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In about a fortnight, it'll be the end of the first year without D'Argo.

Barrayaran custom, while technically fictional, suits my aesthetic. Once again, I took the little brass brazier with the dog figurine on the side and half-filled it with sand; went out to Medeni's burial site, lit the charcoal (it was uncooperative, and the matches were worse. I need fresh matches and better charcoal.) and after it started glowing, dropped in the ring of my hair and the little twizzle of dog hair tweaked from 2½corgwn and a very unsheddy mutt.

Burning hair smells awful, but there's a nice symbolism there of the bitterness of loss, isn't there. After a bit, I added some "church" incense (maybe I should have gone to a real botanica, this was thin stuff), which, even though not perhaps the best-made, sweetened the smoke with the rich scent of frankincense and other resins melting and sizzling away.

Sirius blinked in the lower western sky, fuzzy in my un-eyeglassed vision, but easily identified. It feels so appropriate to have him watching over the ritual. I thought about my family who are no longer with me, vexed that I'd misplaced the actual years for some.

I left the brazier to finish burning off the hair, some extra incense, possibly the mess of discarded matches which had tried to ignite the charcoal... my dogs were waiting for me, impatient.
Here ( http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjE0Nzc3NzI4.html ) is apparently the last, or one of the last full-length and clear recordings of Rhianna's live performance of "Disturbia" at the 2008 MTV Awards available to view on-line -- apparently her label's Marketing Department thought Sherman's March to the Sea was a promotional model and have even forced MTV to take down that portion of their OWN recording of their OWN show.

The mad/zombie choreography's lots of fun (although a leetle hard to piece together here due to editing). I'm imagining a handful of fen dressed up as UNITY from Skin Horse with Tip as Rhianna doing this at a Masquerade now.

Tags: corporate overreaction, in yer face

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Earthquake and tsunami news sources

KHON feeds a traffic cam pointed at Waikiki Beach. Audio may be from press conferences at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Globe & Mail article on Pacific basin tsunami threat

BBC coverage from Japan - includes video.

Happy St. David's Day!

Also - Robert Conrad's birthday, and Sirius and Medeni's wedding anniversary, and... goodness, there must be more I'm forgetting this year because I remember never being able to keep up before! :)

Per ardua ad astra; ad astra per aspera

...non est ad astra mollis e terris via...

Remember all our space heroes and their sacrifices.
Please help the Professors and their fandom celebrate the release of their first novel in the Girl Genius universe!

If you've read Girl Genius and want to help out, just order the book today, as we're trying to break to the #1 position for today. Just today, although more would be nice.

If you've not read it, and haven't decided what to do with that holiday gift certificate you got -- give it a try! It's fast-paced science fantasy ('gaslamp fantasy', steampunk's better-behaved sibling) with engaging characters and an intriguing plot.

You can even meet the Professors at one of their book-signing appearances (weather permitting), if you're Seattle-local. You lucky ducks, you.

Please take a look. I don't think you'll regret the time spent.
Krypton Radio have finally put up archive files -- Click on #10, or save it to your hard drive and listen at your convenience.

This is the Professors (and Victor!) at Loscon XXXVII, November 26-28, 2010.

Happy Winter Solstice! [honk]

I celebrate this Yule by knowing at least one person got presents, by usticking a corgi from under a Lincoln Continental, by having a headcold, by trying to get some belated presents handled, and by being the proud owner of the Studio Foglio "Santa Klaus" sketch which got here last week.

May the birth of the Sun bring light and warmth to all of you (I haven't forgotten you, I'm just horribly neglectful.)
I'd share the whole transcript here, but I haven't found it yet:

2.47pm ET:  Stewart now giving a stirring and serious summing up to conclude things. "So what exactly was this?" he asks. Here are the highlights in what was a curiously moving and effective speech:

"We live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies. But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country's 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems. But its existence makes solving them that much harder.

"The press could hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofor unseen. Or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire. And then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected, dangerous flaming ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."

"We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is ... and why don't we just work together to get things done. The truth is we do, we work together to get things done every single day. The only place we don't is here [Congress] or on cable TV. But America doesn't live here or on cable TV."
Stewart used an extended metaphor about drivers going through the Lincoln Tunnel under the Hudson, in front of clips showing traffic moving through the tunnel's entrance.

"Sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk. But that individual is reviled, he is scorned, and he is not hired as an analyst.

"Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the promised land – sometimes it's just New Jersey."


Sad thing is, the people who should most listen to this speech are busy boiling oil and bottling vitriol and self-congratulating themselves for projecting the rally as a tiny, sad, hired crowd of union ex-hippies listening to a fake -- compared to their magnificent Mall rallies.

I've been reminded recently of that classic bit of humour oft-times e-mailed with either cute pictures of kittens attached or funny baby photos (usually both, and with MS Comic Sans in 1000000pt rainbow tinting). Here's one version:
If it's mine it's mine,
if it's yours it's mine,
if I like it is mine,
if I can take it from you it is mine,
if I am playing with something ALL of the pieces are mine,
if I think it is mine it is,
if I saw it first it's mine,
if I had it then put it down it is still mine,
if you had it then you put it down it is now mine,
if it looks like the one I have at home it is mine,
if it is broken it is yours.
If I broke it, its your fault.
If I make a mess you must clean it up.
Ring any bells?

I want to point out that the Carpeting Party hasn't been earning any Good Do-Bee points either. I'm seeing issues of loyalty and steadfastness, never mind the "please walk all over me" signs stuck to their backs as a prank. But at least they sound like indecisive, cowardly teenagers instead of toddlers.



Just showing up in the Mall is fun, and a story to tell later. Anybody can tour the Mall. It's what all those people do NOW that can make a difference.

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