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Life Hack
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I'm not sure how many people are in the intersection of "wants to eat a massaged kale salad" and "believes that if she is giving kale a massage she better be getting a tip" but in case this is you, here is a what you can do instead: Remove the spines from your kale, and stack the resulting leaf matter in as narrow a pile as possible, then roll aggressively with a rolling pin a dozen or two times.

Then chop and do whatever.

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Reviews: Elizabeth Bear, Jacqueline Carey, Scott Westerfeld, Ben Aaronovitch, Diana Rowland
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Leviathan (Leviathan, #1): ★★★☆☆Collapse )

Saints Astray (Santa Olivia, #2): ★★☆☆☆Collapse )

Karen Memory: ★★★★☆Collapse )

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2): ☆☆☆☆☆Collapse )

Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5): ★★★☆☆Collapse )

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Here is a thing via mefi on some principles of righteous behaviour for people and communities on the internet. I don't know if it's correct, but I do think it's intelligent, and worthy of discussion in communities that want to uphold ethical standards.

(I'm really sorry, but it's an inaccessible image, which I would transcribe were it not a flowchart, which I am not aware of any way to render textually. If you know of any standards for this, let me know?)

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Listened to this podcast on the reality tv show (which I have never seen) Four Weddings, which discusses the importance of giving your wedding a theme.

You guys.

DOUBLE DACTYL. Who's with me?

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Ancillary Justice fans, (fancillaries?) will be pleased to know that[personal profile] melannen has read the book and been bitten by the bug.

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Fury Road
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Thinking more about Mad Max: Fury Road, because that's all I ever do now.

not really spoilers in any meaningful way.Collapse )

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Wow, that was exactly the "Mad Max has a baby with The Vagina Monologues" movie that I was told to expect, and yet I was not prepared.

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I obviously have the wrong impression of Kingsmen fandom because they do not seem to have yet produced a rentboy AU

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Age of Ultron thoughts
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God bless whoever was in charge of Steve's shirts.

Every time he changed to a new shirt, my friend and I turned to each other in amazement.Collapse )

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Podfic recs
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I'm not sure how familiar people are with Check Please!, but even if you're not, it's a webcomic with a relatively modest set of back-issues you can catch up with in about the time it takes to watch an episode of your show. Here's a primer, tumblr style.

Primer: Bittle/Zimmermann by [tumblr.com profile] Magneticwave, performed by [personal profile] pennyplainknits and [personal profile] isweedan is not quite what it sounds like: it's a primer from the imaginary fandom where the characters in Check, Please! are a teeny but beloved part of Hockey RP fandom's focus. It's... really meta? If Podfic is not for you, here's the original post, which is its own kind of multimedia experience. But the performance is really excellent, and I recommend you give it a shot.

The second piece I want to mention is Night Vale podfic. Night Vale podfic is often really high quality, possibly because the source is audio as well, and sets a high standard. Greetings From Night Vale - The Opera House, written and performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] Schalakitty lives up to this reputation. It's excellently produced and performed, and also manages to be a significantly different listening experience than reading experience, thanks to the audio effects, and the character [archiveofourown.org profile] Schalakitty gives to the narrator's voice. (Also, it perturbed my dogs, so you might want to listen with headphones, if that's a thing for you.)

It's also quite a fascinating bit of world-building, taking place 20 years before the 'now' of Night Vale, and gives fascinating glimpses of the changes that have taken place since then.

The third thing I want to mention is, uh.. original podfic? I don't know if the writer/performer considers himself part of fandom, but it's free online in the audio version: Valentin and the Widow, by Andrew Wheeler is a 1920s adventure. I'm actually not sure what the name of the genre is, but it's quite recognizable; it's pulpy adventure in the style of H. Rider Haggard, combining exotic locales with a sort of disenchantment with Imperialism and a sort of suspicion that Britain's supremacy may not be merited, and fear/fascination with the liminal. You know what I'm talking about? Y?

Anyway, this is mostly a pulpy adventure story, but if people have listened to it, then they can talk to me about Sasha's inability to express his feelings through any medium but punching, and his incredible attractiveness to anyone bent on world-domination.

ETA: I am terrible at warnings! But you may wish to know that there's some creepy implied coercive and coerced sex, as well as an attempted rape in the second and fifth book.

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