rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 2nd, 2012 05:46 pm)
Free/nearly free Andre Norton books via Kindle, and apparently elsewhere.

Calorie science )
I didn’t build that: “Over the years, I’ve encountered a few successful people who believe they did it all themselves and achieved success because they are just better than their fellow human beings. Some were bankers; some were writers; some were lawyers. Some male, some female. Some rich, some not. Some were born into privilege, some weren’t. I guess they’re a pretty diverse crowd. They only have one thing in common, really: They’re all assholes.”

White dudely thinking:
The company was hiring more women in managerial jobs, and while he had no problem with that in general, he said that some of these women hadn’t started out hauling cotton as he had and didn’t know the business from the ground up. But the company felt pressure to hire them, Charles told me, “to keep up with the times.”… Charles was always pretty handy, so he considered starting a construction company [after he quit], even though he had never run a business. Working with trucks and piles of wood was a “humbling experience,” especially after having been a head of national sales. He said that he knew he would be competing with men who were in the business a long time or with younger men who once worked for him.
Now, this dude is not to blame for America’s economic woes. But JFC that’s some entitled, hypocritical bullshit!  

poetry by Dessa, apocalyptic policeman, shapeshifter love, Janis Ian's songs, gumshoe exorcist, robot zombies )
Sweded movies and the end of Hollywood as we know it: You have to spot author Ben Walters the omission of other fan cultures and the apocalyptic rhetoric; there’s still some interesting stuff here.

Really good essay on The Dark Knight: “Also, let’s not forget that calling Batman ‘fascist’ is a little like accusing the Pope of being catholic, or hinting darkly that a particular bear may have, at some point in its life, shit in the woods.”

I … don’t actually trust an email from Joe Biden that says “trust me—you’ll have fun.”

Andrews, Harper, Martin, Larbalestier & Brennan, Spencer )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Jan. 23rd, 2012 10:05 pm)
I enjoyed many of the Festivids, but the reason you should watch Propagation is to be recruited to Threshold, a short-lived but really neat sf alien invasion show where the aliens keep winning. Stars Carla Gugino, Peter Dinklage, and Brent Spiner, along with a very handsome military man with a mysterious backstory that sadly never got explored. Go, watch, then watch more!

Also, I don’t know if this Life vid works as a recruiter vid because the ways it employs canon to match with the lyrics are so good; watch it and find out!

urban fantasy, sf Islam )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Oct. 8th, 2010 12:41 pm)
Your internet is not my internet: I read about this new Facebook stuff and it just makes me confused. Filters are exotic and nobody knows how to use them? And so Facebook is going to let other people decide what my Groups are? Why can’t I manage my friends myself and filter out specific people when I need to? (I take it that hidden somewhere in the bowels of Facebook settings, deeper even than privacy controls, you can do this, but that they expect Groups to become dominant.)

The LJ/DW solutions seem so intuitive and elegant, whereas Facebook’s prompting for me to add people to various Lists has been terrible. Am I just wanting those kids to get off of my lawn? (I should also note: I declared LJ bankruptcy and gave up on updating my friendslist/filters there. I haven’t been filtering at DW, though I also have not been adding back journals that seemed to be for reading purposes only. I expect I will have to start filtering soon, though. So it’s not as if manual filtering is easy. It’s just so much better for what I want to do than automatically being added to groups!)

reviews: Ilona Andrews, music in Buffy, and digital images )
The most recent LJ stuff, brilliantly satirized here by [personal profile] marcelo (or is it satire?), has helped push me to move more towards Dreamwidth. Also, my LJ list has been broken for a while, in the sense that I haven’t been adding anyone back or going beyond a tight filter because I got overwhelmed and neurotic, and I’d like to start again.

What this means for this journal on LJ: initially, I’m consolidating comments on DW, which I hope will help the conversations. I love comments, especially on stories! I really hope everyone comments at DW, or on the AO3!

As for my reading list: I’ll be trying to read new people as well as old friends via starting fresh on DW, so if you like, please do find me on DW, where I’m still [personal profile] rivkat. If you crosspost to DW, I’ll be reading you there. (If I miss you, sorry, just let me know! I’m sure I’ve dropped more than a few balls in the transition.) If you don’t crosspost but don’t have locked entries (that I can see) I will probably follow you as a feed. For non-crossposting journals with locked entries, I will probably try tracking them. Suggestions welcome, of course.

Harris, Singh, Andrews and Brook on hellhounds; Lucifer; Rob Thurman; Laurell Hamilton  )
Seen on Freecycle today: stuffed prating dog. Turns out it was a typo for “praying,” but I’d be into a prating dog, at least as long as I could turn it off.
Ilona Andrews, Daniel Abraham, musical history, cars, lawyer-novelists )
Fic rec: Mistaken for Strangers, by [personal profile] bellatemple . As an acafan I couldn't not love it. And if you think about the SPN-fan relationship as indicated by the show, the title gets even better.

Werewolves, assassins, dragons, young offenders, and whatever it is that CJ Cherryh writes )
Raising children: 2.0 took two pairs of boxer shorts, mushed them together, and insisted they were a baby. But she also maintained that she was the daddy and that the baby had two daddies, so perhaps I haven’t failed as a parent.

mortgages, discounting, food, suburban history )
rivkat: Wonder Woman reading comic (wonder woman reading comic)
( Jul. 5th, 2009 06:59 pm)
My very first Smallville story, The Presence of Fire, is up at the Audio archive, courtesy of [personal profile] cathexys.

Jim Butcher and Ilona Andrews, heir to Laurell Hamilton )

Quotes for my commonplace book:

Und willst du nicht mein Bruder sein, So schlag' ich Dir den Schädel ein. (If you don't want to be my brother, then I'll smash your skull in.)

“We fed the heart on fantasy; the heart grew brutal on the fare.” Wm. Butler Yeats

"Torture, from Latin torquere, to twist. What visual instruction in etymology! ... Whoever was tortured, stays tortured. Torture is ineradicably burned into him, even when no clinically objective traces can be detected." Jean Améry, At the Mind's Limit: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities
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