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October 24th, 2017 07:06 am
I tried to go to bed early last night, but 'I'll spend ten minutes writing on my phone' turned into almost an hour. I like having my phone next to the bed, but I think I need not to when I go to bed early. I woke with a headache this morning. Food and caffeine only took the edge off, so I think I'm going to lie down again when Cordelia leave in another couple of minutes.

I may have more to say later.


October 24th, 2017 02:45 am - Review: Ood-le-uk the Wanderer (Alice Lide & Margaret Johansen)
Summary: Ood-le-uk, an Inuit boy who thinks of himself inaccurately as a coward, has various adventures, gets swept across the Bering Strait to Siberia on an ice floe, has adventures there, and winds up establishing trade between the Russian "white man's market" (they have SUGAR!) and his own people via the Siberian tribespeople.

Reaction: This is the second Newbery I have read from this year about a boy of color written by a horribly racist white person! O_O Ood-le-uk is repeatedly described as the only person from his village to have any imagination (somehow imagination is only ever a virtue and never tied to his supposed fearfulness) or to care about things that are not food. He thinks he's A Coward because he feels scared while stabbing polar bears at melee range with spears, jumping his sled dogs from one ice floe to another, inventing metal spearheads from asteroid iron which all the other tribespeople are superstitiously terrified of -- the spearheads save the whole village from starvation because metal is Just That Much Better than traditional bone... gah.

Rating: Fuck you, no stars. It wasn't as utterly cracked-out as Garram the Hunter, but for that very reason it wasn't as entertaining, either.

(Incidentally, I have a Patreon, just for the record.)


October 24th, 2017 02:37 am
The trouble with trying to track one's reading is that sometimes it's just "have reread Thud!, still excellent". :-) A lot of my reading and watching is still potential Yuletide fandoms, so that's all going in a draft post till New Year's...



October 24th, 2017 04:29 am - Fusion Kimonos
 African fabrics and imagery, Asian garment patterns.  :D

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October 23rd, 2017 11:57 pm - IT
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October 23rd, 2017 08:39 pm - Dark Matter: all the spoilers
We finished Dark Matter tonight!

All the spoilers. I do mean ALL the spoilers! )


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October 24th, 2017 12:12 am - Spinning out of control!
I did not get the 3d printer fixed today. grar. I also didn't do my environmental monitoring. And I also didn't witness a near bike theft, but mostly because I wasn't paying attention. I did learn more about the organized crime underworld in London though, and how vehicular thefts play into it.

I did some more drop spindling tonight though! I also went to the mall. I have the beginning of a Hallowe'en costume! I'm going to be a stick figure. I need white pants and some black ducktape...


October 23rd, 2017 11:20 pm - Less than 24 hours
All regular assignments are due at 23:59 Zulu military time on October 24.


At that time I will default all uncompleted main assignments.  If you feel like you will need an extension then email me before the due time at  Extensions come with the penalty of having to complete one additional extra gift that meets the minimum requirements of an assignment for a participant other than yourself, before next year's sign-ups end.

If you have a pinch hit I will not default you but will instead send a check in email to see how you are doing.  If you need extra time it will be granted at no penalty regardless of how early it was claimed.


October 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm - Today's Adventures
We drove out to Terre Haute today.  I found a whole armload of stuff at Books-a-Million.  \o/  I was pleased to see that they had the books right in front, instead of electronics in front, which makes it feel like an actual bookstore.  They also still have their new releases sorted out.  The main drawback is, this chain isn't really a new-release chain.  Their mainstay is remainders.  So it's a fabulous place to shop for bargains.  I crapped out on the first several sections I tried, then hit the New Age/self-care stuff and just loaded up.  Doug didn't find anything this trip, though.  :/

Then we met up with [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] we_are_spc.  We had a lot of fun talking about filk, science, Terramagne, yarn, and all kinds of other stuff.  I made most of a ball of yarn while we talked, and would've finished it had we thought of doing that sooner.  Haven't done that in over 30 years, but it's a permed skill.  Thing is, it takes forever to build up the core so that you can get into the fast-wrapping where you throw several loops in the same place before rotating the ball.  (It's a lot easier to knit from a ball than a skein unless someone is willing to hold the skein for you.)  So that was fun too.

Mostly we hung out at Hokkaido, a rather nice Asian buffet with a sushi bar and downright trippy decoration.  Like the fake tree with glowing pink flowers.  :D  The food was interesting.  They had some favorites, like frog legs and crawfish, and some pretty good dim sum dumplings.  I also tried the seaweed salad.  It was weird -- stringy, salty, fishy, kind of slimy.  I probably would've liked it better in summer when I crave salty things.  Today was rainy and downright cold.  But it's still something I have wanted to try and the vivid green flavor was eye-catching.  I might also like it better as a garnish on something, like slivered beef.

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October 23rd, 2017 11:19 pm - More stories of police officers who mysteriously still have their jobs.
People killed by police in the US, 2017. Currently at 970.

"Police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them." Fire those cops. They're not competent to do the job. Justice for Magdiel Sanchez.

"An unarmed 15 y/o child died after being shot in the head by Balch Springs PD (TX). A cop shot muliple rounds into a car filled with teens." Justice for Jordan Edwards.

"Three of the gunshots fired by officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew struck Lyles in the front of the torso and chest, three struck her in the back or rear of her arm, and one grazed the side of her ribs, according to the report. Several of the wounds would have been life-threatening on their own, including the one that cut through her uterus and the fetus." Dear lord, any kind of justice for Charleena Lyles.

Security officers can even feel attacked by black people who do not, strictly speaking, exist: "Emergency dispatch audio said the at-large suspect was a black man wearing a navy blue sweatshirt and black jeans [...] After the search failed to find any suspect, Mr Ahlers admitted to police he had accidentally shot himself."

To be clear, sometimes the cops do kill white people: "A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student, who was the president of the campus Pride Alliance, was shot and killed by a Georgia Tech police officer, according to a statement released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation." Justice for Scout Schultz.

And here's a case where the cop was black, and got himself in a panic after shooting at a white couple: "A Sevier County Sheriff’s Office deputy opened fire without warning in a mobile home park, suffered an apparent panic attack four minutes later and was forcibly disarmed by a paramedic." The people he shot at were then jailed for more than a month for "assault."

Notice how the people who talk about Black Lives Matter are still standing up and saying these last two incidents are unjust. The "all lives matter!" crowd is...mysteriously absent. Funny how that works.


October 23rd, 2017 09:40 pm - Two things make a post
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October 23rd, 2017 10:41 pm - Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 6
Well, that was... a thing.

Spoilers )

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October 23rd, 2017 09:26 pm - FMK white hetero historical dramas
I was thinking about an FMK (to make it less violent, but keep the acronym, you can think of it as fuck / marry / kick-out-that-door): the Megan Follows / Jonathan Crombie Anne of Green Gables, the BBC Pride and Prejudice, and ... oh I need something to fill out the pattern, so let's say Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

(For me it's probably K: Pride and Prejudice, F: Miss Fisher's, M: Anne.)

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October 23rd, 2017 08:07 pm
I would like to be watching Dancing with the Stars right now. But no, the local ABC affiliate insists on showing our terribly-playing racistly-named football team instead. Though at least I can watch Star Wars: Rebels at the proper time this week. Last week I watched the first two episodes at their 12:30am debut, because only the wee hour run times worked with my schedule. Which is how I learned about the existence of Disney XD's D/XP. It seems everyone on that channel not tied to one of the big franchises is downright weird, but their late night commercial habits take it to another level. Or maybe it just came off that way because it was the wee hours of the morning. Not sure what I'm going to do in subsequent weeks, when hopefully I'll get to watch Dancing with the Stars, and they aren't doing early morning runs until possibly Saturday.
Finished Postcards from the Edge this evening. Enjoyed it, but it felt a little strange to read. I think there's a film version somewhere, which I definitely want to look into. Next up is The Book of Dust, which I bought because I happened to be accompanying my sister when she went to buy it herself. We'd just been to replace my iPad, which so far I am pleased with. Especially because I've now been able to download iHeartRadio, and can listen to non-static radio broadcasts again! Listening to MIX 107.3 on it right now still feels a little weird, but hey, this is the future.

Current Music:: Pink - What About Us


October 23rd, 2017 07:42 pm - [ SECRET POST #3946 ]

⌈ Secret Post #3946 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 38 secrets from Secret Submission Post #565.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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October 23rd, 2017 05:59 pm - hey, look, a yuletide letter?
Dear Yuletide Writer,

I have had this letter at the top of my to-do list for weeks, but when I finally sat down to write it, I couldn't really think of any reason to do it. You have years and years of this tag and so many previous letters if you're the sort of person who wants to dig really deep, and if you're not, you can stop reading now and go back to just my sign-up.

I could go into great detail about where to find the fandoms I requested and so on, but let's be honest, that would be almost entirely for people who might want to write me treats, not for you.

(Although super-quick: all the links you need for Mr. Trash Wheel are in this entry downtag; Njal's Saga is a medieval Icelandic saga which you could probably get a doctorate in but didn't so all I can suggest is gutenberg or a good modern annotated edition of which there are several in many languages, or if you're really ambitious, you can listen to all 12 Njal's Saga episodes of the SagaThing podcast, which is what motivated me to request it. But also I think of stories as old as Njal's saga as living stories rather than a fixed canon so if you want to just find a good summary and work from that, that would be a-ok with me; Murderbot Diaries is so far just one novella, All Systems Red by Martha Wells that came out this year and is probably available at your local library; Girl With The Silver Eyes is a kids' novel from the '80s that is probably not still at your local library but is definitely on Amazon for cheap, at least in the US; and the Barbara Hambly are both many-volume historical mystery series that are still being published, although I would be ok with side-character fic based on characters that only appear in the first volume of either.)

I could also go into great detail about why I like these canons, but you don't actually need thousands of words of rambling about the fundamental essence of Baltimore and urban solarpunk; or about the parallel roles of Hannibal and Simon in re: the construction of Whiteness and classical monsters as racial metaphors; or the performance of gender and honor in medieval Scandinavia; or about the portrayal of neurodivergence mediated through otherness in SF/F stories; and anyway if I did all that it would be totally misleading because really my reaction to these stories is more GIANT GOOGLY EYES and CHEESE CSI and TALKING CATS and SANCTUARY MOON and I read all the Hambly in a month straight while ill last year so really mostly I just LOVE IT ALL on a very shallow and inarticulate level.

I could go into more about my DNWs but honestly my DNWs are usually more about the spirit of the story than the details so it would be just as likely to make you worry about things you don't need to worry about.

(but real quick: please no environmentalism doomy doom for Trash Wheel- post-apocalyptic would be fine but make it hopeful and optimistic no matter how unrealistic that seems sometimes these days; please no doomy doom for Njal either, like, we all know how it ends, it's in the damn title, but he lived to old age which is pretty much a happy ending given the odds for a saga hero and a lot of other stuff happened before that; for Murderbot I think I covered it pretty well in the letter; Silver Eyes and Hambly I'm pretty much good with whatever as long as it's in the spirit of canon more or less and you're careful with the more sensitive bits of the history in Hambly.)

I could give you more prompts but you read my sign-up; do you actually need more prompts? I mean, let me know, I have plenty, but I kind of suspect you are begging me for fewer prompts at this point.

(Crossovers always good, setting-swap AUs also good, the weirder the better, outsider POVs and background characters always good, worldbuilding and setting always good, basically anything in these canons is fine?)

Anyway here is a link to my previous post of my sign-up just for convenience, it is slightly cleaned up with a few more prompts at this point: Yuletide signup

Most importantly, have fun! I promise nothing you write can ruin yuletide for me.*


*That's not a dare. But you would have to try pretty hard to manage it. Truly.


October 23rd, 2017 09:00 pm - Lambiel vs. Polunin: who did it best?
Bearing in mind that a fair contest requires you to imagine Lambiel 1) with top-notch high definition camera work and 2) wearing only a pair of ballet tights... I think it's close...

(Though you could argue that Polunin musters up more authentic agony, whereas Lambiel just looks like he's having a lot of fun.)

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October 23rd, 2017 02:38 pm - US Political Action Alert: Tell your Members of Congress to stand up for equality

When the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission they'll be deciding the future of equality in America. We need to make sure Supreme Court Justices hear loud and clear that America stands on the side of progress – and that means making sure your Members of Congress stand up with you, too.

Send an email to tell your Members of Congress to sign a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of our clients Charlie and David, and the future of equality..

Also, friendly reminder that if you are a US Citizen who would like to keep pressure on Congress to do the right thing, is an excellent website that gives you a bunch of current issues to choose from, phone numbers to call, and a script to say.



October 23rd, 2017 02:06 pm - happy birthday to me
I think I broke my toe.

(no, not doing urgent care, I know the drill, I've iced and taped and naproxen'd and I have the crutches for limping around the apartment with less weight on the bad foot which OF COURSE is the same foot as my bad knee which means minimal PT for awhile.)

(and yeah it could just be a nasty bruise/sprain/something but look it fucking HURTS to put weight on it, so really this makes no difference in treatment unless something starts being wonky in the healing process. I've even broken THIS VERY TOE before.)

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October 23rd, 2017 02:11 pm
I need to set some sort of alarm to remind me to take regular breaks to lie on the floor on my back. It hurts to do it, but it's the only thing that eases my shoulders at all, and when I don't do it, they just get tighter and tighter and tighter which also hurts. I'm pretty sure that the things that hurt when I lie on the floor aren't going to be harmed by it. The shoulder thing hurts and exhausts me. I'm pretty sure it's contributing to me not sleeping at night.

Cordelia and her friends were sufficiently bored by Saturday night's dance that they left after about an hour (considering it was a bit more than $25 per ticket, that seems like a terrible return on our money). They walked to one of Cordelia's friend's houses. Cordelia says she really wished for a jacket or sweatshirt because her dress is sleeveless.

Scott got really pretty cranky about not getting around to mowing the lawn on Saturday. The front lawn looks okay even when it doesn't get mowed for weeks, but the backyard actually gets sun for a lot of the day, and it gets pretty shaggy. I don't care because we don't do anything out there and because no one can see it but our neighbors who don't much care. Scott, however, was brought up with the idea that lawn care is Important as a sign of competent adulthood.

Seriously, when we were house hunting, we looked for the smallest lawn we could get. (Condos weren't an option because, in our price range, they were all either too small for our bed (or our books) or very, very vertical; most were both. We were more concerned about limiting stairs than about lawns.)

We got sandwiches while we were doing our library run yesterday because I was running out of time to eat. Scott got a sandwich with pesto, and the basil was so strong that I really wanted to get up and move because my mind associates the smell with getting sick after eating it. I hadn't expected to have that reaction, and I'll need to mention it to Scott so that he knows for next time. I don't mind him eating it, but it would be much better if we sat at separate tables for it.

We have no idea if we'll be able to go to the celebration for Scott's sister's birthday on Saturday. Her family needs to be done and gone before we can possibly get there if Scott's working that day. Sunday wasn't an option because of a choir fundraiser that will keep Cordelia most of the afternoon combined with me not being able to eat anything at all after 6 p.m. on school nights.

I think I'm in spitting distance of the end of the first draft of the story I'm currently working on. I hope so, anyway. I know the main thing I need to address when I edit. I just keep cat waxing, though. I can write a couple hundred words, and then I need to stop for a while. Mostly, right now, I'm looking over saved prompts to see which ones I really, really want to write. I think I need to delete any that don't give me immediate plot bunnies. Well, I'll keep the ones from people I know, too, with a generous definition of 'know.'


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