Made the appointment. Read a book.

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:55 pm
archangelbeth: Oedipus confronts the Sphinx, overlaid with the words "Hubris Requests Exact Change" (Hubris Requests Exact Change)
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Finished Ninefox Gambit today and bought-and-started Raven Stratagem.

Ninefox Gambit seriously harkens to older, "classic" kinds of SF (okay, probably 70s and 80s, when I was reading it...) in that it is perfectly happy to throw you into the deep end of New Terminology and expect you to keep up. You're reading SF to stretch your mind, not get spoonfed! (Honestly, Raven Stratagem is more infodumpy, it feels like. I think the editor was crying at the author.) And it has more modern concepts of worldbuilding complexity, so it's not, y'know, pulp. Even if it is high epic science fantasy universe.

I like it.

I like it despite the fact that the body-count would make the Borg mildly taken aback, or perhaps even be put to shame. Basically, do not get attached. To anyone. I mean, yes, there's a sequel so if you want to take a cautious risk or two, okay, on your head be it. (There is also the occasional bit of body-horror, because the "exotics" class of weapons are, um... ew. At times.)

Anyhoo, it's a well-written book with some seriously weird stuff going on, say I.

In other news, I have apparently gotten the kid's continuing stomach bug or something, except it is manifesting as pain more than nausea. On the other hand, it's the time of Hormones Do Stupid Things That Affect Smooth Muscle, so who knows how that might be confounding issues. O:p

BUT I DID MAKE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT! For Monday.

Tomorrow, I intend to log in early and DO THE DADGUM STO MISSION. *sulk*
(Also on the to-do list: more ST: Renegades and ST Continues.)

Reminder: I have 3 free short stories at Smashwords, which are pushed to Kobo, iBooks, and B&N among a few others. Plz feel free to check them out. Reviews or stars appreciated. >_>

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ARGH!

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:08 pm
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Okay, I have set an alarm to call the doctor's tomorrow. *sigh* Let's hope I manage, since there's yet another thing I will have to be driving for.

I did walk for an hour and a half, watching Star Trek: Renegades. (The pre-scrubbing version.)

1: It has a Liberated Borg in it, who got some Very Cool Bits although not as many as I would have liked. He also had one infodump that they should've directed at The New Guy, but they also had nanite SFX so I will forgive this. (...did I mention I am Borg Trash? Ten wants to adopt him.)

2: It has a snarky female captain. I can work with this. They aren't quite writing her as smart as she's supposed to be, but hey, she looks pretty good doing it.

3: After they got the main cast set up, they apparently decided that if they were going to have a secondary character, they might as well make it a female one. I LIKE THIS. Also, that is one buxom Andorian.

4: I'm pretty sure that's a Romulan there. I am on board with this. Chekov, where are you meeting Romulan assassins? ...nevermind. Woman gets very few lines but she is Alertly Present and Kills People Without Hesitation. I believe she's competent and specialized.

5: I will admit, the fight scenes are frequently dubiously-choreographed and a bit muddy. I think the script-writers went "Insert Fight Scene; Heroes [Win/Lose]" for most or all of them. Whatevs. I will watch Borg-boy shoot people with his reconfigurable arm even if the plot is bad.

6: Some of the leaps in logic require a bit of audience-effort, and one of them really needed a clarification in the script, as I was going, "Um, WAIT WHAT HOW ARE YOU BEAMING DOWN THERE?"

7: The SFX are at least TOS level on the ground, and extremely good with the ships. There's one scene with a Starfleet ship [spoiler spoiler] that just looks sweet. Where the SFX get a little clunky is mostly where they're trying to be ambitious, and honestly, there was some pretty clunky SFX in the first Star Trek Movie where the giant space storm was destroying Klingon ships and whatnot, and we will NOT discuss the Weird Bad LSD Trip Warp scene, come to think of it.

8: I think some of the redshirted characters had a lot more that coulda been done with them, but yeah, they had too many characters to drag around everywhere, and needed to chop some down. kinda-spoiler )

9: Apparently the fact that I really warmed up to Soval, in ST:ENT, means that I have a positive reaction to his actor, even when he's playing a human. Took me enough double-takes to decide it really was him!

10: I have seen the serial-number-filing-off stuff on Requiem and am facepalming, with sad snickers. (I really, really think that CBS should figure out a better method of controlling fan-films. Possibly involving licensing-as-AU, some amount of work-for-hire disclaimers, and a buyout option. These things feed a hunger, and I suspect that the hunger grows to encompass available material; I would want to watch official stuff more. Though they really would need to require a ginormous disclaimer like, "There are many timelines. This FAN-MADE PRODUCTION is but one of them. Who knows how the main timeline will go? CBS and Paramount, not us." In a Star-Wars type crawl, even. >_>)

Anyway. It was also a long-drive day (which is why I'm really annoyed that I forgot about calling the doctor, what with nipping out the door fast to get to a breakfast restaurant before it closes), but ze spouse took ze kid to that, and I stayed here. And mostly walked and watched Renegades 1. (Which is better than its promo trailer, actually!)

Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done soon, early.

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fountain pen sale

Jul. 19th, 2017 03:31 pm
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The time has come to find new homes for some of the vintage fountain pens in my collection.

These are all great pens, but the truth is I have a fair number of great pens and these are ones that simply aren't making it into my rotation. I'd rather someone else get some enjoyment out of them!

All prices include shipping within the continental USA. Elsewhere, please inquire--I will probably have to charge you shipping at cost. I accept payment via Paypal.

If interested, either leave a comment or email me (yoon at yoonhalee dot com).





From left to right:

1. Wahl-Eversharp Doric in Kashmir (a sort of dark swirly marbled green). Lever filler. The great thing about this pen is that it has a #3 adjustable nib. It goes from Fine to Broad on the flexiest setting. The only reason I'm letting this go is that I have a Wahl-Eversharp Doric in black with a #7 adjustable nib, and I honestly don't need two adjustable Dorics.

Please note that the #3 Doric is a petite pen--unless you have very small hands, you will probably want to use this posted.

Price: $225. SOLD

NOTE: [personal profile] troisroyaumes gets first call on this one. If she doesn't want it, then someone else can have it!

2. Waterman Lady Patricia that I bought from Mauricio Aguilar of Vintage Fountain Pens. He graded it a superflex, and it's a pleasurable and absolutely reliable writer; I've always had great experiences with the pens I've bought from Mauricio. Lever filler. Again, this is a lovely pen that I simply don't use--in this case because I'm busy using a different pen that I bought from Mauricio, a Waterman 52V (for which Jedao's Patterner 52 was named :p). Like the #3 Doric, this is a petite pen, and probably best used posted unless you have very small hands.

This is a handsome pen with green and brown swirls, and I love looking at it, but I really prefer for all my pens to be working pens that get used. Maybe you can have fun with it!

Price: $410.

3. Conklin Crescent Filler--the crescent filling mechanism is not that different from lever filling and is very simple to use, and really neat if you love geeking out about different filling mechanisms. This is a wet noodle that does hairlines, if you're into flex writing or copperplate; I probably wouldn't recommend it for sketching because of the fineness of the nib, but it would make a great fountain pen for non-sketch-speed line art.

Price: $320.

4. Osmia 34 in gray candy. This is a very flexy nib that goes from Fine to Broad, and unusually, it's in a piston filler. Please note that the material is discolored along about half the barrel (ambering)--this doesn't affect the pen's functionality, although if you care more about aesthetics this is not the pen for you. This nib has an almost painterly feel to it that is very pleasurable for writing.

Price: $240. [Going to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for a trial run!]

5. The last two are a Sheaffer Balance in Marine Green, fountain pen and mechanical pencil set. The fountain pen is a lever filler and has a flex nib; I'm not sure what width graphite the pencil takes, although it comes loaded with one. The set is very handsome; please note that the fountain pen has a chip near the lever. This doesn't affect function but may be an aesthetic concern.

Price: $210.

NOTE: [personal profile] troisroyaumes gets first call on this one. If she doesn't want it, then someone else can have it! (She decided to get the Wahl-Eversharp Doric instead, so this pen and pencil set is available!)

Chicks Dig Gaming

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:25 pm
yhlee: Avatar: The Last Airbender: "fight like a girl" (A:tLA fight like a girl)
[personal profile] yhlee
Chicks Dig Gaming, ed. Jennifer Brozek, Robert Smith? [this appears to be part of the author name, as it's listed with the interrogation point in multiple places], and Lars Pearson is one of the books I picked up at Pandemonium Books & Games in Boston. It's an absolutely delightful collection of essays about gaming by women, ranging the gamut from board games to video games to one anthropologist non-gamer who decided to play Portal to study the phenomenon of gaming and explore her reasons for not being a gamer. :p

A few of the essays didn't speak to me personally, but that's fine--for example, there was one about adventure games through the lens of the Monkey Island games, which I did play, but I didn't imprint on the genre. It's not that it was a bad essay, but rather that it was a type of gaming experience I just wasn't as interested in. And that's fine; for some other reader that could be entirely their thing.

Here's a rundown:

cut for length )

To sum up: highly recommended.

Did not call the doctor's yet.

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:50 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
Mostly because I woke up around 2 in the afternoon (having gotten to bed around 4 in the morning) and the kid was probably awake till 5 or 5:30. Then we went... ah, right, Mexican place. Which was okay, except then they TURNED ON LOUD MUSIC and the baby at the other booth yelled baby disapproval and kid had meltdown and we fled. But I did get the headphones cord! I'd wondered if it'd gotten set down ON THE MENU and then folded into the menu and apparently YES! WE FOUND IT! So that was good. So we ran off to Local Americana Food Place where we have our own special booth, practically, and the dining room is frequently all but deserted (or entirely deserted) when we go -- clientele are often up in the upstairs, separated-at-the-atrium bar -- ...where was I?

Oh, right, we went there because there is almost always nice and low-sensory-impact, and it was nearly 5pm by the time we got out.

And then we had dinner just now at 10, and also it is trash night, and anyway I need to call the doctor tomorrow about the bruise to see if I have a vitamin problem or if it's something actually scary. O:p

Still puttering on the almost-no-imagination-required bits that I'm doing for that GURPS thing. Making myself a cheat-sheet for stuff even if it doesn't stay. Hah.

Edit: Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done tomorrow early.

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Medical Matters

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:38 pm
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It's been a curious past few days; I spent most of Saturday working on the course for the researchers at Orygen Youth Mental Health which I presented on Monday. It went extremely well; I provided an overview of high performance compute clusters, environment modules and job submission using their preferred applications (MRtrix, Matlab, Octave, R, and especially FSL and Freesurfer. They were a large and very switched on group, and it brought me great pleasure when I received some rather positive responses in person and in email.

On Sunday visited the Unitarians to hear a presentation by the president of Dying With Dignity to speak on the upcoming legistlation such matters. Last year to the state government committee I contributed two submissions from different organisations on the matter, and legislation is expected soon. In a less positive manner, an old friend of mine has just found his way into hospital and I suspect he's in the position that he might not be getting better. Three years ago he appointed me enduring power of medical attorney. To top it all off, [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya's mother has found herself in hospital as a complication arising from her continuing illness.

It surprises me that there are those who begrudge public revenue raising and expenditure on health, as if the wealthy have more of a right to live than the poor. Even using the criteria of the 'dismal science', economics, it is obvious that having people alive and well is not just a private benefit to the person in question, it is also a public benefit. The is equivalent matter here with education as well, and likewise the private-public benefit is a continuum which includes current and future productivity of the person in question. All of this, of course, on top of matter of being in a society that cares for its less fortunate.

Bruised arm? Huh.

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:20 am
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
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Giant bruise on the back of my arm. No clue how it got there. Similar to one on the back of my calf at one point, which I figured I must've gotten by catching it on the edge of the kid's toy-chest (now a Flat Surface), though I couldn't recall when.

Also a probably unrelated weird bump on the other arm. O:p

Due to sheer paranoia, I think I will call the doctor soon. These are kinda alarming and... really, look more like blood vessels that went splody, more than actual bruise-damage. O:/

Right knee is very unhappy with me, off and on, but I am okay for flat surfaces. I just have to be careful going up and down stairs.

Got to bed at only around 3 in the morning last dark, yay!

Still futzing on that GURPS thing. Which is, upon re-reading, probably quite cool. But entirely undreamedof, and thus probably unwanted, and there are Other Factors. O:p

But it's something I can futz with that doesn't require actual creativity just now. Or at least not plot/character creativity. Mechanics Creativity.

I must get time to watch Star Trek Renegades on YouTube, because it looks like there is a Liberated Borg in it and okay, I'm in. Because I am both Greenblood Trash (Tuvok as chief of Section 31? I'm on board with this) and Borg Trash.

Another thing on YouTube, with HISTORICAL VALUE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1Dq6YjFxw

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squee!

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:46 pm
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You guys, among many many other works, Ninefox Gambit is listed as one of the inspirations for Paizo's forthcoming RPG Starfinder! Tons of other authors and media there too.

I'm also chuffed to see I'm not the only one who has found Jack L. Chalker inspirational for sf purposes (although in my case it was Soul Rider and one that's not mentioned in the list, Rings of the Master).

My husband has preordered Starfinder but does this mean I now have to fight him over the hardcopy? LOL.

la! sewing hopes

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:12 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
I have just ordered Gillian Conahan's The Hero's Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming [Amazon] and am looking forward to it. :D Conahan is the editor-in-chief of Vogue Patterns (!).

A couple reasons:
- I have toyed with the idea of getting into cosplay but need to learn to sew.
- I would love to learn to do basic sewing things and maybe work up to fancier sewing things. Like, it would be great to be able to shorten pants legs on my own, or shorten sleeves! That would expand my wardrobe options tremendously. (I know tailors do this stuff, but we are too disorganized to get to the tailor.) Not-so-secretly I want to be able to make slightly fancier outfits for dancing in or cosplay, BUT I know that would be a long way away and I should start with easy basic stuff, like pillowcases. =)

One of the book's reviews indicates that it's good for beginners and talking you through pattern alterations. I might try to swing a beginning sewing class eventually, but first I'm going to try Youtube and check this book.

I have also ordered a couple of Japanese pattern books for menswear and unisex (is that still the preferred term?) military jackets. I have a military surplus military jacket that I love dearly, but for half the year in Baton Rouge it is too damn hot to wear comfortably. I crave a military-jacket-alike done in very lightweight fabric that I can wear most of the rest of the year. But I will have to learn to read and alter patterns for this, so this is more in the nature of motivational hoarding.

Also, if I learned to sew cosplay outfits, I could deck out family members and pose them and take photos of them for art photo reference purposes. =D

Right now the big obstacle is that my sewing machine, which I had only played with a little, was one of the flood casualties. I was not really happy with the bobbin-loading whatever, which seemed to come out really lopsided no matter how I did it, so I might go with a different model this time.

So the subgoal to that is to scrape up the money for a sewing machine. I think a budget of $300 will probably get me a machine that is both friendly to beginners and capable enough to last me as I *knock wood* learn to use it and grow more skilled. (This is based on casually Googling for "best sewing machine for beginners 2017.")

Probably the fastest way of raising the money is selling off the stash of older BPAL LE bottles that my mother-in-law uncovered [1] and also trying to sell off some of my spare fountain pens. Is anyone here in the market for vintage fountain pens? FPN Classifieds or asking a seller I have bought from before for an appraisal is probably the likelier bet...? Let's be real, I have a number of lovely vintage pens that are just not making it into the rotation, e.g. a Waterman Lady Patricia with a superflex nib and a wet noodle Sheaffer Balance and another wet noodle Conklin Crescent and a wet noodle Wahl-Eversharp Doric with #3 adjustable nib, are you sensing a theme? [2] Since they're on the somewhat spendy end, the appraisal might be best, but if anyone here has been in the market for a wet noodle/superflex fountain pen, THIS COULD BE YOUR CHANCE.

[1] I don't have a list right now; I'm recovering from a migraine (yay Excedrin) and I made Joe take the perfumes into another room because something in there (the cinnamon AT MINIMUM) was setting off the migraine like whoa.

[2] I have basically settled into my Waterman 52V and Wahl-Eversharp Doric #7 adjustable nib as the two wet noodle pens that will do me for the rest of my life. The rest have become kind of redundant.
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PREAMBLE: I had a conversation with someone at Readercon whom I'm not going to name to save them the embarrassment. They will undoubtedly recognize themselves if they stop by. You're not a bad person, but you're human and you messed up, and I need to explain why and maybe reduce the odds of something like this happening to me again. Please don't ~FEELINGS~ at me here, even if you're tempted to; I don't need or want an apology; just go think about it in your own space, with your own people.

So. I was chatting with someone who knew of my writing but whom I did not know personally (we were meeting for the first time in any venue), and as the topic meandered, they asked me if they could ask me a personal question.

Fine, I said. (How bad could it be?)

They asked me about living in Louisiana, and whether my marriage to my husband Joe was considered valid.

Well, I said, Louisiana doesn't do gay marriage. [EDIT: 0] However, I haven't transitioned legally (or physically) [1]. On all my legal documentation I'm a woman. So as far as the state of Louisiana is concerned, my marriage to Joe is a marriage between a man and a woman, and I'm legally in the clear. (Please refrain from telling me about how terrible this situation is. Rest assured that I'm in Louisiana, I'm not stupid, I have my own thoughts.)

[0] Huh--it was banned the last time I looked it up several years ago, but the ban apparently has since been struck down. So I said this in error; on the other hand, I would personally have serious reservations about visibly going around as half of a m/m couple in my daily life.

[1] I have reasons for this that are none of your business, and I will not be discussing them here.

Point the first, before I recount more of this conversation. I feel rather strongly that asking a complete stranger about the validity of their marriage is something that you should refrain from doing, even if you have taken the precaution of asking if you can ask a personal question. I answered the question, but I was honestly kind of taken aback and I was in "I must show my public face as an author interacting politely with a reader" mode. The blunter version is that the question was rude.

Anyway, my interlocutor blurted out (in response to my explanation about being listed as a woman on all my legal documentation), "They just MISGENDER YOU???" (with about that emphasis).

Let me explain to you why this form of performative pearl-clutching is deeply unhelpful. The misgendering is a consequence of decisions I have made about my own life. As y'all have figured out, I live in Louisiana; I'm in a more or less conservative part of the country. In addition to choosing not to pursue legal or physical transition, part of not attempting to present as male in my daily life in Baton Rouge (besides the fact that I can't reliably pass, absent transition) involves my calculations regarding personal safety.

Again: I made this choice because it's my life and I have to live it. There are a lot of complicated factors involved that I do not feel the need to explain to the world at large. Who the hell are you, a complete stranger, to judge my life choices? Because that's what that was. Judgment.

What happened next was that my interlocutor was extremely performatively upset "on my behalf" to the point that I had to spend the next ten minutes calming them down and reassuring them that I was all right. This was exhausting for me. Look, I live this shit every day, and I have coping mechanisms, but it's deeply unhelpful to have to come up with extra coping for a complete stranger. If you find the whole situation viscerally horrible or whatever, fine, but that's your damage, not mine; I have my own. Deal with your damage on your own time. For my part, I can't sit here clutching my pearls about my own life situation 24/7 or I'd be paralyzed to the point of uselessness.

Dear reader, next time you're tempted to open your mouth and ask a complete stranger about the status of their marriage, or force them to perform emotional labor reassuring you about the details of their own life, maybe consider shutting your mouth, going away, and working through whatever issues you have on your own time. You're not evil; but you're not helping, either.

Guh

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:58 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Not as crippled by all that walking as I might've been, but legs definitely a bit sore.

Coulda done with getting to sleep before 5 in the morning again.

Have poked at a GURPS thing that who knows if I'll bother submitting. *sigh* But I'll finish it up and see what unwieldy wordcount it ends up being. I should be working on something I can publish myself, like Dragonsmutwhatsmut and CLB, but noooooo.

On Flight Rising, someone bought one of my dragons-for-sale for 175 gems... and exalted him. I cannot even. There were far cheaper dragons around. *shakes head* I am being annoyed all the way to the bank, though. 175 gems is useful. Especially since I am going to need to drop another 1,200 gems on Stained at some point. After I get me a couple of the new Rosette secondary genes. Already scored a Jaguar.

(Someone tell haikujaguar that Flight Rising is stocking her gene.)

Ah, and for the non-Zon among us, some Pick Your Own Vendor links for some books. Not mine. But.
https://books2read.com/ara/ for A Rational Arrangement
https://books2read.com/fa/ for Further Arrangements
https://books2read.com/me/ for The Moon Etherium

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Readercon bookspoils

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:22 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
*shifty eyes*

From Pandemonium Books & Games:
- Chicks Dig Games, ed. Jennifer Brozek, Robert Smith?, and Lars Pearson. I'm only a little way into this but really enjoying it, and looking forward to passing it on to my daughter (a girl gamer!) to read.
- Kingdom by Ben Robbins. This is "a role playing game about communities," recommended to me by [personal profile] maga ages ago. I'm glad to have a chance to pick it up in hardcopy (I prefer hardcopy for games).

- David Weber's The Shadow of Saganami (recommended by [personal profile] davidgillon [1])

[1] I ordinarily do not take book recommendations UNLESS I ask for them. I asked David for a specific reason. Please no book recs; it's not you, it's me.

- Seth Dickinson's The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which he gave to me since he was toting around a copy and was pondering giving it away, and I said, "Give it to me! The ARC you gave me drowned in last year's flood." So he did. =D I love this book so much, and I'm excited for the sequel, parts of which I've read in draft.
- C.J Cherryh's The Faded Sun trilogy, the three-volume SFBC hardcovers with the not very good cover art. I love this trilogy and my omnibus with the lovely Michael Whelan cover art (originally from Kutath, I believe) drowned. This was in the "free books" area at Readercon--some astonishingly good stuff got dropped off there, although of course it got picked over within minutes. I decided this was enough of a lucky find and then took it and ran rather than being greedy and looking for more. ^_^
- William Barton's Dark Sky Legion, which I grabbed last-minute from the free table because, although it looked like no one else wanted it, flipping open to a random page suggested that it might have SURPRISE CLONES. =D Also, it has a cover that honestly looks like...look. The smoldering (figuratively, not literally! with sf/f you have to specify XD) white man appears to be buck-naked, is holding a bunch of wires or something that conveniently, along with some smoke, conceal his crotch area, and also he is ripped. =D I mean, this book could be COMPLETELY TERRIBLE, but who knows? It might live down to its cover in wonderfully cracktastic ways! Especially if there are SURPRISE CLONES!

And then I fell prey to the used books available for sale in the Bookshop at Readercon--mainly because a lot of these I am not sure are even available as ebooks and if they're cheap, why not? (We're going to need another bookcase though...)

- David Feintuch's Fisherman's Hope. I've read the Seafort Saga before; this is vol. 4, my favorite one, and later this week I should probably talk about why.
- Cordwainer Smith's Norstrilia. I pounced on this when I spotted it--I had previously owned but not actually yet read a copy of this novel, and then flood. So this time I'm going to read it, dammit.
- Walter Jon Williams' The Praxis, The Sundering, and Conventions of War, first three books of the Dread Empire's Fall space opera series. I have read something short by Williams somewhere and remember being intrigued, so I figure this might be worth a try? Joe might like it?
- Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Book Four, Crown of Kings. =D =D =D I used to own this in hardcopy and flood, so being able to replace it = A++.
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He stopped eating overnight Friday / Saturday. He ate over half his dinner Friday, and has been pretty much ignoring any food since then. We put scrambled egg - a real delicacy! - in his mouth on Saturday, and he just let it fall on the floor and ignored then. Since then, any food we put in front of him might get sniffed at, and then he turns his head away.

I'll be calling the vet as soon as possible after they open at 7:30am, and seeing when we can get him in.

I. Have walked. 11 miles.

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:17 am
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https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/886426005061201920

SO MUCH WALKING. Because I walked and ended the workout and walked again and it didn't tip over and @AppleSupport said no, it had to be one workout but you could Pause and ARGH, so I did it AGAIN. And the treadmill does 2mph but the stride-length calculations on my watch think it's like 1-1.5 or something so I walked A HECK OF A LOT LONGER THAN 3.5 MILES. TWICE.

My legs hurt.

Kid continues sick and will need Something to eat before bed, because the takeout ordered was deemed a Mistake and not very tasty. I have marked it as Not Good on the menu so we will remember in the future.

My legs really, really hurt.

I have also been productive in finally mending spouse's pajama bottoms. I need to get him new ones.

My legs hurt so much.

My feet also hurt. So, so much.

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Romulan ale was even a challenge for species as stout as the Klingons, who were usually quite resistant to the effects of alcohol. After drinking a sizable amount of Romulan ale in celebration of William T. Riker and Deanna Troi's wedding in 2379, Worf, obviously suffering its effects, stated that "Romulan ale should be illegal", to which Geordi La Forge replied, "It is." (Star Trek Nemesis)
--http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Romulan_ale



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...and I will shout, "BLOODY HELLS!" And then follow on with bellowing, "STOP IT! THAT IS ILLEGAL IN [this town]*! YOU ARE DRIVING MY KID UP THE WALL! YOU HEAR ME?" Whilst approaching with a full head of steam as the culprits nip into their garage and close the door without answering. (Because I'd walked out in my bare feet and was standing at the end of the driveway, and I'd been planning on going and knocking on someone's door when I found out where the fireworks were coming from. But NO! This ginormous red-white-blue thing goes off about 80 feet from me, KABOOM, and it didn't reach all that high, either -- maybe above the rooftop of the house? Maybe? 2 story house. (That's ground floor and a floor above it, for the UK audience.)

So I went back inside, snarling, and called the non-emergency cop line and asked if they could swing by and make frowny-faces at our neighbors. Which they did, and the result was, "The guy's 16-year-old niece was over with her boyfriend and they'd left, but the officer who swung by explained that No More Fireworks was the order of the day," according to the dispatcher lady.

So. That was MY excitement for the day. *FUME*

*Footnote: it is illegal to set off fireworks in this town without a permit. Which they clearly did not have, as they vanished with haste instead of calling, "We have a permit!" Therefore, the statement stands.

Spouse is writing what is effectively a white paper about why we need Net Neutrality. He will be forwarding it to one of our Senators or Congresscritters, too. I should make sure I've written something on that.

Anyway. Do not shoot off fireworks from your driveway. Especially do not do so when there is someone DRESSED ALL IN WHITE I MEAN COME ON I WAS A BLOODY HERALD OF VALDEMAR OUT THERE standing relatively nearby, to be startled. Go to the bloody cul-de-sac (we have like three of them in the neighborhood!) and blow off your fingers there.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I also continue to run on low sleep. Got to bed around 5am. *sigh*

Havva Quote
arcangel always hears "Ricotta" instead of "Rakata." CHEESE TECHNOLOGY.
I__ coaxes arcangel with whatever made the BLOOP back in '97.
I__ says, “The lightsaber does not taste like cinnamon, and the Rakata-tech DOES NOT TASTE LIKE CHEESE.”
arcangel [to I__]: Has anyone licked it?
----------------------Quoted by Ellie-----------------------
Kos chews on the Engine.
Jen'et says, "Uh-oh, Kos got possessed again."
Kos shakes his head. "It tastes like cheese!"
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I__ says, “IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE CHEESE.”
E•••• | A group of acolytes are gathered around a single acolyte facing a lit lightsaber, balanced on the floor. The group is chanting "LICK - THE - BLADE! LICK - THE - BLADE!"
arcangel SNRK.
arcangel says, “Ill-advised, that. Unless you want a cybernetic tongue.”
I__ says, “Well, that's one way to weed out the ones too stupid to be Sith.”
arcangel says, “...true.”




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Life without Dead Time

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:09 pm
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The Situationists famously sought life without dead time and whilst I cannot say my own life fits the wild and tangential excesses of such bohemians, at least not in these elder decades, the past several days have certainly had their share of activity. Nevertheless I do worry sometimes that so much of my work these days - indeed these years - now falls under the category of 'boring but important'. Yet, much of this fits my intellectual disposition. I despair when I see people try to force the complex problems of reality into simply solutions, because these are invariably simply wrong, missing the issues of scope-appropriate solutions, partiality etc. It is not helped when the country's Prime Minister, of all people, remarked "The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only laws that apply in Australia is the law of Australia", in the context of a debate on encryption.

Workwise the week started with the regular two days of Introduction to Linux and High Performance Computing and Shell Scripting for High Performance Computing. Not a bad group at all, and there were some plenty of awake individuals, especially on the second day. Later in the week spent a better part of a day carefully working through a particularly troubling install of Gaussian to ensure there had been no precision errors in compilation (their hadn't been, of course). Confirmation was received for a presentation at the HPC Advisory Conference, so there will be another visit to Perth at the end of the month. In addition an abstract has been put in for the Open Stack Summit in Sydney for November. Next week will be a training course for the neurologists at Orygen; I hold this one in very high regard - their work is extremely important.

In more social events, Wednesday night was our regular gaming session, and the second session of Andrew D's Megatraveller campaign, with an unexpected test of the combat system and the acquisition of a starship from religious fanatics. Thursday was the Bastille night evening and we had nephew Luke visiting. True to the day (or at least an educated peasant's version thereof), I cooked a pretty tasty coq au vin with a jug of French red, a selection of cheeses and fruit, and all to the sounds of Quatre mains pour une révolution. We provided a potted story of our journey, along with an exposition of the salacious tales of Serge Gainsbourg. Appropriately I have composed tonight my thoughts about Bastille day, and its contemporary relevance.
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The concluding episode in my Hugo reading marathon!  Huzzah!

The Craft Sequence, by Matt Gladstone, consists of five novels so far.  We get all of them in the Hugo Voter Pack, and, due to time constraints, I have read only the first one. 

By which I mean, I have read the third one, Three Parts Dead.

Read more... )

On reflection, I think my ballot goes Vorkosigan, Craft Sequence, Temeraire, October Daye, Rivers of London, The Expanse.  Temeraire might have been more fun than the Craft Sequence, but I think this was much cleverer. 

Here ends the Hugo reading for 2017!  I may read the zines for my own interest, but there's no way I'm going to have time to review them.  And it would be nice to read something for enjoyment, rather than critically and with the intent to compare it with everything else on the ballot.

Bed at five thirty in the morning...

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:12 am
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Partly due to offspring insomnia, and partly because the book I was reading whilst keeping kid company... Well, I was almost done by the time they went to sleep, okay? (Jackdaw, one of the same-world books as The Magpie Lord. It had taken me a bit of time to warm up to it, but I liked the ending. On to the next one!)

(I have this desire to find a review of these books by a gay guy, because I would like to know if I should be making technical notes for m/m stuff of my own, or going, "Well, this bit is problematic" and enjoying the problematic while making notes not to imitate the problematic stuff...)

Anyway, spouse had to get up at six thirty. I don't think I got much sleep before his alarm went off. I fell back asleep, though. Yay.

Kid is queasy still, which is bad, because this is cutting into work-on-VLACS time. *sigh* But the Xantax -- Zantac? Zantac... -- doesn't help, so it's a bug. We went... ah, right, the newest Chinese Buffet in town. (Plus sushi, desserts of a distinctly non-Asian sort, ice cream, fruit, salad bar...) Then I hung out with the kid up in the front bedroom and managed to finish the m/m smut/humor thing that... depends on knowing a rather long fanfic (look, it's over 75k words so by Hugo standards it's a bloody novel)... which depends on knowing my kid's unfinished fic, and has spoilers for it. So it's like cascading spoilers and GODS but I wish that universe would pack itself into storage so I can FINISH COPPER LEAF BARGAINS ALREADY OKAY IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK???

At least I know what I want to do on the next chunk of this CLB scene. I think. *headdesk* And I don't have the fluffy smut distracting me. And I don't need to worry if I got the m/m bits wrong because NEITHER ARE HUMAN HAHAHAHAHAHAH NEENER NEENER I CAN DO WHAT I WANT, especially since it's a timetravel-changed AU timeline so THINGS CAN BE DIFFERENT HAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Anyway, all three of us went out to Olive Garden! ALL THREE OF US! This makes me happy.

Havva Quote
E____ says, “Man, that Bothan was creepy.”
I__ says, “Oh, good.”
I__ did try.
M•• says, “Yeah, ancient Sith ghosts that are that busybusy are creepy.”
M•• still doesn't trust him to get Alecto coffee though.
M•• says, “ALL DEAD.”
arcangel heeheehee
--In retrospect, this may not make sense. Or maybe it does if you read through and fill in the blanks. It involves a Star Wars RPG game.




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Long Drive Day

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:58 pm
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And spouse is early to bed. And kid is cranky and/or sad for Reasons.

We stopped, at the other end of Long Drive, at a restaurant which is never open on Mondays -- the usual Long Drive day -- and thus we go past it a lot. It is intimidatingly fancy, but they let me in despite my jeans and t-shirt. Not many people were there, so we could get a good hide-out booth, yay! Prices were Definitely Expensive, but the waitress was awesome and casual, and the food was pretty darn good. (The ice tea was either oversteeped or made with coffee-water. But not so much that a packet of sugar couldn't fix it.)

We got a Standard Munchie of seed-sprinkles thin cracker-bread, and this foamed... oil? Thing? The waitress, R_____, explained it and that it was ovolacto-vegetarian-friendly, but I forget what the foamed part was. It was interesting! There was some oil drizzled on the top, and a sprinkle of black pepper, and it was pretty good.

We split a Watermelon Salad (which the chef put on 2 plates from the start for us, yay!), which was cubes of watermelon, slices of sweet-pickled Watermelon Rind, thin wedge-shaped slices of Watermelon Radish (a mild radish with a nifty coloration pattern: white on the outside and red on the inside), feta cheese crumbles, and mint leaves! Mint leaves munched with a chunk of watermelon is surprisingly nifty! (Kid really doesn't like mint, so I got all theirs.) The radishes were radishes. The rinds were good, but a little spicy for the kid, so I got most of theirs.

Kid got a burger with bacon, and fries and ate half of it and pronounced it edible. (Kid has been having a queasy stomach off and on so honestly, that's all I ask.) We brought the other half home. I got a pasta of a kind that I don't really remember the name of, AGAIN, which is kind of like an Italian wonton, stuffed with soft cheese (goat cheese, I think?) and herbs and maybe truffle bits? It had a creamy sauce, green beans, asparagus, and mushrooms. Good, good asparagus, and delicious cheese.

We were too stuffed (and kid too stressed from being Out and About) to do dessert.

That is... about the only thing of Interest today. I mean, aside from my Flight Rising stuff where I hatched a Triple Moon, Irishim Stained Nocturne boy and sold him for 75 gems this same day on the AH. (Oh, and someone was looking for a mate for their imperial, and I went searching and FOUND another imperial girl! Except they didn't quite have enough money, so I grabbed her -- there's been a real rush on low-price hatchlings, and 8000 treasure was pretty low -- and private-auctioned her to the person so they could gather up enough treasure to snag her. Good deed for the day!)

...I want an app for this, too: https://calmyleon.com

Havva Quote
I__ [to arcangel]: You also missed "GRAMMAR IS A LIE! THERE IS ONLY TYPOS."
------------------------Quoted by I__------------------------
<<OOC>> Alecto says, "Can you fix my bad its in the log? :)"
<<OOC>> Alecto says, "felt its power. :)"
<<OOC>> Alecto is a bad Sith. Feels bad.
<<OOC>> I__ will fix the bad its.
<<OOC>> Alecto says, "GRAMMAR IS A LIE! THERE IS ONLY TYPOS."
<<OOC>> I__ says, "Try that on the Sith Editor downstairs, I dare you. :p"
<<OOC>> Alecto would prefer not. :)
<<OOC>> Jen'et heh.
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The next Series in the Best Series category is The Expanse, by James Corey.  The Voter Pack contains an excerpt from Leviathan.

I'll be honest here; I haven't really given this one a fair crack.  One big reason for this is that for some reason the Epub version on my Kobo is missing two or three lines from the bottom of every second or third page, which makes it hard to read.   But even in between that, it's not really holding my interest.  So far, all the characters seem to be of a particular 'antihero' type - the hardened cop, the hardened ship captain whose career has stalled - that doesn't do a lot for me.  I don't really care about the story.  And every time I think that something slightly interesting might be happening, there are missing lines.  This is not the fault of the book, but I really can't keep reading like this.

So I've read three chapters, and I think I'll call it quits.  I don't think it would be going high on my ballot even if I read further, because everything else on the ballot so far had me hooked within a few pages and this one doesn't.  So I think I'll leave it off the ballot entirely, unless The Craft Sequence annoys me so much that I need to put it below No Award, in which case I'll put this in fifth place, to distinguish it from the actively offensive stuff.

Incidentally, regarding The Craft Sequence, the voter pack consists of the first five novels in the series.  I'm not going to be able to read five novels by Sunday, especially since we have to drive to a funeral in the La Trobe Valley on Saturday, which is going to eat our entire day.  So I think I'll just see how far I get by tomorrow evening (and try to finish the first book, at least), and review based on that.
 

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