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There will never be a good time to say this so I'll just say it now.
My mother, Judy Segal, died this evening, fairly suddenly and completely unexpectedly.
I expect the funeral will be on Sunday, but that's not certain yet, though it absolutely will be in Pawling. I will be heading there tomorrow (Friday).

What any time between now and the 27th looks like, I have no idea as yet. At some point I'll probably do something like sitting shiva. At some other point I'll probably hold a farewell celebration, also in NY.

Offers of practical help - "I've been through this and can try to answer questions for you when you have them" - are very welcome. Of especial interest is anyone who's dealt with a house with a reverse mortgage on it.

Anyone who knows people who want a collection of old Star Trek fanzines should also let me know.

Please feel free to share this with all who knew her.

Judith Z Segal - 9/25/1935-11/17/2016

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I know I say this every year - including noting that I say this every year - but it's more true than ever at the moment:
We have a minimum we need to be able to afford to do this, while paying our contract with the site and we need that minimum well in advance.

That deadline is approaching. Please! If you're intending to come to Baitcon this year, hie yourself to the website and register soon.

Hope to see you there!
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The invitation/registration for Baitcon XXVII is up and running.
We invite you to stop by wp.baitcon.org to check it all out.

If you've never been to Baitcon before, please contact us before registering.

I'd also like to call out right now that we're less than 2 months out from the date now... As ever, we have a minimum registration number that we have to meet by a month out to be sure we're able to do it, so please register soon!

I hope to see you there!

JB (and the rest of BCC)


Feb. 10th, 2016 05:40 pm
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I almost never remember having dreams, let alone what they are, so this one was multiply odd - odder still that I remember it 9 hours later.

Basically, it was an extended period of hanging out in a (very dark?) house, trying to convince the very nice but very persistent vampire couple who lived there - but who I never actually saw, just felt in the dark - that no, they really didn't want to bite/feed on/turn me. Were I to relax and stop insisting/preventing, they would've gone ahead with it and I didn't want that.

They might've had a cat, too.

I FEEL like I was half awake for most of this, but that it took forever for me to get to the point of "I am REALLY not enjoying this, and if I wake All The Way up (say, by getting up and going the bathroom) I can probably not pick this up again when I go back to sleep", and in fact that worked.

It wasn't a nightmare, as much as an extended stress-ball of a thing. It certainly Means Something.



Jan. 24th, 2016 09:01 pm
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Much of the time these days, I feel almost desperately lonely minutes after the last person in my physical vicinity leaves.

An even more disturbing thing, I think, is that I often feel pretty darned lonely when I'm surrounded by people. Not always, not all people, but...

I need to fix this. I have no idea how.
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Somerville, MA
Boston, MA
Seattle, WA
Wenatchee, WA
Sunnyvale, CA
San Francisco, CA (2 locations)
Troy, NH
Foxborough, MA
West Springfield, MA
{Munich Airport}
Prague, CZ (2 locations)
Elmshorn, DE
Copenhagen, DK (3 locations)
Vejle, DK
Slagelse, DK
Pittsfield, MA
New Lebanon, NY
Danbury, CT
Northampton, MA
Fairlee, VT
Falls Church, VA

That's one SF convention, 4 square dance events and (for CZ, DK) surrounding tourism, a work trip and surrounding tourism, 2 family trips, a getaway weekend, {a napcab in the airport during an extended (unplanned) layover}, and Baitcon

Star Wars

Dec. 31st, 2015 01:23 am
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Finally just saw TFA.

I'm very happy. Will see again.

Now, what commentary have I missed that I should go back for?
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I just spotted an Infinity-Heart tattoo on the neck of an employee of Vermeer during a How It's Made segment on circular hay balers.

I'm amused.
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I just totally broke down crying at a touching cinematic father-son moment... and this on a movie I've seen before. (About Time)

I think the last time I was hit like this was by Big Fish.

Mostly, I'm ok with the relationship my father and I never managed to have. Until I'm not.

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I have a double double in the main hotel in a quiet block, Fri-Sun nights.

I'd really like to not have to pay for the whole thing myself. :)

I have one bed and some floor available. The floor space will be about 1/2 of what the bed space costs, but we can work out all the details later.

Let me know if you're interested, or if you know someone I don't who might be.

Comments screened, so be sure I know how to contact you if you comment here...
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"Soda fountains on the Lower East Side would mix up a batch of Droste's cocoa, egg whites, and real cream, daily. One batch each day. When it was gone, there were no more egg creams that day."
--- from a comment on http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-you-should-order-the-egg-cream-1441313172

I need to find a recipe for this syrup.
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> I’m late because I have a weird aversion to changing circumstances.
> Not sure what the deal is with this, but something in me is strangely appalled by the idea of
> transitioning from what I’m currently doing to doing something else. When I’m at home working, I
> hate when there’s something on my schedule that I have to stop everything for to go outside and
> do. It’s not that I hate the activity—once I’m there I’m often pleased to be there—it’s an
> irrational resistance to the transition. The positive side of this is it usually means I’m highly
> present when I finally do haul my ass somewhere, and I’m often among the last to leave.

Wow. This happens to me WAY more often than I want to think about, including to the level of "Nah, I just won't go."

(From: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/07/why-im-always-late.html which describes other of my time-based failings, too, but with much less of a "This!" reaction.)
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Baitcon 26 will be held on August 28th-31st, 2015
at the Mountain Campground of the Abode of the Message.

Why Change the Date?
The severe snow and ice this winter has impacted everything in the Northeast – roads, public transportation, roofs, buildings of all sorts (both inside and out), school schedules, etc. Last week, the Abode staff shared some concerns about the potential impact to our site due to the weight of the snow on various buildings and structures and also the possible ground conditions in June. As we are always the first event of the Mountain Campground season, many assessments and repairs are often in-progress during our event. This year, it seems more than likely that many spaces may be unusable even in late June.

Why August?
This was the only available Abode’s only other available weekend this summer. Our new date, much like our traditional date, is sandwiched between many wonderful things. This year, Baitcon 26 will be right after Worldcon and right before Burning Man and Labor Day weekend. This unique date offers us all a chance to experience the Mountain Campground at a different time in the summer, celebrate before kids go back to school.

Registration will open in late May this year. The same go/no-go condition we always have for Baitcon will still apply despite the date change: we need at least 120 paid adult registrations to meet our minimum attendance guarantee and go forward with the event.

We know that many of you many have already planned around our traditional late-June date. We’re sorry about that and we hope you can still join us this year. If you have questions, please email us via this address: exec AT baitcon DOT org

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On the fluffy side: If they ever let NPH not host, they're idiots.
But I wouldn't be posting if it was just that.

What I mainly came here to say was:
Holy SHIT, Glen Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - written after his alzheimers diagnosis - is a total gut punch of a song.


If you have lost anyone to dementia/alzheimers/degenerative brain disorders... I strongly suggest sitting down 1st.


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NBC is running the 1st Saturday Night Live tonight... and of course the 1st musical guest was Janis Ian, of who I'd never heard until reading
[personal profile] roadnotes' zines for ApaNu, where she regularly referenced and quoted her.


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I want to write something long and thoughtful about the Mourner's Kaddish and the problems it presents for an atheistic Jew such as myself, especially in concert with the amazing powers of ritual and tradition, but I know I won't get around to writing such a piece for quite a while, if ever, so in the mean time, I'll ask all the appropriate y'all... what do you do about this?

(The very short form is that the Jewish prayer for the dead says nothing at all about the dead and instead spends all its time praising God. I didn't really /get/ this until years after it was seared in to me as the Thing You Say when remembering the deceased and anything else _feels_ wrong. I've looked at various Humanistic versions of the Kaddish and none of them feel like What You Say... but
Exalted and hallowed be God's great name
in the world which God created, according to plan.
May God's majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime
and the life of all Israel -- speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.

Blessed be God's great name to all eternity.

Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded
be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing,
praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.

- to quote 90% of it - is not what I'm looking for, similarly to how Ecclesiastes 3 (To every thing (Turn, turn, turn)...) isn't, either.
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I'll be flying to Seattle on Friday, Jan 23, and out (to Wenatchee (iata:EAT) (and then on to Quincy)) on Sunday, around 4pm. I'm staying at the Ace Hotel and haven't yet decided to rent a car.

On Wednesday, I'll be flying EAT->SEA->SFO and driving down to Sunnyvale, where I'll be staying Wed and Thu. night.

I'll have a car, and be at loose ends, from Friday after work until Sunday, 6:30pm, when I fly SFO->SEA->BOS.

The only square dancing I've found during those times is:
Interlocked Squares, Cupertino, on Thursday (I'm not sure I'll be able to make it, there might be work obligations, or not...)
... and I THOUGHT there was something on Friday, but I can't find it now.

I have no idea where I'm staying for that weekend.

Who wants to do things? What things should I be doing?

Books, 2014

Jan. 1st, 2015 03:44 am
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Remember when I said "(I received a Kindle for the holidays, as I bought the $10 Song Of Ice And Fire special that Amazon had a month or 2 ago. That might either really speed me up or slow me down… Ok, it'll certainly lower my velocity in terms of completed books for a while... but compared to last year? Will I even notice?)"
Yeah. That, and many other things, dropped my total through the floor.

Also, my record keeping got worse. I don't believe this is complete, but I don't know what's missing... mostly comics, most likely.

Martin, George R.R. George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set. Bantam, 2012.
Wrong, Less. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
Herriot, James. All Creatures Great And Small.
Herriot, James. All Things Bright And Beautiful.
Vaughn, Brian K. Saga, Volume 4. Image Comics, 2014.
Layman, John. Chew Volume 7: Bad Apples. Image Comics, 2013.
Layman, John. Chew Volume 8: Family Recipes. Image Comics, 2014.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 5: On to Genesis. Vertigo, 2012.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words. Vertigo, 2012.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 7: The Wound. Vertigo, 2013.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworld. Vertigo, 2014.
Azzarello, Brian, and Cliff Chiang. Doctor 13: Architecture and Mortality. DC Comics, 2007.
Foglio, Phil, and Kaja Foglio. Girl Genius Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City. Studio Foglio, 2014.
Sakai, Stan. Red Scorpion. Dark Horse Books, 2014.
Wegener, Scott. Atomic Robo Volume 7: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific. Red 5 Comics, 2013.
Clevinger, Brian. Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures Volume 1. Red 5 Comics, 2012.
Willingham, Bill. Fables Vol. 20: Camelot. Vertigo, 2014.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 9: The Unwritten Fables. Vertigo, 2014.
Carey, Mike. The Unwritten Vol. 10: War Stories. Vertigo, 2014.
Fforde, Jasper. The Eye of Zoltar. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Tayler, Howard. Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic. Hypernode Press, 2013.
Maupin, Armisted. The Days Of Anna Madrigal. Harper, 2014.

Beds 2014

Jan. 1st, 2015 03:35 am
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The list this year is shorter than last year by a couple, but almost the same.

Somerville, MA
Boston, MA
New Lebanon, NY
Troy, NH
Fairlee, VT
Foxboro, MA
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Danbury, CT

I'm kind of dissatisfied with the rut, but the 1st 6 are going to happen again this year, the 7th won't (probably), the 8th might vary back to Brewster NY, or someplace nearby, but be effectively the same. The work trip in late Jan will add at least 3 and probably 4 cities...

I don't feel like I have significant wanderlust, except that it seems I do... {sigh}
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Unless something changes - and that's always possible - we intend to haul the contents of a 10x10 storage unit to a different storage unit, and we need some folks to help do this. We'll have a truck, and we need you to help load and unload it.

We hope to start around noon, and I don't expect that this will take more than 3 hours?

Most of this is already packed, there are flatbeds (and elevator where needed) on either end.

I feel like 3 more people is a maximum we'll need to have this go fairly smoothly.

I don't know what the right amount to pay for this is, but this is a paid thing and we'll provide some food, too.

We'll be starting in Medford/Somerville and ending in Stoneham.

Comment here, or mail me (jailbait, gmail) if you're interested.
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I've bought my ticket for the Fenway 13. It's a 7 pm show and I hope to be there no later than 6:15, but might be later.
I hope to see some of you there!

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I want to go see this - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/16546-frankenstein - on Wednesday as a birthday outing, and I'd like y'all to come with me. :)

Assuming it's not all sold out, which would be better: Fenway, Revere, or Burlington?
I'm leaning towards Fenway, but I'd listen to other opinions. :)

No, I haven't figured out who's playing the Monster that night.
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Does anyone relatively near me have a livescribe pen (any model) I could borrow/preview for at least a couple of days? I believe I've finally ended up in a situation where one would be really useful for me, but I want to actually play with one for a bit before dropping $140-200 for a pen that I have to buy special paper for (or print my own).


(Thinking anything about pens the day after [personal profile] roadnotes has passed is particularly bittersweet, as I think of her anytime I'm playing with fountain pens.)
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She's actually dead already.
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This is via [personal profile] redbird /[livejournal.com profile] redbird , edited to remove her personal thoughts.

... [personal profile] roadnotes, who I've known since we were 13 or so, is dying of cancer. We had hoped she had a year or so left; as of today it looks like maybe a few weeks. The following (via a couple of forwards) is from her partner, Soren:

The palliative doctor told us he can't recommend her going home she's too weak everyday weaker and weaker unfortunately I kind of agree. Still not eating now she's not drinking either. Maybe few days or few weeks.
(Yes, I was elliptical yesterday, before I got the most recent email, which included a request to "please spread the word.)

This is awful.

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Is anyone in my Socialverse coming from NYC to Boston or from London to Boston in the time between Christmas and New Years?
Better, would you be willing to purchase and haul about, say, a kilo of (Legal! No, REALLY) stuff for me?

I have an important taste test I'm trying to set up.

Hint: I think I have the Montréal part of this set up already.
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This is about as far from elegant food as it gets, but it's 1/3 'real' by ingredient count, dirt simple, filling as heck, and is a trip straight back to the good parts of childhood for me.

(As well, I suspect it would take a fair amount of work to convert it to make the other 2/3s of the ingredients 'real', and I appreciate that. ;)

Chicken parts - bone-in, skin on.
Campbells condensed chicken broth. Uncondensed doesn't work. Full fat is preferable, but low fat (if it exists) will be ok.
Long grain white rice. I feel pretty sure brown rice won't work, either. :)

In a large (I like glass, but other materials seem to work fine) baking dish, lay down rice and chicken broth in a 1:2 ratio. I usually end up with 2 cans of rice and 4 of broth in a large oval dish, and 1 and 2 in an 11x7.

On top of that, fill the dish with hunks of chicken.

Optionally, herbs/spices of your choice can be added.

The short form of cooking it is: Bake until the rice is cooked and the broth is all absorbed.

Recently, my best results for this are obtained with: 350deg for 30m, then cover with foil and go another 30m.

I'll eat the rice by itself happily.

If you use uncondensed broth, the flavor will be weak and uninspired.


Jun. 21st, 2014 08:53 pm
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They've made a Frank Sidebottom movie???!?!!!!!!???????!

They've made him American??????

What the what the??
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Baitcon XXV - A Song Of Ice Cream and Bonfires - will be held on June 27th-30th, 2014 at the Mountain Campground of the Abode of the Message.

We've gotten the website poked and prodded and we have the registration system up and waiting for all you lovely people. Take a look at wp.baitcon.org or all the details, including how to register.

It's not very different, but take a look over the whole thing and see how much of it you actually remember. :)

If you haven't been before, read it over and follow the instructions. :)

We hope to see you there!

(If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at info dash {this-year} at baitcon dot org.)
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A a lot of shopping today… More time than I meant to spend, but no one had matzo! Finally found it at the Watertown Shaws.

A quad batch of matzoh balls is in the fridge. The haroset hasn't been started. The brisket has been procured, but I'm still unsure what recipe I'm going to use – yes this is kind of a late decision… That means I'll probably fall back to my traditional one, but maybe with some tomatoes in it this year.

And the soup… I'm trying an experiment this year which I'll discuss in more detail later. I think it's going to work out well but we'll see.

I had a big plate of shrimp for dinner because you know... And I failed to actually have any of the borscht that I bought today. Maybe that's lunch while I'm cooking.

(Oh, and as I just told G+: I expected it enough to search for it but I didn't expect to actually find it… http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/11/fun-with-matzo-balls-stuffed-matzo-balls-deep-fried-matzo-balls.html )


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