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(See, I DO have a Star Wars icon!)

In other news, yes, your dog loves you.

Oh, man, this flowchart about whether to go to law school. Yikes. If it had existed in 1989, my life would be very different now.

Chris McDougall's Born to Run kicked off the minimalist running movement. He's hoping to do the same with parkour in his new book, Natural Born Heroes. I admit that I'm intrigued by some of the exercises in this excerpt.

OK, I love this site: WHATISGAMERGATECURRENTLYRUINING.

I think that unionized worker-owned cooperative cab companies are a great idea.

Because it's Tracy Chapman, performing Stand By Me on the David Letterman show. I can't believe she's aged at all, because her voice is still gold. (H/T to N on Twitter.)

This is a killer fan-trailer for the rumored Black Widow movie. Great use of non-Marvel source.

*

In other news, my regular running partner (my sister) has been diagnosed with arthritis in her knee and isn't supposed to run downhill or run hard anymore. This is terrible for her, since she's identified as a runner since she was 14. It's also bad for me, because she expected me to run with her Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6AM for the last seven years.

How will I outsource my discipline now?

Period Kink

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:13 pm
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Title: A Conscientious Man
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Rating: E
Warnings/Enticements: Polyamory, Menstruation Kink
Word Count: 2432
Summary: “Are you in much pain?” he asked.
I sighed. There was no point in lying to him. “Well, I am.”
“What helps with it?”

On AO3.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1712 aged 19 Louisa Stuart (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of James II & VII, born after his exile, she lived in France.

Born on this day in 1622 to Frederick V Elector Palatine and Elizabeth the Winter Queen, Princess Louise of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Grandchild of James I &VI, aunt of George I. Louise was a talented painter, some of her works are in German museums. To the confusion of her family she went to France, converted to Catholicism and became a nun.

Beepocalypse 2015

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:36 am
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A tree fell across our fence. The tree was full of bees.

Pictures and details behind the cut. )



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I have talked at length and probably ad nauseam about how much I adore Helene Hanff. For those of you who are sick of seeing her name in this space...welp. Sorry.

I found out that my library system has a copy of Underfoot in Show Business, her only pre-Charing Cross book. I...look, if Helene Hanff had had a hand in putting together the 1956 New York City phone book, I cannot with any confidence say that I wouldn't track it down and read it. So, yes, of course I requested it, and of course I read it in two days, and of course I reveled in every word.

Underfoot was originally published in '62. The copy I read was revised in the 80s. It spans the late 30s through the early 60s, and is Hanff's recounting of what it's like to be one of the 999 out of 1000 people who tries to make it big in show business and never manages to get anywhere. She comes from a theater-loving family that attends Sunday showings like other people take in religious services. She wins $1,500 after submitting four plays to the Theater Guild. She writes plays with brilliant characters and great dialogue and crap plots, and despite the efforts of not just her but quite a number of people around her, she never succeeds in actually selling any of her plays. She works part time jobs, routinely getting fired for writing plays on company time. She works in a press office for the theater, trying to make terrible reviews look like good ones on the press releases. She reads for studios, summarizing everything from books to plays to magazine articles to see if they might be worth making into a movie. At one point, they sneak her an advance copy of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings to summarize. She charges them an extra $40 for the mental torture.

Eventually, she takes to writing for TV, including the "high culture" Ellery Queen episodes. She writes an episode of another show, sponsored and approved by the Lutheran Church, that becomes the only episode ever rejected by the network censors.

This is a book about show business, about theater, about being a working artist. It's about how unromantic it is to starve and have to slip cash to a doorman so that you can sleep in a hotel lobby, and how impossible it is to give up despite that. Because once you're star struck, it's hard to break that spell.

I don't even have that much interest in Broadway or 20th century theater, but I suddenly want to go see a show because she conveys the joy of the theater so well, makes it matter in a way that it never really did to me. If you do care about theater, I highly suggest you track this one down. It's one of the easier ones to get your hands on. Abe Books has it for less than $5. Your local library might have it.

My library also has The Movers and Shakers by Hanff, about activists in the 60s, which is considerably more rare and expensive to purchase. It's being stored down in the stacks with the rest of the neglected books. I have, of course, already ordered it.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 01:58 pm
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Died on this day in 1271 aged 30 Isabella of France (my toy,wikipedia); cousin once removed of the wife of Henry III. Married the King of Navarre, as part of a peace deal between her father (the King of France) and her new-husband. She went on Crusade with her father and husband, who both then died, she retired to Provence.

Born on this day in 1154 to King Sancho VI of Navarre and Sancha of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Berengaria who married Richard I. Fought with other bits of Spain, and was quite friendly towards England.

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Apr. 16th, 2015 04:28 pm
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Died on this day in 1375 aged 27 John Hastings (my toy,wikipedia). Married Margaret, daughter of Edward III. He was born after the death of his father.

Born on this day in 1588 to Duke Charles I of Savoy and Infanta Catherine of Spain, Emanuel of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Grandchild of Philip II of Spain who had married Mary I (through another wife). Emanuel was going to be a priest but instead he joined the military, later becoming Grand Admiral of Spain. He died of plague, without every marrying.
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Today is looking like one of those workdays at Casual Job where the hours could be (relatively) reasonable or utterly horrible. Wish me luck. And have some unsorted linkspam:

Via a few people, [community profile] bookatorium is a new community that is, to quote the first sticky post, a "free-form book club for SF and fantasy and related stuff. Anyone who's interested in reading the books and prepared to discuss them in good faith is welcome. Currently we are reading a selection of Hugo, Clarke Award, and BSFA Award nominees. There will be one post per book (see the sticky book list for links)."

On Tumblr: really excellent cosplay for Takeo and Yamato from My Love Story!!/Ore Monogatari!

Via [personal profile] jae:

--Alison Bechdel's response (in comic form) to seeing her childhood playing out on stage (meaning the Fun Home musical ^_^).

--"We can do a lot: the rise of first-person plural narration".

--"The Answer is Never: Rewriting the false narrative of childlessness". I suppose I still spend more time than one might expect thinking about my entirely voluntary lack of kids, and I appreciate good essays on the subject. It's hard to shake the habit of thinking and reading about it after spending years and years--as so many deliberately childless women do--defending my decision in the face of the infinite stream of people who were eager to tell me how I'd change my mind, or to try to change it for me. The writer of this essay is in her early 40s and still fending these conversations off; I'm still very thankful that for the most part I've had to deal with much less of it now that I'm in my 30s. I'm just grateful, honestly, that no one ever pulled that shit on me when I didn't have enough cope left to stay civil about it. (Sometimes it was a close call. But I never actually wound up yelling at anyone to mind their own business and/or get the hell away from me.)

Via [personal profile] alisanne:

--Both "The 9 Most Devastating Insults From Around the World" (warning: leads to Cracked.com) and "A User’s Guide To The Best Swear In Every Language".

--Utterly horrifying baby shower cakes.

Via Facebook:

--"25+ Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones".

--"The First Ever Video of a Cracking Joint". (It also says "While joint cracking may sound painful, it's not associated with any adverse health effects -- arthritis, for example", which I hope is true. >.>)

media consumption wednesday

Apr. 15th, 2015 10:30 am
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

The sixth or eight book in the Anne of Green Gables series, depending on whether you go by internal chronology or date written. It says '6' on the spine of my paperback copy, so that's the order in which I read it.

This is an oddly-structured book, flipping back and forth between adult concerns and the concerns of children. It's got the usual Montgomery trademarks: descriptions of nature, funny and lighthearted scenes with a certain darkness underneath, and engaging characters. It's hard to classify it as either a children's book or an adult work. I mean, this is a story that at one point centers on the disappointment that comes from discovering that the recluse you had turned into someone beautiful and wicked in your imagination is actually a kindly old woman who just wants to feed you peppermints, but also doesn't shy away from things like spousal abuse and the way that a dog is a broken heart waiting to happen.

There are a lot of meditations on motherhood, and Victorian gender roles are firmly in place. At one point, Anne thinks of the boys going off to their lives work, while picturing the girls coming downstairs in their wedding dresses. It's hard to remember that this book was written in 1939, when plenty of people were already questioning the role of women, when plenty of women were already pursuing careers that weren't in schools or libraries. But these books are, at the risk of being trite, timeless, so to find them unaffected by the events going on around Montgomery when they were written is not really surprising.

Not all Victorian mores and customs are uncomfortable. I love that Rilla is described as 'fat' and 'rolly-polly' in a completely neutral and non-judgemental way. On the other hand, I could do without all of the references to castor oil. It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it.

In any case, I enjoyed it, as I've been enjoying the entire series. It's comforting to read something that is generally optimistic and gently written, but that doesn't verge on the twee--well, not very often. A few of the scenes with the kids get close. I had to take a break from the series after I read Anne's House of Dreams. That was my least favorite of the books so far, but whether the fault was in the book, or I just had gotten tired of the series after reading five books all in a row, I can't really say. I suspect the later, since this book is no better or worse than that one, and I liked it much better.

Next up is Rainbow Valley, which I suspect will put us firmly back into children's book territory

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The latest in my effort to read the children's classics that I never bothered with when I was actually a child. This is one that I really wish I had read when I was younger, though most of the wordplay would have gone over my head. I enjoyed it as an adult all the same, though sadly spent a fair amount of time picking apart the logic and plausibility of the whole thing which, you know, not the point. But at a certain point it gets hard to turn those critical reasoning bits of your brain off, which is why I say I wish I had first encountered this as a kid.

Allegiance

I actually will not be that upset if Allegiance ends after 13 episodes as long as it doesn't end on a terrible cliffhanger, and it doesn't end with everyone dead or in prison or on the run for the rest of their lives. I accept that those fates will probably come to some of them, but give me closure and some semblance of a happy ending, and I'll be satisfied. The whole premise works better as a miniseries than a continuing show anyway.

Spoilers for everything through episode 10 )
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(If they are and I haven't noticed, please let me know.)

Disclosure of interest: the Scottish National Party candidate for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, is a friend of a dear friend. Who sent me this because he knew it'd kick me in my soft underbelly.



(Warning: if you're sensitive on the topic of the deaths of disabled people brought about by the UK's austerity politics -- that's what this discusses.)

The SNP are not running candidates in England, despite significant popular demand from those of us who at this point kind of want the Scots to become independent and take us with them.

But if you're on the UK electoral register, you can donate to their crowdfunder here (should you wish, etc.):

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aberdeen-snp-general-election-campaign

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 15th, 2015 04:15 pm
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Finished:
Lagoon (Okorafor,Nnedi). Which is awesome. It's got aliens, but also magic. It's set in Lagos, Nigeria (and the author is Nigerian American), which is a nice change.

Current:
Literally just finished Lagoon.
I'm still working on the Other Half of the Sky; which is still a diverse collection of short stories, which makes it hard to get really stuck into for hours.

Next:
Well, I've got a Seanan McGuire novella to read (imported at great expense from Subteranean Press because the publishing industry thinks it's amusing to region-lock things, so ebooks are only available to people with US billing addresses, but of course you can actually IMPORT paper books). Because it's on paper it's not with me on my ereader... it's also very pretty, and I don't want to bash it up. Mermaids! I am excited.

Also I just bought Goblin Emperor. It's up for a Hugo, so I should probably read it soon.

I still have Flex, and also some Sanderson novellas...

And I've found the Locus best of 2014 list... which might keep me going a while.

But I think the next thing to read is the how-not-to-die climbing book, before I go on a climbing trip and need to know how not to die doing it (I mostly know that already). Borrowing the book from Emperor.

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Apr. 15th, 2015 04:04 pm
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Died on this day in 1053 aged 52 Godwin (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Harald Godwinson. Earl of Wessex. Godwin supported Cnut, and later his sons Harald Harefoot and Harthacnut; after Harthacnut's death Godwin then supported Edward, the last surviving son of Aethelred the Unready, who had be living in Normandy (presumably to avoid Cnut et. al.) who married Godwin's daughter Edith (this is about as close as the house of Godwin get to a "legitimate claim" to the throne, obviously having an army was vastly more important). After his death Harold succeeded him in Wessex.

Born on this day in 1367 to John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lancaster, King Henry IV of England (my toy,wikipedia). Nicked the throne offof Richard II. In a move not guaranteed to ensure the future peaceful stability of the country.

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Apr. 14th, 2015 04:57 pm
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Died on this day in 1471 aged 42 Richard Neville (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Anne, who married Richard III; and a descendent of John of Gaunt. Earl of Warwick. Known as "Kingmaker" for his part in the Wars of the Roses; most of that story is pretty well known.

Born on this day in 1857 to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria of UK, Princess Beatrice (my toy,wikipedia). Beatrice was a close confidante of her mother, and stayed close to her even after she married.
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Always Breaking Everything (5050 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jole/Aral Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Jole, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Jealousy
Summary:


"It's not that I want details," Aral said, keeping his voice even, reasonable. "I just want a little peace of mind--to know when I can expect to be tripping over someone who might proposition you, you know. Can you tell me how many of them there are, at least?"



This story, and the rest of this series, proceed according to my original plan for them, without reference to any spoilers for Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

This story is therefore safe for the unspoiled reader, but I suspect the comment section will not be. Caveat lector.

Many thanks to commodorified for beta, and to Rubynye, Petra, Ellen Fremedon, and Iulia for audiencing and encouraging me through the "oh no, no, this story is a terrible idea" stage. <3

Title, as usual, from the Mountain Goats cover of "Two-Headed Boy."

bunch of SHIELD recs, part II

Apr. 14th, 2015 12:37 pm
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Stay the Course by eedmund [now complete!]
Skye/Ward, Agent 33, Mike Peterson, team; action/adventure/romance; warning: graphic violence; 51835 words
Summary: The course of love never did run smooth but, let's be real honest, no course runs smooth for Skye and Ward. Skye's trying to find out who or what she really is and her fact finding mission leads her and her friends back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and into a nasty altercation with a terrorist group. (part 4 of "An Honest Conversation")

Six Between the Two of Us by EllieCarina
SkyeWard, team, Kara; undercover/mission/romance; 7776 words
Summary: Skye has to deal with Ward, Ward has to deal with Skye. And then there is a mission to go undercover...to Hydra of all places. And as a couple, of all things. // Continuation and speculation on the episodes after 2x18.

queen of no identity by owlvsdove
Jemma & Ward & Kara team-up, plus May; friendship/action; 8331 words
Summary: Grant brings Kara to Jemma for help.

Pull Me Down by larry_hystereks
Skyeward canon AU; fluff/action/slow burn; 1736 words
Summary: A continuation of 'Push Me Up'.
Skye saves Grant.
(Part II of the Push series)

dear forgiveness, i saved a plate for you by catteo
Skyeward; 3741 words
Summary: This came about when Redbrunja asked me whether I thought Grant would buy Skye a ring in order to propose. I ended up justifying my argument in a rather long-winded fashion. You are so welcome. The Skyeward proposal I GENUINELY never thought I would write.

bunch of SHIELD recs, part I

Apr. 14th, 2015 12:32 pm
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I got so many bookmarks saved up, I'm splitting them into two posts.

Across the Board by Eienvine
Skyeward, slow burn; WIP: 4071 words (Only one chapter out so far but it's a great start.)
Summary: Skye once thought that she would hate Grant Ward forever. But time has a way of changing things, even hate.

blame the evil squirrel by themidsummersoldier
Summary: /// “You boys need a moment?” \\\ in which hunter falls, ward catches him, and bobbi almost laughs. (632 words)

Dawn of Understanding by Athelassa
Skye, Ward, Kara, Thomas Ward; [now complete, 18373 words]
Summary: “Someday you’ll understand,” Ward had told her back then on that fateful day Hydra had raised its ugly heads for the first time.
Months and a terrifying transformation later, Skye is not even an inch closer to comprehend the man who betrayed the team and her. All she can see is the lies and the path of destruction he left behind. However, when all comes together in a mission and she encounters someone from his past, can she finally start to understand the complicated mess that is Grant Ward? (Set five weeks after 2x10)

Judas by thedevilyouknow106
Ward&Fitz, SkyeWard; WIP: 29,096 words
Summary: What will the team do when they must depend on the person that ruined their family in order to put that family back together? Skye has been taken and the new recruits are MIA. Can Ward and The Team stop bickering long enough to bring home the person that means the most to them? Slow Skyeward burn.

nice to meet you, where you been? (i could show you incredible things) by exsanguinate
Skyeward AU; 2495 words
Summary: skye gets confronted by a tall, dark stranger who is definitely not named stan anderson, who she definitely stole some luggage from.
(Part II of the Stolen Luggage AU)

GRRRRRRRRR..........

Apr. 14th, 2015 01:12 am
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon for tipping me off to this site. Two of my own fics got snatched from it. I did not create those fics to make money, and quite frankly I'm pretty pissed off. Also the site claims you have to pay to see read your own work on the site, and demands credit card info. Call me suspicious, but I don't think I'd be comfortable handing over my credit card information to a site that had no qalms putting my fics up there without even asking me.



A site called E-Books Tree is apparently using a bot to steal fics from AO3, posting the stories as PDFs, and CHARGING people to download them. (I say "apparently", because the selection of fics in some cases is quite random, like taking the third part of a series without taking the other two--the kind of mistake a bot would make.) They got eight of my stories. I can't imagine who would PAY to download any of those PDF's when they're free here on LJ or AO3, but it's the principle of the thing! I know I didn't give permission to have my work posted there, and I bet you didn't either. If you're an author, go to their site and enter your name in the search box to see if you've been affected.

If you have, here's a helpful brief from Tumblr on how to file a DMCA complaint to the site to get your works taken down: isfanficlegal.com.


Looking further down the my flist I found this advice from the [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words community:

tumblr user besinaao3 offers us this advice:

My name is [name] and I am the author and owner of the following works:
• “title” by “author”
• “title” by author

These are my intellectual property. I do not give you or anyone else permission to offer these works for download, and I did not consent for them to be available on your website. I am requesting that you remove them immediately. I can be reached by e-mail at [e-mail].

This information is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am authorized to act on my own behalf as the owner of this material.

Signed,
[signature]


Cut and paste that into their contact form and make sure that you make the subject line read: “DMCA Complaint” or they won’t process it.

you can also send an e-mail to their host: Response from Moniker: The best way to handle that is to contact our abuse team at abuse@moniker.com. They will be able to assist you or point you in the correct direction for legal matters such as this.

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