this looks like a cool Kickstarter

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 03:48 pm
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A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online (proposed to be a book). If nothing else, it sounds like it would make fabulous airport reading. I don't usually bother with book/zine Kickstarters because face it, I read really slowly these days and my Kindle is full of things like gamebooks and NAP reports that I, uh, still haven't gotten around to. But good airport reading is always worth stocking up on, and unfortunately I find fiction much harder to read than used to be the case. :(

Joe might even have forgiven me for mentioning IN PRINT about the time he WOULDN'T ANSWER MY BLACK HOLE QUESTION (for "Swanwatch") DESPITE BEING A REALIO TRULIO GRAVITATIONAL ASTROPHYSICIST because he was OFF SCREWING AROUND IN LOWSEC. So, just to be sure, I MUST MENTION IT AGAIN.

Peru: Day One Point Five

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 03:33 pm
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Well, we made it. I flew United for the first time in…eight years, and it wasn't actually as bad as I feared; the coffee is actually quite good. That said, we were still delayed an hour in San Francisco because of maintenance issues and then because of an inability to find a United crew to staff the spare United plane they found (where from, who knows; the previous plane and crew were Continental; reconciling seniority systems is the hardest part of airline mergers), with the result that I was running through Houston to make my connection to Lima. Considering that I got on the jetway of my arriving flight twenty minutes before our scheduled departure, and the flight to Lima was not in the same terminal, I felt pretty proud of that.

I'm in a hostel for the first time in…many years (I've been lucky enough to crash with friends, or to get travel grants to cover conference hotels), and it's weird. Fine, but weird. I slept about three hours, maybe, and I'm a little paranoid about my laptop and passport, though I have a private room. Lima seems nice so far, though admittedly we are in Miraflores, which is evidently a relatively ritzy part. I haven't seen much more of the city than walking from the hostel to the hotel to get the conference shuttle, which is what I did this morning.

Equally importantly, Pablo Neruda's "Canto XII from the Heights of Machu Picchu" came up in [community profile] poetry today, and it couldn't be more appropriate, given my travel plans.

All change and into Zombies Run season 2

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:26 pm
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So, my last post was me saying I was switching back to straightforward half-hour training sessions in the week and long runs at the weekend.  The next morning I walked into a bookcase and broke my toe, which puts me out of running for a while, probably 4-6 weeks.  The half-marathon I was going to run on the 4th May is definitely off; in theory my toe might be healed by the other one I'd signed up for on 1st June, but I'm going to have to make a decision nearer the time.

Luckily I can still cycle, and there is a gym convenient to my office with a good offer for university staff, and I can use at least some of the cardio machines there without aggravating the toe injury.  So my plan is to keep up my CV fitness at the gym and hope I'm both fit enough and healed-up enough to run on 1st June.

ZR season 3 came out the morning after I broke my toe, which I thought was rather pointed timing.  I have taken up the offered season pass so I can access all the season 2 & 3 content as it becomes available.  I've become a bit addicted to improving my own little Abel township, which goes much faster now that I get 3 points per episode rather than just 1.  I also find the gym pretty boring, so although I want to catch up on season 1 content, I'm going to be prioritising the story-telling sort of content like S2 episodes and the S1 race missions over more general "filler" content like the radio mode and the way I was planning to use the remaining Zom25k episodes.

Today's session: 25 minutes, crosstrainer level 4, ZR Season 2, Episode 6

I don't THINK anyone around us spoke English...

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:01 pm
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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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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 02:36 pm
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I went to see CATWS again last night and like half the theatre went OMG GASP!! when Bucky
was revealed. DID NO ONE EVEN WATCH THE TRAILERS?? The girl beside me went ‘It’s his frieeeeend!!’ and I giggled a bit. Anyway, it was probably even more fun on the second viewing. :3

Latest Doctor Who Tribute vid from Babelcolour:

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 03:31 pm
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So many fanvids lately (seems to me) are full of angst and melancholy. But with this one, I can't stop grinning:

Teja and Egil, afternoon

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:30 pm
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Around noon, Teja is in the bar-room proper with little Egil, and the cat Ferdinand, the most patient of his four forge cats.

Teja is dressed in black as ever; but even Egil is wearing black today, black overalls with red piping, black shirt with skulls on collar, red and black stripy socks and little black Chuck Taylors just like Pyrrha's -- for indeed, it is she who dressed up the little fellow today, for this is his first birthday. All the red is a little lost on him as his shock of fluffy toddler hair is bright fox-red; but still, these are the proper gothy colour.

Teja has given him his gifts already: - some animals made of silky-smooth, gently rounded mokume-gane metals, a fox and a wolf, a horse and a cat, each easily large enough for a small child not to swallow, but small enough to fit in his hand, and not be dangerously heavy if he hits anything with it.

Egil is sitting on the floor, by Teja's feet, playing with those animals while Ferdinand occasionally puts his paw on one of them, and winks at the baby. They can be trusted with each other.
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This was broadcast on R4 recently. It's a lot better than the film (what isn't?!) but it shows just how good the original scripts were, because lots of the changes they've made to the stuff that hasn't been edited for time isn't as good.

Sample: in this, the Vogon captain isn't reading his own poetry, but Paula etc Jennings'. Why? What does that bring to it? You'd save a couple of seconds by not mentioning it and wouldn't need to change his 'So I write poetry..' to 'So I read poetry..'.

Sample loss: the reply to "I'd notice the difference (to having my brain removed and replaced with a simple computer)!", "No you wouldn't, you'd be programmed not to."

Dear Night On Fic Mountain 2014 Writer

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 02:55 pm
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My AO3 name is EllieMurasaki, though if you can, gift the fic to my pseud AlexSeanchai.

Poetry RPF — Audre Lorde, Cherríe Moraga, Enheduanna, Sappho (fl. 600 BC), Wu Tsao

These are all queer female poets. I'd love to see any combination of them interact, whether in a coffeeshop AU or a college AU or straight-up femslash porn. Have fun!

October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire — Chelsea Ames, Eira Rosynhwyr, Amandine (Toby Daye), Gillian Daye-Marks, Helen (Toby Daye), The Luidaeg, October "Toby" Daye, Quentin (Toby Daye), Rayseline Torquill, Tybalt (Toby Daye)

Two things I want here. One, what's up between the Luidaeg and Eira Rosynhwyr, and what do Amandine and Toby (and possibly Gillian) have to do with it? (The short story at the end of the print Chimes at Midnight is intriguing reading. I'm just saying.) Two, I bet Chelsea becomes good friends with Helen and Quentin, and I'd love to see her friends with Gillian too. If neither of those float your boat, Toby/Tybalt is always a winner, or you can go with what on earth happened to Raysel in the missing fourteen years?

Still Catch the Tide - Seanan McGuire (Song) — Singer, Selkie

Tell me the selkie's story after she got away from her lover slash abuser.

The Wendy Trilogy - SJ Tucker — Captain Hook, Green-Eyed Sue, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling

What we see in the songs, only MOAR. And something about the other girls on Wendy's and then Sue's crew, too.

Janelle Monae - Works — Anthony Greendown, Cindi Mayweather, DJ Crash Crash, Maestra (Metropolis: the Chase Suite), Alpha 9000s

I am v. intrigued by the world of the "Q.U.E.E.N." music video and the interludes on The Electric Lady album. Start from one of those and go wherever your heart takes you.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 07:23 pm
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Javert has spent the last three days in a state of numb disbelief. He has left his room only to work at the forge - which he does in complete silence - pray in the room being used as a chapel, and procure some basic food. He only comes downstairs tonight because he can no longer stand the silence; if the numbness wears off when he is alone, he is afraid of what he might think of.

He sits right in front of the Observation Window. This might not be immediately recognisable as odd to anyone who was not here when he arrived, but there it is. He is also dressed...well. Even when returning to the bar from working, be it in the forge or on the church, Javert is always neat. His clothes may be scuffed and dirty, but they are tucked in, his cravat is placed just so, his waistcoat buttoned. Tonight...his cravat is off-centre, and the knot is loose. The lower button of his waistcoat is unfastened, and his belt buckle sits to the side. Small things perhaps, to anyone who is not Javert.

There is also a bottle of wine on the table. It is open, and the glass is in his hand. There are no qualms about drinking tonight, it seems.

[OOC: Apologies if he's less than forthcoming and/or rude, and. He's stressed. :\ Open until tomorrow evening for new threads, then slowtime. <3]

Antivirus Poll

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 01:16 pm
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In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Poll #15272 Which Antivirus Should I Switch To?
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

Pick One--Or Both, If You Love Them Equally

View Answers

Avira Free Antivirus
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Color Work

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 01:42 pm
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I've been struggling along with color work for the better part of two years.

At first I was doing Esmerelda Little Flame's Temple of the Twelve. However, there are elements within the books and teachings that I find problematic. Also, I asked for a teacher from among the older students, as was my right as it would have been my duty to teach in turn. No one could take me so Essie offered herself as my teacher. I was hesitant because I knew she had a lot on her plate. I'm not a demanding student, but still. As I feared, weeks went past without hearing from her and she didn't comment on my blog entries. I was upset, of course. I was flailing and I needed help. She apologized and promised to do better. Again, I gave her an out. I told her that if she got overwhelmed she could hit the proverbial pause button. And once again, weeks went by and I didn't hear from her. I understood very well her circumstances. What I refuse to be understanding about is taking on the solemn duty of teaching and making promises when you just can't. I was hurt and pissed and done.

After a while of hiding under the sofa and licking my wounds I decided upon a different approach. I literally threw the books out and started from scratch, approaching the Colors on my own terms and theirs. I go by color theory, the magical symbolism of color, and my own associations.

This moon I've been working with Brown. This isn't a demanding color for most people, at least I wouldn't think. But it's kicking my ass. Brown is, to me, the color of Getting Shit Done in the mundane sphere, and of being grounded and rooted.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the principles behind Brown totally don't mix. There are many days I'm doing great to wobble from bed to desk to bathroom. Recently I even had to get a mini-fridge for my office because schlepping downstairs to the kitchen is difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Housework? Ha-bloody-ha. Getting out? Only if it's necessary and worth it, and then I pay a heavy price. Sleeping twelve or more hours in a day lends itself well to astral projection, dreamwalking, and things like that. But doing that so much really messes up the "grounded and rooted" thing.

The other day I got my doctor to put me on modafinil. (I call it "my daffodils.") This is a drug that should help with the ridiculous amounts of sleep and the brain fog. We're having to wrangle my state insurance to get it covered but my doctor is in my corner on this. (The other day I slept fifteen straight hours and woke up feeling like roadkill. She agreed with me that's a dite much.) If I get that and it works my life will improve 75% because my biggest problem is the constant sleepiness and brain fog. Then I'll be able to Get Shit Done.

So, I'll be staying with Brown for another moon.
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Posted in full at: at April 24, 2014 at 10:02AM
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Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort

The Future is Now!

I think many people I know need to own these

I need to invent a time machine and send this back to my seven-year-old self.


I totally want these, but a gentle reminder that if they’re magnetic, you should maybe keep them away from your computer and cell phone. Maybe read a book in your magnetic pillow cave!

before the ballooning rush of air or sound

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 01:15 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Today is my dad's 79th birthday. He celebrated by sending a group text to all of us on his new phone. Yay technology!


Today's poem:

After the Blast

It happened again just now, one word
snagging like fabric on a barbed fence.

Concertina wire. You said: I didn't see the body
hung on concertina wire. This was after the blast.

After you had stood in the divot, both feet
in the dust's new mouth and found no one alive.

Just out of the shower, I imagine
a flake of soap crusting your dark jaw, the phone

cradled like a hand on your bare cheek.
I should say: love. I should say: go on.

But I'm stuck on concertina—
the accordion's deep inner coils, bellows,

lungful of air contracting like a body caught
in the agony of climax.

Graceless, before the ballooning rush
of air or sound. The battering release.

~Elyse Fenton


Arrow: Seeing Red
spoilers )

Seriously, though, if you are looking for a kickass live action comic book show - that requires no prior knowledge of the comics (though it provides a lot of fun Easter eggs if you have some) - you should be watching Arrow. It's on Netflix (and also available via the usual suspects, I ... suspect)!

Here is a list of s1 episodes that are essential: The pilot, "Year's End," "Trust But Verify," "The Odyssey," "Dead to Rights," "Salvation," "The Undertaking," "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Sacrifice." If you enjoy it, then you can go back to watch the s1 eps you've missed, since they do provide some character intros and relationship stuff that is important down the line. And then watch all of season 2, because it is KILLING it. The show's not without its issues - there are few PoC and there's a classic fridging of one of them, and it took half a season to find its feet - but when it's working, it really works. (And early on, the fight scenes, the Ollie/Diggle relationship, Ollie's inappropriate chemistry with his younger sister, and the at-first brief flashes of Felicity will carry you through. Oh, and Susanna Thompson is gloriously regal as Moira Queen, Ollie's mother.)

Trust me! You won't regret it! Have I ever steered you wrong?


Funny thoughts

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:59 am
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 Random thoughts I've had about two pups, behind a cut cause I might get rambley and there could be spoilers for Brimstone's canon.

Read more... )
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Tonight marks the WORLD PREMIERE of the theatrical adaptation of my Hugo-winning short story "Tk'Tk'Tk" and three other short SF plays!

Brave New Sci Fi

Thursday, April 24th, 7:30pm

Basement of The Rialto Pool Room
529 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

$10.00 cash at the door
($7.00 for students and seniors)
Or just $5.00 when ordered online!
Online orders end at 4:30 today!


Allison Anderson
David Bellis-Squires
Racheal Joy Erickson
Kristen Fleming
Micheal Streeter

“I told you I get some strange customers, boy.”

DEB & JOAN by Isaac Rathbone
“You sounded so... melancholy. That’s very advanced.”

“If you could do that with your tools, why couldn’t you just construct a boyfriend?”

TK'TK'TK by David D. Levine*
“I had spent almost five days on Bug Planet and all I had to show for it so far was one customer.”

* Adapted by Matt Haynes.

Brave New Sci Fi runs 2 hours, including intermission, and is for audiences 21 and over.

Hope to see you there!


You can hear an interview with director Matt Haynes, and excerpts from "Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers" and "Tk'Tk'Tk," on the Geek in the City podcast, issue 254 beginning at 22:35.

To Bryher by Foot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 04:37 pm
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[personal profile] sovay mentioned the writer Bryher the other day, and now she's turned up again, this time in her insular aspect. I've always felt an interest in both Bryhers, not least I suppose because we who are named after islands enjoy a natural kithship; also because she published the most expensive book I ever bought (not for myself), a copy of Mary Butts's Last Stories, which was meant to have been pulped after the author's death in 1937 but a few of which escaped the shredder. Also, now I think about it, Bryher is linked in my mind with Hope Mirrlees and Alice B. Toklas, all being in some sense the talented but junior partners in their respective relationships with other women, at a time when it was largely necessary to design and build that ship as you were sailing it. Probably this is a facile comparison - but the association is there, for better or worse.

Anyway, this entry is mostly to recommend people who share my liking for accounts of low-tide walks and of drowned lands to listen to today's Open Country, which documents a walk across the once-inhabited landscape between Tresco and Bryher, now usually hidden by the estranging sea but revealed at spring low tide. I like to think that both Bryher and HD - that most archaeological of poets - would have enjoyed it.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:09 am
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 I am not having a good morning and it all software's fault! Grump.

bad news and good news

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 09:44 am
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The bad news: "my" internet connection still hasn't come back, and at this point I must doubt that it ever will. So for the foreseeable, I'll only be online 2 or 3 times a week (once a week from Starbucks, one or twice a week from the public library, which is free but also a lot more limited in what I can do and how long I can spend doing it).

This is inconvenient, but I'll still be around enough to read fic and talk a bit, if in a slow and time-delayed manner.

Good news: Today I had the delightful and extremely rare experience of checking my bank account and discovering that there was more money in it than I thought there was. Still not a whole lot of money, but enough to pay the bills etc., which is good.

Daily April poem: inspired by masonry

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 07:52 am
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13332554873_c2eae8274c_nThe vaults of the sky arched overhead.
Beneath, men on scaffolding

tucked blocks of sandstone tight.
Once the keystone took its place

they hauled the wooden bolster free
and the stones stayed taut.

Pressure makes them motionless
even after two thousand years --

empire crumbled to dust, Iudaea
a forgotten name on mosaic maps.

Armies came and went, came
and went like the waves.

Today, tourists in Kelty hats
pose where chariots used to thunder.

The Slavic fishermen are gone,
their houses leveled and rebuilt.

Now a town on top of the ruins
of a town on top of the ruins.

A few kilometers away, lush green:
golfers stroll on manicured lawns.

Enough tension, nothing can shift
without bringing the whole place down.

Today's NaPoWriMo prompt invites the writing of poems featuring masonry. When I thought of stones and the laying thereof, I thought of how I'm drawn to photograph arches, and how very many of them I admired in my recent travels -- starting with the arch you see above, photographed on my first day after arrival. (If you're curious about those ruins, feel free to click through to my post about that day's journey: Walking in (ancient) Caesaria.)



30 Days of Magic Brainstorming: Day 1

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 11:30 am
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[personal profile] seanchaithe
Go to your bathroom, and pick one item or room-specific action and brainstorm about its magical uses.

I'll behave myself *ahem* though I do have a "curse" involving... yeah... *

Body wash is actually very useful in my practice. I do a lot of spells involving water, and many of them happen in the shower because I might as well.

I use dye- and fragrance-free body wash (and anything else I can) because of my skin. This makes it an excellent base. When I want to do shower magic I take about three tablespoons of olive oil, add herbs and a tiny amount of essential oil particular to my purpose, let that sit a while, then mix in some of the body wash. Then I shower with that and utilize visualization. Sometimes I use the appropriate candle and stone for the purpose as well.

Bonus: My skin feels amazing afterward.

* Cut for scatology. )

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