The trickiest bit

Jul. 26th, 2014 02:45 pm
aquaeri: My nose is being washed by my cat (Default)
[personal profile] aquaeri
So in the midst of the Wiscon/Frenkel thing, and all the great advice about not using judicial approaches to Con safety, but more health and well-being, and needing small teams that act quickly, and some great advice from Geek Feminism and The Ada Project, what I'm not seeing is anyone addressing the really tricky bit:

What happens when you discover your friend is a creep?

Because the most dangerous harrassers are the ones who have lots of friends. You, and I, are friends right now with at least one someone whose unsavoury side we don't know about or are trying to pretend we don't know about, because that's how common they are, and how many friends they have.

I don't have any answers myself. I'm still just trying to get better at recognising dangerous people and not hiding from those facts as I learn them.

REAMDE: what is up with that anyway?

Jul. 26th, 2014 11:09 am
leaflitter: Leaf litter (Default)
[personal profile] leaflitter
I find Neal Stephenson's novels interesting in that they're stickier than my opinion of them would suggest. Would I tell you I liked REAMDE? Not really. Would I suggest you read it? Only warily and with a number of caveats. How many times have I read it? Probably five or six times (although as is usual with fiction, I re-read favourite scenes or at random, not cover-to-cover).

In addition, I really want to puzzle out what the hell is up with it, structurally.

Well, what is up with it? Spoilers. Also, no real conclusions. But some snark. )
frith: Obama Motivation Poster style cartoon pony (FIM Twilight Magic)
[personal profile] frith posting in [site community profile] dw_community_promo

July 25 marks three years since I started [community profile] ponyville_trot, the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic community. It is still the one and only active MLP community on Dreamwidth. It is also the best MLP community on Dreamwidth. Like the Journal of Friendship, it is not a personal blog, it is a community where all can post news, activity, art... anything related to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. And because the Brony fandom is such a hive of activity, there is a lot to post about and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Since I like art and music and I post many times a week, there are nearly 500 examples of the best art ever and over 70 posts dedicated to music selected from literally thousands of tracks. And there is so much more -- craftwork, story telling, gaming, cosplay, photography, animation, meet-ups... all these things that have been sparked by a world populated with magical colourful ponies.

Each one of us has something special which makes us different, which makes us shine. So come share the light that shines within you, because when we come together...

[community profile] ponyville_trot


Jul. 26th, 2014 02:12 am
sophie: A cartoon-like representation of a girl standing on a hill, with brown hair, blue eyes, a flowery top, and blue skirt. ☀ (Default)
[personal profile] sophie
I'm living with my parents again.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. :/
leaflitter: Leaf litter (Default)
[personal profile] leaflitter
This is an entry I wrote well over a year ago but never posted, about Caroline Linden's regency romance The Way to A Duke's Heart. It is the final novel in a trilogy, The Truth About the Duke, in which the three sons of the very recently deceased Francis de Lacey, Duke of Durham, try and prove their legitimacy while at the same time finding unexpected true love.

In this third book, the hero is Charles de Lacey, the probable new duke and the least promising hero; the drinker and womaniser to his younger brothers Edward the coolheaded and effective businessman and Gerard the hotheaded but effective soldier.

But the real puzzle is what the hell was up with their father?!

The truth about the duke is that he was a big jerk, more than Linden is willing to admit. Spoilers. )

And now for his son )

In the end, this is my favourite of the three novels. I find Edward too uptight and Gerard too hotheaded, and I have a soft spot for men who like women. Charlie seems like a lot of fun, and I like the socially awkward headstrong Tessa a great deal. I think the whole trilogy is reasonably good and ends with the strongest novel. But none of the men are the equal of the effective and caring Anthony Hamilton of A Rake's Guide to Seduction.

* Charlie de Lacey and Anthony Hamilton both have a problem in my reading, which is that having a large number of women lovers in the Regency period isn't really a morally neutral act: their lovers are taking a big risk for them. Anthony is pretty lucky there, having fathered no children, Charlie isn't.

I'm okay (but my car isn't)

Jul. 25th, 2014 06:58 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
[personal profile] kate_nepveu
Last weekend I tried to get my car inspected, but the gas station 'round the corner discovered that the hood wouldn't open. So this week I brought it to my dealership for a diagnosis, they ordered the necessary parts, and today I left it there and took their shuttle down to work. At lunchtime they called to say it was ready, and I took a cab up.

I picked up my car, left the dealership to run an errand and then head back to work, and then two businesses away from my dealership, *bam* suddenly there's a big pickup truck smashed into the driver's side of the front of my car.

That road is two lanes in each direction plus a turning lane, you see, and I was in the outside lane. The person on my left, in the inside lane, waved the pickup across to turn into the Wendy's (at least that's what the pickup driver said, and it does make sense), but the pickup driver didn't see me in the next lane over.

I'm fine—it was a low-speed collision since the pickup driver was starting from a stop and I wasn't going that fast because there was traffic on the road. No airbag deployment, no bruises, though I'm feeling a bit achy (this is doubtless exacerbated by the stress). Hell of an adrenaline comedown, though.

After the police came to fill out an accident report, I managed to get my car back down the street to my dealer's—just barely, as it turns out, because when the people at the dealership started it up again to put it where they needed it, they had a lot of trouble keeping it running. (The pickup driver followed me to make sure I got there okay. They were driving a work vehicle and I hope they don't get in too much trouble solely over this—they made a mistake, no question, but for me it's a very "there but for the grace of something" kind of mistake, and they were very polite to me.) And hey, at least I didn't need a tow since I was so close . . . though you bet I regret the money spent on the hood, now.

So it's in the hands of the insurance companies, now. I strongly suspect it's going to be totaled, because it's a 2003 Prius with 138,000 miles on it, and, well, take a look:

my poor smashed car )

I'm honestly a little bummed at the prospect. We've been putting money away for a new car, because mine's old and Chad's has had persistent electrical problems, so financially we'll be okay, but darn it, I was hoping to get at least 150K out of it just to say I had, you know? It's my first car, it fits me like a glove, and I think it probably could've gone for considerably longer if it weren't for this.

Anyway. If it's fixable, great, and if it's not, then I'll get a shiny Prius C out of it.
oursin: Books stacked on shelves, piled up on floor, rocking chair in foreground (books)
[personal profile] oursin

How many books is too many books? What makes you a book hoarder? What do you do when you have too many?

This irritates me. Particularly when the ceiling for the designation 'Compulsive Book Hoarder' is a measly 1000.

I don't really think this article makes the necessary distinction between 'book hoarding' and people who keep books because Research! and Re-reading! and Future Reading! Sometimes I buy books either because who knows when I'll see another copy at affordable price or in order to have in case of future urgent desire to read or just running out of anything else to read.

I take bags of books to the local charity shops from time to time, I don't just sit on the ever-increasing pile - though I was looking at the shelves recently and thinking I might clear out some of the deadwood that I'm unlikely to read/re-read ever.

But I'm not sure there is a such a thing as 'too many books' except in the context of the contingencies of space to put them in.

Paris day 3

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:24 pm
davidlevine: (Default)
[personal profile] davidlevine
Fri 7/25 - Paris

Step count: 8,022

Awake 8:00, found that Kate had already gone out for pastries. Croissant, pain au chocolat, half a kouign amann, and yogurt for breakfast... delicious, but half my calorie budget for the day and I didn't even touch the "incredible thing with the figs." We will walk off some of those calories but we aren't walking THAT much.

Click for more food, museums, and tons of photos )


Jul. 25th, 2014 02:12 pm
yhlee: a plush raven on a plush fox (hxx Cheris Jedao)
[personal profile] yhlee
By way of [personal profile] likeadeuce:
Pick any paragraph or any passage less than 500 words [or more if you really feel like it] from any fanfic I've written and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet of what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it, what's going on in the characters' heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the fic, and anything else you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track. [Link to AO3 account here]

Hell, it's not even 2:30 p.m. I'm off to write foxboy crackfic. Bye!

a moment of enlightenment

Jul. 25th, 2014 01:51 pm
yhlee: wax seal (hxx Deuce of Gears)
[personal profile] yhlee
Kate Elliott on killing characters:
When killing characters I try to balance my understanding of world's brutality w/ my sense of the compassion due to human life
but sometimes I find that it is far more cruel not to kill a character

That is both really beautiful and completely opposite the way I do things; it would never have occurred to me to frame things this way. (I'm not saying she's wrong! I suspect it is far likelier that she's right.) When I kill characters, I'm specifically out to stab the reader. But then, I don't really see characters as people, which is why my villains and I are in alliance: we have a common goal.

Enlisted 1.2

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:28 pm
yhlee: two kittens side by side (kitty 2 (evil_little_dog))
[personal profile] yhlee
This is the most appropriate icon for this ep, I think.

Enlisted 1.2. Read more... )

Happy SysAdmin Day!

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:53 am
otw_staff: Kiri OTW Communications Staffer (Kiri OTW Communications Staffer)
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
Graphic by Aga of the OTW logo and the logos for AO3, TWC, Open Doors and Fanlore
Happy SysAdmin Day from the OTW!
yhlee: Korean tomb art from Silla Dynasty: the Heavenly Horse (Cheonmachong). (Korea cheonmachong)
[personal profile] yhlee
I can't seem to find the real early draft, in which Iseul's name was Subtle Fox. Which Oyceter, being much smarter than I am, talked me out of. THANK GOD.

cut to save your bleeding eyes )

As ever, I'm happy to take questions.
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
[personal profile] redbird
This is information paraphrased without attribution, by request of the originator. I don't entirely agree with them (as they know) but think the information is worth passing along:

The memorial for Fred Pohl in Chicago's northwest suburbs is coming up in about a week. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a bunch of invited people speaking, followed by a reception. At the request of Betty Ann Hull (Fred's widow), Jim Frenkel will be one of the speakers.

If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable around Jim Frenkel, you may want to skip the memorial, leave before the reception, or keep an eye out. Assuming he behaves appropriately, this wouldn't be a good time or place to confront him, because the emphasis should be on Fred Pohl and because it would be unlikely to achieve anything. (Note that introductory clause: Nobody, even someone with an impeccable past, should get a free pass for harassment "because it's a funeral".)

Oh Dame Ngaio, yoof culture fail

Jul. 25th, 2014 01:32 pm
oursin: Text, nits, for picking of, lettered onto image of antique nitcomb from the Science Museum (nitcomb)
[personal profile] oursin

I returned to A Clutch of Constables, which has a lot of the usual Marsh irksome things - racism is only expressed by the low and the vulgar (in fact is one marker of this) but the only person of colour we see is a dignified middle-class professional, something we have seen before in Dame N's work.

The usual class/gender/sexuality/prejudice against various groups issues - dodgy Aussie and dodgy Yanks, as well as the maddening spinster lady with her 'special friend' offstage.

But really: there are a couple of young people who keep showing up in a dodgy sort of fashion on a motorbike, described as 'mods'. Okay, maybe some mods did zip around on motorbikes rather than the usual Vespa motor-scooter.

But when someone actually describes them, what are described are quite clearly rockers (long greasy hair, leathers, etc), not mods (also, given the importance of soul music within mod culture, would mods have been quite that overtly racist? - not that it necessarily follows, I suppose).

I cannot believe that the distinction between the subgroups of 60s youth culture was not all over the media at the time she was writing. Mods were about style and dandyism.

A Different Horse, a Different Style

Jul. 25th, 2014 07:08 am
laceblade: Mikage from Silver Spoon anime, on a horse. (Silver Spoon: Mikage)
[personal profile] laceblade
Chief and I have been working on more precision stuff. We walk over brightly painted poles, most of which are on the ground, but some of which are a few inches off. Sometimes, we work in the indoor arena, and sometimes in the outdoor one. We also still go for trail rides once in a while.

When not going over poles, we switch between walk/trot/canter. Chief is a gaited horse, so his trot is very smooth.

Last night, I rode one of my instructor's other horses, a white horse named Jesse.
Jesse is 2 years older than Chief (so, Jesse = 20). The other person who rides Jesse is an 11-year-old girl, and as such he has six braids in his mane lol.

When we brought Jesse inside from his pasture, my instructor told me not to be surprised if he fell asleep in the cross-ties while I brushed him, and...THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED! I'm kind of shocked that he's able to fall asleep while I'm doing my thing with him, but I guess it's probably soothing. We had to wake him up a little aggressively so that he could cooperate with putting his bit/bridle on.

Jesse and I rode in a small circular gated thing that I'd never rode in before. With Jesse, I rode on an English style saddle, which so far I don't like at all. There's much less between you and the horse, and I feel less secure.
However, this didn't go as poorly as my previous attempts at English style riding, which was on a different horse (Jake).

We worked on posting, which is difficult for me. I have a hard time finding the rhythm unless I'm actually looking at Jesse's legs to see when the "outside" front leg is moving (aka, when I should stand up). This is super frustrating to me, because I'm used to having good rhythm musically.

We also worked on a position called two-point, which is sort of like the "standing" part of posting, but involves hovering over the saddle. This position is generally used for jumping. It takes a lot of muscles to do it!

Jesse's trot is MUCH more bouncy than Chief's. So far I really dislike English-style riding, I think. The bouncing makes me feel semi-out of control, although Jesse is a good horse & if he feels me losing balance, he'll slow back down to a walk right away.
Jesse is also a legit horse (remember that Chief is technically a pony), so when riding, I'm about seven inches higher off the ground, which feels like A LOT!

I guess one thing I do like about English-style is that the saddle is much less involved & therefore lighter, and I can carry it with no problem. (I struggle a lot with the Western saddle lol.)

I felt as though I had deeply betrayed Chief when I walked Jesse back to the pasture and gave him a cookie, but had none to offer Chief. I'M SORRY, CHIEF!! I AM A MONSTER!

Other points of amusement last night included the fucking cats. One cat would sit in the circular pen we were in, right in the path Jesse & I were walking, and even though we kept steadily approaching, the cat would get all, OH SHIT!! when we were right about to step on him, & then run off.

One cat also kept crouching in the weeds, & then when a few birds flew overhead (way overhead), he jumped into the air & swiped, as though he would get one - he must have really poor depth perception, idk.

I'm so grateful for this time, every week.
bookgazing: (Default)
[personal profile] bookgazing posting in [community profile] ladybusiness
After I leave a place, most people return to their lives and never again question their circumstances. Others make changes, set down rules and clear space for themselves. A few are radically changed and never look back, never regret and die old, craggy, joyful. But when I depart, all of them have genuinely chosen, sometimes for the first and last time ever.

I’m afraid this isn’t going to be a very sensible installment of Short Business because I’m a little in awe of C.S. MacCath’s "The Daemons of Tairdean Town", so I may babble.

Read more... )

C.S. MacCath’s The Daemons of Tairdean Town was published as part of the Kickstarter anthology "Scherezade’s Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross Dressing and Transformation".
Page generated Jul. 26th, 2014 05:05 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios