jhameia: ME! (Sparklez for Efferyvun!)
So, I sold a steampunk short story to Expanded Horizons =)

And you can find it here: Between Islands

Alive!

May. 19th, 2010 12:47 am
jhameia: ME! (Sparklez for Efferyvun!)
RIGHT.

So.

I didn't update all weekend and stuff is escaping me at the moment since I've been travelling about non-stop since Sunday evening. So, I shall do a quick update, and then go to bed. Because it's been a couple of days since I've been in a proper bed for anything longer than 5 hours. This may not last long because the guest room I've been given is in the basement. Which is, oh, about five degrees cooler than the rest of the house. WHICH MEANS IT IS FREEZING.

Saturday:
- Woke up early, as usual. Did the Social Issues in Steampunk Roundtable. Which. Um. Well, shall we say WE DIDN'T EXPECT SUCH A LARGE TURNOUT? ALL the chairs were filled. We had people standing a lot. We also had people who couldn't get in because of the setup. It was simply amazing. We never expected such a huge reception. The people were awesome as well. After the Roundtable, we moved out into the bar area and proceeded to continue chatting in a less orderly fashion and eat cupcakes.

- I hung out wiith Tempest and Spiralred, and we went to see Jake von Slatt's bus. YAY BUS!

- We then proceeded to have lunch! Me, Jake, Tempest, Spiralred, Ay-Leen, Lucretia, and Professor Fumolataro from Steampunk Empire. It was awesome. I was scared of committing GSF #4, but then Tempest started talking about Dr. Who and we were all on common ground then. It was such a great time. I couldn't help but feel very grown-up sitting at the table with all my grown-up friends and just... I don't know, I felt really proud of myself for having made it there.

- Then I went over to the Ambassy Suites to attend a talk on Victorian Dance Etiquette. Lovely talk.

- I also bought the parasol. In fact, I bought two. The green one I was talking about, and a blue one to match my pinafore outfit. Picture here. Yes, there was a little shoot in the evening.

... I don't actually remember much of what else happened on Saturday, to be honest. I think the Art and History of Kissing was that evening. Also attended the Gaslamp Cabaret. I know I went back in to see HUMANWINE.

- Then I went back up, and instead of going right to bed, I packed my bag.


Sunday:
- Woke up early and packed some more. Then I went downstairs, checked out, and while waiting for the presentation timeslot, helped clear the Performers Green room.

This day was by far the busiest. Let me recall...

The presentation was a huge success. People loved the presentation. Jake von Slatt gave me a hug and went all, "YOU WERE A ROCK STAR." So much so, he's going to rec me and Ay-Leen to the folks at Steam Con and see if we can be invited to give a talk there, woo!

I went to pick up my new green parasol and drop off the blue one. Ay-Leen, Lucretia and I went to have a shoot in the Ambassy Suites, and after that I went looking for Jake to find out what to do with the box he made us. I chatted with a couple of folks on his bus for a while, and one of the TV crew who came to get something. I kinda wish I was a bit more on the ball, because I would have liked to have met the TV crew, because they're from Canada, and Steampunk Canada was represented! Gah. Sometime in there, I went to the Fashion Show, which was pretty okay. After the fashion show, Liz Gorinsky, who will be sitting with me at the Politics of Steampunk panel, introduced herself, and OMG! She has stuff!!! She gave me Boneshaker and Ay-Leen Dreadnaught which is the sequel and YAY! I told her I had more books to read before WisCon, and she said, "I will be very impressed if you finish them all before WisCon" and this is a CHALLENGE I shall attempt to meet!

Back at the parasol place, called the Shady Emporium because... they sell parasols and fans.... and the proprieter dresses like a Chinaman.... ANYWAY, I got one of them to take pictures of me myself and I in my green outfit and new parasol. On the way back, ran into GD Falksen and gave him a James Ng print that I'd promised him. He was very pleased with it, gave me a hug, and called me an "excellent creature". The TV crew was around so I didn't want to hang around to chat too much, but in retrospect, I really should have. I don't think I've met anyone who affected a British accent as much as he did. (He hosted the Fashion Show as well.)

At the Shady Emporium, I told them about the free food that was being distributed, went upstairs to scope out the foodage, chatted up some people, especially this black dude dressed as a Chinese steampunk, ran downstairs to tell the Shady Emporium folks (on the way down, because I couldn't be arsed to wait for the elevator, I noted a couple off the side of the stairwell, she was on her knees and there was stuff on the floor) and continued to hang out variously.

I finished off with Professor Elemental's show and the closing ceremonies. FINALLY I got to see Professor Elemental in concert! He was a dreadful lot of fun. I've got a video, and we'll see if I can manage to get it up on youtube or not. Then it was closing ceremonies, and then Ay-Leen and I got changed out into civvies.

There was some drama, and I hung out with Whisper Merlot, one of the organizers, and we gossiped a GOODLY LONG WHILE about someone who appears to loom large on the steampunk scene and spent a long time bitching.

Then there was pizza in the Courtyard, and some absinthe-tasting. On the way out, I ran into GD, said my goodbyes. He's... oddly really friendly to me. I'm not sure why. HOWEVER, should I run into him again and am feeling better, I will probably flirt incorrigibly with him for shits and giggles.

We FINALLY went out for dinner and didn't actually leave until 1.30am. Which meant we got to Ay-Leen's friend's place at 2am. Did not sleep until 2.30am.

.... Woke up at 5am. Surprisingly, I had a really good nap. That was one awesome air mattress.

I am so so so so so so so happy that Lucretia and Ay-Leen and Max woke up to send me off, and I got to the train station, got all my tickets, with minimal fuss. Got the train to Washington DC. Had a hella long time before the train to Chicago, so what do to?

GO SIGHTSEEING!

You are all so goddamn lucky I do not have Twitter set up to my cellphone because you would have been privy to a long inane stream of twitter chatter that runs like this:

"At the Smithsonian. Where is Abe Lincoln?"
"Wow big park is big"
"SQUIRRELS!"
"In the Museum of Native Americans!"
"In the Smithsonian Castle. Wow it really is a castle. Wtf is a castle doing here?"
"This National Monument thing is really tall. And pointy. Um, that's it?"
"GEESE!"
"Good day, Mr. Lincoln!"
"relaxing to admire Mr. Lincoln's vastness"
"Relaxing some more to read Mr. Lincoln's speech"
"Off to the White House!"
"BOO YEA I am standing IN FRONT OF THE MOTHERFUCKING WHITE HOUSE YA'LL"
"Shit Washington DC is huge what's the easiest way back to Union Station?"
"I don't understand Washington subway system =("

Luckily, aside from the fact that I got more damp, which couldn't have helped my cold any, and should have left my backpack at the locker because it was REALLY FUCKING HEAVY, I had a great time in Washington!

Train out to Chicago left at 4pm, and arrived today at 8am. I sat next to this lovely young black man who's studying a Masters in Clinical Counselling in Chicago, but neglected to ask for his name. I finished Changeless (ending made me go >:{ ) and started Perdido Street Station (which was bothersome to start because, whew, it sure sounded pretentious at the beginning) and am now halfway. From Chicago, I caught a train out to Milwaukee, and from there, a bus to Stevens Point.

And so here I am. OK, I think this is enough chattering. ... I am attempting to upload a video of Professor Elemental, but it is taking entirely too long and I need sleep, so I will try doing it tomorrow.
jhameia: ME! (Sparklez for Efferyvun!)
This is the POTUS.

And the P stands for Puppy.



And the President, too.

Here's a version with a caption.


via Hoyden About Town

Also:

Apr. 12th, 2009 05:20 pm
jhameia: ME! (Sparklez for Efferyvun!)


I loved her from the start. She was so cheeky, down-to-earth, and adorable ("I'm forty-seven. And that's just one part of me! *wiggles hips*") and then she belted out like a stage queen. Even her stage presence is palpable. And there were people laughing at her (possibly some laughing with her, but mostly sneering at her) and she showed them all, showed them all. You can tell the judges were absolutely blown away (Simon looking enchanted? OMG) and the only thing that could possibly make this video better would be to see those sneering faces drop when Ms. Boyle shows her chops.

I usually despise reality shows like American Idol because usually the talent bit is only part of what the judges are looking for - they're generally looking for someone they can commercially market to the lowest-common denominator. Also, the whole show seems to run on being mean to people. But Britain's Got Talent has been pretty good, with Signature (video post a few days ago) and Paul Potts (large-ish, nervous cellphone salesman who looked completely unassuming. He ended up winning and last I saw while encountering a vid of his audition on Youtube he is now on his second album.)

Ms. Boyle, having wow-ed the audience tries to leave the stage quickly, and her reactions to the judges are so cute, and her little victory dance before leaving the stage like she's been there all her life is just so fantastic.

Good luck to Ms. Boyle!! I hope she wins this year's BGT!
jhameia: ME! (Sparklez for Efferyvun!)
THE WORMS ARE HERE! <3

Uh, I probably never mentioned it here though. Anyways, I was looking for some new nifty thing to do while waiting for the ground to thaw out so I can grow shit, and lo, vermicomposting! INDOORS!

Did you know that there's a Worm Farm in Nova Scotia? I didn't! But now I do, and I ordered a half-pound of worms last week or so, and now they're here! WHEEEEEEEE! I'll take pictures when I can find my camera. By the time summer rolls around I'll have potting soil! Yay!
jhameia: ME! (Joline)
Who wants hand-written letters from me this winter? (Or summer, wherever you are.)

I've sent one to [livejournal.com profile] lady_zip and a few assorted others. I'll be sending them off before I leave for Malaysia. They'll be written on some lovely stationery I bought years ago but never had occasion to use, so I figure I might as well write some letters on them. If I'm feeling especially inspired, you might even get a hand-made card from me (but with my busy schedule, that might not be possible...) and receiving mail is always fun.

Comments are screened if you want to post your address, or you can email me at jhameia(dot)goh[at]gmail(dot)com
jhameia: ME! (Joline)
Barrowman wants 'Torchwood' sex toys

John Barrowman has joked that he wants to launch a range of Torchwood sex toys.

The actor, who plays bisexual Captain Jack Harkness, said the show's post-watershed timeslot means it misses the market for children's action figures.

He told the Daily Star: "We can’t make Torchwood toys. We can’t market to children because it’s an adult show.

"Maybe we could do Torchwood sex toys. I will suggest it."

Russell T. Davies recently revealed that the programme's third season will be entitled 'Children Of Earth'.


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I don't even watch Torchwood but the awesomeness of that idea can't help but slap me in the face with a giant fish.
jhameia: ME! (Default)
Yeap! Dr. Henry Morgentaler is among the 75 named to received the Order of Canada, by Governer General Michelle Jean herself! (Another reason why she rocks)

Of course, the anti-choicers are throwing a hissy fit about this.

The Campaign Life Coalition said it is dreadful that a man who spent his life performing abortions should be honoured. The coalition is urging other Order of Canada recipients to return their medals in protest.

"If Morgentaler had any integrity, he would refuse the medal," Mary Ellen Douglas of the coalition said in a news release. "This presentation should be given to people who have made Canada a better place to live and the elimination of thousands of human beings who would have contributed to the future of Canada is a disgrace, not an honour."


Yeah, well, go have your little quiverfulls and leave him alone.

A bit more on Morgentaler:

Now 85, Morgentaler, a Polish Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Montreal after the war, opened his first abortion clinic in 1969 and performed thousands of procedures, which were illegal at the time.

Morgentaler, a trained family physician, argued that access to abortion was a basic human right and women should not have to risk death at the hands of an untrained professional in order to end their pregnancies.

Morgentaler's clinics were constantly raided, and one in Toronto was firebombed. Morgentaler was arrested several times and spent months in jail as he fought his case at all court levels in Canada.

His victory came on Jan. 28, 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s abortion law. That law, which required a woman who wanted an abortion to appeal to a three-doctor hospital abortion committee, was declared unconstitutional.


Hooray!
jhameia: ME! (Default)
Today they legalize gay marriage!

SAN FRANCISCO—It is either the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end, depending on your point of view. After weeks of preparation—and for many couples, years of waiting—at 5:01 p.m. today, at the close of business, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will preside over the wedding ceremony of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, a lesbian couple who have been partners more than 50 years. When they exchange vows, Martin, 87, and Lyon, 83, who have been together since they moved into a Castro Street apartment on Valentine's Day in 1953, will become the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the state.

FIFTY YEARS OF WAITING.

Blub.

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