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Taking a hopefully-quick break from work to update! I just renewed my Dreamwidth account, and am trying to wrap my head around the idea that I've had it since 2009. DW still feels shiny and new to me in some ways, even though the site does a lot of stuff now that it didn't back then.

New Orphan Black tonight! So excited! And also, I have a bit of dread at watching the show week by week as it airs, since I watched season 1 after it was all out. Waiting between episodes is likely to be an exercise in stress.

This year's Hugo nominations are being tweeted at [ profile] loncon3 as I'm writing this post (I imagine they'll all be out well before I get this actually posted). Here's an idly-made list of nominations that made me perk up: short list )

John Scalzi just posted the full list of nominees.

My main reaction: I'm glad Seanan got nominated for Parasite--favorite author nominated, yay!--but sad that How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea didn't pick up a Best Novella nomination. It's the first Newsflesh work to not be nominated (all three novels and the first two novellas were), and unless Seanan writes something new in that 'verse, it's the series' last chance at winning one. *sad* (Plus it's my favorite by far of the three novellas, but that's at least as much due to it involving characters from the trilogy as to its inherent quality; objectively, it may not be better.)

I told [personal profile] seascribe I'd describe a flat [personal profile] scruloose looked at when he was hunting for his very first apartment. *g* I only technically knew him at this point (it was back in 1996 or so, and we'd met and hung out a bit at a couple of cons but weren't friends yet), so this is entirely secondhand, but here's the gist:

He and my mother-in-law went to check this flat out together. It was located in the South End of Halifax (which sort of blends high-ends rents and student areas), and it was listed as being a main-floor flat in a renovated house, with bay windows...and it was dirt cheap. I think this was perhaps a case of them seeing the listing and feeling the need to check it out to see what the hell was wrong with the place.

Apparently it was a perfectly acceptable flat, complete with the advertised lovely windows and natural light...except for one small problem. In lieu of an actual bathroom, it had a toilet...standing all by its lonesome. In the middle of the kitchen. With a shower curtain sort of arrangement rigged up around it for nominal privacy (and, I presume, a sorry pretense at sanitation).

Needless to say, when he and I started hanging out only a month or so later, that was not where he lived.

Next up: Peru!

Apr. 19th, 2014 01:13 pm
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[personal profile] starlady
I'm going to Peru for a week (Lima and Cuzco) very early on Wednesday morning. If anyone has tips of things to do, things to avoid, I'd greatly appreciate them.

I also have two specific questions: if you've been and if they're applicable, how did you handle carrying around/bringing your laptop, and how did you handle using your smartphone?

Let's use this energy productively.

Apr. 19th, 2014 09:21 am
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[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
 Things I want to get done:
Make my bed
corral dirty laundry
clean and straighten my area of the living room
find my missing library book
fill med box
go on a bike ride
(which will involve cloroxing my bike and filling up the tires)
Finances stuff
Hang up clean laundry
all the dishes
Get rid of trash
Do my laundry, which I wasn't planning on
run to the store with household members

All right. So I'm going to bite size these tasks--each round will be timed for 10 minutes of cleaning.

Anyone want to play along?

In round 1, I have cleared exactly half of my list!

Finishing up my streak: I've gotten laundry and dishes stuff done and items not originally on my list, but I'm done with my list. Leaving things undone (med box can happen tomorrow; I run out tomorrow evening anyway) because my mental energy is tapped out.

On rereading (?) beloved things

Apr. 19th, 2014 12:16 am
umadoshi: (Haru & Rin murder (flamika))
[personal profile] umadoshi
[personal profile] scruloose may be coming down with a cold. :/ He was sore-throated and spacey today, and I think he was in bed by 9:30, right after we watched Elementary 2x12 (one of two he missed back when it aired, and I think the only one of the pair that strikes me as being a candidate for having bearing on the season finale--not that I have the faintest idea what that'll entail) and gave the kittens their yogurt.

This is so not an actual linkspam post I'm writing here, but this post at [community profile] tv_talk features a nice picture of Aaron and Shawn Ashmore at the top, if you haven't ever seen them together. (Aaron plays Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13 and Shawn plays Mike Weston on The Following [as well as Bobby Drake/Iceman in the X-Men movies]. One of these days I need to rewatch the Fringe episode that used them both.)

And I really like the most recent xkcd, about the whole (US-centric) "Freedom of Speech" notion that so many people take to mean "I can be a complete asshole and if you call me on it you're trampling my God-given right to be a jerk!"

(I love the ALT text so much I'm just going to record it here: "I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.")

When [personal profile] wildpear headed out last night, she took the first three volumes of the Fruits Basket "ultimate edition" (large hardbound volumes containing two volumes each; only about half of the series came out in that format before Tokyopop shut down) with her. ^_^ She's only read the series once, and not for years and years; she read what there was in scans when I first got into it in 2003, and then once [personal profile] scruloose and I moved home from Toronto, she kept up with it as it came out in Japan, same as I did. So it's not surprising that a) most of the series is kinda foggy for her now, and b) most of what she remembers has to do with Rin and Haru, since she betaed most of my fanfic until she got pregnant.

To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever simply sat down and read through the whole series. It just feels like I have. I read what I could in scans when I first fell for it; then I read the Tokyopop volumes as they came out, and simultaneously kept up with the Japanese release; there were group rereads on forums and a couple of people's LJs, which sometimes generating fantastic discussions, but I don't think any of them got all the way through; and of course I did a lot of flipping through and fact-/dialogue-checking when I was adapting the two fanbooks, which were years apart...

(It's equally weird to realize I've only read Newsflesh straight through three times--I read each book the year it came out, and then as soon as I finished Blackout I turned around and reread the whole thing immediately, and I read along when Mark Reads went through the series.)

Maybe sometime soon (whatever that means) I should reread such beloved stories and see who among you might feel like chatting about either or both with me on a regular (or sporadic) basis. I don't know, does that sound appealing to anybody?

(I have put zero thought into this so far, but my immediate impulse would be to do rereads that involved full series spoilers, but I know there are a couple of you who are either planning to read Newsflesh and haven't started yet, or are only one book in, and likewise I know of at least one person who's planning to read Fruits Basket for the first time--depending on availability, presumably. This out-of-print thing sucks SO MUCH. So anyway, I'm saying I could be flexible about working around spoilers or making two posts per chunk or something, if someone really wanted. ^_^)

[ETA: Either way, I'm not really leaning towards doing anything terribly formal. I just think it's long past time to properly reread some of the things I love best, and such things are always more fun if other people feel like dropping by. ^_^]

[England 2014] Messingham Pt II

Apr. 19th, 2014 07:22 am
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[personal profile] moonvoice
We ended up in Messingham, isolated from public transport or even safe walkways
because of family, but it ended up being a great place to stay.
Because we were in a golf-course log cabin,
I would get up every morning and watch the birds around the place.
I found Messingham difficult, but the skies were kindest to me here.

As per usual, more under the cut! )

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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:37 am
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[personal profile] copperbadge
So, I'm working on a project -- sadly not fiction, where I seem to be on some kind of plateau -- that I will discuss more as I get closer to discerning whether execution is possible, but it's taking me to some hilarious places.

One of them is an investigation of early Chinese novels, which led me to The Plum In The Golden Vase, the "fifth great novel" of Chinese literature, which has spent most of its five-hundred-plus-year existence banned due to graphic sex. Apparently the first really good English translation has just appeared on the scene; according to the article I'm reading, the first English translation in the 1940s had all the sex, but translated it into Latin instead of English, to get around some censorship law or other.

I assume Latin was chosen because Classicists all have dirty minds anyway.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
We weighed the kittens for the first time in almost three weeks. Jinksy weighed in at 10.5 or 10.6 lbs, and Claudia...seems to be holding steady at 9.7 lbs. That just seems odd. O_o

My head is chock full of things I'm meaning to blog about, which I guess is what happens when I get behind on absolutely everything. As soon as I post this, I'm going to start a rewrite. It's due in a week, so thank goodness my editor said we can push it to a week from Monday if need be. Casual Job wasn't so heavy this week, but the hours were at odd enough times that finding useful stretches of time at home for rewriting just didn't happen. :/

And I've been completely exhausted, frankly. Nothing bad has happened, but I'm just...burned out. The feeling at Casual Job is that this stint of work may finish as soon as late next week, or possibly the week after, which would be a really short spring session (and my wallet will not be at all happy if that's what happens >.<), but I can't help thinking how nice it'd be to be able to get caught up on things and maybe even get ahead on my freelance work before going to Toronto next month.

Once the session ends, we get twenty days of work at normal hours--I usually opt for 9 AM-4 PM--and while ostensibly that means "four weeks", my boss is great about letting me come and go around traveling and meeting my freelance obligations. (Really, my boss is just plain great. He and my boss back at Casual Job: Ontario Edition are by far the two best people I've ever worked for.)

No new Elementary last night makes me sad, but OTOH, so many of us having today off--oh, precious four-day weekend!--meant [personal profile] wildpear could come over for a few hours and we could hang out properly, while [personal profile] scruloose and Kas went to her place and hung out with her husband. (Even Friday nights aren't ideal for this, since [personal profile] wildpear and Kas get up horrifically early on Saturday mornings to hit the market.)

We fit in three episodes of Elementary, starting with "M", and if you're into the show you know why I'd gotten all fidgety about not being able to manage any watching time with her at all for a couple of weeks, having stopped right before that episode. Oh, Elementary, with your complex and genuine human relationships! And we still have nearly half of season 1 left to go. I keep wondering if we can manage some more this weekend, but it may not be all that plausible.

All of us (and here "us" generally means me, [personal profile] scruloose, Kas, [personal profile] wildpear, and [personal profile] wildpear's husband) have Monday off except for Kas, who reminded me that he never gets to bed until fairly late anyway, so there's talk of watching Pacific Rim on Sunday night in lieu of our usual episode or two of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Getting through ATLA is also desirable, because it's so good (we're about halfway through season 3--and if you're keeping score, [personal profile] scruloose and I have both seen it [this is my...third time through, I think], but it's new to the others), but having time to all watch a movie while working around Pumpkin's bedtime and whatnot...? That's a rare commodity, and [personal profile] wildpear & husband haven't seen Pacific Rim.

([personal profile] jinian commented on the fact that I tucked a blatant Pacific Rim reference into "Where You End, Where I Begin", which in retrospect is a telling detail about how long it took me to write that story. ^^; I haven't seen the movie since it was in theatres, despite having the discs. And since [personal profile] wildpear & husband's tech setup has Blu-Ray [as does Kas'], that means we even get to break out the Blu-Ray version of the movie instead of the standard DVD.)

I think my ambitions for the four-day weekend exceed the actual available time, never mind my energy levels, but basically my hope is something like: 1) get enough sleep to feel rested, 2) put a really good dent into the rewrite I'm starting today, 3a) read for fun, 3b) reread the manga volumes for the series I'm taking over for VIZ for a couple of volumes (a series I love and haven't read in ages), 4) see Pacific Rim, 5) write a few blog posts, 6) get wordcount on fic, 7) hang out with [personal profile] scruloose, 8) organize the living room bookcases...

...and I think the list is longer, actually, but I need to stop there before I start quivering with horror.

One of the things I'd kinda like to post about, but realistically don't have much to say about, is that Easter weekend is the time of year when I'm most aware of--and feel worst about--the fact that I don't have much spiritual/religious practice these days. Most years I toss around the idea of going to church services for Lent/Easter or Advent/Christmas, and it so rarely happens. (I am clearly not at Good Friday services right now.) This year is unlikely to suddenly turn into an exception on Sunday, especially since it's our week to have a playdate with Pumpkin on Sunday morning, and [personal profile] scruloose has been handling that without me since Casual Job started (in the name of me getting some downtime and more chance to get rewriting work done). Other than having seen her when a bunch of us went for dinner last Sunday, I haven't really seen Pumpkin in ages, and if it feels like a long time to me, how much longer must it seem to a five-year-old? :/

I know there's no real answer to "I feel bad about not doing [x]" other than "so go do it", whether [x] is "spend more time with beloved but admittedly exhausting tiny extrovert" or "go to holiday services...somewhere". It's a simple equation. But that simplicity doesn't actually translate into "it's easy".

(And I think that's going to have to count as "posting about not going to church on Easter", because I really do need to get to work and anything else in my head on the subject would need picking apart. *sighs*)

[Photography] So...

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:16 am
moonvoice: (calm - bokeh)
[personal profile] moonvoice
Lately I've been getting into macro photography.
I got an Olloclip for my iPhone,
and all of these photos are taken with the iPhone.
I've mostly been hunting around in the garden,
having a good time.

Some more under the cut. )

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Apr. 17th, 2014 12:40 pm
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Well, this has been a week of ups and downs.

I just got my book sale revenues from last month, and they were $110.

*tilts head*

*tilts head other way*

I mean, when I put out a new book, revenues spike, of course, but I didn't put out a new book in March, and By The Days was out early in February. That's a high revenue for a regular month where I didn't publish, and looking at the data, I can't figure out why. It's not like one person bought ten books, and it's not like ten people all bought the same book, 42 people just randomly bought my books.

The only correlation I can see is that I posted my diatribe against gratuitous death in fiction before the spike, and the post was fairly popular, but the timing seems a little disparate.


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Apr. 16th, 2014 11:58 pm
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[personal profile] jhameia
the back of my chair fell off. like, fell off and i cant fix it anymore. D: gonna have to start walking to campus to do work now.

I took a walk today! unfortunately where I live in Riverside is not very interesting, just houses and apartment complexes. =/ sigh. i miss living in a downtown area!

investigating multivitamin powder options. preferrably something with high folic acid content, since i always forget to take my pills. the protein powder smoothies in the morning seems to be working out for me, so time to look into this further. two scoops of the stuff help with the texture a lot. it's not like using a banana, but close enough!


Apr. 16th, 2014 11:59 pm
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[personal profile] starlady
As of about 12 hours and 15 minutes ago, I'm ABD.

It went great, and I had a great time. Thanks to everyone who's provided support this semester--I couldn't have done it without you, truly.
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[personal profile] colorblue
Recently watched Secretly, Greatly, and loved it. One of those movies that just so perfectly caters to my id, not to mention, Ri Hae-Jin, the kid assassin/spy, is ridiculously adorable.

A music vid without major spoilers:

mvs with MAJOR spoilers )

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Apr. 16th, 2014 06:14 pm
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[personal profile] copperbadge

Mum and I have been texting all day about how:

a) The last of Mama Tickey's inheritance came through which means
b) I'm paying off all credit card debt tomorrow but
c) The Tickey family is not as excited as I am because one of my (THOUSANDS OF) stepcousins rolled his SUV down a 200-foot ravine yesterday evening.

Now, he survived, and apparently the worst he took was a broken nose and a broken arm, so there's that at least. But it's a hell of a mood swing to hear "You will never have to look after us in our old age" followed by "[stepcousin] is in the hospital btw, apparently he drove his car off a cliff by accident."

I believe that particular stepcousin is the one who wore jeans and a rodeo shirt to Mama Tickey's funeral. Coincidence, or a gentle reminder from the afterlife? Hm.

The incoming inheritance will be very nice, but I'm a little paralyzed by it. It's more money than I've ever had to my name in my life. Good, but perplexing.
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