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So it turns out in the eighth Temeraire book, the hero gets amnesia February 28, 2019

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and of course he remembers his life right up to the start of the first book, but nothing from afterward, and it’s the greatest thing ever.

The rest of the characters have been cautioned not to tell him about anything that might give him a “shock.” Let’s see how well that goes.

Temeraire: Back away from this human, he’s my captain!

Laurence: what

Temeraire: And also, an adopted Prince of China!

Laurence: whAT

Temeraire: Laurence, I’m really sorry that I didn’t precipitate a major international conflict to rescue you sooner, please don’t be mad

Laurence: um???

Granby: Oh dear, now you have to re-learn that we have women serving as officers, including this teenage girl in your crew

Laurence: whomst

Granby: Also, these two African kids, whom you took on after…uhhhh…let’s not talk about the thing in Africa. Or the thing with the Inca Empire. Or your current rank and status with the military.

Laurence: uh

Admiral Roland (in a letter): you’re doing great, sweetie <3

Laurence: UHHH

Temeraire: No, of course you aren’t married, and that teenage girl is not your secret daughter!

Laurence: oh thank god

Temeraire: After all, you’ve only been getting it on with her mom for five years, and when you did propose, you got turned down

Laurence: WHAT

Temeraire: It’s fine, she probably wouldn’t want to move to Australia anyway

Laurence: wha

Temeraire: you know, the place we got exiled to? after the whole treason thing?

Laurence: W T ACTUAL F

Granby’s secret boyfriend: …yes…I’ve been awkward around you because of the…treason…definitely not any other sensitive personal info you might remember learning about at any moment

Laurence: ffffffff–

Temeraire: oh no, now you hate me, and you don’t even know the worst of it, which is that…because of me…you lost ten thousand pounds

Laurence: …and?

Temeraire: Uh. Apparently you forgot this too?? Ten thousand pounds is a lot of money



Book giveaway? Book giveaway! March 23, 2018

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Same deal as the previous post — comment if you want anything, cover the cost of shipping, and it’s yours!

Everything is paperback, and in nice condition, unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or want a photo of something specific, just ask. I’m not planning to leave this open for long (no later than March 31) before passing on everything that hasn’t been asked about, so make it fast.

And please share this post around for other people who might be interested!

Neil Gaiman

Mirrormask (w/Dave McKean) (hardcover)
Black Orchid, volumes 1-3 (w/Dave McKean)
Sandman: The Dream Hunters (w/Yoshitaka Amano)
Creatures of the Night (w/Michael Zulli) (hardcover)

Kendra L. Saunders

The Unlove Spell
Dating an Alien Popstar
Inanimate Objects

How to Draw Manga

From the (translated) Japanese series, don’t worry. Lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

Misc. Fiction

Misery – Stephen King (well-loved)
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green (ditto)
The Skies of Pern – Anne McCaffrey

Misc. Nonfiction

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
The Psychology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained – DK (hardcover)
Alex & Eliza: A Love Story – Melissa de la Cruz (hardcover)

Misc. Comics

Steven Universe – Volume 1
Steven Universe – Too Cool For School
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 1-4
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 5-8
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall


Old stuff: math teachings from 1917, scandalous pop songs from 1909, cat video from 1903 February 8, 2016

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In reverse chronological order!

Books are Weapons in the War on Ideas: the librarians who worked with the army in WWI and WWII.

“…contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917.” Historical penmanship and out-of-date multiplication methods ahoy!

“It may seem like a Halloween hoax fit for the eerie October holiday. But officials from the MBTA say the discovery of two tattered rags affixed to strange masks at Government Center Station is all too real.

How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever.” (Excerpts: “It was used in advertisements for everything from Broadway musicals to pretzels. It was translated by newspapers into Esperanto (“Ho! Vi kaprido!”). It was bellowed by a lovelorn Philadelphian as he leaped from a bridge into the Schuylkill River, attempting suicide. It brought scandal to a church in Geneva, Ill., when a prankster altered the hymnal, adding the line “but, oh, you kid!” to the lyrics of the devotional “I Love My God.””)

Millennial in China taking an excited photo with a bowl of rice. And by “millennial” I mean “circa 1900-1904.” Next time you hear someone complaining about Kids These Days sharing photos of their lunches on Instagram, you can bring up this hard evidence that the generation from a hundred years ago would have done the exact same thing.

The first close-up shot in recorded film was from 1903’s “The Sick Kitten”. In other words, humans have been making cat videos literally for as long as it as been possible to do so.

Check out these 19th-century warnings about that most morally-degrading of modern habits. It leads to crime, mental anguish, weakening intelligence, and corruption among the children! Clearly, respectable people should have nothing to do with…novel-reading.

Science & technology: the cool, the useful, and the awesome November 13, 2012

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A brief history of the Digital Public Library of America project, including its growth out of the fears and flaws involved in Google Books.

Falsehoods programmers believe about time, which can screw up your programs in new and exciting ways.

What motivates humans to do more, better work? Money? Only up to a point. Once you’re making enough to live on, earning more can actually drag your performance down. Feeling that you’re mastering new skills and doing meaningful work is much more important.

Case in point: “What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware.

Straightforward study on gender bias among scientists: “On a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being highest, professors gave John an average score of 4 for competence and Jennifer 3.3. John was also seen more favorably as someone they might hire for their laboratories or would be willing to mentor. The average starting salary offered to Jennifer was $26,508. To John it was $30,328.” On the plus side, the Onion sheds light on a foolproof way for women to achieve equal pay

Cecelia Payne: the astronomer who figured out that the Sun is mostly hydrogen (as opposed to the conventional wisdom of her time, “made up of basically the same stuff as Earth”), after discovering the whole process of reading stars’ compositions from studying their spectral lines. Born in 1900. Did all this work as part of her Ph.D., earned in 1925. Served at Harvard in the functional capacity of a professor, even though she wasn’t formally recognized as such until 1956.

Look at your planet. Now back to me. This planet is now diamonds. (55 Cancri e is about twice the diameter (?) of Earth, eight times the mass, with 18-hour years and a composition of approximately 1/3 pure diamond.)

I’m down with the Dalai Lama on this one. September 21, 2012

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An apparently-authentic scrap of papyrus from the fourth century has Jesus referring to “my wife”. Trust Slacktivist to give an interesting breakdown of what that could mean.

End-of-the-world believers: “I got to know a dozen or so believers prior to the scheduled apocalypse….Then, after Jesus was a no-show, I stayed in contact with them—the ones who would talk to me, anyway—over the following days and months, checking back in to see how or if their thinking had changed.”

A history of how people interpreted Christ’s “descent” (these days “descent into Hell”) in the days before the modern concept of Hell had come together.

When Jesus saw this he grew angry, ‘Why did you wreck my roof? Do you have any idea how much that cost to install? Do you know how many tables and chairs I had to make in my carpentry shop to pay for that roof? The reeds alone cost five talents. I had them carted in from Bethany.'”

Old news but good news: “Though the matter won’t be fully resolved until an inevitable Supreme Court case, for now, a federal appeals court this morning ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.” Plus: The first gay wedding on a military base. Awwwwwww. (Bonus: they met through a homophobic church, and started flirting after a fellowship retreat :D)

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.” –The Dalai Lama

Link roundup, on books and other things for reading July 16, 2012

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“When I asked him about it, he confirmed that, no, the museum didn’t print them. Because it couldn’t afford to. The Cartoon Art Museum is on such a tight budget that it can’t afford the cost of mounting a half-dozen extra labels on foamcore down at the copy shop.

Fifty Shades of Grey and a history of publishing, including fandom’s interactions therewith. Read all the links for extra detail. There’s commentary on FFA as well. (And, wait — from not too long ago — “the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks“? What? Just…what?)

“The Nook edition of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (in its English translation) has been de-Kindled, quite literally.

Century-old mummified frozen lobotomized corpses: the setup for a confusing question of copyright law, obviously.

Cache of five hundred preserved but previously unknown fairy tales discovered in a German archive. Archivists are awesome.

“In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or “electric telescopes,” as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files.” With associated video. If you want Internet in your steampunk setting, this would be the thing to base it on.

Book selling April 7, 2011

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Anyone have recommendations for good sites where you can sell used books? (And hopefully DVDs, CDs, etcetera.) I have some things in good condition that I’d like to unload, but the posting fees on Amazon and eBay would eat up the profits.

Cue the opening chords of “Happy Working Song” here August 17, 2010

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My entire preparation-for-moving room-cleaning-out everything-must-get-dug-out-and-boxed-up process can be distilled as follows:

1. Why do I even have that?
2. But it’s so pretty…
3. (repeat ad nauseum)

(No, that isn’t the end of the post. I have more thoughts anyway.)

~Anybody have ideas for who would be interested in a (mostly-)complete collection of Time magazine going back several years? My library’s said they would just recycle them. I object.

~The sheer amount of dust on my display shelf (it wraps around three walls of the room, about a foot from the ceiling) boggles the mind. It coats everything; it wafts off in drifts. My Sailor Mercury doll came away with two-toned hair, blue at the bottom, grey at the top.

~I’ve added a few more books to the big list of giveaways. New section is at the bottom. As before, if you’ll pay for shipping, they’re all yours.

~A box under my bed contained several Very Important Folders…of college admissions paperwork. It’s not the last untouched-for-years box I have to sort through. I predict the recycling is going to be overflowing this week.

~I sure hope this all fits in the truck.

Books! (Limited time offer; act now!) August 14, 2010

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Final ETA: Claiming is now closed.

I’m in the process of clearing out my room (in preparation for Actually Moving, for the first time since I was three, to an Actual Apartment), and have a whole bunch of books to get rid of. So I’m offering them up, for the low, low price of…basically, if you’re willing to pay postage, they’re yours.

Claiming is first-come, first-serve. Condition ranges from “new” to “relatively good”; if you want details, just ask. Anything that hasn’t been snagged after a week will be hauled off to the library or The Book Thing, depending on where I feel like driving that day.

Leave a comment here or shoot me an email to stake your claim. (You’ll probably be emailing me at some point anyway, as I’ll need an address.)

The list:


Boxing Day roundup December 26, 2009

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Happy Boxing Day, everyone! Hope you all got good presents (for those who celebrate) and/or great bargains (for those who don’t).

Since I just finished copying my backed-up entries from [defunct journaling site] GreatestJournal into [shiny shiny] Dreamwidth, including two years’ worth of link roundups, here, have a quick rundown of the highlights.

Failed Attempt At Hyperbole Yields Dead-On Statistic. Mm, Onion-y.

An exhibition of itty-bitty books. Teeny tiny half-inch books printed in 2-point type! They’re like gems. *_*

And speaking of eensy gems: six-word stories.

A comic book that involves John Kerry in Vietnam…fighting Dracula. And hey, there are really cheap copies on Amazon! Political RPF meets vampires? I know the first thing I’m buying with my Christmas money.

Scientific American introduces a line of fragrances inspired by famous scientists. Geek on.

A dress made entirely of chocolate. Om nom nom.