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18th-Nov-2011 04:28 pm - Dear Yule Goat letter
yuletide bunnies are out of control!
[Folks on my f-list who don't do the fanfiction thing: This post is for the Yuletide fic exchange. You may remorselessly scroll past.]

Dear Yuletide Author / Yule GoatCollapse )

Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov. Spoilers withinCollapse )

Engineer Trilogy - K.J. Parker. Spoilers withinCollapse )

Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh. Spoilers for Cyteen and Regenesis withinCollapse )
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For Yuletide request writeup: Shade and Shape in Pale Fire, Brian Boyd.
12th-Oct-2011 09:37 am - morning amusement
Google ads displayed when I read the BPAL Lunacy update email:

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In a world where astrologers use AXE body spray and where love spells are wrought using Glade air freshener, Google Ads is king!
17th-Sep-2011 12:46 pm(no subject)
Reposting this from user="seanan_mcguire"> because I think it should be shared and passed around. My own thoughts: I have a Kobo reader and love it. I love e-readers and they make my life easier. BUT as a kid I could never have afforded one - for that matter, I couldn't afford a graphing calculator for the longest time, and school expected us to have that ... In this economy, no one is immune to sudden unemployment, for that matter. Libraries were always magic to me.

Seanan McGuire posts:

It is sometimes difficult for me to truly articulate my reaction to people saying that print is dead. I don't want to be labeled a luddite, or anti-ebook; I love my computer, I love my smartphone, and I love the fact that I have the internet in my pocket. The existence of ebooks means that people who can't store physical books can have more to read. It means that hard-to-find and out of print material is becoming accessible again. I means that people who have arthritis, or weak wrists, or other physical disabilities that make reading physical books difficult, can read again, without worrying about physical pain. I love that ebooks exist.

This doesn't change the part where, every time a discussion of ebooks turns, seemingly inevitably, to "Print is dead, traditional publishing is dead, all smart authors should be bailing to the brave new electronic frontier," what I hear, however unintentionally, is "Poor people don't deserve to read."

I don't think this is malicious, and I don't think it's something we're doing on purpose. I just think it's difficult for us, on this side of the digital divide, to remember that there are people standing on the other side of what can seem like an impassable gorge, wondering if they're going to be left behind. Right now, more than 20% of Americans do not have access to the internet. In case that seems like a low number, consider this: That's one person in five. One person in five doesn't have access to the internet. Of those who do have access, many have it via shared computers, or via public places like libraries, which allow public use of their machines. Not all of these people are living below the poverty line; some have voluntarily simplified their lives, and don't see the need to add internet into the mix. But those people are not likely to be the majority.

Now. How many of these people do you think have access to an ebook reader?

Read the rest at her journal.
14th-Sep-2011 12:39 pm(no subject)
A few ugly moments representative of our time:

B of A paid no corporate taxes in 2009 and 2010. Received $1 billion tax refund. Today, lays off 30,000 workers. Any questions? - @rationalists on twitter, reblogged by Wil Wheaton, re-tumblr'ed (?is that a word) by Atalanta Pendragonne, by which avenue it reached my eyes. The announcement re the layoffs was in yesterday's New York Times, which I don't read but will consult if I hear about something and want to learn more.

"That was my brother's death you were cheering, you a$$holes" - blogger Susan on DailyKos, heartbroken and rightly angry, responding to some Tea Party folks in the Ron Paul debate crowd who wish death on the uninsured; linked by, iirc, jaylake , by which avenue it reached my eyes

And make no mistake, the uninsured are dying for lack of routine care, care that'd be cheap to provide. Somewhat-older but not-very-old examples include Kyle Willis (age 24, died a couple of weeks ago when a wisdom tooth he couldn't afford to have pulled ended up abscessed and the infection spread to his brain) and Deamonte Driver (age 12, died in 2007 for similar reasons involving an infected tooth and lack of dental care; whatever happened to politics FOR THE CHILDREN?). These reached my eyes via the SomethingAwful.com forums.

From these I draw two lessons:
1) Layoffs are a sword of Damocles above all our necks, but we'd better do all we can to hold on to our jobs, underemployment though they may be, lest we lapse into the morass of uninsured for whom there is no recourse and still less pity;
2) While the actual stories are reported by traditional media, I generally get my news via social networking that funnels various links my way. Should I read newspapers in an effort to correct this, or should I accept that there's no way I can actually follow the news as a monolithic category of continual information feed (me: *becomes the WHARRGARBL dog*)

To counteract the downers above, have some DISAPPROVING RABBITS.

This rabbit plans to destroy the sun (I wonder if she has ever met Blue Laser Commander. She could help him blow up the ocean).

This one wants lunch and is willing to sic his dog friend on you.

This one has the most intimidating lionhead fluff-mane.

And not a disapproving rabbit, but a moment of possible levity due to its WTF:

Axe Cop wants to marry Abraham Lincoln.
13th-Oct-2010 09:26 pm(no subject)
posted my Yuletide nominations
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13th-Oct-2010 12:36 pm - 1Up!
Song of Ice and Fire - Cops
So remember playing Super Mario Bros. on 8-bit Nintendo? And how you would get that special mushroom

which gave you an extra life?

Okay, so, there's this charity marathon thingie going on in a couple of days, and essentially the marathon IS THIS MUSHROOM. Something about this tickles me. The only thing that would make it better would be the addition of Goombas.

The event is called ExtraLife. It's this Saturday, Oct. 16. Instead of walking laps or riding a bike or blogging, the participants pledge to play video games for 24 hours straight.

Personally I think this is kind of awesome. Besides the whole mushroom nostalgia factor, I like the fact that geekdom can be used for good, and that the Internet brings us together to communicate in positive ways and build positive things.

Mostly I like the mushroom thing though.

Anyway, while I can't do the ExtraLife marathon myself, I know that a friend of mine is doing it, and so is her husband! I asked permission to pimp the link here (it was my idea to repost -- no one asked me to post this, yo). For extra fun, they're going to be liveblogging, Twittering, and Ventrilo-ing (is that a verb?) throughout.

Now, this ought to make for some entertainment. Think of your average Let's Play thread. Now take into account the fact that the Let's Play-er is a person who has also been known to create such things as some possibly NSFW Sirius/Homsar fanart, to say nothing of such flights of fancy as Pimptastic Odin. I think it's safe to say that whatever sithwitch13 ends up doing in KotOR, it's bound to get interesting. Especially when the sleep deprivation kicks in.

She posts:

Just a couple of days left to donate to Extra Life. Scott's page is at http://tinyurl.com/donateDAO , mine is at http://tinyurl.com/donateKOTOR . (Scott needs it a little more than me right now.) Additionally, follow me at @LPlaysKotOR on Twitter for the live account of the whole thing/interfere with character choices, donations encouraged but not needed to view. If you donate and want to hang out with me and Scott on Ventrilo, let me know, we'll both be on from 8 a.m. Central time Saturday to 8 a.m. Central time on Sunday.

I hate begging, but this really is for a good cause. Be there for me while I throw myself at it?

And if your financial situation isn't such that you can afford to donate to ExtraLife right now, you should still follow that Twitter account, because this is going to be good.
5th-Sep-2010 05:52 pm - bandwagon whinge
yuletide bunny
Augh. I really hope this is not going to make Yuletide way-less-fun-for-me this year.

I am not a media-fandom person. I do Yuletide for the book-fandom fic. When there are TV series or movies that I particularly like, they tend not to be the ones that fandom-as-an-aggregate goes nuts for. I'm pretty sure that the AO3 is not the be-all-and-end-all even of fanfiction archives, let alone a hugely significant repository of all online fanfiction. I don't think that the proportions of fic in given fandoms on the AO3 is representative of much at all. Maybe in a few years. Not now, not yet.

The one-year rule for Yuletide is bad enough -- the Latest Shiny Thing can get tons of attention because it isn't older than a year, even though it's getting tons of attention elsewhere as well. The Latest Shiny Thing is almost never anything that appeals to me. (Indeed, I tend to react in a contrary manner and decide the Latest Shiny Thing has got to be hugely overrated. Since Sturgeon's Law is always already on my side -- or anyone's, in deciding a given work of fiction in any medium is going to be overrated -- it's rare that I'm pleasantly surprised to find myself mistaken.) If the Latest Shiny Things I can think of were things I had liked, I would probably be happy about the one-year rule, and about the new AO3-as-fandom-size-criteria development.

I have done Yuletide for three years now and it's been a highlight of my holidays. I start looking forward to it ... right about now, Septemberish. I want to be able to look forward to it again this year. Meh.
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