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Steaming ahead Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 09:14 am
Don't usually get up early on Sundays, but today I was making breakfast at nine, looked out of the kitchen window and saw this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A4_4488_Union_of_South_Africa

Needless to say I did not have a camera handy... It was hauling several carriages and for some reason there was a diesel engine at the tail end of the train, I suspect to provide a backup if it broke down or ran out of coal or something. I'm guessing that the summer steam excursions in and out of Paddington have started again - and it turns out to be The Cathedrals Express, on the route Paddington-Westbury-Yeovil Pen Mill, Weymouth-Southampton-Paddington

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t17/t0723d.htm

Unfortunately it's £100+ per seat, I suppose worth it if you're a steam enthusiast but I made enough long steam journeys in my childhood to satisfy me, I think.

Rain not that heavy, more a relentless dripping Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 04:07 pm
Incredibly wet day today, especially for Perth.  Managed to get some exercise anyway, half of it without being rained on, when I went to see whether the Swan River had burst its banks yet.  Answer, just about;  it's lapping over the usual edges and creating some very large puddles.  I'd put a photo but despite busting my brain, haven't worked out how to do that here yet.

Apart from that, spent most of the day doing stuff around the house/messing online.  I think I have managed to break Facebook, which is now showing me ads both for gay tours of New York and dating websites so that I can find the right woman.  I also got a junk (?) email from somebody offering to be my slave.

Organising for trip to Finland is done, I'd say.  Today I got the info enabling me to pay for the tour to visit the Oikiluoto nuclear power plant on the day before Worldcon and also print out the bar code I'm supposed to present at the con when I get there.  Everything so far has been incredibly well organised on their part;  most impressed.  I work next week as normal, then the Monday and Tuesday following, then I leave on the redeye flight Thursday night.


Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 05:15 pm
Went to see a friend on the other side of the city yesterday - ate too many carbs I'm not supposed to eat and had a good time laughing at youtube videos. Afterwards, on the train home, I watched the Winter afternoon sun setting bright across the city, even as the lights at the G were already on, striking silhouettes against the dark clouds. I got home and did nothing, no writing, no book reading, no cleaning house, but today I finally watched two DVDs I just went out to send back.

  • Hell and High Water - I didn't always pay 100% attention to the story, switching between it and browsing DW on my phone, but I don't think I really needed to. Every time I looked up was another lovely vignette about a landscape and what poverty settling in has done to the inhabitants of it. Gorgeous cinematography by Giles Nuttgens; I loved the colours and framing of every shot. Great mise-en-scene. Simple, and largely unsentimental. That bit toward the end where the guy's bloody brain matter was left behind in the hat when his body was moved was especially striking.

    Some really great acting, too; Ben Foster's character was thoroughly obnoxious, and Bridges' racist ranger was nearly as annoying, but they were capably done; Chris Pine was great and surprisingly sympathetic; I always enjoy seeing Gil Birmingham's work, even if a lot of the things he's been in make me cringe.


  • Moonlight is uncomfortable and disorienting, and I am probably the last person on the planet to watch it. As beautifully done as everyone said. I'm impressed at how each actor playing Chiron at different stages of his life evoked that sense of striking awkwardness. Obviously, the whole cast is amazing. Suffused with melancholy. Excellent use of sound.


Anyway, I clearly can't turn any of that into coherent thoughts at the moment because my entire right side hurts right now, but I'm glad I watched both.
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"Close enough for jazz" Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 03:13 am
Vacation to-do list/wishlist summary: not too bad! Especially given that today was totally eaten by stressful unexpected circumstances. (Everyone is fine now.)

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (I didn't do this but did go read in the park near our house)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read (three books! in one week!)
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day (mostly)
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (well, I swept, but it's pretty clean underfoot now)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem

Current Mood: sleepy


Wynonna Earp 2x07 Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 12:15 am
As everybody reading this knows, the most curative thing during recovery is binge-watching a television show. Recall my earlier brief notes on iZombie Season Three? One down; four to go: The 100 (still on Netflix, I hope); Orphan Black; Killjoys; and Wynonna Earp.

I looked at the latter two and chose Wynonna Earp. Why? Guess I was feeling Western rather than Westeros, feeling like two sisters as the leads rather than two brothers.

Just three bulletpoints on Wynonna Earp, up to & including 2x07 ''Everybody Knows'' )

Ahoy tharrrr Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 02:57 pm
 Surrounded by tall ships.

https://plus.google.com/+AliciaSmith-leece/posts/buXhPrZCBxB

Gleefulness! Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 11:16 pm
I just looked at the Schlock Mercenary comic for tomorrow, and the sound effect for firing the Very Large Gun that was introduced a storyline or two ago is making my vibrate and clap my hands with utter glee.

It works well as a standalone strip even if you're not familiar with the comic, too, so I'm going to make you click through to see it rather than spoiling it.

Current Mood: very amused


[tech] You'd think they'd have learned by now Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 01:34 am
Every. single. time. my shell hosting company announces a planned outage for an upgrade for something having to do with email, and they assure me that it won't impact me at all and I won't have any email outage, every single time they've wrong.

I'm not going to embarrass them in public because they do try so hard and are quick to fix broken things when I bring them to their attention.

It's just that, by now, I'd hope they'd just email me, "Hey, Siderea, we'll be fucking up your email at this future date and time. We'll be around on Twitter until this subsequent date and time. Please be available during this window to exercise your account and let us know what we've broken this time."

Instead, I email them in response to the planned outage announcement and say, "Hey, what can we do in advance to make this work?" and they're like "nothing, it's all going to go perfectly!" and I'm like, "ooookay, when exactly will you be flipping the switch, (so I know when to check on you, but I don't say this part)?" and they're like, "oh, sometime on that weekend." *throws hands in the air*

(I miss nyip.net so hard.)
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Photography Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 12:30 am
Shrew in the wild. 

Call for Themes Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 11:48 pm
I've reached the end of scheduled themes for the Poetry Fishbowl project.  It's time to brainstorm some new themes!  These are a few that I've jotted down earlier, ones that I've thought up or people have suggested, to give you an idea what kind of stuff might be suitable:

* Help and Helpiness
* Otherkin
* Pirates and Brigands

What other themes would you like to see me write about?  Suggest them in a comment below this post. 

Later on I'll collect the suggestions and do some polling.  The most popular topics will be added to the schedule for future fishbowls.  Previously, I have just dumped all the proposed themes into a big poll.  The more themes people suggest, the less well this works.  I have an idea for fixing that problem.  This time, I'm going to run the first large poll with checkboxes so you can express interest in as many themes as you like.  I will then either pick from the most popular ones, or use that information to pull out the favorite themes for a smaller poll to select the ones which will appear in upcoming fishbowls.

You can also help by linking to this post so that more people will see it.  Everyone is welcome to suggest themes.  Everyone will also be able to vote for them later; prompters and donors will get extra votes.  If you link to the call for themes, you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:
"Testing the Metal
"Dangerous Refuges
"The Marble and the Sculptor
"The Golden Peaches of Peace
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"The Quick Brown Fox"
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"

Five Things Jul. 23rd, 2017 @ 12:12 am
 I've been somewhat neglectful here. So, a low-stress post in which I don't try to go into anything in depth, because cramps, and because the summer's round of one-thing-after-another doesn't actually finish up for another month.

1) Readercon was awesome and a thing I want to go back to. I wasn't on program this year, which is something I want to change next year but on the other hand it was really nice to have one of the summer's Things be basically relaxing. I hung out with [personal profile] gaudior and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks and [personal profile] mrissa and Greer, and had a useful lunch with my agent and editor, and picked up a large stack of books, and generally had a great time. And then read at Pandemonium after the con with Fran Wilde and Chris Sharp, and that was also great, and the large stack of books that I had to deconstruct in order to see the audience reduced quite satisfactorily by the end of the event.

2) I have my mostly-final schedules for Necronomicon and the Baltimore Book Festival, which I will post once they're final. I also know what I'm doing at the Outwrite queer literature festival, except that I can't find the time for my panel now, so that will be here later too. But it's in DC on August 5th and promises to be a fun time.

3) It's that time of year when we've finally set a date to pick up our new cow--longhorn this year, shared with the same two people I've been splitting cows with for a while now. They each take a quarter of the cow, my large family of mostly carnivores takes a half, and we all enjoy the discount that comes from buying a whole cow. But this means the freezer damn well has to be empty by mid-August, which means in turn that all the weird bits of the last cow, and other odds and ends that have filled the empty space as 500 pounds of meat gets down to the last couple of packages, need to get used up. Thus there's currently heart marinating in the fridge, rump roast in the slow cooker, and a large bag of miscellaneous poultry organs out to thaw. (We also have a lot of vegetables in the house, but they rarely get to the point of freezing. The Mysterious Manor House goes through a weekly CSA box pretty handily. Except for the rutabaga.)

4) Things I have loved lately: 
  • Theodora Goss's The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, which is about the daughters of Doctor Jekyl and Mister Hyde teaming up with Justine Frankenstein and Catherine Moreau and Beatrice Rappacini - together they fight crime and build a found family. And the whole thing is written up as a novel by Catherine, but everyone else is playing peanut gallery over her shoulder so she transcribes their objections and questions in little asides, and impatiently explains to them the literary conceits that she's using. 
  • Arrival, which I watched on a long plane flight and promptly moved to the top of my Hugo list for Dramatic Presentation Long Form, and I can't believe they actually managed to film that but they did.
  • Jupiter Ascending, which I watched on the same long plane flight and adored in completely different ways: it's as delightful and cracktastic as everyone told you on Tumblr.



5) And now I need to put down Dreamwidth and go fix a small continuity error and an anachronism for the Winter Tide paperback.

Poem: "Chipped" Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 09:23 pm
This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "bisexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Current Mood: busy


Cross Country Team Make Practice Runs Fun, By taking Eager Shelter Dogs Along For The...Run Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 07:00 pm
A photo of a bunch of high schoolers hugging a dog, cover photo for a story about a school running team taking dogs on runs with them

Dog's have made their way to cross-country running!

Well, at least the cross-country track team at Teinbrenner High School's dogs in Lutz, Florida. But, not to worry, these adorably fast runners aren't there to train or compete.

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Tagged: dogs , school , running


Connecting Nerdish Dots in Star Trek Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
Noting that Netflix isn't doing business inside mainland China, but they are offering their services in Traditional and Simplified Chinese langages anyway in assorted other markets.

Also noting that Star Trek: Discovery is being carried outside of the US and Canada by Netflix.

One of the supporting cast ships in the new series is USS Shenzhou NCC-1227.

Wondering if the dedication plaque will credit the Dalian Yards in mainland China for that starship. Dalian is where mainland China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaonang, was refitted to their navy's requirements.

Current Mood: nerdy


Yay! I'm doing it! Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 09:53 pm
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Another effort from art class Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 07:40 pm
Trying to learn how to do a landscape...

Drawing of a Paris street scene
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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (National Theater Live) Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 10:17 pm
Having seen Angels in America live (Boston, November 1995, first national tour) and on screen, this Thursday I split the difference and saw the currently-running London production on tape-delay live-stream in a movie theater. (Part one, that is; part two is this Thursday.) I don't love it but it's interesting to see the staging. Also Kushner has, per the intro to the combined ebook version I have but hadn't read until now, made unspecified changes to part two, so I will be reading that before Thursday so I won't be distracted while watching. (While I only skimmed part one, the only difference I saw between the text and this production was the dropping of the homeless woman's jokes.)

Here are some notes, cut for spoilers and lack of interest: )

There are various encore presentations going to be happening, if you missed this and are interested.
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Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 10:09 pm
Do scented soaps and lotions taste good to kittan?

Clearly I am approaching due for either figuring out how to clip Thea's claw tips or how to apply the red plastic thingies.

(ow.)
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Sigh. Jul. 22nd, 2017 @ 09:46 pm
The phone company guy finally showed up at 7:30, and said he'd tested the outside connections and the problem was inside the house.

We paid last December for a guy to come check inside the house when the phone line was acting wonky, and all he could come up with was recommending that we replace the jack and the splitter and the rest of the connecting stuff. Which we got the material to do, and then the problem went away on its own before Himself got around to it, so the material stayed in the bag we brought it home from the store in for the last six months. Then we had this latest round of dead phone line and yo-yo internet, and Himself finally did all the replacing, but it did no good.

If this keeps up, I'm giving serious thought to going to fiber-optic for internet and cell phone service for the telephone, and the hell with a landline.

Current Mood: frustrated

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