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Mar. 27th, 2015 07:44 am
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I went to the Art Institute last night, to have a look at the new Ireland: Crossroads of Art And Design exhibit, which was mainly disappointing because I didn't realize the dates given were 1690 to 1840, meaning most of the art was portraits of men in wigs and most of the design was hideous baroque silver. I blame the English.

Then again, I'm an ancient arts buff so probably some of it was just deep disappointment that nothing was from before the 17th century.

I did get to say hello to my favorites, Ganesh and American Gothic and the new addition to the Samtheon, "Hogs Killing a Snake", which is especially funny because if you stand in the room that houses both the hogs and American Gothic and look back and forth between them, the woman in the American Gothic painting is staring right at the hogs. I'm 100% sure this was done deliberately. Art historians and curators have the best, most warped senses of humor.

It's nice to be able to walk between my place and the museum, at least when the weather's nice. The bus from work drops me practically on the museum steps, and it's only about a mile home from there. Chicago's been cruel about the weather lately, though -- snow and wind are totally normal for this time of year but we're all extra-bitter about them now because we had that one week of 50F weather, and then it was yanked from our grasp like a taunt.

Still, of the seeds I planted two weeks ago about half have sprouted and don't seem to care that it's snowing outside. Grow, little California poppies, and do not wilt as you did last year!
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First day back at the office: 8.5 hours. Notable only because the same workload in a week or so would probably take at least an hour less to clear the proofreading phase (maybe even two hours less?) because in a week or so we won't be getting back up to speed.

But it was fun touching base with my co-worders, and all of my work accounts were up and running with no hassle, and I made a reasonably good start at stocking my desk with supplies (by which I mean food). And for bonus points, because my parents were going downtown around the same time, and because there was chilly rain and I was transporting a fair bit of stuff, they swung by and gave me a lift to the office so I didn't have to contend with transit. Hooray!

I've caught up on some comments, but not all, and since usually I get up around 9:30-10:30 but tomorrow have to be at work by 9, I'm abandoning my catch-up efforts for tonight in a vague attempt at adulting.

Memo to self: over the weekend, I need to get around to asking [livejournal.com profile] little_details for help figuring out some mermaidy stuff. Which I note here because, hey, maybe someone on my list has a reasonably educated idea of the answer to my question!

So just in case: would a mer need to keep their tail/gills wet and/or need to spend a certain amount of time submerged, presuming that they're perfectly comfortable breathing air for prolonged periods? Which I think really means "does a fish need to stay wet for reasons other than breathing?" (A fairly simple question, but while I'm reasonably good at some types of online searches, this isn't the type of research I have much luck with. >.<)

Right. Bed. Good night, all. Happy Friday tomorrow!

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Mar. 26th, 2015 07:43 am
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There are few things more incidentally satisfying than walking past a bus stop where someone is waiting for a bus, and then two minutes later seeing that bus go past with that person sitting down on it.

It's just a delightful complete little narrative that ends with someone having achieved a simple goal.

Ghost words, ghost worlds

Mar. 26th, 2015 04:00 pm
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[personal profile] qian

I’ve been meaning to post about Where Ghost Words Dwell, a collage project by a group of SFF writers. It’s a website “dedicated to discarded text, forgotten words and the memory of dead manuscripts” — collecting the words that got cut out of stories in a series of anonymous posts.

Taking inspiration from the surrealist game, The Exquisite Corpse, Where Ghost Words Dwell can be read as blog entries. Are these entries part of a time traveler’s log, scraps found by alien archeologists or intermittent transmissions from places invisible to the human eye?

You decide.

The entries carry no author names and are extracts from works that have been published or are on their way to being published. They could also be alternate versions that ended up on the editing floor. To find out who the author is or what work the extracts are from, click on the highlighted links. Who knows, you may find a new favorite writer or a work you haven’t yet read.

The website is currently on a twice-weekly posting schedule, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can check out a snippet sliced out of Aliette de Bodard‘s upcoming novel THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, a deliciously creepy desert scene, and a beautiful fragment of indigenous SFF. More to come!

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Ah, the timing

Mar. 25th, 2015 10:40 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
My hair is red again! Red, red, red. *^^* Not cut, but maybe I can manage to get that done sometime in the next week or two. The color matters more to me anyway, much as I'm tired of putting my hair up.

As for the actual post topic: it took a day or two for this to sink in, but the X-Files announcement coinciding with my going back to Casual Job (and thus having my free time vanish for the next two or three months) is a little funny, because only a couple of weeks ago [personal profile] wildpear said something to me about possibly feeling up to trying The X-Files again.

See, [personal profile] wildpear and I (and two or three guys, depending on the time frame; my brother crashed with us for the last half of the lease) were roommates back when the show was still airing, but in its, uh...horribly bad less-than-stellar final year or so. I was grimly sticking it out as long as Gillian Anderson was still on board, but I was on my own. [personal profile] scruloose and [personal profile] wildpear were the two other occupants of the flat who were most amenable to watching things with me, but [personal profile] scruloose stopped being willing to subject himself to the increasing awfulness of the show at some point, reducing our "pizza and The Simpsons [and whatever aired at 9:30] and The X-Files Sunday nights" to just "let's get pizza and see if we feel like watching anything before The X-Files comes on and [personal profile] scruloose flees".

And [personal profile] wildpear and I, at the time, didn't have much overlap in terms of geeky interests, although she was willing to let me show her things and rec books to her. But her tolerance levels for eerie/creepy/ICKY things was rather a lot lower then, and those were what The X-Files still had in spades, so her experience with the show was, and is still, limited to the handful of episodes she managed to sit through with me...all of which were TERRIBLE, and a couple of which haunt us to this day.

(The one I think she tends to mention is whatever episode had the...legless Indian man dragging himself around on a creaking, squeaking cart by his arms. That is ALL I REMEMBER, other than the sheer awfulness, but I can still hear the rusty, shrieking SKWARK sound of it. *pokes the internet* Okay, disturbingly enough--if unsurprisingly--the search terms "x-files old man drag cart indian" led me straight to ep. 8x10, "Badlaa", summarized as "As Doggett tries to keep an open mind, he and Scully piece together evidence of a murdering Indian mystic who hides in the stomachs of his victims." I may cry. NO, SHOW. THAT WAS A HORRIBLE IDEA ON EVERY POSSIBLE LEVEL.)

ANYWAY. The important thing here is that [personal profile] wildpear's experience with the show is bad, but she's had previous good experiences with letting me show her things that she'd had a strong negative impression of (for years, the only episode of Buffy she'd ever seen was the one with the swim team from the first or second season), and her tolerance for gross/scary stuff is higher now, and she certainly knows I swear by skipping most of The X-Files season 1 and then watching season 2 through to the first movie and pretending the rest of it never, ever, ever happened. And she's now maybe willing to try it, and the announcement of the new episodes is the obvious time to have a rewatch (I'll quietly pretend her schedule would allow for binge-watching, much as it wouldn't), and the two of us are even between shows (in terms of watching one together when we hang out), but...work.

Maybe in July?
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[personal profile] thatyourefuse asked me to talk about Blackout (the third Newsflesh book), in part because in November we had a conversation where I was telling her how desperately I love it. (Unavoidably, there's some repetition in here of things I've written in other Newsflesh meta posts, but I'm deliberately not looking back at older posts to see exactly how much of this ground I've covered before. None of those posts are recent, and I don't want to get bogged down in making absolutely sure I don't use similar wording this time out.)

I've actually kept major plot spoilers for Blackout out of this post, because [personal profile] thatyourefuse hasn't actually read Blackout (but has read Feed and Deadline and a lot of spoilers for Blackout), and I can talk about the things that make this my favorite book of the trilogy without touching on most of the major events in it because it's mostly character and/or thematic stuff. This whole post is massively spoilery in every way for both Feed and Deadline, though.

(As I've often explained, I love all three books, and people would be forgiven for assuming Feed is my favorite, but I love each of the three for very different reasons--which makes sense, since each book is very different from the other two.)

and lo, there was a long post--roughly 4200 words under the cut )
qian: Tiny pink head of a Katamari character (Default)
[personal profile] qian

I’ve been conscious for a while that I’m no longer able to keep up the list of Malaysian SFF writers in English that I put up awhile ago — because I’m busy, but also because there are more of us than ever! I think it is helpful to have a directory for interested readers and people who want to connect with other local writers, but it needs to be updated regularly if it’s to be of use.

So I have now set up a Google doc which people can update themselves to add their own details and projects:

Malaysian Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Directory

There are two worksheets — one for authors and one for projects. Guidelines for contributions are at the top of each worksheet. People should feel free to add writers or projects they’re aware of as well as the things they’ve done. Also, this directory differs from the original post, as people working in languages other than English should feel welcome to add their stuff to it. I only limited the original post to English because that’s the main language I read in.

The original post will stay up, but once the directory has been populated a bit more I will change the link in my sidebar so that it goes to the Google doc rather than the blog post, and the post will no longer be updated. I will be monitoring the directory and editing from time to time for formatting, etc., as well as deleting anything that seems inappropriate. Please comment on this post or email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

The state of things

Mar. 24th, 2015 10:50 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Two links to start:

Via [personal profile] mortalcity, until the end of March, Scrivener is 20% off with coupon code “Grak”.

It'd been sounding more and more like the X-Files revival was really going to happen, so I wasn't surprised by the official announcement, but seeing the news posted on [twitter.com profile] GillianA's account made it feel real. My feelings are probably going to be conflicted up until the episodes actually air, but apparently the one thing that will never change is that anything X-Files that has Gillian Anderson on board is something I'm gonna watch. [see also: why I stuck out the ENTIRE SHOW to the horrific end.]

Ginny flew safely back to Toronto yesterday. Alas, her flight out was delayed by three hours, which means she got up at Oh Hell No o'clock for no reason. *shudders* (Especially awful since she landed in Toronto and went straight to work.) But safe travel is the key thing.

Ginny's last Halifax visit. The end of an era. Just over three months until she moves here!

And I now have two days until Casual Job resumes. Today I caught myself saying, with all sincerity, "I need a vacation." Hilarious, self. (By this time next week my daily affirmation will be "I'll sleep in July.")

Tomorrow, among other things, I need to type up the few pages of handwritten style notes from work that have accumulated over the last couple of sessions. If I forget, it won't get done until the fall session. >.< And my handwriting is atrocious, so having it all typed would be very handy.

There is no way I'm getting a haircut before going back to the office (awkward; I think the last time I got it cut was before going to Toronto last August?), but with luck we can get it dyed tomorrow night. I generally have a standing hangout date with [personal profile] wildpear on Wednesday evenings when Casual Job isn't on, but since tomorrow's my last evening to prep, I don't know what the odds are of that happening, either. :/

The rewrite that was due this Friday has been bumped to being due Monday (with finished chapters getting turned in sooner if possible), since I proofread two volumes last weekend. I have another rewrite (for my super-wordy series, naturally) due a week from Friday. And I'm also going to be doing some more proofreading for Sparkler Monthly (not due until May), which is an exciting change of pace from my usual freelance stuff. I wish a change were as good as a rest, since April's probably going to be ridiculously swamped, but a) the proofreading should be fun and b) the payment for it should just about cover airfare to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which I didn't manage to attend last year and which is both the only chance I ever have to see Lianne Sentar anymore and the closest thing I do to professional networking. So. Yay!

(Note that I'm not sure about TCAF, but I'm now optimistic about getting to go. By which I mean justifying it to myself.)

Anti-procrastination Tuesday

Mar. 24th, 2015 06:14 pm
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[personal profile] peaceful_sands posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
Yay! It's still Tuesday (well, it is here anyway which is a start ;P) Here's hoping everyone is having a good day. So on with our non-procrastinating for the day..


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). Do a sweep of dirty dishes, cups, plates, etc. that are not in the kitchen and take them to the kitchen. You don't *have* to wash them today if you have no spoons/cope, but wouldn't the rest of the house feel so much tidier without the leaning tower of coffee mugs?

In re: previous post

Mar. 24th, 2015 06:45 pm

Linkspam, mainly

Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:30 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
I may manage something more like a proper post before I finally go to sleep, if I can assemble words beyond "my brain feels fuzzy and I seem to be having a bit of a mope".

A more cheerful thing: I've updated [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain with three sets of photos of the kittens (who are 21 months old now!), all taken by [personal profile] seolh while we were away. Here are photos of Claudia, photos of Jinksy, and a few photos of them together.

Otherwise, since I just spent rather a lot of time wrestling with my tabs, have some (sorted!) linkspam for now:

Fandom

[personal profile] musesfool wrote Raven Cycle fic! *^^* AO3 link: Searching for the Same Light (1711 words) by victoria_p. (Gansey/Adam/Ronan/Blue, Teen and Up, some spoilers.)

Apparently we're getting closer and closer to an honest-to-God X-Files revival with both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. I...don't know how I feel about this. Excited in spite of myself? Something like that?

[personal profile] ironed_orchid linked to this post at [tumblr.com profile] the100discussion about the Grounders' language, Trigedasleng. That post links in turn to this post by the show's language creator and this site, which describes itself as "a fan-made dictionary/translation/grammar aid for Trigedasleng".

At House of 1000 Manga, Jason Thompson wrote about Sparkler Monthly.


Writing

On Twitter, Nell Farrell's poem "What the Mermaids Make of Christmas", with a link to purchase the new book it comes from.

Via Tumblr, "The Middle of Things" is Andrew Solomon's advice for young writers.


Videos

Semi-recent fanvids from around my DW circle:

--[personal profile] gwyn's Captain America (both movies) vid "Sorrow".

--[personal profile] sholio's Agent Carter vid "One More Day".

--[personal profile] frayadjacent's Orphan Black vid "Milkshake & Honey".


Photography

Five ordinary women given the Photoshop-for-models treatment, plus their reactions (overall, they were creeped out). (I'm not deleting this entirely, just in case anyone wants to go sifting for the post, but [personal profile] china_shop points out that the link redirects to the main site.)

25 photos of women in labor/giving birth (emotional shots; not terribly graphic).

"I Woke Up Like This" (NSFW). "For the past two months, I've been photographing women nude, moments after they wake up. I chose this time of day because it is the moment we begin to criticize and shame our bodies."


Social Justice

The sidebar at Conscious Style Guide describes the site as "a simple and accessible community resource for anyone curious or serious about conscious language. In one place, you can access style guides covering terminology for various communities and find links to key articles debating usage. We study words so that they can become tools instead of unwitting weapons. Brought to you by the creator of AP vs. Chicago."

Via Facebook: "We Need To Stop Devaluing Femininity". "The message that we consistently send out is that in order to achieve any kind of significant career goals, girls need to adopt traits that are typically associated with masculinity. Like, sure you can be a girl and write code, but you can't write code while wearing a dress. You can chair a meeting, but not while wearing sparkly hair clips. You can repair a bicycle, but not while wearing lipstick. Everyone knows that lipstick prevents people from being competent. / The flip side of all of this is that we shame any boys (and, to a certain extent, girls) who participate in activities or behaviors that are seen as being more 'feminine.'"

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Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:01 am
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[personal profile] copperbadge
copperbadge: Someone needs to invent a drink called the Screaming Bucky
copperbadge: It hurts going down, and you don’t remember anything later.
series: sam……sam no
series: n o
justalurkr1: does it have Pisco, sam?
copperbadge: Pisco AND tequila
offcoloratura: It should have vodka in it
Snowytumble: You have to order it on ice
offcoloratura: SNOWY NO
copperbadge: SNOWY YES

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Mar. 22nd, 2015 09:12 pm
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- I met a lot of new people at ICFA and holy fuckstix I was so tired the whole time, and had to grade. The grading was fine, and it was really nice to decompress with my roommates in the suite area of the hotel room every evening to do so. I went to only two paper panels. Did two readings. E. Lily Yu bought me a drink!! I need to send her a thank-you email. She seems quite cool but we didn't get to talk much. Emily Jiang and I would talk until like 3am every night. I got to have quite a few one-on-ones I rarely do at these things.

- It turns out I get kind of annoyed by people who insist that I'm not an introvert, because holy jesus people need to be able to separate my public face from my private face and not assume they see both. I also get annoyed when people insist that all writers benefit from having some mental depression of some sort. It is unpleasant when that person happens to be a fellow international student.

- A lot of people were very supportive of my SEAsian SFF zine idea! Even fellow publishers... I met Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld and Jacob i-cant-remember-his-surname of Tachyon Publications. I always feel a bit weird talking to other folks about my idea because it feels like I might be stepping on someone else's turf and become competition. Maybe it's just paranoia from seeing how Malaysian business operate and feeling coldness from people who treat you like an upstart and have no sense of mentorship towards newer people.

- I took photos of a lot of Asians and posted them to Twitter, using the hashtag #NotRelated. A joke between me and Emily (we were with two other Chinese-Americans, who actually were sisters, getting food, and some lady walked up to us asking, "excuse me, but are you sisters?" and we were like WHUT). So, that was fun.

- Ted Chiang emailed me! Woooo.

- Had a nap after lunch yesterday. Gotta catch up on sleep, but then on I will be writing writing writing to make some deadlines. Had a fairly plot-driven dream about a boarding school that is built over a underwater cave system, four girls discovering that they can transform into mermaids, only to discover there's a vengeful water spirit living underneath pissed off at the pollution of the waters. I think the girls and their little brothers die, especially the little brothers, who were awful shitbags. I'm not sure though.

- Must write write write! Have three things I want to submit to, argh!

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Mar. 23rd, 2015 07:55 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! Before we begin, a great update from a former RFM listing:

[livejournal.com profile] frenchroast wanted to let everyone know that thanks in part to your votes, their university won the Campus Security Grant they were in the running for! You can read more about the contest and grant here.

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] editrx is raising funds to keep the lights and heat on after a new electricity provider has begun charging higher fees and a "deposit" for ongoing service. She's met her goal for the emergency deposit payment but is still behind on rent and facing a large bill this coming month. You can read more and help her out here.

[personal profile] tealin linked to a fundraising page for a friend, who is running to raise money for the National Autistic Society (UK), leading up to a bigger run in October. You can read more about his fundraiser and support it here.

[personal profile] tealin also linked to a funddraiser for some young filmmakers working on their first feature, a zombie comedy which needs funding for alien arms, zombie makeup, and other fun FX including CGI. You can read more about the film and support their efforts here.

[tumblr.com profile] coreomajoris linked to a fundraiser for Jen, who is raising money for young adult cancer organization Stupid Cancer. They're hoping to attend CancerCon to meet other fundraisers and learn more about the struggles facing the population they serve. You can read more and support their CancerCon fundraiser here.

[personal profile] snippy/[tumblr.com profile] gelasticjew linked to Jonathan, who is raising money to volunteer to "care for children in Cambodia who suffer from a variety of ailments including HIV/AIDS, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down's syndrome". You can read more and support his efforts here.

[livejournal.com profile] nancy_lebovitz linked to Captial Good Funds, which offers financial services for poor people in Connecticut and Rhode Island. You can support the Capital Good Fund here.

[personal profile] venturous is asking for donations to cover vet bills for Lily, her standard poodle suffering from an at-this-point mystery disease. You can read more and help Lily and her owner out here.

Housing:

[personal profile] phi linked to [livejournal.com profile] ratatosk, who is looking for housemates in Somerville, MA. He currently has one room available immediately and a second in the summer; the apaprtment is a quarter mile from the subway, sunny, and spacious. Fandom, LGBT, and introvert friendly. You can read more about the apartment and get in touch 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!).

Clothing is blergh

Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:00 pm
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[personal profile] skud
Clothing shopping is the worst, seriously. And I swear I have the worst of all possible circumstances and tastes:

* plus size
* short
* in Australia (small market, and shipping internationally is the worst)
* regional Australia at that (so there aren't many retail choices where I live)
* tastes ranging somewhere between "classic" and "butch"; simple styles, plain colours
* large-busted (and short, as above) so actual men's clothing doesn't fit
* wide feet (5+ years of barefoot shoes is partly to blame)
* super high insteps (always been like that)
* walk and bike everywhere so stuff has to be comfortable/practical for that purpose
* strong preference for natural fibres
* strong preference for fair trade/ethically made (A HA HA LOL NO)
* oh and I'm not very affluent so if stuff's expensive it had better last a few years

Things I have tried very hard to buy this week and so far failed:

* underpants (black cotton hipster briefs, is this too much to ask?)
* black t-shirts (black cotton fitted crewneck, ditto)
* some sort of winter-appropriate shoes (since my old black barefoot boots, which have served me well since 2009, have given up the ghost)

I have favourite US-based brands/styles of all the above[1] and have tried to order them to be delivered to a friend's house for when I'm passing through SF in a few weeks' time. None of the vendors will let me order for delivery to the US unless I have a US credit card. None of the brands are available in Australia, or if they are, nobody has the particular styles and sizes. Shipping to Australia is exorbitant -- total cost for 5 pairs of undies was $120, for instance.

If I show up to run AdaCamp in some sort of lime green swirly polyester kaftan and 100% synthetic, slave-produced sneakers, you'll know I've given up, because that's all that actually seems to be available to me at this point.

--

[1] Someone is probably going to ask, so: Cacique cotton hipster briefs from Lane Bryant, Eddie Bauer short sleeve favorite crewneck t-shirt, and almost any of the Vivo Barefoot men's shoe collection but especially Gobi II Hopewell, Scott, and Ra II.
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