"Close enough for jazz"

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:13 am
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Vacation to-do list/wishlist summary: not too bad! Especially given that today was totally eaten by stressful unexpected circumstances. (Everyone is fine now.)

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (I didn't do this but did go read in the park near our house)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read (three books! in one week!)
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day (mostly)
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (well, I swept, but it's pretty clean underfoot now)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem
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Having seen Angels in America live (Boston, November 1995, first national tour) and on screen, this Thursday I split the difference and saw the currently-running London production on tape-delay live-stream in a movie theater. (Part one, that is; part two is this Thursday.) I don't love it but it's interesting to see the staging. Also Kushner has, per the intro to the combined ebook version I have but hadn't read until now, made unspecified changes to part two, so I will be reading that before Thursday so I won't be distracted while watching. (While I only skimmed part one, the only difference I saw between the text and this production was the dropping of the homeless woman's jokes.)

Here are some notes, cut for spoilers and lack of interest: )

There are various encore presentations going to be happening, if you missed this and are interested.
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sense 8. will at least try 2nd season. i can def see why it got cancelled tho. way too fucking slow and while the actors have improved line delivery there are still problems right up til the 12th episode. i cant understand how they just let some of this thru to be honest. and i am cranky at how badly jonas is teaching will who the sensates are and what they can do. he just talks trash philosophy and alludes to shit instead of dropping concise facts and figures about what the fuck is going on.

Read more... )
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So yeah, trying to interleave FMA & FMA:B was not a good call. With the possible exception of FMA 9 (still coming on my schedule), just skipping the first episode of FMA:B would have done fine.

Spoilers for all versions of Fullmetal Alchemist.

FMA 3, 'Mother' )

FMA:B 2, 'The First Day' )

FMA 5, 'The Man with the Mechanical Arm' )

FMA 6, 'The Alchemy Exam' )

FMA 7, 'Night of the Chimera's Cry' )

FMA:B 4, 'An Alchemist's Anguish' )

Blech Summer.

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:37 am
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We are having a run of very hot, very high-humidity days like Philly does gets, but usually they don't last more than a few days. It's been a bit more than that this summer. Do Not Want.

I want autumn and wearing layers and pulling out things made of wool.

Speaking of wool, I am wearing new sneakers made of wool today, for which I paid full price and I don't care because my poor arthritic foot bones are loving them so very much. The tops are soft! The insides are soft! There appears to be adequate support! They are from Allbirds and I never want to take them off. For the most part, they are not too hot, though I haven't tried them standing in the high humidity all day yet.

I am tempted to buy a pair of the loungers as well, for dayjob wear. (I snuck the sneakers in today because it's Friday and also hardly anyone is here.)

next on the loom

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:54 pm
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fresh warp on the loom! )

I am so glad i actually remembered how to dress the loom. This is only my 2nd weaving project, could've been third, but the supposed-to-be-second fell victim to me not actually remembering how to set up the warp properly that i just gave it up as a loss. This is the secondhand loom that I got from a friend, an Ashford Knitter's Loom, and this whole pastime is very addictive, no lie. I can see myself getting another loom, a 4-shaft one or an 8-shaft one... and i'm only glad these things are so ridiculously expensive. 

In any case, the could've-been-second project's failure bummed me out so much because i don't think i had any available balled up yarn to warp, but relating to my earlier project about refurbishing my room, i unearthed this generous ball of lace handspun i had done back in the day. it's a silk-merino blend, from a shop in texas, who consistently makes well-blended 50:50 blends that is not too sticky to spin (which can be an issue whenever silk is involved). the weft thread is also another one of my handspun, a hauni halfbred from new zealand. amazing wool, really nice handle (soft!) but sturdy and long fibres, so it's pretty forgiving, and also it doesn't set off my touch sensitivity. 

anyway, wish me luck. if i weave this proper, i can sew it to my favourite circular scarf as a hood insert of some kind. especially as autumn is coming, and i'm actually heading somewhere with autumn weather. 

eta: lol, tht washi tape on the heddle, i just found it in my bag. i swore i had gotten them all out, but apparently i'm a washi tape addict.

Some is Better Than None

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:01 am
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My schedule, during the workday and during the evenings, is pretty busy this week, but I did go to the gym last night. I did alternating sets of push-ups and squats, some tricep and upper body stuff, a tiny bit of "bicycle" leg works and a great deal of stretching.

I've been very lazy (also injured) this summer, and I could really feel it as I exercised. But as usual, the first set of push-ups was the worst, and they were less painful after that. I even did one set with my hands close together, which is the hardest for me. My wrists are no worse than usual this morning. My fingers are pretty swollen and not very bendy this morning. The high humidity today might be contributing.

Today is the staff luncheon, and then my group is leaving to do a team-building thing. Tonight, dinner at Kabobeesh. I don't think I will get much done.

someone pls

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:51 pm
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arrest r kelly. and throw him under the jail.
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Yeah. Mozambique decriminalized homosexuality. Fuck the british for criminalizing it in the first place. progress! Let us hope that we can continue to climb up and not fall back down
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poc. matter of fact not even then, i dont trust the showrunners not to fuck it up.
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to run on our tvs an alternate history in which the confederates win the war and black folk are still enslaved up until the present day. in trumpian white nationalism rising america. where police are murdering black folk with impunity and our attorney general is rolling back what little justice reform has been passed and the prisons, full of mostly black folk are boiling hot due to climate change, caused by white folks greed. and an entire city of mostly black folk is out of water and cacthing diseases due to white folks greed. and i could go on and on and on.


When will white folks lose power over us? I would really love to be able to ignore them? That would be paradise, to be able to focus on other things because white folks have lost all power over us.

the Ninas in my inbox

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:06 pm
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So I have two gmails (let's just start with those two) using both my names - my official-on-the-birth-cert one, and my family-daily-everyday one. My official name is ridiculous and incredibly distinct, thanks to my parents' bout of incredibly creative spelling. My daily one, which came almost as soon as I was born, because that's how my mum's people are, is incredibly common. which means, for whatever reason, i get emails meant for other Ninas in my inbox. And it's not just ninas with differently placed punctuation. I'm getting nina+*random numbers*@gmail.com too. So I have no idea why I'm getting them, and how to stop it. Now, in combination with my dad's own daily name, I have an incredibly desi name, so i'm having some valuable insights to the diaspora and the motherland let me tell you. I have yet to receive a Nina like me, or even remotely from this region. otoh, there was a 'Nina [my dad's full name]' on twitter, who is also Malaysian and who also loves makeup, so that was an experience.

But back to the Ninas, from whom i've learned of valuable things like modern hindu practices such as online pooja services. That's just handy. But more generally, I've learned you can never turn off the spam no matter how diligently i go thru the whole unsubscribing process. Also, my inbox action is like a really low-rent rendition of Orphan Black.

- there's a well-off Nina living in the Bay area, US.
- there's a Nina who is a clinic staff somewhere in California
- there's a Nina in England who was looking to rent a home
- various Ninas are looking for work
- one Nina just finished applying to a whole range of entry-level service jobs
- while another Nina is trying to get back into fitness
- one Nina has a really active desi family
- one Nina has been trying for years now to recover her facebook password. yeah, well, the recovery link goes to me!

i get better luck when there's a human at the end of it, like a colleague of Nina who keeps forwarding chain letters. But most of the time, i'm at the receiving end of automated services. I'm always so confused by this whole thing. Do they not know they're not getting their emails? Are they getting copies, and so couldn't give a fig about my inbox?

So i guess i'lll just start a tag here. and let's see where the ninas take me. in the meantime, i called Paypal to see if my paypal.me link could maybe not use my full real name in the public-facing link, but no dice. i was really hoping i could put up a paypal link and see if you could just swing some cash my way if you could. what can i say, the way my mum's people seems to be careful about spreading your name around's left me superstitious. still, it wasn't a total loss. because i am apparently a long-time paypal customer, at the end of that call they credited my account with US$10 to spend. ten whole american dollars! i better do something about that before the global economy collapses. if only i called before i set up my pinboard account....

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:40 am
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I read two books in the last week!

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee is more straightforwardly comprehensible than Ninefox Gambit, but still had lots of wonderfully weird worldbuilding and characters with complex motivations. Plus, there were a couple of moments where I said, "Whoa. Wow," which I will not spoil here. Two books in, I still think this is one of the most creative science fiction worlds I've read in a long while.

I finished Raven Stratagem on Monday, my recovery day from Readercon, and then dove into The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss, which I finished last night, and which is about monsters and about women, and how they can be the same thing. I think if you like Karen Joy Fowler's work, you might like this, and also if you love meta and revisionist tales and/or things set in Victorian England and relating to the stories of the nineteenth century. Goss works with female creations of fictional scientists (or hypothetical female creations/daughters) from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and "Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (which I have not read). Also, Holmes and Watson are in it, because of course they are. But overall, this is a meta novel, periodically festooned with commentary from the female characters about themselves, their stories, how their stories are told, and the idea of what a novel should be and how it should be written. And besides all that, it was fun. Highly recommended, because I think a lot of my Dreamwidth friends would like this, and I would love to hear what you think about it even if you don't like it.

From my Wordpress blog update.

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:35 pm
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After three days of intensive theory and testing, I am now a certified first-aider. I am over the moon about this, because I fulfilled the promise I’d made for myself a while back. A bit of background why I wanted to learn first aid: my great grandparents from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family were physicians and bone-setters. My great grandmother herself was a herbalist and knew about herbs. So, I couldn’t be a doctor, since I chose the path of a historian – but my interest in medicine and helping people has always been there. The interest spiked while I coped with my chronic illnesses and many health scares.

So, what a week! 🙂

"You can't always get what you want"

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:31 am
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Archiving some Twitter threads here regarding cons and congoing.

Thread 1: You are not entitled to be a panelist at a convention.  )

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Thread 2: Cis People Please Don't Do This. )

Comments are off because I'm on vacation and don't feel like moderating them. Feel free to share the link to this post.
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and am already pissed. the white saviour plotline with will is some white fuckery. the lines those mfs gave that black nurse and what looks like an afro latino cop when they were interacting with a black child that was MAYBE thirteen and gunshot? when cops be shooting black folk in real life like they have a quota on our asses? no ma'am. that is some white supremacy storytelling.

also the dialogue is kinda stiff and overly wordy,several actors had trouble naturally saying their lines. and the pacing is too slow.

look. can we get rid of the idea of diversity in which its vast majority of whites and one of each for everyone else? because its utterly irritating to have to hold your breath and worry about the characterization of the one main POC character that shares your race while white folks can pick and choose freely over their myriad main character options.

and can we have more interracial lgbt couples that DO NOT have a white person as a part of the partnership? and can we have more same race lgbt couples that aint white? i promise you poc same race same sex couples will not destroy the world as we know it, gay creatives; pls stop this shit.


Yeah for the trans actress. yeah for the cinematography. yeah for the idea itself, its pretty interesting. yeah for the characterization of the sensates, they look like interesting people. I am going to see how far i can make thru the series and hopefully even if i have to drop out due to racist and or boring storytelling i might at least be able to look the fanfic and see if i can entertain myself there.

YouTube channel, at long last

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Years after everyone else, I have uploaded all of my vids to my YouTube channel. All of them, that is, except the remasters and the ones that have been copy-blocked globally. I will continue to do Vimeo under password uploads for all my vids so that people in Germany can watch them, and in case of further copyright jail shenanigans on future vids.



A number of people have asked me about this for the past few years, and with the way vidding is shifting, it seemed like the thing to do. To celebrate, I have embedded my most recent and most popular vids on this entry. 


It's mostly true that I make vids for myself, but I do enjoy other people enjoying them. Feel free to subscribe to the channel, and if you feel like watching or liking the vids on this new platform (or reblog on the old tumbleweed), that would not be unappreciated by me.

One final note: I will add YouTube links to the old vid posts as time and 2017 allow.

Readercon 2017 Report

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:20 am
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I saw many, many people at Readercon, none of them for long enough, but still managed to use up my extrovert energy supply for several years. Goodbye is the hardest part.

My panels went well from my pov, and I had a few people (not people I already knew) tell me they enjoyed them, so that seems good! Next time, I think I will skip anything at 8:00 pm, though, because I have no brain left by then.

When I was home and not working yesterday, I did laundry then spent the rest of the day napping and reading in blessed seclusion.

[personal profile] yhlee gave me a test tube with a Dalek seal on top which makes me very, very happy. I am going to use it as a container for my tiny glow-in-the-dark 3D-printed Daleks and make little squeeing noises at it.

"R&R"

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:26 am
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Once more unto the vacation to-do list/wishlist. A whole week of vacation when I'm not ill! Such luxury!

Things with deadlines:

* NONE AT ALL

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (needs to happen today if it's going to happen, because the weather's going to be too hot and unpleasant the rest of the week)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem

(no subject)

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:37 pm
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Moral premise

6 months of pots Happily and enthusiastically make shitty art without thinking too much.

via [personal profile] umadoshi

Castlevania

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Thank goodness this thing is only 4 episodes long. It is not to my taste at all. The voice actors do not sound natural, the animation is blah, the story is annoying (can we stop with the woman fridging fuckery? Please) the jokes are corny and the fights are nothing to write home about.
Ah well. At least its just 4 episodes.

DW mobile-friendly style, update

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:04 pm
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I went with Practicality on [personal profile] jesse_the_k's suggestion; technically the theme is "Calculated Risks" but I changed all the colors and a lot of the decorations so I'm not sure it counts as the same theme any more.

Here's the custom CSS, which is largely ditching a lot of small-caps and extra lines, and making it more boring color-wise. (Edit) Though, if anyone wants to fiddle, there's a thing that's been commented in the code.

CSS )

Thanks for the feedback, all!

Support a great vidder!

Jul. 17th, 2017 03:45 pm
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My friend [personal profile] kuwdora is currently doing her damnedest to change careers and become a professional editor. She's got a great opportunity for coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire but needs help to make the math come out. The program will give her a significant leg up as a woman in a male-dominated industry and give her essential connections in Hollywood that will enable her to succeed.

You can donate to her GoFundMe directly, or commission a vid from her. Abbey has been a huge influence on my vidding and was ridiculously generous with her time, skills, and expertise when I was starting out, so if you've ever felt like you'd like to buy me a coffee for any of my vids, please take this opportunity to pay it forward to her instead.
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That sounds so 😤 but honestly it's more 🙆. For one thing, I'm getting the hang of this spinster business (both figuratively and literally), but it does mean if I'm the one who is staying in the family home, keeping my mum company while living my life, then i have to stop looking at my quarters as a place to graduate from. That's just a really roundabout way of saying I went to Ikea to get some more storage options, and also actively thinking of using the space beyond just my room (and kitchen. :D).

But you know, since the last I've posted here, how has my life been? Going steady on the professional side, while having a bit of turbulence in my mental state, though nothing i can't handle for now, even if i slip a little here and there. For one thing, it's nice to put a name on why that is, namely ADHD (only self-diagnosed), but I'm pretty much highly functioning so let's be thankful for the little things. When I came home, I wanted to do more theatre, but aside from that initial burst, I've quieted down. no luck yet with the auditions i've been going, but i did enjoy having to do them, because i've been so ridiculously out of practice. I still haven't got back to doing standup either, and I really really should. I say this every year. I've made friends from saying this every year. Imagine if I actually do it.

Writing-wise, I've resumed some fanfic writing. Hell, I even went back to anonmeme fic wip, which i still haven't finished, and i'm fully blaming ramadhan for. i'm gonna count posting to metafilter as well, and in that i've been quite prolific, especially in the last year, what the hell. that aside, i keep seeing tweets and notices for calls for submission with envy, because i haven't written anything worth submitting. on the other hand i am writing stuff for work internally, and speaking of work, i'm bracing myself for our move to putj next year augh. i am not joking i'm planning to sleep in the train and shower at work.

[oh shit tht reminds me some guy who writes for n*j*b's website gave me his card and i can't fucking remember where the heck i put it.]

in any case, one of my throwaway jokes is now gonna bite me in the ass. to wit:

Screenshot_2017-07-14-18-23-38-29

and suddenly i have ppl interested to join me. *expires gently*

i'm cutting down to 10 minutes, and we're calling it Talk Is Cheap. See you at the Cooler Lumpur Festival, sometime in August (i think 19th to the 20th?)

and getting back to the entry title, my bestie has reminded me to start a wishlist for this year. without fail, i will not do this, but without fail she will hound me until i decide on a birthday gift. it's an efficient system, when you think about it.



imagine me with a checkbox....

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:15 am
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hola! i am back... ish. anyway, dusted off my flickr account, got myself a pinboard account, and after being in the wildnerness in the last 4-5 years, i think i'm getting back to this business of proper journalling, and not just reblogging while screaming in the tags on tumblr. i've decided to be less finicky about getting my pseuds separated, if anything there's always the private lock. anyway, helloooooo

Note

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:04 pm
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I think the people who complain that my books are mostly available on Amazon are the ones who are also adding onto the stress that I am just an impostor pretending to have books out.

These people are mostly white and mostly happily partaking in capitalist cultures where gosh, they can go to bookstores etc etc. They forget that publishing industry and its distribution is deeply flawed and small presses often lose out in the end. Do you know that bookstore chains will never accept print runs from Amazon/Createspace? Do you know that they are also strong-armed by bigger and more powerful publishers who flood the chains with their books?

So, have a heart, people.

DW mobile-friendly style

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:18 am
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I cannot figure out how to navigate the DW style chooser thing at all.

Is there an out-of-the-box DW style that has comment pages with bigger usernames on the comments listing than Tropospherical? Or, are you using an out-of-the-box style, and does it play nice on small screens? If so, which one?

(This is part of my project of trying to be on DW more.)

"The travel-model baby"

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:29 am
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We are HOME. I have rarely in my life been so tired, and I have spent much of my life being tired. This is non-Euclidean tired that collapses in upon itself. I'm sort of impressed by it.

As usual, Sam was thrilled to see me, Sophie was thrilled to see X, and Alex pretended to have entirely forgotten our names until we ordered pizza and he decided he wanted some. Tili took very good care of them. She also pointed out that our inexplicably huge basil plants grew enormous flower spikes during the three days we were gone. The leaves are yellowing a bit; might be time for more fertilizer.

I cannot overstate how tremendously lucky we are to have such a good travel-bean. They were really clearly Done With Everything around 2 p.m. yesterday, and very polite about our inexplicable failure to take them home right then. They didn't nap much on the train today, though they did sleep on me for about half an hour—it's such a pleasure to be slept on by a baby, and we were all jockeying a bit to be the one that Kit napped on; I only won because J needed to get up to get something and I snagged the sleepy baby and the blanket—but they were generally cheerful and amenable to distraction nonetheless, and as soon as we got home they chugged a bottle and sacked out. They even signed "train" while we were waiting for the train, and they made friends with another toddler who was riding in our car, trading many high-fives and handshakes. They really liked the train trips; we should do more train travel with them.

Next year, more and better planning. Definitely. But on the whole it was a very good con.

07 ghosts anime

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Once upon a time, the god of death fell in love with the Chief of Heaven's daughter.  Fuckery ensues.


Nearly a thousand years later,  Teito Klein, an enslaved boy with very powerful battle magic who is just about to graduate with honors  from a prestigious Barburg Empire military academy; overhears one of the top brass discussing something about his painful past. Fuckery ensues.

There are 7 ghosts with a job to do, 7 ghosts to bind "him", 7 ghosts to save our souls, and Teito Klein will find them.


Yes, I do recomend this one. Great animation, interesting story (I really loved the way they reworked Christian myth to get this story's lore). And fun fights if you like stuff like that. Which I do.
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I made a couple long comments elsewhere and I should archive them somewhere less ephemeral, for reference.

on defining fanfic )

on deciding whether to become a parent )

on forcing a Kindle Fire to my will

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:21 pm
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I bought the cheapest 8" Amazon tablet on sale this week for $50, because my fairly-new unloved tablet had problems and I had determined to save it only for reading comics and watching video, but it was getting worse and worse, and it was only $50. [*]

So far it's about what I expected--lousy screen, flimsy (the door for the SD card is not going to last the week--but it works. I will report back in more detail later.

The real point of this post is to link to two things:

1) how to install the Google Play store, so you can keep your paid-through-Google apps, which works just fine and does not use require use of adb or anything more complex;

2) how to install a launcher of your choice (I'm using Nova Launcher). I believe I had to power the device off and then back on before the home button detection option came on, but now it works just fine.

[*] It was a NVIDIA Shield K1, which has recently been discontinued; though old, it got good reviews across the board even in current roundups, and so I suspect I got a lemon, because it was a piece of shit from day one. Rebooting itself nearly daily during ordinary use, this exciting nonsense on a system update, etc. etc. Then a hairline crack on the screen edge dramatically expanded, rendering the area containing home and recent buttons unresponsive in the ordinary orientation, so use required constantly flipping, plus once you've got that much of a crack it's just a matter of time. I'll be putting it up on eBay for parts soon.

"Gonna fall down any day now"

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:11 am
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We are at Readercon! We are having a very good time.

We took the train up instead of driving. There was a mess leaving Penn Station—we had to get off our broken train and get onto another one at the last minute—and a friend couriered much of our luggage, so that was all a bit of a logistical headache, and it's stressful being bound to an external schedule. But I actually haven't missed having a car (or even thought much about leaving the hotel) and I definitely haven't missed being the only licensed driver for a long trip. Maybe the train again next year; maybe not.

Me being sick for the crucial two weeks (two full weeks! June 26 to July 10! let's never do that again!) when we would usually do all our planning led to many hilarious planning failures, including not packing enough underwear, packing the wrong bra, not bringing enough warm clothing for a freezing cold hotel, never getting around to going swimming (after much fuss about making sure we all had swim gear—though of course we forgot Kit's swim diaper!), not bringing toothpaste, not bringing enough cash for housekeeping tips, forgetting that my new eyeglass prescription means my hoarded last pair of contact lenses was useless, and not scheduling enough babysitter time. Rarely has my behavior.planning.agley tag been so apt. X and J did their very best to make up for my incapacity, but we're all used to me being the primary planner, and at this age Kit is very distracting and makes it hard to focus on planning. I suspect that we're going to go home, sleep for a week, and then plan out our entire schedule for next year in advance.

I gave a talk on habit reversal training for writers that was extremely well received. That was very gratifying and enjoyable, and set a good tone for the rest of the weekend. I attended a few panels, was on a couple more, read none of my book and knit none of my knitting, had a really lovely time hanging out with friends, stayed up very late—the usual.

Some of it has been a bit strange. I'm now at the age where my friends tell me about their divorces; I was not quite aware I had reached that age, but it's happened twice in two days, so here we are. (To be clear, I am very glad I could be there for those friends. I just wasn't expecting it.) No one's slept much except Kit, who remains an absolute champion traveler and has taken a solid two-hour nap every day we've been here, including on the train on the way up (and will ideally do so on the train home). But we're coping.

I was nearly falling asleep during my own room party, and then after it was done I went out to the patio because 1 a.m. Readercon patio conversations are a superb vintage I only get to taste once a year. We talked about consciousness upload and replication, which led to digressions on neuroscience, parenting, and karma. Good times.

I must go sleep a lot now. A whole lot. Tomorrow: home.
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My Tweets for this panel were 50% despair at being unable to catch the names of things, as I said in the prior placeholder version of the post. However! Robert Killheffer put together this very thorough list, with links, of stuff mentioned at the panel, and gave me permission to share it! I have tried to revise my panel notes into something with minimal overlap with the document, so please do consult both.

S.A. Chakraborty, Haris Durrani, Robert Killheffer, Darcie Little Badger, Susan Matthews (leader)
Discussions of "genre classics" tend to focus mainly on modern Western works. This panel will discuss proto-genre narratives from antiquity and the pre-modern and early modern era in the world beyond Western Europe, including not only myths and legends but early authored works such as the Hamzanama (The Adventures of Amir Hamza), the Baital Pachisi (Vikram and the Vampire), and Fengshen Yanyi (The Creation of the Gods).

Read more... )

There, that's better. Thanks again to all the panelist, and especially Robert for compiling the list.

Readercon: Life, Love, and Robots

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:05 pm
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I have a little bit more notes for this! Still not a ton, though.

Jeffrey A. Carver (leader), Glenn Grant, Kate Nepveu, Sonya Taaffe, Sheila Williams
Robots, golems, and other living machines appear human but can never become human, which makes them perfect vehicles for exploring concepts of sentience, emotion, and human nature. Many robots long to be human; it's much more rare to see one that loves being what it is. Far more fictional robots have gender identities than national or ethnic identities. They are often programmed to feel sexual desire but rarely designed to eat a meal or sniff a flower. How do our depictions of robots reflect our changing understandings of what it means to be alive?

I said in my intro that I'm fairly sure my signup for this was just "Murderbot!" and then a bunch of heart symbols, and rather that recap my rec from the panel, I wrote it up for booklog.

Read more... )
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I was really not awake for this panel and so took almost no notes; this is extremely sketchy as a result, but better than nothing.

Phenderson Clark, Greer Gilman, Victoria Janssen (leader), Kate Nepveu, Naomi Novik
Guest of Honor Naomi Novik's Temeraire books take a slow and clever approach to a common issue with alt-historical fantasy: if magic has always existed, why have historical events gone essentially the same way that they did in our magicless world? Her focus on the familiar territory of Western Europe during the Napoleonic Wars gradually broadens to include other regions that look very different. This panel will examine this and other techniques for integrating magic into history, including using the appearance or reappearance of magic as a timeline divergence point, limiting magic or paranormal entities to a particular region of the world, portraying paranormal communities or magic-users as hidden and secretive, and entirely reinventing history from the Neanderthals on up.

what I can remember )

Annnd that's all I can remember. Feel free to comment, either if you were there or if you want to continue the conversation!
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lately. Slashed, darkskinned black gay men. With them taking care of each other. Being soft and sweet to each other.
Wow. This is the first time I have ever seen this in all my years of fanfic reading. I would love love LOVE to see more.
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NOW the last one. Can I get to bed before 1 a.m. before the day with three programming items? Why am I doing this, anyway? (Because if I don't know it won't get done and I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. Alas.)

Erik Amundsen, David Bowles, Rosemary Kirstein, Naomi Novik (leader), Nnedi Okorafor
Specialized and secret fields of knowledge create barriers to understanding and can become mechanisms of cultural control. They can also be foundations for resistance. They can support or destroy communities and instill gratitude or resentment. All these things could be said of both magic and science, and the wielders thereof. The tradition of pitting magic and science against each other goes back to Tolkien's anxieties about industrialization, but today's speculative works have moved beyond it to recognize that the two can coexist and are often used similarly as metaphors. We'll examine Guest of Honor Naomi Novik's mix of historical technology and dragons, Guest of Honor Nnedi Okorafor's mix of futuristic technology and sorcery, and other successful amalgamations and integrations.

more collated tweets )

Just under the wire before 1 a.m., go me!

Readercon: Terrible... but Great

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:35 am
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I was going to say, last one for night, and then I remembered I went to three in a row but four total for day. Whee.

Lila Garrott (leader), Bart Leib, Natalie Luhrs, Sonya Taaffe, Vinnie Tesla
Our panelists muse on books that are really bad but in an amazing way! Genevieve Valentine's term "shitmazing" may be appropriate here. What makes something both terrible and great? Are these works worth analyzing and perhaps even emulating, or do they exist simply to be enjoyed (if that's the word) on their own merits (if that's the word)?

more tweets, getting less cleaned up as we go )
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I am very very tired but I also need to hydrate and then remain upright for a while, so let me see how far I get in cleaning up my live-tweeting of panels.

First up:

Classic YA Book Club: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Victoria Janssen (leader), Sandra Kasturi, Miriam Newman, Sonya Taaffe, Tamara Vardomskaya

panel notes )

If anything was insufficiently unpacked, or if you want to talk about it, come into the comments! (You don't need to have a DW account, just comment anonymous and sign your name or nickname or something at the bottom so we can have continuity of conversation.)

SHRIEKING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:25 pm
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dear mangaka:

no means no. you cannot sexually assualt, sexually harass or rape someone into loving you.

how in the fuck are these people supposed to have relationships when they work such long hours? where would they find the TIME??????

NO MEANS NO. you cannot sexually assualt, sexually harass or rape someone into loving you.


every last one of these people need training on how to relate to co-workers in a professional manner.
every last one of you all needs training on sexual harrassment, sexual assualt and  explicit consent
NONE of you should be dating each other.
ITS UNETHICAL FOR THE MANAGER TO BE PERSUING THE EMPLOYEE!!!!!!!
how in the SHIT has this business not been sued into the ground as yet?
WHERE IS HUMAN RESOURCES????????




NO. MEANS. NO. YOU CANNOT SEXUALLY ASSAULT, SEXUALLY HARASS OR RAPE SOMEONE INTO LOVING YOU


how are the working conditions so horrendous? Why are the workers taking this shit?   why is everyone behind deadline all the time?  Why is there no leisure time? Why is everyone developing ulcers dude to stress? Why are workers collapsing and having IV lines put into them at the hospital and this is business as usual? What the hell kind of work place is this?

NO

MEANS

NO

YOU

 CANNOT 

SEXUALLY HARASSS

OR 

SEXUALLY  ASSAULT 

OR

RAPE 

SOMEONE 

INTO 

LOVING 

YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Oh my GOD everyone on this show jumps to erroneous conclusions!!!! And WHAT IS WITH the extreme jealousy shit??!?! NONE OF YOU SHOULD BE HAVING REALTIONSHIPS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IS !!!


NO.     MEANS.  NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

media

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:36 am
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Experienced recently, keeping it short here more as a log than as reviews:

Reading:
Nicola Griffith's Slow River on an accurate recommendation from [personal profile] watersword. So good. Wow for the realistic abuse content, ggggnnnnnngggh for the competence in water treatment facility management scenes. I feel like people who liked China Mountain Zhang, for the personal journey stuff and the mundane futuristic scifi stuff and the emphasis on physical labor and managing complicated processes, might be likely to also like this.

(Reread) a few Tamora Pierce books from The Protector Of the Small quartet for comfort. Still comforting.

All the Birds in the Sky: finished, LOVED everything except the last 10 pages which were just okay.

Started Hild and am having a tough time getting the world into my head.

Am most of the way through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is fairly breezy.

A bunch of Jon Bois stuff which is SO GREAT.

Visual:

In Transit, documentary, loving and unexpected. Way more about people and way less about the train itself than I thought we'd see. I had a lot of nostalgia for my times on the Empire Builder.

Schindler's List -- saw this for the first time. Stunning, of course. I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. I am glad I saw it on a Friday night when I'd had a good day and I didn't have anything in particular to do the next couple days.

Jurassic Park -- awesome and fun, maybe my 3rd or 4th time seeing it. I could probably see this once every 12-18 months.

Steven Universe -- all caught up now, love the songs, love Lion, amazed and surprised every few episodes.

A Man For All Seasons -- saw this in high school I think? So many good burns in this movie, and a fascinating portrayal of an actual conservative.

Wonder Woman -- better as an Event than as a movie (in contrast some movies don't have to be Events, like, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever or whatever). The message the movie wants to speak is in direct opposition to the basic visual and structural form of a tentpole superhero blockbuster film. But there are fun bits.

Yuri!!! On Ice -- I'm glad I saw this and I respect it a lot but I don't love it. I think that it's the restaurant that doesn't punch you in the face for a bunch of the intended audience, and I'm not part of that audience.

Audio:

Leonard's podcasted conversations with our friend Lucian about 90s nostalgia -- I enjoyed Lucian's recurring "because Kurt Cobain" explanations of his teenage quirks.

FMA/B rewatch: FMA 1-2, FMA:B 3

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Spoilers for all versions of Fullmetal Alchemist.

So the Toast-commenters-in-exile have a Slack, and some people there proposed a Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood watch, which of course is entirely my jam. We're actually interleaving early episodes of FMA as an experiment, since FMA:B shortens some of the opening and does it in a weird order. Specifically:

episode order )

So tonight while waiting for laundry to go into the dryer, I had no brain for anything but some rewatch and live-blogging. Here, therefore, are notes about FMA 1 & 2 (and then I got sucked into semi-watching FMA:B to compare).

live-blogging of FMA 1 and 2, and also FMA:B 3 )

Not-Reading Wednesday

Jul. 12th, 2017 08:22 am
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I turned in my PW review on Sunday, and since then have not been reading a lot except bits of magazines and bits of fanfiction that I delete before finishing because it's not hitting the spot.

I started reading Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, sequel to Ninefox Gambit, but am only a little way into it. So far, it is a much easier read, with explanations of how this very complex and creative world works.

A Few Accomplishments

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:09 am
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1. I went to the gym last night! Go me. I was really tired; I did weights including some barbell squats for the first time in a while, and a smidge of ab stuff, but just could not face cardio after that. And when I got home, I started feeling almost sick with tiredness when I attempted to work on my panel notes, so I set them aside. (It was a really long day at the dayjob.) I slept well once I got to sleep.

2. I put some things into my suitcase for this weekend. Not everything, but most of the things. I still need to pack the things properly, and choose makeup and jewelry.

3. I bought a couple of local items for a friend I'll be seeing at the con. Those get packed, as well.

4. Tonight, I plan to see The Monkeys, and tonight and tomorrow night I need to finish packing (first priority) and put my panel notes in my tiny notebook (second priority). I have to remember that notes can be made during my long train ride to Boston.

5. I still need to withdraw some cash, but I should be able to do that at the train station before I leave, so that's third priority.

for gods sake anime makers

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:05 am
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pls stop using sexual harassment and rape as I will make them love me plot devices in supposed love stories feat gay men please and thank you. No mean NO!!! And no amount of I love you justifies forcing sex on someone!

Netflix, god why.

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:45 pm
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I've gotten so spoiled by Crunchyroll and FUNimation, which give me nice simulcasts of currently airing anime. So much so that I've forgotten how to look for fucking fansub torrents. I don't think I've looked for them in years! Never mind the fact that Crunchyroll and FUNimation kind of decimated fansub groups due to making currently airing anime available so easily. To be clear, I'm not really complaining about this. The industry complains about piracy. I say that you fight piracy by making it easier to obtain legal copies. People are lazy. I am lazy. I'm happy to fork over a monthly subscription fee so I can watch current anime in one place via my PC, Roku, phone, tablet, etc.

I am, however, complaining about fucking Netflix, which licensed Kakegurui (based on the female gambling manga I raved about on Twitter a couple years back) and decided to... wait until the season is over and drop it in one completed batch? Okay, like, I get this is their brand. Binging is Their Thing. But learn a little something about your fucking audience! Anime fans do not want to wait a month after the entire season is over to watch the entire series at once! We want to watch the series one episode per week! THAT IS HOW OUR FANDOM WORKS.

Ugh. I am so resentful that I'm having to pirate this show. I'm happy to support it, but I'm also not waiting until October or November to watch it! Jesus, the show has no chance of blowing up because of this. None. Literally none. Anime fans will be moving onto new and shiny fall anime by then!

NETFLIX WHY.

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