peak Alex

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:18 pm
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"how much do you know about atomic ground states and the quantisation of energy?" I ask, while making custard

The Accidental Mr. Thomas Wilker

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 11:06 am
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I’ve got a post up at Tor.com about what it feels like to say goodbye to Isabella, and there’s an interview with me at Goldilox. Continuing on from yesterday’s post (and this time basically sans spoilers), there’s someone else I’d like to talk about . . .

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Tom Wilker is the best accidental character I’ve had in a while. Maybe ever.

What do I mean by “accidental”? I mean that I did not, at the outset, plan for him at all. I don’t think he was even in the first thirty thousand words I wrote, before I set the book aside for a few years; I think I added him in when I came back to the story, because I realized Lord Hilford would of course have some kind of assistant or protégé along for the Vystrani expedition. Jacob was too new of an acquaintance to occupy that role; therefore I invented Mr. Thomas Wilker.

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Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

Marguerite Yourcenar, "Memoirs of Hadrian"

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Picked this up in Oxfam, having seen the original French version recommended in language learning forums. (Someday...)

I hadn't heard of Marguerite Yourcenar before this, but she have been a sort of Belgian Mary Renault. Mid-century female writer, bisexual, spent most of her life living abroad with a female partner, wrote historical novels about gay men in the ancient world. (New Yorker article about her)

Her style (or the translation, which was done by her partner) is self-consciously literary in a way that makes Mary Renault look like the middlebrow hack writer that she was. (Kidding, except in the sense that I'm not.)

And although I'm not that far through the book, she seems to have had a rather more humane outlook than Renault. An interesting read.

Dining Out for Life

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 12:07 pm
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Volunteering for Dining Out for Life today! Eat out in Minnesota to support the Aliveness Project's programs for folks living with HIV/AIDS.
And I'm down at Buster's on 28th in Minneapolis for lunch and dinner if you want to come say hi and support good stuff.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 12:29 pm
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It's weird. I know that a lot of it is the effect of the prednisone on emotional balance -- it's either euphoria or the opposite, and at this point it's the good stuff -- but it feels as if the cosmic timing is working. Most of the time, what needs to happen, happens; the people I need to contact are there; stuff is working. And it feels good when that's going on. I'm not plowing uphill against inner resistance.

Doesn't mean I won't be doing that in a couple of weeks or so. I'm giving notice now that I expect to be more than a bit bitchy toward the end of June. But that's a while away. And it might not be as bad as last year, when I had no notion what to expect.

Still waking up absurdly early -- I haven't been awake that far before dawn since elementary school days, when I had to be outside, fed and washed and clothed and waiting for the school bus before 7:30, or when I did factory work and had to get up at 4:30 to drive 20 miles to do a 9-hour shift, get home and fall in bed exhausted at 7:30 p. m. Still, waking up before the birds is weird. I am used to them waking me; I listen for them, for which ones are calling when. Can't identify them all, but some are familiar. Wake up early enough, and the Beltway is nearly silent -- which really only happens during snowstorms or ice storms. Who knew it happened at 2 a.m. also? No trucks cranking their gearshifts and brakes on the turns, grinding gears so the sound bounces off the barriers and over the top.

Trope Meme

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:20 am
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Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• Maybe a few lines of theoretical fic


As the song said, don't fence me in.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:30 am
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All the Disney movies to come through 2020. You're welcome. :)

10 wild true tales from Studio 54.

Managing editor at a clickbait factory -- how your internet gets filled with those stories.

And Ajit Pai on why he's trying to change the way the FCC regulates the net.

The significance of what's really going on when Ivanka fakes Adrienne Vittadini labels on her clothes -- Vittadini was a Cold War Hungarian refugee, among other things. Just the kind of person Trump wants not to come here.

A museum for failures -- to encourage people to try things and fail more. And why not? That's how we learn stuff.

Fox News should learn to fail less. Now they're facing a racial discrimination lawsuit, along with their sexual lawsuit troubles. Old journalism truism: the news organization should not be in the news.

This is what it is to live in third-world Flint, Michigan, now. Post-industrial doesn't even start to describe it.

Advice to young women from women who are entrepreneurs. Not fond of the original title of this --'female entrepreneurs' sounds like someone trying to do drag for money.

Scientists have found a worm that eats plastic.

Trump family values.

At Yale, psychiatritist cite their duty to warn about an unfit president -- discarding the long-held precept of not analyzing people they haven't met in person because he's there, all the time, in the news, lying his head off.

Social media trying to prevent suicide.

"I was tired of conversations about race being framed in black and white, so I started my own conversation."

If you stop thinking you have the answers already, your questions are more powerful.

Dispatches from suburbia -- the important thing is that you're not white. This is where I live. And while not arguing with this viewpoint, I need to mention that being caucasian in this county is being a minority. The small cities here -- Wheaton and Silver Spring near me, for instance -- are vibrantly and wildly diverse, in terms of people from many nations and cultures. Yes, this needs to be represented more in local organizations -- but that's up to the people themselves, to support or create new ones that include Hispanic/Central American/South American, Asian, Jewish (largest Conservative community outside NYC), African, black and European-ancestry people. We all live here, on the same streets. This is the world in my neighborhood.

YAY YAY YAY

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 05:06 am
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We have found a possible home for Thea and, although it's not definite, it's pretty likely and it looks like it will work out WONDERFULLY for everyone involved. \o/

i've never told a joke in my life.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 02:17 am
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So [personal profile] alexcat was talking about Mighty Mouse, and I was reminded of Andy Kaufman's crazy brilliance, and now here we are with this video. Are people still thinking he's alive somewhere, or has that been given up?

Aw damnit, now I'm getting pangs of nostalgia for Taxi -_____- Total gateway drug, pretty soon I'll be reminiscing about M*A*S*H and The Adventures of Pete and Pete again.

Sitting here, listening to the foghorn

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Don't tell anybody, but I love the sound of the foghorn. I could never move inland at this point, because I'd feel weird on foggy days with no foghorn.

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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies (Well, we knew this was coming sooner or later. I'm nervous about the effect it's gonna have on reproductive rights legislation, but hopeful about the effect it's gonna have on premies.)

How do you eat your chocolate bunny? Vast majority prefer to start with the ears (If I waited until next year, I'd forget it.)

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

Why the Roots of Color Printing Are in Limestone

Rare color photos document the festivities at a 1941 state fair

First malaria vaccine to be widely tested in Africa next year

New York Superhero Pads

Mapping Where the Lights Are Brighter, And Where They're Going Dark

He Was Searching For Intersexual Pigs And Ended Up Finding The World’s Rarest Dog

New Survey: Most Millennials Both Pay For Streaming Services And Use Pirate Streams When Content Isn't Legally Available (Duh.)

The Genesis of the Gang (This article is a little dated, but worth the read.)

US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest

'I took someone’s life — now I am giving back': In California's prisons, inmates teach each other how to start over

More wrongful convictions are being overturned than ever before, thanks in part to witnesses coming forward. But in New Orleans, recanting witnesses are facing perjury charges, creating a chilling effect that could keep innocent people behind bars.

The Volunteer Dentists On the Front Lines of Ukraine’s War

First molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability discovered

How Flight Attendants Are Set Up to Fail

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

Telecom struggles to block 22 social media banned in Kashmir

Turkey Arrests More Than 1,000 In Massive Purge Of Its Police Forces

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

Rescuing the Last Two Animals at the Mosul Zoo

During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.

Who are the new jihadis?

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:49 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] gumbie_cat!
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Yesterday, bound for a conference. Got the train okay.

About a third of the way into the journey, train stops.

Someone had collided with a train further up the line.

In due course we are informed that train will be terminating at a station not previously on the schedule, where we can change to a train going, presumably by some more circuitous route, to the next scheduled stop, but not, however, onwards to my destination.

When we arrive at designated point, it is chucking down rain. Fortunately the next train is in and we only need to cross the platform. It is, however, rather full, though I did manage to get a seat.

Another, local, and very crowded train at the next change.

My dearios may imagine that all this was by no means conducive to reading a serious academic study for review purposes.

Once at my destination, some 2 hours later than anticipated, there was supposed to be a taxi booked for me - I had been in touch with the conference admin person anent delays - what I had not been told was that it would be round the back rather than the main exit.

Not that it was there when I found the spot, and cameth not as I waited in an increasing state of fume - it would always have been tiresome but after the preceding misadventures this was particularly infuriating - and a chilly wind. Fortunately, what did turn up was the taxi for one of the other participants, so I went with her.

I do not mention the faff over my ticket - got details and booking ref latish previous afternoon.

Inadequate curtainage in hotel room meant undesirably early waking....

And now I have to present a paper, sigh.

Finn washes his face like a cat.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 01:56 am
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...is this normal poodle behavior?

18 is not enough

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 04:14 am
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Round two: I've seen nine of these ten artists live, which one is the lie?

REM
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Live
Weezer
Blues Traveler
They Might Be Giants
Sarah McLachlan
Loreena Mckennitt
Devotchka
Gogol Bordello

and an easy bonus: which one have I seen on the east coast and the west
coast?

Science and History

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 08:26 pm
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So last Saturday was a good one: We joined the San Francisco March for Science, only one of several Bay Area Marches for Science reported about in the San Jose Mercury News article linked here -- the paper's count seems off, though. Based on the aerial drone shots and mathematical calculations per the official Facebook page, it was closer to 50,000 in SF alone.

If you are interested in images rather than text, check out the three shots I posted on Instagram -- #1 (fannishly relevant to all fans of the true Captain America), #2 (that captures members of our Berkeley scientist group), and #3 (the most heartening one in many ways, also nerdy).

At night, then, we made it to HAMILTON: second time for me, thanks to an invitation from my wife's family to both the musical and the dinner before. My in-laws are the sweetest and most generous...as well as representative; most of the audience of this musical cast only with actors of color were wealthy White-looking people. (Sally has written a HAMILTON review, plus her tag has more entries.)

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