Outlander Forum -- new community!

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:55 am
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Calling all fans of the Outlander books and/or TV series!

I don't have any clever graphics because I am not a clever-graphics person, but with the season 3 premiere fast approaching (September 10!), I invite all Outlander fans to join [community profile] outlander_forum, a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. Please note that at this time, this is aiming to be purely a discussion forum, not a forum for fanworks (icons, fanfic, etc.) as there are other venues for that. This might change down the road, but for now, the focus will be on discussing the show, the books, and related issues.

All welcome!

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Freedom of expression is increasingly under threat online and offline. Join [community profile] freedom_of_expression to engage in discussion of relevant news, viewpoints and personal experiences relating to free expression and the impediments it faces.


Aug. 20th, 2017 07:14 am
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Last night was humid and oppressive, and I barely slept. Not surprisingly, I am in a vile, vile mood this morning.

I could seriously handle having the farm sale actually go through. (After damn-near five years, the lawyer is actually working on it. Nevertheless, these things, even when they are apparently at last proceeding, proceed at a stately pace.)

Coming into possession of a significant amount of money wouldn't actually get rid of any of the things that are currently making my baseline mood less than perfectly serene. It wouldn't make my poor brother magically healthy again, and it wouldn't make the state of the internet in general any less bitter and rancorous, and it wouldn't remove the pestilential butt-pimple on the body politic that is our current president . . .but it would by God at least make all of them easier to put up with.
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Haec Sunt Mea Ornamenta

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:42 pm
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My offspring, they have a podcast:

No Story is Sacred

It's up at all the usual places.

("Art in the blood, Watson . . . .")

Maybe It's Just Me

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:53 pm
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But I swear, these days the typical Atlantic article might as well be titled, This Thing You Like? Here's What's Wrong With It.

Case in point: "The Moral History of Air Conditioning."

I can't help but wonder, sometimes, about who the Atlantic's target reader is assumed to be. Not me, I'm fairly certain.


Aug. 13th, 2017 11:43 am
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In a sane and rational world, it shouldn't be necessary to state for the record that I thoroughly disapprove of alt-right supporters neo-Nazis white-supremacists dirtbag racist whackaloons holding torchlit rallies, chanting racist slogans, beating up counterprotesters, and ramming cars into crowds of people with murderous intent.

It would be the sort of thing that any person of normal intelligence and good will should be presumed to be against until proven otherwise.

But that's not the world we live in, so . . . let it be known that I thoroughly disapprove of all of the above things.


Aug. 12th, 2017 07:13 pm
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Falling barometer. Thunderstorms to north and south of us, but not here. Internet wobbly. News full of dreadfulness. Online discourse full of hate and discontent.


The Hugo Awards

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:33 pm
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Congratulations to everyone I know and like who got a Hugo!

And congratulations to everyone whom I don't know personally, but still like, who got a Hugo!

Looking over the results, I don't think there's anybody whom I know well enough to dislike who did get a Hugo (unlike some years past), so that's good, too.

It's good to see that science fiction's signature award is still doing well.

It's a Seasonal Thing

Aug. 8th, 2017 07:32 pm
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It's Worldcon time, which means it's time for my annual sadness over the fact that a lot of my friends are at Worldcon, and I'm not, this year with added envy because they're at Worldcon in Helsinki and I'm not.

I can't say that I've never been to an out-of-the-USA worldcon, because I made it to Anticipation in Montreal . . . but Montreal, at two hours up the road, is closer to home for us than even Boston. Way back in the Dark Ages of the internet, when Himself was sysop of the Science Fiction Round Table on GEnie, we were poised to make it to the 1995 Glasgow Worldcon, but the GEnie gig died (in what turned out to be stage one of GE's slow strangulation of its own network) just in time to put paid to that idea.

Next year's Worldcon is in San Jose CA, which might as well be on the moon as far as our chances of traveling that far go. (Though maybe if we have the money, we could take a train . . . dream on, lady, dream on.) And as for 2019, the only bid I see right now is Dublin, and while that would be a wonderful thing, I can't imagine -- barring the usual Hollywood-related miracle -- having the sort of spare cash it would take to get there.