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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Time:9:56 am.


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Time:3:46 pm.
Everytime I try to update this in the last two weeks, it crashes or times out.
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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Time:3:18 pm.

I posted this originally to the SMOF list but I feel like it might be useful in a broader context as well. I'm certainly not the first person to say these things, but maybe I'm the first one saying it where certain people will hear it?



I've got a concrete tip to try to make conventions an ever so slightly more welcoming, diversity-friendly space:  Stop using "politically incorrect" in earnest.  And frankly, considering how bad irony seems to translate across cultural boundaries in this context, you should probably stop using it altogether.  Certainly stop using it in program descriptions or official convention materials, which I've seen at least a half-dozen times in as many years in the conventions that I've attended. Reading it in those contexts makes me feel like I'm chewing tinfoil.

Am I saying "politically incorrect" is an offensive term? Not at all. But in my experience, it is used nowadays to near-exclusivity by people being angry that they not "allowed" to be bigoted in public without social repercussions.  It's a signifier, a dogwhistle to the racist right (whether or not the user so intends it), a little bit like the Confederate flag and the state's rights movements being signifiers of country-fried white American bigotry. If someone comes up to me on the street with a Confederate flag trucker cap and a pamphlet about state's rights, I'm assuming that they have a white hood in the closet and an emergency cross-burning kit in the trunk. Is that certain? By no means. Am I risking throwing the non-racist, Alabama-loving strict constitutionalist out with the Klan's bathwater? Yes. But I'll take those odds.


Similarly, if someone starts ranting to me about "political correctness", I'm going to class them in the same rough pool as "doesn't believe in evolution" and "thinks minorities don't read books": Probably an idiot, odds of racist tendencies also very high.


Try this little experiment out for yourself: Whenever you hear someone use "political correctness" in a sentence, substitute "consideration for the feelings of others". For 
"political incorrect" substitute "totally inconsiderate of the feelings of others". If the sentence makes the speaker sound like a jerk the second way, it also probably makes them sound like a jerk the first way. Consider:


"They made me change my T-shirt because it was politically incorrect"

"I was denied a promotion because I wouldn't kowtow at the altar of political correctness"

"Calling me out for making a dirty joke to my friend in a public space is just political correctness gone crazy"

"I'm not going to police my vocabulary just because you think it's politically incorrect".



Xposted to tumblr, if that's your fancy: http://yagathai.tumblr.com/post/68902805120/i-posted-this-originally-to-the-smof-list-but-i
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Monday, November 11th, 2013

Time:2:10 pm.


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Time:1:59 pm.
Having eaten at both Next and Alinea, I find this... not altogether inaccurate.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2013/10/31/chicago-restaurant-dresses-up-as-alinea-wins-halloween-2013/
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Time:2:18 pm.
OK so these are pretty funny.
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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Time:10:13 am.
Huh. First time in almost a decade that I don't have a paid LJ account. I wonder if it's worth renewing?
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Monday, July 8th, 2013

Time:11:19 am.
9AM on the 13th is when I'll be beginning the Great Move. If you can make it, I'll be forever grateful. If you can't, I'll be forever hateful. Your choice.
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Friday, June 28th, 2013

Time:9:21 pm.
OK, it looks like I'm going to be moving Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of July. Anyone that can pitch in, pizza and beer on me.
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Subject:Actually it's just an excuse for me to post this video
Time:2:24 pm.
Well, I guess the DOMA thing means that we have to marry dogs now or something. I don't know. I only watch Fox News, and even then it's mostly just background noise.



(NSFW without headphones)
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Subject:Belated music monday
Time:11:03 am.
So yes, I'm a metalhead. But I also like many other kinds of music - not just power metal, but prog metal, death metal, doom metal, stoner metal... and also classical, jazz, blues, etc.

Alberta Hunter was 89 years old when she gave this performance. 89! Skip ahead to about 0:25 if you want to jump straight to the music.

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

Time:1:12 am.
Read the Matthew Swift books by Kate Griffin, all four currently in circulation. It was recommended to me by incandescens, whose opinion in these matters is trustworthy (and who, incidentally, should be congratulated on her book deal. The series is highly anticipated in certain circles, especially but not exclusively those named supertailz).

Quite enjoyed the first one, an urban fantasy that occupies a space much closer to Rivers of London and Neverwhere than Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake. There's a generous dollop of Unknown Armies in its bones, too. And by generous dollop, I mean, well, if you draw two buckets of water out of the same well, it's not fair to say that the second bucket of water is derivative of the first exactly, but at the same time they will taste very similar and be difficult to tell apart and after all one of them did come first by over a decade. Also, and though it's done quite well this time around, the angelic-force-trapped-within-and-at-odds-with-a-mortal-protagonist gimmick has been done at least twice in urban fantasy series I've read in the last couple of years.

But, those issues aside, it was well written and engaging and I quite liked it.

Second one was still pretty good, but edging away from Rivers of London and Neverwhere towards someplace Harry Dresdenish, with Sandman Slim's faint gravity tugging, tugging, soft but insistent.

Third one was kind of crap. Sorry. Some compelling passages and fascinating imagery occasionally, but crap all the same. There was a sharp turn towards Simon R. Green doing a terrible Clive Barker impression and it was just No Fun At All.

Fourth one, though, was actually quite good. It took a leisurely swing back towards the style and quality of the first novel, though perhaps a bit clumsier and less polished, with a lot of Raymond Chandlerish "our hero gets knocked out and Wakes Up Elsewhere". Also the last chapter or so is obviously setting up a series-arc with cryptic and ominous portents that seem just a little cliche. Still, quibbles aside, quite entertaining and a welcome return to form.
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Monday, May 13th, 2013

Time:2:46 pm.
The subject line of the top email in my inbox right now: "Meathouse Man LARP".

I'm frightened.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Subject:Music Monday
Time:11:28 am.
Something to tide you over:

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Time:12:15 am.
Amusing, even to that minority of you that don't write Russian world leader slash fiction. It really picks up at about 1:10.

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Time:6:58 pm.
This essay happens to be about the current state of the leather daddy community, but with only one or two small alterations it could just as well be about SF/F fandom: http://www.leatherati.com/2013/03/new-blood-in-an-old-guard-world/
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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Subject:Music Sunday
Time:6:39 pm.
It doesn't become music until about a third of the way in.

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Time:3:42 pm.
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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Subject:Get out the popcorn
Time:4:08 pm.
This story is amazing. It's worth reading all the background information, too.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130311/19422822287/deep-dive-analysis-brett-gibbs-gets-his-day-court-prenda-law-is-star.shtml
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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Time:3:03 pm.


They just don't make 'em like they used to.
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