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Another irresistible time waster

Oh no! I got sucked into GoodReads. Not.Enough.Time! It's all suricattus's fault. If you don't know what GoodReads is, here's a blurb from their about page that sums it up nicely: "Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have over 2,400,000 members who have added over 59,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more."

Come on. You know you want to. ;-) Check out my books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/profile/g33kboi

Actually, there's not much there yet, cuz, you know, not.enough.time. But come play with me anyway. :-)

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Wow!

Locus Magazine just asked if they could use one or two of my Worldcon photos in the next issue!  ::head explodes::  Of course I said yes. They're even paying me for them. :-)

Happines, ur doin it rite!




Original image tweeted by Miss Amanda Palmer.

Cross posted to lolgaimans 

Happy Birthday!!

To indigocaz  and indigokare !

(about 50 minutes late. whoops.)

That is all. :-)

More time wastage

An interesting use of Twitter to promote a novel. Phillipa Gregory posted tweets for approximately two weeks as her protagonist in her latest novel, The White Queen. Read the whole thing here. via The Guardian

My latest musical discovery is Po' Girl, a Canadian folk group that I think is currently based in Vancouver. They are opening for one of my favorite bands, Girlyman, on several of their US shows and Girlyman is opening for Po' Girl on several Canadian shows. Those are going to be some amazing shows!

Awful Library Books, A blog set up by two public spirited librarians from Detroit cataloguing the worst books on library shelves. via The Guardian (again)

Because I was looking for good places to play darts in Toronto, I found this extremely useful site, TorontoDarts.com.

More amusement from The Guardian and continuing with the zombie invasion thread, apparently The British Zombie Invasion, in which John, Paul and George are all zombies (Ringo is a ninja), is slated to be published in June of next year.

I've decided to read all of the World Fantasy Award Winners for Best Novel. Not all at once mind you, and not to the exclusion of everything else. Just bit by bit. There's no self-imposed deadline on this and I've already read many of them, like The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, the first winner of this award. This idea came to me after reading, you guessed it, an article on The Guardian (via cherylmmorgan) and thought this would be a great resource for picking the next good book to read.

Now I'm off to the gym because I didn't go on Tuesday after all.

Lazypost: Linkage from the Interwebs

A brief update: I got a few of the things on my to do list done. Sort of. Laundry. Well, I have clean clothes for the week.  That counts, doesn't it? Posted pics of Worldcon, but still no real post about it. Hmm. Maybe later this week. Falcon Ridge pics? Ha! Still way too many to sort through. Maybe in a few weeks. Household chores? Don't make me laugh. I did get a big chunk of the yard work done though with a lot of help from my housemate.  There's still one corner that needs to be dealt with, but I think it can wait until this heatwave breaks.  So I feel like I accomplished something, but there is still lots more to do.

Now, off to the gym and then ruining it all by eating wings and drinking beer with a friend later tonight.

Here's some random stuff that entertained me today. Maybe it will amuse you too.

Encyclopedia Dramatica. Wikipedia with snark. From the ED's About page: "Encyclopedia Dramatica's purpose is to provide a central catalog for the e-public to view parody and satire of drama, memes, e-pals and other interesting happenings on the internets. The goal is to provide comprehensive, reference-style parody, to poke fun at everyone and everything on the internet."

Apparently Canadians are concerned about a zombie invasion. via cherylmmorgan 

Spoken word artist Alix Olson interviews Rachel Maddow for Velvet Park, a queer online magazine. via Geek Porn Girl

Good Show Sir. The worst sci fi/fantasy book covers. via The Guardian

LEGO pr0n!  Italianate rowhouses in Albany (just a couple of blocks from my office) recreated in LEGO blocks. via All Over Albany

Lightsaber Chopsticks! I totally want these, just because they are so utterly geeky.




















You're still here? It's over! ...Go home.

Worldcon Pix...

...are here. Read the comments on the photos. They may be the closest thing to a post that I come up with. :-)

FRFF Bullet Points

  • FUN!!!!!
  • Mud! Lots and lots of mud. I think the money I paid for the cheap mud boots I bought before the festival is the best $18 I've ever spent.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sun! A surprising amount of it considering all of the rain and mud. Note to self: sunblock only works when properly applied. I'm now sporting a rather spectacular farmer's tan.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Only one mosquito bite all weekend! Wow! That is unheard of.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Volunteering for the first time. Worked at Gate Ticket Sales putting wrist bands on festival attendees. Great crew. Awesome people.  Fantastic way to meet people and make new friends. Definitely volunteering again.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Swing dancing for the first time at the Dance Stage. Awkward but fun! :-)  Going to look for local queer friendly/gender free dancing in the area.
  • Big! Scary! Storm! OMG! The Ticket Gate Sales crew gathered at the front gate tent, even some people that weren't working at the time, watched the storm roll in, listened to incoming weather reports on the walkie talkies and drank red wine that Pam our fearless leader brought for the occasion.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Missed a quintessential Falcon Ridge moment when some of the performers who got rained out of the Song Swap on the Main Stage decided to play in the Volunteer Tent instead. Heard it was an amazing night. Missing that wasn't so fun, but I was helping a frightened, lonely friend get back to her camp site in the rain. Some things are even more important than music.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Holy crap! That cheap, crappy tent I borrowed didn't leak!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Music!!!!!!!!  Lots and lots of fabulous music!!! Ahhh!! I feel completely rejuvenated and restored. Like my batteries have been recharged.  Ember Swift says that music is her religion. Amen, sister! I feel like I just came back from a spiritual retreat.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • The Paul Simon Workshop. Susan Werner dancing like a maniac and inciting Nerissa and Katrina Nields to join her while other performers played. She was definitely in her happy place and it was completely infectious! :-)
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Lots of children, big and small, running and playing in the mud and not caring how dirty they were.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Pierce Brothers Fogbuster Coffee! Oh, how I'll miss you. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Janis Ian recounting the tale of proposing to her spouse over IM (while they were both at home but in different rooms of the house). Janis to her partner: "Let's go to Toronto to get married. I have to be there for a science fiction convention anyway." Janis's partner: "How fitting." Hotel clerk in Toronto: "Are you here for the convention?"  J: "No we're here to get married." Clerk: "Oh! Well then we'll give you the Bridal Suite."  Cafe barista: "Are you here for the convention?" J: "No, we're here to get married." Barista: "Oh! You're lattes are on us." And so on all week. She said that they had been together for 15 years before they got married and that neither one of them were the sort to get sappy and teary eyed but they both cried once they were actually married. In retrospect, she said that it was because for the first time ever an entire country treated them like they were normal. Really, truly, I just love Canada.  I really hope that the United States grows up to be just like it one day.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sunday Morning Gospel Wake Up Call. Girlyman singing the Girly Benediction followed by Son of a Preacher Man. Perfection! Spying Pam and Anne, fearless leaders of the Ticket Gate Sales crew dancing together behind Main Stage during the Gospel hour. Sweetness!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Spent too much money on silly things like jewelry and a henna tattoo and I don't care.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Hanging with Wendy on Sunday afternoon while Natalia played with the Nields on Main Stage.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Post festival volunteer dinner at Four Brothers in Hillsdale. The traditional cutting of the bands. Pam wielding Ed's swiss army knife to cut everyone's volunteer bands off, thus releasing us from service until next year. Singing Happy Birthday to Dave Navarro's son Joseph who had just turned thirteen.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Took a zillion photos. I'll post those as soon as I have to time to sift and sort.
  • Did I mention that I had fun?

Primary what?

Update on the application situation...

...behind the cut to spare those who could care less about databasesCollapse )

Moving on to happier, more vacationy thoughts. I have rain boots and sunscreen now for the festival. One wouldn't ordinarily think those two things would go together, but this is Falcon Ridge. It's always sweltering hot and it always rains. Still need bug repellent that won't give me cancer as soon as I touch the package. Going to go down to the festival grounds early-ish tomorrow to check in as a volunteer and sign up for shifts as well as pitch my tent, then it's back to Albany for work at job #2 and one last night of sleep in a clean, dry bed before music and mud. :-)

My must see events at the festival...

...also behind a cut to spare those who could care less about folk festivals. :-)Collapse )

Quote of the Day

"Is that an analog Kindle? I haven't seen one of those in ages."
- Barely post-pubescent co-worker, in reference to the paperback I was reading 

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