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ellen_kushner posted to worldcons July 31 2014, 16:30

2 hotel rooms available LonCon3

Due to my own stupidity, I am blessed (or cursed) with a spare set of rooms for LonCon3 which I do not need but cannot cancel and must therefore pay for:
2 rooms at the Ibis Styles London Excel-custom House Hotel, right across from the convention center & next to the tube stop for easy escape from ExCel-land.
I booked 5 nights each (August 13 - 18) for:

* 1 Standard double, GBP 540
* 1 Superior Double, GBP 590
Please feel free to pass this on to any friends who might be wavering about attending, or who were not able to book at hotels close to ExCel, or who signed on for a super-crowded share and have since thought better of it....!

I can be reached directly on gmail at KUSHNER (dot) ELLEN etc.

Delia & I WILL be attending the con - but I subsequently booked us at another hotel and then forgot to cancel this one. I do hope my carelessness will allow someone else to get a good room at a good rate!  All offers gratefully considered, however small.  I'll feel a whole lot better knowing someone will get the good of it!
domynoe July 31 2014, 16:03

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quadong posted to worldcons July 31 2014, 15:51

2 memberships for sale.

My wife and I have attending memberships to LonCon 3, but can't make it. Asking $140 each. These memberships do not include Hugo voting rights (which stops being relevant at the end of today anyhow).

Please reply here or to matthew.strait at startraders.mn.
rahirah July 31 2014, 03:36

A hot time in the old town tonight

In that the official temperature was 111 today. We took Bo out just before sunset, when it had cooled down to a brisk 105 or so, and drove over to the park, as it was way too hot to walk over city sidewalks. (We are only a quarter of a mile from the park, mind. When it's 111, any distance is too hot to walk on the sidewalk.)

Bo had been agitating for an hour or more:

BO: It's walking time! Comeoncomeoncomeoncomeon!!!
ME: Dude, it's 111. You'll burn your feet off.
BO: No I won't! I'll walk FAST! Comeoncomeoncomeoncomeon!!!
ME: The sun is our enemy. You may as well lie down.
BO: Come oooooooooooooooooooooon! We haven't gone anywhere in YEARS!
ME: We went there yesterday.
BO: The leash is right there in that drawer! I'll show you! In case you've forgotten because you haven't used it in YEARS.
ME: DIE.

So we went to the park, where Bo can walk on the grass. You might think that said park would be deserted, but you would be wrong: there were kids on the playground, other people walking dogs, a couple of guys doing what looked like boxing lessons, families walking around the jogging track, a couple of people actually jogging. We usually do a loop around the jogging track and a loop around the whole park, which comes out to about a mile and a half. We'd got maybe a quarter of the way around our usual route when a couple of police cars came zipping around the corner, no sirens, but moving at a good clip. The second one pulled up and asked us if we'd heard a gunshot (we hadn't) and how long we'd been there, and then zipped off. Later we saw them parked and talking to each other, so who knows what was going on.

I made blueberry-cherry pie, and it is yummy and good and all mine.

Mom goes in for an x-ray and probable cast replacement tomorrow; she's hoping they'll take it off completely, but I seriously doubt that. The doctor said six to eight weeks, minimum, and it's only been five. I just hope that the pins haven't moved around because her bones are so fragile. I'm still staying over there nights, though honestly, Mom's getting around really well. There's just some thing she can't do because she needs two hands, and isn't supposed to get the cast wet. But my brother will be coming into town this weekend, I hope, so I'll get a couple of days off.

Since Mom's latest deal with assisted living is saying that she'd rather go into a smaller place, I've been researching smaller facilities. Trouble is, being smaller, they usually have few or no reviews (I figure I can rule out any of them where I search and the first thing that comes up is a news article beginning "Horrible conditions were discovered...") It also sounds like most of them are geared towards residents who need much more care than Mom does, which makes them more expensive. Once I've winnowed the list down a bit I probably need to drive around and visit them all, but I am not really sanguine about finding one which both fits her budget and suits her. But I'm enlisting my brother to try to talk her around on the subject generally, as he's the child who can do no wrong. :P

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typographer July 31 2014, 02:24

Going on autopilot

Everybody has at least a few habits and routines. Some of them are so minor we don’t even think of them as a routine. For instance, at the end of most work days I fill in my timesheet, check in all my documents and doc, shut down the computer, make one last run to the kitchen (rinse coffee mug, throw out trash), put away my headphones, put away my badge, pack things up in my backpack, and leave.

Simple and logical and no problem, right? ...

(The rest of this personal update is at FontFolly.Net.)

This entry was originally posted at http://typographer.dreamwidth.org/898005.html. You may comment here, or comment there using OpenID.
rahirah July 30 2014, 19:49

HAVE YOU BEEN SCAMED?

People! Friends of mine! I've just gotten this awesome offer from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman in Nigeria, who will TOTALLY refund any money I have been 'scamed' out of. I only have to forward them my full particulars!


THIS IS TOTALLY LEGIT & I WILL PURSUE THIS OPPORTUNITY IMMEDIATELY!

Or not.

Seriously, I know some people must fall for these things or no one would do them, but who are those people?

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mrissa July 30 2014, 19:18

And the title’s a quite good one, too.

You know what short story writers like?


Magazines. We really, really like magazines that publish short stories. (Y’know. Like the ones we write.) Which is why I commend to your attention the Kickstarter for Uncanny magazine. It’s the new project from the twisty, uncanny brains of the Thomases, who used to work with Apex and who were some of the editors I worked with on the Apex story some of you may have enjoyed earlier this summer. If I listened carefully (I’m pretty tired, so you should go listen carefully yourself), it looks like their business model is to have subscribers get an early e-book version of the magazine and then provide the stories online for the general reader, so if you help fund, there’s more stories for you early and then more stories for everyone eventually. I think pretty much everyone who reads this can get behind that idea.


So: Thomases! Weird speculative fiction projects! Track record good, outlook positive, go think about their new thing and whether you have two dimes to rub together and throw into making it go.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

kradical July 30 2014, 16:49

Shore Leave 36 schedule

Here is what should be my schedule for Shore Leave 36, to be held this weekend at the Hunt Valley Inn just north of Baltimore.

Friday
4-5pm: Keith R.A. DeCandido reading/Q&A (Salon A)
6-7pm: Match Game (Valley)
10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros (Hunt/Valley corridor)

Saturday
11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Valley)
2-3pm: Licensed vs. Novelization (Salon F)
4-5pm: Using Social Media (Belmont)
5-6pm: Writing Action Scenes (Concierge)

Sunday
10-11am: Sci-Fi Squares (Hunt)
1-2pm: Fantasy Without Modern Measurement (Derby)
2-3pm: Practical Self-Defense (Concierge)
3-4pm: Movie Novelizations: Why Do We Read Them? (Derby)

I will probably be listed on the Star Trek Comics panel that will be discussing New Worlds and New Civilizations (which will be debuting at Meet the Pros Friday night), but I can't do that and Practical Self Defense at the same time, so I won't be on the panel. Sigh.
gailcarriger July 30 2014, 16:08

Book Review: Blood and Chocolate


So this month's book, Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause was a reread for me, but it was different looking at it with my critic's hat on.

My Original Goodreads Review


This brilliant, sexy YA, did urban fantasy before we knew that's what it was called. Please don't judge it by the abysmal movie version, the book is nothing like that dross. It's romantic, fast paced, a true insight into what it might be to be a teen girl and a werewolf. The main character is strong, powerful, and has a genuine path to self actualization and independence. We should be so lucky as to have young girls read and want to be Vivian. I adore this book.

And Now?


When I first read it, I mostly just loved Vivian. I liked how she is such a strong and powerful creature, physically and otherwise. Klause writes her as wolf-like in attitude and self-confidence. That's so different from most YA novels which (in an effort to create an outsider character) dwell overmuch on weakness and shame (often as obstacles to be overcome but still defining character traits).

Yet Vivian is still a YA character. She is trying to find out her place in the world, the difference being that her world has been upset. Her place, once so surely with her pack, is shaken. Most YA protags are weak and find their place through strength and personal growth. Vivian starts out strong but won't except her place.

Dammit, there's no reason I should let pack traditions rule me, she decided.

Vivian's struggle is to acknowledge duty. Loosing her father left her with a profound sense of survivor guilt, both wolf-like loss of alpha leadership, but also a sense of responsibility in that as she becomes an adult it is part of her genetics to pull her pack together, shoulder the burden of their survival, because that would be following in her father's paw-steps. That would also be the adult thing for a wolf to accept.

At the same time, Klause gives us a girl with whom young readers can identify. Vivian is experiencing the classic pangs of first love. There is both the standard agony and euphoria, but these sensations are exacerbated by Vivian's cultural confusion.

Have a talk with him about what? she wondered. What had she done wrong? Why did Mr.s Teague not want a mate for her son?

Vivian is, by our standards, animalistic in her wants. A werewolf main character allows Klause to write a sexual teenage girl, powerful in her choices, in a way that a human main character would have been frowned upon my most critics.

He looked sleek and suntanned. Vivian wanted to bite the buttons off of his shirt.

Vivian is also fighting with her mother in exactly the way most teenage girls do.

Vivian bristled. "You can't tell me who to date."
Esmé put her hands on her hips. "'Don't date is you can't mate.' the saying does." Human and wolf-kind were biologically incapable of breeding.
"I'm going to a concert, not having his baby," Vivian snapped. "And don't tell me wolf-kind only start relationships when they want children. I know better."
"You've got a smart mouth girl," Esmé called as she walked off.
Now Vivian was sure she was going.

And yet that relationship is complex, later when her mother is crying over the photos and they go into the bar together, you see some of their mutual love. There is also a sense of Vivian being aware of her mother's brittle fragility, and that some of Vivian's dislike of her mother stems from a very wolfish hatred of percieved weakness.

She and Esmé exchanged knowing looks, their limps plump, curved, and smug.

Klause's writing style is neat and her sentences short. Not so skillfully fragmentary as Tarr, but punchy and sparse. She breaks out into occasional moments of lyricality but mostly she keeps it tight. Partly this is her writing style, but I think, also a way of showing the wolf mentality in prose. Direct, confrontational, sharp.

He nodded, unable to talk. His world had changed. Now shadows would always take on threatening shapes. What had she done? Oh, poor, poor boy. She was indeed a monster. She had made him unsafe forever.

Follow Up Reading?


Klause has only a few books out, and though I tried most of her other stuff, none of them drew me in like Blood and Chocolate. There are those who love The Silver Kiss, which is her vampires meets Tuck Everlasting approach. If you enjoyed this month's pick and what you like is Vivian's strength and confidence, I would suggest you try Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series (YA fantasy, knight in training), or her Beka Cooper series (YA fantasy noir, police investigation), or her Trickster series (older YA fantasy, politics, espionage, rebellion).


{What is Gail's Book Group reading for next month? Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti ~ YA a non-alt history steampunk with strong romantic thread.}


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1870 aleyma-  Mourning ensemble, made in the United States, c.1870 tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Teacup Hedgehog. ([今日の一枚]ティーカップハリネズミ by @hedgehogdays)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“Rejoice when a little girl shows a fondness for reading, and by all means encourage it. Keep her well supplied with good and entertaining books, and you will have little trouble with her.”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.



The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
In Between dreams and reality Melliane says of E&E, “The world is as always very interesting and it was nice to find this idea of ​​steampunk mixed with creatures of all kinds.”

Quote of the Day:
“The day was Sunday, the date February 16th 1874; the time . . . about eleven A.M., when the Painter, enjoying his seventh day holiday after his own fashion, went strolling about the rocks. The others waited lunch for him, and had eventually sat down without him, when two of the sailors arrived with a message from him: ‘I have found the entrance to a tomb. Please send sandwiches.’”
~ Amelia B. Edwards in A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list.
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.
domynoe July 30 2014, 16:03

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lyda222 July 30 2014, 14:58

Mullets, Diaper Bombs, and Devil Forks

Seriously, this is why you need to be tuning into the weekly manga podcast: we have diaper bombs, devil forks, and a frank and serious discussion of who wore the mullet hottest in Bleach....

Why would you not what to listen to that??

http://mangakast.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/20-shipping-shippy-ships/

Also, we distracted by shipping wars. Because: fandom.  And, it turns out I have a secret IchiRuki shipper in my household (who knew?)
mount_oregano July 30 2014, 13:37

My panels at Loncon 3

I’ll be at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London, and among other fun stuff, I’ll moderate two panels. I think I got to be a moderator because I fearlessly volunteered to moderate – perhaps not everyone does. And as moderator, I’m already in contact with the panelists so we can come ready to make the most of our time and yours.




Translating Genre
Friday, 11:00 to 12:00, Capital Suite 8

Translations of SF/F books from one language to another offer a snapshot of the global SF/F scene, and in recent years it seems there has been an uptick in translated material available in the English-language market. But how representative is the sample of books translated into English? What factors determine which books get translated, and which don't? Who initiates a translation: does the translator work on spec, or are they commissioned by overseas publishers? How are translated books marketed to their new audiences? And why are so many SF and fantasy works by English-language authors translated into other languages, year after year, while so few from the rest of the world make their way into English?
With a panel that brings experience and expertise: Gili Bar-Hillel, Tom Clegg, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Marian Womack.

The World at Worldcon: SF/F in Spain
Saturday 18:00 - 19:00, London Suite 3

“Fantastic fiction” has deep roots in Spain. After a setback during the Franco dictatorship, it recovered in the 1980s and had an authentic boom in the 1990s. Today, it hosts fifty specialized publishers and a healthy scene of blogs, conventions, festivals, online magazines, and podcasts – plus anthologies, some recently translated into English, and more still to come. This panel of Spanish writers and readers will discuss the scene. Who are the key science fiction, fantasy and horror authors working in Spain at the moment? Where is Spanish fiction being reviewed, and what debates are going on in Spanish fan circles?
With some of the most important people in Spanish fandom today: Susana Arroyo, Miquel Codony Bodas, Elías Combarro, Leticia Lara, Cristina Jurado.

— Sue Burke
davidlevine July 30 2014, 07:30

Paris days 4-6

Sat 7/26 - Paris

Step count: 19,791

Awake about 6:00. Breakfast in the apartment of yogurt and muesli. Plan for the day: Marche des Enfants Rouges in the AM and lunch, then a nap, then Sacre Cour and Montmartre in the afternoon and dinner. Headed out for the market bright and early with a stop for delicious cappuccino at cafe Le Sancerre. These establishments (coffee in the morning, cafe in the day, bar by night) just don't exist in the States -- probably because of our ridiculous liquor laws. Eventually found the market, which was kind of hidden in mid-block (though the entrances were plain once we realized what we were looking for), but though it was 9:30 and the market nominally opened at 9:00 it was almost completely dead. Looks like a great place for lunch though.

Plan for the AM squashed, we decided to hit the book shops in the Latin Quarter. On the way from the bus to the first bookshop, passed St. Sulpice and decided to stop in. Lovely church, notable for its wood-paneled vestry (with hidden ladder), marble pulpit suspended in mid-air by its stairs alone, magnificent organ, gnomon for telling exact solar noon and the solstices and equinoxes (used to set the date of Easter), and priest-in-a-box (it's the lamp that really makes the picture).

Spent an enjoyable several hours browsing several book shops, finding some guide books and maps. Lunch of delicious falafel at Maoz (it's a chain, with branches in Amsterdam, Barcelona, and NYC among others -- recommended) with a nutella crepe for dessert. Took some photos at St. Michael's fountain, browsed a few more bookstores, then dragged back to the room for a nap.

Awoke around 4:00 and realized it was too late to hit any museums before they closed. A certain amount of "whaddaya wanna do, Marty?" wound up circling around back to plan A: Sacre Cour and Montmartre. The existence of a funicular was the clincher -- whenever possible, always take the funicular. While finding the way to the funicular, CityMapper app (great app!) told me that several metro stations were closed due to "manifestations" (demonstrations about the situation in Gaza) but as we were only passing through them on the train we had no problems.

Substantial crowds at Montmartre station got even denser as we made our way up a street jammed with souvenir shops to the funicular. Funicular itself was not crowded at all and included in our transit passes; we were glad not to be climbing all those stairs, and besides funiculars are cool. Mobs of tourists at the top, expansive view of Paris, little train. Sacre Cour itself featured big banners talking about how this place was the site of continuous prayer, also many people selling cheap Eiffel Tower souvenirs and a jazz band playing "Sweet Georgia Brown". Can't make this shit up. Inside, it was one of the more impressive churches I've ever visited. The church had staff enforcing modest dress, silence, and no-cameras policies (good for them! much better than St. Mark's in Venice, which had nominally the same policies but, lacking enforcement, was a zoo) so no photos.

Wandered through town of Montmartre, jammed with tourists, with an interesting mix of fine establishments (pastries, art, clothing) and tacky tourist tat. Artists sketching tourists everywhere; it's a thing here. The area was clearly too touristy for a good meal, so we took the funicular back down, then the metro to a restaurant Kate had bookmarked in the 11th arrondissement. Alas, it was closed for vacation (a common sight in Paris in August). Even with Yelp's help we had to look into 5-6 local restaurants before finding one we liked -- most of them were basically just bars -- before finding Chez Mamy. I don't think that means "Mom's Place". Crowded little bistro, very friendly staff, amazing appetizer of burrata cheese and lightly-grilled cherry tomatoes, on the vine, with a balsamic-basil sauce. Main dish, roasted lamb with mashed sweet potatoes and mixed veggies, took a long time to arrive and was delicious, but not so wow as the appetizer. Finally done with dinner at 10:30, got home at 11:15, to bed about midnight. Although almost all of our plans wound up getting thwarted it was still a good day.

Sun 7/27 - Paris

Step count: 14,865

Slept in until 10. Breakfast in the apartment of yogurt and muesli. Kate went off on her own; I took the metro to the Army Museum at Les Invalides. On the way I had a nice musical treat from some buskers in the subway car. Got off one station too early, then after getting to the right station walked a half-mile in the wrong direction, but did eventually get there.

The first thing you see at Les Invalides is Napoleon's Tomb, a modest little marble hut (*cough*) -- but you can't blame Napoleon himself for that, as it was put up 40 years after his death. It's also the general tomb for many other French military heroes. The Army Museum itself was simply amazing, and gave me a great overview of the entirety of French military history (and, thus, French history in general). Excellent text, lots of uniforms and weapons, some animations of major battles. I focused on Napoleon, especially his last years, as I'm writing an alternate history set in that period. The Army Museum is actually a complex of museums, rather like the Smithsonian but all in one building, which also included a large display of battle site reliefs (dating to the 1700s), an entire museum of medieval arms and armor which I skimmed, and a museum of WWI-WWII which I skipped entirely. Also Les Invalides is still a working military hospital, and possibly also a military administrative center.

Very nice, very late lunch of "quiche moussaka" (I got the last one) at friendly coffee shop Kozy Salon Urbain. After considering several museums, decided to head for Arts & Metiers. Museum was interesting but not fabulous. Did take tons of photos of interesting-looking scientific equipment from centuries past, and automatons (including "a smoking monkey dressed as an Incredible" -- no, not the Disney/Pixar movie -- must look into that). Got kicked out at 6, went back to apartment, met Kate there. Dinner at restaurant Page 35: beef bourguignon with frites (yes, French fries, it is a vegetable here and they do a fabulous job with it), and for dessert "Coupe creole:" vanilla and cinnamon ice cream, rum-soaked raisins, and a huge mount of whipped cream. Delicous. Back to apartment, backed up photos, finished up and submitted a story due by the end of the month. To bed 10:30.

Mon 7/28 - Paris

Step count: 15,983

Awake 8:00, Kate a bit earlier. Yogurt and muesli in the apartment, then back to Le Sancerre for coffee and those delicious-looking croissants. They were as good as they looked, though Jeune overdid it with the chocolate sprinkled on my cappuccino and it looked rather like mud (delicious, though). Bus to the Louvre, expressly to see the pyramid. Admired the building, both old and new bits, and goggled at the tourists. Hour and a half line to get in, but our museum passes skipped that. Visited a Vermeer, Durer was inaccessible, saw the medieval Louvre's foundations, otherwise we just admired whatever we happened to pass, which was plenty amazing. Lunch at the museum cafe -- tarte aux legumes, not bad -- then walked to the Tuilleries. Didn't get very far, as Kate was all walked out and had to lie down in the shade.

While she was resting, I spotted a big Ferris wheel nearby (Roue de Paris) and realized that would be something fun to do, with great views and no walking. So we did that. Tried out the "miniature" filter on my camera and got some interesting shots. Then we went to the Sewers of Paris museum/tour. They've been offering tours of the sewers for over 100 years, though back then it was only once a month and you went by boat. Today it's a walk-through of several blocks of sewers with some explanatory and historic signage. The smell wasn't too bad and was, in fact, very familiar to me from the "gray water" in the green hab on "Mars." Okay, it was kind of a weird thing to do but how could we not?

By that point we really needed a cafe break. There wasn't much in the vicinity and what there was, was expensive, but we did have a nice sit-down, some lemonade, and a nice bit of cheese at Cafe de l'Alma. (We did wash our hands first.) Then we went back to the apartment, intending to nap, but wound up backing up my camera and doing some research for tomorrow's trip to Disneyland. Dinner at Le Petit Italien: appetizer of melon and prosciutto (shared), for main courses we ordered gnocchi alla sorrentina and veal scaloppini with marsala and truffles and traded them halfway through, and tiramisu al limone (again shared) for dessert ("of course there are lady fingers. If there weren't any lady fingers it would just be a glass of lemon-flavored cheese"). Very good food, friendly service, lovely weather for dining outdoors. Then back to the room to prepare for tomorrow's assault on The Mouse! (Or perhaps The Rat, as we're hoping the new Ratatouille ride will be running...) To bed about 11:30.

Tue 7/29 - Paris Disneyland

Step count: 19,197

Awake 6:30. Breakfast of yogurt and muesli in room, comme d'habitude. Got out of there at 7:30, intending to pick up a sandwich on the way to the train station, but the sandwich place Kate was looking for wasn't where she thought it was, or maybe not open yet. Plowed ahead to train station, bought tickets, caught correct train (thanks to a website which explained how you need to look at the display for a yellow light by the station you're heading to). Arrived Disney over an hour before 10:00 park opening, with printed-at-home tickets in hand -- probably earlier than necessary.

In any case, we were among the first into the Disney Studios park when the turnstiles opened at 9:30, and proceeded straight to new Ratatouille ride... where we waited behind a rope until about 10:15. The ride opening was apparently delayed due to mechanical issues. When it finally did open we sprinted through a long long queue ("they're helping us imagine we're rats!") and then right onto the ride. A delightful combination of 3-D video, trackless "rat" vehicles, smells, heat, mechanical effects, water. Not quite as mindblowing as Universal's Spider-Man ride but definitely fun and charming. By the time we got out there was an 85-minute wait and they were handing out FastPasses for 4pm.

Went from there to Tower of Terror... 30-minute wait, we waited, it was worth it. We have now ridden the Tower of Terror in California, Florida, Tokyo, and Paris; it's one of my favorite rides anywhere. The only other thing we were interested in at the Disney Studios park was "Stitch Live!" and only if the timing worked. When we found that the next English show was in 19 minutes, we decided to do that. It was fun and silly, a live interactive show similar to Turtle Talk with Crush -- basically puppetry with a realtime computer-generated video character instead of a puppet. I would love to know what the operator's control interface is like. Had a sandwich at half-empty cafeteria. It was okay (and jammed restaurants at Disneyland park later showed that we made the right call to eat in the Studios).

After lunch, headed over to Disneyland park. The park was beautiful from the entrance and everywhere inside, much nicer than the Studios, really much better theming than just about anywhere else I've been other than Animal Kingdom or DisneySea. First stop was Buzz Lightyear for FastPasses, a frustrating experience: inexperienced guests, machines with poor signage that failed to read guests' tickets, no help from cast members. Somehow did get my passes but I'm not sure how. Then walked through the Nautilus display, quite cool but over too quickly. There was only a 5-minute wait on Space Mountain then, so I did that while Kate chilled on a bench. I would have enjoyed it more if I'd remembered my Croakies, also it gave me a headache, but fun. Walked through Sleeping Beauty display. Looked for a place to sit and have a drink, but Gepetto restaurant was mobbed and most food stands were shut (one disadvantage of the relatively non-crowded park on a rainy Tuesday in July) so we just had some water. Then we did Buzz Lightyear, which was just the same as in the other parks -- still fun. Then Pirates of the Caribbean: the best version of the ride I've seen, but the worst-behaved and most poorly managed crowd. Finally the Phantom Manor -- not the same as the other Haunted Manors, with no punches pulled! You descend into the grave and everything.

Kate was really flagging by now, so I left her in the Gibson Girl cafe while I looked at the animatronic dragon that lives under Sleeping Beauty's castle. Then, after sharing coffee and a muffin, I went back to Space Mountain for one last ride. This time I did remember my Croakies, and had a great time... even though it have me a headache again. Loop-the-loop, two corkscrews, great visual effects, all in the dark, very rattly. We bought some pins (I am not a "collector," I just bought some pins I liked) and headed home about 5:30. Dinner at Creperie Suzette, the same place we'd dined on arrival. Packed, called our cab, to bed 10:45. Tomorrow we rent a car and head to Normandy!

No photos today -- out of time. Will post some ASAP.
shatterstripes July 30 2014, 06:38

glitch

glunge-shuffleA friend pointed me to some glitching tools created by a Mysterious Net Art Collective. I may be using these for an upcoming page, to obscure some crucial information that’ll be in the gloss overlay in the printed volume…

 

Originally published at Egypt Urnash. You can comment here or there.

kradical July 30 2014, 04:25

I am the stinkburger chef!

So I was toodling around on Amazon looking at reviews, which is sometimes edifying -- but often not. Witness a one-star review of V-Wars by E. Lee Zimmerman, a.k.a. Trekscribbler, a.k.a. Ed, in which he trashed the anthology overall, including this particular bit:
… but when your go-to-roster includes stinkburger chef Keith R.A. Decandido in the line-up it’s pretty clear you’re reaching for mediocrity more so than greatness.

I would like to hereby request that all my publishers henceforth use the byline "Stinkburger Chef Keith R.A. DeCandido" as my byline....

We've already had a grand old time on Facebook and Twitter regarding Mr. Zimmerman's neologism, and one friend is trying to convince me to create a fan page on Facebook, and I'm actually considering it.

I also know that this is going to be a thing at Shore Leave this weekend -- especially given that David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore are going to be there. Hell, I've had four different fans request that I sign their books with "Stinkburger Chef" as part of the autograph.....

Mr. Zimmerman reviews quite a bit on Amazon -- over 1100 reviews going back to 1999 -- but the only other one of my books he's reviewed is Dragon Precinct, which he gave two stars and said at one point:
DeCandido (and others) has done a scholar's work in sinking the "Star Trek" franchise into the worst level of vanity publishing

Love it. :)

Thanks, Mr. Zimmerman -- or perhaps I can call you Ed? It's been a shitty couple of days for me and Wrenn, but this cheered me right up.

yours, sincerely,
---the Stinkburger Chef
typographer July 30 2014, 02:02

Cursed be those who support homo devils

So, I’ve written before about the church in Harlem with the church sign that has previously referred to white homo devils and called for the violent murder of gay people and has tried to portray themselves as victims of hate when people object to their signs (and sermons, and so forth), and have tried to disrupt fundraising events for homeless shelters for gay youth.

Among other things...

(The rest of this post, with a new picture of the sign, and so forth, is at FontFolly.Net.)

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kradical July 29 2014, 19:24

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "In the Cards"

The hunt for a Willie Mays rookie card turns into a station-wide crisis with the Dominion that could lead to war. Or, y'know, not. The DS9 Rewatch succumbs to the soulless minions of orthodoxy with "In the Cards."

An excerpt:
Giger’s theory is that cells need to be excited and entertained so they won’t die of ennui. For some inexplicable reason, he has been unable to gain traction with this theory among the greater scientific community.
richardthe23rd July 29 2014, 19:07

Lucky Me

I was checking my e-mail today when a message popped into my inbox to tell me I'd won a Mark Egan CD from All About Jazz.

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