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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 10:30 pm
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I actually gave up reading a book. Given that I'm the kind of bloody-minded and stubborn idiot who will carry on reading long after I've stopped enjoying a book, just in case it gets better, this came as a bit of a shock to the system.

This was not the book for me )

Rectober #2: Let's Talk About Sex

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 04:59 pm
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aaaand time for some smut.

Wear Sunlight, by Etirabys. (XMFC, Charles/Erik,NC-17). [NOTE: Ao3-locked.] D/s. Top!sub!Erik. Charles is a mutant activist in a world where defining mutation is no longer simple. Erik is a struggling writer who gave up on the movement years ago. Charles lets Erik live in his summer villa in the south of France for free, under certain conditions. (There is porn and talking.)

If you like your Erik on the subby side on occasion, you should definitely read this fic! Long, but very much worth it. And if orgasm delay/denial is among your interests, Erik's frustration is delicious.

Poison! It's Fun All Around, by derryere. (Merlin, Arthur/Merlin, NC-17).

From the second ever post at KMM (/nostalgia), this is dirty talk at its finest, right here. No-one can touch Arthur, including himself, and he has a hard-on that won't go away. Merlin helps.

One of Us Should Know What We're Doing, by helens78. (XMFC RPF, Jennifer/Michael, NC-17.) When Michael tells Jennifer he likes it kinky, she has all these ideas about what he means. They start easy: she'll pin him down and tell him when he can come.

I love Jen's voice here, it's so frank and charming and delightful. And I love the sex, because it is fun and hot.

A Play in Three Acts, by sabrielgrande. (XMFC, Charles/Erik/Raven, NC-17). Take two and call me in the morning.

Charles and Raven decide to compete to see who can be the best Charles. Erik judges. Via sex. Hot sex, a wonderful dynamic between the three of them, and it's fun trying to work out who's who along with Erik.

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lazy b

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 01:49 pm
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Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day, Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest (2003): yes, that Sandra Day O'Connor, the one I secretly kind of wanted to be for two years as a teen. She and her brother have assembled a family memoir with the ranch as a key character, across the AZ/NM state line. Its tone is straightforward, slightly detached, and well suited to its subject. If you like that sort of thing, I recommend this one.
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Posted by The Firemen

Madden and Finucane Solicitors, acting on behalf of Padraic Wilson, Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright and Maura McCrory have issued a letter stating their opposition to Mairia Cahill‘s version of events:

It states that those accused have been subject to a lengthy police investigation and that Cahill has been “afforded every resource the state could offer”.

Source: thejournal.ie

Source: thejournal.ie

The letter states that Padraic Wilson had previously been a member of the IRA had been dismissed by a court previously and claims that Mairia Cahill, “would not participate in the normal method of giving evidence at a trial, where the truth of her version of events would be tested by cross-examination.”

The statement concludes by welcoming the review of the prosecution by the DPP saying, “we hope that the principles of openness and transparency stated by the DPP will extend to providing us with full disclosure during the process.”

Source: The Journal.ie

On last Tuesday’s BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight documentary Mairia Cahill gave her version of why she ultimately decided to withdraw her evidence:

Ancillary Justice Gets Optioned For TV

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 03:42 pm
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...as explained on Leckie's blog. Usually I'm more terrified than enthused when a book I like gets optioned for any other medium, knowing how many ways it can be messed up, but she's clearly already thought about that and what sorts of things to talk about.

And maybe it'll come to nothing. But maybe it'll come to something awesome, and the Radch Imperium will be the hot new scifi show that we can all hipster about being into before it got to TV. Anyway. I'm enthused.

Validation Therapy

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 02:21 pm
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One thing that happens to me a lot is that people ask if I'm a psychologist or counselor. Technically, no; I've only taken a few classes in that sort of thing. What they're picking up on is that I'm a student of human nature, I like digging into the source code of the wetware not just the user interface, and I've researched a ton of this stuff for my writing projects. The practical application is from pastoral counseling; when you're a priestess, the community's problems wind up on your couch, and you either learn to deal with it or you find a different social role.

That said, one of the most common reasons people identify me that way is validation. It's something I do a lot. There is a tremendous amount of imposter syndrome, gaslighting, internalized oppression, bad tape, and other bullshit that distorts people's worldview and makes them question their own perceptions. This is best addressed by having an outside source validate their perceptions. It's particularly useful in cases of trans identity, abuse, and other things that are highly targeted. So if someone posts about their gender realignment work, I'll validate their expressed gender. That comes not just from my study of how humans work, but my archivist tendency to protect the truth. Validating it helps it stick. I've had people say that just this was more useful than what their professional therapists have done, so clearly there's a need for it.

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Posted by admin

on a serious note, your attention please.
warning: contains neil, new music, some disturbing footage, and a lot of sadness. but also hope.

i am asking you watch this video, and help if you can. neil made it a few months ago when he was in jordan, visiting refugee camps run by the UNHCR – the United Nations High Council on Refugees. the situation over there is nuts and getting worse by the second.
there are currently over THREE MILLION syrian refugees in jordan.
the population of jordan is about six million. think about this.


i was supposed to join neil for this trip, and the book being in final editing drafts meant that – after a lot of agonizing – i stayed behind.

it was a hard decision to make. i felt like i was supposed to be there soaking in these horrors and helping spread the message. in the end, i feel like this was what i could do, to do my part: i wrote a piece of lyric-less piano music for this video and recorded it last month.

you can watch here, or embedded below…

i still find it hard to watch without crying.

and if you can, please: donate.
and even better yet, share this video.
just get the message out.
things are bad.
since neil was there, the situation has only worsened.

here’s the action link: bit.ly/1rh1G3o
please give generously.


p.s. and since i know you guys are going to ask: i am working on making the piano track available for download, with the profits going straight to the UNHCR. hold the phone and it’ll hopefully be up in a day or two (or less).

[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.

Another seven photos. )
And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:
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I might have gotten six hours of sleep last night, before my body pulled me out of sleep into today's special effects circus: a gentle humming, random, here and there.

And I am looking forward to having coffee again, and a good burger. Not that I couldn't have had a good burger already, but we have not had any inhouse to cook, just birdy things. Lots of chicken. And lots of fish. I don't think I will sprout pinfeathers or scales, though.

Still the quiet lake.

Add to the list of things that I would like: a pair of jeans that I ordered from Duluth Trading and sent back for exchange because they were too big. I'd like the new ones. :) Any time now.

But these things will come, eventually.

I am not looking forward, particularly, to Early Voting later this week -- if only because of the horde of politicos shilling for their candidates outside the building where the polls take place. I have never been comfortable walking through that kind of crowd, even when I was a reporter. But I think it will be all right.

mmm. burger.
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Posted by David McCann

From the Anderstown News Twitter feed tonight

The former Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will replace Alex Maskey as the Sinn Fein MLA for South Belfast, with Maskey moving over to West Belfast to take over from Sue Ramsey.

It is also reported that Ó Muilleoir will stand for the South Belfast seat in 2015, which will certainly put the seat at risk for the SDLP as Ó Muilleoir performed well in the Balmoral ward at the last local elections. Then, you also have the old ticking time bomb for the SDLP of can a party leader double job or lead the party from Westminster?

Either way at a time of critical economic debates for Sinn Fein, Ó Muilleoir will give the party some direction and add an experienced voice to a team that needs some big hitters to debate economic issues. If the party can place him in an economic committee to allow him to build up that critical experience, he will almost certainly end up in the Executive in the not too distant future.


Novelty / routine

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 07:38 pm
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So, Monday I followed [personal profile] moreteadk's example and tried a new route. A colleague (who is a serious runner who regularly runs marathons) said that he often goes for training runs down a certain minor road, 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back. I hadn't registered the road as an option because from the end it just looks like a residential cul-de-sac, I didn't realize it went on for miles. It's about a mile of almost exactly perfect running road, tarmac'ed actual road but with almost no traffic once you get past the first handful of houses, since it just goes to a farmhouse. And it's along the brow of the hill so although not perfectly flat, it's not nearly as much downhill (forcing me to run uphill on the return leg) as my usual route. However, after a mile it turns into this kind of farm track thing, which is a public footpath (yay), but is muddy and uneven and uphill (boo). I'm guessing my amateur runner pal must do a fairly big cross-country section to take it to 20 minutes.

I think the best plan is going to be to run to the end of the road part and back, and finish the last mile or so by running along the first, relatively flat, section of my previous route (which starts from only 100 metres up the road from the end of this new road). This does mean a slightly awkward stretch running through a the busy village centre and across a multi-road junction, but that section is short, and the combined route would also allow me a full 5K without having to run along the side of a busy road or more than a few metres uphill.

I basically wasn't running at all in the middle section along the farm track, just kind of scrambling through the mud. It wasn't impassable, just you have to figure out where you can safely put your feet, which is obviously really slow. And even the nice flat bit along the ridge I didn't take very fast, partly because it's a new route, and partly because it was on the edge of too cold for my lungs and I wasn't doing brilliantly with breathing. So I only made 3.3 km overall in half an hour, but at least I've discovered a new and possibly better route for future runs.

Whereas today it was definitely too cold and I didn't get away from work before it was starting to get dark, so I dragged myself to the gym and put in 5K at 7.2 kph on the treadmill. Fairly easy, again the main impediment was boredom, in spite of the Zombies, Run! podcast. This time the background music in the gym was less loud, which did help, but I think also my real problem is not so much that I can't hear the dialogue as that I can't hear the specific voice actor who plays Archie, and she was a central character in the previous episode. I couldn't hear her in this episode either but I could hear everybody else, so was much better able to follow the plot.

That gave me a time of 41'46'', and reasonable confidence that I'll be able to manage 7.5 kph on the treadmill soon, even if it takes me a few tries.

Possible terrorist event in Ottawa

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 02:48 pm
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Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.

MPs and other witnesses reported several shots fired inside Parliament, and a gunman has been confirmed dead inside the building, shot by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, according to MPs' eyewitness accounts.

fountain pen inks, RG edition

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 01:38 pm
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For [personal profile] sovay:
Inks that I have used in working on RG on a notebook with Tomoe River paper:

Noodler's Black, Platinum Preppy F

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, Waterman 52V

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki, azure pearl Parker Vacumatic

Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro, Reform 1745

Papier Plume Burgundy, Webster Four-Star

I need to ink something up with Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock so I can add that to the mix.

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