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Several years ago I witnessed an altercation on the bus. When I first got on, I noticed one guy with blond hair that was combed just so and his mustache was freshly trimmed, and he was dressed in what looked like a new suit and tie. He was sitting up super-straight, as if he had an iron rod up his backside. Everything about him radiated attitude. His smile was particularly smug.

I had already seen that one of my favorite seats near the back was open, so I headed back there and turned my attention back to the news radio I was listening to on my headphones...

(The rest of this post relating a personal anecdote from some time back to a news incident this week is at FontFolly.Net.)

A writer writes!

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:18 am
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In the old days, when reading usually meant you were holding a physical book or magazine or manuscript in your hand, if something you read so infuriated you or was simply awfully written, you could literally throw it against the wall (or into the trashcan) in disgust. On Sunday this last weekend I really, really wanted to do that after reading a particular blog post. I’m not going to link to it or identify the author, because that would just be harassment—even though the author of the blog post is a professional who uses their blog to give advice and has (self) published books offering advice on writing. Instead, I need to follow the advice I give all the time: if you want more good things in the world for people to read, don’t complain about what’s out there, make something yourself.

Over the years I’ve had many conversations with aspiring writers...

(The rest of this post about writing and gatekeeping is at: FontFolly.Net.)

Finder's Keeper, by Shira Anthony

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:58 pm
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When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker-Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half-red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds-a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn’t.


Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane’s help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane’s dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit’s true nature, and his own, he’ll have to make a choice-fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.


Finder’s Keeper, by Shira Anthony (Heart’s Gate #1)


Rating: 4.5 out of 5


BRB, swooning.


Kit is so freakin’ adorable! He is caring and kind, and quite the hottie as well. Zane is a keeper (heh) too – smart, funny, and humble. I adored these two together, and the sense of wonder from Zane was thoroughly charming. His thoughtfulness toward Kit made me smile, and Kit’s awkwardness in accepting this new-to-him consideration is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.


The author does a fantastic job of bringing in some wonderful plot elements that I haven’t often seen in paranormal romances. Her descriptions of the nature of the spirit world and its effect on the human world really made this book something special. The guardian/keeper dynamic is an interesting one as well, and fun to explore.


I do have a few minor complaints, especially some plot developments late in the book that don’t have time to be fully explored or explained enough for my liking. Also, there are a few errors in the editing where the terms “Guardian” and “Keeper” are swapped that made things confusing until I figured out what was intended. These characters are so great I’m happy to overlook these things, though.


This is a great book that brings some welcome novelty to the genre. I recommend it highly.

Out of the Ashes, by Ari McKay

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:54 pm
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Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise-five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.


Except for one man.


As they work together, Eli is stunned-and not especially thrilled-to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body-and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.


Out of the Ashes, by Ari McKay (Asheville Arcana #1)


Rating: 4 out of 5


Paranormal elements aside, this is your basic good ol’ boy meets sophisticated citified guy. The typical werewolf trope of “fated mates” brings them together but what can I say? I’m a sucker for that (also, the Dreamspun Beyond line is designed to be somewhat trope-tastic, so it’s to be expected). Also, I totally want Arden’s house, but that’s beside the point.


The narrative point of view switches back and forth between Eli and Arden so we get a good feel for both characters. Both are caring, hardworking men and they make a great couple. The side characters are great as well; Arden’s friends-with-benefits Whimsy (a wizard) and Julian (a vampire) play a big role. I am guessing they will be the protagonists for the next two books.


The plot keeps the suspense up, although there a few “What the heck are you doing?” moments and at times the pacing seemed a bit off. There’s also a couple of unanswered questions, though perhaps they are threads to be addressed in future stories. The story is engaging enough that I enjoyed it, though.


Finally: I grew up in Upstate South Carolina so Asheville, North Carolina and Clayton, Georgia are part of my old stomping grounds. I admit that I went into this with a critical eye, but McKay did a nice job of getting a feel for the area, with an appropriate number of references to local landmarks. I could even imagine exactly where some of the fictional places in the book could be located.


I’d recommend this one, and can’t wait to see more in the series!

Weird, work-related dreams

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:09 am
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I had a weird, work-related dream last night.

At the start of the dream I wasn't actually working, rather I was just out with my younger brother and we happened to be down by the tracks watching them move cars. In this case, the cars were being moved by somebody who was obviously a contractor, because rather than a locomotive, he was driving a Semi that had been modified to run on rails. He was tied onto about a dozen cars, and was trying to back them around a fairly tight bend into what I assumed was a storage siding. The guy was having trouble getting the cars to move, and finally he floored it and they started to move. I remembered part of my training about the dangers of applying too much throttle when pushing around a corner, and even as I thought that, one of the cars in the middle of the cut jumped the rail with its trailing set of trucks and began bouncing along the ties.

I hopped of the car and ran toward the guy, frantically waving a stop signal at him with both arms. He stared at me for quite awhile, pushing this derailed car up the rails before he finally stopped. When he stopped, the slack ran out and the car hopped back onto the rails. Naturally he did not believe me about the derailment, even when I pointed to the trail of broken ties. He yelled at me about how I was killing his productivity, hopped back into his truck, and floored it again.

This time he managed to jackknife and derail the whole track; cars went everywhere.

He was livid. He started screaming at me about how this was all my fault for putting him behind, and how he was going to kill me and my brother. By this time I was back in the car (because he had at least cleared the crossing) and we both agreed that we should probably report this incident - not the least reason being that he was threatening our lives.

The dream transitioned to the office, where I was looking for somebody who might care about a contractor who had derailed a dozen cars and threatened to kill an employee and his family member. The office was mysteriously empty, but I finally managed to track everybody down in one of the large meeting rooms. One of our project leads was out from the head office, giving a talk about swearing in the workplace. The focus of the talk was not what I'd have expected though, focusing on how swearing has been shown to be good stress-reliever, and is a valuable tool when employed respectfully. She illustrated a respectful use of swearing.

"Our new director is a cunt."

Everybody applauded - well, in fairness I did not. I was a bit appalled, thinking, "That's not really very respectful at all, even if she used a fake Aussie accent when saying it. Our new director is actually very nice."

It was about this time that I began to suspect that it was a dream, and I woke shortly after.
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It's Friday, the third Friday in September. I should be more happy about that than I am.

This week, my husband came down sick early in the week, and I have followed. So it hasn't been a fabulous week for us. And you may notice that this week's collection of links is a bit shorter, as once again I haven't had as much time to read the news.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

One of the most common questions in American small talk is seen as rude in much of the world.

Study: Atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists.

Science!



Uranus is a 'nightmare' with a lopsided, tumbling magnetic shield that opens and closes every day like a light switch.

The Sun’s Energy Doesn’t Come From Fusing Hydrogen Into Helium (Mostly).

Climate-change deniers are the new Marlboro Men.

What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection: Some links are indisputable; others are more subtle, but the science is improving all the time.

Is climate change wreaking weather havoc? Evolving science seeks answers.

Why Extreme Deadly Hurricanes, Heat Waves and Wildfires Are Here to Stay.

The weather report is climate science, too.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Inspiration via meme.

Harrison Ford on ‘Star Wars’, ‘Blade Runner’, and Punching Ryan Gosling in the Face.

This Week in the Economy



Amazon Is Not Your Newly Cheating Lover, Seattle. It's a Massive Business With a Low-Tax Agenda.

This Week in Difficult to Classify



Freelancers Sue Historic Black Magazine for $70,000 in Unpaid Invoices.

Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows.

This week in awful news



Multiple victims in shooting at Freeman High School; one student dead; suspect detained.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame



The 'Handbook For Mortals' Saga Continues As Lani Sarem Goes On The No Apologies Tour.

Liberal Celebrities Who Helped Elect Trump, Kindly STFU About DACA - You already proved that your ideology matters more than our safety.

News for queers and our allies:



Six Actors We Lost Prematurely To AIDS Who Are Worth Remembering.

This week in Writing



Let Me Tell You.

This Week in Tech



Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked.

An old link, but worth repeating: Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists.

Where Do We Go from Here?



Guest Editorial: Enough About 9/11, Already.

This Week in Inclusion



I Was Made to Believe There’s Something Wrong With Me: Why #BlackLivesMatter in YA Lit.

This Week in Police Problems



The Detective Who Pulled a Gun on a Motorcyclist Had a History of Road Rage Complaints.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



“Oh hi Ivanka”: Finally, we know the least essential White House employee’s real role.

What it took for Republicans finally to feel betrayed by Trump.

This week in Politics:



Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After Fifth Man Accuses Him of Child Sex Abuse.

What You Need to Know About the Seattle Mayoral Succession.

“Prophetess” Opal Covey Comes in Last Place in Toledo Mayoral Race (Again).

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:



Good Christian Boys: Jesus Worse Than Hitler.“We executed Nazis after World War 2 for engaging in collective punishment and ordering reprisal killings—rounding up and shooting innocent villagers after resistance fighters staged attacks. Kevin would have us believe that Jesus—the Prince of Peace, the Friend of the Poor, the Lamb of God, etc.—will happily drown little old straight ladies in nursing homes because He’s angry at gay men cavorting in bars on the other side of town.”

Study: A Picture of a Black Person Can Anger Trump Supporters and Change Their Politics.

Vox Day thinks lying is great “persuasion.” Unless people are lying about him..

This Week in Foreign Enemies



Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote.

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan.

China is getting tougher on North Korea—to stop the US from getting tougher on it.

This Week in Sexism



Amber Tamblyn Pens Open Letter to James Woods.

Emma, J.Law, and Scarlett’s Older-Man Problem.

Farewells:



Edith Windsor, Lesbian Trailblazer Who Changed Your Life, Has Died.

Edith Windsor, gay rights pioneer, dies at 88.

Postscript: Edith Windsor, 1929-2017.

How Edith Windsor Became a 'Matriarch of the Gay-Rights Movement'.

Jerry Pournellle (1933-2017).

Things I wrote:



Sunday Funnies, part 25.

Confessions of a writing tool addict—good intentions paving the way.

Worry about you and other revelations for a Wednesday.

How people use a word can tell you more about them than they wish — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Alfie Arcuri - If They Only Knew:



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Propellerheads feat: Miss Shirley Bassey - History Repeating:



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The Hound - Can't Let You Go (Official Video):



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I can’t count the number of times, as a child, that some adult (relatives, teachers, or people from church) would take me aside to suggest or insist that if I would just be more obedient or behave the way my dad expected, he wouldn’t have to be so strict with me. I know my younger siblings got similar admonishments: Dad wouldn’t be forced to use such strict punishments on us if only we could placate his moods. They never referred to his behavior as “abuse,” it was always said that he was “strict” and that he “had a temper.” And while they often implied that they thought his punishment was harsher than necessary, they never acknowledged that his behavior had crossed a line into being unacceptable or uncalled for. Which is quite amazing if I explain some of the specifics.

Content Warning: the following essay (which will also touch on dangerous misperceptions and myths about sexual orientation) includes some specifics about physical abuse of children and worse. Only click when you’re ready …

(The rest of this post about meanings, definitions, perceptions, and more is at FontFolly.Net.
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Apple announced more than one new phone yesterday, and like most years, a certain percentage of current iPhone owners are debating which one to upgrade to as our older iPhones are now more than two years old. More than one person I know is still hanging onto the same iPhone they’ve owned for three years and not sure that they will upgrade this year or wait a bit. But Apple haters all act as if all of us blindly rush out to buy the newest one every year. We don’t, but hey, if your life is so hollow that you need to make fun of other people’s choices of what goods and services to use, I guess that’s what you have to do.

But the really funny thing for me is how many of the haters are making fun of the cost of the high end Apply phone (not the shiny new iPhone 8 that the vast majority of us will buy, but the premium model that literally most of us can’t—not just because of the price, but because of manufacturing limits, but I’ll come back to that) are also comparing it to a particular Samsung Galaxy, about which others were asking just last month: Why does Samsung think you’d be willing to spend nearly $1,000 on a Galaxy Note 8?. Seriously, you can’t complain about price by comparing it to a phone that is just as expensive...

(The rest of this post about technology, posting, and other things is at FontFolly.Net.)
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A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.


While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.


It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.


Stalking Buffalo Bill, by j. leigh bailey


Rating: 4.25 out of 5


This was the first book from Dreamspinner Press’ “Dreamspun Beyond” line that I’ve read. This line promises paranormal romances with relatively low angst, with a focus more on the characters’ emotions and sensual tension. In short, this is pretty much targeted directly to me!


This is such a fun story! The setting alone, a shifter-friendly university in Cody, Wyoming in a world where humans are unaware shifters exist, creates all kinds of possibilities. This is kind of obvious given that the book is labeled “Shifter U. #1” and I look forward to seeing more.


Donnie is such a lovable goofball. He’s smart, funny, and impulsive – every bit the coyote. He’s a perfect foil for William, a stoic and taciturn professorial-type. The sparks between the two of them are so fun to read as they waver between “I can’t keep away from you!” and “You annoy the crap out of me!” I really enjoyed seeing the relationship evolve between the two. I think it’s a great endorsement that I was invested enough in Donnie and William that I was in tears as they reached their Happily Ever After (Spoiler? Not likely!). They really are a sweet couple. The side characters are quite entertaining too, even if most of them have little time on the page. Donnie’s best friend Ford stands out, not only as a smart and pragmatic guy, but also an intriguing type of shifter. I would guess we’ll be seeing more of Ford in the next book in this series.


The one place where the plot breaks down a bit is the international espionage element. It just seemed a little over the top. It’s well-written and keeps things moving along well enough that it’s a minor annoyance, though.


I’ll give this one 4.25 out of 5. I eagerly await the next book in the series!

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’ve written a few times about some of the issues I face being a packrat who comes from a long line of packrats. One of the manifestations of the behavior is that I collect things, but not all of the things I collect are the sorts of things most people think of as collectable: keyboards, headphones, iPods, dictionaries, typewriters… and word processing programs....

(The rest of this post about the eccentricities of this writer are at FontFolly.Net.)

Ergonomics

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:09 am
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We bought a new microwave oven on the weekend to replace the one that died on Friday. On my list of exciting things to do, buying a microwave oven rates pretty low down the list. A microwave oven is not one of those fun appliances that you stand around and try different things with. Not any more. We all know what happens when you put an egg, grape, puppy (etc) in the microwave oven; it does not end well.

The old one was getting on 30 years old, but it was actually pretty fancy for its time. Many of the ones available at the time still had dials, but mine had push buttons, and pre-sets, and even a meat probe that I never got around to using. It also had a couple of clever ergonomic touches that I have always thought should be standard in every microwave oven.

We did a bit of research before both of us decided that a microwave oven does not require the same level of careful selection as a camera, or a car, or something else that is actually fun to buy. We drove up to Canadian Tire and picked up a free one using our accumulated points there. Our two main criteria was that it should be at least 1000 watts, and large enough to be useful, but small enough to fit the existing microwave stand. It's effectively the same brand as our old one (Panasonic versus Sanyo), so I hoped that some of the features of the old one would carry over.

My favourite feature did not.

The turntable in our old microwave oven always stopped in the same position as it started. If I put a cup of coffee in the oven and hit any amount of time, when I opened the door at the end, the turntable would have completed its rotation so that the handle was facing exactly where I had left it. This new oven behaves like all of the ones in our office (they have 3 different brands strewn about in the break room). When the cooking stops, the turntable stops.

I am left wondering if this was some patented action that Sanyo licensed very briefly and then stopped using it, or if I just happened to buy an oven that was designed by forward-thinking engineers who said, "This would be a really nice little ergonomic touch..." It was just one of those nice little things that one takes for granted until it is gone.

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It's Friday, the second Friday in September. Usually at this point I will wax poetic about the blessédness of this month and the superiority of people burn during it, but right now with all the insane weather and earthquakes and wildfires and tsunamis... I'm not sure it's really appropriate

All week long locally they've been promising us that the hellish smoke layer (seriously, ashes were falling from the sky like snowflakes on Tuesday, and the sun has been blood red for days) would start to clear out and be all gone before the end of the week. And then each day the forecast has revised and moved that day back. As I right this Thursday night we are still under a layer of smoke, air quality has only improved to Moderately Bad, and there has been no sign of the promised rain.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



Donald Trump Is the First White President. This essay is incredible and devastatingly honest and should be read even if you think you've heard enough about Donald.

Life is All the Negative Space Surrounding Orgasms and Belly Laughs.

The Week in Credit Where Credit is Due



We found the photographer who took these dramatic pictures of golfers in front of a hill on fire in Oregon.

Even Mister Rogers Knew What to Do with Haters



In 1990 Mister Rogers Sued The KKK For Impersonating Him (and won!). In 1990, Mr. Rogers sued the KKK for impersonating his voice in prerecorded messages. These messages said "AIDS was divine retribution" and included radio skits simulating lynchings of black children on a playground. The messages were spread to elementary and middle school children by passing out misleading fliers with a phone number to call for a special message from a friendly neighbor.

Science!



Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Bad Astronomy | UPDATE: Supertyphoons and Global Warming.

Swiss confectioners invent a new kind of chocolate for the first time in 80 years.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere



Tsunami warning issued for 'hazardous' waves after huge earthquake hits Mexico.

Tropical triple threat: Hurricanes Jose and Katia could join Irma striking land this weekend.

Hurricane Irma: storm batters Bahamas and Haiti while Florida evacuates – latest updates.

Floridians jam highways to flee wrath of Hurricane Irma.

Wildfires, poor air quality to plague western US as extreme heat persists.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



John Barrowman dressed up as Wonder Woman because John Barrowman.

Doctor Who Writer Gareth Roberts Talks Vile, Ignorant Trash About Trans Women.

An Open Letter to Gareth Roberts .

Sexual Harassment in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Communities Survey Results.

This Week in History



No, Your Ancestors Probably Didn't Come Here Legally.

The Search For ‘The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong’.

Don't Fuck with Librarians



One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books.

News for queers and our allies:



Christians Give Your Tithe Towards Trans Surgeries.

The Identity Asymptote.

Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Bi Stigma Is Real.

This week in Writing



Silvia Moreno-Garcia | When a YA writer ‘tanks'.

This Week in Tech



Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Was Revealed.

Nearly half of U.S. population has data affected by Equifax breach.

Culture war news:



Robert E. Lee descendent forced out of church after speaking against white supremacy.

Manslamming Street Experiment Take Up Space Experience.

Married Oklahoma GOP state Senator Ralph Shortey, who resigned in March after being caught with a male teen in a motel room, has been hit with four federal child porn and sex trafficking charges.

This week in so-called Christians



Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Doubles Down: Resisting Him Is Resisting “the Hand of God”.

This week in the Resistance:



Washington Among 15 States Suing Trump to Protect DACA Recipients.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



When Trump denounces the ‘fake media’ his anti-Semitic fans hear ‘Jewish media’.

5 times Trump made life miserable for Republicans (including this week).

Why Trump's Immigration Gambit Will Likely Backfire.

Appeals Court Rejects Family Limits In Trump Travel Ban.

News about the Fascist Regime:



DOJ to retry woman who laughed during Sessions' confirmation hearing.

Sheriff Clarke Was In Talks for a Trump White House Job.

This week in Politics:



Hillary Breaks Silence on Bernie — and She's Not Wrong.

Hillary Clinton is right about Bernie Sanders.

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules.

Nancy Pelosi Actually Dictated Trump's Last Tweet to Him.

House Conservatives Angry at Trump’s Debt-Ceiling Deal, Threaten Paul Ryan.

Senate passes debt-limit deal Trump struck with Democrats.

Trump bucked his own Treasury secretary and every top Republican by agreeing to a deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:



Uh-oh. Genealogist goes back through Tomi Lahren's family tree and it looks like she needs DACA.

The Alt-Right View of ‘Free Speech’ isn’t Even Simplistic.

This Week in Foreign Enemies



The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security.

Farewells:



Kate Millett, 1934-2017.

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on Walter Becker: ‘Hysterically Funny, a Great Songwriter’.

The Great Poet John Ashbery Is Dead.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 9/2/2017: More words and pictures.

If you don’t know labor history, you’re doomed to repeat the bad parts.

But it made perfect sense when I was reading it to myself….

Where is the missing generation of rabbit drag queens? — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



A New George Michael Single Has Been Released, and It’s a Nile Rodgers-Produced ‘Fantasy’:



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FUTURE FRIENDS by SUPERFRUIT:



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Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft [Official Video]:



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We had a very modest dinner this evening (a small, frozen pizza split between us) and I was in the mood for dessert. I suggested walking up to the corner shop for sundaes, but the other half of "we" in the equation was not interested.

I considered moping about it for awhile, but decided to be more productive and make myself a dessert instead. I've made those microwaved, coffee mug brownies in the past with good success, and that seemed like just the right amount to sate my dessert cravings.

It was a smashing success, right up to the point where the microwave oven died about 1/4 of a second after I hit the power button. At first I assumed I had blown the breaker, but further investigation narrows it down to the microwave oven itself.

I've had this oven for almost thirty years, so it really doesn't owe me anything. I guess we'll be shopping around for a new one this weekend (unless we discover that it's just a blown fuse in the microwave itself - we'll pull it out for a look on the weekend before we start spending money on a new one).

I never did get around to using the meat probe that came with it, though I will admit that the thought of cooking a roast in the microwave oven never crossed my mind in all this time.

In work-related news, my company released a notice to the press that they have signed a one-year contract with the T&E and Teamsters that will take them through to the end of 2018. The plus side for me is that it relieves a bit of the pressure off the company to cram as many people through their awful management conductor/engineer training program to have them in place for strike work next year.

This does not mean that I won't get forced into the program again once my ankle is finally fixed, but it increases the odds that by the time they push me back into it, I'll be so close to retirement as to make it pointless for both of us.

I was chatting with a co-worker last week who is in the management conductor pool, and he mentioned a curiosity that he has noticed on the list of people on call for it. He said, "It's weird, but for all the people the are cramming through the program, the number of people in the call pool is not getting any larger."

Actually, it's not that weird at all. Most of the people they are forcing into the program are older employees who they consider less of a flight risk; that is, people who have enough time invested in their career that they will deal with the hardship rather than throw away 20+ years of pensionable service. The problem is that these are mostly people like me, who have been working sedentary desk jobs for decades. Also, the way they treat qualified people in these positions is abominable, often sending them off to remote locations on same-day notice.

"Hey, pack your bags and fly out tonight for ten days in Cousinlove Saskatchewan, where you get to work in a stressful situation with people who resent you."

"Sure thing. The dog and kids can take care of themselves."

Anyway, it turns out that for everyone who qualifies, another one either gets injured, gets medically disqualified (arthritis flared up, heart condition, bad back - you know, the kinds of things that can happen to older, sedentary people who are suddenly thrust into outdoor manual labour around heavy equipment), goes on stress leave because of the awful conditions, retires, or quits.
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my childhood people asserted the claim that what was “wrong” with me was caused by the movies/TV shows I watched or the books I read. At one point certain extended family members were trying to convince my parents that I shouldn’t be allowed to watch scary cartoons. At another point, a lot of church people were certain that my interest in science, particularly astronomy, was turning me into a satanist or even worse, an atheist! There were lots of times that various people asserted that either musicals, or fantasy/sci fi, or some other thing I was interested in was why I kept getting bullied by the other kids at school...

(The rest of this post about personal history, media, myths about queer people, and more is at FontFolly.Net.)
typographer: Me on a car in the middle of nowhere, eastern Colorado, age four (Default)
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tories I struggled with for years. There was this one story where I had this very interesting character whose voice just flowed from the fingertips at the speed of lightning when I wrote the opening scene for her story. I knew the trouble she was in and how she would eventually get out of it. She was a new character in an existing setting where I had a lot of great established character who could play the supporting roles. It just felt like magic every time I re-read the half dozen scenes I’d written. It was taking me longer to get to the resolution than I had originally thought when I had the story idea, but I figured that once I ironed a couple of plot issues out, I could probably trim a few of the scenes so far.

Then I read the story aloud to my monthly writers’ group...

(The rest of this post about the craft of writing is at FontFolly.Net.

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