Title: At Tilde
Summary: Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.
Notes: Arose out of a chat about what Matilda would think of the internet. Went somewhere terrifying. No regrets.
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Ugh, in an attempt to work out my stress and frustration over the Rangers, I made the dough for these brown butter salted chocolate chip cookies. My apartment smelled like brown butter last night, which was very comforting after that terrible loss. Ugh. And I shall have cookies tonight, which is never bad.
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Unfortunately, I overslept this morning and I hate how that makes me feel like I'm just spending the rest of the day trying to catch up. Also, I wore my black sandals yesterday for the first time and even though I put preventative band-aids over the spots where I know they rub, I still managed to somehow get a blister. Sigh.
My life is the hardest.
Anyway! Wednesday! Reading meme!
What did I just finish?
Nothing got finished because...
What am I reading now?
I am still slogging through The Terror, though I have to tell you, I am about 450 pages into this book and that is just shy of half-finished (!!!) according to my kindle, but I think I might just be done. I feel like ( spoilers?Collapse ) What else can possibly happen for another 500 pages? If I owned the book, I wouldn't care, but it's a library book, and three of my other holds became available in the past couple of days, so I would prefer to read them first and maybe come back to this at another time, if I shouldn't just skip to the end and read the last hundred pages. I don't really care about any of the characters but Crozier, and I know how the story ends (at least, historically), so those of you who've read it, what is your advice?
I also started The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters, and I'm enjoying it so far. Henry Palace is a newly minted police detective in Concord, NH in the months leading up to what is expected to be the end of the world. He still cares about doing his job even when most other people are either killing themselves or trying to check items off their bucket lists. I'm not far into it yet, but it's been interesting so far.
What I'm reading next
I have Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson from the library, and apparently R.A. Dickey's memoir is now available for download, so those will probably be next. I honestly did not expect all these books to be available at once, but it would be fine except for how ridiculously huge The Terror is. At least I'm not closer than 20th on the list for the next thing to become available.
Lastly, I already did this on tumblr, but why not do it here too?
I currently have 474 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 474 (the first thing I posted there), and I’ll tell you three things I currently like about it.
(it says 479 on my dashboard, but that's because there are 5 podfics in the listing, and I'm not the creator of those.)
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A lot of people have asked me for my thoughts on Kindle Worlds, since I (and my company!) have a stated interest in this kind of thing.
For those of you coming in midway through this story, Amazon has just announced that they'll be publishing fanfiction for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, allowing the fic to be sold for money. The author will receive 35% of net revenue (for works of 10,000+ words) and royalties (unspecified) will be payed to the rightsholder of the fictional universe.
I think a lot of people have a kneejerk reaction to this which is strongly negative—"Jesus Christ, it's FanLib all over again!" People also have the expectation that it will fail, that fans are not interested in selling their works. I don't think that all that negativity is entirely justified. Here's why:
People who take part in Kindle Worlds will be signing away a lot of the rights to their stories. Most importantly, the rights you give up prevent you from ever "filing the serial numbers off" of your story (á la 50 Shades of Grey) and selling it as original work. The rights also give the original world licensor the right to use your story ideas in the central series. I think that there are many people who will not mind giving up these rights, but there are many people who will—and there are also many people who will sign up for Kindle Worlds without fully understanding the rights they're giving away.
- The success of Wattpad shows that younger writers especially are interested in self-publishing and that many of them view fanfic as a road to a self-publishing career. For writers who view fanfiction in this way, Kindle Worlds would seem like a godsend.
- Unlike FanLib, Kindle Worlds is not framed politically—as "freeing" fans in any shape or form. A lot of people were turned off by FanLib's rhetoric who won't be turned off by Kindle Worlds.
Still, I suspect that there is a large enough base of writers who would like to sell their fanfic for any amount of money that Kindle Worlds will not have a hard time finding authors. I'd bet that it will serve as a point of entry for people who were otherwise uninterested in writing fanfic, too. This is another way that they're being smarter than FanLib: instead of trying to appeal to fans who are already uninterested in their deal, they are introducing the idea of fanfic to people who might not otherwise have been interested, expanding their base, so to speak.
A larger obstacle are the content guidelines. Kindle Worlds does not accept pornography, "offensive content," "excessive use of brand names" or crossover stories.* Contrary to what many people say, there is plenty of fanfic that falls within these guidelines and that I believe people would be happy to pay for. Take a look at the fandoms for One Direction or, yes, Twilight if you don't believe me. Yes, these content guidelines mean that a large amount of fanfiction is excluded from Kindle Worlds. So what? Maybe there becomes a bifurcated fandom structure—people willing to write stories within Kindle's content guidelines, and people who aren't. Who cares? If anything, I suspect that the stories "too hot for Kindle Worlds" will be more in demand, not less.
Generally speaking, I believe that fans are not too dumb to read a ToS. I believe that fans will choose to use Kindle Worlds if it works well for them, and they will choose not to if they are uninterested in its strictures. After all, nobody has to submit their stories.
Or do they?
I worry that some people in the entertainment industry are viewing Kindle Worlds as a way to "control" fans. This is a tale as old as time, or at least as old as when rightsholders really, really wanted the Harry Potter fandom to stop writing about Harry Potter being gay. (Yes, this was An Issue, long before Dumbledore came out of the closet. I swear to you, it was.) Can I blame them for wanting to control the stories they've told? Not entirely, no. I can't blame that impulse, any more than I can blame the impulse of a novelist to yell at fanfiction writers for "messing up their world." The novelist invested their heart and soul, Warner Brothers invested millions of dollars, in either case there are these weird outsiders coming in and making the stories about something else, something they never envisioned. What will happen? What if Harry Potter gets associated with gay porn? Then maybe audiences won't want to see it anymore! And then what?
But the thing about this view is that it's unrealistic. It does not reflect the realities of the internet, and it does not reflect the realities we've seen in the past ten years of fans interacting with corporations. Even though Harry Potter did get associated with gay porn (well, slash fanfic, but it's the same thing in the eyes of the uninitiated), it didn't stop it from being profitable. Hell, fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic turned it into a megahit among the most unlikely audience—and among the audience that people most want to woo, 18-30 year old males! Nobody would be excited to find out that their show was getting associated with 4Chan, yet 4Chan made it a runaway success.
There's nothing wrong with Kindle Worlds as one possibility among many. It actually represents one good thing: the recognition that fans are doing work for franchises, work which can and maybe should be compensated. That's a step that nobody has taken (outside of rare contests), to my knowledge. I know a lot of fans see this as cheapening their art by tainting it with commerce, but the fact is that the entertainment industry is all about making money, and unless fans are able and willing to talk in monetary terms, they will never be taken seriously. (Actually, it represents two good things. In its terms, it admits that fans have rights over their own fanfic, rights that can be signed away when you take part in Kindle Worlds. This seems basic, but it is not always recognized.)
Where Kindle Worlds may go wrong is if it is viewed by the entertainment industry as the be-all and end-all of interacting with fan creativity. That would create a no-win situation for everybody. Many waters cannot quench fandom, neither can the floods drown it—a fact that companies are likely to learn if they believe that they can condemn works that are not published within Kindle Worlds, or if they believe that fans will stop writing their porn and run happily into Amazon's corporate arms.
In the meantime, the answer to Kindle Worlds must come from within fandoms. It must come from places like Organization for Transformative Works, providing alternative spaces in which to share stories that are not within corporate boundaries. Everyone must educate themselves about what rights they hold to their fanfic, what rights they can choose to sign away, and what rights they have no matter what. This is not the end of a conversation. It's not the beginning of a conversation, either. We're in the middle of it, and we will be for a long time to come.
*This is especially funny given that one of the fandoms they're allowing as a "Kindle World" is The Vampire Diaries. How can you possibly write a Vampire Diaries fanfic without depicting racism, and probably using the N-word? A significant chunk of the story occurs in the antebellum South! I suppose that the TV show does it, but one of the things fanfiction is best at is engaging with issue that network TV can't or won't. Sigh.
Edited to add: Another great response to this, from a different perspective.
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Amazon is working with WB to publish (read: sell) fanfiction from the Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries 'verses. And they said that more "worlds" will be announced soon.
Basically, fanfic writers will be able to sell their fics - formatted for Kindle - via Amazon, and the restrictions are not as massive as you'd think!
No excessive product placement for non-show brands.
But here's the thing about porn! Amazon says they don't allow porn to be sold on their site, so as long as your fic content is no more explicit than anything that's on Amazon's site today (see: 50 Shades and anything in the erotica category) then it won't run afoul of Amazon's content restrictions - and if they say it does, then the Internet will stand behind you as if you were a Nutella fan barred from celebrating its wonderful tastiness.
HOWEVER, each World Licensor will be providing "Content Guidelines" for their specific 'verse - and I can't find those anywhere. THAT might make a significant impact on what types of fanfic one can and cannot sell, but until we've had a chance to look through them, we can't determine the specifics.
I don't think it's realistic to be concerned that the existence of Kindle Worlds will mean that tv show/film/book creators will stamp out freely given fics. At this point, Kindle Worlds will only accept things over 5000 words, anyway, and the longstanding laches issue that protects fics posted elsewhere and given away will still hold.
However, it does mean that people who write in the fandoms covered by Kindle Worlds and sell ebooks of those stories outside of the Kindle license may find themselves dealing with cease & desist letters. But there was always a chance they would because of the commercial aspect of that action.
Also, this will leave fandom with a lot of questions on issues other than legality be on fan-created gift culture, commissions, fundraising for charity, or even the ability of pro writers to write in other universes>
Does this further "legitimize" fan creativity (which I think has long been a pretty legit hobby), will it just create an additional outlet for story distribution, and what other fandoms will WB add?
I wouldn't be shocked if they bring Tomorrow People into this as the show launches in the fall, but what about things that are ending their runs like Nikita, or shows with massive fanbases and almost a decade of fan creativity, like the behemoth that is Supernatural?
Oh, and here't the royalty-related info:
- Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to the rights holder for the World (we call them World Licensors) and to the Fic Author. Fic Author's standard royalty rate for works of at least 10,000 words will be 35% of net revenue.
- In addition, with the launch of Kindle Worlds, Amazon Publishing will pilot an experimental new program for particularly short works (between 5,000 and 10,000 words). For these short stories—typically priced under one dollar—Amazon will pay the royalties for the World Licensor and will pay authors a digital royalty of 20% of net revenue. The lower royalty for these shorter works is due to significantly higher fixed costs per digital copy (for example, credit-card fees) when prices for the entire class of content will likely be under one dollar.
Now, I want to be very clear - I think the possible impacts of this are serious and significant and will change fandom massively - but I'm not sure that it gives any rightsholders any additional rights/chances/ability to go after anyone who's giving their fic away for free - at least not in the US, under current IP law.
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This is a cross-post from a new blog I've begun.
The header at the top of this page is a photo of my parents in their 20s. It was taken in the late 1930s or very early 1940s, probably not long after they were married. It’s not my favorite photo of them — you can see that one to the left — but it made a good header.
Their names were Eleanor and Walter. She was an only child, he had one sister. They met at a dance to which she was escorted by my father’s best friend, Wylie. The day after the dance, Dad phoned his friend and said “Do you have feelings for Eleanor?” Wylie hemmed and hawed a bit, and talked about how he wasn’t ever going to get married, and said that she was a good friend of his. My father, who needed to clear the air, said again, “Do you have feelings for her?” When Wylie responded with an unequivocal “no” my father said, “Good, because I’m going to marry her.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about my folks lately. Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of my father’s death. Feb. 1st was five years since my mother passed. But even more than that, much of my time lately has been taken up with sorting photographs. I like to say that I come from a picture-takin’ family on both sides. I have hundreds of photographs to go through, many of which I want to scan and keep in digital format. When I have some spare time I like to pull out another box or album and arrange them into groups so when the time comes to scan them, they’ll be easier to catalog.
I also have a great deal of ephemera from them both, a pretty extensive family tree over on ancestry.com, and a lifetime of stories. I don’t know if anyone other than myself will ever really care about these things, but I decided that I wanted to start a blog to share all of that with anyone who might find it interesting.
More than that, I think there’s a lot to be learned and a lot of pleasure to be found in family histories. Perhaps those of you who are interested in the American family, or genealogy, or some other expression of personal history will enjoy what I have to share. I expect this to be a kind of melange of the personal and the historical. Or something. I’m going to let the photos lead me.
One note: I’m a fairly private person, and I never use my real name online. When I talk about my family, I will refer to my father’s family as the C. Family, my mother’s as the H. Family. Beyond that, I won’t hesitate to use real names.
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Left: Mona Williams (Mrs. Harrison Williams of the Cole Porter song ‘You’re the Top’), later Mona Bismarck, sketched by Rene Bouche.
Right: When I do this it isn’t half so attractive. (My face defaults to 'murderous glare' – I don't mean any of it! Do not be alarmed.)
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What cyberfunded creativity projects have you recently donated to or participated in as a fan? What have you viewed? What prompt calls have you sent inspiration? What made them special enough to attract your support?
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What do you want that you haven't been seeing, or would like to see more of? Do you have ideas that you want to prompt, but aren't sure what creator would be a good match for them?
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Heads up, guys, the first episode of the new Avengers cartoon, Avengers Assemble, is up for free on iTunes (or it was last night anyway). It's no Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, at least not yet (and I thought that show took some time to find a groove), but it wasn't terrible. Too much Tony Stark, but I feel that way about everything that doesn't have RDJ in it. RDJ is what makes Tony palatable to me, and without him, I'm just like, "Ugh, can we cut to anybody else now (except Hank Pym)?" I liked A:EMH Tony just fine, but here it was too much.
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I like the character redesigns for Hawkeye and Black Widow and Thor a lot. Hulk is Hulk (his bickering with Hawkeye and Thor endear him to me greatly). I'm not sure about Cap's new look yet. ( spoiler?Collapse )
Anyway, it doesn't seem to have the same tics that made me quit watching Ultimate Spider-man, at least not yet. But it is a cliffhanger and part 2 isn't available (and I don't know when the show starts airing), so it's up to you whether to watch or not. (Which begs the question if A:EMH was canceled because Jeph Loeb wanted to do less serialized storytelling, WHY MAKE YOUR FIRST EPISODE A TWO-PARTER? Otoh, if it was canceled because they wanted to get the look more in line with the movieverse, then the character redesigns make more sense. And I guess they want to be able to cross USM over.)
Speaking of billionaire playboy superheroes, I finally watched the last two episodes of Arrow, and I gotta say, if you are looking for a show to catch up on this summer and you like superheroes, you could do a lot worse. It starts out rough, and there are certainly a bunch of clunker episodes along the way, but it's improved remarkably quickly and the showrunners appear to be willing to tinker on the fly to go with what works and minimize what doesn't.
( spoilers for Darkness on the Edge of Town [I always appreciate ep titles cribbed from Bruce] and SacrificeCollapse )
so yeah, there were some missteps, but this show really impressed me this season, considering it is a superhero show on the CW, with all the limitations that entails.
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I have no school tomorrow and that makes me happier than you can possibly imagine. Especially after our awards ceremony tonight that went foreverrrrrr. The outside presenters just always want to tell their whole life's story, and you can't stop them because they're handing out scholarships and stuff, but goddamn we have like 200 awards to get through! Pick up the pace!
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I wore my high sandals for the second day in a row and did not break my neck either time, so I am very pleased with me. Dressing up for school for the second time in one day, I was less pleased about that.
Tomorrow i actually have a bunch of stuff planned even. We're going out to lunch for one of my friends' birthday and then painting stuff at the paint your own pottery place. I have to hustle it up though because I have a mani/pedi groupon i'm using mid-afternoon, and then our last Latin Festival meeting for the year is over dinner (YAY NO MORE LATIN FESTIVAL FOR A WHOLE YEAR).
I really really need to start fic2. And sleep instead of staying up ridiculous late to bullshit about nothing with the west coast girlfriend. But that is so much more appealing! waking up and going to school is not appealing at all. also it's a good thing I've been taking pictures of whatever I'm wearing in the morning to send her, because this morning my bra pattern was showing right through my shirt and I didn't notice until I was trying to snap the picture. I'm scandalous, apparently.
I got an email from Southwest today that was like "Are you ready for your trip?!" and I was like, oh jesus, more ready than you can possibly imagine, let's get this show on the road already. want so muuuuuch.
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Hello LJ, been a long time. Not much going on except for work, work, and more work, and yet more work. Am doing minimal writing, because I have other things on my mind. I'll get back to it though - my space opera is coming along, and I have a couple of other things going on, but mostly for fun, which is what I need right now.
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Right now I am purposefully concentrating on improving my health. This knee sprain took its toll on my poor body and almost six months of dealing with a slow recovery has made me very concerned. My 51st birthday is coming up on the 29th and between now and then I am determined to be well into making a positive, permanent change. I do NOT want to be my mother. NO!
So, between now and the third week in July when I am off for vacation for two weeks with N, I have put myself first, or rather my body, and am concentrating on that. I looked at programs like Insanity (I am not nuts enough for that) and P90X, or even just P90, but realized those were just too much for me to start out with. I wanted a program that I could do both exercise and aerobic activity (dusting off the treadmill again, and the bike) and while on the beachbody.com site, I stumbled on Les Mills Pump. Read up on it all I could, watched youtube videos of those who had done it successfully, and was pleased with the legitimacy of what I saw... LOL! And so I ordered the weight set and dvds and they got here Wednesday and tonight I started the program!
I have a lot of work to do, that's for sure. Oh my goodness, I am WEAK! Scary weak!! I have always been a pretty strong person but I sure am not now!!!
I've got to do my measurements tomorrow, but pretty much it is a 90 day program (obviously I will only be able to complete 60 between now and vacation), and I am following it to a "T". I am also doing a hardcore clean diet, around 1350-1400 calories a day, no processed foods, no no no. Nope nada.
First workout though? Pretty amusing. It was not that hard, and yet it was...mostly because of awkwardness, not being used to doing all the things, the correct form for the movements, etc. And weak, oh weak! I started out with the ten pounds (plus the bar is 5) and I switched to just the bar! Weak weak weak. One of the youtube videos I watched recommend one by 2.5 pound weights and I plan to do that tomorrow, definitely. 5 pound weights is too much. But, I soldiered on, me and my crappy offbalance lunges and 'squats' (ha ha ha um yeah - I at least moved that direction? Down? A little? Of course I had to be knee-careful, so yeah).
But still, I got through it, and am very happy about that. VERY happy about that. Hopefully on Wednesday when I do this again it'll be a little easier and I will be a little more graceful. Hopefully. :)
C, iron pumper... LOL.
Hello, sadly neglected Livejournal. So, what have I been up to lately, other than mucking about on Tumblr instead of writing coherent sentences and posting them in here? Well, I've seen the new Star Trek film: a review and/or some art may (or may not) follow shortly. Also, my Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch made it on to the Letterman show AND another Cumberbatch interview, a fact that continues to daze and confuse me if I think about it too hard.
Oh yes, and the latest season of Doctor Who came to a relatively entertaining climax, and inspired me to produce the following scribble:
Clara doesn't know where she's going or where she's been. But darn it, she knows how to dress...
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...where everything is kind of just really shitty, and all you want in the world is a comfort fic, the kind you can read over and over again and it always hits right and always makes you smile and then you remember that you don't have one of those and haven't since, like, three fandoms ago?
I kind of hope it's unique to me. I doubt it, but. Well.
This morning, I had a really hard time getting out of bed, and then while I was getting dressed, I realized that my bra had popped a wire and was no longer wearable. Clear signs of Monday if I ever saw them.
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Yesterday, while the Rangers were
breaking my heart losing to the Bruins, I made these strawberry sour cream scones (pic), but I left off the brown sugar topping because the recipe says they get soggy if you eat them leftover and I'm planning to eat them for breakfast this week.
I guess the topping is what puts them over the top (or, I suppose, really great strawberries, which these were not - they were decent, they smelled and tasted sweet but didn't have that overwhelming flavor excellent strawberries have), but they don't suck. I can see why there's a refrigeration step though - maybe I used too many strawberries, but after I folded them in, the dough was much too sticky and heavy to handle easily. After 90 minutes in the fridge, though, it was pretty easy to cut them into wedges and move them around the tray.
= Grantland interviews Damon Lindelof. I thought he had some interesting things to say about how it feels to take on a beloved canon and deal with fans' expectations, especially in the age of social media.
= The Guardian on Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr.
I don't feel cautiously optimistic, even though allegedly Yahoo is going to mostly leave Tumblr alone for now (except for, you know, attempting to monetize the content even more blatantly than Tumblr currently does, and I wonder if the TOS is going to change regarding who owns the content - I'm sure people who actually post original work there, rather than reblogging various gifs of Chris Evans as I do, will be more on top of whether that changes, and migrating away if it does), mostly because I remember how they left Delicious alone until they sold it to people who stripped every useful thing from it, and they are usually the end of the line for innovative web services.
We've all been through this before in some iteration - e.g., egroups to Yahoo or LJ to Six Apart to SUP - and it usually just ends up making these sites unfriendly to fandom or just plain unusable. *hands*
I like Tumblr, but I don't have the attachment to it that I did to LJ or Delicious, or that I've developed to DW and AO3, so I'm mostly just interested in seeing how this plays out (will people come back to DW? I would like that), but I'd suggest finding a way to backup any original content you've got on there, just in case. Maybe it will be different this time. Or, you know, maybe something else will pop up in the interim that not only allows gif sets and reblogging, but also commenting and easier discussion. Who knows?
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Last entry was on the 12th and was an episode review for an episode that had aired weeks earlier.
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I am clearly hitting my annual mid-year slump a bit early in terms of reviews. I'm considering merging my thoughts on the final two episodes of ONCE UPON A TIME, since they essentially formed a two-part season finale anyway. Can't quite do the same with CASTLE or DOCTOR WHO, so I'm debating just skipping thoughts on the episodes I haven't reviewed and hitting only the season finales for each.
This is what happens when I don't force myself to sit down and write reviews immediately after an episode airs.
I'm also behind on book reviews: at least seven now including the three graphic novels I read recently. Need to catch up on those.
I am as up-to-date as I can be on short story reviews, considering the anthology I'm reading right now is an arc of WHERE THEY DARK EYE GLANCES, edited by Steve Berman, and that review is destined for publication in an actual magazine -- I'm unsure of the legality of doing story-by-story reviews before the full-book review sees print, so I'll probably do a "list the stories" type of entry for that. It's also time to proofread the June issue of LIGHTSPEED.
On the personal side of life, this past weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. Took half a vacation day on Friday so I could drive to my sister's house and take the train into NYC with her and my niece. This was Renee's first trip into NYC (at the age of twelve). Our main goal was seeing my friends Hollywood Ending play at the Highline Ballroom, which we did. Renee enjoyed meeting up with so many of the HE fans she's met at previous shows. There was a slight melt-down episode after the show, when she thought there was no way she was going to get to see the boys to say hi and get hugs. Much thanks to my friend Patty Wilson (mother of lead singer Tyler) for making that hug happen and averting the meltdown before it got really bad. The show, of course, was high energy, as the boys always are. Tomorrow, the guys leave for several legs as an opening act for an Australian band's world tour. A great experience and opportunity for them.
We bookended the trip into the city with meet-ups with friends: dinner near Grand Central with our friend Roxy, and then ice cream and pretzels and hanging out outside Grand Central before our train home with Roxy and Dave. Good conversation. Renee, needless to say, slept almost the whole train ride home.
Saturday I swung through Mahopac for a quick visit with Michelle and BJ, and a good amount of writer-talk once BJ was off to a friend's house to play. Michelle boggles my mind with the sheer amount of story ideas bouncing around her head. Then again, she's boggled my mind that way since 9th grade, so it really shouldn't surprise me.
Sunday was hanging out with co-workers for a bbq and a Season Three of GAME OF THRONES mini-marathon. Good times.
And now, the work week has begun.
The GIF Marissa Mayer Used To Announce The Yahoo-Tumblr Deal - Business Insider
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Yahoo Cool Quotient: UP 1,000 points
French Minister for Industrial Recovery Arnaud Montebourg's (who nixed Yahoo's projected acquisition of French-owned DailyMotion, because "we don't know what the future of Yahoo will be, it's an ailing company"): DOWN 1,000,000 points.
Severian meets a 'leech', a doctor, and his catamite named Mamas. Mamas means "breast" in more than one language. The doctor uses him for sex and as a source of blood; the doctor is, in other words, a real "leech" to the breast who nourishes him.
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My small insight.