[personal profile] yendi
(Yesterday's post has deals on Pacific Rim, Gravity, and a few video games and other items. Tuesday's post still has active deals on Fire TV, Avatar, Leapfrog stuff, and more; Monday's post has deals on Chromecast, Roku, PSTV, Kindle, and games and movies, while Sunday's short post has awesome deals on Arrow, the Mel Brooks Collection, Warehouse 13, British Mysteries, and classic shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Naked City.)

The Deal of the Day is on the Complete Sons of Anarchy Set (with Seasons 1-6 shipping now, and a credit for Season 7) for $89.99 (40% off) on DVD or $99.99 (67% off) on Blu-Ray.

The Toy Deal of the Day is on Green Toys for 50% off. That's the brand Green Toys, not just toys that are environmentally sound (although the brand is also that). Lots of good toddler/preschool stuff here.

The electronics DotD is 50% off a bunch of Kensington products. Like the Logitech on a few days ago, this includes keyboards and mice,a s well as surge protectors, backpacks, locks, and other useful things.

The fourth DotD is on the American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger for $33 (59% off and about $22 below other deals).

Yay! One of the Kindle Daily Deals is on Megan Abbott's The Fever. This was one of my five best reads of 2014 (a post I still need to work on), and everyone should read it (and everything else Abbott has written).

There's a one-day sale on O'Reilly's only cookbook, Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food for $16.26 (54% off). I saw a presentation by the atuhor at BarCamp Boston a few years back, and it was really fascinating.

Because Christmas is coming soon (as is the end of Hanukkah), there's a massive free one-day-shipping sale, with a pretty solid range of things from jewerly to electronics to game to clothing. Most of the prices are low (if not 50%-off low), but the free one-day shipping makes them extra enticing.

In toys, the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks DJ PON-3 Doll is $5.72 (74% off). Unlike the Rainbow Dash deal, this one's not an add-on, so if you've got Prime, that's your shipping cost.

And the Star Wars The Black Series Jabba the Hutt Figure is $15.64 (64% off).

In video games, Dragon Age Inquisition for the Xbox360 or PS3 (backordered) is $39.99 (33% off).

In books, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds is on sale for $12.02 (52% off), while the hardcover of Eleanor & Park is $9.49 (50% off). The paperback of E&P appears to have gone out of print.

In kitchen items, the really nifty Chef'n SleekStor Pinch Pour Prep Bowls - a set of four nesting bowls that both measure and pinch it to allow easy pouring -- is $14.09 ($6 off other deals). and the ten-piece Anchor Hocking Glass Bowl Set is $15.97 (a full $20 off other prices after shipping), although the Amazon deal is backordered (so look at "other sellers" on the right).

And finally, joining the other TV device deals, the Roku 3 is $84.99 (15% off). This is what we got my mom for her birthday early this year, and she's been loving it.

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Dec. 17th, 2014 11:21 pm
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[personal profile] owlectomy
My super's plan for replacing people's water valves is to bang on their doors randomly instead of giving people, like, any notice at all.

I do not like having strangers in my space. Especially unexpectedly. I am the person who yells "I'm not home!" when the Jehovah's Witnesses come to the door. And I have a lot of mess! Which I could make some attempt to clean up if I had any notice!

And now, after all that, he said he was going to change the faucet valve in the kitchen sink but he just took off a part and now the faucet sprays water everywhere. I would go to Home Depot myself and buy the part, except it's not a name brand faucet so I would have no way to figure out what's compatible.

I'm just here till the end of April. Even if I have to relocate myself to wherever. (For certain very limited values of wherever)

Wax clinic!

Dec. 17th, 2014 10:48 pm
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[personal profile] shadowspar
Start-of-season wax clinic at Soo Finnish Nordic tonight! Was really looking forward to this, 'cuz my skis haven't really had a proper waxing since I got them -- just whatever the store put on them, plus a daily touch-up with express wax.

So, my major learning for the evening: it turns out, applying proper wax to skis does indeed make them more slippery, and therefore faster! However, it also makes you more clumsy...! Going to have to check the package to see if this side effect is listed on there. Will be in touch with the wax manufacturer if not. ;)
[personal profile] yendi
(Yesterday's post still has active deals on Fire TV, Avatar, Leapfrog stuff, and more; Monday's post has deals on Chromecast, Roku, PSTV, Kindle, and games and movies, while Sunday's short post has awesome deals on Arrow, the Mel Brooks Collection, Warehouse 13, British Mysteries, and classic shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Naked City.)

The Deal of the Day is on assorted Greenies items at up to 60% off. Since Greenies are generally things our cats love but are too expensive, sales like this are really nice (I don't think we've had the chance to see how Nicky likes them, so they might also work for dogs. Of course, Nicky will eat nearly anything he finds on the ground, so it might not be as impressive.)

The second DotD is on assorted KitchenAid items for up to 50% off. The stuff here runs the gamut, from measuring cups to stand mixers. A lot of the lower-end items (the colander, the immersion blender) are well below other retailers. The stand mixers are, too, but are also refurbed, if that's a concern.

The Kindle Daily Deal will nab you either All the President's Men or Elizabeth Mitchell's Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty for $1.99 each.

Also on Kindle, for fans of the Erin Hunter conglomerate's ever-growing empire of anthropomorphic animal series, Seekers: Return to the Wild #1: Island of Shadows is $1.99. I met 1/4 (at the time -- looks like they're up to six folks behind the pseudonym now) of Erin Hunter back at Readercon a few years back, and she seemed perfectly nice, but since my daughter went through a really heavy Warriors phase in middle school, I'm a little weary of the various books.

In toys, the Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Vehicle is $24 (56% off).

If you're a fan of the MLP Equestria Girls stuff (and I actually enjoyed the first movie a lot more than I'd expected, although part of what made it interesting was the notion of it being very explicitly a one-shot AU, not a continuing thing), the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Dash Doll is $4.69 (69% off; note that it's an add-on, so even with Prime, you'll need to buy more stuff to get the free shipping).

In video games, The Last of Us Remastered is $29.99 (40% off) for the PS4, while Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4 is the same $29.99 (but 50% off), and $19.99 (50% off) for the Xbox 360.

Just Dance 2015 for the Wii U is $19.99 (50% off).

In movies, Pacific Rim and Gravity on Blu-Ray are $7.99 (60% off) each.

If you for some reason want the new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or maybe have a relative who does), the 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital megapack is $27.99 (49% off), while the DVD is $11.99 (60% off).

And finally, for folks looking for a ginormous tv, the TCL 55FS4610R 55-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV with built-in Roku is $598 (12% off and about $85 off other deals).

Fantasy football: The elimination

Dec. 16th, 2014 07:26 pm
[personal profile] yendi
From the Yahoo automatic recap:

"If [Adam's team] had played [the top seed] every week, they would be 5-9 this season."


"[Adam's team] ranked first in the league in points per game with 103.65."

So I guess that's consolation?

I could, theoretically, have made it closer if I'd started Golden Tate instead of Josh Gordon, Jordan Reed instead of Martellus Bennett, Vincent Jackson instead of Megatron (ha!), and Joe Flacco instead of Peyton (yeah, right), but even those bits of hindsight would have left me with a (closer) loss. The other team got huge performances from Beckham and Antonio Brown and the Baltimore defense, and just had my number this week. My offense, as has been often the case, was pretty much all about Foster and Bell.

Ah, well.

Side story: Junior year of high school, I qualified for the NY State debate championships, where I promptly went 0-4. And led the entire division in scoring (Lincoln-Douglas Debate in the '80s used a 0-30 point scale; I managed to lost big and lose close each time). Guess this is the fantasy football version of that.

Anyway, now I get to play for third place, for the second year in a row. I do appreciate how far I've gotten -- we've got a pretty parity-heavy league, with no team having fewer than four wins or losses.
[personal profile] yendi
(Yesterday's post has deals on Chromecast, Roku, PSTV, Kindle, and games and movies, while Sunday's short post has awesome deals on Arrow, the Mel Brooks Collection, Warehouse 13, British Mysteries, and classic shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Naked City.)

I've got a busy day, but a few deals are worth mentioning.

First, the DotD is on Board Games! Good ones, like Zoolereto, 7 Wonders, Takenoko, Munchkin, Dominion, Five Crowns, Love Letter, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Ticket to Ride, Acquire, and more! All are 40-62% off, and ridiculously cheap (Dominion and TTR under $20 is something you just don't see.

And the video game DotD is on Destiny for $29.99 (50% off) for the PS4 or XBone.

There's a DotD on Logitech devices (mainly keyboards and mice, but also some speakers and other accessories), with discounts ranging from 33-74% off.

And a fourth DotD offers V-MODA M-80 Headphones for $79.99 (65% off, about $30 off other deals).

And the free Android App of the Day is Songsterrr, which a lot of folks needing chords and tabs on the go really like.

Other deals include LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Wii for $7.99 (60% off), and it includes the DVD of the first movie. I actually prefer the LEGO games before they added voice actors, and this is one of the last games in the series to do that.

In movies, the three-disc extended edition of Avatar on DVD is $10 (71% off).

In electronics, the Amazon Fire TV is $79 (20% off), joining the Chormecast and Roku deals from earlier.

And finally, for kids, the LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System is $34.99 (30% off, about $10 off other deals), and the LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 1 set that works with it is $9 (55% off, also about $10 off other deals).

New NBC Sitcoms

Dec. 15th, 2014 02:09 pm
[personal profile] yendi
One of the things that's frustrated me over the last few years of Network TV viewing has been watching sitcoms that are unbelievably mediocre thrive while genuinely funny shows vanish. TV seems to have been better for drama in recent years, but every hit sitcom seems to be some CBS or Fox show with a laugh track and so few genuinely funny moments that even the trailers are unwatchable (I'm looking at you, Two Broke Girls). Meanwhile, shows like The Crazy Ones and Happy Endings that I genuinely find amusing and, even more unusually for a sitcom, smart, get yanked.

I know, different strokes for different folks (as opposed to Diff'rent Strokes for different folks). Clearly, folks like Two and a Half Men or Mom or whatnot, and ratings, not quality, are what matter. But it's still depressing. I've been trying to take a Britcom approach, noting that I've gotten more episodes of Happy Endings than I did, say, The IT Crowd, but it doesn't always work.

Anyway, two more shows are coming to an end (with about four episodes remaining of each).

Bad Judge never really aspired to anything more than goofiness, and is the second consecutive show with "Bad" in the title and Ryan Hansen in the cast to get the axe (after last spring's Bad Teacher). Like the previous show, this is a much cuter show than expected. It's actually closer to Night Court than anything else -- a goofy judge who has a lot of sympathy for the people in her courtroom, a snarky prosecutor, some over the top moments. But Kate Walsh is outstanding in the lead, showing comedy chops I didn't realize she had, and there was some really good chemistry and humor here. The entire cast is solid, and while the show might not be groundbreaking, it's entertaining enough to have had the potential to be comedy comfort food.

A to Z is a more ambitious show. It's the story of the nine-month relationship between a couple, from meet-cute to the end (although we won't get the latter, of course). It's narrated by Katey Segal, and stars Christina Milioti (the Mother of HIMYM fame). It's a nice mix of sweetness in terms of the relationship, and zaniness for the workplace comedy elements (supporting cast members Hong Chau, Parvesh Cheena, and Christina Kirk often steal the show). It's got plenty of goofball moments, but also a good female lead (Milioti's co-lead, alas, is Generic Male Who Isn't Josh Radnor But Might as Well Be, although to be fair, he might just be written that way), and some really witty writing. Of course, I don't know what the plans would have been for season 2 (although I suppose they could have declared "getting engaged" as the new season 2, or done a breakup that led to them getting back together). It's far from perfect, but I've yet to dislike an episode.

That leaves Marry Me as the only NBC sitcom (and only new sitcom) I'm still watching (until Parks and Rec returns). The pilot was wretched, but the show has picked up, essentially turning into Happy Endings 2, which is fine by me. I adore Casey Wilson and Ken Marino, and the rest of the cast compliments them nicely. It's also doing poorly in the ratings, alas, so might be in trouble (although I suspect it's got a decent shot at one full season, if only because NBC's running out of shows). Still, well worth watching, if only for episodes devoted to Flemish pride, or one of the best Die Hard references I've seen.
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There was a long time this year that I was actively avoiding public convos — for so many reasons — which is why I’ve been pretty silent here. (There have been words elsewhere! So many words! But most of it has been email and fic and spur-of-the-moment “you’re wrong”-ing on tumblr. But cold-bloodedly setting out to say something in a public-ish space, on my own initative, to an audience with multiple people in it… that was been difficult.) I’ve started to pull out of that reticence a little bit, which means I now have the urge to tell y’all about stuff, but then I consider the mechanics of writing a post and feel a wave of exhaustion at the need to organize my words and provide background and make sentences and ugh.

Exhaustion is better than anxiety, I guess? :-/

But in the interest of having to start somewhere, with some topic…

The big news of the weekend is that I did not default on Festivids. \o/

Which, because I have not been talking to y’all, prolly seems like a nothing statement, but believe me, this has been hard-fought over the last several months.

Back in September, I fried my computer. (Looooooong time coming, that.) I limped along sharing [personal profile] grrlpup’s Chromebook for a while, then got a vidding-capable machine mid-October. I spent a weekend playing with some old vid projects, assessing what software still worked on the new machine (everything but my DVD ripper, it seemed), and signed up for Festivids, comfortable that when I turned in my Holmestice assignment I’d be able to drop straight into my Festivids assignment, easy.

However, during the interim before properly beginning my Festivids project, I began watching Strange Empire, got hit by a trio of the worst vid-bunnies ever, attempted to start vidding one of them, and discovered a fatal bug: I could work on pre-existing projects with my old software, I could even begin and edit a new project with my old software, but I could not save and reopen a new project with my old software. It would let me put in eight hours of work on a vid, but then I’d only be able to access that work if I never shut down the program ever.

This is, of course, unacceptable behavior in a vidding program.

So there I was, signed up for Festivids, with no vidding software at hand.

In a panic, I emailed [personal profile] ghost_lingering, [personal profile] frayadjacent, and [personal profile] chaila. (The first two are both Mac vidders, whereas Chaila was my first vidding friend and thus is personally responsible for every bad thing that ever happens to me while I’m vidding ever.) Chaila, in her turn, introduced me to [personal profile] kuwdora, who also vids on Mac.

Kuwdora immediately got on chat with me, and spent six hours ascertaining that the bug was real, immovable, and irresolvable. It was like suddenly having a first responder with big fireman muscles and warm blankets and hot electrolyte drinks giving me small and actionably concrete instructions in an assured voice, it was so exactly what I needed. We ended that chat having only confirmed what I had already been moderately sure of — that iMovie 6 was dead to me for any and all new projects — but those hours of her first-respondering at me made the situation feel manageable again.

Meanwhile, Fray and Ghost were sending me long emails with pro-and-con lists about other editing programs, plus offers to hold my hand through the programs they’re familiar with.

I just. I love everyone in this bar.

So the next several weeks were spent identifying an editing program that I could afford (in both time and money), and then learning to use it. All while finishing up my Holmestice assignment, which was having its own set of problems, I don’t even.

I finally ended up settling on Lightworks, mostly because it was free (its pay-vs-free restrictions are all about export formats, which are no restriction at all to a vidder distributing her work over the web), and they had a really good set of video tutorials, narrated by a guy who sounds exactly like Mark Sheppard. (Given that Mark Sheppard is a villain in all my fandoms, I don’t know why I should find that voice so instantly reassuring, but I swear, I can put one of these videos on, the guy says “Welcome to Lightworks,” and my breathing calms instantly. Go figure.) It took me a few weeks, but I’m now about as comfortable in Lightworks as I was in iMovie. So the vidding-software part of my Festivids drama got resolved, hooray!

But then I ran into source-acquisition issues ([personal profile] ghost_lingering to the rescue again!), so it wasn’t until Thursday that I was finally in a position to put clips on a timeline. And the default-deadline was Saturday.

But! By end-of-day Friday I had thirty seconds of timeline that I liked, and by end-of-day Saturday I had nearly a full minute, so… I let the default deadline pass me by.

And that is my major news from the weekend: there may actually be a vid from me in the line-up when Festivids goes live. Isn’t it exciting?
[personal profile] yendi
Yesterday's short post does have awesome deals on Arrow, the Mel Brooks Collection, Warehouse 13, British Mysteries, and classic shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Naked City.

(BTW, I sort of take it for granted, but Amazon Prime makes any of these deals better, as it gets you the free two-day shipping even on orders under $35, as well as a ton of good movies to watch and music to listen to on demand. It's also really good around holiday time, since you can use the free shipping for gifts to anywhere, and they also charge only $5 per item for overnight, in case you end up late with a gift.)

The big daily deal is $125 off the various Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Tablets. This is the third (previous) generation, but they're still pretty powerful, and they're now going for $224-339.

The Book Daily Deal is on Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: The Collector's Edition for $24.99 (83% off). This is the ridiculous collector's edition with the clamshell case, the scrolls, the padded cover, etc.

Other daily deals include heavily-discounted Celestron Telescopes (I suspect the $49.99 one is more tempting than the $499 one), a Black & Decker LD120VA 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver with 30 Accessories for $49.99 (49% off), Kindle Daily Deals that include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for $1.99, and Assassin's Creed: Unity for $29.99 (50% off) for PS4, Xbone, or PC.

Also cheap in games: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for $19.99 (50% off) for PS4/Xbone.

For the PS4 only, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is $9.99 (50% off), and Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition is $12.99 (35% off), a rare videogame deal leftover from last week.

And the PlayStation TV is $69.99 (13% off), and a nice option to play a bunch of Vita games on your TV.

For other TV boxes, the Roku Stick is $39.97 (20% off). I do love my Roku stick, although we probably use our Chromecast ($29.99, 14% off) a little more, since streaming local video to the TV is a big thing for us. Note that the Chromecast also comes with $20 of free Google Play movies right now. And that activating the Google Play channel on your Roku stick gets you X-Men for free. It's a weird entertainment ecosystem these days.

For other electronics, you can nab the basic Kindle and 6 months of Kindle Unlimited for $89 (35% off). Unlimited includes free access to thousands of books.

In kitchen goods, the SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit has dropped even further, down to $29.99 (70% off).

The Brita Atlantis Water Filter Pitcher is $23.99 (46% off, and $5 off other deals), but also has a $2 coupon on the page, taking the total down to $21.99.

In movies, The LEGO Movie is $14.99 (58% off) on Blu-Ray/DVD.

The Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital pack of Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is $18.99 (49% off). That's the exact same price and discount for the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital pack of Maleficent.

The Blu-Ray/Digital pack of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is $11.99 (70% off).

In toys, the Disney Princess Glitter Glider Castle Playset is $26.99 (33% off, $13 below other sellers).

In toy/book crossovers, LEGO Legends of Chima: Wolves and Crocodiles is $3.23 (64% off), and comes with a MiniFigure.

The DK Ultimate Sticker Book: Frozen is $4.19 (40% off).

From America's Test Kitchen, The Science of Good Cooking is $18.83 (53% off).

And finally, National Book Award Nominee and Mountain Goat spinoff Wolf in White Van: A Novel is $13.25 (45% off), which is basically the paperback price, but a year before the PB gets released.
[personal profile] yendi
Today's a day to get stuff done (and take care of a sick puppy), but a few video deals:

The DotD is on True Blood: The Complete Series for $89.99 (64% off) on DVD or $118.99 (60% off) on Blu-Ray.

The DVD Deal of the Week is Warehouse 13: The Complete Series on DVD for $69.99 (65% off).

The Box Set of the Week is the Mel Brooks Collection for $20.99 (66% off) on DVD and $22.99 (67% off) on Blu-Ray. Not that you get more films on Blu-Ray (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History Of The World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Silent Movie, To Be Or Not To Be, and The Twelve Chairs) than on DVD (the same list minus Spaceballs).

The third DotW is on British Mystery shows, with Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Prime Suspect, Rosemary and Thyme, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, and The George Gently Collection and prices up to 76% off on DVD.

And the last Deal of the Week is a classic TV sale, with complete runs of Combat!, I Dream of Jeannie, The Dick van Dyke Show, Naked City, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show going for as much as 86% off! All but Dick Van Dyke are on DVD (so yes, DVD is on Blu-Ray).

Oh, and finally, Arrow: Season 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital is $19.99 (71% off). Season 1 is the same price (but only 60% off, and only on Blu-Ray).
[personal profile] yendi
(Short post, because weekend)

The main Deal of the Day will net you either the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1-6 for $47.99 (66% off) or Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series for $26.99 (70% off). I'm a little more partial to the former (I mean, WB over HB any day), but the latter's still got its moments (especially since the original series was free of the animated Cousin Oliver, Scrappy).

Other daily deals include air mattresses, a 131-Piece Deluxe Art Set With Wood Case, and a huge selection of TP-LINK routers and devices.

And the Kindle Daily deal offers either Joshua Ferris's To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel or Tony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential for $1.99 each (and KC is essential reading, imho).

In video games, Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition is $12.99 for the PS4 (35% off). Of course, it's also free if you have PS Plus this month. Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is $19.99 (60% off) for the PS4.

For the DS, Pokémon White Version 2 is $17.99 (49% off).

And for any system (assuming you have the game), the Disney INFINITY: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Marvel's The Avengers Play Set is $24.99 (29% off).

In kitchen goods, the 12-inch Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder is $24.99 (39% off, but actually over 50% off other prices, since cast iron's so pricey to ship). You can also grab the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 5 Qt. Chili Pot with lid for $33.99 (48% off, $16 below other deals) and the Simply Calphalon Nonstick 12" Jumbo Fryer with lid for $42.49 (43% off, about $10 below others).

And finally, if you're looking for good books to use the 25% off any book coupon on, Jeff VanderMeer's Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance is $22.32 (36% off) before the discount, and is one of my favorite series of the year. Alternatively, you can pre-order The X-Files: The Board Game (which is already $39.33/34% off) because for some reason Amazon thinks it's a book. Really.
[personal profile] yendi
(Yesterday's post still has deals on toys, Marvel Cinematic Universe, video games, and more. Wednesday's post has movies like A Good Day to Die Hard, Fight Club, A-Team, some kitchen gadgets, and more. Tuesday's has MP3s, video games, movies, and more. Monday's has $1.99 DVDs, sewing machines, video games, and other stuff. And Sunday's post has House, Samurai Champloo and other anime, the Warner/holiday/Peanuts sets, the Roku 3, and more.)

The main DotD is on Samsung NX3000 cameras for 34% off, with most prices in the mid-$300 range.

The other DotD is on Rockport Men's shoes for 50% off. Given my general shoe needs (walking 6-12 miles a day wears them out quickly), I've learned to both appreciate good shoes, and appreciate sales. Most of these are a little more oriented toward work but a couple of the short boots are definitely good for winter walking.

The electronics DotD is on ION Bluetooth speakers for 40-55% off. I know folks who swear by these, although I've never been enough of an audiophile to really care.

The Kindle Deal of the Day is on either Rachel Carson's still-vital Silent Spring for $1.99 or Michael Koryta's thriller Those Who Wish me Dead for $2.99.

Also cheap on Kindle: A bunch of Laura Lippman's wonderful Tess Monaghan books for under $5 (scroll past the $.99 short stories to get to them; you should read them in order, starting with Baltimore Blues). Monaghan's almost up there with Millhone as my favorite current fictional detective in a series (along with Quinn Colson and Claire DeWitt).

In video games, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare for the PS4 is $30.49 (24% off).

In movies, the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital edition of The Muppets is $10.59 (79% off).

Also cheap on Blu-Ray: The Boondock Saints for $5.99 (80% off) and Spaceballs also for $5.99 (but 60% off). Oh, and also at $5.99 (and 78% off) is Big Trouble in Little China. It's all in the reflexes.

And finally, there's yet another book coupon! This one's for 25% off any printed book (so no Kindle editions). Yes, this includes the already-discounted Dungeons and Dragons books, as well as any of the 50% off books listed at the link to the coupon info.
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[personal profile] tim
In September 2014, I publicly named a person who had harassed me and one other colleague when I worked at Mozilla. To substantiate my assertion, I publicly posted emails from the harasser that my colleague had forwarded to me at the time. (I'm being deliberately vague in order to avoid drawing further unwanted attention to the other victim of this particular harassment incident. I have removed these emails from my web site, but, of course, the more details I give in this post, the easier it is for curious people to put the pieces together.)

I'm not sorry that I named the harasser, but in doing so, it was not necessary for me to post the emails; I merely could have said so, and it's likely that my credibility would not have been questioned. And even if it had been questioned, that wouldn't really have mattered.

Not long after this, the other members of the geekfeminism.org anti-abuse team, of which I was a member from its inception, asked me to temporarily step down from the team while they investigated a complaint that had been made against me. I agreed to step down temporarily. The other members of the anti-abuse team have determined that my publicizing of the emails violated the Geek Feminism Code of Conduct, specifically the sentence that defines harassment to include "Publication of non-harassing private communication". As such, I am stepping down from the anti-abuse team permanently.

I recognize that my actions have made some people feel unsafe speaking online in my presence and that they have damaged those people's trust in me. Since I am a part of the geekfeminism.org community, that means that my actions have harmed the community. I can't explain away what I did or justify why people should trust me again; I recognize that that is up to them, and will come with time if at all. I'm sorry for the harm that I did to a community that I value very much.

I posted the emails without talking it over with my former colleague because I believed at the time that (due to an unrelated issue) they did not wish to communicate with me. However, that's not an excuse; I could have sought the advice of trusted friends or simply not posted them. I acted hastily because I believed that the harasser was continuing to pose a threat and that people are safer when more information is out in the open. But it was wrong for me to make that decision unilaterally. My former colleague still works at Mozilla and has to interact with the harasser at work, whereas I don't; as well, while the harassment was directed at both of us, the emails that I offered as evidence were sent only to my former colleague. Thus, by disclosing the emails, I exposed my former colleague to a disproportionate share of the risk involved in this action (as well, without their consent). I regret doing that, because I could have avoided it by disclosing enough information to help people protect themselves from harassment without exposing my former colleague to further harassment. So I'm also sorry for making that hasty decision and for any harm it caused to my former colleague.

It's easy to assume that you understand the contents of a code of conduct that you helped draft without fully internalizing it, and that's what I did. However, going forward, I commit to upholding the geekfeminism.org code of conduct.

I'm closing comments on this post; if you have anything you want to discuss, please direct it to my email address ( catamorphism@gmail.com ) and/or to the Geek Feminism anti-abuse team.
[personal profile] yendi
Quick post today. Yesterday's post has movies like A Good Day to Die Hard, Fight Club, A-Team, some kitchen gadgets, and more. Tuesday's has MP3s, video games, movies, and more. Monday's has $1.99 DVDs, sewing machines, video games, and other stuff. And Sunday's post has House, Samurai Champloo and other anime, the Warner/holiday/Peanuts sets, the Roku 3, and more.

The Deal of the Day is on a Scotch Laminator for $16.99 (79% off, but really about $10 off), along with some supplies. The other Deal of the Day is on espresso machines and Contigo mugs at 40% off and more. The latter are the more appealing deals to me, as paying $140 and up for an espresso machine is a little out of my range. (See also the comments about the espresso machine in the Hater's Guide to the Williams Sonoma Catalog.)

For folks with young athletes in the house, a third daily deal is on Franklin Youth Team Jersey Sets, with most items at least 40% off and $10 off other prices.

There's also a 12 Days of Deals theme, with today's deals being Disney-themed. These include both lightning deals that'll last a few hours, and some ongoing deals (Frozen wallets, Spider-Man watches, etc). Many of these are actually longer than one-day-long.

And there's a one-day sale on for up to 50% off Remington Shaving Products. Given the issues I've had with my most recent Norelco, I might be looking into this for myself.

The Kindle Daily Deal includes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for $2.99 each.

Also cheap in Kindle is Tim Dorsey's When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State for $.99. If you haven't read Dorsey, imagine Carl Hiaassen with less restraint. I adore him.

In video games, Wolfenstein: The New Order for the PS4 is $24.99 (58% off), and Kung Fu Rider for the PS3 (with PS Move) is $3.49 (83% off). Tales of Xillia 2 for the PS3 is $19.99 (50% off).

For the Xbox 360, Tropico 5 is $19.99 (50% off).

In movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled is $109.99 (50% off). It's an awesome set if you haven't seen it.

For the little ones, the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike is $55.29 (50% off, about $30 off other deals).

And for the older gamers, Galaxy Trucker is $39.39 (47% off, $10 below other deals), a great price for a great board game.

And finally because it's the season for it, Amazon's got a 25% off Coupon for a ton of women's coats, sweaters, sleepwear, and accessories, and a similar one for men. This is for the entire purchase of clothing, not just one item.
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So [personal profile] rydra_wong asked me how I learned to express my needs LIKE A MOTHERFUCKIN' ADULT:

I'd say there were probably some number of factors that I'm forgetting here, but here's my path )

There are a number of things I haven't mentioned—certainly keeping this journal has also been a way of learning how to communicate, navigating various interpersonal dramas in my history, etc etc.

In the end, it all came down to whether I wanted to continue having the communication skills of an angsty teenager. I had to have a reason to change, because it wasn't and likely won't ever be easy—but worth the hard work.

I know that if I want to act with integrity and live my life according to my values: being open, honest, and authentic—communication, a true communion— is the best way to do that.

Agents of SHIELD

Dec. 10th, 2014 08:47 am
[personal profile] yendi
Yesterday's post has still-active deals on video games, MP3s, Rise of Planet of the Apes, and more. Monday's post has $1.99 DVDs, sewing machines, more video games, and other bargains. And Sunday's post has House, Samurai Champloo and other anime, the Warner/holiday/Peanuts sets, the the Roku 3, and more.

Continuing the trend of holiday toys for kids, today's Deal of the Day is on Vtech toys for 50% off. There are 34 items currently on the list, including everything from toy phones to dinosaurs. For older kids, the other DotD is on assorted Razor Scooters for up to 50% off.

There's also a daily deal on Klipsch Image X5 Noise-Isolating Earphones for $99 (60% off). It's technically through Woot (which Amazon owns), but is at the Amazon page.

One of the Kindle Daily Deals offers 20 Arthur C. Clarke books for $1.99 each, including all the Rama books, some short story collections, and a bunch of other good ones. Basically, this has everything major but the 2001 series.

Other cheap toys include the Star Wars Kanan Jarrus Electronic Lightsaber Toy for $12.39 (40% off, $7 off other deals), and the K'NEX Robo Smash Building Set for $7.99 (50% off, and truly about $8 off other vendors).

You can nab a Blu-Ray version of The A-Team (the movie) for $3.99 (86% off). Note that the Amazon price is backordered, so you'll need to find it under "other sellers on Amazon" on the right of the page. Also $3.99 on Blu-Ray (and 80% off, and similarly backordered) is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The latter includes DVD and digital copies, too.

You can get the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack of A Good Day to Die Hard for $5.99 (85% off). Other $5.99 Blu-Rays (all 65% off or more, some with digital copies) include Predators, Alien vs. Predator, Taken, Fight Club, The Transporter, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

In video games, Xbox 360 owners can get Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition or Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition for $8.99 each (70% off).

In kitchen goods, the Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Single Serve Brewer and Coffee Maker -- which can brew into both a regular carafe or a travel mug -- is $49 (39% off, about $25 below other sellers).

And finally, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is $64.99 (65% off, and about $35 off other sellers).

Favorite YA books, 2014

Dec. 9th, 2014 05:26 pm
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Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

A beautiful verse memoir of a complicated childhood -- you can see a lot of pain and sadness, much of it oblique, on the edges, but mostly it's stripped down to the basic units of poetry -- single moments, single memories.

The Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett

A ghost story, and a story of World War II. A well-off British family evacuates to the countryside, where they pick up an evacuee, and run into some ghosts ... whose story is also the story their uncle tells about the Princes in the Tower. Beautiful writing, and thoughtful things to say about courage and responsibility.

Egg and Spoon, Gregory Maguire

In which Baba Yaga shops at Bloomingdale's and filks from "Fiddler on the Roof" -- Baba Yaga is the best thing in a book full of great things, from the immortal hen of the tundra to giant matryoshka dolls to empathy and justice.

Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, Isabel Quintero

Serious without being dreary, timely without being an issue book, surprisingly sharp and funny despite its darkness, perhaps the most feminist YA book I've read this year.

How I Discovered Poetry, Marilyn Nelson

This year we have TWO great memoirs-in-poetry for children and young adults by African-American women! And I feel like this one got a little overshadowed by Brown Girl Dreaming -- which deservedly won the National Book Award -- but it's excellent in its own right; I particularly related to the author's descriptions of moving around so much in childhood.

I'll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson

Complicated feelings! And not an unequivocal recommendation! It's a story of twins, and artists, and family secrets, and people being terrible to each other. It's easy to overdose on Nelson's magical-realism-touched, exploding-with-metaphors prose, but when it works, it works.

The Story of Owen, Dragon-Slayer of Trondheim, E.K. Johnston

It's rare for a story to be so much fun and also so deeply rooted in values of pragmatism, community, responsibility, and not having a ton of needless romantic drama.

This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Oh, but maybe THIS is the most feminist YA of the year? It's such an accurate description of those awkward and uncertain moments on the cusp of adolescence, on the cusp of entry into the terrifying worlds of sex and romance -- and also on the cusp of realizing that your parents are actual human beings. And it's brilliant to use horror movies as a metaphor for all this.

Through the Woods, Emily Carroll.

This is a good year for Canadians and people named Emily and Canadians named Emily, huh? (E.Lockhart, who is not Canadian, and E.K. Johnston, who is.) It's a genuinely spooky horror graphic novel with great artwork.

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

I'm not a huge fan of twist endings and unreliable narrators, but I appreciated the clarity and minimalism of the prose, and the horrible inevitability of it all.

Why We Took the Car, Wolfgang Herrndorf

A road-trip novel with a strong voice, and pathos, and danger, and the realistic foolishness of young teenagers. There's something rough-around-the-edges about it, the kind of thing where you run out of ego and posturing and it's just people as they really are, a little bit shabby and a little bit pathetic but you still can't help liking them.

Egg & Spoon, by Gregory Maguire

Dec. 9th, 2014 04:44 pm
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Egg and Spoon is a great book almost all the way through -- funny and full of inventiveness, like J.K. Rowling at her best.

It also has a weird kinda racist non sequitor.

"You know the rules. Don't let anyone in, Mewster," said the witch.
"You and your rules," said the kitten, with admirable East Asian detachment.

I just... yeah, that came from nowhere. The kitten is Russian like everybody else in the book, as far as I can tell. I have no earthly idea why it's admirable East Asian detachment instead of some other kind of admirable detachment, or just plain admirable detachment.

And so it becomes one of those books that I regard with admiration and great affection but feel iffy about recommending to anybody else.

But I will make a case for the other 474 pages of it.

This is a story of 19th century Russia. Of Elena, who lives in a desperately poor village in a desperately poor family; her father is dead, her mother very sick. Of Ekaterina, raised in extreme wealth mostly in English boarding schools. Ekaterina is traveling across Russia to St. Petersburg, where she will meet the Tsar's godson and perhaps convince him to marry her (though it's not exactly what she wants for herself.) But lightning destroys a trestle bridge and leaves her stuck in Elena's village, where she and Elena become -- not friends, exactly, not yet. But people who are curious about each other. And then, by accident, when the train gets moving again it's Elena who's on board and Ekaterina who's left behind; which results in adventures for them both, involving a Firebird and its egg and a marvelous Baba Yaga who can quote Broadway musicals and namedrop her old acquaintance Dante Alighieri.

I like John Green's speech on YA in which he talks about needing "Encouragements that aren't bullshit." It's easy to be cynical about morality in books because books mostly can just tell us to do things that we already know we should do; compassion and empathy and justice aren't some nifty lifehack that you just found out about. And yet, once in a while, you read a book that argues so convincingly and so warm-heartedly for compassion and empathy and justice that you feel like you've been set back on the right road again. And it is a funny and rollicking book with plenty of adventure and plenty of colorful detail (and I liked it a great deal better than Wicked, which had that lit-fic thing of everybody being awful to each other, and which was therefore much more fun as a musical, once songs and morals got added in.)

Fantasy Football update

Dec. 9th, 2014 10:39 am
[personal profile] yendi
In spite of A) an awful performance by Peyton Manning and B) an awful performance by my newly-grabbed WR2, Josh Gordon (while benched Vincent Jackson was great), I managed a first-round playoff win entirely on the backs of two great RBs (Bell and Foster), and solid performances at WR1 (Megatron), TE (Bennett finally breaking out) and K (15 points from Crosby!).

In the semifinals, I get to play the top team in our league, so I'm not all that psyched about my chances, but at least I've scrapped my way up to the final four. Now if Manning would just remember that he's named Peyton and not Eli, I'll be happy.
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