Kindle?

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 7:58 PM
Out of curiosity, is anyone interested in a Kindle Paperwhite. It's the previous edition, so it's not the latest one, but it still works perfectly fine. Pretty much the only time that I use it nowadays is when I'm traveling via plane, which I don't see happening any time soon since I don't plan on going back to Tennessee for the holidays this year. So since my checking account is still somewhat lighter than I'd like, I thought that I'd at least see if anyone might want one.

I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.

(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)

The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 7:37 AM
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

  • Sep. 17th, 2017 at 12:12 AM
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .

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More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

  • Sep. 17th, 2017 at 3:11 AM
Better Cover Up , Faith/Dawn by [personal profile] katleept.

The Holiday Punch , Giles/Buffy by [personal profile] littleotter73.

No Better Way to Spend an Evening , Anya/Darla by [profile] the_wiggins.

Hypable podcast talks Entropy & Double or Nothing .

BeepMePod podcast talks When She Was Bad.

Redemptioncast podcast talks Salvage & Release .

CBR asks "Where Are They Now?".

Hypable talks to JM about Seeing Red .

Plotting

  • Sep. 16th, 2017 at 5:57 AM
There's a nonzero chance Brenda's lawyer in the Chief AU will be Jack Raydor.

I like Gavin, but he doesn't bring anything new and exciting to the story. Everyone has done Sharon and her BFF Gavin, but I feel like we don't see Jack as much, and do we ever see him with Brenda?

It also might let me use my favorite, you-can-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands headcanon (Sharon and Jack have excellent hate sex any time Jack blows through), and I am all about doing that with this fic.

But first I have to get Sharon and Brenda through this fight. Sharon doesnt want to fight and it's annoying me. Sharon! This is Brenda! She's yelling at you! Why don't you want to yell back?

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates.

A really interesting book about the pirate turned pirate hunter who wasn't as ruthless or had as much treasure as people thought.

After his time as a pirate in the Caribbean he settled in New York City, married a wealthy widow & became respectable. Through a chance meeting he is commissioned by William III of England to capture pirates in the Indian Ocean. Run-ins with the English Navy, his crew not being paid because they can't find any pirates & crossing paths with his old shipmate (& mutineer against Kidd) Robert Culliford lead to his eventual downfall.

third-day story

  • Sep. 14th, 2017 at 12:51 AM
Five Things Naomi Novik Said:

We took a responsibility on and I know that -- even during the darkest moments of the Board where I literally thought that the entire tech staff would quit and there would be no one to run AO3 -- that what kept people on [as volunteers] even though there wasn't any kind of good resolution to the problems, it was the inertia of not wanting to drop the ball.


Now, I read this Q&A at least ten times before it was posted, and every time I read that, I had the same thought: "Wow, wild times. I'm glad I wasn't around for that."

It didn't occur to me until tonight that yes, I was. I very much was. And I don't think I ever appreciated until this moment just how close we came.

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Sep. 11th, 2017

  • 3:19 PM
Hello, hello! I hope you are all well and that hurricanes will stop hurricaning for a while. We have friends on the east coast of Florida who went to Orlando to escape Irma, but my goodness, the flooding there! We haven't heard from them since Friday so my fingers are crossed.

We are fine. Webster actually went swimming with me two mornings this week! He hasn't felt well enough to do that in months. I've been cleaning house like mad because my sister and her wife arrive Thursday night. Yay! I'm so looking forward to their visit, and of course Mother is over the moon. That's one thing she remembers, that my sister is coming out.

In case you missed all the headers and announcements, it's the OTW's tenth anniversary. Ten years! And I'm very proud to say I was there at the start. I love the OTW despite its well known faults, and I adore the AO3. Bless every volunteer and all their hard work. Anyway, Tumblr user Gins posted an essay I enjoyed: A few notes on the past ten years, and so on: I don't think it's a coincidence that there is, broadly speaking, a strong correlation between the people who would like me to write my experience of queerness and womanhood differently and the people who dismiss the artistic import and value of fannish art, and art about fandom. Fandom is one of those rare artistic communities that was built, in large part, by and for women and queer people; this is not to say there aren't people who are neither in fandom, but to instead say that womanhood and queerness have architectural significance to fandom as an artistic space. Excellent essay covering a number of subjects important to me.

Okay, lots of links to share with you:
'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats: When teaching, I had the bad luck to run into a fair bit of plagiarism from my students. To this day, I wonder if I somehow didn't make clear what plagiarism was and why they shouldn't plagiarize. I've also caught some plagiarisms in fandom. It is very very unpleasant.

An essay by Cecilia Tan, Let Me Tell You, about the old saw "show, don't tell," which I have to tell you drives me wild. Literary fiction, I fear, is beyond help because of its overreliance on shared knowledge for its power. The only way to meet the literary "standard" of a "universal" story while writing about any marginalized individual -- whether by culture or subculture, whether of color, queer, or even just a woman -- is to make the story accessible to the educated white upper middle-class point of view.

Over at Think Progress I read about this incredible Twitter account, World War II, one tweet at a time. The Twitter account just started repeating after six years of tweeting, so this isn't exactly news, but you can start here and go forward. Honestly, I had no idea about most of the things that happened in September 1939. I dislike Twitter, even though I've had an account since the business started, so I keep the WW2 Tweets account up on a separate page and refresh periodically. Some days he posts many times, others just a bit. Also: my god, but the Poles were astoundingly brave! Get this: At Wizna village, 720 Polish soldiers in small forts have held back 42,000 Germans & 300 tanks for 3 days, stopping Guderian's panzer corps.

Really beautiful images and clear explanations of Cassini's jaw-dropping discoveries of Saturn's moons. (On Friday, the Cassini space probe will burn up in Saturn's atmosphere, and even though it's for SCIENCE, that still makes me sad.)

I just learned about this Kickstarter project so I didn't contribute any money, but it sounds like a hoot: Barry & Joe -- the animated series. These are the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves.

Time for a little yoga, I think, and then what shall I do about dinner? Quesadillas and a salad maybe?

Seriously?

  • Sep. 10th, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Question: has anyone else had an issue with the USPS returning packages that they've mailed, claiming that the address is incorrect when it's not?

I've had this happen multiple times, usually when I'm mailing out several packages at the same time. It doesn't happen regularly, by any means, but it happens enough that it's starting to get more than a little annoying. And it just happened again, because a package that I mailed out from my last virtual garage sale post was returned to me yesterday.

Could it have to do with the something that my local post office is doing, when they're inputting information for the various barcodes and such that are then put on the package? That's the only thing I can think of to explain why it's happened several times, but I'm not entirely certain how exactly scanning packages works with the USPS.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

  • Sep. 9th, 2017 at 2:55 AM
RainDanceKid podcast talks Anne.

Hypable podcast talks Normal Again & Forgiving .

TVFanatic re-watches The Harvest.