What We Pretend We Can't See (131279 words) by gyzym
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom/Ginny Weasley
Seven years out from the war, Harry learns the hard truth of old history: it’s never quite as far behind you as you thought.
Heartwarming, funny, great unreliable narrator, touching.
I'm listening to some Decemberists and I listened to the most recent series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme with joy.
Just saw Get Out tonight -- I rarely see horror movies and it will take me a while to calm down from this one! Funny, scary, thought-provoking, good pacing. I feel justified in my decision to watch it and feel a renewed will to chase down and watch Keanu.
I've now seen the first episode of Jane the Virgin and am a bit miffed that I didn't hear earlier that it would be particularly appealing to Arrested Development fans; I intend to catch up, albeit slowly.
100% of the people I considered 'heroes' in the tech scene when I was 17 have ended up massively disappointing 25yo me :(
But maybe if I was a 15yo in India who just got internet now (than 10y ago), my heroes would be ppl like @b0rk and @brainwane, not ESR/pg.
I am overwhelmed.
I'm interested in an Outreachy project where I implant parrots
with Zulip clients so they can repeat what I say into my living
room. This would be via an integration that would live in the
zulip/parrot repository (a new GitHub project I would create). I
figure, since you can teach parrots to say things, I want parrots
to speak aloud the traffic in a Zulip channel, so I can get audio
notifications in my living room, and I like hearing the sound of
the words I say, so I also want to be able to get parrots to say
a single user's words (my own), so I'll also implement
user-specific filtering. I only speak English and I don't think I
can manage supporting multiple languages right now but maybe I
will be able to do that towards the end of the 12 weeks.
* bridge code and tests in the zulip/parrot repo
* documentation in zulip/parrot/docs
* 4 blog posts
November 8-December 6: acquire parrot, acquire cage and food, get
Digital Ocean virtual machine running
Dec 1 [starting early to make up for late December vacation] - Dec 6:
get test frameworks running, including parrot emulator
Dec 7 - Dec 15: write first test and initial functionality and docs
for stream-to-parrot syndication
Dec 15: first blog post
Dec 16 - 24: get initial test, functionality, and docs merged into
trunk, and get started on tests, functionality, and docs for emoji
December 25-January 1: vacation
January 2 - 14: finish tests, functionality, and docs for emoji
support, get merged into trunk
Jan 15: second blog post
Jan 16 - 18: set up multiparrot (buy a second parrot, cage, and food)
Jan 19 - Jan 30: write tests, functionality, and docs for
user-specific parrot syndication (each user's posts spoken by a
different parrot), get merged into trunk
Feb 1 - 9: fix bugs and feed bugs to parrot
Feb 10: third blog post
Feb 11 - 28: write user docs about caring for parrot, merge into
trunk; deploy in larger environment with many streams, users, and
parrots, and fix ensuing problems
March 1: fourth blog post
March 2 - 6: buffer time
Pencils down: March 6
- Hamilton: An American Musical, and my Tor.com piece on it which discusses how it uses history and why scifi fans are into it
- The contemporary and historical romance novels of Courtney Milan
- The Indian comic book company Amar Chitra Katha
- thingwithwings's Captain America fanfic Known Associates
- The BBC historical fiction TV series Indian Summers about 1930s India under British occupation
- Mary Anne Mohanraj's short story "Jump Space" and Ken Liu's short story "Single-Bit Error", both of which appeared in the anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments which my spouse Leonard Richardson & I co-edited & co-published in 2009 (Mohanraj has since written a novel in this same universe, and Liu has in multiple interviews called the publication of "Single-Bit Error" a key turning point for his career; "Single-Bit Error" has since been reprinted)
- The Archive Of Our Own, a repository for fanworks (such as fanfiction)
- Laura Shapiro's critical fanvid "Only A Lad" which critiques the "bad boy woobie" trope
- bironic's Ancillary Justice book trailer
- The upcoming NASA biopic film Hidden Figures
- Benjamin Rosenbaum's blog post about translation of speculative fiction, including several statistics and a link to a directory of translators on the Society of Authors site
- The comic book Ms. Marvel
- Greg Milner's history of audio engineering Perfecting Sound Forever
- Angelica Gorodischer's Kalpa Imperial (translated from Spanish by Ursula K. Le Guin) (I didn't finish this book -- I think it's good but I need to give it another go and finish it)
- Andreas Eschbach's The Carpet Makers (translated from German) (championed by Orson Scott Card)
- Stanislaw Lem's Cyberiad and other works (translated from Polish)
- "Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs" (a short story about gun-toting, motocross-driving dinosaurs from Mars) and Constellation Games (a novel about video games, programming, and first contact with aliens), both by my spouse, Leonard Richardson
- The Member Assistance Fund, financial aid to help people attend WisCon, a feminist science fiction convention that happens in Madison, Wisconsin that happens in late May every year (Memorial Day weekend)
- The Tiptree Award for speculative fiction that explores gender -- recommend works now for the jury to consider, and buy books and T-shirts
- Michael Lopp's line that art is "the documentation of a thousand interesting decisions".
- Hari Kondabolu, an Indian-American stand-up comic whose work I enjoy
- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl written by Ryan North, who also makes Dinosaur Comics
- "Cat, Dog, and Badger Each Own A Bookstore. They Are Friends." and "Quill & Scroll" (art in the latter by Brendan Adkins), my two children's book zines about animals who run bookstores
- Dan Slott's run on She-Hulk
- Joss Whedon's run on Runaways
- The Catwoman arc written by Genevieve Valentine
- Ta-Nehisi Coates's work writing Black Panther
- Kelly Sue DeConnick's work writing Bitch Planet (and the fact that she is one of the guests of honor for next year's WisCon)
- Beeminder, a service that helps you stick with habits
- !!Con, a conference about the joy, surprise, and delight of programming, and Katie Bechtold's !!Con talk "Code in Spaaaaaace!!!!!" about the constraints (physical, financial, and more) that affect how we write software for space-bound hardware
- Gordon Korman, Canadian author of books for children & young adults
- Kate Beaton's historical webcomic Hark! A Vagrant
- lionpyh's fanfic short story "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City"
- The Viable Paradise and Clarion writers' workshops for people who want to improve their skills at writing scifi/fantasy (I haven't been to either of these but I hear they are good)
- Changeset Consulting, the company I started that provides short-term project management and maintainership services for free and open source software projects and for companies that depend on them
- My past talks and stand-up comedy (and recordings, notes, and transcripts when available)
- Saravana Bhavan, an Indian restaurant in New York City
- TKTS, a set of kiosks to help you get cheap same-day tickets to live theater in New York City
- Free or cheap sightseeing in NYC: the Roosevelt Island tram and the Staten Island Ferry
- Dale Carnegie's self-help book How To Win Friends and Influence People, which changed my life when I read it in 10th grade
I had a very good time at Worldcon and am recovering now.
* I am about 3/4 of the way through Neal Stephenson's Seveneves -- I see one work about it on AO3 and I'll probably read that and more after I finish the novel.
* "As Good As New" by Charlie Jane Anders
* Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
* the miniseries Tanner '88
with more ideas to come, for sure.
It's like Magic Mike XXL, in that a big reason I saw it is that internet feminists urged me to do so. Also in that there's enjoyable beefcake for straight women, in the form of Chris Hemsworth (stay through the credits).
Also there's Kate McKinnon.
Please go see Kate McKinnon Sexually Awakens a Generation. I mean Ghostbusters— RJ Edwards (@RJmakes) July 16, 2016
anyway I figured out why we're all extra gay for kate mckinnon in ghostbusters and it's bc she's femme jeff goldblum— craft pop-tarts (@2furiosa) July 3, 2016
will the world ever be the same after Holtzman, will there be any straight women left— Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) July 17, 2016
I enjoyed this movie so much. My face nearly hurt from smiling as I walked out. It's so fun. I welcome links to interesting reviews and responses!
I'm speaking in three sessions:
- Panelist on "The Fandom Awakens" (on Star Wars): Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:45 pm, Assembly.
- Comedy auctioneer for the charity auction benefiting the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm-probably 8:30pm or 9pm, Capitol/Wisconsin room.
- Panelist on "SIX SEASON SERIES BASED ON THE THREE-PART TRILOGY BASED ON THE SINGLE BOOK OF THE NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL" (comedy game show focusing on people of color): Sunday, May 29, 4:00-5:15pm, Wisconsin room.
Also, I will probably drop by the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to find pieces that suit me and to bask in other people wearing my donated stuff; I would like to drop in on the vid party on Saturday night; I would like to drop in on the Hamilton singalong; I have a Dessert Salon ticket and intend on attending the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday evening.
I am easily lured into talking about Hamilton, Zen Cho, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mahabharata, Hinduism, and other interests in my profile.
Please ask before hugging; sometimes I'd rather not.
I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation one year prior. I apologize in advance. Also, I will probably be a little less intensively social this year, because I am trying to actually sleep enough and thus get to PyCon reasonably well-rested, and because client work for my consulting business may come up; I'll probably be trying to sleep every night from about 11pm to 7am, and aiming to take some alone time on top of that. So if you and I have multiple chances to see each other in person at other times of year, I may choose to make time for other people instead; apologies.
The fact that I am, in a sense, succeeding Ellen Klages in serving as the Tiptree auctioneer is quite a responsibility and I hope to discharge it well. So if you came to the Tiptree auction and raucously laughed at my japes I would welcome your chortles.
Good things: In some ways it feels like Stephenson's The Diamond Age in a good way (world-spanning and engaging with the futures of Asian civilizations, rethinking of nation-states, an important child, touches of Enlightenment retro discourse), and it also reminds me of how I enjoyed Locke's Up Against It (mystery investigation driving the plot along urgently, musings on vocation, the alienness of a sub-society that innovates with bodymods, easy transport across long distances, lots of characters in their 70s or older, high-stakes intrigue among kings and their viziers). More about Palmer's interaction with history in her blog posts about the book.
This is the kind of scifi-of-ideas that award-nominatey people will be talking about, I predict. And I may well write more about it sometime.
Trailers: Jesse Eisenberg is in a new "Now You See It" movie - whenever I see Eisenberg in a role I think "Mark Zuckerberg is so busy!" Also, that and "Central Intelligence" both use a super important encryption key as a MacGuffin.
I do not agree with the characterization of Steve Rogers in about the first half of this movie. My spouse wonders whether fandom has caused me to interpret Steve Rogers in a way that is narrower than MCU canon. I believe so. Also I think some fight/chase sequences are too long and a few conversations dragged. But overall, fun, interesting, and certainly, if a failure, a better failure than Age of Ultron -- it's like how thingswithwings described Winter Soldier, where the movie sort of wants to be saying really interesting subversive things but the structure the movie's in can't let it. And there's some good banter.
Now I have opened up SO many tabs to read other fannish thoughts....
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Jadzia is forced to play the bodies—and O'Brien, who is selected to become the end, announces the station.
The funeral arrangements mastermind Brunt. Worf talks with Breen ships. Beverage profits, however, react strongly to Q.
A war questions their quarters. An engineering team reveals humanoid farmers.
Friends who love DS9: enjoy!
* A Twitter bot is an Twitter account that posts automatically generated tweets. The programmer who writes the program that automatically generates the tweets is often remixing some pre-existing text, images, data, et cetera. Here's the text of "Writing Aliens", or, "Duchamp, Markov, Queneau: A Mostly Delightful Quilt", a talk about the art of Twitter bots that my spouse Leonard Richardson gave as his Guest of Honor speech at Foolscap 2014.