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Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:07 pm
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today so far i had to talk to two humans, which is tricky
well three if you count phoning my mum, and four if you count picking up the phone to office noise and a voice I couldn't make out, but two in person.

the shelf thing is resolved by getting extra shelves, and his assurance the shelf going dadunk dadunk will work out fine (and my realising I could just not use that shelf and continue to stack the boxes if it don't work out fine).

it is Far Too Hot to be doing, and yet I had to do the vacuum cleaning, to sort out the carpet after the deliveries. and also clean the shelves, which are a bit dusty. and then judging the height turned into putting books on, which only was Jones because I can't find Kay until I put the Analog collection back. but it is far too hot, so I'm sweating and trying to drink steadily.

If I put enough books in order I can put my chair back in its rightful place, and also get at the other computer again.

but if I wait until later it must get cooler eventually. and I'm planning to buy a fan. if Sainsburys still has them after all this.

Superhero names

Jun. 20th, 2017 03:58 pm
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There are layers of trouble with superhero names.

Today I am daydreaming being a superhero and I get as far as introducing myself and I start feeling all apologetic and like it's going to work about as well as movie Star Lord.

Like, okay, there is this tradition of renaming yourself for a particular ...task, role, lifestyle. That's pre established. And there's reasons for it like protect loved ones and avoid being drafted. Layers of argument to be had there, about accountability and so forth, but that just means it needs to be a persistent pseud. See also every argue about anonymity on the internet. But unlike screen names, which anyone can sign up for and are mostly not going to be read for deeper meaning, a superhero or supervillain name is, like, saying you're a Name.

Like you might not be claiming you're A-list but you're still saying you can play.

Read more... )


If I was on the Flash I'd not just be arresting 'villains', I'd be trying to recruit them. Think of all those powers harnessed for good! And of course it can work, Eo!Wells had Killer Frost working for him, anyone can make the new choice. And like that guy who bullied Barry in school, given the chance to step up he died to protect others. Okay, by generous interpretation, but still. They live in a world that doesn't have an ongoing tradition of heroism to step in to, someone has to get it started. And they're working at STAR labs, so that's the perfect excuse to go with All Star Squadron.

... not that I've read any of those adventures, it's an old Name from before before, but an issue was also the first appearance of 'retroactive continuity', which, with all the time travel, seemed appropriate. ... I thought I read the word retcon started there, but a different wiki page says that had to wait for 1988, and the phrase version was 1983.

ANYway, I can name the team, as long as I don't imagine myself founding the Justice League or Avengers. But naming me?

A superhero name is in some respects a declaration of one's qualities, and it seems arrogant.

But. What seemed creepy to me in the Flash? Cisco naming everyone.
Wells points out that someone already has a name, but given that Wells is Reverse Flash he's not a viable moral compass, even when he's right.
It was in the episode Power Outage, and they'd just killed the dude, and Wells had made a big deal of knowing all the names of all the people he'd killed in the 'accident' with the particle accelerator - though some of those were probably 'killed' and actually just got their powers, seeing as everyone he had memorised was a known name in other 'verses.
So in context knowing his name - the real name of a real dead person - is a mark of respect. But even after Team Flash capture people, they keep calling them by names Cisco assigned them. And that's quite the reverse.

Barry in Supergirl's world refers to an electric villain. "We call him Blackout."
... dude was in a bodybag, he never called himself that.
Why keep referring to him that way?

It's dehumanising and it distances them from their own consequences.

I can see why they'd need a filename for each meta when they don't know who they're chasing, but continuing to refer to them that way after? Not cool.

Except of course when someone like Cold takes it up and runs with it. But even then, he announced himself to the world, he left off the Captain part, and team Flash I think kept using it.


Renaming other people, super rude.

Renaming yourself, super assertive.



Maybe if I thought smaller I'd feel more like the names fit. But I always pick one that's like More Boss Than Anyone, or something where I know what it's meant to mean, like I'm some kind of good example, and then I just... can't always imagine actually wearing the things.

I certainly never use them anywhere people can see. Even though naming your characters is perfectly respectable. ... though not so much your marysue ocs...



So there's a lot of practical layers to the naming thing - like do you go with something that tells your powers or conceals them, and how many syllables is even practical anyway - but I always get stuck on, just, like

hi, I'm a hero

... even for the length of a story I feel weird getting that far.



... which may explain one part of my writers block.


But I have seen so many more characters I'm supposed to look up to than characters I can even slightly identify with, I just feel... small. And like the stories happen to someone else.

And yet it's so powerful whenever the story tells you to be your own hero.



So I should be able to stand up and choose a Name.


... I just might have to put up with the laughing for a while until the plot makes me big enough to wear it...

Dreamed Oz again today.

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:51 am
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I like it that he keeps being my age. Some of my dream people just do not keep up, and then I'm like, really? But my subconscious does at it will.

Dreamed we were house hunting, as per usual.
... look I don't know what it is about this particular werewolf that apparently seems so domestic, but this is what I dream, we go look for places.
Not together to start with though, we met at an open house, somewhere that was awesome with wrap around windows on what would be a balcony except they'd been realistic about British weather. But you got a three sided view and a very industrial vibe with the railings and the bricks and all. It was great.
But like I said to him, when he asked if I was taking this one, I'd find it great like ten percent of the time. The rest of the time I'd want back in my mole palace. And where would you put the books? A whole room with no books? Doesn't work.

... and then I was like, hi, how have you been? Because in this dream we were awkward off and on exes who had been really trying to go make separate lives this time but kept bumping into each other exactly when we were trying to go someplace new and different. Too much in synch to stay apart, too wolfy to stay together. Like, logically, that's just too much of a risk.
... logic took a back seat and we went from hands on arms to all hugs pretty much soon as see each other, and I checked I wasn't being cruel, but he was right there with me, so, back to my place.

Where also as per usual the whole thing turned into demons and fighting, but, it was a nice start. Awful end though, with hurting a small child while trying to stop a demon using spray stuff. Hated that part. Would not do, would be careful and responsible demon hunter with better defences in the first place.

But I like Oz. Dream Oz is pretty much calm and in control now, except in fun ways. It's nice.

Too hot

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:18 pm
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Record high temperatures are happening.
There are articles on the bbc right now about road tar melting.
I think it is fair to say British structures are not built for this.

I got rid of the heater cooler thing because I had too much anxiety about actually using it. Don't know why. Anxiety is unhelpful that way.

But now I need to replace it. I need to decide how fancy things need to be and if I just want a floor fan from Tesco or something. But I need something that moves the air around.

Am melting. Can see me in the really reflective new TV, and there is too much of me, and it looks kind of melted. Which is age appropriate but funny.

I'd like to open a window for air but it honestly might still be more hot out there than in here still.

toooooooooo hot.

AHAHAHAHAHA (why me)

Jun. 18th, 2017 04:47 pm
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Preface: I live in Boston. I go to cons sometimes. I have never gone to Readercon. Because I don’t want to. I am not going to Readercon this year. Other than a general lack of interest, It would be logistically impossible for me to go to this year as I will be working. I have read two of Nnedi Okorafor’s books. I liked them. I plan to read more.

So I was practicing updos in my mirror last night because I want to go to the beach and I am terrible at them, when I tweeted a thing:

https://twitter.com/fightingarrival/status/876239696246054912

Like if people can mistake Mark Oshiro for Daniel José Older, this is a thing that would definitely happen. Also it HAS happened to me with other people in the most random places. If you would like to hear a funny story about that, ask me in comments.

https://twitter.com/Nnedi/status/876312514778320896

Anyway, it turns out Nnedi Okorafor searches her name on twitter? Why do writers do this? I didn’t @ you? Quite purposefully? OMG?

It figures that when I finally rip the bandaid off on this unused blog and made a text post where I write words at length that I thought up myself, it would be to clarify something embarrassing. Honestly, it’s better this way.

REASONS I HAVE NEVER GONE TO READERCON, AND PROBABLY WON’T AT ANY POINT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

(None of these reasons are specifically Nnedi Okorafor)

Read more... )

It is under these specific circumstances that being mistaken for Nnedi Okorafor just because I too am a black woman with glasses and long dreadlocks is elevated to the height of comedy.

In short, worry not: there won’t be anyone cosplaying one of Readercon’s guests of honor at the hotel bar this year. I just make jokes on twitter.

Next time: VIDDING!

Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:05 am
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.

Guys.

That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )

Doctor Who : Eaters of Light

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:15 pm
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Someone at the BBC needs yelled at.

The Doctor and Bill arrive in Scotland in Roman legion invasion times.
Bill meets a black man
He dies.
Read more... )

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Jun. 17th, 2017 08:10 pm
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went for a lie down at 1745, woke up at 1945 realising Doctor Who had just happened.
But the iplayer works so well I'm not worried. And the iplayer is my first thought over even the recorder box, which I know just did.


Dreamt something complex with a murder mystery that's hard to investigate because cloning. Read more... )


A remote worker partnered with a replicant investigating natural twins is a starting point to demonstrate social prejudice about origins, even before you add the assumed racism and ablism.

But I think it requires someone more socially adept than me to go into that kind of ground without just echoing the nasty, instead of doing something worthwhile with it.

I mean there has to be some kind of conclusion based on good is a thing you do not a thing you are, and the difference between honor and reputation especially when reputation is collective. But... tricky.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 12:42 am
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On the one hand, my neighbours taste in music is kind of unobjectionable tonight
On the other, it is 0042 and someone has already tried shouting SHUT UUUUUUUUP
which shut the dog up, but still, music.

got to love summer.

Time traveller types

Jun. 16th, 2017 05:41 pm
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I realise it is unproductive to yet again get stuck wondering
which butterfly got stepped on
but I have spent the day reading so much on fire safety (so much. the Guardian coverage alone is extensive, and I found myself checking other papers, as if there were secret nicer timeline news out there instead)
and it's equally unproductive in the end, but worse for my mental health.

so, butterflies, and time travel.

Read more... )

I'm kind of seeing time traveller retired ladies, pillars of the bake sale and horticultural society, always ready with a quiet word, and knowing who to speak it to for most relevant effect.


But maybe time traveller little old ladies who used to be space marines. So they can train local forces, if something too outre turns up.

... and maybe can still fit into the power armour, on special occasion...



Trouble with writing this stuff is I maybe might be able to pull off time travel as heists, working around the eyes of history to improve the timeline nobody sees, but I'm woefully uninformed on how... actual people work? So all this stuff with being part of a community, I'd not know where to start with that. I mean, I watch films where people hit problems until they go away, I'm just reasonably certain it's no damn use in the vast majority of circumstances. Cathartic though. So I keep defaulting to that.


But what you really need are good planners who can get people organised and moving, and even more, people that know how to listen.

These movie sorts that charge in reckoning they know best are dramatic, but the ability to listen to the right warnings and learn from other people's plans is the only way to be better than one single human in a wilderness.




Sometimes I feel I should get more involved in actual politics. Try and get real things done. But that would involve talking or otherwise communicating with real people, and working in groups, and people wanting to choose me to work in their group, and just being able to work in the first place. And even fulfilling all those conditions, the worse the problem is, the harder I bounce off into talking science fiction, because there's only so much I can even.

So then I think I should just write up the fiction. Get people moving that way.

... and then I see my recent word count and just kind of feel bad.




But. Butterflies.

Small maybe works, for to start.

Butterflies and Thunder

Jun. 16th, 2017 01:31 pm
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"Embedded in the mud, glistening green and gold and black, was a butterfly, very beautiful and very dead."

Poll #18499 Is this butterfly green gold black
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


http://www.eurobutterflies.com/sp/pandora.php

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Yes
1 (33.3%)

No
2 (66.7%)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithoptera_priamus

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Yes
1 (33.3%)

No
2 (66.7%)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphalis_antiopa

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Yes
0 (0.0%)

No
3 (100.0%)

What other species should I look at?

Which one was it in A Sound of Thunder?

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Argynnis pandora
0 (0.0%)

Ornithoptera priamus
0 (0.0%)

Nymphalis antiopa
0 (0.0%)

Something that would be written in the text box
0 (0.0%)

Something prehistoric that doesn't exist anymore
4 (100.0%)

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Jun. 15th, 2017 09:27 pm
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Dancing was Outside today.

Which means the floor is all rough and variable, and there's almost no space, so backing up means backing into the road bit. I know we're on school grounds and it's just a drive to a car park, but there were two cars, and I do not like it.

Also it is harder to remember the dance when your feet so not trust the floor and you have to keep watch for cars.

I know it was hot, but I dislike this solution, especially since the sound was all wrong and the air made my throat hurt from all that green outsideness.

But we did a bunch of learnings and we did the dance where we step forwards and back into the gaps in the line and there were indeed gaps in the line. So we win at dancing.

Sainsburys shopping was good, Asda no longer has five alive in their website, and I can't find anywhere else at all at all to buy it. Big sulk. But I have a bunch of Ribena so I guess that will have to do for the rest of ever.

I'm actually in a pretty good mood but that's cause I filed the sulking away on the way to the next thing. Which is a useful skill.

Hope everyone had nice days.

meditate

Jun. 14th, 2017 09:49 pm
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I went to meditation but today it was pretty much just feeling too hot and staring at the floor, so that was a bit blah.

But is okay, that happens sometimes.

Is still more interesting than feeling too hot and staring at the ceiling at home.

con planning

Jun. 14th, 2017 01:42 pm
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I dreamt I checked in to a hotel for an afternoon nap - while I was having my afternoon nap - and by coincidence there was an SF convention setting up ready for the weekend. It had a room full of craft tables and another where someone needed to make name badges. It did not have huge numbers of name badges, nor had it filled the hotel to the point I couldn't randomly get a room. So I was like yaay party, but also oops the fading away of conventions.

I looked on the con calendar I know about and as well as a lot of local sounding things that don't give you much info on what they actually do, there was one for a fandom I've partied with before. But it's a month before the event and they have one guest announced. And the shiniest con passes cost £595. The cheapest ones cost £120. Could this really be what cons cost these days? Who turns up for a one guest convention with no recent announcements anyway?

Finding out about these things when there's no word of mouth in my circles anymore because I barely HAVE circles anymore is just... trickier than it used to be. And I know some stuff happens on facebook, but I can never find it. Same problem tumblr, though I see photos after. Twitter baffles me because so bite sized and yet people bend and best it to be longer rather than moving somewhere that works. And anywhere I look it's either drowning in chatter or fading away.

I'm not saying I miss mailing lists, but, well, some days, you know?

probably fandom is somewhere, but it's not on topic, and it's not where i can find it.



and I'm not booked to go to any cons before next Redemption, which is having date and location difficulties, but is nice when it works.



I know what I'm looking for in a con has changed too, but since it hasn't changed to gigantic signing fair, that hasn't made things easier to find.



So, had a nap, woke up grumpy about my lack of parties lately.


once I got over the panic breathing bit where I was lost in an endless hotel where all the stairs had been replaced by ladders and there was no lift.

... not a restful nap.




Sometimes I try and think of things to do
and realise I could plan a thing myself.
If I planned it small enough and considered it a 'money goes out' sort of gig then I wouodn't need to worry it would turn out like last time.
... last time was twenty years ago, I was... more ill, it was overly ambitious, and in the end not even my mother turned up. so. several people have been instructed to sit on me if I try and do that again. But the fact remains that people do, and semi successfully on occasion, so I theoretically could.

Don't know what I'd even do though.



Maybe start smaller. Maybe invite known writers to the Norwich Science Fiction Group and call it an Evening With, very exclusive, like a dozen people or however many fit in the basement.

... maybe invite favourite actors, you never know your luck...

Course from their point of view it might not be so much lucky if only the usual two of us turn up...

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Jun. 13th, 2017 12:30 am
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I have read Down Among the Sticks and Bones
I am still thinking on what I thought of it. It ended sooner than I wanted, and was about different things, and I might have to read it again for the book it was instead of the one I wanted it to be.
But it is in large part about a character who ends up obsessed with being clean, which is a feel I know, and it made my fingers have black speckles. This is not optimal. I have washed twice already and will wash again when I post this.

Books don't usually do that.

Maybe I shouldn't have taken the picture cover off.

I have emptied the shelves!

Jun. 12th, 2017 07:55 pm
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I did not think it was possible to find places for all the things that were on the shelves, but I had underestimated the capacity for stacking things in corners.

... if I hear a slithery and sustained series of thumps
I'll know I was right first time...

But right now not even a magazine is on the old shelves, and the only thing left to move is the old shelves themselves.

:-)


I have already rewarded myself with nice foods.

Next I shall read a book. Or listen another audio. So many choices...

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Jun. 12th, 2017 05:02 pm
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my neighbours who practice their music
obviously have a perfect right to do so
and even choose a very reasonable hour of the early evening.

... but I would like to hide under a blanket thick enough I couldn't hear them for a while.

... ugh

Politics, the fun version

Jun. 12th, 2017 11:51 am
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Today I looked up the etymology of Tory and Whig, and then started trying to find lists of more stuff like that, because fun.

Turns out it more or less means the Plunderer or Outlaw and Country Bumpkin parties.

Which I had heard but wasn't sure I quite believed until I saw it in respectable etymology. Because they called themselves that. Like, not at first, but for ages they happily owned it.

So all these fantasy politics stories that make up ordinary sort of color and animal names for political parties? Not going hard enough. Turns out you should start with Monster Raving Loony Party and then pretend they got elected a few hundred years ago and everyone got used to it.

Though if you do go animal mascot, the US Whigs were apparently Raccoons, so now I'm having some very Guardians of the Galaxy related mental images. I mean, if you're going to have a fantasy race, Rocket makes a perfectly reasonable prototype, they don't all have to be green. ... look like Rocket, called Whigs... *blinks a lot*

I also decided to have a party called the Salmons, who are the Everyone Go Back Where You Came From people. ... because calling them kippers is too much local.

Your basic yellow bird party is staying though, because then you've got the Canary family, big political movers of Central and the Middle Lands.

Though Canaries, around here, means the football
https://www.canaries.co.uk/
whose colors are truly eye watering when used to decorate a whole building. ... high school let students vote on how to decorate the new block. Mistaaaaaaake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaries disambiguation page says it was a dance too. Nifty.

The reason Norwich are called canaries is pretty cool, wiki page says "the city of Norwich had long connections with canaries owing to its 15th and 16th century links to Flemish weavers who had imported the birds to the Low Countries from the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean." Said weavers are the Strangers that Strangers Hall in Norwich is named for, http://www.heritagecity.org/research-centre/social-innovation/the-strangers.htm

So to get the name of a football club you've gone through a whole history of religious refugees and the economic history of Norwich, which was a powerhouse in its day, especially in textiles. Religious tension, extremism, international politics, and jobs. History is awesome.

And if I'm pulling a fantasy AU version of the Canary family that's a pretty detailed one right there.



It's all well and good writing the fantasy history of wolves vs lions in big wars, but the little birds were so much more interesting because varied. Fighting is fighting, but it's a tiny fraction of the full business of civilisation.


... and now I'm wandered off to read more history. There's always so much I don't know where to start.



But today I started with etymologies of Tory, and it was so interesting I'm now pouting I can't find a simple list of such nicknames, to plunder for writing purposes.

The Diary of River Song

Jun. 11th, 2017 11:26 pm
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I like it.

I have now listened to series one, ending with the one with Paul McGann.

Now that was fun. And twisty.

Read more... ) All the best toys and some lovely angst. And River being both clever and criminal. What's not to love?

Read more... )

... also all the thematic baggage of being married to the Doctor bothers me much less when she's actually interacting with the Doctor, because a, then we get the Doctor, and b, then we get it underlined that a lot of his life involves being messed around and escaping from it too. They have a lot in common, like that.


Basically my only irritation with the set is I couldn't get the volume right, the theme music was loud and other bits were mumbly, but since I'm listening on a very cheap device that's almost certainly me anyway.

Many stars, plenty good, will order more like this soonest.

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Jun. 11th, 2017 02:27 pm
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I am listening to The Diary of River Song, the Big Finish Audio adventures.
They're proper adventures, with death defying danger and plots and so forth.
But I keep on tripping over the thing where the story thinks the important things about River thematically are that she's married and that she's been manipulated. And, like, yes, that's... that's a whole multi season Thing, I can see why they're picking it up from there. But it means it's about women's victimisation and struggle for agency, sort of in capital letters, even though she's just doing a bunch of stuff that would be perfectly reasonable for the Doctor.

... they warned us when we started the Cultural Studies degree, but did I listen? Noooo, I thought all the meta would make it more fun...

I look forwards to her swanning in to somewhere and nicking stuff and acting all in control. She has done some good bits of that but the whole backwards and in high heels theme is the fun bit of River Song.

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