Lazy Day

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:09 pm
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The president of the company that I work for announced on Wednesday that we would be closed today (four day weekend, ftw!), so I've had a lazy Friday for once. I spent the morning catching up on Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Neopets, and Tumblr, and I've spent the afternoon marathoning the three Jurassic Park movies (and have now started Independence Day, because why not?) and putting in work for Part-Time Job (which I do at home from my computer).

And then I have tomorrow off! And Sunday! And Monday!

... would it make me a horrible person if I spend the entire four-day Labor Day weekend hiding in my apartment and don't go outside once?

I could play Mass Effect! I could write fanfiction! I could vid! I could marathon the Lord of the Rings trilogy! (Extended edition, of course.)
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  1. It's pre-slash up until it suddenly gets good in like chapter 6 or so.

  2. Words:5,251
    Chapters: 6/6

  3. Sansa Stark and her travelling companion, Sandor Clegane, come across Rick Grime’s group at a prison during the apocalypse, and decide whether or not they’ll stay.
    Tags: Weird, very weird, fluffy? maybe?

  4. Warning: Bad language and corny descriptions of genitalia

  5. NSFW (and debatably TMI) )

#5 was pointed out by [personal profile] flamebyrd.

(no subject)

Aug. 29th, 2014 04:41 pm
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I know [personal profile] karnythia already posted but some folks who are on my flist may not run in the same circles. If there's overlap, my apologies.

[personal profile] delux_vivens has died. Details are still forthcoming. I've been in touch with her mother, who had called to let me know earlier today.

For those of you who don't know of her, she ran Deadbrowalking: The People of Color Deathwatch on LJ. It's died down in recent years but when it was hot, it was hot.

That's all I have for now. When I know more, I'll put it out there.

The Book Tag Game

Aug. 30th, 2014 12:20 am
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List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the "right" books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Nominate 10 friends:

The Schroedinger's Cat Trilogy
The Baroque Cycle
Steel Beach
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Brave New World
The Earthsea Series

The Invisibles
Signal To Noise
Box Office Poison
From Hell

I've listed books and comics, because my original list had some comics in it, and then got too long, so I "cheated" and had ten of each. And this is largely a book list from my youth, books that have taken up space in my head for 20 years and not let go. Other than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I recommended to someone just this afternoon, and you should all read.

Nominating: [personal profile] matgb, [ profile] wig, [personal profile] dalglir, [ profile] darkoshi, [ profile] quirkytizzy, [ profile] bart_calendar, [ profile] manintheboat, [ profile] randomdreams, [ profile] widgetfox, and [ profile] brixtonbrood.

Fuck it, and anyone reading this who hasn't posted in the last three days. Now you have something to post.

Weekly Reading Meme

Aug. 29th, 2014 04:38 pm
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What I've Read

Black Projects White Knights by Kage Baker

Short story collection in the The Company 'verse. I've had Kage on the back burner while I work on my Martha Wells stack, but I think it's time to swap out again. This was a really fun collection of stories from people I have and haven't met beofere and it gives come cool glimpses of the bigger picture in some stories while others are just fun essays in being or knowing an immortal cyborg with knowledge of the future.

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

There Goes the Neighborhood:Ten Building People Loved to Hate by Susan Goldman Rubin
Good pictures, good selection of buildings and opinions, not a treasure, but not half bad.

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

Bootleg: Murder Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal

I feel SO BETRAYED by how much of this book was about the temperance movement and how little was about exciting criminal action. LIES. FALSE ADVERTISING. BAIT AND SWITCH. Buuut the narratives about al Capone and the little kid who helped with his parents' speakeasy et al. were pretty snazzy. Good job making stories about everything. Stories are memorable. (Totally was having 'how can I apply this to steve and bucky?' thoughts the whole book.)

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

How They Croaked:The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

Grisly, gore-y and disturbing, just as advertised! Good storytelling, fun facts.

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel

Super lovely, sad ending <3

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

Really super neat! Love inventor bio/stories. 

What I'm Reading

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Eeee, guys I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's so vivid and the scenery is so (heh) ALIVE. And the CHARACTERS. OUR PROTAG IS WONDERFUL. Our supporting characters are FANTASTIC. I am a happy listener.

AND LOOK! In the author's blog, I found her entry of when she did the book recording and it had a Soundcloud of the first chapter!

Read, to feel podficcer-like feelings, listen to FALL IN LOVE AND JOIN ME IN LOVING THIS BOOK.

Soundcloud player under the cut! )

Also reading: The Life of the World To Come by Kage Baker

Only 30 min in, but it's got Mendoza! 

What I'm Reading Next

Kage Baker? Martha Wells? More YA Nonfiction??? 

Pod_Together 2014 Wrap-Up Post

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:23 pm
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Thank you to everyone for an excellent round of [community profile] pod_together. This was the smoothest round so far on our end! If you want to explore the whole 2014 collection, you can find everything here!

And because of the wonderful folks at [community profile] pt_lightning, you only have to wait until November for your next chance at a collaborative author/podficcer challenge. You can keep an eye out for their signups at [ profile] pt_lightning, [ profile] pt_lightning, or [community profile] pt_lightning.

Every year, we make improvements to the challenge based on your feedback, so if you have a moment, we’d love to hear what went well for you and what could have gone better for you this year. You can comment here or send us an email at We want to help everyone have a good experience, and we take all feedback very seriously.

Thank you again for being creative, inspiring, dedicated, and kind to each other. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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My writing muscles are rusty

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:01 pm
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...but I may possibly have committed some Sam/Steve.

Still open for suggestions on the meme! I'm trying to write a little bit every day to get used to the way it feels to write again.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:55 pm
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It finally opened here this week, and it was fun to watch, though slightly confusing, because I'm not familiar at all with Marvel's cosmology and all the alien species running around there and their intergalactic grudges, so it was hard to put the events in any sort of context. Then again, the comics themselves probably don't make much sense in the first place.

some more specific, and thus spoilery confusing things )

Writing Classes!

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:38 pm
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[ profile] dancinghorse is offering writing classes.

Details here

If you're a serious writer at any level, this is the place to go. I've taken part in the beta for the plotting class; the result was not just the weirdest short story I have written, but the one (out of four) short story that I am proud of. (And yes, I've written more novels than that; I don't _do_ short.) Judy skilfully coaxed one out of me, and I came away with a much better feel for stories than I had started; given how much writing advice I've consumed over the years, that's not much short of a miracle.

I don't think I'll be able to join in this round, but I am definitely considering it; the class was _that_ good.
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So, yeah, it turns out I wasn't allowed to sleep, because I had to get doused in ice water and then learn to edit video and post it to YouTube. All right then, fine. I'll see if I can manage to embed the results here. Hang on... --Kaja

Did that work? Let's find out...

the new electronic game from James Ernest and CatDuo
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the first national Model Aquatic Health Code, guidelines that public pool operators can follow to help keep swimmers healthy and safe and that state and local health departments can use when they create or update public pool regulations.
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Top Five Ideas to Reuse Your Ballet Shoes
  • Frame the Ballet Slippers
  • Use the Ballet Slippers on an Accent Wall [glue or tack them to the wall.  In poses.]
  • Make a Wreath [read all of this.  Really.  Inspirational quotes on the toes.]
  • Make a Ballet Slipper Wall Hanging
  • Paint Your Ballet Slippers
Helpful note:  "When creating one of these projects, if you do not have enough ballet slippers of your own to use, you can easily find them on eBay, along with other craft supplies to help you re-use your shoes. "

Suddenly the stacks of books on every level surface, as well as some slanted ones, don't look so bad.   In unrelated news, my $10 split-sole ghillies for Scottish Country Dance have arrived.  I am pumped.    As it were.

3 things that amused me this week

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:44 pm
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There is a letting agent whose sign I pass on my commute, called Let's Rent Cambridge.  Every time I see the sign, I find myself thinking "what, all of Cambridge?"

Tony was 40 earlier this week and we had a meal at the Cambridge Smokehouse, where the Eraina used to be.  This is a great restaurant if you like meat with your meat and some meat, and I love the "ping a light for service" approach.

I have a new fitness-monitoring-wristband thing (Fitbit Flex for those that care), and my slow overfull waddle back from the Smokehouse was classed by it as "intense activity".  I slightly fear what it will make of my running, when I next manage it.

Make it up as we go along

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:44 pm
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[personal profile] sovay
Happy birthday, [ profile] rushthatspeaks, my best cousin, my love. Rilke wrote this. It always makes me think of you.

Mein scheuer Mondschatten spräche gern
mit meinem Sonnenschatten von fern
in der Sprache der Toren:
mitten drin ich, ein beschienener Sphinx,
Stille stiftend, nach rechts und links
hab ich die beiden geboren.

My shy moonshadow would like to speak
with my sunshadow from far away
in the language of fools:
I in between, an illuminated sphinx,
bestowing silence, to the right and left
I have given birth to both.

(untitled, 1922)


Aug. 29th, 2014 12:06 pm
[personal profile] sithjawa
One reason I don't do activism the normal way is if I did, it'd be like a hilarious monty python sketch of a british-canadian person. "Excuse me... Dreadful weather, isn't it? So, um, I think that maybe that word you used is kind of, um... sort of not OK? So um, I'd really appreciate it a lot if you'd think about maybe not saying that. Um, you know, if you... want to. Uh, sorry to bother you! I'll just be... going now." *entire thing muttered while staring at own shoes*


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