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The Girl Scouts are going to be offering 18 merit badges in cybersecurity, to scouts as young as five years old.

News Post: Medicinal

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:03 pm
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Tycho: Playing games with Gabriel, as I have for many years, involves a certain cadence.  Around ten o’clock at night the action must pause while he obtains and then noisily processes snacks of various kinds.  Historically, it was Oreos. (An aside.  Looking at the word, I wonder if there is some kind of Oreo stickler, akin to the Lego stickler.  As in: when I go to the official site, a cursory examination does not turn up the word “Oreos” at all.  Oreo Sandwich Cookies, sure.  This never occurred to me before.) His consumption of this caloric form…

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Jun. 28th, 2017 01:04 pm
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Today I found out that some google searches produce zero results. Specifically one for "werewolf dildo".

Drive-by posting

Jun. 28th, 2017 05:50 pm
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I'm frantically trying to finish a bunch of work before I go on holiday for two weeks in July, so time for blog is very limited. I'm hoping to have lots of leisurely catch-up time to post things like photos from Vienna and Spain.

Worst thing that happened today: I forgot my glasses on the counter by the mirrors in the ladies' toilets at Birmingham New Street Station. I realised this at exactly the moment my train to London was moving away from the platform.

Best thing that happened today: I received an e-mail alert titled "hggggggfgfg", which I assumed meant, "ALERT: Engineer's Cat Has Walked Across Their Keyboard." It was later claimed that this alert was issued because of "testing", which I can only mean "testing for robustness of cat-proof-ness", a test which the system has surely failed.

In conclusion, I give you the most recent studio portraits that nursery had done of the children (late April).
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[Studio portrait of Humuhumu and Keiki smiling together. Humuhumu has her peach-framed glasses on.]
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Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Five-Minute Marriage by Joan Aiken, which is delightful! If a little short on true romance. But the shenanigans are pretty hilarious and enjoyable, so I didn't mind the lack of feels too much.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, which was very charming. The funny thing is, I never really knew what it was until I read Between Silk and Cyanide (which I highly, highly recommend), because Leo Marks, the author of that, was the son of the owner and he mentions it in his book, and I was like, "wasn't that a movie? or something?" but now I have read it and I feel like a gap in my cultural knowledge has been filled. *g*

What I'm reading now
Speaking of gaps in my cultural knowledge, I never did manage to read The Three Musketeers, though god knows I tried, and I have seen numerous adaptations (I didn't keep up with the most recent BBC one, but gosh, it had a super pretty cast), so I have a sketchy outline of the story in my head, and it seems like Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts is following it pretty well, except D'Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos are LADIES (and numerous other characters have been genderflipped as well) and it all takes place IN SPACE. So I am utterly enchanted with it, though I kind of wish Constance had been left a lady too (I am very fond of Constance and Constance/D'Artagnan). I guess the dude version here is all right. And Athos is somehow more enjoyable here than I usually find him. It seems like it should be ending soon and yet somehow I'm barely halfway through, so maybe there is more stuff I just don't know about coming! I'll report back next week! *g*

What I'm reading next
*hands* I know I mentioned The Lie Tree last week, and there's a ton of other stuff on my iPad, so we'll see. My recent viewing choices may have an influence.

So last night, I finished season 1 of The Expanse. Unfortunately, I can only get the last 5 or 6 episodes of season 2 streaming on Syfy or via on-demand. What even is that model of streaming shows? If I can't watch the beginning of the season of a highly serialized show, why on earth would I watch the ending? Maybe if it didn't cost $30 for 13 episodes I'd spring for the season, but as it is, I'm just annoyed.

ANYWAY. That has nothing to do with the show, which I enjoyed, even though I can't say I'm all that invested in most of the characters.

Otoh, I am really digging the whole "Amos is kind of a sociopathic hothead whose first resort is always violence, so he uses Naomi as his moral authority" thing they've got going on. I haven't gone looking for fic because I don't want to be spoiled, but surely someone must be writing stuff where she doms the hell out of him, yeah?

spoiler )

Otoh, I want to know EVERYTHING about Naomi Nagata. And her service sub, Amos, who I like way more than I probably should. I think it's the fact that he looks like the love child of Aaron Douglas and Stephen Amell, and he has such dewy wide eyes. And great biceps. Idek. *facepalm*

On the third hand, the world-building is a lot of fun, Jared Harris is clearly having a ball, I yell CUTTY every time Fred Johnson appears, and Shohreh Aghdashloo is a joy to behold. If you are looking for a show to fill the BSG-shaped hole in your heart, this could do it, though sadly the characters are nowhere near as viscerally endearing as Starbuck, Roslin, and Adama were for me from the start.

Now I have to decide if I want to spring for season 2, or just wait until it shows up on Netflix, though even season 1 isn't on Netflix atm. Sigh. I think I have the first book in the series - is it worth reading?

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Hi Dreamwidth! If you have a DRM-free ebook or ebooks you would like to share, I would be very interested. My tastes are summed up in this post from 2016, but I am willing to explore pretty much any genre (I'm set for The Great Western Canon, I think, thank you Project Gutenberg), with a particular fondness for SFF and historical fiction.

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Song References

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:09 am
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I've collected quite a few of these so for the next few days I'lm going to do a music series.
Some are quite evident and others may take some thinking.

Read more... )

"Troll's Dick" vandalized

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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[personal profile] thnidu
Via Quartz

Norwegians raising funds to fix popular penis-shaped rock formation
June 25, 2017 (AP)

Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged.

The rock formation Trollpikken in Rogaland, western Norway. EPA/Ingve Aalbu

Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and noted drilling holes in the rock – something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately vandalized.

By Sunday, over 500 people had donated nearly 90,000 Norwegian kroner ($10,600) to fix the formation located south of the southern coastal city of Stavanger.

Activist Kjetil Bentsen told public broadcaster NRK that he was convinced the Trollpikken “will be rebuilt” with donated money.

Police are looking for tips to find the person or persons who did it. They could face a one-year prison sentence for a serious environmental crime.



Gacked from all over

Jun. 28th, 2017 04:02 pm
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[personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fic is here.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 10:18 am
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I hate biology.

Dear reproductive system, a 25 day cycle is too short. I hate you very much, me.

Yesterday I got home, crawled into the bed and listened to two podcasts I have been saving. After that I tried to sleep, but could not actually fall asleep until 10 p.m. Cat really needs to stop yowling in random moments. He has always been chatty, but lately he really works on it. As far as I can figure it out, he just wants me to pay attention to him.

OMG, I still have almost whole day to work. FML

My Tarot Reading

Jun. 28th, 2017 02:17 pm
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Deck: Tarot Sampler
Spread: One Card
Date: Wed Jun 28 10:16:42 EDT 2017


Your Card
Strength

Strength is from Wizards Tarot.

The professor of familiar creatures is pictured feeding her own familiar, a wyvern, by hand. The professor might seem fearless, but that’s not necessarily the case.

She’d be the first to tell you that she fears and respects the power of every wild creature. She’s learned to maintain her composure in the face of danger. She’s learned that some animals feed on fear, so she refuses to display any hint of vulnerability. Instead, she snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. The Strength card illustrates bravery and courage.



Presented by Tarot Sampler app from The Fool's Dog.





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Skittish tiger?

Jun. 28th, 2017 03:44 pm
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This message is what I sent to Per earlier:

The toaster scared TC, which is why the framed things fell down. She was sitting next to the sink, the toaster went -clunk- and that scared the bejeezus out of her 🙀
 

Yep, Moxie (sometimes known as The Cat, but just TC here) was sitting on the kitchen countertop near the sink as I was making a couple of slices of toast. 

The toast jumped up, and TC jumped back.

Yep, there had been a few framed posters leaning up against the other side of the counter, but they fell when Moxie fell on them. It's good for her that cats can't blush, because I'm pretty sure she's embarrassed by doing that!

Speaking of falling, Per and I recently finished watching The Fall on Netflix, and ... yow, that was short-lived, but long-sticking, I think.


Wednesday Reading

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:54 am
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I read books!

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch was engrossing and satisfying, and now I'm ready for the new book in the series. I hope this trend of More! Guleed! continues. I am loving Tyburn as a character and hope to see more of her.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard was more depressing than I was in the mood for, but did have the virtue of making me homesick for Vietnam, a place I've never been. (It was very odd reading about dark corridors being strangled by magic while lounging next to a pool in the sun, watching The Tots frolic.)

There's a lot going on about privilege and colonialism and autonomy and change.

See, there were positive sides to a House. But of course there were. Of course there would be good people like her, like Laure—within Silverspires, within Hawthorn—even within House Draken, where Theophraste the tailor had been kind, and sorry to see the Annamite troops drafted in the war, and made his best effort to cut them uniforms with flowing patterns like those on Annamite silk, and handed them scraps of cloth they could use as blankets against the killing cold. It hadn’t changed a thing. Such people’s lives were richer, easier because of the House system. And in turn, the House system existed only because such kind, gentle people kept pledging themselves to it and strengthening it from within. They were all complicit, without exception. And so was Isabelle. “What threatens the House?”

I think if you like Tansy Rayner Roberts' Creature Court books, you'll like this (and vice versa); they had a similar tone to me, great powers losing their power and trying to deal with that.

Coincidentally, the themes of the de Bodard had some echoes in the Fowler book I read next.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler has been on my TBR since before it came out. I think I'd call this literary fiction rather than specific. TW for primates in labs. It's about families, and how we think about families, and also about animals and how humans relate to them, how we treat each other, and what that says about us both. I was especially struck by the themes intersecting with my thoughts about the current American healthcare debate between those who think it's about money and those who think it's about people.

“We need a sort of reverse mirror test. Some way to identify those species smart enough to see themselves when they look at someone else. Bonus points for how far out the chain you can go. Double bonus for those who get all the way to insects.”

Once, she’d given me a raisin for every raisin she’d eaten, and now she had two poker chips and was giving me one. Two interesting behaviors--that was as far as Dad could go. Here is what I’d thought it meant. I’d thought Fern was apologizing. When you feel bad, I feel bad, is what I got from that red chip. We’re the same, you and I. My sister, Fern. In the whole wide world, my only red poker chip.

The NotSame was this: Like a chair or a car or a television, Fern could be bought and sold. The whole time she was living in the farmhouse with us as part of our family, the whole time she was keeping herself busy being our sister and daughter, she was, in fact, the property of Indiana University.
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