rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Aug. 24th, 2017 07:03 pm)
The Best of SubterraneanRead more... )
Urban Enemies, ed. Joseph Nassise: Read more... )
Claudia Grey, Defy the StarsRead more... )
Women of Futures Past, ed. Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Read more... )
Leta Blake & Indra Vaughn, Vespertinemodern gay romance )
Seanan McGuire, Down Among the Sticks and BonesRead more... )
Cherie Priest, ChapelwoodRead more... )
Sarah Kuhn, Heroine WorshipRead more... )
Mira Grant, Into the Drowning DeepRead more... )
Seanan McGuire, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayRead more... )Haunted Nights, ed. Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton: Read more... )
1. Lucifer is very satisfying to me right now. Maze and Chloe as roommates is exactly the fanservice I desired.

2. I love gothy covers of Sarah McLachlan’s Possession, but it occurs to me that they are a bit mansplainy. She did, after all, know that she was writing about a stalker.

3. Words cannot really describe how much I want a Farscape vid to Murdering Stravinsky.  Dining on each other! Dressing up as fascists! Killing off the past to make the future last!  Dancing on the coals!

Elliott Kay, Seanan McGuire, Sarah J. Maas )
OUaT: spoilers are so aggravated they forgot the cut tag )

Humanities Crisis Mad Libs:
Of course humanities classes challenge students to think about big questions; of course that teaching is valuable. But when the argument leaps immediately to synthesis, analysis, and imagination, we give little credit to the scrappy effort needed to master the fundamentals of many humanities fields. Humanities faculty members regularly miss the chance to tell their students and the public about the many other valuable skills they teach: how to write a clear sentence; how to communicate in a foreign language; how to look to the past in order to make decisions today; and so on. All of these are invaluable skills that help students in the world of work. Building these nuts-and-bolts skills also leads to broader vistas.
horror stories, C.J. Cherryh, Stacia Kane, Seanan McGuire )
Well, my experiment with iTunes 11 made me go back to iTunes 10.6, a more unpleasant proposition than it should have been—initially it erased 3 months of changes, and I’d added a bunch of music and am also obsessive about my play counts, so that was a couple of hours of fiddling. Ultimately I downloaded a couple of scripts that allow manual resetting of play counts, which wasn’t perfect but was a hell of a lot faster than skipping tracks one by one, which I should have done from the beginning; would have saved me a lot of time.

Unionmade, retailer of fashions that are not union made.
See, it’s an homage to the time when things were well made by people with good jobs! Or a huge slap in the face to real union labor. You choose.

Aaron Bady (wow is this guy sharp; his Batman essay was genius, and now this), Questioning Clay Shirky:
Why have we stopped aspiring to provide the real thing for everyone? That’s the interesting question, I think, but if we begin from the distinction between "elite" and "non-elite" institutions, it becomes easy to take for granted that "non-elite students" receiving cheap education is something other than giving up. It is important to note that when online education boosters talk about "access," they explicitly do not mean access to "education of the best sort"; they mean that because an institution like Udacity provides teaching for free, you can’t complain about its mediocrity. It’s not an elite institution, and it’s not for elite students. It just needs to be cheap.

Talking in terms of "access" (instead of access to what?) allows people like Shirky to overlook the elephant in the room, which is the way this country used to provide inexpensive and high-quality education to all sorts of people who couldn’t afford to go to Yale -- people like me and my parents.
Randall Munroe: “It makes me happy that an arm of the US government has, in some official capacity, issued an opinion on the subject of firing nuclear missiles into hurricanes.”

Predator Nation; Black women, civil rights, and the struggle against sexual violence )

1. My own website won’t recognize my login! This makes me worry. The CMS is nice in many ways, but I am starting to realize how vulnerable I am now that I rely on something beyond the hand-coded html I can make myself.

2. I’ve been using this free file-hosting service Dropbox, and I think it’s great for document management—I keep all my works in progress, as well as other stuff including teaching materials, in my Dropbox folder. That means I can access them on all my computers and on my iPhone and have changes automatically updated across all my devices. It’s good for joint writing projects for the same reason. You get 2 gigs free, [ETA: I've maxed out on free space, so I'm not asking anyone else to sign up via me any more.  I still recommend the service though]. I’ve been using the service for nearly a year, I’m highly satisfied, and I only get email from them when I’m near to filling my space. So anyone interested in trying the service/helping a girl out, I encourage you to check it out.

3. I’m also on Google Wave now, though I still don’t know what it’s for. I’m rivkat and if you want an invite or if you want to connect there, let me know!

4 etc. Realms of Fantasy has made its Feb. 2010 issue available as a free download on its website. Aside from the skeevy naked-girl art from Frank Wu, I found the stories largely entertaining; Harlan Ellison, Leah Bobet, Euan Harvey, Aliette de Bodard, and Ann Leckie are the authors represented.

Middleman, Wild Cards, original slash, urban fantasy )



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