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Apr. 27th, 2017 08:49 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] gumbie_cat!
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Yesterday, bound for a conference. Got the train okay.

About a third of the way into the journey, train stops.

Someone had collided with a train further up the line.

In due course we are informed that train will be terminating at a station not previously on the schedule, where we can change to a train going, presumably by some more circuitous route, to the next scheduled stop, but not, however, onwards to my destination.

When we arrive at designated point, it is chucking down rain. Fortunately the next train is in and we only need to cross the platform. It is, however, rather full, though I did manage to get a seat.

Another, local, and very crowded train at the next change.

My dearios may imagine that all this was by no means conducive to reading a serious academic study for review purposes.

Once at my destination, some 2 hours later than anticipated, there was supposed to be a taxi booked for me - I had been in touch with the conference admin person anent delays - what I had not been told was that it would be round the back rather than the main exit.

Not that it was there when I found the spot, and cameth not as I waited in an increasing state of fume - it would always have been tiresome but after the preceding misadventures this was particularly infuriating - and a chilly wind. Fortunately, what did turn up was the taxi for one of the other participants, so I went with her.

I do not mention the faff over my ticket - got details and booking ref latish previous afternoon.

Inadequate curtainage in hotel room meant undesirably early waking....

And now I have to present a paper, sigh.

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What I read

Down the JA Jance Ali Reynolds rabbit hole: Fatal Error (2011), Left for Dead (2012), Deadly Stakes (2013). I did start the novella A Last Goodbye, but am now holding off until I get to the right place in series internal chronology.

Alexis Hall, How to Bang a Billionaire (2017). This is a book that one would think had a lot of my NQOSD things all over it - at first glance it was the m/m version of 50 Shades, but I looked at the preview just to see, and okay, it still has a lot of things that are not my usual things, like it is All About The Relationship, at least so far there are no other stakes in place (but there is a sequel forthcoming), and the billionaire thing means a lot of plain practical difficulties do not operate. The title is a bit misleading, on account of the billionaire character is what in a woman would be considered pretty much stone butch - does but will not be touched or done to - it's more 'banged by the billionaire'. The narrator is a somewhat hapless and gauche, though at least not completely naive, gay guy just on the cusp of graduating from Oxford. The billionaire is pretty much on the Violet Winspear romantic hero template:

I get my heroes so that they're lean and hard muscled and mocking and sardonic and tough and tigerish and single, of course. Oh and they've got to be rich and then I make it that they're only cynical and smooth on the surface. But underneath they're well, you know, sort of lost and lonely. In need of love but, when roused, capable of breathtaking passion and potency. Most of my heroes, well all of them really, are like that. They frighten but fascinate.
But, dr rdrz, I could hardly put it down.

On the go

The end is almost in view with the Inchbald biography!

I am on the edge of my seat in re The Course of Honour

Up next

Well, the thing for review I intend to read on the train.

And new Sara Paretsky VI Warshawski!!!

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Apr. 26th, 2017 09:12 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ookpik!

So, farewell then...

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:05 pm
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Haven't yet actually deleted my lj - there are still - probably less than a handful? - people posting there whom I read who haven't made the switch to DW - though I rescinded auto-payments back when the server move happened.

What cheered me about this was when I tried whether it would work in DW and previewed the post the misspelling of 'received' that showed up at the LJ is 18 page had been corrected. I was going to say something about it, I R pedant, but it seems I don't need to.

It's been a long time and I've made many friends, I've done things I wouldn't have done if I hadn't been on LJ and made those friends, it's a pity it had to end like this, even if my life has been predominantly at Dreamwidth since 2009, which is, in fact, for somewhat longer.

SO TRUE

Apr. 24th, 2017 06:26 pm
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ETA A sequel:



Also, people have been linking various "tweetstorms" (augh hate that word) on the topic and this one is good too: https://twitter.com/OhMiaGod/status/856474788101058562

The agreeable and the weird

Apr. 24th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Dept of Serendipity: discovered that I had already ironed in my last massive ironing session the two tops one or other of which I intend wearing for giving a paper later this week.

Also, in Dept of Things I Should Have Remembered: the existence of an article I did c. 20 years ago bits of which I can reasonably recycle for A Thing I have been asked to do in a couple of weeks. However, the other paper of a similar era that I am similarly cannibalising had, once upon a time, a very fine set of slides to go with it. Not all of those images are now readily available for insertion into my Powerpoint, maybe I should have done the 'convert my slides' thing when I had the relevant hard- and software.

Dept of, Still Got It: 'We have the reader’s reports back... and your essay was summed up as ‘an excellent contribution’'. Though it then occurs to me that the essay in question is but the latest iteration of a paper that goes back a fairly long way.

Dept of, Oddness of People: The former inhabitants of the lower flat moved quite some months ago (didn't leave us a forwarding address). We are still getting post addressed to them, though I think it must be just about within the period for which the Post Office would be undertaking routine redirection, if such had been requested. While a lot of it is junk mail and catalogues that people might not bother updating on new address, I have become a bit perturbed by, firstly, notifications from dentists and opticians concerning coming up of next appointment due dates, and secondly, even more so by a package that I took to be the next X months' supply of disposable contact lenses. WTF?

Culinary

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:20 pm
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During the week, a loaf of Khorasan (kamut) flour.

Got in too late on Friday evening to make rolls for Saturday breakfast, so we had toast instead.

Today's lunch: fillets of lemon sole clear-simmered and served with a dipping sauce of soy sauce and ginger paste (these were a little bland and mushy. which may be because previously frozen, rather than fresh?); served with sticky rice with lime leaves, samphire steamed and tossed in butter, sugar snap peas roasted in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with bramble vinegar, and padron peppers (which Waitrose now stock, apparently).

Probably bread-baking during the week.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:25 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!
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And I was already out of charity with charity shops after the preceding one I'd been in had completely run out of change and kept me hanging around while, I suspect, they nipped next door to see if anyone could change a tenner.

And then I went into another one and found two books I was prepared to take a punt on at that sort of price, and moseyed up to the cashdesk with the exact money in hand, and found myself stuck behind that situation which is someone who is apparently in the process of paying for something - i.e. there is a something on the counter and the volunteer behind it is looking noticeably patient, while the person whom we presume to be making the purchase is making a great production of finding their purse.

And when this is finally brought to light, they spot something else on a counter display that they think they might like -

And really, I would have fumed a whole lot more, had it not been that this extended delay in making my own purchase gave me ample opportunity to admire the elaborate and beautiful henna patterns on the volunteer's hands and forearms - quite spectacular.

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:37 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] mme_hardy and [personal profile] polyamorous!
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To George Henry Lewes, born 18 April 1817.

Best known, I guess, for being a rare male instance of supportive helpmeet to a woman (to Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot).

Even to the extent that it's possible that his own achievements get overlooked because of the shadow he was in. We also note that he pursued what has sometimes been a more feminine trajectory of doing a Lot of Different Things, from experiments in relationships to dramatic criticism to philosophy to biography to physiology, rather than pursuing a single course.

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Apr. 21st, 2017 09:12 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ankaret and [personal profile] lexin!

Star Wars rolling remix reveal!

Apr. 20th, 2017 07:43 am
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I was going to do this last night, but was too tired. I also didn't write up notes at the time I wrote the story, so now I have to kind of reconstruct what I was thinking, LOL. NEVERTHELESS, here it is:

No Man is an Island (the Drowned World remix) (5176 words) by actonbell
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Rey
Characters: Poe Dameron, Rey (Star Wars), Leia Organa
Additional Tags: Jakku, Yavin 4, I'm sorry I couldn't work in the bioluminescent orchids, The Force Awakens: Rey's Survival Guide, Shara Bey (past), Before the Awakening (Star Wars), First Kiss
Summary:

And here they were on Yavin 4, in the dead time before the logistics of moving the base and the ships and the people across whole systems were worked out, before Finn might wake up, before the best navigators and cartographers would spread out across the galaxy as far as they could, looking for the self-exiled Jedi master. Poe had said he'd wanted to visit his home, before the change -- but Finn couldn't go, and Rey couldn't leave Finn. But the General promised to send them a message herself if anything about his condition changed, anything at all. And Poe had said, with a Han Solo grin, "Aw, you wouldn't leave me down a wingman, would you?" and she hadn't gone with Han, and she still wondered what would have happened if she had. So she'd said yes, and the General had smiled.



This remix was based on the lovely story "erosion" by [archiveofourown.org profile] musamihi which is about time travel/ghostliness on Yavin 4, when Luke Skywalker post-ANH meets Poe Dameron post-TFA. I knew pretty much jack about Yavin or Luke's or Poe's backgrounds, so I kind of freaked, and then decided to swap in Rey as Poe's companion on the R&R trip and to describe Yavin from her POV as a stranger, to complement Luke's. This was very slightly autobiographical since I grew up in New Mexico and California and still remember the environmental culture shock I got when I visited Florida and Maryland for the first time in my twenties. I really loved the descriptions of Yavin as Poe's touchstone, and the huge temple holding memories and history, and wanted to emphasize those in my own version. I actually had a second half of the story planned out where Rey meets a ghost of her own, but decided it wasn't really necessary. I wound up reading Before the Awakening, Rey's Survival Guide and Shattered Empire, the graphic novel about Poe's parents, and those were all really fun. One of the details I wound up not using about Yavin 4 was the bioluminescent orchids, which is where the "I'm sorry I couldn't work in the bioluminescent orchids" tag came from. And then [personal profile] muccamukk wound up putting them in as a detail in their remix of my story, which just about sums up for me why rolling remixes are awesome. Like in the MCU Rolling Remix last year, I had a great time writing the story (once past the initial panic) and really enjoyed reading all the high-quality fic people produced. And thank you to [personal profile] dhampyresa for running the whole thing very smoothly!

Further adventures in executing

Apr. 20th, 2017 03:27 pm
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In which I provide a learning experience.

So, I had an appointment to see a customer service person about setting up the account, and I was under the distinct impression quite early on in our transactions that there had been little or no information passed on from last week.

But after a certain amount of 'we don't do that' and similar, and my throwing something of a strop, we at length discovered that, yes, we could do that, and after quite a while of general faffery, lo and behold, hedjog can haz executor account!

Though it will take the usual week to transfer the money from the old accounts into this one.

But at least I was able to pay into it 2 cheques I've been toting about.

RESULT!?

Mind you, this is Financial Institution from which only today I received statements on two accounts of my own I thought long defunct, which apparently still have minute, really, really, minute, amounts (not literally tuppence ha'penny, but pretty close) in them. And I now think cannot be the same FI that sent me a letter within the past year saying that there was some similar derisory sum left after I had transferred the funds elsewhere, did I want the money or could they give it to one of the designated charities and close the account?

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Apr. 20th, 2017 09:18 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] forthwritten!

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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What I read

Finished Legenda Maris - fewer previously read stories than I expected, or maybe I just don't remember. V good.

JA Jance, Trial by Fire (2009) - another Ali Reynolds, I am finding these rather more-ish, and this was, I think, one of the better ones.

Elizabeth Moon, Cold Welcome: Vatta's Peace 1 (2017), picking up on a previous sequence that came out some while ago. Once I had got through what seemed several interminable sections involving survival after sabotage of spaceship by liferaft in wintery sea, picked up a bit, but not, I think, for the ages.

Probably also not for the ages, but fun, do what they say on the tin, fast-paced and short, more novella than novel: Zoe Chant, Royal Guard Lion (2016) and Royal Guard Tiger (2017), which might reasonably be described as Ruritanian shifter romances, well-done.

On the go

Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead (2012). I have heard well of Gladstone's Craft sequence, but at the moment I am going, hmm, interesting, but not feeling entirely engaged. Is it a slow burner?

JA Jance, Fatal Error (2011) - which is engaging me.

Avoliot's The Course of Honour is cliffhanging like whoa.

Up next

Well, I'm trying to resist the temptation to go straight on to the next JA Jance in the Ali Reynolds series, though there is also a new one featuring Joanna Brady...

There is also a book I must read for review, fortunately I have a fairly lengthy train-journey in prospect next week.

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