aralias: (eight's shoes fit perfectly)
[personal profile] aralias posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Congratulations everyone who took part by writing stories, making banners, or laughing at silly summaries.

Here are the things that were written in 2017:

Aug 18th:
Unconventional Countess by [personal profile] meridian_rose (Black Sails: Max/John Silver, Billy Bones, other characters appear)

Aug 19th:
Fugitive Pilot by [personal profile] merryghoul (Doctor Who: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song)

Aug 20th:
The Scheme You Propose by [personal profile] mara (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kujo Kiriya/Hojou Emu)

Aug 22nd:
The Bad Bridesmaid
by [personal profile] out_there (Sherlock: Mycroft/Lestrade)

Aug 26th:
A Vague of Zombies by [personal profile] liadtbunny (Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones)

Aug 27th:
Clint Barton's Wedding Rules by [personal profile] out_there (MCU: Clint/Coulson)

Aug 31st:
Matters of Seduction by [personal profile] spikesgirl58 (Man from Uncle: Napoleon/Illya)

Sept 2nd:
The Hunter's Moon Hustle by [personal profile] pameluke (Shadowhunters: Alec/Magnus)

Sept 4th:
Finding Blake by [personal profile] vilakins (Blake's 7: Roj Blake/Jenna Stannis

Sept 6th:
Night of the Undead Science Project by [personal profile] paranoidangel (Blake's 7: Tarrant/Dayna)

Right Dress, Wrong Girl by [personal profile] desertvixen (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys: Nancy/Frank)

Sept 8th:
Discipline of the Blue Book by [personal profile] still_lycoris (X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles/Hank)

Sept 11th:
Indecent Suggestion by [personal profile] aralias (Blake's 7: Blake/Avon)

The Monocled Rake by [personal profile] arnie1967 (You Rang, M'Lord?: Teddy/Rose)

Sept 12th:
Home to Family by [personal profile] luvbarryfefe (Days of Our Lives: Max/Chelsea)

Sept 17th:
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale by [personal profile] misslucyjane (MCU: Steve/Bucky)

Page Six Stunner by [personal profile] sidhe_faerie (Arrow: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn)

Yeah. I'm not panicked at all.

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:54 am
wendelah1: Letter H is for Holy Crap (H is for Holy Crap)
[personal profile] wendelah1
From USA TODAY: UNITED NATIONS – In a bracing speech to the United Nations, President Trump threatened Tuesday to "destroy" North Korea if it does not give up its nuclear weapons program.

Is he trying to start a war? For real?

A "bracing speech"? WTF, USA TODAY.

We cannot let ourselves get derailed by the shitstorm the Trump administration calls their foreign policy. We still have to make those phone calls to stop Trumpcare.

We Won't Betrumped Again

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:42 am
wendelah1: (Repeal and Replace)
[personal profile] wendelah1
INDIVISIBLE just unveiled a new calling tool for folks in Blue States who want to help stop Trumpcare: Calls to Kill TrumpCare. We can't call our Senators--well, we can but mine are both Democrats and they are not the problem here. But we can make calls to our counterparts in key Red States and ask them to call their Senators.

How California — yes, California — could make a Trump reelection more difficult. YES!

Atlas Obscura: Found: 30 Lost English Words That May Deserve a Comeback.

Well, well, well. I think "betrump" deserves a comeback. Betrump: To deceive, cheat; to elude, slip from. Examples: I think our entire country is getting betrumped on a daily basis. Don't let yourselves get betrumped! Curses! Betrumped again! See what I mean? So useful. So accurate.

During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries. Of course, if the roof has blown off or the living room has been flooded, having solar power doesn't mean all that much. Also, we're paying to help folks rebuild in the same flood zones over and over again. Maybe that needs to change?

USA TODAY: Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida). It's a reasonable question, imho.

Two years before NFIP was created, the 1966 Presidential Task Force on Federal Flood Control Policy warned that a badly run program 'could exacerbate the whole problem of flood losses. For the federal government to subsidize low premium disaster insurance ... would be to invite economic waste of great magnitude.' That sage advice was ignored.

The Atlantic: Has Climate Change Intensified 2017’s Western Wildfires? Long story, short: Yes. It has.

VOX: The brilliant, infuriating, boring, hypnotic Ken Burns documentary on The Vietnam War. The documentarian’s latest miniseries for PBS is a staggering achievement — and maybe his best work. I watched the first episode. It was good. I learned new things about Vietnam and its history. We keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. This has to stop.
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[personal profile] misslucyjane posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale (3130 words) by misslucyjane
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Sharon Carter (Marvel), Georges Batroc
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - No Powers, Work In Progress, Alternate Universe - Romance Novel, Grief/Mourning, Second Chances
Summary:

Sweet, shy Steve Rogers had had it! He now held the dubious title of oldest unmarried man in Oakdale — and a virgin, to boot. It was high time he shed his scholarly shell and unleashed the temptor within. Problem was, he didn't know the first thing about men, let alone seducing one….


Heartbreaker Bucky Barnes had been away for twelve years, and boy, had things changed! The innocent boy who once had tutored him in math now was a man in need of his help… to snare a man! He'd always admired Steve, but his stunning transformation was too much for any man to resist — even a sworn bachelor like him...


Adapted from The Oldest Virgin In Oakdale by Wendy Warren

Page Six Stunner (Arrow)

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:07 pm
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[personal profile] sidhe_faerie posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: Page Six Stunner
Author: sidhe_faerie
Fandom: Arrow
Pairing/Characters: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn
Rating: M
Length: +5k
Summary: (Based on Society Page Seduction – Maureen Child)
Billionaire Oliver Queen’s bride to be left him standing at the altar and IT girl Felicity Smoak was dumbfounded when she was asked to fill in. Be Oliver’s bride. For a year. What better way to escape her situation than by marrying a gorgeous, powerful stranger?
Notes: Written for Unconventional Courtship 2017 Special thanks to aralias for allowing me to participate another year. This isn’t completely finished but I wanted to make sure I posted on my day.
Link: Read the First Chapter on AO3

unconventional courtship deadline

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:29 pm
aralias: (kirk likes to swing)
[personal profile] aralias posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
hey everyone! today is the last official day for posting [community profile] unconventionalcourtship fics! don't panic if you won't make the deadline - fics can still be added to the AO3 collection at any time, and you can even post them to the community.

i'll make the master list over the week and post here, including everyone who has posted.
wendelah1: My team (Stargate SG-1)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This is a signal boost of a post on Livejournal. Read here about efforts to contact authors who posted fanfiction on the Alpha Gate, a wonderful and long-established archive for Stargate SG-1 which is moving to the Archive Of Our Own.

Please take a gander at the list of authors and see if you know how to contact any of them about the archive's move.

Thanks to [personal profile] princessofgeeks for the heads up. Please spread the word if you can.

The Zombie Bill

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:11 am
wendelah1: (OH NO NOT YOU AGAIN)
[personal profile] wendelah1
ARGH.

From Slate: Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again.

That's bad enough but that's not the worst part.

My colleague Jordan Weissmann has written about how the Graham-Cassidy bill is not the moderate compromise its backers make it out to be. The bill would essentially collapse Obamacare’s market subsidies and Medicaid expansion by replacing them with block grants allotted to each state to design their own health systems, with few strings attached. Those grants would be determined by a complex formula that, relative to current law, punishes large blue states or those that expanded Medicaid while rewarding red states that didn’t. Like previous GOP bills, Graham-Cassidy would also set slow-growing per-capita caps on traditional Medicaid, and allow states to waive out of core Obamacare insurance regulations. It would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.


That's right. This bill punishes states like California and New York for expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act while rewarding the states that didn't. It takes money away from my state because we provided healthcare benefits for our residents and gives it to the likes of TEXAS, which didn't. TEXAS!

Ending the Affordable Care Act while at the same time rewarding people in the states that did vote for Trump and punishing people who live in the states that didn't vote him. Wow. Now that's a WIN-WIN.

Those FUCKERS.

More angry ranting )

The INDIVISIBLE website has everything you need to know to help stop this travesty. AGAIN.

You won this before. Now it's time to win it again. Let's #KillTheBill.

Yuletide nominations are ending soon

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:19 pm
wendelah1: (I signed up to write what?!?)
[personal profile] wendelah1
VERY soon. My Yuletide nominations are as follows:

1. Deviations: The X-Files
Dana Scully (Deviations)
Samantha Mulder (Deviations)
Fox Mulder (Deviations)
Cigarette Smoking Man (Deviations)

2. The Expanse (TV)
Jim Holden (The Expanse TV) - I had to add The Expanse TV to get the nomination accepted because someone else had nominated the same character for the book series. Ditto for Joe Miller.
Joe Miller (The Expanse TV)
Julie Mao
Octavia Muss

3. Interstellar (2013)
Amelia Brand
Joseph Cooper
Murphy Cooper
Tom Cooper

Here's a fantastic one-minute fandom: Has anyone heard of Dixit? I suggested to the nominator that someone should create a Dixit Bingo community. These pictures are more surreal than the average fic Bingo card but I like that about them. I will offer it for sure. Heck, I might even ask for the game for my birthday.
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[personal profile] luvbarryfefe posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: Home to Family
Author: luvbarryfefe (captainamergirl)
Fandom: Days of Our Lives
Pairing/Characters: Max Brady/Chelsea Brady (Benson)
Rating: Teen+
Length: 4404 (so far)
Summary: Family means everything…

To Chelsea Benson, the warm, close-knit Brady family is everything a family should be. Everything her own family wasn't.

But the Bradys are facing difficult times, and when Dr. Max Brady comes home for Christmas, Chelsea hardly recognizes the troubled man who'd been her best friend since he'd defended her in the sixth grade. Suddenly Chelsea feels like an outsider….

Then Max uncovers a secret about her that his father has kept for decades. Once again, he's there to help her deal with the truth. Only, this time they're becoming more than best friends. And the rest of the Bradys are looking forward to making her an official member of the family.

Notes: I didn't finish this story yet, but hopefully (crossing fingers) that will happen soon! As of now though, there are just 2 chapters up. Anyway, thank you so much to the admin of this group for creating this challenge. I am having a total blast with it.

Link: HERE
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[personal profile] aralias posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Indecent Suggestion (16339 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Ensemble
Additional Tags: Community: unconventionalcourtship, Hypnotism, Episode: s02e10 Voice from the Past
Summary:

There has been a mistake! When Roj Blake and Kerr Avon go to a hypnotherapist, they expect to be deprogrammed, removing the residual influence of Glynd’s ‘course interceptor’. Clearly the treatment hasn't worked, because Blake is still acting strangely. Oh, and now they're having sex. Lots and lots of sex. And it's definitely changing things between them.

Lovers come and go, but what about the needs of the revolution? Is Blake ready to sacrifice his goals for the sake of a little--okay, a lot--of seductive satisfaction? And yet, how can he possibly resist such an indecently sensual suggestion?

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[personal profile] arnie1967 posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: The Monocled Rake
Author: Arnie (Dimity Blue)
Fandom: You Rang, M'Lord?
Pairing/Characters: Teddy Meldrum/Rose
Rating: Gen
Length: 4,462 words

Summary:
Secrets

A spy for his brother's Union Jack Rubber Company, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum must foster his notoriety as a rake as a front for his secret activity.

Passion

Rose, newly appointed maid to Madge Cartwright, knows only the Honourable Teddy's rakeish reputation. She’s unprepared for his surprise proposal of marriage – and the way her body responds to him!

Espionage!

Burning rubber turns to disaster for Teddy and Rose, and rumours and whisperings rear their ugly heads. Who is the shadow following Rose's every move? Just what is this monocled man hiding?


Notes: Blurb adapted from Anne O'Brien's The Enigmatic Rake.

Link: On AO3.
wendelah1: (raindrops keep fallin' on their heads)
[personal profile] wendelah1
VOX: Photos: what Hurricane Irma’s destruction looks like on the ground

NPR: The Rubble And Recovery Of U.S. Virgin Islands: 'Will We Survive The Aftermath?'

Huffington Post: After Irma, Tim Duncan Pens Emotional Plea: Don’t Forget The U.S. Virgin Islands

NYT: Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: 'All the Food Is Gone'

The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC: U.S.Virgin Islands facing dire circumstances after Hurricane Irma

You can donate to help the U.S. Virgin Islands. Retired San Antonio Spurs' superstar Tim Duncan has donated $250,000 and will match up to one million dollars.

Conde Naste Traveler has international donation suggestions: How to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

Rollcall: Opinion: A Big-Spending Liberal Is a Conservative Who Has Been Flooded.

Popular Mechanics: How to Rebuild Our Infrastructure in This Age of Superstorms | These are not once-in-a-lifetime events.

NPR:
Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms. We're having a really bad fire season season here in the West and Northwest.

The Guardian: How climate change triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes | Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could also be shaking the ground beneath our feet.

In the wake of the recent hurricanes, monsoon flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes, I hope everyone is taking the time to review their own disaster preparations: check and replenish supplies, go over evacuation plans, update insurance. The time to stock up on water, food, gasoline and batteries is not after the shit hits the fan.

REPOSTED FROM FEMA: September is National Preparedness Month.

Everything South City: Are YOU Prepared for a Disaster? September is Disaster Preparedness Month!

The National Weather Service: Don't Wait. Communicate

The Sweethome: The Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies. I don't know about "the best." It's a decent review site, especially if you have no money worries and infinite storage space. I do appreciate that one of the editors lives in California so earthquake preparedness is addressed along with the usual extreme weather emergencies.

To spread out the pain, for the past few years, I've been trying to buy one or two items a month. I disagree with some of their picks; for example, I can see no reason that anyone's emergency kit needs a $30 water bottle, especially since the site claims the recommendations are for people sheltering at home. What's wrong with using a glass or a cup that you already own? Of course, that wouldn't generate any income for the site, now would it? Unless you lift weights, I wouldn't go for the seven gallon storage jug that weighs close to sixty pounds when full. Where would you keep it in between disasters? Plus you have to remember to dump it and replace the water every year. If money is no object, and you have storage space to spare, why not get Blue Can Water, which has a shelf life of 50 years? I'll never have to buy emergency water again! I can leave it to my son in my will!

One urgent problem that I never see addressed in articles on emergency preparedness is waste management. What are you supposed to do you do when the sewer system no longer functions, for days, weeks, or even, in the case of a catastrophic earthquake, a year or longer? No worries- PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) has you covered. Under "Emergency Toilet Systems" there is a menu of Nine Actions You Can Take, including instructions on how to Make a Twin Bucket Toilet. You can buy the cheapest bucket/seat combo at REI for about twenty bucks. They're also available at Amazon but only to Prime Members. Yes, those assholes have no shame. Walmart is currently sold out, which isn't surprising given that the USA is coping with two major weather disasters.

The problem is not confined to natural disasters. The way we routinely deal with our pee and poop is in itself a disaster in the making.

Slate: Minds in the Toilet: There's a sewage crisis, so hold your nose and think hard. This review of Rose George's The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters (2008) is enlightening enough that I'm adding it to my to-read list. To summarize, Western-style sewage disposal is polluting our water and destroying our oceans; meanwhile, "Four in ten people have no access to any latrine, toilet, bucket or box. Nothing." The bottom line: The way we deal with human waste is unsustainable. Think about it. In a warming world in which drinking water is fast becoming a scarce commodity, it makes no sense to pollute our precious water supply with waste products while simultaneously spending billions of dollars trying to clean it up.

Finally, Behold The Fatberg: London's 130-Ton, 'Rock-Solid' Sewer Blockage. This is a recurring human-caused disaster, one that results from people who dispose of those so-called flushable wipes down the toilet, plus other individuals who dump their cooking grease down the kitchen sink. I can almost understand the wipes because of the way the packaging falsely claims they can be safely flushed (there should be a law against that, dammit), but there is no excuse for dumping grease into a sewer line. EVER.

Fandom Update

Sep. 11th, 2017 01:50 pm
wendelah1: Samantha in the basement holding a clipboard (Deviations: Samantha Mulder)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I can't be the only one in need of distraction from the news cycle right now.

So, Yuletide nominations are open already. Who knows where the time goes? (And did I not say this was my theme song?)

I am definitely nominating Deviations: The X-Files (comic) again this year. Life Doesn't Discriminate (Between Sinners And Saints), the story I received last Yuletide, is wonderful (go read it!) and I love it to pieces, but there is so much more fic that needs to be written for these characters. I just discovered that there was a second issue released in March 2017. It is now in the mail! The Gunmen are featured!

banner for Yuletide


If no one else does so, I am nominating Timeless because I am obsessed with this show (and with time travel in general). Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus. One more character tbd.

Late to the party since it was released in 2014, but I really want to ask for Interstellar because I've been haunted by its ending. I'm reasonably certain I will have to nominate it if I want to request it.

Assuming Timeless gets nominated and I have another fandom slot, I am wavering on whether or not to nominate The X-Files RPF. On the one hand, I do ship David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, I have had amazing luck requesting this fandom, and it is still Yuletide-eligible. On the other hand, everyone's luck runs out eventually. And dammit, I hated the revival miniseries and don't want to read fic that has anything to do with filming it or the upcoming episodes or their promotions of same. I'm pretending it never happened, okay?

Other fandoms I hope to see in the tag set: The Americans, The Expanse, and The Steerswoman series. This is not going to happen but I would love to see someone nominate C.J Cherryh's 40,000 in Gehenna instead of the omnipresent Cyteen or Foreigner. I just reread it and it is even better than I'd remembered.

Finally, this month's theme at [community profile] fancake is team fic. Go forth and rec your favorites. I already have fic in mind for Timeless and Fringe. (I am going to assume other people will cover the various and sundry Stargates.) I'll look again but I wish there was more team fic for The Expanse. I think I may have thought of one for The X-Files, too.

fancake banner for round 82 team fics: thematic multifandom recs
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[personal profile] still_lycoris posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: Discipline of the Blue Book
Author: [personal profile] still_lycoris
Fandom: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Pairing/Characters: Hank McCoy/Charles Xavier
Rating: PG-13
Length: 7962
Summary: Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy are in a committed relationship — even if the sex is a little predictable. But while on vacation at a secluded cabin they discover the Blue Book, an erotic tome filled with vintage photos of men disciplining their submissive. Both Charles and Hank are turned on by the sensual images of domination—leading to experiments of their own that reveal all their secret, wicked desires....

Or Charles and Hank go on holiday together, trying to recover after the events of Apocalypse. The road to recovery isn't quite what either of them expected it to be ...
Notes: Angst, Holidays, Light Bondage, Sexual Roleplay, Blindfolds, Dubious Consent Fantasy, Scene Gone Wrong, Hurt/Comfort
Link: Here
paranoidangel: Servalan, Being evil doesn't mean you can't look good (Servalan looking good)
[personal profile] paranoidangel posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: Night of the Undead Science Project
Author: Paranoidangel
Fandom: Blake's 7
Pairing/Characters: Del Tarrrant/Dayna Mellanby
Rating: General
Length: 1800 words
Summary: Dayna Mellanby and Del Tarrant's evening turns deadly when some uninvited guests show up at a party - a horde of hungry zombies. The pair is in a fight for their lives when a new, heroic side of Dayna emerges, and she vows to protect Tarrant no matter the cost....
Notes: I have taken some artistic licence with the second sentence (ie ignored bits of it).
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11979636
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[personal profile] desertvixen posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship
Title: Right Dress, Wrong Girl
Author: DesertVixen
Fandom: Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys
Pairing/Characters: Nancy Drew/Frank Hardy
Rating: Teen and up
Length: 1572
Summary:
A romance novel AU based on Paula Marshall's The Wolfe's Mate : (Original Blurb) MISTAKEN IDENTITY - Unbeknownst to Miss Susanna Beverly, her stepfather had cheated her out of her rightful inheritance. Thus she was forced to become the companion of Miss Amelia Western, who was betrothed to Viscount Darlington. Who would have guessed she'd be mistaken for Amelia and kidnapped by Mr. Ben Wolfe's henchmen? Ben's intentions were honorable. He did at least intend to marry Amelia. But his real aim was revenge upon Darlington's family. Kidnapping the wrong woman upset all his plans, but as Ben got to know the forthright Susanna, he couldn't really admit to being sorry...

Link:  Right Dress, Wrong Girl

A little behind schedule, since I had 5 September!

Books Wednesday

Sep. 6th, 2017 06:02 pm
wendelah1: (So many books)
[personal profile] wendelah1
I finished book one of my challenge, set on the continent of Europe.

banner for reading challenge

The Essex Serpent : a novel (2017) By Perry, Sarah

When Cora Seaborne's domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Seeking refuge, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. Cora learns of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have taken the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. Certain that the "sea beast" may be a previously undiscovered species, Cora joins local vicar William Ransome in investigating the rumors. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart--an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.


This was a well-written book. The plot kept me reading until the end. It was a nice twist to have the believer be more rational than the amateur scientist. However, I didn't think the characters were credible as people living in Great Britain in the 1870s. They acted more like people living in the 1970s to me. Three stars.

Next up: Reading group: Shame by Salman Rushdie is September's book. I tried "Midnight's Children" back in the day but I couldn't get past the first chapter. I'm not a big fan of magical realism. But this is supposed to be an easier read, and I was able to download it to my Kindle for free via the library.

Links Post

Sep. 9th, 2017 09:23 am
wendelah1: (I've got a bad feeling about this)
[personal profile] wendelah1
NASA.gov: Image of the Day: A Menacing Line of Hurricanes. Between these hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico, I'm afraid to turn on the news.

NYT: In Houston, a Terrifying Real-Life Lesson for Disaster-Prone Cities.

The Guardian: The Long Read, from back in July. Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster. After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. There is also a podcast. I pray recovery goes better for Texas, Florida and the island nations of the Caribbean.

LA Times: California could be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and damage would be catastrophic. That is an absurdly inaccurate headline. It should read: "California will be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and damage will be catastrophic." It's only a matter of time for us.

By sheer coincidence, September is National Preparedness Month.

The Conversation: Why Social Media Apps Should Be in Your Disaster Kit.

The Atlantic: The War on Public Schools.

The New Yorker: Our Greatest Political Novelist. This is a profile of Kim Stanley Robinson from several years ago but it is so relevant.

How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire. I loved that show as a kid.

Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World’s Oldest Continuously Run Libraries. The centuries-old texts were erased, and then written over, by monks at Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been on my bucket list since I attended the Getty Museum's exhibition about it and its breathtaking collection of icons.

How Americanisms Are Killing the English Language. I don't know what to say since "apartment" isn't even an American word. It comes from the French, "appartement," which in turn comes from the Italian, "appartemento," and so on. "Flat" comes from an obsolete German word, "flet," meaning floor, dwelling. Language changes, Mr. Anderson. It always has.

John Ashbery died last weekend at the age of 90. He was recognized as one of the greatest 20th-century American poets. From Publishers Weekly: The 10 Best John Ashbery Poems.

How to Stream Thousands of Free Movies Using Your Library Card. We have crappy internet service (I love those "Direct TV is Evil" commercials, but don't kid yourselves, Spectrum Internet is also evil) but I'm going to try this anyway if I can figure out a way to watch on the TV screen instead of my computer.

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