Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:53 pm
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[personal profile] ng_moonmoth plans to sponsor some poetry in the half-price sale. Here's the setup:

Thanks for the clarification. I was actually interested in "The Ocean From Above", and will send $84+31.25 to cover that. Also thinking about "Insha'Allah" for another $31.25. If anyone wants to jump in and help with those, or any portion of "Everything That You Are Chasing", please comment back or PM me, so I can share the PayPal account that should get your contribution. I'll send the sponsorship money Sunday evening.

So get in touch if that appeals to you. The original post is here if you want to comment under it with a reply.
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drinks, stratified

These were a good thing. So was today's rain. So was most of the email recently that's been triggering me. I hate it when good things are triggers. I am muddling through. I had thought external factors were finally going to slow down and let me go at my own pace, but that's not to be. I'm doing the best I can not to lose myself over my limits. You take care of yourselves, too, please.

Dept. of Birthdays

Feb. 25th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Natal Duo

Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] maruad , a fellow Canadian. He's from the province and city where my Nana was born, and he, like me, is a science fiction fan. There's two points of congruence, but they aren't necessary for me to enjoy knowing him. He has a wry sense of humor, a good eye for art (he's also a dab hand at painting himself), and in short, has always been a pleasure to know. I hope today was a good day for you!

A second birthday person is [livejournal.com profile] jessalrynn, and I am very glad I've had the chance to meet her via pixels, if not in real life. She is an excellent writer, and she shares my love of the Ninth Doctor, of the Whoniverse from First to Twelfth, of democracy, of resistance to tyranny, and deserves the best birthday, and the best year possible. I hope 2017 is good for you!

Links + Action

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Feb. 14: The New York Times reports that Trump's team had continuous contact with Russian operatives during his campaign.

Feb. 22: The Minority President calls media the enemy. The intelligence officer who led the raid against Osama Bin Laden calls Trump's attacks on the press "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime."

Feb. 23: CNN reports that the White House called senior FBI officials and asked them to deny the Russia story - interfering with the FBI's investigation.

Feb. 24:  White House press minion Sean Spicer bans NY Times, CNN and others from a media briefing.

Feb. 25: I make a "tribute donation" to the Center for Public Integrity (which funds investigative journalism) in the name of Sean Spicer, "Just because I care".

three months

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:34 pm
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Holy crap, this past Thursday the prince was three months old.

He likes or does not mind me, his father, snuggling, milk, bath time, standing up on our legs and looking around, kicking his heels against the floor of the pack-n-play, and gurgling and cooing and practicing his vowel sounds with us and his grandmothers (his favorite word is "ghu," not that we know what it means). He dislikes wet diapers, dirty diapers, being cold, being tired, being hungry, and being swaddled - but he's not yet ready to sleep with both arms free, because he startles himself awake after about five minutes. So he has to have one arm pinned. We leave his right arm free so he can get used to unswaddled sleeping; recently he has also been using the opportunity to nom on his hand.

He's been able to get his hands in his mouth for about a month, but now he's doing it all the blessed time and with real intention. He can get a whole hand in there. I've just about given up trying to get him to stop and resigned myself to the fact that we're in a slobbery phase now. He's drooling copiously, and between that and some other indicators I think it's possible these are early symptoms of teething. The wise internet suggests that he might show signs as much as three months before the first tooth actually comes in, and that that's likely to be around six months, so (a) right on schedule? and (b) oh my god, this much drooling (and crankiness, and and and) for three more months?!

We generally put him to bed around 7:30, give or take. (Mostly give. He can't really make it to 8pm.) He generally wakes up once, usually in the sort of 2:30am area but sometimes as late as 4:30, which is the worst possible time because there's no real useful sleep for any adult between that and 6am wakeup. (A few weeks ago for three nights in a row he slept from 8pm to 5am and we thought we'd turned a corner. Alas. On the other hand, two nights ago he woke up at 12:30 and didn't go down again until 1:45, and then he woke up again at 4:30. Thank god that's not normal.) Generally up for the day around 6am. And he's a very sweet kid from 6am to about 5pm. ... Unfortunately, the last couple of hours of the day are developing into a real challenge.

Baby sleep stuff. )

This got a lot ventier than I meant it to. Really things are mostly great. The kid is awesome about 21 hours out of every day. It's just the other three (the last two before bedtime and one overnight) are really starting to get to us.

Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1

Feb. 25th, 2017 07:10 pm
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"The fun for me is seeing these characters, who are very grounded and very realistic kids, and then have these insane things starting to happen, and then having them be able to react to it the way maybe a normal teenager would, as opposed to a teenager who's grown up in 50 years of superheroes flying around them." - Jeff Lemire

Read more... )
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Never Did Run Smooth (12727 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game), The Witcher 3
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Jaskier | Dandelion, Sigismund Dijkstra, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon
Additional Tags: Forced Marriage, Ritual Sex, Consent Issues, Frogs, magical curses, Public Sex
Series: Part 5 of Witcher works

“Uh,” Geralt said, staring down at the glass case.

“Ribbit,” said the frog.

Seven Footsteps to Satan (1929)

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:08 pm
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Seven Footsteps to Satan (1929) is the earliest Thelma Todd film I have found. Indeed, it is so early that it is a silent movie (apparently one of the last silent horror films).

While I found it interesting enough to finish watching and to write about, let me be clear up front: this is not a good movie. Not much plot, unevenly paced, poorly directed. The acting is passable. And, though this is not a fault of the original makers, the existing print that this was restored from is incredibly washed out, lacking nearly all visual detail. The ending is a narrative cheat that is only half a step above “it was all a dream”.

The story begins with a somewhat nebbishy leading man who is practicing marksmanship in his secret lab, so that he will be well prepared to go exploring in “darkest Africa”. Soon, he gets tangled up with robbers and then he and his girlfriend are suddenly kidnapped. So far, so pulp.

But then the film takes a sharp left into dream logic. Our heroes find themselves in a huge mansion that seems not unrelated to Castle Frank-N-Furter. It is packed to the rafters with secret passages, thugs in tuxedos, tortured damsels in distress, mysterious dwarfs, screeching apes, inscrutable Orientals, men with Exceedingly Strange facial hair, femmes fatales, ominous shadows, groping hands, and orgiastic cultists whose cult leader is named Satan. This is not a complete list.

Our hero keeps insisting that he just wants to go home, in the apparent belief that this will have any positive effect. But things keep happening. It’s never really clear why he has been brought there at all, what Satan wants with him, which of the weird characters are actually on his side, or much of anything really. (At least until the last few minutes, whose existence I deny.) It’s very nearly Lynch-ian. If you’re a fan of the surreal, I recommend starting at the 20 minute mark, and turning it off at 1:10 (just as the clapping starts).

Cooking diary

Feb. 26th, 2017 01:52 pm
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Monday: Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket & prawn meat

Tuesday: Chorizo & penne salad.

Wednesday: Moussaka. Tried to make a quick one by cooking the eggplant in the microwave. The end result was edible but watery; I really needed to cook the tomatoes down a lot more before adding. I guess moussaka just can't be rushed.

Thursday: Cheesy sausages, grilled corn, leek in cheese sauce (ok, maybe it was just the drippings from the sausages stirred in).

America’s Bravest Woman

Feb. 25th, 2017 07:46 pm
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Today's Google Doodle (USA)

Ida Lewis’ 175th Birthday
Lydia Nichols, Doodle Artist -- Feb 25, 2017

It wasn’t until perhaps my fourth or fifth visit to the littlest state of Rhode Island that I spotted the unassuming lighthouse nestled on a tiny island of its own in Newport’s harbor. Usually the title “lighthouse keeper” conjures images of men in beards wearing stiff blue coats, so I was absolutely delighted to learn that Rhode Island’s most famous lighthouse keeper was Idawalley Zorada Lewis. Declared “America’s Bravest Woman” before her tenure was through, Ida had been hailed as Newport’s best swimmer and one of its strongest rowers ever since taking over for her ill father as as guardian of the harbor. She made her first save at twelve and didn’t stop until the age of sixty-three.

There are no definitive records of Ida’s rescues and she was too modest to recount them herself, though some were documented in local newspapers and at least one garnered national attention; in February of 1881 she ventured into the bitter winter winds to rescue two soldiers who had fallen through the ice while traveling on foot. This act of bravery caught the attention of President Grant who shortly thereafter awarded her the prestigious Gold Lifesaving Medal. Eleven years after her death, the Rhode Island legislature voted to rename her former home, Lime Rock Lighthouse, as Ida Lewis Lighthouse in her honor.

It's important to remember that being a lighthouse keeper required unwavering courage, sheer physical strength, constant diligence, and a willingness to put one's own life on the line. Ida was so dedicated that supposedly she would rush into inclement weather without shoes or coat so as not a waste a single second. Her life and legacy were not only an honor to research and illustrate, but truly a source of inspiration.

Happy 175th birthday, Ida Lewis!

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Feb. 25th, 2017 05:31 pm
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 There is no greater feeling than when your child finally goes to sleep after a longggg day of struggles. Seriously. It's the best.

Off topic, we had a crazy thunderstorm here last night. In February. That is pretty much unheard of in Ontario. It was +20 three days ago. Now it's cold and snowing again. Weird weather.

Books Read 2016, July to September

Feb. 25th, 2017 03:14 pm
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7/? Ready Player One, Ernest Kline (rr)
7/? The Nightmare Stacks, Charles Stross

8/07 The Worlds Trilogy, Joe Haldeman
8/09 Hype and Glory, William Goldman
8/11 Redshirts, John Scalzi (rr)
8/15 All My Sins Remembered, Joe Haldeman

9/11 Pawn Gambit, Timothy Zahn

Huh. A rather uncharacteristically sparse list for three months, considering that none of them were particularly long books. Barely two books a month. But on with talking about them!

Ready Player One is becoming a regular re-read for me, it’s so much fun. I remember reading it when it came out in ‘11, though I didn’t get it until our Great Drive of ‘12 from a bookstore in Portland, Maine. If you haven’t read this and you frequented arcades in the ‘80s and played early RPG games on old platforms, I suspect you’ll like it. It’s a near-future dystopian set in the USA where after the oil ran out, the national and pretty much the world economy collapsed for most people. There’s still the super-wealthy, but most people live in pretty depressing circumstances. The main character, Parzival as his online-avatar is known, lives in a high-rise stack built of mobile homes in Oklahoma. He attends school via virtual reality as do most people in the world. This VR has replaced the internet and is known as The Oasis. Things continue until the man who created the Oasis dies and leaves an interesting will: the entirety of The Oasis will be given to a person who is able to complete a series of puzzle quests. The problem is that another company, a classic mega-corp with evil intentions, is creating an army to brute-force the puzzles. It is up to Our Hero and his Intrepid Friends to save the day with better instincts and sheer pluck. It is a very good read and I highly recommend it. A film is in production, directed by Steven Spielberg, and is slated to release spring of next year.

The Nightmare Stacks is the latest Laundry Files book by Charles Stross, a British writer living in Scotland. Awesome books if you’re a fan of Cthulhu mythos and British government bureaucracy. Lots of fun. I hesitate to recommend this book as a starter as his books build on the previous ones and it’s a very complicated story line. Regardless, the book is great if you’re a fan of the series as it’s a full-on incursion from Fae and only a vampire can save the world.

The Worlds Trilogy, by Joe Haldeman, individually known as Worlds, Worlds Apart, and Worlds Enough And Time, follow the adventures of a woman from off-planet by the name of Maureen O’Hara. She’s in New New York taking a year or two in an Earth university, when she’s caught up in a revolution of amazing proportions. Her adventures are very entertaining, perhaps not the right word, but it serves. I would actually say that this book is Heinlein-esque but better than Heinlein for making, for me, a believable strong young woman. I very much liked these.

Hype and Glory by William Goldman is a two-part memoir. William Goldman is a very well known script doctor and writer. He’s best known for writing the book The Princess Bride and also the screen play. He’s written quite a number of other screenplays and has won quite a number of awards. The book is about his experience being a judge, in the same year, 1988, he judged both the Cannes Film Festival and the Miss America contest! The first part, Cannes, gives a nice insight as to how a film festival is judged. And there’s no doubt that someone like Goldman is qualified, even though he’s not a “critic”. He knows exactly how films are made and how good scripts are built. The judges meet frequently during the festival to discuss their opinions of what they’ve seen up to that point and slowly build consensus as to who gets what award. Needless to say, problems arose and some compromises had to be done. Still, an interesting insider view. The second part, the Miss America show, had some fascinating aspects. First, it was held at our current President’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. His description of Atlantic City confirmed that it is a place that I never want to visit. For example, he went to a concierge to ask where the nearest book store is, and the reply was, “Like, porno mags?” Not only did the staff default to porn, there were no decent book stores in the area. The rules were completely replaced for this year and the judging was divided in to two parts. The first part happened off-camera in the days before the televised event, this was the panel that Goldman was on. The on-camera judging was done by telegenic stars such as Joyce Brothers, Eva Gabor, Deborah Norville, George Peppard, etc. So Goldman and the other off-camera judges did their evaluations, and their evaluations were totally ignored by the second group of judges when it came to show time. The big problem was that when they redid the rules, they didn’t account for what would happen if there was a tie in judging, and there was. The result was many minutes of dead air when the emcee was at a loss as to how to fill the time, the judges didn’t know what to do, no one knew what to do. Eventually the winner was announced: Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota, who went on to Fox News greatness. As I recall, she wasn’t in the top 3 as scored by Goldman’s judging group. Very interesting book.

Redshirts was another re-read for me, John Scalzi’s take on a self-aware Star Trek setting where the non-bridge crew become aware that their mortality rate when on away missions and paired with bridge crew is very low. They then work to improve their odds. It reads sort of like a combination of Galaxy Quest meets Star Trek, lots of fun. I think I liked it better reading it a second time with a number of years between readings. I expect it’ll be a regular re-read, though not with the same frequency as Ready Player One or The Forever War.

All My Sins Remembered, another Joe Haldeman book, is the story of Otto McGavin, an Anglo-Buddhist and peaceful person. But the Confederacion need him as a spy/thief/assassin for their secret service as he has a mind that is adaptable and receptive to personality and memory overlays that make him ideal for infiltration and espionage missions. But the missions begin to take their toll. It’s an interesting book, and also a sad one.

Pawn Gambit by Timothy Zahn is a collection of short stories. Like many short story collections, some were great, some were just good. It contains a Cobra story, which is the stories that made Zahn a name in the science fiction community long before he started writing Star Wars novels. Pretty good stuff.
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But I rarely have a chance to give a good example of what that looks like to me and how I cope, and a perfect example cropped up earlier this week.

See, if this happened all the time, that'd be one thing, but it doesn't. Some places never get hit by this lack of recognition. Some always do. Mostly, whether or not I'm going to not recognize a place has to do with time of day and year, direction I'm coming from, the weather, my general state of mind, things like that. If the situation is different, the place will look different.

Which is what happened Tuesday. I went to the doctor with my mother, and we took a cab up, as we are wont to do. After we left the FDR drive, everything was going just fine - I saw and identified a large number of landmarks, and had a reasonably good idea of where I was. But the street we usually take was closed off, so we took a minor detour.

This meant that instead of being dropped off directly in front of the entrance, we were dropped off just around the corner. That was enough to turn a place I ought to have recognized immediately into one I had to work out by individual features and reasoning: This is the only hospital branch with a wooden bench outside. This hospital branch has a raised garden with a wall around it that has the most ineffective hostile architecture I've ever seen, and the aforementioned bench has nothing at all to keep you lying down on it in the first place. This is the only hospital branch with a covered passage from one side street to the next, with the entrance proper in the middle of it.

With those few facts in mind, I was able to confidently walk to the entrance and go in, rather than gazing around and hesitantly crossing the street. But it looked like a new place right up until I was actually inside the building. My guess is my mother doesn't even realize I had no idea where I was for a few seconds, or that it never clicked even when I did reason it out. And she certainly knows about that time I got lost in front of my house, and she definitely jokes that I'll get lost if I turn around (this is funny because it is literally true), but if I told her right now, my guess is she'd be shocked. I'm not entirely certain she realizes exactly how pervasive this is, or how serious it can be. (She did, in fact, act shocked afterwards when she asked if I wanted to go to the diner and I turned in the wrong direction. "You've been there before!" Yes, and? You've known me my whole life! Why are you surprised that I'd walk the wrong way to get to a place I've been several times before from here?)


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How a True-Crime Podcast Became a Mental-Health Support Group

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Sick, dying and raped in America's nursing homes

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Feb. 25th, 2017 04:05 pm
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Fantastic video takedown of why the Marvel movies have terrible scoring and, more generally, the problem of temp tracks in film scoring [Youtube]. Particularly scathing was the analysis of one scene where the music was basically compared to room tone. Ouch! But I cannot argue the point.

Also, film composers ALL hate temp tracks, haha, but that's not news to anyone at this point!

(I can't figure out how to embed this, sorry! The Youtube "share" thing confuses me.)

(Thanks to Seth Dickinson.)


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