Dream snippet
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I was in a Hogwarts-ian setting, only not so much 'magic' as 'weird'. I wasn't the Potter-equivalent, siderea was. Now in her third year, the administration had stopped trying to get her to do structured classes, as her self-directed study habits were keeping her well ahead of the curve, despite being frequently interrupted by adventures.

Hanging out in the dining hall with some other students, I and some friends were going through our piles of textbooks for the year. There was a large bee lurking nearby. Kind of scarily large, several inches long, though that wasn't remotely as large and scary as the hyperintelligent giant bees that siderea had defeated in her first year. But while we were distracted in conversation, somehow the bee managed to get a bunch of books into a discarded cardboard box, and start moving it down the hall.

I managed to upend the box, temporarily stopping the bee's theft. and then went and alerted siderea. At first she was annoyed at the seemingly-pointless interruption, but a quick examination of one of the history books the bee was trying to steal showed that the text on the page was changing as we watched. Clearly this was just the first(?) move in the Queen Bee's Time War!
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Russ Kay: Music
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The last few bits of dad's legacy I put up on LJ involved sermons he gave at the UU church, largely music-based. The later documents I had by him were not just old scripts, but well-designed handouts. So, rather than OCR them, I've scanned them and put them up on my Facebook account.
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Exciting drug run
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By "drug run", what *I* mean is a 3-block walk to Walgreens. Not sure that's what everyone else meant by it tonight... During that short walk, I counted 5 patrol cars, 1 police van, 3 unmarked police cars, and 2 police bicycles. And I probably missed some. Luckily, I seem to have ventured on my errand *after* the main part of the fuss was done, as all those police seemed quite calm. Something about "shots fired", but I don't know any details...
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The Addiction (1995)
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Yesterday, kestrell, teenybuffalo and I watched The Addiction (1995). It's a vampire movie, but quite a different one. It focuses on a young woman studying for her Doctorate in Philosophy at NYU. Her studies are interrupted when, walking home one night, she gets bitten and (she slowly realizes) Turned. She then applies her philosophical learning to the problem of coping with her new state of being, with... mixed results.

It's a black & white film, so there isn't much visual gore. There *is* some quite disturbing violence, but the impact comes from context and emotions more than raw imagery.

Vampires are, for once, *not* a metaphor for sex, but for the human drive ("addiction") to do evil. This is expressed on many different levels, ranging from the Holocaust to domestic abuse. (The others watching thought there were too many of these levels to cohere, but I thought it worked.) While the film is not 100% successful (the ending, in particular, confused all of us), it was very thought-provoking and prompted a long after-film discussion. I want to read a siderea review of it :-) (I'm not sure she'd *like* it, but I'm sure it would prompt interesting responses.)

Christopher Walken gets second billing, but he actually is in only one scene, though it is a doozy. It says something about how offbeat this movie is that, during the aforementioned discussion, I found myself describing Christopher Walken as "the voice of normalcy". It made sense in context, but is not something I would have expected to say about Walken.

Game development: The Writer Will Do Something
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For anyone who has ever contemplated (or had) a career in mainstream game development, you need to check this out. A short, devastatingly accurate game about a typical late-in-production game design meeting. It's from the writer's point of view, but the experience maps to most other jobs equally well.

The Writer Will Do Something

Badass of the Week: Julie D'Aubigny
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"Julie D'Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and bang a nun. If nothing in that sentence at least marginally interests you, I have no idea why you're visiting this website."

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/lamaupin.html

Russ Kay: "1985 in Review"
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Another of dad’s services, this one from early 1986.
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Russ Kay: "Hearts and Minds"
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This is the script for the first of several services that dad performed at our UU church over the years. They all focused on music in one way or another, as that was a central part of dad's life and thought. While undated, context suggests it is from 1974 or 5.Read more...Collapse )
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Fic recommendation: The Fall of Doc Future
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If you like superheroes at all, let me highly recommend The Fall of Doc Future.

My pain has been giving me lots of insomnia lately; reading this was immersive enough that the pain went away while reading. These days, I can't give praise higher than that.

Open-Source Stenography
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Signal-boosting this project, which combines my interests in accessibility, writing, open source, and hacking, with a dash of gaming to boot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpv-Qb-dB6g

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