S[ystems] F[iction]

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:55 am
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Pop fiction, like alcohol and sodomy, gets so much moralistic criticism that those who enjoy it can find it hard to imagine anyone refraining out of displeasure, rather than disapproval. But I’ve never liked adventure and suspense, even when they’re vicarious, and I read science fiction for its play with ideas while treating the pop-fic parts as commercially necessary filler. (Damon Knight was a huge role model.) I’ve also liked a lot of “mainstream” books that tickle the same nerve endings (The Crying of Lot 49, Magister Ludi, The Name of the Rose). Here’s a theory that covers that similarity.

Thanx to File 770

Hope

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:39 am

Excessive warnings

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:31 am

In the business

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:21 am
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Stoya wants to make porn better. (Uses language & shows nipples.)

Thanx to Metafilter

Temeraire

Jun. 28th, 2016 12:07 am
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I spent the last couple of weeks re-reading the Temeraire series, in preparation for the final volume, League of Dragons. This was particularly helpful for the latter half of the series -- I'd re-read books 1-4 in the past, but the others I'd only read one time each, and I both wanted to refresh myself on everything that happened, and to see how the series hangs together as a single story. Overall, I'd say quite well, although some books are stronger than others, and I found myself skimming the more detailed battle scenes. (Also, Victory of Eagles was just as hard to re-read as I thought it might be, mostly because it's such a dark and difficult chapter in Laurence's life. It's an effective book, but it's also a difficult one.)

League of Dragons was an excellent cap to the series, I thought, bringing both the war and Laurence and Temeraire's story to a satisfying conclusion. Some spoilers. ) Now that it's done, I think it's safe to say that Temeraire remains one of my all-time favorite series, and I look forward to revisiting it in re-reads, fanfiction, and any future stories to come.

The Sphinx Dances with Turandot

Jun. 27th, 2016 10:22 pm
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 If the riddle in the fable isn't answered correctly, what happens?

Usually, death.  Because serious stumpers aren't cheap.  But these days, killing for a misanswered conundrum seems a little...excessive.

Brought to you by the last couple of verses of "Tam Lin" and the fact that I used to think that "Matty Groves" was a Tragic Lesbian Romance.  (Steeleye Span early in the morning usually took a minute to penetrate the fog and make sense.  So I misssed the pronoun; also, in my milieu, "Matty" was more likely a "Matilda" rather than a "Matthew."  Did I mention that until last year I'd never heard the end of the Nick Danger sketch because it was generally played on the radio just before I fell asleep?)
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Hi; here are some vids.

title: hades & persephone
fandom: Labyrinth
music: Anais Mitchell
length: 3:21
summary: Sarah/Jareth mytharc
download: 60.06 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: Bedtime Stories
fandom: due South
music: Madonna
length: 3:22
summary: Fraser-centric, multipairing-with-RayK-endgame, sex/sexuality is hard when you're a perfectionist control freak from the frozen North.
download: 55.45 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: 57821
fandom: Battlestar Galactica 1978
music: Janelle Monae
length: 3:17
summary: show overview vid, Apollo-centric
download: 57.63 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: what's in the brain that ink may character
fandom: multi
music: Hildegard von Bingen and Richard Souther
length: 3:46
summary: imagination visualized
download: 72.49 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

IIa (ish)

Jun. 27th, 2016 08:06 pm
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It's now the 27th and I haven't done any of the walks I'd intended to. I think I'll have to run into July.

I went to have a blood test and on the way back sat in a quiet pub having a half. I thought - why don't I do a flan home? The pub I was in, the Bear, is on Camberwell Station Road, and has a railway viaduct passing outside. However there is no station - weird! It was also previously called the station tavern.

There was a station of course, it closed in 1916, or 1964 if you consider goods traffic. Thameslink trains now go past, but they don't stop.

I decided my flan would be to walk the route between two stations, neither of which are there any more. Camberwell station (1862-1916) to Walworth Road station (1863-1916).

pics )

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worlds-ugliest-dog-competition-winner-is-terrifying

Uh, can't even. Dog's name is, 'SweePee.' The Chicago Tribune reports that judges “take into account bad appearance, including stench, poor complexion and a host of other inherited and acquired maladies.” The pup's owner, Jason Wurtz took home a sweet $15,000 for first prize in the competition; and Wurtz says he plans to use some of the winnings to remove a tumor that appeared on SweePee’s gum line.



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Tagged: competition , dogs , win , ugly

Month One in North Carolina

Jun. 27th, 2016 11:25 am
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It wasn't a plan to celebrate our first month with goats, nor was it a
plan to not keep in touch (I'm BCCing this to family and friends, some
who only know of our move through others).

We had truck trouble in Missouri, and once the truck trouble was
repaired i just wanted to get HOME. So we drove all day and trough the
night to arrive just after 5 in the morning. Moon above, dawn claiming
the sky, the murmur of night insects giving way to bird song: it was a
magical moment to arrive. The first creature to greet us was a toad in
the driveway.



Settling in has taken time: our household effects took ten days to catch
up with us, the bedroom suite didn't fully arrive until the 20th, and
the new love seat just made it last Friday. Mostly though, we've been
doing yard work. It's a lush time here in North Carolina, and the
previous owners had not been much for keeping the landscape checked.
With in the first day I'd confronted four invasive species doing what
they do best in the area of most significant concern: the drain field
for the septic system.

We have spent much time at Lowes (only five minutes away, thank
heavens!). Loppers, weed whackers, mower, machete: tools to fight stilt
grass, honeysuckle, autumn olive, and tree of heaven. I've gotten more
exercise in the past month than the past two years it seems: mowing the
eastern yard puts five miles on the pedometer. In looking for land
clearing in Chatham county, i'd run across the web page for The Goat
Squad (http://goatsquad.com/). We called the first week -- heard
nothing, and we had essentially given up when we heard from the Squad on
Wednesday. Yes! we wanted their help, and they arrived on Sunday.

100 goat hours of Goats as a Service (GaaS, clearing the entanglements
from your enterprise.... Apparently, we've brought Silicon Valley humor
with us) created the in-progress image above the before. (That's just
the first 5 hours of the three full days they'll stay with us.)

Christine and I went out last night under the last gloamings of
twilight. The goats eating in the woods sound like the crackling of a
camp fire, snapping of branches and the crackling as they eat branches
and vines. Fireflies twinkled around us, and the first stars appeared.
As we stood arm in arm watching and listening, a toad hopped out of the
fenced area. The same toad? It made its way to a large rock and tried to
free climb the big flat face that the fencing guys had turned up earlier
in the day. It tried a couple of times before we left it to make its way
in peace (and after we considered Christine as sherpa to free climbing
toads).

We love it here, love the peace and the bird song, the deer visits. The
humidity isn't so great, but the lush green is delightful. If you don't
hear from us, imagine us mowing and trimming and cutting branches and
burning the tree that fell in the storm and the invasive trees and brush
and finding little native plants like the Pipsissewa and celebrating the
tulip poplars and elms and oaks and maples and the tall yellow pines.
There's a hickory out there for me to find....

Take care,

[elaine] and christine of C----wood

Political Animals (USA Network, 2012)

Jun. 27th, 2016 08:51 am
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This weekend, I finished watching Political Animals, which I think was 13 episodes. The cast was excellent - Sigourney Weaver, Ciaran Hinds doing his best Bill Clinton/Elvis, Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Sebastian Stan - and there were enough twists and turns that the political plot never felt stale. Also, bonus Adrian Pasdar!

So far as C. and I could tell, every single character was hot for Sigourney Weaver's Elaine Barrish.

The thing I liked best about the miniseries, though, was the complexity of the characters. New levels were revealed bit by bit, and the best parts involved relationships you don't often see on television, for example a grandmother and her addict grandson, or a female politician and a female reporter. Seeming stereotypes got more depth gradually; for example, though Ciaran Hinds plays a womanizer, he still loves his ex-wife, and repeatedly shows his political acumen by making connections between disparate facts. Sigourney Weaver, meanwhile, is the moral compass of the family, but she's still wrong about things and makes mistakes with her children.

Ellen Burstyn as Sigourney Weaver's mother was my favorite character. She plays a former showgirl who remains outspoken, so her every scene is a joy. She and Sebastian Stan were adorable together.

Even if you don't usually like dramas (I don't), I'd recommend this if you like bickering, imperfect families that do in fact love each other.

Local note: at one point near the end, two characters were in a park, and I realized from a glimpse of the Goat statue that they were in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.

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Jun. 27th, 2016 07:34 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

It's a suspiciously quiet RFM this week; if you submitted an item and it doesn't show up below, let me know, because I'm semi-suspecting the form might not have registered everyone's entries.

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

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Housing:

Zuzana and her husband are on a road trip around North America and Canada, couchsurfing to save money. They are looking for a place to stay in the Boston, MA area between 7/8 and 7/10, but haven't managed to find anything yet. If you have a couch to spare or know someone who does, you can view their travels and get in touch at their facebook page here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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