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Of course the one track by this Tuareg guitarist/vocalist that I have on CD and is one of my favourites on the Ishumar 2 album appears to be his only tune that isn't on YouTube. Of course their other stuff is good too. ;-)

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(both on this CD, which I fall in love with again every time I play it)



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It's like magic! JLS finally remembers to grab her book notes from work before she has exited the locked building and a new book list appears over at catdesk! Happy browsing!

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BBC Radio has begun airing Night Watch!!!!!

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... by finding, thanks to the Wayback Machine, a marvelous piece of related-to-my-profession humour that had appeared to be lost off the Interwebz forever: Great Moments in the History of Technical Services

P.S. For those not in the know "Technical Services" in libraries means the behind the scenes departments that take care of ordering, receiving, cataloguing, and processing of library materials.

P.P.S. And, oh yes, I'm PRINTING this sucker before it vanishes again. One copy for me and one to post at work.

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Now working with the second ball of yarn. I know I'm not going to get a true scarf length version of this but should still be long enough to be able to opt between wrapping it round my neck like a very wide cravat or pulling it over my head to wear as cowl. The whole colour pooling part has been fun enough that I do want to make a full scarf version one day. Just because those look amazing. :-)

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"Do stop trying to show the occasional glimmer of intelligence. It's like finding caviar in a cheeseburger."

--Absolute Power, series 4, episode 1

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My dear and wonderful friends: if you have not read this book yet then you must. You really must. It's unique and full of wonders.

Falling in love with hominids

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The Stephanie Cole episode of "With Great Pleasure"

"With Great Pleasure" is a wonderful way to discover new reading ... in each episode a guest presenter introduces and explains their favourite reading and then the piece is performed either by the presenter or by actors they have also chosen. One never knows what (or who) one will hear. :-)

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Because, yeah, I haven't given up plain text for knitting or graphics. And the Kobo makes it FAR too easy to accumulate an electronic to-read pile (so far it's nowhere near as bad as the hard copy to-read pile but I'm sure it'll get there someday) ;-)

Finished Coffee : 14 caffeinated tales of the fantastic earlier today. Alex Shvartsman puts together wonderfully quirky anthologies ... some stories shine, some are merely good, and most fall somewhere in between, but I've never hit a bad or mediocre tale or an author I vow to avoid for the rest of my life in any collection he's edited. I'd certainly buy a Coffee 2 should such a book ever appear, and I'd even be appreciative of a Tea.

Currently several stories into Nalo Hopkinson's Falling in love with hominids and falling in love with her writing; also geeking on her Canadian settings in some of the stories and the fact that she's a fellow fan of Cordwainer Smith who she paraphrases as the title of this collection. Definitely going to be reading more of her books ASAP!

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Sockwork Orange

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Babylon 5 Creator J. Michael Straczynski On the Death of Jerry Doyle
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Is there such a thing as a silly reading deficiency? 'cause I've just finished reading -- and laughing out loud a LOT at -- Sticky Dilly Buns, even at parts I'd previously read online.

Guess Gisèle Lagacé books must be an essential nutrient ... Vitamin Hilarious?

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Haven't put in as much time on this as I would have liked ... hot weather + pure wool = sweaty/sticky experience that affects one's tension (and tension control is vital to this particular piece). But it's still managed to grow a bit and I'll soon be ready to join on the second ball of yarn. After I rewind it ... I had the good sense to check and it's currently wound in the opposite direction to the first ball which means the colours are in the wrong (reversed) order.

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And just finished reading it. Squee!!! 'cause Izabel is back! Alana is still nuts, Marko is still trying to act like he isn't, and Hazel has grown! Plus the return of several other familiar faces and the addition of a couple of intriguing new ones!

And Hazel still gets the best lines in her narration: "Dying is one of the few experiences we'll eventually all enjoy firsthand, and like most shit that's commonplace, it's boring to dwell on. My fellow inmates/classmates (and really, what's the difference?) showed me it was more interesting to concentrate on the living.
Because death is fucking predictable ...
... but life has science experiments and free time and surprise naps and who knows what comes next?"

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... am I ever to finish any of my knitting projects when genius designers keep coming up with shiny new things???!!! Knitters' DNA by Martina Behm.

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Er ... ahem ... Due to following instructions precisely as written the expected result is now occurring. Or, in more knitterly terms, the colours are pooling the way they are supposed to. :-D

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See? Shiny new things always grow fast (until something else distracts me. It's actually quite a bit further along than in the photo now ... only about a dozen rows to go until I get to start the really magical bit. :-)
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Like I said, Martina Behm is being a genius (again). No, I haven't finished any of the zillion other things in progress but this was just too cool not to use my last free cable to start. Haven't reached the really good bit yet but anticipation has me happy to work through this set-up part (which looks deceptively like the usual beginning of a shawl but isn't). Yarn is some Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool Quarters in "Crazy Woman" colourway that I've had for ages; tried making it into a waistcoat a long time ago but that turned out to not be the right use for this yarn. I think it's going to like being this! :-)

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Martina Behm is being a genius again: Pool & Conquer. Now eyeing the hand-dyed variegated yarns in my stash ...

Maybe in Beige???

Edited to add: Even better! In Crazy Woman!!!!! (a heavier yarn)

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That weird occasional beep that seemed to be emanating from my computer (installed Windows 10 a few days ago and the machine has been making a few unfamiliar sounds for different processes) was actually the new cell phone, sitting in its box on top of the desk next to one of the monitor's speakers and complaining of imminent power failure. Cue JLS turning the damned phone 'round and 'round trying to find where the hell one plugs in the charger (c'mon, my previous phone was from 2003 and had a jack, not a USB port ... I'm dealing with a massive technology leap here). Did figure out the port's hiding place without having to resort to the manual once I moved into the brighter light in the kitchen and took off my glasses so I could actually focus on all the tiny black-on-black symbols 'round the phone's edges (I read, knit, hand sew, and investigate miniscule things better without artificial vision aids)

Now that I've replaced a few more of Windows' sound effects with far more meaningful phrases from my stash of Carry On sound clips this kind of auditory confusion shouldn't happen again. ;p
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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!
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Well, I find it hilarious (and simultaneously scary whenever people in the library world appear unable to read and follow instructions)

The Summary of Decisions, May 2016 notes for the Library of Congress editorial meeting on creating and updating subject headings. The general message is "we are fed up with this" ... it's just a lengthy list of invalid and incorrectly submitted proposals that wasted their time. And it contains its moments of snark: "If more attention were paid to these details, processing of the cancellation requests could proceed much more expeditiously."

For the non-library folks: When you look up topics/subjects in a library catalogue, whether online or the old 3x5 card catalogues some of us are old enough to remember, you're entering a world known as fixed vocabulary, called "authorities" in the library world. Cataloguers don't just use whatever words they feel like using as subject headings; we're following a specific list of terminology, loaded with cross references from variant words and wordings. Most English language libraries are using the Library of Congress Subject Headings list as it's big, well-maintained, and for the past three or so decades it's been available online at no charge. Using LCSH is why, if you look up "flying saucers" in your library you'll be redirected (often invisibly these days) to "unidentified flying objects" ... the latter has been decided on as the official subject heading term in this system for this topic. Because human knowledge is ever growing and changing, the LCSH does the same ... continuously adding new subject headings to describe new materials acquired at Library of Congress and also changing existing headings either to match current language usage or based on the shifting percentage of terminology use by the materials in their collection. So of course there needs to be a system for individual cataloguers to let LC know a new heading or a change to an existing one is needed. There is a manual for the consistent formatting of subject headings(the SHM frequently referred to in the notes is the Subject Heading Manual, also an online freebie) and within it a specific set of instructions for submissions. Yep, there are rules within rules within rules. All just so that the public can look up stuff in the library catalogue and think it's magic when they find what they're looking for.

So I didn't get a May list of new and updated headings to enter into my workplace's database. :-( Because the committee spent all their time on bad submissions.

P.S. We don't make up the call numbers at random either ... we have huge books and lists for those as well. And for authors and series and other such things that are the same but can vary in their wording from book to book ... well, for true terror here's William Shakespeare's LC Name Authority with ALL the different ways his name has been spelled/printed and you'll understand why we use a fixed vocabulary for those as well (and those are just the name variations used on materials within LC's collections, a mere fraction of what's actually in published use around the world)

P.P.S. Sometimes name authorities can be fun and educational ... Zane Grey's is an old favourite of mine for demonstrating this (read the last paragraph in the "found in" section)
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The Yarn Harlot's traditional Canada Day blog entry for 2016: Randomly, on Canada Day

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The bad: Last night the TV died. While the DVD player was on pause between two episodes of "Death in paradise" ... Murphy must have been napping because five minutes before the end of the episode, right when the detective was revealing who the murderer was, would have been more Murphy's style. Ah well, it was time to go to bed anyway. Quite accepting of the TV's demise as it's over twenty years old and I've been kinda waiting for it to happen so I could have a modern, doesn't weight a billion tons, flat screen.

The good: Right across the street from me is a London Drugs store (well, okay, the police station is right across the street and the London Drugs is behind it, if you want to nitpick). London Drugs is a wonderful potpourri of a store ... they specialize in cosmetics and toiletries, cookware and household appliances from coffee grinders and toasters to to small chest freezers and vacuum cleaners, an assortment of groceries from candy to cereals to canned goods to milk, butter, ice creams), cleaning supplies, stationery, plus they have a dead battery recycling service. Oh and there's a pharmacy in the back as well. And an excellent electronics department (small but, IMO superior to the specialist electronics stores) ... my computer and my DVD player both came from there. So checked their inventory online this morning, found a 28" RCA flatscreen on sale (the max size that will fit in the TV space in my electronics shelving) and was out and back again with an on-sale, larger-screened replacement TV in less than fifteen minutes ... walking there and back took longer than the actual chat with sales staff and purchase.

The bonus: Cashier was the same one who was on duty when I was in last night buying ice cream. When the person ahead of me in the process of being rung out and the person behind me in line both dashed to the freezer to impulse buy containers of Häagen-Dazs upon seeing me put mine on the counter; cashier knows me as a regular and we were joking about me deserving commission for that. So, since she didn't have anybody at the checkout at the moment, I absolutely could not resist pausing on my way out (I'd paid in the Electronics Dept.) to hold up the box and say "If I stand here for a couple of minutes holding this how many people do you think will rush to buy one?" just for the fun of making her crack up laughing (there are benefits to being a regular ... you don't fade into the billions of transactions memory blur)
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How Mounties REALLY dress for work. Those scarlet tunic outfits that most of the world is so familiar are full dress uniforms and the RCMP haven't worn them for everyday policing for decades upon decades. (So yeah, "Due South" fans, Constable Benton Fraser was actually in violation by wearing his dress scarlets all the time as he wasn't on ceremonial duty)
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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!

If you want to celebrate along with we Canucks properly, The Arrogant Worms have put a Completely Canadian Compilation ... all their songs about Canada ... up on Bandcamp. Listen to these and I guarantee you'll learn all kinds of things about Canada that you wouldn't find out in a classroom!** ;-)

**Some of them are even true!

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Really kind of a "loot" day but there was some accomplishment thrown in. :-)

At work, my copy of The snowflake : winter's frozen artistry arrived. Perfect hot summer reading, no?

Finally made it to the Telus shop to see what was doable about upgrading my 2003 cellphone to something compatible with the imminent network upgrade. My preference: a plain phone with no other capabilities (this isn't my primary phone and will rarely be used so I don't need internet, texting, camera or any of that other extraneous gadgetry) and quite prepared to just discontinue the service if I couldn't get simple and reasonably cheap. Walked out a whole fifteen dollars (which is going to end up being credited back to me via my account) lighter with one of these. And the happy surprise (and the agent setting me up was VERY surprised) that my ancient el-cheapo plan (which is about half the price per month of anything currently being offered) was transferable to the new phone. So yeah, the thing has a camera that I'll never use (my just-a-camera being so very nice and just as small as the phone) and while it has the capability to do all the other stuff it simply isn't activated for any of it. Just a phone. :-)

And then, since I was in the mall anyway, I wandered over to HMV and scored season three of "Death in Paradise", season two of "Grantchester", The rough guide to African rare groove, volume 1, and The rough guide to African guitar legends. Hadn't noticed in the store but this last one includes a bonus CD! "Immortal Franco" by Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo (in my defense on the HMV splurging I will plead that this was the first time I'd set foot in a mall or an HMV this year)

Was listening to lovely tunes all last evening and again now. :-)

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... Charles Stross' latest instalment in his Laundry Files series, "The Nightmare Stacks". My oh MY!!! The man has outdone himself yet again (may there never be a ceiling on his ability to do that!). Not much I can say without spoilering but lessee ...

  • This isn't a Bob and/or Mo book ... they are absent but mentioned.
  • Some old and not-seen-lately characters are back though. Pinky and Brains! Yay! Harry the Horse! Johnny McTavish makes a brief appearance (without Bashful Incendiary)
  • While most of the past tales have been primarily Bob Howard's POV, they've also included takes on situations by other characters; mainly human (mostly the "good" guys but also some of the baddies), always from our Earth/dimension. This time 'round? Welcome to the POV of an incursion!
  • Many bits and pieces of what seemed trivia info from past books turn out to be explanations for/clarifications of things in this one. Hope you were paying attention! ;-)
  • Angleton would have enjoyed this in his own scary way. (Angleton is a favourite of mine and I miss him and will forever hope that he's somehow retrieved one day)
  • The ability to run macros inside your own brain is a useful form of self-defense.
  • The Laundry is going to have a helluva time trying to cover this one up. Shall have to wait for the next volume to find out how (or if, considering how far along the overall situation is, whether they'll even bother to try)
  • If you don't know what a Kettenkrad is go Google a few images. They'll help.
  • I have to wait HOW LONG for the next book???!!!


Edited to add: Meant to link this ... the publisher has posted the first seven pages of the book online, just to help get you a teensy bit hooked ...

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When I decided, on the evidence of sufficient white showing in my roots, to stop colouring my hair and see what it really looked like, I was hoping hard for whiter streaks at my temples; members of my father's family tend to start greying in their late twenties (I had my first known white hair ... just one ... appear when I was seventeen) and Dad's was gorgeous ... he started with dark steel with paler grey at the temples, then silvery grey with pure silver at the temples and finally frost white (it actually glittered) still with the silver at the temples. So, since my hair is texturally and curl/wave-wise exactly the same as his with my original natural colour being primarily a mix of his and Mom's, along with a scattering of every other colour known to humanity (one hairdresser described it as "technicolour"), I figured I had a pretty good chance. And I won the gene draw and got my temple streaks! What I never expected, though, was the tricolour effect I now have ... the majority of the white and grey is above my ears, but hidden underneath and only revealed when I put my hair up is a much higher percentage of red than I used to have. :-)

I am capable of doing a much tidier job of the whole putting-up-one's-hair thing but this was just for a quick trip to the grocery store, so that the breeze wouldn't be blowing my hair across my eyes when both my hands occupied with bag-carrying on the way home. Though I'm sure most of you are too busy trying to make out the titles in the bookcases to notice a little coiffure untidiness ***GRIN***)
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This week is happy SQUEEEE!!! reading treasures week at Casa JLS (and it's only Tuesday)

Yesterday saw the arrival of Worlds of Sam Kieth, by (naturally) Sam Kieth. Big ol' art book that I'm going to set aside for a nice weekend morning when I can sip copy and leisurely appreciate the eye candy. 'cause Sam Kieth art requires one's full attention. Along with the Kieth came a copy of Richard Moore's Far West, something I've dying to read for a very long time. I confess that I dropped everything else and read it from cover to cover last night and loved it! Quite refreshing to see an elf character who isn't stereotypically Barbie-pretty and her being a bounty hunter as well is just icing on the cake. And oh how I wish Moore hadn't decided to drop writing/drawing comics because his Far West universe has so crazy-much potential and he barely scratched the surface. The "Bad Mojo" and "Badder Mojo" shown on the linked page are the only other "Far West" pieces not included in the compilation I have; they exist in comic book form only so I'll have to see what I can do about getting hold of 'em.

And today I got my copy of the new Charles Stross Laundry Files novel, The nightmare stacks!!! Which I don't dare even open because I know once I start reading it I won't put it down until I reach the end. Not hard to guess what I'll have my nose in THIS weekend!

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This one's a British comedy classic: "The Naked Truth". Went into YouTube to see if I could find a clip and lo! The entire movie! If you haven't seen this film before you're in for a treat! Impeccable casting and performances but how could it be otherwise when the stars include Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price, Joan Sims and a tangled web of blackmail?

zappo, this is a must-view for your British comedy list!

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Love this bit ... synchronized bedspring squeaking! (can't help but wonder how much rehearsal it took to get their every move perfectly matched)



(for any non-French speakers who aren't familiar with the movie: the handyman is there to fix a squeaky bedspring and is trying to identify which one is the culprit. He identifies it as "the second spring from the right" at the end of the scene)

And the hilarious earlier scene involving that squeaky spring ...

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I'm not a wearer of fingerless mitts and gloves; usually it's only the very tips of my fingers that get cold while my hands proper, especially my palms, overheat very easily and I hate the feel of sweaty handcoverings (I'm aware of the principle that keeping the pulse point of your wrist warm is the key to warm hands and for that reason most of my long-sleeved shirts are actually long-sleeved enough to keep my wrists insulated ... hence the rarity of my hands feeling cold)

But Tacit has oh-so-cool patterning! So very tempting! (and there's no law that says that that patterning couldn't be a vertical panel on a sweater or something ...)

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BBC Radio 4 Extra is rerunning their Roger May reading of "Day of the Triffids"!!! Looks like it started yesterday and they're doing the episode-per-day thing.

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(Dear Idiot Self

Why the *&#%$@$%#$^%* didn't you tag the Barlowe's Guide read-so-far list you posted ages ago so that you'd be able to find and copy/paste it for updating reuse? (it will have been tagged "reading" but that's needle in a haystack territory as far as my LJ is concerned because of the frequent use of that tag ... this time it's getting something unique as well.)


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Sometime I-forget-how-long-ago I posted here the notion that I should try to read ALL the books whose extraterrestrial beings had an entry in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials. At the time a quick flip-through established that I'd already read about a third of them (that I could recall, anyway). And then I promptly got derailed by the longlasting extreme overtime situation at work. But I haven't forgotten and have managed to get my hands on and read several titles (mainly thanks to a combo of Kobo acquiring ebook rights to a lot of out-of-print science fiction classics and Baen's growing ebook publishing of their own backlist). So as of now my score is 24 species encounters (the italicized items) out of 50. So halfway is now within sight ...

Abyormenite: "Cycle of fire" by Hal Clement
Athshean: "The word for world is forest" by Ursula K. Le Guin
Black Cloud: "The Black Cloud" by Fred Hoyle
Chulpex: "Masters of the maze" by Avram Davidson
Cinruss: "Hospital Station" and "Star Surgeon" by James White
Cryer: "Conscience interplanetary" by Joseph Green
Cygnan: "The Jupiter theft" by Donald Moffitt
Cygnostik: "A little knowledge" by Michael Bishop
Czill: "Midnight at the Well of Souls" by Jack L. Chalker
Demon: "A plague of Demons" by Keith Laumer
Demu: "Cage a man" by F.M. Busby
Dextran: "The right hand of Dextra" by David J. Lake
Dilbian: "Spatial delivery" and "Spacepaw" by Gordon R. Dickson
Dirdir: "The Dirdir" by Jack Vance
Garnishee: "Star smashers of the Galaxy Rangers" by Harry Harrison
Gowachin: "The Dosadi experiment" by Frank Herbert
Guild Steersman: "Dune Messiah" by Frank Herbert
Ishtarian: "Fire Time" by Poul Anderson
Ixchel: "A wrinkle in time" by Madeleine L'Engle
Ixtl: "The voyage of the Space Beagle" by A.E. van Vogt
Lithian: "A case of conscience" by James Blish
Master: "The White Mountains", "The city of gold and lead", and "The pool of fire" by John Christopher
Medusan: "The legion of space" by Jack Williamson
Merseian: "Ensign Flandry" by Poul Anderson
Mesklinite: "Misson of gravity" by Hal Clement
Mother: "Strange relations" by Philip José Farmer (currently reading this book but it doesn't count until I've finished it)
Old Galactic: "Legacy" by James H. Schmitz
Old One: "At the Mountains of Madness" by H.P. Lovecraft
Overlord: "Childhood's end" by Arthur C. Clarke
Pnume: "The Pnume" by Jack Vance
Polarian: "Cluster" by Piers Anthony
Puppeteer: "Neutron star" and "Ringworld" by Larry Niven
Radiate: "Memoirs of a spacewoman" by Naomi Mitchison
Regul: "The faded sun: Kesrith" by C.J. Cherryh
Riim: "The voyage of the Space Beagle" by A.E. van Vogt
Ruml: "The alien way" by Gordon R. Dickson
Salaman: "Wildeblood's empire" by Brian M. Stableford
Sirian: "The age of the pussyfoot" by Frederik Pohl
Slash: "Kirlian quest" by Piers Anthony
Soft One: "The gods themselves" by Isaac Asimov
Solaris: "Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem
Sulidor: "Downward to the earth" by Robert Silverberg
The Thing: "Who goes there?" by John W. Campbell
Thrint: "World of Ptavvs" by Larry Niven
Tran: "Icerigger" by Alan Dean Foster
Triped: "Rule golden" by Damon Knight
Tyreean: "Up the walls of the world" by James Tiptree Jr.
Uchjinian: "Exiles at the Well of Souls" by Jack L. Chalker
Vegan: "Have spacesuit will travel" by Robert A. Heinlein
Velantian: "Children of the Lens" by E.E. "Doc" Smith

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"I don't really like torturing Puritans ... you can never be sure they're not secretly enjoying it."--Satan, "Old Harry's Game"

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40 rows done, 89 to go, no two rows the same. Definitely no danger of boredom!

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I've just posted a new booklist over at catdesk! Short but sweet!

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It's Victoria Day in Canada today, it's cold and rainy and perfect for curling up on the couch with hot chocolate and a movie. And so I've just finished watching Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet for the very first time and loved every nanosecond of it. Absolutely wonderful! And I mean that in its original meaning of full of wonder. Another Jeunet piece of filmed perfection. :-)

And so glad that, even though it's an English-language movie, Dominique Pinon was in it ... it's not a proper Jeunet film if Pinon isn't in it somewhere.

P.S. Knew much of the movie was filmed in southern Alberta; just took a peek at the locations list and yes! that WAS the High Level Bridge, longest and highest trestle bridge in the world, near the beginning of the film (I lived quite close to this bridge when I was in Lethbridge and the sound and vibration sensations of being under it when a train is crossing are something that one never forgets.

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Just got startled into full alertness by a loud thump and glass rattling. My first thought was a bookcase or something had fallen over in the apartment above mine, but I checked my balcony and discovered ...
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A female spruce grouse isn't something one normally expects to find on one's third floor balcony ... they're not notable for being high fliers. Most likely she took off from somewhere on the far side of the courtyard ... the slope is steep enough that the top of it isn't very far below me (my building marks the downslope boundary of the courtyard). She was standing and took a couple of steps when I first checked so I don't think she's injured, just a little disoriented and possibly confused by the bars of the balcony railing. Their spacing is more than wide enough for her to get through but it just may take her a while to figure that out. Will keep an eye on her and do something about taking her down to ground level later if she doesn't manage it herself.

Edited to add: went back to the balcony to check after posting this and she's scooched under the railing and perched on the very edge of the concrete, so she's clued in and able to take off whenever she wants.

Second edit: I just got to see her take flight so all is good. :-) She explored her way right to the very corner of the balcony and got under the railing again there so that she could get her wings spread for flight before launching. That was my only concern about her being able to get off the balcony herself ... grouse aren't drop and then flap birds, they need to be able to spread their wings and do a downflap first and that wasn't going to be possible in the mid-balcony spot where she had originally got under the railing unless she leaned out far enough to overbalance and fall.

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Just discovered that Adam Warren is now republishing "Empowered" online, one page per day starting with volume one (the print series is currently nine main-series volumes, plus a volume of outside-the-main-plot short stories, with volume ten currently in production). Since some pages fall into NSFW territory I'm gonna link you to the cover image for volume one rather than the shorter homepage URL which takes you to the to the most recently posted page (and anyway, you're going to want to start at the beginning, right?)

I love "Empowered". This series is the poster child for not judging a book by its cover ... Adam Warren has been writing/drawing something amazing over the past decade. It's simultaneously a spoof and a serious criticism of the conventions of mainstream superhero comics, an often snarky commentary on how female characters are perceived and portrayed in those same comics, and a powerhouse superhero comic in itself which is like nothing you've ever read before. with some of the most amazing and multi-dimensional characters I've ever read. It got a hefty load of serious under what looks like a fluffy surface. The first few stories might have you wondering about my taste and alleged sanity in saying all this but trust me. Read every page. Don't skip. Because you gotta start with the set-up and I'll warn you now that Warren plays the long plot game and today's trivial throwaway detail can be the seed of a major plot several volumes later (kinda like "Babylon 5" where clues to what was to come were often planted in plain sight in early episodes). Stick with it and hopefully you will, like me and all the other fans, find you're suddenly hooked on these characters and their lives and relationships and are dying to know what happens next.

Bonus reading with this page-a-day freebie is Warren's own commentary on each page as he looks back on these early days; the background info he's providing is interesting.

Hope you're willing to try "Empowered". And that you like it. :-)

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I think my mouth just found religion. :d
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Nipped across the street to Cracovia after work today to pick up some long weekend essentials ... bread, ham, coffee. And then had my caught by some new packaging which turned out to be something called "coffee wafers". And the cashier, who rarely talks beyond the minimum requirement (most of the staff don't speak a lot of English) raved on and on to me about how these were something new and how wonderful and amazing they were and how everybody loved them (one of many reasons to love this store ... just about everything in stock has been taste-tested by the employees) and made sure I put them in my bag last because "they're fragile."

So. Happy Moka Coffee Wafers. Stand by for a report from my tastebuds later this evening (I need to eat some food of substance first before I start into the sugar, no matter how divine).

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