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Kind of saddened by the Hugos, not because of who won, but because every time I dip into that mess, the discourse has further deteriorated. This isn't to say "There's bad-faith actors on both sides! Neither side has any kind of reasonable position!" Rather, I think a few bad-faith actors on the side of the puppies (specifically, Vox Dei, whom I have encountered before, and have no qualms labelling a bad-faith actor) has driven down the level of discourse, since he is one of those people with whom there is no reasonable discussion to be had. In the presence of these elements, the tendency is to retreat to one's own side, and share frustrations, but the effect of this is that all the discourse quickly becomes personal attacks on one's opponent.

I tend to want to solve problems by intellectualizing them, of course, whereas real people are motivated by their emotions. (I mean. This is my model of how real people work. If you are not emotionally motivated, that's cool.)

And of course, Vox Dei is a revolting sack of mangoworms (do not google) so it's definitely understandable. And a lot of admiration for people like Foz Meadows who continues to try to produce rational arguments in the face of some pretty hyperbolic stuff.

In conclusion:

Ugh. Politics. WHy is it so full of humans?

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Ugh, I was dog-sitting a sweet, shy, scared dog yesterday, and managed to let her escape, whereupon she immediately bolted, and I spent four hours combing the neighbourhood with no luck, and had to tell her owners I'd lost their dog. I felt sick, because I am actually quite close the the number one highway, so it's quite possible for her to be hit.

I got news this morning that her owners had found her safe, which is such a relief to me, but I don't think they will be asking me to dog-sit again.

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Minion-dog decided last night that he needed to climb up on my pillow and lie down behind my neck despite it was 33 degrees and approximately 1000% humidity, and he is a pudgy hairball. WHY

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Weirdly fascinated by 20th Century Fox's attempt to pretend they don't know what Fantastic Four movie you're talking about. Can it really be that bad? Like, worse than Age of Ultron? Worse than X-men Origins: Wolverine?

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Life Hack
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brown_betty
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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