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I skipped transcribing most of Ellen Kushner's contributions because, right, it got to the point where she said a thing and I growled so loudly about the racism that everyone sitting near me collapsed in giggles. Also, if you've caught me complaining about the guy who described himself as a "straight white male" and "the prototypical reader"? Yeah, that was this one. However, if you ignore whitey it was a proper fantastic panel.

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Aug. 20th, 2014 10:43 am
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I'm looking after a kid who's enrolled in daycamp this week. *leisurely stretch!* On my way back from making the drop-off, I stopped at my house to pick up more tea, and also to give Emily a ten-minute cuddle session. :D

Meme! Pick a number between 1 and 40 and I will answer a question about my writing it corresponds to on this list.
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Purple's reaction to Kat's suggestion about the rice paper word scramble, divided between bakeries, was pure crowing delight.

phone was grumbling about the state of the espresso machine and how people don't clean the steam wand. Somehow, and I'm not entirely clear on how, this briefly turned into an Infocom-style text adventure based in the kitchen.

My manager is back! I told her the tale of the Fellow vs. Helpdesk, and the runaround that involved three business days, and one business weekend. Including the part where if you didn't know who he was already, you couldn't look up who he was via the usual tools, because his login was that hosed. Though if you knew who his manager was (a C-level exec) you could find him that way... I also told her about the lunch during which "one of my boys" had sat a table over from some dude.

It turns out that I have more patience for this system than my manager, who basically just wants it to go away quietly, or otherwise cease to cause her trouble.

My headset has been acting up, and redialing Kat instead of the last person called (Nora).
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Hello again! My daughter and I continue to hunt book benches in London. A report on our second expedition, to the south bank, is here. It is possible that the toddler is even more gleeful than last time.

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Moderator Michael R Underwood, also featuring Zen Cho (Malaysia + London), Ian McDonald (Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast) Francis Knight, Yen Ooi (grew up in same area as Zen, moved to London for uni, lived in Tokyo for 2.5 years), Candas Jane Dorsey (Canadian city)

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[... and then my laptop died and I stopped transcribing. And that's as many panel notes as I'm going to post today, in the interests of not flooding you all!]
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~1200 words; extremely spotty transcript of the bits that grabbed me. Panel description:
Consideration of sexuality has been part of military SF since at least The Forever War, but while it's easier than it used to be to find militaristic SF novels that address queer experience -- Adam Roberts' New Model Army, say, or God's War by Kameron Hurley -- they remain uncommon. Let's talk about the implied or assumed links between combat, straightness, technology and morality, and how science fiction has succeeded and failed at complicating its understanding of the sexuality of war.

Duncan Lawie: moderator. The session is intended to run til 5:45. Primarily a reviewer, Arthur C Clarke judge - job is to keep his opinions to himself

Sarah Groenewegen: essayist, one essay in Queers Dig Timelords. Law enforcement in dayjob, in Australia, the UK and Netherlands.

Ann Leckie: author of AJ!

Tanya Huff: series of MilSF. Served in Canadian Navy as a cook for two tours (late 70s). Also has essay in QDT

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Panel description; very brief notes (300 words) of mostly navel-gazing about emotions.

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Proms I'm aiming to get to

Aug. 19th, 2014 04:38 pm
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Located the appropriate pliers. Fixed my star necklace. Hooray!

Hauled laundry down from car.

[personal profile] vass encouraged me to hunt down and read "BLIT", "comp.basilisk FAQ", and "Different Kinds of Darkness". (I gave "What Happened at Cambridge IV" a skip after reading http://kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/mfview.php?callnumber=mf853 because I'm pretty sure I would leave yelling about stereotypes and representation.) As a result, I have no idea which character of mine has the blackwork tattoo of an almost-parrot with fractal bits, but somebody does, and I don't think they're a particularly nice person. It takes a special kind of person to read a short story about an extreme memetic hazard, and go "You know, I think I want that on my body. Permanently." Only some of those sorts of people are ones I'd like to hang out with.

I hadn't set up xkit properly on Bell. I just reinstalled the blocky thing, and blacklisted Guardians of the Galaxy, and I'm so much happier. Icon for this entry came up on the first click of the random button. Unpopular fannish opinion, including disability, abuse, and Bucky ) Combine that with the stuff about women, and you know? I don't have to see it in the theatre, and when I do hit up Tumblr, I don't have to see it there either. Yay xkit.



Oh god. It's Lovie who has the Parrot tattoo. As a tramp-stamp.



I am a grown adult, and don't need to pout over cafeteria table shenanigans. Invisible Purple was invisible; I had a pleasant lunch with part of Purple's usual table (quietly, in the corner, because I am in fact kind of shy in addition to being introverted).

Various things converged such as I was thinking about some of my youthful shenanigans and the list of people who I trust more than I trust (That Idiot) Shawn. Previous thoughts on the multi-factor slider-bar mixing board of trustedness. The various emotional fuckery, the general shenanigans, and gross physical unsafety, done unto me; no one was actually hurt ) means that actually, a hell of a lot of people are on that list. Purple happened to mention some of his weekend's entertainments. So there was a bit of chatter about trust and such.

I'm doing better with shoes than I was a few years ago. Regularly wearing shoes that were terrible for me basically destroyed my feet, such that walking barefoot on a hard surface like my somewhat springy vinyl kitchen flooring was painful and I could feel damage happening. (And the terrible shoes were the best shoes I had at the time -- I had worse ones, which accelerated the damage.) Being able to afford better shoes (and fix my really good ones) gave my feet the chance to heal. Healed feet means that I can actually sometimes wear thin foam salon sandals while walking down the concrete sidewalk and across the brick courtyard, and while I can tell I shouldn't do it all day, it's not actually unpleasant or dangerous.

Purple noticed that my fingernails were blue and sparkly! He mentioned that he'd already noticed the fingernails when I was showing off my toes. I am very pleased by being blue and sparkly. I noticed in the bathroom mirror that my bangs are starting to glitter a bit. The family genes are starting to kick in. Guide Dog Aunt is a very elegant salt-and-pepper. Aunt-Fayoumis has mostly white hair that's going rusty from her water. My dad is basically Biker Santa. So it's just been a matter of time before it's notable on me. And I'm so very happy that it's coming in silver and glittery. Silver and glittery means that my hair is its own glitter. This is the best, and it's even Kat-safe!

Connie and Mike are teasing me with something involving Mike in some sort of magically altered state of consciousness, which is weird because Mike is kind of a control freak. Which is what makes me super curious.

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Aug. 19th, 2014 12:37 am
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Tonight I have a [livejournal.com profile] wottie sleeping on the floor of my room! She's been doing a North American tour, so we finally got to meet up. She and I edited Icefall, a Tamora Pierce fanzine, back in the day. Like, almost ten years ago. It's amazing! I joined Steelsings almost 15 years ago, I think.

Which makes me ask--how many people here are from Steelsings? When we got talking about past friends and mutual acquaintances, I realized that several people I know now, I met via Steelsings, but it was so long ago I've forgotten that was where we originally met.

Say it with pastry

Aug. 19th, 2014 12:21 am
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Without even asking, I know that I will not be allowed to cause a cake to be made with the slide that announced a specific unpopular decision from upper layers, then track down that decision maker, and stand by glowering as the cake is served. That is what we call a career-limiting move .

Even if I could, I would have to find a bakery under NDA.

I realized over lunch that internal catering have to have clearance to make various of the things they do.

Kat spoke to me of the ways of edible ink cartridges in regular inkjet, on ricepaper.

Purple suggested I have printed a blank of the slide, and pipe words on.

Kat suggested making a word scramble, farming out a small piece to each of a few bakeries, then playing puzzles on the blank.


I love my friends.
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~5000 words; sorry about the extent to which I switch between transcript in panellist-subjective-first and third person.

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Aug. 18th, 2014 02:58 pm
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Doctor says the swelling and fluid is nothing to really worry about -- it's my body trying to put lubricating fluid into the bursa. That isn't there anymore. So, constant compression, and we're draining it every 2 weeks until the bursa grows back.

It's a really big needle. (I told him: "Hey, I thought the surgery was so you could stop torturing me with needles in my elbows!") Sometimes I really wish topical anaesthetic worked on me.

QOTD, Culture Edition

Aug. 18th, 2014 09:06 am
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Feel free to build the biggest thing you can, but remember that for all the glory of a ship the size of a sun, it would be hell to navigate. - Avery Edison

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Aug. 18th, 2014 10:01 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

urgh

Aug. 18th, 2014 12:11 am
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Realized yesterday: the elbow that was operated on -- the one that WAS healing beautifully -- had a giant fluid-filled cyst under the skin. And I mean giant.

Back to the doctor as soon as he can fit me in it is. Sigh.

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