publications ahoy

May. 24th, 2017 07:51 pm
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After too long an absence from other scholarly venues than the one I edit for, I got to finalize the texts of two papers today, OKing the final tweaks from their editors.

Both are fairly short, but it's good to have them out. And for one of them, it means I get to be in this.

Also, I've gotten the reading text of the paper I'm giving at a conference next week down to 25 minutes, by cutting out everything that could possibly be considered extraneous. When I gave it at Mythcon last year, it was nearly 50 minutes, but I had an hour slot. This time I have half an hour, so it'll just barely fit if I talk fast.

Among the things I cut out was this:

"Early science fiction was often breezy about the problem of people on other planets speaking different languages than ours. In Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus, for instance, the protagonist discovers on arriving that he's somehow grown a new organ that the natives have, which conveniently allows them to read minds and instantly learn each other's language, thus bypassing entirely any question of translation. This is the sort of thing that Douglas Adams was parodying when he invented the Babel Fish."
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1. Lucifer -- this week's episode was even better than last weeks. I laughed throughout. Also found it oddly cathartic.

Really going to miss this during the summer. Why is it the shows that I like have less episodes?

spoilers )

2. Wed Reading Meme

Read an interesting bit in an Amazon review of the novel "The Romance Reader's Guide to Life". A romance novelist was reviewing the book and stated that it was obvious that the writer of the novel was a literary writer who'd never really read romance novels until she'd become an adult, and just picked one randomly off the shelf. As a result, the novel she'd written was not an accurate take on the romance genre and a somewhat insulting view or romance reader's in general. Her review reminded me a little of my reaction to another literary novel/best-seller, the name of which I've managed to completely block ...the Marriage Arrangement? Contract? Can't remember. I was written by the same guy who wrote Middlesex and the Virgin Suicides, but whose name escapes me for some reason.

At any rate, I agree with the reviewer to an extent. And decided to skip the book, because it most likely would trigger me right now. (And I'm avoiding triggers as much as possible or at least until I survive my current work stress situation. My boss and workplace has become increasingly absurd, anal, illogical and irrational, and it's driving me crazy.) She makes an excellent point on why it is not a good idea to write about what you don't know. If you've never read any mystery novels, or have only read a couple here and there, and have little knowledge of the genre, it's probably not a good idea to write a critique of it or a commentary on it, fictional or otherwise. Nor do I think you'd get away with it in the same way literary writers get away with besmirching the romance genre. The mystery genre is more respected. But my point is -- people shouldn't bash a genre they don't know. Or write about a genre they don't know.

Also, it's probably good to keep in mind that every genre has good and bad books in it. Which are good and which are bad is largely subjective and often a matter of opinion. And all books have merit, all have something to someone.

It irritates me when people bash genres I enjoy. Considering I enjoy all the genres...this poses a bit of a problem. Also, since I have enjoyed and read all the genres...I figure I have the right to be critical of them. LOL!

Anywho..What I've finished reading?

The Smoke Thief by Shannen Abe -- which I bought on Amazon for .99 cents. It was dirt cheap when I bought it. It's sequels weren't, damn it. I don't think Kindle e-books should be more than $5.00. Mine (as in my independently published novel) is $4.99, although I'm considering trying to take it down to $2.99. To be fair, for the expensive books on Kindle, sometimes that's the publishers not the writer's idea.

It was good. I rather adored it. It's a 1700s historical paranormal romance about a female thief who turns into smoke and into a dragon. She uses disguises to infilterate the homes of the well-to-do, then turns into smoke to steal into their quarters and steal their jewels. She has an affinity for jewels because drakon (dragon folk) can hear and feel them. The love interest is the head of drakon or dragon people in GB, he lives in Scotland, and tracks the theif to London, but he doesn't know it's a woman. Much chaos ensues.

The dialogue/banter is fun and made me laugh. And the writing is well a style I happen to enjoy, simple, clear, poetic, and not jarring. So many writer's styles are jarring to my inner ear.
Just a fun book all the way around.

Will the word Alpha is said a lot, and the hero and heroine are continuously referred to as Alphas.
So if that bugs you, you might want to skip. Also, they are very strong willed people and described as breathtakingly beautiful, so if that bugs you, best to skip. There's also a young boy/thief who is great with animals named Zane, featured in the novel.

The Dream Thief is what I'm reading now. It's the next in the series. It's about their daughter, and the thief, Zane. He's grown up, as is she. And they are hunting a magical diamond, which allows the holder to control the drakon people. Zane is not drakon. Lila their daughter has been dreaming that he takes the diamond and uses it to control her and destroy her family. Her dreams often come true.

There's a legend behind it about a Princess who was stolen by a peasant along with the diamond and who used the diamond to do just that.

Probably will read Queen of the Dragons next which is about Lila's brother and the Princess Mari, who is introduced in the book I'm currently reading.

3. Dirty Dancing The ABC movie version appears to an adaptation of the West End and Broadway musical. It works and it doesn't. Very different than the original in many ways. The plot has been changed in places. Some things work better, some really don't. Also, I'm not sure there would have been mixed races at a resort, in 1963, in upstate NY. I asked my mother, and she said, no, they wouldn't have hired black dance instructors to work at a white resort in the early 60s. This was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. And the presentation has black dancers and dance instructors. While the original film just had the black band conductor. So, not sure about that.

Also...they changed it so that instead of Johnny reluctantly teaching Baby to dance so that they can do this Tango entertainment dance at another hotel as the entertainment. If they don't do it, Johnny and Penny lose their bonus and any chance of performing or getting a gig for next summer as dance instructors -- since it is part of their contract. Anyhow, instead of doing that...Baby pays the $250 for Penny's abortion in exchange for Johnny giving her dance lessons. So she can dance in the final talent show. This just doesn't work. The other plot point worked better. But they must have found it to be too confusing...and simplified it.

Haven't seen all of it yet. I recorded it. Too frigging long.

Spouse better, kid sick

May. 24th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Kid added -- to fever and runny nose -- her dad's nausea and chills from yesterday and this morning. GOSH, THANKS, DAD.

We investigated another nearby library that has slightly different hours from our more local one -- it also has Air Conditioning! Muwhahahahahah! But the kid was too queasy to go even go in and look at it. *sigh* Maybe tomorrow.

Various school matters have been sorted, with the addition of paperwork. Woo.

I got to sleep at 4 in the morning again, and the alarm for the school meeting was like 10 and there was a phone call in there and I got maybe 6 hours of sleep. Again. ;_;

It has been a somewhat Mixed Day, to say the least, and I'm just so tired. ;_;

Havva Quote
(Other people’s birthday parties, now, that’s a different story. One of those, earlier this year, is where I had the Karaoke Incident that laid me up for the guts of two months with a torn right external oblique. And you know what? Now that my back feels better again, I do not regret it. It was the best rendition of “New York, New York” I have ever produced, bar none. It was like shower singing, but with a backup group and kick dancers and a roomful of applause at the end. So what if the dramatic drop-to-your-knee-with-the-mike-in-the-air finish went colossally wrong? Some things are worth a little pain. [“The falling over part?” said the birthday boy’s brother after the fact. “We thought that was part of it!” Such a diplomat.])

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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The Wicker Man (1973) Directed by Robin Hardy

Take the flame inside you
Burn and burn below
Fire seed and fire feed
To make the baby grow

Take the flame inside you
Burn and burn belay
Fire seed and fire feed
To make the baby stay

Take the flame inside you
Burn and burn belong
Fire seed and fire feed
And make the baby strong

Take the flame inside you
Burn and burn belie
Fire seed and fire feed
To make the baby cry

Take the flame inside you
Burn and burn begin
Fire seed and fire feed
To make the baby King

Reading Wednesday

May. 24th, 2017 09:36 pm
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[personal profile] lady_ganesh hooked me up with some really good stuff: Maggie Stiefvater's YA series The Raven Cycle. This consists of

  • The Raven Boys (finished!)
  • The Dream Thieves (finished!)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (finished!)
  • The Raven King (still reading, unlikely to finish tonight)

Also, apparently some extra-story authorial snippets exist (I only just discovered this while checking the titles of the main series).*

In the little town of Henrietta is a posh boarding school called Aglionby. The mascot of the school is a raven. Eccentric local girl Blue, the scion of a houseful of psychic women (including her mother, Maura), thinks Aglionby boys are nothing but trouble. Local wounded-at-the-core boy Adam is attending the school on scholarship; he has managed to become best buds with the charming and earnest Gansey (that's his last name), whose circle also includes the tough-but-brittle bad boy Ronan. And then there's Noah, who shows up somehow at the off-campus digs that Gansey and Ronan share in an old factory.

Gensey is obsessed with the local ley line, which he thinks will lead him to the tomb of the Welsh hero Owen Glendower. The others are drawn into his search—including Blue, who starts out as somewhat of a mascot but becomes something much more. There are dreams, magic, terror, and lots of fast cars.

Parts of this seem to be the love child of Alan Garner's The Owl Service and the better "After-School Special" types of teen novels, but it's very involving and tremendous fun. The writing has some weaknesses, especially when Stiefvater seems to be marking time until she can get to the Good Bits, but she's very good at action sequences and the spookier parts are truly chilling.

Cut for long and maybe a spoiler or two )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

May. 24th, 2017 08:46 pm
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books (fiction: Kingfisher, Turner) )

healthcrap a list )

other stuff
What a week this has been. A lot of things have gone wrong, including the hair stylist cutting my hair way too short today, but I've been fortunate in other things and I'm feeling a lot of gratitude. I hope y'all are well!

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May. 24th, 2017 09:00 pm
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It's that kind of a day where I just don't want to go to work or capoeira not because I'm tired but because I don't want to goddamn do anything and you can't make me and nyah. So this bodes well.

... also I think the wildlife has found its way into the chimney again. Although I could be wrong, it feels like it's a bit early for swifts. (For the new or those who missed it last year, every year I have to catch at least two [or sometimes the same one twice] chimney swifts and haul them out of the chimney and out of the house before they get et by the indoor cats. They're on their own for the ferals.)

Apparently Imzy is closing? I was just getting back into the swing of using that as a thing and now it's closing? I feel sad and I feel like I have no right to feel sad given that I barely used it after the first burst, although I kept trying to. Mostly, argh. I may have to make a DW community for my girls (so far it's only girls as far as I can tell) to hang out on and chat some place that's not full of awful news. I know a bunch of us are on here anyway.

I was going to say I have no reason to cancel on capoeira but this headache keeps popping up and stabbing me in the forebrain intermittently and if it doesn't cut that shit out. Let's try painkillers first.

I'm really absurdly pleased with my new courtesan station, aka my vanity and my shelf with some books and even more makeup and face cleanser/skin pampering crap. And hair crap and pop dolls. Okay so two shelves are makeup and spa stuff and two shelves are pop dolls, books, and random other things, but still. But I love it and it's now well lit thanks to my new lamp on [personal profile] lireavue's recommendation and it's gorgeous and I love it. The only thing I don't love is that the hair stuff still needs to be sorted. But for that to happen I need to figure out what out of it I'm going to use, and how often. So. ... also my lipsticks are at the moment free standing and I need to figure out how to make them be less free standing. Some kind of 6-7 by 4-6" box I don't know, but I put the measurements here so I don't forget them. Maybe there's something nice at Ten Thousand Villages or a thrift store.

I'm still reading The Fall of Kings mainly because of not dedicating time to sit down and read it, and after that I have some Oliver Potzsch to read and after that I don't know. Probably the last Court of Fives novel. Something. I will figure it out! I like Oliver Potzsch, he's got a good sense of story and a good translator, but his books are also formulaic mystery so if you don't like the first one you don't need to wonder if you should pick up the rest.

I'm trying to figure out if it's a good thing or a bad thing that I'm firmly in the grip of a if I can't control the bad shit going on I will control my environment and my physical self fit. I mean, house cleaning and makeup binges and haircuts. Well, I haven't spent more money than I have? And I did buy some other essentials that I was going to need pretty soon, paid my bills. But on the other hand I didn't get new sweatpants that I probably should get soon. (I haven't spent all of the money but I'm down to the last bit that I'm just going to sit on I think.) I did get my boots repaired. I'm sure there's something else I should get or get serviced that I can't think of right now. And. Is this guilt for spending an absurd amount of money on makeup and clothes? I don't know. Or just wariness because this could so easily go wrong.

Upside: I have enough stored makeup to last me for fucking ever except daily stuff like foundation, the which brand I'm using is drugstore inexpensive. I still have enough knitting supplies to last me until the Mad Maxpocalypse. If I can manage to keep sitting on my anxieties and stress-buying for the parts of the year when I don't have gift money (and preferably even when I do, I successfully dropped some of the money into savings yay! albeit a small part) I should be okay. I'll just figure out other ways to control my environment and my self. Maybe exercise small targeted strength-building exercises. Or draw on myself with makeup a lot.

you are the wind

May. 24th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Chandra Prasad, On Borrowed Wings (2007): in the 1930s US Northeast, a rich-WASP-family mother and Italian American quarrier father had two children. Charles was homeschooled rigorously to attend college; Adele, quicker of memory, was always told she'd marry a quarrier, even as her father began dying from the stone dust before middle age. Then something happens, and Adele takes Charles's place as a Yale frosh in drag.

I had expected rather worse. (Sorry.) As it is, the narrative has about the critical depth of a '00s jdrama: the story lines up some dots, then leaves the reader/viewer to connect them or search for more while it flits to the next scene. Adele cannot help but activate dots as she muses upon quarry misfortunes, her mother's iron recollections of being a rich girl, or the entirely new landscape of Yale, where the maids in the dining hall remind her of herself, taking in laundry a few months prior. But Adele is only a bit too thin as a character enabling the writer's gaze to slice and parry some dust bunnies of privilege; it's fine. It's actually a relief to have the cross-dressing topos given straight so that one may focus upon 1936 as depicted: Adele takes a workstudy placement involving eugenic research which she (incredibly) bends from the inside out. The love interest is obligatory, probably the weakest aspect.

Adele's heritage is based upon that of one of Prasad's parents. I borrowed Wings from the library after seeing a ref to Mixed, an anthology of short stories edited by Prasad which the local libraries don't have.


May. 25th, 2017 02:10 am
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Posted by Dan Goodin

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Maintainers of the Samba networking utility just patched a critical code-execution vulnerability that could pose a severe threat to users until the fix is widely installed.

The seven-year-old flaw, indexed as CVE-2017-7494, can be reliably exploited with just one line of code to execute malicious code, as long as a few conditions are met. Those requirements include vulnerable computers that (a) make file- and printer-sharing port 445 reachable on the Internet, (b) configure shared files to have write privileges, and (c) use known or guessable server paths for those files. When those conditions are satisfied, remote attackers can upload any code of their choosing and cause the server to execute it, possibly with unfettered root privileges depending on the vulnerable platform.

"All versions of Samba from 3.5.0 onwards are vulnerable to a remote code execution vulnerability, allowing a malicious client to upload a shared library to a writable share, and then cause the server to load and execute it," Samba maintainers wrote in an advisory published Wednesday. They urged anyone using a vulnerable version to install a patch as soon as possible.

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Posted by Peter Bright

Enlarge / It was either this or yet another picture of some lightning. (credit: Airwolfhound)

We're big fans of Thunderbolt 3 here at Ars, attracted by its enormous versatility, high performance, and the promise of being a single port and a single cable that can do it all. While the technology is becoming increasingly common on high-end portables, it's still far from ubiquitous. Intel has announced a couple of measures that should go a long way toward boosting Thunderbolt 3's adoption.

The first step is straightforward and, in our view, a long time coming: the company is going to finally integrate Thunderbolt 3 into its processors. Although the first Thunderbolt 3 chips, codenamed "Alpine Ridge," were released in the third quarter of 2015, last year's Kaby Lake chipsets, including the high-end Z270, didn't include any native Thunderbolt 3 support. Instead, vendors had to add Alpine Ridge chips separately, with many of them opting not to do so, preferring to avoid both the extra expense and extra complexity.

Alpine Ridge also includes support for USB 3.1 generation 2, which offers speeds of 10 gigabits per second, doubling generation 1's 5 gigabits per second, but while many desktop motherboards do include generation 2 support, they've almost invariably done so using chipsets other than Alpine Ridge, again to avoid that expense and complexity.

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