A 59-post collection

Fun was had

We had a good handful of hours out. The entire family commenced their Pokejourney and, thanks to some lures set out by the businesspeople of Chermside, the little darlings and I leveled up a snootch.

The kids got more leveling done because my game crashed 90% of the time. My fickle fingers worked their anti-magic once more and I spent most of my time attempting to load pokemon go.

But I still made it to level 8, so suck it.

There's an even divide between Team Red and Team Blue in our house. This is going to result in some interesting gym trips, I can tell.

The first thing I am going to get when I start getting an income from my endeavours is going to be a mobile device that is steadfast against the storms of my over-use. That, and a metric crapton of chargeable batteries for the iDevices. And maybe a hydra or three.

Hydras are those multi-headed cable things. USB at one end and a host of others streaming out of it like -well- the heads of the mythical hydra. I don't know if there's an official name for them, but that's what I'm calling them until corrected.

Considering the plethora of devices we collect, having more than one hydra makes firkin sense.

But it's back to business, today. I now have a Beta-reader-ready copy of Adapting ready for the few loyal souls who actually get back to me about things. And I'll have to include a brief thing about properly referencing errata because some people like to send me a wall of text without proper points of navigation and with extra sprinklings of life story. You know who you are.

If I can't find what the flakk you're talking about, I can't fix it.

My preferred format for corrections goes: page number, quote of the thing that is wrong(preferably an entire sentence), followed by a correction to what you reckon it should be.

This gives me two ways to find the thing. Just in case out page numbers differ, I can find it by the quote. And then weigh the correction in the balance and get to it. And since I like to have all my beta reviews in one basket, it's so much better if the Beta stuff is separate from the personal stuff. I can take months to get to going through the Beta stuff.

Okay, I've been rambling. What I really need to do is hunt down agents and Beta readers and get those slow, slow gears finally turning.

Good morning

Once again, my fucked-up sleep cycle strikes in the wee small hours. I plan to use it to my advantage, though. You all get your instant story ahead of time, and I get a day of luxurious loafing.

The only downside for me is that I'll have to update my master files when I finally exit my bedroom. Yay for laptops, boo for non-cloud files.

Pretty sure the Google editor does rich text and not plain text. That could plausibly fuck up

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Secondary skills

In the words of Odo when Quark questioned his interest in funerary rituals, "Everybody needs a hobby." It didn't come in to the Hevun's Child trilogy, because almost everyone I was writing about literally did not have the time to kick back, relax, and faff around.

I glimpsed at it in The Amity Incident but by and large, the entire human colony were a bunch of nerd whose primary focus was their better future. The luxury of messing about with things to

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I feel... not yet fantastic

Throwing off lurgi is easier with ginger and rest. It's day three of feeling awful, and I'm almost back up to my base levels.

At least I have an appetite, now.

Which means that I can go ahead with booking the flu jabs for the family. Which means the dreaded phone call because the health app won't let you do multiple bookings.

On the downside, there is something wrong with the rig I had thought was recharging my laptop and investigation needs

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::Zombie noises::

I've had the second shitty night in a row and that sort of thing is never good for me. My spoons are at a minimum. My entire day is going to be "Can't be arsed, gotta do it anyway" with a side order of slow, uncomfortable moaning.

Good thing Steam Powered Giraffe is there to help my limited powers of concentration and at least keep me in the same plane of reality.

Also good thing - Beloved has taken a shine to

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Zip ties and superglue solve lots of problems

...but not the one where I have to spend a lot of money to keep breathing.

Beloved and I restocked my medication stores, yesterday. It was quite the shopping list:

  • Ventolin nebules
  • Atrovent nebules
  • Magnesium tablets
  • Olive leaf extract tablets [I refuse to take the liquid, it is gut-wrenchingly gross]
  • Vitamin C
  • Probiotics
  • Cough syrup of the expectorant variety
  • Herbal anti-anxiety stuff

And a few items of sundry miscellany that were neither here or there. Now... how much would you expect to

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What would I miss most by turning Vegan?

Short answer: Chewing, because the only vegan food is Soylent(possibly).

Long answer:

Veganism is the lifestyle choice of eschewing food items that could possibly harm an animal. On the surface, that seems nice and friendly to our fur-bearing friends [and scale-bearing, and skin-bearing, and chitin-bearing etc] until you actually think about it.

There’s not a plant on our current menu that doesn’t exploit an animal.

Of the foods that don’t use bees to procreate, there&

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Shoutout to all those people who click the $0 option in “Pay What You Want” items. You have NO idea what goes into doing the...

Shoutout to all those people who click the $0 option in “Pay What You Want” items.

You have NO idea what goes into doing the thing.

[Or you’re completely broke, in which case, I forgive you]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness - One Dork's Opinion

Massive spoilers for the movie under the cut.

Mr Abrams… You’re directing the thing that caused thousands of nerds like myself to study things like physics and sundry other sciences in order to help make the reality that got us hooked. You should therefore NOT FUCK UP PHYSICS, YOU FUCK!

Shit, man.

Seriously. The half-a-planet looked awesomely cool and all, but that was a still shot from a damned incipient planetary disaster. That half-moon in contact with the main

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

[Thus go the way of all things, for those who know less Latin than I]

My lunchbox Mac Mini up and died an entire year before its expected expiry date, and now all my fictions are locked up safely in a portable drive until such time as it can be connected to a computer that can handle it.

I’m starting to get really, really pissed off at Apple. $2K minimum for a computer that works fabulously… but when it

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sexuallycanadian: I AM GOING TO PUNCH SOMEONE See? This is why we can’t have nice things. Idiots like the WBC blaming everything on...



See? This is why we can’t have nice things.

Idiots like the WBC blaming everything on the homosexuals. Or telling us it was a message from God, saying -in essence- “you stop that Homo shit now”.

Jesus fucking Christ on a bicycle…

God did not send the bombs. The hands of a human made those bombs, and put those bombs there. Three people died. twenty-something more were hurt.

And, very

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Well, this sucks.

I got a court order today. Delivered into my hand. Specifically into the hand of [and I’m quoting the dude who was reading off a script] “the InterNutter who claims to have written a work entitled ‘Misfits’, lately to appear in Google Drive?”

It was a Cease and Desist from Little, Brown Books in general and Stephanie Meyer in particular.

Seems my fic bears an astonishing resemblance to Ms Meyer’s latest series to come

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Male Privilege in the Media: Hart of Dixie

I like entertainment as much as anyone else, but I’m afraid I’m getting very jaded. Possibly more so now than ever as I round the horn into middle age and everything available just looks increasingly like More of the Same.

I objected to Big Brother when it was new. To my eyes, reality television is neither reality nor television. Just like white chocolate is neither white nor chocolate.

Anyway, onwards to my actual point.

I have, until recently,

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Another rant for another time #5: Climate change, not global warming

To everyone who says, “So much for global warming,” every time they so much as glimpse a frigging snowflake:


Aaaah. Got that off my chest.

Scientists never actually called it “global warming” unless they were talking down to some media presenter. We all know media presenters, especially the American ones. They have the mean IQ of an concussed lemming. And I’m

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Another rant for another time #4: Toxic media industry

Most folks know about the toxic fashion industry. And the unattainable, photoshopped “beauty” in most, if not all, ladies’ magazines. It’s a big thing.

Well, porn is toxic, too. It just doesn’t get talked about because it mentions male floppy bits instead of ladies’ floppy bits. Nobody wants to mention that filth. Euw!

Except for me, because I’m a certified weirdo.

Porn almost exclusively relies on fantasy. The ladies are all attractive.

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