comment amnesty?

May. 24th, 2016 23:46
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So I have, um...53 unanswered DW/LJ comments, according to my email inbox, as of this writing. Admittedly, some of them are probably alerts from the Goblin Emperor kinkmeme, not comments I actually have to answer. But. Uhhhm. :|

Given that, and given that Dreamwidth seems to be very picky about whether and when it will let me log in, would anybody mind if I kind of, um, draw a line under all that and start anew? It's not that I don't want to talk to you, it's that I probably owed you comments back in like February and I'm not completely convinced that necro-commenting is worth it at this stage.

If there IS an active conversation we were having that you wish I'd get back to already, please feel free to ping me! Like I said, it's not that I don't want to talk to you. <3
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I really loved this book. :-) ([personal profile] madgastronomer, this review is for you. :D)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, because I'd heard so many conflicting reviews of it. But it made me smile so much, and made me go "awww" so much, and made me so fiercely proud of Cordelia, and so fond of Oliver Jole (an accomplishment, since we only really meet him in this book), and made me actually care about Sergyar. It was gentle, it was sweet, it was funny. I really, really liked it.

My two-word summary of GJRQ:

Cordelia's free.

Of Barrayar, for the most part. As she says at one point, she's given forty-three years of her life to the Barryaran Imperium--which eats its children and stifles its women and emotionally stunts its men--and she damn well deserves another forty-three years on her own terms. Thankfully, she's Betan, which means that at 76 she's really only in early middle age. This book is the story of the beginning of the second half of her life. And I am so glad.

I also loved loved loved that Aral gets to be actively queer here. Of course, he would always have been bisexual whether or not he ever slept with a man again. And I've heard people dislike that he and Cordelia were in a poly marriage with Jole, on the grounds that bisexuality =/= polyamory. And, sure, not everyone bi is poly. But some of us are. And for myself, I am more annoyed these days with the trope that bisexuality = having a disastrous same-gender fling in your youth and then settling down with an opposite-sex partner, never to seriously consider m/m or f/f again. And given that Aral's disastrous youthful fling was with Ges Bloody Vorrutyer? Hell yes, I loved that he got to have a happy, healthy, loving, long-term marriage (de facto if not de jure) with a man. For me, Bujold finally came through on the promise of Aral's bisexuality that she'd given us way back in Shards of Honor and Barrayar. Hell, Aral was never my favourite, but getting to see his soft squishy insides...I kind of begin to see what Cordelia loved about him.

Oh, and the two surviving members of a poly triad trying to learn to love again after the death of the third...I might just have a bittersweet narrative button already primed for that, ready to be hit by the right story. <3 Or to put it in other words...I've written that fic.

I've also heard people (based, I think, on an excerpt from a book reading well before the novel was released) decide that this book relegates Cordelia to the role of the slashfic yenta, set aside so the boys can get together. Not at all what I got out of this book. For one thing, Aral and Cordelia have a rock-solid marriage that goes down deep to the bones of the earth; they were also married for twenty years on their own before Oliver showed up. That Aral is bi, and Cordelia is Betan (read: not shocked by polyamory or queerness or kink), and melodrama was never an option...does not mean that Cordelia has in any way been set aside. (They also, you know, talked about it before Aral up and kissed a boy. It's not a thing he did will-she or nil-she.) Being poly, or in Cordelia's case, poly-compatible monogam-ish, does not mean that the first couple that comes together isn't real and true, any more than it means that any other part of a poly family is a secondary add-on. And if anybody thinks Aral Vorkosigan could toss Cordelia aside, or indeed that Cordelia would ever allow herself to be sidelined like that...they haven't been reading the same series as I have, that's all I can say. And I say this as someone who doesn't OTP them as hard as many people. The strength of their relationship is just so clearly underlined throughout the series that it's impossible to miss.

This book is about grief and about choosing what to do with the second half of your life, after you've lost someone who was the world to you. It's about "grownup things", not because of the babies, but because of that.

(As for the babies: I am not, personally, all that invested in having children (okay, I don't actually want any of my own at all), but Cordelia absolutely always did want kids. And, y'know, I'm always going to be more interested in fictional babymaking when it's done with tech rather than pregnancy. Miles and Cordelia may be slightly mad for having/wanting six kids, but you know what, so did my mother. Without a uterine replicator. It's not necessarily a sign of thinking children are interchangeable widgets, thank you very much.)

The romance itself is very sweet. Oliver Jole was basically a non-entity to me at the start of the book, but by a few chapters in I liked him a lot and was cheering for him and Cordelia. The fact that half the book is written from her perspective and half from his meant that I got to both watch the inside of Cordelia's head and watch someone else admire her, which was pretty great. (Have I mentioned that Cordelia is my fave?)

And Sergyar! I had no real feelings about Sergyar before this. I pretty much figured giving Aral and Cordelia the job of administering it was Bujold's way of getting them out of the way so Miles could have plot. (Which it probably was.) But with this book she's sold me on the sheer weirdness of it on a xenobiology level. And you know, I always hated that Cordelia had to give up her career in scientific exploration, along with her Betan culture, to settle on Barrayar and marry Aral. So the fact that she can have SCIENCE! in her life again? Is pretty amazing. :D

Freddie Haines: fantastic teenager. :D I loved the line about the quandary involved in praising a kid for having done something well in the course of doing something they shouldn't have done at all. Kaya Vorinnis, also cool. Miles...well, he seems to be settling in to fatherhood and counthood all right, though I was far more invested in him when he was a Dendarii Mercenary. (My prejudices in this canon may make more sense if you realize that I never cared that much for Barrayar per se. Who needs yet another patriarchal empire?) Also loved the Cetas in this one, and am curious about how that's all going to go: Sergyar is a planet with a Barrayaran majority, sure, but also Betans, Komarrans, and a few Escobarans and Cetagandans as well. It's not going to be Barrayar in miniature...and not just because of the Vicereine.

So, yes: that soft spot I have for canon poly with queer elements and middle-aged folks, in a space-opera setting? A+ work, Bujold. A+. To quote Gandalf, I have no longer any fear at all for any of them.
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Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light (4861 words) by Persephones_Keeper
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology, Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Kirke & Pasiphae, Daedalus/Pasiphae, Pasiphae/Minos, Pasiphae & her children
Characters: Ἥλιος | Ἠέλιος | Helios (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Πασιφάη | Pasiphae, Μίνως | Minos (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Δαίδαλος | Daedalus (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Ἴκαρος | Icarus, Minotaur, Ariadne (Greek and Roman Mythology), Φαίδρα | Phaedra, Ξενοδίκη | Xenodice (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Acalle, Κίρκη | Kirke | Circe (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Ἀνδρόγεως | Androgeus (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Perseis, Procris
Additional Tags: Sister-Sister Relationship, Courtly Love, Bestiality, Revenge, Canonical Character Death, Mother-Son Relationship, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Feminist Themes, Screw the patriarchy, Retelling, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Bittersweet Ending

All men must die, but immortal goddesses are forever.

written for [ profile] merfilly for [community profile] once_upon_fic

Unneccesary comments from the author )


May. 24th, 2016 22:24
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Julia Blackburn, Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske (2015): Craske went to sea, and then he went to WWI and returned unable to do much besides paint and embroider, with considerable support from his wife, Laura. The marriage preceded his dysfunction. I wanted more about his art, but Blackburn's point is that a life is elusive, hence our having mostly her attempts to gather information and feel, via e.g. an acquaintance who could phone an old relative who may or may not have known him. There is much about (Blackburn's sense of) Norfolk and fishing culture, too, and a bit about Blackburn's partner which pertains thematically. (Can one have a spoiler about a dual-threaded remembrance?)

Sylvia Townsend Warner collected Craske's work, unsurprisingly.

Something Craske remembered, which Blackburn ?quotes in italic amidst her narrative:
We used to cure the fish as it came in season. This is the list as far as I can remember:
Haddock, smoked; Codling, smoked; Whiting, smoked; Herring Pouch, smoked; Herring, bloatered; Herring, kippered; Mackerel, kippered; Cod's Roe, smoked; Sprats, smoked; Crabs, boiled; Lobsters, boiled; Crayfish, boiled; Winkles, boiled; Oysters. (p. 53)

Woo hands

May. 24th, 2016 22:05
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Saw hand pt today. She is awesome.

Interesting tidbit: she thinks / is fairly sure that I have some form of hypermobility (apparently crackling achy finger joints is a clue), which is a nice confirmation of my own suspicions. Not that I can prove hypermobility at this point, but. (I also realized today that some of my pseudo-mobility, e.g. Arm movement wren shoulders are fused , may be because of hypermobile/stretchy bits.)

She made an awkward disapprovey face when I mentioned crochet though.

Anyway I have compression gloves (in fashionable beige) and a shiny new nighttime brace:

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The Flash 2.23 The Race of His Life )

I'm pretty close to giving up on this show, to be honest. I find the storytelling frustrating, as it was here, and there's not enough keeping me invested to really care beyond the Barry-Joe relationship. I know that they're shaking up the writers' room, though, so I may stick around to see what the S3 premiere holds...but for right now, I am not optimistic.

Willful Child

May. 24th, 2016 23:05
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Steven Erikson is better known for his doorstopper Malazan epic fantasy novels, some of which I read and liked, although due to the fact that I don't read as fast as I'd like, I fell out of the series and never finished it. Still, I liked his writing. And a couple years ago, when I saw he'd put out a Star Trek parody called Willful Child, I convinced my husband to pick it up. Part of it was curiosity as to whether Erikson could pull it off. While Star Trek parodies are by no means new, it sounded like such a 180 from what I remembered of Malazan that I had to see if it was any good.

It took me a couple years to get around to reading this. This book is over-the-top hilarious, with metacommentary on sf tropes--probably from more sources than just Star Trek, although my lack of pop culture familiarity undoubtedly means that I missed a lot of other references. (I suspect one section is lampooning Farscape, for instance, but have only seen one episode of that show.) Thus we have Ferengi-parodies who attack other starships by flinging junk at them, everything from curbside sofas to lawn gnomes; Terran Marines with names like John "Muffy" Slapp; and what i consider to be the book's crowning achievement, a sequence that manages to parody both "The City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Trouble with Tribbles" at once.

That being said, this won't be for everyone, even people craving a Trek parody fix. While Captain Hadrian Sawback, the novel's protagonist, is both certifiable and a certifiable genius, he's also lecherous, xenocidal, and callous in the extreme. Pretty much every character is a caricature, but whether or not you'll like this novel probably depends pretty heavily on whether you think Hadrian is funny or maddening. I liked the novel for what it was; your mileage may vary.

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Fandom/Geeky Things

Via [ profile] firecat, "Searching for Glendower: Reflecting on The Raven Cycle". [a roundtable at Women Write About Comics; there's a warning partway through before they get into major spoilers]

Over at [ profile] ladybusiness, [ profile] owlmoose posted "Closing the File on Agent Carter".

Via [ profile] musesfool, a breakdown of the different organizations/factions/players in Orphan Black (spoilers, obviously!). [Reddit thread]

"“Girls Can Sell Toys,” Says Krysten Ritter, Realizing Jessica Jones Doesn’t Have an Action Figure".


Via [ profile] cofax7, "How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar". [Serious Eats]

The OxfordWords blog offers "6 punctuation marks you might be using incorrectly".

"The Line Remaking Men’s Clothes For Women’s Bodies".

Cute Stuff

"PHOTOS: Star Wars Pug crawl in Portland".

A two-minute video on Facebook of an up-close and personal encounter with a baby elephant seal. SO CUTE.

"This Man Rescued These Foxes And Now They Won’t Leave His Side".


At, Kameron Hurley talks about her about-to-be-released book The Geek Feminist Revolution. "I am still more likely to find my work remembered when people ask, “Who are your favorite women writers?” than “Who are your favorite science fiction writers?” And that, there, demonstrates how categorization and erasure happen in our back brains without our conscious understanding of what it is we’re doing. Yes, I’m a writer, but..."

"15 Reasons Why Christopher Pike Was The Best YA Horror Author Ever". [Buzzfeed]

"Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year: Android users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns and how they move". [The Guardian]

Via [ profile] oursin, " The foul reign of the biological clock: It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us forever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since". [The Guardian]

"Japanese book “nekotan” teaches foreign language the best way possible: by talking about cats". [RocketNews24]

On The Toast:

--"The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs".

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Posted by Bryan Menegus on Sploid, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

Calcium alginate is incredible stuff. It has the ability to surround liquids with a springy membrane so they can hold a shape and be handled like solids. The process is called spherification, and gets a lot of use in upscale, molecular gastronomy-type restaurants. One start-up is even trying replace water bottles using similar methods. But why save the environment with blob technology when you have a deep fryer and no regard for personal safety?


Thyroid redux

May. 24th, 2016 20:15
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Draft of message to my doctor (and yes I plan on finding a new gp).
Comments welcome

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The 100 Best American Movies in Film History

To make this list—which I’m absolutely sure will be totally definitive, with no need for anyone to ever debate it, right?—critics from around the world were polled by the BBC to name the greatest American movies in film history. I’ll save you some surprises: Citizen Kane was first, The Godfather was second.


Slayground takes place in winter.

May. 24th, 2016 22:34
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That's the case for both the Richard Stark novel and the Darwyn Cooke adaptation.

The snow's an absence of color; things like the opening, the criminal Parker's armored car heist, stand out against it.

There's him and his bombing the car, getting the cash, and getting out.

And then there's the getaway driver turning a right so hard he turns them over.

Up and over. )


May. 24th, 2016 22:39
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Into love and out again,
Thus I went, and thus I go.
Spare your voice, and hold your pen—
Well and bitterly I know
All the songs were ever sung,
All the words were ever said;
Could it be, when I was young,
Some one dropped me on my head?

—Dorothy Parker

DC Rebirth Two Page Spread

May. 24th, 2016 22:15
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Can you name all the characters?

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Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on Gizmodo, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

The growing popularity of so-called “vocal fry,” particularly among young women, is either a hot new trend or the bane of cultured discourse, depending on who you ask. But when it comes to popular music, vocal fry actually enhances expressiveness.


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Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on Gizmodo, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

Back in 2006, Nike introduced the high-performance SUMO 2 golf club driver, specially engineered to help golfers hit straighter shots, even for slightly off-center hits. There was just one problem: the newly designed club made an unpleasantly loud, tinny sound when it struck the ball—so much so, that most players proved unwilling to tolerate it, even in exchange for improved performance.


How to Show Off a Scar

May. 25th, 2016 01:00
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Posted by Scott Meyer

I have a scar on the back of my head. It is the result of a minibike accident when I was a child. When I had hair, the scar was hidden. When I shave my head it isn’t particularly noticeable. If my head has anything more than half a day’s growth of stubble, the scar stands out because hair won’t grow on the scar tissue.

I, a bald man, have a scar on my head that only shows when my hair grows out a bit.

Life is confusing.

Note from Missy: Is it just me, or is the woman in this comic Kaci Aitchison, news personality for Seattle’s KCPQ 13?

Note from Scott: Yes it is, but I’ve never been happy with the drawings I did of her.


You can comment on this comic on Facebook.

As always, thanks for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

[Bandom] spin for you

May. 24th, 2016 19:12
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Title: [Podfic] spin for you
Author: inlovewithnight
Reader: [personal profile] fire_juggler
Fandom: Bandom
Rating: Teen and Up
Characters: Gen: Mikey & Pete
Length: 00:10:15
Summary: No_Tags 2015 Round. For Prompt #11: Mikey/Pete -- codewords. Set in 2014.
Link to Text: [Text] spin for you

White Rim 2016

May. 24th, 2016 19:00
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Uh, hi! Remember me? I used to do stuff and post about it!

Last week we joined friends for a White Rim bike trip. This is the same trip we did three years ago (and look, I wrote about it here!) and it was organized by the same couple, though this year it was mostly a different cast of characters, and also in the opposite direction. And also, I have a new bicycle!

Ilana and new bike

For those of you who care about such things )

The ride was to start Wednesday, but Britt had a meeting he couldn't miss and would come later, so I got a lift to the start with some of the other riders. We had lunch at the top of the Mineral Bottom switchbacks and then rode the ~10 miles to the Hardscrabble campground. The road between the bottom of the switchbacks and the camp is often very sandy, which makes for hard riding; due to recent heavy rainfall, it was instead nicely packed, with occasional mud that was mostly avoidable by choosing a path wisely (or briefly leaving the road). Britt rolled in sometime around 8 pm, which was still well before sunset.

In addition to the mud, the rain had made the desert bloom. We rode by orange globe mallow and blue blanketflower, by the pinks and yellows of flowering prickly pear cactus. (Photo by Ryan)

Cactus flower (by Ryan)

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All 15 of my photos at Flickr (the ones in this post, plus a few more)

Brendan's photos, which are better than mine, at Google Photos

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May. 24th, 2016 19:56
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Quick reminder that I will not be at WisCon this year thanks to the cruel twist of having no money. Will be avidly following tweets & posts.
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Hey, who was the fandom friend who used to follow The Tragically Hip around the world? (Shifting from LJ to DW to Tumblr has more or less made me forget everyone's current usernames.)

I read today's awful news and cried a bit, and then I thought of you.

Just wanted to say - my Toronto couch is yours if this ends up being a stop on Gord's last tour, and you'd like to come to the show. (I will probably go too, but we don't have to go together; I was only ever a casual fan, and I don't want to get to the venue as early as is your wont.)

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2

May. 24th, 2016 18:22
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"When we do big events like this, we usually employ one writer and one artist. However, this story is so huge – it cuts across the entire Marvel Universe – we thought it would benefit from additional brainpower. So, we tapped five of our most popular writers (Brian Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brubaker) and three of our most popular artists (John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert) to do this story." - Axel Alonso

Storytellers: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonthan Hickman, and Matt Fraction
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Laura Martin


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Posted by Germain Lussier

Fans of Magic: The Gathering have traveled long and far in their imaginations as they play and react to cards of various people, places, and things. Now, the company has taken one of those places and made it into a stunning, collectible poster.


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