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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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18th-Oct-2010 07:33 am
Happy birthday to katfireblade!

Hello to new readers eclecticgypsy and spiderine!

State of the 'Song
I got a *little* more sleep Friday night and Saturday night, but then I only got sleep in 20-minute segments last night. I think we've figured out the problem: he needs a chinstrap. (Like a penguin.) He left a voicemail telling them. Hopefully we can get that expedited. Because I can't keep track of time very well on this level of sleep-dep, but I think I've lost like a month's worth of afternoons at this point.

StrowlerCon Posts!
I made some, finally! Behold!

Also, we're still looking for leads on grants. And is early November a good time for StrowlerCon '11? What conflicts do y'all know of there?

Link Soup
* John Scalzi's thoughtful examination of his privilege.
* Via hilariarex: "Randy Pierce, this guy I know, suffers from a rare neurological condition that has left him entirely blind and also prone to vertigo. However, he and his guide dog are now climbing something like 48 mountains in the White Mountains in New Hampshire in order to raise money for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The website is here."
* More on the WisCon/Elizabeth Moon issue. Please, WisCon ConCom, listen. I <3 WisCon and would hate to not go because of something like this. Either you're progressive or you're not. Choose.
* Read "The Guilt Child" by Margaret Ronald.
* Review haikujaguar's work and get free bookmarks.

Daily Science
An international team of researchers has devised a way to embed tiny light emitters and light sensors into stretchable, bendable, twistable sheets. The flexible systems might someday find use as implanted sensors to keep tabs on biological processes.

Today: Work, possibly lunch out, home and writing if I have brain, closet stuff if I don't. Or closet stuff later. It's in the 40s, I really need to get the tank tops out and the sweaters in.
This week: Date nights with feste_sylvain (Tuesday), sindrian (Wednesday), and Adam (Friday); BARCC engagements Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. I'm holding a lunchtime out for a particular person, but besides that, consider me booked; I'm at the point where I'm like "Well, I *could* cram more activity in", but I'm trying to not do that.
18th-Oct-2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I think we've figured out the problem: he needs a chinstrap. (Like a penguin.)

You betcha - everyone needs a penguin ... or two !!!
18th-Oct-2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know where StrowlerCon was drawing from - locally? regionally? nationally?

The only conflict I know of is Autumn Magick and the Festival of Hecate - Nov. 5-6, which is held by the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (my trad) in southernDelaware. It draws maybe 75-100 Mid-Atlantic pagans every year. Might not be a major conflict to worry about, but it's something to consider since I heard some interest from folks about this year's con.
18th-Oct-2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Webcomics Weekend happens in the Valley in early November. Not sure of the overlap, but *I* kind of wanted to go to it next year. :) I can email and ask if they know their dates for next year yet, too.
18th-Oct-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Seconded-begging to please not conflict with NEWW! There will likely be some overlap (doesn't everyone read at least one Topato-merchandised comic?). I doubt they'll be able to disclose dates until this event is over, mind, in the way that these things go.

(Are you going this year? We have tickets, but haven't booked a room yet, plus The Anxiety etc.)
18th-Oct-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
I can't go this year, it's the same weekend that we'll be in Puerto Rico for my best friend's wedding. :) I really want to go though, especially since I'm still sad about dumping Penny Arcade, and NEWW has so many awesome people on webcomics that I actually want to talk to, and remind me that not everyone in webcomics is a dickbag.

I left a comment on the website, we'll see if they respond. I may just email Rich Stevens and see what they're thinking for next year, I think he's one of the people who organizes this thing.

I'd love to hang out with Willis again. I don't remember if I told you this, but when I met him at Connecticon last year and told him I knew you, his face lit up like Christmas/new Transformers toys. :)
18th-Oct-2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Willis is such a sweet guy. (That so helps today; see also Twitter.) I would so love to get you and me and Willis and Maggie into the same room someplace to hang out, maybe with b00ze.

Yeah, emailing Rich is probably the way to go, though that whole gang is probably swamped by now so close to date that you might not hear back for a bit. You could also try @mentioning @webcomixweekend or something.

Webcomics-as-field is definitely full of not-dicks. Dicks rise to the surface, and sometimes it's hard to remember when you're in the thick of all the dickishness. I may froth like a mad thing, but the level of good is much higher than not.

What happened with Penny Arcade that caused you to bail, if you're OK with talking about it? Feel free to mail or DM so as not to derail. I'm out of touch like you wouldn't believe lately.
18th-Oct-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
(For the record, I am totally fine with the Penny Arcade conversation happening here, as it is Relevant to My Interests.)
18th-Oct-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
That works too!
18th-Oct-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I would imagine so! I can probably wait until like, right after, since it's coming up so soon anyway.

I'll email you about the other thing, it is so not a conversation I'm able to have publicly right now.
18th-Oct-2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's their specific reason or not, but PA recently had assholery with a rape joke, mocking trigger warnings, and then making merch of the "dickwolves" from the rape joke strip.
18th-Oct-2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Early November is a grand time, but only if you keep me apprised, so I can add it to my Eastern Tour outta Colorado.

Any date you don't keep me apprised for is a bad date.
Do I make myself understood?

18th-Oct-2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Duly noted - and shall I save you a busking space? :)
18th-Oct-2010 08:22 pm (UTC) - Why, what a delight!
Yes, please. Perhaps I can begin planning next year's tour before this year's is done...

Where do I look for registration information?
19th-Oct-2010 02:15 am (UTC) - Re: Why, what a delight!
We have to pick a date and location first. :) I'll keep you posted!
18th-Oct-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
My CPAP was worthless to me until they got me a good chinstrap. Now it is awesomesauce.
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