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Mar. 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Mar. 27th, 2017 10:27 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
I get to toy with being a living example of the Peter Principle at work.
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ICFA

Mar. 27th, 2017 08:45 am
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The concept of Fakefan originated when people who didn’t really like to read sf decided that they liked the people who like to read sf & wanted to hang out with them. This year the ICFA, which I have now attended for 35 years, was devoted to Epic Fantasy. I felt like a fakefan.

There were a few problems: I forgot to pack a couple of meds, but Kevin heroically arranged for them to be shipped. The day before I left, my hearing aid company thoughtfully broke the hearing aid for my less dysfunctional ear, and I had to use an old, less good one, so I heard very little. And the airline behaved the way airlines often do (6 hours late, one of our bags shipped to wherever the plane was going next. The airlines warn us to take everything essential because they do that frequently. It reminds me of something Dan Jenkins said about a football player with a bad rep: “Rooming with him ain’t so bad if you don’t mind taking a shower with all your money in your hand.” Then they wonder why we passengers crowd the plane with large carry-ons. Anyway, it worked for us.) And the conference dealt with Epic Fantasy. Nevertheless, I had a good time.

Good parts version: These were some of the good parts.

Bernadette appeared on the program three times: She read some of her poems, then reported on Margaret St. Clair and C.L. Moore as exemplars of women writing horror back in the day, then joined Kevin for a panel on epic fantasy in comics. All excellent, of course.

Edward James was the Scholar GoH and delivered a typically knowledgeable speech.

There was a serious paper on Chuck Tingle.

Andy Duncan, Max Gladstone, Ellen Klages, and Jeffrey Ford did a panel on Humor in the Fantastic. You could tell they knew how to do it even if you hadn’t read them.

Our invasion of the Library of America continues. There will be more volumes of Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Wolfe is following up his delightful anthology of the best short sf novels of the 50s with a similar one for the 60s, and Lisa Yaszek is doing an anthology of women’s short sf 1870-1970.

Amanda Firestone did a nifty paper on Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Like me, Isiah Lavender III thinks that Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist is what we read speculative fiction for, despite its literary respectability.

I’m not even going to try to list all the people I enjoyed hanging out with.


I know what I left out: DELTA Airlines. Always name the malefactors.
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Organisation fail

Mar. 27th, 2017 12:10 pm
[personal profile] rmc28
I realised yesterday that it was the last of Nicholas's swimming lessons for the term and we hadn't been given a re-enrolment form at any point.  On further checking, we've completely missed his re-enrolment window, and the class he was in is completely full now.   These lessons are always oversubscribed, and the idea is that once you're in the system you get priority to stay in and progress up the classes, but that doesn't help if no-one (me) checks when the deadlines are. 

So I think by default I have to make a note to check for enrolment day at the end of next term, in hopes of getting him back into classes in the autumn term.  That seems ages away.  I suppose I can also look at the holiday "crash courses": four or five daily 30 minute lessons on weekday mornings.  Great for learning but a bit of a logistical challenge for us.

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Source of evil

Mar. 27th, 2017 07:04 am
[personal profile] supergee
Capitalism is so bad it creates populism.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker
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Shocking Idea

Mar. 27th, 2017 06:14 am
[personal profile] supergee
RIP, George Weinberg, who shook things up in the 70s by writing a book whose title seemed to many to be a contradiction in terms: Society and the Healthy Homosexual
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What Matters

Mar. 27th, 2017 06:10 am
[personal profile] supergee
The World Baseball Championships were just concluded. USA Today reports:
US Win Helps Secure Event’s Future
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Home

Mar. 27th, 2017 05:55 am
[personal profile] supergee
We loved the ICFA. What did we miss?
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New Red Release...

Mar. 27th, 2017 03:34 pm
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Here: http://www.red-lang.org/2017/03/062-libred-and-macros.html

Check out the Excel/VisualBasic vs Red game of Pong there!
[personal profile] nancylebov
I've come up with a non-dairy comfort food.

1 medium butternut squash
4 medium small sweet potatoes
1 medium onion and a shallot
1/2 pound bacon
4 assorted somewhat hot peppers and a little hot sauce
garlic (Auntie Arwen's dried garlic mix)
salt
some maple syrup, maybe a couple of tablespoons

I steamed the squash (20 minutes). I found that the skin was edible, which was convenient-- some people don't like the texture, but it's a pain to remove the skin. (Second thought, maybe it's worth the trouble to pick the skin out.)

Microwaved the potatoes.

Fried the bacon, then fried the chopped peppers and onions in the bacon grease.

Mashed the squash, potatoes, bacon, peppers, and onions together. That was when I decided it needed more heat and salt, and added a little hot sauce and the maple syrup.

This is pretty comforting as it is, but would be more comforting without the hot peppers. My original plan included collard greens, but I don't think they were necessary.

The hot peppers (one light orange and wrinkly, one good-sized dark green and with an oval cross section, a smaller dark green pepper which wasn't quit as oval, and a medium-sized dark red spherical pepper) were from a mixed bag from Whole Foods. They had an interesting variety ot flavors, but I'm not sure what to do with them-- I'm not bad at improvised cooking but they were beyond my level of subtlety.
azurelunatic: "catch me if I fall", shooting star (R.E.M.)

Sustain, persist, ascend.

Mar. 26th, 2017 02:17 pm
[personal profile] azurelunatic
One brave green shoot pushes through the muck;
more will soon follow.
There will still be storytime at the library next week.
The librarian will still be found wearing a plush ladybug.
Somewhere, a child will move from baby to toddler
in pursuit of that bubble, just out of reach.


(Mostly written in early February.)
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Idea for an anthology

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:56 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll


Seeds:

* As previously mentioned, the black woman in this illustration is the only black person of whom I am aware ever depicted in a space colony-related drawing.

* Handing authors a drawing to write a story around is an established thing in SF.

Thus, an anthology with different takes on that one black person in an otherwise entirely white space community.
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Meme from [personal profile] naraht

Mar. 26th, 2017 02:29 pm
[personal profile] el_staplador
Usual drill: pick one of my fics; pick a question. Fics are here, in descending order of word count to send the drabbles to the bottom.

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?
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Fic meme from Tumblr

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:33 pm
[personal profile] naraht
This is one of the best fic memes that I've seen. I love most of these questions.

My fic

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

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