I'm also having a go at the Decameron, which is quite fun.
Which translation do you have, and how do you like it? I started using my Norton copy as interstitial reading (since hey, short stories!), but it's only selected stories and skips most of the frame story, so I want to get another version. :(
I'm pretty sure that the boys in the Dave Gross novels they do drink coffee.. I have confirmed that Oppara, Korvosa, and Ketapesh all have coffee houses in them by searching the wiki
A Katapeshi coffee house (called Thrice Blessed) is detailed in the Solku section of Towns of the Inner Sea.
For any of you in the Seattle area, there's a big storytelling event in South Seattle on Sunday that might provide excellent fodder for thought: Stories You Have Never Heard Before: Natives Rising Tour. I can't make it, so I'd love to hear folks' takeaways!
Finished Seanan McGuire's serial Indexing, which reminded me of a grittier (Feed-esque) version of Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crimes books. Some messiness toward the end, but a fun/grim read with diverse characters (including trans!).
Now, in a it of a departure, reading Packing for Mars, which is making me eye friends and coworkers and consider who would make a good astronaut (not me... maybe John?). Very accessible and entertaining.
So glad it wasn't during full-on winter time and that the house wasn't designed by British architects.
Good luck with the repairs, Cheeseweasel! I hope it doesn't get cold enough to damage the pipes before then!
Whizzed through the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in a couple days (alternately hilarious and sad). Now forging through The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Three-fourths of the way through, my overwhelming impression is that while every development makes sense, collectively they add up to enough slight left turns that I do not know where this train is going anymore. But I really want to know!
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis has a very personal portrayal of both historical and near-future epidemics. And Mira Grant's Feed, while a zombie novel, was written after long conversations with the CDC about both mechanisms and official response.
If you're looking for lighter fare, one of my favorite library book sale finds is Epidemic Detectives—1960s nonfiction YA about anthrax outbreak in Wales, cholera at a revival camp, industrial poisoning, and more!
The banner shows Lord Kel-Kalaar's personal arms, a nod to his twin sources of power as a magus.
About 3/4 of the way through Ammonite by Nicola Griffith. It has all the things I love: winter journeys, homesteading, mysterious plagues, complex female characters, casual inclusion of queer characters, post-apocalyptic landscapes, looming disasters...
I am having a little trouble with
Spoiler:but I'm sitting with the idea for now.
the virus-induced genetic memories and knowledge
Solku is more a waypoint than an endpoint for trade (it's only a fraction of the size of the city of Katapesh, after all), but it's still a prosperous burg, visited by caravans traveling to or from Osirion, Geb, and the Mwangi Expanse, as well as elsewhere in Katapesh.
And agreed that Mark Molnar knocked it out of the park with that illo!
Heating an apt to the necessary temperature is something only a professional should do. Seriously—don't try to use your oven! (Plus, you pay for that, unlike the exterminator!)
The heat treatment is more expensive than chemical treatment, but it's usually a one-shot treatment, esp. if they also do the adjoining unit at the same time. (Chemical treatment is a months-long process and requires repeated visits to kill first the adults, then any that hatch in the interval.)
Re: clothing: I'll second doc the grey's recommendation to wash and immediately dry on high anything you're about to wear, or keep clean + dried on high clothes somewhere that you can change into when you leave the house (and quarantine anything you wore at home in a plastic bag with diatomaceous earth). BUT, if you're getting the heat treatment, you don't have to go through the rigamarole of washing and/or drying on high all of your clothes at once. Anything that you don't need immediately, you can just leave in open bags to get nuked—so if possible, assign shrinkable sweaters, leather shoes, etc. to that category, because the heat treatment alone probably won't harm them. (You'll want everything off your bed and out of your dressers so the furniture can heat up enough). Good luck!
On a similar note - I don't consider myself a crossdresser because I happen to wear a kilt (because "Viking highlander" is a cool look) from time to time.
Pre-Paizo I edited a book on marketing and gender, and one of the case studies was the marketing of kilts in Scandinavia as hypermasculine clothing, lots of images of buff construction dudes with tool belts and work boots. Fascinating how we learn to interpret clothing so selectively!
(There was also a frustrating story about a car meant to be designed by women for women (possibly by Volvo), and some of the innovations that got canned in the end as too girly, even though they were actually better for the majority of people. Like gas and brake pedals that better accommodated a wider range of shoes, including heels but also including heavy-soled work boots and hiking boots. WANT.)
Lots of good points.
Playing with your appearance can be just that—play. I've been slowly amassing white hairs since I turned 18, and I finally have enough that I was able to do something fun with them: 50-50 mix of conditioner and lurid hair dye, and all of the white hairs turn into streaks of bright color. Easy to maintain, washes out fast if necessary, and avoids the damage that bleaching would cause (the rest of my hair's pretty dark, so bleaching would otherwise be needful to make dye show up).
I don't mind my white hairs—many were hard-won during Gen Con crunches! I just like having an opportunity to experiment. And as a spinner, fiber is fiber to me: a playground for color.
Judy, I plan on being at the Raygun Lounge this Friday. I finally got my personal time to line up with Ladies Night. Maybe I'll see you there.
Ack, I actually won't be at Ladies Night this time! But have a great time, and say hi to the organizer, Ashley, for me! (Will be bribing an event-planner friend with drinks to teach us how to negotiate with unreasonable caterers. -_-)
Side note: I use the fact that I wear glasses to give myself a get-out-of-eye-makeup-free card. After years of contacts, I killed my fear of things near my eyes, but I never learned to do makeup, so I'm nervous when I apply it, and when I'm nervous, my hands shake... and THAT's a recipe for a clown-faced train wreck right there.
I do hope to someday exceed my current ability level (which caps out at tinted chapstick), because it seems like a handy skill on occasion, but I don't think that'd change my daily regimen, which is much closer to Alice's approach. ;-)
From the few who have accepted it, they have all said that their fear is that I will wander because I have twice as many people that interest me.
Argh, I've had to have that conversation a couple times. Once it was an ongoing source of tension—and even after a couple conversation, the person never quite believed me, and it sucks to be doubted. The second time I was lucky enough to find someone who trusted me. Which was great! But how frustrating that that takes luck. :(
I do know that when I settle down with someone, I will have chosen a team but not in the same sense that people are telling me to do. I will have chosen the person I love, whoever that may be.
I love how you put this. Go team People We Love!
Raced through a number of books about women homesteading, courtesy of Project Gutenburg: Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homesteading Claim, Roughing It In the Bush, and Letters of a Woman Homesteader. The last was my favorite of the three. (If any of those sound appealing to you, I also recommend Molly Gloss's Jump-Off Creek, and her sci fi book Dazzle of Day, which is about a Quaker generation ship.)
Now working on Samuel R. Delaney's Trouble on Triton at Hitdice's recommendation. I was surprised by the academic philosophy tone of the intro—but turns out it was by computational linguist and sci fi author Jean Mark Gawron (I recommend his Dream of Glass!), so that makes more sense now. Just got to the bit with the war game with the insane scoring calculation.
First of all, I would like to say that I really appreciate all of you who have been willing to talk so freely about what it means to be transgender. I've really learned a lot about what you have to go through. Obviously I'll never fully understand, but any increase in understanding is good. :)
This. Thank you, folks!
Also! Good news! The IRS just proclaimed tax equality for same-sex couples!
Yep, the GM forum and product pages are good places, and ones the Society folks monitor. To avoid spoilering other players, you can hide key information behind spoiler tags (see "How to format your text").
But I do hope you are right that the prestige missions are not too hidden and you will most likely stumble onto them during the mission for the scenario.
As youall play scenarios with the new faction missions, please let us know how they go for you, so we can fine-tune the clues given in the adventure!
It used to be polite to refuse offers twice; if the person didn't offer again, it meant they were only offering to be polite, and by refusing, you politely didn't put them out.
The refusing twice part has (mostly) gone away, but the offering repeatedly lingers, partly to make sure you're not refusing politely... and partly, of course, to break your will. You're not imagining that. ;-)
Taking 10 and taking 20 isn't included in the Beginner Box rules, but as Ilja says, it's very handy for keeping gameplay moving, if you want to add it to your game. Here's a link to the rule text, for reference.
And Kolokotroni, Disable Device still has that risk in the Beginner Box, so you're right, taking 20 wouldn't apply there.
Started Niel Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane as light bedtime reading, under the mistaken impression it was more along the Stardust end of the spectrum than the Neverwhere end. Then, as an easily horrified person, compulsively read more than halfway through to get to a stopping point that wouldn't leave me with nightmares. Recommended, but trigger warnings for child abuse.
1. The PaizoCon patterns will be coming soon to a blog near you!
Just to let folks know, if you can't make the Crafting Circle (Friday 2–4pm) but want the pattern, after the event ends, extra copies will be available at the registration desk.
And if you're interested in attending but are only available for part of the time, please drop by when you can!
Judy, have you read Triton by Samuel R. Delany? It takes the whole gender-role-vs-unreliable-narrator proposition to a ridiculous extreme.
Not yet! I was planning to put some of his works in my post-PaizoCon reading queue, since he's doing a reading here later this month—I'll bump that up to the top. Any other recommendations among his works?
Drejk, I had a similar sense of disappointment with the narrator on my first read, but it turned to empathy on my second—he's purposefully written to be naive/retrograde and out of his depth, struggling with coming to an understanding of what gender means on Winter (and as you say, I suspect his attitude seems far more old-fashioned than it did at the time). I'd look to the supporting characters as reflecting her feminism rather than the protagonist. :) For more action, maybe try the pair Planet of Exile and City of Illusions, and for more feminism, Tehanu, The Dispossessed, and Four Ways to Forgiveness.
And thanks for sharing that interview, Doodlebug Anklebiter! Ursula K. Le Guin's reimagining over time is really evident in the Earthsea books—it's fascinating to read through them in proximity and watch her tease out parts of the earlier books that are problematic, and then dive in and explore the consequences.
Yeah, it's an unhappy economic justice issue. Most groceries are exempted, which helps, but clothing, prepared food, etc. isn't.
Speaking generally, Seattle is cheaper than Boston (and minimum wage is over a dollar higher here). SF housing is ruinously more expensive than here (though food is cheaper), and SF wages are definitely not in line with cost of living. And Portland, OR has a really weak economy and lots of unemployment, so not recommended, sadly. Don't know about San Jose.
Would you be willing to consider shared housing? That would bring cost of living down considerably (Seattle rooms vs. Seattle apartments), though of course you'd want to find roommates you're comfortable with, at least until you're actually here to look. Transit coverage here is pretty good, though pricier than NYC (monthly fare is only slightly cheaper, though you can get it deducted from your pre-tax income). Check, though, that jobs you're applying to are served by transit and not in the middle of nowhere!
Not sure what to recommend in terms of employment agencies. :-/ You might check out the resources at Gay City and see if there's anything helpful there!
Breaking that down: