Nov. 20th, 2008 05:40 pm
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via [ profile] ka_crow

*Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find the fifth sentence.
*Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
*Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

12 Simple Secrets of Happiness: Finding Joy in Everyday Relationships

An Article in the February 3, 1984 Los Angelous Times told of a couple in Vista, California, who took ill at the same time.

Okay, that was a bit of a letdown.
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I was wondering what 42 might be in the Dewey system, so I did the meme from my last post over again with my first name only. Those results amused me greatly, especially the paragraph about what the first one supposedly says about me.
C'est bien amusant. )
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I didn't give it any information except my name (lj name) and what color scheme I want. Oh, and my favorite number between 0 and 999. And it came up with these two things.

Freaky, this way--> )
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Maybe you saw my previous posts on the Dalai Lama paper doll. Maybe you didn't.

In any case, Dover publications has been promoting McCain and Obama paper doll books as collectibles this season. It's kind of quirky and cool, if you're at all into that sort of thing.

Only, well, take a look at this:


Your assignment: compare and contrast their poses. Anything you notice?
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Some of you may recall back in the spring when I posted about having found The Daial Lama Paper Doll Book. Dover Publications' weekly samples have some sample pages from the book in this week's set. Go see it in the next couple of days or it may be gone; Dover usually only has samples up for about a week. Here's an image of one of the sample pages:

The notes page included in the samples is interesting and informative about the costumes, describing coloring of the linings, symbolism embodied in certain accouterments, and listing ceremonial uses of the garments.

Sad News

May. 23rd, 2008 08:28 am
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[ profile] surakofb5 posted here that Robert Asprin has died. He was due to be a Guest of Honor at Marcon, and this is the second of this years' GoHs to pass away before the convention. I always thought his Myth Adventures series was alright, and I sort of enjoyed Thieves' World, to which he was a major contributor. He was never the sort of author I got worked up about, but his stuff was nice enough. I met his son through [ profile] therck's PlotLuck (LARP) games a while back.
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I was browsing around on Dover Publications' web site and came across this:

The Dalai Lama Paper Doll Book:
"Complete with faithfully re-created costumes — yellow benzhida hat, puja worship shirt, and 20 more — this collection features 7 costumed dolls of the revered Buddhist leader and his parents at various periods of their lives. Educational, inspiring, and unique"

I am almost tempted to buy one on the longshot that I might get a chance to have him sign it when he's in Ann Arbor next month, since I am being given a ticket to go see him speak (thanks [ profile] sorcycat and [ profile] curiouskendra!!).

[More or less crossposted to [ profile] buddhists.]
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Recently I posted a bunch of new books to my inventory on BookMooch. I had books in four languages...English, of course, French (an Asterix graphic novel), Spanish (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in Spanish), and a Japanese paperback novel (which I have no idea what [ profile] illyaa or I were thinking on that one; I am not even sure which one of us bought it. Our Japanese was never good enough to tackle it). I'm back down to three languages, since someone has mooched the Asterix since I posted it.
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Some but probably not all of you on my f'list know that Terry Pratchett, one of my favorite authors and the source of much glee for me and for my kids, announced fairly recently that he has an early onset form of Alzheimer's. He subsequently gave US $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust in the UK. Here's a copy of the speech he gave, which is also a good read. [ profile] fastfwd proposed on [ profile] discworld (the Discworld is the major fantasy world he writes in, with over 30 books in this setting) and in this post on his own journal that a half million of Pratchett's fans ("us") give one pound each, that the fans could match PTerry's donation, US $1 million being very roughly half a million pounds.

Another fan, [ profile] gillo created a banner featuring PTerry from one of his movie cameos for this purpose:

If you have any interest at all, please consider giving a couple of bucks to this cause. I don't have any opinion whether giving to the UK fund that PTerry did is preferable over giving to your local Alzheimer's research fund.

Furthermore, the very first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, has just been made into a movie, which will be premiered in the UK at Easter on Sky One. A replica Luggage from the production, a full set of autographed Discworld books, a 30th anniversary edition of The Colour of Magic, signed by the stars of the movie, Sir David Jason and Sean Astin, and production notes on building the Luggage signed by PTerry, are up for auction on EBay here, currently going for £2,150.00. Proceeds are to go to the cause. If I were rich enough, I would bid on this in a heart beat.

After S and I finish reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, I think we might start on Good Omens, which is a PTerry collaboration with Neil Gaiman, and was my gateway to Gaiman's writing. The mainline Discworld novels are some of the best satire I've ever read. The juveniles (Maurice and the Tiffany Aching series) are some of the best kids' fantasy, and PTerry has received awards to corroborate my opinion, such as the Carnegie award Maurice received. If you haven't read PTerry's books, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you have read them, no doubt you are also a fan, so please throw a few bucks in to the pot for Alzheimer's in his honor.

ETA: and here's a newly minted website:
This site includes other efforts, including a T-shirt sale, links to the US Alzheimer's foundation, and other auctions such as the rare and valued Once More* with Footnotes short story collection. There's also an lj fan who's talking about making and selling silk lilac boutinieres, a reference to a particular fictional memorial event in the Discworld.
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A friend gave me a manuscript copy of his first novel (heh) to read, so I can be a first reader. I'm the only non-relative he has given it too. I feel pretty honored by that, though partly I wonder whether it isn't that he trusts my big fat mouth to tell him what I *really* think. ;-) I haven't gotten far, only to page 9, but I'm hooked. It has some similarities to Karl Schroeder's Ventus, and has hints that it may later remind me of Kiln People by David Brin as well. I enjoyed both of those. Er, well, *mostly* enjoyed in the case of Kiln People. The ending of that one was just a little off for my tastes. Anyway, I'm really geeked about reading the rest of it. I wonder if I'll try to blow through it this weekend, like I did HP7. Probably, but I can't devote a solid block of time to it and nothing else, it's too busy a weekend coming up.

My little copy-editing gene or whatever is egging me on to make nitpicky notes on the manuscript, but the vast majority of them can and probably should be ignored. It's more that I'm writing down all the stuff I usually think about when I read, ephemera about typos and clarity and brevity and stuff as well noting things that may be foreshadowing or may be distractions, depending on what comes later. There are two or three notes in the margin that could translate to "awesome!" about particular bits about the world or some wordplay. We'll see if my penciled thought-regurgitations are of any use, I guess.

BTW, [ profile] orogeny2000, are you still wanting me to read your NaNoWriMo manuscript? When were you thinking of getting that to me?
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*Does a happy dance*

And two popular RPG books on my wishlist pinged. They will be mine as soon as they arrive from Australia. LOL
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Via [ profile] nuadha_prime

I am:
Gregory Benford
A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.

Which science fiction writer are you?

Huh. I'm not sure I've read anything by him. Next time I hit the library.

I'm currently being fascinated by Permanence by Karl somebodyorother.
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This meme comes from [ profile] jkahane, pointed out to me by an email from [ profile] cornellbox.

Here's a meme working from the newly published Hobby Games: The 100 Best edited by James Lowder and published by Green Ronin Publishing.
Clicky clicky to see how much of a board game freak I am. )


Jul. 21st, 2007 01:33 am
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Went by Meijer's on my way home from a late roleplaying game to see if they had copies of HP&tDH. They do, or did. They said they had four palettes' worth. I held off buying one, since I knew I am on the library list as #122 out of 500+ reserves, and [ profile] illyaa ordered one from Amazon to arrive tomorrow. Patience, patience, I told myself in this time of no job. Save the $21.

I'm glad I did because I just checked the library site. It says they have 200 copies. I will therefore be in the first wave of people to get it. I wonder if it will be ready if I am there when they open tomorrow. }8^)
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I finally went and looked at the BPAL Good Omens collection descriptions.

OMFG, I would like the Crowley one, but now I gotta get my WAR on:
She finished the drink, hefted the sword over one shoulder, and looked around at the puzzled factions, who now encircled her completely. 'Sorry to run out on you, chaps,' she said. 'Would love to stay and get to know you better.'

The men in the room suddenly realized they didn't want to know her better. She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, but not up close.

And she held her sword, and she smiled like a knife.

Red ginger, black spices, patchouli, honeysuckle, and three blood-soaked red musks.

Spicy scents are it. I suppose the Crowley one is meant for a man, but I have always preferred spicy and citrusy, which are traditionally male scents.
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Yesterday, older daughter S and I went to the library to sign up for the summer reading program. As usual, the call of the vending area hit her and she asked for her allowance to get some snacks. After she got hers, I got some chips as well. She said, "You got the same snack as me." I corrected her, "You have the same snack as I." Then we talked about why the correct form was "I," about subject and object and parallel clauses, why you didn't need to include the verb, and so on. I complimented her, saying I was proud of her for paying attention to the issue, and that this is the kind of grammar taught to middle and high schoolers in plenty of places. Then she ran off to ask the librarian where the graphic novels were so she could look for more Tintins.


Nov. 19th, 2006 11:40 am
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What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

And, from a response to [ profile] folkmew, I am seriously considering joining this:
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I've been reading Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching story, The Wee Free Men, to S lately. We just finished that one last night, and tonight we started the sequel, A Hat Full of Sky. I'm having a great time doing the pictsie voices. Yes, PICTsies: red-haired, tattooed, woad-covered, kilt-wearing, head-butting picts 6 inches high, the fiercest fairies in the Discworld.

For example, at one point while searching for someone who turns out to be Tiffany, the pictsies invade her dollhouse with assorted inhabitants...

"Hey, see here, it's a hoose! See, with wee chairies and things!"
"Hey, hey, hey, we're in the cushy stuff noo! There's a beid in this room. Wi' pillows!"
"Keep it doon--we don't want any o' them ta wake up!"
"Crivens, I'm as quiet as a wee moose! Aargh! There's sojers!"
"Whut d'ye mean, sojers?"

They've found the toy soldiers, thought Tiffany, trying not to breathe loudly.
"I got one! Hey, pal, can yer mammie sew? Stitch this! Aargh! He's got a heid on him like a tree!"
"Crivens! There's a body here wi' no heid at a'!"
"Aye, nae wonder, 'cause here's a bear! Feel ma boot, ye washoon!"
"Someone bit ma leg! Someone bit ma leg!"
"Come here! Ach, yer fightin' yersels, ye eejits! Ah'm fed up wi' the pairy yees!"

There is no feeling to match causing uncontrollable giggles in your 7-year old daughter.


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