August 4th, 2015
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posted by [personal profile] yhlee at 09:16pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
- recent viewing
Bladerunner. This was my first time seeing this movie, although I had (years ago, in college) read the Philip K. Dick novel on which it was based. The maybe-funny story here is that for years I thought the title of said novel was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep? rather than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I did not grow up counting sheep to fall asleep so that connection simply did not occur to me until much later.

I don't remember the novel very clearly, but the movie seemed to be a considerable adaptation, although this isn't a bad thing. I seem to recall the novel ending in increasing paranoia. It also, naturally, did not have the spectacular future city visuals of the movie. I was really impressed by the set design; from the first moments it was clear why the movie's visuals have been so lauded.

Other surprises: I had some difficulty getting used to Harrison Ford looking that young. :) (Delicious, but young.) And, on a more serious note, the movie was much more melancholy and slow-paced than I had been led to expect by the title. (The fact that "run" is in the title, that is. I am trying to remember whether the novel used the terms "replicant" or "bladerunner" at all.) My sister said this was a function of the movie having been made in an older era. Again, not a bad thing, just an adjustment I had to make. I wasn't sure about Ford's voiceovers at the beginning, but eventually warmed to them.

I had a hard time getting a grip on the characters at first, especially Roy (?), because of the stylized performances. (I apologize for my lack of vocabulary for film here. I'm not good with visual media.) But in the end everything came up together--that final moment of grace as Decker confronts Roy's fate was transcendentally beautiful. [1] And for all that, the ending was surprisingly--not uplifting, precisely, but I was expecting total downer both from the Dick novel and the way cyberpunk usually falls out, and instead we got breath of hope.

[1] Look, can we assume that I'm the last person who hasn't seen this and I can't spoil it for anyone else? Yeah.

I'm not sure I'd watch this again, because my attention span is so terrible, but it was most definitely worth watching once.

Random aside: I love Aesop Rock's "None Shall Pass." (Ah, iTunes on shuffle.)

Other viewing over Gencon: Sherlock 2.1, whose title I can't remember but was the one on Irene Adler. Read more... )
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat , there are two new verses in "These Tiny Little Steps."  Victor is not about to take this distressing news lying down.

Victor is sometimes kind of an ass.
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posted by [syndicated profile] questionable_content_feed at 09:11pm on 2015-08-04
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If you hail from California, particularly the southern end of the state, you might find the concept of seasons to be a foreign one. I know I expect mild, sunny days every time I step outside. We have a joke around here that the weather report is updated once a week, and that's just to give it a fresh coat of paint.



Japan, on the other hand, is a country rooted in seasonality. Every month brings a new package of delights to the denizens of this Far Eastern land. Now, usually I'm a smart fellow, and I only travel here in the Spring for the cherry blossoms, or the Fall to see the fiery colors of the wizened leaves. Only a madman would visit in the Summer, when the heat and humidity are ferocious, and when neither is mitigated by the constant rain that characterizes the immediately prior Typhoon season.



This year, I joined the crazy persons' club.

(read the rest at Galactic Journey!)
location: Osaka - Japan
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posted by [personal profile] topaz119 at 08:24pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
There is so much going on here, but by Friday, it will be all wrapped up, just in time for school to start on Monday. Y'all, this weekend is going to be nothing but frivolity.

I did get my [community profile] femmeremix story posted (about 10 minutes before the deadline last night) and then went back and fiddled with it some today, but I am actually pretty happy with it, \o/. And I'm still happy with what I wrote for the [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised AU exchange (Viridian Skies), mostly because steampunk! After all these years of boots and corsets and green wigs/lipstick and goggle headbands, I finally actually wrote some. (So that was fun, though I wish I'd had more time... cutting for writer-y babble )

Also, bonus points (or a drabble of your choice) to anyone who sees the Easter eggs my brain kept embedding.

Oh! and I have to point you to my gift story, A Different Truth Between Us, which is (as the author says) the X-Files AU you never knew you needed. :D Reading it brought back all kinds of happy fandom memories.
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posted by [personal profile] davidlevine at 04:46pm on 2015-08-04
As faithful listeners will no doubt recall, Kate's treatment consisted of surgery, six weeks of daily radiation and chemo, a month off, and six months (or more) of monthly chemo. Well, she just finished up her sixth round of monthly chemo and at the moment it looks like that will, indeed, be it. Which is a good thing, as the nausea and fatigue, while never completely debilitating, have been getting a little worse each round and this one was pretty bad. So, even though we're not out of the woods by any means, we can celebrate the end of treatment for the cancer per se. I hope that as we get further away from chemo Kate will see her energy levels increase and spend less time napping.

This month, though, we learned that steroid-induced hyperglycemia (aka steroid diabetes) is a thing. Diabetes, it turns out, is a condition with multiple causes. Type 1 and type 2 (formerly known as juvenile and adult-onset diabetes) are basically two different diseases, and gestational diabetes is the third well-known cause of the same condition. But there are many other causes, and apparently taking "pharmacologic doses" of dexamethasone for a long time is one of them. This explains Kate's headaches, dry mouth, and some other symptoms that have cropped up recently.

As with gestational diabetes, usually steroid diabetes goes away along when you stop taking the steroids... but that isn't likely to happen any time soon, so the oncologist suggested using diet and exercise to try to bring her blood sugar down. We met with a dietician, who recommended whole grains, plenty of colorful vegetables, and a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in every meal and snack... which is basically what we were already trying to do. As for exercise, that's difficult because of chemo fatigue and steroid-induced muscular atrophy. We will just have to try to be more consistent in eating right and exercising, and see how it goes.

I mentioned last month that we were working with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech therapist. They were all helpful, but all those appointments were tiring, so we decided to discontinue the speech and occupational therapy and continue with the physical therapist every two weeks. (Did I explain the difference between physical and occupational therapy? The line is fuzzy, but basically occupational therapy covers anything you do with your hands and physical therapy is everything else you do with your body. Both occupational and speech therapy can include cognitive stuff.)

However, life continues. We have signed with a contractor to properly bolt the house to its foundation for earthquake resistance; we visited Seattle to hang out with friends and attend a Clarion West party; I've been soliciting blurbs for ARABELLA OF MARS (some awesome ones have come in already) and plugging away on writing the sequel; and I recorded an Act of Whimsy video for a charity fundraiser which required having a fabulous English Regency men's outfit made. I'll be wearing that outfit for my readings when the book comes out next year.

The bottom line is... we keep on keeping on. Kate is weak, wobbly, fatigued, and has some memory and cognitive issues, and I'm kind of fatigued myself, but we are doing our best to take care of ourselves and each other. Anything you can do to help would be appreciated.

Thanks to Janna, Mark, Cynthia, Kate & Glenn, Hal & Ulrika, John, Shannon, Tempest, Elsa, Elizabeth, Cole, Melissa, Michelle, Len, John, George & Brian, Page, Tina, and everyone else who came for a visit, helped with a task, or joined us for a meal. It may not seem like much, but it really helps.
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posted by [personal profile] skygiants at 06:59pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
The only reason I remember reading The Alchemist's Cat as a child is because at some point my picture was in a local paper for something or other with the caption 'Rebecca [Lastname], reading her favorite book.' The book was The Alchemist's Cat and I was INCREDIBLY indignant because it wasn't my favorite book, it was just the book I happened to be reading at that time, I didn't even like it that much, it was weird and depressing, WHAT WAS THIS JOURNALISTIC INACCURACY. >:( And that is when I lost my faith in the press.

Anyway! Yesterday, I started rereading The Alchemist's Cat, a middle-grade historical fiction novel about intelligent kittens.

In the first chapter, a lady cat bangs the (cat) devil (I think? He never appears again but it's STRONGLY IMPLIED.)

In the second chapter, the human protagonist's whole family dies of the plague; then his guardian is murdered; then he's framed for the murder and pressed into slavery by an evil alchemist.

In the fourth chapter, the lady cat, starving and alone, finally gives birth, and then the cat midwife (there are cat midwives apparently) tries to eat the runtiest kitten.

It gets worse from there. Middle-grade was dark in the nineties! )
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posted by [personal profile] malkingrey at 07:21pm on 2015-08-04
We were under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the afternoon, and got a warning for a thunderstorm that passed just south of us but only rumbled and rained a bit here. I don't know if it's the unsettled weather or a thing that's going around that has my muscles aching today.

I'm starting to look forward to fall . . . God willing, we won't have a wet one. I've had enough of damp and mildew to last me for a while.
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posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 06:00pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker moseyonby: "Do you have a close friendship (or more than one) that has been mainly conducted through writing? As in, a pen pal, long term faraway correspondent, email buddy, or whatever? And if so, what does this relationship mean to you?"
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posted by [personal profile] aphenine at 11:40pm on 2015-08-04 under , , , , ,
So, I had a very interesting and nice weekend.

The very nice part was on Sunday, where I joined [livejournal.com profile] doseybat and [personal profile] pplfichi on a trip out of London. Read more... )

At home, we tried a mobile phone game that [livejournal.com profile] doseybat had mentioned, called StarTeam. It's hilariously funny. You are the crew of a ship that mainly flies itself and it will give you all instructions as to what to do. Those instructions involve pushing buttons, turning dials and flicking switches. But, just to make life fun, the necessary instructions aren't always delivered to the person at the relevant console, so you have to scream out your instructions (occasionally realising that the person who needs to push that button is actually you). There are also asteroids and wormholes to contend with, which you need to do by everyone shaking the phone or flipping it over. I thoroughly recommend it.

Saturday needs its own post, I now realise.
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posted by [personal profile] tajasel at 11:55pm on 2015-08-04 under
Here ensues at least two months of trying to remember how old I am.

It has been a hell of a year. But comparing this time last year to right now, I wouldn't change how and who I am now.

I've made and lost friends along the way, of course, and I'm more OK with what I have left than I thought I would be. My health is better in most ways, my fitness is better and I'm noticably physically stronger. My financial situation is still dire, but slowly improving and less stressful. I have new interests, and renewed love for old ones. I'm happier and calmer, busier, and happy about it.

Special thoughts tonight to people who have made space in their lives for me this year, whether for quick chats or longer escapes, distraction or talking, games and laughter or... well, more games and laughter, I think.

I will definitely be going to bed with a smile on my face tonight. Bring on the next 365 days.
location: Manchester
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Music:: Frank Turner - The Ballad of Me and My Friends
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 05:30pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Spoilers for last night's episode of So You Think You Can Dance.]

There were several great performances last night, and I'm really loving the new format which allows us to see women dancing together onstage without men, but my favorite routine last night was this piece danced by Megz and Edson:


Video Description: Megz, a young Latina hip hop dancer, and Edson, a young Latino contemporary dancer, perform a contemporary routine choreographed by Talia Favia and set to "You There" by Aquilo.

* * *

Here come the major spoilers, so if you don't want to know, skip this section!

I was very relieved that Asaf was finally booted, especially considering his garbage routine with Kate, during the judging for which the judges didn't even mention that the choreographer had clearly taken out the lifts about which Kate expressed anxiety to Travis. The guy was dangerous because he wasn't good enough. I'm glad to see him go for the sake of the other dancers alone.

I was very sad to see Marissa go. I would have been sad no matter which of the three stage dancers it had been, to be honest. It's a really strong field this season.

What did you think?
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 04:45pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Class warfare.]
Fast food workers in NY just won a $15/hr wage.

I'm a paramedic. My job requires a broad set of skills: interpersonal, medical, and technical skills, as well as the crucial skill of performing under pressure. I often make decisions on my own, in seconds, under chaotic circumstances, that impact people's health and lives. I make $15/hr.

And these burger flippers think they deserve as much as me?

Good for them.

Look, if any job is going to take up someone's life, it deserves a living wage. If a job exists and you have to hire someone to do it, they deserve a living wage. End of story. There's a lot of talk going around my workplace along the lines of, "These guys with no education and no skills think they deserve as much as us? Fuck those guys." And elsewhere on FB: "I'm a licensed electrician, I make $13/hr, fuck these burger flippers."

And that's exactly what the bosses want! They want us fighting over who has the bigger pile of crumbs so we don't realize they made off with almost the whole damn cake. Why are you angry about fast food workers making two bucks more an hour when your CEO makes four hundred TIMES what you do? It's in the bosses' interests to keep your anger directed downward, at the poor people who are just trying to get by, like you, rather than at the rich assholes who consume almost everything we produce and give next to nothing for it.

My company, as they're so fond of telling us in boosterist emails, cleared 1.3 billion dollars last year. They expect guys supporting families on 26-27k/year to applaud that. And that's to say nothing of the techs and janitors and cashiers and bed pushers who make even less than us, but are as absolutely crucial to making a hospital work as the fucking CEO or the neurosurgeons. Can they pay us more? Absolutely. But why would they? No one's making them.

The workers in NY *made* them. They fought for and won a living wage. So how incredibly petty and counterproductive is it to fuss that their pile of crumbs is bigger than ours? Put that energy elsewhere. Organize. Fight. Win.
—Paramedic Jens Rushing, in a Facebook post that has gone viral, for good damn reason.
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"I love the joy of the Doctor's adventuring but I also love the occasional glimpse into the fact that this is a god we're discussing here, and the weight that offers." - Rob Williams

The penultimate issue of the "season"...

Read more... )
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Life's been very busy and interesting recently, so it'll probably take me a bit of time to update properly. So, where to start?

Well, you know that job I started in the weekend? Well, I worked away at it for one weekend then gave up in crippling agony. I'm only starting to feel right about now and I'm medically signed off for another month, maybe longer. I have been ordered by the doctor to talk to my gym and get myself a plan together to build up my stamina. So, once my body has recovered a bit from the problems, I'll do that.

Naturally, I feel upset about it. It's another job I've failed at. I mean, there were good reasons this time and bizarrely, people are not as angry at me as I expected. I expected everyone to be really pissed off at me, but rather people seem supportive, because I tried. It's weird.

On the other hand, while one door closes, another opens. I was learning JavaScript, in particular jQuery, when I happened to look at the Guardian's website and go "oh, that's an interesting effect, I wonder how they do that?". This led to me looking up the JavaScript console and... finding a job advert embedded in it. I had heard that people like Google did crazy things like this, but I never expected it from someone like the Guardian. Anyway, I've been putting an application towards that together and my parents have been helping me engage in creative fiction to hide the gap in employment. I'm not comfortable doing it, but it needs to be done.

In terms of geekiness, my father had been bugging me to build him a VPN server. I had always told him no because I knew it would be difficult. But, there's a new, more power Raspberry Pi out and BBC's technology program, Click (which is very good, BTW) had a guide on using a Pi to create an OpenVPN server. So, I got dad to order the Pi, I sat down and made it happen over two days.

I thoroughly expected the whole thing not to work, or if it did work, it would work badly. However, my general Linux-fu was up to the task and there were only two small bugs before it worked (I hadn't performed a small step which occurred at the point I lost concentration on day one, which threw me a bit later, and I hadn't started the OpenVPN server when I was trying to connect to it). The net result is that all our smartphones and tablets can connect to the internal home network from outside the house. My father demonstrated that by mounting all of his videos and music as standard windows file shares on his phone over the 3G network. It's definite win and we'll see how well it holds up when he's on holiday.

In the meantime, having a Raspberry Pi is proving good for learning. I have a Linux machine I can install random crap on and not worry about it too much, so I've been playing with Java, Play (a Java/Scala framework that the Guardian uses) and also Laravel (as similar thing but for the PHP programming language. It's all fun, but web design is better. I like its mixed nature, as well as having to use my artistic sense. Web design is fun because I don't have to be good at anything, I just have to be mediocre at a lot of things and my personality works really well like that. I can switch from graphical design to CSS laying out, to testing or to code development and back again. I like that.

Apart from that, I had a really good weekend, which I'll carry on about in another post. But also [livejournal.com profile] doseybat has mentioned jobs at Kew, which is exciting, so I've applied for that.
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posted by [personal profile] case at 06:04pm on 2015-08-04

⌈ Secret Post #3135 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 045 secrets from Secret Submission Post #448.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0- too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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posted by [personal profile] cereta at 04:29pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 04:00pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Fat hatred; child abuse; moving gifs at link.]

In news that will surprise no one who has been a fat kid, parented a fat kid, or had even a modicum of awareness about how fat kids are treated, a new study has found that physical education teachers have a bias against fat students:
The study of nearly 240 PE trainees and non-PE trainees found both had anti-fat bias, but PE teachers were almost four times as likely to hold implicit negative beliefs about [fat] children, and almost three times as likely to think they were not as clever as other children.

Study author Marita Lynagh, a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle, said her research tested the trainee teachers for both explicit bias—that is, negative views they were willing to admit—and implicit bias, using word association to see what concepts they associated with excess weight.

"What we found was [the trainees] almost expect obese children not to not be good, even in things that don't have anything to do with physical activity," Dr Lynagh said. "They actually expect the children to not be as good socially, or with things like reasoning skills, things that have nothing to do with weight."

...About 30 per cent of the participants in the study said being obese was "one of the worst things that could happen to a child."

"In their view it was pretty much worse than dying," she said.
This is something that comes up in studies on fat hatred over and over and over: That being fat is worse than death.

There are studies showing majorities of thin people who believe being fat would be a worse fate than dying. There are studies showing majorities of respondents who believe that fat people would be better off dead.

And, as I have pointed out many, many times in this space, much of the "war on obesity" in this country (and other countries) is explicitly eliminationist and centered around promoting weight loss even when weight loss can only come at the cost of a fat person's life.

This is the level of alarmism that fat hatred has reached: There are people tasked with the education of children who believe that fat children would be better off dead.
posted by [syndicated profile] languagehat_feed at 08:52pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by languagehat

A good obit, by Gregory Hutchinson, of a remarkable scholar:

Martin West’s achievements stagger every classicist – but he himself was not staggered. He worked on, matter-of-factly, producing endless illuminating books. [...]

West’s work concentrated especially on the archaic and early-classical periods of Greek. He edited the two vast narratives of Homer, and the two characterful poems of Hesiod, which he also wrote lengthy commentaries on. Other editing work included the personal (or seemingly personal) poetry of authors like Archilochus and Theognis, and the tragedies of Aeschylus.

But his work went further, in various directions. He deployed his intimate knowledge of ancient Greek poetry in books which surveyed particular areas, such as metre or music, in all their knotty detail, and depicted their historical development. Importantly, he did not see Greek poetry as springing from nothing: it was shaped by cultures outside of itself – by Indo-European traditions, and still more by the literature of the Near East.

Although these perceptions were not new in themselves, West amassed material (deliberately not confined to the most striking cases) to link Greek literature to the East. With severe criteria, he pursued poetic and religious elements in Greek and Vedic literature and more,back to earlier cultures and languages, such as “Mature” Indo-European. A huge range of knowledge underlay these explorations; they made the home territory of ordinary classicists look small.

Two contrasting tendencies appear in West’s work: on the one hand, his ambitious reconstruction; on the other, his precise fidelity to what is known. [...]

It’s that “precise fidelity to what is known” that I particularly value in a scholar, but he added to it a nice touch of humor (“The ‘mean sun’ is a notional body which moves at a uniform pace, with the real sun generally a few minutes behind or ahead of it like a dog off the lead”), and he seems to have been a genuinely good person (“When his daughter was young, he once had to leave home early on her birthday; but first he mowed ‘Happy Birthday’ into the lawn”); the whole obit is worth reading. Thanks, Trevor!

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posted by [personal profile] wired at 03:03pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
You all know that I've been writing this for 7 hours now, because I got the news when I rolled out of bed and started work. There have been a lot of iterations.

As I predicted, The Ada Initiative is dead. Long live .... the diaspora? I have a lot of complicated feelings, which I am just going to put in a list, because all my attempts to make a rational essay have failed, and I need to actually do some WORK writing.

1) Really, Val and Mary chose to announce this today? And realistically, given news cycles, YESTERDAY? Which was the day of Nóirín's memorial service? An organization Nóirín helped nurture, and cared about, and which nominally cared about them, either decided to upstage their bloody FUNERAL, or tried to shuffle the news under the cover of that, or most charitably, did not think about the impact on those of us who were mourning. A lot of us in tech feminism knew and admired Nóirín, and yesterday was a hard day.

2) After I posted my first two essays on what the heck was going on in the organization, I got blocked by the organizational twitter, and by the pattern of blockage, etc, it looks like I was added to a block list. Which is absolutely the right of people to do to protect their space! The question is, is it hinky to do on a shared/organization account? I found out about this when I went to retweet a training announcement and couldn't. I'd like to think I was not abusive at any point, but that might be a matter of perception. MY perception was that my loving critique and concern was treated the same as a personal attack.

3) I do know that burnout is a real and present threat to people doing this kind of work. That's why they hired Crystal, but I think it may have been too late. I think it sounds like Val, in particular, was so burnt out that she didn't even have the capacity to hand over the organizational reins. That would account for the "bad hire" messaging for someone who came from a large pool of candidates and was intensively vetted. So given that level of burnout, what were the other options?

Well, we can't go back in time and pry anyone's fingers off the steering wheel, but if we could, I would say that things seemed to get weird about 9 months ago, when the ED search was starting up. I know there are people who were there then, that I trust, who were capable of running the Adacamps (skud) or doing more active roles (Liz, Sarah) or put their money where there mouth was about women in technology (Denise). So could a sabbatical then have saved the organization?

As Stephanie Svan said in her post on Freethought Blogs (http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/2015/08/04/farewell-and-thank-you-to-the-ada-initiative/),
A huge Ada Initiative that was, not all things to all people because that isn’t possible, but more things to more people would have been glorious. At the same time, I’m glad to see Val and Mary find and recognize their own limits in all this work now. I would rather see them hand off the work the Ada Initiative has done in a controlled fashion than see a bigger organization go down in flames.

Read more: http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/2015/08/04/farewell-and-thank-you-to-the-ada-initiative/#ixzz3hscTOf3U


If this is not "in flames", there is certainly some smoldering going on. It's great that a bunch of stuff is being freely licensed, but that was always in the mandate of the organization. Bragging about it now at dissolution is like being proud that you managed to eat all your meals even though it was a busy day. Eating was always the plan, so was distribution of materials.

4) The Daily Dot article (http://www.dailydot.com/technology/ada-initiative-shutdown/) emphasized the money aspect. How to raise it, how not to be beholden to sponsors. The word "overhead" keeps appearing, which I find kind of heartbreaking, because I loved the empowering idea of paying women to do advocacy work. Nowhere does it hint that TAI was not financially solid (until they started refunding sponsors for Adacamps, anyway). So it wasn't just that there was not enough founder to go around, it's that they had money they couldn't spend effectively, by hiring (and retaining) an ED or part-time community organizers. I think we tend to assume that raising money is the hard part (it's NOT EASY), but what an interesting tragedy, to have money and not be able to spend your way out of a personnel problem. It shows that it's not just a burnout problem, but a burnout/management problem.

5) So keeping in mind the source of this article is an opensource site (https://opensource.com/business/15/8/ada-initiative-legacy), I'm fascinated by how much people are talking about women in technology, and how little there is about the second part of the tagline. "Women in Open Technology and Culture". Admittedly, all taglines are prone to a little parsing, but let's talk some about open culture, eh? Let's talk about Archive of Our Own and Dreamwidth and Growstuff. Let's talk about fannish women, and how we could make the code of conduct argument to things that aren't technical conferences. My home con, Convergence, is currently having quiet convulsions about a terrible code of conduct. If only there was a place they could go to, not just for a template, but for a discussion about how to handle specific cases. We can re-create Adacamps. I'm trained to give Ally Skills and Imposter Syndrome training, we can do all that. But what we are losing is a single point source for someone to contact with CoC questions. THis is a little hyperbolic, but it's a kind of Tower of Babel moment. We had a unifying structure, and now we don't, and we all know how this is going to end, right? There will continue to be codes of conduct, but they will become idiosyncratic communities, without a bridge organization. There will be perlmongers-style CoC and Ruby-style CoC and anime-style and Wiscon-style, and there will be nothing to encourage cross-pollination and improvement. That piece is not mature enough yet, and I can't think of any organization that will have the standing to hold it together.

6) In TAI's own statement (https://adainitiative.org/2015/08/announcing-the-shutdown-of-the-ada-initiative/), they say,
Overall, the change in the environment for women in open technology and culture from 2011 to 2015 has been enormous. We’re proud of the crucial part that the Ada Initiative’s programs played in making this happen.

but at the end of the Daily Dot article, Val says,
"I have not made the tech industry good enough that I’m willing to work in it again,” Aurora said.

So we're not there yet, and Val doesn't want to have to work in what technology still is. Fair enough. Lots of women opt out. But I am left feeling like it's sort of dog in the manger? If she wanted out, why didn't she quit when they brought on an Executive Director to replace her? Is teaching the Ally Skills workshop as a job in direct conflict with getting paid to run an organization? Is it monetizing the intellectual capital that was part of the organization as a whole?*

7) So now that the organization is disbanding (slowly. I'd love to see some money numbers), can we please hear from the people who have left? There's nothing to defend anymore, and I shouldn't think an organization in shutdown is going to send out cease-and-desist letters. What happened to you all? Can you tell us? If we learn from the success of TAI, can we also learn from the less-good parts? How does a job search that long go wrong? Tell us so we can avoid it? What prevents or accelerates volunteer turnover? What were the lessons learned from having a board and an advisory board?

*NB -- I just got invited to teach this workshop for money. I'm going to do it, but it seems really weird to me that making money from it is so significant in the stories I've read.
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posted by [personal profile] nanila at 09:25pm on 2015-08-04 under , , , , ,
Here I am on my first day back at work, yesterday. My hair is down! My tea is hot! I was using my geekiest mug (The Grand Challenge Equations one from the San Diego Supercomputer Center) and getting my instrument operations checks on. It was amazing.

+3 )
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 08:17pm on 2015-08-04 under ,

(Because of all the posting around this subject that's been going about.)

Whatever the merits of decluttering, somebody who has spent a very substantial part of their life as an archivist, is not really going to do anything but cringe at the idea that you should throw out papers, papers are dull -

Because, really, not dull at all, or at least, not necessarily dull. And full of secrets and 'hidden history' and emotionally-moving/disturbing things (which is presumably the point of programmes like 'Who Do You Think You Are, but also why for certain kinds of searches, e.g. adoption records, there may be a social worker or similar involved.)

The thing is, that most people who go into archives as their career are not people persons. But, depending on the kind of archive it is, and if you are just routinely receiving x linear feet per annum from some local government department, maybe this doesn't apply -

- there are a whole lot of emotional issues and a good deal of emotional labour involved in the negotiations over the transfer of a collection of personal and even of institutional papers: because institutions can get quite attached to their archives even if they're not doing anything with them and keeping them in the coalhole, and it was really refreshing when I was dealing with people from the psych professions who were conscious of this dynamic and realising that it needed working through.

This wasn't necessarily what we signed up for. In my late team, several other members went away on some training day and they all came out as INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs test (which is what I come out as when I do the online versions). So it's not surprising that we would sometimes say that what we needed was a consultant family therapist on call...

Quite often one would go out on a survey and it wouldn't take long to look at the actual documents and get a sense of the collection, but time had to be factored in for talking to the potential donor and that usually took much more.

And donors would become attached - there clearly was some thing going on, I have mentioned the whole cheek-kissy thing that happened with more than one set of people.

Really, this is something that ought to be dealt with in the professional courses but isn't: because it's different from the kind of emotional labour that's involved in interacting with the public as users.

posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 02:30pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Aphra Behn

[CN: Intimate Partner Abuse: emotional, physical, sexual, psychological.]

Here is a thing about recovering from intimate partner abuse: it is not as simple as mere physical removal from the abuser.

Abusers are some of the most persuasive people in the world. Over time, they can build an impressive edifice explaining their own behavior as perfectly normal, your relationship with them as really quite good (or at least as good as you deserve), your friends as inferior, and your own behavior the real problem. Etc.

It might seem obvious to outsiders that your intimate partner is pulling the wool over your eyes, but that’s not what it feels like. In my own experience, it actually feels like a light going on. Ohhhh, so that’s why he* likes to brag about how intimidating he is—it’s not to scare you! It’s only to scare the “bad people.” Of course. Ahhh, now it makes sense why he gets angry when people don’t obey his orders. It’s not that he’s controlling; he just emotionally needs certain things to be certain exact ways. And as long as he has clearly explained his demands, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that other people will immediately accede to his wishes without negotiation or discussion. Now it all makes sense!

Room by room, my intimate partner built a prison of these explanations—but in the flickering gaslight that illuminated them, I believed him when he explained that it was really a palace.

Because here’s the other thing: abusers aren’t just persuasive, they’re master propagandists. (Sometimes they know they’re lying and manipulating, but frequently, they believe their own propaganda, which makes it even more convincing.) Good propaganda, whether it’s selling fast food, a nation’s wars, or an intimate partner’s bullshit, always begins with something you, the recipient, already believe or value. For example, most people would like to be more attractive to their preferred sex(es)—so advertising shows how Brand X cigarettes (or beer, or cars, or face cream) will make you hawt and sexxay. Most people think children should be kept safe, so advertising shows how Brand Zed tires keep babies safe when riding in cars, or that Brand Y sunscreen is so effective it can protect even delicate kid skin from burnng. And so forth. Take something good, and tie it to what you're selling.

And most abusers genuinely have good qualities, things we value. Abusers start with that to sell themselves. I had genuinely good times with my former partner—giddyingly high “ups,” in fact. I fell in love with those good aspects, so it wasn’t much of a step to convince me of the most basic propaganda: the Good Guy was the Real Guy.

It helped that so many people enjoyed being around the Good Guy. One of the worst disservices that pop culture does when portraying abuse is making abusers so fucking obvious. In films and tv they’re brooding angerballs with all the charisma of a fire ant. But my abuser, when in a good mood, was charming, enthusiastic, expansive. The life of the party! The center of attention! His sense of humor matched mine; we delighted in wordplay and repartee. Other liked to match wits and conversation with him too (mostly). He was overpowering—but when he was in a good mood, it was overpoweringly fun and exciting.

The Bad Guy? Well, there were a million ways to explain him away. He was a fluke, an aberration. Indeed, I was meant to be impressed that the Bad Guy wasn’t Even Worse Guy. He would detail the terrible physical things he felt like doing to the people who angered him—but he didn’t actually do those things. He just liked to describe them, explaining in great specificity how he could exact violent revenge. But since he didn’t actually carry out those plans, well! There was certainly nothing scary or abnormal about his frequent angry fantasies!

And this was a confidence, of course, shared only with me. So it seemed perfectly reasonable when he asked me not to talk about his anger with others. His explanations were obscuring the truth, were keeping me from getting outsider perspectives that might have revealed it. But it always seemed like he was just flipping on another lightswitch, giving me insight, making me his confidante. Building intimacy. I was drawn deeper into his world, his logic, and more and more lights went on. I could truly understand him, like others couldn’t—or so I thought.

Abusive intimate partners are so very good at this that, even if the relationship breaks up, their lights remain on in the survivor’s mental prison. I knew, for example, that abusers often make their partners feel worthless, as if no one else will ever love them. But because everything was filtered through his gaslight, I kept making excuses. My feelings of worthlessness weren’t his fault. They were simply my own thoughts, reflecting how very right he’d been about all my faults! He’d never explicitly said the words “You are worthless and no one else will ever love you,” after all. I was just looking in the mirror! That it was illuminated mostly by gaslight slipped right by me.

I can remember exactly when the first gaslight went out. I was confronted with things he’d said about me to others, in writing. Needless to say, they didn’t reflect the way he spoke to me directly. I was hurt. I was confused.

A light went out—and paradoxically, I could see clearly.

It kept happening. A friend told me she’d always been impressed with how I could “take it” from him—the “jokes” he made that actually were insults. Lights off! Suddenly I saw that shabby little room for what it was—a chamber of constant belittling.

I assured a new mutual acquaintance that he’d love the Good Guy, the Fun Guy. (The Bad Guy, I still thought, wasn’t real.) But when the Bad Guy emerged, the new acquaintance seemed to think that this one was in fact, very real. So real as to be repellent. Another light went off, and another truth revealed itself.

But this process takes time—months, years, maybe decades. And here’s the thing: in my experience, it’s really hard to know how far along you are in seeing that truth. Every now and then, you just mentally stumble—and when you stand up, the gaslight is gone and another wall of the prison reveals itself. You can name the abuse: it was bullying, it was coercion, it was rape. And now that the light is finally off, you can actually see your own wounds, and start extracting the poison that’s still affecting your life, your work, your relationships.

(And maybe you can see why survivors need patience from those who care about us. Until we can recognize something like sexual abuse, it’s hard for us to even begin to approach, say, a sexual dysfunction. Multiply that by so many aspects of life, and you see why recovery is often slow, and goes in fits and starts.)

I can say this, though: there is nothing like the feeling when you finally can look around and see how damn much of the gas has been switched off. Maybe not all of the prison is gone, but you know you’re no longer living in its hulking ruins. I know I don’t have to agree with my former partner’s framing of me, our relationship. I can call his justifications what they are: guilt trips, intimidation, bullying, manipulation, and deception.

It’s like that [CN: video autoplays at link] moment from Labyrinth when Sarah finally remembers the line that she can never quite recall, and repeats it wonderingly to the Goblin King: “You have no power over me.”

I’ve shut off the gaslight. I can see clearly.

And you… you have no power over me.

*[Because I am speaking of my own experiences, I am using male pronouns for my abusers, who are portrayed in composite in this piece. This in no way is intended to imply that only male-identified intimate partner abusers behave in these ways.]

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This is today's freebie, inspired by a backchannel prompt from my partner Doug about his mother's family history.  It also fills the "familiarity" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It bingo fest.


"American Roots"


Francis Bieschke came
to America with dreams of
a place to put down roots.

He settled in Detroit, and
for the next five generations,
nobody moved more than
fifty miles away.

They became a clan,
neighbors scattered
across nearby blocks.

His descendants built
a house on Mitchell Street
where they watched the city
grow and peak and collapse
all around them.

It became a family joke --
"Some people have feet,
we have roots."

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posted by [personal profile] lethargic_man at 08:32pm on 2015-08-04

Places wot I been to, updated for this year's travels in Sicily, Malta and Poland:

map )



map )

When you look at it that way, I've hardly been anywhere!


posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 01:00pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Anti-choice terrorism] Today in anti-choice terrorism: "An unidentified person poured gasoline on a recently laid foundation and a security guard's car early Saturday morning at the construction site of the Planned Parenthood facility in New Orleans. ...Video surveillance reportedly captured the incident and law enforcement is investigating. ...Planned Parenthood cleared an administrative hurdle last month toward the construction of the facility, the Center for Choice, which would expand access to abortion in the New Orleans area, after the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals rescinded regulations that may have prevented it from opening such a facility."

[CN: Terrorism; abduction] Goddammit: "At least seven people were killed and about 20 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border, a senior military officer said Tuesday." In better news: "The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram jihadists including more than 100 children, it said late Sunday, as it carries out a regional offensive aimed at rooting out the insurgency."

[CN: Police misconduct; misogynoir] Sandra Bland's family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against state trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested and assaulted her, "and against other officials they believe contributed to her death in a small-town Texas jail on 13 July. The suit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Bland wrongfully died. 'Her constitutional rights were violated,' Cannon Lambert, the family's attorney, said. He said that the legal action is an attempt to force more transparency from officials."

[CN: Wildfires] More than 13,000 California residents have been evacuated "as firefighters struggle to contain some 20 wildfires. Some 9,000 firefighters worked throughout Monday in steep terrain and rugged conditions, officials said. The biggest blaze—the so-called Rocky fire north of San Francisco—has already consumed more than 90 square miles (233 sq km) of land." Fuck.

[CN: Police misconduct; racist violence; racist slurs] What the everloving shit: "A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering a black resident and creating bogus evidence to suggest the killing was in self-defence, the Guardian has learned. Officer Troy Middlebrooks kept his job and continues to patrol Alexander City after authorities there paid the man $35,000 to avoid being publicly sued over the incident. ...The payment was made to the black resident, Vincent Bias, after a secret recording of Middlebrooks's remarks was played to police chiefs and the mayor. Elected city councillors said they were not consulted. A copy of the recording was obtained by the Guardian. 'This town is ridiculous,' Bias, 49, said in an interview. 'The police here feel they can do what they want, and often they do.' Alexander City police chief Willie Robinson defended Middlebrooks. 'He was just talking. He didn't really mean that,' he said in an interview."

[CN: Homophobia] Speaking of Alabama: "An Alabama state senate committee approved a bill on Monday that would get the state's probate judges out of the marriage license business. ...'Sen. Greg Albritton, the bill's sponsor, says the bill could be a solution to lingering disputes over gay marriage.'" Of course.

[CN: Animal abuse] This is good news: "A federal judge on Monday struck down an Idaho law that banned documentation of animal abuse at livestock operations, ruling that it violated freedom of speech and other constitutionally guaranteed rights. The measure, approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter in 2014, was crafted in response to a video released by animal-rights activists showing workers at an Idaho dairy [abusing cows]. But U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups that sued to overturn the statute in finding that the so-called ag gag law violated protections of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

[CN: Religious Supremacy; child abuse] I would say this is unbelievable, but of course it's totally, rage-makingly believable: "A lawsuit recently filed against a teacher at Forest Park Elementary School in Indiana alleged that a 7-year-old student was 'banished' from sitting with other students at lunch after he revealed that he did not believe in God. ...The lawsuit is seeking damages and attorneys' fees. In a statement, the school district suggested that the teacher had been wrong to single out the child." Ya think?!

Whaaaaat: "In a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a 3D-printed pill to be produced. The FDA has previously approved medical devices—including prosthetics—that have been 3D printed. The new drug, dubbed Spritam, was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The company said that it planned to develop other medications using its 3D platform. Printing the drugs allows layers of medication to be packaged more tightly in precise dosages." Wow.

And finally! "Watch the Best Puppy Sneeze of All Time." I can't even argue. That is definitely the best puppy sneeze of all time!
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posted by [personal profile] janetmiles at 02:47pm on 2015-08-04
Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 15 verses available).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and has 15 verses available). 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, frenemies, nemesis, spice, parents and children, zucchini, other relatives, making friends, arguing, making up, falling in love, growing a family, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, friendship benches, home, school, workplaces, playgrounds, bars, other places important to human relationships, friendship tokens, wedding rings, baby handprints, photo albums, souvenirs, our song, people skills, emotional first aid, endings and beginnings, marriage, divorce, other major life changes, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Qui Gatti Ci Cova.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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posted by [personal profile] lireavue at 01:43pm on 2015-08-04 under ,
Русский язык )

Iiii will deal with translating English to Russian tomorrow; this looks rather trickier.

Possibly I should not be reading Network for awhile, at least if the uninformed are going to wander around opining about shit they don't actually know about AND couching it in the language of trauma. That's cute. Please to run along and try actually fucking UNDERSTANDING something before you spout off about it. And yes, I'm griping viciously here so I don't wander in and snarl in someone's comments, because that's rude.

Yesterday involved waking up with a migraine and sleeping in, but then giving in, getting up and applying hot water, coffee, and food, in approximately that order. It more or less worked, but I spent all afternoon being slow and stupid as a result. Once Monday started Monday-ing at everyone else I gave up on getting shit done and declared for group dinner.

Today, despite my desire to throttle the majority of the world, I would very much like to pick up again with Sandborn edits. Probably in between knitting pattern repeats, because with the heatwave having broken I can actually stand to have mohair on my lap. If I'm very lucky I'll be able to start the lap squares blanket and maybe even have it ready to be seamed by the deeps of winter. Oh and I have yarn for the cowl! I must not forget this. Yarn. Cowl. Baby llama, if I recall correctly.

Apparently my solution to grief is nesting again. Which... is appropriate, considering that was exactly my response this time LAST year. Nesting, and picking up one of the things I dropped, namely editing.
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Phryne Fisher Mysteries #11
by Kerry Greenwood, read by Stephanie Daniel
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Freshman Blues by Ravon Silvius
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762339
ISBN-13: 978-1634762335
Amazon: Freshman Blues
Amazon Kindle: Freshman Blues

When Chris is invited to prestigious Creekville University, he discovers he is part of an experiment by the mysterious Professor Faran. There’s no other way a C student like him would have been accepted into a college where academic mastery results in unique powers like levitation or empathy. But if Faran is right, even below-average students can get special abilities and a good job after graduation. Chris just has to work hard.

Chris isn’t the only one, either. Frederick has worked for Faran for years, and Chris is intrigued by the aloof and sexy older student. But Frederick is too terrified of life after graduation to pursue romance. As they work together, Chris tries to help Frederick out of his depression, all while juggling friendship, classwork, dating, and trying to carve out a place he can belong.

But funding for the experiment is running out, and Chris has to acquire an ability―any ability―soon, or he’ll lose his opportunity at Creekville, and any chance with Frederick, for good.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
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This is the second post in my updated series on how to read ebooks, reflecting my knowledge of what’s available as of 2015. The previous post was on reading ebooks on iOS. This one will cover how to read books on Android devices.

When I say “Android device”, what do I actually mean?

First things first: Android users know that, of course, their devices come in far greater varieties than iOS ones do. This is simply because Android as an operating system is not limited to any specific device. The ones I have immediate experience with are Google Nexus ones and Samsung ones, both phones and tablets.

But, anyone who has half an eye on the various ereaders that are available today will also know that many of the non-iOS tablets are in fact running some form of Android on them. This is particularly true of the Samsung Galaxy Nooks, which are straight-up full Android devices, albeit with Nook apps installed along with Samsung’s own proprietary stuff.

Kindle Fires, on the other hand, are running a heavily mutated version of Android that Amazon calls FireOS. Likewise, the older Nook HD runs a mutated version of Android that uses a proprietary B&N launcher.

So for purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that “Android device” means “any device that’s running a full install of the Android operating system, as opposed to a proprietary version specific to a given ereader”.

With that established, let’s talk about your reading options.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson
Gay Historical Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632165376
ISBN-13: 978-1632165374
Amazon: Palace Dog
Amazon Kindle: Palace Dog

In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave.

But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier. He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog.

As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning. He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country.

For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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Snowman by Isabelle Rowan
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 4, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634760271
ISBN-13: 978-1634760270
Amazon: Snowman
Amazon Kindle: Snowman

We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.

Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises―good or bad―until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.

Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
posted by [syndicated profile] unshelved_feed at 12:00am on 2015-08-04

Posted by Bill Barnes

by Bill ( link to this post | email me | my twitter )

This year at BEA, Gene and I brainstormed today's joke with an audience of librarians, then I drew the strip on my iPad right in front of them. Here, finally, is the finished product.

We all had a lot of fun, and we'd be happy to do something similar at your upcoming conference or staff day.

posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 12:00pm on 2015-08-04

Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of Sophie the Torbie Cat sitting on my lap, looking up intently
"Someone's at the door! Who could it be?!"

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
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Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is Pat Henshaw. Moreover I'm hosting the Blog Tour for Redesigning Max.

"Hi! I’m originally from Nebraska and have lived all over the U. S., landing here in Northern California. Now retired, I’ve held a number of jobs including theatrical costuming for the Alley Theatre in Houston, public relations for radio and television at WETA in D. C., and teaching English composition at a junior college in California.

Redesigning Max, the second of the Foothills Pride novellas, revolves around the unlikely pair of interior designer and architect Fredi Zimmer and the CEO of an outdoors equipment store and wildlife guide Max Greene. When he hires Fredi to redesign and update his Sierra Mountain mountain cabin, Max finds his life and heart undergoing a makeover too.

Not everyone in the small Stone Acres, California, community is as excited about Max and Fredi getting together as the guys are. Because Max’s been in the closet so long, he not only has to convince his friends that he’s gay but he also has to convince Fredi, who keeps getting mixed signals from him."

1) What are your ambitions for your writing career?

"I’m one of those lucky authors who’s already fulfilled her ambition for her writing career in a number of different ways. I’ve been a reviewer (books, movies, etc.) at the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle newspapers. I’ve also reviewed for Publishers Weekly and Booklist as well as All About Romance and The Romance Reviews. I’ve written a mystery book review column for the Washington Times newspaper, and written feature stories for a number of outlets including Gannett News Service. In other words, I’ve had a satisfying writing career for my entire adult life. Being an author is frosting on the cake. In the future, I hope Dreamspinner Press keeps publishing my books."

2) How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?

"Redesigning Max is the second in the Foothills Pride novella series. My first book was What’s in a Name? It’s the story of Jimmy Patterson who is dumped by his boyfriend on Jimmy’s birthday bash at a gay bar. The owner of the bar, who’s been chatting up Jimmy for several months, is infuriated and takes Jimmy home when he’s abandoned at the bar. Jimmy enjoys the company of the bartender/owner, but doesn’t know what to call him since the bartender wears a name badge with a different name on it every night. Jokingly they make a seven-day wager after Jimmy falls in love with the bartender’s motorcycle: If Jimmy guesses the bartender’s real name, the bartender will teach him how to ride a bike. If he fails to guess the correct name, Jimmy owes the bartender a toe-curling kiss. And so the games begin."

3) Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?

"Award-winning architect and interior designer, Fredi Zimmer, the viewpoint character, recently moved to Stone Acres, California, from the San Francisco Bay Area to be closer to his good friends, Jimmy and Felicity who are prominent in the first Foothills Pride novella. He works with recent Silicon Valley millionaires and multi-millionaires who are building vacation homes in the Sierra Foothills. He’s out-and-proud and is a clothes horse, dressing in the most avant guard fashions. He’s been all over the world, but likes the Sierras because they are close to what some people have called the Gay Capital of the World and because he’s also close to nature and his hobby of bird watching."

4) What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?

"I’m currently writing the fourth in the Foothills Pride series, When Adam Fell, which revolves around renowned celebrity chef Adam de Leon, who appeared in the first two Foothills Pride novellas. In this book Adam is shocked when his high school boyfriend and first sous chef, Justin Fairbanks, returns after Adam kicked him out when Justin became addicted to drugs. Justin says he’s changed. But is Adam willing to give him a chance to prove it? And if he is, will Adam open his heart to Justin again?"

5) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

"No. I just write. Some days it’s harder than others to get what needs to be written down on the page. Sometimes it all flows with minor editing needed. But occasionally the words need to be laid gently in each sentence, and that takes time. If I had a rigid number of words or pages, I’d set up myself for frustration."

Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride Stories 2) by Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 29, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride Stories 2)

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene's Hunting and Fishing, hires him to remodel his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out and proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes' he remodels, and Max is just too hunky gorgeous for words.
When Max starts coming on to Fredi, the designer can't imagine why. But he's game to put a little spice into Max's life, even if it's just in the colors and fixtures he'll use to turn Max's dilapidated rustic cabin into a showplace. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max's life visually?
Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally. Coming out, he finds is the most exciting and wonderful time of his life, despite the conservative former friends who want to stop his slide into hell.

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About the author: Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride series, was born in Nebraska but promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat has visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and regularly travels to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family.

Now retired, Pat has taught English composition at the junior college level; written book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helped students find information as a librarian; and promoted PBS television programs.

Pat has raised two incredible daughters who daily amaze everyone with their power and compassion. Pat’s supported by a husband who keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away writing fiction.

Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pat.henshaw.10
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998437.Patois
Book website: http://whatsinanamenovella.blogspot.com
Website: http://patbooked.blogspot.com
E-mail: whatsinanamenovella@comcast.net
Tumblr: http://phenshaw.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @phenshaw
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25824113-redesigning-max?ac=1



Tour Dates & Stops:
29-Jul Bike Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Hearts on Fire
30-Jul Nephylim, Bayou Book Junkie
31-Jul Parker Williams
3-Aug Mikky's World of Books, Prism Book Alliance
4-Aug Velvet Panic, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
5-Aug Happily Ever Chapter, Jessie G. Books
6-Aug Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
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11-Aug The Novel Approach, Divine Magazine

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Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Philip Ambrose: Whatever his chronological age, Philip Ambrose has never really grown up, still has the enthusiasms of an eleven year old and is happiest in a world of imagination and invention. He has a passion for history (real or invented) especially historical mysteries from the “princes” in the Tower; Jack the Ripper, ancient Egypt, the Wars of the Roses and military history. Perhaps that interest relates to having been brought up in an English Cathedral City where each day he was surrounded by Roman and medieval buildings. Now retired, Philip Ambrose was for almost forty years in the public service but could not possibly comment on whether that affected his writing style! Writing for publication has always been an aspiration but was not a realistic prospect until work was behind him. Today he lives surrounded by books and loves meeting people, enjoying a good meal, conversation and reading as well as writing the sort of books he would like to read.

Further Readings:

Portal to Logres: The Chronicles of Logres: Volume One by Philip Ambrose
Publisher: Wilde City Press (April 12, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Portal to Logres: The Chronicles of Logres: Volume One

Students Marcus and Toby are stranded in the parallel kingdom of Logres, a world of treachery and intrigue, sinister puppet masters pull the strings of ambitious noblemen. Who can they trust?

In the shadows, an ancient evil is rising again and the two lads seem fated to have to face it. Yet, how can they hope to defeat an enemy of such power?

As they explore their deepening love for each other and with only each other to trust, Marcus and Toby must find a path through an unfamiliar world, as the fate of the kingdom rests in their hands. Will their love draw them together or will their destiny drive them apart?

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Or Wednesday, if it's getting too late in the day for you.

Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay). Spray down *a* mirror (or *a* window, you pick) with the cleaning solution of your choice and wipe dry. Stand back and enjoy the shiny surface.
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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 15 verses available).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and has 15 verses available). 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, frenemies, nemesis, spice, parents and children, zucchini, other relatives, making friends, arguing, making up, falling in love, growing a family, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, friendship benches, home, school, workplaces, playgrounds, bars, other places important to human relationships, friendship tokens, wedding rings, baby handprints, photo albums, souvenirs, our song, people skills, emotional first aid, endings and beginnings, marriage, divorce, other major life changes, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Qui Gatti Ci Cova.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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posted by [personal profile] badgerbag at 09:48am on 2015-08-04
OK how is this for an idea

Women's Creative Commons Culture Collective

It is mostly just an idea. But we can make it an idea with some sort of logo and manifesto and maybe templates for how to do it.

We spread the idea that we can offer people whose work we love some money for them to creative commons license that work. Rather than just wishing they would or asking them, we pay people. Like producers do to own a slice of an artist's work. Instead we pay to not own a slice or only to own the same slice as everyone else does. This will help us support each other, and our work, and also will save it from obscurity when we reserve it privately or publish it small scale because we want to get paid. Wanting to get paid is reasonable.

We could encourage each other to start saying right up front here's what it would cost to CC license this particular work (i think that is useful for visual art). But I am also going to try to make reasonable offers for this for writing and music i love and want to republish or want to be up on the net. I am just now doing this with 2 friends locally whose music I love, and who made a lovely song called Sisters, and I want to send it to EVERYONE..... especially right now.

As riot grrrl zine distros go... I have always considered the bulk of my work to just be out there and not under my control and I don't look for control of it. and that was our ethic. Now we have some formal structures to bring to bear that could be in good alignment with what we do anyway , that will let us do it better.

If you see ethical problems with this please discuss in comments or just tell me in email.
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[personal profile] lynnoconnacht has finished making pages for two new threads in Polychrome Heroics:

Cuoio and Chiara are two Marionettes, a fighter boss and the comare he's courting.  The first poem, "She's a Knockout," introduces them to each other, and later ones show how Cuoio learns the dynamics of a Family he didn't grow up in.

Pain's Gray starts out as an ordinary supervillain henchman, but gains power along the way.  Some of these poems are sexy/kinky, others fluff, but they basically deal with how interpersonal relationships develop in a reasonably functional supervillain gang.

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