Books, anyone?

May. 25th, 2015 08:06 pm
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Clearing off space on my bookshelves (to make room for more books, obviously), I came upon Melusine and The Virtu by Sarah Monette, the first two books of her Doctrine of Labyrinth series. Anybody want these? As much as I enjoyed certain aspects of the books (Mildmay!), I don't see myself rereading these, because I basically spent the entire time I was reading them wanting to set one of the co-protagonists on fire. Most of my discards are just being taken to the used bookstore, but since these books have something of a fandom following and are now out of print, I'd be happy to mail them to anybody who wants them. I might ask you to pick up shipping if it's more than a couple of bucks, but otherwise don't worry about it.

I decided this very late last night

May. 26th, 2015 01:20 am
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In RoYAN, you become a supreme court justice if you defeat an existing supreme court justice in single combat.

A dream

May. 25th, 2015 09:31 pm
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ELF WIZARD KID IN A REALLY EARNEST YA NOVEL: We all need to work together as a team to defeat the giant eyeball from space!

EVERYONE ELSE: Can't, we are the cast of Cyteen. In an AU set in one of the flying orgy-castles on the Ringworld.


JOHN EGBERT: i'm here, too!


JOHN: but in this i'm a depressed azi belonging to ari 1, and my powers are just kind of... ambiguously pizza-based? :(

ELF WIZARD KID: Okay, this is all pretty bad, but I'm the protagonist and I'm sure that my book is going to have a happy ending, so I'm going to just summon the big eyeball to destroy us right now, which will force the narrative to come up with a deus ex machina!

ME, READING THIS NONEXISTENT YA NOVEL: Uh, wait, I just remembered that this book was the last in a three-book series which was originally about this wizard kid and two others time-travelling around and fighting a bad necromancer known for his habit of breaking the fourth wall and carelessly summoning monsters he can't control. Is this kid about to become the necromancer and form a time loop?

*Jake and Roxy show up with a spaceship and destroy the eyeball.*

ELF WIZARD KID: My plan to cause a deus ex machina worked! I'm the hero!

ROXY: john wtf stop being addicted to pizza which is in fact a dangerous drug

ME, READING THIS NONEXISTENT YA NOVEL: This series disappointed me and I'm going to blog angrily about it - oh, wait there's actually a fourth book I haven't read, better read that one first.

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May. 25th, 2015 05:43 pm
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I have had a cold for an entire week, and I literally can't even talk today.

And of course I had to work, because retail has no holidays that aren't about Jesus. At least holiday pay is a thing. Coworker A called in, but we had a stroke of luck that one of the girls from the backroom team has done pricing before and could be spared to help me. I probably could've gotten the workload done by myself if necessary, but it was really good not to have to.

Also there were a lot of cop cars out on the way home from the grocery store, and then we heard a helicopter fly over the neighborhood at least five times. Hope they caught whoever they were looking for.

Reminder: I am leaving for vacation at the end of the week, so if you want a postcard from New Mexico, leave me your address on this post here. Comments are screened. Will mail anywhere!

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May. 25th, 2015 04:10 pm
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This album is called "More Disappointed Doves and One Disappointed Blue Jay."

I still haven't refilled the windowsill feeder--storm--and the doves are unhappy about it.


May. 25th, 2015 03:50 pm
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For those of you not up on Texas weather (what? you're not?) the Texas hill country near Austin has been having bad flooding. My aunt and uncle live along the Blanco, which flooded this weekend. They're fine--they evacuated as the water was rising. There was about 3-4 feet of water inside the house at the high point.

This is from my mom, which mean's it's gone through 1 or 2 others to get to her and may be garbled. My mother reports that workmen have ALREADY been out to rip up carpet and estimate it'll be about 6 months before the house is fully restored, but only about 2 weeks before they can move back in. They had a bunch of trees on the common land between their house and the river that are just GONE. They got all 3 cars (theirs and my cousin's) out before the water swallowed the place--my uncle got there to pick up the last car and a few last items when the water was at his ankles, and it was up to his knees on the way out. There's a high-water mark on the outside at 5 feet. Crazy--the house is a good 10-15 feet above the usual waterline.

females are strong as hell

May. 25th, 2015 02:36 pm
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Orphan Black
spoilers ) that was exciting!

And I've spent the past few days marathoning Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and being earwormed with the theme song. It's funny, though it'd be funnier/better without Tina Fey's typical ironic/hipster *isms littering the joint. I also really came to care about the characters despite their utter loopiness.

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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World - Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Read more... )

Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook - Kerstin Hammes. Read more... )

New Moon, Sadar's Keep, and Beldan's Fire - Midori Snyder. Read more... )

Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban - J. K. Rowling. Read more... )

Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World - Noreena Hertz. Read more... )
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Title: Inauspicious Beginnings
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG
Word Count: 1633 words
Characters: Alistair, Female Brosca
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: Ostagar wasn't what she had been expecting.

Fic. )
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Poll #16716 Boy Band Slash
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8

What group does the term "boy band slash" refer to?

View Answers

slash about NSYNC
2 (25.0%)

slash about the Backstreet Boys
2 (25.0%)

slash about New Kids On The Block
0 (0.0%)

slash about any boy band past or present
5 (62.5%)

slash about a different set of music groups I will list in comments
1 (12.5%)

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May. 25th, 2015 11:15 am
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The squirrel was up and active before either of us got up and raised the blinds in front of the camera...

cut for pic )


May. 25th, 2015 10:31 am
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I still haven't watched that Vivaldi documentary yet, but I did watch an intriguing related video. It seeks to show how the tenor and "bass" (really baritone, by today's naming conventions) parts of vocal music could have been performed by women at the Ospedale della Pietà, a shelter for homeless girls where Vivaldi taught music.

From the uploader:

"This is the contralto/tenor/bass trio "Gloria Patri" from Dixit Dominus (RV 595), composed for the Figlie di Coro of the Ospedale della Pietà. Here the voice of Anna dal Basso (1670-1742), a documented bass singer at the Pietà, is sung by Margaret (centre), Cecilia dal Contralto (1679-1726) by Victoria, and Paulina dal Tenor (1675-1748) by Penny. Vivaldi's Women challenge the cultural stereotype which assumes that female voices are naturally high and that it is wrong for them to sing low."

I'm not knowledgeable enough about the history to comment on whether this performance is period accurate or not (it seems to be a point of contention), but it is at the very least a fascinating demonstration of the arbitrariness of vocal categorizations. The difference between a "contralto" voice and a "tenor" voice is not always one of natural range, but more one of training and the style one sings in. It's pointed out in the comments that the woman singing the contralto part in this video doesn't sing in the classical contralto style but in a belty "chest voice", which I took to be intentional and part of the commentary on how women's voices are categorized and expected to be used in classical song. Though at first the sound of their blended voices is surprising, I ultimately found it a beautiful performance.

I hope my US friends are having a peaceful Memorial Day. ♥

Dear Abby: always a bridesmaid

May. 25th, 2015 08:52 am
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DEAR ABBY: I have been asked to be a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding. I am more than delighted she wants me and honored to have been asked. However, this will be my third wedding as a bridesmaid.

I have been told, "Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride." Abby, is this true? If so, how can I gently let her know I can't be in her wedding for fear of never being married myself, because her wedding will be my third trip to the altar as a bridesmaid? -- ENOUGH ALREADY

DEAR ENOUGH ALREADY: I don't know where that saying came from, but my advice is not to dwell on the negative. There is another old saying that could apply here. It's "three times is the charm." In other words, if you agree to be your best friend's bridesmaid, it's possible you could meet your future husband at the wedding. Which one you choose to believe is up to you.

Whoops up late again.

May. 26th, 2015 02:30 am
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Today wasn't too bad. Work was quietish, at least. Guy in the forum thread I read managed to stomp all over my buttons, so I spent a few hours being super snarly dragon-grumpy. Which was fun. (No it wasn't.)

Um. Something something came back home; polished up the dragon from last night but no major changes. Got distracted reading things, and now is super late, whoops.


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