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Sep. 26th, 2017 03:23 pm
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Has anyone driven a stake through its heart?

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Sep. 26th, 2017 02:44 pm
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Again reminded

A waste of time and annoys the pig . . .

when the curtain parts

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:17 pm
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When the curtain parts, when the doors open, when unknown beings from there come here, they always arrive in an empty parking lot, at twilight, when the sky is glowing but the earth is dim, and the electric lights of humankind seem as weak as a last breath.

portentous sky

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Sep. 26th, 2017 10:33 am
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Morning round of scraping and priming finished. Did not die. Professional painter guy working across the street. Temptation . . .

Still yucky

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:51 am
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Air temperature 63 F, dew point 60, scattered clouds, wind south about 5 mph. Tied another record high yesterday.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 08:33 pm
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Rash assumption, I know, but I presume people remember that the Korean War ended without a peace treaty.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 03:41 pm
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“The Road South," written by me with Becca Caccavo (aka younger daughter), will be appearing in Welcome to Dystopia in early 2018. It’s Bec’s first fiction sale, my first collaboration, edited by the estimable Gordon Van Gelder, and including many names far more illustrious than mine (like Ron Goulart, Eileen Gunn, Janis Ian, Yoon Ha Lee, Lisa Mason, Barry N. Malzberg, David Marusek, Mary Anne Mohanraj, James Morrow, Robert Reed, Geoff Ryman, Harry Turtledove, Ray Vukcevich, Ted White, Paul Witcover, and Jane Yolen).

And it's available for preorder. Just in case the times we live in aren't dystopic enough for you.

http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/welcome-to-dystopia/

Meanwhile

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:43 pm
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While everyone is nattering about the NFL, remember Puerto Rico.

Murky muggy

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:46 am
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Air temperature 64 F, dew point 62, calm, scattered clouds. We recorded a new record high for the date yesterday.

The Good Place

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 12:53 pm
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We don't have any problem with convicted felons on the NFL field, but political dissent is right out.

Old

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:24 am
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Air temperature 58 F, dew point 56, calm, clear. Back to scraping paint. Old people and old houses . . .

Nothing to see here

Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:32 am
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Air temperature 52 F, dew point 47, calm, scattered clouds. Newspapers not ready at the convenience store. My day is ruined.

The World of Robin Hood at Age Eleven

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:27 am
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Sometimes I really need to escape from the news, which seems more horrific every day. And my escape needs a dose of blithe fun.

So I trundle out photocopies of student papers, missing chapters from Robin Hood, as gleefully penned by eleven year olds.

In-joke

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:35 pm

Autumnal

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:58 am
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Air temperature 49 F, dew point 44, scattered clouds, wind north about 10 mph. We're still trying to fill in Jose's low pressure.

Game Review: Overlord

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:07 am
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[expanded from the review I posted on Steam]

Review and Discussion )


Bonus review-let: Forced.

Forced, Gamification of Games, Player vs. Designer )

So, yeah. I am learning something about gaming, game design, or myself from every game I play, and I am glad I seem to have broken through the mountain of shame (OMG, so much stuff I've never played, best never look at them) and guilt (OMG, so much wasted money). I no longer feel compelled to 'give every game a fair chance' just because I once spent money on it. (Frequently, in bundle deals, I did not even set out to buy all of the games.)

Overall, I spend less than £5/month on games and, overall, I enjoy gaming. I'm not going to get the same amount of fun out of every game, but if I can average a couple of hours of fun for every £5 I pay, that's actually not bad value for money.

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 1

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm
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Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

Read more... )
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I'm doing a little bit of writing with some adult learners (there may be some high school students in this class as well)--just ten minutes or so. I don't have any pedagogical reason to believe this is beneficial, except for believing that when people have pleasant experiences doing something, then that thing becomes less daunting. In other words, maybe, if the students enjoy this time writing, they'll feel more able to tackle the sort of writing you need to do to clear the hurdles in front of them. But even if that's not the case, I think people deserve a chance and a place to try out writing, just for its own sake and their own sake. So.

My first prompt for them was this quote from Fred Rogers: "You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind," which I recalled from this autotuned song made from that and other remarks of his.

I showed them some gardens.

A garden in Holyoke, created by "self-proclaimed plant geeks":


(Source)

Randyland, the garden created by Randy Gilson, a waiter and son of a single mom, in Pittsburgh, PA:


(Source)

The magic gardens of Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia:


(Source)

The blooming Cadillacs at the Cadillac ranch in Amarillo, Texas:


(Source is this Google image, whose original location is given as this video.)

The famous Zen garden at Ryōanji, in Kyoto, Japan:


(Source)

And I said, even when you think a place is barren, nothing growing, life pushes through, like in this parking lot in Boston:


(Source)

And then I asked them--what's growing in the garden of your mind? Several people wrote that they felt like the parking lot and talked about worries, but one wrote about a painting she's planning, and another compared his mind to a potato (and gave me a diagram to show it growing). It was wonderful.

What's growing in the garden of *your* mind, these days?

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