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Between North Korea and Charlottesville and everything else happening, it's hard not to feel like everything is burning down. But until the world actually ends, it's better to proceed as if it will keep on turning, so have some linkspam.

And we're home and dry.

Aug. 18th, 2017 03:20 am
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You know, after the 13 hour flight from Helsinki to Changi,  a brief 45 minute outside a plane in Changi, and then the 4 and a half hours flight from Changi to Perth and the drive home from the international airport, (thanks Ros!) it feels *really* good to have a hot shower!


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This is factually untrue - I just finished a new book yesterday - but it does feel that way.

Recommend something to me! Especially nonfiction - I really don't read much of that, so I can promise that I'll never have read whatever you recommend! (Whereas if you recommend anything kidlit or YA there's better than even odds that I've read it.)

Later I'll post up my own list of random recommendations for everybody, but right now I really must dash.

G'day Changi.

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:24 pm
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Nice thunderstorm. Dunno if it'll affect the flight.
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It's not my favorite ballad - if I wanted to sing The Murdered Brother I would and often do. Floaters are a thing, sure, but I still think it's cheating to basically steal 90% of the verses from one song and tack on a different framing story.

But it does have one advantage over The Murdered Brother, and that's that the framing story makes sense. I can see how you might chop your sister up after you've knocked her up. I mean, I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't do half the things people do in ballads. If I had no moral compass, though, then I might well look at murder as the solution to everyday social problems like an inconvenient pregnancy. Even in a ballad, though, killing your brother because he cut down a withy wand that might've been a tree is just strange.

(And their mother doesn't give a damn, it seems, no matter who killed whom and why. There's some seriously messed up family dynamics here. Sometimes you really have to wonder about the people who wrote these things.)

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Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome

How Edmond Halley Kicked Off the Golden Age of Eclipse Mapping

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Pretty sure I've seen this exact premise in, like, a thousand Harry Potter fics. Because how else are you gonna get Draco and Hermione to hook up?

Female Inmates In Federal Prisons Will Now Have More Access To Tampons & Pads

The next time somebody tells me that they or anybody else can't be a bigot because they have one $GROUP friend, I'm going to point them to this article about Eduard Bloch, who was personally exempted from anti-Semitic persecution by... Adolf Hitler. Yes, really. Yes, my jaw dropped too.

Solving a Murder Mystery With Ancestry Websites

Justice Department at odds with DEA on marijuana research, MS-13

Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels

This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea (This may be a sign that things in this country are really, really bad.)

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — but many don't like their results

Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs

Daily Happiness

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:14 am
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1. Kinda busy day today at work, but not too bad.

2. Day off tomorrow!

3. We had watermelon tonight after dinner and there's some left for tomorrow, too.

4. Playful Chloe. :D

Dear FemslashEx Writer or Artist...

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Full letter with prompts to come ASAP. The letter below is incomplete.

ETA: I changed my sign-up since I posted this, so if you looked early on, look again if you're interested - I added a fandom and switched out some of the Original Work ships.

Dear FemslashEx Writer or Artist,

Thank you so much for writing for me! This is my first time doing FemslashEx, so I'm really excited.

(I only requested art for one fandom; however, if anyone is moved to do an art treat for me in any of them, I would absolutely love that.)

Loves, DNWs, and notes/prompts for my fandoms (Aliens, Carrie, Original Work, Star Trek: Classic Timeline, X-Men comics (Marvel 616) and X/1999 below cut). Read more... )

Back to boring

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:48 am
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 And I mean really boring.  Now enjoying the worst of the cold, so nothing's happening until I get over it.  Congrats to those people who avoided me at the con;  you dodged a bullet.   Unfortunately there do seem to have been a lot of bullets; somebody on the Worldcon group on Facebook began a list.

Gene, PRK, Lawrie;  how's your health?!

Apropos of nothing

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:35 pm
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
The random mer-people tail generator on springhole.net may be my favorite sketch prompt generator all day.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 05:42 pm
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It's hard for me not to unfavorably compare every Isabelle Hollington Gothic to Trelawny, the one with the identical non-identical constantly-swapping twins, but The Marchington Inheritance runs a reasonable second for batshit plot resolutions.

Our Heroine is a children's book illustrator named Avril, which would be fine if she were not ALSO notable for her family reputation as a Strung-Out Sulky Counter-Culture Fight-The-Power Teen Rebel with constant Rage Against the Preppy machine, which meant that I had "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" stuck on rotate in my head for the entire duration of this novel. THANKS, ISABELLE HOLLAND.

spoilers are full of hilariously plausibly annoying children )

My goodness!

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:13 am
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Somebody really has made a recipe for Time City's butter pie!

Upon re-read, I realize that there is a small problem with the timeline in the book. Not in the usual time travel sense, which would be more or less okay, but in the educational calendar.

Vivian arrives in Time City during their half term, which I understand to be a short vacation in the middle of the semester - like midwinter recess in NYC. She attends school for two or three days, maybe as long as five - and then the whole city shuts down for two days of ceremonies! (And also the dramatic conclusion, but nobody knew that yet while the ceremonies happen every year.)

If they know, as they must know, that the kids will all have two days off, why not schedule their break a few days later so as to encompass the holiday? Instead of this on-again, off-again nonsense, which can't be good for their learning.

(Of course, I'm saying this from a city which only a few years ago started school on a Wednesday and then immediately took the next two days off for the Jewish New Year. Which, okay, it's an important holiday, but still. Start the year on a different day then!)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook

Why Northern Long-Eared Bats Love Nantucket

Robot, heal thyself (I'll confess - I love headlines the most when they make a pithy reference. I don't care if it's a sophisticated reference or a very low-brow one, I love them, and I love being able to say I got the joke, no matter how obvious it was. Also, this is a cool article. It's not just the headline. But I love the headline.)

You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf

The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

Why NASA is sending bacteria into the sky on balloons during the eclipse

How America's First Self-Made Female Millionaire Built Her Fortune

Glass may not seem an obvious material for a bone replacement. But UK surgeons are finding that bioglass not only is stronger than bone: it can bend, bounce and even fight infection.

American evangelicals’ antigay gospel forced him to flee Uganda. Then Christians in California offered him a home. A refugee’s story in words and pictures.

I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times

The Moral History of Air-Conditioning

Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

They were partners in fighting crime. The only problem: Neither was a cop. But when one friend turned on the other, things got real.

Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children's gender identity

The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Free

“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville

Confederate statues removed across southern US states – in pictures

Eight Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress.

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues, in one chart

How Baltimore Removed Its Confederate Monuments Overnight

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

What possessed a family man from Ohio to smuggle a Bible into North Korea?

Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as security worsens

How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.

Indonesia clinic gives relief to Muslims with tattoo regrets

It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

70 years later, survivors recall the horrors of India-Pakistan partition

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

Sentenced To Adulthood: Direct File Laws Bypass Juvenile Justice System
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More 'Miss Fisher' Coming in 2018, As Movie Trilogy Gears Up For Filming

Here's to hoping that this is for real! Also that Dot and Mac are in it! Miss Fisher isn't the same without Dot and Mac (or Bert and Cec and Mr. Butler and Jane, but Dot and Mac are my favorites).

UPDATE: Nazis Fuck Off Rally

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:17 am
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Looks like the Nazi scum saw how many people planned to show up to stand up to them in LA, and ran like the cowards they are. Apparently the Venice Nazi rally has been cancelled (but Nazi rallies are still planned in other cities). But it looks like OUR rally is still on, whether the Nazis show up or not.

I will keep updating but if our rally is happening, I'll still be there. I think it's important to show our solidarity and fire. Hey, just talking about showing up chased the Nazis out of LA before they even came - let's give them crowd photos to haunt their dreams and keep them out.

con crud

Aug. 16th, 2017 05:01 pm
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I thought these achy feelings, sniffle and scratchy throat were due to ignoring my diet and travel fatigue, but I think I actually have a cold.  I've certainly had enough sleep and didn't feel bad at all after waking up on my first morning in Helsinki.

There's a growing list of those who have suffered "con crud" and I think I must add myself.  Oh well, got a few days to get over it.  Today's activities were much more mundane than on the trip:  just went to get some groceries as there was nothing here to eat that wasn't a Vitaweat or a cup of English Breakfast tea.   Also am doing laundry.  There are more t-shirts than there were before.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:15 am
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1. Glad I went to bed early last night because I ended up having to go in to work before eight this morning to drive the forklift since someone called out sick and there was an early delivery before anyone else who could drive it was there.

2. Not getting to bed as early tonight, but definitely earlier than I have been, so I'm still counting that as progress.

3. Jasper is a cuddly baby but he is such a mommy's boy and pretty much only wants to cuddle with Carla. He used to cuddle with me when we first got him, but he formed a preference pretty early and while he allows me to hug him now, it doesn't usually last long. But tonight he came over to me and cuddled for quite a while! With his pur on at full volume and everything.

I was busy petting him and did not get any pictures, but here is one of him tolerating a hug the other day.

There and back again

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:53 pm
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I'm awake now after spending quite a lot of time asleep, following my return from Finland last night.  It was actually a better trip than I'd feared; the first leg in Finnair was crowded but I had a bit of extra space because I'd paid them for it.  Then when I switched to the little 737 Qantas plane in Changi, I'd feared the worst, but no.  The plane was not full!  It was six seats wide with one narrow aisle in the centre, and I had three of those seats to myself.  Promptly stretched out and crashed.  There was a bit of a rush just before landing because of me being asleep during the passing out of immigration cards but no trouble, filled it out and got through pretty fast, thanks to a new e-passport and automatic systems.

I have lots I want to say about my trip and experiences in Finland, which I will do when I've had a chance to recover and go through my paper journal.  It's a beautiful country, very well organised, even though the authorities do expect a certain basic intelligence from the populace, meaning you can get into trouble as a clueless tourist if you're looking for big, obvious advertising and signage!  It's there, just a tad more restrained and tasteful than it is at home.  Since the language is not gender-based, that meant I was much more comfortable with the way people talked to me, whichever gender they thought I was.  I decided early on that I could easily stand living in Finland, even if that meant I would have to learn Finnish.

I very much enjoyed talking to the Finnish fans and hearing from their writers.  There was even a meet up of the Supernatural fans at Worldcon, most of whom were Finnish.  I had 
never heard of Johanna Sinisalo (GOH) before, but now I will look for her books and watch Iron Sky, which I also haven't got to yet.

Now I need to go grocery shopping.  I may be back with English Breakfast tea, but it's actually all I have here in the way of food.

The houseplants have all survived also.



52.

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:21 pm
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Hoo boy

I've been writing too much angst lately and I'm trying to instate a 'no subtweeting' rule....

Suffice to say it's very 'one step forward, trip and somersault down the whole bloody flight of stairs' in my brainpan lately.

The weather is nice, today.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 01:15 am
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Scientists Make Food From Bacteria, Water, Electricity, and a Whole Lot of Patience

Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal

Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home

West Point Cadet, Simone Askew, Breaks a Racial and Gender Barrier

Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel ("Trash panda", that's a good kenning)

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Lightning is zapping fewer Americans

The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne

Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad (Crippling overspecialization)

In the future, your body won’t be buried... you’ll dissolve

White Supremacy (Overt & Covert)

Texas A&M cancels white nationalist rally set for 9/11

Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?

A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

Cuba struggling to keep professionals from leaving

For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment

Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths

Why fish can't help but eat our plastic garbage

The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science

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One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures

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‘We have drawn a different lesson from history’: How the world is reacting to violence in Charlottesville

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