New Books and ARCs, 3/24/17

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:13 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

I may be on book tour, but that’s not reason not to show off a stack of new books and ARCs! What here calls to you? Tell us in the comments.

Doesn't sound very close to me

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:16 pm
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While I have quite oft remarked that, if you want to exercise regularly, it really helps if where you do it is easy to get to, and something that may not be the absolutely ideal thing but close at hand is more likely to actually get done on a relatively regularly basis than something that might be optimum but a faff to get to. (This probably applies to other things as well.)

But while this article more or less substantiates The Wisdom of the Hedjog in principle, I was a bit beswozzled by the travel distance cited - 3.7 miles - which does not strike me as what I would consider a walkable distance, at least if one's combining it (there and back) with a workout.

It's a different world. And I would like to know, are we talking public transport? or driving? to get there.

Reiterates anecdote of walking from where I was staying in Austin TX to Zilker Park, through entirely deserted streets, and found when I got there hordes of people who had driven there to walk, jog, etc.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 05:31 pm
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I have been exhausted and headachy all day. I lay down from about 9:30 until about 11:30, but I didn’t manage to sleep. Right now, I’m drinking a cherry coke and sitting in bed with the lights very dim and a shoulder throw electric blanket (borrowed from Cordelia) on the back of my neck and across my shoulders. The prolonged, very focused heat is helping a lot. I think that I might actually be able to sleep now, but I would like to manage to stay awake and get things done.

Scott is currently out, taking Cordelia and her best friend off for their weekly gathering of friends. The movie of the week is Ponyo.

I think Scott’s disappointed that I wasn’t awake and doing things with him all day while Cordelia was at school and probably won’t be this evening while she’s out. We almost never get time alone in the house. Of course, from my point of view, Friday is the absolute worst day for anything requiring being able to think or being able to deal with noise or bright lights or… yeah.

I’m kind of terrified that this may be a long term thing and get worse next year due to Cordelia needing to get up before Scott leaves for work. Getting up with Cordelia wouldn’t be such a big deal if it was even occasionally feasible to nap later in the day or to go to bed at 8:00 or 9:00.

Darkwing Duck #6

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Finally found some time to post this. Sadly, it appears that this series has been cancelled with issue #8 due to low sales. There's been hints on the Facebook page that we might get more if the trades sell well, but yeah, not holding my breath.

Anyways, in this story, DW and friends go to their local Comic-Con! What could possibly go wrong?

7 and a third out of 22 pages )

SSHG Prompt Fest

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:07 pm
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Prompt claiming has begun over at the HG/SS Prompt Fest!

SSHG Prompt Fest

February booklog

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:47 pm
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14. Promise of Shadows - Justina Ireland ) Very YA novel - there's some interesting bits, but it's not really the kind of book that works for adults, I don't think. You have to be about fifteen for this one.

15. Hild - Nicola Griffith ) I can see a lot of good things about this book, but ultimately it was just not what I wanted it to be. And I do think she gets religion wrong.

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and 18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling ) I was planning a whole series re-read, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep on with it - but there are still a lot of good things about this series.

17. Origin in Death - JD Robb ) Solid, as ever, and proper science fiction too.

19. Fashion in Action - John K Snyder III ) Really strange fashion-and-action-adventure, but this was a lot of fun. The 80s were really weird, sometimes.

20. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen ) Probably not one for readers who aren't already fans, but if you are, this goes from "huh, ok" to fascinating, and it's extremely readable.

21. Better and 22. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande ) Gawande is just great. I'm sorry there aren't more of these to read.

23. Life and Society in the Hittite World - Trevor Bryce ) This was harder work than I expected, and mostly interesting to me as a case study of how little it is possible to know about the past. But it's definitely left me thinking.

We Appologise for the Interuption...

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:00 pm
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... Normal service has been resumed.

Well, as close to normal as I get.

I have now completed my first month at my new job. And what an excellent month it has been. Tiring (I feel rather like I've been hit by a train most evenings), but excellent.

The work is interesting and varied, my colleagues are lovely, and now that I'm out of academia, I've rekindled my love of research. Plus, I actually have a lunch hour and, shock horror, set working hours. Incredible!

Working 9 to 5. Beats 7 to fuck knows when.

*insert witty Dolly the Sheep joke here*

Aside from work, I've had a rather fun-filled time of it. Highlights include:

- Meeting the lovely [personal profile] dickgloucester at the NHS march in London. Great atmosphere, great cause, and great company! What more could a girl wish for? It was wonderful to finally meet someone I've known online for such a long time - especially someone just as lovely, funny and interesting IRL as she is online!

- Seeing Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre, London. An utterly excellent musical with a simply incredible lead (Matt Henry). Fully deserving of its Olivier Award!

- Seeing Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. Oh My! This was something I saw by chance (a friend having managed to acquire some rather excellently positioned cheap tickets), and not something I would have chosen myself. But I am so very glad that I did see it! It was sublime. The acting, the singing, the choreography - all wonderful! And the set... *drools* I cannot recommend seeing this highly enough!

- Visiting a few old friends over in Cambridge. I've not seen the pair of them in almost a year, so it was lovely to catch up. We went to the zoo, where I got to feed an elephant, and then to the local theatre (saw a rather charming am-dram production of Ladies Day).

Exciting times.

That said, I'm looking forward to this weekend where I will do nothing. Zip. Nada.

And I'm going to love it!
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We've fixed CSV downloads for gift exchange sign-ups, corrected fandom counts in collections, and made a whole heap of behind-the-scenes changes, test improvements, and other minor fixes.


  • Coders: Ariana, Cesy, cosette, cyrilcee, David Stump (Littlelines), DNA, james_, potatoesque, redsummernight, Sammie Louise, Sarken, Scott, tickinginstant
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, bingeling, james_, Naomi, potatoesque, redsummernight, Sarken
  • Testers: Betsy, Lady Oscar, mumble, Rebecca Sentance, redsummernight, Runt, Sammie Louise

Special thanks to redsummernight, who has contributed their first pull request as an AD&T volunteer and completed their training!


Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • [AO3-4844] - We've started using the Devise gem to handle admin logins.
  • [AO3-4834] & [AO3-4835] - In our tag set code, we had two places where users would get a 500 error instead of the nicer, more specific message we meant to give them. Now they'll get a "What Tag Set did you want to look at?" error instead.
  • [AO3-4877] - Following a recent release, it was no longer possible to download gift exchange sign-up CSVs. We've fixed that, and we've also added some tests that will hopefully keep it from happening again.
  • [AO3-4808] - Editing a work and removing its fandom used to save the work, but return a 500 error, resulting in an invalid work and a confused user. Trying to save a work without a fandom will now not save the work and show the user an error message instead.
  • [AO3-4045] - If your chapter was over 500,000 characters long, you'd get an error message that included the oh-so-helpful suggestion, "Maybe you want to create a multi-chapered work?" Since you were already trying to do that, we removed that from the error message.
  • [AO3-2431] - A lot of collections were showing fandom counts that were higher than the actual number of fandoms in that collection. We realized that was because the code was also counting meta tags, so we made it stop doing that.
  • [AO3-4858] & [AO3-4922] - As detailed in Issues With Posting Works (And What We're Doing to Solve Them), we deployed some new caching code to help speed up work posting. Unfortunately, the code didn't work and we had to revert it.


  • [AO3-4883] - A security vulnerability was discovered for one of the gems we use, so we quickly updated to the patched version. (We only use the gem for our automated tests and don't believe we were at risk, but better safe than sorry!)
  • [AO3-4895] - The tool we use to check our code style and syntax was giving us suggestions that only worked in a newer version of the Ruby language than what we're currently using. We changed the tool's settings so it will only suggest things for the version of Ruby we're using.
  • [AO3-4780] & [AO3-4782] - We've added strong parameters to FAQ categories and invitation requests.
  • [AO3-4918] & [AO3-4920] - In order to deploy the caching changes for AO3-4858, we temporarily amended our deploy script so the deploy process would take less time, but require us to briefly put the Archive into maintenance mode. After we were done, we reverted those changes.
  • [AO3-4825] - We had some help files that were outdated and no longer in use, so we removed them.
  • [AO3-4851] & [AO3-4933] - We updated the database schema file in our repository, since recent changes to our database structure meant it was out of date.
  • [AO3-4443] - We've updated our version of Pry, a gem that provides a number of development tools.
  • [AO3-4856] - We had some unused code in the tag set nominations controller, so we deleted it.


  • [AO3-4830], [AO3-4897], [AO3-4908], [AO3-4901] - We've extended the automated tests for tag sets to cover more lines in the controller and more use cases. We've also reorganized the tests into smaller files in their own directory.
  • [AO3-4726] - We've brought test coverage of the comments controller up from 71% to almost 94%.
  • [AO3-4914] - We now have tests to cover all the types of tags you can use on a bookmark of an external work.
  • [AO3-4887] - We've begun improving the test coverage of the challenge assignments controller.
  • [AO3-4810] - Our test coverage for the prompts controller is now at 93%, which is much better than the 65% it started at.
  • [AO3-4889] - The series controller now has 96% of its lines covered by automated tests.
  • [AO3-4916] - We've added more tests for the external authors controller.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 01:05 pm
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Woo hoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The battle is not over but evil lost today.

Woo hoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Sarah/Katherine

Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries During the London BlitzMurder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries During the London Blitz by Molly Lefebure

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Molly Lefebure was a remarkable woman. I just wish she'd let it show.

I'm giving Murder on the Home Front four stars for its value as a primary source about living in London during World War II. Lefebure captures vividly what it felt like to go through the Blitz, and about the sheer hell of carrying on with daily life in a city that was being destroyed around your ears. She's an excellent, engaging writer with occasional startlingly poetic turns of phrase.

But her persona. Oh dear god I wanted to drown her in a bucket. She is chipper and cozy, and she presents herself as a person with barely two thoughts to scrape together in her head, which a glance at her biography shows is manifestly untrue. And while she's being chipper and cozy in the foreground, her job, as secretary to Keith Simpson, would be fascinating if she'd let us see it.

She is not a true crime writer. She doesn't have the knack (and there is definitely a knack to it), and her focus is always just slightly off-center--or, conversely, my focus is slightly off-center. Despite the fabulous opening line: The murdered baby had been found in a small suitcase.: this is much more about living in London during World War II and happening to have an unusual job, replete with "characters" to provide anecdotes, than it is about, say, the practice of forensic pathology between 1941 and 1946. It is very decidedly a memoir.

So, fascinating book, just not quite in the way I wanted it to be.

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Let the finger-pointing commence!

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My long weekend of Mass Effect got off to a bad start when, after spending the morning waiting for the courier, I discovered the PC version I had preordered was a box with a download code inside it >:-( Apparently the store hadn't realised till the stock arrived, but I was pretty pissed off. If I’d known I was going to have to use half my internet allowance downloading it anyway, I would have got it straight off Origin …

Also my poor computer can barely run it, so I’m playing on lowest graphic quality. I always thought it would be the battles that would suffer the most from not meeting spec, but actually it’s the Nexus my computer has the most trouble with.

I may have gone and ordered a new CPU.

Read more... )

Systems crash update.

Mar. 24th, 2017 07:37 pm
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  Got the laptop back, but as things stand I have lost everything I had saved. 

  Vids are the most painful right now, as there a great many I know are no longer on You Tube; the ones I had transferred to my hard drive just prior to the crash; for safe-keeping *pause for ironic contemplation* are the hardest to take. 

  It's the stories I was working on and the ones I had saved, which may or may not still be there,; still can't figure out how to use the wayback machine (all I seem to be able to get are page links that don't actually go anywhere; which why bother saving them?), the loss of which hasn't hit me yet. 

 It's the feeling nothing that bothers me, or should. I'm not feeling anything. It feels as if I don't care, which is obviously a fallacy or I wouldn't be posting about it. 


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Mar. 24th, 2017 07:28 pm
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you know what I don't get about complaints of immigrants coming here for free healthcare?
people just say that and expect you to be annoyed
that people who are ill are being made healthy.

I mean, if they had to travel from another continent to get healthcare, they were probably in real need of healthcare.

Making people healthy is a good thing.

Yes I realise the part of the problem not stated is the long term underfunding of the NHS and the ongoing lack of resources and staff shortages
but without immigrants the whole thing would have ground to a halt long since
in no small part because of education policy over about a generation
and NHS funding is only one corner on a complex interlock of NHS, social care, and actually helping people enough they can get on with their lives and keep the money going round and round
and we really need to start talking structural stuff and numbers and proportions.

But no.

The root complaint is always, they come here and get well.

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Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.

Food Friday: unplanned bento

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Other things got in the way of the usual grocery-shopping process, so we sort of did it on guesswork this week. That turned into all the steamed veggies, all the time. The volume was big enough that it was Laptop Lunches or nothing.

Pic and bonus recipe: Chicken Pepperoni Bake )


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