Westercon 2017 Road Trip Day 1: Fernley to Tonopah

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 10:08 pm
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After what seemed like innumerable delays, we managed to get away from Fernley about 2:30 PM and set out for Tonopah. This is the shortest of the three legs of the trip, being merely 200 miles; however, if we didn't stop in Tonopah, our next realistic stop would be in Beatty, another 100 miles south of here. That seems unwise, given that we didn't know how soon I could get off work today; besides, we've stayed at the Tonopah Station Hotel before, and because it was the headquarters hotel of our Tonopah Westercon bid, we have a soft spot for it.

Bear Approves of Our Hotel Choice )

The hotel will win no luxury awards, and unfortunately nearly all of the rooms require negotiating stairs, but it's affordable, and there's a grocery store next door. Since our room has a refrigerator, we got some yogurt to have for breakfast tomorrow. After dinner in the restaurant, we walked around the hotel grounds and surrounding areas. In contrast to the heat of Fernley and the even more heat we'll be suffering in Las Vegas and Tempe, it was quite temperate and comfortable. Had we really won that bid, the small number of people who actually might have made the trek to Tonopah would have, I think, enjoyed the mild summer evenings.

My computer connected to the hotel wi-fi eventually, although it's not especially fast, and I'm glad that I don't have to get any real work done here. Still, when we check out tomorrow morning, we'll probably make a reservation for stopping here a week from Saturday on the way home.

Tomorrow is the longest leg of the trip (300 miles to Laughlin), and we have errands to run in Las Vegas to boot.

overween, v.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:00 am
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OED Word of the Day: overween, v. To have excessively or unreasonably high expectations
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Thursday, June 29th, 2017 01:00 am
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 29, 2017 is:

culminate • \KUL-muh-nayt\  • verb

1 : (of a celestial body) to reach its highest altitude; also : to be directly overhead

2 : to rise to or form a summit

3 : to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point


"My son and I are very interested in science and discovery. We were privileged to hear a distinguished physicist describe his research in magnetic wave phenomenon…. His complex findings present all matter as series of circular waves culminating in one large magnetic center which connects the universe." — Louise Bostic, The Daily Star (Hammond, Louisiana), 21 Apr. 2016

"Unfortunately, segments of its plot lacked creativity and purpose, ultimately culminating in a mediocre final product." — Nick Gavio, The Georgetown Voice (Georgetown University), 5 June 2017

Did you know?

Culminate was first used in English in the 17th century in the field of astronomy. When a star or other heavenly body culminates, it reaches the point at which it is highest above the horizon from the vantage point of an observer on the ground. The word derives from the past participle of the Medieval Latin verb culminare, meaning "to crown," and ultimately from the Latin noun culmen, meaning "top." As something culminates it rises toward a peak. These days the word is most familiar to English speakers in its figurative usage meaning "to reach a climactic or decisive point."

Always watch the skies!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:25 pm
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It's a good week for some of us in Australia for the skies. For those of us in Perth tonight, Ian Musgrave  from the excellent http://astroblogger.blogspot.com.au/ reports that  the ISS will pass below Jupiter and the Moon for us at 18:06, so keep an eye out unless the clouds hear about it and crowd in front for a view, ruining ours.

I will not be able to, as I'll be seeing the doctor about my ankle. For those that came in late I came off my bike* a couple of weeks ago. The scrapes, grazes and bruises have mostly healed, but my ankle, which wasn't bleeding and not particularly sore at the time was strained in the footholder. The bleeding bits got all the attention. After the long photowalk a week or two later my ankle got very sore. It now gets swollen when I walk more than a klick or two and has a hard lump which hurts if I poke it, and sometimes if I don't. Refraining from poking hasn't resulted in any difference, I hasten to add to all of you who are saying "Don't poke it!"

It's annoying because I'd really like to get some proper excercise, and with Finland in less than a month I want to be fighting fit!

So a visit to the doctor tonight puts paid to my ISS viewing, but you lot, those of you in Perth, anyway, and some of you in other Australian cities check out Ian Musgrave's blog and see if you get a look too. Adelaide and Melbourne are looking good for it.

*Me-Mover Fit, not really a bike.

Assignments en route.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:31 am
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Sorry for the delay, but after some tweaking it looks like we've got 3 pinch hits and no one without a potential recipient. Assignments will go out in a few minutes and the pinch hits will be sent out tomorrow evening when I get home from work.
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Road Trip Confessional
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 2, complete
word count (story only): 1434

:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, my Mercedes story group, and the Road Trip series. ::

::Pay Special Attention: Cash compares workaday supervillainy to the range of reactions G gets due to gender and misgendering. Joshua hints that he has very, very strong tensions between wanting to acknowledge G as a boy, and wanting to save the things that were part of Gabrielle Bishop's childhood. The matter is not discussed long, nor resolved, but it hints at a deep wound.

“I distinctly heard the phrase, 'cop, catch.” Joshua pointed at himself. “Me cop,” he jerked a thumb at Cash, his face lighting with a merry grin. “You robber.”

“And you've just proven that you're the smartest cop in a half-mile radius,” Cash retorted, muffling his own laughter.

Joshua shrugged. “Works for me. Besides, I thought you'd like to sleep more than two or three hours. Kids at that age are like fireflies, on and off and on again at intervals. Beyond that, there's a significant chance that she'll have a nightmare and wet the bed, and I'm simply more experienced with the cleanup.”
Read more... )

Boost for kitties' sake

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 12:09 am
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SiliconShaman's feline companions are both seriously ill. He's asking for he£p to save them. I gave what I could. I know how I would feel about my Ista in such a case!!

Another late day

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 09:43 pm
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We had OME testers again today, so we were late getting out again today. I have at least 30 minutes of comp time built up for this week, and I know I have 45 minutes built up from last week. Supposedly I'll be able to get to use them tomrorow and Friday, but we'll see. It all depends on if the MCATs get done on time both days. Otherwise I'll lose that extra time again this pay period like I did when LaTrease was out of town.

Writing is progressing. I'm happy with this.

But that's about all I have to say for myself for today. Later, all.

{Fallon} WTF this day

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 11:44 pm
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Shortened (sort of) version of family crap. )

And now I find out that one of my courses (My only on campus one) may well have been cancelled (Through my canvas site no less) and it's probably too late to tell VR not to get Open Door tickets, because they need to have the schedule in advance, and today (Mostly) has been frustrating as hell.

the only bright spot was someone taking me to the store and covering me for the food I couldn't afford on my Food Stamp card, and I about cried after he left because OMG I needed that. Also: Farmer's Market thing tomorrow-yea. I'm excited for that, too, because it's finally somewhere that isn't school or store. Or My friend's place. I like going there, don't get me wrong-but a change of pace is sometimes nice.

I'm still having a very hard time not wanting to retail therapy with my tips (I won't, but dam I just...would love to buy something just for me to let of some damn steam) because I have nothing else to do now that most of my school work for my 2 classes is done, and I still have enough energy, that while I was tired earlier...I'm not now. :( Although II'll probably try and sleep some-because riding with person to farm to pick up food to sell at market, then market itself might be a long day.

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Well, today wasn't awesome. But I did finally get to the "well, we'll try again tomorrow" point, and before I went to bed even, so. I suppose we'll try again tomorrow.

Wednesday reads, politics, woe

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Oh, it's Reading Wednesday! Cool!

Just Finished: Jackalope Wives and Other Stories by Ursula Vernon ([personal profile] tkingfisher). A nice collection, of which I'd read most of the stories before, but not all of them. I do enjoy Vernon's attachment to women of a certain age as her protagonists; it's a pleasant change from much of the world of fantasy.

Prior to that I read the last Lady Trent novel, In the Sanctuary of Wings, which I enjoyed, and wished there were more.

I also picked up, and put down, Hugh Howey's Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, because I found the characters intolerably irritating and his portrayal of an 18-year-old girl unpleasant. It was just ... off. Bah.

Currently Reading: Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters for book club. It's long, but I have more than a month, and it's a pleasant read so far.

Next Up: Erm. Probably Tremontaine Season One, although there are some new books coming out I'm interested in. Like City of Miracles, which I will drop everything to read once it comes in at the library.


Power in the Absence of Money: Why Trump hates bureaucrats so much. I love this article and the respect it shows to the civil service. [T]hat's what we're talking about when we talk about the federal workforce. We're talking about a whole bunch of people who go to work every day trying to keep us safe, whether they're carrying an M4 and wearing body armor over in Mosul, or manning a computer at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Health and Human Services. The terrible "swamp" Trump has such contempt for sits there every day in drab offices they endured heavy traffic to get to, and they regulate the excesses of the vaunted "market" Trump and his billionaires are so worshipful of.

More on the plan to destroy the civil service. This is a smart, long, well-researched article.

And on that note, here is a report on what it's like inside the EPA right now. It's not good.

Masha Gessen on The Reichstag Fire Next Time: The coming crackdown. Argh, and eeps.


ETA: Let's end on a better note, with this ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY AMAZING video of "Immigrants" from the Hamilton Mixtape. So. Good.

run, do not walk, run away from this project

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 10:41 pm
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Lindy Mechefske claims to be doing an anthology of trans people's stories [Facebook link]. Of course, it includes this charmer:
We’d love to include some before and after photos.


In addition, I left two comments:

The first comment asked if they were planning on paying contributors. The answer was an equivocal "If there's any way to do this, yes." My second comment said that Mechefske ought to include information about the fact of payment (or non-payment) in the submissions guidelines so that people would know what they were getting into; that comment has been deleted. There was at least one other comment asking about payment, which has been deleted.

In conclusion: stay the hell away from this project. It smells rotten.

Something else not to trust

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 11:07 pm
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I doubt that any of my regular readers would fall for the bogus documentary that is refuted here, but reading about it got me so upset that I had to post this. Five years, nine months, and thirteen days ago I lost my beloved wife of 39 years to metastasized colon cancer, three-and-a-half years after the first symptoms. I do not want anyone else to go through what she and I went through, or what I am still to some extent going through and will be going through for the rest of my life. — For that matter, less than a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer, a very rare one that fortunately is slow-moving even if untreated, and which my treatment seems to be completely controlling; at least, my symptoms are gone and my oncologist is ecstatic over my test results.

I've cut most or all of each section, separately so as to list their headers. Even within the cuts I've skipped some, but to read it all just click on the title line.

From Science-Based Medicine

“The Truth About Cancer” Series Is Untruthful About Cancer
Ty Bollinger has produced a video series he calls The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. It’s about as huge a misnomer as can be imagined.
Harriet Hall on November 17, 2015

The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest is billed as “the documentary series the mainstream media refused to air.” It consists of eleven episodes and is produced by Ty Bollinger, an outspoken supporter of natural treatments for cancer. Episodes 1 and 2 are currently available online.

Ty Bollinger started his quest because several of his family members had died of cancer despite conventional cancer treatment. He believed they had died not of the cancer but of the cancer’s “so-called treatments” and “false treatments.” He doesn’t explain which cancers they had, what the treatments were, or why he calls them “false.” He was angry, and he wanted his relatives’ lives to matter; he thought he could give their deaths meaning by seeking out alternative treatments that would have saved them and could save others. He was an accountant and bodybuilder, untrained in science or medicine. He started out with the conviction that conventional cancer treatment was a fraud, and confirmation bias had a field day. Instead of learning about cancer from reliable sources, he avoided mainstream cancer experts and researchers and only interviewed alternative practitioners from all over the world who agreed with his premise. He eagerly swallowed everything they told him.

He says, “You are about to learn the best treatments and preventions to cancer, protocols that won’t harm your body, from the world leading doctors across the globe.” He promises to show viewers science and documented evidence. He promises to expose the lies of conventional cancer treatment. He thinks he has information that will eradicate cancer once and for all. He couldn’t be more wrong.

A hopelessly biased sample )

False claims )

Lies about chemotherapy )

The natural fallacy )

War on nonconventional doctors? )

Cancer survivor testimonials )

The myths )

Episode 2 )

Dangerous misinformation )

Bollinger’s approach is as unfair as a trial where the prosecution is given carte blanche and no defense is allowed. This is a very unfortunate series, filled with misinformation but produced slickly, effectively appealing to emotion, and likely to mislead scientifically-naïve viewers and probably even some scientists who ought to know better. I predict that Bollinger will have blood on his hands: people will suffer and die unnecessarily because they believed this was “the truth about cancer” and were persuaded to reject lifesaving treatment.

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Title: Narcissa Militant
Disclaimer: J. K. Rowling and associates own these characters. I am writing this story for fun and not profit.
Content Notes: AU, crack, minor character deaths, violence
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Harry/Draco, Lucius/Narcissa
Summary: AU. Narcissa is actually the source of the Malfoy family’s wealth—and not because she inherited the Black fortune, either. She’s an in-demand spy and assassin. But now she’s retired, and intent on using all her skills to make sure her baby boy gets what he wants. If that’s Harry Potter, then Harry Potter he shall have.
Author’s Notes: This is the first of seven chapters. It is not meant to be taken at all seriously.

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