Happy birthday to vanuslux!
Happy early birthday to ewin, gentleeleos, and kizlj, who all advance a year over the weekend!
*crosses fingers* Cautious optimism.
Take Back the Sci-Fi!
takebackscifi is now open! Have at!
Places You Haunt
Working out the magic-and-metaphysics background. There's a synthesthetic quality to how magic/energy is perceived and worked with, in PYH. Sara feels it, like a low background vibration; Griffin hears it as music; Doodle sees it - and he's unable to escape it. Griffin can block out the music, and Sara can ignore it, but Doodle always sees it - he sees strokes and rivers of color, auras and strange lights. No wonder he's an artist. This also makes for fun with using him as the POV character - he doesn't see the same things you or I would, so in some ways he's an unreliable narrator. Plus you get to see the ways he bridges from his worldview to that of the mundane world. He has to live here, after all.
Even by the flexible moral, ethical, and professional standards of American talk radio, the May 28th segment of KRXQ 98.5 FM Sacramento's Rob, Arnie, & Dawn in the Morning radio talk show makes for a sickening half-hour of ugliness and cruelty. For once, the focus was not LGBT adults, but minors. The hosts, Rob Williams and Arnie States, devoted the segment in question to a vicious diatribe against transgender children, some as young as five, focusing in particular on the case of one Omaha family raising a gender dysphoric child, and their decision to support her transition from male to female.
* S00j and Cat on a boat!
* My Little Zombie Pony.
* Map of C++.
A team of researchers says it has found in a Russian mineral sample the first natural example of a quasicrystal, an unusual material that displays some of the properties of a crystal but boasts a more intricate and complex structure. Since quasicrystals were characterized 25 years ago, numerous versions have been cooked up in the laboratory, but a natural example would indicate that nature's products are more diverse than previously thought.
Wearing: I kid you not, the shirt the hospital gave me when I gave birth to Elayna. "My baby girl was a special delivery at the Family Birthplace!" What? It's lightweight and makes a good summer sleepshirt.
Reading: Still Lightbreaker; taking my time because there is much niftiness to absorb. Also reading Sit Down and Shut Up, a Zen book by Brad Warner.
Writing: Background stuff for Places You Haunt.
Today: s00j, omnisti, and lightcastle are asleep downstairs... I'll wake them for breakfast soonish. And there will be hanging out. And feste_sylvain will come over after work. And then Elayna will be home!
Saturday: Founder's Day here in town - then zarhooie gets here (to stay through Wednesday!), and we go to the s00j concert!
Sunday: No plans, actually. That's novel. Perhaps we shall go see Up.