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Athena Profiled by PBS

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Helen Church, Kathryn Townsend, and my friend Athena Brown are the subjects of this refreshingly fair piece at PBS, which covers the June 4 rally in Portland.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/features/trump-supporters-portland/

'Some are extremists. Others hold more moderate views. Still others are hard to pin down. They include independent voters like Townsend, who are becoming more active and strident as they see unprecedented efforts on the left to shut conversations down. They include people like Church, who, when slapped with labels, respond by showing up at rallies for the first time. And they include Republicans like Brown who have become fed up with what they see as the left’s PC culture. ...'

Go read the whole thing at the link.
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Yep. Either I'm just going through the day to day and don't think it's worth writing about, or things happen and everything gets overwhelming and the mere idea of writing a post is too much.

Right now it's the latter, as I had an incident last Tuesday. I was upstairs shelving in our topic-specific room, because we could finally use the elevator again to get books up there and we didn't have people to spare for shelving. I managed to get every book on the shelf and was coming down the stairs, when my foot did not hit the last stair right and it happened. My knee went out and I fell to the floor.

To explain: I've had knee problems since I was 10. Of the sort where if I didn't step right or the planets just lined up wrong, one kneecap would go out and then snap right back in. But that sucker HURTS when it happens. And it happened a lot in my teens. Finally when I was 23, I went to my doctor at the time and got a referral to get my knees scanned and maybe figure out why this kept happening. Turned out that my kneecaps were each a little off where they should normally be, by about 1/4 inch. And it turned out that every time a knee would go out, it would cause cartilage to build up on the back of my kneecaps. This is how I was a 20something diagnosed with osteoarthritis. But as I progressed through my 20s, and finally learned things like exercises to strengthen my quads would help stabilize my knees, the last time this happened was in 2000 or maybe 2001. Until last week. But unlike all those previous times, I did not have school or people claiming I was faking (yeah because kids know how to make one joint swell up on command), I could do the radical thing and take time off to let my knee recuperate. I still felt bad about doing so because we're understaffed this summer and my boss was (and is) out on vacation, but I was not about to walk down the 9 steps to get to the garage to get myself to work and suffer for 8 hours from awful discomfort. I still have a mild limp and the act of bending my knee is one that my leg isn't too thrilled about, but otherwise I'm fine.

Sunday I went with Siduri* to a talk on beverages in colonial New England which was fun. Got a book out of it with many recipes we'll be trying out in the coming months. I also got a copy for a friend of mine out west who I will hopefully see next week and he should love it.

Oh yeah I'm traveling again next week. Time for the annual House of Netjer retreat, now in Portlandia, where we may be slaying an artisinal snake** this year. The Kemetic year has been falling apart hard around me, the hardest since right before I became a shemsu ten years ago. Considering that the last time things got dramatically better soon after the spiritual year started, I am praying I will have the same happening again.

And last night I went to my first ever trivia night with my friend Jen. We came in fourth our of 8 or 9 teams, so this may need to happen again before I have to go back to working nights.

Oy this next week is going to be busy... the house needs more cleaning, I have to pack, oh, and turn 43 on Sunday...

*I forgot how to tag people on DW, help

**A snake cake. Since we'll be where we will be, I am betting the cake will have an artisinal flair.

Monday evening

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Had a busy but productive day. Tired but still here. Hello everybody! Back to regular journaling tomorrow.

The new job isn't real ...

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:38 pm
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... until you pee in the cup.

Tomorrow, I pee in the cup.
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Helen Ellis "American Housewife" (Scribner)




This collection of 12 short stories is chock-full of quirky, creepy, clever women. I can't imagine someone not seeing themselves in at least one of these characters. I read several stories multiple times and plan on reading a few of my favourites again.I think the shortest stories are my favourites -- they pack a big punch in just a couple of pages (especially "Southern Lady Code", "What I Do All Day", and "Take It From Cats").

Some of these stories verge on the absurd and surreal, even through all the exaggerated scenarios, there is also an undeniable truth: I have experienced grocery aisle rage,- and “Hmmm” is most certainly Southern Lady Code for: I don’t agree with you but am polite enough not to rub your nose in your ignorance.


If you like wacky ,funny,and strange stories and if you are interested in the inner lives of women, I highly recommend this book.


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Simon Winchester "A Map That Changed the World: The Tale of William Smith and the Birth of a Science" (Penguin)





Here is a book that whilst its subject is science it covers a far wider ground than i had anticipated before reading it.
It's one of those classic 18th century tales where there's science, religion, class, prejudice money and, out of the mess and shambles comes something that is really mind blowing. William Smith produced the first geological survey of the UK. All by himself. And a small version is reproduced on the inside front cover and it's a real thing of beauty.

It's set during that great upheaval in science, when Britain finally moved from being a medieval belief led society to one that valued science, facts, precision, deduction and started wanting to ask questions of the natural world. this is one example. It was driven by his being involved in the coal mining industry, then in the routing and digging of a canal through Somerset. What he'd seen by the vertical descent into the ground of the mines was reinforced by what he'd seen in the cut made across miles of Somerset - the rocks beneath our feet are different, but predictably different in different places.

It's got it's fair share of trials and tribulations, and the class system comes in for a fair old (and entirely justified) bashing, but Smith doesn't always seem to be the most astute of individuals. Even so, it's nice to see that he did finally get the recognition he deserved in his lifetime - even if he seems to have been largely forgotten since. Simon Winchester does write a good story, as well as managing to get some facts to stick in your brain at the same time. I thought this was a good read.

Babylon Galactica

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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Last night started binge-watching two of my favorite SF shows in tandem: Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.

Babylon 5 aired from 1994 to 1998. The creation of J. Michael Straczynski, it was groundbreaking in its time and I think it stands up very well today. The show featured the most advanced and extensive CGI effects to date, and set a whole new standard for CGI production. It also marked a departure from the procedural format common in TV series - in which each episode is a self-contained story, and the episodes may be watched interchangeably in any order - toward a serial format, in which an extended story arc is developed from one episode to the next over the length of a season or even the series. The premise of B5 is a space station located in deep space, and hosting visitors and diplomats from various spacefaring races. A similar concept was used in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and Straczynski maintains that the Star Trek franchise stole his idea, although he declined to pursue legal action. B5 was notable for its dramatic sophistication and strong character development.

Battlestar Galactica, which aired a decade later, was Ronald D. Moore's 're-imagined' production of a 1978 TV series of the same title. In the pilot mini-series, the human race (an Earth-like, spacefaring civilization spanning twelve planetary 'Colonies') is wiped out following a war with robots of its own creation, called Cylons. Only about 50,000 humans survive aboard the spaceship of the series title. This show too set a new standard for CGI effects and for dramatic production. The scenes have a gritty, lifelike feel which Moore said was part of a conscious effort to differentiate the series from the 'Star Trek' model. Much of the tension comes from internal conflicts among the protagonists, sometimes overshadowing the external threat from the Cylons.

So I've started watching both shows from the beginning, more or less alternating by episodes. Vorlons to the left of me, Cylons to the right! This is gonna be fun.

Thunderstruck

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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... as covered by Finland's Steve'n Seagulls. Via Kestrelcat at LiveJournal.

Freely Given

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:06 pm
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Title: Freely Given
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Explicit
Genre: PWP, missing scene
Word Count: 1017 (Oneshot)
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: BDSM, spanking
Summary:I liked everything you did to me. Everything. Even when you hurt me.
AN: This fic takes place immediately after A Bewildered Heart. It is, in fact, a direct continuation of the last scene in it. At the time I wasn’t in the mood to write smut, so I decided to finish the fic, and make this into a missing scene-fic instead. It seems what I needed to prompt me to get into the smut, was to pause from writing angst…

If you haven’t read the previous fic, this works very well to read as a PWP. The first bit is lifted directly from the end of A Bewildered Heart.

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Spain - April 1 - last touring day

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:01 am
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April 1 – We drove through La Mancha territory, saw a number of windmills from the road, then went to Toledo. First stop was a ‘factory’ where we looked at steel swords, etc. but I didn’t buy anything. The swords were fairly priced, though. After that, we went to the Toledo Cathedral which was huge, with lots of gold in the altar area but it seemed rather cavernous and dark in other areas. The Church of Santa Tome with its El Greco painting was interesting in the artwork, but seemed ordinary otherwise. We also went to a synagogue with Moorish architecture which was very interesting. I’d been to all of them before the last time I was in Spain but it was good to revisit. After that, we walked down to the Roman bridge and then drove to Madrid.

And then the next day, home.

Spain - LaMancha country.
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Spain - March 31

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:33 am
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March 31 – An early start, we arrived in Granada about 11:30 AM, then immediately went to the Alhambra. It was as beautiful as ever, and this time, the lion fountain was all in sunlight so I got some great shots. After that, we went over to Generalife gardens. Some were having a hard time walking around and it is a bit of walking but the sunlight was gorgeous and it was a perfect temperature and day.

After going back to the hotel for a little while, we were off to see the Carthusian Monastery, started in 1516 and finished nearly 300 years later. Alas I wasn’t able to take photos inside, then next was to the Royal Chapel where Isabella and Ferdinand were buried (1505-1521) but again I couldn’t take pictures inside. Sigh. Then we went off to dinner which was lovely.

Alhambra
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There's fires burning outside of the area. The smoke and ash are winding up here making it hazy and smelling like a barbecue - time to whip out Apocalypse Now remark. Seriously, I'm grateful to not having any pre-existing breathing issues or living near the fires. The heat's let up some (smoke and ash overcast helps cut the sun's power some)and my brain feels up to composing an entry.

1) Binge watched all available episodes of Blood Drive. Fat Elvis and Clown Dick, we hardly knew you. Rib Bone, cause you got a cute little doggie that needs caring for, I'm not counting you out yet. Aki and Julian, will you marry me?

2) Prime Day was a bust for me. The dream router I wanted never happened. I consoled myself with a 10lb bag of diatomaceous earth and a discounted for the day Criterion Collection dvd of Grey Gardens.

3) Wynonna Earp second season keeps getting better and better!

4) Read The Missing Ones: An absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist steaming pile of crap (How the hell did you ever make Detective Lottie you will never be Olivia Benson Parker Book 1, DEAR GODS, NO, NOT A SERIES). Why does it have so many frickin stars on Amazon and Goodreads???!!! To give you the tip of the shit-berg: Our so-called detective goes off by herself on foot (she frequently walks around alone during the investigation, and it's winter with a ton of snow and ice on the ground) from a crime scene. She gets mugged and nearly strangled, but goes home and waits to report it the next day???!!! Also victim blames one of the deceased right after mugger gets scared off. This is all within the span of a chapter and a half. Lucky book, you are on my kindle, so I can't throw you against the wall.

5) With American Gods done, canceled Starz monthly subscription and got one to Shudder.

6) Got Princess Jellyfish 5 yesterday.

7) Congratulations, 13th Doctor. Who writers, DON'T screw this up.

8) RIP George Romero and Martin Landau :(

9) Third season of Rick and Morty on July 30th.

10) Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub!

DICE TALES is out in the world!

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:29 am
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I should have posted this yesterday, but appropriately enough, I was too busy prepping for the game I ran last night. 🙂

Dice Tales: Essays on Roleplaying Games and Storytelling is out now! If you play RPGs and have an interest in them from the narrative side of things — the ways we use them to tell stories, and what GMs and players can do to make them work better in that regard — you may find it of interest. Follow the link to buy it from Book View Cafe, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, iTunes, Kobo, or (in a first for me) DriveThruRPG. And if any parts of it wind up working their way into the games you play or run, let me know!

Also, the New Worlds Patreon has headed off into the wilds of rudeness, with two posts on “Gestures of Contempt” and “Insults.” The theme will continue through the end of this month before turning in a new direction for August. Remember that patrons at the $5 level and above can request topics, so if there’s something you’d like to see me discuss, you can make that happen!

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

My Only Love, chapter 2

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:21 pm
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Title: My Only Love
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Explicit
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 1195
Chapters: 2/?
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: Torture, rough sex
Summary: Estranged from Fabien, Sophie returns to Versailles, continuing her work as his spy. When Fabien decides to play a long game with Sophie as pawn, the hopes of them finding each other again, gets dangerously close to be permanently shattered. A sequel to Falling.

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