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1. What is your least favorite part of Spring?
Changing time zone

2. What is your most favorite part of Spring?
When it is bright and clear and just a hint of cold and smells green and shiny. (which is more days than stereotypes of British weather would have you believe)

3. What is the latest good book you've read?
I'm reading "that ain't witchcraft" by seanan mcgire, which is naturally very good. I recently enjoyed the Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances White

4. What are your plans for this weekend?
Wine tasting Sunday, otherwise sleep and catching up on house stuff.

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
As much wood as woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

(wtf is a woodchuck?)
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1. Have you ever made corned beef and cabbage?
No, I prefer not to cook with meat.
2. Will you be tipping back a decent pint of Guinness this weekend?
No, Guiness is nasty, and I'm not Irish and don't have any Irish connection.
3. Do you own an Irish wool sweater?
4. Have you ever ‘met’ the Tart with a cart (i.e. have you been to Dublin)?
Lawks do Americans say that? (no I haven't)
5. Do you know what tractors, submarines and ejector seat all have in common?
No, sounds interesting though
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1. Are we losing the art of listening?
Doubt it. We seem to listen ;as much as ever.

2. Have you ever interacted with the police?
A bit, when we were burgled.

3. Do you like being alone?
Yes, I like being alone a lot but I do also like seeing people and would not like to be alone always.

4. Who would you share your passwords with?
No one. I mean we have some that our 'ours' like the ocado account, and some that are almost 'public' (like the wifi, anyone in our house can have the wifi p/w, it's on the notice board). And at work there are shared role p/ws for lots of things. But my personal passwords are mine, and the things behind them are private, maybe private to someone else who trusted me with their confidence. If I come to you as a trusted friend and tell you deeply personal things then I do not expect you to turn around and tell anyone else, even your spouse (and if you were a trusted professional, eg therapist, solicitor, minister of religion... I would expect doing so we be a crime) and juust because I often tell the whole of facebook doesn't mean I never care.

5. What are you grateful for today?
I am grateful for modern medicine, which is inadequate but a lot better than nothing; and I am grateful that what I am good at is well paid so I can have nice things.
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It is 'roses are red' season... someyears ago I saw one that was 'violets are *violet* but we didn't used to have that word' but I can't find it again... anyone know where I might find it?
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1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?

Yes, although I'm only responsible for 2-3 dinners. I plan them, my lunches, and my breakfasts and snacks.

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?

sort of, it's not in one list form - recipies and my 'I always get...' list in my head

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?

Fresh fruit, I'll get what's available

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?

I do this when I am *in the house* shopping. At the moment it is lentils, it has been pasta, and toilet roll.

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?

Yes, almost all of my groceries are delivered.

friday 5

Feb. 8th, 2019 05:11 pm
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1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed?


2. How many pillows do you sleep with?soft

2 (each, so 4 on the bed). Both big and soft.

3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you?

No, I haven't tried on.

4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals?

I have a huge collection... firefox and blue bunny tend to sleep with me.

5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep?

Oh god no. I've experimented with 'white noise' and I mostly dislike it, although it can be better than other sounds; my preference is for total silence.
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1. What are your feelings about winter?

ccccold. I quite like sunny cold days, but I don't like wet miserable days.

2. What is your go-to drink in the winter? (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Same as all the year, tea and coffee (black none) although hot chocolate is the ice cream of winter.

3. What are your favorite things about the winter?

Cold clear shiny days with pretty frost, and snow (lol as if).

4. How do you deal with the wintry blues?

Don't get them really, fortunate me.

5. What are your least favorite things about the winter?

Getting up in the dark. Hateses it so much, and nasty late people are trying to make it cycling to work in the dark. Sure evening light is nice, but there is a limited amount of light, and dark getting up i s much worse than dark going home (which I do 11 months of the year anyway).
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oh look a lemming...

1. Have you ever experienced a hurricane firsthand?

There was a nasty storm in, er, 87? I remember tiles falling off the roof. But no, no real hurricanes, because yay for England.

2. Have you ever experienced outside heat over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celcius)?

Yes, in Dendera, Egypt, it allegedly hit 50 in the sun. Hot, but dry. I was more uncomfortable in the overaircon'd hotel room. I like hot.

3. When and where was the coldest temperature you have ever experienced?

No idea. It'd be in the UK probably, I have never taken winter holidays, freezing bit not much colder.

4. Is your household prepared for a possible power outage of two to seven days?

If was Just Us we have money (and insurance) and would decamp to a hotel... if it was everyone, well, no not really. Our heating and cooking is gas, but there's probably a lot of electrcity in the system. I do have a camping stove and camping gear rated below zero, I don't think we'd die of cold, although we'd run out of food pretty quick (I am *stockpilling* lentils, yes yes, not failing at stock control)

5. Do you have a go bag?

No, the things I'd put in it I use too often. I know what I'd grab (passport, chargers, firefox, a few clothes) and where they and my bags are. If I had to evac though I have the bigger issue of 'at 10mph, onna bike' is not maybe the best plan (and flooding, the most likely risk) would likely block many routes out of the city). My phone, ebook, bank cards, and some cash are generally with me.
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went to Worldcon. Very good. Bought too many ebooks.... oops. Then had a week in Helsinki (so as not to be missing the con to do tourism). Sow all the things. Zoo has red pandas, so cute. Went on rollercasters.

21.A favourite song with a person's name in the title

I am maybe a bad person, and this is probably number 2 on my list of things not to sing at work (maybeu don't click at work). But it's a song I've liked even before it was a whole song.

(Springtime for Hitler)
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20.A song that has many meanings for you

I'm totally blocked on this. I'm not sure any songs have 'many meanings' to me really.
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19.A song that makes you think about life

god, what? no I don't think about music that much. So have this, it's almost philosophical.

The universe (or galaxy) song, Monty Python
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18.A song from the year you were born

I had to look this up...

(Men at work - down under)
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17.A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke

Oh. Um. Hard. I don't karaoke that often. I think my favourite Singstar track is this:

(Bohemian Rhapsody)
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16.One of your favourite classical songs

To stretch 'classical' rather a lot...

oh fortuna, Orf
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15.A song that is a cover by another artist

oh, I know one for this!

Chis Hadfield sings space oddity.
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14.A song that you would love played at your wedding

Well, I decided that Castemere was inauspicious...

I rather like this for an entry.although it's rather long, I think I'd have to extract the theme.

(entry of the gods into valhalla, das rheingold WagnerL)
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13.One of your favourite 70's songs

I don't really have one... wikipedia claims this is c. 1570 and will do :-p

(Spem in alium)
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12.A song from your pre-teen years

strong memories of primary school discos... yes I know it is awful.
(Blobby song)
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11.A song that you never get tired of

So many. I nearly went with a Rick Roll. This one I thought about putting for Wedding but no.. that wouldn't bu a great choice really.

I do so hope he plays 'The Rains of Castamere.' It's been an hour, I've forgotten how it goes.[

(Rains of Castamere)
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10.A song that makes you sad

oh so many, but I'll pick this one
(Empty chairs at empty tables)
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9.A song that makes you happy

hard. I don't think songs make make me happy, there are songs for when happy but that's not the same. Anyway this is quite cheering
(modern major general)
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8.A song about drugs or alcohol

I thought about Madeira, but it's very... not good. So here's one I like, but it's not especially something I had an immediate answer to.
(Hotel California)
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7.A song to drive to


this song chosen for 2 reasons which are left as an exercise for the reader

(Queen, bicycle race)
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6.A song that makes you want to dance

This is my favourite dance, so I always want to dance to it

as a song

video of the dance (although they do Mairi's Divorce as almost everyone does and omit the common flourishes, I couldn't find anything much better in a quick search, Mairi's Hangover is also a fun dance although apparently there are no videos on youtube, it's extended for 4 couples and the double reels of 4 are... hard to get right):

(Mairi's wedding)
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5.A song that needs to be played LOUD

oh, this is hard... I think I'll go for this one, although I tend to play most things at the same volume really.

(Seanan McGuire, Wicked Girls; the video is good)
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4.A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about

Hard, I'm not sure any songs really remind me of people at all, but this reminds me of interminable hours spent in a church I didn't want to be in. And we did it at just as this recording... at interminable length. I suspect it is meant to be meditative but... I was never fond of church but getting a priest who had defected from Dad's CofE church because GIRL COOTIES was not exactly the high point. Fortunately my 'church sucks' anecdotes are limited to boredom and disagreement rather than anything worse.

(Crucem Tuam, Taize)
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3.A song that reminds you of summer

hmmmmm summer for me starts with reenactment, and we like to sing things. I could pick something reenactor-y but the song I most associate with summer camping in the 16th century is this one:

(it's not irrelevant it's a hippopotamus)
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2.A song you like with a number in the title

Not really a 'song' but I couldn't think of one and this has CANNON

(1812 overture)

I'm off to kw for the weekend so I'll return to this Monday.
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Right, Imma try this music meme thing.

1.A song you like with a colour in the title

this took some thinking and didn't immediately spring to mind, but this sort of silly song is exactly my thing.

(One Eyed one Horned Flying Purple People Eater )

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meme, because memes are fun.

1. How do you like your coffee?
Filter, black, no sugar. I will drink Americano if there is no filter, and sometimes Espresso. And wait for the water to be not-quite boiling before making, or it burns.

2. How do you like your tea?
Black, no sugar. Earl Grey or Lapsang for preference, although I drink any kind of tea. Boiling hot water, or it's less good.

3. What's your favourite late night beverage?
Gin. Or hotchocolate, but I'm very picky about chocolate - really good chocolate (I like Hotel Chocolat best) and only milk, no water, and I prefer to use a pan, although ugh, washing up

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot (of course it is hot, what is this heretical cold tea???)

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
Something a stupid colour with a cocktail umbrella.
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I read stuff...

Once Broken Faith - yep, another Toby Daye book. More of the same, yaaaaaay!

Fix - the end of the 'mancer series. I liked the ending, which nicely concluded the story imo.

A Face Like Glass - weird, but good. I think "weird but good" might be what Hardinge *does*

The Other Half of the Sky - I have been reading this collection for *ages*, because turns out I don't really like collections of unconnected short stories. Too much attention hopping! Give me a nice multi-volume epic.


Americahna - being that this is not SFF it is not "what I usually read". So far I'm liking it though, I guess I should read more different things more often.


Sep. 9th, 2016 01:00 pm
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I thought this was an interesting idea, but rather drawn out. Post-scarcity economics and how to get there from here and why that it mostly a political/social problem rather than a technological one.

Obelisk Gate (book #2 in the trilogy that began with the Fifth Season). I very much liked this, but don't start here.

The Levee was Dry. short story by Seanan McGuire. I thought this one was less interesting than previous, although still good. Unconnected to her ongoing sagas, possibly not available except via her Patreon.

Once Broken Faith. Seanan's latest Toby Daye novel. Gloriously the UK ebook is available already! so far so good.

To Read:
Fix. The finale to Ferrett Steinmetz's trilogy. DRM free ebook available direct from the publisher, no issue with international orders (HURRAH!). Looking forward to reading it.
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Read: I read some Seanan short fiction: Threnody for for Little Girl, With Tuna, at the End of the World - which is just so perfectly sad, and In Little Stars - which was a reasonably addition to the Toby Daye universe. Both are from her Patreon, I don't know if/when there will be general availability

Reading: Trekonomics. Because I'm a GIANT NERD... and I'm not ashamed. Economics requires fewer currently utterly impossible things than physics, and this seems to largely be an optimistic book about how post-scarcity economics could be really good because humans are basically decent people. I've not finished reading it yet.
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Read: Necessity. This is an excellent conclusion to the series. Which as a whole is very well written and not at all the sort of thing I've read before, which is nice.

Reading: well, I did *just* finish it. I have some Seanan stories she wrote for her Patreon to read, and then I'm sure I'll find something in the giant pile of unread books.
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Read: a pile of Seanan short fiction; now read all the free stuff from her website.

Reading: Necessity (Thessaly #3) by Jo Walton. Just started, so no real opinion yet.
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Oops, missed a week.

Read: More Seanan shorts. Now I've read all the free Incryptid shorts.

Reading: the Long Cosmos by Baxter and Prattchet. Turns out they wrote these much faster than they could publish, and this was really co-written with PTerry not just following on from a joint idea. So it is, I guess, his last book. Sadness. So far, so good, a lot of the same as the other Long Earth books. Don't start here.
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Liv found a meme, it's been ages since I perpetrated this kind of meme...

meme )
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Read: more shorts by Seanan McGuire

Reading: yet more of same.

These stories are entertaining background to the novels, but probably of little interest to people who aren't already fans.
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league of dragons. I thought this was quite a nice end to the story, but don't start here. No more dragon stories :(

rise, Mira Grant. Shorts from the newsflesh world, 2 of which are new. If you liked the novels and want MOAR you will want to read this. Contains spoilers for the novels, not a good place to start.

shorts by Seanan McGuire - star of new mexico (oops, out of order), one hell of a ride, no place like home. These are free on her website, fitting in with the incryptid novels. I'm enjoying them. HAIL.

reading: more shorts...
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Read: Children of Earth and Sky, GGK. I liked this, Sarantium has fallen to the Asharites, but this book is more about trade and intrigue than fighting.

Reading: League of Dragons, Novik. The final Temeraire :(
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Every Heart a Doorway , Seanan McGuire
A story about portal fantasies and how it feels to come back from one , good as ever.

Children of Earth and Sky , Guy Gavriel Kay
In the same world as Sailing to Sarantium , which has fallen to the Asherites. So far quite good.

This post brought to you with the help of dasher . Steep learning curve but helpful
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N K Jemisin - the Fifth Season. I liked this, but not as much as Uprooted. Suffers from being 1/3 which means I have to waaaaaait for the end.

From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review (Memoir by Lady Trent, #4.5) - short story. Cute, but wouldn't make sense without having read the novels I think.

Stage of Fools (Seanan McGuire) - short story, Tybalt focused. mmmmm puss cat.


Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire).
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oops, missed a few there. lots of books then!

miss Peregrine #3. I thought this was a good end to the trilogy, and it *is* an ending, so you needn't fear starting it and getting trapped in "waiting for the next book" hell.

Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen (Anne O'Brien). This is a novel about Anne Neville, I have read (I think) 3 novels and 1 not-novel featuring her heavily, so I think the subtitle is entirely untrue (many other Queens get less; quick, what can you tell me about Isabella of Angouleme?). I like O'Brien's style and I think I shall be reading more of her work.

The Raven and the Reindeer (Kingfisher, T.). This is a brilliant retelling of the Snow Queen story. I'm quite fond of fairy tales retold anyway, so this was clearly right up my street. Very good. Quite short.

Only Ever Yours (Louise O'Neil). This is rather like the Handmaid's Tale, but YA. It comes with a serious Content Note for disordered eating (of all sorts) and body shaming and implied sexual assault. And it's a really nasty distopia, and not really a pleasant read. I found it oddly compelling.

Lady Trent #4. Our Heroine sets out to do MORE SCIENCE, in a new part of the world. Adventure, mild peril, lady scientist... DRAGONS. Seriously, what is not to like? (waiting for #5 is what is not to like).

Well, I was going to read Children of Earth and Sky (Kay) but the Hugo packet came out and reminded me to read TH Fifth Season (Jemisin), so I shall do that.
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Tales of Arilland and Trix and the Fairy Queen by Alethea Kontis. Tales of Arilland is shorts, and entertaining. Trix and the Fairy Queen is better. In any case these continue on from the previous novels.

Mrs Peregrine books 1 and 2, by Ransom Riggs. I enjoyed these, much darker than your usual 'boy finds out he is magical' sort of a book.

Mrs Peregrine book 3

also I am listening to Ancillary Justice, which mostly means I'm discovering I was saying it all wrong.
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Cut. Which is a very graphic memoir, and not at all an easy read. Hibo Wardere is now an anti-FGM activist, I hope she (and others doing the same work) succeed, I'm not sure how I can help.

Trixter, Dearest, and Messenger by Alethea Kontis. Continuing the series that began with Enchanted. These are enjoyably fairy-tale stories. (Trixter is more of a novella, and Messenger is a deleted-chapter from Dearest and barely a short story)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I've seen this recommended all over the place, so far I'm finding it fairly interesting.

forgot about previously:
while I was walking a very long way I listened to the audio book of House of Shattered Wings by Alliete de Bodard. Which I found interesting but not as good as some of her other stuff.
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read: collapse (Diamond). Interesting case studies but very repetitive analysis imo

Reading: Cut ( This is not a pleasant read.
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still Collapse. er, or more accurately 'plants vs zombies'...
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Reading: Still Collapse, it's long and not as gripping as fast-paced urban fantasy... but still interesting
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Read: Chimera. The end of Parasitology. I do not like these as much as I like Seanan's non-horror stuff or as much as I liked the zombie stuff. But I liked it enough to know the end, which, er, is not actually a high bar, I am a completest by nature.

Reading: Collapse. Diamond. So far, so interesting.

To read: I got the raven/reindeer book ya'll rave about so much.

Programming note:

My little finger on my right hand has had pins-and-needles for well over a week. Typing is hard. So sorry, not posting stuff. I hope this is rsi and will go away with less typing/mousing. But maybe it isn't? should I be seeing a doctor el-pronto? Very annoying anyway. Left handed mousing is also, I wish to report, much harder than I expected it would be (I'm generally ambi- if I practice enough).


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