EDIT 8/23/17: I went back out and moved a bit of brush from the savanna, and also trimmed grass around three saplings there.
EDIT 8/23/17: I went back out and moved a bit of brush from the savanna, and also trimmed grass around three saplings there.
Accordingly I'm going to sell it on ebay as is and hope it ends up earning some money. The Sony has already passed what I paid for it with a week to go, so fingers crossed it will do well too.
What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
Lots of Kris Ripper and Alexis Hall in this batch.
Breaking Down (Scientific Method Universe #4) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ripper once again puts zir characters through the emotional ringer.
This time we get the aftermath of an offscreen sexual assault and a breakup that's painful for everyone involved. ( read more )
Roller Coasters (Scientific Method Universe #5) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book really centers Will's struggles and insecurities about his place in Hugh and Truman's relationship, which is a thing I'd wanted (and Ripper had been working up to) for several books. ( read more )
The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (Scientific Method Universe #6) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
So much going on in this book and it's all just fabulous. ( read more )
The Honeymoon (The Scientific Method Universe #7) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
And with that the main arc about Will and Hugh and Truman's relationship comes to a perfect close. ( read more )
For Real - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a fabulous BDSM romance between two characters with an 18-year age difference. I love that kind of thing, but if large age differences make you uncomfortable this book is not for you. ( read more )
The Art Of Three - Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese ★ ★ ★
A sweet, relatively low-drama poly romance. ( read more )
Spectred Isle (Green Men #1) - K.J. Charles ★ ★ ★ ★
An excellent beginning to a new series. While the romance is central and significant, this is above-all a well-built supernatural fantasy. ( read more )
Extremes (Scientific Method Universe #8) - Kris Ripper ★ ★ ★ ★
Short and incredibly intense. ( read more )
Silver Moon - Catherine Lundoff ★ ★ ★ ★
Menopausal werewolves! What's not to love? ( read more )
Glitterland (Glitterland #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
There was a lot I loved about this book and a few things that really didn't work for me. ( read more )
Gays Of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★
A charming romance with a delightfully disgruntled disabled protagonist. ( read more )
Aftermath (Glitterland #1.5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★
A nice epilogue that ties up some dangling threads from the book, but I'm still just not in love with this couple.
Penric's Fox - Lois McMaster Bujold ★ ★ ★ ★
Probably my favourite of the Penric stories so far. Nominally a murder mystery, but there is only ever one obvious suspect. ( read more )
Sand and Ruin and Gold - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
A disturbing and unsettling story about captivity and freedom and connection.
Romantic in its own way but decidedly not a romance.
In Vino - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★
Short story starring a secondary character from For Real, available for free for joining Hall's mailing list.
Fucked up, self-destructive asshole has fucked up, self-destructive and really ill-considered sex. It's like watching a train wreck. I really hot, decidedly kinky train wreck.
Fire Thief - Jordan Castillo Price ★ ★
Short story. Picked up as a first sample of a frequently-recced writer.
Enjoyable enough, but the way the love interest's disability was concealed and then revealed as if it were somehow shocking left me cold.
Shatterproof - Xen Sanders ★ ★ ★
I found this book frustrating. I liked it, but I really wanted to love it and I could just never get there. ( read more )
Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I LOVED this book and I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the series.
Complicated, smart and constantly-surprising fantasy with a great lesbian romance. ( read more )
Heart of the Steal - Avon Gale & Roan Parrish ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Well, that was completely delightful.
Philanthropist who dabbles in art theft meets cute guy at a party and decides to impress him with a gift of illicitly acquired art. Cute guy turns out to be an FBI Agent. Art Crimes divisions. Eh heh heh, oops? ( read more )
Prosperity (Prosperity #1) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I keep expecting the Prosperity series to be light and airy and vaguely fluffy. Airships! Skytowns! A street urchin named Piccadilly and a crime-lord named Milord! It sounds like the fluffiest of fluff. But it's so much more. It's also complex and tangled and so fucking honest about the complexity of love and emotion and connection. ( read more )
WARNING: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. In this poem, alter!Alex is Harley Quinn, a conflation which may bother some readers. It also features dimensional travel, impaired consent and mental functionality, forceful interventions to address an abusive relationship, vehement objections to well-meaning help, attempted assault, use of a previous name for constructive but nonconsensual purposes, allergies, reference to vigilante activity, reference to Quinn's past abusive relationship, communication failures, confusion, mixed signals, awkward family dynamics, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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I've been seeing lots of butterflies today. There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.
EDIT 8/22/17: I went back out and pulled more weeds farther along the patio edge and by the birdgift apple tree.
Because of my linguistic coprocessor, it's very easy for me to hack a pidgin if I know any of its main antecedents. So for instance, I can clock "don" as the past-tense marker: "BBC Pidgin don start today" = "BBC Pidgin started today." Take a look at the new materials and see what bits of grammar and vocabulary you can identify. \o/
Meanwhile over in Terramagne, I bet their BBC offers a whole bunch of different overlays like this. France probably does too, because they spawned a lot of colonial languages, including the Haitian French that Saraphina speaks. Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take Aidan to catch onto that resource, because he's not much of a TV junkie. But an hour of French-national Haitian French overlay would be good practice for them, and a nice change from the much scarcer pure Haitian programming.
Ars Magica 5 Bundle
"The Bundle of Holding and Ars Magica go way back. We offered the current (Fifth) edition of the Ars Magica rulebook in our August 2013 Bundle of the Ages, a collection of historical RPGs, and in March 2014 we presented a collection of vintage ArM supplements that supported the earlier Fourth Edition (1996-2004). We admire Ars Magica hugely and regard it as one of the field's seminal designs. It was a harbinger of the acclaim awaiting both its designers, Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein-Hagen. We're proud to revive this large assortment from August 2014 supporting the current edition, which is widely regarded as the finest yet. (This is the third revival of this offer; the two previous revivals were May 2015 and February 2016. This third revival is a first, so to speak -- we've never revived the same offer three times.) The new companion collection of supplements, ArM5 Wizards & Power, has lots of additional material to expand any Mythic Europe saga. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$125. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- Ars Magica Fifth Edition: The complete, current 240-page rulebook.
- Covenants (retail $15): The essential guide to help players improve the homes of their magi.
- Houses of Hermes: True Lineages (retail $12): A detailed treatise on four powerful Houses of the Order of Hermes.
- Apprentices (retail $7): Become a young student of the Art of Magic.
- The Living Covenant: As a convenience to our customers, we present over two dozen free characters and setting files from the Atlas Games website, collected here in one handy 42-page booklet.
- Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults and Societates(retail $15 each): The second and third treatises on the Hermetic Houses.
- The Lion and the Lily (retail $15): The Normandy Tribunal sourcebook about the many active covenants in densely populated northern France.
- The Broken Covenant of Calebais (retail $10): The first-ever ArM adventure, originally written by Mark Rein-Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, now updated for the current edition.
- Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.
Ars Magica 5 Wizards and Power Bundle
"This all-new companion offer presents all four Realms of Power supplements about the sources of magic in Mythic Europe, along with several sourcebooks about the Hermetic Tribunals in various regions from the Rhineland to Transylvania.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first Realms of Power book (Magic) and two Tribunals -- Against the Dark (Transylvania) and The Sundered Eagle (Theban).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $60,, including Guardians of the Forests (about the Rhine Tribunal, first of them all) and the remaining three Realms of Power books: The Divine, The Infernal, and Faerie.
At least one title will be added after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.
Ars Magica resourcesLearn much more about Ars Magica Fifth Edition and get free downloads at the Atlas Games website. The Project Redcap wiki is the best starting point for fan resources. And check this RPG.net forum thread, "Let's Read Ars Magica Fifth Edition," and this RPG.net forum post by user cj.23 listing ArM resources. (That last one is in a topic called "Ars Magica Bundle of Holding -- do I want it?" You can answer that for yourself.)
If you're taken up the previous Ars Magica offer the Wizards and Power bundle is something you're likely to want. If not, I'd suggest trying Ars Magica first, then going for Wizards and Power if you find it useful. They're both running until September 11th so there's a little time to decide if you like it, but remember that prices will probably rise.
I'm not going to download this stuff because I don't really play fantasy RPGs any more, but if I did Ars Magica would be high on my list of possible systems, and the pricing looks pretty good. But as usual your mileage may vary.
One reason I've been writing down a lot of T-American food choices and linking similar local recipes is because they're a lot farther along the path of using dietary choices to support health. That's mostly replicable here. You can see it with Shiv in particular, how much better he feels now than several months ago. That's not all due to the extra psych support he's getting; it's also because he's eating better.
- Historical reconstructionist Paganism: good to see that the wolf named Hater didn't eat the Sun woman, "the sky's bright bride", in the US yesterday and I'm amused that the small percentage of neo-Pagans who're also neo-nazis were supposed to spend the day acknowledging and celebrating the victory of enlightenment over hate and haters, lol. I hope y'all enjoyed the lightshow!
- Kickass Drag Queen, starring Bob the Drag Queen, seems to be turning into an ongoing comic? The original pilot story about saving Pocket Gay (8pg), and the first episode in which there's a plot to make basic straight girls everywhere feel insecure, pt1 (9pg) and pt2 (9pg), lol especially at the pilot ep.
- Reading, books 2017: 85.
80. Bramton Wick, by Elizabeth Fair, 1952, novel (strictly probably a novella). A lightly observant account of a limited rural social circle with the sort of people who mostly don't have to work to earn their living, think four bedroomed houses are poky, and have hired domestic help even post-war. As my faithful readers will have inferred from the title of this book there are lesbians within, although Miss Tiger Garrett is a marginally more subtle stereotype than Angela Thirkell's 1940 debut Miss Hampton. Her partner is Miss Bunty Selbourne and they breed dogs like all good middle class 1950s English lesbians (no reform school for these two, lol) although, disappointingly, the story reveals they have separate bedrooms. Unusually well-paced and structured for a first novel imo, which is especially difficult to achieve in a story relying much more on social observation than plot. Thanks to slemslempike for the rec. (3.5/5, goodreads = 21 ratings / 4 reviews 4/5)
We currently have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be complete. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $169.50 to be complete.
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How would you like to distribute the $60?
ALL $60 into "The Inner Transition"
ALL $60 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
ALL $60 into "Two Foxes"
Divide it equally across the THREE poems
"Only in the Gift"
I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world
a reminder that we live,
moment by moment,
only in the gift of
his infinite light.
Poem: "To Appreciate Small Victories"
Poem: "The Bamboo That Bends"
Poem: "As Couples as Possible"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Poem: "The Whole of Civilization"
Bust of Lincoln Destroyed (54 comments)
Read "Absent the White Roses" by William Altolft
Read "Under Cover Fashion" by Bairnsidhe
Promoting a Better World
Poem: "Tricky Treats"
Today we saw the eclipse in Chester, IL. :D 3q3q3q!!!
The bonus fishbowl last week went well.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.
Weather has been warm to hot here. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, thistle.
But now when white terrorists are out and about and saying clearly that they want to murder everyone who is not them; folks who have been violent and are STILL violent to goddamn day, I see a freedom of expression community pop up on dw. And the first thing they defend is the motherfucking confederate statues, you know, those statues deliberately built to terrorise the black community during the Civil Rights movement. Funny how that works. Statues built to terrorise black people wfor daring to demand their liberty is freedom of expression. White terrorism is freedom of expression. Meantime the Black Penthers got stamped out, Martin Luther King was murdered by the CIA and everytime BLM tries to hold a demonstration the same police who somehow were outgunned by the white militias in Charlottesville can find military equipemnt and riot control shit and sound cannons to hurt and maim and beat the everliving fuck out of black protestors.
And NOBODY defends the freedom of expression for the Muslim community let alone Muslim terrorists. There is a strict line of thinking Muslims can utter or else they'll have law enforcement real hard for themselves and their communities for the rest of their lives. Hell, even when they toe the line Law enforcement is up their asses anyway.
Further, the fact that Nazi's and Confederates and the KKK are proven violent ass mass murdering motherfuckers who had to be resisted violently to be put down (YES there was violent black resistance before and during and after the Civil Rights movement there are about 4 books on Amazon chronicling that shit look it up) and in the case of the Nazis and Confederates it required literal wars to stop them, is conveniently ignored and swept under the table for ahistorical lazy ass white supremacist favouring propoganda about freedom of speech. Its real nice to pretend that your stance is highminded when if you are affected at all it will be collateral damage. But our lives and liberty are on the line for this fuckery. If the Nazis and Confederates get what they want, and you pieces of shit are hellbent on giving it to them, then we will the the ones murdered and raped and put in concentration camps. And your surprise at the predictable result of allowing self identified murderous fuckwits to come to power will be useless to our survival. So I hope the worst for you. I hope the venomous snakes you are cuddling to your bosoms turn around and bite them. You folks are literal enablers and collaborators with mass murdering fuckwits and though the world is unjust and unkind, if the worst comes to the worst I hope you too get fucked.
The Eos 400D I got works except that it doesn't accept memory cards, which makes it fairly useless. It looks like at least one pin at the bottom of the card slot is bent and flattened, and the procedure for getting inside it to fix that looks to be horribly complicated. I've asked a repairer for a quote but I suspect that it might well be more than the cost of a working 400D on eBay. Fortunately I shouldn't lose money on the purchase, because even a dead 400D sells for £20 or so, and because one of the lenses I bought with it, which I initially thought was fairly naff, turned out to be extremely rare and sold for £55 last night. If the buyer eventually gets round to paying me I ought to be quids in. Update - now paid.
In related news I've decided to sell on the Sony Nex 5 camera I got at a car boot a few months ago - it was interesting, but it isn't designed to be used the same way as an SLR or a fake SLR like the bridge camera and my reflexes are all wrong for it. That's on eBay now, along with some lens converters I bought for it but never got round to using. It's a shame in a way because it's really a better camera than the Fujitsu or the Eos 400D with higher resolution, HD video, and more bells and whistles, but I'd sooner use a camera that I like than own one that's better but just sits on the shelf. Update - forgot to say that the reason I'm selling this now is that eBay gave me a "maximum £1 seller's fees" extended weekend, so it seemed like a good time to do it. I was also hoping to sell another iMac G4, but the wifi card seems to have died and I won't be able to get it fixed before the offer ends.
All of the stuff I'm selling is here