Up and coming about town

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:40 pm
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The USA Science and Engineering Festival is this weekend and it sounds like it might be a lot of fun and it is free to the public, which is always nice.

Next weekend (May 2nd-4th), the AFI is showing the original Godzilla, with restored footage. This week it's the Olivier's Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III adaptations, and My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Encore.

Next weekend is also Free Comic Book on the 3rd, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Old Takoma Art Hop both days. I'm hoping to go to MSWF and at pick up a pair of horehound plants, as I saw some last year and I've had no luck growing them from seed.
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Tonight at dinner Geoff and I cast Game of Thrones with Sesame Street characters. Like, Rob Stark is Cookie Monster, because he means well but he's such an idiot; the chickens are the Tyrells; and Oscar the Grouch is totally the Hound.

(I had been trying to tell him about the utterly fantastic Avengers/Sesame Street crossover I'd read, and the conversation kind of degenerated from there...)

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Apr. 24th, 2014 12:32 pm
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Our internet was out most of yesterday evening (the whole time Scott and Cordelia were gone for soccer practice and then some). It was out again this morning. Right at the moment, it seems stable enough, but it could vanish at any time. [personal profile] zhelana, the internet going out is why I disappeared so abruptly from our chat. I apologize.

Supposedly, AT&T is sending someone out to find out what the problem is. They set six this evening as their target time. I'm not holding my breath.

I'm starting to know the second graders in the class I help with at library. It's coming late in the year as there are only six weeks left in the school year, but I was thinking it wouldn't happen at all.

I hope the school does get some money for the library next year. Not only will the librarian, whoever that is, have to build the collection to accommodate middle school students, but also there are very popular items in the collection that are falling apart. I'm mostly thinking of the Pokemon books right now, but there are also the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and the Ripley's Believe it or Not books.

I'm trying to decide whether I want to keep my subscription to Time. I started getting it because it was cheap through Publishers Clearing House, and I do read it. I'm just not sure I'd miss it if I didn't get it. It just feels very slight, like there's not much substance to it. I miss the news magazines I remember from my teenage years. As I recall, one could follow a fair amount of what was happening at least in the US.

The other magazines I get are Discover, Smithsonian, and Archeology. I definitely plan to keep getting all three of those. A lot of what I read doesn't stick with me, but I like the feeling that I'm learning about something however temporarily.

The Crimson Solution (13/14)

Apr. 24th, 2014 11:39 am
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Storming the Palace.

The Crimson Solution (47374 words) by yunitsa
Chapters: 13/14
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Alchemy, pseudo-Victorian, Giant Slug, Dragons, Colonialism, POV First Person
Summary: Phoebe Bannister's marriage to the alchemist Charles Templer might have been the end of one sort of story. But in sharing a house with her husband and his partner, the brilliant and irascible Benjamin Cole, Phoebe soon finds herself caught up in the complex relationship between the two men - and in the search for the most dangerous product of the alchemist's art.

One more chapter left, though it's another very long one! I was going to witter on here about the process and thought behind these, but no one really wants to know how the sausage is made, so I will not :)

Fullmetal Alchemist (Chapters 1-42)

Apr. 23rd, 2014 07:34 pm
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...why yes, I have officially become the Last Person in the World to read the manga. (No, I have not become the last person in the world to watch it. Though I might, who knows?) [personal profile] skygiants hooked me by describing it as starting out about a couple of characters and their quest, but gradually widening out to where you realize the world and the plot and the stakes are way bigger than what you thought at first. Which is basically the way to get me to read/watch/consume anything, really. (If you have any other suggestions of things that are like this, besides Gunnerkrigg Court and Digger, both of which I think kind of also follow that pattern, please tell me!)

Also, I like Ed and Al Elric (okay, fine, I adore Al madly), but I really am crushing hard on Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, Maes Hughes(!!), Maria Ross (!!) and, oh, Team Mustang in general. (I, uh, may have spoiled myself for several plot developments by going to AO3 and looking for Roy/Riza.)

Various reactions to Chapters 1-42, because that's where I'm at )
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Still discussion happening in my Hugo reactions post, if that was a thing that interested you at the time; it seems to have had a slow trickle out onto Twitter, sped up today by John Scalzi linking to it and other criticisms of his position from Shweta Narayan, Arachne Jericho, and Rose Lemberg.

I explained why I took a somewhat different approach than those posters in a comment on my old post, but the criticisms of Rose Lemberg, and SL Huang, about the idea of "merits" generally, are important and worth reading as a broadly-applicable matter. (To be clear, I also recommend Shweta and Arachne's posts as powerful and important, they're just a little more focused on the specifics of this discussion.)

A link roundup is being maintained by Stefan Raets.

I'm going to again err on the side of caution and screen anon comments; I will unscreen them as soon as I can if they're consistent with the policy statements in my profile. So far I haven't had to keep anything screened; I will say so if I do. But, if you have substantive comments rather than something about these links, I'd appreciate it if you took it to the original post, because I hate split discussions.

And now, I must go wash dishes.
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Thing First:   HABS WON IN 4 !!!!!

Thing Deux : The realtor came by today and things are looking okay. It's going to be a long three months but she didn't find any major problems with the house, only minor repairs and cleaning I need to have done.

I repeat : HABS WON IN 4 !!!!   They haven't won anything in 4 since 1993.  And we all know what happened in 1993. Well, the we that intersect the old enough and love hockey we. The article is in French but the video is in English and well... it's a moment in hockey history that scream.... I'm that good and I know it.

*****

Just Finished

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. There are pieces of this that are very 'fandom', very inside info. Not sure if readers outside of fandom.. especially Harry Potter fandom would 'get' the inside. Still overall it's a fun and interesting read.

The Stargazey by Martha Grimes (Jury #15) . Much better than the last three installment in the series. This closes a dry spell I hope. I think Grimes created a nemesis for Jury. Still Plant (without the annoying gang of the village) is good in this one. The reader reconnects with the very wrong side of the track Cripps family. Set in the art/gallery world. Solid 3 stars.

What I'm reading now

Courtney Milan's A Kiss for Midwinter. The novella in between book 1 and 2 of the Brothers Sinister series. Smart regency romance novels.

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. Biography of one of Rolling Stone music critic. So far it's interesting.

What I'm reading next

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Clara S. : les secrets d'une passion by Claude Samuel.

What I bought/got from the library this week

 Nothing from the library since I'm on a post Easter break.

Three romance novels that were on the bargain page for Kindle.

Shannon Stacey. Love a little sideways. Contemporary. Usually Stacey is an okay writer.

Miss Fortune by Julia London. The subject of this one seemed interesting. I haven't anything by her yet. She usually writes regency. This is contemporary.

Just The Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. I read one of her books before. It was funny and smart, thin on the side characters but the two leads were interesting. I took a chance I might like this one as well.

Eeeeeeeee!

Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:04 pm
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New Sherlok Kholms up at YouTube!!!

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Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:19 am
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I've done something to my right leg. I have no idea what. I just know that, in certain positions, something tugs really hard on my heel, painfully so. I suspect it's one of the muscles in my calf. Unfortunately, trying to stretch those is one of the things that really, really hurts. It feels like something might give that shouldn't. If this goes on, I'll probably have to see my doctor and request physical therapy. Scott massaged my calf last night. He said it's really knotted up.

My Remix story is not going well so far. I'm not sure I've started it in the right place. I don't have other ideas for where to start it, however, so I'm going to persevere with what I've got so far. I don't have time to mess around much. I wish I had somebody with whom to do writing sprints/word wars. Those really help me make progress. I need to check the Remix community to see when the story is due. It's due soon. I know that much. I just don't have the definite date in my calendar for some reason.

Cordelia is being difficult. She wants to do things with friends, but she leaves it up to me to decide which friend and invite them over. She won't even suggest people. I mean I don't know all of her friends. How am I supposed to know who she wants to play with? This time, there's something at the Hands-On Museum, and she says she'll only go if someone she knows and likes is going. She refused to offer any names. I'm not willing to guess on this one. She's going to have to take some responsibility.

I hope we don't run into this problem over her birthday party. We're coming up on time to invite people, and she'll have to pick seven or eight kids to invite. (She can only invite seven if she wants the group to be able to play Telestrations, and I think she does want that. Well, I suppose we could get her the expansion set for her birthday. I think that goes up to twelve players. We'll see.)

The Crimson Solution (12/14)

Apr. 23rd, 2014 10:16 am
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Like looking for a dragon in a hay-stack.

The Crimson Solution (41938 words) by yunitsa
Chapters: 12/14
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Alchemy, pseudo-Victorian, Giant Slug, Dragons, Colonialism, POV First Person
Summary: Phoebe Bannister's marriage to the alchemist Charles Templer might have been the end of one sort of story. But in sharing a house with her husband and his partner, the brilliant and irascible Benjamin Cole, Phoebe soon finds herself caught up in the complex relationship between the two men - and in the search for the most dangerous product of the alchemist's art.

On not revealing gender in fiction

Apr. 22nd, 2014 07:39 pm
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"Post-Binary Gender in SF: Writing Without Revealing Gender" by Alex Dally Macfarlane

Alex says, "I like and dislike this" and gives good reasons why.

But the main reason I'm posting it is that it brought back a high school memory for me. We were assigned to write a short story. I wrote a science fiction story in the first person. The story ended with flirting between my protagonist, who was female, and another character, who was male. I wasn't trying to hide anyone's gender in the story, but the teacher assumed that my protagonist was male and so was "concerned" that I had written a story with Teh Gay in it. When I said that the character was female the teacher said I should make that more clear. I identified as het cis female at the time and I did not understand why the teacher thought my protagonist was male. But apparently characters who don't do explicitly girly things are male by default. Especially if they are in space exploration stories.

monopoly

Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:05 pm
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Aiko needs two Rimadyl a day for the rest of his life. He weighs 72 pounds. I can fill the prescription at the vet's office for $2 per pill. Twice a day. For the rest of his life.

I can get a three-month supply from an online vet store for $250, only $1.40 per pill. Or substitute a generic for <$1 per pill. I did that once. Then my vet decided to stop sending prescriptions to online vet stores, because they don't know where those people source their pills.

Fortunately, the town I live in has a vet supply store, whose prices are comparable to the online vet store. Unfortunately, the bottle they sold me today is close to its expiration date. They gave me a discount and explained that Pfizer is trying to force out the generics by refusing to let a store carry Rimadyl if it also carries generic carprofen.

The online vet store still has both, so I can get a paper prescription from my vet and fax it to the online store. If I believe that my vet was blowing smoke about the safety of buying vet meds online.

Guys, patents are intended to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries. Not in perpetuity. Not unless you can track down the originators of everything you used without inventing it, and reward their heirs in proportion to the usefulness of their discoveries.

Between Steerswomen and wizards, I pick Steerswomen.

A hit and a miss...

Apr. 22nd, 2014 09:26 pm
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Because I need new TV shows, clearly, I tried out two new contenders for the watchlist with varying degrees of success:

Fargo

I love the Coen brothers. I didn't love this. Not really sure why, except that I don't really find Martin Freeman all that interesting an actor any more (if I ever did) as all I can see is John Watson with a funny accent. Ho hum.

Turn

Came for Jamie Bell, stayed for Jamie Bell and Burn Gorman and incredible amounts of snark from a character called Simcoe who is played by a guy called Samuel Roukin. For someone who's spoilers for episodes 1-3 )

Since it's set in the US revolutionary war, there seem to be more Brit actors in it than not and so far it's managing to avoid the cliché of British-bad and American-good.


Oh, and Orphan Black is back and what Felix is wearing for most of the first episode of season 2 is well worth the price of admission on its own! ;)

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Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:19 pm
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Cordelia insisted that I walk her to the crosswalk today. It's a cross country day, so she had to go early. I'm not sure why she wanted me there. All I can think of is that she thought she'd get near the school and see nobody there. But she had me turn around at the crosswalk, and she wouldn't know for sure that cross country was happening until she got into the building, so I don't know.

I'm losing hit points on HabitRPG because I've set a daily task that I'm having trouble getting myself to do. It should be easy, but I keep putting it off, and then, suddenly, it's too late. I can't do it at the last minute the way I can some other tasks. It's five minutes on the exercise bike in the living room. That doesn't seem like much, but I don't dare do it after five o'clock because I've had unfortunate repercussions every time I've done it too late. Any time close to dinner seems to be too late. I really want to get in the habit of doing this. With practice, I should be able to manage longer times. The bike is even set up so that reading while riding is easy, so is watching the TV while riding. (Scott has been known to put his laptop on the tray on the bike, but that's not very safe because the tray is tilted such that things placed on it try to slide off. He's talked about trying to alter the tray so that his laptop can't slide off, but he hasn't made any firm plans about how to do it.)

It's a good thing that the only soda pop in the house is diet because all my good intentions would fly out the window if we had something that I wasn't allergic to. I've been craving cola. I want the sugar and the caffeine. I have tea I can make and stevia to put in it if I want sweetness, but it's not the same. Caffeine alone doesn't give me the same wake up kick as caffeine and sugar together. It's tempting to have a second mug of coffee, but I can resist that because I know having more than one a day means running out before the next grocery trip. (My mug holds two cups of water, so one mug of coffee equals two cups. I can get seven mugs out of a tin of instant coffee.)

I still haven't made up my mind about Not Prime Time. I'm kind of holding out signing up as a carrot to try to get myself to work harder on Remix. I'm not sure it's working. I need to do some research for Remix, and I'm not sure of the best place to start. It doesn't seem like information Wikipedia would have, though Wikipedia has surprised me before. The research is for a short part of the fic, and I'm tempted to handwave and make stuff up, but people who know about the topic would spot that immediately.

Progress in Fallen London

Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:06 pm
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So, becoming a PoSI wasn't as interesting as I'd expected. It felt very like filling in a form. I did cheat and use Fate at one point as I haven't done anything sufficiently notable and I suppose if I hadn't working towards one of those goals would have been impressively onerous. But it really was a bit anticlimactic.

In a nail-biting expedition in the Forgotten Quarter, I became a scholar of the Correspondent and can now progress at the University. But my main occupation these days in flipping cards in Watchmaker's Hill to reacquaint myself with the Regretful Soldier, preferably before my House of Chimes membership runs out.

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Apr. 22nd, 2014 08:32 am
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Well, I'm not pregnant. Why I've missed two periods in a row, I don't know. I don't have any other menopause symptoms, and I'm only forty-six, so I'm not expecting my periods to stop just yet.

I have mixed feelings about the negative test. I don't want to be pregnant. My experience when I was pregnant with Cordelia was miserable, and I'm taking medications that are bad during pregnancy. On the other hand, I couldn't help fantasizing about another child. I knew it was extremely unlikely that I was pregnant. I have an IUD, and they have a very low failure rate. I just, for a little while, didn't know.

I made chicken noodle soup last night. Cordelia ate it, but she thought it was a waste of chicken. She apparently really likes chicken if it comes from a whole, roasted chicken. I didn't use all of the chicken, though, so there's something for her to eat when she doesn't want what Scott and I are eating.

I plan to cook some chicken breasts tonight. We have plenty of soup, but the chicken needs to be cooked, and tonight's better for that than tomorrow or Thursday. I don't want to wait so long that the chicken goes bad. That happened a few weeks ago-- The chicken stank and had little white bumps all over it. It went straight into the trash.

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