Off the air

May. 31st, 2016 10:04 pm
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Or, Schrodinger's frelling wifi.

On the bus to Madison, had a reasonable connection yay.

On the bus back to O'Hare, although there appeared to be a connection, it didn't actually do anything - also was an older bus with nowhere to plug in chargers, which may have some bearing.

At O'Hare, have been doing the Masochism Tango with Boingo, which sneers at the tablet and won't connect, but on the laptop, after several rounds of frustration, seems to have let me online for a minimal period.


Five days of photos: Day 4/5

May. 31st, 2016 09:00 pm
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Hands up! Bubble gun
Hands up or I'll bubble you!

We had the most glorious weather for the bank holiday weekend. The bloke's sister visited (along with husband and our two niecephews), so the house was all barbecues and beers and bubbles. Also, ice cream and shouting and chaos.

I'm happy, but possibly a little tired too.

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May. 31st, 2016 09:34 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] wonderlandkat!

Daily Happiness

May. 31st, 2016 12:19 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I had a restful day off.

2. I didn't do as much scanlation stuff as I had wanted to do, but I did a fair bit.

3. We went to Target this morning and I managed to find a going-away card for my manager that isn't too terrible. (They have a huge card section, but there were hardly any going-away cards and even fewer that were appropriate.)

4. The cats were being so cute today. Just really impossibly cute. I took so many pictures.

Might it have been a beaver?

May. 30th, 2016 11:46 pm
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Was exhausted yestereen and skipped out and went beddybyes after the GoH speeches and the Tiptree Award Ceremony.

Got up somewhat early this morning in order to get to the panel 'What happened to the Women SF Writers', which, in spite of the somewhat depressing topic and the fact that it was Monday morning and the last panel session of the con, was extremely good and lively.

In the Dealers' Room, I finally succumbed to Dept of Vain Adornment and bought 2 necklaces, both of which, however, were marked down for closing sale.

A book I had spotted on the PM Press stall turned out to be sold out, but I managed, with some cursing, this afternoon in purchasing and downloading the e-version. On the whole I have been resisting buying books when I might be able to get e-versions.

After the post-mortem panel I went for a walk by the lakeside - hot, and a bit humid, but I think I've known it more oppressive.

Walking along, observed the head of a brown animal pop up by the shore: a chap walking past said 'beaver', but I didn't get a chance to look at it long enough before it ducked down again to see whether it had the right sort of teeth - might have been an otter?

Also, there was a train pulling a vast number of freight trucks came along the line by the lakeshore just as I was trying to get across the road. Think it may be the first time I have seen an actual train on that line.

Lots of boats of various kinds out on the lake.

I did the Monona Terrace roof-garden the other day (also the roof terrace of the public library): there are a whole lot of inscribed plaques set into the ground with peoples' names, commemorations, etc. One was '[X] loves [Y]', which struck as possibly being in the same category as getting a tattoo to that effect: it could be a regrettably permanent testimony to something that did not last. wot me cynical.

Vid: Tesseract (Interstellar)

May. 30th, 2016 01:27 pm
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[personal profile] starlady
source: Interstellar
audio: Vienna Teng, "The Breaking Light ft. Alex Wong"
length: 4:19
stream: on Vimeo
download: 266MB mp4 on dropbox
summary: “Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty premiere!

Password: Wiscon

Notes and lyrics )

[Fic] And Like A River Continues

May. 30th, 2016 04:05 pm
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Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Star Driver, Triskelion
Characters/Pairings: Agemaki Wako, Gouda Tetsuya, Honda George, Katashiro Ryousuke, Miyabi Reiji, Nichi Kate, Okamoto Midori, Shinada Benio, Shindou Sugata, Simone Aragon, Tsunashi Takuto, Wako/Sugata/Takuto, Watanabe Kanako
Summary: The anime's ending leaves a great deal up in the air; this story takes up some of those loose threads. Picks up immediately after the end and throws everyone a little further into the future.
Meta: Drama, I-3
Wordcount: 9045

"Takuto is with him," Wako said firmly, eyes fixed on the sky. "They'll be all right." Takuto's look had promised her that, in that long, silent moment of fierce understanding they'd shared before she'd agreed to break the southern seal. And she was going to hold them both to that promise, if she had to regenerate Wauna and go up there herself to make sure of it!

And Like A River Continues )

Merry Monday #26

May. 30th, 2016 08:22 pm
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What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♣ Painting workshop later this week... I am nervous (because I am the one organising it, haha) but looking forward to it either way.
♣ I set up a mailing list at! Without help, apart from consulting some of their FAQ. *is proud*
♣ Re-installed Torchlight 2. Still an awesome game. (One day I shall write a recommendation post.)
♣ I have two overripe leftover bananas, and I can see a banana-strawberry sheet cake in the future. (Wish me luck; like most of the time I'll jump into this without a recipe.)
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Today we have a delightful guest visiting us from elsewhere on the internet! We are excited to welcome Jenny from Reading the End to Lady Business to share several bits of cool knowledge about Unreliable Narrators. Check out her excellent words below!

Whilst planning this article, people variously told me that unreliable narrators are cheap show-offy authorial tricksiness, that nobody has time to spend worrying whether their own narrator knows what's up, and WHY WOULD I READ A BOOK THAT'S JUST GOING TO LIE TO ME? (My podcast co-host, Whiskey Jenny, very much does not like being lied to.)

It's also a slippery, wobbly sort of trope to pin down. Do we include the protagonist of Emma as an unreliable narrator, since her unflinching belief in her intelligence and rightness blind her to what's happening right in front of her? (I vote no.) What about the protagonist of Karen Joy Fowler's excellent We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, who tells us the exact truth but withholds a single, vital detail until about a third of the way through the book? (Again, and very controversially at my family's Sunday breakfast, no.)

And what differentiates an unreliable narrator from one who's simply wrong? We're asked to place the worst possible interpretation on Laurent's behavior throughout the first Captive Prince book, because we're seeing him through Damen's eyes, but that ends up being because Damen, like us, is simply not in possession of a full set of facts. So in the end, that's what I decided made the difference. To count as an unreliable narrator, in the super-scientific taxonomy I am about to unveil, the narrator must have the facts available to them, and their narration must convey to the reader a skewed, limited, or biased version of those facts.

("But Jenny, doesn't We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves count under that metric?" You hush. It's only that one single secret she doesn't tell right away. Who's the captain of this taxonomy schooner anyway?)

Here's the taxonomy in a nutshell: Unreliable narrators are being unreliable either consciously or unconsciously. The facts and events about which they are unreliable are either decipherable by the reader or they are not. This creates four lovely quadrants of unreliable narrators, and if I were mathematically minded I'd make a fabulous interactive graph for you. Since I am not you will have to make do with words. Read more... )

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May. 30th, 2016 09:30 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] nancylebov!

Daily Happiness

May. 30th, 2016 12:34 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Soooo glad I have tomorrow off. I'm looking forward to relaxing and catching up on some scanlation stuff.

2. Wednesday is the 1st, which means the produce guy has to do his monthly inventory, which means he will be there to open the store and I don't have to come in at 6:30!

3. Molly face!

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So I actually got to several panels today (ageing in fandom, slush piles, women characters in sff) which were interesting in various ways even if I didn't feel moved to contribute with questions etc.

Also had the usual lunch with long-time Wiscon friend who is not on DW/LJ.

OMG somebody who heard my reading yesterday has Told All Her Friends - aaargh.

Decided at dinner time this evening that as I didn't have a specific arrangement with anybody, and didn't particularly want to tag along to a random group - feeling up for 1-3 people I know but not large group of strangers/semi-strangers. Found a rather nice place on Capitol Square that I spotted yesterday but remembered as on the wrong side of the square, so walked three-quarters of the way round it before I got there. Nice nosh, superb bread.

Daresay I shall get to the GoH speeches and Tiptree Award ceremony.

And in updated Vom Fass news, I have now been shown their fruit balsamic vinegars, ALL of which are tagged as 'in store only'. AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH. Not that I have much optimism about any online ordering system they might have.

Daily Happiness

May. 29th, 2016 01:18 am
torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Apparently there are Rick and Morty comics! 14 of them so far! I am looking forward to reading them.

2. I had to go to work like an hour and a half early because we were already short-handed and a cashier called out, but at least I still got to sleep in and relax for a bit this morning.

3. I paid bills this morning and our total credit card debt got below the $7000 mark! Hopefully with my raise (which will be reflected on my next paycheck, even though I won't be actually starting as manager until the pay period after that), we will be able to pay it down even faster.

4. Today Instagram seems to have no problem crossposting, yay!


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