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|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
|Ballad of a Flat-Wristed Sea Lizard
My Xmas present from Spooky, which may be here by the New Year – my fault, for dithering – is a gorgeous cast of a Platecarpus tympaniticus
Here's a closeup of the muzzle:
The actual specimen, I have learned, is now on display in the new dinosaur hall at the LA Museum of Natural History. The specimen was discovered in 1967 by a Kansas woman named Mary Bonner, and for years was on display at the "Keystone Gallery" in Logan County, Kansas (26 mi. south of Oakley or 18 mi. north of Scott City on US 83). There it was known as "Old Yeller," after the yellow Niobrara Chalk in which it was found. This cast of the skull was made sometime in the 1990s, before the specimens as transferred to the LAMNH. It measures 26"x14 inches, which makes it a rather large adult Platecarpus
(which was a medium-sized mosasaur genus). The "Old Yeller" specimen (I'm going to try to get better locality info, and a catalog number, from LAMNH) is one of the most complete Platecarpus
Here's a photo of the complete skeleton when it still hung in the Keystone Gallery:
While in Alabama and Colorado, I collected, prepared, and studied specimens of Platecarpus
("flat wrist"), primarily specimens from Kansas and Wyoming. As noted in the Wikipedia article, one thing my resulted yielded was the discovery that the three of four recognized species – P. tympanitcus, P. ictericus, and P. coryphaeus
– we in fact a single species, P. tympaniticus
(the name with priority, i.e., the first published). I'd already determined that P. intermedius
was actually an immature Globidens alabamensis
(another mosasaur). Which left only the poorly understood species Platecarpus planifrons
and P. somenensis
. The former has since been removed from Platecarpus
and placed in another genera.
The last work I did on Platecarpus
was in 2001, when I was a guest on the American Museum of Natural History in New York and spent two days examining and photographing the holotype of "P. planifrons
Also, Spooky's giving me this nifty Platecarpus
pin (via Etsy, and this seller
So, yes. A very Platecarpus
Xmas. And soon the skull of an old, familiar friend will be hanging over my office doorway.
|A good article on Phil Robertson
I'm not going to read it for you, but here's a quote from a sermon by Phil Robertson." Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."
This was from 2010. Please don't tell me that these are the words of someone who is letting God judge. This is Phil Robertson passing judgement on others.
Also.... pretty sure even the pre-WW2 Japanese preferred to be called "Japanese" not "Shintos" and since Phil holds a master's degree, I am pretty sure he knew that.
[ ahavah ]
|FIC [Updated]: What We Become: A Supernatural/Walking Dead Crossover (Chapters 1-3 of ?) - Not Rated
Now with more Cas! And a pinch of Crowley.Title:
What We Become: A Supernatural/Walking Dead Crossover Author: AhavahFandoms:
Supernatural/The Walking Dead (TV) -- may have some influence from TWD comics in later chapters.Rating:
Not Rated (Given the canons, err on the side of 'Adult')Warnings:
Spoilers for TWD through Season 3 and SPN through Season 6. Cursing, violence, eventual smut, other canon-appropriate shenanigans.Pairings:
Mention of Glenn/Maggie, Dean/Lisa, and Bobby/Jody in this Chapter, though nothing explicit. All manner of pairings may be explored in future chapters, though.Characters:
(These Chapters:) Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Bobby Singer, Jody Mills, Ben Braeden, Daryl Dixon, Michonne, Glenn Rhee, Maggie Greene, Sasha, Tyreese, Castiel, Samuel Campbell, Lisa Braeden, Rick Grimes, Rufus Turner, Greg, Zach, Gwen Campbell, Christian Campbell (briefly), Alpha Vampire, CrowleySummary:
Ch. 1-3: After crossing paths with the Winchester brothers, Daryl Dixon is turned into a vampire. He must help the brothers find their grandfather, Samuel Campbell, who has the cure.
Set following TWD season 3 (after Woodbury but before Season 4 picks up) and an alternate SPN season 6 where the main apocalypse was still thwarted but Pestilence succeeded in releasing the Croatoan virus "swine flu vaccine".
CONTAINS SPOILERS for both Supernatural and The Walking Dead tv show. I'm focusing mainly on the show, but I'm a fan of TWD comics and may eventually incorporate storylines &/or characters from those as well.Chapter 1
I Chapter 2
I Chapter 3
|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
[ x_darkhope_x ]
|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
|[Perfume] Vintage Chanel N. 5 parfum
My mother had some EDT of this back in the day, and of course it's a scent most people have a passing familiarity with, but wow, putting on the vintage parfum REALLY shows just how many fragrances have been influenced by it over the years.
(Note: I'm not a Chanel person, but I was curious about the vintage 5 and 19. Lovely scents, but not the visceral connection I have with my Guerlains.)
(Which, at this point, is now every vintage Guerlain I have tried. This could get expensive.)
(More expensive, I say, recalling my vintage L'Heure Bleue habit. I have... some bottles. A couple. A few. Oh, hush.)
|Sunday, December 22nd, 2013|
|Woot! Offers a Big Shiny Framed Poster!
Online discount/deal website Woot! is offering a collection of framed movie posters for more than half off the source company's sticker price!
The deal, available until 0900 Central Time on Christmas Eve, has framed posters for sci-fi classics like A Clockwork Orange, Tron, Metropolis, The Thing...and the international release poster for Serenity available to own for $69.99, a 53% discount!
Please note that there may be issues with shipping outside the US due to their "hook" of offering major deals on things like appliances, DVD players, GPSes, etc. requiring limitations on destination but I use a re-shipment company to get around any blocks, perosnally.
|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
[ abby82 ]
|Reversal by turtle ducklings [PG]
THE HUNGER GAMESPairing:
Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (Everlark)Length:
1911 wordsAuthor on LJ:
N/AAuthor Website: Author on FFNWhy this must be read:
Post-Mockingjay and told in reverse, this story of Katniss and Peeta's lives is peppered with lines that are absolutely heartbreaking. The word selection is so clean and there's nothing in this fic that doesn't serve a purpose, to tell a story about trust, love and hope.( ExcerptCollapse )Reversal by turtleducklings
|Signs of the season
The following is still amusing me 3.5 days after I received it, so I figured I'd share it with you:
"Due to an acute case of December, the [event] is being postponed from 12/22 to 12/29.
"Same time 3:00-5:00PM
"Hope you all have lovely holidays!"
Yep, "an acute case of December" describes my current state perfectly. Now, if only I could squeeze another week in here....
That said, I'm doing what I always do with Christmas: I'm focusing on enjoying it. I enjoy what I do, and I do what I enjoy. Over the past several months, I enjoyed shopping for the presents that I would have liked to have shipped, oh, that missing week ago, but I'm not fretting that they're not yet wrapped let alone shipped. No worries, "that's just the way it is here." I am extremely resistant to letting obligation have a voice in my holiday plans and activities. I do what's enjoyable any given year and eschew things and emotions that are likely to take away from that joy. It's my utterly selfish approach to Christmas and I make no apologies for it.
However, I would enjoy having an additional week slipped in between now and next Wednesday.
Happy, happy. Merry, merry. See you on the Funway.
Got back home Monday - our plane out of Orlando was delayed an hour due to problems with the air pressurization system, which meant we missed our connecting flight in Columbus and got routed through Chicago Midway for a flight to Phoenix, which meant we got home at ten thirty at night rather than the middle of the afternoon, which meant Bo had to stay an extra night at the vet's, which they kindly didn't charge us for. (Probably because they did charge for an examination when it looked like he was drinking way too much water - I'd authorized medical treatment if necessary. Nothing found wrong, the doctor said it was probably just stress from boarding, and to keep an eye on him. He doesn't seem to be drinking any more than usual now, so I'm not worried.)
Bo was happy to see me when I came to pick him up the next morning, but we immediately failed him by Kathy coming down with a cold, and promptly giving it to me. Probably picked up in the goddam airport, where we lingered for at least five hours longer than planned. So we're desperately behind on everything and sequentially feeling crappy. Luckily I have all next week off.
1. Mail cards (better late than never)
2. Bake cookies (once non-contagious, see 1)
3. Do last minute shopping
4. Do final edits and post POM 12.
5. Try not to infect anyone else.
Today Bo tried to steal my breakfast while I was distracted, and knocked one of our Pyrex casserole dishes off the counter. It broke into a million pieces, scaring him to death, and he came galloping into the bedroom whimpering. When we discovered the carnage we were rather less sympathetic than he'd hoped for. We cleaned up the mess and went out to run errands, saying mostly in jest, "Don't tear open the new bird seed while we're gone!" In jest, I say. I mean, it's BIRD SEED.
Guess what we found all over the floor when we got home?
We did the only thing we could do under the circumstances - took a picture and submitted it to Dogshaming.com. Rants Talk to me
|Sunday, December 22nd, 2013|
|Gibbons for breakfast
I was sitting out on my balcony having breakfast when a chorus of whooping started across the road, in the zoo. It's still going on, in a series of waves. It's probably birds, but I prefer to think that it's monkeys.
When I've finished my coffee I'm heading out for a hike on the south side of the island (the Dragon's Back trail). The day is sunny but fresh, like the perfect English spring morning.
|December meme: Favourite female characters in Star Trek
Question from crossinghades
I was about to reply,
ALL OF THEM
. Then I remembered that's not exactly true.
Then I was going to reply,
, which is
true, but also leaves out a lot of really cool characters whom I love. SO.
Firstly, I posted on my "real" blog at great length
about "Space Seed" and Wrath of Khan
, and there's quite a lot of my feelings about female characters in TOS and the movies. (They mostly boil down to, "Nichelle Nichols is criminally underused, Saavik is amazing, it's shameful what JJ Abrams did to Carol Marcus.")
I came to Trek via TNG, so -- while Tumblr tells me it is Not Done to be a bit cool on TOS these days -- I'm pretty cool on TOS. IDK, guys, would it kill you to give Uhura more to do? Remember that time evil!Kirk tried to rape Janice Rand, and her recourse is to shamefully confess to her all-male senior officers? YEAH.
ANYWAY, as a wee child, I used to read feminist critiques of TNG, and its tendency to put women in nurturing roles, and go, "Yes, but they're awesome!" AND THEY ARE. But Crusher and Troi also spend much of the series being very gently soft spoken, and very mildly assertive, and it's frankly a breath of fresh air when Ro Laren turns up, speaking directly and generally kicking ass. (Keeping Yar would have maybe negated some of the overwhelming gentleness of Crusher and Troi, but season 1 wasn't exactly a great showcase for her character, so who knows?)
I mean, I love every single female character in TNG, but we have Crusher, Troi and later Guinan, all mostly gentle and empathetic characters. And when they break out of that mould, it's usually temporary, and in the service of Plot.
SO AWKWARDLY, I kind of stalled in my rewatch of DS9. So as much as I'd like to talk at length about how great Kira Nerys is, and also Dax and Kasidy Yates and a bunch of other female characters, I kind of can't. (I also stalled, like, two or three years ago? I should pick that up again.)
ON THE OTHER HAND, I am on the verge of rewatching Voyager
, and that is going to be GREAT. Because Voyager had the most women, and all of my favourites, and was just generally AMAZING. Except for that time they ditched Kes in favour of Harry Kim. SORRY, STILL NOT OVER IT. (Although, the way things worked out in the long run, they should have just ditched Chakotay. STILL NOT OVER THAT, EITHER.)
(CERTAIN PEOPLE on my Tumblr dash are telling me, through gifs, that I should go back to Janeway/Chakotay shipping. WAS ONCE NOT ENOUGH? STOP THAT! No, don't stop, those gifs are great. If Tumblr had existed when I was 15, mine would be two-thirds J/C gifs, one-third Alanis Morissette lyrics.)
(Thank God Tumblr didn't exist when I was 15.)
(There would also be some ship wars and some unexamined misogyny. It really is good that social media didn't exist when I was a teen.)
IN CONCLUSION, Star Trek is full of great female characters, many of whom are not served well by the text. (Someone on Tumblr, in about the last 24 hours, made a really good post about how Lwaxana Troi is basically the embodiment of the writers' fear of female sexuality. If only I could remember who, so I could link it!) FURTHER IN CONCLUSION, I really need to finish season 4 of Archer
so I can start Orange is the New Black
and my Voyager rewatch.
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|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
|Victor's Upcoming events in Worcester, Boston, NYC ...
I'm about wound up for 2013, with no more features or the like on the calendar until 2014. However, there are two events by other people I should note:Citywide BlackoutLea C. Deschenes will be interviewed and read her work
Online at www.digboston.com
6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22Call in number (617) 206-1050 Release Reading for "Beloved Demons," by C. Anthony Martignetti
Porter Square BooksI only mention this because I evidently have a blurb on the back. Which isn't particularly noteworthy, save that the book also sports an introduction by Neil Gaiman, and this is about as close as I can reasonably expect to be in the same book as him. (: Also, rumor has it Neil and wife Amanda Palmer will be on hand. Sounds like a fun time to me. (Plus, I genuinely love Anthony's writing.)
25 White St.
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Moving onto my own stuff, here's what my 2014 looks like so far:Worcester StorytellersVictor D. Infante reads excerpts from his work-in-progress, "Why We Should Suffer For This." Hosted by Kristina England.
Annie's Book Stop
65 James St.
Worcester, MA, 01603
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014New York Launch Reading of "The Incredible Sestina Anthology"With David Lehman, Sharon Mesmer, Sparrow, Jade Sylvan, Victor D. Infante, Patricia Carlin, Ned Rust, Sharon Dolin, Scott Edward Anderson, Jason Schneiderman, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Brendan Lorber. Hosted by Daniel Nester.
Ten River Terrace (at Murray Street)
New York, NY 10282
Subway: 1, 2, 3, A or C lines to Chambers Street Station
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014Reading for "The Incredible Sestina Anthology"With Meg Kearney, Michael Costello, Stephen Burt, Ravi Shankar, Jade Sylvan, Ethan Paquin and Victor D. Infante. Hosted by Daniel Nester.Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014Reading for "The Incredible Sestina Anthology"With Paul Muldoon, Scott Edward Anderson, Patricia Carlin, Victor D. Infante, Jason Schneiderman. Hosted by Daniel Nester.
New York, NY, 10003
6 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014Nick's Poetry Double-Header Part 1: The Hangover HourVictor D. Infante reads the work of T.S. Eliot. Hosted by Dave Macpherson.Nick’s Bar and Restaurant
(as recently seen in the movie “American Hustle”)
124 Millbury St.
Worcester, MA, 01610
5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014Nick's Poetry Double-Header Part 2: Reading for "The Incredible Sestina Anthology"
Featuring Daniel Nester, Victor D. Infante, and others TBA
Nick's Bar and Restaurant
124 Millbury St., Worcester, MA 01610
7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014
And there we are. 2014 is already looking like a busy year, which is considerably
better than being bored. In any case, now you know where to find and/or avoid me. More news as it develops ...
|[Yuletide] I hate the waiting stage.
You know, that one where you've uploaded, the story is finished and edited and all that, and you're going back and re-reading the Yule letter and thinking, "Christ, I'm an awful goat. Does this even fit what they asked for? Should I have referenced it when I was revisiting the source text rather than going by the memory of reading it WHEN IT WAS ASSIGNED? Oh, fucknuts."
THIS IS THE EARLIEST I HAVE EVER GOT MY FUCKING YULESTORY IN, AND I'VE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE (LIKE A BLUTH)! I HAVE AN EXTRA TWO DAYS OF FUCKING FRETTING BECAUSE I GOT IT IN IN A TIMELY FASHION. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?
Fret fret fret.
I hope it's even remotely what you wanted.
If not, mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
For all Michigan State faculty, staff, students, and alums and especially for the same at the UofM. Okay, Ohio State folks, you should watch, too. Fiestaware Fight
. (Goes to public Facebook page so even people like me can see it.)With a tip o'the link hat to my sister. Thanks, Sue!
[ nickygabriel ]
|bears are gaining on me again
Plan for the rest of today:
1) Scrap the current ending to my Yuletide story
2) Snivel a little (not over the ending itself, which is pretty terrible, but over having to re-do it)
3) Write new ending
4) Edit, edit, edit
ETA: New ending drafted. Maybe I'll take a nap before I try to edit.Crossposted at Dreamwidth ( comments); you can comment here or there.
|Forgotten Futures character record - PDF form - round 2
This is my second attempt at an editable PDF Forgotten Futures character record form. I'd be grateful if people could give it a try now and see if anything seems to be dodgy about it, if you can make it do weird things, etc. It looks a bit nicer, I think, http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/blank_record.pdf
All boxes are now text fields - I've set the ones that should be numbers to numerical only. There's a second overflow page, just one big text field.
You'll probably need to download it and open it in e.g. Adobe Reader - Firefox displays it but doesn't let you edit it, not sure about other browsers and readers.
|Rap's Tale of Christmas Cheer!
So I was shopping for groceries for the holiday and I got myself some fancy cheeses and beef stick and wine and chips and beer. And chicken alfredo. And I dutifully donated to the poor at the register and did cash back for a buck because I feel guilty if I don't give the bell ringer something (Yes I know the Good Samaratins hate gays, I've made peace with that).
So I get to my car and am loading my goodies and a clearly indigent guy is all "Ma'am happy holidays, spare some change?" =- and I feel really bad because I really don't have any cash on me at this point and I tell him that. Then I get my bright idea.
"I don't have any cash but I could offer you a beer if you like?" and I pull one out of the bag.
Man, his eyes *lit up*.
Then he looks at it and totally grins "Man, this is *fancy* beer!"
I gave him another. It was fun. I'm sure it's not what he needed but I kinda suspect that had I given him a few dollars, the end result woulda been the same.
[ raveninthewind ]
Our new episode, written by Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, and Emma Bull, is on the air