October 23rd, 2016

Posted by Carmen

f2145bccca24a89a1508a8fe24833959A lot of celebrities wore purple for you this week, ALI GOT MARRIED and so did 53 lesbian couples in Provincetown, folks from Indonesia to Arkansas are speaking up for LGBT rights, and more good gay news!
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 06:33pm on 2016-10-23
I have tennis elbow (self diagnosed, as there's no way I'm likely to get an appointment with the GP any time before my arm falls off).  As this is my drinking arm and I've just started my black belt classes, I'm trying to avoid doing anything "unnecessary" - which includes large quantities of housework or gardening.  Last week, mopping Ma's kitchen and bathroom floors had me in agony for most of the day.

Today's bitesizing included 
- taking a couple of bags of garden waste, the old bath shelf and a very old venetian blind to the tip
- putting away a load of clothes/bedding/towels that have been hanging on a clothes airer for "some" time
- putting away the clothes airer so that I can actually get to the bedroom window
- clearing out and holding a funeral for the dead veg from the bottom of the fridge
- rearranging the freezer to make room for the shopping
- looking for new futon mattresses - I only didn't order one because I need to arrange a delivery date
- de-cobwebbing the kitchen and living room
- deep cleaning the coffee machine
- arranging a heating repair visit

It's not much, but every little helps.
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posted by [personal profile] onyxlynx at 09:29am on 2016-10-23 under
 to [personal profile] karnythia !  Glorious day and wonderful year!
Music:: Beatles, "Birthday"
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Posted by Carolyn

via-pinktacoloversHow sexting can help with multiple areas of your sexuality, how kinky people are less likely to victim-blame, the rise of STIs and more.
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posted by [personal profile] sterlinglikesilver at 11:10am on 2016-10-23
The Cubs. THE CUBS!

I can't believe it!

Out of curiosity I googled for ticket prices -- they start at $975 apiece. LOL.

I don't get any of the channels that the playoffs were on, but I can sure watch the actual Series.


I may have to make time to go over and watch it with Dad. He is a lifelong Cubs fan.
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DW really gets his ass kicked in this one...

6 pages out of 22 )
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posted by [personal profile] hollymath at 04:34pm on 2016-10-23 under
It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

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posted by [personal profile] morgandawn at 08:26am on 2016-10-23 under ,

I think we need to set up a Fanlore Account on Tumblr. We already have a Twitter account run by OTW Communications (thank you Pip!) and there is a way for those regular tweets to be automatically sent to a Fanlore Tumblr. I'd be willing to set up the Official Fanlore account on Tumblr and also tweak some of the cross-post settings so that we can mirror either the Tumblr posts here or DW posts like this one on Tumblr .

But we need someone to manage the Tumblr account. It should be a low key affair. I make regular fandom history and Fanlore posts on my tumblr blog which could be reblogged.  The Ask Box could be left open in case anyone wants to touch base via Tumblr. Thee are also periodic OTW announcement posts that might be suitable for reblogging.

Anyone other ideas for this Official Fanlore Tumblr account? Tumblr is a rich visual medium and we have lots of content on Fanlore that would be great for blogging.

Anyone interested?
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by Gideon Marcus

Author Harry Harrison has been around for a long time, starting his science fiction writing career at the beginning of the last decade (1951). Yet, it was not until this decade that I (and probably many others) discovered him. He came into my view with the stellar Deathworld, a novel that was a strong contender for last year's Hugo. Then I found his popular Stainless Steel Rat stories, which were recently anthologized. The fellow is definitely making a name for himself.

Harrison actually occupies a liberal spot in generally conservative Analog magazine's stable of authors. While Harry tends to stick with typical Analog tropes (psionics, humano-centric stories, interstellar hijinx), there are themes in his work which are quite progressive – even subversive, at least for the medium in which they appear.

For instance, there is a strong pro-ecological message in Deathworld. I also detect threads of pacifism in Harrison's works, not to mention rather unorthodox portrayal of women and sexual mores. Harry isn't Ted Sturgeon or anything, but he is definitely an outlier for Analog, and refreshing for the genre as a whole.

Harrison's latest novel, Sense of Obligation (serialized over the last three issues of Analog) continues all of the trends described above.

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 11:10am on 2016-10-23

available for free download here.

Originally published with this cover: Dorothy wanted something more like a Nazgûl.

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6.10 Two of Hearts
Original air date: February 2, 1998
Director: Richard Martin
Writer: James Thorpe


Synopsis: Immortal Katherine's village was decimated 700 years ago at the orders of another Immortal. Now she and her mortal lover are finally in a position to take revenge.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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posted by [personal profile] the_rck at 10:40am on 2016-10-23 under , , , ,
A book I thought I could renew suddenly has a hold on it. All copies are checked out, so the one I have that’s due today is actually needed. I might be able to finish the dratted thing, but I’m not sure I will. I’ve only got fifteen minutes left to watch on a DVD that’s due today, so I probably will finish that before we go to the library.

We have to make that trip earlier than we normally would because Scott’s parents are expecting us mid-afternoon. Scott’s sister’s birthday is this week, so this is to celebrate that. We need to fit in flu shots before we go, too. Scott wanted to do those yesterday, but Cordelia asked for a day’s notice, and we only told her yesterday.

We ended up going to IHOP for dinner last night. I had pumpkin spice pancakes and turkey bacon (I didn’t dare go with regular bacon at that time of night because of reflux issues). I know I shouldn’t have because of the blood sugar issues, but this is something we do once every three or four months, and I’m not quite ready to give it up. We tend not to go to IHOP weekend mornings because the wait is always more than half an hour. When we go in the evening, there’s no wait, and we get our food in under ten minutes.

My hands have been cramping, and I can’t figure out why. I haven’t been doing anything new or different. On both hands, it’s the bit between the base of my thumb and my wrist. It’s more my right hand than my left, I think, but that may be because I use my right hand for more things and so notice it more.

I need to try sock glue again because, if I can’t use it, most of my socks are useless. Knee socks were okay when I wore stretch pants under a dress because the pants held up the socks. I’m now wearing loose pants, so the knee socks end up bunched under the arches of my feet after about two minutes of walking around. They’re not terrible if I stay in the house and only walk to the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, but if I walk to Cordelia’s school, I have to pull them up three times on the way there.

The difficulty is that I have lots of knee socks and lots of ankle socks and only about three pairs of intermediate length. I paid $8-$10 for each pair of knee socks, too, so I’d like to wear them out. Also, they’re pretty. I don’t think I’ll try sock glue today, given that we’ll be away from home for hours, but tomorrow is definitely an option.

There’s something else I was planning to try tomorrow, and now I can’t remember what it was. I just remember that it’s something I was worried might give me physiological problems and didn’t want to try on a day when we’ll be in the car a lot. Oh, I know! Scott bought some Mio, and I looked at the ingredients and didn’t see anything that I know I can’t have, so I thought I’d try it because, if my body’s okay with it (and if I like it), it would give me some options for drinking something that tastes different.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 10:28am on 2016-10-23
My work shirt was already the colour of blood!

#wellthatbledmorethatiexpected #ieventuallyboughtbandaids
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Not the mom America deserves, but clearly the one it needs.

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Although this looks like a simple satellite dish, this beautiful chunk of hardware is the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, developed to communicate with spacecraft in orbit around the earth as well as in the farther reaches of our solar system. Right now, the DSN is and will continue to track Juno as it explores the Jovian system.

Past space exploration missions have relied on the DSN to receive incremental data reception. Such missions include Voyager 1 (charting the first Grand Tour of the Solar System), Cassini (Saturnian system exploration), STEREO A & B, SOHO (solar observation), MRO, Mars Odyssey, MOM, MAVEN, Mars Exploration Rover/Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity”, Mars Express (Mars exploration), Rosetta (comet exploration/landing), Kepler, Spitzer, Chandra (space telescope/observatory), LRO (lunar exploration) and several other milestone missions.

The DSN complexes - placed 120° apart - provide constant communication with spacecraft as the Earth rotates. Placed remotely in the Mojave Desert, CA near the old mining town of Goldstone, its desolation is necessary for optimal capability. The DSN is truly a network. Facilities near Madrid, Spain and Canberra, Australia complete the Deep Space Network, providing 360° coverage for spacecraft tracking. 

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posted by [personal profile] jeshyr at 12:30am on 2016-10-24
New title idea:

Self-care Without Energy

Like it?

[ETA: "energy-free self care"? ]

Posted by Ben Zimmer

Donald Trump, as we have discussed a few times now, is fond of using big league as a post-verbal adjunct, though it's often misheard as bigly. (See: "Bigly," 2/26/16; "The world wants 'bigly'," 5/5/16; "Don't let 'bigly' catch on," 10/18/16.) On the night of Wednesday's presidential debate, UC Berkeley's Susan Lin helpfully shared a spectrogram of the relevant utterance from Trump, demonstrating the "velar pinch" associated with the final /g/ of big league. The spectrogram first appeared in the Facebook group Friends of Berkeley Linguists and then was tweeted by Jennifer Nycz and Tara McAllister Byun.

After it circulated on Twitter, Lin's spectrogram then got incorporated into news stories from Mashable, Thrillist, Mic, and Washington Post's The Fix, presented as the authoritative word on a subject that has clearly been on a lot of people's minds. (Philip Bump, in his piece for The Fix, noted that on the night of the debate, "bigly donald trump" came in third among all Trump-related Google searches, after "donald trump iraq" and "donald trump iraq war.")

Now that the phoneticians have spoken, this is a good time to look at the history of Trump's peculiar usage, which shows no sign of abating. Just yesterday, at a rally at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Trump ratcheted up big league by pairing it with even bigger league — though of course many people heard it as even biggerly.

I looked through some news databases to trace Trump's growing penchant for big league. First, let's turn the clock back to 1993, when Japan's economy was in the midst of a collapse. In August of that year, Trump, with his soon-to-be-wife Marla Maples, visited Tokyo on an Asian trip, where he was quoted as following:

I have a lot of real estate friends in Japan, many of whom I have seen (this trip), and these people are hurting big league, and they think it is going to get a lot worse. (The Daily Yomiuri, Aug. 19, 1993)

This is the earliest example I've been able to find of Trumpian big league. The next example I turned up is from 1997, in an AP article about Trump canceling plans for an addition to his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Trump was irritated that the New Jersey state government had offered incentives to a rival casino developer, including the construction of a tunnel link.

We're doing that because we think the state of New Jersey is being ripped big league. The taxpayers are being hurt badly by this tunnel transaction. (Associated Press, Mar. 20, 1997)

Two years later in 1999, Trump used big league in a high-profile media appearance: his announcement on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee to consider a run on the Reform Party ticket.

The fact is, that the world is ripping off this country: Germany is ripping us off big league; Saudi Arabia is ripping us off big league; France, I mean, they're the worst team player I've ever seen in my life. (CNN, Oct. 8, 1999)

Later that month, he repeated the formulation on NBC's "Meet the Press."

I think if we go back and negotiate with Japan and Germany and lots of countries, France, that are just ripping us–Saudi Arabia–you look at these deficits–that are just ripping us big league… I mean, they're just ripping us, and they're ripping us big league. ("Meet the Press," Oct. 24, 1999)

Trump never did end up running for president in 2000, though his big league usage would continue. In early 2004, Trump's competitive reality show "The Apprentice" debuted on NBC, and in a voiceover at the beginning of the first episode, he used big league again.

But it wasn't always so easy. About thirteen years ago, I was seriously in trouble. I was billions of dollars in debt, but I fought back and I won big league. ("The Apprentice," Season 1, Episode 1, Jan. 8, 2004)

Even then, there was confusion about Trump's turn of phrase, as he was quoted in some reviews as saying "I won bigly" (e.g. here and here).

A decade later, when Trump was once again flirting with a presidential run, he spoke at the 2014 meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). And once again, big league was in his arsenal.

For those that don't understand devaluation, what they are saying is basically, we're ripping you big league… And believe me, they're taking our jobs, and they're taking them big league. (C-SPAN, Mar. 6, 2014)

But it wasn't until he announced he would be running in the Republican primaries that Trump's big league got much attention. In his announcement speech on June 16, 2015, he used it twice.

Think of it. Iran is taking over Iraq, and they’re taking it over big league. (YouTube)

But Obamacare kicks in in 2016, really big league. It is going to be amazingly destructive. (YouTube)

The misperception of Trump's big league as bigly started in earnest with that speech, with a Dictionary.com blog post noting a spike in online searches for bigly. In September 2015, Slate's Jim Newell wrote about the confusion and got campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks to confirm that Trump was indeed saying big league.

More recently, the Trump campaign has sought to capitalize on the phrase with the #bigleague hashtag. As Lauren Squires noted, you can even get it on a shirt or button.

And even though the candidate almost always uses big league in an adverbial fashion, the Trump campaign has also made use of the adjectival form in its #BigLeagueTruth Team, which enlisted supporters to fact-check Hillary Clinton in the debates.

Adjectival big-league is not uncommon, however; it's much harder to find examples of it used adverbially. I've come across big-league used occasionally to modify an adjective, as in this example from Stephen King's 1986 novel It (cited in Green's Dictionary of Slang):

The first time I came in contact with anything that summer that was weird—I mean really big-league weird—was in George's room, with you.

But it's the use of big league as a post-modifier for a verb phrase that is particular to Trump-ese. As Mark Liberman noted, many speakers of American English use big-time in that role, but big league is far less expected. That peculiarity of usage, along with Trump's tendency not to release the final /g/, plays a large part in people perceiving what he says as bigly.

(I had more to say about big league vs. bigly in an NYU panel on political rhetoric on Wednesday, before the final debate — video is here. And for even more on the subject, tune in to NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" this evening.)

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I had this weird dream...., Weston-super-Mare 10-16

- All ur lebkuchen r belong to me!!1!! I plan to remain on a constant sugar-high until spring. /don't say I didn't warn you

- God moves in a mysterious way. Like the Sheriff in an old Western.... I'd been out for the day with a friend and stopped on the way home to listen to an extended Sunday evening bell-ringing session by the campanologists of Great Malvern Priory (who've always been good and now have newer, safer, GIANT BELLS). While I was lurking on the street corner I was accosted by a brother who was hoping for directions to a Christian "feast of tabernacles" (not Sukkot, obv). I know nothing about regional religious events, not even in churches nearer to home, but I have done architectural walks around Malvern so I know that apart from the Anglican Priory, which (1) he couldn't have missed and (2) almost certainly doesn't do "tabernacles" as events rather than objects, the only church nearby is the Baptist (Baptists Together, aka Baptist Union of Great Britain, i.e. mainstream protestant congregationalists not right-wing evangelical personality-cults) which had their lights on, being early Sunday evening and therefore the usual time for a service, so I directed him there. After I arrived home later I had a moment of doubt and googled to discover that he'd actually been looking for the batshit racist* Armstrongite "Living Church of God" (founded 1998) knees-up in a local hotel.

When I recounted this anecdote in the pub, my friends decided it was an Act of God moving in a mysterious way His wonders to perform semi-colon dotdotdot treasuring up His bright designs And working His sovereign will through my agency (and ignorance, lol).

I kinda like this idea, no, rly, bear with me here, because the versions of the Christian "God" I usually get smacked in the face with are (1) the uptight homophobic guy who created non-het people so Christians could hate on us and He could send us "straight" to Hell [/do not pass go, do not collect £200], (2) the frat-boy joker who wasted his time creating the fossil record to mess with science-minded people's heads so he could send us to Hell, and (3) the white supremacist God who gave/gives genocidal chattel slavery His official seal of approval (yes, the Church of England owned slaves and, no, I don't think it's time to let that go yet). Whereas the God posited by my friends in the pub is more like the Good But Ineffectual Sheriff from an old fashioned Hollywood Western movie in which he has to recruit a cadre of misfit no-hopers to fight back against the law-abiding and successfully capitalist but also Evil And Self-Righteous Ranchers who are trying to take over His town!!1!! Unfortunately this doesn't fit with any current Christian theology, boo.

I can only hope I successfully did the Lord's work and my misdirection victim has converted to more moderate non-conformism. ::wryface::

* Armstrongites usually believe white Anglos are God's Chosen People (see also Anglo-Israelism).

- Random surreal giant pipe with no discernible purpose and a workman sitting on top. No, I don't know either.

Life is sometimes randomly surreal, Weston-super-Mare 10-16
posted by [syndicated profile] languagelog_feed at 11:46am on 2016-10-23

Posted by Mark Liberman

This post presents some stuff I did last March — I thought I had blogged about it but apparently I only put it into these lecture notes. It came up in some discussions today in Shanghai, because I thought that maybe similar visualizations might help explore prosodic differences between the speech of English native speakers and Chinese learners of English. This is going to get a little wonkish, so let's start with a picture:

The idea is to look at the two-dimensional density distribution of the f0 slope (rate of pitch change) and the amplitude slope (rate of loudness change). The speech data for this particular plot  comes from the host's side of a 45-minute FreshAir segment,first aired in September of 2014, in which the host Terry Gross interviews Lena Dunham ("Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'", FreshAir 9/29/2014).

For symmetry, here's the same plot for Lena Dunham's speech in the same interview:

The reason for looking at the bivariate distribution of pitch and amplitude slopes is that rises and falls in amplitude are a pretty good proxy for syllable structure — syllables are typically "sonority peaks".

So those plots are telling us that for both speakers, both pitch and amplitude are falling more often than not, at least in the voiced part of syllables. The preponderance of amplitude falls (in voiced regions) reflects the fact that syllable onsets are generally more abrupt than syllable offsets — there are a smaller number of abrupt rises, and a larger set of more gradual falls. And the preponderance of f0 falls reflects the fact that in American English — or at least in the version of it revealed in this particular interview — local f0 motion is generally falling. In musical terms, English intonation tends to fall by step and rise by leap, just as melodies do in many musical traditions. And therefore at a frame-by-frame scale, negative f0 slopes are much more common than positive ones.

Still, there are some obvious differences in the two women's distributions. And in fact there's a difference between Lena Dunham's speech when she's reading a passage from the book she was promoting, versus her spontaneous conversation elsewhere in the interview:

Now with apologies, here's a slightly wonkish intervention. Anyone who's worked with pitch trackers will be wondering how I can avoid having these plots overwhelmed by noise due to the commonplace scattering of local f0 estimates at the start and end of syllables. For example, here's the f0 track from one fairly typical syllable on Lena Dunham's side of the interview under discussion — f0 is estimated 200 times a second, i.e. every 5 milliseconds:

If we just took the first difference of the f0 estimates, the rates of change estimated for the 20 or so smoothly-varying points would be overwhelmed by estimates from the 17 or so scattered points. One approach would be to apply a linear smoother to the vector of estimates. What I did instead was this:

For each sequence of five consecutive voice frames (i.e. 25 milliseconds), check that the mean frame-to-frame absolute value of the f0 changes is less than 20 Hz. If so, then calculate the regression slope for the amplitude and f0 estimates for those five frames; otherwise, ignore them.

If you're curious, see these lecture notes for some further details.

Another way to get at the same issues would be to look at a density plot of dipole statistics. Here we ask, at every possible time difference between estimated f0 values, what the distribution of f0 differences is. The result is a 3-dimensional plot where one axis is time difference, another axis is f0 difference, and the third one is the relative frequencies of pairs of points with that time difference and pitch difference.

If we limit the time difference to syllabic scale — say 0 to 200 milliseconds — we get this for Terry Gross in the cited interview:

And this for Lena Dunham:

Again we can see that syllable-scale f0 is mostly falling. And we don't need to impose any exclusions on f0 estimates or do any smoothing — the plots are just based on an inventory of all pairs of f0 estimates separated by a given time difference.

If we look instead at phrasal-scale time differences, we see that downtrends continue quite clearly in the host's speech, out to time differences of a second and beyond:

But Lena Dunham gets closer to an even distribution of overall rises and falls as we look at time differences greater than half a second or so:

From what I've seen of English as spoken by Chinese learners, it seems possible that plots of this kind might help to visualize some of the prosodic differences.

[Note: I'm well aware that "pitch" and "loudness" are psychological terms that are not at all the same as the physical measures of fundamental frequency (f0) and amplitude — I've occasionally used "pitch" and "loudness" in this post, perhaps foolishly, to try to make it more accessible.]


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So as you can see I ran out of steam for the daily posts. I did post my photos to Tumblr though:

And now for the rest of the trip!
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 12:36pm on 2016-10-23
Happy birthday, [personal profile] chalcedony_cat, [personal profile] diony and [personal profile] em_h!
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posted by [personal profile] elainegrey at 06:04am on 2016-10-23 under
I think Donald Trump and his treatment of women made it unpleasantly into my dreams last night. Waking, trying to think of something BETTER, came to mind Patrick Stewart. I went looking for his talk about Violence against Women and found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqFaiVNuy1k
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posted by [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan at 11:27am on 2016-10-23

I go to O- House to see how matters come along and to see the Marquess and find how his matters come along. I find him in the library, where, the chimneys having late been swept, a fire is lit, that is indeed somewhat of a necessity at this season. I therefore put down my muff and remove my tippet.

The Marquess remarks that 'tis a finer library than he remember’d, and do I see anything that I should like to peruse, I am entire at liberty to do so and to take it away to read at leisure.

Sure you have found me out, says I, I am a bookish creature. Is there, perchance, some volume upon the Incas I might read?

He replies that his own books are still packt up, but he confides that there will be space here for 'em. And once he has unpackt ‘em, he will go send me some suitable work.

And, says I, I hear you go talk to the antiquarians about the Incas.

Indeed, he says. Should you like a card?

I smile and say, sure I already have one, there is a Fellow of their company sent it me, very civil of him.

He says that there are scholars that know a deal more about the Incas and the other peoples that flourisht before the Spaniards came, but he has acquir’d some fascinating objects and can say a little to the matter that may be unknown more generally.

Now we have exchang’d these civilities, I go tell him about my endeavours to finding servants for his household.

He sighs and says 'tis very good of you, Lady B- - have not been in the habit of keeping an establishment, and would desire to have all in order for my dear Hippolyta.

I take out my memorandum book and say, and that is another thing I must think on, she must have a lady’s maid: for I daresay that Brownlee will remain with her mother and sisters.

(I take a thought that perchance Connolly would be agreeable to leaving her place with the dreadfull crocodile. I do not think Jennie is yet like to be sufficient advanc’d in the mysteries of the profession to be preferr’d.)

He clears his throat and says, he apprehends that Lady Anna is in some concern about going about with her sister during the Season badly dresst, and 'tis yet another imposition, but, do you, Lady B-, have any notion how one might contrive about the matter? Indeed I should like her to enjoy herself.

Why, says I, I have also been somewhat puzzl’d in the matter, but I am in some hopes that when Lord U- returns from his Grand Tour, which cannot be long now, he may be able to bring it about.

Ah, indeed. Very proper.

I go on to remark that he will require a valet himself.

That I think I can come at, says he. There is one of the servants at the club has been tending to my needs in that respect, and has expresst a desire to go into private service.

There is a knock upon the Library door and comes in Hector, saying that the work is coming along better than he anticipat’d, and they understand what they are about.

Is there nothing else that requires attention, says I, perhaps, Your Lordship, you would like come sit in my own cozy parlour with tea, or perchance some exceeding excellent port that I have lately add’d to my cellar, and we might discuss these matters more comfortable.

That would be agreeable, says he.

Hector goes make sure the fire is smother’d, and we go to my own pretty and warm parlour.

The Marquess says that he is sure that my port is quite excellent, but tea would be entire pleasing. 'Tis not the yerba maté that he grew accustom’d to in the Americas, but 'twill serve.

He goes look at my bookshelves, and also scrutinizes my china, Sir Z- R-'s portrait of me in my rubies, and my mementoes of dear General Y-.

Comes in Celeste with tea, crumpets, and parkin.

O, says I, this is quite the feast!

We sit down vis-à-vis by the fire, and the Marquess says, speaking of feasts, he purposes to hold a small dinner-party – of course it cannot yet be at O- House, but he hears good report of the private rooms at M. Duval’s eating house for the quality, do I think that would answer?

Quite exceedingly, says I.

I suppose, he says, could not be arrang’d in time that Admiral K- might be among my guests.

Does he go to Harrogate to see Lady J-, by the time he returns I am like to suppose that the Admiralty will have his orders and he will be off post-haste.

Excellent fellow that he is! says the Marquess. Tho’ sure I was very surpriz’d to hear that he had marry’d Lady J- - tho’ one apprehends that she is a most excellent woman –

O, entirely!

- but when I was with him in the West Indies, he spoke a good deal of the finest woman in the realm or out of it, and I suppos’d that did he marry, 'twould be to her; that is, to you.

Oh, I have quite the greatest fondness for the Admiral, it is a most antient affection, but I could not think that marriage would answer. I am a sad timid creature –

That is not the character you are given at R- House!

- the flattering weasels – and I confide would not do well on shipboard. Nor do I have the talents that would serve in managing the fine property he inherit’d: whereas Lady J- has a fine hand for such matters. They are remarkable well-suit’d, and I daresay you will have heard the very romantick tale of their meeting when he was a poor young lieutenant?

The Admiral mention’d, says I (for I am a true daughter of Eve and rul’d by curiosity), that he was of an impression that you had suffer’d some tragedy of the heart while you were in the Spanish Americas?

The Marquess looks into the fire and says, somewhat of the sort, and that was indeed why I was like to take a prudential approach to matrimony, because I thought that I could not feel such emotion again –

- but sure I was wrong!

There is somewhat of a pause, and he says, 'twas an episode quite like unto some novel. While I was about plant-hunting, I was attackt by some venomous creature – did not even see what 'twas – became quite delirious and indeed do not recall how I got there, but I stagger’d onto some remote estancia, and the fellow who own’d it took me in, and had me nurs’d by his servants until I recover’d.

And gradually I came back to health, and naturally I was exceeding gratefull to him for this care.

He had a daughter – his only child – what they call in those parts mestizo, for her mother had been his Indian mistress, and he quite greatly doat’d upon her, and had considerable concerns about what would be like to happen to her did he dye.

While he was a fellow in the prime of life, he had some affliction of the heart that was fear’d might take him off quite sudden. He desir’d to leave his fine property to her, but her sex, her mingl’d race and her illegitimacy he fear’d would bring her great problems did she not have a trustworthy man to stand by her. He had also, I know not how, gain’d a very elevat’d notion of the character of an Englishman, and I was, as 'twere, an answer to prayer.

And indeed, his daughter – Inès – was a very fine creature, tho’ of course I was not permitt’d to see much of her at first.

I should perhaps mention, he goes on, that I happen’d to be carrying certain documents with me, that could have caus’d a deal of trouble both for those who sent them and those to whom I took 'em, did they fall into the wrong hands. And when I had come to myself, I found that the package had not been restor’d to me along with my clothes and such possessions as I had not lost during my delirium.

I do not think Don Hernando – that was his name – had any leanings to any side in the conflicts then raging – his estancia was indeed remote and he may have thought that 'twas all a storm that would blow over and not touch him. But he quite apprehend’d that these documents were a very persuasive business for me. Without ever being direct, he indicat’d that did I marry the fair Inès, I might then proceed upon my journey with 'em, with the understanding that I would return.

So I agreed. 'Twould take some time for the business to be put in hand, and once we were formally affianc’d, I was able to have some communication with Inès – we would ride out together, for example, attend’d by a groom. I became increasingly prepossesst with her: she had had education at the hands of nuns and was an intelligent inform’d young woman, rode most exceeding well, could shoot -

But as we grew to know one another, I came to understand that she was perhaps even more reluctant for this match than I had been, and at length I discover’d that she had a passionate desire to become a nun, a desire encourag’d by the Mother Superior of the convent wherein she was educat’d. Did she manage to get herself within their walls, they had a deal of influence to keep her there and obtain any dispensations necessary for her to take the veil.

She said she would go extract my package from where her father had conceal’d it, would I accompany her to the convent. She had allies in the household would provide us with horses, supplies, &C.

By this time I had an entire passionate admiration for her, but I could see that altho’ I think she felt a friendship for me, 'twas not love, and her devotion was given to her vocation.

So – o, there were alarums and excursions, but I deliver’d her to the convent, made my own escape, deliver’d my package to those it was destin’d for –

And once a year, he continues, Sor Catarina, that she is now nam’d, writes me a letter.

I sigh and say sure 'tis a most romantick tale.

But, he says, I find another and different romantick tale has come to me.

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posted by [personal profile] jinkyo at 12:51am on 2016-10-23
Title: Wolf At The Door
Fandom: Person of Interest (S1-S5)
MusicA Wolf At The Door  by Radiohead
Length: 3:25
Characters: Team Samaritan, Team Machine
Summary: I have feels about misunderstood ASIs, yo, and monsters made, not born. 
Content Notes: Major Character Death, Dark

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I'm working my way through my treeware notebook, and have found some notes from my Hugo reading stint which it appears I never posted at the time. Here, have some belated Hugo thoughts. :-)

Naomi Kritzer -- Cat pictures please

Gentle, funny short about what happens when a search engine wakes up and wants to be helpful. It has more sense than to expose its existence, so it tries to do good deeds by stealth. I was smiling on every page. Lovely if slightly creepy little story about the potential benefits of AI.

Available free at http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/

Brooke Bolander -- And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead

Take one part pulp, one part cyberpunk, add a shot of very cheap bourbon, and shake well. Watch the resulting foul mouthed guttersnipe of a synthetic person take on a security AI at its own game; or maybe the reverse. Bolander sketches in some fascinating world building with a few brief sentences, but the focus is on the rescue mission Rhye’s been press-ganged into. It’s a fast moving tale with a satisfying conclusion, and deserves a spot on the Hugo ballot.

Available free at http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/shall-know-trail-dead/

Chuck Tingle -- Space Raptor Butt Invasion

Okay. There’s back story on what this is doing on the Hugo ballot. It is not your typical nominee. Onwards…

Our hero is one of two men (definitely men) manning a remote observation station somewhere on a remote planet. The story opens as his teammate leaves at the end of his assignment, with no replacement arriving. Budget cuts mean the station will be solo manned from now on, and our hero will be the only living thing on the planet. So what is that mysterious space suited figure he thinks he’s seen?

So far, it’s a pitch perfect pastiche of Golden Age pulp. I have read the stories. I could make a guess at what happens next.

What happens next is that it segues into a pastiche of pulp gay porn, only with two guys stuck with solo duty on their respective nation’s planetary observation base. One of whom is a dinosaur...

Dr Tingle had far too much fun ramming every possible porn cliché into his tight virgin word processor. This is really not my taste in porn, not least because it pastiches bad pulp punctuation, but it’s very funny. My verdict as a Hugo voter is that this story gets No Awarded, but I am nominating the good Doctor’s performance art in response to its nomination for next year’s Best Related Work category.
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posted by [personal profile] onyxlynx at 12:44am on 2016-10-23 under
 The Cubs have fooled everyone and are set against Cleveland Tuesday night.

 This could get serious.
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I really made a lot of new rings for World Fantasy. I just set and packed the final ring - really lovely mosaic opal.

My boxes with my velvet and displays are also on their way to being packed. I'll be putting chains on the last few pendants, including my "Gorey" cat in silver.

I've been playing with patinas in bronze and just finished a double dragon bronze pendant as well.

I'm brings a jade butterfly necklace commission to World Fantasy and also a water sprite with jade and sapphire. I'll be able to put up the photos when I return. I'm pretty happy with the photos.

I'm really looking forward to seeing folks I know there and catching up.
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posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer at 11:05pm on 2016-10-22
Class is the new Doctor Who spinoff which takes place at Coal Hill Academy (which has been part of Who canon since the premiere, “The Unearthly Child). The expected appearance of the Doctor was disappointingly brief, but by contrast the emphasis in the story was on not relying on the Doctor to fix “everything.” Save for one detail, which I have a great many thinky thoughts about, the writing, central characters, and tone of the premiere are all carefully crafted to appeal to the late teen demographic. There is a rather meta nod in the story to Buffy: the Vampire Slayer which fit well with the dialogue, but is potentially jarring.
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October 22nd, 2016
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I volunteer on Fanlore, the fan run wiki that documents our corner of fandom history. But history is not just what happened last decade - it is also happening today in the places we hang out in, the vocabulary we develop, the platforms we use, the fandoms we love and create for and how we interact with one another.  

So what would tip you into writing about your love of fandom life on Fanlore? Would a specific project with targeted goals help? Would having a mentor or editing buddy help? Or would you like to dive in on your own? 

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