So, the big one.

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:46 am
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What I bit the bullet and signed up to Netflix for. Star Trek: Discovery.

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Summary: I'm not as invested in original Trek as I was in realWho, so the reboots haven't bothered me at all, and this is no different. There are points of detail that bothered me about these episodes, but I'm willing to give it time. On the whole, it was worth signing up to Netflix to see it. Whether I can justify the expense of continuing after the free month will depend on various things.

Finally, not a fan of the theme song

Oct. 1st, 2017 08:14 pm
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Insufficiently "Fanfare to the Common Man" for my tastes, and I don't like the intro video either.

(And I have Thoughts. For a society so obsessed with the Prime Directive, Federation humans are equally obsessed with the idea that secretly, all species would be better off as humans. Here it is AGAIN in this ep. Nevermind that being raised by Vulcans is a strange plot contrivance, isn't it enough that she's content and functional, without having to ditch who she is to be "more human" by some arbitrarily emotional reckoning? Is this universal Trek belief a clever dig at Americans, or do Trek writers really agree with this? Eddington was right - they're worse than the Borg! They assimilate people, and they don't even realize it. This would be an interesting angle to take. They already have the seeds planted with the Klingons. They're not going to go that route, though.)

Ah well. In other news, J was thrilled with his bag. Also, I am sick. *sneeze*

Oh! And when I came home today from walking the dogs, there was a cardboard cat carrier and a small box of cat food on my porch. This is all a bit inexplicable, and I'm wondering if maybe somebody intended to leave a cat there? If so, kitty escaped. Just as well - I'm full up on formerly stray animals.

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Poison Frogs Make Surprisingly Attentive Adoptive Parents

Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives (Well, "invented" is a stretch, evaporative coolers already exist, but it looks nifty.)

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

You Need to Try Coffee Lemonade

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix Because Nobody Liked Natural Ingredients

Revenge of the Super Lice (Apparently, in Europe it's mostly synthetic oil treatments, not pesticides. I'll keep an eye out for the day that's approved over here.)

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

The family of strangers who fled Boko Haram

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

Still Fighting at Standing Rock

Trump’s wall could cause the extinction of the American jaguar

Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks
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Independent Contractor
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1 (complete)
word count (story only): 1460


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, in the Finn family set of stories, this takes place right after the meeting between Shiv and Heron. ::



Heron carried the second loaf of bread down to the common area, unsurprised to find people milling around the long table usually used as extra work space in the kitchen. A young man with sharp features and angry brown eyes took in the sight of Heron, but focused on the loaf of soda bread in his hands. “Some guy gave Boss a proper introduction just to bake with Shiv? Isn't that a bit--” He broke off, brow furrowing, then shrugged. “I got nuthin',” he declared.

“Shiv, this might be a good chance to catch your boss for a minute, since it seems like everyone is waiting for him, anyway?” Heron asked.
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Today I had a doctor's appointment.

Medical detail, TMI, mini-rant, brain weirdness and body weirdness Read more... )

However, good things today and recently included:

Fall leaves on a row of trees on a hill.

A view of Mt. St Helens enrobed in white snow under a blue sky.

Warm blankets.

Food Read more... )

On Sunday, attending an extremely moving Fall Equinox ritual with the local ADF druidic grove. We'll be back. It's still echoing.

Brain weirdness Read more... )

In a bit here I'm going to turn off the screenglow and lights, and light a candle. Yay candles.

Nino Solo Collection

Sep. 26th, 2017 03:57 am
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 So since I have uploaded my Nino Solo Collection folder for a fren, I figured I might as well share it publicly in case someone actually searches for any of Nino's solos and/or wants a somewhat nice organized folder of (i think pretty much) all his songs I collected over the years as avid Nino stan. My own journal is apocalypse state, hence I wanna share it here too for more ppl to hopefully see. 

This folder contains

  • all of Nino's album solos
  • most if not all of his Baystorm covers
  • some Live Concert RIP's
  • and a bunch of his Mago Mago Arashi Guitar Solos.  


 

!! FOR THE DOWNLOAD AND TRACKLIST UNDER THE CUT YOU GO !! 

Have some Nino Music  )


Disclaimer:
 Even tho I conveniently share my files, please still consider supporting Nino and Arashi by buying their music. ♡

For whole_new_world.

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Title: Ren-Children

Summary: After the kidnapping of a Force Sensitive Poe Dameron, Ben is sent to Jakku for his safety. Years later, their paths collide and shape the future of the galaxy.

Prompt: Altered Past

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: No, I don't know how this got into some food-centric content. I am so sorry.

Fic under cut. )
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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?
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Andrew has (extremely carefully and only after I said it was okay, having learned from last week's debacle!) opened the post from the Home Office and can confirm that it's my UK passport.

I'm not even happy or relieved yet. I'm so ground-down by the whole process that it still hasn't sunk in yet, even as I look at it with the lettering all shiny, next to me on the table, waiting to be taken upstairs and filed away into unobtrusive normality.

One Day More

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:04 pm
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More loose ends tied. Plenty still to be done. This morning it was damp, so I had to hang the laundry indoors, and turn the heating up to try to help get it dry. Some of it still isn't.

I made a quick shopping trip (on foot) around tea time, when the weather was, for a short while, almost bright. Then, when I got back home, I swept up the conkers and fallen leaves on the driveway. The garden bin is now even fuller. It does still just close, though. Any further leaf fall will have to wait a fortnight.

This evening I caught the GB2CW broadcast from Tollesbury (about 42 miles away) on 80 metres. Recently that's worked very well, but I often find I'm at the wrong sort of distance. Tonight the signal strength was excellent. The Morse sounded a bit choppy, though, as if, maybe, the key contacts weren't quite clean. I didn't do too badly, considering.

Tomorrow will be another busy day. Time for bed now.
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?

I meme therefore I am

Sep. 25th, 2017 01:26 pm
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Late start for work today because Nefer woke us both up complaining, and it turns out she's most likely got another UTI. We had to take her in to the vet, who could work us in this morning, luckily, so she's got a shot of antibiotics, a shot of painkiller, and a sample taken for culturing to figure out which bacteria it is. We've also locked her in the spare bedroom and bathroom with her own litterbox, food and water, and the microwavable heating pad to give her a few hours without Sora going YOU SMELL WEIRD AND ARE ACTING FUNNY I SHOULD TRY TO DRIVE YOU OUT OF THE PRIDE.

She didn't want to be locked up, but the painkiller is a morphine derivative and the vet assured us that life was going to get very good for her about an hour later, so I expect she's snoozing away in a sunbeam right now, content in the knowledge that she is now edging ahead of Sora for the title of Most Expensive Member of the Household.

Meme time!

What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be? )

c'est moi

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:15 am
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Inspired by a "dialogue" with [personal profile] acelightning, I decided to overhaul the mini-bio for my profile on this site.

new descriptors behind the cut )

Comments welcome!
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Title: The Sinner and the Serpent (10 works so far)
Author: HKrowe/Paynesgrey
Summary: Lilith was once Adam's first wife, but history has a way of forgetting her. What history also forgot, is her obsession with Adam's second wife, and how her lust drove Eve to commit her biggest sin. A Collection of poems and short stories.
Pairings: Lilith/Eve
Main Characters: Eve, Lilith, God, Adam
Rating: Adult
Warnings: adult themes for sex, violence, heresy
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I do not own the Goddess Lilith, but I love to write about her for sure.
Author's Notes: This is an ongoing serialization of the relationship between Lilith and Eve from the Judeo-Christian Bible, but focused as an original myth/fairytale.

Links: @AO3 | @wattpad

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[if you’re new to the Journey, read this to see what we’re all about!]


by Gideon Marcus

There are two poles when it comes to how science fiction magazines like to fill their pages. The Fantasy and Science Fiction approach involves lots of short stories -- it makes for an impressive Table of Contents and a lot of bite-sized pieces. Analog tends toward the other extreme: its stories tend to be novellas and serials, and you only get 4-5 piece of fiction each issue. As a result, the average quality of any given issue relies on a very few pieces. With Analog, if you don't like several of the authors, you're pretty much out of luck (and 50 cents).

The October 1962 Analog is, fortunately, not that bad, but a wide swath of it is taken up with a pretty lousy novella. If I'd started with it, I don't know if I'd have made it to the rest of the magazine. It's a good thing I read from the back first...



(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

First Monday of Autumn...

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:31 am
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 ===Several days after the Equinox, you really do feel things moving in regards to the season shift.   There waa a lot of otherworld dance and trooping at 3 or so this morning....one of the strongest I have noted in a fair while.

===We are still in the season of spiders, but the drunken and upset Yellowjackets, Hornets, and groundbees are making themselves rather known. They still hunt and support the hives, but are very surly about it. They know the fermenting fruits and (if urbanish)trashcans are a sign that the land is not theirs for much longer.

===I do occasionally consider the ripples in the human world...the White Faced Hornets are rather surly as of late. European Hornets have been making a lot of noise outside around lights at night. (my beehives are sadly depleted...I have some reason to believe that the hornet harassment may have made them abscond. The hornets are nested in a tree by the church up the way.)  

===Autumnal tides are here. Shifting towards a grounding into hearth rythms and resources. 
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Family Stories
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 9 of 9 (complete)
word count (story only): 1868


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this is a Finn family story which includes Shiv, Boss White and the Ebonies and Ivories. ::


back to part eight
to the Finn Family index
:: Thanks for reading! ::




Heron turned to face Shiv, showing him the small injury. “Go ahead and touch if you'd like. It's a small, barely first-degree burn.”

Shiv shook his head. “I don't need to touch it. I've seen plenty of burns.”
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Done last week (20170917Su - 23Sa)

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:42 pm
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Another rough week, especially Sunday through Tuesday when we didn't have our Bronx. The house felt very sad and lonely. N brought him home from the vet on Wednesday; while she was coming off the ferry she saw the Bath Fitter truck waiting to get on to come and install our new shower.

Bronx is recovering, but he lost a lot of weight over the weekend; he was in really scary shape when he came home. He's better now, but still not his old self. But it's so good to see him rampaging, or at least romping, even if only for a while. Best the vet can figure is that he has some virus -- possibly herpes -- that is mostly dormant but gets reactivated when he gets anything else. Poor little guy! But we have him back! That's the important thing.

We also have our revamped shower -- it's a lot bigger than the old one because it makes better use of space in addition to being a bit deeper, and it has a full-width curtain instead of sliding glass doors, which I hate and Colleen has a lot of trouble with. The floor is only about an inch and a half up, with a squishable rubber dam to keep the water in. It's wonderful.

Another cow sighting Thursday morning when I went out to plug the car in; I'd forgotten Wednesday night. (Friday when Colleen and I went out to the Country Store on the way to dinner, the clerk who checked us out told us that someone from out our way had been in early the previous morning to get some hay "to lure a cow". Right. I know where he lives! Hopefully he came back later for some fencing.

We finally found a good caregiver for Colleen. She'll be coming in only one day/week, Thursday. Our housekeeper comes on Tuesday, so we'll be pretty well covered, and save quite a lot of money over our former 3 day/week schedule. Unlike (previous) G" and all of the others we interviewed, M has made a career of caregiving and loves it.

Link of the week is the Ig-Nobel Prize winning paper, "On the Rheology of Cats", in Rheology Bulletin 2014-07, p. 16. (It's a PDF, so you have to scroll down to it.) You also need to pull down NASA's coffeetable book, Through the Eyes of Cassini

Notes & links, as usual )

Finished with the bag!

Sep. 29th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Carefully cut out the superman logo. Carefully started sewing. Realized I'd carelessly put it wrong side up (that is, the side with the ink). Ripped out the stitches, flipped it - d'oh! Silly me, I should've flipped it when I drew it!

Well, it's done now. Thankfully, I expected errors and bought a lot of extra felt.

The funny thing is that all his classmates, their families just drew on the bags with Sharpies. His mom asked me to do it due to lack of time, but I can't draw! I even had somebody else do the stencils for me! So now it looks like I put in way more effort than anybody else (despite the fact that I can see all the errors glaring out at me), but really, I just can't draw. Cutting and sewing is a LOT easier for me.

The Winner Takes It All

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

5 of 5 stars

This book definitely falls into what I would define as High Concept. It can be summed up in one sentence: "What happens after Skynet/the Terminators/the Cylons win the war?" 
 
No, folks, there isn't a plucky band of humans who defeat the machines. When this book opens, the war has been over for thirty years, and humans have been extinct for fifteen. (Although that sounds a bit suspect to me--there's no one left in the heart of the Amazon jungle? In the Himalayas? In the far north of Siberia? Maybe if there's a sequel, we'll find out.) That's part of what makes this book so unique: all the characters (except in the flashbacks) are robots. They're built by humans, of course, programmed to serve humans, and thus have a great deal of human-like behavior. But in the end they are artificial intelligences--alien beings--and in many subtle ways, this book makes that clear. They have their own culture, history and world.
 
C. Robert Cargill is apparently also a screenwriter, and I can see a rough three-act structure in the way this novel is written. The first third of the book introduces the characters and begins the worldbuilding; the second act is a little quieter, allowing for quite a few philosophical debates about the nature of intelligence and free will; and the third act starts with a jaw-dropping reveal of backstory which turns everything our protagonists thought they understood about themselves and their world on its head. From there the tension and action is ramped up mercilessly, as our plucky, 'scuse me, grumpy and cynical band of robots faces off against one of two OWIs, "One World Intelligences" (just think of them as competing species of Borg, if you're into Star Trek) seeking to assimilate any remaining "freebots." Cargill's prose is clean and straightforward, and he damn sure knows his way around a firefight. (I don't know if this book has been optioned for film, but I wouldn't be surprised. Although the amount of CGI that would be required to film this story--since it would be kind of hard to use human actors, except for the sexbots--would be unimaginable.)
 
I've seen some people complaining about the flashback chapters, but I really liked them. Since this story turns the man vs. machine trope on its head, we need to know how we got here, and Cargill delivers. These chapters also illuminate our main character, Brittle, a caregiver bot struggling to survive, who is reduced to cannibalizing her fellow robots for parts. (Yeah, they think of themselves as male and female, mostly because they were assigned gender by their previous owners. This also highlights a limitation of the English language, as it would be hard to have a whole book of characters calling each other "it.") Brittle has a very nice character arc in this book, developing from a cynical, selfish scavenger to a badass willing to sacrifice her existence for a chance to defeat the OWIs. 
 
This is just a damn good story, and the philosophical and ethical underpinnings are the icing on the cake. 

The Fire Next Time

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest wrote one of my all-time favorite books in Maplecroft--the story of the infamous Lizzie Borden wielding her axe against slithery, slimy Lovecraftian horrors. Besides her real-life heroine, Priest wove an exquisite tapestry of real people and places. 
 
Now she's done it again with this book.
 
Brimstone is set in the real-life town of Cassadaga, Florida, the "Psychic Capital of the World," according to Wikipedia, and features its actual founding father, George Colby. (Although I doubt very much that gentleman really ran up against the hateful, witch-hunting, firestarting revenant pictured here.) The town is a character in itself, capturing the sights and smells and sticky subtropical heat of Florida wonderfully. (It sure doesn't make me want to live there, even before we get into the alligators and hurricanes.) Our two protagonists are Alice Dartle and Tomas Cordero, a budding medium and World War I veteran respectively. Alice heads to Cassadaga to liberate herself from her family, to stand on her own two feet and explore her psychic abilities:
 
I have some money, some education, and some very unusual skills--and I intend to learn more about them before I wear anybody's ring. If nothing else, I need to know how to explain myself. Any true love of mine would have questions. Why do I see other people's dreams? How do I listen to ghosts? By what means do I know which card will turn up next in a pack--which suit and which number will land faceup upon a table? How do I use those cards to read such precise and peculiar futures? And pasts?

I don't know, but I am determined to find out.
 
Tomas Cordero, on the other hand, is a damaged man, still trying to cope with his return from the war and the death of his wife. 
 
It never gets easier to say her name, but with practice and habit I can make it sound effortless. I can make it sound like I've fully recovered, scarcely a year since I came home from the front and they told me she was dead from the flu. She was buried in a grave with a dozen others, on the outside of town. Perhaps it was this grave, in this place--or maybe it was that grave, in some other quarter. No one was certain. So many graves had been dug, you see. So many bodies has filled them up, as fast as the shovels could dig. The whole world was crisscrossed with trenches and pits, at home and abroad. If the dead were not felled by guns, then they were swept away by illness.

It was just as well that I went to war. There was no safety in staying behind.
 
But when Tomas Cordero came back from the war, he brought something with him. Something dark and full of hate, that starts setting fires in the town where he lives. Something that Alice Dartle sees in her dreams. And when Tomas goes to Alice for help, he takes this something along with him, and unleashes it on Cassadaga. 
 
Tomas and Alice tell this story in alternating first-person viewpoint chapters. A writer has to have a good handle on her characters to pull this off, and Priest succeeds admirably. I particularly liked the fact that there was no romantic relationship between her two protagonists (though there is a hint of romance at the very end, between Alice and someone else). This allows both Tomas and Alice to have their own backstories, desires, and agency, and doesn't cast either one as dependent on the other or on their relationship for their presence in the narrative. Establishing both these people takes up a bit of space at the beginning of the book, which some readers might view as slow. I thought both characters were interesting enough that I didn't mind, and in any case when Tomas gets to Cassadaga the book picks up. 
 
In the end, this is a story about the power of love, and community, against the power of hate. It is a thoroughly delightful tale.

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