2014 SF3 annual meeting

Sep. 21st, 2014 08:19 pm
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SF3 will meet on Sunday, October 5th, at 11:30am central time in the Concourse Hotel. The agenda and details about membership, voting, and proxies are available on the SF3 website.

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capitalization style question

Sep. 21st, 2014 09:44 am
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This summer I attended a writing retreat, and the critique I got back from the instructor made a number of corrections in capitalization. I was kinda like, hunh? because no one else has ever noted an issue with the same, until nagasvoice's comment in another post.

(I don't recall ever being taught the rules of punctuation/grammer/capitalizing in school -- fiction-writing wasn't ever a major focus, as I recall -- so I've mostly gone by what I read in books, and using that style. I guess you could say osmosis and a bit of logical guesswork taught me things like that punctuation goes inside the quotes (at least in US-based publications), etc.)

Normally, I'd write a sentence with dialogue like this.

"Hello," they said.

The entire sentence is hello-they-said. First word is 'hello', so it's capitalized. Since 'they' is not the first word and not a proper-name, it's not capitalized. Thus, it made sense to me that when the order is rearranged, the capitalizing is also rearranged:

They said, "hello."

I'm pretty sure this is a pattern I've read plenty, 'cause I had to have gotten the impression from somewhere that this is alright. It's also why/how I learned that when you've got a tag in the middle, capitalizing is still applied as an overall:

"Yesterday," she said, "it was sunny."

First, 'yesterday' is the first word. Second, the actual sentence -- 'yesterday it was sunny' is an entire sentence and the tag 'she said' is just inserted. Similar to the way if I had [ed: hi there] in the middle, it inserts, not halts the sentence and forces a new one. It's like a paren.

In my mind, if I've got a sentence like the following:

"Yesterday it was sunny," she said. "We napped."

...then the "we" gets capitalized because it's a new sentence; if it hadn't been, then it'd be a comma after 'said', not a period, and there'd need to be some kind of a tag -- ie, 'and', 'but', etc -- before 'we' to indicate there was more to the first sentence.

I'm not sure whether this is a house-style thing or just something I've completely misread/ignored all these years.


The Aubergine Song

Sep. 20th, 2014 10:20 pm
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Probably the most risqué song I've ever sung on stage. Now with dynamic text: tell your friends!

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Sep. 20th, 2014 04:48 pm
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Cutest damn blissface in the world. Read more... )

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Sep. 20th, 2014 03:42 pm
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Can't go to bed, cat has all the covers. the one flaw in our "don't bother making the bed" thing: Gabe likes high places. Like Mount Duvet. )

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Sep. 20th, 2014 09:01 am
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Good morning! It is my 35th birthday today. Indeed, you may leave birthday wishes, tributes, and unkind remarks about my age here.

Like any good 35-year-old, I am going to spend the morning at Costco. I'm even going to drive a car there, like a goddamn grownup. (It's a ZipCar.) I shall have a $1.50 hotdog-and-coke birthday lunch, and return home laden with food staples and more toilet paper than I know what to do with. I shall then likely engage in some home-improvement tasks, as well as cooking a pork loin and possibly making yogurt. It is a rich life I lead. :D

I hope all of you are having as productive a Saturday as I am, except for people directly to the west of Hawaii and Alaska, who I hope are having a productive Sunday.
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Written mostly for other confused people so they can compare notes and feel less weird for not figuring this stuff out the moment they hit puberty :) Some stuff about being grey Asexual in there too.

Dates are fuzzy because who can remember this sort of thing. My sexuality tag makes for an interesting timeline of my attitudes before and after coming out.

Vague discussions of sex and mental illness, mention of abuse )

Linkspam appreciates a good headwind

Sep. 19th, 2014 11:45 am
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I want to read this book about dead people. Caitlin Doughty's Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. One of the really interesting parts of Here If You Need Me was that the widowed author prepared her husband's body for burial herself. It's not a thing that we do anymore, but I think it might be useful for some people. (There's an irony there, as it's one of the main ways ebola spreads, but yeah.)

Why Scrum Should Just Basically Die In A Fire. Way to write the inflammatory headline, sir. I thought it was interesting and provocative, but I don't agree with all his criticisms, especially regarding standup. I work on a highly distributed team, and we do a video meeting standup every day, and I think it makes a ton of difference to our team cohesion and project awareness. I sort of feel sorry for him that he has had such bad experiences.

A nice problematization of the conflation of customer and product. Actually, you ARE the Customer, Not the Product."

Teddy Roosevelt is here to help you get shit done

Super duper adorable and totally sfw Steve and Bucky fan art.

Micronutrients matter. Maybe we need more lithium?

We really need to pay attention to ebola.

Guess what? The company that makes standardized tests would like to assure us that standardized tests are a good measure of learning. When a professor studied it and found that that is true if you count "test taking ability" as learning, he got shut down. Mute the Messenger I have thought for a long time that the high-stakes standardized tests are a corrupt and inadequate way to measure learning. We used to measure it based on ability to memorize and recite. That left a lot of kids out. So does this. Grr. Arg.

It turns out that neuroatypical people are not getting sex education suited to their needs. Many with Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex. One of the reasons I really enjoy being an Our Whole Lives educator is that we are specifically encouraged and supported in providing education to people with attention problems, autism spectrum learning, and people with many disabilities. I just did some retraining and they really drove home that even if none of the people you are currently teaching have disabilities that affect their sexuality, they will someday. Or they may want to be involved with someone who does. And if we are upfront and honest about the fact that everyone is a sexual being, we make more happiness possible. (other parts of the new junior high curriculum included social media, consent issues, and breakups. YAY.)

Hygeine hypothesis looking more likely by the day

How your hiring process may be broken.

I am impressed and hypnotized by the badger like persistence of these security researchers cracking a puzzle. <http://potatohatsecurity.tumblr.com/post/94565729529/defcon-22-badge-challenge-walkthrough">Defcon badge challenge walkthrough

I understand that progress is a series of cycles, but I am so tired of backlash. The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism.

Why the Apple U2 thing felt so creepy. It reminded us we are all subject to injection attacks.

Fascinating short story take on The Masque of the Red Death. Last Dance Over the Red, Red World.

Charlie Jane Anders once again squirrels around in the timeline and comes up with a thinky story that sticks with you. As Good As New

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Sep. 19th, 2014 12:15 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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The Caramel Macchiato Kiss, by Jennifer Montgomery.

A cute romance novella about Callie, who’s starting college and also starting as a barista, and her romance with Justin, the sweet but ever-so-slightly-mysterious boy she meets after hours. They bond over their mutual love of hot caramel and dislike of actual coffee. This is pure comfort reading, high on likability and low on conflict; needless to say, Justin’s secret is the opposite of dark. Sweet and fluffy as a caramel macchiato.

The Caramel Macchiato Kiss (The Coffee Shop Romances Book 1)

The Italian Soda Summer, by Jennifer Montgomery

The second in the Coffee Shop Romances series, but you could read it first. Maddie, a college student, falls for Alessandro, a grad student who will only be in town for the summer. Though still sweet, this one has more of a melancholy tinge; the characters not only feel like real people, they feel like real college students, sometimes pretentious, sometimes moody, sometimes idealistic. The romance progresses largely through earnest yet entertaining conversations about art and life and so forth. It still has a comforting feel, but it’s got more meat to it than the first novella. Very enjoyable.

The Italian Soda Summer (The Coffee Shop Romances Book 2)

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Sep. 19th, 2014 07:34 am
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When I was a very young man, I sailed from King's Lynn, where nothing much has happened for longer than I care to state, though we did have a plague in 1665, long before I was born. Aye, it was no place for a restless man unless he put to sea, and so I did. Determined to bring some form of fame or at the least notoriety to my name, having come from such unromantic origins, I took to piracy once I had mastered the sail.

Oh, those were good days, when we used canoes to rob merchant ships off Nassau. How I delighted in swarming the big ships! It pains me to say it, but I did miss our little periaguas when I finally attained my big thirty-gunner, the Ranger. I hear you may know of my second, Teach, who in those days commanded the sloop I left for the Ranger, and sailed under my flag. He has some notoriety of his own, these days.

Together we took wine merchants and spirit merchants, and merchants of alcohol, and merchants who sold distilled liquors, and other such similar creatures. The shipful of flour bound for Havana, now, that was an error, and somewhat embarrassing, but you might say that in the right hands flour is still gold.

The time we raided a ship for their hats (having thrown ours overboard while drunk, the night before) may not be my finest moment, but one must admit it had style.

I never admitted to piracy outright whilst I was at it, and I never took an English ship, so that the front of privateerage in service of my country should at least be maintained. But I have taken a pardon now, as a pirate, so I suppose there's no harm to calling it such. I have it in mind to speak to the new governor of the Bahamas; he says he has a place in his government for pirate-catchers, and I should be just as happy taking ships if they be pirate ships, as I was taking merchants. Pirates are probably the wealthier.

And wouldn't it be funny if I took Jack Rackham, or my old friend Teach?

My name is Benjamin Hornigold, and I am the hat-thief, the rum-taker, the flour-snatcher, and the pirate-chaser of King's Lynn.

Yearly, on the 19th, I remind my readers that it is Talk Like A Pirate Day, not Talk Like Every Pirate Day.


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