New Books and ARCs, 10/24/14

Friday, October 24th, 2014 07:46 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

A very fine collection of books and ARCs to show off this week. Let me know which ones you wish you had in your hands, down there in the comments.


'Full credit or blame' on gas prices

Friday, October 24th, 2014 07:30 pm
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Posted by Steve Benen

If Mitt Romney was correct, and the president deserves "full credit" for the price of gas, Republicans must be awfully impressed with Obama right now.

moving day (the return)

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 07:16 am
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Let's see how this one goes.

Agents of SHIELD 2-01

Friday, October 24th, 2014 08:10 pm
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Good start. Read more... )


I'm very annoyed at that ending.

I could write a fixit given those parts but I do not believe the series writers intend to.


They've kept what I didn't want and done bad things with it.
I'm ... okay I know me so if I watched this long I'm likely to keep going, but I'm going to feel bad about it and try and talk myself out of watching next week.
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Just re-read two in-progress fics I’m working on. One is really cool and the other is absolute shite but not a premise I want to give up on. Why is writing so hard why am I so lazy

This is what’s happening in my mind anyway.

Friday, October 24th, 2014 06:38 pm
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Posted by thebloggess

This weekend I’ll be at WordCamp in San Francisco to talk about blogging.

I’m not afraid to admit that my 10-year-old daughter knows far more about coding than I do, and that I suspect anyone who can create a website using strings of seemingly random words and numbers must be involved in some sort of witchcraft.  If anyone asks me any difficult questions about programming or java or algorithms I will probably react in almost exactly this way:

You’ve been warned, San Francisco.

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Posted by Cory Doctorow


After the spectacular rise and fall of Anonabox, a kickstarted $45 router that was supposed to protect your privacy but had its campaign yanked for not being entirely forthright with backers, a spate of shady, silly, and even serious projects have sprung up to fill the demand that Anonabox's $615,000 Kickstarter near-win demonstrated. Read the rest

Letter to my Psychologist

Friday, October 24th, 2014 03:27 pm
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Apparently my psychologist is now contacting other people at MIT to say that she's concerned about me because I didn't reply to her email of a week ago.  I finally brought myself to write the email to her that I probably should have written last week:

Hello Dr. Hsi,

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply to you.  I probably should
have done so immediately, but I've been unsure of what to say, so I've
put it off.

Honestly, I'm not sure whether it is helpful for us to work together
anymore.  Since we've started discussing my worries about stability
and employability---which are, admittedly, a major part of my
problems---our sessions have been, if anything, harmful to my mental
health.  Back on September 18th, when we first discussed that long
email I sent you, you didn't seem to notice that you'd made me break
down crying and that I was crying for most of the session.  And then
there was our last session, where you drove me out of the room.  I
found it particularly troubling that at our last session, you
repeatedly and fairly explicitly told me what to do and indicated that
I was being a bad person if I didn't do it, all while repeatedly
asserting that you weren't and wouldn't tell me what to do.

Essentially, I feel that I no longer trust you, and that I do not
believe that you respect my choices about what is important to me in
life.  I'm willing to meet with you again on Thursday to discuss this
if you think it's worthwhile, or else I can try to find another
therapist if you prefer.

-- DW

Metapost: Advertastic comments of the week!

Friday, October 24th, 2014 06:22 pm
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Posted by Josh

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And now: your comment of the week!

“Why are there always random woodland creatures in every third Mark Trail panel, loitering outside Mark’s house where the ‘action’ is taking place? I like to think it’s because Mark is a Disney princess and they follow him wherever he goes, sometimes breaking into song. It’s either that or Mark left his garbage uncovered.” –Jack loves comics

And the very hilarious runners up!

“‘OH MY GOD HOW AM I GOING TO HELP OUT MY ELDERLY FRIEND WHO HAS TROUBLE CARING FOR HERSELF?’ ‘HI MARY? REMEMBER ME? I JUST MOVED INTO THAT CARE FACILITY THAT TAKES CARE OF ALL THE NEEDS THAT I CAN’T TAKE CARE OF MYSELF!’ ‘HMMMM…’ [cue billboard-sized thought balloon of Hanna Dingdon]” –pugfuggly

“Well if it isn’t my friend, Felicia Deus Ex Machina!” –Wool Worth

“The Great Dismal Swamp sounds like an awesome place for Rusty to get mired in quicksand or tar or leaking oil from a fracking operation gone bad.” –Mikey

“I guess some forethought might have been in order, but since you are Parkers, just pull into someone’s front yard and make yourself at home. What’s the worst that could happen? You don’t get thanked enough?” –Kevin on Earth

We never have to speak of him again. Because we haven’t spoken of him in about 20 months though he inexplicably firebombed my apartment. You’d think something like that would merit conversation, but anyway, since you’re at my agency, what kind of plotline do you think you might be interested in? We have ‘Inexplicable Quickie’, ‘Fade-Out’, ‘Traditional Boring’ and my new personal fave, ‘Meandering Nonsense’. No need to choose now, please take as many panels as you need. In fact, when you decide, make sure you end with ‘I’ve made a decision! I think I’ll take –!’” –Hogenmogen

‘Ready for some normal police work?’ ‘You bet, Sam!’ ‘Hunting down a perp who’s been given plastic surgery work to look like a movie monster is normal, right?’ ‘I don’t even know any more, Sam!’” –Enlong

“Oh, Henrietta remembers. She remembers the exact moment that Shelia Roo gave her that OMELET recipe! It was the week before little Joey was found pecked to death.” –Arabella

“Say what you will about Hootin’ Holler’s education system, at least they still pass on the proper etiquette of extending your pinky finger when holding a rifle.” –Guts Dozier

“Snuffy and Lukey are made of some strong stuff. If I found an artistically aggressive yet disturbingly non-specific circus poster nailed with a railroad spike to a tree deep in the forest, I’d probably regress to a preverbal state out of sheer terror.” –Joe Blevins

“I’ve never been able to figure out how Mary Worth’s hairdo actually works. Do all the hairs, including the ones that start on the back of her neck, meet together at some appointed place on the back of her head?” –Poteet

“I just didn’t need to see a flesh-colored plugger with flesh-colored hair this morning, is all I’m saying.” –Esther Blodgett

“I like to imagine that Mark and Bill Ellis are screaming into large blocks of chocolate. At least their conversation makes more sense that way.” –Lawyerbob

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Poem: "Climbing the Family Tree"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 02:15 pm
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This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )
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A visibly frustrated Peyton Manning implored the crowd to quiet down during a play late in the game last night, and could be seen mouthing "shut up" after one of his offensive linemen got flagged for a false start. In the post-game press conference, Manning clarified that it wasn't the fans who were getting on his nerves, it was the scoreboard operator who was playing graphics encouraging fans to get up, get loud, and dance.

Getting up, getting loud, and dancing are all well and good, just save it for when the home team's on defense!

"Shut up!!!"

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