another amusing story

Mar. 26th, 2015 05:31 pm
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I had forgotten this but my mom reminded me. During our trip to the Dude Ranch over 10 years ago (Moomin was maybe 3 or 4?) There was a scene where a little girl younger than Moomin had accidentally locked herself into the bathroom, sort of an outhouse dealy in between the different cabins. The little kid was screaming, and people were all crowded around freaking out and trying to tell her what to do, and suggesting different things like calling the fire department and I walked up to this scene, took out my leatherman which I was wearing on my belt, and unscrewed the hinges off the door without really consulting anyone. As I recall I muttered something in the way of informing them what was going to happen. Problem solved. My mom says it was pretty hilarious. I think now I find it more amusing than I did then. Like then I would have just felt momentarily smug at getting to use my leatherman, like, perfect opportunity. Now I see a little more how odd or maybe alien that must have looked to everyone else and it must have made them feel slightly silly. I probably didn't do the human interaction part correctly at all or defer in the proper gendered way to whatever Dudes were taking charge of what was to be done. Not making any big deal out of that just doing it swiftly before anyone could object. So, I am now extra smug. Maybe I was then too and have just forgotten it. It is nice that my mom liked it and considered it characteristic but it also felt a little like she considered it characteristic of my being able to shoot lasers out of my eyeballs unexpectedly when I was a baby.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Mar. 26th, 2015 05:26 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.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

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Mar. 26th, 2015 07:43 am
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There are few things more incidentally satisfying than walking past a bus stop where someone is waiting for a bus, and then two minutes later seeing that bus go past with that person sitting down on it.

It's just a delightful complete little narrative that ends with someone having achieved a simple goal.

Ghost words, ghost worlds

Mar. 26th, 2015 04:00 pm
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I’ve been meaning to post about Where Ghost Words Dwell, a collage project by a group of SFF writers. It’s a website “dedicated to discarded text, forgotten words and the memory of dead manuscripts” — collecting the words that got cut out of stories in a series of anonymous posts.

Taking inspiration from the surrealist game, The Exquisite Corpse, Where Ghost Words Dwell can be read as blog entries. Are these entries part of a time traveler’s log, scraps found by alien archeologists or intermittent transmissions from places invisible to the human eye?

You decide.

The entries carry no author names and are extracts from works that have been published or are on their way to being published. They could also be alternate versions that ended up on the editing floor. To find out who the author is or what work the extracts are from, click on the highlighted links. Who knows, you may find a new favorite writer or a work you haven’t yet read.

The website is currently on a twice-weekly posting schedule, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can check out a snippet sliced out of Aliette de Bodard‘s upcoming novel THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, a deliciously creepy desert scene, and a beautiful fragment of indigenous SFF. More to come!

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

a mixed bag

Mar. 26th, 2015 08:28 am
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I had Carden put to sleep on Tuesday. It was rough but it was time. I'm doing okay; the hardest thing is how QUIET the house is. I hadn't realized how much I'd gotten used to keeping one ear out for her walking around or snoring or just breathing.

Racetrack is enjoying being an only child again. Cats, man.

I kind of feel like that should be its own post, but I kind of... really don't want it to be, so here are some other, happier things:

1. Video of Pete Wentz feeling powerful in a blonde wig (he was accepting an award for Sia). Between this and his series of photos of his pink hair with captions all variations on how he feels like a "blossum," his whole everything lately is like... if this was a fic, it would be building up to some kind of coming out moment, maybe as genderqueer or something, but this is not a fic, it's just Pete being Pete, and it's a delight.

2. This Instagram happening. Victoria/Kristin/Meagan femslash plz.

3. Okay, let me summarize some of my Instagram observations (they come off really creepy all in one place, sorry):
- Kristin's sister Janelle is good friends with Meagan
- Kristin is also good friends with Crystal Leigh (as is Meagan); Crystal is Spencer Peterson's (formerly of Black Cards) girlfriend.
- Kristin, Mikey, Crystal, Spencer, and Janelle are all planning a vacation to Mexico together. (It is totally normal to bring your sibling on your couples getaway. right? right.)
- Kristin recently followed Pete and Meagan on Insta; Meagan followed her back. I'm pretty sure that means Kristin-Mikey-Pete-Meagan are all hanging out already, which is A DELIGHT, though I suppose it could just be that Janelle got Kristin and Meagan chatting. BUT I WANT TO BELIEVE IN FOUR-WAY HANGS WITH PARTNER SWAPPING.

4. Also last night Meagan chewed out an Instagram commenter who called her anorexic, saying that as a breastfeeding mother she eats many calories a day, NOT THAT IT'S ANYONE'S BUSINESS. Aw, hon. On the one hand, good for you for standing up for yourself; on the other, never engage. Never ever engage.

5. On a completely unrelated note, I was reading what I thought was a cogent and insightful analysis of Zayn Malik leaving One Direction (sorry, Directioner bbs :(), until in the middle of a paragraph the person said "I also know 100% that Zayn and Liam are in a committed romantic relationship with each other." Can't they, like, signal the tinhat with a flag or something, so I don't get that far into a post before getting blindsided? Man.
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One project I've worked on at Nebula is a Python module for remote configuration of server hardware. You can find it here, but there's a few caveats:
  1. It's not hugely well tested on a wide range of hardware
  2. The interface is not yet guaranteed to be stable
  3. You'll also need this module if you want to deal with IBM (well, Lenovo now) servers
  4. The IBM support is based on reverse engineering rather than documentation, so who really knows how good it is

There's documentation in the README, and I'm sorry for the API being kind of awful (it suffers rather heavily from me writing Python while knowing basically no Python). Still, it ought to work. I'm interested in hearing from anybody with problems, anybody who's interested in getting it on Pypi and anybody who's willing to add support for new HP systems.

Just a note to say...

Mar. 25th, 2015 06:01 pm
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...that I caught a stomach thing yesterday that coupled with a related caffeine deficiency had me knocked on my backside for most of the day. I'm a little shaky today, I think just undernourished/hydrated/caffeinated, but mostly okay. Just didn't want to worry people with mid-week radio silence.

<3 AE

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I’ve been conscious for a while that I’m no longer able to keep up the list of Malaysian SFF writers in English that I put up awhile ago — because I’m busy, but also because there are more of us than ever! I think it is helpful to have a directory for interested readers and people who want to connect with other local writers, but it needs to be updated regularly if it’s to be of use.

So I have now set up a Google doc which people can update themselves to add their own details and projects:

Malaysian Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Directory

There are two worksheets — one for authors and one for projects. Guidelines for contributions are at the top of each worksheet. People should feel free to add writers or projects they’re aware of as well as the things they’ve done. Also, this directory differs from the original post, as people working in languages other than English should feel welcome to add their stuff to it. I only limited the original post to English because that’s the main language I read in.

The original post will stay up, but once the directory has been populated a bit more I will change the link in my sidebar so that it goes to the Google doc rather than the blog post, and the post will no longer be updated. I will be monitoring the directory and editing from time to time for formatting, etc., as well as deleting anything that seems inappropriate. Please comment on this post or email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Here's some shocking news

Mar. 25th, 2015 08:23 am
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Women are persistently paid less than men as nurses and as corporate executives.

At this point, I'm starting to think that the solution is a regulation requiring that all salaries be posted publicly, because it's the secrecy about salary that allows disparities to flourish.

Photo print circle?

Mar. 25th, 2015 07:41 pm
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Hey all, I wouldn't mind some inspiration to take more non-portrait photographs. So! Who wants to join a photo print circle? As in, take some photos, share prints by posting them to other people.

Basics

If you sign up as a photographer+recipient: You will take up to five photographs and send prints to other people. You will get up to about five (but perhaps lower, due either low sign-ups or because some people may be recipient-only) photographic prints in the mail taken by other participants in the circle.

If you sign up as a recipient only: You will get up to two photographic prints in the mail taken by participants in the circle.

Rules for photographers

  • You should post each of your assigned recipients a print of a distinct shot, newly taken for this circle.

  • Rating: general audiences. Beyond that, you have free choice of size, camera, printer, subject, composition…

  • You retain all rights to the photographs you take and may sell them, publish them elsewhere, release them Creative Commons, etc. The recipient gets a print, not any rights assignments or embargoes.

  • Subject consent: if you take a portrait or small group shot, please explain to the subject(s) what the portrait will be used for and get their consent.

All that said, warning: I won't be tracking fulfilment. If your assigned photographers default, I will not arrange replacements. (If signups are small, as they probably will be, most likely at a minimum you'll all get a picture from me.)

Dates

  • Signups close Monday March 30.

  • Assignments go out Thursday April 2.

  • Your photographs should all be in the mail by Thursday April 30 (or if I'm posting them, to me for printing by Monday April 27).

Impostor syndrome?

Honestly, this is about having fun posting things and getting things in the mail. (I'm not even sure anyone will even sign up!)

All levels of photography skill and experience welcome! The requirement is: take a photo per recipient. Print it. Post it. No fancy camera required: use your phone or your point and shoot! No fancy printing required: print them at your local place or run them off on your own printer.

International signups?

Yes please. Photographers: please expect that you may be assigned recipients anywhere in the world and expect postage costs accordingly. (Keep reading if you can't afford postage.)

Privacy as a recipient?

Your assigned photographers will be given your DW account name, if you have one, and your website link or Twitter handle if you give one.

There are two options for postage: either your name and postal address as supplied in your sign up will be passed on to your assigned photographers; or only I will know your name and postal address, and you agree to let me print and post your photographer's shots to you as 6"×4" prints from a mainstream commercial photo printing service. (In the unlikely event I get too many people asking for this, I'll update here to remove the offer.)

Privacy as a photographer?

Your recipients will know whatever you choose to put on/in the envelope, or ask me to put on/in it.

Can't afford printing or postage as a photographer?

Indicate this in your signup comment and I'll arrange for your printing and postage from your digital files. (In the unlikely event I get too many people asking for this, I'll update here to remove the offer.)

Want to send directly from a printing site?

What needs to happen is that your recipient needs to get a print of your photo in their mailbox. How that happens is up to you: if you want to use a service/app that will print the photos and send them directly to recipients (eg Touchnote, Cards in the Post, Postagram), that's fine! Check for international postage availability on your chosen tool.

If you want to print yourself or print locally and send it through your post office, that's just as fine.

Don't have a Dreamwidth account?

You can sign up, comment as Anonymous.

Sign up

If you are a photographer+recipient, copy this into comments and fill it out:

I'd like to play!

I will (remove the line that doesn't apply)
* post photographs to my recipients myself if their address is shared with me
* send digital photographs to puzzlement to print and post to my recipients

My name and postal address is: [doesn't have to be real name, but something that will reach you if you share an address with others]

I want my name and address (remove the line that doesn't apply):
* given to my assigned photographers so that they can send me photographs directly
* kept private by puzzlement, who will print and post photos to me on behalf of my photographers

My email address is (will always be private to puzzlement, used for assignments and a small number of deadline reminders):

[optional] My website link/Twitter handle (to be given to my photographers) is:


If you are a recipient, copy this into comments and fill it out:

I'd like to receive prints!

My name and postal address is: [doesn't have to be real name, but something that will reach you if you share an address with others]

I want my name and address (remove the line that doesn't apply):
* given to my assigned photographers so that they can send me photographs directly
* kept private by puzzlement, who will print and post photos to me on behalf of my photographers

My email address is (will always be private to puzzlement, used for assignments and a small number of deadline reminders):

[optional] My website link/Twitter handle (to be given to my photographers) is:


Comments are screened.

So I started rewatching Supernatural

Mar. 24th, 2015 05:30 pm
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And rereading some of my favorite fics from the early days ... and then I rewatched Killa's vid Little Lion Man, which was made after season 4. (I think the vid is no longer on line, otherwise I'd link...)

Anyhoo. It's really ... depressing. Because I feel like back in the early days, there was hope for a happy ending for Sam and Dean. At first, all the curtain!fic is about Sam and Dean finally killing the yellow eyed demon and then finding some kind of peace. Later, after Season 2, the fic is about Sam finding a way to get Dean out of his deal - and then they go off and live happily ever after.

But so much has happened since then. The stakes have become so high and so vast that it's impossible to imagine them ever being able to retire. And there's been so much pain and betrayal - some understandable (Dean allowing Sam to be possessed by an angel), some not (Sam deciding to leave Dean in purgatory, because... why, exactly?) - that it would take several novels to convincingly reconcile everything. It feels like hope has been leeched out of the series, and that's particularly apparent when I go back to the early episodes.

Sigh. Now I'm sad.
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Title: Best Mates
Threesome/Moresome: Harry/Ron/Draco
Word Count/Art Medium: 8400
Rating: NC-17
Warnings/Enticements: Consensual BDSM and dungeon play.
Summary: Five years after the war and Harry's still got a lot of processing to do and he's still catching up on his missed adolescence. Some of the other people in his life are way ahead of him.

This was actually written for a fest participant who had to drop out, who's request included: "Recovery & dealing with the aftermath of the war. Each of the pairs having an individual dynamic as well as the dynamic between the threesome. Two close friends/already-close-lovers having their dominant way with a third. Two characters dominating the third character together in general."

http://hp-3somes.livejournal.com/45229.html
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I have spent the last week and change attempting to compile a list of 20+ outdoor scents compiled by mine own nose. The spirit of the assignment requests sticking as close as possible to literal description of the component(s) of each smell articulated, with adjectives encouraged and importing 'unrelated' metaphor discouraged.

It's very disconcerting to realize what paucity of words I have to drawn on to try and describe what a bit of succulent moss growth tip smells like crushed between my fingers, or exactly what a piney bush needle smells in more detail than 'piney'.

Here's my list so far:
What smells have you smelled recently? Do you have any words you treasure for describing / evoking subtleties of scent?

Talk to me about foundation.

Mar. 24th, 2015 11:24 am
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So the last time I attempted to find foundation I might actually wear, I ended up with a tube of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I was told that I could slap it on and go without additional products or a lot of fuss, and that is sort of true as long as I never wear it north of my cheekbones, but if I get it anywhere near my eyes they water enough to wash most of it off my cheeks-- and of course, under my eyes is chiefly where I want some sort of product. I could theoretically buy some separate concealer and wear them together, but that is more work than I'm willing to go to for anything short of a job interview or a wedding.

Mostly I just don't bother with foundation, even when I'm wearing other makeup-- the world can deal with my face, and I like the deliberate artificiality of bright lip or eye color with nothing under it. But that's not always an appropriate look. And I'm getting a bunch of hair cut off this evening and I'm going to want to femme up in the face a little more than usual while it's short.

So. Any suggestions for a one-step, one-layer, nothing-else-needed foundation that is safe and comfortable to use under the eyes?
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(Cross-posted from http://blog.wiscon.info/2015/03/recruitment-drive-consuite-coordinators/ )

Let’s face it: WisCon just wouldn’t be WisCon without the Consuite. It also wouldn’t be as affordable for those dining on a budget, or as accessible for those who can’t readily leave the building, or as fun and friendly for everyone. WisCon’s unique Consuite does more than just lay out some snacks, it provides hot food and hospitality throughout the convention.

A first-rate Consuite doesn’t just spring into being. We need volunteers to head up the Consuite for WisCon. This year we are looking for a team of people to divide the responsibility, so that everyone involved has a chance to fully enjoy the convention in addition to their duties. They say too many cooks will spoil the broth. We say many hands makes for a great con all around.

Our ideal volunteers for Consuite head have experience in food handling and ServSafe certification, or be willing to complete it — our treat! The ServSafe program is just a simple online course followed by a test. The heads may assist with planning, purchasing and preparing food, supervising Consuite volunteers, ensuring food safety, and the set-up and tear-down of the Consuite.

Traditionally the Consuite has been open Friday, 6 p.m. –
3 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. , and Monday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when it closes for good. The Consuite closes during opening ceremonies, the Guest of Honor Speeches, and the award ceremonies. These hours may be changed to meet the availability of our head volunteers.

To help out or request more information about ServSafe certification or other details, please contact WisCon’s Recruitment department at recruitment@wiscon.info.

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Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:01 am
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copperbadge: Someone needs to invent a drink called the Screaming Bucky
copperbadge: It hurts going down, and you don’t remember anything later.
series: sam……sam no
series: n o
justalurkr1: does it have Pisco, sam?
copperbadge: Pisco AND tequila
offcoloratura: It should have vodka in it
Snowytumble: You have to order it on ice
offcoloratura: SNOWY NO
copperbadge: SNOWY YES

Monday, March 23rd

Mar. 23rd, 2015 01:56 pm
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Personal Reflections

I find myself in the odd position of not having much to say in this section of the post, except to note that writing these has helped a lot.

The Daily Report

Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that the Patreon link at the bottom of the chapters on Tales of MU was broken in such a way that it delivered people to the Patreon front page instead of my page... that is, broken in a way that it wasn't completely obvious it was broken, but nor was it obvious what the next step was meant to be when someone clicked on it. This was both a bit of an embarrassment and a bit of a relief, as I had been wondering why my Patreon subscriptions had tapered off as dramatically as they had. It's fixed now.

I started off work this morning with the idea of doing some quick bookkeeping for the e-anthology project Angels of the Meanwhile, which turned into spending four hours actually getting the pre-order set up. I'll be posting more information about it throughout the week, including some teases of the contents. We have multiple award winning poets on deck for this. It's pretty exciting.

Near the start of last week, I mentioned that I'd been fiddling around with my old online roleplaying game Hedgerow Hall and that after about a week I'd have some idea if it's going somewhere. Well, I have some idea: it's going somewhere.

The State of the Me

I'm doing pretty well, mentally and physically.

Plans For Today

I'm going to be transitioning into more creative work over the next hour or so, maybe some random writing. Towards the end of the day, I'm going to be blocking out writing for Tales of MU for the week.
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Angels of the Meanwhile
is an e-chapbook, a simple anthology of poetry and short prose to help pay for the torn rotator cuff surgery of poet, author, muse, and sister Pope Lizbet (Elizabeth R. McClellan). Encompassing a mix of new and previously published materials by artists from multiple walks of life who have been touched by Lizbet (or by people whose lives she has touched), Angels of the Meanwhile includes a gorgeous cover donated by the great Amanda Sharpe, new fiction by prolific creator Satyros Phil Brucato (noted especially as creator of Mage: The Ascension and the webcomic Arpeggio) along with poetry by such lights as Saira Ali, Rose Lemberg, S.J. Tucker, and Catherynne M. Valente, among many others.

Since it was first announced in early February, this project has grown from a modest effort to help a dear friend into something bigger and more beautiful. With over thirty thousand words of poetry and prose and an offer of interior illustrations on their way, we’ve had to move to a pre-order model in order to make sure the goal of raising the necessary funds in time for Lizbet’s surgery can be met while still delivering the promise of the project.

Here’s the nitty-gritty details: the book will be released on the planned date of June 30th. The final and total “print run”, such as it is, will consist of however many ebooks are ordered between now and May 1st. Copies will be sent out once and never again. All art is ephemeral; benefit art even more so.

The cost of the book is whatever you are willing and able to pay. We will be delivering the final product in a zip file that will include a PDF version (readable on any platform), a Kindle-compatible ebook version, and a generic e-reader version. All copies are DRM free.

Now, Lizbet is scheduled for surgery in mid-April. We need to raise at least $1,500 out of about $5,000 total before that*. More would be appreciated, to give her some padding for unforeseen expenses, lost income, and expenses already incurred out of pocket

Nittier, grittier details: Because of the nature of this project, all details are subject to change, including the release date, the ordering deadline, and the table of contents. We are asking for people to give money out of a combination of the desire to help Lizbet and to own a cool, eclectic collection of words. Purchasing a pre-order of the chapbook entitles you to your copies of the chapbook; it does not carry any further obligation or privilege.

 

Pre-Order Angels of the Meanwhile Today

You will be able to name your price on the next screen.




Email Address (For Delivery)

(Note that if you previously donated in February, you may consider yourself down for the pre-order already. We'll be contacting all previous donors in June, prior to shipping. If you have more to contribute, of course, feel free.)



*This text has been amended to be more precise about the timing of the goals - AE.

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