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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!

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/16546-frankenstein
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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).

Thanks...

(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.
FUCK.
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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.



GOD DAMN IT.
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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. ;)

Ingredients:
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.

Frank

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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Just put the 1st soup on the heat - 18.25# Fowls (McKinnons), 15q water, about 4-6x veg.

I realize I never posted about my pork and Dairy and matzot from two years ago. I got the idea to do bacon cheddar matzoh balls and you know, they really work.
I preferred the bacon, and I mixed in some shredded cheddar into some leftover matzo Ball mix boiled them up and really, Yum!

For the hell of it I also had the idea of steaming a couple of them and I've never seen the 'thing becomes giant when you steam it' thing happened before but this did it. Someplace around I have video of them "breathing" when I pull the lid off of the steamer. It's funky.
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Two cases of highly contagious measles have been confirmed in the
suburbs west of Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
said Monday, and Framingham health officials later issued a public
health alert warning residents that they may have been exposed to the
disease if they shopped at the Trader Joe’s on Route 9 in Framingham
on Feb. 15 or 16.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blogs/daily-dose/2014/02/24/measles/9NaVotetXAqPgWihtNsd8H/blog.html

Remember that your immunizations help protect those who can't/can't yet be immunized.
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Last year was 63, plus uncounted graphic novels.
This year seems to be 47, INCLUDING all the graphic novels. I don't know what changed. My T commute is still the same 40-60m a day it was. Weird. So, since I've been tracking this now, you can have all of it.

(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?)

Sorted by date of completion in Bookpedia ("Copy as bibliography"), other than one or 2 I borrowed, and an ebook I got via Starbucks' free stuff cards

Turner, Amber McCree. Sway, (Starbucks)/Disney•Hyperion Books, 2012.

Sturrock, Donald. Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Rowling, J. K. The Casual Vacancy. Little, Brown and Company, 2012.

Fforde, Jasper. The Last Dragonslayer. Boston: Harcourt, 2012.

Howarth, Matt. My Name Is Lesion: A Collection of Unhealthy Tales. Merry Blacksmith Press, 2012.

Howarth, Matt. Western Promises: and Other Tales of Interstellar Cynicism. Merry Blacksmith Press, 2013.

Clevinger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 1: Atomic Robo & the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne. Ed. Paul Ens,. Red 5 Comics, 2009.

Hearne, Kevin. Trapped (the Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Five). Del Rey, 2012.

Steele, Allen. Hex. Ace, 2012.

Standage, Tom. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers. Walker & Company, 2007.

Foglio, Phil And Kaja, and Phil Foglio. Girl Genius Volume 11: Agatha Heterodyne and the Hammerless Bell. Studio Foglio, 2012.

Tayler, Howard. Schlock Mercenary: The Sharp End of the Stick. Ed. Sandra Tayler,. Hypernode Press, 2012.

Foster, Alan Dean, George Alec Effinger, Frederik Pohl, Fritz Leiber, Mildred Downey Broxon, Pamela Sargent, Alan Brennert, John Brunner, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Fellowship of the Stars: Nine Science Fiction Stories. Ed. Terry Carr,. Simon & Schuster, 1974.

Armstrong, Kelley. Haunted. Spectra, 2005.

Banks, Iain, Consider Phlebas

Holt, Tom. Faust Among Equals. Orbit / Little Brown & Co, 1995.

Armstrong, Kelley. Bitten. Plume,

Armstrong, Kelley. Stolen. Plume, 2004.

Clevenger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 2: Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War TP. Red 5 Comics, 2009.

Armstrong, Kelley. Dime Store Magic. Spectra, 2004.

Sakai, Stan. Traitors of the Earth. Dark Horse, 2012.

Armstrong, Kelley. Industrial Magic. Spectra, 2004.

Ruff, Matt. Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy. Aspect, 1998.

Clevinger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 3: Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time TP. Red 5 Comics, 2010.

Clevinger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 4: Other Strangeness. Red 5 Comics, 2010.

Layman, John. Chew Volume 7: Bad Apples TP. Image Comics, 2013.

Willingham, Bill. Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland. Vertigo, 2012.

Ruff, Matt. The Mirage: A Novel. Harper Perennial, 2013.

Hughes, Matthew. The Damned Busters: To Hell and Back, Book 1. Angry Robot, 2011.

Clevenger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 5: Deadly Art of Science TP. Ed. Lee Black,. Red 5 Comics, 2011.

Clevinger, Brian. Atomic Robo Volume 6: Ghost of Station X TP. Red 5 Comics, 2012.

Jillette, Penn. God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Holt, Tom. Overtime. Orbit, 1993.

Fforde, Jasper. The Song of the Quarkbeast. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Vernon, Ursula. Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition. Sofawolf Press, Inc., 2013.

Williams, Walter Jon. Frankensteins and Foreign Devils. Ed. Timothy Szczesuil,. NESFA Press, 1998.

Simone, Gail. Leaving Megalopolis. Painfully Normal Productions, 2013.

Baldwin, Christopher. Spacetrawler Book 1: The Human Seat. PNW: Good Port, 2011.

Kupperberg, Paul. Archie: The Married Life Book 2. Archie Comics, 2012.

Kupperberg, Paul. Archie: The Married Life Book 3. Archie Comics, 2013.

Holt, Tom. Djinn Rummy. Orbit, 1995.

Kupperberg, Paul. Archie: The Married Life Book 4. Archie Comics, 2013.

Baldwin, Christopher. Spacetrawler Book 2: Brograhm's Teeth.

Foglio, Kaja, and Phil Foglio. Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess. Night Shade Books, 2012.

Baldwin, Christopher. Spacetrawler Book 3: Fallen To Madness. New England: Good Port, 2013.

Foglio, Phil, and Kaja Foglio. Girl Genius Volume 12: Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg. Studio Foglio, 2013.

Willingham, Bill. Fables Vol. 19: Snow White. Vertigo, 2013.

Beds, 2013

Jan. 1st, 2014 03:31 am
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Where I slept last year.

Somerville, MA
Boston, MA
New Lebanon, NY
Troy, NH
Fairlee, VT
Foxboro, MA
Quebec, QC
San Francisco, CA
New Brunswick, NJ
Falls Church, VA
Timonium, MD
Brewster, NY

Wow. This is a short list. It goes much farther afield than last year, but not that often. I mean sure, that's 11 trips out of town, 3 of which were more than a weekend, which really shouldn't be much to sneeze at, but it seems like not nearly enough. There should be more travel.

This is subject to updating as I am corrected and reminded about things.
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So, if you follow me on Twitter, you might've noticed this a couple of weeks ago:
"The exploratorium has a giant clock by Tim Hunkin! #fanboy #squee"

If you don't know who Tim Hunkin is, I'd suggest checking out his web page at (shockingly) http://www.timhunkin.com/ and absorbing all his work. :)

If the name is tickling at the back of your head, I'll just say "The Secret Life Of Machines"
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Having just read [personal profile] coraline's post (on LJ, I keep forgetting the dw syntax for lj users) of her ongoing Spain/France travelogue, I'm reasonably sad that I've never managed such a fabulous writeup of any of my trips (let alone pictures half as good).

I started this sitting in OAK about to board a flight back home after being in SF since the very start of July 4th.

I spent the 1st few days of that square dancing with about 1100 others (including about 18-20 others from Tech Squares) at Weave Your Heart In San Francisco and then the rest of the time touristing with 2 of the Tech Squares folks. (1 has an LJ she almost never uses and I can't remember, and the other, I don't know/doubt if he has one at all.)

I really hope to write more later, but for now, 2 things:
A) Ice Cream
I didn't make it to Humphrey Slocombe. Their hours were always too early for me to get there.

I DID make it to BiRite Creamery twice, and Ici (in Berkeley) once, as well has having Gelatto in the SF equiv. of Little Italy once.

A1) why is ice cream cheaper there than here? We both have cows... and almost all the rest of the food in the region is more expensive than here.

A2) BiRite: Strawberry Balsamic, Orange Cardamom, Roasted Banana, Basil. All were excellent. the OC was amazing. I bought the cookbook.

A3) Ici: Nectarine, Burnt Caramel, Vanilla. All were very good. Nectarine was excellent. BiRite won this contest. The Pink Peppercon/Sour Cherry was too peppery (and a bit too gritty) for me, but the concept was solid.

B) Incanto. As both of my regular traveling companions are vegetarians, I went here with Twitter user=@sunshinemug. It was excellent. Chris was in the restaurant for a while, but I didn't quite feel up to intruding - though he was working the floor for part of it. The men's room stall came equipped with an Encyclopedia Brittanica for your reading pleasure.

Beginnings: Smoked pork tongue, stone fruits, mustard & watercress; Boccalone salumi platter (piglet (small))

Supper: Beef heart, sweetbreads, radish, pea tendrils & bone marrow vinaigrette; Pork belly, salsiccia, plum agrodolce & mizuna.

Ending: Bushberry crostata, Douglas fir & pinenut brittle ice cream

Everything was excellent except the bread & butter (so called) pickles on the salumi plate and some of the greens on one of the plates, which were too bitter for me. (I DID try them 2-3x to be sure.)

The pork belly was the best hunk of same that either of us had ever had. The fat was sort of the ideal essence of fat, not at all greasy or chewy, and not even really unctuous. Just ideally fatty, and the lean was tender and beautifully bathed in said fat.
It was almost a shame that the sausage was on the same plate, as it was a VERY good sausage, but next to that pork belly...

I had a bunch of other good food that I hope to burble about later. In the mean time, I should've been asleep 90m ago at least.
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Someone on my (LJ, I believe) friends-list posted something fairly intimate about their childhood about a week ago. I thought I knew who it was and I was going to talk to them about it and they said it wasn't them. Looking at the person's LJ THEY thought it was, it wasn't this other person either (or they've taken the post more private).

Sadly, that leaves me with absolutely no idea who it was.

Ah well. :(

ETA: There it is...
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So [personal profile] ahf and I wandered porchfest today (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest) - this is the 3rd, and the 2nd I've made it out for, and it's still a favorite thing that Somerville does.

This year's music that we saw:
Somerville Symphony Orkestar - http://www.ssoband.com/ - VERY STRONG recommendation. If you like Balkan and/or Honk-y and/or BiL, I totally advise seeking out these guys.

Grand Fatilla - http://www.reverbnation.com/grandfatilla - Repeat the above, though they have no brass... and a strong Italian basis.

Atwoods Bluegrass Band (Sean Staples and His Bluegrass Rangers) - many different URLs. Stumbled on them between the 1st 2 above. Solid.

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - http://michaeljepstein.com/ - I wanted more vocal strength. The über-hipster vibe I think is just inherent in MJE's work.

The Pennies - http://www.thepenniesmusic.com/ - Enjoyable, lightly quirky on the originals we heard, solid on the covers. I'd see 'em again.

Jon Bernhardt - http://www.wobblymusic.com/spaceman/ - A man and his theramin. Woo!

The Ways and Means Committee - http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/somerville/2012/05/porchfest_the_sounds_of_somerv.html?p1=Upbox_links - Cool enough. Not what we were looking for at the time, probably would've been better had we been.

Educate the Antidote - http://www.muziclab.com/artist.php?id=136 - Their description of themselves as "The Antidote=Dave Matthews meets Black Eyed Peas" is pretty spot on.

The New Babushkas - http://www.voortrek.com/thenewbabushkas/ - 2 accordions, fiddle, and cello today. Lovely stuff.

Dust Clouds of Mars - https://www.facebook.com/DustCloudsofMars - Would be right at home opening for Man Or AstroMan? and that's a good thing, imho.

Truckdrivin' Neighbors Downstairs - http://www.truckdrivingneighborsdownstairs.com - Solid.

The Rhythm Sons - http://www.facebook.com/TheRhythmSons - they should avoid harmony vocals, but as solo singers they were a fine group.

And finally, sadly the Somerville Ukulele Club (SUC) - no web presence - were drowned off their porch by their much louder neighbors.

All in all, a good day and I eagerly await next year!
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You know how I post every year saying "If we don't meet our minimum number we're going to have to cancel"?

Yeah, that's this post.

The deadline for making said minimum is a bit over 2 weeks away.

If you typically attend and aren't this year, feel free to comment here, or mail me or info or something so we can take you off our mental "Hey, what about $Person?" lists.

(And if you're waiting for the full text invite via email, I haven't actually sent it out that way in a few years.)

We hope to see you there!

JB and the rest of BCC.
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Soup so far:
29.5# of small fowls - around 1.6# each, average.
22qt water
about 5x veg.

Meat's going to be brisket.

Apples haven't actually been bought yet. Oops.

One experimental bottle of wine bought, along with 3l of Manischewitz.

And I just noticed that either I never posted last year's pork'n'dairy on matzah here, or I didn't tag it. I'll fix that shortly.

This year it was a number of salumi and salami with cream cheese sandwiches.
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I'm going to be in SF from Jul 3-13(ish) and will be kicking around the area touristing for the 8-13ish. I'll be at the National Gay Square Dance Convention over that 1st weekend.

Should I come home on a Saturday night/Sunday morning red-eye, missing whatever the Bay Area has to offer for that night, and getting more rest on Sunday (before returning to work), or do I just push through it and come home on Sunday - again, probably on a red-eye - and go to work on Monday?

Also, if you're out there: A) Shall we visit? B) might you happen to have some crash space for some of the time? Possibly for 2 people - I'll be kicking around the area with another square dancer...

Also, what shouldn't I/we miss?
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If you follow [community profile] baitcon (on LJ. I'm not going to go lookup the cross-site syntax right now), you'll've heard this a few days ago, but if not...

http://wp.baitcon.org/

Hope to see you there!

I'm ok...

Apr. 15th, 2013 04:13 pm
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Nowhere near Copley and safe and sound.
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I _need_ the lyrics to the song by Clam Chowder. Does anyone have them around, or have it memorized well enough to transcribe them?

I'll buy the CD eventually (would that it were on CD Baby) or hook up the turntable... but I'd like to have the lyrics sooner than later.

Anyone?

Thanks!
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Because I never get around to keeping a full list...

Allen Steele:
Near-Space Series
Orbital Decay (Ace, 1989)
Clarke County, Space (Ace, 1990)
Lunar Descent (Ace, 1991)
Labyrinth of Night (Ace, 1992)
The Jericho Iteration (Ace, 1994)
The Tranquillity Alternative (Ace, 1995)
Oceanspace (Ace, 2000)
Chronospace (Ace, 2001)
A King of Infinite Space (Harper-Prism, 1997)
Apollo’s Outcasts (Pyr, forthcoming 2012)
Coyote Trilogy:
Coyote (Ace, 2002)
Coyote Rising (Ace, 2004
Coyote Frontier (Ace, 2005)
Coyote Chronicles:
Coyote Horizon (Ace, 2009)
Coyote Destiny (Ace, 2010)
Coyote Universe:
Spindrift (Ace, 2007)
Galaxy Blues (Ace, 2008)
COLLECTIONS:
All-American Alien Boy (Old Earth, 1996)
Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete Near-Space Stories (Meisha Merlin, 1998)

Jasper Fforde:
Thursday Next
The Eyre Affair (2001)
Lost in a Good Book (2002)
The Well of Lost Plots (2003)
Something Rotten (2004)
First Among Sequels (2007)
One of our Thursdays is Missing (2011)
The Woman Who Died a Lot (2012)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
A Study in Scarlet (1887)
The Sign of Four (1890)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
The Valley of Fear (1915)
His Last Bow (1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

H. Beam Piper:
Four-Day Planet/Lone Star Planet
Space Viking
Junkyard Planet
Uller Uprising
Little Fuzzy
Murder In The Gunroom

John Scalzi:
Redshirts

Laurie R. King:
The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Spider Robinson:
The Callahan Touch (1993)
Callahan's Legacy (1996)
Callahan's Key (2000)

Diana Wynne Jones:
Dark Lord Of Derkholm
Enchanted Glass

China Mievielle:
Un Lun Dun

Suzanne Collins:
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Anthony Bourdain:
The Nasty Bits

Kevin Hearne:
Tricked

Tom Holt:
Flying Dutch

Phil and Kaja Foglio:
Agatha H. And The Airship City

Kate Kaynak & Trisha Wooldridge (eds):
UnCONventional

Naomi Novik:
Victory Of Eagles
Tongues Of Serpents

Keith Roberts:
Pavane

George Alec Effinger:
When Gravity Fails
A Fire In The Sun
The Exile Kiss



... and more Graphic Novels, comics, and trade pbk collections of same than I can count.
= = = = =
I don't believe this to be complete.

Having a T commute has meant I've gotten a LOT more reading done.

I just need to get myself able to read work-and-life-improvement non-fiction.

I count 63 in that list... Wow. I don't feel like I'm reading 1.2 books/week.
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In no particular order:
Somerville, MA
Boston, MA
Danbury, CT
New Milford, CT
New York City, NY
Rye Brook, NY
New Lebanon, NY
Troy, NH
Fairlee, VT
Foxboro, MA
Arlington, VT
Brattleboro, VT
East Madison, NH
Uncasville, CT

- which means that, for perhaps the 1st time in YEARS, I didn't leave New England by more than about 30 miles, though I did go a number of places in NE that I'd never been before.
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Huh. I just came across the following phrase in a piece [personal profile] beah linked to elsenet, and it's the 1st time I've seen this definition. Not sure how I feel about it... it's probably very solid, really. Is it in common usage and I just missed it all these years?

"high fantasy — fantasy set in another world"

The next question is: Are there convenient (and agreed upon, perhaps??) terms for 'the rest' of the fantasy sub-genres? The only other term that's leaping to mind is 'Urban Fantasy', and I'm not sure where its borders are.
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(Is there a way to get DW to link to LJ users instead of changing <lj user=...> tags in to (effectively) dw user=?)

I have a pile of partial thoughts here that I've been trying to put together since Saturday.
Failing to have had them coalesce, I'll just try to get some of them down here now, and let you - my far more coherent readers - figure out what I'm trying to say. :)

So, Mom and I went to see Arlo Guthrie's annual thanksgiving concert at Carnegie Hall, this year featuring Pete Seeger - currently 93 and in somewhat better voice than he's been the last couple of times I've heard him.

The thing that struck me, sitting in a _full_ Carnegie Hall, where we're all singing, having been told by Pete to sing - and as we all know, when Pete says sing, you sing - is that there wasn't a lick of irony in the singing of Good Night Irene, Walk That Lonesome Valley, Turn Turn Turn (with verses for kids that Pete wrote ~50 years ago and only recently rediscovered), This Land Is My Land, and so on. That as much as a huge current in the current culture says that you can't enjoy that sort of song genuinely any more, that's just not true in a room with Pete Seeger ...And I'm tearing up writing about Pete as I can't help but think of how much poorer the world will be when he passes. He seemed certain he wasn't going to make his centenary when it was joked about on stage (as much of what Arlo was performing was Woodie's songs as part of HIS centenary) but the world is SO MUCH a better place for his being in it, and I can only hope that we can maintain what he's done after he's gone.

And for me, a huge part of that is the ability to sing songs like that, genuinely and with feeling...

(And Arlo and Family are /consummate/ professionals, as Jackie (Arlo's wife, half the band's mom, the 4 featured singers' grandma) died of (Fuck...) cancer in mid-October...)
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(I've never tried to do lj user tags here and I don't expect it to work, but that's the whole point of this post so here goes...)

So just how many people that I know who DON'T live in NYC are here (or near) this weekend??
[personal profile] 42itous
[personal profile] aliothsan
[personal profile] skreeky and Jon
[profile] bbbsg

And who else?
And why didn't we arrange carpools?

JB (and his mother), having been at the SAME CONCERT as 2 of the listed people, and not having their phone numbers, so not able to make contact and hopping on a probably-REALLY-FULL chinatown bus tomorrow at noon.
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