That was certainly a few days.

Feb. 19th, 2019 02:21 pm
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I heard the world premiere of Greg Brown's "Fall and Decline," which I really enjoyed, but oh my goodness The Rotunda is probably made of nothing but antique dust. I had a lovely walk home afterwards with Camille, who accompanied me.

Saturday morning, I learned a college friend had passed away the day before, from cancer. She was 46, and we knew it was coming, but not so soon (it is always too soon). She was a very sunny person and much beloved, and it hurts to see the suffering of those who were closer to her than I was. She was a writer, and a good one, and I mourn for her work that might have been as well as for her.

I skipped the Sunday concert I'd planned to attend in favor of being sad and doing very little along with [personal profile] drinkingcocoa, and then camping out on the couch with Ms. 10's legs in my lap. She's started to get taller recently.

Monday, I woke up with an irritated throat and a massive feeling of I Can't. So I called in sick, and seem to actually be sick, because I slept on and off, mostly on, until 2:00 pm, and still slept the night through. I came into dayjob today to clear things out before potential terrible weather tomorrow, and because I didn't want to stare into space at home. My ears are stuffed up; my head isn't too bad, and my throat feels a bit better. I might go to rehearsal, and decide if I can sing when I get there. I mean, I can sing, but the question is whether I should do so, or just take notes.

2019 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:40 am
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Another year, another Hugo nomination season! Once again, nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, to anyone who is currently a member of this year's upcoming Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland or last year's Worldcon in San Jose. Nominations are open until March 15th, so that's plenty of time to read all those things you've been meaning to get to before nominations close… right?

Never fear, the editors of Lady Business are here to provide our suggestions as you decide what to prioritize on your TBR. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that might be worthy of a Hugo nomination, and nor is it meant to be. It's just a selection of some of the works we loved in 2018, and a few reasons why we loved them, along with a selection of the books, stories, and shows we're still hoping to check out ourselves. Each editor's opinions are their own, although we suspect you'd find a fair amount of agreement if we had sat down to discuss our picks.

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If I were honest about my skills, I wouldn't dismiss university, but I learned a lot from watching how the F_W community would write their summaries of The Latest Drama In Some Fandom, one pithy-phrase at a time: Anne Rice wants YOU, fanfic writers, to stop interrogating the text from the wrong perspective, by which she means cease and desist all your fanfic writing, or she'll sue. Seriously.

If nothing else, FW taught me how to spit out the very essence of a piece of written material - and I used a pretty similar approach when first wading through history of theory in anthro (I grew out of it eventually - the approach above is pretty flippant; and while it can be fun to present academic work that way, once you get into serious topics, it's time to put it aside). Mind, I still find myself using it verbally at work, when I can't speak like a Srs Professional, because the actual POINT I want to make is in my head in - you guessed it, 2004-era snarkblog language.

Our Favourite Media of January 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:31 pm
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Each month, we look back over the media we loved in the previous month, from books to film to video games and more.

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Fanwork Recs — February 2nd 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:01 pm
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/

Recommendations included:
  • Final Fantasy VIII – art (1)

  • GLOW - vid (3)

  • Hamilton – art (1)

  • Mass Effect - meta (1)

  • MCU – art (1), vid (1)

  • Ocean's 8 - vid (3)

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What fanwork have you loved recently?

Three Things

Feb. 14th, 2019 08:49 am
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1. Last night, I jogged very slightly faster for my half-hour on the treadmill.

2. I ate peanut butter rice crispy treats for lunch. I mean, I will probably eat something better later, like my leftover veggies in garlic sauce, but I only had time for the treats so far.

3. I earned $10 cash today, doing questionnaires. The best part was picking which of four words was spelled incorrectly, very fast, which I crushed.
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for Jeannine Hall Gailey

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Mon Semblable, by Stephen Dunn

Feb. 14th, 2019 09:05 am
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Altruism is for those
who can’t endure their desires.
There’s a world

as ambiguous as a moan,
a pleasure moan
our earnest neighbors

might think a crime.
It’s where we could live.
I’ll say I love you,

Which will lead, of course,
to disappointment,
but those words unsaid

poison every next moment.
I will try to disappoint you
better than anyone else has.

Adventures Elsewhere — January 2019

Feb. 13th, 2019 05:03 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D

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Lonely Vampire Searches for Friends

Feb. 13th, 2019 11:43 am
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 NAME: My friends call me Drac. My enemies call me Lard.

AGE: 24

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Primatology, bog bodies and mummies, lepidoptery, classic lit, black and white horror films, old books (currently making my way through popular Gothic Romance books of the 60s-80s), sci-fi, gay stuff.

ANYTHING ELSE?: I use DW as a catch-all for the fannish miscellany I don't want to post on my tumblr blog (which is mainly about horror), because my tumblr followers are good people who don't deserve to be inundated with my messed-up thoughts about whatever ugly middle-aged man I'm obsessed with. I'm a massive multi-shipper with tons of different fandoms and in the past I've written fics for Once Upon a Time, Star Wars, Stargate Universe, David Bowie, and Planet of the Apes; I read fics for pretty much everything I've ever read or watched and I'd love to make friends with anyone who's kinda weird. It doesn't really matter if they share the interests I've listed; I'm interested in everything! 

My main ships that I currently read fic for are Belle/Rumplestiltskin (OUaT), Everett Young/Nicholas Rush (SGU), Kakashi/Gai (Naruto), David/Gwen (Camp Camp), Rorschach/Nite Owl (Watchmen), Kylo Ren/Hux (Star Wars), and Harry Hart/Eggsy (Kingsman), but I'm not devoted to these pairings and I love to read rarepairs for these (and other) fandoms, and I love stuff that's 'problematic' like Reylo, KakaSaku, etc. I'm pro-shipping and pro-kink so if that bothers you, you probably don't want to add me. 

I especially want to become more involved in Star Trek, V.C. Andrews, Sherlock Holmes, and Altered Carbon, so if you're into those fandoms and you think we could be friends, please add me!

Wednesday Reading

Feb. 13th, 2019 08:16 am
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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly is a memoir by the astronaut, which frames the year he spent on the International Space Station with the life journey that led him there, from distracted, terrible student to test pilot for fighter jets to space shuttle pilot to astronaut (you get that title after you first fly in space). I got this book at a talk Kelly gave at the University, shortly after the book had come out, but didn't start reading it until this month. I found it gripping, especially all the little details about being in space, and living in such close quarters with only a few people, for a long time. It was also interesting to read his perspective on various events throughout his time with NASA, including the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia; the people who died were his colleagues and friends. Things I learned: a space walk takes a really long time to prepare for and to finish up, and is utterly exhausting; it's harder to defecate in space because gravity isn't helping you; there is so much stuff on the ISS in so little space, and it's so easy for things to float away, that it is easy to lose things like tools for literally years. Highly recommended if you want to learn more about the experience of being an astronaut. I am really looking forward to learning more about the "Twins Study" as it progresses; he and his twin, Mark, are both astronauts, and they gave permission for their DNA to be studied and compared, to see what changes happen from Scott's long mission in space.

The City and The City by China Miéville is actually a mystery, though set in a bizarre speculative world. Two cities occupy the same space, and the inhabitants learn to "unsee" and "unhear" their counterparts. There is bureaucracy surrounding interactions between the two cities, which we see when the protagonist, a detective investigating a murder, needs information from both sides. As usual with Miéville, the world is densely built, especially politically; it's subtly and meticulously laid out for the reader bit by bit until all the weirdness seems almost normal. I'm still thinking about the themes, some of which I'm pretty sure I haven't yet identified.
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Yesterday    HD720p 100MB
Musical comedy based on Beatles songs. Jack (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer whose dreams are fading, despite the devotion of his friend, Ellie (Lily James). But after a mysterious global blackout, he wakes to discover that The Beatles have never existed ... and he finds himself with a very complicated problem. Kate McKinnon, Ana de Armas and Ed Sheeran are also part of the cast. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, Trainspotting). Screenplay is written by Richard Curtis.
It will be impossible not to sing along.

Shaft     HD720p 82MB
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall and Alexandra Shipp are also part of the cast. Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Barbershop, Fantastic Four).
The indestructible Shaft theme is a major plus.

The Hustle     HD720p 90MB
Trailer for the female remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Two female scam artists, one low rent (Rebel Wilson) and the other high class (Anne Hathaway), team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Alex Sharp and Tim Blake Nelson are also part of the cast.
That they made the "mark" look like Mark Zuckerberg is a nice touch. A very nice touch.

Aladdin     HD720p 36MB
One minute TV spot teaser for the live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic, the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud), the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the Genie (Will Smith) who may be the key to their future. Directed by ... Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Sherlock Holmes, Snatch).

Missing Link     HD720p 86MB
Second trailer for this latest animated movie from Laika studios, written and directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman). Meet Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis): 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you ... he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Further voices are provided by Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas.


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