An ode to Susan Duncan

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:29 pm
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I'm finally caught up on this week's Orphan Black!

everything goes under a spoiler cut )
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ETA: Logged out and gone to sleep. Good night, all!

I'm going to be trying to figure out what city I should be setting my urban fantasy in. (Or at least, what it should be an analogue to, geography-wise.)

I'll be on Discord for a couple of hours, if anyone wants to join me:

https://discord.gg/w9PK3Yg

(This time I'll remember to edit the post to say when I log off Discord!)

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Jul. 19th, 2017 03:03 pm
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I've been so busy, and so focused on spending my free-time-to-write on original projects, that I feel like I want to talk to people on Dreamwidth but don't really have anything to write a post about.

So let's start with the essentials, which is two friends who are currently in need of a bit of help.

[personal profile] kuwdora, who makes amazing vids, is taking vid commissions to help pay for a career development opportunity.

...and it seems the other friend has reached their financial goal for the thing they needed, which I saw halfway through writing this entry, so. Please consider helping out kuwdora!

*

I'm busy planning London things (when I'm not busy doing other things). I've bought contact lenses for the first time in my life (putting them in and out is AWFUL but having them in is pretty wonderful). I finished watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and the "Game of Thrones" premiere and feel weirdly similarly about both.

Sunday was picking up my contacts and hunting for a birthday gift for a friend and getting stuff from the pharmacy and overall I got home from work around 8:30pm. Monday was pilates at 5pm, followed by my roommate's friends coming over at 9pm for Game of Thrones. Tuesday was going to buy new walking shoes (mine have holes in them and I need something for London), and because I needed a specialized store I yet again came home at like 9pm.

Today is going to be swimming (because my pilates class was canceled), followed by an optometrist appointment.

Basically just really, really long days. I've mostly been spending my weekends doing fuck all because of it, lol.

Anyway, I'm looking for ideas for what to do in London. So far I have the staples (places I've been and can always happily spend time in):
- british museum
- V & A

Potentially interesting but also maybe kind of boring (I have a friend who'd LOVE both of these but for me they're kind of "oh ok" sort of options):
- tour of parliament
- tour of buckingham palace

plays (I have to pick one):
- Matilda in the west end
- Much Ado About Nothing at the globe
- Queen Anne at heymarket (I do love Romola Garai)

Other than that I have: walking around various parks. LOL.

There's definitely loads more to do in London, but I feel like I've done the more obvious touristy stuff (Sherlock Holmes house, the eye, transport museum (LOL I know this is less obviously touristy, but I liked it)) and the less obvious stuff I'm not familiar with?

(I've always wanted to do the loo tour, ever since meeting the owner/tourguide at a party, but it seems every time I'm in London the times don't work out ;_;)

Anyway, suggestions for stuff to do are very welcome!

Doctor Who (and St. Trinian's)

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:59 am
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The best part of the Doctor Who casting announcement is that it opens up EVEN MORE amazing possibilities for horrifyingly beautiful St. Trinian's crossovers.

"Oh, Beverly!" called Miss Fritton from her office, leaning over and waving one hand. Beverly could see one her out of the corner of one eye.

"Yeah, miss!"

"What's that little knobbly thingummy you're pointing at the door?"

"It's a sonic screwdriver, miss!"

"What's it for?"

"Nothing, miss!" There was Dalek invasion and the First Years were busy lobbing explosives from the tower while Beverly - the Doctor, really, but she'd been undercover for years and thought of herself as Beverly still - remodulated the alarm system to broadcast a frequency that would short-circuit their disruptor beams. The Daleks, not the First Years.

Though Beverly privately thought the First Years infinitely more dangerous to let loose upon the human race than the Daleks, but she did have standards after all, and centuries of enmity with the Daleks to uphold.

"So what you're saying," said Miss Fritton, appearing in her doorway with an empty bottle of vodka in one hand, "is that we're out of vodka and you forgot to stock up, is that it?"

"Get the gin, miss," said Beverly, holding back a sigh.
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The thing I like about this is Lifehacker article is that it explains the various problems with gluten that people have, and also it lies heavily on the "don't be a jerk if you think someone is a 'faker' with their gluten sensitivity" principle. Which. DON'T BE A JERK ABOUT PEOPLE'S FOOD ISSUES. Whether you think they're faking it or not isn't really the important thing.

Also it's just a really good article that's in the Celiac 101/Gluten 101 vein.

Here's the Deal with Gluten

San Francisco layover

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:27 am
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Hello! On my way to Vancouver/Seattle this Sunday (!), I will be having a nine-hour layover in SF, meaning I'll be able to be in the city pretty much from 11 to 4PM. I haven't been there since 2006 so I'd love to hang out downtown; if anyone wants to hang out please be in touch via any platform :-)
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Glow is getting less attention than Wonder Woman, but this article is reminding me a lot of the articles about the Amazons working in the background of Wonder Woman - or what would have happened if they'd hired non-athletes and trained them to be athletes for Wonder Woman.

'Glow' Star Betty Gilpin: What It's Like to Have Pea-Sized Confidence With Watermelon-Sized Boobs

Anyone seen it? What do you think? Alison Brie is in it, and I loved her in Community.
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Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning

The pattern is free (and color-coded for each section, which is awfully nice), so even if you don't make it, you should either save it to your Ravelry library (if you have one) or download it for future planning purposes JUST IN CASE. It's pretty simple, and should you be looking to learn short rows, this is a good one for that.

It was also translated into French, should you be a native French speaker or wish to practice your French or French-based knitting skills. (I don't believe Ravelry pattern writers turn down translations of their patterns, should you wish to donate your time to spreading the fandom love, but if you are interested, the comments section on the pattern post is here, and my experience on Ravelry's comments has been generally pleasant.)

Sourdough Starter: Batch #2

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:44 pm
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Bubbling along nicely. It dried out a bit the first night because I forgot to latch the lid (whoops), but did not turn green like batch #1 did, so I am not worried about botulism this time around.

I should have started with the King Arthur's Flour sourdough starter recipe all along. Also used distilled water. Our water gets a distinct algae scent in the summer.

London hangouts?

Jul. 9th, 2017 02:32 pm
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I know I've posted about this before, but now that we're closer to August and the convention, I want to mention it again.

I will be in London August 1st-8th.

August 1-2nd, I'm totally free and currently have no plans. So if you want to meet up (during the day or in the evening), let me know! I'm open to doing touristy stuff together like museums or palaces or things, or just meeting up for a quick coffee or dinner or something.

August 3rd (Thursday) - I'll have the day free, and in the evening I plan to be at Nine Worlds (there's various social hang outs?). But these plans are flexible!

August 4-5th (Friday-Saturday) - I plan to be at Nine Worlds pretty much all day. If you're going to be at Nine Worlds as well:

On Friday I'm going to do a talk about Women, War and SFF at 5pm.

On Saturday I'm on two panels:

* Non-anglophone fanworks, fans and canon, at 10am.

* Screenwriting & scripting the fantastical, at 3:15pm. (Please note this panel will also be attended by Mike Carey who created Lucifer, wrote Hellblazer for several years and wrote the book and script of The Girl With All The Gifts. Not that I'm a bit *__________* about being on a panel with him or anything!!)

So, if you're going to be at the con, talk to me! I've never been to this kind of con before, where a lot of people are living on the premises, but in theory I'm also cool with hanging out with non-con-going friends in the evening. Talk to me and we can figure something out?

August 5th (Sunday) - I'll be at Nine Worlds until the afternoon, probably? And then am free to meet up. (If no other plans materialize I'm planning to stay at the con and do the Sunday night stuff.)

August 7-8th (Monday-Tuesday) - I'm free again! These days might (or might not?) be a bit busier since a fandom(?) friend from Nigeria who'll also be at Nine Worlds will have these days free, so hopefully we can do things together? But I'll also have lots of free time I assume/lots of time to meet up with other people.

I feel weird because every time I've come to London I've felt beforehand like "omg I have like 1 friend in London, and they have a job, so like I'll just be alone the whole time and not do anything basically" and then somehow I'm IN London and suddenly there's too many people to see and too little time.

Anyway, whether we've met before or don't know each other at all, if you're fannish/are reading this post I'd love to try and meet up! One of my favorite people is actually someone I met in London during a 12 hour layover like 6 years ago, we'd never spoken online, and she just popped up on one entry like "so hey you'll be in London? Let's meet up!"

I've since traveled to visit her in Delhi, we've spent a week in Prague together. I LIKE HER A LOT. So you know. I'm up for meeting people!
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I will be frank there is no serious analysis going on under the cut, mostly strings of words and punctuation marks:

Spiderman spoilers under the cut. SPIDERMAN. Je REFUSE, MARVEL. JUST SAY NO TO WEIRD SPELLING. )

I'm probably missing a lot but at least I got that out of my system. Fic incorporating this new canon into the MCU, I AM WAITING FOR YOU.

Last thing - I will just say it was a delightful experience watching this movie in the US. I know academically that US audiences are more engaged, especially in comedies/superhero films (from what I've heard), and this turned out to be SO TRUE here. I watched this in a full house theater, and there was not just laughter at various jokes, but sighs and gasps and excited rustling when the movie warranted it, and it was so much fun. The only experience I've had like that in Israel was watching Wonder Woman on opening night, which had the audience erupting in spontaneous applause multiple times, which was super gratifying and basically never happens in Israel.

*icon does not reflect my reaction the movie but is the only teenaged-superhero icon I have*
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Thanks to fun times (no, not really fun) childhood details being revealed in the comments.

In case you were looking for it and you no longer have access, message me.
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Okay, I mostly rail against redundant adverbs, which you may not find redundant. But. Sometimes adverbs are very useful. I, for one, would never presume to tell Shirley Jackson to cut an adverb.

Shirley Jackson’s Sublime First Paragraph in ‘Hill House,’ Annotated

State of Things

Jul. 7th, 2017 12:25 pm
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So, my roommate is leaving at the end of the lease (in just under 3 months). Of course.

I'll be gone for a week in August (LONDON!) and then at the very end of September, right before the lease is up, so I'd like to start advertizing his room immediately, but there are various logistical issues with that, and it's stressful.

In theory I should be fine. In theory our place is right across the street (literally!) from a big institution of higher learning, and the academic year starts in October, and the apartment is relatively reasonably priced and spacious and contains all the appliances and the room even comes with a very nice closet. In theory, this place should be snatched up, even assuming my desire to live with someone whose lifestyle doesn't drastically clash with mine (such as someone who loves hosting parties several times a week).

In theory. If I told you every story about an apartment where I lived and everything was supposed to be totally fine and no one could have guessed I'd be homeless out of the blue, well. There would be quite a few stories. Every apartment I've ever lived in, in fact.

So, as usual, I have no idea whether I'll have a place to live in a few months.

But meanwhile. Well.

It's the weekend, and I ordered some pants from the internet (I am EXTREMELY LOW ON PANTS, especially since due to back issues I've spent like 9 months wearing nothing but tights) and today I tried them on and they all miraculously fit? And I made breakfast and started the laundry and spent my morning reading short stories by Alyssa Wong.

Yesterday I wrote a blog post called On Names and Where They Come From, which was basically just a "DVD extra" for my science fiction novella, which multiple people have told me, unprompted, that they have bought, read and loved /o\

I've been holding in those stories, about where the names in Three Keys in the Desert came from, for about a decade. Seeing it up on the internet is almost as surreal as seeing the story itself.

In 3 weeks I'm going to London.

It's the first day of the weekend and I have absolutely no plans except to cook some delicious food and do whatever the fuck I want. Life doesn't really get any better than this.

*

Speaking of the novella, today is the last day of the week-long sale, which means tomorrow the price for the ebook will go up. So, this is probably your last chance to get it for $0.99.
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Their only value (that I am aware of) is that they're a) about math and b) written by an ancestor. I doubt there are many copies extant, but I would LOVE to purchase a copy of each to give as a gift to my dad, who isn't really capable of reading and understanding them any longer, but would deeply appreciate the symbolic value of owning them regardless of his ability to read them.

Before he developed dementia, my dad used to read math books for fun. :) I am a nerd. I come from a long, long line of nerds.

Amazon doesn't have either book. Ebay doesn't have them. BookFinder, AbeBooks, and Biblio.com don't have them either. They have someone selling prints of the dude's portrait, which, um. Yeah. Not nearly so awesome as a published math book.

I'm sure the university at which my ancestor taught has a copy archived someplace, but I doubt they're willing to part with it, as he's marginally famous.

Any suggestions on sites or bookstores to call that I might not be thinking of? Please help.

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