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And here is the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox. Spooky and I will be observing Ostara on March 22nd, partly because at least one Wiccan website places it on the 22nd this year, and partly out of convenience. Regardless, today is the beginning of Spring. Fuck you, winter. The sun's out, it's warm, and the office window's open.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,068 words on a new story, "Houndwife," for Sirenia Digest #52. It's sort of shaping up to be a very peculiar "sequel" to Lovecraft's "The Hound" (1922). I like it.

Late last night, I learned that The Red Tree has made the "longlist" for the British Fantasy Award, which pleases me. My great thanks to everyone who voted for it. And I do hope to see it make the shortlist. There's an online voting form here. All members of FantasyCon '09 and '10 are eligible to vote.

Also, I've been meaning to mention that Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have asked to reprint "A Redress for Andromeda" (written in June 2000) in a forthcoming weird fiction anthology (title TBA), which pleases me a great deal. "A Redress for Andromeda," you may recall, is the first story in the "Dandridge Cycle."

Yesterday, Spooky had to go to her dentist in Wakefield. On the way home, she stopped by Pow! Science! (at Wakefield Mall) and found the new Carnegie Museum Tylosaurus. Finally, someone has made an accurate mosasaur figure! I should make a post about all the not-so-good mosasaur figurines that have come and gone over the years. Anyway, as it happens, the new Carnegie Tylosaurus was sculpted by a Rhode Island artist, Forest Rogers, who does truly beautiful things. You should have a look. If I were a wealthy beast, I would be buying original pieces of her artwork. Hell, if I were a truly wealthy bear, I'd be hiring her to do a Dancy Flammarion sculpture.

Oh, and Spooky has lowered the price of her latest doll, Cassandra, which you may see here, at Dreaming Squid Dollworks. You know you want to give her a good home.

My head is full of random things today. For example, on Tuesday, just after I'd "fired my therapist" (long story, do not ask), I saw a bumper sticker that read, "Annoy a Liberal: Work Hard and Be Happy." Shit like that just fucking baffles me. I am baffled at the sheer temerity of stupid, sometimes. Also, we filled out the Census Form and sent it back. Is it just me, or has the census been simplified nigh unto utter nonsense? I mean, they're collecting so little data this time. It seems like it was once far more complex. I think it took me about four minutes to answer the questions.

This is getting long, and I should wrap it up. Last night, Shaharrazad, my blood elf warlock, made Level 80. I created Shah on September 27th, 2008, and I only had to give up 37 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes, and 6 seconds of my life (890+ hours) to get her to Level 80. Which is the cap until the next expansion is released, which is not to say there's not still tons of "Wrath of the Lich King" left to play (though I am dubious of the people who claim the game "really only begins at Level 80," because they're the same ones who used to say, the game doesn't begin until Level 70. And does this mean that when the next WoW expansion is released, later this year, the game will suddenly stop and resume only when you reach Level 85? Anyway...Shah leveled sometime just after midnight, fighting Scourge-struck trolls in Zul'Drak.

And now...work!

Date: 2010-03-20 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillsostrange.livejournal.com
It's sort of shaping up to be a very peculiar "sequel" to Lovecraft's "The Hound" (1922).

Yay! "The Hound" is one of my favorites.

Date: 2010-03-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Love the icon.

Date: 2010-03-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'I saw a bumper sticker that read, "Annoy a Liberal: Work Hard and Be Happy."'

I saw a car with two bumper stickers:



and



and had to laugh the bitter laugh that Indy laughs in Raiders when Belloq says 'Who knows, in a thousand years even you may be worth something.' All it needed was a 'Glenn Beck for President' sticker to complete the trifecta of stupid.

Date: 2010-03-20 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
I have to grip the wheel hard to avoid flipping off those drivers, because it sure seems their bumper stickers are flipping -me- (and my friends) off.

Date: 2010-03-20 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
I have to grip the wheel hard to avoid flipping off those drivers, because it sure seems their bumper stickers are flipping -me- (and my friends) off.

I've flipped of lots of those drivers. And the pro-lifers with their gory fucking signs picketing outside Planned Parenthood. Not very mature of me, but very satisfying.

Re: Robyn's bumper-sticker images...

Date: 2010-03-20 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Gagh...
Edited Date: 2010-03-20 05:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Huzzah! And I entirely support the flipping off of anti-choicers.

Date: 2010-03-20 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tziedel.livejournal.com
SB is too damn small for me to flip off bumper-stickered idiots. There's only 2 degrees of separation. I do, however, give them a stern look. Frustrating to no end.

Date: 2010-03-20 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laudre.livejournal.com
I remember the last census form having more stuff as well. My guess is that a lot of the demographic data that used to be on the census form is being tracked through other means (the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, for examples).

Also, congrats on 80. I don't think that the game necessarily "begins at 80," but it's true that the endgame has at least as much stuff to do as the leveling game, and there's also the fact that if you level up to 80 relatively quickly, you can go back and complete a bunch of content you may have skipped before on your own.

Date: 2010-03-20 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

My guess is that a lot of the demographic data that used to be on the census form is being tracked through other means (the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, for examples).

That may be true, though something about the brevity of the form struck me as desperation.

you can go back and complete a bunch of content you may have skipped before on your own.

We intend to do this, Spooky and I (she made 80 one night before me), especially the dungeons, which interest me more than the endgame.

Date: 2010-03-20 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordswoman.livejournal.com
Re: the census, I have the vague impression that there is a long form and a short form, and only a certain % of people get the long form.

Date: 2010-03-20 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graygirl.livejournal.com
Yep, I heard that, too!

Date: 2010-03-20 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
we filled out the Census Form

havent even opened mine, but then, I have the blank 1890's census form still in the family bible.

Census: A Cautionary Tale

Date: 2010-03-20 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beerdiablo.livejournal.com
Coming off the heels of reading "IBM and the Holocaust",
the census was a bit surreal and yes, it didn't seem to be looking for much.

http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com/

Re: Census: A Cautionary Tale

Date: 2010-03-20 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Okay...that is some seriously creepy shit.

Date: 2010-03-20 10:17 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
"Houndwife," for Sirenia Digest #52. It's sort of shaping up to be a very peculiar "sequel" to Lovecraft's "The Hound" (1922). I like it.

Awesome.

Late last night, I learned that The Red Tree has made the "longlist" for the British Fantasy Award, which pleases me.

Also awesome!

Also, I've been meaning to mention that Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have asked to reprint "A Redress for Andromeda" (written in June 2000) in a forthcoming weird fiction anthology (title TBA), which pleases me a great deal.

Mazel tov.

Date: 2010-03-20 11:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-20 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacobluest.livejournal.com
This is a solar corona during a solar eclipse...amazing:

Image (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/03/10/article-1256875-08A81F45000005DC-121_964x628.jpg)

You can click it, and it will get bigger.

~Jacob

Date: 2010-03-20 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Insert appropriate oohs and ahhs here.

Date: 2010-03-21 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brienze.livejournal.com
I only ever spent half an hour researching family history (on microfiche -- take that, ancestry.com), but I remember seeing everyone's profession right there next to their name and address.

If the data keeps getting transferred to new media, I expect future generations will be able to find out anything they want about us on some sort of archival Internet, which is a bit of a shame. But it's also a shame for the tantalizing "profession" entry (though what "software engineer" actually says about anyone is a mystery to me) to be absent from census data.

Date: 2010-03-21 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If the data keeps getting transferred to new media, I expect future generations will be able to find out anything they want about us on some sort of archival Internet

This is assuming...many things.

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