Misc + Tal'Dorei

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:18 pm
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Random RL stuff:
- My phone, that I bought only half a year ago, is broken (not my fault.) Still covered under warranty, but still, ugh.
- We now have shelves in our kitchen! For cookbooks, and because we don't have enough yet there's also space for plants and fandom stuff. I'd take a picture, but see above re: phone being broken (and I'm too lazy to search for my old camera.)
- I wanted to go see Eddie Izzard in Bratislava on Saturday, but missed the bus. I was so mad at myself that I went running and completely overdid it, my knee still hurts.
- Last week we found out that our third roommate is moving out, so we're looking for a new one again. *sigh*
- So, so many terrible things in politics. So many. I know that world-wide there are much larger and more serious issues, but that our foreign minister and minister of the interior are huge dicks and the chancellor is ceding way too much ground to the conservatives is just the shitty cherry on top.

By now I have a few thousand words of unsorted thoughts on the last ~25 Critical Role episodes and I'm too lazy to clean them up and post them yet, but I feel the need to express my feelings about episode 83 RIGHT NOW.spoilers )

Sudden possibilities

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:53 am
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Ohhhhh!! So two apartments were just listed for Summer Town (code name for the place I'll be living this summer). One has really reasonable rent and is in the heart of the business area, possibly on the second floor of a building where there's a computer repair shop on the ground level. It's one of those older brick buildings, so I don't know what the quality might look like. Nothing was mentioned in the ad about a lease. My main concern about second level apartments is being hot in the summer. Most of these places don't have A/C despite temperatures often breaking 100+ degrees in the height of summer. I would rather be cold than hot. But I get that A/C takes a lot of electricity.

The other apartment is at the month-to-month place I've called before. The rent is higher but it's still in town and close to where I work (anywhere in town will be close to where I work, but this place is pretty darn close). Since I know most of the specifics about the place, and I've driven around it to get a good look at it's quality at least on the outside, I wouldn't mind living there.

The bunkhouse is still way, way cheaper, but I dread the idea of going back there. Not even the lure of cheap rent puts my mind at ease. I'm still open to it, and I would do it if I have no other options, and I can resign myself to it, but if I do live out there I'll be going home on the weekends often, which is what I don't want to do this summer. Having a place in town will make me want to stay in town on weekends. I'd like to volunteer at the local historical society to keep me busy.

As for getting internet in a place if I get one (which isn't an option at the bunkhouse), I'm still debating with myself about it. I could get a card at the local library or something and use their internet--if they have any. I don't want to have to use the WiFi at the ghetto grocery store, which is what one of my coworkers did the first season. He said he saw a few drug deals go down while he was there. I'm not sure where else I could get WiFi. I think it's sad how desperately I feel like I need to be connected to the internet when it's probably better for me to not always be constantly plugged in.

EDIT: Oh crap. I just forgot. I've been having trouble with my phone where I'll call someone and they can't hear me, even though I can hear them. I've been leaving messages. Oh my gosh, I hope they can hear me on those messages. I might end up calling these places again tomorrow if I don't hear back today.

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:05 am
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What I Just Finished Reading
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie (Great Discoveries Series) by Barbara Goldsmith
This series seems to be short summaries of people's achievements, but even given that I really liked this book. It didn't have room to get very technical or go into great detail on any given era, but was well written, interesting and didn't idolise its subject.

The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution by Deborah E. Harkness, narrated by Kate Reading
This is going to be one of those books that makes me annoyed at a lot of other books. I've read a fair bit about the scientific revolution, and this is all completely new to me to the extent that I'm now irritated at all the other books I've read for not including any of it.

It's a wonderful exploration of scientific culture in the late 16th-century, including pushes to increase mathematical literacy for national economic development, collecting-comparing-publishing findings from experiments, in fights over priority and credit, and government support of large-scale scientific projects, mostly focusing on how individual practitioners fit into all this. The idea that this was all going on, and that Francis Bacon (who the author dislikes!) was more or less whining because he didn't get to be in charge of it and gentlemen shouldn't get their hands dirty doing actual work, was frankly a little mind blowing.

Really good, very enjoyably read by Kate Reading, would recommend.

Desire Wears Diamonds (Jaded Gentleman #6) by Renee Bernard
So I haven't read anything else in this series, but clearly stumbled on the best one anyway. The author sets up the intro pretty well, and then I just spent the whole book drawing hearts around Michael and Grace, so who cares about the big arc plot (other than Michael is angst about it! Oh noes!) Michael just wants to atone by dying for his friends! But then he might have to die for his wife! And he can't do both at once! It's a challenge! Grace just wants a room of one's own.

I'm not sure if I'll back read, since idk if Michael will be in them enough, and I wasn't as invested in any of the others. Will keep an eye out for Bernard stuff though.

Four Wars of 1812 by D. Peter Macleod
I think this must have made a very fine museum exhibit, but in terms of trying to get a handle on the war, it just didn't have enough information in it. The art and pictures from the display were very interesting though, and I always appreciate an O'Brian reference.

(Speaking of [as the book also mentioned Forester], just watched Captain Horatio Hornblower, RN with Nenya, since I'd seen it ten years ago, and she hadn't at all. To conclude: "Ioan Gruffudd grew up to be Gregory Peck. Bush got less gay and slightly less hot. But it works amazingly well in continuity.")

Tropical Tiger Spy (Shifting Sands Resort #1) by Zoe Chant
Fun read. It was a bit slow to start, but once the action plot kicked off, I really enjoyed it. I liked how resourceful Amber was, though Tony's agency should seriously hire her, because she's way better at spy stuff. The action (and the "action") was very well written. Could have used a little more angst.

Tropical Wounded Wolf (Shifting Sands Resort #2) by Zoe Chant
Oh there we go. THAT one is angsty enough. Enjoyed it even more than the first one (because angst!), though the plot itself was a little slower. However, I appreciate trapped in peril plots, and both characters were very likeable. I'm curious what's going on with the resort though, so I hope Zoe writes more of these. Oh and the gazelle. Really great setting for a series.

(I was saying to Nenya, having just read Diamonds and Wounded Wolf back to back, is that the fantasy with heroes with massive self-esteem issues doesn't seem to be that you'll find someone who will tell you you're good, but that someone will tell you you're good, and you'll believe them.)

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean by Adrian Tinniswood, narrated by Clive Chafer
Okay, look, I came into this researching English relations with pirates in the 1600s, which is what this book is about, and had the information I needed, and the Anglo-centrism STILL annoyed the crap out of me. I know that the author's area of study is England, but 100% of his sources are English, and he appears to have put zero effort into finding contemporary sources from any of the actual pirates or people who lived near them (unless they happened to be English), or anyone other than the odd note from the Venetian Ambassador to London , which leaves this book MASSIVELY one sided.

There's a lot of acknowledgement that okay, yeah, the English perspective is happening here, and that's not the whole story, and pointing out how the English were wrong about things, but very little quotes from primary sources from any other country. And we're talking Ottoman Empire here, so it's not like this stuff doesn't exist, they LOVED records.

So a lot of the information was interest, but the whole book was incredibly frustrating.

What I'm Reading Now
Audio: My Mother's Wars by Lillian Faderman about Faderman's mom living in NYC in the '20s to '40s. It's very engaging so far, though I just started it.

Library: Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer, which I'm about 100 pages into and the war hasn't started yet. It's well written but also super depressing because genocide.

What I'm Reading Next
I have the next Selection book as a library e-book, so I'll probably buzz through that. I'm not sure for audio. Maybe that new romance novel about US Civil War spies.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:20 am
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"It's about the personal computer revolution of the 80s, Lee Pace is in it and he is a bisexual dumpster fire who you and the rest of the characters won't be sure if you want to fuck or slap during any given scene"*



So, uh. Apparently I need to watch Halt and Catch Fire.

I don't even usually like watching series - too much time commitment; movies are more to my taste. But. See above, especially re: Lee Pace.

Which reminds me that I still haven't watched Pushing Daisies, even though it's been on my to-watch list for years. I should get on that one of these days. Something to do while knitting, perhaps....

Work Matters, Another NZ Trip, Animals

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:34 pm
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It's been a tough week at work; not so much on matters of complexity, but rather on sheer volume. With last week's cluster and cloud computing, there has been in an influx of over two hundred master's level students to the HPC system and the inexperience of quite a few is evident. Such is the effects of an entire generation of computer users who have started with the GUI rather than the command-line. Apropos the planned session with the good folk at the University of Freiburg didn't get up for the International Supercomputing Conference. A German co-author responded pithily, You have to see that we are considered heretics. Well, it wouldn't be the first time, that's for sure. So instead we're looking at a publication in Advanced Computing. Given that most of the paper is already written, a draft can be submitted perhaps the end of next week.

Shortly after that [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya, [livejournal.com profile] funontheupfield, and I are heading to New Zealand. Apparently I can't get enough of the place. The latter has never been before so recommendations were put in place for a short trip; Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds, primarily Havelock and Collingwood with opportunities to take short hikes, go spelunking, horse riding, and to see the strange natural landscape that is Farewell Spit. Given that my past two trips to NZ have been almost entirely work-related, I'm rather looking forward to the opportunity to venture 'cross The Ditch entirely for pleasure. Hopefully I will be able to organise dinner in Wellington for the handful of people that I know there.

The native animal population at our home has had a recent increase with a clutch of friendly young magpies deciding that our home is worth a visit, primarily for cat biscuits. A few days later a blue tongue lizard decided to move in. We think it's still in the house somewhere. Our other animal companions however have not been particularly perturbed by our new visitors; apparently our home is an open-plan zoological garden. I must however express some concern with the health of Tramper the rat. Already close to three years old (about ninety in rat-years), he's doing it a bit tough. He's had a bumblefoot infection for a long tiome (which curiously, seems to be healing up), he has a large mammary tumour which is quite inoperable without risk to his life, and now he's has advanced glaucoma in one eye. Tramper now spends much of his time snoozing (even on the rat-scale of things), but also has a good appetite and enjoys scritch time. Despite his illnesses, I think he's going to be around for a few more months.

Fiction: A Door Opens (part 2 of 3, complete)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:25 pm
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A Door Opens
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 3 (complete)
word count (story only): 1392

:: This story takes place around dawn on Saturday in the Maldives, which is dinner time (around 5pm) where Shiv is. ::

back to part one
to the Danger and Discovery Index
on to part three

“Because they're expensive?” Shiv grumbled. Tolliver remembered being nineteen and constantly hungry, without the boost of a soup's metabolism. He nudged the Parmesan over, only to have Shiv shake his head at it.

Tolli shook his head sharply as he focused on Shiv's words. “No. They're rescued animals, Shiv, which means they're jittery around new folks. Too many humans have abused them in the past for them to trust easily. But, that makes them really good therapy animals for some of the veterans we know. That's one of the things we do regularly, and we make a little money from it. However, if you don't want to push, I can understand that, too. You've only got what, roughly eight weeks left until you're out?”
Read more... )
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Fannish/Geeky Things

There's a trailer for the upcoming Ancient Magus' Bride anime! [YouTube, ~1 minute]

If you ever want the bat wing necklace Claudia wears on Warehouse 13, this is where you get it. [Via Allison Scagliotti's Instagram.]

"Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman to Host ‘The Handmade Project’ Weekly Series at NBC".

Via The Rec Center:

--"Full-body reading: Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in".

--"Mary Sue: From self-inserts to imagines, how young women write themselves into the narrative". [Elizabeth Minkel]

Social Justice

"The List of Books Men Must Read Before Messaging Me About Feminism".

I may have linked this one before, but what the hell: "Men Just Don’t Trust Women. And This Is A Problem".

"A Conversation About Disability Rights in Education".

At The Establishment:

--"The Problem With Judging Other People’s Food Choices". [Sarah Kurchak]

--"‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me".

Cute Stuff

"You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Heard Baby Sloths Having a Conversation".

"Watch: Corgi racing is more amazing than you would ever have imagined".


"The Folly of 'Purity Politics': A new book argues for the value of owning up to your imperfections".

A Twitter thread from [twitter.com profile] Delafina777, starting with "Okay, so, some thoughts about how multiple women in meetings can help each other be heard". (And from within that thread, we have "Donald Trump-inspired app counts how often men interrupt women" [Mashable] and "5 Nice Things You Do Daily (That Secretly Ruin the World)". [Cracked, 2014])

"Cat Anxiety: How to Recognize & Treat It".

"Tattoo Artist Who Lost His Arm Gets World’s First Tattoo Machine Prosthesis".

"Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find".

Mallory Ortberg, formerly of The Toast, just started a TinyLetter newsletter. The first letter is called "'I felt like Salieri, or a dog watching TV: furious and hostile and confused': Bellowing about trees with Sondheim", in which she spectacularly fails to bond with Into the Woods. I adore Into the Woods, but not bonding with it is fair, I suppose (no, no, it's fair), and Mallory Ortberg is hilarious. "By the end I no longer hated anyone, not even myself; I desired only to be reconciled with all of humanity. I could not imagine leaving the theater, nor in letting any of the actors leave the stage. They were all my children, which meant they were also my beans, and beans are wishes, and dreams don’t exist."
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 I just finished rereading a couple of old "lost in a snowstorm/must huddle for warmth" types of stories, and it made realize just how much fondness I have for those tropes. 

Now, I'm curious to hear what types of hurt/comfort plots other people like?

Happy moment.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:15 pm
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Magnolia buds are out in Riverside Park. Not blossoms, yet, but the promise. When I was out walking through it earlier today a woman noticed me and asked why I was smiling when it was so cold and wet and miserable out.

"It's seasonally appropriate misery," I said. And it is, at long last. Things are leveling out somewhat, at least as much as they can in a place where it rains in summer. It'd have been nice to have some more cold and snow, but if it's leaving right around now, at a reasonable time on the schedule, I'm not going to complain, just sigh.

Also I said she had a nice dog and a cute umbrella, and got her to smile back.

[ SECRET POST #3737 ]

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:30 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3737 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Prompt for 2017-03-29

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 01:32 am
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Today's prompt is "where are you?"

Watching Doctor Strange

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 05:03 pm
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So, this is my attempt at making at least one (fannish) entry to my journal before March runs out. Being back at work is more exhausting than I expected, and my evenings are usually spent doing nothing.

The past weekend I watched Doctor Strange. In a stunning twist on my usual behaviour, I managed to watch the movie less than half a year after it showed in the cinema. Go me! *g*

Short version: I liked it! )

I might need to look into getting an icon. And maybe search for some fic. *g*

Prompt #35 - Poker Face

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:22 am
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This week's prompt is poker face.

Your response should be exactly 100 words long. You do not have to include the prompt in your response -- it is meant as a starting place only. Please use the tag "prompt: #035 - poker face" with your prompt response.

Please include all necessary content warnings for potential triggers, mature or explicit content, or spoilers.

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