it justice!

Both kids had their first swimming lessons with their new private instructor the Saturday before I left for Oregon, and after overcoming their initial nervousness seemed to actually enjoy themselves! So we'll be continuing that every Saturday in July, and then probably every other weekend once school starts back in August.

Robby is still tinkering with his car. He replaced one axle while I was gone, but today determined that he needs to replace the opposite axle as well. Once he finally finishes fiddling with the car, he intends to replace the downstairs toilet. His hobbies are much more practical than mine. (I've spent the past month knitting most of a shawl...)

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived in my mailbox today, so that will take up a lot of my time for the immediate future as well. Connor is having WAY too much fun playing as BB-8. It's awesome.

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Jun. 29th, 2016 18:04
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1. So that was A Month And A Half. It was mostly fun, but hopefully I can start getting back into a sort of a routine that involves not being behind on nearly everything. Except that two staff members - 20% of the total staff - are leaving my workplace, so *work* will not be back to routine anytime soon. Sigh. Also I have four con-txt panels to prep for and I want to maybe sell crafts and do some easy cosplays too? We shall see.

2. Part of that Month And A Half is that there are cats here now! I have been trying to post a-cat-a-day at [tumblr.com profile] thingskittiesdontneed - they are mostly crappy phone shots, but hey, kitties.

3. Also I finished another original story! In very early draft, still haven't revised anything, etc. etc. but now I have finished the three stories I started last year thinking they'd each be a simple 5000 words! This latest one is about librarians who fight evil by increasing access to information, because you should write the stories you want to see in the world, right? It is currently 14,000 words. Out of a planned 5000. (NEVER make a monkey's paw wish that you could write longer stories. just sayin'.)

4. In good news, I am really improving in my cardio workout, who needs Zombies, Run! when you can just turn on NPR for the same effect, amirite.

5. So when I just want to read some nice, comforting slash fic and don't really care what, I turn to Pinboard's popular-with-fandom pages. Not as good as the old Del.icio.us popular pages, but serviceable as long as you aren't picky.

Pinboard's page is filtered by people who voluntarily ID as fans, rather than by tag, though, so you often get non-fannish stuff on there. Mostly net-wide-trending longreads and web industry stuff (because pinboard's main demographic is infotech professionals.) Sometimes I skim down the page and get the two kinds of links mixed up, though, so here for your enjoyment are the current non-fic pinboard links that really should be fic:

"On The Moral Economy of Tech"
(probably a Tony Stark story lbr)

"The Reluctant Memoirist"
(Could be any fandom but I'm leaning toward Harry/Draco.)

"Life as a Robot"
(This is probably a hockey AU? I'm honestly surprised there aren't AO3 results for this already.)

"anime.js"
(Weeaboo AU, pick your fandom.)

"My Four Months As A Private Prison Guard"
(This is either shameless porn or it's a post-CA:CW longfic...or both)

"Type Anything"
(Could be any fandom really! Probably a juggernaut pairing feelgood AU.)

"Hamburger Menus and Hidden Navigation"
(DEFINITELY road trip fic, not sure what fandom though.)

"MarkSheet: a free HTML and CSS tutorial"
(Old Social Network porn that somehow floated back up to the top.)

"How To Build A Word Counter App"
(Probably dirty talk pwp? Probably PoI?)

"Medium’s team did everything”
(Not actually sure so this is probably a small fandom I've never read before.)

"Getting Started With Raspberry Pi"
(Probably Check Please! Might be about Bitty and the frogs rather than slashfic though.)

"The Feynman Technique"
(IDK, probably scientist slash in some super-geeky SF fandom. Pac Rim? The Martian?)

"how to cheer up a grumpy hedgehog"
(hi there Sherlock fandom it's been awhile)

"How to Steal An Election"
(I think I may be currently writing this fic...)

"Casual Sex: Everyone is Doing It"
(hahah. um. Avengers teamfic, you think? Probably Avengers teamfic, pic your pairings, but definitely a lot of snarky Cap.)

books

Jun. 29th, 2016 13:42
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I listened to the last "Andy Carpenter" audio book that the three libraries I belong to have. They're the lawyer with the dog ones.... narrated by Grover Gardner. And the books are *horrible*... they're kind of like Perry Mason shows where there's a lot of lawyer-plays-detective and there's usually a plot twist, but these books aren't well written. The author clearly rolls dice or spins a wheel for plot points and resolutions. The main character is really immature, lazy, kind of Asperger's-ish, and rich. He's so rich that he bets on sports games daily. I don't generally approve of professional sports or gambling, so I'm usually appalled if I manage to stay awake through any of the book. The main character also thinks leashes are demeaning to dogs.... I think dogs probably shouldn't be allowed in public parks because they're a vicious menace to people, but I can compromise and agree that well-behaved dogs on leashes can be in places where there are small children. Leashless dogs in parks should be shot. I think you're probably surprised to hear me say that I really enjoyed the audiobooks in the "Andy Carpenter" series.... but mostly I slept through them. Grover Gardner is very calm and although he does different voices, none of them are shouty or screechy.

I have several of Patricia Briggs's novels wishlisted in audio book format; I try not to hold things since I usually don't mind waiting. I've read all these already in physical book form, but that works better for listening to than you might think it does. I like her books, but she writes too fucking slow. She's still putting out "Mercy Thompson" books, but it takes her 2-3 years to finish a book and there isn't that big a gap in the storyline. When she started writing her urban fantasy series, they didn't have omnipresent cell phones and cameras. So it's weird now. Or sometimes her books make big leaps in technology from one "week" of book time to the next. I also hadn't realized until I heard them read aloud how bitchily judgmental Mercy is. The Alpha and Omega series is better than it sounds like it would be and predates the ABO sub-type of fanfic (which squicks me utterly.)

I listened to Turtle In Paradise. That was weird. There's no other way to describe it. Weird. Like, "Holy fuck, how did this get published.... wait... she says it's based on a true story? Fucking hell. I've read space opera more realistic than this." It's about 1935 Key West children. They speak a patois that is poorly emulated in the text (and audio book), with very little Spanglish despite the heavy Cuban influence. The audiobook sounded more Haitian than Cuban. I would highly dis-recommend this book.

I've discussed Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Bujold (also read by Grover Gardner) and Ivan Vorpatril's Alliance which I listened to.... I've discussed them in comments with other people and in comments on my own stuff. Jole is horrid. It's all about baby-baby-baby even though the woman is 75... and the author retrofitted a character with bisexuality because that's edgy now, but was too edgy 20 years ago.... so it wasn't in the books from the early part of the series and I just don't believe a character who carried 2 books could be bisexual without mentioning it only to change his mind later. That's authorial arrogance. Ivan's book was just stupid... but Ivan's always seemed a bit stupid so it fit.

I have The Apothacary now. It's YA.

But it was catchy and I couldn't sleep, so I also got William Gibson's The Peripheral which I've read and thought was something that actually expanded science fiction. It was a new concept (to me anyway) in the same way Neuromancer was a new concept at the time.

Recently I was rereading Stray by Andrea Host. That's the first book in the "Touchstone" series... and probably one of my favorites. I disagree with the titles for the books, I think it was a quadrilogy the way it's written (the divisions should have been in different places)... and I think the big plot was stupid... whenever there's a book that takes a main character and reduces her to a mother.... I think that's horrible. In this case, the character who stops working to mother instead.... people *died* because she wasn't doing her job. So I didn't re-read the other books, just the first one. And I'm not sure how much actual reading there was... I might have been turning the pages but just remembering. It's the only book I have downloaded on my phone despite collecting ebooks for years. I own 3 copies. Google Book, Smashwords, Kindle.

Last Day in Israel

Jun. 29th, 2016 22:32
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We got a bit of a later start this morning as we were allowed to sleep in and only had to be on the bus at 8:45. Even so, we wound up running late and having to shove breakfast in our mouths quickly to get to the bus on time. All I had was a challah roll and some water. Then we were on the road again. We went to a scenic overlook of Jerusalem for a last look at the city. Then we went to a large menorah in a courtyard which if you looked the other direction was across the street from the knesset. Evy really wanted to see the knesset, so that made her happy, but I really didn't see the point of looking at the outside of the building. But anyway. We made our way to a spice market where a vendor let us sample several of his goods. They were all really good, there was a nuts and raisins mix, something spicy, something sweet, nothing familiar. We also had lunch there. Tour guide Hillel, Pam, and I went for some kind of tomato soup with beets and meat dumplings in it. It was served with rice to put in the soup. Interesting. I don't like beets at home, but here and Russia I apparently do. Can't explain that one.

We walked back to the bus, and went back to the hotel to pack. I was quite impressed with myself for fitting everything into the suitcase once again since it was pretty tight getting here, and I've bought some stuff plus all the shirts I brought were folded by the store really tight, and I can't fold them that tight by myself. So I was worried, but I shouldn't have been because everything fit perfectly. There was no room to spare.

We carried our suitcases down to the bus and then sat with other people from our trip for an hour until we all went to a big farewell dinner. I didn't understand that they had prepared a feast for us, and overfilled myself on bread and hummus during the appetizer course. Then there was all the meat and I was like "oh, ugh" I wanted to eat it because it was so good. But I really couldn't. Then we had chocolate cakes and fake ice cream. Then we got back on the bus and said goodbye to those who are staying a few extra days.

Then we were off to Tel Aviv airport. We got here on time for the Tampa group to have their flight, which was an hour before most of my group's flight. And 7 hours before my flight. So you're only allowed into the terminal 3 hours before your flight, which I wasn't expecting. So my congregation went in at 10 and I'm sitting alone until 5am when my flight leaves. Fortunately there's free wifi and a place to plug in outside of the terminal, so I'm able to sit here in these horribly uncomfortable seats and mess around online.
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In the ancestry of this recipe are a Nigella Lawson dish and a Leanne Brown dish, combined because I really needed to use up both sets of ingredients.

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Jun. 29th, 2016 12:34
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Jun. 29th, 2016 11:36
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Juvenile cardinal being disappointed with the level of service at this joint.

The review of my career

Jun. 29th, 2016 16:15
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This is the review I hold to my heart whenever the topic of “can women write stories about gay men – or rather ought they to?” comes around. I wrote Captain’s Surrender partly in order to show people that you didn’t have to choose between your sexuality and your faith, you could have both. I thought if even one person got that message, so that they could stop feeling damned and/or condemned, it would justify my writing the books that I wanted to write.

Well, this is that review.

I’m so thankful for it! There are times when I feel the pressure – I’m not gay enough, I’m not male enough, I’m not persecuted enough to speak for this community. (As it turns out, I’m not straight and I’m not female either, but that’s a different story.) And when those doubts strike, I remember this review in particular, and others like it I’ve had since, and I tell myself that nevertheless, I’m still not being entirely selfish in carrying on.


Mirrored from Alex Beecroft - Author of Gay Historical and Fantasy Fiction.

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Jun. 29th, 2016 09:12
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I had to buy this game off Steam before I finished reading the review: Regency Solitaire. XD (h/t [livejournal.com profile] helen_keeble)
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No-one seems to know why.

(No, I'm not joking, Google this, there are photos.)

Also we don't seem to have a functioning government or an opposition.

This has been today's dispatch from the poisoned trash fire that is my country.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 29th, 2016 00:12
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1. I unexpectedly had to go to work at 7am this morning and then didn't get out of there for twelve hours, but I'm really glad to have the car at times like this. Even though my work is pretty close, for that kind of long day, it's really nice to just be able to get in the car at the end of the day.

2. We had strawberries for dessert tonight and they were super tasty.

3. The weather's been warm, but staying in the 70s, so it's not too bad (and gets nice and cool in the evening). It feels really nice right now.

4. Carla sent me some super adorable pics of Chloe today.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc

Jun. 29th, 2016 00:39
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Fandom/Geeky Things

Sparkler Monthly has just launched their Year 4 Kickstarter! "Based off the Japanese comics model you might know from magazines like Shonen Jump, Sparkler Monthly runs serialized fiction in monthly chapters--so every month, you get a new piece of five different series at once. Most of our series are comics, but we also publish prose with illustrations, audio dramas, and one-shot short stories in any format. All of them are bundled together in the magazine so our audience can get a taste of everything.

Sparkler Monthly is targeted at women and girls aged 15 and up, or anyone interested in that kind of material--like the genres shojo and josei in Japan. In addition to all our series, we run features, podcasts, and bonus stories to give our readers more bang for their buck, and to help build a community. Sparkler is about Lifestyle through Fiction, and between our social media and contests, we invite our audience to become a part of Sparkler--something that literally happens sometimes, since we also run periods of open submissions in search of new talent!"


For anyone curious, [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney reviewed the first two Fruits Basket omnibus volumes (original vol. 1-4) from Yen Press. I'm so excited to get hold of my copies!

"Japan’s largest anime megashop to open new branch in Akihabara specifically for women". [RocketNews24]

"Read or Die's Final 2 Novel Volumes Scheduled After 10 Years". [ANN]


Miscellaneous

"Alice Climbing wall". "Climbing walls are pretty trendy to stay fit these days, but this wall is just different and it seems like the visitors were climbing through a Alice in Wonderland scene."

"2 Million Photos In 8 Years Or What It’s Like To Be Obama’s Photographer".

"An Unearthly Sound Is Emanating From the Caribbean Sea". [Gizmodo]

"Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber". [National Geographic]

"Arctic Foxes 'Grow' Their Own Gardens". [National Geographic]

"Big Boy Pin Ups Are The Pin Up Tattoos You Never Thought You Wanted".

"Pro-Choys: How are fresh vegetables in Chinatown so cheap?" [Lucky Peach]

"The Fascinating Story Behind Why So Many Nail Technicians Are Vietnamese". [May 2015]

"Montreal’s 17 All-New Murals You Just Gotta Go And See ASAP".

At The Oatmeal, "Creativity is like breathing" is an update on recent goings-on there.

"17 People Who Did Not Get What They Ordered Online". [Buzzfeed] [Not entirely SFW.]

"Bronx Zoo Bug Carousel". [Atlas Obscura]

"What It's Like to Have 'High-Functioning' Anxiety". [The Mighty]

Bundle of Laundry!

Jun. 28th, 2016 19:37
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Agent! Our fellowship of Her Majesty's Occult Service has resurrected, through unholy (but authorized) methods, our March 2015 Bundle of Laundry, featuring the licensed Laundry tabletop roleplaying game from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The Laundry RPG is based on The Laundry Files novels and stories by Charles Stross about a modern counter-occult espionage agency. Laundry agents fight Cthulhu Mythos horrors and bureaucratic supervisors. They can save the world, but they have to get a receipt.
The stars are right for this revival, because Charles Stross has just published his new Laundry novel, The Nightmare Stacks (Amazon Kindle edition), and last year's The Annihilation Score is out in paperback (and you can still get its Kindle edition). The Laundry RPG is a great introduction to this ever-sprawling bureaucracy. This collection has everything you need to protect humanity from higher-dimensional apocalypse while following correct paperwork protocols.
Our Starter Collection (US$8.95, retail value $40) includes the complete Laundry rulebook and the Agent's Handbook for players. And if you pay more than the current threshold price ($24.18), you'll regain Sanity and also get all five supplements in our Bonus Collection (retail value $75):
Black Bag Jobs (retail $15): Six self-contained missions ranging from the war-torn hillsides of Afghanistan to the corridors of power in Whitehall, from yoga lessons in Devon to the end of the world.
Cultists Under the Bed (retail $15): Eight of the nastiest, most tenacious foes of the Laundry, plus dozens of minor ones.
God Game Black (retail $15): Expands on the revelations of The Apocalypse Codex novel to send your games hurtling towards Armageddon.
License to Summon (retail $15): The dark side of Computational Demonology and arcane science in the Laundry, as well as the magic of other agencies -- and other entities. New spells, new gadgets, new ways to end the world!
The Mythos Dossiers (retail $15): Dozens of reports, handouts, eyewitness accounts and deranged speculations from the murkier reaches of the Laundry's archives.

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