Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 12:34 pm
Plan: get up early, take youngest to school, come home and tidy/clean until noon, eat lunch, answer either the 10 point (hopefully trivial bullshitting) question or the 5 point (tedious, possibly more bullshit, because seriously, how is that question supposed to cover 2 pages with that amount of info, and who writes a two page recommendation when a one page recommendation will do, because that will probably get read), deal with the ceiling repair person, take kid to dance, find time to prepare dinner, have a Wednesday evening.

Getting up early was fine, but stomach was cranky, so no breakfast. Substitute Berocca for the planned coffee. Drive up freeway, get such a good run that it almost couldn't be better on completely empty roads, so youngest is at school ridiculously early. They hope that the library will be open. Will need to make contingency plan for the next time this happens, as it will, because equally plausible is barely scraping in on time. Drive home down freeway, start to feel a bit blah.

Home! Start tidying. Blah turns into so dizzy I can't work out what I'm supposed to be doing. Also, running hot and cold. Try napping - spend about 45 minutes in bed, may have been asleep for some of them. Sit up and read trash on the internet. Take temp (perfectly fine, 36.2°C). Not running a fever, probably just overdoing it colly-wobbles. Drink more Berocca. Play stupid games on ipad until start to feel a little better. Sit up, continue to play silly games. Urgh. Really need to do something. Involved eldest in clean up of kitchen island. Win! There is nothing but fruit on it. Find mouse proof box, move an assortment of (unmunched) packets off the table into it. Fall over for a bit. Go back, determined to get things clean. Look in pantry, realise exactly *how much* evidence-of-mouse is in there. Derail. Clean second top shelf, put most everything back (no evidence-of-mouse on top shelf, including no bite marks in the cereal boxes. Hopefully leave them alone). Clean (and scrub. and gumption) middle shelf, put most everything back. Kitchen counter starting to look like disaster zone again. Sigh. Push on, do fourth shelf. Manage to get half everything back, because some things are in plastic, and the more mouse proofing we do, the more desperate the mouse will be, and some of the plastic stuff already has teeth marks from an earlier invasion. Run out of oomph, eat lunch, type this up.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 07:01 am
I hadn't coded anything in a while... actually, that's not true. I coded a thing I hadn't posted here. So let's start with that instead.

AO3 Additional Filters
This is a userscript (and bookmarklet) to add author, date and wordcount filters to the sidebar on works listings. I basically wrote it because I was tired of losing my date filters when I changed the sort field.

And here's the one I was working on the last couple of days:

Dreamwidth HTML Buttons
This adds buttons to the beta Create Entries page that insert HTML for you.

Both of these are in beta and have only been tested in my own versions of Firefox and (briefly) in Chrome.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 04:15 pm

Past imperfect : history according to the movies edited by Mark Carnes

4 of 5 stars )

Truevine by Beth Macy

4 of 5 stars )

Chenoo by Joseph Bruchac

3 of 5 Stars )

A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters

3 of 5 stars )

  1. discovered in my Cumberbatch-completist mode ↩︎
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 10:23 pm
Have read:
A closed and common orbit by Becky Chambers. Oh my god, this was a delight on so many levels. Long way was like the moon shot that didn’t quite make it, but the potential was So Close, and here she’s tightened her focus, taken the shot and freaking nailed it. I almost wish the blurb had been a paragraph shorter, and am glad I didn’t read it too closely as it was, because drawing the dots betweeJane and Sidra was this quiet little satisfying click all of its own.

The characterisation and the thinking about what it would be like to be an AI dropped into a body was so good -- Sidra wanting to stand in the corner on a table to mimic a security camera angle, for example. And wanting to be a ship again but also wanting to be a part of people’s worlds, and ugh, feels. The external tension of Jane’s survival is also wonderful and Owl <3 <3. I give particular brownie points for the narrative sounding like a 10/14/18 year olds as she ages. It was an interesting, curious thing to me that Chambers close to make the meat/threat animals so explicitly feral dogs when she could have created a different species of threat entirely. Content note for killing and eating of dogs, if that’s something you’d rather not read. But it’s so well worth reading. Strongly rec. Although I suspect the rest of the novel category is going to be just as strong, so voting this year is going to be hard.

Hugo sampling:
Context: I’m a slow reader, comparatively, so the novel category is the biggest ask of my time (I’m going to carefully turn aside from the new series category!) so I read the amazon samples of the books to make a judgement call on time vs payoff etc etc, and all these impressions are of the first chapter/s of each accordingly.

All the birds in the sky by Charlie Jane Anders. I was sideeyeing the voice of the bird So Hard, and not convinced by the narrative voice, either, and then I got totally sucked in by the invention of the wristwatch that timetravels ... two seconds forwards. That invention, and specfically how it’s handled, definitely got my interest enough to want to pick it up properly.

Ninefox gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. I... I had no idea what was going on for 80% of this. And yet, I read all of it, and ... and. Complicated thoughts. Had it been a year or two ago I would have put it down much earlier as a Puppy pick -- Very Srs Military Bizness. And yet it was Very Compelling very srs military bizness, even though reading it made me feel utterly non-fluent in whatever fantasy/sci-fi ness was going down here. A single kudos for a female protagonist (although having now consumed a steady diet of Kameron Hurley, one lone special female character just Doesn’t Cut It, there has to be women integrated throughout now for me to trust that. That said, it was a legit brave choice to have that dense a world building plus battle without explaination, AND to pull it off that compellingly. It gives me hope for the rest of the book. Will pick it up.

The Obelisk gate by N. K. Jemisin. For some reason I wanted to not like this, and not get sucked back into this world. I’m not even sure why now (I think there was a review that talked about how grim and bleak it was), but I’m pulled back in regardless. Will pick it up.

Currently reading: Am not so much in between books right now as in between sample chapters, but still....

Up next: Sample chapters of:

Death’s end by Cixin Liu. Final/3rd book in a series that I haven’t read is going to be a tall order to pull me in, but I’m curious given the first was 2015’s Hugo novel winner. Anyone able to tell me if knowing the first two is Essential or not?

Too like the lightning by Ada Palmer. It’s not available on that I can see (*curses*), so getting the sample chapters to my phone is slightly more cumbersome. But the first few chapters are also up on here so, score!

After these two I’ll probably jump straight to the novelettes (see here for an excellent compilation of Where to Find the 2017 Hugo Finalists For Free Online so I can start Finishing Things and have categories ticked off before the actual packet lands. So goes the theory!
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 02:07 am
1. My meeting with the company president got changed to today instead of tomorrow, which sucks because it was my day off and I had to drive to Gardena and then the person who was scheduled before me ended up going way over, so I had to wait for an hour and a half! But my review went well, and I got my raise, and now it's done with. And at least that means tomorrow I can just go for the afternoon meeting and can have the whole morning off.

2. We went to McDonalds for lunch and they have a new burger. It looks like the sriracha one was discontinued and instead they have a sweet bbq bacon one. I got it with the crispy chicken instead of hamburger and it was soooo good. Honestly probably the best burger I've ever had at McDonalds. (Not a terribly high bar, but it really is good!)

3. I only played Zelda for a bit today, but I did do four more shrines.

4. I posted more manga!

5. I got some super cute pics of Chloe tonight. :)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 01:50 pm
Today, I've finished the baby blanket that I started work on over the long weekend, so about one and a half weeks ago. I've a photo, but as I have it on my phone, that will have to come later. I also gifted it to the recipients, just as I left the baby shower...
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 03:03 pm

A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2)A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book two in McGuire’s Sidhe Urban Fantasy series.

Once again, Toby is thrown into the slaughterhouse, and somehow survives, solving the mystery along the way.

The hybrid mix of technology and magic has aged a little, which is unsurprising given the novel is 7 years old.

I didn’t find the plot quite as engaging as the first one, and while there were some clever plot twists and character interaction, it wasn’t quite enough for me.

Let’s see how the third in the series goes.

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 03:00 pm

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sidhe Urban Fantasy series, doesn’t feel particularly original now, but may have been much more so when it came out in 2009.

Good stable of characters, and a cracking mystery plot, mixed in with enough violence that it Toby ever came face to face with McGuire, there’s going to be a significant reckoning, and I’m not sure who I’d put my money on.

Finished this and started the second one immediately.

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Monday, April 24th, 2017 08:22 pm

Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Hino's first rugby practice is not what he was expecting.

Chapter 2: Sunshine After Rain
Monday, April 24th, 2017 11:19 pm
My name is Perseus, & I'm a 23 year old mentally & physically disabled transgender person. I've lived w/ severe abuse for most of my life, & up until recently I was coping through it. My mother & I lived with my stepfather who abused us both in every form until I was 17 & called child services, got my sister adopted into another family.

Link: Donate here
Deadline: None given
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: money; personal information: first name, last name, email address; decision-making
Monday, April 24th, 2017 07:15 pm
Reblog if it’s okay for your followers to leave you an ask telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?
Monday, April 24th, 2017 04:08 pm
Link: here at [personal profile] copperbadge's place
Requirements: various
Anything else: This week, fundraisers, sales and a research project!
Monday, April 24th, 2017 03:55 pm
As the "rape clause" exemption cannot be delivered in a way that does not breach women's rights and undermine women's equality and safety, we call on the UK Government to repeal the "family cap" measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, including all of its exemptions.

Link: Sign the petition
Location: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
Deadline: 3rd May 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information: name, email address, country of residence, postcode
Monday, April 24th, 2017 03:51 pm
The Chechen government is abducting and torturing gay men. This more than qualifies any gay Chechens for asylum in the UK: the Home Office should issue a statement to this effect so that Chechens fleeing the country know that they will be offered protection in the UK.

Link: Sign the petition
Location: Restricted to British citizens and UK residents
Deadline: 3rd May 2017
Time estimate: <5 mins
Requirements: personal information: name, email address, country of residence, postcode
Anything else: Another petition about the murder and torture of gay men in Chechnya, this one specifically relevant to offering them asylum in the UK.
Monday, April 24th, 2017 06:37 pm
My wrist is still borked. Typing is painful and probably a bad idea (and really annoying one-handed.)

Ultrasound and bone scan this week.
Monday, April 24th, 2017 01:21 am
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.

2. It's been getting pretty warm during the day the last few days (especially yesterday) but thankfully it's cooling down a lot at night. I don't mind a few warm days, but I really don't want full-on summer weather just yet!

3. I had to go drive all over the place this morning to pick up a special order and deliver it to the customer (we don't usually do delivery but this customer is an exception) which was a pain, but I got reimbursed for my mileage so now I have some cash.

4. I played Zelda tonight and beat Windblight Ganon! That was the easiest of the three I've fought so far.

5. Jasper just can't resist wriggling around and doing silly poses in his sleep.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 10:42 pm
Thinking of putting together a playlist for the Wiscon Vid Party on morally ambiguous and ambitious women. Anyone have recs for vids or AMVs that showcase power-hungry women? POC characters or characters from games or anime preferred. I'd especially love something on Kuvira from Legend of Korra, Lady Eboshi from Princess Mononoke or Kushana from Nausicaa.

Also, I am feeling old... where does one go to look for vids nowadays? I did find a fair amount of Kuvira vids on YouTube, but nothing I liked so far, and's search is incredibly frustrating.

Currently on the list: [personal profile] feedingonwind's A New Day (Mariah, Luke Cage), [personal profile] shati's Hope on Fire (Mishil, Queen Seondeok), [personal profile] starlady's Shuang Nu (Wu Zetian, Detective Dee).
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 10:16 pm

Another week of April Showers come and gone! Join us in telling your fandom story or filling us in on your fandom's history!

April 16th — Girl Meets World: The bay window would be the perfect place to edit the Boy Meets World & Girl Meets World pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 17th — Yuri!!! on Ice: We were born to ship Victuuri—and so many others! Share your favorite YuriOnIce ships on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 18th — The Mortal Instruments: No such thing as TMI on Fanlore. Share your Mortal Instruments fandom experience! (retweet, reblog)

April 19th — Binding of Isaac: Is Isaac dead? If you know, grab some pickups and a trinket to help edit Binding of Isaac at Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 20th — Simon Snow series: Calling all Snowflakes! Snowbaz fans gather together to update the Fangirl , Carry On, and Simon Snow pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 21st — Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers fans assemble! Let yourself be burdened with glorious purpose to edit Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 22nd — Undertale: Fanlore wants you filled with determination to tell the world about Undertale & share the skelebros squee! (retweet, reblog)

Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include The Phoenix, The Raven Cycle, and Supergirl. Well done, team! \o/

Every fan perspective is welcome on Fanlore. Get started by visiting our New Visitor Portal so that you, too, can participate in April Showers!

Monday, April 24th, 2017 01:04 pm
My next assignment is due today. I've then one due next week, two weeks and then there are two due simultaneously (argh), and then most of a month until two are due two days apart. (the last 1(ish) I still have no word on).

This assignment is two 15 mark questions, where the number of marks represents the % of the final grade. I spent a fair chunk of last week either looking at question 1, trying to nut out where to start with question 1, or procrastinating on question 1 with the excuse that it was school holidays. About Friday, I decided that abandoning question 1 and having a look at question 2 was a bloody good idea. And I was right. Friday I did all the rereading I needed to, refreshed my memory of the relevant commands, and then attempted to go to bed early* [ETA: note that also on Friday I prepped and ran a 2 hour class, and ran a couple of errands]. Saturday morning I mostly didn't work on it. Saturday afternoon the rest of the family went off to a social catchup with friends, and I stayed home and worked on question 2. About 6pm, I had 2.5 pages and 8 references worth of answer. So I went out and spent the evening with family and friends.

Back to question 1. Yesterday (Sunday) I read things. I did some stats. I relearned how to deal with dates in R. I read things. I learnt how to get a year/month date in R. I read things. I continued to be baffled. And then I found some details that I've obviously read before (pencil underlining will make that obvious) but hadn't retained. And so I felt that I had done Enough! and went to a(n ice-)hockey game, where our team won, but only just (and only because one of the goals from the opposition was disallowed for kicking). And then I read more, and read facebook, and read more, and then went to bed.

Today, I've made more notes, and then started converting them into sentences. After a couple of hours of this, frustrated note making turned into acceptable (but only just) sentence making, and lo, at 1pm, I have 169 words of completed introduction, a sentence of methods, and a rather pointed paragraph worth of discussion (even though I don't have that section of analysis in either the stats methodology or the results section as anything other than dot points). Now, I'm going to take a break, and go run 3 errands. One of which is to buy only 3-4 balls of yarn at Spotlight, and several specific pieces of fabric at Textile Traders. In an hour. I'm sure any one reading this can see the fatal flaw in that plan!

* this was not assignment related, this was kid training related. I then mostly failed to sleep in anything longer than 15 minute chunks, although I did get quite a few of those.
Monday, April 24th, 2017 09:12 am
Probably my last LJ crosspost. Probably my last LJ entry.

5 biplanes fly over Mt Eliza 
A rainbow kisses the paddlesteamer Decoy

A dolphin surfaces near the Narrows and Old Swan Brewery.

#36photo #36photo2007