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Apr. 30th, 2016 20:43
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Best-selling authors Laurell K. Hamilton and Larry Niven have teamed up to bring you the ultimate in boring xeno orgies with: Vampire Fuckmoon Planetworld.

some things

Apr. 30th, 2016 14:21
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* I considered having Post Amnesty Month for May, but it'd be boring: most of the pending drafts are from my having watched part of something months ago.

* The house has a front door that isn't coming unhinged! (There was a 1.5-cm gap between uppermost hinge and frame after Reason kicked in a glass pane at her knee level in January and slammed the door in anger a few times.) Now the door needs painting. *counts spoons* We'll see whether someone is willing to do such a small, inconvenient job; if not, I can do it, though I don't have or know about good primer. Suggestions welcome.

* I have a corrective-lens prescription that goes with my spine being in the right places! Glasses are on order. I will be so glad to put the interim ones into a donation box---hoping for less eyestrain with the correct scrip, and then someone with a smaller head can use my current frames....

* I also have a concern that the optometrist didn't share; since it's recurred for the third year running, next eye checkup ought probably to be with an ophthalmologist (last visited 25 years ago). Left eye has been receiving less light than right eye since my twenties, and the optometric one-eye-only tests suggest that the disparity has become more pronounced---shadows that I can't blink away. I try since last year not to drive at night. Eye pressure wasn't tested this time but was "basically fine" last year.

Well, keep wearing a hat outdoors, self. (Not mixing cataracts and glaucoma here. To the extent that genetics affect destiny, I'm likely to have both---long before I'm eighty, if I last---but cataracts are the one that a person can do a bit to stave off.)

* My aged uncle sounds better this year than last, clear of mind and voice. Though he groped for English words, he insisted on practicing English except for a few phrases. He tells me that my father said he was moving to another country (again). Has my father told me? He has not.

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aye, to sea

Apr. 27th, 2016 20:12
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One Piece Treasure Cruise (Android): zero familiarity with the manga or anime. The game seems to follow a condensed version of the story. Does Shanks sacrifice his arm for Luffy because Luffy is a child, or is there another reason?

The story arc involves taking a group of characters into staged battles---three or more segments, with each bringing fresh mobs and a boss at the end---in which one taps each character into action by watching a timer. Tap too soon and the blow is weak; tap too late and your group loses its turn early. Some groupings enable synergistic special attacks if one taps the characters in the right order. A similar approach fuels the special area (name forgotten), where antagonists are harder and award more useful items. Of course they do. That area has weekly themes for its bonuses.

It doesn't take long, two weeks in my case, to play enough that battles become too hard for someone who hasn't dropped hard currency into bonuses and power-ups. The tapping becomes old quickly, too. Gameplay borrows usefully from Puzzle and Dragons: one member of the group may be borrowed from a "friend" (I have never connected actual-socially with any of these people, just saying); the colors of the characters indicate their elemental strengths and weaknesses; here's quite a bit of character combining, evolving, and xp-boosting. That last is a Pokémon inheritance, as far as handheld-sized gameplay goes, but P&D has used it to strong, monetizing effect, and more convincingly so than One Piece does.

Despite the char evol mechanic, I'd consider this a casual game. So is P&D despite (as it were) its hardcore core audience.

tl;dr meh.

I uninstalled this game more than six months ago---the minimal notes are from my note conversion/comb-through.

allegro moderato

Apr. 26th, 2016 21:31
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Sherwood Smith, Rondo Allegro (2014): this was exactly what I needed when I read it (stress). Lovely story. Anna's English mother is long dead, her Neapolitan violinist father dying, and her friends about to disperse as the French Revolution's effects give way to Bonaparte's effects. She is married summarily to a gruff ship's captain, who though youngish finds her impossibly childlike. Impersonally, in any case, he leaves straightaway for his ship and plans an annulment; Anna leaves soon thereafter for Paris and the disintegration of one hope after another.

Somehow the story bows to any number of clichés while dancing nimbly around them: marriage of convenience during English Regency, abrupt changes in fortune, tour of western Europe, estranged scion of titled family, &c. Indeed, several things that "must" happen are clear long before they take place, but this is very much a story of how, not what; the journeys and their timing are the point. I liked the shipboard scenes best for their non-fanfare indications of how women as well as men lived and served, and the ways in which layers of experience are shown to contribute to several characters' development.

(And there is more than one female antagonist, and they feel better rounded than the one in Danse de la Folie, which I find that I never blogged. Oops. Read it in 2012, enjoyed it aside from finding the antagonist a bit card-shaped, clearly would benefit from reading it again because it has vanished into sleep-deprived haze. 2012 was Peak Toddler around here.)

fiber tuesday

Apr. 25th, 2016 21:44
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Status: uh, the child gifts need to get cracking, except that working on them hurts my hands (during, not in general). I mean, you try sport-weight yarn on 2.0 mm needles when the usual is 3.5-4.0 mm.... OTOH, the Naima cardigan has a completed yoke, sleeve one, and 10+% of sleeve two after aggressively frequent tryings-on. Promising. My shawl has become the during-taekwondo project; shawls don't have much shape, whereas (though I can talk about fit problems almost endlessly on the internet) making a cardigan where others can see would feel strange. The gift patterns are just fiddly enough that I'd botch them during taekwondo, since I do keep an eye on Reason as well. And there's a no-hurry scarf for the next round of job talks at the office.

I've resolved to rip back the Meris cardigan :)) after much reflection upon how Naima has been adapted. bit more, and this week's pattern crush )

fiat something

Apr. 25th, 2016 11:08
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A short while ago, University of California Press announced an open-access monograph venue called Luminos. Only thirteen monographs are lodged there, last I checked, and recently they've announced another OA undertaking called Editoria, which is a word for which one cannot run a web search without running into "editorial." DuckDuckGo autocorrects "editoria" even if you put it in quotation marks, which is supposed to override autocorrect. Is an editorium like an auditorium where you go to pull things from words?

Snark aside, some of the thirteen Luminos titles are of interest to me---sorrynotsorry about prefixing each URL in this post with anonym.to, for reasons:
Travis Workman, Imperial Genus: The Formation and Limits of the Human in Modern Korea and Japan (2015)
Lori Khatchadourian, Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires (2016)
Rajeev Kinra, Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (2015)---CBB was a C17 Mughal state secretary
J. D. Y. Peel [recently deceased], Christianity, Islam, and Oriṣa Religion: Three Traditions in Comparison and Interaction (2015)
Joseph Kerman, Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715–1750 (2015)

Check Luminos's URLs---it's possible to see that Khatchadourian's really is book #13. I would've hashed it in preference to exposing that. It doesn't matter for a site like DramaFever, which does the same thing, since the shows it hosts weren't picked up chronologically and it has grown fairly quickly, but for something smallish like experimental scholarly publishing in hum/soc sci, it seems awkward. Also, in a two-up web-based bookreader, it seems odd not to emulate one of the grand traditions of book spreads: start sections on the right-hand half. Luminos's bookreader is aesthetically pleasing otherwise and much nicer than its notional predecessor, a frame-driven collection of converted-for-web monographs---except for that one thing. Looks like it uses epub.js, and in my copious spare time I kind of want to see whether one could mod the code to force a blank "page" at the beginning of any section consisting of 2+ pages....

(Re: post category, I may read some of these, or not; book posts that list things without discussion of content constitute "not reading." Yeah, perhaps this post could have gone to the rn blog, but it's good sometimes to speak without authority and not have to watch the phrasing carefully. Just another reader, here.)

Con-going things

Apr. 22nd, 2016 22:28
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So, I'm not going to WisCon this year. It feels really weird not to be getting ready for the con and I'm going to miss seeing everybody, but money is tight and I had to make a choice between going to WisCon and going to Con.txt in DC in July.

And, well, the people I see at WisCon are likely to still be at WisCon next year or the year after. But my best friend in DC just got accepted into the Foreign Service, which means this could be my last time to see her and her husband (and their due-in-May baby) in a considerable amount of time.

So, I made a choice. And then I felt so guilty about making a choice that it's taken me several months to make this post. Oh, anxiety.

Anyway, I won't be at WisCon, but I will be at Con.txt and hopefully I'll see some of you there. If you haven't been before, I highly recommend it. It's a great little slash con, with a fun vibe and excellent panels. I submitted a proposal for a post-Civil War Avengers panel, so if it makes the cut I'll be modding that. And I have a reservation for a hotel room with one king bed and one sleeper-sofa and I'm looking for at least one roommate for the con, if anyone is interested in sharing a room.
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Marna and Ian are out of town and I'm home alone and bored. So, I decided to download and watch the later Harry Potter movies, just to say I finally had. I think the last of the books that I read was Order of the Phoenix, and the last of the movies that I'd seen previously was probably Goblet of Fire. I know I didn't read any of the new books/see any of the new movies after I moved to Wisconsin in April of 2005.

In the last four days I've watched the last six movies (started with Prisoner of Azkaban because I remembered it as being good), and this has set me on a minor fic-reading binge.

This isn't my first foray into Harry Potter fandom, but the last time I read any amount of HP fic would have been back when I was still a fandom lurker, so pre-Summer of 2003 or thereabouts. To say the fandom has exploded since then would be an understatement.

So, anybody got any good recs? Mostly I'm trying to find good Remus/Sirius fic set pre-Order of the Phoenix or fix-it fic. Or my holy grail would be Remus/Sirius Remus/Tonks poly AU/fix-it fic. But I'd also be interested in good post-war Harry/Ron/Hermione poly-fic. About the only pairings I'm uninterested in are Harry/Snape and Harry/Draco. Otherwise, rec me your favorite HP stories???

some things

Apr. 22nd, 2016 09:47
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Or perhaps one thing:

* Every time I have to prepare a ± academic talk, there is a pattern. I start with a sense that it's possible, or I wouldn't have agreed (lately I do only invited or obviously-I-have-to local ones); the sense drains to where I feel as though I have nothing at all to say, despite knowing it's not true, since I always, always have too many thoughts; it shifts sideways to finding only negative or very tenuously related things to say; someone talks me through gathering up the little blocks and building the necessary structure. It really does seem at that point as though I'm a wailing toddler who can't think straight and would rather curl into a ball. Current partner has been very helpful about it, and my prior partner helped a good deal during that relationship, too.

Since I don't lack self-esteem now in the way I did through my teens and twenties, I guess it'd be better to label these debilitating bouts a manifestation of impostor syndrome. Ugh, such a tedious waste of time.

* Talk and Q&A were fine, by the way. (Doesn't matter (each time) for the next one. I mean, I had no discernible nerves before or during the talk---the stuttery stage fright of 15–30 years ago has passed beneath the bridge, it appears---but when I sat down afterwards and finished my water, I nearly spilled it twice from shaky hands. hmm.)

* It did help for writing speed to write this talk's script like a blog post---which I then posted to the rn blog, which receives very little love. I ought to convert the slides from last fall's talk, which had no written script, from Google Slides to reveal.js and post it to the rn blog, too, for practice with the latter format.

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