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Sep. 25th, 2017 06:53 am

Internetsmanship

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Alex Acks on how to win an online argument (fsvo win)

Thanx to File 770
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Sep. 25th, 2017 06:22 am

Kit Reed 1932-2017

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Kit Reed has been publishing excellent novels and short stories (sf, mimetic, and, as she would say, transgenre) for almost 60 years. We enjoyed her company at many ICFAs and Readercons. RIP.
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Sep. 25th, 2017 08:34 am

New Book on Robert A. Heinlein

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I think most people who used to follow me on LJ are now on facebook but I am cross posting just in case.

After my book on Heinlein went beyond a length that most academic publishers could manage (it may be around 500 pages) I decided to go with a Crowdfunding publisher called Unbound. They can keep the price down to affordable levels.

Of course I would love it if you bought the book:

ebook £12
ebook and hb £35

But what I really need is signal boosting. Please copy and paste.


https://unbound.com/books/robert-heinlein
Sep. 25th, 2017 01:54 am

Lima Charlie

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..you have to understand, I am fine and happy being without carnal entanglements. It makes so much sense, not adding that element of unbalance to my life when I am not financially, psychologically, or socially ready to get involved with another human. Plus, according to the dominant religion of this country, I can't take a new lover until my first husband kecks, so I'm sort of hoping it's a long, long time before I may be allowed to get laid: he's got two little girls and a lovely wife. (And okay, the dominant religion is not okay with me being gay or, apparently, giving to charity if it means healing the sick, so maybe not a yardstick by which to measure? And it's not like---- it's nothing like--- I have been faithful to him at all since the divorce. But at least I can say I am trying.)

But my body, well, it's not exactly well-concealed that there are moments when it pulls at me to be allowed to touch, kiss, be touched by another body, the way that oxen must be forced to pull away from a poisoned waterhole after a trek through the desert. No, body. That water smells like goodness, but it will kill you faster and harder than the combination steakhouse and house o' leather goods down the street.

So I did a one-card reading, just to see if I was being silly and should take a one-night stand at the con, if fate should offer.

Five of Swords: selfish desire; lack of integrity; loss; sorrow; regret; rash action; humiliation. Lack of mercy. Trouble at its nadir. The worst most destructive aspects of communication.

To quote Spider Robinson, speaking in the voice of a character a few seconds after asking for an omen from God, "You didn't have to shout..."

But I'm glad my goddess, who looks after idiots if they let her, did "shout." Clarity is most welcome at this juncture.
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At some time after I left to take Katie to the softball game, but before Gretchen and Julie left to follow us, there was apparently a horrible noise somewhere in the house. When I got home, Gretchen mentioned this to me and asked me to look around upstairs. I did and didn't see anything obviously wrong.

Thus, it was not until Gretchen went to hang up the shirts in my closet tonight that the problem was found. The long shelf in my closet had fallen off the wall, making it nearly impossible to open the door.

We have now piled all of my shirts and the contents of the shelf elsewhere. And I need to figure out the best way to fix this, because things are pretty much an unholy mess.

*sigh*

Apparently, I have too much stuff.
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Sep. 24th, 2017 11:59 pm

I would have thought lawful

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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-8

Constitution-16

Intelligence-10

Wisdom-8

Charisma-7


Alignment:
Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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I was pre-emptively beating myself up about the guys at the con. You know, the ones who throw themselves at every female's feet, pulse optional, proclaiming true love forever, and slamming their heads against a wall screaming, "I SUCK I SUCK I SUCK SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO I WILL BE FOREVER ALLLLLLLLOONE BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT SLEEP WITH ME ELLIOT RODGERS WAS A SAINT ITS BECAUSE OF MY CREDIT RATING ISN'T IT YOU SHALLOW BITCH" when you say you're not really available for sexual congress and/ or marriage at this time.

I still kind of feel bad, assuming I get hit on*, for auto-turndown and subsequent use as brainweasel ammo, but you know what? If your idea of persecution is "thank you, stranger, but I will not give you a blowjob," mayyyyyybe you need to turn the pain sliders down a few notches and start leading with your non-dominant hand instead of your scrotum...

*Yes, I'm not very attractive, we know this, thank you, Ed-in-my-head, but Archon is apparently such a sausagefest** that even I start to look good.***

**So much so that they lampshade it. Their charity fundraiser is CALLED Sausagefest.

***Archon does not supply complimentary bagels, so even these are not an option.
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http://zheng3.com/faire-play/
3D printable / printed armor to fit Barbie and Barbie-similar dolls. Available now!

I happen to love Barbie type dolls - the odder the better. I used to collect dolls like Dennis Rodman, 90210, M.C. Hammer, Xena, and other non-Mattel dolls. Of course they all swap clothes, since I don't usually bother to keep them in original boxes. Exceptions include Dennis Rodman, who has an extra head with peach fuzz in a different color (red or green) and the Scully and Mulder set (one of my few Mattel sets.)

I still have a few of document boxes full of dolls: one box full of unboxed dolls with miscellaneous clothing and accessories at the bottom and two boxes of unopened dolls. I guess I was thinking of selling some of the boxed dolls *someday*, but mostly I like to look at them. That's why I opened so many of my other dolls.
Sep. 24th, 2017 07:55 pm

Professional conundrum

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Work is switching me to third shift. (Ask me if they asked me about that.)

Now, I've worked third shift, and I can tell you, for whatever reason, my brain turns into salty melted smoothie when I work nights. I've had enough experience finding workarounds that I know I am just not a desirable worker for that timeframe.

And I feel terrible. The good worker goes wherever she is needed, and does what it asked of her plus as much more as she can manage. I realize that working my working days or evenings steals time from mothers who would otherwise be with their children; creates divorces in what could be strong and happy couples if they were given time together; keeps students from their classes; and takes the ability of more able workers to work other jobs and be productive citizens. I am a really awful person. I know that. But this is an "awful at being a person", not "doing awful things." I'm not able to work that shift effectively, and all the life-hacks, meditation techniques, special lighting, blackout curtains, and weird nutritional supplements/ diets on earth cannot keep me working well when I am working then.

So I'm the special little snowflake who can't do her job like a manly man and I suck forever.

Man, not feeling even trying to fight the brainweasels today.
Sep. 24th, 2017 05:27 pm

I Am a Dummy

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Although I am not a dotard. Trust me on this.

So I got the new Behringer X-Touch Extender and that meant that I had to rewire the whole connection, because I had connected the original X-Touch controller using MIDI, but you can't daisy chain the extender to the original unit using MIDI. I tried the Ethernet connectivity without success and eventually decided to wire it together via USB.

Of course, I did not have the right cables. But I did have a USB extender cable that I could use to make the connection reach from the X-Touch to the computer and then I could daisy chain the extender via USB off the back of the X-Touch. No problem.

Except that it worked, well, intermittently. I finally managed to get everything working and went back upstairs, planning to do some more mixing when I had time.

(This was made more complex by having to do a massive restore to my system to get it working again after the Windows 10 Creators Update broke everything audio-related. Plugins? Ha! We don't need no stinkin' plugins. Yeah, the heck we don't.)

Time passed. Way too much time.

I come downstairs to mix today. I fire up Cubase. I discover that there's an update. Fine. Load it. Start Cubase.

Crap. The X-Touch duo wake up, but none of the controls work, although the faders will move if I move the faders on the MixConsole. This is sort of the glaring opposite of what I want to have happen.

So I mess around with this for about 45 minutes, plugging, unplugging, swearing. Nothing is helping.

And I look and I realize that there is a box sitting on the edge of the console labeled "Amazon Basics". It contains the 16 foot USB cable that I had bought to replace my jerry-rigged cable collection. Apparently, I had dropped it off down here at some time in the intervening months, but had not actually bothered to connect it.

Well, I can connect it now.

And after a power off, power on cycle, everything appears to be working.

Yes, Gretchen, apparently all things can be fixed by One More Cable (TM).

*sigh*

You know, I prefer it when my technological devices just work...
Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm

A leaf

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Taken from a couple of angles over about a minute.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 04:45 pm

I am taking care of someone's cats

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As one does, I keep a log of my visits.

The cats expressed their appreciation for my record-keeping.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 12:25 pm

Bracing for Discovery

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"Hotumn" continues in Ottawa-Gatineau. Sweat from scalp to soles is normal-abnormal right now. Sleep continues to be a luxury item by virtue of being a medical necessity.

The Invictus Games are underway in Toronto, as are the German elections, the continuing weather/climate turmoil in the Caribbean Islands, the post-quake trauma in several regions of Mexico...and on it goes. This world continues to be a busy place, defying anyone's ability to fully understand it at any one moment. I can still live with that.

The Big Event for me as a science fiction fan tonight is Star Trek: Discovery's opening episode, "The Vulcan Hello". I can't say that I'm pleased with the idea of the series being available by subscription-streaming over the Net everywhere else on the planet, but at least Canada's managed to avoid that for now via Space Channel.

Also, I'm still getting used to this being the first Trek branch-series filmed on soundstages outside the USA. In Toronto, of all places. Just over four hours away from me by passenger train. This wasn't a thing I'd ever really expected to happen. Sure, I'd imagined branch series created for every language in which Trek is watched these days in the places where those languages were most presently in use. Which was probably less than practical, even nowadays.

Not sure yet about the design aesthetics of the series, but we'll see how it goes. Looking forward to those maps they've been talking about in Lorca's ready room...
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1. My mother is a doctor. An MD. From the 70's. That was actually pretty unusual back then;
2. My grandmother taught people to fly planes;
3. I have had my fingers in a hungry grizzly's mouth;
4. I have been engaged to at least six men, most of them more than once, one of them genetically a Pritzker (yes, those Pritzkers, the ones who own a sizable chunk of Chicago) and Paul Newman's second cousin;
5. Depending on how one counts, I have zero, 1.5, two, three, seven, nine, sixteen, or seventeen siblings of various stripes (stripes include: adopted, step, half, and deceased);
6. I taught myself to read at age three, which was pretty uncommon back then;
7. I am an award-winning poet and author, although those are rinky-dink awards. Nevertheless, I've "paid the light bill" several times over;
8. I spent a lot of time in the U.K. growing up;
9. I am 5'8". I was 5'5" until I was twenty-four. My daughter is 6'1";
10. I find heels--- the right heels--- more comfortable than (most) flats and many sneakers;
11. My late stepfather was Richard J. Daley's secretary and a lobbyist;
11. I find jeans rather uncomfortable;
12. I like walking and I do it a LOT, but my best friend has literally walked across the country in several places;
13. My stepfather has broken several records of various sorts for sky-diving. His doctorates include (but may not be limited to, I try not to pry) solid-state physics and metallurgy and they are from Cambridge (yes, that Cambridge, the university in England);
14. My blood type is AB-. I share it in common with about one in six hundred Americans and the late author Robert Heinlein;
15. I have loved science fiction and fantasy since I was less than a meter tall. My father read me The Hobbit and The Witches of Karres before I turned seven;
16. Although my natural hair color is kind of greenish brownish dirty blondish, my body hair is the exact color of apricot preserves;
17. Those two messes with my late stepfather's family, sheesh;
18. Up through my early 40's, I looked eerily like a painted portrait of Lady Edith Lytton (and NOTHING like actual photographs of her), and rather strongly resembled one of the painter Waterhouse's favorite models who was probably a dude;
19. I've held on to Neil Gaiman's room keys for him, and NOT at a con;
20. I genuinely like malort, circus peanuts, and the un-MST 3k'd movies Overdrawn at the Memory Bank and Reptilicus
21. My second cousin once removed was the late Cardinal Francis George.
22. My late uncle composed the background music for the Animal Planet series Emergency Vet and a couple of other of their shows.


So what? So every mediocrity is has fascinating bits once one scratches the surface. So, tell me something about yourself.
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