58 Books in 2013

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What I read last year.
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
Maier, Thomas
Dec 30, 2013
Niagara Falls, Or Does It? (Hank Zipzer, #1)
Winkler, Henry
Dec 26, 2013
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2013 (Vol 125, #3/4)
Gelder, Gordon Van
Dec 26, 2013
Hearts in...
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oruha:

lost of books!

ateh:

Lots of nonfiction in there, curiously juxtaposed against the Stephen King.  Was the Nate Silver any good?

​Death and Autism

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There are two things going on in my life that dominate my time. My Mother is dying. My sons are autistic. Everything else is deformed by that lens.


What of it? Every life has its challenges and I have mine. The constant danger for me is that I am dragged down by the incremental impact of sequential disappointment and quotidian horror.

What does that mean...
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littlejohn22:

sending you some positive mojo for the issues you are having... I too am losing my dad, but he is in a different province... stay strong brother 

Renewal 2014

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I let my auto-renew run. I am going to give the site one more year. My biggest complaint, it no longer feels like a community. Something is missing.

littlejohn22:

i agree, something is missing and I hope they fix it...not sure what it is though... just seems harder to navigate

aristophanes:

It might be better once they work the kinks out... some of the things are actually starting to be improvements. Still, the way it's structured to be easy to read on phones makes it kind of difficult and annoying to read on an other medium.

Saturday Sep 21, 2013

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I went to Gencon over this year and did their VIG package. This stands for Very Important Gamer, which is designed to appeal to both geekery and snobbery. The program is actually well worth the investement & not because of any associated geek street cred you get from it. this is about pure value.

For $500.00 you get first crack at housing. This is huge...
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ateh:

I am glad to hear you were scheming and planning, and that they gave you a special room for it. Scheming is important.

ateh:

A most excellent choice. It is astonishing how many good guitar things there are in the world. I am usually more of an electronica girl - or at least, I think that's the current parlance - but there is nothing like the old guitar riffs.

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

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ateh:

Indeed. We were overwhelmed by Grand Warlord Voss just last night. I suspect he'll get what's coming to him tonight, though.

How was your weekend last weekend? Did you meet any good games?

baudot:

I've had an OK time with the starters. As best I can tell, it's somewhere in the kneading to baking steps that I'm screwing things up.

How was GenCon to you? I skipped this yeah, but made PAX.

Thursday May 30, 2013

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So my Mother had a stroke. The bleeding kind that marks the beginning of a grinding and painful end. Episode after episode will come now. Each incident stripping her of more and more of herself and more and more of her autonomy. The end game.

O Me! O Life!
BY WALT WHITMAN
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless...
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oldernow:

thanks for your compliment!
wishing you well with your mom and her condition... the endgame totally sux a lot of the time

robotsatemyhair:

Pssh. Trust. wink

Sunday May 12, 2013

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Damn. Brilliant
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robotsatemyhair:

That's the nicest thing. Thank you.

kay:

You are a dear. smile

Saturday Apr 20, 2013

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Sons, made of happy flesh but the spirals were broken.
Some part of the helix unwound with a bitter twist.

The oldest cannot meet your eye
and flaps his arms when there is too much anything
Too much joy, too much sound, too much sad.

The youngest bites and I have held him
On concrete, snarling
He tried to bite out my throat

Both cry...
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robotsatemyhair:

That is a thoroughly acceptable answer.blush

raspberri:

Thanks for the suggestion! I do take glucosamine and have found it helpful so far. biggrin

Saturday Apr 06, 2013

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Frida & Diego at The High
Mrs. tadkil and I are still processing this exhibit. Prior to seeing Frida with Salma Hayek, I had not been exposed to her work at all, or Diego's. I think this was clearly the Anglo bias of the instruction I received. The movie opened up this work for me and led me to Neruda and others really wonderful artists...
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ateh:

The restaurant I went to served their carrot cake french toast with cream cheese frosting, raisins, and walnuts on the side. I haven't tried to make it at home yet, but I will, oh yes smile The thing is, I make an awesome carrot cake but it wouldn't hold up to being french toasted. I told my mom about it and commented that I thought you'd need sort of a dryish carrot cake to start with. She hypothesized that you'd bake the cake, then slice it and leave it to dry for a day or so before attempting to batter it.

(My mom then made me sourdough french toast, which I have also never had before. Yum!)

Because of this post, I went to the High while I was in Atlanta - wouldn't have bothered to drive in to see this exhibit otherwise. My first cynical take as I walked in was, "Oh, this is just a way to try to draw ATL's Hispanic population in." But I got past that. smile It was a great exhibit - loved the juxtaposition of quotes, paintings, and photographs. I wish they'd had more of Rivera's murals - those were fascinating - and perhaps a few less of his cubist paintings. Also I wish they'd had more photos of Frida. What a striking face and bearing she has.

clio:

thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it.

Friday Mar 15, 2013

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Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand
I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can
Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long
'Cause I have wandered...
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ateh:

That is even more interesting than the card dealing. Also tastier.

caia:

Cool