Mass Transit Maps

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 05:50 pm
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I had fun looking at these because one of the things that distinguishes Terramagne is its very nice public transportation system.  (You get what you pay for.)   I was intrigued to see that several cities had a very clear imprint of the classic city designs that actually work well.  For example, you can see echoes of London's square-grid system, while Paris and Moscow have more of a spiderweb.  Chicago has a fan, which is basically part of a spiderweb with radials but no lateral connections. New York is just a mess, what's sometimes called a spaghetti map, and Tokyo is just as bad.  Helsinki, Calgary, and Glasgow have all opted for very simple routes that work for them because so many of their major points are in a convenient order.

In Terramagne, local lines do a very good job of meshing together the important places in each municipality -- things like museums and restaurants for tourists, housing and shopping or work for residents.  Most places, you can hop a bus every few minutes.  Use coins for occasional trips, but you can get a better deal on tokens or a MUCH better deal on a swipe card if you travel regularly.  In addition to the regular routes, many places also offer point-to-point shuttles at certain times.  Groundhog lives in the Skylark Apartment Building in Onion City, which has some great perks but one of the downsides is a lack of easy transit access.  On weekends the apartment's shuttle goes somewhere interesting like the beach or a museum.  Town-to-town routes are well-served by buses and trains.  High-speed trains connect places that are farther apart.  The metroplexes are defined based on the coverage of their mass-transit system.  New York in Eastbord had the first Fleer, which is a super-gizmotronic train; Westbord has one, and Onion City's is in construction.  The inventor has been actively trying to teach other people how to build the engines, but so far with no real luck.

Conservatism and Belonging in F&SF

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 05:12 pm
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Here's an essay about what it's like to be a conservative in F&SF

Yeah so, I have some conservative friends.  Mostly my politics lean liberal, but on some issues, my stance aligns with conservatives (although I rarely hold it for the same reasons as others).  That essay?  Is the kind of thing that contributed to me not going back to WisCon, because I don't like when people pick on my friends.  I want fandom and publishing to be inclusive.  If they're not, then I get pissy and don't want to go to those parties.  I mean if I wanted to do the clique thing I would hang out with mundanes. :/

The instigating topic, awards ... meh.  I haven't been impressed with Hugos and Nebulas.  Rhysling, Lambda, and Tiptree are more likely to have something with higher literary merit in my observation.  But it's easy for people to get into arguments over awards, and I'm just not into the drama llama race.  I would rather read books than pick fights over them.

...

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 10:10 pm
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So like I am super fond of Strong Female Protagonist, a webcomic about a retired 20ish superhero and her ADVENTURES in LIFE. Today's strip has the alt text Go back even farther, teach trilobites how to dance!

...

which

is just the most perfect thing ever

BECAUSE

Another sometimes glitch

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 01:07 pm
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Last night, something happened in one of our dreams. It was a school dream, I was skipping in the halls, and one of the staff told me not to. I indicated I understood with an appropriate response, then a couple seconds later I went, "Wait, what did you say?" And the staff member (janitor, maybe?) was exasperated, asked me why I responded if I hadn't been listening. I immediately responded with something I knew on waking was honest and true: "Sometimes parts of my brain will get ahead of me, hearing, understanding, and responding to something without informing the rest of me." I didn't explain it in depth in the dream, but when I woke up, I knew it to be a Multiplicity issue. That in that particular part of the dream, Molly had processed what was said and responded, then forgot to tell the rest of us, so we were like "What's this now?" Now I'm awake, I realize this is something that happens sometimes in real life, and I think it came up in the dream because it happened several times the night before (along with several other, previously known brain glitches). Not with Molly per se, but it happened.

So yeah, if you know me in person and I ever respond to something you say and then say "Wait, what did you say?" (or something to that effect), sometimes it's because of an internal communication problem. (And other times, if the response was something as simple as "Uh huh," it's just the Autopilot responding, and we were too focused on something else to be listening.)

Scott & Bailey

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 02:20 pm
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Last night, while cooking, I watched the final episode of Scott & Bailey. I'm very sorry that there's not going to be any more, but I'm incredibly pleased with how it ended!

ETA: I was sure I saw a reasonably reliable source (like, a page on ITV's site, or something like that) saying that the fourth series was the last; but now I can't find it. So I hope I'm wrong, and there will be more!

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Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 11:50 am
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WARNING: SHAMELESS COMMERCIALISM AHEAD

If any of you are in the market for graphic elements or web stuff--fonts, vectors, icons, Photoshop actions, textures, brushes, Wordpress themes, and other things, and you get them through Mighty Deals using my referral link for your first purchase, I get a bit of a kickback. :D

(That being said, Mighty Deals has sucked away far too much of my money, because they offer pretty good sales on various graphic and web stuff that I actually use. It's very, very nice to have a store of fonts that I know are OK to use commercially.)

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Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 11:36 am
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I spent yesterday writing, link finding for [community profile] metanews, and playing solitaire. There really wasn't anything particularly interesting going on.

I'm tending to sleep quite late the last few days. I think it's because I'm sleeping poorly. I keep moving my foot and ankle wrong so that they hurt a lot. Specifically, I tend to stretch in a way that pulls on all of the things that I'm wanting to keep still. I do it when I'm half asleep, so it's hard to remember not to do it. If I remember to keep my foot flexed when I stretch, it's not so bad, but if my foot is pointed, it hurts lots, and when I'm relaxed, my feet tend to point.

The further I get into the stuff I'm currently writing for the Harry Potter AU, the less sure I am that this section really belongs there at all. I'm not sure that the person instigating it would really think it was necessary or helpful. He might get the same effect more easily just by giving the other character a kitten. That would be less dramatic and/or traumatic, but it may well make more sense. The way I'm currently doing things, a scene that I originally meant as a bridge has grown to about 3000 words. I like some of the backstory I've put in there and some of the character development, but... I'm just not sure.

Scott's sister and her kids are sick with a stomach bug. I don't know what that means for her helping out with my mammogram appointment on Thursday. Scott thinks she'll be well enough by then to come down anyway. I need to ask her what she thinks. I can always take a cab if I have to. I have been wondering if I should call the Cancer Center and let them know that I will need to sit during my mammogram if it's at all possible. They probably have facilities for that, but those may not always be available.

Scott is expecting to have to work late tonight. I'm not sure if that's just general pessimism or if it really is likely. I'm hoping that he doesn't have to. Cordelia should have at least one parent at Expo, and I really, really can't go.

Alive!

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 12:32 pm
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I’ve been a bit quiet recently; this isn’t because I’ve been busy, just that I’ve been idle. I’ve been commenting, but not posting.

Not working is still good; I’ve had a few wobbly days, but I’m always a bit wobbly between the middle of March and the beginning of May in any given year, because that’s when my father was suffering his final illness in 1997, and I seem to have some species of PTSD about the whole thing. I start off every day fine, and get progressively worse as the day passes, ending with being unable to sleep because of racing thoughts.

I just lie in bed and wait for the it to pass, which took ages last night at least partly due to the fact that we had high winds which seemed to make things worse. I was so restless Smokey gave up on me and went to sleep in the living room.

Good news

In good news, though, I’m going out tonight with my friend Dave to see The Enid at a venue called the Union Chapel. It’s a Congregationalist church in Islington which also doubles as a gig venue. Strange. I’m looking forward to it, because I haven’t seen The Enid since we went to see them in Birmingham a few years ago.

Other good news

In other good news, my ex-colleague from the former Employer of Doom, Anna Smith-Spark (@annalibitina on Twitter) got in touch. She’s been writing a novel called “The Court of the Broken Knives”, and has finally finished it. Almost immediately she started touting it around, and has found an agent.

I’m impressed but not astonished, Anna is a very intelligent person with plenty of enthusiasm, and I’d read the first part of the draft of the novel, and it’s good. It’s a bit dark for me, Anna writes what I believe is known as ‘grimdark’ and I tend to like the cuddly end of fantasy, but it is good.

She also suggested that she might like to go along to the Fantasy Convention due to be held in Nottingham in October, but didn’t want to go alone. So I, still sore about having missed out on Redemption in February due to that blasted cold, said I’d go with her. And we’re going – all booked and everything. Well, except for the cat sitter, which can wait a bit as I need to book my trip to Wales in August.

I suspect that the Fantasy Convention is almost entirely about books and I’m used to media conventions where the emphasis is on film and TV. So this should be an interesting comparison. Roll on October!

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 01:39 am
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1. I am SO DONE with March. So done.

(I keep wondering how helpful it is to group things into constructed time markers - 2014 was a bad year, January 2015 was a good month, etc. - but I'm going to keep doing it if only because I can look at, say, the end of the month and say, "Hey, new month! We can start fresh!" Hope, and all.)

2. It's kind of nice having some relatively insignificant, external stressors because it's a reminder how I'm not just being lazy when my mental health problems flare. I can deal with things that are unpleasant or hard (and sometimes, I even deal well, who knew). It's really hard to get perspective on things when the problems are in your own brain, but thankfully, it's not impossible.

3. One such external stressor: I plugged my headphones into my desktop last night, and the whole thing died. It's not as bad as it could be - I have my laptop while Bro-in-Law works on getting the desktop fixed, and all my super vital files (like the story I'm posting tomorrow) are in Dropbox - but I do miss it. I hope all my files will be intact when it's fixed.

4. I'm currently in a pleasant patch on my TNG watch! Some s2 spoilers. )

5. I saw Insurgent over the weekend! Major series spoilers. )

Read "Marketing Day" by Dialecticdreamer

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 01:15 am
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The story "Marketing Day" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer picks up after "Urgent Business," and comes before my poem "The Cold of the Winter."  It's a swap for my poem "That Resurrection of Hope."  

I'm sorry that stuff is coming out of sequence.  I posted the cash-sponsored content before the barter-swapped content.  Also I am fey, the timespace continuum has at best a weak grasp on me, and I often get inspiration out of order.  However, I think I have the poems lined up properly on the series page.  Extras by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer appear at the bottom.

Belated entry: FOGcon, Saturday

Mon, Mar. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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So the last actual update from me was pre-FOGcon; I'd run afoul of beer bash and decided that I was going to be miserable at home in my own bed. I woke up cheerful and perky and drove in. This time the valets were much better briefed on the event; I was asked if I was here for the thing. I was. Yay!

There was exactly one person at the convention this year who I was hoping to avoid. It was the person who used to play some role in gathering up issues for That Damn Helldesk Program and had some organizational role in the releases. I had met her in person exactly once: she was sitting at the other pole of the horseshoe table across from me, looking quiet, serious, pale, and vaguely miserable.

Naturally, she was working registration desk when I arrived. I wasn't sure which name they would have filed me under (for credit card purposes I gave them my wallet name as well) but it was under the correct name, albeit with my wallet name on the back. I declined the offer to reprint, and scribbled out my wallet name with some vigor. She didn't mention work and neither did I; I don't know whether she recognized me.

As I was looking at the description of the panel in the nearest room, and debating which panel I wanted to go for, someone called me by name. The correct name. It was [personal profile] emceeaich, who I hadn't seen since the rollout of ALL THE NEW THINGS. And where [personal profile] emceeaich is, [personal profile] cynthia1960 is often nearby, in this case being fitted with a very nice corset.

We decided that since it was noonish, lunch was probably an excellent life choice, and so we headed up to the lobby. The lobby combines restaurant, bar, and general lobby lounge area, with a dedicated restaurant section behind the large freestanding wall that composes the bar, and then lounge in front of it. However, restaurant service isn't limited to the restaurant area, which makes for a pleasant, but sometimes chaotic, experience.

Someone stopped by to chat with Emma and Cyn; something about her demeanor suggested she recognized me, but hers was a very common name; it turned out she was [personal profile] metaphortunate! Hooray!

After lunch I went to the downstairs lobby to figure out what panel(s) I wanted to see. There were plenty of people about. I chatted with a few of them. I pulled out my traveling laptop George to check my mail.

Before I made any sort of decision about panels, it was check-in time at the hotel, so I did that so I'd have a place to leave some of my gear. I relaxed in the quiet for a bit, then figured I'd wander panel-wards by way of the con suite, which was on my floor.

I walked in to a con suite full of awesome women talking about weightlifting. I was enthralled. These are the sorts of conversations that don't tend to happen when bros are bro-ing about being bro-ful and loud, and I could have enjoyed an entire convention just like this. And that was how I met [personal profile] kshandra, and I recognized [personal profile] forestofglory's name but couldn't place the exact acquaintance. (Someone whose badge name was Melissa was saying a lot of the awesome things, and Michele from the concom was there being awesome too.)

When I was packing for the convention, I had tossed a number of things into a large transparent plastic box, just the right size to fit in a large tote bag with some room left over. It is in fact large enough to hold George, some jellybeans, several menstrual pads, makeup, hair pins, glitter, a notepad, a package of highlighters, and some other random things. I had found a few packages of pop rocks under some boxes on my bookshelf while shuffling things around in preparation for moving (whenever that's going to happen). Long story short, [personal profile] norabombay was totally overreacting and I did not die from eating shelf pop rocks. And I tossed one in the box, because why not.

The discussion turned from weightlifting to obscure dietary restrictions, and someone mentioned that one of the weird ones was lactose in pop rocks. People were sort of baffled, because why do POP ROCKS need MILK. I remembered that I had tossed it in the box. I whipped out the package of pop rocks. Yep, lactose.

Cliff wandered through. It turned out that describing the helldesk software to someone who used to work on http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMC_Remedy_Action_Request_System is an actively painful experience for that person. It is a solved problem, and Virtual Hammer has attempted to re-invent the weasel by glueing several gerbils together (which, I might add, would be doubly illegal in California).

Saw some people who are identified in my notes as Wendy and K. [personal profile] ethicalslut identifed my Dreamwidth d button, and we got a picture together.

The banquet was next, and ethicalslut was looking to pull together a table of interesting people. I was amenable to joining this table. I identified someone in line who I thought might be [personal profile] firecat, and I was correct. Also at the table were Aahz, and several other people.

The banquet was great fun. After that, there had been a lot of people, so I went up to my room for a bit.

I decided to go for some lobbycon time. I ran into forestofglory, and this time had managed to identify people we know in common ([personal profile] kaberett, among others). Shweta Narayan was passing through, and they and their husband sat down in the group, and I met the Designated Extravert of the group, the adorable, cheerful Mippo (a tiny stuffed animal which looks like the delightful intersection of Moomin and Hippopotamus). Emma and Cyn joined the group as well.

There was an unfortunate incident with Shweta and some too-hot water, and ice became necessary. It was lovely to meet them though!

I got a large amount of loonembellishment done.

Eventually I was dizzytired and went off to bed.

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Mon, Mar. 30th, 2015 11:37 pm
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Okay nope, I have to go to bed without addressing the vast majority of my inbox. Sorry, anyone I owe a reply to.

Poem: "That Resurrection of Hope"

Mon, Mar. 30th, 2015 11:33 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It is posted in trade for her story "Marketing Day." It also fills the "septicemia / infected wounds" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Frankenstein's Family series, the last in the triptych which follows the trot-line incident, so make sure you've already read "The Cold of the Winter" and "The Heat of the Fever."

Read more... )
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50 Shades Freed--Chapter 13 (Part I)

In which we are reminded repeatedly that Grey and Ana are rich, Ana goes shopping with Mia and Kate, we learn that there is one bisexual character in this whole series, and Ana gets a lot of exercise by jumping to conclusions.
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(WNTV = Welcome To Night Vale. It's a free podcast. I highly recommend it.)

Now I want to cross-stitch the best ones and make an awesome quilt (that would take a year or so to make). Everyone would want it but after taking that long to make it I don't think I'd be able to sell it.

Also my brother and sister-in-law's baby was born on the 22nd and her name is Isabella. The other day my brother sent this text:

Laying here with my daughter on my chest sleeping and thinking how beautiful she is and how blessed and happy I am.... then she let's[sic] out a huge fart..... definitely my daughter

Yep, definitely my little brother's kid. :P

Squee

Tue, Mar. 31st, 2015 04:42 am
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The inarticulate squeeing from my direction this afternoon was me discovering that the first seven chapters of the next Rachel Peng novel by K B Spangler are out as a free sample,

For those who don't follow the series, they're near future techno-thrillers/police procedurals, Rachel is the liaison to the Washington DC Metro PD for the Office of Advanced and Complementary Emerging Technologies, which mean she's not just a Fed, she's a Fed who's a cyborg with a quantum chip in her head that allows her to make any database anywhere sit-up and beg, gives her reception across the complete EM spectrum, near telepathy with the other OACET agents, and so on. She's also half-Chinese, gay, and blind - the only reason she isn't the Federal poster child for diversity is the fact she's blind is a secret among a handful of her friends, the chip lets her mostly pass, though she has trouble with the simplest of things - reading and faces.

The first two books in the series are Digital Divide and Maker Space and the new one is State Machine, which involves a murder at the White House and a missing maguffin (I figured out what it is very early, though the narrative hasn't quite confirmed that yet), and as a side arc that'll likely please a few people around here, three of the secondary characters are now in a poly relationship.

And of course K B Spangler also draws the A Girl and Her Fed webcomic which shares a universe with Rachel, in fact she's in the current story arc, which is interesting for letting you see the author's imagining of her.

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