esther_asphodel: a woman with her face almost concealed by stack of books (bibliophile)
In other news, we finished entering the main nonfiction shelves into librarything. 9,469 books total, 2459 nonfiction. Glad I passed that part off to Mom. Now its just the last shelf of local cookbooks and the wall of books in the sewing room. (Plus the rest of J's shelf of kid books). The original estimate of around 10,000-12,000 books seems not too far off target, though a little low, there must be a few thousand more in the main craft section.
esther_asphodel: In the name of the pizza lord, charge! (pizza lord)
They are making a John Carter of Mars movie. \o/ I loved the Barsoom books when I was a kid. They are the exactly the sort of thing which I’ve always thought would be ideal for movie adaptations. It’s got airships and cool aliens and multi-limbed riding beasts, and most of the plot is action. And filming is in Utah, too, which is a great place to go for Martian-like landscapes full of twisty red rocks.

I generally try not to have high expectations for movie adaptations of books, but as long as they manage decent special effects and watch the skeevy race and gender stuff in the source material, they hopefully won’t screw it up too badly. That should be managable even for Hollywood, surely? The books are very much a product of their times, the problematic stereotypes are not subtle.

Admittedly, it’s being made by Disny/Pixar, which is a little unexpected. I’m curious what they are going to do on the costuming end. It’s a safe bet that they won’t be following the costumes as described in the book (i.e. jewelry and weapons holsters and not much else). Even the Frazetta illustrations tend toward the skimpy chainmail bikini look.
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I spent a couple of hours rearranging one of the bookshelves as part of the ongoing cataloguing project (currently up to 8,328 books, half the nonfiction to go). I only narrowly avoided being eaten by rampaging dust bunny hoards. I suspect some of them were older than I am.
esther_asphodel: text:just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean an invisible demon isn't about to eat your face (just because you're paranoid)
So, I had an exciting evening on Friday. First, the power went out, which is annoying enough at the best of times, and worse when you are house sitting for friends and don’t know where the flashlights are. So I went outside to try and figure out if it was just the house or a general blackout, and it immediately became obvious why the power was out, because the power pole across the street was on fire.

A couple of clumps of grass around the base were lit up and the flames were starting to creep up the pole. Keep in mind that this is in New Mexico, far enough out on the edge of town that the neighborhood is technically part of the county, which means the climate is dry and there are large stretches of land with just enough plant life for grass fires to get going.

So I dashed inside to get my cell phone and called the fire department. The couple across the street (who could tell there was smoke, but hadn’t seen the fire since it was just past the edge of their property and on the other side of a wall) had a fire extinguisher and managed to put it out before it spread much. The firetruck showed up pretty quickly and made sure it was out, and the power guys turned up pretty quickly after that and got the power back on, too. So it turned out okay, but I think I’ll wait ‘till they get back to tell my friends about it. I don’t think that a “Don’t worry, your house didn’t burn down” email would be the most reassuring thing in the world.

I’m totally making sure I know where the fire extinguisher is the next time I house-sit, though.
esther_asphodel: a woman with her face almost concealed by stack of books (bibliophile)
Yay! I finally finished adding all of the fiction books into Librarything. All, um, 6400 of them. No wonder it took eight months. Of course, there are probably about as many non-fiction books, but I'm not worrying about them yet.
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I've got some Dreamwidth invite codes. Comments are screened, so you can post an email address if you want one.
esther_asphodel: popcorn for everyone (popcorn)
This is what I get for procrastinating by reading old wanks from in the fandom wank wiki. If this post weren’t four years old I would want to argue with this person so badly. Even aside from her peculiar generalizations about “history fanfiction”, gems like this quote make me want to bang my head against a wall.

Well, could you legitimately call it historical fiction if the person that they are writing about is merely the name of a well-known figure taped onto some completely random person who is entirely not who or what that person was (and, in the case of people who are currently alive, who that person is), or if the events are extremely random and could never have taken place during whatever they are discussing (like a Civil War battle between the United and Confederate Sates in, say, New Mexico)? Historical fiction tends to base around something that could have happened in that time, not "hey, this is a name that everyone knows, I'm going to use his name for my character and have him go wage war in (country that didn't even exist at the time)!"

Considering that there were, in fact, a number of battles fought in the New Mexico territory during the Civil War, this argument really doesn’t help the poster’s credibility. Perhaps someone should inform P. G. Nagle that her historical novels are “extremely random and could never take place”? I have heard of the state of New Mexico being mistaken for the country of Mexico before, but this is the first time that I have seen someone claim that we didn’t exist.
esther_asphodel: sparkling is strictly prohibited. Violaters will be staked (no sparkling)
I have gotten too much entertainment from various peoples' mockery of Twilight to hate it, but I find the fact that it has turned into such a pop culture fad kind of bizarre.

Twlight series author Stephenie Meyer broke with horror-novel tradition when she created vampire characters impervious to the sun.

I think that this sort of comment is one of the more annoying aspects of the whole Twilight fad. It's just so utterly wrong. Stoker had Dracula running around in the daytime. The angsty "vegetarian" vampire protaganist is practically a stock TV character. The vampire hero as a vehicle for romantic wish fulfillment has been turning up in supernatural romance novels for years. The only thing SMeyer came up with that's actually new is the sparkling.
esther_asphodel: Agatha Heteradyne is smiling. Be afraid. (Mad Science!)
Testing Dreamwidth cross posting.

\o/

Apr. 17th, 2009 02:07 pm
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I got a Dreamwidth account: esther_asphodel. I'll probably end up crossposting.
Its interesting to watch things being built from the start, although I am looking forward to a few more styles being finished.
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I got an account!


ETA: And the journal import feature worked.
esther_asphodel: text: waking up this morning was a pointless act of masochism (pointless act)
The Imp of the Perverse has set up shop in the credit card machine at work. Someone shoot me now.
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So the Sci Fi channel is changing its name Syfy, and is being deservedly mocked for it all over the internet. Not that this is all that surprising. It's been obvious for years that the network is run by twits. Tactless twits at that. Check out six paragraphs down on that last link:

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

Suddenly, many of their programing decisions make do much more sense.
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OTW: goin to pay server bill brb

The Organization for Transformative Works is having the annual membership drive. Only $10 for a membership to help support a bunch of awesome projects.
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The fact that I can be completly distracted from porn by re-organizing my bookmarks is probably a sign that I'm a total nerd.
esther_asphodel: buffy is not buying it (not convinced)
I just realized something. There are two required textbooks for my art history class.
Aside from a brief section from the introduction to the second, we only have assigned readings from one. As it turns out, the textbook in question was written by my professor.

This is funnier when you consider the fact that the professor in question is a Marxist.

W. T. F.

Nov. 15th, 2008 02:17 pm
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Congratulations to Maxipad for the most annoying ad campaign since the fandango paper bag puppets. What (prbably male) idiot came up with this?
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The Evil Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 coffee mug
4 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of baking cocoa (preferably good stuff, not Hershey's)
1 egg
3 tablespoons of milk
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of chocolate chips (optional)
1 small splash of vanilla

Oil or spray the inside of the mug. Mix the flour, sugar, and cocoa. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and oil and mix well. Mix in the chocolate chips and vanilla. Microwave for three minutes, and you have 1-2 servings of hot chocolate cake. (The cake will rise past the sides of the cup.)

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