Happy Labor Day

Sep. 1st, 2014 04:52 pm
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Posted by echidne

Things to think about:

The Five Day Workweek
The Forty-Hour Week
Annual paid vacation time
Paid parental leave
Safety Rules At Work

Some of those exist in various places, some of those used to exist but seem to be passing or never existed at all.  All of those allow us ordinary humans to be productive in the society while also having families, fragile bodies and the need to spend a few minutes of the day admiring the beautiful sky.

Add to the list.
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Nocturlabe (12213 words) by luchia [AO3]:


Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Enjolras/Grantaire
Characters: Grantaire, Enjolras, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, Montparnasse, Cosette Fauchelevent, Les Amis de l’ABC
Additional Tags: Terrorists, Obsession, Healthy Relationships
Series: Part 6 of stupid terrorist boys

“Who else could really deal with him right now? Who else would be able to help him?” Enjolras asks.

“I don’t know, maybe someone with a psychiatric background,” Grantaire bites out, trying to stay calm and failing completely. “We aren’t healthy, Enjolras! We are so, so fucked up. Do you really want to subject a kid to that? Do you think we could even keep him alive? We can barely keep ourselves alive.”

(Or: Grantaire has to somehow be the voice of reason because everyone’s going crazy insisting they keep this kid even though there’s some bullshit conspiracy around him and Enjolras is going ACTUALLY crazy and won’t let Grantaire even try to help and god he’s just so fucking done, he really is.)

I have about 30,000 words written, but these chapters are really fucking long so that honestly only puts me on chapter 3. Which is why I’m planning to do one chapter every week! So, Chapter 2’s on 9/7. This way I can hopefully keep ahead of postage and keep steady updating and then this whole thing can nice and cleanly sorted with no tears on either of our sides, the end.

Also, a nocturlabe is more appropriately called a nocturnal, but that has connotations of, you know, nocturnal, and nocturlabe is ~le french~ so there ya go. TIMETELLING VIA STAR MEASURING!!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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Disruptive Pattern Material: in plain words: camouflage. This massive tome features 5,000 images of all things camouflaged, from silly camouflage fashion (bikinis and handbags), to camouflage in contemporary ads, movies, and art, to natural camouflage among wild animals, to its historical uses in wars past, to the most recent scientific research in disruptive pattern materials.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 09:43 pm
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The end of an era, baby.
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Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.

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Four decades after Studs Terkel's famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.

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It occurs to me that I may be terrible at New Year's resolutions in part because my brain thinks of years as having September-August cycles (ie the way a school year/summer break is scheduled) rather than January-December ones. Leaves beginning to turn color? Time to figure out what habits and schedules to change in order to optimize the year! I think this means I should take advantage of my brain's comfort with fall as a time of change in order to make some nicer habits!

Obviously one of these is posting to DW more often. I have stopped worrying and learned to love twitter, but it has no archival-diary function, which is my favorite thing about journaling sites. Also, wow, being able to condense my thoughts is a nice skill, but at this point I feel like I need to relearn how to uncondense them. And so: an uncondensed list of things I would like to do!

1. Get back on tumblr tbh. I need to just pare it down to people whose posts I consistently like, and then give myself a half-hour time limit per day and make myself stop after that before I can go into a weird guilt spiral about never catching up. It's okay, self. Tumblr is infinite.

2. Stretch in the evenings?? The apartment of Gondor often mainlines shows in the evenings (the past few months it's been Warehouse 13); this is the ideal time to roll out a mat and unwind a bit. I have a job that has a lot of heavy lifting! My back has been REAL MAD lately! I should be kind to my body, it's the only one I get unless awesome cyborg enhancements are coming to the general public sooner than I anticipate.

3. Enjoy some new media! I ... have peaced out of Doctor Who so hard :( Instead I am watching Outlander, lololol; I definitely want to give Farscape a go, since it's all on Netflix. (I am told that the viewing order is in some way fucked?? Any pointers from people who know Farscape would be much appreciated.) I have also fallen back into the habit of reading actual books; just finished Jemisin's Dreamblood duology, and Leckie's Ancillary Justice is next on the list. EXCITED.

4. Write ... some books ...? I mean, I have a post-Thor 2 plotty political fic to write with [profile] filiabelialis, and unrelated shorter Loki/Amora and apparently Sif/Lorelei fics, and probably some Gamora/Nebula if I can bring myself to care about the GotG part of the MCU enough; but then I also have some original projects to finish! And to start! And to middle! I think the takeaway here is that, just as I need to block out a half hour per day for tumblr and then call quits, I need to block out probably an hour per day for writing (and then NOT call quits if the writing is actually working). When my days were more structured I got lots more writing done per month, so now that I have a job with weird hours I need to do my own structuring.

5. Gonna learn to vid! This has been a backburner resolution for a while, but [personal profile] verity has offered to actually teach me, so hell yes I'm doing that. (She's also offered to teach me how to break an egg one-handed, as per Thor's skill at that in her fic halfway between the gutter and the stars -- GO READ IT it features the very best Thor -- but presumably learning how to break eggs will take less time than learning how to vid.)

I think all this is doable! It'll be nice to settle in and work on getting comfortable inside my life; A and I just redecorated the apartment, so physically it's lovely to be in; I've had lots of summer adventures and am happy to lay low for a bit. Such good summer adventures, though: some New York friends came up to Boston and took me to a One Direction concert with them, which was pretty great; the following week [profile] filiabelialis and I went down to NYC to visit (mostly different) friends. And I think I want to get back into the habit of having a narrative for adventures, either the gallivanting ones or the at-home ones. I like the way it makes them feel more permanent.
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] rushthatspeaks: a perfect photo. This is A.L. "Whitey" Shafer's submission to the inaugural Hollywood Studios' Still Show in 1941, incorporating all ten elements of violence, sex, and sin banned by the Production Code.

I kind of assume everybody wants to see that movie.

Arsenal agree £16m fee for Welbeck

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:19 pm
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Arsenal agree a £16m fee to buy Manchester United's England striker Danny Welbeck.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 07:58 pm
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Manchester United sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8m.
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But it did make me realize nobody wanted me to read this (yet) and technically it just falls within the parameters of the Tears reviews.

The Many Coloured Land

Except I only read it because one of my profs was nuts about it. Me, not so much.

New Who

Sep. 1st, 2014 09:07 pm
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I feel like I have a much clearer handle on Clara already, now that she doesn't need to be a mystery any more. And of course I have a soft spot for teachers, particularly secondary school teachers, even if the Ian & Barbara reference wasn't totally adorable.

We have a black love interest who will clearly be recurring, and they didn't kill off Journey Blue, so things are looking up a bit in that department. Having a queer WOC Companion would have had them looking up more, of course, and Journey Blue was really cool and the loss of a brother she fought beside would've made for some interesting story. I shall have to comfort myself with some Clara/Journey fic. I'm sorry she won't be joining Team TARDIS – especially as I love more than one Companion at once – but I must say I find the Doctor's dislike of soldiers very sympathetic, since I give them a bit of an instinctive side-eye myself.

That said? I do not like Twelve. Like at all really. )
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The days are getting shorter, my hydrangeas are fading and autumn coffee drinks are already popping up on menus. Yup, these are sure signs that summer is winding to a close. So let's first journey to the Caribbean where summer never ends and see how we can incorporate elements of the island retreat into our homes for year-round tropical bliss!


September 1, 1939 -- WH Auden

Sep. 1st, 2014 01:01 pm
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I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism's face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
'I will be true to the wife,
I'll concentrate more on my work,'
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the dead,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

W.H. Auden

Djokovic & Serena win at US Open

Sep. 1st, 2014 07:52 pm
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Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win in straight sets to ease to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Man Utd complete £13.8m Blind deal

Sep. 1st, 2014 07:34 pm
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Manchester United sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8m.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 03:52 pm
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So I've been wanting a new car for a while now. There's nothing objectively wrong with my current one, 'cept for some cosmetic issues. (Okay, and a couple few rusty spots.) I've not even driven 85K miles (~137K km) since I got it. It's 10 years old. I bought it new in 2004 and finished paying it off 5 years ago. Why do I want a car payment? I don't.

But ... I'm bored? *shrug*
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This is one that I've encountered over and over again, very often with people who are my closest, dearest friends, and it's happening right now. Maybe this is slightly cruel, or hypocritical, but I'm sticking it out with him, so, he's got that.

There's a reason I own cats. My first I got when I was a grad student with odd hours and frequent travel. I lived in an apartment  (this same one, and technically, my cat has lived here longer than anyone else). Cats are relatively self sufficient, and when I too became "relatively" self-sufficient, I kept with cats, even though I grew up in a dog family and was offered a rehab dog: because I can't take care of a dog, especially not a working breed. 

There are days (less often) when I can't get out of bed, when the best I can do to make my mandatory once a day exit is to run to the mailbox and back.  I couldn't, and still really can't, accommodate a dog's needs. Sometimes I'm so anti-social and overloaded that I lock myself in a room where the cats can't get to me.  I make sure the litter is clean, the bowls are full, and when I'm unhappy, a purring cat does the soul plenty of good.

A border collie, staring at me because I woke up at 8am to take him out and then fell back asleep, it's 2:30 now and he needs to go out again,  he needs someone to play ball with, he needs to stretch out his legs and run, but it's August in Texas and the last place in the world I want to be is out in the open?  That rends the heart with guilt.

Or at least, it does mine. His owner is lying next to me, dead asleep.

Me and the dog spend a lot of time together. Too much time, really. I understand that yes, I'm the one who's unemployed, the my guy-thing-person is the one covering my bills, that he's young, and that he works a physically strenuous job with irregular hours. I know that when they moved in, I changed my mind about insisting that the dog needed to be given to someone and someplace where he can work and run the way he ought, because the dog may not know it, but he is a therapy dog. I love them both.

But every time the dog is clearly looking to go outside and the guy says, "I don't wanna, I'm too tired, can't you do it? etc."  I wanna shoot him. I saw this lots when I was younger, friends fresh out of college or high school who'd buy dogs, but they're still pretty much teenagers so they'll sleep well into the afternoon and I don't sleep well, so when I stayed over, inevitably I'd wake up with 30+ pounds of dog on top of me, crying to be let out. And I'd walk them, even though I can't really control a dog that large. Good, sweet dogs: pitbulls, rottweillers, labs, collies: big, sweet working dogs with lots of energy and an compulsion to please their owner.

Which is tough to do when the owner keeps covering their head with the comforter and saying "Not yet."  Makes the dog think he's doing something wrong. Right now the collie's in his kennel, staring at us, after spending close to a half hour alpha rolling for me, which is just wrong. But dammit, I'm not doing it this time. I can't cover for this: there are reasons I can't own a dog.

Right now, I really need to pee too. But I won't. Not until the dog gets taken out by the person who owns him.

Maybe it's cruel. But even if he doesn't know it, we're in this together.

And shit: his bowels just gave out before I did. Now I really want to hurt something.

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Hello friends! This is a quick shout-out to let you know that my fabulous group The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic group (LAWAAG) is meeting tomorrow night and we have a special treat in store for the women who attend.

Staci Goddard
, (sister of the fabulous Debbie Goddard) will be giving a spoken word performance!


Tuesday’s meetup is our last “women only” event that we have scheduled for a while. Our next few events with speakers, including our art opening and reception party will be open to the public and we will welcome all genders to attend! Part of the LAWAAG mission is to educate the public on women’s issues and to spotlight women in our community and so the group is going to plan and sponsor a lot of events that are open to the public and those events are starting soon!

I’ll tell you more about the art event later in the week, but just be sure to set aside the night of Saturday, September 13th, if you are anywhere near L.A. because the women of LAWAAG have been hard at work on a very special art show.

But for now, if you are a woman in or near Los Angeles and you are looking to be part of a positive, creative and supportive community without religion, then please join us this Tuesday (September 2nd) at 7pm for a women only meetup with special guest Staci Goddard!


Our LAWAAG Meetups take place at The Center For Inquiry, Los Angeles:
Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles,
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
L.A., CA 90027

More info on LAWAAG is here.

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Name: Becky and Jordan
Location: Northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; owned

Becky and Jordan live in a 1986 tri-level in northeast Grand Rapids. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood about five miles from downtown, the location is a happy medium for a couple from the country who wanted to be close to downtown, but not in the middle of downtown. Becky, an interior designer, is always thinking of renovation projects. Jordan, an accountant, keeps the budget in check and provides the sweat equity.


Man Utd complete £13.8m Blind deal

Sep. 1st, 2014 07:13 pm
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Sep. 1st, 2014 08:12 pm
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The tentative Yuletide schedule is out, which means it's time to think about nominations/offers/requests. I've not whittled down which is which, but things I am thinking about are:

+ Penny Dreadful - near certain I will offer this one; there are so many stories to tell
+ Da Vinci's Demons - I've had a lot of fun watching this and there is definitely too little fic
+ something Shakespearean - Midsummer, Hamlet and Twelfth Night are on the table, as ever, plus Julius Caesar and the SIL stage show (or maybe just straight-up historical RPF wherein Kit behaves like the Kit on stage: making sarcastic comments about everything Will does)
+ Gods of Gotham/Seven for a Secret, because of REASONS
+ Assassin's Creed II/Brotherhood/Revelations. Don't even ask.

*waits for nominations to open*

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It’s been ten years since my first short story was published. If Amazon is to be believed, Summoned to Destiny, the anthology containing “White Shadow”, came out on September 1st, 2004. Which, as it so happens, is my birthday.

They say it takes ten years to get good at something, don’t they? That’s one of the random metrics, anyway. Ten years from my first published story to a World Fantasy nomination; not bad. :-P Of course, I was writing long before “White Shadow” came out. I got what I consider to be my first mature novel ideas when I was seventeen — ideas that ultimately became Lies and Prophecy and Doppelganger — and ten years later I was writing Midnight Never Come, which I view as one of the benchmarks of me leveling up as an author. I have no idea what I’ll be writing in 2017, since I’ll draft the last of the Memoirs next year, and (probably) The Changing Sea the year after that. But I bet it’ll be fun. :-)

Anyway! Long-time readers of this blog may recall I have a tradition — not observed every year, but going on more years than not for the last decade and more — of a “birthday egotism” post. Back in 2003, I was having kind of a blah time of it on my birthday, and decided to counteract that with a post wherein I listed awesome things about myself, with no disclaimers, caveats, or moderating language allowed. The idea is that, like many people, I am good at downplaying my own achievements, and it’s valuable to have one day where I get to just bask in the happy — especially because I can go back and look at it later, when I need a pick-me-up. So behind the cut you will find a listing of what I’ve done that I’m proud of since 2012 (that being the last time I made a birthday egotism post). It begins with the traditional phrasing:

I’m thirty-four today. What have I got to show for it?

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And, because it’s the ten-year anniversary of my first published story, I want to back up and take another tally, this one going all the way back to the beginning of my experiences as a writer. I have a place where I list all the fiction I’ve completed, and I want to see what it adds up to:

  • four skit scripts
  • three puzzle game stories
  • five poems
  • one short nonfiction book
  • twenty-seven flash pieces
  • one hundred and four short stories
  • six novelettes
  • three novellas
  • fifteen novels

That’s everything, or at least as close to everything as my records can get it: published, sold, unsold, trunked, unsubmitted, fanfic, OM skits, the mystery story I wrote when I was nine. It isn’t actually everything, because I’ve probably forgotten stuff, and I know for certain that it doesn’t include any of the fiction I’ve written for RPG characters, which has added up to rather a lot over the years. But it’s the most complete count I have. A more discriminating list:

    Published or completed and forthcoming
  • one short nonfiction book
  • seventeen flash pieces
  • thirty-eight short stories
  • four novelettes
  • two novellas
  • ten novels

Not bad. Not bad at all. :-)

Happy my birthday to all of you, and I hope you have a splendid day!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Don't Let Negative Feedback Accumulate, Dole It Out in Regular Doses

If someone is doing things wrong, don't hold on to them for one massive criticism dump. Regularly let them know about mistakes so feedback becomes part of routine, rather than making them feel like they're being hauled up.


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Defending champion Serena Williams beats Kaia Kanepi to set up a US Open quarter-final meeting with Flavia Pennetta.


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