rmc28: (silly)
"the first four people that come up when you type @ are the ppl that make up your zombie apocalypse survival team"

I got [livejournal.com profile] fanf , [personal profile] hollymath , Ann Leckie and Lin-Manuel Miranda, which amused me greatly, but I decided I was too shy to spam the mentions of Leckie and Miranda by posting to Twitter. What company though!

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Seen on Facebook, tweaked a bit because I overthink things:

Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme.  The first 6 people to comment (and more if I can manage it) will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 - anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise!  it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

(If you don't like surprises and would rather have something off a wishlist and/or some warning, let me know in your comment.  The goal is to make you happy.)

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward.  Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.



rmc28: (bat-funny)
Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Reading the latest book by a favourite author
Running away from zombies
Steam locomotives
Getting up early
Nessie Ladle
Cooking
Maths
Twitter
Eating paper
Oilseed rape in hayfever season
Dentistry
(most disliked)

(from http://damerell.dreamwidth.org/87540.html)

This is assuming:
a) running away from zombies as in Zombies, Run! not an actual zombie apocalypse.  It edges ahead of steam trains because all I need to indulge is a smartphone and suitable clothing, rather than an entire railway.
b) the children stay asleep when I get up, so I can have some peace and quiet

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I am so behind, on everything! I am six days behind on this December prompt meme, and I am certainly not going to commit to writing something every day, let alone specific topics on specific days. So I'll do the easier version, where I just promise to write about stuff if you prompt me, as soon as I can.

I have some half-written-in-my-head posts, so you can vote for one of these, or suggest something else in the comments.

Poll #14663 Things that I might write about
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 26


Rachel should write up her half-formed thoughts on ...

View Answers

charitable giving
13 (50.0%)

daylight savings time
15 (57.7%)

subsidising childcare
13 (50.0%)

responses to her post on abortion & consent
13 (50.0%)

responses to her post on body confidence
14 (53.8%)

apps she loves, or at least finds very useful
10 (38.5%)

everything that needs fixing on her cycle commute
9 (34.6%)

something else which I will suggest in a comment
3 (11.5%)

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I work for a large well-known place of learning. I help look after a big computer that is used by people who learn new things here, and by the people who look after them and help them to learn.

It is also used by people all over the world to ask if they can come and learn here, and by the people here who have to decide which of the people asking can come and learn, and what they will learn when they are here.

The big computer has a lot of different things in it, because there are a lot of different jobs to do when people ask to come and learn here, and while they are learning.

Part of my job is fixing problems with the things in the computer which are stopping people doing their jobs or learning things. Sometimes I make the fixes myself and sometimes I check fixes made by other people. We check the fix is right, and that it is made well, and that it is made in a way that makes it easier to look after the computer, not harder.

Another part of my job is working with people who want to build new things for the computer. I help them plan how to build the new things and how to check they are built right and built well. We want to make sure that the new things will not break and need lots of fixes. We also want to make sure that the new things work the way that they are expected to, and that each new thing will really help people here do their work more easily.

Another part of my job is planning how to move all the new things and all the fixes into the computer without breaking anything, and without stopping people doing their jobs which need the computer. I work with other people to plan when changes should be moved into the computer, and to decide which changes will be moved each time. Usually I do the work of moving the changes to the computer each time.

The last part of my job is helping the people I work with learn how to do their work better, and learning from them how to do my work better. I also try to make sure that each part of my job can be done by someone else, because sometimes I am not there to do it.

[Written using the Up-goer Five Text Editor: http://splasho.com/upgoer5/]
rmc28: (books2010)
Bold the ones you've read, italicise the ones you own.  The Fantasy Mistressworks blog is soliciting reviews of the books on the list.

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I've read 11 of the fifty - any recommendations for the other 39?
rmc28: (books2010)
From Ian Sales, via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte

Book meme! Here are the 25 titles chosen for 2012's World Book Night. Do the usual: bold for read, italics for owned but unread.

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[I thought this was a very British-centric "World" book list; it turns out that the event covers the UK and the USA ... and that's it. I want a real World Books list, with authors from every continent.]

So basically I've read - and liked - three and got one on the to-read pile. I've read a sequel to Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell, and enjoyed it; and the film of Touching the Void was amazing in a climbers-are-mad way. Is there anything else on the list people would recommend?
rmc28: (books2010)
From Sunday's post:

For the authors you have read, discuss or rec at least one of their books with at least one sentence of explanation about why you do or don’t like it.

Lois McMaster Bujold
Ethan of Athos is a delightful space opera/espionage thriller aboard a space station. Read more... )

Barbara Hambly
Children of the Jedi is the only book by Hambly I've read, and I've only hazy recollection of it. As you can probably guess, it's a Star Wars spinoff. I seem to remember that it had believable characterisation of Han, Leia and Luke. It wasn't as good as Zahn's Thrawn trilogy but far better than Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy (though the latter is faint praise I'm afraid).


Janet Kagan
Uhura's Song is a Star WarsTrek[1] novel where the clue to treating a plague-hit society lies in their folk songs and the long-lost planet they were exiled from centuries ago. I adored it as a teenager for bringing depth to the characters, though my older self finds the cat-people a bit cutesy and the original character Evan Wilson rather less believably competent at everything. The Kirk in this book is much more engaging than the one on TV.

[1] I wrote this last night; I was tired; I'd just been writing about Star Wars. Any excuse.

Katharine Kerr
Polar City Blues is a murder mystery with aliens and psychics and AI and baseball; lots of fun and I don't want to spoil it by giving too much plot away. There is a sequel called Polar City Nightmare which is at least as good. I own them both.


Mercedes Lackey
The Ship Who Searched was cowritten with Anne McCaffrey, one of the brainships series that McCaffrey cowrote with several different authors in the 1990s. It's a readable and enjoyable space opera adventure but there are several aspects which make me uncomfortable with wholeheartedly recommending the book:
Read more... )

Still to write up:
Elizabeth Moon
Eluki Bes Shahar (AKA Rosemary Edghill)
Sheri S. Tepper
Deborah Wheeler (Deborah J. Ross)

(and [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll has posted more lists, one for each year 1990-1993)
rmc28: (books2010)
As created by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll here, women authors of SF&F who were first published in the 1980s.

Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of. Come up with improvements to flavour your versions.

I like [personal profile] rachelmanija's version, as signalboosted by [personal profile] coffeeandink:
Drop the authors you’ve never read to the bottom. For the remainder, discuss or rec at least one of their books with at least one sentence of explanation about why you do or don’t like it. Ask your readers to tell you about the authors you’ve never read.

I've only time for the sorting and markup tonight (i.e. the easy-memey part) but I'll come back with the recs soon.

Lois McMaster Bujold
Barbara Hambly
Janet Kagan
Katharine Kerr
Mercedes Lackey
Elizabeth Moon
Eluki Bes Shahar (AKA Rosemary Edghill)
Sheri S. Tepper
Deborah Wheeler (Deborah J. Ross)

the rest I've never read, oh tell me more of them )
rmc28: (books2010)
As created by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll, women authors of SF&F who were first published in the 1970s.

Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of.

Read more... )

Gosh there are lots there I didn't recognise.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte

Usual rules: bold if you've read, strike through if you hated, italics if it's on the shelf waiting to be read.

Both these lists are from Ian Sales. The first is his list of "Mistressworks":
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Of 91, I've read 8, with two waiting to be read, and several more of [livejournal.com profile] fanf's books I've not got around to reading.

The second list, also from Ian Sales, is the list of sf novels published by the Women's Press in the 1980s.

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Of 37, I've read 4 and 1 to read. I think I started reading one of the Joanna Russ books but can't remember which one or why I stopped.

Anyway, plenty of new ideas for things to read there.
rmc28: (finches3)
Our form hasn't arrived yet, but I feel like joining in anyway.

Spring 1971: My father was not yet at university, so my parents had not yet met; they would marry in 1975.

Spring 1981: I was nearly 4 years old, living with my parents and my new baby brother ("isn't he tiny!"). I think we were still in Southport, but would shortly move to Wigan.

Spring 1991: I was 13, living with my parents and 3 younger brothers in Christian Malford. In school I was choosing my GCSEs; outside of school I was a member of the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets where I learned to fly planes and shoot rifles.

Spring 2001: I was living with my boyfriend Ben in a flat on Arbury Road we rented from our friend Julian. I'd been working a few months at MISD, creating a new Perl-based web front end to the University Card application. I did the Unix Support week-long sysadmin course, and catastrophically exacerbated my existing low-level RSI.

[Around this time, [livejournal.com profile] fanf was coming back to the UK from San Francisco; we had friends in common and would meet in person for the first time in August 2001, at the Clarecraft Discworld Event.]

Spring 2011: I live with my husband Tony in the house we own together, along with our son, one of my brothers, an unrelated lodger, 2 cats & 3 hens. My parents have divorced, and both have remarried, expanding my family. I still work for MISD, now on the PeopleSoft-based student information system (CamSIS), specialising in patching and change management. My RSI is under control, and my migraine reasonably so.
rmc28: (silly)

I took part in the Social contact survey, which said that if I were a childrens' TV character, then I would be a Bagpuss! Go here to find your contact type, and help with scientific research.


My network:


contact network
TypeIndividualGroup Duration  
Home <10 mins
Work/School 11-30 mins
Travel 31-60 mins
Other >60 mins
Me!

My contact numbers are:


Home:
 
 

  Medium

Work:
 
 

  Medium

Other:
 

  Low

rmc28: (silly)
I got this from Dreamwidth but it seemed like fun to try it on my (rather different) LJ list too.

1. Copy and paste your friends list.
2. If you've subscribed to multiple journals by the same person, delete all but the main one.
3. Bold the name of everyone you know or have met in "real life."
4. Italicize people you've known, online or off-, for five years or more.
5. *Star* people you've gone to school with (primary/secondary/college/beyond).
6. [Bracket] people whose houses you've stayed at / who've stayed at your house / who've lived with you.

Because Charles ate my memory when I was growing him, I've used things like "my wedding" as a marker for whether I knew people 5 years ago. But I have probably made mistakes - feel free to correct me.
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From [personal profile] holyschist

1. Copy and paste your reading list list.
2. If you've subscribed to multiple journals by the same person, delete all but the main one.
3. Bold the name of everyone you know or have met in "real life."
4. Italicize people you've known, online or off-, for five years or more.
5. *Star* people you've gone to school with (primary/secondary/college/beyond).
6. [Bracket] people whose houses you've stayed at / who've stayed at your house / who've lived with you.

ailbhe, ceb, cjwatson, damerell, [emperor], ewx, jhnc, kake, kalypso, lavendersparkle, liv, major_clanger, marco_villalta, mobbsy, naath, nacbrie, nanila, piqueen, pseudomonas, rrc, ruthi, sparrowsion, supermouse, cereta, coffeeandink, dearheart, deepad, ephemere, hatam_soferet, holyschist, lea_hazel, manifesta, ossamenta, stephdairy, tajasel
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Comment if you want to ask questions or me to ask you some. Answers to [livejournal.com profile] keithlard are behind the cut.

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rmc28: (books)
Which Hugo-winning novels have I read? (in bold)
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More than I would have guessed, given the question. At least some of the ones I haven't read are on the bookshelves thanks to Tony, so maybe I can get completionist about it.

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