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([personal profile] monanotlisa Oct. 31st, 2014 06:01 am)
You guys, the passport including visa arrived in the mail today, so I re-booked my flight to SFO for Sunday!

I will continue to sort out for my father and my mother as many things as I can manage in the time allotted -- the essentials are already taken care of -- but by Jove, I am so glad I can return to the New World: my new world.
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([personal profile] onyxlynx Oct. 30th, 2014 08:50 pm)
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*Ahem*. The Giants: World Champions, third time this decade.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Oct. 30th, 2014 10:29 pm)
 It's Been Very Real Out There

So this is just a placeholder to say I'm still alive. My mother died a year ago Monday. That's weird. My company gets sold tomorrow. Also weird. I have a head cold. Not weird, just uncomfortable. More, later.

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([personal profile] settiai Oct. 30th, 2014 10:50 pm)
Festivids and Yuletide assignments both went out today, and wow. Neither of my assignments is what I was expecting, but I think they're both going to be a lot of fun.

Decisions, decisions, decisions...
Of all the bands I listen to, if you asked me, "Which band is most likely to contain a sexual assaulter-and-harrasser?", I wouldn't have expected Moxy goddamn Fruvous.

I know that's not the point, and usually it's the person you least expect. This also isn't a post attempting to elicit a, "That's rough, buddy, didn't know you were a diehard fan" response because I'm not a diehard fan. But Jesus fucking Christ. What a goddamned asshole.

(I really loved Live Noise, which is the first and only album I ever bought by them. I hunted down concert bootlegs, weirdly, but never sought out their albums. I liked hearing stories about how caring and warm and fuzzy the fandom was. I thought Jian was cute. Ugh.)

Obviously, I feel terrible for the women and hope they get some kind of... something out of this. Closure, seeing him go down in flames, I don't know.

I also feel terrible for the women and survivors in that fandom, because I assume the wagons have begun to circle and that it's turning into a shit show. Although, if I'm wrong, that would give me some hope for humanity.
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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. MEME: four characters [4/4]
     ↳ Antoine Triplett

The only thing wrong with this gifset is that there’s only one where’s he’s using the full-on SMILE. Admittedly, it’s pretty strong stuff, there might be deaths if it were wielded carelessly.

Posted in full at: http://eemilyvr1.tumblr.com/post/101386164753
Yuletide assignments went out this morning, and I matched on... a source that is going to take a little work to get my hands on. Because it's out of print, there are no copies in the entire Tompkins County library system, and the only copy I personally know of is in my old hometown library down in New Jersey, which is not exactly helpful.

Therefore, to the internet and used book market sites! *rubs hands, cackles evilly*

I definitely need to acquire the book, because I haven't read it in going on fifteen years and you could drive a whole convoy of trucks through the holes in my memory of the plot and characters. (Though I do remember one particular passage word-perfect, which I know because I recited it to my mom over the telephone this evening, just to prove I could. It's funny the things that stick with you.) But my giftee's request is totally up my alley both in general terms and with respect to what I remember liking about the book, so hey. Yuletide here we come!

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In completely unrelated news, I gave blood yesterday, I am filling in as a substitute teacher at church this Sunday, and I am totally going to vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday. I feel all socially productive and stuff. :-)

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And now back to my final mini-ficlet request. (Which, hey, I'm willing to keep playing if anyone else wants to give me a prompt!)
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([personal profile] likeadeuce Oct. 30th, 2014 08:19 pm)
Reading Wednesday on a Thursday!

First of all, Yuletide assignments are out and mine is awesome. I also have plans to write a lot of treats this year, but we'll see how that goes.

Briefly, in books:

• What are you currently reading?

Continuing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Not a lot to add.

Started The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I picked this up a while back when the ebook was on sale and hadn't gotten to it, but the author is doing an event in town next week and I figured I'd at least read a chapter or two. I might just end up tearing through, though -- it's long but so far is going very fast.

Also listening to The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley, which means I'm almost caught up with the Flavia de Luce series. This one goes back a bit to the very tragic roots of the first book -- which had gotten a little lost for me in subsequent installments -- and it's a bit heartbreaking to see Flavia, so smart in some ways, be so naive in others. (Yes, Flavia, you're very good at chemistry. No, Flavia, you can't resurrect the dead. Though saying this, I want a crossover where Flavia hangs with Courtney Crumrin and Coraline. They really would take over the world.)

• What did you recently finish reading?

Speaking from Among the Bones -- the previous Flavia book

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham -- I don't think this is Cunningham's strongest, plot or structure wise, but I love the prose and the depths and distinctiveness of characterization accomplished in a relatively small space. This has more the feeling of an oversized short story than a novel. Possibly a "for Cunningham fans only" and if your literary-fiction-to-avoid list includes "all the characters live in Brooklyn and write songs or work in clothing boutiques," "a major character has "epiphanies occur in Central Park," this checks a lot of boxes.

Hild by Nicola Griffith -- I started this in the spring and finally remembered to finish. I really love the depth of detail, in a historical world that's both exhaustively researched and wonderfully imagined; I love that I can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. I never could quite get a handle on what kind of book this was -- was it about politics, about sexuality, about coming of age? -- and I ended up liking that too. The way I read it, Hild starts out pretending to be a seer/visionary and in the process of faking so well, she teaches herself to be one. I'm interested to see where Griffith goes with the story of the adult St. Hilda that I understand is coming in the sequel.

Also, not actually reading but worth noting that I saw Gone Girl and thought it was just about perfect. I was somewhat ambivalent about the book, but I think I actually "got it" more seeing it onscreen.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I finally got Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist out from the library, and I'm keen to get to that one. I also have The Rosie Project for my book club but am not nearly as enthused there. Maybe it will surprise me.
1. AoS

So let's face it, I'm totally in love with Agents of SHIELD spoiler )

2. Sleepy Hollow

I still adore Abbie and Ichabod, but I wish the writers focused more on the things that made Season One so great: the Mills Sisters; this show's man-out-of-time; the sense of place we got for Sleepy Hollow.

Then again -- shallowness alert -- everybody in the young generation remains amazingly attractive. A+ casting. (Didn't hurt that other night Lyndie Greenwood favorited my fawning Jenny Mills tweet. Aw, yeah.)

3. The Good Wife

My favorite show, even though the last two episodes weren't favorites. To be this strong and sharp, this funny and dark, this innovative in the sixth season? Kudos to the Kings. Nomen set omen.

If only they give casting spoiler only ).
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([personal profile] ide_cyan Oct. 30th, 2014 07:21 pm)
Updated my YT placeholder with actual content. Oh hell, I wish i could write more prompts for The Bletchley Circle, especially, but I don't have the time to rewatch for quotes/details. (It's Shonda Thursday.)

The Shadow is the one fandom I really felt I had to nominate and request for Yuletide because eeeeee, The Shadow! Alec Baldwin when he was hotter (and before I'd heard of his making unfortunate remarks)! John Lone in gorgeous frocks (...and regrettable fake facial hair)!

If I'm not matched on it, or if the writer's not into slash, at least I'll have put something about it out there to make people think of it.

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From what I was watching while I typed the above:

"It's a bit like being President. You're always the Doctor." David Tennant to David Letterman, who clearly knows nothing about the show. "I'm 10, but my father-in-law was number 5, so when we're out together that does confuse people."

And talking about having to perform for candy when trick-or-treating in Scotland.
Little slices of lost canon, for when one's in the mood for more of, rather than more from, the source...

5 recs in Discworld, History Boys, Das Leben der Anderen, Much Ado About Nothing, Study in Emerald )

Three more sets to go, but having been beaten by this year's assignments going out earlier than scheduled, I'll be posting them more slowly while I flail helplessly over brainstorm my assignment.
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([personal profile] monanotlisa Oct. 30th, 2014 03:32 pm)
I'll take Originality in Subject Lines for 100, Alex.

Let's do the Real Life update first, shall we? We shall. Cut to spare the innocent, and the rest as well. )
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([personal profile] masqthephlsphr Oct. 30th, 2014 02:53 pm)
What I just got done reading: I have an assignment in my writing class to read ten short stories in publications and/or the genre I want to write in. I will probably post story reviews after I turn in the assignment, but publications/online venues I've been looking at include Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, 365tomorrows, Daily Science Fiction, Encounters Magazine, Escape Pod, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, International Speculative Fiction, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Luna Station Quarterly, Nature, Pantheon Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, Quantum Muse, and Robot and Raygun.


What I'm reading now: Fluency, by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Still. I am crawling through this book, mostly via five-minutes-a-night-right-before-sleep. At this point, I am reading it because I bought it and so I'm going to finish it (GoshDurnIt). Apparently, it is part of a series, but I'm getting the impression from where the story seems headed at 85% finished that I won't read the other books.


What I'll likely be reading next: Who knows? I'm developing a list. Some of the sci-fi has aliens, but as best as I can tell, the aliens are the end result of human exploration, rather than "they suddenly appeared, hovering over Earth menacingly," or "In the future, Earth is part of a galactic Federation...," both premises which, at the moment, make me hit the back button.

Exploration science fiction:

Titan, by Stephen Baxter
Proxima, by Stephen Baxter
Endeavour, by Ralph Kern, J Scott-Marryat
Blue Remembered Earth, by Alastair Reynolds
Crater, by Homer Hickam
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

Edge of Infinity (anthology), by various authors
Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox, by various authors


Other sci-fi:

Influx, by Daniel Suarez



Science:

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, by Marc Kaufman


Other:

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel, by Joshua Ferris
Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel, by Kimberly McCreight
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
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([personal profile] darchildre Oct. 30th, 2014 12:53 pm)
Alas, my plans for Halloween weekend have fallen through! Katie and I were planning to go to our local Dystopia Rising game for the weekend but she just found out today that she can't get off work. Since they have game weekends every month or so, we will just have to wait till another time to pretend to be post-nuclear apocalypse semi-zombie people.

On the plus side, when we do end up going, sometime in the future, I will have all my clothes and supplies completely ready. So there's that.

So now I need new Halloween plans! I already have tomorrow off and I'm thinking that a horror movie marathon would be the best/easiest thing. Which means I need to pick some movies.

What are your favorite horror movies that can be watched online?
Ever get a feeling that you will be matched with a particular one of your offerings, no matter how many you offered?

Yep.

So, that happened.

No, no. It's good. Promise. I mean, I'm not promising the STORY is good. I'm promising that the reaction I'm having is good. Because it is. Just...

There are a handful of people I think I need to pressgang into being my audience/betas so that I can share with them how FUCKING HILARIOUS THIS IS TO ME.
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([personal profile] jae Oct. 30th, 2014 11:04 am)
Assignments are out!!! Who's happy? Who's freaking out? :)
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([personal profile] musesfool Oct. 30th, 2014 11:46 am)
I'm probably not supposed to admit that I tailored my yuletide signup to aim for one or two specific requests I saw on the letters spreadsheet, but I did, and then I didn't get assigned either of them. Of course. I guess I'll be writing treats again this year for those requests!

All of which is to say that I like my assignment, even if it wasn't what I was gearing up to write based on looking at letters. And I think I know what the story is going to be about, and it's going to be pretty obviously me, but the thing about yuletide is that it's so huge it's unlikely anyone will actually read it and figure it out. *g*

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Arrow: The Magician
spoilers )

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([personal profile] onyxlynx Oct. 30th, 2014 08:13 am)
 to [personal profile] boxofdelights !  Have a purely marvelous day!
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([personal profile] wychwood Oct. 30th, 2014 01:37 pm)
Post post post... I'm having problems with the internet at home (my suspicion involves too many other connections to the wireless hub, but it's not proving easy to diagnose), so I'm barely online outside of the office. Alas. Not doing much for my "let's post more often!" schemes.


I'm finding myself weirdly uncomfortable with public religion, lately. Not people being publicly religious as such, but public organised ceremonies which employ religion as a kind of... tool of social cohesion? Like, after the Scottish referendum, I saw something about a church service that was being held to "bring people together", but - even if it's ecumenical, and wide enough for, say, Muslim or Jewish or Hindu Scots, it still feels unfair to me, because it's necessarily exclusive of atheist and agnostic Scots. On the other hand, we held a prayer vigil at my church a while back for a parishioner who had been murdered (and for the mourners, really) and that felt right and OK - because it was about the community doing something for itself, not an ostensibly for-everyone event taken away inside a sectarian organisation.

I've maybe been thinking about it more because I've been reading so many old novels lately, stories set in time periods where the church was pretty straightforwardly an arm of civil society that could be treated as being as authoritative and general as the government. Children go to Sunday School to learn to read and write and repeat their catechism; religious knowledge and secular knowledge were entirely intertwined, and the occasional "Freethinker" or "dissenter" was fringe enough to be ignored.

In Charlotte Yonge's later books there's a real social shift from national schools to board schools, which is obviously the start of a rejection of that kind of thinking. It's hard to imagine, now - yes, we still have faith schools (which I'm pretty much OK with; I went to faith schools for my primary education, and I got both a decent secular education and the religious education relevant to my family tradition) but no one is compelled to follow the forms of religion in order to obtain a basic education.

The problem with overt religiosity in public spaces is that it either assumes everyone follows that religion, or it doesn't care that it's enforcing one religion on, or rejecting, people who don't follow it. I want to value the past history of religious institutions as social frameworks, social services, agents for social and political change, without acting like that erasure of modern reality is OK. How can one be publicly religious without that hurting other people? How can we make public spaces welcoming to everyone without driving religion underground or into being a purely personal thing? Common ground seems tricky.
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