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Previously unread.

Another short whose EPUB file is quite full of assorted imagery, causing the total size to balloon to the point where looking at the file size (the only size indcator I have in my reader, before opening the book) indicates "novel sized". But, no.

Nonetheless, it's a previously-unread Tim Powers. Not entirely surprising, it's full of time travel. And is eminently readable and all that jazz. Don't know if it's worth chasing down, but if you can vaguely saunter in pursuit of it, do consider sauntering.
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Previously unread, although I had already read the "bonus material".

This was originally written as 13 shorts, intended to fit together as a novel, when strung together in internal chronological order. And it does that, quite well. You probably want some grounding in the Old Man's War universe before you embark, but it might just work without that.

All in all, a pleasant read.

charming RL details

Mar. 31st, 2015 10:38 am
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1. Period talk.

TMI? )

2. I lost the glasses I use for driving, recently (and two credit cards, and my driver's license, and my ipad - it's been a good month) so I had to go and order new ones. I actually don't wear glasses normally (everyone who's seen me abroad - I do wear glasses abroad! Because unfamiliar people/surroundings and I need to see well) but I still have two pairs because I have a tendency to lose things, so. I'm required to drive with glasses, so I have one pair in the car, and another (prettier) pair I have in my work bag that I use if I need to see stuff far away. Mostly it's for meetings with my boss where I need to see his screen across the table and don't want to lean in too much or watching media on a TV that's far away from a couch.

Anyway, since I was gonna get new glasses I also got an eye exam, instead of just giving them my other pair of glasses and asking for a replica. I figured it's been YEARS, and I'm pretty sure my eyesight is worse, so, it's free anyway with the purchase, I might as well.

Turns out my last eye exam was in 2007, and apparently my numbers haven't changed since then! I still have +2 in one eye and +2.25 in the other. The doctor said I might need a quarter cylinder in one eye but since it's a really small correction and cylinders can apparently be annoying for some people he doesn't think it would be worth it to change my prescription, especially since I apparently have 6/6 vision with my current glasses.

(I can't tell you how delightful it was to constantly hear someone go "you have 6/6 vision!" in an impressed and pleased tone. I think part of it was that he did the initial diagnostic with a machine and apparently it spat out very different numbers? But then he did the actual exam and I could see all the numbers and things clearly, so he was very pleased and surprised like "oh, you actually have 6/6 vision with your current glasses!")

Anyway, then came time for the REALLY amusing conversation, which I was prepared for basically only because I recently had a similar conversation with [personal profile] roga.

Eye doctor: I wouldn't recommend a cylinder because, with your numbers, these are clearly glasses you wear 24/7--
Me: Actually, I don't wear glasses. I mean, very rarely? But mostly I don't.
Eye doctor: Oh, right, you mean you wear lenses?
Me: ...no, not lenses either.
Eye doctor: *eyes get wider with disbelief* wait, you... don't wear anything?
Me: No. I mean I wear glasses for driving? But not for any other regular activity.
Eye doctor: Do you... not like seeing things or...?
Me: No, I!... I just don't wear glasses?
Eye doctor: [clearly so distressed he didn't hear me earlier] You know you HAVE TO wear them for driving?
Me: I do! I definitely do.
Eye doctor: OK. OK. *tries to get over shock and dismay*

I don't really have an explanation! It's definitely that I'm just someone who's arranged her life so that she doesn't have to see things very clearly all the time? I mean I know where everything is at work and at home, I know what people look like. I wear glasses when I'm going somewhere entirely new and it's important I be able to navigate by looking at far away things, for example (so, always abroad). I wear them to the theater or when watching TV. I don't really have an explanation for why I don't wear them otherwise?

more on this fascinating topic )

Belated entry: FOGcon, Saturday

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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So the last actual update from me was pre-FOGcon; I'd run afoul of beer bash and decided that I was going to be miserable at home in my own bed. I woke up cheerful and perky and drove in. This time the valets were much better briefed on the event; I was asked if I was here for the thing. I was. Yay!

There was exactly one person at the convention this year who I was hoping to avoid. It was the person who used to play some role in gathering up issues for That Damn Helldesk Program and had some organizational role in the releases. I had met her in person exactly once: she was sitting at the other pole of the horseshoe table across from me, looking quiet, serious, pale, and vaguely miserable.

Naturally, she was working registration desk when I arrived. I wasn't sure which name they would have filed me under (for credit card purposes I gave them my wallet name as well) but it was under the correct name, albeit with my wallet name on the back. I declined the offer to reprint, and scribbled out my wallet name with some vigor. She didn't mention work and neither did I; I don't know whether she recognized me.

As I was looking at the description of the panel in the nearest room, and debating which panel I wanted to go for, someone called me by name. The correct name. It was [personal profile] emceeaich, who I hadn't seen since the rollout of ALL THE NEW THINGS. And where [personal profile] emceeaich is, [personal profile] cynthia1960 is often nearby, in this case being fitted with a very nice corset.

We decided that since it was noonish, lunch was probably an excellent life choice, and so we headed up to the lobby. The lobby combines restaurant, bar, and general lobby lounge area, with a dedicated restaurant section behind the large freestanding wall that composes the bar, and then lounge in front of it. However, restaurant service isn't limited to the restaurant area, which makes for a pleasant, but sometimes chaotic, experience.

Someone stopped by to chat with Emma and Cyn; something about her demeanor suggested she recognized me, but hers was a very common name; it turned out she was [personal profile] metaphortunate! Hooray!

After lunch I went to the downstairs lobby to figure out what panel(s) I wanted to see. There were plenty of people about. I chatted with a few of them. I pulled out my traveling laptop George to check my mail.

Before I made any sort of decision about panels, it was check-in time at the hotel, so I did that so I'd have a place to leave some of my gear. I relaxed in the quiet for a bit, then figured I'd wander panel-wards by way of the con suite, which was on my floor.

I walked in to a con suite full of awesome women talking about weightlifting. I was enthralled. These are the sorts of conversations that don't tend to happen when bros are bro-ing about being bro-ful and loud, and I could have enjoyed an entire convention just like this. And that was how I met [personal profile] kshandra, and I recognized [personal profile] forestofglory's name but couldn't place the exact acquaintance. (Someone whose badge name was Melissa was saying a lot of the awesome things, and Michele from the concom was there being awesome too.)

When I was packing for the convention, I had tossed a number of things into a large transparent plastic box, just the right size to fit in a large tote bag with some room left over. It is in fact large enough to hold George, some jellybeans, several menstrual pads, makeup, hair pins, glitter, a notepad, a package of highlighters, and some other random things. I had found a few packages of pop rocks under some boxes on my bookshelf while shuffling things around in preparation for moving (whenever that's going to happen). Long story short, [personal profile] norabombay was totally overreacting and I did not die from eating shelf pop rocks. And I tossed one in the box, because why not.

The discussion turned from weightlifting to obscure dietary restrictions, and someone mentioned that one of the weird ones was lactose in pop rocks. People were sort of baffled, because why do POP ROCKS need MILK. I remembered that I had tossed it in the box. I whipped out the package of pop rocks. Yep, lactose.

Cliff wandered through. It turned out that describing the helldesk software to someone who used to work on http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMC_Remedy_Action_Request_System is an actively painful experience for that person. It is a solved problem, and Virtual Hammer has attempted to re-invent the weasel by glueing several gerbils together (which, I might add, would be doubly illegal in California).

Saw some people who are identified in my notes as Wendy and K. [personal profile] ethicalslut identifed my Dreamwidth d button, and we got a picture together.

The banquet was next, and ethicalslut was looking to pull together a table of interesting people. I was amenable to joining this table. I identified someone in line who I thought might be [personal profile] firecat, and I was correct. Also at the table were Aahz, and several other people.

The banquet was great fun. After that, there had been a lot of people, so I went up to my room for a bit.

I decided to go for some lobbycon time. I ran into forestofglory, and this time had managed to identify people we know in common ([personal profile] kaberett, among others). Shweta Narayan was passing through, and they and their husband sat down in the group, and I met the Designated Extravert of the group, the adorable, cheerful Mippo (a tiny stuffed animal which looks like the delightful intersection of Moomin and Hippopotamus). Emma and Cyn joined the group as well.

There was an unfortunate incident with Shweta and some too-hot water, and ice became necessary. It was lovely to meet them though!

I got a large amount of loonembellishment done.

Eventually I was dizzytired and went off to bed.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 11:37 pm
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Okay nope, I have to go to bed without addressing the vast majority of my inbox. Sorry, anyone I owe a reply to.

Squee

Mar. 31st, 2015 04:42 am
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The inarticulate squeeing from my direction this afternoon was me discovering that the first seven chapters of the next Rachel Peng novel by K B Spangler are out as a free sample,

For those who don't follow the series, they're near future techno-thrillers/police procedurals, Rachel is the liaison to the Washington DC Metro PD for the Office of Advanced and Complementary Emerging Technologies, which mean she's not just a Fed, she's a Fed who's a cyborg with a quantum chip in her head that allows her to make any database anywhere sit-up and beg, gives her reception across the complete EM spectrum, near telepathy with the other OACET agents, and so on. She's also half-Chinese, gay, and blind - the only reason she isn't the Federal poster child for diversity is the fact she's blind is a secret among a handful of her friends, the chip lets her mostly pass, though she has trouble with the simplest of things - reading and faces.

The first two books in the series are Digital Divide and Maker Space and the new one is State Machine, which involves a murder at the White House and a missing maguffin (I figured out what it is very early, though the narrative hasn't quite confirmed that yet), and as a side arc that'll likely please a few people around here, three of the secondary characters are now in a poly relationship.

And of course K B Spangler also draws the A Girl and Her Fed webcomic which shares a universe with Rachel, in fact she's in the current story arc, which is interesting for letting you see the author's imagining of her.

Worrying SFnal Rumour

Mar. 31st, 2015 04:24 am
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I saw disturbing hints on the net last night (a thread on the Nielsen-Haydens' forum that had spilled over into twitter) that the US right-wingers who tried to hijack last year's Hugo voting (the self-named Sad Puppies - it's apparently supposed to show how pathetic 'social justice warriors' are) haven't just tried again (nominations are out at the weekend), but are actively trying to drag the Gamers-gaters into it. I don't like the idea of trying to politicise the Hugos to start with, but that isn't actually excluded by the current procedures so we can't object beyond saying we find it distasteful, but trying to drag in non-fans known for abusive behaviour, threats, and reckless endangerment (SWATting), strikes me as destroying what little credibility they had.

I hadn't intended buying a supporting membership this year, but if the story is accurate then I may have to just on general principle.

cats, PT, etc.

Mar. 30th, 2015 05:10 pm
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The cats are settling in nicely, for values of that which include getting between me and the keyboard at inconvenient moments. In this case, inconvenient because I was babysitting an FTP job (using the command line, after drag and drop seemed to have worked but didn't). We have taken some photos, but not yet gotten them off the camera.

My physical therapy went well. The intern I'd been working with is now at another internship, so I worked with the physical therapist whose practice it is. He took some time to check range of motion and strength, and concluded that I am doing quite well, so did mostly strengthening exercises today. The stretches have now all been moved to homework. (In addition to having me do strengthening exercises, he did traction and ultrasound, and I got ice massage. Both that and the ultrasound were applied to a slightly different area of the right shoulder than in previous sessions.)

Once I have an acknowledgement on the ftp, I can invoice for editing this chapter, Update at about 10:15 p.m.: I just got an acknowledgement that the ftp went through, and have sent my invoice. Now, hoping for another chapter soon.
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I'm finally, finally doing something about the kitchen floor that has been annoying me since I moved in here in 2008. It is a pine floor, typical from the 1950s when the house was built. Originally it was varnished, but the guy (idiot) who owned the flat before me, sanded the floor down and treated it with something white stuff which I still haven't figured out what is. Anyway, having a virtually untreated wooden floor in a kitchen is not a good idea. Especially if you like to cook. And even worse if you're not the cleanliest of people. And the floor has been a huge annoyance to me to clean, basically to get it properly cleaned I have had to go down on my knees and scrub, in particular since the sanding was so badly done that the surface is pretty uneven.

But anyway i have finally started painting the floor. Ideally i would like to varnish the floor, but for that be done I'd have to re-sand the floor, which would cost a pretty penny, so painting it was.

So last Friday I moved everything on the floor out of the kitchen and into my living room; fridge, freezer, table etc. Then I scrubbed the floor, which took about three hours (and in no way did I look as pretty and cheerful as Cindarella).

On Saturday I went shopping, and put down the first layer of primer, and since then I've had the fun pasttime of watching paint dry. And with a drying time of 12-18 hours I'm only able to paint once per day, and then it needs to harden for a week. no wonder I haven't got around to this before.

Anyhow, while we wait I have no kitchen facilites. I have a fridge, freezer and microwave (which I usually only use for making my oatmeal for breakfast), but no oven, and I've come to realise how much I actually use the kitchen, and how important proper kitchen facilities is for making proper food. I've never lived without a proper kitchen, although I have lived in some weird places I've always made sure there is decent kitchen facilities. And Norway isn't a country where there is a lot of options for take away food, not to mention healthy food, and not to mention it's expensive.

Hopefully I'll finish painting tomorrow, and then I'm leaving for Easter holiday for a couple of days, and then I'll have a brand new kitchen floor! that only took me seven years! Next up: A lamp in my bedroom. In 2018.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 02:42 pm
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Today I will definitely deal with a week's backlog of email.

Definitely.

(Ulp.)

(Sorry, everyone.)

Short Fiction Recs: Recent Reading

Mar. 30th, 2015 01:35 pm
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I'm feeling a bit behind on my short fiction reading. There are so many things in my to-read folder, and I've been getting to them less quickly than I'd like. Plus I started The Very Best of Kate Elliot almost three weeks ago and haven't got past the intro (which was excellent). Nonetheless I have done some short fiction reading recently and I have some recs to share.

"Even the Mountains Are Not Forever" by Laurie Tom I love stories about memory and history. This one is about different ways societies remember.

"Red String" by Cassandra Khaw This flash fiction piece is an interesting and creepy take the red string myth.

"The Fox Bride" by Mari Ness An unusual take on a fairytale trope. Enjoyed Mari Ness' mix of story tropes and realist animal behavior.

The Queen's Aviary by Yoon Ha Lee A story about trying to change prophecy, with talking ravens.

Older fiction rec: I have a couple of reprints sitting in my to-read folder but I haven't got to them yet so instead I'm going to rec one of my favorite anthologies: Firebirds ed Sharyn November. This the 1st of 3 (so far) anthologies of young adult fiction written for the Firebird imprint. I got this when it 1st came out and just loved every story in it. It was the 1st anthology I felt that way about.

Dual nationality

Mar. 30th, 2015 08:19 pm
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Two dual nationals and their Daddy. The sticker on Humuhumu's shirt is Neptune, from her Usborne "Space" sticker book. (This means that her version of the solar system as recorded in the book has only seven planets.)

+1 )

Last Friday we headed to the embassy in London to register Keiki's birth and apply for his other passport.

When we did this for Humuhumu, the bloke's trousers split as we were navigating the packed morning Tube. He got to swear his oath of truthfulness before the consular officer with his jumper artfully tied about his waist to keep his pants from peeping out playfully from beneath his trousers. We were therefore anticipating some manner of sartorial disaster to befall one of us during the adventure.

It didn't happen during the commute, which was unnecessarily exciting due to the cancellation of our first train. We hustled to get on a train going in the opposite direction so that we could travel instead via fast train. The fast train, by virtue of being fast, was also rammed, so we ended up getting on the next slow train, which stopped at the station we started in, only 15 minutes later. Humuhumu, who loves public transport, entertained morning commuters on the busy platform by gleefully greeting the arrival of every train with, "OH, TRAIIIN!", whilst her parents attempted to disappear into their hats.

Despite the delay we still arrived a comfortable margin before our appointment to go through the security checks and unintentionally play "spot the celebrity". (Last time it was Jay Rayner. This time it was Rita Ora. Her assistant interrupted our initial check-in to determine where to go for a VIP appointment.)

Once we were through into the citizen-only waiting room, Humuhumu gravitated towards the soft play area and promptly befriended a small boy. Or rather, attracted a small boy follower whom she scarcely noticed. (This is a theme at her nursery as well. She has a staunch attendant there who always fetches her coat and bag when we come to pick her up.) He toddled loyally after her, presenting her with blocks that she could integrate into her sculptures, which she then kicked over gleefully.

After paying the fees for the registration and passport, we settled down to wait until we were called before a consular officer. Keiki woke, realised he hadn't been fed for a while, and squawked. I arranged my cover and sat down to feed him. When he was finished, I removed the cover to find that the sartorial disaster had struck. These days I find I don't have much leakage from the opposite breast whilst feeding, and when I do, a breast pad is more than sufficient to soak it up and protect my clothing. But of course, not this time. My entire right side was soaked. There was no way to conceal it without putting my wool coat back on, which I did, even though it was tropical in the waiting room.

In the end, I swore my oath of truthfulness to the consular officer whilst sweating profusely and smelling faintly of stale milk. Classy.

What does the hedgehog do?

Mar. 30th, 2015 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

As previously mentioned, I am proposing attending a scholarly conference at the University of Notre Dame in June, and combining this with at least a brief visit to the Kinsey Institute.

I.e. Indiana.

Okay, college towns, and the Kinsey has already made a statement.

Still, we feel it might be unduly provocative to have a t-shirt made up saying something like 'Atheist Kinsey 1.5' (the latter might be a bit subtle?) or 'Why do you presume I'm straight?' -

(Though honestly, this whole 'refusal to serve LGBTQ people because RELLYJUN' - how can they tell?) -

- or large chunks of Blake's 'The Everlasting Gospel' (don't know about them, but it confuses the hell out of me).

Maybe just flaunt my Darwin bicentenary shoulder bag?

Cultural differences #145

Mar. 30th, 2015 08:31 pm
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[personal profile] yvi
Poll #16586 Birthdays and cake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


Where I work, when it's someone's birthday, it is customary...

View Answers

Not do anything
9 (31.0%)

To give them a card / flowers / another gift
9 (31.0%)

For someone else / a group to provide some kind of food in their honor
7 (24.1%)

For the one having the birthday to provide some kind of food
14 (48.3%)

For someone else to treat them to something (lunch etc.)
3 (10.3%)

For the one having the birthday to treat coworkers to something (lunch etc.)
3 (10.3%)

Something else I will explain in the comments
8 (27.6%)

My general location is...

daily gratitudes

Mar. 30th, 2015 10:47 am
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  1. if I have to sleep badly, at least I can get up early and have a leisurely breakfast and commute
  2. TEA. Tea, Assam, hot and milky and sweet
  3. starting to clean out my desk meaning I have nine working days counting today in this job
  4. ranting about books with [personal profile] ungemmed
  5. I'm a lot more confident doing debugging and troubleshooting than I used to be
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OK I need to get this out of my head, so a quick (bizarre!) post.

In the second half of the first season, The 100, which as of the S1 finale is definitely the best scifi show currently airing, in my opinion (which is partially a comment on how few awesome scifi shows are around currently), has done such a stellar job of creating a metaphor/representation of current Israeli politics (and specifically the latest election results in Israel) I... can't really bring myself not to document this?

I suspect the Israeli politics aspect won't mean much to people familiar with the show and the show elements won't make sense to people familiar with the politics but - Israelis, this show does a better job with our political system than Kings did, and Kings was in fact a show actively stealing our history and current events. (The 100, I suspect, just randomly stumbled into this metaphor, cobbling together stray pieces of US history and scifi tropes.)

spoilers for s1 )

2015 - #34, "Zoe's Tale", John Scalzi

Mar. 30th, 2015 05:30 pm
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Reread.

This is the fourth book in Scalzi's Old Man's War series, written from the POV of Zoe, a teenager. I don't know how accurately the POV is writen, but I get a feeling that the voice is pretty good, based on the list of consultants that Scalzi had working on vetting it.

This substantially re-tells the story f The Lost Colony from Zoe's view, with some bits missing (she wasn't there) and other bits added (the POV character from TLC wasn't there) and a few bits that are common.

All in all, maybe not the best book in the series, but still eminently readable.
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So of the many events I created to preview my novel Flex for you, what I am finally happy to announce to you today is the most exciting thing.  Literally every morning I have woken up and gone, “Is it up yet?  Is it up yet?”

And it’s up now!  And yes, this is even more exciting than the book tour.

This is a special audio production of Flex, done by the greatest audio short story podcast in the whole wide world.

And you can win a copy of Flex, if you somehow haven’t purchased it by now!

If you’re not familiar with the ‘pod network – that’s PodCastle for fantasy tales, Escape Pod for science fiction, and PseudoPod for horror – they are a loosely-run cabal of sites that find the most brilliant tales and have even more brilliant people read them out loud.  I have been honored to have over ten of my stories appear on their site, which is no mean feat – try “‘Run,’ Bakri Says” on Escape Pod, “A Window, Clear as a Mirror” for PodCastle, or “Riding Atlas” for PseudoPod – and so when I asked them to work up a super-special promotion for Flex, well…

Dave and Anna delivered.

There is, as of now, no news of a Flex audiobook, sadly.  But you can hear Dave read a chapter of it (along with discussion of said book) over on PodCastle right now, and Dave does some excellent goddamned emoting.  (If you’re curious, this is also the chapter I’m reading on my book tour, specially edited for audio productions.)

I have always been a fan of old-time radio.  To hear my words in someone else’s mouth has always been a special kind of magic.  And now it’s here, so please!  Go hear them do it!  It’s the fun chapter where they brew magical drugs in a seedy basement, and things go horribly wrong!

ZOMG ZOMG LOOK!

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

“What Remains” soundtrack

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:35 am
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This is a totally self-indulgent post, especially given the limited audience for any Dublin Murder Squad story, but just in case there’s someone who actually does care about soundtracky stuff for “What Remains” (back in the Turningverse days there were plenty of soundtrack-loving folks, so you never know!), here goes:

This soundtrack started—as everything concerning this story—unintentionally. After a linkspam a little while ago where I linked to a piece about openly gay pop musicians, I started randomly going through my small collection of queer music from the 90s, which reminded me of the existence of the Tom McCormack[*] album “Missing.” At the time, of course, my head was all up in “What Remains,” so I naturally jumped immediately to: waaaaaait a minute, isn’t there a song on there that starts “this is my house, this is my home”? (There was!) And isn’t there a song on there that’s about a bunch of young friends living in a house together and sometimes having sex? (There was! And neither of those two songs was the most fitting one, as it turns out!) So I started with the appropriate songs from that album and then rounded it out with some other stuff, including the two classical piano pieces that actually occur in the story itself. And voilà, I had a soundtrack.

The only one that works on a line-by-line basis is “Don’t Tell” (just imagine some of those lines in Daniel’s mouth, it’s eerie), and some work better for mood than for anything, but I’ve still tried to put them “in order of appearance” for the story. That quite frankly makes for a lot of bizarre transitions, so please do feel free to only download the ones you want, rearrange things, delete the ones you don’t like, whatever. Oh, and I apologise to non-German speakers about the last one, but if you do understand it, you will get why that song just had to be on this soundtrack (it’s a wonderful song even if you don’t understand it, though!).

1. “Home,” Tom McCormack (mp3)

This is my heart / This is my home )

2. “Disappear,” Crooked Fingers (mp3)

I'm gonna disappear / and take this sorrow far away / so you can live your life )

3. “The Time of Our Times,” Tom McCormack (mp3)

We came from different worlds to make our own / Somewhat afraid but not scared enough to go running home )

4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major K.279, Movement I (Allegro), W.A. Mozart (performed by Andras Schiff) (mp3)

5. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭ major, Op. 83 (Allegro Inquieto), Sergei Prokofiev (mp3)

6. “Laying Down to Perish,” Alan Doyle (mp3)

I’m laying down to perish / and God knows where I’ll go )

7. “Don’t Tell,” Tom McCormack (mp3)

Sometimes saying too much / means things you love may get broken )

8. “In Secret,” Tom McCormack (mp3)

Why be afraid to love you as if it's a crime / I want to get carried away in the light of day / if it takes a lifetime )

9. “Carrion Doves,” Crooked Fingers (mp3)

You're guilty now / but in your heart / there soon could be a change )

10. “Still,” Jupiter Jones (mp3)

So laut und so verloren war es hier / als Stille bei uns wohnte anstatt dir )

[*] Tom McCormack especially is guy-with-a-piano singer-songwriter stuff, so if that is not your thing, you will want to steer clear ([personal profile] zombieallomorph, that means you!).
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Reread.

Yes, I'm trying to catch up on my bookmeme postings. Only three more after this to reach "now".

This is the first of McGuire's InCryptid series, which I guess is "Urban Fantasy" as much as anything can be. We follow Verity Price, ballroom dancer (with the nom de salte of "Valerie Pryor"), cocktail waitress and cryptozoologist doing fieldwork in New York.

Due to a variety of things, stuffs get very complicated. And it's a brilliant read. And if you like urban fantasy, this may well be something to pick up and read. Although there's one teensy detail I am not 100% sure that I agree with. The secret to hand-to-hand fighting isn't to follow the rhythm, it's to break it. It's just that to do that, you must be able to follow it first.

What Remains

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:31 am
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"What Remains" by Jae Gecko

Source text/fandom: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (specifically The Likeness)
Rating: Mature.
Genres: Slash (Justin/OMC, Justin/Rafe). Gen. Het. In that order.
Summary: What’s left for Justin ten years on from when Lexie died, with flashbacks.
Size: 40449 words
Acknowledgements: To [livejournal.com profile] tangleofthorns, [personal profile] soupytwist, and [personal profile] tehomet for various combinations of beta and “picking,” and to the first two of those and [personal profile] tellitslant for batting things around with me in the planning stages.

I wrote this story as a Yuletide New Year’s Resolution gift for [livejournal.com profile] ninety6tears. Back when people first started posting their 2014 yuletide letters last fall, I read hers and became convinced that the Yuletide Gods would assign me to write for her--and though it didn’t happen that way, bits of it kept bouncing around in my head anyway. So while it is entirely possible that this story might have ended up being written even without the influence of her unfilled Dublin Murder Squad prompt, it definitely would have been a different story in several respects without it.

When I posted my 2014 yuletide story "Mother, I Climbed," I explained that there were two rather separate mysteries in The Likeness (who the victim was, and who killed her), and I also mentioned that that story spoiled one of those mysteries but left the other alone. Well, this story spoils the one the other story didn’t while leaving the first one alone (I am apparently an equal-opportunity spoiler-er). So please keep that in mind if you decide to read it without knowing the novel.

how it came about (spoilery for both the novel and the story) )

And last but not least, there’s kind of a ridiculous amount of stuff that I came up with about these characters’ lives that didn’t end up making it into this story in the end, so if you find yourself curious about anything I left dangling after you finish reading it, I do always love being asked those kinds of questions!

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Mar. 30th, 2015 04:18 pm
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Died on this day in 2002 aged 101 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). The mother of our current Queen. In "intersects with my life" I was dragged to London to attend the lying in state; which was a lot of queuing for little gain (can you tell I'm not a Monarchist?). Unusually for wives of Princes Elizabeth was not a foreign princess but the daughter of an English peer (not uniquely though).

Born on this day in 1963 to John Darlrymple and Davina Bowes-Lyon, David Darlrymple (my toy,wikipedia) . The Queen Mother's brother's grandson.
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Previously unread.

I'd place this in the "fable" category, I guess. There were some interesting elements, but now a few days after having read it, it doesn't seem to have left much of a lasting memory. I do recall being pleased with it at the time of reading, though. Take from that what you will (including, but not limited to, "forgetting to update for a whole bunch of days leads to less erudite updates").
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[personal profile] vatine
Previously unread.

Aaaaaah, ebook short stories with plenty of images, driving me to believe it's a novel. No, it's a short. But it's eminently readable, although somewhat "did I just... Did she just... Really? OK, then. It works, I guess?"-inducing.
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[personal profile] vatine
Reread.

This is the third book in the Old Man's War series and all in service of my series re-read before reading The Human Division (it's basically been Too Long since I read the series and a refresh seemed sensible).

Competent "Sf on a new colony", with some MilSF and some politics overtone. I wouldn't say that it's hugely exciting, but it's a pleasant read.
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[personal profile] vatine
Previously unread.

A collection of shorts. On the balance, worth reading, although there was one or two that I found to be mostly "meh". Probably worth tracking down, if you're interested in quirky "assorted" (there's some SF, some fantasy and some that I would more label as "horror").

i adulted ALL THE THINGS

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:30 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

EEEE!!!

Mar. 30th, 2015 08:52 am
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[personal profile] seekingferret
The Influence of Immanuel Kant on Evidentiary Approaches in Eighteenth Century Bulgaria by Orin S. Kerr

Because Orin Kerr is a legal demigod, or something.

Home

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:27 pm
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Home is an animated film about a teenage black girl who got an A in geometry and a hapless well-meaning alien.

I really enjoyed it! It managed to be really quite funny a lot of the time while never (for me) veering into cringeworthy and embarrassement. I'd like to drill down into exactly what makes that work for me, but at any rate, it did.

And the information security, while cartoon-y, was considerably more accurate than almost any other film I've seen :)

It was also, for me, a good example of a film I had almost no pitpicks about. Like, it had gravity control, and cars that run on slushies, and a magic chip that embeds alien technology in something which are not actually consistent if you look at the physics closely. But THAT'S COMPLETELY FINE because major plot points depended on what we already knew all those things COULD and COULDN'T do and DIDN'T depend on examining them closely. This is what I mean when I worry about films with plot holes -- the worldbuilding should be at a CONSISTENT level of worldbuilding, not necessarily a HIGH level of worldbuilding.

And, similarly, the morality was surprisingly good, while completely implicit. "Conquering a planet with good intentions = BAD" is clearly conveyed without being on the gritty parts. "Running away all the time = ENDEARING, SENSIBLE BUT FLAWED". Etc.

I realised about half way through that Oh was played by the same actor as Sheldon from the big bang theory, and Oh was endearing in some of the same ways but (importantly for me) didn't seem to have some of the problematic aspects.

Easter Sichuan food, please join us

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:30 am
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Please join [personal profile] nou, [personal profile] pplfichi, and myself for an exploratory mission to a Sichuan restaurant:

Fri 3 April
18:30

Ma Po
176-178 Lower Road, Surrey Quays, London SE16 2UN
https://www.zomato.com/london/ma-po-surrey-quays/menu
http://www.mapolondon.com/

RSVP for booking purposes by Thursday lunchtime please

Cambridge

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:01 am
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I shall be in Cambridge from Maundy Thursday until Easter Monday, and in the Hopbine from around 15.00 this Saturday if anyone would like to join me there and catch up. The rest of the weekend is fairly full with church stuff and Easter Feasting, but I still have a few spare moments here and there if anyone wants to catch up one-on-one.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 08:01 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] shrewreader!

bracing myself for morning

Mar. 29th, 2015 11:23 pm
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If the thought of chocolate-covered strawberries does not at least faintly please, then go back to bed if you can.

Your jacket is in the car, we're pretty sure. Saturday was a bad knee day.

Clothes are laid out.

You can probably stuff the strawberries in a bag with paper towels or something? idk. Or take the big plate, it's okay if it accidentally gets broken.

If you get in early enough, sneak in to Purple's office and leave strawberries.

Do your hours as soon as you get in, if you're not rushing off to a meeting first.

Soundbite

Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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