some things

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:18 pm
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I tried taking a day off work. I did. Then I worked two extra hours the night before and 2.5 hours the morning of my day off, whereupon my boss told me to take the rest of the day without spending vacation hours formally. And then I checked Slack for direct messages most of the rest of the day while doing other things, to answer questions.

Reason got her special outing---each year for the past four, we go to a nearby botanical garden during her week off and walk until she's tired---but her lingering cough and the cold air made her cranky, and she barely ate lunch because the place where we went last year now puts oregano into everything. (We're mildly to moderately intolerant of oregano. I ate but needed a nap afterwards. Two questions on Slack awoke me from the nap.)

The extra time coincided with a major office deadline, which had slid. Done done done done done. Happy Friday, everyone?

Actually, I find it peculiar (because it's unfamiliar) that a long deadline around here means more than six weeks. To me, long has come to mean nine or ten months. :P

Modest, unexciting weekend goals

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:17 am
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Goals for the weekend:


--DO NOT catch whatever illness hit [ profile] scruloose like a ton of bricks today. (Pleasepleaseplease let it just be a[nother] cold; we got flu shots, but you never know. >.<)

--Adapt as much of the final Maid-sama! volume as possible. The last ten pages or so of the first half are due this Monday [see also: kind and understanding editor!], and while the second half of the volume isn't due until the week after, a) I have a whole 'nother rewrite due that week too and b) we're still catching up at Casual Job, so AFAIK I'm working there Monday and Tuesday (at least).

(Imagine lots of sparkles and hearts around that "FINAL VOLUME", because holy crap is this series wordy. So wordy. I will not miss the horrifying amount of work it entails.)

--Catch up on The 100 (two episodes) and put as big a dent as possible into the second half of The Good Place season 1 (finishing it, ideally, but it depends somewhat on [ profile] scruloose since we're watching it together).

--Start reading A Conjuring of Light. (I finished both Final Girls and Wishful Drinking tonight.)

--Words?????? Make some???? This is a thing I can do???

Reign 4x03

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:50 am
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Although there were various bits in this episode that made me writhe in agony, that single scene between Mary and Margaret Douglas made up. For. EVERYTHING.

One of the show's greatest strengths is in finding actors who give their all. It's not a subtle show (though it has a great deal of subtlety going on as well, it's not mainly a subtle show) and I do believe that in certain actors' hands the camp and scenery chewing would be interminable instead of engrossing. Is the show ridiculous and goes on at breakneck pace? Yes. But if you buy it at all, it's because of the actors who are selling it.

We're only three eps in and I want to call Nola Augustson as MVP. We've had minor recurring characters come and go, many of them memorable, but Nola as Margaret Douglas is an absolute gem, and (I think this is key) very different in her delivery from the other matriarchs Megan Follows as Catherine and Amy Brenneman as Marie.

Margaret Douglas's introductory scene had her playing demure and soft before Elizabeth, which I wasn't sure what to make of, only for a later more candid scene to show her cleverness BUT with that same knife-like softness, and I went OOOOO. She's been in all three episodes so far and nailed it in every one -- this is a clever woman who has had terrible things done to her and has relatively little power to her name (compared to Catherine de' Medici and Marie de Guise) but she's cut from the same political cloth as Elizabeth and Henry VIII, and it's fantastic.

"I, too, was Elizabeth's honoured guest."

Said from Margaret to Mary, while they're talking about Elizabeth. I reckon that line doesn't have the same impact without context, but goodness gracious I had the shivers, and the delivery was SPOT ON. It isn't pain that makes Margaret smile when she says that.
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An interesting book, though not quite what I was expecting it to be! I put a hold on the ebook at my library on a whim, based on nothing more than the cover and title which I saw when browsing Overdrive. I was expecting something more in the line of a memoir/autobiography. What this book actually is: a collection of writings from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the years, with bits of introductory material contextualizing the pieces.

So it was still very interesting, even if not what I was expecting. It's much more about US law than it is about Ginsburg herself. So I now know a lot more about how the Supreme Court works. Ginsburg comes across very well in this book though - intelligent, articulate, caring. (Also she's REALLY REALLY SHORT oh my gosh, those pictures at the end, she is always by far the smallest person in any given photograph.)

The last section of the book shares a number of her recent dissents, which is a rather depressing note to end on. She argues forcefully for what I would agree is the correct decision on issues like women's reproductive rights, and it's so sad to know that these pieces are the dissent and not the opinion of the court.

It was weird to read her praise of Scalia throughout the book. He's the Justice she refers to most often, and it seems she genuinely liked him as a person. It feels weird to hold that knowledge alongside the knowledge that he vociferously fought for the exact opposite side on a lot of issues she clearly thinks are of dire importance in the lives of many people. I don't know if I could be friends with someone who so actively worked for so much of what I would consider to be harm in the world as Scalia did.

It's also depressing to read this book in the context of knowing that Scalia's seat is gonna be filled by a Donald Trump nominee. Auuuggghhhhhhhhhh. I just hope he doesn't get the chance to replace any other Justices as well. Ginsburg seems to be in good health for an 83 year old and I HOPE SHE STAYS THAT WAY. FOR AS MANY YEARS AS NECESSARY.

More remixes!

Feb. 24th, 2017 08:21 pm
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Someone remixed me in Cap-IM Remix Madness! It is a remix of Plus One, the fake-dating fic I wrote for [personal profile] magicasen:

An Incredibly Platonic Evening (Plus One Remix) (3776 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Fluff, Pining, Dancing, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Mutual Pining, Oblivious Tony Stark, Remix
Summary: After years of pining for Steve, Tony invites him to a charity gala strictly as friends. It’s not date. Sure, he might want something more, but it’s totally manageable so long as Steve stays in the dark. Right?

The original story was Steve POV; this is Tony POV, and it's very very sweet. I recommend it highly!

Reveals are in a couple days. I have one story in regular Remix, one story in Relay Remix, and one story in Madness. Try to find me!

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Feb. 24th, 2017 07:30 am
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"Sons of Mogh"

Ah, flirty flirty with Worf and Dax.

Worf's brother is pissed because Worf has basically fucked over his brother's life by defying the Klingon government, and he's got a point.

I'm not sure how I feel about everyone's objections to the Klingon ritual Kurn wants Worf to perform. The only argument I really find persuasive is that they're on a Federation-administered station and Worf is a Starfleet officer. There was a whole TNG episode about Lwaxana Troi respecting another culture's rituals, no matter how incomprehensible and cruel she found them.

And in the end, Worf completely circumvents his brother and finds an alternative, but without consulting Kurn, and it comes at a horrible cost for both of them. This frustrates me, because maybe Kurn would have consented if he'd been asked. I'm kind of disgusted with Bashir for participating. What happened to his principles as a doctor? I guess I would have preferred if the whole episode had focused on this choice, rather than just tossing it into the last five minutes of the episode.

"Bar Association"

Leeta! And a callback to the tooth sharpener Worf bought from Nog. And I think those were Pakleds in a brief shot.

Rom leads a revolt among Quark's employees, and they set up a union. Unions, of course, being obscene things in Ferengi culture. Not a ground-breaking episode, but it's a nice Rom episode, with fun things like character development.
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Pop culture mashup supreme

This is funny, and also proves that drama is dramatic in every case.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 10:20 am
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I Puritani by Bellini, staged by the Met

Look, we already know I don't give a shit about most 19th century opera, this is not news. The first act of I Puritani was a total snoozefest of moderately unlikeable characters, tepid plot twists, and attractive but not particularly character-driven bel canto vocal lines. And so I decided to skip out on the second and third acts, which according to the summary in the playbill were "Act II: Totally misogynistic mad scene" and "Act III: Surprise! Everything works out in the end".

Just to fill out the post, thoughts on the new season at the Met: I was terribly excited to learn that Luis Bunuel's puzzlingly surreal and emotionally complex film El Angel Exterminador had been adapted as an opera and would be staged by the Met... until I learned that Thomas Ades was the composer. [personal profile] freeradical42 and I skipped the second half of his Tempest because we were so annoyed by the way he'd simplified Shakespeare's characterizations, and I did make it through his Powder Her Face, but it was an endurance feat. Maybe the third time's the charm, but I'm not super thrilled about the prospect of seeing him ruin another favorite text.

I'm amused but unsurprised that the Met is already staging a new Tosca, and that their advertising is highlighting its similarities to the Zeffirelli Tosca. Never change, Met. Never change. I am a little... regretful... that I have not seen the current, much-maligned Tosca production and have now missed my shot, but on the other hand, me and Puccini never get along.

And I am very intrigued by the new production of Cosi fan tutte, set at Coney Island? That has the prospect of being a total blast to watch.

How to make awesome granola

Feb. 23rd, 2017 04:01 pm
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It is very easy to make homemade granola. I've been doing it for over 15 years, basing my recipe on one in the Quick & Easy cookbook edited by Shelly Melvin. It tastes way better (I think) than commercial granola, plus it gives you control over the ingredients and their quantities, in case you're trying to avoid certain foods or food types. The recipe is infinitely adjustable, but here's my basic procedure:

4-5.5 cups of grains - I use mostly thick rolled oats (4 cups), plus optional rolled triticale, rolled spelt, millet, amaranth, buckwheat groats (kashi), and recently I accidentally put raw quinoa in the mix thinking it was millet, and it was good!

1/4 cup liquid sweetener - I usually use honey, but have used mixes of brown rice syrup, maple syrup and molasses. All maple syrup is too sweet/maple-y for me, all brown rice syrup is distinctively less sweet.

1/4 cup oil - I use safflower or canola usually, sometimes coconut oil, especially if I'll be adding coconut.

Spices to taste - this is optional, but recommended. I usually use a goodly amount of cinnamon, plus one or more of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, cardamom.

0.5-1.5 cups of coconut and/or seeds - also optional. Unsweetened coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and so on.

1-2 tsp vanilla or almond or orange extract - also optional.

Nuts and/or dried fruit - in any amount and combination you desire, to be added after the baking process. I always use raisins and some nut (pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut) plus usually either dried cherries or dried sweetened cranberries; sometimes I add date pieces, dried apple pieces, dried mango pieces, other nuts. If I use cashews I like to add them with the seeds rather than afterward because they taste better slightly sweetened and toasted.

Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix grains, seeds, and spices in a large bowl. Mix sweetener and oil in a microwave-safe container (I use my Pyrex measuring cup) and heat 30 sec or so and stir to combine, then add to the grain mix and stir until everything is evenly distributed. (A silicone tool works well for this.) Spread evenly on a silicone sheet (like a silpat) on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let it cool and harden in the pan, then peel it off the sheet and crumble into a container, adding the nuts and/or dried fruit and mixing thoroughly.

If you don't have a silicone baking sheet you can still do this, but you will need to stand over the granola and mix it frequently as it cools. Otherwise it will stick to the baking sheet and you will be unhappy. You can rescue this situation by returning the sheet to the warm oven for a while.

If you don't want to heat your kitchen (like, in summer) you can make a half-batch or so in a large skillet. You can just add the oil and sweetener to the pan directly, then pour in the grain mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes - you'll see the grains change color as they toast. Continue stirring as the mixture cools off the heat, so it doesn't stick to the pan.

Granola bars are also fairly easy to make. I riff off this basic recipe from the Smitten Kitchen: I use the lower amount of sugar, I don't use the extra corn syrup, I often substitute oil for butter (and use 1/4 cup, that is, 4 Tbsp, rather than 6 Tbsp), I never use nut butter, I don't add a Tbsp of water, and I usually use regular wheat flour rather than grinding oats for oat flour. I also rarely use raisins in them because raisins tend to puff up in the oven. Mostly I make oat-seed-nut bars (I love sesame seeds in these) and cut them in squares. I use a silicone 9x9 pan so I don't do the pan lining, it just turns out in one big hunk when I invert it onto a cutting board.

Reading Wednesday: 22 February 2017

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:27 pm
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What are you currently reading?

Finishing up Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, written by an African-American criminal lawyer about his experiences advocating against the death penalty, as well as against harsh prison sentences for juveniles and the mentally disabled. For the most part, this is structured around the main narrative of a death penalty appeal where Stevenson was able to win the release of a man who was wrongfully accused, interspersed with chapters that give a broader overview of a particular issue in the criminal justice system. As you can imagine, this is a pretty rough read (because of the many injustices chronicled, as well as the truly horrific backgrounds that many of the criminal defendants discussed in the book have been through.) Stevenson's career and commitment are impressive as hell, and he tells these stories with an astounding degree of empathy. Not an easy read, but worth it for me right now.

Also continuing All the Birds in the Sky and Vinegar Girl, which are much more escapist.

What did you recently finish reading?

The New Jim Crow, which I've already mentioned. Probably just as well to read this and the Stevenson book together rather than spread them out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, and a few other novels out from the library, will see what I get to. Also sort of feeling the urge to start a (very slow? sporadic? maybe just the good parts?) reread of War and Peace after watching Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

Reading Wednesday, 02/22/17

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:26 pm
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What did you recently finish reading?

Brenna Yovanoff's Places No One Knows (for values of "recently" that mean "sometime...last week?"), which is light on plot but beautifully written, with characters I really enjoyed spending time with. [ profile] wildpear told me to bump it up my list, so I did, and I'm glad. ^_^

What are you currently reading?

Tonight I started Carrie Fisher's first memoir, Wishful Drinking (having accidentally first read her Shockaholic sometime last year). Very funny so far, although having between Shockaholic and the many articles I've read about her in the past while, not a lot of the broad strokes are surprising.

I needed to start something in the non-fiction vein, because I prefer not to read more than one novel/novella at a time, and...

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm itching to read Mira Grant's standalone novella Final Girls, having gotten it in a current Humble Bundle (the hard copy, which I've preordered from Subterranean and expect to take a while to get here even after the release date, doesn't drop until April, so I'm surprised and delighted that the ebook's in the bundle).

But when I went to start reading tonight, I had technical difficulties. >.< For some reason it's not showing up on Elliot (my Kobo), but also, I apparently never synced my Humble Bundle account properly on the no-longer-new phone, so it wasn't showing up there until I took care of that, and when I simply emailed the .epub to myself to try to shortcut that, I had to figure out what to do about a "screen overlay detected" error. And both of the latter were simple fixes (the "screen overlay" thing is from running the Twilight app, and pausing that takes care of the problem), but since I didn't deal with them until I'd stopped reading for the evening and came upstairs to my office, I guess I'm starting the novella tomorrow.

Other media

I haven't seen last week's episode of The 100 yet, so I guess I'll be watching two tomorrow evening. And I think I only narrowly dodged being spoiled for The Good Place on Twitter, so that was a powerful nudge in the direction of finishing season 1 with [ profile] scruloose sooner rather than later.

I'm also hoping to see The Girl With All the Gifts on Friday, but unless Cineplex has additional showtimes that they're planning to add tomorrow, the options are really limited--right now they seem to be offering one whole showing (in the whole city) per evening, and Friday is the only one that starts around 7 rather than 9 or 9:30. >.< With it being so (apparently) limited so far, I have no confidence that it'll be around for long, and besides, Logan opens in just over a week, and I want to see that ASAP.

At least TGWATG looks like it's showing in 2D, so I don't have to weigh my dislike of 3D movies against more convenient showtimes? (Yay, mixed blessings?)

Weather + work

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:59 pm
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Enough people have mentioned in my hearing that the winter of 2014-15 didn't get really bad until February that I suppose it's probably true. (I remember the heavy snowfalls/storms starting noticeably earlier, although nothing more specific than that.) I reeeeally hope this season isn't a repeat, despite the recent "three significant snowfalls/blizzard within a week" shattering our previously-mild winter.

That said, our weather this week is pretty consistently hitting highs above freezing, which is nice, although it's not enough to clear the heaps of snow. (Which I suppose is just as well; I hate being cold, but also am in favor of at least remotely seasonal weather. Fucking climate change.)

Question: does there seem to be any sort of standard for which year to name to identify a winter (or summer, in the southern hemisphere!)? As in, when referring back to this season, will you say "winter 2016" or "winter 2017"?

It's looking like I'll probably be at the office for the whole week (tomorrow for sure), but as of today it's just normal-workday hours (9-4 in my case) while we finish up the seventeen-or-so hours (!) of audio from Tuesday. (I think we have about twelve hours left.) I've talked to my VIZ and Seven Seas editors about deadlines/current projects, and the half-volume that's due tomorrow is now getting mostly turned on time, and I'll adapt the remaining ten pages or so over the weekend. Infinite blessings on understanding editors.

I didn't sleep nearly enough Monday night, and then yesterday was a twelve-hour day followed by technically just about enough time in bed but horrible sleep, so yesterday and today were both pretty rough. (As mentioned elsewhere, in the hall outside Casual Job I ran into a woman I went to university with but have never known well, and she said, "Hey, how are y-- Oh, wow, your eyes look tired.")

wednesday reads

Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:32 pm
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What I've recently finished reading: Caliban's War, the second book in the Expanse series by "James S.A. Corey". It's a worthy follow-up to the first book, although there's a bit of a weird sense of recycled plot as much of it is driven by a character who wants to find a missing girl, although at least here she's his daughter so his obsession is a bit more rational. Of course we already know about the protomolecule and its evil goo, so there is less novelty, but I think this is made up for by greater depth in the overall story and the interesting new characters. The two (new) women who have POV chapters are wonderful: the foul-mouthed old lady UN official who might not understand military tactics or spacecraft, but has diplomatic tactics down cold, and the Martian Marine sergeant who is the sole survivor of a protomolecule attack that killed all her friends.

The writing is solid and easy to get absorbed in. The relationship stuff is pretty eye-rolly and my least favorite part. But the overall theme is the same as in the first book, that humans are so tribal that we will only stop fighting each other when convinced of a common threat, and also, so venal that we will risk the destruction of humanity just to become even more fabulously wealthy than we already are.

What I'm currently reading: I decided I had enough brain to tackle it, so I started in on Tom Toner's The Weight of the World, the sequel to The Promise of the Child, which I wrote about last week. As it's the second book in the series, the in media res with no explanation is a little less opaque than in the first, though it's still not yet clear where all the threads in this one will be going.

What I'm reading next: NetGalley approved me to read the e-ARC of City of Miracles, the conclusion to Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy, so EEEEEE I AM SO EXCITED. Ahem. (But seriously, EEEEEE! The first two books in this series are some of the best fiction I've ever read.)

Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, The Book of Kells: I really loved The Grey Horse so I keep reading MacAvoy but I am clearly not going to love anything else as much and should probably give up. This is time-travel fantasy where the protagonists end up in medieval Ireland (medieval Ireland = a fuckton of Vikings in addition to the cattle raids, who knew?) and it should have been my thing except I felt like all the spiritual moments were mishandled, I didn't care about the Vikings, and the main male character was a jerk. Also, weirdly, the author made him Canadian, and you could tell he was Canadian because when he finally got to medieval Dublin he started singing "Barrett's Privateers." No, really.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #4.1, Black Panther #11, Captain America Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Mighty Captain Marvel #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16, Scarlet Witch #15, Spider-Woman #16, Thunderbolts #10, Uncanny Avengers #20 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea! Books!

Katsudon redux

Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:25 pm
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So there's a licensed YoI katsudon bowl up for preorder at Plamoya, and it actually looks sufficiently practical enough for me to buy it. Whoever designed the outside did an excellent job of replicating the bowl to make it look like it could come from a real place. The text on the front reads Hasetsu (on top), onsen (L) and tennen (R) (on the sides, meaning 'natural hot springs', read R-to-L), and Yu-topia Katsuki on the bottom. I could happily eat katsudon out of something like this on a regular basis.

I've mentioned elsewhere that based on the relatively small amount of promotional merchandise I saw in Japan shortly before the fall 2016 season, the YoI team really had no idea that the series would become as popular as it did. But if sales are good enough to encourage them to go all in for in-series items like this one, I'm rather pleased to see it.

(Meanwhile, over at [community profile] panfandomsandbox, Yuri P. is not having a relaxing evening, and I almost feel bad for him, in the way where I don't feel bad in the least.)

Narnia fanfic

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm
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For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 02:07 pm
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Ha, I figured out a plot point while in the shower. I love it when that happens. I guess it's because you're doing something physical, which gives your mind a chance to work differently than it does when you're thinking real hard.

I'm glad to have figured that out, because I want to keep up the writing momentum. And when I say momentum, I'm not kidding. Since February 11, not counting today, I have written 9502 words. In ten days.


I realize this is a day at the office for some people, but that is probably more than my entire fannish output over the past...five years? This is original fiction, but I'm hoping that when I'm done writing it, in maybe a week, I'll be able to apply it to fanfic.

I'm not entirely sure what switch got flipped, but I'm not complaining.

2016 books i didn't write up, 2 of 3

Feb. 21st, 2017 07:40 pm
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Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, Head First Java: the whole time, I was thinking about internet harassment. HFJ is a reasonable starting point, even a decade later, if one doesn't mind reconciling former and current versions of Java code/practice. It uses more visual aids and character-driven storylets to illustrate examples than the average coding book does. It needs a deep-clean by a proofreader, especially regarding dialogue punctuation.

Joshua Bloch, Effective Java, 2d ed: I was supposed to finish this during 2016, too, and haven't quite. It's a pile of short essays full of cautions and targeted advice, and it's a bit abstract if one is not writing Java actively at the moment. (My summer internship and the job that has followed it are cousins, not quite in the same line.) Good reference, anyway, and I know I'll have cause to refer back.

Piper Huguley, The Lawyer's Luck: novella with nineteenth-century US setting, a black male lawyer only half aware of his relative privilege, and a black woman who escapes a difficult situation. The male lawyer ends with relatively unexamined gender-based privilege, but I think it's not for me to say whether the story feels satisfying; as fix-it "fic" of countless historical situations, it works.

Ovidia Yu, Aunty Lee's Delights: this is the first one. It's fine? I found the mystery unengaging (too simple), but it interested me as itself, a text written by someone with sociocultural and geographical contexts rather different from mine.

James A. Whittaker et al., How Google Tests Software: as it says, vintage 2012. Lately the industry has carried a mix of Google's and Microsoft's respective labelings/differentiations of quality assurance, software engineer in test, software engineer, software development engineer, etc., and this book wasn't a bad way to pick up some of that in a hurry. Because it's written by committee, it repeats itself in places.

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Feb. 21st, 2017 12:45 pm
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DS9 rewatch:


Odo, I have never called anyone a cinnamon roll before, but you are testing me with your careful preparation for a breakfast meeting with Kira. He and Worf also seem to be bonding over the fact that everything on DS9 is chaotic. Stupid humans, stupid other species.

But now Odo has to watch again as Kira hooks up with a powerful member of the Bajoran government. She can have a relationship with whoever she wants, of course, but I think it's worse for Odo that it's another powerful, important man.

"Return to Grace"

I didn't remember that Dukat got demoted, disowned, and divorced for bringing Ziyal back to Cardassia. And I think I always remembered Dukat as a flat-out antagonist and opportunist, but I really think there is genuine respect, even grudging friendship, between him and Kira, or him and Sisko. In this middle stretch of the series, it's the Klingons who are the enemy, along with the Dominion.

Oh, hey, I think that's the first appearance of Damar.

This episode is mostly to reassure us that the Klingons are still doing bad things, and to get Dukat back to a position of power in the government.


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