Ascension, by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:35 am
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Everyone go read this book. It is made of happiness and light and many good things. I have read it to the end now and it is Happily Ever After, or at least a good start.

It is women falling in love with women and starships. Many and varied women who are all unique individuals. And while there are several points where letting someone finish a sentence could have been a shortcut in the feels department, the whole yearning thing was really working, so I can forgive it.

Also you can always see why the characters would do what they do, it's not just plot yanking them around, their insecurities are built in and worked through.

The only thing I'm a bit hmmm about was Read more... )

But everyone else's happy endings were coolness. I mean you don't usually end up with a happy ending involving (big yet happy spoilers) Read more... ) I mean for a start that's more women than you even get in quite a lot of science fiction, even before you get to the eventual configuration.

I am just :-D now and want to tell everyone to go read.

It has a plot and a romance and the plot is necessary to the romance and the romance is necessary to the plot. The whole yearning having cycle is there. And there's many varieties of moments of awesome.

You will probably like this book if you like anything even close to this sort of thing.

The only thing wrong with it is there is only the one of it
and it is from 2013

Also I just saw some Amazon reviews of it, and whoever read the protagonist as a drug addict has the reading comprehension of a squirrel. She's chronically ill with a genetic autoimmune disease that attacks muscles and she controls her condition with medication. If the reviewer didn't understand that then the protagonist's motivation and urgency is going to elude them.

But! No matter what the reviews say, the book makes plenty good sense.

And it is complete in itself, with a satisfying ending, even if that is all we get.

I'll just pout because I like these characters and want to see more stories like this.

Three sentences aout 2017-04-25

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:46 pm
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Tired day today, got a couple more loose ends finished, but now I have seriously nothing left to do but ECS, I just didn't have the braincells to do anything with it today. Luckily, I had a couple of meetings in there, which require fewer braincells than learning new things. :^) Also, there is some question now about which new things we're actually going to go learn first: ECS? Terraform? An internal tool? There's a lot of overlapping technology here, much of which plays well with various other parts of it, but building a coherent picture out of it is hard. We might hire a consultant/contractor person to help us design it, but that's a slow process, so I should be doing something along these lines meanwhile. If I go to sleep now, perhaps I'll be awake enough tomorrow to figure out what. :^)

Anyway, shopped at TJ's after work, ordered delicious pizza, came home, ate delicious pizza, read a scene from Wee Free Men, played BRAWL with Q and Gold Digger with Junie, did some bedtimes. Found new Kickstarters for the first One Deck Dungeon expansion and the new reboot of Button Men, both of which look pretty interesting. Now time for bed.
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Vid Title: Stayin Low!
Vidder: Hollywoodgrrl
Fandom: Aliens series
Summary: Hopin' she can sock it to me one mo' time.
Reccer's Comments: I was inspired to post this by the last vid recced also being an Aliens fanvid! Stayin' Low is one of my favorite fanvids, full stop. Bouncy, kinetic, wonderfully cut, and seamlessly combining 4 movies to create an incredible portrait of Ripley, one of the original sci-fi badasses. I cannot say enough good things about this vid or this vidder! If you like the Aliens series and have not already seen this, you really, really should.
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Posted by Adam Schwartz

EFF has joined a coalition effort, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), to oppose the federal government’s proposal to scrutinize the social media activities of Chinese visitors. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to ask certain visa applicants from China to disclose the existence of their social media accounts and the identifiers or handles associated with those accounts.

Last year, EFF opposed a similar CBP proposal concerning foreign visitors from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). CBP finalized this proposal in December 2016.

Although providing social media handles would be optional and CBP promises to review social media activities “in a manner consistent with the privacy settings the applicant has chosen to adopt for those platforms,” collecting this information would still pose risks to the free speech and privacy rights of foreign travelers and their American associates. Moreover, CBP has made no showing that these intrusions on digital privacy and speech will actually do anything to advance public safety.

Specifically, CBP’s scrutiny of the social media activities of Chinese and VWP visitors will unmask anonymous Internet speakers, and reveal highly personal information like religious beliefs or dating preferences. CBP will scrutinize not just the online behavior of foreign visitors, but also that of the many U.S. citizens who communicate with them via social media, whether family members, friends, business associates, or other contacts. Foreign nations may retaliate and subject U.S. visitors to the same surveillance. Many people may self-censor to avoid this unwanted government scrutiny or curtail important travel to the United States.

These CBP proposals are part of a larger CBP effort to invade the digital privacy of travelers. At the U.S. border, CBP agents have ordered U.S. citizens to disclose their social media accounts and identifiers. And CBP searches the phones, laptops, and other devices of tens of thousands of travelers.

EFF is fighting back in the courts and Congress, and teaching travelers how to protect their privacy. We are proud to join AAAJ and dozens of other groups in opposing the intrusive and unnecessary social media screening of Chinese visitors.

New obsession

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:27 pm
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Tassel earrings made with seed beads. There are seven strands per earring, making them heptapods like in the movie "Arrival"!

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:48 pm
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Happy 100th to Ella Fitzgerald, singer extraordinaire.

(Selected samples.)

Crown of Binding Thorns

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:54 pm
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Crown of Binding Thorns is pure Tanith Lee territory but it doesn't treat it in a Tanith Lee way at all: could not be more different, in fact. This is probably a good thing, because Lee is hot fudge sauce: a little goes a very long sweet cloying sticky way. But de Bodard is somehow too dry for my tastes as well. I'm not sure what the problem is but I noticed it in the Acatl books as well. As if I'm being kept at arm's distance somehow from the events. Or maybe that the events are all tied up in plots and politics, which I find dull by nature: so that even with fallen angels and Vietnamese dragons and alchemical magicians and Paris in tatters, the atmosphere of the Pentagon Papers spreads its grey dust throughout.

new spheres

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Speaking of poets who are gay for God, here's a little of our good friend John Donne, for April 17:

I am a little world made cunningly )
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About five days ago, some asshole used my legal name email address to sign up for a Spanish-language internet dating site. Since then, I have been getting at least 200 emails a day from that site, to the general effect of 'Legal-First-Name-Random-String-of-Numbers has received a new message' or 'Random-Name-Who-Is-Probably-a-Bot has done something in relation to your post/profile/message/what-the-hell-ever'. (I would be more specific except I do not speak Spanish and don't entirely trust Google's auto-translate function.)

I mean, Gmail knows they are spam and duly files them as such, but still!

I can't even unsubscribe from the damn thing, since that would require knowing what password the asshole created when they used my email to sign up. *headdesk*

The site, for those who may be curious, is Plentyoffish Media Inc. #142-757 West Hastings St., PMB 670, Vancouver, BC V6C1A1. Their web address is (Are they Canadian or Mexican? Who knows!)

I feel like I should write them an annoyed letter or something.

Meme! Talk to me!

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:35 pm
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Comment with one of my fandoms and a number.

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

And then we can taaaaaaalk about it. :)

Fiction: A Race

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Title: A Race
World: other (apocalyptic)
Word count: 800
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] origfic_bingo, swimming; [community profile] tic_tac_woe, megatsunami/tidal wave
Notes: So I guess I like apocalypses.

Alisa dived.

For the split second above the water, she could hear her little brothers cheering from their raft, but as soon as she hit the surface, all sounds faded away. The boys were still young enough to think it was all a game; Alisa was desperately envious of them, and fiercely determined to keep them that innocent for as long as possible.Read more... )
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1. Gotham is back! SPOILERS )

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. SPOILERS )

3. I got the sweetest letter from [personal profile] kaleecat and a sweet card and picture of L. from [personal profile] zulu and [personal profile] bell. L. is the cutest little man ever.

4. Sometimes parenting is awesome. Fiona is having her little graduation from daycare in a couple weeks, and they've taught her the cutest song. "I'm a little graduate. Aren't you proud of me?" Adorable.

5. I had started just riding the bike so I could read the whole time I'm exercising, but I decided I needed to start running again, too. The bike doesn't engage my core much or my arms at all, so I've gone back to running two miles or so and then following that with the bike.


Apr. 25th, 2017 05:09 pm
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You know you played a good game when your team loses but despite that you get eight votes on your card.

and desktop

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Navbar 3.1 for Desktop.

Both of these include first drafts of design/guideline docs.

Relevant medical advice

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Addendum to my nose report! If you remember the cartoon Home Movies, you may recall that some of the characters in its cast had a band. And that one of their songs was rather pertinent to my medical experiences this week. I give you:

Also, if you’re a fan of Heather Dale (and if you’re not, I recommend it, as her voice is amazing and I love her fondness for Arthurian mythos but also her song about Sedna), she has a song that’s medically pertinent this week as well:

Sadly, the Internet has failed me in providing a proper gif of Angel from the episode “Smile Time”, when he gets turned into a Muppet version of himself and demonstrates that his nose comes off.

I have also likewise been unable to find a gif of Rimmer from the “Parallel Universe” episode of Red Dwarf, where he’s telling Lister about his date with Lorraine. “Of course, she had an artificial nose. Tastefully done! Quality metal. No rivets.” ;D

(Both of these are of course referenced in Dara’s song “Sad Muppet”! Which I would point you at except Dara doesn’t have a public recording of “Sad Muppet” available yet. But with the chorus SAD MUPPET HAS NO NOSE, it’s arguably the theme song of this week too.)

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Apr. 25th, 2017 07:54 pm
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I've been half-assing work the last few weeks. The result is I have an enormous stack of papers to grade. Fortunately, my hubby will be home in the morning so I can leave the dogs and hang out at Starbucks, guzzle coffee, and try to get through it.

Eating According to Calorie Density

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:51 pm
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I stuffed myself with veggies today: three pounds. Also: two pounds starch (potatoes), one pound fruit.

All of that food was only 1600 cal. I'll eat less tomorrow.

go out into your heart

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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I borrowed K's copy of Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God back in January, when I was upstate for her secret wedding. If I'm remembering correctly, the Rilke volume was one of the (many) books that K and D used to build an altar for their ceremony, which was a miracle of both structural and literary soundness (and also pretty special). Anyway, K told me to keep Rilke through poetry month, and I can't disappoint her, can I? There are a lot of really spectacular poems in this volume, but this one got me where I live.

You are not surprised at the force of the storm )


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