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May. 25th, 2009 | 01:18 am

Hopefully someone with bigger circulation than me can pick this up, but:

It looks like sarahtales has had her livejournal hacked by the same rather nasty hackers who got a couple other people earlier this year; her most recent post claims to link to her new book online and her new blog, but the links actually seem to lead to the same unpleasant Russian poetry and dodgy downloads as the last couple times - I think they are supposed to include a keylogger, among other things.  Anyway, I know she has a pretty wide readership, so, PSA to the world, don't click those links!


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April Fool's

Mar. 31st, 2009 | 11:17 pm

Is okay, but I prefer to get my lying lying ways out in smaller, more year-round increments.  :D

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Mar. 14th, 2009 | 05:42 pm

Exams done.  So tired.  Going to go see The History Boys tonight.  Flying home tomorrow morning ungodly early.  Woo!

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Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 08:51 pm

The Loyalty of Birds
is up in the March issue of Clarkesworld, and you should totally go and read it!

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The Thirteen Clocks...!!!!!

Dec. 20th, 2008 | 10:25 pm
mood: bouncybouncy

Newly republished!  Everyone should read it.  EVERYONE.  It is right here.  You can buy it for people for Christmas!  It is fantastic.  Neil Gaiman says so, too.  There is an evil duke who threatens to slit you from your guggle to your zatch and feed you to his geese!  ("We all have flaws," he says, "and mine is being wicked.")   And a Golux.  And a prince whose name is Zorn of Zorna, who goes by Xingu.  It is THE BEST THING EVER.  Read it!  All of you!



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avatar racefail, part III

Dec. 16th, 2008 | 02:37 pm
mood: tiredtired

From ciderpress , here.

During our early Christmas dinner this weekend, the oldest of the nephews, who is 13, brought up the subject of the incredibly white child actors that had been picked for the film version. The three of them were confused and disappointed but unable to articulate exactly why. Then the youngest, all of 7 years old, asked me whether this meant that he couldn't be Aang when he played Avatar with his friends from now on.

I know a lot of you probably skim right past my hysterical flailings of social justice wrath, but even if you're one of those people, please do read this post.  And then go here.  
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yay racism followup

Dec. 11th, 2008 | 06:00 pm
mood: angryangry

I posted yesterday about the casting for the upcoming Avatar movie.  Well, the internets being what they are, there has been a fairly massive reaction, culminating here with what you can do

I know a lot of you guys don't know this show particularly well, and a lot of you also probably don't care.  Hell, I don't know this show particularly well, although I'm familiar with the basic premise.  But...well, I was pretty upset when they whitewashed the Earthsea movies, and I think there are some good reasons to be.  (Incidentally, read that essay even if you've never read Earthsea.  Really.  It's very, very good.)  I'm certainly not the best person to explain why we should care, but...look, if we let them get away with it now, they'll just keep on doing this kind of thing, which is, frankly, really ridiculous.

So, yeah, I'm writing a letter.

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yay racism

Dec. 10th, 2008 | 06:06 pm
mood: angryangry

I don't watch Avatar or know very much about the show, but that said?  This is still unacceptable.

(Short version: Avatar is an animated kids' show wherein all the cultures are based on Asian or Inuit cultures.  For the live action movie, they've cast everyone as white.  Long version: See post above.)

Maybe more later, if I can figure out something to say other than ditto to ali_wildgoose and MASSIVE FAIL to whoever is responsible for this.
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dear science

Dec. 8th, 2008 | 09:29 pm
mood: tiredtired

I feel like we need to take a break for a little bit - say, about a month.  Does that sound okay to you?  I'm still thrilled with our relationship, understand, it's just that I need a little breathing space, and also some time to stop thinking "but there are no p-values!" about everything else I read.  And also to recover from the pain that is writing a lab report without knowledge of the necessary statistical analyses.

That said, further epic love poetry for the ages follows.  (Perhaps I need an intervention.  It is like an illness!)

A fusarium fungus
Whose fur is humongous
Is grown in a race plate,
To measure the growth rate
Of fungus that grows in
Chilis with capsaicin.


ETA: Much later, I've realised that the reason this only scans in my head is because it's hard to convey the necessary emphasis for "chilis" to make that line scan correctly in text.  But then, what's doggerel without very strained scansion?

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this chinese exam spells my doom in bright-colored letters!

Dec. 6th, 2008 | 10:46 am
mood: tiredtired

interesting words I learned to say in chinese this chapter:

厉害, terrible/severe

吵架, to quarrel

吹, to break up

打破, to break into little pieces

喝醉酒, to get drunk

憋死, to suffocate

I guess the textbook authors got bored of being wholesome.

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