Step 1: Remember some clothing item I almost never wear that is in some closet or box, somewhere.
Step 2: Try to imagine the perfect items to go with it. Bonus points for combining it with some other rarely worn item. Lay out possible ensembles while looking for that perfect item.
Step 3: Two days until the convention I realize that I have not found the original item I was looking for and there are now piles of clothes everywhere. The list is not even half finished.
Step 4: Panic.
Step 5: Start throwing random items into suitcases. Pack five pairs of jeans and two tee shirts for three days.
Step 6: While looking for something else, Discover the first item I was looking for hidden inside a box that I had not opened from my last move. Throw it in on top of the three packed suitcases.
Step 7: Put it on at the con and discover it looks like 1984 threw up on me.
Step 8: Worn with confidence everyone assumes I am in costume rather than a fashion victim. Absolutely fabulous!
Step 9: Resolve to be better organized next year. (Existential loathing of what I put myself through.)
I am now at piles of clothes.
Emperor of Thorns by artist Jason Chan.
Making kale chips with mother at her house. Instructions found in the NPR story about America’s Test Kitchen. Interesting experiment, but I do not know that they will ever be a favorite of mine. Oh, lots of kale in my garden right now.
the things we love today are druids, science, and not being on a train full of strangers and screaming children
it was a good meeting
addendum, two out of three committee members love…
Same goes for pets.
DONT LEAVE ANYTHING THAT IS ALIVE IN A CAR
Do not do leave a kid or animal in a car and remember that you are human. DO NOT RELY ON MEMORY ALONE. One of the tragic things that happens is that a care giver is driving a sleepy baby that goes to sleep and then they forget. (David Diamond explains) “Oh I could never…” WRONG! If you have ever forgotten why you went into a room you are just as human as any of us.
One suggested way of preventing this is to take off a shoe and leave it with your child or pet. But it needs to be done consistently if you do so.
Mike Resnik had a terrible idea on the 25th of July. Sometime early in the morning he decided to edit his own Wikipedia article to present his point of view on the (horribly sexist) article he wrote for the SFWA newsletter. This was, of course, noticed and changed back. Wikipedia sent him the usual canned ‘conflict of interest’ response. Have a photo of what he tried to change:
And around the same time the little world of lit-fandom noticed with James Nicoll pointing it out on his blog.
There needs to be a guide for people with D-list fame on the internet with helpful tips like, “You are not that famous, but you do have some degree of fame which means that almost anything bad you do on the internet will be noticed. So you should never edit your own Wikipedia article or respond to negative reviews of your work on Amazon, Youtube, etc…”
Okay I am in. Let me get an ale.
This could almost make me play video games.
Thor Thor Odinson, ThD.
This is one of the better things to come out of discussing the reaction of the cave dwelling wing of SFlit-fandom* to the news that for a while a woman will be fulfilling the role of Thor.
*Weirdly enough this military reactionist fantasy form of science-fiction is fairly common and not limited to the United States of America. There was a Slate article about a SF writer who is part of Russian irredentist movement in Ukraine. You would think that almost all fans of a genre that is supposedly about the future would be down with change… but sadly no. Also, do not google John C. Wright.
Reading More Words, Deeper Hole is quite hazardous to the sanity of anyone with curiosity. Because James Nicoll regularly makes posts, conveniently tagged “memetic prophylactic recommended”, with links that are the written equivalent of goatse. Thankfully I have been trained by the internet to never read the comments and now I also avoid clicking on MPR links. However if you do not have your daily recommended dose of rage by all means click on any of his posts where he shows off the greatest asshats in lit-fandom*.
*My term for the science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc. fandom that reads lots of books.
Oh, also the source of the reaction picture up there is Oglaf which is so NSFW that you cannot even see the light from a “G” rating when you are on that website.