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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-08-20 09:58
Subject: That's suppose to be menacing, really?
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BBC America is advertising the series premier of a show called "Intruders" and the teasers include a grim man with dark gloves intoning, "We're just here to shepherd you," as he extends a ... bright yellow 45-rpm record adapter (in a menacing fashion, towards a presumed struggling person who is not in frame). I don't think they are going for the coat-hanger gag from Indiana Jones....



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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-07-30 07:45
Subject: 50 Books 2014-38 through 41
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2014-38
Moonheart (unabridged audiobook), by Charles de Lint, read by Paul Michael Garcia. I did not give it quite the attention I needed to come to a conclusion about how successful it was on dealing with the question of European vs Native American culture and the problems of colonialism (I suspect the answer is that it tried hard and was not entirely successful). I also kept getting hung up on small details and the fact that the "beautiful, independently wealthy, orphan heiress with an understanding uncle and a magic house" all sort of smacked of wish-fulfillment juvenilia (at least, Tamson house is just the sort of place that figured heavily in my idea of the perfect place to live -- four-acre cloistered garden and all -- throughout my youth and I wouldn't mind having it now, either, if it came with staff) that made me a bit uncomfortable with the book on the whole. I suspect I would have enjoyed this a lot if I'd encountered it when it first came out (and I was in my middle teens). On the other hand, I really liked that a lot of the conflict came from people of good will coming from vastly different starting points and resolving their conflicts as they came to understand their circumstances, their experiences, and each other better. I wish more books would do this.

2014-39:
Genius Squad (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 2, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. Despite being physically present for much of the action, Sonia has, literally and figuratively, much less of a voice in this installment, which is disappointing.

2014-40:
Genius Wars (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 3, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. This book really suffers from being stuck in Cadel's POV which flattens out the other characters in the book considerably.

2014-41:
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (unabridged audiobook), written and read by Neil Gaiman with accompaniment by FourPlay String Quartet.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-07-07 07:07
Subject: My fandom has survior's guilt
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Shadow Unit series finale ends with a bang AND a whimper.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-07-06 11:17
Subject: Links for later
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Tags:bird watching, cameras, crafts, howto, links, music, tutorials
Digital photography/cameras:

http://www.dslrbodies.com/nikon/nikon-products/nikon-road-map.html

http://www.sansmirror.com/

Two versions of a twelfth-scale pitcher that should scale up to sixth scale:

https://web.archive.org/web/20110304223637/http://marliesminies.blogspot.com/2009/03/draw-pattern-that-you-want-to-use-on.html

http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com/2012/07/1-inch-scale-white-enamel-ware-ewer-how.html

Simple Barbie-to-Weeping-Angel conversion:

http://offbeathome.com/2014/06/weeping-angel-barbies

Make your own Hardback Reading Light:

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/02/make-your-own-hardback-readin.html (would also work with faux book from craft or home goods store)

Make your own Sugru substitute:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Sugru-Substitute/?ALLSTEPS

Identifying birds by song:

http://earbirding.com/blog/

Ukulele Underground:

http://ukuleleunderground.com/song-library/

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-28 09:39
Subject: Four things
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Tags:conventions, shine
1. Fourth Street was a thing. A good but exhausting thing. If I go again, I will arrange to arrive earlier and leave later and generally try to get more sleep for the duration.

2. Shine and I have begun our "basic manners" course. The other dogs at this week's class were Amore (who is now roughly Shine's size) and one of the black labs, Saddie (who is a little smaller than Shine), who were in some of our puppysori classes. Shine has decided that she doesn't agree with Saddie's play style but she still does ok with Amore. Next week we expect to see baaaby Newfie Wembly (who must be enormous by now). Shine seems to have had a growth spurt while I was away and no longer looks so much like a puppy to me (she's nearly 38 pounds now).

3. Reading is fundamental for robots and their dogs at the Daland Library in Moint Vernon, NH. 

4. We have a volunteer hatchling snapping turtle.




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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-11 06:02
Subject: 50 Books 2014-35 through 37
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2014-35:
Broken Homes (unabridged audiobook), Rivers of London, Book 4, by Ben Aaronovitch, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I am not at all sure how I feel about the ending. I expect it to be affected significantly by how things play out in the next book(s).

2014-36:
Evil Genius (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 1, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. I stuck with this despite concerns and it turned out pretty well. 

2014-37:
How to Train Your Dragon (unabridged audiobook), How to Train Your Dragon Series, Book 1, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant. The movie is almost entirely unlike the book and, surprisingly in such cases, I think the movie is much, much better.
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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-07 23:54
Subject: In which Fezzik and I attempt to convince Shine
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that the shower drain is not the lair of puppy-eating Cybermats.

I opened the sliding door on our shower while Shine was in the bathroom. She carefully sniffed then pawed experimentally at the lip of the floor pan and started barking. I called Fezzik and asked him to go into the shower. He went in and came out a couple of times on command with what I fancy was bemused resignation. Shine remained skeptical, reaching in to tap the the floor with one fore paw, retreating, and trying again. I went into the shower and talked cheerily to her. She was conflicted, getting as far as putting both front feet in, but not going any farther. I called Fezzik back and he joined me in the shower. This was sort of a snug fit but got Shine to barge most of the way in. Fezzik went out and in a couple of times. Each time he came in, Shine also made a foray. I praised her enthusiastically. She eventually made it in on her own but continued to inspect the central drain cover with suspicion. Next time we explore the shower, I'll bring kibble.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-04 19:42
Subject: Beautiful things and supporting independent artists
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If you are an admirer of beautiful things (or know someone who is), Elise is finishing up a jewelry sale tonight.

Also, Wyrding Studios updates frequently.

I've happily purchased pieces from both Elise and Kythryne and love their work.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-04 06:47
Subject: 50 Books 2014-34: Welcome to Bordertown (audiobook)
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2014-34
Welcome to Bordertown (anthology, unabridged audiobook), edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner (2011)
Holly Black: "Introduction"
Terri Windling: "Introduction"
"Bordertown Basics"
Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling: "Welcome to Bordertown"
Cory Doctorow: "Shannon's Law"
Patricia A. McKillip: "Cruel Sister"
Catherynne M. Valente: "A Voice Like a Hole"
Amal El-Mohtar: "Stairs in Her Hair"
Emma Bull: "Incunabulum"
Steven Brust: "Run Back Across the Border"
Alaya Dawn Johnson: "A Prince of Thirteen Days"
Will Shetterly: "The Sages of Elsewhere"
Jane Yolen: "Soulja Grrrl: A Long Line Rap"
Janni Lee Simner: "Crossings"
Sara Ryan (Writer) and Dylan Meconis (Illustrator): "Fair Trade"
Jane Yolen: "Night Song for a Halfie"
Tim Pratt: "Our Stars, Our Selves"
Annette Curtis Klause: "Elf Blood"
Nalo Hopkinson: "Ours Is the Prettiest"
Delia Sherman: "The Wall"
Christopher Barzak: "We Do Not Come in Peace"
Jane Yolen: "A Borderland Jump-Rope Rhyme"
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: "The Rowan Gentleman"
Neil Gaiman: "The Song of the Song"
Charles de Lint: "A Tangle of Green Men"
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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-05-31 19:25
Subject: Puppy teeth
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Shine has started loosing her deciduous teeth -- I can see where some of her incisors have fallen out and also where her adult teeth are beginning to erupt. Shed puppy teeth are hard to find because they are so small, can drop out anywhere, and can be swallowed by the puppy. I was very pleased when I found a few of Fezzik's baby teeth and have been keeping an out for any of Shine's. Today I found one teeny, tiny incisor!

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