You can also help by coming to the swap, enjoying yourself, and taking clothes away! :)
You can also help by coming to the swap, enjoying yourself, and taking clothes away! :)
Flights all pushed back and kids all up ridiculously early, but off to airport now. Supposed to get in around 4:00 local. Honestly I have a bad feeling about this but I'm trying not to stress, there's nothing to be done, and even my 9:00 panel tonight would survive without me because I'm not moderating. If only I can grab a catnap on a plane I'll be okay, I think.
It’s bullshit, basically. The science hasn’t been firmly established at all, and whatever the case, variation between individuals trumps variation between groups. You can’t say “women suck at math ha ha! and men r super good at it because DICK” when there are individual women who are fucking geniuses at it and individual men who cannot balance their checkbooks (if we had checkbooks anymore; do youngsters even remember what those are
Anyway. So there’s that. And there’s essentialism about sexuality, which is connected. Where people put articles in Psychology Today about how there’s a “gay (male)” brain and how it’s similar to the brains of women. Conflating their essentialiized idea of gender with sexuality and saying, OH, if you wanna fuck dudes you must be like a woman! Etc. etc. And the hetero/homo binary itself is essentialist, though that one has a lot of defenders across the board.
And basically this show raises the most gorgeous middle finger to all that shit without even having to get didactic. It just sails the fuck in and says
fuck you, no. Biology is not destiny. Not for any individual, and not even for… ( [MASSIVE SPOILERS - srsly don’t read before watching, spoilers are important on this show and you want to avoid them )
This is an interview with two avid record collectors, one a man who adopted the title of doctor on the basis of a passing comment and the other a fellow who constructs nightmarish monsters for Christmas parades. Both are fanatical about their hobby, firmly reject impure innovations past the wax cylinder as well as modern singers and generally fail to do anything that would convince people not already part of their folie à deux that records are worth anyone's time.
I know of no persons like the pair in this play.
I just read about tweetle beetles for the poetree community. If you remember Fox in Socks fondly, you should too, it's fun and takes literally only a minute or two! You don't need the book either, jjhunter has the excerpt.
(Actually the formative Seuss tongue-twister book of my childhood is the other one, Oh Say Can You Say?, the one with the bread/bed spreader and the shinbone pins, but SteelyKid loved Fox in Socks for a while and the tweetle beetles were my favorite part, so I could not resist. And now, WisCon packing.)
Many thanks to sihayab for beta!
Five Times River Kissed the Doctor (2039 words) by Kass
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: ep-related, Post Episode: s07e14 The Name of the Doctor, Spoilers for Episode: s07e14 The Name of the Doctor
Summary: Five kisses. Set after "The Name of the Doctor."
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Other than that . . . not much, really. Twin B is home from Curry; Twin A is still down in Brooklyn. This year's basement cat has not appeared on any Lost Cat posters around town, and has apparently moved in for good; she's been given the appellation Plushy Grey Basement Cat, Plushy for short.
In the department of further experiments with the immersion blender, I've determined that homemade potato salad works even better with fresh homemade mayonnaise. Also, homemade creamy French dressing is much better than the storebought kind, and considerably less orange.
My current condiment-related puzzle, though, is how the 5-pound can of hoisin sauce I ordered online turned out to be an 8.5 ounce plastic bottle of hoisin sauce when I opened the box. This is the second time I've ordered the same item, and the first time worked just fine. I e-mailed the company about the problem, and received back from them a puzzled e-mail saying that they didn't even sell plastic bottles of hoisin sauce, and would I please send them a picture of the bottle I received. I sent them back two pictures of the bottle and a scan of the mailing label (which clearly described the shipping weight as 8 pounds, which would make sense for five pounds of hoisin sauce plus the can plus the packing materials plus the box itself.) I'm now awaiting their reply -- and, hopefully, my 5-pound can of hoisin sauce.
2. And that is finally the end of the Roald Dahl journey. Now, I think it's time to focus on people who are smaller. A lot smaller. With perhaps an introductory book first...
3. This morning I headed out to what will be one of my last trips to the Here Be Dragons Bookshoppe, which alas is having to close down because of the owner's health issues. It's incredibly frustrating: a bookstore selling used and independent books (and the occasional dragon) that's turning a profit...and this. The owner is offering the business for sale, and says she has a couple of interested prospects, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.
( chickens and dolphins and sharks, oh my )
*My favorite so far: "Mark all correct translations: She is a good woman." -- option 3: "She is a good pineapple."
If this post's tone is unlike the hesitance I usually fold into book write-ups when confronted by seeming shortfalls, consider that I've read ~80+% of the book's eighteen-page bibliography independently, including a decent chunk of the two pages given to medieval manuscript citations. Can't say that of most scholarly books I've met.
* These are obscure even to many Eng-lit medievalists. The scribes are the prime movers behind and primary contributors to British Library MS Royal 12 C.xii, which Fisher inexplicably cites as "12.c.xii", and National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.2.1, better known as the Auchinleck MS; the texts are each codex's short history of English kings, which have been edited confusingly by E. Zettl in aggregate and no less confusingly in a single-text rendition of 12 C.xii by U. O'Farrell-Tate. If you work on these manuscripts, even if you don't care about historiography, you ought to read Fisher's book.
** For Fisher, the "scribal equivalent of word-for-word copying" is "duplicative copying," separate from "replicative" or verbatim copying in which the "primary concern is the reproduction of text, not gloss, of content, not context"; both duplicative and replicative modes "can translate the dialect of a source text partially or completely without otherwise changing either the layout or even a single word of an exemplar" (pp. 37-38).
It is a governor's club room with king size bed, shower, access to the 12th floor lounge with free drinks and food.
email me if you want it! if no one emails in the next couple of hours I will cancel the extra reservation. email@example.com.
Completely forgot that I booked this room *at last year's wiscon* and then i took over tempest's extra room. AHahahahahah.... fail.
It's a /r/bestof link that points to a series if comments in /r/askhistorians that I intend to read later. (Too much hassle to log in and delete it on my phone, so you get an explanation of it instead.)
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Fandom will survive. Fandom will thrive. Feel free to stress and challenge people's motives and plan for the worst and hope for the best. Me, I'm not really worried. In twenty years, I'm pretty sure there will still be porn.
A sergeant first class and officer in charge of the “health, welfare and discipline” of cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point has been accused of videotaping female cadets without their consent, including when the women were showering or otherwise unclothed.
I currently have 135 works archived at the AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recently posted) to 135 (the first thing I posted there), and I’ll tell you three things I currently like about it.
(Yeah, I know I've been quiet. This state of affairs may or may not continue.)
HOWEVER, Tempest and I have decided that if we can't swing getting a restaurant and whatnot (we pretty much took up 2/3rd of the hotel restaurant last year! \^o^/) then we will AT LEAST have an ad hoc pizza party, either in one of the party rooms or in the Solitaire room itself. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW! Text me if you want me to text you as soon as details are confirmed ^_^
EDIT EDIT EDIT: Tempest has just told me that our party will be in ROOM 627 :D During the Friday dinner block!
We will be handing out flyers on Friday to invite people!!!
We've also determined that people are allowed to bring food into the Solitaire room so we encourage folks to gather there for mealtimes because some days you want to pool all the noms together in a POC space of awesome :D
Hope that helps!!! Sorry we're so disorganized this year D:
Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 64F. Breezy. Winds from the NNE at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Clear. Low of 41F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph.
Clear. High of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast. Low of 46F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 70F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear in the evening, then overcast. Low of 48F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain. High of 73F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 52F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Mostly cloudy. High of 73F. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.
Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 55F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
The Concourse Hotel is between two lakes, so breezy (but not Lake Michigan-level breezy).
Hotel weather can be hot, cold, dry, humid, windy and stuffy.
We can help subsidize the transfer somewhat since at this point we'd rather the cancellation fees go toward helping someone enjoy their con rather than going straight to the hotel coffers.
We were able to transfer the room. I hope everyone has a wonderful Wiscon and we wish we could be there.
Please note: I have no better idea about any of the actual politics involved than I did before I read this book. This is because there are approximately five million political parties involved, most of them claiming to be Socialist and all of them in a constant process of sitting in on meetings and then storming out on each other in a huff.
(Half the time the storming out in a huff is followed by someone else shouting "YOU ALREADY STORMED OUT LAST NIGHT! WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?")
Anyway, John Reed's version is pretty partisan and only sort of accurate, so everything he says about actual facts has to be taken with a bit of a grain of salt anyway.
What his account does do is give a very good idea of the inevitable confusion that occurs when a country tries to remake all of its social and political structures overnight. Nobody has any idea what's going on in the rest of the country; social structures are in a constant state of flux; half the time half of the national infrastructure is on strike in protest against the other half; people are constantly putting up posters all around the city saying "WORKERS! DON'T LISTEN TO [OTHER POLITICAL PARTY]! WE HATE THEM AND THEIR STUPID FACES." One entire major party decides to boycott all the meetings because they're annoyed that the Bolsheviks have stolen their land reform program and THEY THOUGHT OF IT FIRST, JEEZ. John Reed, the American Socialist journalist who is narrating the whole story, almost gets accidentally executed at least three times by the Bolshevik party, which he supports and has a safe-conduct from; another three times he is blithely able to wander into government areas where he really should not have been without anybody stopping him.
History is chaos, man. Any time, any place -- it's basically amazing that anything ever gets done.
There was one event in particular which was completely surprising, yet meticulously set up over ten books. There was another, also surprising yet completely set up, which caused me to email Buymeaclue a message whose non-spoilery text consisted of "OH MY GOD!!!!! Also, just opened the part where it shifts POVs and OH MY GOD I KNOW WHERE HE IS."
Now I want to read the whole thing over from the beginning. Due to the unusual structure, it will probably feel like an entirely new experience.
You can buy the whole shebang on e-book at a discount ($30 for the equivalent of four books), or in paper. However, the paper editions are in four volumes, and only two are out. You will probably end up with a mutant half-paper, half-e-book set if you attempt the latter.
I mentioned before that the series reminded me of P. C. Hodgell. By the end, it also reminded me of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime (first series.) In both, nearly all the seemingly unrelated side stories and apparently unimportant minor characters turn out to be integral to the story as a whole. Also the unusual mix of a dark world with a magic system involving some major body horror, with funny moments and a lot of very likable and even idealistic characters who don’t (necessarily) get crushed under the author’s boot.
( Read more... )
These books just kept getting better and better, from an intrigueing but somewhat rough start. I’m sure they will reward re-reading.
What I've read: Herzog's Knit to Flatter: The Only Instructions You'll Ever Need to Knit Sweaters That Make You Look Good and Feel Great! (library paper), which is for another post, a brief one, but I'm splitting it off lest this space go silent because the scheduling queue has only two posts left; the third Nell Sweeney mystery (mobi); Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweater (library paper); the final pages of Lim's In Search of Korean Folklore (library paper), begun nearly two years ago. See, I do get through things at some point. It helps that knitting books read for general knowledge take about twenty minutes apiece.
What I'll read next: I foolishly picked up a paperback when collecting the most recent batch of library holds---the county has many knitting books, most of which live at branches 20-30 miles away---and thus it's to be nibblings plus two? three? more knitting books plus Seanan McGuire's A Local Habitation.
I arrive around 3.47pm in Madison.
I have no dinner plans as yet. In fact, my only plans are as follows:
Friday: I volunteer for the Gathering's Clothing Swap, and there will be the WisCon POC Dinner, then at night for the Carl Brandon Party set up.
Uhm. After that, I'm on no panels, and will be flitting around or just parked in the Safer Space. And partying!
I'm bringing The Heroic Trio, The Executioners, 14 Amazons, and The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. I won't have a computer but maybe someone will be game for a Chinese movie night.
I will be rooming with the excellent Ay-Leen the Peacemaker, woohoo!
I fly out Monday 7.30pm.
My phone number is 951-892-4189 if anybody needs a person to hang out with!
See you theeeeeeeeeere <3 <3 <3 <3
Must remember to pack HDMI cable.
Anyway, I will be arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday night. Anyone still around for an early Monday dinner? I have made vague flailing attempts at meal planning.
I like texts MUCH more than phone calls (and for some reason, my phone doesn't always ring when people call), and I should have my iPhone with me most of the time, so I'll have access to email and Twitter messages and etc. PM me if you want my number!
Mostly hoping I will appear semi-intelligent on my panels and that there will be no flight delays. *knock on wood*
Is this right?
Total Fail Success Success Rate 1960s 19 14 5 26% 1970s 11 3* 8 73% 1980s 8 .33 7.67 96% 1990s -- -- -- -- 2000s 3 3 100% 2010s 1 1** 0%
* Counting partial failures as 1/2
** Second try coming up in 2016.
Saturn's moon Titan might be in for some wild weather as it heads into its spring and summer, if two new models are correct. Scientists think that as the seasons change in Titan's northern hemisphere, waves could ripple across the moon's hydrocarbon seas, and hurricanes could begin to swirl over these areas, too. The model predicting waves tries to explain data from the moon obtained so far by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Both models help mission team members plan when and where to look for unusual atmospheric disturbances as Titan summer approaches.
Unfortunately, I overslept this morning and I hate how that makes me feel like I'm just spending the rest of the day trying to catch up. Also, I wore my black sandals yesterday for the first time and even though I put preventative band-aids over the spots where I know they rub, I still managed to somehow get a blister. Sigh.
My life is the hardest.
Anyway! Wednesday! Reading meme!
What did I just finish?
Nothing got finished because...
What am I reading now?
I am still slogging through The Terror, though I have to tell you, I am about 450 pages into this book and that is just shy of half-finished (!!!) according to my kindle, but I think I might just be done. I feel like ( spoilers? ) What else can possibly happen for another 500 pages? If I owned the book, I wouldn't care, but it's a library book, and three of my other holds became available in the past couple of days, so I would prefer to read them first and maybe come back to this at another time, if I shouldn't just skip to the end and read the last hundred pages. I don't really care about any of the characters but Crozier, and I know how the story ends (at least, historically), so those of you who've read it, what is your advice?
I also started The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters, and I'm enjoying it so far. Henry Palace is a newly minted police detective in Concord, NH in the months leading up to what is expected to be the end of the world. He still cares about doing his job even when most other people are either killing themselves or trying to check items off their bucket lists. I'm not far into it yet, but it's been interesting so far.
What I'm reading next
I have Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson from the library, and apparently R.A. Dickey's memoir is now available for download, so those will probably be next. I honestly did not expect all these books to be available at once, but it would be fine except for how ridiculously huge The Terror is. At least I'm not closer than 20th on the list for the next thing to become available.
Lastly, I already did this on tumblr, but why not do it here too?
I currently have 474 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 474 (the first thing I posted there), and I’ll tell you three things I currently like about it.
(it says 479 on my dashboard, but that's because there are 5 podfics in the listing, and I'm not the creator of those.)
A couple of articles on India's Mars Orbiter Mission were published on the news website The Week yesterday, and they're much more in-depth and insightful than the norm.
Mars is an oddly difficult target, with about two-thirds of Mars probes failing before planned mission end, some before observations began. Break a leg, India.
Re Duffypocalpse and the Cheque of Doom
In the House of Commons yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, temporarily reverting to his former role as partisan fire extinguisher, said no, Harper knew nothing about the deal until, like other appalled Conservatives, he saw it on the evening news.
Strangely, Harper himself did not say that in his speech to his caucus, at least the portion of it that was public. Nor did Nigel Wright on Sunday, in his resignation letter. Nor did the PMO last week. In his remarks Harper ignored the payment entirely. In the other two cases the language was ever so carefully crafted to allow for some knowledge on his part, though not of “the means” or “the details.”