That said, this is my favorite song:
Please, please, take care of yourselves. All of you.
Somewhere around the mid-afternoon, I started being interested in Critical Role again and got through an hour of podcast in the rest of the afternoon! This is much slower than I was going before the brainwipe hit, but it's also much faster than me taking over a week to get through the previous episode (that was ep 62, fyi). So I guess there's that.
In happier news, we are apparently fucking finally a Kaamelott movie! :D Time for a rewatch, me thinks.
I scheduled the window installation, which is still a month out (as expected). While this company seems relatively efficient, affordable, and I've heard very good things about the actual windows, their customer service has been just shy of atrocious. I had to beg the scheduling rep to stay on the phone to answer a couple of basic questions like 'how much space should I have clear around each window?' and whatnot. And this is after two other people coming out to measure, etc. and making disparaging and freakshow comments about my place.
Mostly, when I haven't been too groggy to do anything, I've been playing Brave Exvius. I'm not far into the story, since there are so many events to poke around in otherwise. So for every bit I progress the story, I'm burning through my energy gauge with grinding and whatnot. I did manage to score a Warrior of Light today, so I'm excited. I haven't had a chance to do much with him, though. I actually really like the BE original summons as much as anyone. There may be drabbles forthcoming. ^^;;
I want to try to do some writing this weekend. We'll see. It's been so long... I suppose I can get back to putting some stuff up on AO3 and whatnot, too? I probably have less than 5% of my total output up over there. *facepalms*
There's no time like the present!
Why Michigan? I have no idea. But they are there.
Five volumes. More than 700 pages in most.
I'm downloading them and plan to read them all. What I'm looking at is the correspondence of Gen. Frederick Haldimand, a Swiss-born British soldier who became the military commander in the Americas. He was Ebenezer's boss, during the time of the events I'm dealing with, and a lot of the other characters involved with Ebenezer are likely to be in them as well. So far I've run into Brigadier MacLean, who was in command at Fort Niagara, and whom I've met in other letters before -- he wrote a friend about how badly Haldimand was dealing with the Sullivan expedition and how disappointed the Indians who were British allies were about it: "The king has a fool for a general" (direct quote from the letter, which is in the Archives of Ontario, filed under Scottish Immigrant Papers.) In the current letter, he's talking about running out of trade goods, asking to be sure the proper things are sent to Niagara and to Erie (which fort he had to borrow supplies from, and promised to make it up to them) and it is clear from his clipped-off sentences that he is really pissed about it all but can't say that to his boss.
It's something like 1800 pages overall. I'm downloading it in PDF and in MOBI, so I can read it on Kindle and cross-reference with the PDF for documenting pages and such for bibliographic info, if necessary.
I'm looking for two specific things (but I'll take others as they come): Ebenezer's promotion to lieutenant and move to the Indian Dept. from Butler's Rangers, and Ebenezer's own letter(s) to Haldimand demanding a reason why he was being detained without being charged and describing how he was being treated in various places of imprisonment (the Ranger camp at Niagara on the Lake, Hamilton (which was called something else then) and Quebec. I would have checked for these in Ottawa on principle, but apparently Ottawa was not that big a deal back then.
So, I'll spend the time I might have spent on the road (and more) in reading this pile of British military correspondence and getting to know the guys better. I can think of worse things to do in August.
'Hate' is a strong word for me. I have plenty of characters I really, really don't like. The few downright hates that come to mind are all from video game land...
And one definitely-anime example where a character had what could have been an endless amount of potential except it was completely disregarded and... wasted anyone on a character who had been established by the bulk of the previous canon to have absolutely no reason to exist.
Stellar Loussier from Gundam SEED Destiny.
( And then whoops, like a thousand words of explanation! )
Anyways, rambling on :) behind the cut is a select few pictures whittled down from 160 and barring a small amount of edits - cropping and where needed rotating, still orignal sizes because these were all taken on my tablet. A few of these have already appeared on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
( Inverness, Glasgow and Perth )
Pairing: Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Summary: Some opportunities are too good to miss, and some aren't.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: Mild angst.
A/N: Written for hogwarts365/hogwarts365's prompt # 201: “Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole--it's so dense that there's no room for light, but that doesn't mean it can't still suck me in.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes, Height, Nimbus Racing Broom Company.
Beta(s): sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
( Photo Op )
I did want to note that I have finally gotten to the end of the published Dresden books – it’s taken almost 2 years, but I’ve listened to every single one of them. This, btw, is a lot of James Marsters in my ears. (This is generally not a bad thing.) The boys are ecstatic that I am not spoilable any more.
It’s weird, though… Between catching up on that and finishing up watching Parks & Rec, my brain is all adrift for what I should be watching/listening to next. Even if I detoured off to something different, there’s always been that next ep/book waiting in the wings. For *years*…
For my tv-watching, I think I’m going for Brooklyn 99 next – it seems to have a similar tone as P&R and for audiobooks, maybe Rivers of London. I’ve downloaded the first of that, but then I got sidetracked on all the Disney podcasts flipping out over all the new stuff from D23. I’ve reached my Disney fanboy limit, though, so it’s probably time to get back into narrative mode. (But if any of you want to talk Galaxy’s Edge, etc, please feel free to chime in in the comments. Also, if you need a traveling partner to Orlando, I do still have that Annual Pass just burning a hole in my (virtual) pocket…)
(I should also do a rewatch of Battlestar Galactica, before DragonCon, and the boys are clamoring for me to go finish up Clone Wars so I can watch Rebels, also in time for DragonCon. Yeah, that’s going to happen…)
I got to meet and talk with Rosemary Kirstein at Readercon! I love her Steerswoman series. She read from a YA novel she’s working on that’s set in the Steerswoman universe, and I very much want to read that novel now (after books 5 and 6 in the main series, of course). If all goes well, book 5 may be completed in the next 12 months! Unless the writing turns out to be on the wrong track, she said, in which case who knows? But when book 5 is done, she thinks book 6 will be completed the year after that (she thought at first it was going to be book 5, so a good chunk of it is written already). She talked a bit about her process: she knows the first and last line of a book, and then she writes from one to the other. I’m always fascinated to hear about different writing methods. She also brought the hand-drawn and color-coded map of her world, which we all excitedly photographed.
Naomi Novik read from the novel she’s working on now, Spinning Silver, which grew from a short story published in the anthology The Starlit Wood. I very much want to read this novel now, too! She said she’s trying to move more to stand-alone novels rather than long series like Temeraire. I attended some of the panels she was on (she was on a lot of panels, wow), and she’s great at articulating complex ideas. I admire people who are both good writers and good public speakers—not every writer does well in front of crowds.
Nnedi Okorafor was an awesome guest of honor, too, and also great at speaking in front of crowds (she’s a university professor as well as a writer). I’ve read both her Binti novellas, and read Akata Witch right before the convention, and now I want to read everything she’s ever written. Though Who Fears Death sounds like heavy going, so I should probably brace myself for that one.
During one of the panels, someone commented on how cold and ruthless they felt the teachers/adults were towards the children/students in Akata Witch. I don’t think it was any more cold or ruthless than how Dumbledore used Harry Potter, though. And the adults in Akata Witch respect the children enough to tell them what’s going on, not just lead them around blindly. Anyway, I am so happy that Akata Warrior is coming out soon.
I don’t think I’ll attend Readercon every year—my friend and I are talking about going to Wiscon next time we get together—but I’m very glad I had the experience this year.
Come play! The NFE is a very low-pressure exchange that produces a bunch of really awesome fic in response to fun and intriguing prompts.
Even if you can't sign up, do keep an eye out for the Madness round, where you can sort through all the prompts and write ficlets that don't need to meet the minimum length requirement. :)
I am back in the bedroom with Beautiful, who informed me in no uncertain terms that the new paving stones are too hot for her to walk on. Either that or she doesn't like stone dust between her toes because it tastes gritty. Anyway, she's lying on my t-shirt, a sock and a carry bag on the bed near my feet.
And so you get the links I have found...
The Oakland police dept. has severed its ties with ICE. And I love body cameras on cops, especially when the camera footage shows the cops planting drugs and faking evidence.
A good airplane story: A flight attendant saw 'help me' written in the aircraft toilet, informed the pilot and there were police there to catch the kidnapper and free the girl who wrote it when the plane landed. And there's information about a group of flight attendants that fights human trafficking.
Federal Judge James Boasberg found that the federal permits justifying the Dakota Access Pipeline were not filled out legally -- they lacked vital information on the effect of the pipeline on Native water, among other things -- and the court seeks an additional briefing to consider whether to shut down the pipeline altogether. This is a huge step and victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and the waterkeepers, even if it is not yet the final victory.
Elon Musk says he has verbal approval for an underground 'pipeline' that would take people from DC to NY very fast.
Info on preventing dementia long before it starts.
They thought it was just a rock. It's a million-year-old dinosaur fossil, a rare one.
Confessions of a NYTimes copyeditor. You may or may not have heard that the Times is laying off something like 30 -- or was it 60? -- copyeditors, a move that I look at with horror since those are the people who catch the inadvertant errors before they get in print. When I worked at a daily paper, the news path was: reporter, region/city editor, copyeditor, back shop for compositing and layout. Whoever was copyeditor edited all the stories on the first page of the local news section and designed its layout, and changed it at half-hour intervals for the four editions. But this was a one-printing newspaper -- one paper a day, different editions for different sales regions, such as city, local county, neighboring NY county, neighboring PA county. The NYTimes, on the other hand, has an international edition, a national edition, and several local editions each day, at different times and deadlines. That's an all-day job. And the copyeditors have to be sure that every story is factually correct and matches the style of the paper. (One of these days I'll write about stylebooks.) Anyway, the mere thought of losing copyeditors makes my skin crawl.
Apparently, NY City does not allow pet-sitting without a kennel license, and kennels aren't allowed in the city. This does not make things easy for pet owners, though
the Bloggess's letter to the pet sitter that wasn't sent would scare me off.
Speaking of pets and runaways, Trump's personal lawyer has left, quit, run off, and so has the legal team's media spokesman. Now the head of the team is ... and no, baseball fans, I am not joking ... Ty Cobb. (The baseball player Ty Cobb scored very well and was a bloody sunovabitch to deal with; he wore spiked shoes and if he didn't like you and you were guarding a base, he'd slide into the base and aim the spikes at your legs. He aimed at black players in particular.) Hmm. He'd be right at home with Trump, wouldn't he?
A trying time on a grand jury.
A break: Women win the Internet in tweets. And #10 illustrates why women should be on *every* design committee.
Decolonial theory at work in Australia.
Agatha Christie's coming to your screens, along with a lot of other interesting stuff.
9 classic country songs and the books they pair up with.
Fancy cotton candy art in China.
Jeramiah Moss was here.
Are the 1930s returning in the Left?
Giant metal chicken. Need I say more?
What a president with nothing to hide would say to the NYTimes.
Seven provisions in the Senate health care bill that may not survive committee review. Read this, despite the eyeblinding art at the top.
But you do need to know that a bill funding arts and humanities has made it out of committee. Yay NEA and NEH!
Where does time go? I don't know. I do know that this last link is posted for reference and not for your reading pleasure -- in case you have to look something up: a chronological list of Trump's lies.
The plumber is done, so I'm going to finally get my morn-, no, afternoon coffee.
We saw Wonder Woman yesterday. I cried through the whole thing. A little pleased with myself for remaining completely unspoiled except for no cats on Themyscira. I was rigorous about not clicking on a single link or cut tag and my flist is so thoughtful about using cuts, thank you! Gal Gadot is beyond glorious. This movie needs a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Etta reminds me of lorie945. I actually finally have a superhero movie I love :-)
H and I are leaving for the beach in a couple hours, I just got new tires put on the front so Catbus is good to go.
I was sitting in the Les Schwab tire store when I saw the news on tv about that asshole Spicer resigning. I had no self control, I just burst into loud guffaws and couldn't stop for about five minutes.
Yesterday morning Harry tried to pee on some clothes in hanarobi's room. I thwarted him and he ran outside. I followed him to watch him pee in the dirt and spend about five minutes ostentatiously covering it up with a pile of leaves.
The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.