Anti-procrastination Tuesday 10/21/14

Oct. 21st, 2014 06:41 am
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Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay.) Five minutes can make a lot of difference to a dirty, cluttered countertop or desktop! Set your timer and give it a shot! And if you're inspired by the result, feel free to go back later and do another 5. :-)

Odds and ends

Oct. 21st, 2014 01:48 am
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--I keep basically forgetting that I have a fic that's been ready for posting for over a week now. >.> I'll try to get that posted before heading to work tomorrow. La?

--Here's a photo [twitter.com profile] ginnikin took of me and Jinksy!Bear being snuggly while she was visiting. ^_^

--Successful Adulting of the day: went to a dentist's appointment and got a flu shot. (Downside: these combined to take up more time than expected, so I got nowhere near as much rewriting done today as I needed to.)

--Tonight was my last "regular" Monday workday at Casual Job for...let's say "the foreseeable future". Possibly ever, although "regular" is undoubtedly the operative word there, since there are still several circumstances that can/will bring us back in for some Mondays here and there. But maybe those as-yet-distant Mondays will involve starting our workday before 7 PM. That'd be nice.

--Reading people's Yuletide letters is awesome. *^^* (And my gosh, if In the Flesh were my zombie fandom rather than Newsflesh, there would be SO MANY OPTIONS for writing treats for people. o_o)

--I'm more acutely aware of being behind on all of my shows than I am of being "behind" on my reading (which isn't measurable in the same way), but I'm much itchier to sit down and read a book than I am to sit down and catch up on All The Television.

--My wallet would very much like Casual Job to continue for another couple of weeks, at least, but the rest of me is ready to be done. Which is a bit sad, because as Casual Job stints go, this one's been pretty easy overall. And I know I'm nowhere near the level of burnout I hit sometimes, which theoretically Should Mean I'm Fine, you know? But my deadlines are frazzling me. *sighs* (Note: I have no idea how much longer this is going to last. Because...we never know. ^^;)

--Sarah Rees Brennan has created a master post for The Turn of the Story, including ordered links to each chapter, info on how it came about, and links to extra bits of writing or explanation. Oh, and a bonus story!

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Oct. 20th, 2014 05:51 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jennifer and her family, who are facing homelessness after their house was foreclosed on. They're raising $7K to find a new home and get moved in; you can read more and help them get shelter here.

[personal profile] secondsilk linked to Jez Pez, who is raising money for two transgender refugees in Victoria, Australia, with basic living expenses. You can read more about their plight and help them with basic necessities here.

[livejournal.com profile] rurounihime linked to a fundraiser for Tashina and her family, who are living out of their car after several financial misfortunes; they're at the point where they're considering putting their kids into the foster system just to get a roof over their heads. You can read more and help them get housing and help for their kids here.

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Strange Horizons, an online nonprofit magazine which publishes speculative fiction by diverse authors and on diverse themes. Because they are no-ad, they're funded by donations, and they're in their yearly funding drive, trying to raise between $13.5K and $15K. You can read more about the magazine and support their work here.

[tumblr.com profile] levynite's city, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, has been badly affected by Typhoon Vong Fong, and the local SPCA has been flooded out. The animals have been rescued, but they need funds to shelter the animals and to rebuild. Their facebook page has donation details, but the money transfers always incur an extra fee, so Levy is doing an informal collection; if you're interested in donating, contact levynite at gmail.com and Levy will send you a paypal request (Paypal got...complicated).

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] donotlookatthedogpark is asking for askbox distractions this winter, as they work on their sobriety and deal with the depression winter's dark and cold can often bring on. You can read more and find a link to their askbox here.

[livejournal.com profile] frenchroast has entered their cat Sherlock in the Publix Paws Photo contest that I mentioned last week, with the winner receiving free groceries from the store. Frenchroast is donating a portion of the prize, if they win, to a local rescue organization; you can vote for Sherlock here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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Oct. 19th, 2014 08:37 am
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Happy Sunday morning, everyone!

I am slightly hung over, banged up around the edges from a spill I took coming home, and POSTIN' FANFIC.

Title: The Son Of Man
Rating: PG (language, violence)
Summary: JARVIS did not want to be a real boy. He was quite happy being a building.
Notes: Beta thanks to Hailtherandom and Knottahooker on tumblr!
Warnings: This story contains extensive discussion-of/scenes-regarding body dysmorphia which may be triggering for some individuals.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Really need some encouragement.

Oct. 18th, 2014 07:15 pm
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About a month ago, I broke the bite sized cleaning rules and did a weekend long, probably 12 hours total binge cleaning of the entire apartment.

I've barely picked up a dust cloth since then. The house is filthy, the kitchen is so gross I barely want to cook. Simply put it's embarrassing. I'm working 2 jobs, so I'm constantly exhausted. I'm in the middle of 14 days straight with no time off, and I never want to clean in my free time. I've actually thought of calling in a professional cleaner but it's so cluttered with stuff they wouldn't even be able to clean around it.

Anyway, tonight it became even worse. My sink, which is filled to the top with dirty dishes, sprung a leak while I was actually trying to wash the dishes. Water ALL over the kitchen floor, and the place is still a mess. I called the plumber and he didn't pick up. I just sat down, feeling paralyzed. I don't know how to handle this. I'm so embarrassed to have the plumber even see the dirty house but I can't really clean with water all over the floor.

After this...I'm going to make an effort to clean a little every day. My parents are visiting in November and I want it to be really nice for them. I have a month, surely if I keep up doing a little every day, I can keep it clean and not let it get to this state again.

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Oct. 18th, 2014 05:45 pm
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I'm over at R's today, a habit we've begun to develop due to the epic amounts of college football you get on Saturdays, and how R needs his college football because we've both quit watching the NFL in disgust. But of course, conversation wanders from football frequently.

R: I'm going to a wedding next week.
Sam: Oh yeah? Where is it?
R: It's out in the woods.
Sam: The woods? That narrows it down.
R: You know, the woods!
Sam: Oh sure, the woods, you take The Road to get to The Woods.
R: It's way past West City. You know where Beaten Path is?
Sam: Don't you dare --
R: IT'S JUST OFF BEATEN PATH.

Bless.

Revolution 60

Oct. 18th, 2014 06:01 pm
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I realize I am actually sick of talking about terrible people and how they treat people badly. So I'm going to talk about something positive: This is my review of Revolution 60, the game created by Giant Spacekat. Disclaimer: I'm a book reviewer, not a game reviewer. I'm not going to review this in a critical, professional way, but only my very personal reaction.

As you know, Bob, I have pain and dexterity problems in my hands, severely limiting what I can do on a touchscreen. I'm not dexterous, I'm not fast, and I have to be enjoying myself a lot to spend spoons on a game. These days most of my gaming is shared with my housemates, where they drive the controller but we make decisions together. Many of the games I install on my iPhone get rapidly deleted for this reason, and even the ones that I do play I specifically don't play in timed modes, or modes that require dexterity.

So I was a little bit nervous about Revolution 60. I knew there was a combat system, which was necessarily going to push my limits. I picked up the game anyway, on the recommendation of a coworker. (This was when the game first launched, long before the Internet blew up at Brianna Wu.)

Revolution 60 review )

food for thought

Oct. 18th, 2014 01:00 pm
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Camille Fournier tweeted about the high-quality writing being produced, for free, by Kathy Sierra, who recently left Twitter because of renewed harassment. One of her examples was "Your app makes me fat", an essay about how poor user interface design, whether through incompetence or exploitative user "engagement", is a drain on users' cognitive resources that has real effects on our lives. The title comes from a study showing evidence that people doing mental work choose to eat more calories: hence, your app makes me fat.

Which is fine as far as it goes, but also makes me think about the reverse. Whether or not your app makes me fat, I can guarantee you that my diet makes me dumb. Thinking about this recently because of this stupid antibiotic blocking me from eating for hours. Let me tell you, when I'm hungry and I'm not eating, my entire brain is thinking about not eating. I'm supposed to be drawing up something, or coordinating different disciplines, or writing some thing up, but am I? Balls I am. I'm thinking about food, and how it's right there, and how I am not eating it. How long till I can eat? Wow, is that familiar. Wow, do I remember this from weight-loss diets I have been on. Wow, is it nice that most of the time in my life now I just notice "Hey, I'm hungry," get a snack, and then blissfully not think about food for a while. That is mental energy that I can spend on my job, my kids, my training that I'm doing, whatever; maybe even an app that I'm trying to learn how to use. And I'll always be happy if that app UI is designed better, but honestly even trying to learn how to use an app is probably a more productive use of mental energy for me than just grimly using that energy to not eat.

Back in the saddle again

Oct. 18th, 2014 02:01 pm
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I unpacked my suitcase for the first time in six months yesterday and it was awesome.

Yes, I'm back in Japan, this time for what passes for good in my world, namely just under a year. I got in without any problems worth mentioning on Thursday, except that we'd been delayed an hour in Seattle, so by the time I got in it was too late to get to the housing office to get the key to my apartment before it closed, so I used my handy-dandy portable wifi hotspot, which I decided to rent instead of going through the cell phone malarkey (more of that anon) to book a night at an airport hotel, breakfast included, for ¥10,000. It wasn't even the best deal I could have gotten, but it was pretty darn good, particularly since the exchange rate is now favorable to those of us getting paid in dollars, but it's so nice to have the resources to solve at least some problems with money.

On Friday morning I headed back to Komaba and got my apartment--it's so large! And by "large" I mean "25.2 m^2", but for one person, that is pretty ginormous, and it comes with all appliances, and I was able to rent bedding on the spot (it's quite overpriced, but I'd rather pay ¥18,000 for bedding for ten months than have to a) buy my own and then b) get rid of it frantically at the end of my stay. I'm willing to do a lot to avoid dealing with the trash laws in Japan). I think the building also has insulation, which is pretty amazing. There are trees outside my balcony and I have a direct view to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower, which is basically all you can ask for in Tokyo. The building internet appears to be a joke for which they are charging ¥14,000 a month, but this is the other virtue of the wifi hotspot. Even with all that, my rent is less than $800 a month, which is just ridiculous.

Meanwhile it's autumn, and it's been four years since I've done autumn, and it's…going to take some readjustment. I love autumn, but autumn in Japan also makes me miss Kyoto. Part of the reason I miss Kyoto right now, I admit, is because I know where everything is after having lived there for more than a year, whereas I need to go on a quest to find a grocery store nearby as soon as Kuroneko delivers my other two suitcases this afternoon. This too shall pass, but I do want to get back to Kyoto as soon as possible.

I'm already worried about making a schedule to get work done, which I think is good; I'm going to Australia in a week and a half, however, which means that I'm just going to focus on administrative stuff for the next week rather than trying to frantically do too much. Australia should give me a good chance to focus on my dissertation and be re-energized for it, which is also good. In the meantime, I get to unpack MORE suitcases! Too bad there aren't any shelves in the closet…
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I’m super excited about this!

Cyberpunk Malaysia Call for Entries

I’m editing a Malaysian cyberpunk anthology for Fixi Novo, who also published SPIRITS ABROAD. For people who can’t do images, the Call for Entries is at the end of this post, under the cut.

Backstory

Amir posted about how he came to decide to do a cyberpunk anthology on Facebook: Amir’s Facebook post. Very cute! The originator actually provided a list of examples of the genre, so here it is in case you find it helpful:

Blade Runner, Total Recall, Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Neo-Tokyo, Dredd

Amir decided pretty quickly, because on the same day, 14 August, I received an email from him asking if I’d like to edit a cyberpunk anthology. I was at Loncon, gearing up for a long weekend of approx. 9,000 panels, while also doing my bazillionth revision of a novel and drowning in work from actual job. I’ve never edited anything other than school magazines, plus I am not super familiar with the genre. I was like omg ////o\\\\

But the answer was yes, definitely. Of course la!

Working with Fixi is very humbling. You spend a couple of days crafting a perfectly balanced call for entries and then Amir says, “Can you cut it down? It needs to fit on Instagram.” And he removes your full stop after your ellipsis!

What I’m looking for

I read a review the other day that made me realise, with shock, that cyberpunk is kind of retro. I hadn’t quite registered that Neuromancer was literally published before I was born. The Matrix was made within living memory, of course, but even so, that was 15 years ago!

But the more I thought about it the more ideal it felt. It’s an old genre that is forward-looking, which is perfect in a weird way for a modern society suffused with nostalgia for an imagined ideal past. It’s all about living inside the Internet and being owned by corporations, which is maybe not an entirely inaccurate description of urban Malaysiana. It also works, obviously, because it’s basically KL NOIR 5 … NOW WITH SPACESHIPS!

So what am I looking for? I’m looking for stories (or creative non-fiction) that explore what cyberpunk can reveal about Malaysia (or vice versa). Stories that show convincingly what Cowboy Bebop would be like if it was set in Alor Setar. No black leather trenchcoats (too hot la), and if we could skip the tired sexism that is so often a hallmark of noir, that would be great. I’d be happy to read both stories that inhabited and played with the tropes of the genre, and stories that tried to do something new with those tropes.

Because cyberpunk was what people thought about the future, and a lot of it was produced in what is now the past, it got stuff wrong. It is an incomplete vision. I’m really interested in what the cyberpunk of now would look like — now that we really do live in the Internet and corporations own our souls. (You could write about separatist farmers! I would love to publish a cyberpunk story that was all about separatist farmers.)

So: cities, systems, cool outfits, robotic or bioengineered enhancements, near-future technology, fighting against The Man. Maybe even optimism? Maybe even that.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

My first porn-worthy yarn :D

Oct. 17th, 2014 03:08 pm
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(My spinning wheel isn't cured of its bug problem yet. However, I have been spinning on it anyway, and I'm going to try a new thing today. The 12kg of fleece have been sorted and washed, mostly by my wonderful mother, and I have carded and spun some of it already. I Have Learned To Make Rolags!!! V. exciting. There are photos so maybe there'll be a blog post too.)

But today's topic: remember this fibre? It's yarn now.

Six photos )

I am probably making a hat from it. Or mittens. But most likely a hat. :D
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