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May. 29th, 2015 09:20 am
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If Jamie Fraser of Outlander were, in some way, the ancestor of Benton Fraser of Due South, it would explain *so much*.


May. 29th, 2015 03:30 am
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"But of course, when you're writing the parable, you can say what you like. And that is the real lesson behind all parables." -- [info] smallship1, 2015-05-03

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May. 28th, 2015 03:09 pm
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Remember Randy Mantooth from the old show "Emergency"? Here's what he's up to now.

Native fashion without cultural appropriation.

Okay. I can buy the Vikings walking -- or sailing -- to North America when the place was frozen over (using boats at the edge of the ice, for instance, as the Inuit have done for centuries). But I am raising an eyebrow into my hairline at some of the linguistic claims in this piece. Comments, anyone? I do notice that there seems to be little work to distinguish Algonquian (languages) from Algonquin (tribe), or either of them from Iroquoian languages (and the Six Nations includes the Algonquins, who moved up from Virginia and the Carolinas and were adopted into the Iroquois during the early 1700s), or the fact that the Lenape (Delawares) were not only in New England, etc. etc.

Cool links from Myth and moor.

Oh, Whole Foods, no. No, no, no.

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May. 28th, 2015 05:06 am
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So you know how sometimes there’s some stupid movie you remember but can’t find what it was? One of mine was some horror sexual harassment comedy about a guy who was possessed or some shit, and all I really remembered was that at some point in the movie, someone told him “you’re not possessed, you’re pozatski.” So every couple of years I google for the term, and have never found anything.

I was randomly going through old blog posts to figure out my life’s timeline, as you do, and I had used the word in a post, decided to google it again, and found THIS:

My Demon Lover / 1987
85 minutes
Dir.: Charlie Loventhal
Starring: Scott Valentine, Michele Little, Arnold Johnson

Movies that cram in as many genres as possible are the best. What could be more special than a movie that wants to cover so much ground? And what could be more fascinating than watching that fail? Enter My Demon Lover, a romantic comedy with an OUTRAGEOUS twist: its main character Kaz (the attractive male lead played by attractive male human Scott Valentine) is secretly a hideous monster. Even TWISTIER? His grotesque features only show themselves when he is sexually aroused. But he still believes in LOVE, goddammit, and he’s seeking it out the only way he knows how: groping women on the street.


Yup. It’s real. From the description, it’s also just as horrible as I remember


May. 28th, 2015 05:03 am
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"Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it." -- Michel de Montaigne [ thanks to [info] blueeowyn]

Tanith Lee, 1947-2015

May. 27th, 2015 10:37 pm
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This has been a very bad year for deaths in SF&F, and the year is not even half over.

My all-out favorite Lee is Kill the Dead: something about the combo of lush spookiness and mordant humor. Parl Dro is one of my favorite characters ever.

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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.

"Circuits and Cycles"
I used one of my bingo squares, sports, to spark the free-verse poem "Circuits and Cycles." Shahana and Johan watch their novices play a game of circuitball.
55 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Golden Peaches of Peace"
Based on a DW prompt, "The Golden Peaches of Peace" is a free-verse poem about Shahana and Ari celebrating midsummer with a sacred confection.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Power of Perseverance"
A DW whetstone prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Power of Perseverence." Shahana teaches Ari a new meditation.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Something You Feel"
A quarterboard prompt provided part of the background for the free-verse poem "Something You Feel." Gorrein clings to the drummer boy who is darn near the only person even still speaking to him. And then Gorrein's parents come home and life really begins to suck.
114 lines, Buy It Now = $57

The drummer boy turned out to be
not entirely inept at strategy,
which surprised Gorrein at first,
but thinking further it made sense
that he would attract followers with
that sort of knack, regardless of age.

Based on a DW prompt, "Sprouts" is a free-verse poem in which Larn and Dalka teach the children how to plant a garden.
52 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Space Weird Thing

May. 27th, 2015 03:27 pm
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Space Weird Thing is a translation of "Space Oddity" into Up Goer Five (that is, using only the 1000 most common words in the English words -- thus, Major Tom becomes Top Space Man).

It's really astonishingly well done in terms of the production values, but also, I suspect that I will never get "Home space ball is blue, and there's nothing I can do..." out of my head.


May. 27th, 2015 04:42 am
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"Danger and anger are everywhere. Love is the rarity, the gem buried in the core of the mine, the outpost of God." -- Loren, narrator of Metallic Love (2005, Bantam Books) by Tanith Lee (b. 1947-09-19, d. 2015-05-24)

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May. 27th, 2015 01:49 am
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There was a making stuff party at wiscon, and as a result, I tried to knit for the first time in years. There was a time when I was one knitting motherfucker, but it started aggravating my wrist problems so I stopped. But I tried again at this party, and it didn’t hurt, so tonight I dug through my boxes of crap and found the few crappy aluminum needles and the really awesome yarn I hung on to, and tried again. I started and frogged stuff like twice just based on misjudging how it was going to come out based on which needles I was using but now I am like 15 rows or so into a purse, I guess? It was maybe gonna be a headscarf for a minute, but I need a purse.

But I’m just super excited to be knitting again, and if I don’t get all obsessive and watch my positioning it won’t hurt my hands and I can have cool stuff. I so miss all my good knitting supplies though, trying to relearn with aluminum needles and fancy yarn with ribbon and shit is hard. I wish I had known I was gonna get back into knitting before my birthday, it would have SO changed what I asked for.

trans unicode erratum

May. 26th, 2015 11:31 pm
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trans tech folk, other trans folk, other tech folk:

I'm planning to submit an erratum to Unicode. U+26A5, U+26A6, and U+26A7 all have the informative alias "transgendered sexuality".

code chart
(from http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2600.pdf. Original encoding proposal: http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2003/03364-n2663-gender-rev.pdf)

I think the first word should be "transgender", and the second word should be something other than "sexuality", but I'm not sure what.

The questions I have are:
1) do you think asking for this change is sensible?
2) what do you think the informative alias "transgendered sexuality" should be changed to?
3) can you think of good sources I can cite when I'm explaining why the change should be made?

If you saw this on Facebook or Twitter or wherever, feel free to answer there and I'll copy the answer here onto Dreamwidth/LJ.

love and hugs.

No Vividcon for me this year. ):

May. 26th, 2015 09:08 am
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The finances just won't work, alas.

I will miss you all!


May. 26th, 2015 04:32 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-05:

 I stood before the Judge that day
 As he refused me bail
 And I knew that I would spend my time
 Awaiting trial in jail
 I said there is no justice
 As they led me out of the door
 And the Judge said, "This isn't a court of justice, son
 This is a court of law."

  -- Billy Bragg, from his song Rotting On Remand.

four on religion

May. 25th, 2015 01:15 pm
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I'd like to think that this whole mess with the Duggars will be the end of the whole 'purity' business. But it probably won't. Notice how all the focus is on Josh Duggar here, and none on the girls he molested. What about how their lives were changed??? Yes, they're still underage, and I have to wonder what sort of pressure is being put on them.

Notre Dame University doesn't even want to fill out the form that says they don't want health insurance companies to give their employees birth control. The court tells them that's very poor thinking, and no, dude, just do it. This isn't religious liberty, it's just stupid.

It's a bit scary when a group of traditionalist churches in Arizona are trying to increase hatred for a progressive Christian church down the street.

Ireland wants same-sex marriages, and says so loudly and emphatically. And the Catholic Church there is going to have to figure out how to deal with this.


And for some unadulterated good news, there's Trusst, a start-up by women with engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, which plans to offer more comfortable bras for large-breasted women. If for nothing else, do please watch their ad.


May. 25th, 2015 07:28 am
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Artisanal cocktail ice, and on the other side, the vulgarians *raises hand* who want their food on plates

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

so wiscon was a thing

May. 25th, 2015 02:46 am
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still not sure what kind of thing because SO EXHAUSTED. I might have opinions on a lot of things, but my brain hasn’t processed much of it into words yet. I definitely had an awesome time and only got to talk to like 1/137th of the people I wanted to sit down and talk with, and even the ones I did get to talk to, it wasn’t ENOUGH.

Might post more about it after some reasonable amount of sleeping


May. 25th, 2015 03:10 am
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"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic." -- Gen. John A. Logan (b. 1826-02-09, d. 1886-12-26)

[To my countrymen, I wish you an appropriately thoughtgful Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day, hence the "undivided" in the quotation) -- let us celebrate what we have while remembering what it has cost.]

Michael Parenti

May. 24th, 2015 11:28 pm
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Breaking the Rules

May. 24th, 2015 08:57 am
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Michelle Obama admits that she is Black.

Thanx to Garry Wills


May. 24th, 2015 04:31 am
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"For a Christian, doubt is a shameful secret, a failure of faith, but the rabbis have long embraced doubt as an opportunity for vigorous argument. For the rabbis, the existence of God is no more of a question than the existence of air: Doubt is how we converse with Him." -- the narrator of The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (2010, Bantam Books; ISBN 978-0-553-59041-8)

[A joyous festival to everyone celebrating Shavuot, and also to everyone celebrating Whit Sunday!]

"Pentecost has not created an alternative mythology with which to secularize and commercialize it. It has not created a figure like a fat, jolly man in a red suit or a large bunny. Stores don’t stock special items for the Feast of Pentecost. In fact, the Feast of Pentecost comes and goes in the church year without the world even noticing." -- Mark Surburg

[A Christian holyday that gets to just be holy!]

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May. 23rd, 2015 04:16 pm
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At my parents for my dad's 84th. Had dinner with some friends last night, which was lovely. Poor dad is exhausted today, though. We've decided it's better he do things and be tired than to try to protect him from everything. The restaurant we went to, the Old Orchard, is someplace we've been going to since my parents moved to WNY. It was the birthday place through the 80s and 90s. My great aunt loved it.

After awhile, though, we stopped going. We went once and the menu seemed really stodgy. But we started again for my dad's birthday a few years ago. I'll never love it as much as the Roycroft Inn, but it's a little less pricey and it has many memories attached.

I also went for a drive, which is rare for me, as we don't have a car. (Living in Manhattan and all, no point.) I handle the car well, still, but I definitely feel more nervous driving than I used to do. I told my mom I need to drive more when I visit them. I don't have many other chances -- when M and I rent a car, he generally drives and I'm happy to let him, and if I'm visiting someone outside of the city, it's their car so they drive . . .

Dad is definitely slowing down. He's having more trouble finding words, and moving even slower, than he did when I was up in January. As always, the resolution is to come more often. And then life gets in the way. I'll be up again in August.

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May. 23rd, 2015 12:18 pm
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So, as I lie here recovering I'm rewatching the BBC Sherlock. And it occurs to me that what I'm actually watching is something quite different, since Martin Freeman was Bilbo and Cumberbatch was also Smaug. I'm watching the adventures of a Chinese dragon and his hobbit friend solving puzzles in London -- and that's much more interesting. :)

(yes, the painkillers are very nice.)


May. 23rd, 2015 06:22 am
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Jeb Bush wants us to believe he is a sad, rather than rabid, Republican. The Duggar family treats "The Marching Morons" as a battle plan. The Hucker excuses one of his followers (Josh Duggar) because he didn't do anything really icky like same-sex marriage. Charles Pierce laughs at them all (and hopes his ancestral land will do the right thing).

ETA: Looks like they did.


May. 23rd, 2015 03:11 am
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"Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you." -― Shannon L. Alder

[Vonnie is etched into a lot of minds and hearts. As she should be.]

On Josh Duggar and Mike Huckabee

May. 22nd, 2015 07:44 pm
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TW child abuse, sexual assault

so, this is what i have to say about Josh Duggar.
Q: what's it called when you hush up your own children being raped to preserve your reputation?
A: it's called Omelas. and if you, like Mike Huckabee, care nothing about walking away from Omelas, i don't want to know you. that's all.

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May. 22nd, 2015 01:30 pm
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I can never decide whether I'm better off for having learned about things like AI risk and Roko's Basilisk.

At least it's a more entertaining thing to worry about when my brain hits the Let's Worry About The Nearest Available Thing track.

Also I will eventually write my postapocalyptic-ish novel about the half-wild girl gang up against the weird/capricious AI that lives in the postorbital satellites and has weird plans for humanity, so there's that.


May. 22nd, 2015 08:34 am
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"Change happens for you
 the moment you want something
 more than you fear it."

  -- Eric Micha'el Leventhal, "Haiku #3"

People may actually believe this

May. 21st, 2015 01:25 pm
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Malachite is a "transformational crystal" whose healing energies will keep viruses off your computer. Fortunately, this icon has been blessed by a Discordian Pope and thus is every bit as efficacious as crystals I would have to pay money for.

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May. 21st, 2015 09:58 am
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The surgery failed. And now, looking toward another one, more comprehensive.

I can't really say any more right now.


May. 21st, 2015 09:18 am
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"You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is." -- Will Rogers (b. 1879-11-04, d. 1935-08-15)

The Warrior Who Carried Life

May. 20th, 2015 07:52 pm
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Basketball star brings 2-year-old daughter to press conference after game. Sportscasters pitch fit.


May. 20th, 2015 04:10 pm
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I'm finally caught up enough with everything else to just be super excited that wiscon is so soon, omg. I get to see so many awesome people!!! I'm on the free range kids panel, and the one about extraterrestrial languages, otherwise mostly drifting.

Also, regarding the stuff with my co-op, a lot of shit turned around in the last few weeks/months, full repair was approved, volunteer work started last weekend, and we are working out the details about filling the rooms when it opens up in august. Viva Lothlorien. Which is why I have been too busy to be excited about the con until now.

Cardiologist update

May. 20th, 2015 05:08 pm
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[personal profile] dglenn
Good: heart completely normal. Bad: still no clue what is wrong. Also: ultrasound of heart is cool looking. Still so very tired.

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May. 20th, 2015 11:49 am
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I am at a meeting for Summer Reading. At the break they passed a pipe cleaner out to everybody, and then we listened to Jackson Bird from the Harry Potter Alliance, and then the person who heads the library division for children with special needs, and by the time she came on I was starting to get fidgety. I moved through yelling at myself to not fidget with the pipe cleaner, to get distracted and being horrified to look down and find my folded and twisted pipe cleaner, to rushing to untwist it... and finally, it was time to explain what the pipe cleaner was for.

It was for explaining what fidget toys are and how you can give out pipe cleaners to use as fidget toys.

Apparently they are now called chenille sticks.

Fake epidemic

May. 20th, 2015 09:18 am
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As one scientist said, "If all science were run like marijuana research, creationists would control paleontology." Obesity research is a lot like that.

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