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I dreamed last night that I was at some kind of weird-ass LARP-but-not-a-LARP where the theme seemed to be Space Pirates with some kind of fighting of monsters or something. And I was playing a character who was being admitted or readmitted into a group of Space Pirates[1] but who had to prove himself because he was...I dunno, too scruffy/disreputable for the Space Pirates or something? So there was a trial of sorts and my character was having to defend himself to the Council of Space Pirates or something. And of course, since I've been up for an hour or so, I can't remember all of the confrontation but the gist of it was my character telling this council that yes, he was a dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate but a) that's what he was supposed to be and b) he was the sort of dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate who came BACK from dirty, no-good, scummy space pirate fights with monsters or whatever the space pirates were up against. So, yeah, that should count for something in his favor. Unfortunately, I can't remember how things turned out for this character but I wanted to record what I could remember of the dream so that I can remember this guy 'cuz I likes him.

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Complaint about City Confidential: and other TV shows that talk about small-town America. A city with a population of 30,000 people is NOT a 'small' town unless your only frame of reference is cities with populations in the millions. My home town is/was a tenth the size of the city you're talking about. I think I have made this complaint before.

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[1] The Space Pirates seemed to be organized on guild/clan lines, kind of like mercenaries or something. This may have something to do with me having gone to sleep listening to a Hardcore History podcast about the Mongols along with other influences like Karen Traviss's Star Wars books.
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In the case of an actual Writer Freak Out I probably wouldn't be posting, I'd be curled up on my bed whining about how much I suck. 'Cause, yeah...

Found this article earlier today: The Writer’s Toolkit: The Alpha and The Omega of your novel. It talks about having a kernal idea for your book and how important it is and at first I was like, "But I don't have a kernal idea!" (complete with whingy self-pity, no extra charge!) but then I actually sat down and read the article when I was awake and found out that the kernal idea can be:

The kernel idea is the foundation of your novel. When I say idea, I don’t necessarily mean the theme, although it can be. Or the most important incident, although it can be. But it can also be a setting. It can be a scene. It can be a character.

Which, yay! I do have! Not just for the book I'm working on but the rest of the books in the series -- well, the other three leading up to the one I'm working on (has anyone else ever started writing a series with Book 4?) so yay, happy!

So, there's a crisis averted...now just to finish writing the damned book.
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I have discovered the Whispersync feature on Amazon.com, wherein if you buy certain books on the Kindle you can also purchase the Audible audiobook version of the book for a reduced price. The two versions of the book can sync to each other, so if you read so far in the ebook you can pick up where you left off when you switch to the audiobook version.

This gives me something to do while waiting for Welcome to Night Vale to update.

The book that I first tried this out on was Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right by Claire Conner. It's an autobiography/memoir about growing up with two parents who were heavily invested in the John Birch Society from the 1960s up until their deaths. The book is a hard read/listen, because Conner's parents are so deeply invested in their Far Right beliefs to the exclusion of everything else. As abhorrent as I found them, I ended up feeling sorry for these people because they pretty clearly lived so much of their lives in fear of a terror that never came -- but that was always just a few short years away.

I learned some things about the JBS that I never knew before, like the fact that the organization was actually opposed to the Vietnam War -- not because they thought the war itself was wrong but because they thought that Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon were all Commie dupes/sympathizers who were actually running the Vietnam War in a way to benefit the Communists. Because...yeah...that makes sense...

Conner wrote the book in part because recent behavior by certain right wing individuals reminded her a lot of the anti-everything rhetoric of the JBS. With reason, since a lot of what we hear from the Tea Party and Fox News is pretty much exactly the same as the JBS's beliefs. Poor people stay poor because they want to; homosexuals are evil; Affirmative Action is racist against white people, etc.

All in all, this was a scary, informative book and I highly recommend it.

halloooo

Oct. 1st, 2013 05:28 pm
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I live, sort of! Went to Disneyworld two weeks ago, for a week, and had an awesome time! Was my first ever visit and it was soooo cool! I rode all the rides -- well, most of the rides...ok, a lot of the rides -- and saw a bunch of shows and heard people speaking all kinds of languages and it was just awesome!

This week? I have a cold! Which is NOT awesome though at least it is not a bad cold and I have the next couple days off and I have discovered Amazon.com's whispersync thingy which lets you buy the kindle version of a book and then purchase the audio book version for a discounted price. So, yay!

Also, new Welcome to Night Vale is out!
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Ok, the nostalgia goggles are firmly on and since we had the original, we decided to watch it 'cause screw sleep!

For a more coherent ramble, there's this Cracked article: 5 Reasons 'Red Dawn' Is Secretly a Subversive Anti-War Film, which y'might want to read first. I dunno. I am sooo tired at this point.

Wolverines! Spoilers below! )
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Not Gonna Lie, I bought this. I wanted to see it in the theater and I'm glad I didn't because I'd have been kicked out for screaming at the screen about how idiotic this movie is.

Wolverines! Spoilers below! )
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Tell me about stories you think I should write. I mean, if you could sit me down for a day or whatever and say, "Ok, I want you to write this story for me," what would that story be?

I'm not actually promising to *write* any of these, mind you, but it's fun anyway. And who knows if I'll be inspired!
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you're typing up your NANO2012 stuff and thinking, "Auuugh, go home manuscript! You suck!"

Also, watching documentary on Hippies and there's a kitten! On a table watching people eat, like, "Hey, gimme some of that!" And then realizing that the kitten's 46X great grandchildren are likely on the Internet today.
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From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here’s a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: “Ah, there’s Parker… she likes money and cereal.” I’d love it if everyone who’s friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you’d like to know about me and I’ll give you an answer.
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Writing NANOWRIMO 2012 by hand = Victory!
Typing NANOWRIMO 2012 = OH GOD NOOOOOOO WHY SO HARD?!

But, upshot, I have four scenes typed into Scrivner (Awesome Program is Awesome!) that were not typed before. So, go me!
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I can rest assured that I am better at creating sekrit quasi-evol guvernment konspiracies than whoever writes the episodes of Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory. I watched part of their episode on humanzees and...shut up, it was for research purposes! And...look, the upshot is? My conspiracy is better'n theirs, hahahaha, neener!

Also, I've been sick all week and I am so freakin' stir crazy it is not even funny. Curse you evil sinuses!
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Just for bragging purposes, I want to mention that as of today I have reached 49,348 words in my Nanowrimo project for this year. I need to write another 652 words to reach my 50,000 word goal.

The project for this year is the post-apocalyptic universe that I worked on last year. Technically, I 'cheated' this year by incorporating stuff that I wrote last year but I also added a LOT of stuff that I didn't have last year and have actually come up with a plot, of all things!

I did something different this year: I wrote the entire project by hand. I haven't typed anything up yet (that starts in December, I am thinking), since doing so usually leads to me spending writing time backtracking by typing. I now have 160+ handwritten pages (in a 180 page notebook) and dozens upon dozens of sticky notes that make the notebook somewhat resemble a football.

But, and here's the important thing: I'm DOING IT this year! I'm actually doing it! And I'm going to finish this damn project and then move on to the damn project from 2007 because this writing thing is kinda/sorta becoming a habit now!

Yay!
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Link to Patch Image

I bought this patch at an antique store in Waynesville, Ohio today and while I know it is (or is supposed to be) a military patch, I don't know what branch it's from (though because of the mushroom cloud, I'm guessing either Air Force or Army) or what unit/whathaveyou it signifies. If y'all know, I'd love to find out. Googling has been less than helpful.
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Quotes from “The Biological Consequences of Nuclear War” by Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, from The Cold and the Dark.

I've been reading this book for research purposes and some of the assumptions about society/survival below the equator are rubbing me the wrong way. Here's a couple examples with the bits I'm most particularly side-eyeing bolded:

Even without cold and darkness, the dependence of tropical [Southern Hemisphere] populations on imported food and fertilizer would lead to severe problems. Large numbers of people would be forced to leave the cities and attempt to cultivate remaining areas of tropical rainforests, accelerating their destruction as the systems were taken far beyond their carrying capacity.

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Society in the Northern Hemisphere would be highly unlikely to persist. In the Southern Hemisphere tropics, events post-war would depend in large art on the degree of propagation of the atmospheric effects from North to South.

ETA: Edited to fix a comma error.

Even if there weren’t a spread of atmospheric effects, people living in those areas [the Southern Hemisphere] would be very, very strongly impacted by the effects of the war, just by being cut off from the Northern Hemisphere.


What I'm curious about in these two quotes is just how accurate this portrayal of the Southern Hemisphere as dependent on the North is?

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In response to a question about how long it would take to reestablish a civilization comparable to one today (circa 1983):

What would replace it and what would be the course of social and biological evolution is a matter of guesswork and would primarily depend on how many of the artifacts and how much knowledge survive. […] If, however, some major centers of learning were preserved and if some organized cities in the Southern Hemisphere persisted, then human culture might return to ‘higher’ levels much more rapidly. But I would say there is an awful lot of hubris and personal attitude in that. I have lived with the Eskimos and I could argue that in many ways their culture is a lot higher than the one we have today.

This one bugs me because of a) the assumption that 'centers of learning' aren't in the Southern Hemisphere and b) the idea that rebuilding society means returning to the old, pre-war model of how things were done.

So, um, thoughts?
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Is there a difference between New Guinea and Papua New Guinea?
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Transformers Rescue Bots is friggin' adorable.

Memes!

Mar. 20th, 2012 04:45 pm
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Fifteen Fictional Characters Meme

Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Fifteen Fictional Characters Meme )

Fifteen Creators Meme

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen creators who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Fifteen Creators Meme )
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I created character pictures for some of my Defcon 'Verse characters: http://pics.livejournal.com/dunmurderin/gallery/00010wyg
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but, is 'browning solution' a thing and if so, what is it?

ETA: Ok, I figured it out what I was thinking of. Not 'Brownian Solution' but 'Brownian Motion.' I blame Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

The principle of generating small amounts of finite improbability by simply hooking the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 Sub- Meson Brain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) were of course well understood - and such generators were often used to break the ice at parties by making all the molecules in the hostess's undergarments leap simultaneously one foot to the left, in accordance with the Theory of Indeterminacy.

Doh...

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