Daily Happiness

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:38 am
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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

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What I've Just Finished Reading

I finished Post-Captain by Patrick O'Brian, so I'm now committed to the series! I'm continuing to enjoy them, and this one was probably less technical than the first, or I'm getting to be less of a landlubber. Highlights being the bear escape mentioned last time and when Stephen decided a hive of bees are a perfectly reasonable thing to keep on board a ship. (It's very satisfying to have made a small dent in my TBR pile as well, because I was rather beginning to think I would never read anything new again that wasn't a regency romance.)

Before I finished that, however, I found another Regency romance in a charity shop (well, actually I found two, but the other was the usual, complete with someone called Carolyn) - from 1972!

I complain all the time about the modern ones not being like Heyer, now let me be nothing if not inconsistent and complain about Clare Darcy's Cecily for being too much like Heyer! The blatant copying left me open-mouthed. Her plot is her own, but all the Heyer ingredients and descriptions are present and correct... and, alas, have nothing of the engaging liveliness of Heyer. I'm not surprised Heyer used to get angry about this sort of thing. Clare Darcy was only lucky that Ms Heyer was probably dead by the time this book crossed the ocean.

It was an interesting read, though, and would have been better had the hero and the heroine actually had more time together on the page. Probably. Actually, it would have been better if it had just focused on the heroine's aunt and the hero's mother and their disapproving alliance, because that bit was her own, and a little more enjoyable than the rest. Everyone else should just go home for being pale copies of Heyer characters. Charity Girl was published the same year, and even though that is not my favourite Heyer, it still has a lot more going for it than a copy of the real thing.

What I'm reading now

I am just a few pages into HMS Surprise. There has not been a bear so far, sadly.

I'm still reading and taking notes from Jenny Uglow's In These Times, which continues to be an excellent social history of Britain in the Napoleonic War era. (There are no people called Carolyn in it. So far.)

What I'm Reading Next

I still haven't read that Daisy Dalrymple mystery, because I found two Regency romances for my light-reading needs instead, so that needs to get read so it can go back to the library.

I don't know what else will be next, or if I'll even get to Daisy, but I did find the first of Frances Brody's series of Kate Shackleton mysteries in a charity shop, hurrah, so that'll probably get read sometime soon, because I do need to get to the one I found first with the tantalising title of Death of an Avid Reader.
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Don't tell anybody, but I love the sound of the foghorn. I could never move inland at this point, because I'd feel weird on foggy days with no foghorn.


Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies (Well, we knew this was coming sooner or later. I'm nervous about the effect it's gonna have on reproductive rights legislation, but hopeful about the effect it's gonna have on premies.)

How do you eat your chocolate bunny? Vast majority prefer to start with the ears (If I waited until next year, I'd forget it.)

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

Why the Roots of Color Printing Are in Limestone

Rare color photos document the festivities at a 1941 state fair

First malaria vaccine to be widely tested in Africa next year

New York Superhero Pads

Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

He Was Searching For Intersexual Pigs And Ended Up Finding The World’s Rarest Dog

New Survey: Most Millennials Both Pay For Streaming Services And Use Pirate Streams When Content Isn't Legally Available (Duh.)

The Genesis of the Gang (This article is a little dated, but worth the read.)

US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest

'I took someone’s life — now I am giving back': In California's prisons, inmates teach each other how to start over

More wrongful convictions are being overturned than ever before, thanks in part to witnesses coming forward. But in New Orleans, recanting witnesses are facing perjury charges, creating a chilling effect that could keep innocent people behind bars.

The Volunteer Dentists On the Front Lines of Ukraine’s War

First molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability discovered

How Flight Attendants Are Set Up to Fail

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

Telecom struggles to block 22 social media banned in Kashmir

Turkey Arrests More Than 1,000 In Massive Purge Of Its Police Forces

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Rescuing the Last Two Animals at the Mosul Zoo

During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.

Who are the new jihadis?

good morning, it's 27 april 2017

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:07 am
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Well, I've at least managed to clear my browser tabs.

Fascism/authoritarianism and the corporatist state:
  • Rep. Adam Schiff on @MSNBC: It sounds like the W.H. has paperwork from Mike Flynn that they weren't willing to give to the Oversight Cmte.
  • Justices Alarmed by Government’s Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case
  • Trump says he may break up 9th Circuit Court after rulings go against him
  • Juvenile criminal defense attorneys forced to agree to Taser's terms of service to see the state's evidence
Corruption and looting:
  • The tale of the dictator’s daughter and her prince
  • Mar-a-Lago blog was not reviewed before posting on State site
  • Whitehouse Files Hatch Act Complaint Over Pruitt Participation in Oklahoma GOP Fundraiser
  • Nominee to head FDA joined effort to get a drug company more fentanyl
  • Trump tax proposal would slash taxes for his businesses
  • At Trump’s EPA, Less Science and More Industry
  • Trump orders review of national monuments to allow development
  • MNUCHIN: we are going to eliminate on the personal side all tax deductions other than mortgage interest and charitable deductions.
  • Trump Tax Plan Slashes Individual and Corporate Rates
Xenophobia and reactions against:
  • White House Optimism on Shutdown Complicated by Trump Demands
  • When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump’s border wall
  • Police Chief Meidl: In Spokane, undocumented immigrant crime is practically nonexistent
Trumpcare/Chumpcare 2.0:
  • Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal
  • Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law
  • Trump puts EU ahead of Britain in trade queue
  • Trump Administration Puts Trade Deal With EU Ahead of Post-Brexit Britain
  • Republicans tell Trump to hold up on NAFTA withdrawal
Brutal horribleness:
  • Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones asks for privacy in custody battle ‘for the sake of my children’
(Alex Jones spent a lot of time siccing conspiracy theory haters on the parents of the children murdered at Sandy Hook, claiming the shooting didn't happen and was staged. The abuse, stalking, and harassment the parents of the dead children suffered was truly barbaric, and Alex Jones was the primary motivator here.)

Everything else:
  • Different president, same old government shutdown threats
  • Republican North Carolina judge resigns — and slams the GOP on the way out
  • Trump’s over-the-top, boastful AP interview, annotated

Good luck out there.

It's April 27th, 2017; this is the news )


Apr. 27th, 2017 05:49 pm
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I guess if they'd dropped me to Team 3 for non-skilled purposes, then they'd have told me, instead of just putting me in Team 3.

It's been a long, slow slide from the top team down to the bottom, and I may not be the only one who's done it, but I'm the one who's done it on 'skill level' and not 'personality level' (or it may be personality level and they're just not telling me).

On the up-side, I can't drop any further in the club - we only have three teams and I'm now in the bottom one...

Finn washes his face like a cat.

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:56 am
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...is this normal poodle behavior?
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In all of the tributes to Jonathan Demme I've seen so far, nobody compiling the best-of lists has mentioned one of my favorite movies of his. I can't tell if that's because it was a television production or because it's just that obscure or maybe I'm the only person who loves it that much, but either way I'm just going to leave this here: American Playhouse's Who Am I This Time? (1982). Christopher Walken as Harry, Susan Sarandon as Helene, score by John Cale; it's a showcase for its two stars and a beautiful exploration of the way that other people's words can be the truest way to speak for yourself. It's still not streaming anywhere that I can find, but it is available from Netflix and libraries on DVD and it's worth tracking down. It goes one better than Vonnegut and I don't say that about many things. I am not pleased that the person who directed it is dead. Some theater around here had better show Stop Making Sense (1984) soon.

[edit] David Byrne wrote for his memory.

Gidget and the laser

Apr. 27th, 2017 12:39 am
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Like a lot of cat owners, I have a little laser toy for the cats to chase around. All four of them adore it immensely, and Jesse makes the most hysterical bootlegger's turns on the linoleum of the kitchen.

But poor Gidget. She wants to chase it so badly. Two things make that difficult.

A. the boys are much bigger than her and she doesn't have the kittenish bravery that Cinders has to just DIVE in there regardless of their pounces.
B. when she does manage to chase it, she can't play for more than a minute before she starts wheezing. (Kitty asthma.)

I just feel so bad for her. Sometimes I'll lead her into the bathroom with the laser so I can close the door and she can play without the others shoving her out of the way and she doesn't have to work as hard to chase it.

On the other hand, when she really gets into it, she's the fiercest hunter ever. XD So there's some adorableness on top to make up for her troubles.

Three Days to Deadline!

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:30 pm
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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:13 pm
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I wish there was as much socially conscious amateur criticism of literary fiction as there is for SFF; I mean, with the way things go, probably a fair amount of it would be "depicting a bad thing is bad," and most of the rest wouldn't get much further with the things that I'm wrestling with than I have, but. I feel like I'm stuck, sometimes.

I'm deeply ambivalent about what kinds of moral responsibilities fiction writers have. (I'm pretty certain about my the kinds of responsibilities I feel wrt my own fiction writing but that's a different ball of wax). And at the same time, I don't think that the discomfort I feel about story X is a matter of technique. I don't want to be prudish, I don't want to say that some subjects are off limits.

But if you're asking your readers to follow you through some dark places, I think you've got to think about whether you're giving them enough light to get out again.

wednesday reading

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:44 pm
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• What are you reading?

The Summer Without Men, by Siri Hustvedt.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars, by Jeff Lemire. A robot who is also an adorable little boy survives terrible and mysterious catastrophes. He may hold the key to understanding and preventing their return. The other characters and the settings are interesting. The art is beautiful. I would have loved this if I had read it when I was young. Now, I have read enough stories to notice when the plot is steered by the Rule of Cool, when the answer to "Why didn't the characters do the smart thing?" is "Because the author wanted a torture scene/a robot gladiator scene/a woman dying, gasping a slogan." Also, I have read enough stories that treat women as people to find the Weasley ratio really annoyingly noticeable. There's one female main character, one female supporting character, a few more who get a line but not a name. And only one of these female characters is human: the robot boy's dead mom.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got suggestions to read or reread for my SF economics panel:

The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
The Peripheral, by William Gibson
The Marq'ssan Cycle books by L. Timmel Duchamp

More suggestions still welcome!

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Aaaarrgh everything today has been chaotic and too much going on in too little time and aaaaargh. Also for whatever reason I had a dream last night where it was winter and icy and we were driving slow to work and everything was normal until a bus turned to go down a hill and skidded off the street and into a pedestrian. Which was followed shortly thereafter by a car just flat-out running over a person in the road. There was a fair amount of graphic blood thing. I have a vivid imagination and I wish it would quit picking on me.

The news, as it turns out, is not making me any less tired. Not that I really expected it to but people are rightfully freaking out about half a dozen things and some of them have descended into hopelessness and it's dragging me along with.

My boots are coming tomorrow? That's a happy thing, right? I'm trying to determine if I can get away with boots-OTK socks-shorts or skirt-cami-button down or jacket or if that'll just make me feel uncomfortable. Or if it depends on the clothes and how well they fit, which might also be true. Time will tell I guess.

And apparently I'm taking this week off. I haven't been doing any of my usual things, writing, editing, anything. The evening reminders. I'm exhausted, and I feel fairly guilty for not getting anything done and annoyed at feeling so exhausted, but I can't say it isn't good just to go to work and come home and play stupid games and relax. I don't know. Everything is so goddamn exhausting these days. I resent the hell out of it. I hope I can get back to routines next week. Or maybe get some started on them tomorrow.


Apr. 26th, 2017 11:19 pm
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Science and History

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:26 pm
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So last Saturday was a good one: We joined the San Francisco March for Science, only one of several Bay Area Marches for Science reported about in the San Jose Mercury News article linked here -- the paper's count seems off, though. Based on the aerial drone shots and mathematical calculations per the official Facebook page, it was closer to 50,000 in SF alone.

If you are interested in images rather than text, check out the three shots I posted on Instagram -- #1 (fannishly relevant to all fans of the true Captain America), #2 (that captures members of our Berkeley scientist group), and #3 (the most heartening one in many ways, also nerdy).

At night, then, we made it to HAMILTON: second time for me, thanks to an invitation from my wife's family to both the musical and the dinner before. My in-laws are the sweetest and most generous...as well as representative; most of the audience of this musical cast only with actors of color were wealthy White-looking people. (Sally has written a HAMILTON review, plus her tag has more entries.)

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Hill Country visit a list )

books More Commissario Brunetti )

I harvested some arugula and green beans to take with me. Nom!

Things that make me go hmmm...

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:49 pm
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1. After reading x-college boyfriend's post regarding which bands he didn't see in concert (apparently he saw all of them), I realized something...every guy I've either dated or spent a lot of time hanging out with is an insane music nerd. (ie. like the guy in High Fidelty, yes, I've dated the guy from High Fidelty.)

What is up with that?

Because I'm really not. And I find it annoying.

I can't remember the names of songs or the people who play them. Nor do I care. If I like the song, cool.

Not a fan of live concerts, only enjoyed one that I've been to possibly two. And while I love music, prefer listening to it or watching it without the insane feedback, where the lyrics and sound is completely lost. Never quite understood why it matters if you see it live or not.

Maybe all guys are like this? No, my father doesn't appear to be nor is my brother. They like music, but they aren't music nerds.

Very odd. Apparently I attract music nerds. Which, again, odd. I'm nerdy about a lot of things, but not music.

2. This is...


It's a ted talk by Pope Francis, which blew me away.
snippet of the full transcript below the cut )

In the greatest city in the world

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:23 pm
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So... so, okay. That was a very, very good week in Chicago. It could not have been scripted better, right up to the moment when the plane bumped down at LaGuardia, jolting me back to reality and out of the book I was reading. I'm pleased to be back in my apartment, which aesthetically is finally starting to feel right, but I got a lot of clarity this week about what and where makes me happy, and I need a day or so to really sit down and work it all out for going forward.

It was an Extremely Packed weekend; I wound up spending intensive amounts of time somehow with about three or four people or groups each day, which sometimes turned into real whiplash and "Was that today? That was this morning, I guess." Except for the day that was entirely in the suburbs, I also walked about seven to nine miles each day, in some very worn-out shoes, so I think I've really earned these. Gosh — I spent two days at the Art Institute, saw nearly all my favorite neighborhoods and places, ate too much very good food, hugged a lot of very dear people and (this is the unbelievably scripted part) last night, within about three hours of each other, I had cause to run into people who were just in town for a hot minute but whom I hadn't seen in forever, and the hugs were EPIC and so, so, so good. (One was my favorite-ever teacher at UChicago, a TA for a Shakespeare class who has been one of my biggest champions since graduating; it's been quite a while in person. I was floating on that encounter for hours. The other was a guy I'd met through improv who'd just this weekend come back from four months performing on a cruise ship with Second City. I spotted him through an open door as he was waiting to walk on during a reading.)

It was lilac season, of course. The air smelled amazing every day and each night. The sky was clear and mostly cloudless, that mild, delicate perfect springtime. It all really could not have been scripted better, right down to the rainy mug that is New York right now. I had some very good conversations with family members and friends alike; one big thing that I realized about my job hunt is that I haven't been looking for what's the best fit for me, I've been looking for whatever's most prestigious, and for one reason only: revenge. As Inigo Montoya will tell you, that's not really a sustainable way of thinking. More and more thoughts ongoing about how to live my life actually for me, rather than proving someone(s) wrong or trying to make other people happy/proud.

Biggest decision: I'm going to spend the rest of this year making a real go of it at freelancing and job-hunting. I'm challenging myself to earn certain progressive amounts through writing. By focusing on that, I'll have more luck finding a job that's a good fit, as well as giving me more guilt-free time to actually work on things like comics and novels and photography and social things. If I'm not satisfied with my life in Brooklyn by the end of the year, with my lease up in January, I'm moving back to Chicago. I even bought a ring as an ongoing visual promise to myself. As my friend Clancy (who is doing freelance videography in Cincinnati and Actually Doing It, despite all her doubts!) told me on Monday, right now, with where we're actually at in our lives (ha!), the fall is not that far.

So yeah, that was a very good trip. Much-needed, and done very right.
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Goddamn hipster cantinas. The taco was actually $3.29 (still too much!) but I paid with cash and they didn't give me change? I mean, I would have been happy to round up to $4 if they asked for tips ... even though they actually took a long time and didn't give me the right order, which I didn't discover until later ... but they didn't even ask! Sigh. I'm definitely Han in this scenario, right? Am I using this reference right?

Sigh. At least the view is incredible. I've never seen a more picturesque graveyard. Weathered marble tucked into deep green grass while around them a city hustles through its day, the sun already hot and the dogs running down the path, cute. Walking back to work through the quiet of the cemetery, I feel pretty happy and alive, even though I lost seventy cents to bad service.

My sister said the taco was pretty good, despite not being the right one.

Anyway! Meme? My favorite meme?

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