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Posted by shatterstripes on 2014.04.19 at 13:45

I spent a few hours this morning poking at the Quest For Surgeons. The ten or so browser tabs I’ve had open for a couple months from the last time I did this have now expanded to like two dozen, and I feel no closer to a decision. I really need to poll my friends and acquaintances who have had it done for who and how they feel about their bits, and actually write that down somewhere I can find it again instead of trusting it to my fallible memory. (Feel free to drop me some e-mail if you are one of those friends.)

Because somewhere near the end of last year, I realized that my internal state had shifted from “happily no-op” to “pre-op”, and resolved that I’d have a choice made and a surgery date scheduled by the end of 2014.

This quest is kinda frustrating because if there’s any kind of central place to go compare these things, I sure haven’t found it. Well, I’ve found a few, but they’re all out of date, or scarily amateur web design that triggers warning signs, or both. (It may be superficial, but the overall feel of a web site is something I can’t help but gauge; IMHO this is a basic survival skill of the modern Internet.)

Anyway. Gonna exercise, then grit my teeth and finish these last tweaks for the second attempt at printing Rita book 2. And maybe work on that drawing I’ve been playing with of Blue Rita getting it on with Carol, too; this mood definitely suits drawing a few interchangeable genitals lying around.

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My tweets

Posted by chuck_melville on 2014.04.19 at 12:01
  • Fri, 12:20: Cripes. Some days, effin' nothing goes right. &@j#%!!!!
  • Sat, 09:23: It's Easter, and I'm already writing a Thanksgiving gag for Mr Cow...

"I don't know how to love him!"

Posted by typographer on 2014.04.19 at 11:41
Muppet Christ, Superstar is a parody depicting what it might sound like if the Muppets did a version of Jesus Christ, Superstar. Christo Graham sings all the parts. His Kermit is a bit of a stretch, but his Miss Piggy is pretty spot on.

I nearly died while listening to Miss Piggy Singing "I Don't Know How to Love Him."

The songs are available for download from Bandcamp. Or you can listen to them here.

Happy Easter!

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The New Rules

Posted by richardthe23rd on 2014.04.19 at 10:02
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: The Incredible String Dusters
The first rule of Fight Club is: Don't install the Java update.

The second rule of Fight Club is: Don't install the Java update.

The third rule of Fight Club is: Maybe after the third time you go through the entire process of downloading and installing the Java update, it will actually work.

The fourth rule of Fight Club is: Kick someone's ass at Oracle regardless.

The fifth rule of Fight Club is: Don't install the Java update.

My tweets

Posted by domynoe on 2014.04.19 at 12:03
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Back in the saddle again

Posted by kvogel on 2014.04.19 at 08:39
This has been a busy and productive week, getting a PayPal account, grinding out commissions, might even get my papers for taxes together. All due to better living through chemistry, as my Doc has changed my anti-depressant meds. Its Bupropion, a different chemical family from my earlier stuff, an all I have to do now is fine-tune dosage. My current level has me a bit hyper and possibly a little error-prone, but I'm working on dialing it down.

And a little update on My Mother Dearest, she's recovering as well as could be expected, but might need some follow-up heart surgery. Still plans to come up for the Summer to test the waters for a permanent stay.

on the radio, whoa whoa whoa, on the radio

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.19 at 09:09
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "Not Ralitsa Vassileva" by Ian Anderson
I will be appearing on TrekRadio TONIGHT at 7pm EST to discuss The Klingon Art of War. If you can't listen to the podcast tonight, it'll be archived, and if you have questions for me about TKAOW, please submit them to questions at trekradio dot net.

This is the first of (at least) three podcasts I'm doing to pimp the book, and I've also got two bookstore signings in NYC set up. Oh, and I'll be debuting the book at TrekTrax Atlanta 2014 next weekend..................

Extinct Like Me

Posted by richardthe23rd on 2014.04.18 at 18:44
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: Sheryl Crow, "My Favorite Mistake"
Listening to NPR and a story about how Nelson Mandela's famous "I am willing to die" speech was accidentally preserved for posterity on the Dictaphone belts that transcribed it for the court records. Much was made of how difficult it was to retrieve the audio from this antiquated, obsolete, and disappeared technology, and their search for what might have been the only surviving Dictaphone. Naturally I immediately flashed back to one of my first jobs, on my summer break from high school: Transcribing those blue plastic Dictaphone belts for two mediators from the National Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Knuckle crack the bone, 21 to win

Posted by cmpriest on 2014.04.18 at 18:28
This morning, the first of two landscaping/hardscaping dudes came out to check the premises. He took some measurements, we went through some catalogs, and he'll get back to me with some estimates once he's run the numbers. I liked him just fine, and I think he's good at what he does; he was my first pick, after all...though my second pick was such a close second that it was almost a coin flip, anyway. (And we'll see what the other dude thinks about matters on Tuesday.)

Not gonna lie, I'm getting pretty excited about it - despite what's bound to be an exorbitant price tag. It's a lot of work, and a lot of materials, but the results are going to be amazing. I've had visions of patios and paver walkways dancing in my head all day.

Which reminds me, Monday I'll take some photos and shoot an email to the historic zoning people, just to cover all my bases.

* * *

I checked the flower baskets today when I went out to do my watering - whereupon I spotted one wee little nest, a tad bigger than my palm. No eggs yet, and the birds wigged out when they saw me messing with the basket. (No, I didn't water it.) They were apparently watching from the dogwood tree nearby.

I can hear them right now, chirping back and forth to one another on the porch. I trust that means they've forgiven me the small intrusion.

* * *

Here's today's progress on my witchy art-deco horror novel about Lizzie Borden thirty years after her parents' deaths - now featuring ghosts and non-ghosts alike, anti-Catholic conspiracy nuts, supernatural political shenanigans, the mafia, and a Bonus! space-worshiping murder cult hiding behind the KKK:

    Project: Chapelwood
    Deadline: October 1, 2014
    New words written: 1236 (meh)
    Present total word count: 64,874

    Things accomplished in fiction: Read a sinister newspaper article over breakfast, and received an alarming phone call.

    Next up: Courtroom results and fallout. (I know I said that yesterday, but I really mean it for tomorrow.)

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunt with dog; replied to an email interview; met with the landscaping dude; cleaned the whole house even mopping the relevant floors; refilled all the bird feeders and watered all the new stuff except for the bird-occupied flower basket; started a load of laundry.

    Other: Cleaning the whole house eats up a fair amount of brain CPU, thus the lower word count today. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 98,267


Posted by richardthe23rd on 2014.04.18 at 15:15
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: Doobie Brothers, "Dependin' On You"
I went in for another haircut today and boy did she clip me close this time. I just wanted to look like I was going on a job interview, not being inducted into the Marine Corps. Funny thing: Short as it is, that one cowlick spot on the back of my head still wants to stick up,

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Body Parts"

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.18 at 15:34
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Eurology" by Ian Anderson
Quark gets a death sentence -- OR DOES HE? Plus Keiko's pregnancy gets weird, as the DS9 Rewatch assembles some "Body Parts."

An excerpt:
When O’Brien complains about how active Keiko has been during pregnancy and declares, “It’s as if I have to remind her she’s pregnant!” Dax—who has been pregnant while in previous female hosts—has a magnificently sarcastic response: “Yeah, I guess the extra weight, the morning sickness, the mood swings, the medical examinations—they aren’t reminders enough.”

On a completely different note, my husband likes to read The Art of Manliness blog and points out articles of interest to me.


Ladies, the site is for your men, but it's got good reading from time to time. Nonetheless, at first I didn't understand why he'd think I cared about ""How and When to Tuck in Your Shirt1


With all due respect to the otherwise excellent advice in the article...


Gentlemen, this is what you wear when you think to yourself, "I am never going to seal the deal with my woman"2, but at least my shirt will stay tucked in."

Just sayin'

1. Definitely useful for young men, though.
2. And yes, that means your wife.

My tweets

Posted by chuck_melville on 2014.04.18 at 12:01

I Wish This Were a Joke

Posted by carbonelle on 2014.04.18 at 11:47
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Horatio Lyle
I wonder how many young'uns getting assigned Swift's A Modest Proposal1, imagine themselves mentally and morally superior to the yahoos of the 19th century.

I started reading this, and it's brilliant, I suppose:

Someone get this printed on a t-shirt:

“Free Megan Huntsman!”

Slap it on a bumper sticker. Start the campaign.

Megan Huntsman — every bit the same sort of feminist hero as Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards or Abortion Martyr George Tiller – is being persecuted. Prosecuted and persecuted before our very eyes (in the year 2014!) all for allegedly making a choice. A difficult choice, mind you. An alleged choice that she must have grappled with torturously.

She considered her options and, in the end, came to the conclusion that she wasn’t ready to be a mother. So she terminated her post-birth fetuses — six of them — and put them in boxes in her garage, according to the charges.

Police say that Ms. Huntsman has admitted to conducting this medical procedure, and why shouldn’t she admit to it? Why shouldn’t she have the freedom to make decisions about her life and her body, and why shouldn’t society herald her bravery in doing so?

(The rest is here)

And without even hitting the comments page, were I a betting woman, I'd bet there are plenty of readers up in arms at Walsh's desertion to the other side.

But as I read, I kept feeling sure that there are many young 'uns going through the mills of Academe who are murmuring Amen, brother! Preach it! as they read.2

On the bright side, those entitled, monopolistic, greedy parasites in the Academy have cranked the cost of college so high that ordinary decent parents are starting to bail. Those who've managed to emerge with some shred of a liberal education, ethics, and rationality have a real opportunity now. It's a chance to provide alternatives, or at least steer the young 'uns away from these festering Petri dishes of the intellect. Who knows? Perhaps we can have a generation that will read "This woman exercised her right to abort her infants, and now she’s being unjustly persecuted" with the same sense of reflexive disgust at the abuses of the 21st century, as ours did reading Swift.

One can hope.

1. Usually for the same reason they get Call of the Wild instead of White Fang. Heh.

2. Metaphorically speaking mind you. Progressives work hard to grind that kind of anti-social tendency out of young minds long before they reach high school or college.

It was brought home to me recently, Gentle Reader, that I have been remiss. The thing is (and there's always a thing) I reach out to you in all these different internet venues in all these different ways all the time. So from my end it feels to me like I 'm making everything known to the best of my abilities. And yet, it doesn't always work. I realized that's because I have specific methods of interaction that I know, but are a mystery to everyone else.

So I am going to break it down for you...

Do you want to know about my new releases, kickstarter projects, events, and short stories?
Then you probably want to join the Newsletter or follow my Official Facebook Author Page.
I use these venues specifically to relay only professional information. The Newsletter comes only once a month, so if you want things in a super timely manner than the Author Page on FB is for you. These two communication venues are for people who appreciate sparseness and abhor clutter. They are static, as in, you won't get much interaction from me, although I do try to make certain I check for questions regularly.

Do you want to know everything that interests me all the time, including fun images, quotes from my books, reviews and so forth as it happens?
Then you may want to follow me on Twitter or my personal Facebook Page. This is a lot of content that can be overwhelming to some people, and it moves quickly so you can miss stuff. The difference between the two is that my interactions over Twitter are faster and more consistent than on Facebook. Twitter is my mobile social media of choice, if you @gailcarriger on Twitter I will respond to you quickly. On Faebook things can go for days without my noticing, or disappear into the feed.

Do you want to contact me over a business matter? Invite me to a convention? Ask a long question?
Please use the calling card feature on my website. Here on the blog works OK, but again my response time can be days (because I don't post every day). Facebook is the worst venue for conducting business of any kind (no easy way to track interactions) and if you use that, I'll send a form letter directing to use my contact page.

Do you want to stalk me (in a nice way, of course)?
Twitter is probably best. It's most likely to be real time me objecting to the world of airports and delayed flights, chatting about my current convention and stuff like that.

Do you want to be inspired by imagery? 
Then follow my Tumblr. It's lots of reblogs of pictures I like from paintings of period attire to fantasy future landscapes to custard recipes to steampunk and the occasional self image or photo of my office and my teatimes, and some of Lilliput. I love playing on Tumblr but it's just that, play time.

Do you simply want to talk about my books (and other people's) with fellow enthusiasts?
Then The Parasol Protectorate Facebook discussion group is best.

Are you interested in what I read and my book reviews?
Then Goodreads is your spot. It shadows this blog and I do respond to messages and comments, but again it's slower than in other venues. However, I keep a reliable record of books I love there both genre and non-fiction and everything in between.

Do you want to see pictures of me at events with readers and fellow authors?
Then follow my Flickr. I use it mainly for candids. The most recent 20 of which will appear on my website in the gallery section. My use of Flickr is entirely static, I don't follow back and I don't interact with anyone there.

Do you only care about the clothes I wear and the fashion that inspires me and my books?
I have a blog for that, Retro Rack. I post about what I wear to events, what people would have worn to events in the past, how to buy a corset, and soon there will be one all about the dress silhouettes in my three different series. Things like that.

Do you want cliff notes of everything?
That's what this blog is for. It may not be the best for your specific needs but it's kind of my catch all. I try to post here 3 times a week, and it is kept as up to date as possible with regards to events and releases. That said often others will break news first on Twitter since so many insiders in the Publishing Industry hang out there.

So there you have it, kind of overwhelming. But hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can expect from me in the different venues. I want to make it easy for you, so that I'm there when  you need me on the platform you find easiest. That said I think it unlikely I will be on any other platforms. This really is a lot to keep track of!


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Willow Ware Sauser Don Moyer

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Via FB

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Slinging Slang: The Case for Made-Up Words


Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books!

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
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
$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt
Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News:
All Things Rena says of Etiquette & Espionage, “Steampunk awesomesauce!... I look forward to reading a story that is original and I definitely got that here.”

Quote of the Day:
Water-Cure Journal, September 1855

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.

My tweets

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my TrekTrax Atlanta schedule

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.18 at 11:18
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "Coming into Los Angeles" by Arlo Guthrie
One week from today, I will be jetting into Georgia for TrekTrax Atlanta where, among other things, I'll be launching The Klingon Art of War. As with last year, I'll have a table where I'll be selling books, including copies of KAOW and other books of mine as well.

Plus I'll be doing the following program items:

8-10pm: "VIP Champagne Reception," a gathering with the guests of honor including self, Arlene Martel, Felix Silla, and Jeremy Roberts -- tickets are $30 and can be purchased here (The Marketplace)
10.45-11.45pm: "The Klingon Art of War," discussing the new book (Salon B)

4.15-5.15pm: "TrekTrax Atlanta Presents: Keith R.A. DeCandido," a one-hour Q&A and reading by me (Salon B)
8-9pm: "The 2014 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant," the 15th annual pageant that is unique among pageants to say the least, for which I am likely to be a judge (Salon B)

I don't have anything specific scheduled for Sunday, but I'll be around, selling books and stuff....

Friday fanfare: "Birthday"

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.18 at 09:52
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: "If You Would Just Drop By" by Arlo Guthrie
What better song to post on my birthday than this classic from the Beatles?

LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed

Posted in news on 2014.04.18 at 09:50

Dear users,

As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

We are happy to confirm that LiveJournal is not vulnerable and has not been affected at all.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 months we have been working hard to deploy many security features to protect user data.

Nevertheless, even though LiveJournal was not affected by the Heartbleed bug, changing your password is still a good idea, especially if you use similar passwords on other sites whose data may have been compromised. If you haven't changed your password in the last year, we recommend that you do so now.

I say it's my birthday....

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.18 at 09:47
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: "St. James Infirmary" by Arlo Guthrie
Today I'm 45. I'm a hit single, with a B-side, and that little yellow thing in the middle that prevents sliding around the turntable.

Or I'm half a right angle.

Or something.

Anyhow, most of my birthday will be spent writing because deadlines don't give a shit that it's my birthday, but I will be festivizing at one of my favorite restaurants -- Mario's on Arthur Avenue -- with family this evening.

Thanks to everyone who has wished me well on Facebook and Twitter and in private messages. I have the best friends, family, and fans in the world, and I wouldn't trade any of you for anything. *big-ass group hug*

Easter: La Saeta, or which Jesus?

Posted by mount_oregano on 2014.04.18 at 14:59
Current Location: Madrid, Spain
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
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Easter is the most important religious holiday in Spain, more significant than Christmas. Christ was born at Christmas, but he brought salvation at Easter. So this week throughout Spain, solemn religious processions mourn Jesus’ suffering and death.

Here is a song about that by Joan Manuel Serrat. The words are by Antonio Machado (1875-1939), a poet from Seville, and the poem is La Saeta.

It opens by quoting a popular saeta. These are songs for Easter week processions in Andalucia, in southern Spain. Northern Spain has different songs, but the drums are the same everywhere to mark the pace of penitent funeral processions for Jesus. The saeta asks for a ladder to take the nails from Jesus on the wooden cross. Machado’s poem goes on to lament that this song is always the same, always about Jesus’ death. “... It is the faith of my forefathers. Oh, you are not my song! I cannot sing it, I do not want this Jesus on the wood, I want the one who walked on the sea! ... You are not my song!”

Here is “La Saeta” sung by Joan Manuel Serrat:

Here is a version by Camarón de la Isla (1950-1992), one of the greatest flamenco singers ever:

— Sue Burke

Black Widow

Posted by lyda222 on 2014.04.18 at 07:56
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At the library yesterday, I gravitated toward my usual favorite section to shelve: teen (because they have all the manga and the comic books.) So, I came across this:


Black Widow: The Name of the Rose (Margorie Liu/Daniel Acuña). According to the back cover copy, "collecting Black Widow 1-5, plus some material from Heroic Age #1."

When I started it, I was a little afraid it was going to make me feel old again, like the new Hawkeye title did. The art is similar, but deeper:


But, for some reason, I really enjoyed the heck out of this title. I think maybe it's partly the fact that Black Widow is super-competient. She also gets beaten up, being mostly human, like Clint, but... she's just so much smarter and independent. Looking back to Hawkeye at the scene where Clint can't figure out how to untangle his cords for his entertainment system and calls Iron Man/Tony Stark, it's hard not to compare it to the time Stark is called in here... to find out that the reason Black Widow was attack was because she was secretly carrying a recording device, collecting spy information on EVERYONE (ally and enemy alike). Clint comes off as a moron; Natasha kicked your butt and you didn't even know it.

There are also a couple of scene that made me hyper-aware of Black Widow's sexuality. Guess what, guys, she has boobs. But, what SHOULD feel like gratuitous fan service never entirely did--even the scene where she's tied up, naked. I think the reason was because she comes off so completely unfazed by it. Like, 'ho-hum' bad guys are trying to make me feel vulnerable using my gender. Ah, well, I guess I'll just have to escape and KICK THEIR A$$ES WHILE COMPLETELY NUDE.

It's weirdly awesome.

I recommend it.

Trip, Day 1: To Eugene

Posted by dsmoen on 2014.04.18 at 01:35
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We’re going to be going over mountains, so I take the special meds. I hate it with a burning passion, and you’ll understand why in a bit.

I take it because it increases oxygen concentration in the blood, which means less altitude sick. I get altitude sick in a ten story building. Only a slight exaggeration.

Four thousand feet is where I really start to feel it, though. Since I’m doing a lot of the driving, I take the damn meds.

I am not a morning person. I have not truly ever been a morning person (I quite literally lack the gene), but the last few years in particular I have especially not been a morning person. I was saying that to a friend who got run over by a car last year, and she said, “Because the pain meds have worn off!”

Exactly. That is why.
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Good Links for a Good Friday!

Posted by typographer on 2014.04.17 at 23:11
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It's nearly Easter! Here's a collection of news and other things that struck me as worthy of being shared:

President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson (the first openly gay Episcopal bishop) to lead the closing prayer.

How we found the giant squid. I know it's over a year old, but it's cool. Other than the dig against space research at the end...

‘Oh, I’ve got to write? Time to clean the stove first’. Thanks to Seashellseller for the link!

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah takes a nasty step against same-sex couples.

Peter LaBarbera came to a college to "expose" the "gay agenda." He wasn't expecting what would happen instead. Money quote: "As an institution, we have a duty to protect free speech, hateful or not. But we don’t have to listen to it."

LOUISIANA: House Votes 66-27 To Keep Unconstitutional Anti-Sodomy Law.

Living the dream: 3-year-old kid escapes from home, climbs inside claw toy machine at bowling alley. Sounds like a kid who knows what he wants!

Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment.

In Sickness and in Health: A Couple's Final Journey. You'll need to have some tissues handy.

Epigenetics Helps Explain Early Humans’ Appearances.


Zoologger: Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil.

Daffy Duck, Glorious Archetype of Selfishness, Is 77. Here Is His First Cartoon.

The Gay Father I Never Knew.

US radio host: Advert featuring gay dads is like axe murder.

Revealed: Samsung misled investors, pundits with shipments vs. sales. 'Market share' is never what you think it is.

Meet the Ten Most Endangered and Distinctive Birds in the World.

Former monk pleads with Pope Francis on behalf of LGBT youths.

Tony Perkins' Disingenuous Boycott 'Outrage'.

Stop twisting the Bible: There is no message against same-sex marriage.

President Obama kicked off Holy Week at the White House Monday with 150 Christian leaders at the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.

Matt Gold "Appreciated" (a sweet, fun song):

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Mike Munich covers Kylie Minogue's SEXERCIZE, then makes an all male version of the video:

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Well, either you're closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a Spuffy shipper in your community.
Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in Buffy fandom.
Why sure I'm a multishipper,
Certainly mighty proud to say
I'm always mighty proud to say it.
I consider that the hours I spend
With a fic on my screen are golden.
Helps you rack up the kudos
With a cool head and a keen pen.
Ever take and try to write
An IC Kenny/Dawn smutfic
For a three-word Yuletide prompt?
But just as I say,
It takes judgement, brains, and maturity to ship
Any pairing I like,
I say that any noob can take
And shove a vamp at a Slayer.
And I call that fluff
The first big step on the road
To the depths of curtainfic--
I say, first prophecy fic about soulbonds,
Then miracle babies!
An' the next thing ya know,
Those shippers are pinin' for bad boys in a leather coat.
Writing letters to some jailed serial killer...

(That's where I ran out of ideas, alas)

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Posted by rahirah on 2014.04.17 at 19:47
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Turns out my sister is violently allergic to the chemo drug they wanted to start her on. So yeah. That's not good.

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music thoughts

Posted by shatterstripes on 2014.04.17 at 18:49

So I was in Trader Joe’s getting some stuff and this piece of pablum came on the speakers. As it percolated up through my consciousness to recognition, I found myself with one thought: I could have happily gone my entire life without hearing this song ever again. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, when music was largely a thing provided by DJs at a half-dozen or so FM radio stations in any large town, and if something made it to #6 on Billboard (as this did), it would be pretty inescapable for months on end.

People are always expected to be all nostalgiac for the top hits of their teen years, but I’m not. Maybe it’s because my teen years were a big pile of grey depression after my father died. But maybe it’s also because stuff like this was still lingering?

Folks tend to say punk was a reaction to the technical excesses of prog-rock, but honestly I find myself wondering if it was as much a reaction to this. On the other hand I went from the technical wankery of soft-rock prog into the even more technical wankery of electronic music, and occasionally love listening to music that is so technical and intricate that it cannot be played in realtime by human hands, so what do I know.

I’m rambling, my ex-with-benefits is here, and I’m not stoned. Let me fix that last. Have a good night.

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triple play and triples

Posted by kradical on 2014.04.17 at 21:23
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: the Yankees-Rays game on YES
Almost exactly a year ago, the Yankees turned a very bizarre triple play against the Orioles with CC Sabathia pitching.

Tonight, against the Rays, with CC pitching once again, the Yanks turned a more traditional triple play. It was started by Yangervis Solarte, a 26-year-old rookie who came out of nowhere in spring training to take over the everyday third base job, and finished by Scott Sizemore in his first-ever professional game at first base. Gotta love it...

Not only that, but in the top of the inning, the Yanks hit two triples. It's triple day!

More Lucius

Posted by ljgoldstein in theinferior4 on 2014.04.17 at 17:16
I was looking at stuff about Lucius and was reminded of this letter.  He'd written it for his roommate, who'd wanted to meet me, for the roommate to give me at a convention:

Dear Lisa,

This is to introduce my friend and roommate.  He's a good guy, so sit down and have a drink with him if you've got a moment, OK?

Y'know, I just realized that this could be some incredibly devious ploy utilized by some demented fan in order to get close to the object of his obsession, couldn't it.  All it would take is half an imagination, a passing familiarity with my chicken scratch of a signature, the opportunity, and then the terror could begin.

Oh, well.  Live dangerously...

Yr. pal,

[Chicken scratch of a signature here]


gift packs

Posted by ramblin_phyl on 2014.04.17 at 16:17
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I received a package of chocolates in the mail today. Long complicated reason.


But Mr. Chessie was more interested in the packing material.


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