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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 24th, 2016 05:24 am)

"Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat." -- President Barack Obama, 2010-09-17 (interview published 2010-10-14)

[Happy birthday to [info] - personal fidhle, and also to my brother John! And a joyous Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah to my friends who just finished celebrating Sukkot!]

Fannish/Geeky Things

Toby Daye fans! Priscilla Spencer, who did the map of the Kingdoms of the Westlands for the newest book, is selling copies here.

"The Extended Ghostbusters Cut Fixes the Film's Biggest Plot Hole". [io9]

"The United Federation of 'hold my beer, I got this'" compiles a bunch of marvelous Star Trek Tumblr headcanon about humans and humans' relations with other species.

"Hot Topic's New DC-Based Jackets Look Sort of Great". (To be honest, I only particularly like the Supergirl hoodie, but it's adorable.)

"Wonder Woman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Princess Leia Have the Same Birthday Because Obviously They Do". [Tor.com]

Social Justice (all from The Establishment)

"What Is The Role Of Autism in Art?" [Sarah Kurchak writes about The Accountant] "Neurotypical reviewers—whose expertise ranges from having an autistic child to talking to the parent of an autistic child to having interacted with an autistic person at some point—are taking it upon themselves to decide what is and isn’t realistic and/or offensive about the film’s portrayal of autism. Outside of a few allies amplifying our views on Twitter, every single thing about The Accountant has been by and for neurotypicals, as if we don’t also go to movies, write about movies, and maybe even write our own movies—as though we can’t watch, read, and listen to what the rest of you are saying and thinking about us."

"The Disturbing Science Behind Subconscious Gender Bias".

"What Being A Phone Sex Operator Taught Me About Sexism And Racism".

"The Remarkable Privilege Of Running".

"Not Like Other Girls: Reflections On Hair And Queer Identity".

"Why I’m Scared Of White Women".

Cute Stuff

Via [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer, "15+ Tiny Animals In Tiny Sweaters That Will Make You Go Aww".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "15+ Unbearably Cute Sloth Pics To Celebrate The International Sloth Day".

Also via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "24 Cats That Have Failed Adorably".

"Shop Cats: Photographer captures charming felines living in Hong Kong's shops".

"Photographer captures what kittens look like mid-pounce".
That's 'mid' as in 'deeply involved, have played some time' not 'half way through' and I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that I've just reached Rivendell.

Wow, I needed that. I've had this game in my library for a couple of years now, and I've tried to play it but struggled with the controls (they need a certain type of skill), the inventory system (it sucks and it's somewhat broken), and the concept of 'WTF am I supposed to do' which is part of the eternal dilemma: you cannot get better at this type of game if you don't play it, but you cannot play it unless you already have some basic skills.

If you want to learn to play, I highly recommend 'FATE' (MacGamestore link; wait for a reduction; try the demo to see whether it runs) which is completely unapologetic about what it is. (Reviewed here)

Even on a low graphic setting, War in the North is a game full of gorgeous, ever-so-well imagined settings. It has a reasonably linear storyline, but enough side quests and corners you can poke into to not feel completely railroaded. It builds on LOTR without retconning the story: you're one of a party of three (dwarf fighter, elven mage, Dúnedain archer) who go and keep Aragorn's back free and investigate various *other* nasties. There's plenty left to do in Middle Earth. So far, I haven't found the easy setting to be too challenging: it's nice and exciting but doesn't need my full brain/fast reflexes/super-duper tactical skills. I'm probably not making the most out of all the options, but then again, I'm playing this for relaxation.

The MacGamestore version runs nicely in the background and runs smoothly on a not particularly high-powered Mac; at 10.5GB it won't kill your hard drive, either. (Looking at you, 70GB Shadows of Mordor.)

So all niggles aside, this is a gorgeous game, it feels rich and deep, and I admit that I like Middle Earth as a setting; the nods to the main storyline are enhancing the feel.
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([personal profile] andrewducker Oct. 23rd, 2016 08:12 pm)
My Dad's been sending these to me every day or two. Here's a collection of the latest lot.
Pupzors! )
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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 23rd, 2016 05:24 am)

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-09-14:

"A sense of security, of well-being, of summer warmth pervades my memory. That robust reality makes a ghost of the present. The mirror brims with brightness; a bumblebee has entered the room and bumps against the ceiling. Everything is as it should be, nothing will ever change, nobody will ever die." -- Vladimir Nabokov, in Speak, Memory: A Memoir.

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

All else about The Vampire Diaries aside (and if I have anything else to say it'll be inherently spoilery, so it's not going in this post), I remain both amused and grumpy that Allison Scagliotti is playing a character named Georgie. The universe is fucking with me, y'all.

Dewey's Readathon is going on this weekend. I've never participated and probably never will, since AFAIK it's always in October and April, when I'm either at Casual Job or trying to pack in as much freelance work as possible before work starts up for the fall. (A Twitter acquaintance has pretty much literally just sat down with Deadline as part of the readathon. *wriggles*)

This weekend involves a lot of work, as all weekends during Casual Job do, but tomorrow night is Ghostbusters (extended edition) night at Chez Ginny-and-Kas, and I am veryvery excited. I believe Chinese takeout will be involved. (Here: "This Video of Kate McKinnon's Ghostbusters Outtakes Is the Lone Bright Spot of 2016". [io9])

(We'll have to have another viewing sometime soonish, too, because a couple of local friends who still haven't seen the movie at all aren't able to make it tomorrow. But I've had the Blu-ray since release week and it's burning a metaphorical hole in my bookcase.)

The Logan trailer dropped a few days ago, and I don't know what to do with myself. I think the kindest thing I had to say about the first Wolverine movie was "well, it was better than X-Men 3" (possibly the single most-loathed movie of my life; I saw it opening weekend in theatres, haven't seen it since, and am still furious at what an unfathomable, horrific embarrassment it was), and the second Wolverine movie had its moments but annoyed me in places and overall I didn't bond.

So having FEELINGS about this trailer is very, very weird for me. I don't understand. Found-family bonding! Wolverine being (as I am FAR from the first to say) the best he is at what he does, that being MENTORING BADASS YOUNG GIRLS in a non-creepy, supportive capacity! And despite my mixed-to-negative feelings on Wolvie's solo movies (and the fact that I never bonded with the character all that much in the comics), I've always love Hugh Jackman's performance.

So. I'm excited for a Wolverine movie. That is a thing that's happening.

I hope I don't regret it too much.

I haven't delved into what info may be out there about the context; I haven't seen Apocalypse yet (!), and don't know how Logan connects to the original movie timeline or the altered one or anything. And while I do know who the girl in the trailer is, I've never read any of the comics that include her. (Before this week, I knew a character with that code name existed. I now know exactly as much as is contained in this io9 article.)

(Sidenote: Johnny Cash's "Hurt" cover? A+ music choice, IMO.)
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([personal profile] umadoshi Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:11 pm)
Not that long before midnight last night, while I was talking to [twitter.com profile] xicanti about some key events from the last three seasons of The Vampire Diaries (in preparation for my watching the season 8 premiere tonight [ETA: since it's been about three years since I stopped watching, to be clear]), [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose came to my office to tell me we had a problem:

Claudia had been on top of a bookcase in his office that was about a foot below one of the several ceiling holes throughout the house (there's been a lot of rewiring over the years, and patching the holes has just never been much of a priority), and then she'd leaped up into the ceiling and disappeared.


(This after months of Claud showing interest in the ceiling hole in my office and getting held up so she could peer into the one by the light switch, and my vague worries about the largest hole in the house, semi-above the kitchen island. For some reason the hole she finally vanished into never occurred to us as a problem. *so much facepalm*)

I'm not entirely clear on how long it took us to get her down. We tried summoning her with treats and the noise of a crinklepuff toy and cracking open a can of food, and she sometimes came back to the hole she'd gone into, and other times peered down in the garage, but she seemed to be happy as a clam up there. We focused on a garage hole, since it was the largest one in the ground-level ceiling, and eventually [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was able to get hold of her after we tried opening the can of food.

Except then she freaked out and tried to flee deeper into the ceiling. And she's an escape artist, so she slid right out of his grip, and he caught her by a hind leg before she could quite disappear, and then he had to get as far into the ceiling space as possible to slowly drag her out. Emphasis on SLOWLY, because she was terrified and wriggling and latching onto everything she could with her front claws, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was balanced semi-precariously up off the floor while all this was going on. O_O

He did finally get her down (as you might guess from the fact that this post isn't incoherent textual shrieking). Over her protests and lashing tail, we brushed her a little and wiped her paws (and rubbed a damp cloth over her) in case anything nasty had gotten on her, and she ate a hefty portion of the food we'd opened, and accepted some treats. She's fine.

Through all of that, even when [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was pulling her down and she was scared and unhappy, she didn't leave him with a single scratch; the same was true when I was toting her upstairs and getting thwacked repeatedly with a very anxious (and grumpy) tail.

She was much less happy to find that [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose kept the door of his office closed until after he went to the market today, and that he immediately sealed up that ceiling hole and several others; as soon as he opened the office back up she bolted in there and stared up at where "her" hole had been with great annoyance. She clearly made no connection between her grand adventure and its distressing conclusion.

Oh, my most excellent, overly-intrepid kitty.
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([personal profile] lavendertook Oct. 22nd, 2016 09:13 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] mews1945's spirit flew away on the high winds heralding in the autumn cold today, in a wave of the first brightly colored leaves, so attuned to the seasons as she was. I wish it weren't today and she was here longer. I wish I could have taken her to Braughers again. Safe passage, dear friend.


I can't upload some of the older pics I'd like to include, so this one will have to do for now. I love this pic of her focusing with hobbity attention on her rare ice cream treat when we saw her this spring, such a joy it was to be there with her.

Namarie, sweetie.
Previously unread.

Third (but not final!) in Betancourt's Amber prequel trilogy (there's a fourth book published and a fifth one apparently planned).

So, well, this is the book where the enjoyment started dropping for me. I mean, it's competently written and while reading I was going "what next? what next?" but something was making these cries and that wish for knowledge less loud and insistent. I wish I could identify it, but the best I can articulate it is "there's sufficient difference in style".

There were some interesting bits, though, like how Suhuy became the Master of the Logrus. And some general betrayal, in pretty much imaginable direction.

Would I recommend this? If you've never read any of the Amber books and you're curious, I suspect this is not a bad place to start, actually. But, most people I know who want to read the Amber books probably already have. So, really, I can't say "do" or "don't" to this one.
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([personal profile] ase Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:53 am)
Highly relevant to my tiny fandom interests, exhibits one and two. We’re officially ready to start writing the actual Alliance Rising book, and along with it, we’re going to put Finity’s End into Closed-Circle. That’s a hundred or so years on…some of the same bunch. It's a little fuzzy which end of canon the new novel is set in, and I don't care, I'd cheerfully read anything Alliance-Union. Can it be publication time now?
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([personal profile] filkerdave Oct. 22nd, 2016 09:22 am)

...whether or not I should bring a guitar with me to Wyoming? I know that I can carry it on the plane with me and have it shoved in the closet. If I wasn't bringing my ham radio gear I could get all my clothes into a small carry-on and then check the guitar (don't give me that look; I check my guitar all the time when I fly. The case is battered but the guitar itself is fine).

The thing is, I *want* to bring a radio with me, and the conditions are iffy enough that I want to bring the bigger radio rather than the smaller one.

But do I want to bring a guitar? I'll be there for two weeks, after all. And my girlfriend likes when I play and I like having the guitar there to noodle on.

I should decide this sooner rather than later.
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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 22nd, 2016 05:24 am)

"Halva is what wet sand SHOULD taste like." -- Paul Blair, 2016-10-10

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([personal profile] lavendertook Oct. 21st, 2016 10:12 pm)
I'm going to attempt to do a blood glucose curve on Tuxie this weekend.

I managed to do a first reading tonight--starting this has been a big fear and procrastination conquered, with more poking of the poor baby. But fear of failing him overcame fear of lancing him and learning a new tech tool. But he hasn't been well and I'm worried about him. We see the vet on Tuesday. I'd like to have a good curve reading (testing his blood glucose levels every couple of hours throughout the day) to bring in with us.

Please send good thoughts our way.
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([personal profile] copracat Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:23 am)
I am inclined to bake, but that would mean going outside into the rainy, blustery day to buy butter, at least, and possibly other ingredients. Moving, and unpacking without a plan, means that it's easy to find the isomalt (used maybe every six months) but not the honey (breakfast!)

For those following along at home, I am in! All my things are in one place, most of what I need to operate day to day is accessible and has a spot. A whole week of going to work, appropriately clothed and lunched, was achieved. With bonus arriving on time every day. Woo!

There are still many boxes and as yet, no organised storage to store them in. The challenge is I need to unpack them to get a good sense of what is needed for the storage: shelves? cupboards? something more or less complex? do I still love thing X now it is in a smaller space? But while everything is still in boxes it is contained and orderly and easy to move around. Urk!

Anyway, fannish things. The Level continues good, if a bit harrowing. I've watched some of the new Hayley Atwell show, Conviction. I'm not yet convinced. They've seeded what might be interesting stories for the regulars, but they don't seem to have the capacity to tell them well.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues to be everything. It is simply wonderful that Amy and Jake have a strong relationship and they are not plagued with the kind of useless conflict that bad writers impose. What B99 gets right is that there is genuine care about the characters' relationships with each other. Rosa was so wonderful with Amy in the last episode and every tumblr post after the show was joy. I'm pretty happy this one followed the previous ep, with Rosa attempting to keep her troubles from everyone and how Amy reacted before she knew what was going on.

Edited to add: When I reread this post I realised a thing that I love about B99 is how the characters are about each others' thing. Rosa talks babysitter's club to Amy and for me that is one of the best things about my time with fans: sharing other fans' joy in their thing, even if that is not your thing.

The Great British Bake Off finale is next week and it has occurred to me - so belatedly but I suspect I was in denial, and in denial about my denial - that this could be the last real Bake Off. Peeps, this is my comfort viewing. What will I do?