Trying out Dreamwidth

Apr. 25th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Hello all. This is me just trying things out. I'll see if I can figure out how to cross-post to LJ...
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Book cover: Bound by Benedict JackaAlex Verus is in trouble - again. Or perhaps that should be Alex Verus is still in trouble, because this is a continuation of the trouble he was in last time, under a death warrant from the Mage Council. He's only managed to sidestep it because his old boss and longtime enemy Richard Drakh has once again got him in his power and this time Anne is involved as well. Alex feelings for Anne are... complicated (even more so because he won't acknowledge them). 

Apart from the fact that Richard has threatened to kill all of his friends if he doesn't return to work for him, Alex is somewhat surprised when his old enemy turns out to be almost reasonable, seconding him to the Dark Mage Morden, who is the only Dark Mage on the Light Council. Morden - after being a deadly enemy in several previous books - also turns out to be a decent boss, and Alex is drawn closer to the political centre of magic in Britain. But he still has a foot in both camps and the light mages are convinced that Richard and Morden are planning something big, so Alex is conscripted to report back. Finally, with some bargaining power, Alex gets the Council's death sentence lifted. It's interesting to note that the Light Council has actually done more to hurt Alex and his friends than the Dark mages have, and they remain unpredictable and vindictive, while the Dark Mages have some obscure objective that Alex can only guess at.

This story is spread over a longer period that previous Alex Verus books, but the pacing is still smart and the twists many and various. At last Alex is starting to be proactive and (prompted by Arachne) starting to plan long-term. There's a twist in the ending that makes me eager to see what happens is Alex Verus #9.

I galloped through this in less than a day. Highly recommended.

Duplicate entries

Apr. 25th, 2017 11:46 am
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 I seem to have several thousand duplicate entries without comments. Not quite sure of the reason, I'm guessing that at some point in the past I did an import that went wrong or was aborted before it completed. Is there any simple way to get rid of them, or do I have to go through by hand?
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 With all this worriting about LJ's tos I was reminded of the great strikethrough kerfufffle and find it was 10 years ago next month.  I think that many of you weren't around back then and won't know what it was about.  It predates the Russian investment in LJ.

A right wing American organisation took exception to some journals and communities on LJ am made formal complaints which led to the deletion of journals without warning.  They argued that they were a corrupting influence and possibly illegal for portraying underage sex and incest in fanfic.  Their targets were the Harry Potter and Supernatural communities and members.  A lot of journals were deleted and moved elsewhere, though I don't know where as it predates DW.

And when that died down there was another round of deletions because of images.  LJ management claimed it was only pornographic images that were being removed, but peole noticed that wet tee shirt shots were remaining however provocatively posed they were.  What seemed to be suffering most were communities promoting breastfeeding, breast cancer support groups and classic art.  The explanation given was that the wet tee shirt subjects were fully clothed, but the others had a bare breast.  I believe FB has had similar arguments.

I suppose it's memories of Strikethrough that is influencing me now to be less concerned than many over the spelling out of the tos.

OK. Import time

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:19 am
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Goes off to do housework (who am I kidding, play Breath of the Wild).
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I'd totally forgotten this abandoned effort from my filking days; though I doubt it would be acceptable now. Still, it gave me a slightly embarrassed giggle...

“Blake the Dead”
(tune: jake the Peg)

I’m Blake the Dead, diddle diddle diddle dum,
with some extra red, diddle diddle diddle dum.
Wherever I go on Gauda Prime
The folks will tell me just in time;
“There’s Blake the Dead, diddle diddle diddle dum,
With some extra red.

Missy’s exploring

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:58 pm
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Missy has found exciting new places to explore! Courtesy of me, of course. After she spent some time looking up at the windowsill last night, I put her on it tonight. She ran about, sniffing it, decided she wanted to get out of the window at the corner, then end up wandering around the corner, where there's only really a thin sliver of windowsill. Fortunately I was ready and she fell off into my hand.

Missy on the windowsill

Missy on the windowsill

We had a holiday at my parents, where she got to run around in the hall. As I expected, once she found the cat litter she immediately thought "I'll have this" and tried to pouch it. She had to be removed from the cat litter tray.

She also tried to chew the mat. It's fine at my house, because mat's are cheap and it keeps her occupied. And in the light of her obsession with the sofa a mat seems much more harmless. But at my parents house their mat is built in and consequently doesn't need bits taking out of it by a hamster. She was surprisingly hard to remove from it when she had her teeth in it. She knows what "No" said firmly means and at one point looked at me when I said it, then carried on anyway.

She also discovered the stairs. Once she was up one she was up them all (until I stopped her climbing to the top). She wasn't quite so sure about coming down until she'd done a few.

Missy in shoes

Missy in shoes

Mirrored from my blog.

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 The US election seemed to take 2 years, ours will take 50 days.  Only we'll be away in France when it takes place.  We've checked the dates and postal votes won't  be issued until after we leave.  So it will have to be a proxy vote again.

Better late than never

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:17 pm
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I am over here now too
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This is a setting I'm not familiar with, a modern-day horror campaign set around a university campus:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EastTexasU

"This offer presents almost the entire East Texas University line of Savage Worlds supplements and adventures from Pinnacle Entertainment about modern-day academic horror in Pinebox, Texas. Created by the 12 to Midnight studio, Pinebox is a sleepily haunted Big Thicket town, already presented in several Savage Worlds adventures that strike a tone similar to the Joe Lansdale novel Bubba Ho-tep. In a successful May 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Pinnacle brought forth a whole sub-line set in Pinebox's East Texas University, where the beer is enchanted and your advisor wants to kill you. The ETU line adds a flavor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files (and, some say, Scooby Doo) to this deep-fried terror mix.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each music track as a DRM-free .MP3 audio file. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$102. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Student's Collection (retail value $43) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition rulebook (retail $10), plus the East Texas University core campaign book (retail price $15) and ETU Player's Guide (retail $5), Archetypes (retail $3), the Trouble in Texas soundtrack (retail $10), and we throw in an ETU Welcome Kit of free downloads from the Pinnacle website.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Dean's Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $59, including the complete Savage Worlds Plot Point campaign Degrees of Horror (retail $15) and the Class Ring adventure (retail $6); Heroes of ETU and Horrors of ETU Figure Flats (retail $7 each); four full-color .PDF poster maps: Classrooms, Library, Off Campus Housing, and Pinebox Businesses (retail $4 each); and the University Press Kit and GM Screen Inserts (retail $4 each).

At least one more item will be added after launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


I'm probably not going to be very interested in this because I was more or less "horrored out" in the nineties - I don't particularly want to run horror RPGs any more. As usual it looks to be good value for money, but I don't have to pay for this stuff, if you do your mileage may vary.

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This article raises issues that were already bothering me about the film - though not just about this film in particular (which is excellent and you should see it if you are able to do so) - but about any fictionalization of a real person.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/01/a-quiet-passion-wont-solve-the-mystery-of-emily-dickinson-but-does-the-truth-matter-

The truth ALWAYS matters.

And yet...

Nothing lasts in its entirety. Everything decomposes - bodies, memories, stories. And out of that compost grows new bodies, new memories, new stories, new people.

We are not complete stories in the end. We are fragments of stories in the leaf-mould of other minds, becoming part of other stories we could never have imagined.



We are all stories in the end.



I don't know.

*

Doctor Who

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:13 am
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 Silence in the Library meets The Happiness Patrol? Or am I remembering the latter wrongly? A bit derivative anyway.

OK. Time to start transfer

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:49 am
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Stage one. Check cross posting works.

Goldman Awards

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:36 pm
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It is that time of year again, Goldman Prize announcement time. Once again amazing people walk across the stage and receive recognition for untold thousands of hours of work toward reducing pollution and inspiring whole communities to environmental action.

http://www.goldmanprize.org/blog/introducing-2017-goldman-prize-winners/

Plot-dump

Apr. 24th, 2017 02:59 am
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I'm still not especially happy about the confrontation with the Phantom in this hypothetical new story: the big idea was supposed to be that the henchmen try to chloroform Gustave instead of Raoul, much to both men's fury, thus rendering the boy conveniently unconscious so that the issue of his paternity can be argued outside his hearing while disposing of the chloroform so that it can't be used on Raoul. Read more... )

Grump.

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:02 pm
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I seem to be a fandom lurker now, except with people who I know well or fangirl hard or both. I miss the community but I'm shit at creating it these days.

But I still love you all.

Currently failing to see Billy Boyd at a comic con in San Jose. And Gina Torres. Because driving on a stressful freeway, parking, walking, waiting in line: all too much for me.

Writing this all out, it seems clear that depression is getting to me. Fuck.

More Car Boot Tat

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:48 pm
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This weekend was interesting - a couple of complete blanks, and some unexpected bargains.

Friday was the first bargain (I hope); a Zip 100 drive with power supply and cable for £7. Closely followed by the discovery that I don't currently own any 100mb zip disks, so I've bought one on ebay. The drives still seem to sell at around £15-20 (and I got £41 for my last Zip 250) so hopefully this will be mildly profitable.

Saturday was a disappointment - nothing at the Saturday car boot sale, got a couple of books in charity shops but nothing special. I really need to find more Saturday venues, I'm going to the same place too often.

Today started out the same way - nothing at all at my first stop - but the second more than made up for it.

Some boxed children's games (unused) which will be Xmas stocking fillers at 50p each
A 100-300mm Tokina AF lens for Pentax, with a polarizing filter, for £8 - and it works too!
An original Psion organiser for £2 - not tested yet, I don't have a battery.
Two old 35mm rangefinder cameras for £4
and two 1L Pyrex beakers (but probably aimed at culinary use, not lab, since there are no gradations) for £2

Also ran into Niece #3 there, which was nice.

So not a bad haul for the weekend as a whole.

Well, here we are then...

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:50 pm
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So, like many of my friends, I'm now moving my base of operations over to Dreamwidth. I'll cross-post to LJ for the next few weeks (not that I post a massive amount anyway!), but after that I'll probably close it down.

So I'm also bookzombie on DW, so feel free to friend me there.
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Lonbourn book coverThis is supposedly the story of Pride and Prejudice from the servants point of view, except it isn’t, really. Yes it’s set in the Bennett household and the story of Pride and Prejudice is happening in the background, but it’s not Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The story doesn’t spin round pivotal scenes in Pride and Prejudice and, in fact, continues beyond Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage. I was expecting something like Tom Stoppard meets Jane Austen and in that I was disappointed. There’s not much here in the way of wit and humour. What there is is a completely separate story that just happens to be running parallel to the romantic adventures of the Bennet girls. Mrs Hill, the cook/housekeeper is keeping everything together while Mr. Hill quietly drinks the sherry and gets on with his somewhat unexpected lifestyle. The story really belongs to Sarah the elder of two maids (though still in her teens) and to James Smith the enigmatic new footman in the Bennet household who should be more than he seems, but somehow isn’t. This is a realistic look at life below stairs. The main characters are the people who have to scrub that white muslin dress clean after Miss Elizabeth has trailed it through the mud. There are fires to light, floors to scrub, chamber pots to empty and monthly rags to wash. We are spared no detail of the minutiae of daily life in the early 1800s. Unlike P&P the Napoleonic Wars feature in a long (maybe too long) middle section detailing James’ backstory, revealing the hardships of the ordinary soldier for whom life is never fair.

I had this as an audiobook, and though beautifully read by Emma Fielding, the story is slow. The language is literary with some nice turns of phrase. It could have been set in any household in the time period as the happenings in Pride and Prejudice are only peripherally mentioned. Darcy hardly gets a look-in and Elizabeth comes over as flat and uninteresting. Wickham gets some page time as he letches after Polly, the pre-pubescent maid, but otherwise only Mr Bennet is an ‘actor’ in this story. All the ladies do is create work for the servants.

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Doctor Who 10.02

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:29 am
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Following New Who tradition of the new Companion first getting a trip to the future and then one to the past, this one offers a fuiture where Emojis survive as a major mode of communication. Which, let's face it, is likely. :)

Read more... )
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If This Is Wrong: A Film About Fandom from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.


It's a film about queer slash fangirls.  It is part of Franzeska's film school thesis. Part of the program is learning how to take a film from conception to the end - including learning how to fundraise to cover costs.
 

They're running their kickstarter right now! Lots of rewards, including a DVD of the movie and a paper zine.

Or, if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so through Franzeska's film school. There are instructions on their website.

 



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