Work/media-consumption..."balance"?

Sep. 29th, 2016 12:52 am
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There's nothing like working on two full volumes of Maid-sama! back-to-back to make me appreciate the massively lower wordcount of every other series I currently adapt. I'm determined to get through as much of it as I possibly can (while staying on top of my other deadlines) before Casual Job starts back up in a couple of weeks.

"As much as possible" has to account for a lot of media consumption over the next few days, though:

a) Luke Cage drops on Friday. I won't see it as quickly as some people will (I plan to sleep, for one thing), but I want to put the whole show in my eyeballs ASAP.

b) My copy of Crooked Kingdom (the sequel to Six of Crows) is in the mail with a Friday ETA (naturally), and I likewise want to read that ASAP. Whee! Everyone I know who's read it already seems to be pretty damn happy with it. (I originally bought Six of Crows in ebook, but when I saw how lovely the physical book is, I caved and re-bought it in that format. So I obviously want the equally-lovely Crooked Kingdom in hard copy too, but if I'd stuck to ebooks, I would've read it by now. [Life, so hard, etc.])

c) I need to at least skim my ARC of Feedback, since it's coming up on two months since I read it, and write a review, preferably before the book's release date this coming Tuesday.

Seanan mentioned on Tumblr that she's not currently contracted to write anything else Newsflesh-related, and whether Orbit asks her to do more novellas or something presumably depends a lot on how Feedback and Rise do; I have to figure they're the real test of how the "the trilogy went over really well, so let's see if other books in the same world do too!" theory. So I'm planning to write a proper review, and one of my book-blogger friends is willing to let me guest post it there, so that I can link it as widely as I want without linking straight back here. (It's very easy to link my DW/LJ to the rest of my online presence if anyone looks, but that doesn't mean I want to explicitly hand the link to, say, Facebook.)

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Sep. 28th, 2016 11:08 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Hayley Atwell Has a Message for Marvel Studios about Agent Carter: “Give Me a Movie!”". [The Mary Sue]

"Mike Colter, Luke Cage, and the 'Wu-Tang-ification' of the Marvel Universe".

"Food & Horror – The Art of Cooking: Haute Cuisine and Hannibal Lecter". [Octavia Cade at The Booksmugglers]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Subterranean Press is doing a limited-edition release of Kushiel's Dart that looks lovely.

"The neglected history of videogames for the blind". [Note: written by an acquaintance.]

Foz Meadows recently posted "How To Suppress Female Characters".


Miscellaneous

"The Companions of My Heart: On making friends on the internet", AKA "The creation of the Toast and the power of internet friendship". [Mallory Ortberg at Slate]

"From Etch A Sketch to Oculus Rift: the evolution of play – in pictures". [The Guardian]

"The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments". (I haven't actually listened to the audio yet.)

"10 things you need to know about vaginas: From the science of the orgasm to cannabis tampons, there’s a lot to learn. Warning: explicit content". [The Guardian]

"THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID: The Motto(s)". [Anne T. Donahue] {Hashtag #LifeAdvice}

"15 Tattoos That Transformed Breast Cancer Scars Into Artwork".

"Artist Takes Tourists for a Ride with the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial".

"When I Took My Daughter With Sensory Processing Disorder to the Blue Man Group". [The Mighty]

"The Exit Interview: I Spent 12 Years in the Blue Man Group". [Atlas Obscura]

"My Son, the Prince of Fashion: I took my son to Paris Fashion Week, and all I got was a profound understanding of who he is, what he wants to do with his life, and how it feels to watch a grown man stride down a runway wearing shaggy yellow Muppet pants". "When he started kindergarten, however, he found that the wearing of costumes to school was not merely discouraged, or permitted only on special days, as in preschool: It was forbidden. It would also, undoubtedly, have incurred an intolerable amount of mockery. Abe's response was to devise, instinctively and privately, what amounted to a kind of secret costume that would fall just within the bounds of “ordinary attire” and school policy. Over the next few years, with increasing frequency, he went to school dressed up as a man—a stylish man."

On the Naming of Dogs

Sep. 27th, 2016 01:18 pm
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My dog's name:
* Adverb

Things I actually call my dog in practice:
* Darling
* Sweetheart
* Kid
* Kiddo
* Dog
* Small Dog
* This Dog
* Dogkin
* Dogface
* Dogarooni
* Doggy-Dog
* Dog who Dogs like a Dog
* Pup
* Pup-Dog
* Puppy
* Pupperoni
* Pup-Tart
* Puppernickel
* Pup de Pup
* Goofball
* Little Mister Paranoid
* Communist Inspector
* Good Boy!
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In case anyone needs a ton of links to distract them from the debate, here, let me clear about my "miscellaneous" file for you. It's all going under a cut, and I'm afraid it's not really sorted at all. If you dive in, may you find entertaining and/or distracting things.

35 links under the cut )

A thank you and a market haul

Sep. 24th, 2016 10:50 pm
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Thank you to everyone who commented on my hair pic! Enough of you did that I'm finding going through and replying individually a bit overwhelming, given that all replies would be "Thank you! I'm delighted with it!" So: thank you!

Kas sent me a bunch of the photos he took yesterday (I haven't uploaded any yet), so now I need to choose which one(s) will work best as a userpic (elsewhere).

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought home a lovely haul from the market today! Two pints of raspberries (really good, but we should eat as many as possible tonight, because those are not gonna last); a pint each of blueberries and peaches (fingers crossed for the peaches; no need to worry about Nova Scotia blueberries!); blueberry tarts and a peaches & cream tart; Chinese noodles for lunch; a Greek thing he didn't remember the name of, but which involves phyllo pastry, a LOT OF CHEESE, and we think bechamel (he only brought one piece home since we hadn't had it before, but more will be called for, and we'll have to learn its name); plus a bunch of our more usual provisions.
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(I'm clearly getting to the point where I'm gonna have to do another ALL THE MISCELLANEOUS STUFF linkdump under a cut. It's gotten ridiculous.)

Fannish/Geeky Things

Sarah Kurchak wrote "How ‘Ghostbusters’ Holtzmann has become a queer, autistic hero".

Book blogger Shaina Reads posted briefly about Litsy, which is now out of beta for Android and available in the Play Store.

"Labors of Love: A Review of Manga in America". [Women Write About Comics]

"Joss Whedon Has Launched A Campaign To Get You To Vote — And Not For Trump". [Buzzfeed]


Social Justice

"On white feelings, jokes, and when white people just don’t get it (which is too often)".

"It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives".


Miscellaneous: Tori Amos edition

Next month a two-CD set of Tori Amos' Boys For Pele is being released for the album's 20th (!!!) anniversary. There've been similar releases for Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, and I've yet to pick either of those up because neither of the second discs had songs I hadn't heard...but Pele's does, according to the breakdown on the Amazon.com listing. It looks like the first disc is the original album order (if I'm remembering correctly that a later release...let me see...I think traded the original "Talula" for the Tornado Mix and swapped out "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" for one of the ten bazillion "Professional Widow" remixes. [There are so many "Widow" remixes. I believe there's a CD that's almost, if not entirely, full of them. And "Widow" is probably my single least-favorite of Tori's songs up until about 2000.]). And on the second disc, I'm about 99% sure I've never heard "To The Fair Motormaids Of Japan", and I definitely haven't heard "Sucker". Everything else, other than mixes, is familiar. But I'll be pouncing on it.

(Amazingly, between the two discs there are a mere three versions of "Professional Widow", and one of them is the "Merry Widow" version, which I do kinda like.)

This link popped up in my YouTube sidebar when I was listening to YANTA a while back: "The Vocal Range Of Tori Amos". [YouTube, ~15 minutes] This uses vocal clips from all over her catalogue and range. "Tori's voice is distinctly cooing and warm, going effortlessly up to the mid and upper fifth octave as well as down to surprisingly very chesty and resonant singing in the lower third and even second octaves. Tori has shown a preference for using her head register for most of her singing, with more 'belted' notes become less frequent over the years, although she occasionally does so in live settings. Surprisingly, Tori's vocal range doesn't seem to have diminished in the slightest over the years, even if upper fifth octave notes aren't as frequent in the past decade. This seems to be a decision to preserve her voice for live performances."

(There's a second installment here, too.)

Also, I may have linked this before, but it's one of my favorite Tori-related videos ever: "Tori Amos Piano Shopping 1992". [~22 minutes] (1992, when Little Earthquakes came out. She was so young, and so thoroughly in her "ethereal, quirky girl" phase, but her answers to the interview questions are still thoughtful as well as fun. Also, she just sort of noodles around on the pianos the whole time, which I love.)

This is an older article (2007), but I found it really interesting: "Tori Amos: Inside Her Martian Engineering Studio" discusses Tori's studio (obviously), recording equipment, remastering, and assembling her The Piano collection.


Miscellaneous

"From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides". [Washington Post]

"Broadway Musical ‘Allegiance’ Starring George Takei to Screen in Cinemas".

"Horses can communicate with us - scientists". [BBC]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kass, "Parenting by the Books: ‘On The Banks of Plum Creek’".

linkspam has few offerings

Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:28 pm
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Interesting post on the geographic distribution in the decline of violent crime in the US. Needs more crunchy statistical analysis, but it does look like the urban-rural divide is relevant.

Because there's no such thing as climate change.

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So glad I have chorus practice on Monday so I won't be tempted to watch the first debate.

*

Four solid days of hanging out with coworkers is possibly two days too much.

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In other news, I received a postcard from Malta today. Lovely photos, with a chatty note about the Dunnett connection (Disorderly Knights has a long section in Malta), and an indecipherable set of initials at the bottom. I have no idea who sent it. Help?

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GBBO continues to entertain, possibly even more so because of the news about 3/4 of the cast departing. Sad! But I cannot believe that Paul Hollywood has never experienced the glory that is peanut butter and banana. How is this even possible?

Link to a hair pic!

Sep. 23rd, 2016 10:34 pm
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To summarize what I said on Twitter while posting the pic there, Kas came over after work and took a bunch of pics of me (I'm hoping to use one as an actual up-to-date profile pic in places like Twitter and Facebook, where my profile pics are at least seven years old), but I don't have them yet, so I caved and took a selfie.

Voila!

(I'm kind of amazed that shot came out as well as it did--I think I've only ever taken about five selfies total, and the others were all pretty terrible.)

It doesn't at all show what my current haircut looks like, because [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought up a high-powered light and I was sort of fanning my hair out to show the colors off. ^_^ Left to its own devices, from the front it largely looks darker somehow (odd, since there's still a lot of my natural color) and shows some of the turquoise/bluer color; my stylist didn't go super-heavy on the purple(s) because once my hair's closer to bob-length she's planning to put in a purple base color with the other colors streaked around it.

But this is the interim plan, and I'm very happy with it.

ETA: You can't really see my natural color very well in that lighting, but as I was just saying elsewhere, it's a medium brown and getting the oil slick color didn't require any bleaching or anything. It'll be a while before I know just how well it holds up long-term, but my stylist says that the dye she used usually holds up fairly well (and of course recommended washing my hair as infrequently as possible, and the cooler the water, the better), and that after we've done it a few times the color should last even longer between touch-ups.

(She also suggested washing my hair in the sink instead of the shower, so I can get away with cooler water than I'd be up for if it were all over me. I may give it a try.)

I scheduled my next appointment for early November, so we'll see how it looks then!
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Week has been both normal and long. Not much to say about it. Got things done, continued to study Thai, and lift large amounts of weights; delicious food was made and consumed. At this point in my cycle, I drop my water weight naturally, and thus am happier with how my body looks this week, always a pleasant place to be.

Lately there has been a meme running about to post 3 fictional characters that you identify with/look up to/feel connected to/etc.; there is a secondary one asking others what/who you remind them of, or feel affiliated with, or associated with, or just pops to mind sometimes with some kind of connection.

I'm very curious to know who or what might come to mind when thinking of me. I include mythological or belief system driven people/concepts as well as more traditional fictional characters, because that's how my brain works.
umadoshi: (W13 - Claudia determined (scarecrowboat))
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--So many people voted in my poll! The results and comments are really interesting. *^^*

--Happy Equinox, whichever one it is wherever you are.

--Tomorrow, as long as nothing goes horribly wrong, is finally the day of putting oil slick streaks in my hair. I have no idea how it's going to look, in practice (other than "there will be purple and it'll be good"); good thing I trust my stylist so implicitly.

--We have chocolate cupcakes with orange icing because Kas loves us.

--"Icing" and "frosting" are one of those word pairs I should probably not use as interchangeably as I do. (Er. Meaning I should just pick one and use it consistently.)

--Allison Scagliotti turned 26 yesterday (which I know only from following her on Twitter) and (Hollywood's screwy casting habits, age-wise, notwithstanding) I'm vaguely sad because it means that, while she's probably still just about in a reasonable age range to play Georgia (who's 23 for most of Feed), TIME IS RUNNING OUT, PEOPLE. ("Vaguely" sad only because dreamcasting means nothing anyway. And I really, really want age-accurate actors, if at all possible. Big dreams, y'all.)

--Both cats have been quite snuggly/affectionate today, in their respective ways, and it's been good timing.

--So far this month I've read nine novels, which is rare these years, and I'm really happy about it.

--And that said, Casual Job resumes in three weeks. THREE WEEKS.

Madame C- Drabble

Sep. 21st, 2016 10:43 pm
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A brief scene between Sandy and Lord G- R- may be found here.
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This is something I've been thinking about in terms of my own writing, due to the fic I've picking away at right now, but thinking about it has made me curious about people's experiences in general.

Poll #17672 Internal continuity in a fanfic writer's body of work
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 78


Fanfic writers, if you write multiple fics that are a) for the same fandom and characters but b) not clearly connected to each other, do you GENERALLY:

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treat the various stories as taking place in the same 'verse and pay a fair bit of attention to internal continuity from fic to fic?
9 (13.0%)

treat the various stories as taking place in the same 'verse but mostly just try not to have any glaring contradictions?
6 (8.7%)

treat every fic you write as completely independent of all your other fics, unless you explicitly link them?
54 (78.3%)

Fanfic readers, if you read multiple fics by an author that are a) for the same fandom and characters but b) not clearly connected to each other, do you GENERALLY:

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assume that a fic will share internal continuity with an author's other fanfic using those characters?
4 (5.5%)

assume that a fic will have no connection to an author's other fanfic using those characters?
69 (94.5%)

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