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([personal profile] rosefox Aug. 17th, 2017 08:38 pm)
It's my late night at the office. I videocalled home to say goodnight to the baby. They were tired, so after a while they waved bye-bye. I said "Okay, Kit, bye-bye! I love you!" and signed love you.

And they signed love back.

Me: [tears]
X: [tears]
Kit: [earnestly signing love at the camera]

My baby told me they love me. I'll just be here in a little melted puddle forever.
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 17th, 2017 10:51 am)
Beware of the one-eyed jack.
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 17th, 2017 06:21 am)

Air temperature 52 F, dew point 46, wind west about 5 mph, scattered clouds. Getting up before the sun again -- we've lost an hour and a half of daylight since the solstice.

So, Provenance will be out in a bit more than a month! I can’t wait for folks to read it, honestly.

Not long ago, you had a chance to read the opening, oh I’d say half first chapter, for free online. And maybe that just whetted your appetite and now you have to wait until nearly the end of September for the rest?

Well, if you sign up for my newsletter, you can get all of Chapter 1, plus chapters 2 and 3! You might see a black banner across the top of my website asking you to sign up for the newsletter, with a text box for entering your email. You can use that, or if you’ve dismissed that click this link to go to a form you can fill out–a text box for your email, and then under that are checkboxes for which newsletters you’re signing up for. You want to check the “Ann Leckie” one, and you might or might not want to check any of the others, depending, but it’s the Ann Leckie one that will get you the chapters.

Here’s the deal–I hardly ever use my newsletter so I guarantee you won’t be spammed. What it does get used for is things like this. And for announcements of upcoming publications and such. Folks who are already signed up probably already have the chapters in their inboxes. If you aren’t signed up yet, you’ll get the chapters when you do. So, if you want to read the first three chapters early, there you go!

Mirrored from Ann Leckie.

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([personal profile] lydamorehouse Aug. 16th, 2017 09:54 am)
i can't actually say it's been a slow reading week, since I plowed through the remaining 21 volumes of Pandora Hearts. I also read an on-line, one volume, one-shot yaoi called One Yen Man / 1-en Otoko as well as got through volume 2 of another manga called Bunny Drop last night, which I mentioned here previously (and I have volumes 3-6 on my TBR pile).

It's funny how, despite the number of pages that the above represents, I always feel like I've read NOTHING when I've only read manga.  That's kind of sad, because, obviously, graphic novels and manga are just as "real" reading as any traditional novel.  I don't really know why I buy into the idea that somehow they're 'lesser.' 

Speaking of my my TBR pile, on it is a graphic novel called Skim by Marika Tamaki / Jillian Tamaki, a traditional novel called The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North, the second collected volume of Bitch Planet, Bitch Planet: President Bitch by Kelly Sue Decconnick / Valantine DeLandro, and a graphic novel The Stoneman Mysteries: Book One by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple / Orion Zangara.

We'll see how much of this I get through in a week.  I need to at least get though The Stoneman Mysteries since I told Twin Cities Geek that I'd review that one for them.  Adam is, of course, a local author and Twin Cities Geeks likes to highlight the local interest stuff whenever possible.  

Meanwhile, I still have a pretty intense case of the blahs.  I blame the weather and the Nazis.

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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 16th, 2017 10:42 am)
Lawn has been mowed.  Barely needed it, but there will be Stuff happening to get in the way of later.
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 16th, 2017 08:05 am)

Air temperature 65 F, dew point 63, calm, scattered clouds for the newspaper walk. Lawn needs mowed.

This guy was a founder of Netflix and thinks that he can create and sell subscriber profiles and make money doing this. I've seen 25 movies this year and saw 53 movies last year, which would have represented $190 out of pocket under this model. If my local theater subscribes, which I don't know if they will, how can there be a downside using this until they fail? Imax and 3D showings are excluded, which is no big deal for us. This would be a huge money-saver for me. Maybe create a new throwaway email account for this along with a disposable credit card or Paypal account so anything they collect doesn't tie back to you and you're gold.

This is going to involve some very creative accounting since so much of the direct ticket sale goes straight to the movie maker/distributor, now they're adding another layer in to that mess.

I cannot see this as a long-term viable business model, but if my local chain is stupid enough to buy in to it (I just sent them an email asking about it), then I'm willing to exploit their stupidity while paying ridiculous concession prices to help them stay afloat.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-15/netflix-co-founder-s-crazy-plan-pay-10-a-month-go-to-the-movies-all-you-want

https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/08/15/1557222/netflix-co-founders-crazy-plan-pay-10-a-month-go-to-the-movies-all-you-want
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 15th, 2017 11:12 am)

One possible varying hare (snowshoe rabbit) at my first Interstate crossing, mile 7. Remains fragmentary, but fur color looked right.

Cattail heads filled out and dark brown, thistles in fluff. Thrice-damned purple loosestrife rampaging across the land.

Got out on the bike in advance of threatened showers. Did not die.

15.26 miles, 1:15:03

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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 15th, 2017 08:08 am)

I wonder when the army will get around to renaming Fort Bragg and Fort Hood.

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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 15th, 2017 08:06 am)

Air temperature 62 F, dew point 61, wind south about 5mph. River fog oozing out of its valley. Bike ride soon.

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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 14th, 2017 10:02 pm)
Tonight we have stars.
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([personal profile] lydamorehouse Aug. 14th, 2017 05:50 pm)
Let's see. What's been going on with me?

Last night Mason and I went to a vigil for Charlottesville at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun,) over in Minneapolis.  Did we end racism by gathering. listening to a few speakers, lighting candles, and singing a few songs?  No, of course not.  But I needed to get out of the house and be with likeminded people, and that helped. The Minneapolis weather witches kept us dry, providing a break in the drizzle. Once we were safely home, the sky opened up and all the rain came down. It was a howler, as they say.

It's been very rainy here and that has done very little to improve my mood.  It's supposed to rain all week. It's also a busy work week for me, I work Tuesday night and Thursday afternoon (and maybe Saturday, too. I'll have to check the calendar.) 

So, I dunno, just sort of blah. You?
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 14th, 2017 01:23 pm)
If you make a comment on the local newspaper site that uses the label certain groups wear with pride, the label the paper uses in its article, your comment gets blocked by the paper for offensive content . . .
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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 14th, 2017 08:02 am)

The lot where that house used to stand down the street has been regraded, with loam, mulch hay, and seed over the carnage. The place used to have an aggressive stand of Japanese knotweed, invasive alien that some people thought was ornamental. The landscaping scraped that clean.

It is sprouting through the mulch.

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([personal profile] jhetley Aug. 14th, 2017 07:57 am)

Air temperature 56 F, dew point 54, wind SSW about 5 mph, scattered clouds. We advance on the midpoint of another month, with little to show for it.

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