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It's six years since I quit my PhD

Jun. 25th, 2017 03:57 pm
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It’s nearly six years to the day since I got on a jet plane and flew away from the wreckage of my attempted PhD.

Quitting my PhD was the second best decision of my life (the best was marrying [personal profile] such_heights) and has brought me so much joy, happiness, and personal fulfilment.

I think a lot, on and off, about whether there’s anything that could have helped me quit it sooner. I suspect probably not, to be honest — all anyone could do was what they did do, which was love me, support me, and welcome me back with open arms when I did finally come home.

But for my past self, the one who got on that plane weighed down with ambivalence, here are a few things I’m glad you’ll learn:


Thoughts for a quitter )

Munich Film Festival I

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:53 am
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Aka what consumes my days these days, as every year around this time. Of course, every year doesn't have Bryan Cranston as one of the guests of honor, so there was this additional perk.:) (Here's an article about the award ceremony he was there for.)


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(Question: is the young man in one of the photos a fan is holding out to be signed truly Cranston some decades ago? Yikes, I wouldn't have recognized him.)


The director of Wakefield, one of his movies which are shown this year in honor of him (and yes, of course several Breaking Bad episodes are s hown as well), Robin Swicord, joked that both she and Cranston have German grandparents, and: "I don't know why they left, but you know, I think the fun is over. Might be a good idea to come back now, and I think you all know why. So thank you for welcoming political refugees." Former opera director Sir Peter Jonas outed himself as a Breaking Bad fan, complete with Heisenberg t-shirt, and held a speech praising the glories of narrative arc driven television. My only irritation with that one wasn't the series he singled out (other than BB) for being exceptionally good at this - The Sopranos, Oz, The West Wing and The Good Wife - , but the one he didn't mention. Babylon 5 still doesn't get as much credit in breaking ground with its narrative arc tellng format as it deserves.

Anyway, Bryan Cranston's own speech was lovely, mostly about the way being a storyteller is the best vocation (I agree), with both wry humor and sincerity. After the ceremony, Wakefield was shown, but due to an unshakeable real life obligation, I could only watch the first hour. Mind you, I had mixed feelings anyway. Because I could see why Cranston was cast (excelling as he does in playing dislikeable characters whose pettiness isn't air brushed away who are still interesting to watch) , and I enjoyed seeing Jennifer Garner again (playing his wife), and found the concept something of a suburban Hitchcock satire without crime (Howard Wakefield, lawyer, due some circumstances ends up disappearing into his own attic, watching his wife and family carry on without him with the bickering zest of a true voyeur while literally reduced to eating garbage) in a clever way, it still made my skin crawl. Because in the hour I watched, most of Howard Wakefield's voyeurism and assholery was directed against his wife, and while I knew the narrative was absolutely on the same page with me here, it still felt very disturbing to watch, and so it didn't exactly break my heart that I had to leave early. (Otoh I missed the Q & A with Cranston afterwards that way, alas.)

On to movies I could watch completely:

La Familia, a movie from Venezuela, directed by Gustavo Rondón Cordóva, currently stuck in Caracas and thus unable to make it to the festival, though he might make it to the Latin American directors general Q & A on Monday. This was a taut, intense story starting in the poorest quarters of Caracas. Our two main characters are Pedro, a twelve years old boy, and his father Andres, who works several jobs at once to make ends meet and thus hardly sees him. The introduction sequence has Pedro (Reggie Reyes) playing with some other children, and the playing has that edge of violence, those moments when shoving at each other suddenly threatens to become more, which has you sit up already. And sure enough, various scenes later, which establish Pedro's day with best friend Jonny and minus his father (who sleeps like a stone on those rare occasions when he's home), violence does explode, as a child threatens Pedro and Jonny with a gun and Pedro ends up seriously hurting the other child. His father Andres understands the implication at once because the child in question has revenge hungry people, and goes on a run with his estranged son, which is the plot line for the rest of the movie. "Going on a run", however, doesn't mean what it might were this a US film, because Andres still needs that money for Pedro and himself to survive, so he takes Pedro with him to his various jobs on the other ends of the city - they just don't go back to their own quarter, though Pedro urgently wants to because he's worried for Jonny, which makes for a big confllct with his father.

This is a movie which trusts its actors (Giovanni García plays Andres), because the dialogue is terse and rare, and you experience the shifting father and son relationship mostly through physical interaction, looks, gestures. Andres doesn' have a "killing is bad" conversation with his son, or a "how do you feel about what happened?" conversation - that's just not how they interact. And yet you can watch them becoming closer throughout the film, and at the end they truly understand each other, and even in their desperate situation have some hope for the future.


Clair Obscur, a Turkish-German-French-Polish coproduction (yes, these do exist) directed by Yesim Ustaouglu. With a female Turkish director and two female main characters, this movie explores, among other things, various ways of what it means to be a woman in Turkey. Our two heroines live completely different existences - Shendaz is a psychiatrist with a seemingly good relationship with her boyfriend, living in very well off circumstances at the Meditterranean coast, while Elmas is still a teenager imprisoned in a marriage to a much older man who revolts her, serving him and his mother in their small flat in a skyscraper. The two storylines eventually connect when due to various spoilery circumstances Shendaz becomes Elmas' therapist; by that time, the cracks in Shenaz' own life have been revealed, but refreshingly for therapists who tend to be either demonic or incompetent when presented in a fictional story, she's still able to truly help Elmas (especially once she figures out how young Elmas really is), and eventually finds away to escape the mess in her own life as well.

The director and several of the actors were there, though not the two leads. The actress who plays Elmas' mother-in-law said whhen she read the script, she thought that this was the best discussion of female sexuality in a Turkish movie. The sex scenes aren't just surprisingly frank in the case of Shenaz (with Elmas, who does not want to have sex, the camera stays on her agonized face, and later goes with her to the restroom because the aftermath is also very painful to her), but always make a character point. In the Q & A the director was asked whether the movie could be shown like this in Turkey, and she answered she had to cut around two minutes for the general release version (though she was allowed to show the full length in Turkish festivals), which since she knew this would happen in advance she could do without taking away the meaning from the scenes in question. Mostly the general release cuts avoided the full nudity of the complete version. Since the only Muslim women showing up in Western media tend to wear headscarfs and/or hijabs, in short, live Elmas' life, I suspect the fact that Shenaz is sucessful in her profession, has unmarried sex and enjoys wine when dining with her boyfriend (who does the cooking) would be as startling as the sex and the nudity if this movie gets a release in the US or Europe. At the same time, there's the awareness that Erdogan's government and party is doing its best to make Elmas, not Shenaz' life more common again in Turkey, and that subtext is also there if you're sitting in the audience watching this film.

Shenaz is played by Funda Eryigit, Elmas by Ecem Uzm, and they're both delivering terrific performances. In the Q & A, Ms. Ustaoglu mentioned that the incredible scene in which Shenaz gets Elmas to roleplay a dream she has (which finally allows Elmas to vocalize the pain in her life) needed only two takes, one for Elmas, one for Shenaz, that the actresses were that good. And having seen this movie, I believe it.
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It's been hot and really humid here recently, and since my dad hasn't found the time yet to help me open up my wall and set up my air conditioner and I'm recovering from tendinitis in my shoulders, I've been relying on fans and suffering since my room gets really hot, especially at night. Although the rain didn't come down as badly as on Monday when it poured, what we got made the humidity plus the heat in my room impossible to handle and I was feeling restless, so I went out for a night drive, something I do less now that my old car is a bit... chancy. The transmission problems aren't anywhere near as bad as they were--strange as it may seem, avoiding parking it with the nose downward made a huge difference, though it makes finding spots harder since my neighborhood is very hilly--but a joint on the front passenger-side wheel is very worn and will require at least $380 to repair it so I'm driving less and more gingerly. After the highly and ridiculously dispiriting car hunt I did for two months last year, plus the high expenses and all the other bills I face, I haven't gone back to car shopping yet so I'm still limping along with my old car in addition to limping along with my ailing laptop.

Anyway, I was restless enough that I went out for a drive at 1 a.m. despite the rain. A new bridge, getting somewhat lost in the dark, a newly discovered bridge, a very wet New York City, and a lot of new buildings )

I survived and my car survived, I discovered parts of Queens I'd never been before though I didn't get to really see them (Russian fan friend who sent me some WK manga images years ago and asked me to identify the New York City places in them, the park I couldn't identify turned out to be Queensbridge Park. I'm sorry!), and I miss getting to see cool window displays.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:06 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. The city fireworks show was tonight and it was sooooooo loud and really scared the kitties, but they've all come out of hiding now and seem to be back to normal. I gave them lots of treats when they finally came out.

2. McDonald's has these really tasty blueberry cream pies right now. Carla loves the strawberry ones, too, and has gotten them a bunch, but while I thought those were okay, I wasn't super into them. But these blueberry ones are so good! And it's weird, because I usually like strawberry more than blueberry, but idk. The blueberry one is so much better.

3. Everybody loves this box so much. It's got nice flaps to make you feel hidden, and rustly paper inside to play with. Just the best box. Three out of three kitties recommend.

Doctor Who 10.11.

Jun. 25th, 2017 08:55 am
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[personal profile] selenak
In which whoever did the trailer after the last episode should not do so again, since it already gave away the two key twists, but even so, this was a suspensful and good first part - may the second one live up to it.

Read more... )

ironically

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:44 am
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I clicked on "Mounts" and the beast master (who appears to have a mermaid tale) asked, "Shall I bring you your steed, starandrea?"

Is there fic about this game?

...WHAT. There is no "Habitica" fandom on AO3?! Maybe it's under another name?

I can literally see guilds dedicated to writing. It is inconceivable to me that there is no fic.

Also, guilds. Hmm. Sounds like another great place for me to not know what I'm doing.

(This is a productive weekend so far; I'm sure you can tell.)

ETA: I thought, hey, maybe I'll join a writers' guild! And now I've joined four guilds, none of them related to writing in any way.

this game is adorable

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:29 am
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Apparently subscribers get "mystic hourglasses" that allow them to "travel back in time" to collect special gear that was available in the past? When I clicked on the "Time Travelers" tab, it told me:

"We see you have a Mystic Hourglass, so we will happily travel back in time for you! Please choose the pet, mount, or Mystery Item Set you would like. You can see a list of the past item sets here! If those don't satisfy you, perhaps you'd be interested in one of our fashionably futuristic Steampunk Item Sets?"
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[personal profile] noxelementalist mentioned being a free user of Habitica, and I was like, "Are some people not free users?" So I looked in the Habitica wiki and it said I could subscribe for $5 a month, and that would get me the ability to convert gold to gems. What! I reward myself for using Habitica by buying $5 worth of gems each month so I can get cool new backgrounds for my avatar to adventure in. And it turns out if I pay the $5 automatically via subscription I can "buy" backgrounds with gold (virtually earned from completing tasks) instead of gems (bought with actual money). Plus subscribers get other things, apparently, but I figured if I was going to buy backgrounds anyway I should subscribe, right? It comes out at least even.

But I couldn't figure out how to subscribe from the app, despite carefully reading the wiki options, so I went to the website. I've never been to the website, apparently, because after I had to have a password reset sent to me in order to log in, I received approximately dozens of "achievement" notifications (mostly relating to streaks for my daily tasks). So the good news is, I figured out how to subscribe. The other news is that, oh my goodness, Habitica is still a thousand times more complicated than I ever think about. I mean, I thought I had learned some things about what it does and how it can be used, but it seems I haven't even made a dent in figuring it out.

The best part, though, is that it's set up to be played by people who have no idea what they're doing. I mean, sometimes not knowing what I'm doing stresses me out, but with Habitica I just feel like, nah, it's all good. It requires so little understanding or commitment that I have been able to use it for four months now without even being irritated by it, let alone quitting it.

Sweet.

A week off

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:34 pm
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
Well, I was going to take a few days off to relax, and then I tried to get up and do work and my body said NOPE.

But on the other hand, I'm feeling quite well-rested!

Let's see. I've been watching more Critical Role. I'm halfway through! I mean, I've watched over 50 episodes now, only 50 more to go, and they're making more every week! Ah heh. Heh.

The "new" opener they revealed at episode 50 is pretty amazing, I have to admit. Plot things. )

I also just watched another bootleg copy of "Hello, Dolly!"--This one filmed from much closer to the stage, with more audience reactions. And it's a very good production! They went a little low on "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" for their Dolly, which was a shame, but overall it was a terrific cast and really solid performances. The humor really landed this time, which was awesome. I also have a copy of a more recent show with Bette Midler as Dolly (!!) but I haven't seen it yet.

It's a little ironic considering the most recent Captain Awkward letter on terrible matchmaking, but I do love this show. It's ridiculous and its premise is that nobody knows what they actually want except for Dolly Levi, but what the heck. Its songs still make me happy, especially when the cast nails them, which this cast did.

I think I'm going to check out the David Campbell "Company" I got in the same lot of bootlegs. Ahhhh, feels.

Trite subject line

Jun. 25th, 2017 04:39 am
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Innocent-sounding question. No context.

good? bad? who knows?

Jun. 24th, 2017 04:24 pm
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[personal profile] twistedchick
It's been a day and it hasn't stopped.

There are two farmers markets locally that we go to; the SU goes to the one by the railroad tracks with the good meats, and I sometimes go to the one downtown (locally, not DC), which has good veggies and fruit. I got ready to go to that one today. I got less than a mile away when my stomach said, loudly, "I don't feel well. I may give you back what you've eaten if you keep going."

What could I do? I took the next cross-street, which is a fairly direct route home, and came home and took something to settle the stomach, which continued to grumble.

I had put down my glasses for some reason; when I picked them up, one side piece fell off, behind the hinge. We went to Kaiser; no, they couldn't fix it, but they recommended a shop some distance away that was going to close in about 90 minutes. It took half an hour to get there, but we did. The cost isn't bad -- $65 is a lot better than ordering new glasses and going without for two weeks because the old ones hurt to wear -- and I can pick them up Monday.

The guy who does the repair also does lenses, replacement and new prescriptions, and I may take my very old Bausch & Lomb sunglasses there to get polarized lenses for them, or maybe even the distance half of my prescription so I can use them in situations where I'm at an angle to the sun that puts light on the *back* of the glass (which means I see the glass surface or dust or smears and not through the glass).

So, I can't drive till Monday after we pick the repaired glasses up, since I need them to drive (legally). I was going to get tickets for a local play - I know one of the actors - but the computer glitched on me and blew the sale, and I'm too frustrated, so it will be next weekend.

(I am very glad that I did not agree to be in the Second Life fundraising event today -- which took place about the same time we were driving along the six-lane looking for the address for the glasses repair place.)
(Oh, yeah, I got locked out of my credit union account on Thursday -- their new 'security system' sent my passcode slower than their time limit for entering the passcode, so I had to repeat the process, and then it said that was the wrong passcode... I got in this morning, no problem.)

And I discovered one of the two soprano coyotes -- it's the collie that belongs to what must be new people in the house behind us (none of the people look familiar and the others had a beagle.) It was listening for the *real* coyote in the park and singing replies. The baritone coyote is still out there being a coyote somewhere, I suspect.

But the contractor who bid on the masonry work we need looks very good and we said yes. And the garlic and onions I planted seem to be doing fairly well; I need to trim back lemon balm from shading the garlic, but that's all.

So the world is slightly fuzzy around the edges, but it's not that bad.

Saturday Yardening

Jun. 24th, 2017 02:27 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 Today is beautiful, cool and breezy.  I took some pictures.  We are planning a Midsummer ritual later today so I don't know if I'll get much else done.

Vidding history project help needed

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:18 pm
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2t70xqo on June 24, 2017 at 11:12AM

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2s81L05 on June 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

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So this week's AV Club Q&A is favorite one hit wonders (though certainly the definition of "one hit" is...elastic, and dependent in many cases on where you live), and more than a couple of songs I love got mentioned and then I ended up departing from that original premise and going on a youtube spiral of music from my teenage years, a lot of which I hadn't heard in decades probably (and some of which is still in regular rotation on my iPod, though I left out most of the usual suspects), but here are some gems:

- Let Me Go - Heaven 17
- Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
- Don't Go - Yaz
- Love to Hate You - Erasure
- Obsession - Animotion
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Tenderness - General Public
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- What Do All the People Know? - the Monroes
- Heart and Soul - T'Pau
- If You Leave - OMD
- Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
- The Promise - When In Rome
- True - Spandau Ballet
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

***
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Habitica's limited edition summer gear is here!

I was checking on the fiery gryphon quest (someone's gryphon has gotten loose to terrorize the city), and I saw that [personal profile] wispfox is wearing a sea dragon tail (and helm and fins)! What, I said! From whence did this bounty come? Last I knew we were questing for magical eggs, not cool armor!

And lo, when I checked "rewards" I saw new gear available. So I snapped up my own silversea tail and crown of sea creatures (they whisper in your ear to tell you important stories and things, aw). Now I have to go do some tasks so I can get enough gold to acquire the pearl wand to go with my oyster shield.

I love Habitica. It's so delightful.



ETA: "Gold" isn't real money, in case that wasn't clear. It's virtual money earned in the virtual "Habit City" that you can use to virtually buy things for your virtual avatar. Also, Habitica is a low-pressure online role-playing game that encourages you to develop good habits of your own choosing. I am not actually wearing any sea creatures on my head. (That I know of.)
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[personal profile] starandrea
Aaron: I have nothing to do this weekend. How did that happen?
*Andrea: Sounds like a great weekend.
Aaron: Maybe I can finally get some sleep. Although judging from the work emails I've been getting from you at 11:30 at night and 7:30 in the morning, I assume you know the feeling.
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And here are some very random thoughts about each.

Wonder Woman )

The Mummy )


I'll probably think of a million other things I should have said once I've posted this, but I've got out of the habit of posting at all, so ... jazz hands! Here I am. For what it's worth :-)

So. Have I missed anything else that was good? I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which I enjoyed enormously, but I don't have much more than that to say about it. I hope you're all okay after the Great Exodus from LJ *offers a random hug to all*

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (!!!)

Jun. 24th, 2017 01:59 am
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[personal profile] nic
Oh look, I still have a Pirates icon! That's how important this fandom (and the Jack/Elizabeth) pairing was to me.

And I was very excited when the new movie came out. Bonus piratey adventures!!! Yeah!!! While it doesn't quite capture the magic of the originals, I still enjoy Pirate movies very, very much.

And the final scene in POTC5 made me burst into tears. In a good way. It's not often that a tragic!OTP gets a happy ending 10 years (real world) or 20 years (movie time) later.

You see, Disney? THIS is what we wanted from STAR WARS. A happy ending for the Original 3. Hell, I would have been more than happy for TFA to be all about the new characters with a 2-minute cameo from the original 3, as long as they were happy, alive, and together.

I don't think I can ever forgive JJ for not giving us that.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 24th, 2017 01:11 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I finished another book tonight, which makes thirty-three for the year so far. I have moved my initial goal from twenty to thirty and then to forty, but I'm thinking I'm going to have to move it again at this rate, because the year's only halfway through.

2. I spoke with the insurance claim person today and she said that it sounded like since we were both backing up, it would be a 50/50 thing, which would mean our insurance wouldn't go up and we would be liable for half the deductible. So, possibly still have to pay a lot in car repairs, depending on how much it costs to repair the damage, but it could be worse.

3. Look at this fluffy Chloe tum! She just loves the tummy scritches. :)

Super-Queers

Jun. 24th, 2017 01:38 am
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 [personal profile] bairnsidhe has been writing a setting called Super-Queers.  Check out "Questions" and "Under the Hood."  If you like Polychrome Heroics, you'll probably love this.
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[personal profile] versaphile
I know I've been quiet on here, but I've been very busy with RL. Fandom inspiration finally struck me and I wrote for the first time in ages! YOI fandom has so much inspiration laying around that some of it had to strike me eventually.


Smile For The Camera (4080 words) by versaphile
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Smut, Hasetsu, Future Fic, Post-Season/Series 01, Husbands, Filming, Exhibitionism, Summer, Fluff, Fluff and Smut, Domestic Fluff, Porn Video, Photography, Dakimakura (sort of), Bottom Victor Nikiforov, Top Katsuki Yuuri, Oral Sex, Anal Sex, Anal Fingering, Comeplay, Come Marking, Ass to Mouth, Spanking, Mild D/s, So mild it's barely there, Anxious Katsuki Yuuri, Confident Katsuki Yuuri, Smitten Victor Nikiforov, Teasing, Tickling, Praise Kink, Dom Victor Nikiforov, Sex Tapes, The Softest Dom
Summary:

Victor loves summer in Hasetsu with Yuuri. He loves it so much he needs to capture it for posterity.

Fireflies!

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:05 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 Tonight is moist and mild.  There are fireflies everywhere!  :D  Also some fireworks to the west of us.
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[personal profile] yhlee
My first introduction to Cordwainer Smith was "The Game of Rat and Dragon," which I'm guessing (alongside "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell") is his most anthologized story based on nothing more than guesswork and the fact that, for years after that story, it was the only Smith I could find. (Admittedly, this was not helped by spending high school in South Korea. [1])

"The Game of Rat and Dragon" has stuck better in my memory, but at some point in college I was delighted to discover that there were more Instrumentality stories. The one that I remembered, years later, as being particularly interesting was "The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal." Peculiarly, I remembered that it had an unusual narrative structure/format, but not anything useful about its plot. Cue yesterday when I actually reread it, having checked out the posthumous collection When the People Fell from the library, and being bemused to discover that this story was almost certainly, before I ever heard of fanfic on the internet, my introduction to mpreg.

A spoilery discussion of the story follows beneath the cut.

[1] My high school library's sf/f holdings were very eclectic. They had a couple decades' worth of Analog under Stanley Schmidt. I read every page of every issue available, and remain fond of the zine although I have not read it in over a decade. They also had old classics like John Wyndham's Re-Birth, amusing curiosities like a litcrit book on the best fantasy novels by Michael Moorcock (possibly with a co-author; I no longer remember) in which he immodestly listed his own Stormbringer, a number of old Nebula anthologies, and a copy of Harlan Ellison's (ed.) Dangerous Visions that I read two or three or four times before someone else stole it or, more charitably, checked it out and lost it. (Years later, I still think Philip José Farmer's "Riders of the Purple Wage" was insufferably boring, and Delany's "Aye, and Gomorrah" makes zero sense when you are barely aware of what sex is.) They had Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, which is where I encountered them. On the other hand, the librarians were very friendly, and for a number of years, because my sister and I were the only ones who made use of the request box, we pretty much got them to buy whatever we wanted to read for the year.

Read more... )

thing that needs to exist

Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:02 pm
[personal profile] sithjawa
I want there to be an archive of generic adulting-related conversations in tree format, so you can look up the thing you're about to do and figure out what they're likely to ask and have answers prepared. (If this already exists please tell me of it)

You could just read through the tree and make sure there are no massive surprises, if that was what you needed. Or you could print the tree out and highlight your answers and write in your details for the questions, like when you want to make the reservation for. You could also use the tree to power some kind of simulator (such as a helpful friend).

Some of them would be short, like 2-3 lines with no branching, and that's ok, they could still provide suggestions for how to include the relevant details in your query.


Conversations could include such things as:
* Calling your senator
* Making a restaurant reservation
* Calling a store to inquire if they have a product
* Investigating a wedding venue
* Calling [specific type of business] to inquire about job openings
* Ordering a pizza
* Calling a new GP to schedule a first appointment
* Calling a new therapist to schedule a first appointment
* Calling a new therapist, with intention to find out if they have experience dealing with $diagnosis

I'm sure there are hundreds or thousands more. I think probably the focus would have to be on things that are usually fairly clearly defined in what kinds of questions you might want to ask, what kind of questions they might want to ask you, etc. Some things might need many different examples.

This would be the most useful thing everrrrrrr~
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The June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open until at least Saturday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

These are the eligible epics.

"So Closely Allied"
Twins Phoebe and Floyd have an unusual connection and superpowers enhanced through touch.
164 lines, $82

"As We Have Created It"
Not all dragons are necessarily monsters.
84 lines, $42


Poll #18523 Free Epic for June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


Which of these should be the free epic?

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"So Closely Allied"
6 (37.5%)

"As We Have Created It"
10 (62.5%)

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Today I called Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand and said the following:
Hi, my name is [[personal profile] watersword] and my zip code is [redacted]; I'm calling to ask you to add a tally mark to your count of constituents who have called and are very angry about the Republican anti-health care bill.


Both times I was answered fairly promptly, the staffer was clearly charmed by my "I know you are on my side, I'm trying to help," and I was informed that Schumer's office has gotten ~500 calls over the past ten days on the issue (I'm not sure if that's all the offices, including Washington, or just the NYC office I called), and the Gillibrand staffer I spoke was on his ~60th call on the subject for the day. This is a horrible slog but I am going to keep showing the fuck up.
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