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incidents and accidents, hints and allegations


Elementary 3x04, "Bella"
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kate_nepveu
spoilers know the Turing Test is misrepresentedCollapse )

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Elementary catchup
expectant turtle
kate_nepveu
I'd watched the first half of last season more-or-less in real time and as a result have forgotten most of it that wasn't carried through the back half. I caught up with the rest mostly by just listening while stitching, since S3 has started, and now I'm actually, shockingly, up-to-date on that as well.

indiscriminate spoilers for S2Collapse )

and now for S3Collapse )

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(ending real soon) two free ebooks from The League of Arabic SciFiers, aka Yatakhayaloon
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kate_nepveu
Reviews and links over at Sindbad Sci-Fi. This expires at 11:59 p.m. today but I'm not clear on time zones. Change the links to .com or .ca as appropriate.

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all the #WOCCheckingOut links
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kate_nepveu
Sorry about the links being universally Twitter redirects, I didn't save them at the time and Tumblr won't auto-expand them to copy, rather than to hover.

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Bonus: inspirational words from a great white shark: http://t.co/kCcnxwlEoD

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#WOCCheckingOut
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kate_nepveu
Through 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night, I will be posting cute animals hourly at [twitter.com profile] katenepveu for #WOCCheckingOut (yay, scheduled tweets). So, especially women of color in SFF, if now is a good time for you to check out of the Internet, there's something for you to look at instead. Follow/mute/whatever as appropriate. Thanks to [personal profile] jhameia for the idea and hashtag.

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hey SF writers
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Chad is putting together a grant proposal to hold a science workshop for SF writers to learn about quantum mechanics, along the lines of the Launch Pad astronomy workshop—housing and food included, and some travel support too. If that sounds something at all of interest to you, please fill out his survey so he can prove to the grant committee that such a workshop would actually get used? Thanks!

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Interstellar
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I deliberately avoided finding out much about Interstellar because a while ago I suggested to Chad that we get a babysitter and go see it, as a much-needed break. Here's my verdict.

It's science fiction that's worth seeing if (a) you want to be up on the state of the genre; (b) you like Nolan's visuals and/or space; (c) you really really like sarcastic robots or Jessica Chastain's face, which are small but notable parts of the movie; or (d) you have a high tolerance for at least one plot hole you could drive a truck through and what I am too tired to find a tactful way to call something other than mystical twaddle. (Chad's term, not mine, though he liked it better than I did.) Also a lot of time, because holy fuck, it's long.

so, so many SPOILERSCollapse )

Trailers:

Selma (IMDB). I have literally no idea if this is a good trailer because almost the moment it started I was digging my nails into my hands to keep from bursting into tears out of all the present-day resonances. At least it's being made by Oprah Winfrey's company, i.e., not by white people.

The Gambler (IMDB). I have insufficient space to describe the ways in which this is repellent to me.

Chappie (IMDB). The robot's body language is too obviously a human in a suit, and it just doesn't look fresh, which is a disappointment from the District 9 director.

Furious 7 (IMDB). You should watch this trailer, because it has an objectively ridiculous but really fun heist in the first half and a shot that is a literal row of pretty brown people.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (IMDB). If you care about this, you've already seen it and my feelings about it.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (IMDB). WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG. (Also, please tell me that subtitle doesn't mean it's the start of a series.)

Mockingjay - Part 1 (IMDB). I love you, Katniss! Which makes me very afraid for this movie, but I'll see it anyway.

(I think that's all. I didn't take notes but I went forward through the IMDB's forthcoming pages looking for things I recognized. It was also a lot of trailers.)

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cross-stitching 101
stitching, blackwork
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Revised from a comment I posted a while ago (in the last thread on the first page of comments here), prompted by tomorrow's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell post (no, really! Cross-stitching, slash, and a man wearing a ship on his head, all coming to a Tor.com near you.). Someone asked if I'd taught myself to cross-stitch, and I said I had when I was a kid: "Pretty much your threshold for 'looks good!' is 'all stitches go in the same direction' and 'no big lumpy knots on the back,' so it's pretty simple. => There are bunches of tips for making it look _great_ to close inspection, but start with the basics and see if you like it."

Here are the basics that I came up with on the fly, slightly cleaned up.Collapse )

Questions? Disagreements? Demand for a 201+ discussion? (I was planning to save that until my next finish, or at least until I need advice on it, honestly, but we can set up a dedicated comment thread here if you all want.)

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pop culture memories, happy and sad
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kate_nepveu
Very sorry to hear that Tom Magliozzi, the one who laughed all the time on Car Talk, has died. I have actually three different pretty strong associations with Car Talk, which is impressive considering that I've never done anything more with a car than add windshield wiper fluid. First, the two years in New Haven when Chad was doing a post-doc and I was in law school; NPR was his alarm clock station and whichever morning Car Talk was on, was timed perfectly for lazy weekend waking-up. (Especially as they've moved into re-runs, the show's occasional but very tired sexism has become more grating to me, so it's weird to have my principal association be soft-focus romantic contentment.) Second, around about SteelyKid's birth I went back to listening to the show, this time as a podcast, and blitzed my way through quite the backlog up in the nursery with her (this association is less strong because I was so out of it during that time). And third, continuing up to the present day, I start my week with Click and Clack: the podcast is released over the weekend, and I default to listening to it on Monday's commute to and from work. In fact, I did that today, but I came home early (more on that in a moment) and had already finished it when I heard the news.

I have spent literally hundreds of hours listening to these guys. I knew what I was hearing was exaggerated personas, but I still enjoyed their company. And hey, their show taught me enough that I knew to take my car in for service for what turned out to be a bad wheel bearing, before the wheel actually fell off: so it was useful too.

The reason I was coming home early is SteelyKid had a tooth out today (she's fine) and Chad had class. But irresponsible though it would have been, I would have been not-so-secretly happy to stay home with her the whole day, because we realized a little bit ago this was the perfect opportunity to show her The Princess Bride for the first time—it's too scary for the Pip—and it was done by the time I got home. I asked her about it after the bleeding stopped and her mood improved (both of which happened at the same time, almost like flipping a switch; it was incredibly bizarre though of course welcome), and we agreed that Wesley's head flopping around on the castle wall was very funny, as was when the Prince got tied up; she also liked Fezzik and the horses, and "the ninja" (the Man in Black) fighting, but thought the Machine was too loud, especially when it went to 50. Chad tells me that Fred Savage's character was a note-perfect stand-in for her, not that this was a surprise; and that she spotted the Man in Black as a good guy right away, which is interesting. I'm sorry I didn't get to see her face—I'm calling dibs on showing it to the Pip now, though we'll have to do it solo so SteelyKid doesn't spoil it all for him—but now I'm flashing back to countless weekends watching it on UHF in my childhood, and feeling warm and fuzzy that I've passed along something so great to her. (Also feeling like a rewatch is due; I know what I'm putting on during stitching the next couple of sessions.)

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Yuletide beta offer
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kate_nepveu
Over at yuletide, I went and set up a post for beta readers—using a Google Docs form and spreadsheet—so if you'd like to beta the rare fandom of your heart, check it out.

I've offered a short-ish list of fandoms to the general comm, which is below, but would be willing to beta a wider range of stuff for people I know, as always; please ask (comments are screened).

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my opinions about Marvel movie stuff
Captain America, Avengers, Captain America (shield)
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The additional Ultron footage officially released last night: only about this, not future moviesCollapse )

The Phase-whatever title reveals: spoilers if you've managed to avoid pop-culture headlines in the last dayCollapse )

The leaked Ultron footage with Steve and Tony talking: further discussion of title reveals, speculation on footageCollapse )

Also, there was an announcement trailer for one of the way-down-the-road movies, which I can't bring myself to care about, but if you do, there are you.

Did I miss anything?

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Call for Papers: Pippi to Ripley3/ITHACON40
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kate_nepveu
So the conference I did the Mary Sue talk at a couple years ago has sent out another call for papers for May 1-2, 2015. It's at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and it will be partnered with ITHACON40, a comic book convention. You can see the full CFP over at Google Drive, which includes some suggestions, but the topic is Women & Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Literature and Comics. Abstracts are due January 15, 2015.

I'll be halfway through Vol. III of JS&MN by then, I wonder if that's something I could get a topic out of or if my shallow historical knowledge would make it dangerous. There's always the Bujold rant, but I'm not sure if there's any interesting generalizations or insights out of it. Discworld's too big a topic, and I'm not sure if anything there speaks to me more than anything else. Hmmm . . . *wanders off, contemplating procrastination opportunities*

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trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Is up at io9.

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caught up on WtNV
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kate_nepveu
And the only thing I have to say is that I haven't made tiramisu in a very long time and should maybe think about scaling that recipe down (since Chad is the only one who eats it) and giving it a go sometime.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell reread is happening
fantasy, raven-in-flight
kate_nepveu
Part 2 went up today, which includes the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, 19th c. mansplaining, and my attempting art history without a license.

I keep forgetting to post about it, because Friday nights, but: look for it on Friday mornings.

(Please take substantive comment there, thanks.)

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His Pipliness compared to me
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At almost one month:

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At almost eleven months:

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At almost three years (i.e., today):

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(The face is because he's asking me to open my mouth and I'm being silly and refusing.)

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unconfirmed spoilers for Captain America 3
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Like the subject line says: unconfirmed reports of the plot for Captain America 3 are behind the cut.

Variety is reliable, probably?Collapse )

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Two kinds of people?
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kate_nepveu
I keep meaning to post a poll about this and my brain is AWOL, so let's do it now:



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finished cross-stitches for The Pip
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kate_nepveu
I made SteelyKid three dragons for her room, which were done a few days before she was born.

The Pip's two polar bears, by the same designer (Laila Ansbergs) . . . well, I took them to be framed today, and they'll be ready by his birthday too! Just, uh, his third birthday.

Anyway! They came out really cute, and he's very excited about them, so in some ways the delay is good. And this time I remembered to take pictures before I got them framed:

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Now that's done, and time to think about the next project! I think I am going to do this winter bookmark to see if stitching in the hand works for me—if I can get the tension right, it would be so much faster, though I still don't know if I'd like it for big projects, which are what's truly up next. (Also have to ponder colors for it. Thoughts, anyone?)

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things elsewhere
fantasy, raven-in-flight
kate_nepveu
1. Con or Bust is currently auctioning a signed maunscript of Mary Robinette Kowal's forthcoming (April 2015) conclusion to the Glamourist Histories series, along with signed hardcovers of all the books in the series, thanks to the author & the Ada Initiative (which I have just about trained myself out of writing as ADA, because Americans with Disabilities Act).

2. This Friday, the first substantive post in my reread of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell goes up at Tor.com (covering chapters 1-4 and clocking in at a hefty 4500 words); here's the series index for bookmarking.

Should one or both of these be relevant to your interests, I hope you will take a look or spread the word!

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