July 26th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 10:56am on 26/07/2017
July 25th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 10:36am on 25/07/2017 under
This morning I was delighted to see that Danielle Bregoli (the "Cash me outside" girl I saw twice on Dr. Phil) has pled guilty to grand theft and other lesser charges. NBC also reports that Bregoli could face additional charges for a battery incident earlier this year after she and her friends were caught on surveillance video attacking a group of women outside of Kavasutra Kava Bar.

The first time I saw on her on Dr. Phil I thought she was an out-of-control teen but I had some hope that Dr. Phil and the ranch he sent her to would provide the help she needed. The follow-up visit on Dr. Phil showed in spite of therapy and additional time to grow up she still believes society's rules don't apply to her and that she is immune to negative consequences. Hopefully the the court will disabuse of her of this notion before her actions get someone killed and she ruins her chances for a life outside of prison. (Do I think she needs to be incarcerated now, yes I do. Do I think she deserves a life sentence for what she's done thus far? No, not at all.)

In my opinion she's immature, greedy, and selfish. I also think she's going to have a hard time finding a legal way to afford the lifestyle she wants.
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July 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] emperor at 04:50pm on 23/07/2017 under
I didn't really have enough time to get through the Hugo reading this year, but I did manage to read enough of the shortlisted novels that I voted for them. I voted thus:

  1. A Closed and Common Orbit; I read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet shortly before the shortlist was announced (and really enjoyed it), which perhaps biased me in favour of this one. That did mean that I knew how one of the story arcs was going to finish, but it was still an engaging read, and I thought the way the author approached neurodiversity was gently but well done
  2. Ninefox Gambit; I would not normally go for military SF, and it did take me a while to get into this, but the author has created a fascinating world, and I really want to find out how the series progresses. Despite being the first in a series, this had a decent narrative arc of its own
  3. All the Birds in the Sky; I wanted to like this, but didn't in the end. The chapters were a bit abrupt, it sometimes felt like it was just being clever, and the magic felt a bit deus ex machina in places. I also found the (inevitable?) romance plot pretty weak. Also, the ending was a bit disappointing.
  4. Too Like the Lightning; I didn't like this at all. The narrator was infuriating, the style affected, the continued harping on about gender irksome, and it didn't even try to come to a natural close, it just stopped. I know there's a sequel, but really.


I didn't read Death's End, because I hated 3-Body Problem; I didn't read The Obelisk Gate because I didn't manage to get hold of a copy (the kindle voter packet only had an excerpt).
July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 04:29pm on 21/07/2017 under , ,
We've belonged to Costco for many years and I generally leaf through their magazine when it arrives. I did so with the July issue and ran into this article, Lessons from horses. It's one page, worth reading, and when I got to the part on the Alpha Mare, I thought "No wonder I don't trust Trump, he has none of these things."
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Mood:: 'bitchy' bitchy
July 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] emperor at 06:02pm on 20/07/2017 under , ,
Fans of the coffee stall on the Cambridge market (link to my previous post on opening hours) may be interested to know that he doesn't seem to be open on Thursdays any more - AFAICT he's now Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat.

Not entirely co-incidentally, my coffee supplies are now rather low :(
July 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach at 10:38am on 19/07/2017 under , , ,
Mood:: 'tired' tired
Music:: Daniel Deluxe - King Cyborg
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July 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kat_lair at 05:29pm on 16/07/2017 under , ,
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A couple of weeks ago I went to see Wonder Woman. I cried three times during it. The scene of the Amazons defending their island, the scene of Diana crossing the battlefied... I did not expect to be so moved but there I was, crying, because 'I've never seen...' and 'finally' and the entirely unexpected emotional impact of that. I've been brutally honest about my reaction as well every male colleague with whom I've gotten to talking about the movie. Because it needs to be said. And because I hope that it helps them understand. Even if just a little bit.

And then today:




I genuinely cried again. Because finally.

And every single whiney fanboy who starts the argument with 'I'm not sexist but...' can take their male privilege and kindly go fuck themselves.


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