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Mae hi’n ddiflas heddiw.
Roedd hi’n ddiflas ddoe.
Bydd hi’n ddiflas yfory.

It is miserable today.
It was miserable yesterday.
It will be miserable tomorrow.

At least, tomorrow, I won’t have to go outside until later in the evening, when, of course, there will be a major thunderstorm.

Edited: I was just reminded that I have a cookout at my sister-in-law's to go to. Ugh.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 11:09 pm
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I noticed, again, something that periodically puzzles me. Why do people who walk away from an organization in disgust continue to stay on that organization's social media and feel driven to post replies that play the "I walked away specifically for that (or this) reason" theme?

If you quit, why are you bothering to read the group's discussions? When I quit being a part of an organization, as I did with the Boy Scouts, for example, I leave their social media pages too. It doesn't make sense to take the time to read their discussions.

The only thing I can think of is that those 'quitters' really didn't want to leave the group and are looking for some way to fit back in, for something to inspire them to overcome their memories of the bad in the hope that there will be a new something good.

Musings of a Hugo Voter, 2017

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:24 am
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Well, I got my ballot done before the deadline.  Some of the stuff, I didn't vote on. For example, I don't own a TV, so Drama (short) wasn't in it.  I also don't listen to fancasts, or read any fanzines but one. Since "Revenge of Hump Day" didn't get nommed, no vote.  Since the only Long Form Editor that I recognized was Theodore Beale aka Vox Day, that's where my only vote for Noah Ward went. For Fan Writer, I of course had to pick Chuck Tingle.

A note, here:  Over the past few years, the Puppy-Kickers had accused us of gaming the system, nomming things that we liked by ganging up.  Funny thing, that.  I noticed LOTS and LOTS of these headers, in the nominated works' PDFs:

A Tor.com Book
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 

Now, the PKs will tell you that the Pup's calls of "We just want good stories, not crappy message fic" was a dog-whistle (pun intended) for "We hate diversity".   When I pointed out to a Tor editor that this year's ballot smacked a LOT of "Tor gaming the system", he just replied, "No, Tor just happens to be publishing most of the Quality Science Fiction(tm)."  Yeah, right.

On to the Rest of the Ballot!

For Novel, Death's End was the only one I'd read. None of the excerpts in the package really grabbed me, so my #1 vote was my only. Likewise, for Best Series, Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga was the only one I'd read. #1 and only for that, as well.

In the Novella category, "Dream Quest" was outstanding.  I've liked Lois Bujold's stuff since I first read Warrior's Apprentice, and "Penric and the Shaman" measures up.  The rest of the category was, quite frankly, meh.

For Novelette, I was tickled to see Ursula Vernon in the mix.  I seriously loved her webcomic, "Digger". "Tomato Thief" is right up there.  "Touring With The Alien" was also great, but had to give the props to "TD". "The Jewel And Her Lapidary" was pretty good, although it got a bit repetitive in spots.  "Stripper" had its interesting points, but went way overboard in trying to beat "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" from last year. The other two, meh.

In the Short Stories, 
"That Game We Played During the War" was excellent.  This is so often true, in war: "All we had to do, was not lose."  For the #2 slot, "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies" was also good -- "Game" edged it out by a slim margin.  The others, meh -- incoherent, acid-trippy, more "journey of the mind" than story.

In Related Work, I went for SilverBob and Ursula LeGuin, because Elder Gods of SF.

Dramatic Long is a short ballot, because even  a last-place vote is still a vote and would weigh in later rounds of Australian-whatzis voting.  Rogue One was the top of my nomination list. Deadpool, great flick. Now why, you may ask, did I not include Hidden Figures? Well, let's see... I saw the flick. It was amazing. Fantastic movie, covers a chunk of history that fascinated me while I was watching it on the news (or in newsreels when I was 2-3,000 miles from the nearest TV). One of the absolute great movies of 2016. So, why did I not vote for it? Because it's not science fiction.  It's a docudrama.

For Graphic Story, I went through each selection, and voted as they struck me. Ditto for Pro and Fan Artist.  Those three categories, I tend to do quickly -- zap through, and vote my impressions.  On Graphic -- Monstress was amazing.  I really liked Paper Girls. Saga was ok.  The remaining three, meh.

Wrapping up with the Campbell:  Gailey's "Haunted" knocked it out of the ballpark.  Older's "Black Box" was cool. Mulroney's "Equation" was amusing, the rest were meh.

1. Death's End

1. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
2. Penric and the Shaman
3. Every Heart a Doorway
4. A Taste of Honey
5. The Ballad of Black Tom
6. This Census-Taker

1. "The Tomato Thief"
2. "Touring with the Alien"
3. The Jewel and Her Lapidary
4. Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex
5. "The Art of Space Travel"
6. "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay"

Short Story:
1. "That Game We Played During the War"
2. "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies"
3. "Seasons of Glass and Iron"
4. "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers"
5. "The City Born Great"
6. "An Unimaginable Light"

Related Work:
1. Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg
2. Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016

Graphic Story:
1. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
2. Paper Girls, Volume 1
3. Saga, Volume 6
4. The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man
5. Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet
6. Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous

Dramatic Long:
1. Rogue One
2. Deadpool

Editor Long:
1. No award

Pro Artist:
1. Sana Takeda
2. Galen Dara
3. Julie Dillon
4. Chris McGrath
5. Victo Ngai
6. John Picacio

Fan Writer:
1. Chuck Tingle

Fan Artist:
1. Elizabeth Leggett
2. Spring Schoenhuth
3. Likhain (M. Sereno)
4. Steve Stiles
5. Vesa Lehtimäki
6. Ninni Aalto

1. The Vorkosigan Saga

New Writer:
1. Sarah Gailey
2. Malka Older
3. J. Mulrooney

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Jul. 15th, 2017 12:58 am
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Our repaired and inspection-passed truck has been returned to us, after we paid a partial ransom for it. The rest of the well-earned blackmail money will be sent from Cooper's Lake after the first of August.

Finally I am doing a sewing project for Pennsic prep. Bossman has a Glastonbury chair which needs a seat cushion. Luckily I have a scrap of green & gold upholstery fabric which will do well to be one, and sufficient batting to fill it. If I'm lucky there will be a big enough piece of it left over that I can use it to craft the front of a back cushion for it also. The trick will be to figure out how to put the cushioning on the back rest since the chair is unfinished and so nails and brads as Right Out. If you have a suggestion, I'm all ears. Bossman suggests strapping it on at left & right sides, with Velcro to connect the strap pieces. As you'd expect, this disturbs my medieval Wa.

I got a fabulous bit of news from a friend. After too many miscarriages, her 10-year-old son will have a younger sibling when the weather turns. She's past the dangerous first trimester so it looks like smooth sailing from here. I am so thrilled for her!

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Jul. 13th, 2017 12:26 pm
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I have a question for those reading this who are also in the SCA.

What would you feel about a woman who mooned (dropped her drawers and presented her bare bottom to others) a performer she knew well during a bardic circle in her baronial encampment while children were present? Would you find this amusing? Would your feelings be different if the woman was a newcomer, or a mid-level award holder, or a Peer? Would you have differing views depending upon circumstances?

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Jul. 12th, 2017 10:31 am
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Oh my goodness. The medication has definitely worn off. Today is Eat All The Things Day. I have even eaten two huge bowls of Lucky Charms cereal. Two 3-cup bowls of sugar... and I craved it.

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It's hard watching people decline and begin to self-destruct after years of abusing themselves.  I mean, very hard.

I've undertaken my personal quest to recover my health from the dumper, and while it is quite its own kettle of fish, being able to say that, for the moment, I have done what is needed drop my supplementation needs to 1/12 what they were 6 months ago is quite the thing.  I feel pretty upbeat and happy about that--and I should.  Nothing about the trip has been certain or especially easy.  Sure took enough time(22 years), money, and patience with endless gains and setbacks.  But I'm here, and I sure am glad that I am not -there-.

But several people I have know for decades, who have made some lifestyle choices that I have and would not, are surely struggling with the inevitable infirmity that comes from those choices.  Only a very few people alive can escape the ravages of heavy smoking, alcohol consumption, or drug use and -not- end up like that.  (And frankly being hugely overweight is not so great either, though less a product of choice than most people think.)  The 50's are very hard on those folks--and I am watching four or five examples of people that I have known well enough to be at their home, whose decline marks the path to an unhappy cautionary tale.

And then there is the tale of my mom, and how I do not, in any way, want to emulate that.

And then there is my dad, who I am glad to be rid of, but am possibly more like than I want to be.

Doctor visits in my world revolve around cleaning up the mess now.  I think my genes are good enough to help me avoid the cancer and the heart disease.  To date, the diabetes is nowhere near me.  I do the basic, sensible, non-stressful things to make those things less likely.  At least the thing with an osteopath is that the goal is to get the body to homeostasis and keep it there, which is why I'm totally rocking the interaction with a physician who is capable of sending me the right direction.  Steady as it goes, but it is actually quite steady in the now of things.

But I look over at these other people who I have known for a very long time, and I am reminded that it really is a constant sort of thing.  Aging knees need neoprene and the support of strong quads and ankles, so this is where the gym time goes.  Being able to get off a plane at higher altitude and carry on with life requires cardio.  Of course, if you want to crack the heads of guys half your age in armor, you need cardio too.  And my abs...well, I had 4 kids...see you in six months.

Hardly a paragon of any particular virtue here.  However, all that lecturing about smoking and drinking from my grandparents does, now that I am of a certain age, ring more true than it did when I heard it.


I am still troubled and worried for my old friends.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 05:49 pm
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My vision is coming back into focus. That is one less worry for me.

My Pennsic staff members have sorted out all their difficulties (so far as they are letting me know) so I am feeling very positive about how this year is going to go. And now we're into the 'fun time' - pre-packing for the event, whittling down, in my case, the things that I've been bringing every year so it won't be such a burden for my husband when it comes to loading up the truck. Besides - I have too much miscellaneous SCA stuff. I have a perfectly good, if somewhat eye straining, pink collapsible basket I could bring for trips to the shower, except it is full to the brim with SCA tchotchke I've been holding on to, meaning to 'find the right place' to pass it on or to use some time in the future. I am determined, this year, that it get emptied out and all that stuff removed from my house or actually used.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Climate Change Panic Disorder is alive and well.

Sadly, the horse is out of the barn and the boat has sailed on this issue.  It is time for people stuck in the wrongheaded nostalgia about climate and weather patterns to wake up and understand the the problems we face are of adaptation to what is to come, not stopping it.  Period.

Sorry guys, but I am not climbing on the bandwagon.  I am especially not buying into the hype about going to Mars with Elon Musk.  What we face, as a species, is nothing short of basic Darwinian reality.  Most of humanity will be dealing with the loss of human habitat, how that will affect human migration patterns, how all those migrating people of arguably limited knowledge and means will be coping, and...I suspect a LOT of violence between individuals and nations.

Meanwhile, most carbon emissions are created by power generation, which most people take for granted--along with clean water from the tap and flush toilets--so unless you can find a way to make a LOT of people more aware and willing to do something about power consumption on the grand and worldwide scale, you're going nowhere with the problem.  Blame coal fired plants and fossil fuels ALL you want, but the real problem is power consumption and demand that makes those options necessary.

Me?  I am looking at adaptation.  I am teaching the importance of knowing how to adapt to my children.  It probably isn't enough to save us, or anyone reading this from whatever global climate catastrophe in the making, but it *is* what I can do to make it so that I can sleep at night.


I've also read The Change books, and had my incredibly sober moments about the realities of survival in the region I am in, when the hordes pour out of cities and localities that are addicted to grocery stores and cheap food. 

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