Daily Happiness

Mar. 28th, 2017 02:39 am
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1. Our microwave has been doing a slow fade for...over a year, I think, and finally just dropped dead today. I'm wishing we'd replaced it before it totally died, because then we wouldn't be stuck without one in the meantime, but that's not what we did so we are. We went to a few stores today but the only one that had much of a selection was Best Buy and they were all pricier than I wanted to pay, so I ended up getting one off Amazon, which won't arrive until Thursday. Thankfully we're not really heavy microwave users, so it won't be too much of a hardship to go without one for a couple days.

2. I'm going to see Panic at the Disco tomorrow!

3. I finished reading another book, which makes 17 so far. That's more than I managed to read all last year, so I'm pretty happy about that.

4. I got so many cute kitty pics today! That'll keep me going for days.

Off-Topic Tuesday!

Mar. 28th, 2017 09:59 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Following last weeks horrible attack at the Houses of Parliament in London, Muslim women showed their solidarity with the rest of the British population in a powerful silent statement

I don't even know where to start on politics this week, so I'm just not going to.

A little late to report this, but LEGO have announced their LEGO Ideas set will be "Women of NASA". This will consist of five figures; Margaret Hamilton (Computer Scientist), Katherine Johnson (Mathematician and Space Scientist), Sally Ride (Astronaut and Physicist and Educator), Nancy Grace Ronan (Astronomer) and Mae Jemison (Astronaut, Physician and Entrepreneur). (Sally Ride is also the first known LGBT astronaut, though she kept her private life very private and it was not widely known prior to her death in 2012)

The new British one pound coin hits this week, a twelve sided coin which is intended to be harder to fake than the original pound coin.

A woman's group in Uttar Pradesh, India is forming "anti-Romeo" squads to deal with sexual harrassment on the street.
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Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.

To counter this narrative, which is designed to keep us from beating them down, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference, big or small, in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.
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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Mar. 27th, 2017 10:43 pm
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(Why yes, I got kind of behind in my blogging...)

Carrie is witty, but she's the sort of witty that I think may work better as a comedy act than as a book. I did enjoy the bits about her mother, who sounds delightful, and about her bipolar disorder -- she was pretty fascinating when writing about bipolar disorder, although I think I'd run across most of the really good lines pasted into memes in the months after her death.

Overall, it was OK.

I still miss her. :-( I usually shrug over celebrity deaths, but this one hit me kind of hard.

Random facts meme!

Mar. 27th, 2017 11:44 pm
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[dreamwidth.org profile] owlmoose tagged me for this a few weeks ago! I'm ignoring the "tag other people" bit, but I enjoy reading things like this, so if you need a nudge to do a random-facts post, consider yourself tagged.

(If I think too hard about "wait, does everyone already know this?" I'll freeze up, so...I'm not gonna think about it much.)

RULES // POST 10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND PASS IT ON 15 PEOPLE

1. On an average day I probably drink three or four mugs of tea, but I didn't start drinking tea at all until I was in my late 20s. (I think I was 27.) One more thing to pin on internet friends, because what got me started was Shadow (from the Furuba days) sending me a small array of flavored black teas to try. I have no recollection of how this came about.

2. Halifax and Toronto are the only places I've ever lived. When [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I lived in Toronto, the things (other than people) I missed about Halifax were a) the cleaner air, b) the subliminal awareness of the ocean's presence, and c) pizza. (Halifax pizza, as a sweeping statement, has declined in quality since those days. Alas.)

3. I'm still friends with quite a few people I initially met online, and then in person, via the Sailor Moon fandom, which I haven't been active in since about 2000.

4. My gateway comic was Power Pack, which I read via the library sometime in Grade 2 or 3.

5. I love Siberian cats with all my heart, and may never have any other kind of cat again, but historically my favorite breeds (neither of which I've ever lived with) are Abyssinians and traditional Siamese (which Wikipedia recently told me are now called Thai cats, and it's nice that they have a separate name, I guess, but it bugs me a bit that they didn't get to keep the original name and have the new one assigned to modern Siamese).

6. I took ballet for about seven years, starting when I was 15, and jazz dance for about six (starting the year after ballet). I was never terribly good, but I really enjoyed barre. If I could take a class that was just barre, I'd be very tempted. (Yes, I know that many exercise studios offer a "barre" class these days. I've looked into several. They are not what I want.)

7. I can't drive, ride a bicycle, blow bubbles with gum, or whistle.

8. I had size 4.5 feet until I was about 20. Thankfully they're now a much-easier-to-shop-for size 6/6.5.

9. Drinking milk makes me unwell. I am not lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy; I can and do consume every other dairy product, including milkshakes or hot chocolate made almost entirely of milk poured straight from a carton, and I put milk in my tea. But I haven't had a glass of milk since my early 20s. I still kinda miss it sometimes. (Cereal hasn't ever been something I was into, so I don't have a data point for whether I can eat cold cereal in milk.)

10. I took my minor at a different university from my BA so I could take a few classes from an amazing professor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose had studied with. Fortunately, Halifax is so packed with post-secondary schools that I could literally walk between the two universities in fifteen minutes.

Steve Rogers: Captain America #13

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:41 am
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"In Zemo's case, he really is kind of an inverted Bucky. I felt like that's really consistent with how the character's been shown. The character has always sort of sought Steve's approval even when he's trying to kill him. There's kind of an obsessive quality to Zemo when it comes to both Steve and his father. To me, it says that there's something besides hatred here, that there's a desire to be understood by somebody, a desire to connect with somebody." -- Nick Spencer

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1) The second-last round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is underway, and Georgia is facing off against Ragnar Volarus from Red Rising. So far things aren't looking good for her, but voting's open for three more days. Please vote for her! Get [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire to write just one more of these little vignettes!

Pleasepleaseplease?
There was nowhere for me to run. Wolf girl had taken her forest with her when she left, and now I was alone in the nothing, looking at a mountain that seemed to have decided it wanted to be a man in its spare time.

I had never been murdered by a landscape before. What an educational day this was turning out to be.

2) And then there's this: "Blizzard is remastering StarCraft [including Brood War] in 4K resolution this summer". I don't have much to say about this, but there was such flailing when it crossed my Twitter feed. Remastered StarCraft, guys. *starry eyes*
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I really, really liked this. Spoilers galore coming up.

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This is the 4th novella about Penric and his demon of many personalities, Desdemona. It follows much more closely on "Penric's Mission" than "Penric's Mission" did on "Penric and the Shaman," picking up more or less exactly where it left off, and leaving off with a sense of "hopefully the next one will basically start the next morning?" I mean, it doesn't end on a cliffhanger: the characters have reached a safe harbor. But it ends with a great deal of uncertainty.

(Spoilers ahead, though I've tried to keep them somewhat lighter than usual.)

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Highly recommended if you're a fan of the series! If you like the Chalion books and haven't picked these up, do, but start with "Penric's Demon," the first, and read in order.

[ SECRET POST #3736 ]

Mar. 27th, 2017 06:21 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3736 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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"Logan," 2017 [spoilers]

Mar. 27th, 2017 08:48 am
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1. I went by myself to see Logan Friday night, the last Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. As is sometimes my wont, I sat in the last row of the front section and stared up: very immersive!

2. As many reviews have stated, Logan is much more a Western than a superhero movie. To make the connection explicit, at one point Professor X and Laura are watching Shane. In among all the violence, there are some sawed-off shotguns, and doomed homesteader-equivalents versus Big Agriculture, and orphaned children. Also, the movie is very male: one female mutant child (Laura/X-23) who says a lot less than the adults, and one female adult who is killed before she can attain her goal, in a way that motivates Logan.

3. I had thought I would find it more depressing than I did, probably because to me it felt like one of a thousand post-apocalyptic alternate futures I've already experienced in comics and fanfcition, except in this one, they were allowed to say Fuck every now and again. I think of comics like mythology. If you look at ancient Greek mythology, you get lots of different versions of a basic story depending on the geographic and temporal location the story is heard.

4. Bonus points for perfect credits usage of Johnny Cash singing "The Man Comes Around."

5. Patrick Stewart is such a terrific actor; his part is secondary, but he owns every scrap of it. Aspects of his performance here reminded me of his John of Gaunt in "Richard II."

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