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Jul. 19th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Reliable sources report the death of Jordin Kare.
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I am still not dead! Not many things of great import have been happening, or at least not things I can talk about in detail yet. I'm still flinging myself at exchanges at an alarming rate; right now both [community profile] darkestnightex (all varieties of darkfic themes) and [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange (very rare fandoms, ships, or characters) are taking nominations and I'm crouched behind the couch with my tail twitching, trying to decide if I should pounce on them. Metaphorically.

I wrote a lot for [community profile] nonconathon -- my assignment and three pinch hits -- and none of them are the breakout hits of the exchange (original works are the way to go there, not weird small fandoms), but the recipients seem pleased and I got to do some interesting and varied dynamics, so overall a success. And I got two things gifted to me, both of which were delicious!

cut for details; fandoms are Voltron and Fire Emblem Fates )

Saaaaaaaaavvvvvvveeee mmmmmeeeeeeee

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:00 am
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It turns out you can connect Calibre directly to Project Gutenberg.

Having downloaded a bunch of public domain books, I then went looking for the proper cover art. Interestingly, although I am convinced I owned mid-1970s editions of both Blackman's Burden and Border, Breed nor Birth, I can find no evidence those editions actually existed.

Another interesting thing. This is the list of science fiction books on PG and this is the list of science fiction works by women on PG.

Fig and the big window

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Things that do not inspire Fig to go into hunting mode:

A baby rabbit

Things that do inspire Fig to go into hunting mode:

A robin
A 50 kilogram dog

Fig and Ibid still need rehoming

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Perseids Watch 2017

Come watch the Perseid Meteor shower in rural darkness near New Dundee. This year, the often spectacular Perseids peak from late Saturday, August 12 to early Sunday, August 13, which is to say “conveniently on the weekend instead of the middle of a work-week.”

What you will need:

A comfortable surface on which to rest while staring up at the sky.
Warm clothes.
A blanket (and/or suitable human heat source)
A tent (if you plan to sleep on the campsite overnight)
Some means of getting there.

The facilities:

Scott and Jeanette have been kind enough to volunteer their farm. It has a campsite, a pond and a fire pit (and a washroom!). It is sufficiently far from KW to avoid most of the light-pollution.

There will be a bonfire. People are free to use it to cook but no organized effort will be made to provide food.

People who don’t feel like driving home in the dark can stay overnight at the campsite.

Email me at jdnicoll at panix dot com for more details. RVSPs not necessary but it would be nice to have some idea of the head-count.

This is a public event so feel free to share.

Interesting

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:04 pm
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