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Brooklyn Nine Nine: Coral Palms Part 2
spoilers )

What I'm reading Wednesday:
What I've just finished
Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, books 2 and 3 of her Grisha trilogy. I enjoyed each one a little more than the previous one, but that is mostly due to the introduction of the best character in those books, i.e., Nikolai. spoilers )

I don't know what the actual fandom is like, but the glimpse I had of it on Goodreads made me rapidly back away. I mean, people can ship what they like, I don't really care (I mean, I'll judge, but silently) but there was no way canon was going to go there (even if I was side-eying it for how it woobiefied the Darkling) and yet the outrage that it didn't was potent. smh.

And then I spent yesterday reading Crooked Kingdom, set in the same world but a sequel to Six of Crows. I loved these two books pretty much unreservedly - they might be my favorite thing I've read all year - because they are heist books, a genre I dearly love, so the scope is slightly smaller (though there is still a touch of saving the world, but only as an afterthought, and only because it might impact their revenue stream) and also because Kaz and Inej's relationship hits SO MANY of my buttons.

spoilers )

I mean, I enjoyed the plot a lot, too - it had a lot of moving pieces but I never felt like anything happened that I couldn't have figured out spoiler ) and also, spoiler )

You still have to sort of handwave the age thing - I just think of them as in their 20s instead of teens - but I enjoyed them tremendously. Crooked Kingdom does spoil the Grisha trilogy a little, spoiler ) but I don't think it matters a great deal.

And now I can finish the next draft of my yuletide letter. *g*

I also read the new(ish? it came out a year ago) middle grade novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken, which is nice mostly because it gives you a lot more Leia, from her POV even (though it uses the phrase "flipping a table" in her narration, and though I can easily imagine Leia wanting to flip a table and actually flipping a table, I can't quite get to the point of believing she'd use the phrase itself *hands*). I read it because I couldn't figure out when she became a senator, and it's not really clear even in the book, but the stuff in Just a Little Bit of History Repeating about the Emperor congratulating her on her pretty face (and her being a sensation on the holonet) comes from here.

And on the bus this morning, I read Star Wars #23, which I enjoyed, though I wish they'd clear up whether Mon Mothma knows who Luke and Leia's parents are, because of anyone still kicking around who isn't Artoo, she would have enough info to guess! spoiler )

(I mean, I still have to wonder what her reaction was when Leia was debriefed after the battle of Yavin and was like, "Luke Skywalker, the crazy pilot who destroyed the Death Star, brought Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue me" - I mean, sure, the Empire can erase as much official history as it wants to, but it can't wipe out people's memories and Mothma was there. I mean, I'll accept that nobody ever questioned anything about Artoo and Threepio's ownership, as obviously Bail was good friends with Padme and there at her death, but come on! It's like, if someone said to you, "Eisenhower and this kid named McArthur showed up to rescue me," wouldn't you be like, "...!!!"

And huh, was there no new Darth Vader comic in September? Was that supposed to happen? Comics, your ways remain a mystery to me.

What I'm reading now
I'm rereading Crooked Kingdom right now, since I just finished it last night.

What I'm reading next
Ah! I don't know what I'll read in between, but the second Magnus Chase book comes out next Tuesday, so that's definitely next.

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What I read

Finished The People in the Trees - my proviso re noxiousness of main character remains, but I thought there were interesting things going on there, e.g. despoliation of nature/innocence, and that he gets a Nobel prize for work that has resulted in destruction of a way of life and island ecology, but then gets fingered for paedophilia. (And I thought the author should have resisted that coda and left things a bit more grey and indeterminate.)

I thought it was very good, but I would be hesitant to recommend it to people unless I was very sure of their tastes. But given recent hoohah around writing the other, this is someone who is not a Dead White Male writing as the epitome of a certain type of DWM and doing it very well. (And the case I couldn't remember on which it was based was that of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, who did work on kuru in New Guinea.)

Read surprising little given the extended railway drama - but did read the very lovely Miss Eleanor Tilney: or, The Reluctant Heroine by Sherwood Smith. Would recommend.

And then got drawn into re-reading Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (2016). It's years since I last read it, and do we think that the narrator is so far in the closet he's looking at a lamppost in Narnia, and in fact doesn't even cop to himself? Doesn't he quite drool over Ashburnham?

On the go

Simon R Green, Dr DOA (2016). Seem to have rather abandoned Trade Secret.

Up next

Really, dunno.

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I wasn’t feeling the origami this morning, so I thought I’d do a little Halloween kirigami instead.

This is my shield when I join combat in the skeleton war.

from Tumblr

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Sep. 28th, 2016 02:40 pm
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I know basically none of you care, but the Black Sails content will probably continue to spam you for a bit longer. At the very least until I'm done watching Luke Cage this weekend, lol.

So, I didn't really realize for a long time after I started watching Black Sails that it was a direct fanfiction of Treasure Island in the way that Wicked is a fanfic of The Wizard of Oz.

When I discovered this I became doubly amused that a children's story was given this very dramatic, adult treatment, and since I rarely get to share the media I like with my parents I decided to delight them with this info as well, which resulted in a hilarious talk with my dad.

(Family lunch, everyone's at the table.)
Me: So, that Black Sails show? Apparently it's a Treasure Island fanfic! It's all the same characters!
Dad: O_o really? That seems... odd. Isn't that a children's story?
Me: Yeah. Well, this show is a prequel to the story, and like, remember the fearsome Captain Flint to whom the treasure on the island belongs? Well in this version he became a pirate because England took away his boyfriend.
Mom: O_o really?!
Me: Yes!
Dad: Well, I guess they're going for an Achilles/Patroclus thing? I mean warrior going mad after losing his male lover is a famous Classics trope.
Me: Actually! Funny story about that. The most recent English language film about Achilles and Patroclus portrayed them as cousins.
Mom & Dad: O_O

Bwahaha, oh Troy. The gift that never stops giving.

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Sep. 28th, 2016 09:49 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] kathmandu!
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So my healthcare provider attempts to provide world-class service. They try.

... They are trying, yes.

Now, I'm one of those people whose ability to take incoming calls from unknown/untrusted parties is significantly variable, but never great. I'm generally completely unable to take calls before I've properly awakened. If something needs to be communicated with complete clarity and without error, telephone is the worst way to do it. Text is far preferable. That's without even counting in the PTSD... (two terrible phone jobs and one ex-friend having an extended breakdown culminating in serious self-harm. do not recommend.) My sleep schedule is terrible, and there's no guarantee that I'll be coherent before noon, even if I'm awake, without a different medication setup than the one I'm currently on.

They have a website where you can ostensibly manage various parts of the information that is distributed to all of the departments which interact with you. You would think that you'd be able to update your name, honorific, and telephone preferences there...

... and you would think wrong.

99% of the departments who interact with me start their relationship by ignoring the note that says NEVER CALL THIS PATIENT, and ignoring the note that says THIS PATIENT'S NAME IS [INITIALS], and calling me at 9am or shortly thereafter, with a cheerful "Hi [wallet first name, mispronounced]!"

So I put in a request that maybe there should be some place on their fucking website where I could manage preferences for things like DON'T FUCKING CALL ME, EVER.

At 4:50 pm on Monday, more or less, my phone rang. It was Member Services, who had some questions, like, who exactly was it who was calling me? EVERY DEPARTMENT EVER. But Member Services and Marketing didn't call me? MY DOCTORS, EVEN WITH THE BIG NOTE ABOUT NOT CALLING ME. EACH SEPARATE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT. But not Member Services? Because this got sent to Member Services. LOOK I WAS JUST TRYING TO SEND A SUGGESTION ABOUT HOW YOU COULD IMPROVE THINGS, WHY THE FUCK COULDN'T YOU EMAIL ME. But email's not secure? YOUR DOCTORS HAVE THIS NIFTY THING WHERE THEY EMAIL OUT A NOTICE AND I LOG IN TO THE WEBSITE AND READ THE MESSAGE. IT WORKS JUST FINE. Oh. We don't have that. WELL MAYBE THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO YOU.

Apparently eventually I answered all the questions.

... Except then Tuesday, right while I was waiting for an optometrist, THE PHONE RINGS. IT'S THEM AGAIN. WHY ARE YOU CALLING ME; THIS IS IN FACT A BAD TIME; PLEASE EMAIL IT, WHATEVER IT IS.

... And naturally, dealing with the phone call then? Made me actually incapable of dealing sensibly with the optometrist. WHICH IS WHY YOU MOTHERFUCKERS NEED TO STOP FUCKING CALLING ME.

... seriously. When someone has submitted a grievance about PEOPLE CALLING WHEN THE NOTE SAYS NOT TO CALL, who the *fuck* thinks "Oh, I don't understand this ... I should call them to clarify!"????????

Daily Happiness

Sep. 28th, 2016 12:01 am
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1. I was hoping to go home a little early today because the next three days are going to be super long (including one day which is actually supposed to be my day off!), but instead I worked like eleven hours. >_< But! Because I know it's going to be a long day tomorrow, I'm going in a little late, so I get to sleep in a little.

2. It was definitely a little cooler today than yesterday, and I had the fans on all day while I was at work, so the house wasn't too bad when I came home. It's supposed be a lot cooler tomorrow and then back into the 70s for at least the next week or so, so that's good!

3. I finished translating another chapter! (Possibly the last translating I do before the end of the month, what with the next three days being super busy, including one day where I won't be home until 3am at the earliest...)

4. Look at this ridic Molly tongue!

Things I learned today

Sep. 27th, 2016 09:45 pm
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How to construct an electrode to spec for the lab I'm rotating in.

People will steal your bike lights.

The local drugstores are awesome. (And sell bike lights.)

Turns out that "What are we actually doing when we teach this lab?" conversation was way too short.

My knowledge of quantum mechanics is just fine! My knowledge of basic calculus is rusty as shit.

some ramblings about myself

Sep. 27th, 2016 10:40 pm
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The job situation is becoming unstable, so I've added looking for a new job to my to do list. For the end of October, because I honestly don't have time before then. Honestly, I'm glad to be…not pushed, no one's pushing, but prodded by circumstances into looking for a new job, because I kind of hate my current one. It's not that my co-workers or most of what I'm responsible for is bad, but I really don't believe in the product. Anyway.

Yesterday, I got a newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. A couple of years ago, I was really active in church, then I ran for the board, then I served as President of the Board of Trustees, then I walked out when my term was over and I've never…quite…walked back.

I've been feeling the pull of religious worship again, but I also feel, I don't know, embarrassed to go back to the church I walked away from. I'm actually really lucky that I live around here, there's lots of UU churches. If I don't want to go home, there are others I can go to, at least for a while. And I suppose I could make an appointment with the "new" minister at my home church, if I didn't want to just walk in. Or I could do Church of the Larger Fellowship for a bit.

I guess I feel a bit like I've been depressed overwhelmed by life for a bit (if by bit you mean three years), and I somehow don't feel like it is ALL TOO MUCH/not enough of myself anymore? I suddenly…have more space. I don't know what's changed, except going to the gym with some regularity.

I can't wait to stop being sick so I can go back to the gym, honest. Yesterday, I didn't feel well enough to walk from my bus stop to my office (it's 0.7 miles, so it's not nothing. and I walked it on the way home, although I kept having to slow down), but today I did walk both ways (although I had to stop to catch my breath on the way to work). I am literally getting better everyday, but I also keep hauling my gym clothes with the wish that I will have the energy to do even a leisurely 30 minutes on the bike. Maybe tomorrow? More likely Friday.

I had kept my bullet journaling gathering to videos, but just today I was thinking that I might look up the credentials on my pinboard account so I could add bullet journal links there. No one's made a good video about threading or the dotcalendar yet! I need to keep track of all of these innovations that I will never, ever use. (Why the fuck is bullet journaling my new fandom? There aren't any characters! [This isn't true. There's no slash, but there are sure as fuck personalities.])

P.S. For posterity, some debate links. I didn't watch the debate, because I try not to punch myself in the face with tv. My mother did, and she screamed like she was watching the Washington football team lose a game.

NPR Politics Podcast Episode
Preeti Chibber's Leslie Knope reaction gif Twitter thread
That one time Jonathan Mahler, a NY Times reporter, watched the debate with the sound off, but was still pretty sure Clinton won

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Sep. 27th, 2016 09:39 pm
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This is the kind of week when I'm waiting for the weekend and it's only Tuesday. This has much to do with constant electric jolts to the elbows, caused by I know not what, and knee pain caused by arthritis, and chest pains caused by either an inconsolable 4-month-old or my hiatus hernia acting up, or both.

Wish only to lie in a hot bath and then in a warm bed and not get up till Saturday.

Eep, late Birthday greeting!!!

Sep. 27th, 2016 08:46 pm
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Happy Belated Birthday, [personal profile] hederahelix!!!! I hope it was the beginning of a great year for you of good health, fun, and way better air travel karma, my friend!!!

Here are some rose of sharon blooms to put on your cyber table. *hugs*
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People who want to vote for the Republican but have doubts about Trump, and people who don't know how to decide.  The latter group are literally people who don't know how to think through political issues and make a choice.  I'm not sure whether these people actually vote at all, but I think fundamentally, they just don't know how to reason through the problem.  (My theory is based on articles involving undecideds, and their comments on the candidates).

And for this latter group, I think this article gives the most insight into how they perceived the debate:
I Muted Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton During the Debate. I Still Knew the Score.

It was a little shimmy of her shoulders — cheeky, insouciant — accompanied by a big, toothy grin. Her opponent smirked.

She looked as if she was having fun. He, not so much.

The exchange came as the first presidential debate was building toward its conclusion Monday night. What was it about?

I have no idea.

Per instructions from my editor, I was watching with the sound off. Alone. No checking my email, no talking to my wife, no social media. It was, for me, a silent debate.

The idea was simple: to test the theory that what presidential candidates — in this instance, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump — say during debates is less important than what they look like while they’re saying it.

Yuletide 2016

Sep. 27th, 2016 03:57 pm
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Dear Yulegoat,

This is one of those years where I've fallen head over heels for all sorts of fandoms at the last minute and can barely decide what to ask for. Some of these fandoms are lengthy book series with an established fandom culture, and some are single films nobody's seen. They're all great: check them out!

Crossovers )

DNWs )

Likes )

Now on to my specific requests! Beware spoilers.

The Two Faces of January )

Drive )

Lady Audley's Secret )

Whyborne and Griffin )

Veritas: The Quest )

Rivers of London )

So that's it, Yulegoat. Happy writing.

Mid Week Anti Procrastination

Sep. 27th, 2016 09:06 pm
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So it's getting kind of late in the day here to start stopping your procrastination for the week, but if you're in a place where it's too late for today, this can act as a prompt so you have time to think and plan for tomorrow.

Here's hoping everyone is doing well, it's been great to see a few posts from people about their own progress - Well done (and my apologies for not staying on top of checking my pages and having time to comment individually and on time!)

So does anyone need a prompt for the day? Hmmmmm, now let me think .... How about checking out your purse/wallet/bag and removing out of date receipts, notes etc and re-organising it to make you life easier.
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