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February 2012 marked my 30th anniversary as a member of fandom. I was 11 when I first attended the Sunday of Boskone 19 ([profile] beckyfeld and [profile] lcmlc had attended for the whole weekend, and I got a taste of the convention when Abba-with-no-LJ and I headed over to the Park Plaza on Sunday to fetch them). After that first taste, I was hooked. I attended the full weekend of Boskone 20 and from there I haven't looked back.

When I started in SF fandom, it was mostly centered around book fandom. Science fiction written-wordfans have an interesting relationship with their source material. We feel a proprietary relationship with not only the book itself but with the creator of the book. And at conventions in the early 1980s (which for me was Boskone), we had access to many of our favorite writers, either because they were guests at the convention or because they were fans themselves and attending the convention by paying out of their own pockets for the cost of hotel rooms and food (some conventions comp memberships for people who participate in programming; I do not know if Boskone did so in the 1980s). This easy access to our favorite writers led to, for instance, my meeting Joan D. Vinge in the hot tub at a Boskone. We stop writers randomly in the hallway and ask them about their current writing projects or about things in the books we've read that we want to understand better. And we expect this level of interaction.

With the growth of the Internet when I was in college, I became active in USENET groups that discussed TV shows I enjoyed. There was something wonderful in the ability to join with other fans of shows that might be unknown to people in one's everyday circle of interactions and discuss things that would make your nearest and dearest go "Huh?" Internet fandom on USENET had etiquette rules about interactions with the show creators (in many cases, they boiled down to "Don't do it unless you can be respectful. Don't make us look like a bunch of idiots"). The September that Never Ended (1993, when AOL got USENET access) came and went and USENET groups eventually moved to mailing lists and then to the Web, but fandom stayed fandom. We still wanted to discuss every detail of everything we saw or read.

Over the years, through many TV fandoms, I have seen how fandoms with an "open canon" (shows are still being broadcast, as opposed to shows with a "closed canon", those shows now off the air and thus not adding new shows to the "canon") react to new episodes. In my many fandoms over the years, most had members who were online moments after the end credits rolled, with people discussing the shows while they were fresh in our minds. These discussions (and, usually, debates) would rage until the next episode ran and often even thereafter, folding in what we learned in new episodes to flesh out our interaction with the show. I remember on we had rules about spoilery discussions about just-broadcast episodes: They were forbidden completely until the episode had run on the West Coast of the US. After that, they had to be marked as "Spoiler" for a week. After that, spoilery details were fair game. This led to discussions by those of us on the East Coast that for a couple of hours looked like this:

Person A: Can you believe [spoiler] did that?

Person B: I *know*! When [spoiler] [spoilery verb-ed] [spoiler]? Amazing!

And so forth.

Anyway, so I've become used to online discussions happening as or right after the show has aired. But one show I am watching, for which there is an online presence, does not seem to have this "discuss-immediately-after" culture, which I find interesting. I wonder if it's that the fans want to think more thinky thoughts about the show and therefore are holding back on posting or if I'm just not hooked into the sources of more immediate conversation. So I will either have to be patient or look around more.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week's The Brookline Parent column, I discuss what happened the first time we took Muffin and Squeaker to a bookstore and let them choose what they wanted to buy. Click here to read "Book 'Em, Muffin and Squeaker!"
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-- Another "I"m not sure this is the labeling you want" photo:

Cider Vinegar: Ideal for Food!
Cider Vinegar: Ideal for Food!

-- A coworker of mine does rock climbing as a hobby. He did a presentation at a lunch-and-learn a while ago about the climbing, and in the midst of it he mentioned how wonderful merino wool is. Since I am currently working in merino (Debbie Bliss Merino Aran, for those who understand what that means) (I'm making gloves that I will post about as soon as I have more than just my one prototype glove), I showed him what merino looks like in ball form (rather than in clothing form). And it made me wonder how frequently people find the juncture between knitters and rock climbers, conversationwise. (It's probably pretty frequent, given the interest both have in quality fabric production.)

-- As discussion of this year's early (11 March 2012) Hugo nomination deadline heats up, I've been seeing a lot of references to "Hugo nom deadline." This made me wonder if it was the deadline for chomping on Hugos. (Om nom nom!)

-- Blechy, rainy weather today. Blech. Still beats snow.

-- Cool video seen on the ABE Books blog: Dancing Books (link to YouTube video)

-- Squeaker decided my outfit today, having rejected the outfit I'd originally laid out. Mind you, this was *my* clothing, not *hers*.

-- Muffin was ill earlier this week, but she's doing fine now. Moral of the story? Muffin should eat blueberries more deliberately and with forethought.

-- There are still two slots available in the handcrafts meme I posted a couple of days ago.
gnomi: (danny_what (celli))
(Background: [personal profile] mabfan and I enjoy superhero movies. This should not be a surprise to anyone. So we've been seeing all the Marvel movies and enjoying the various tags at the end when Nick Fury comes to recruit the movie's main character to join the Avengers. And some time this summer, I posited that perhaps *all* media could be improved by the addition of Nick Fury coming to recruit the protagonist, leading to...)

(Scene: [personal profile] mabfan is reading Corduroy to Muffin and Squeaker.)

[personal profile] mabfan: "You must be a friend. I've always wanted a friend." "Me, too," said Lisa. And then Colonel Nick Fury shows up to recruit Corduroy for the Avengers.

[personal profile] gnomi: "I must be a superhero! I think I've always wanted to be a superhero," said Corduroy.
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Sandra Boynton's Hippos Go Berserk, some questions:

1. Where did the helicopter come from?
2. Why would two hippos agree to pull the carriage going west?
3. How did the seven hippos get into the sack? And how did the sack get to the house?
4. Shouldn't the one hippo all alone just join Netflix?

(These questions arose following multiple readings of the original text.)


Aug. 18th, 2010 11:53 am
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::runs in, panting::

Quick update:

Life good, but busy.

Babies remain adorable. Muffin and Squeaker even more self-mobile. Walking in very near future. Squeaker could daily eat her weight in tomatoes and be a very happy Squeaker. Muffin thinks all food is good.

Reading a bunch of books right now. Recommended: A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo.

Thinking lots of thinky thoughts that I then end up not having time to post about. See above re Muffin and Squeaker.

Store told me to keep the rosemary.

I'm reading here every day, but posting is sporadic still. I miss you all!

::runs out::
gnomi: (exhausted_monkey)
-- My Pesach prep continues apace. All rooms except the kitchen are mostly done (I have to sweep the living room and dining room floors and change the dining room tablecloth, but that's about it). The kitchen is progressing, which is good.

-- For the first time, [personal profile] mabfan and I are hosting sedarim. We were going to go to [profile] lcmlc and Abba's, but [personal profile] mabfan rightly pointed out a bunch of logistical issues that would make going there more difficult (the largest logistical issues being our issue, Muffin and Squeaker). Thus, [profile] lcmlc and Abba are coming to us for sedarim. Or, more precisely, [profile] lcmlc and Abba's seder is coming to our place, since they're importing with them a lot of the implements for the seder.

-- I now work from home M, W, F. This year, with the way Pesach falls, the only Chol HaMoed day that I would be going into work is Thursday 1 April. My boss, therefore, agreed to let me work from home on Thursday. This means that, while I am selling all the chametz that is in my cube, I am not doing an extensive cube clean this year.

-- Finding kosher-for-Pesach tea means going to Butcherie. I'm trying to decide just how much I need tea for Pesach.

-- Not Pesach-related, but spring related: The Boston Red Sox have again released schedules that are compatible with iCal, Google Calendar, and Outlook. This can be quite useful for those folks who take the MBTA Green Line and whose commute might be affected by a game being played at Fenway. Download the schedule from here:

-- Also not Pesach-related: Marshall Smith is retiring. I hope he chooses to keep the Brookline store open (the letter says that there are no current plans for the Brookline store, which some are interpreting as no plan to sell the store but I read more ambiguously as "we're not sure what's going on with the Brookline store yet").

-- And also not Pesach-related: [personal profile] mabfan is running in a contested race for Library Trustee. Vote Burstein!
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Scene: [personal profile] mabfan and [personal profile] gnomi are discussing whether or not it would be appropriate to post something on LJ.

[personal profile] gnomi: If I *were* to post it, it would be under serious lock.

[personal profile] mabfan: Sirius Lock? Isn't he a character from Harry Potter?

[personal profile] gnomi: Yes. Sirius Locke first appeared in Harry Potter and Oceanic Flight 815.
gnomi: (hypotamoose)
A couple of Shabbatot ago, over a meal, I mentioned (and I cannot remember how it came up) The Man Who Melted Jack Dan, a fun game of book titles and author names. There is a large list of qualifying entries here.

And one of the people I was talking to came up with a newly published qualifying entry: I Remember the Future Michael A. Burstein.
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Over the weekend following New Year's, I had something pop into my brain that I can't shake. It's the idea of rewriting the beginning of classic novels in the style of other classic novels. I'm probably not unique in this concept, I know. But there you have it.

The one lodged in my brain? "The Wicked Witch of the East was dead to begin with."

Anyone else want to play?
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-- New icon courtesy of [personal profile] lanning. I just couldn't resist the adorable mousie with his adorable teddy bear.

-- A thought question: Who would steal a bottle of hand lotion, a pair of scissors, and a small bag of chocolate off my desk at work but leave the stuff that's actually worth money?

-- Yesterday on the bus in the morning, I saw a young lady take up four seats all by herself (one for herself, one for her feet, and one each for her two bags).

-- The word is "supposedly," not "supposably." Please make a note of it.

-- When did it become assumed that if *you* bump into *me*, I'm the one expected to apologize?

-- [personal profile] mabfan and I have wonderful friends who are generous with their time and their resources.

-- Knitting while commuting is much more difficult when my fingers are encased in my gloves.

-- A book I originally ordered in September 2007 has *finally* shipped and should arrive today or tomorrow. This makes me happy, as it's a book I've been quite eager to read.

-- There's a radio ad (for some government program) in which I know the voiceover voice, but I just can't place it. It bugs me every time I hear the ad.
gnomi: (snow (lanning))
-- It's *cold* -- the high today is supposed to be about 20-25 F, with a wind chill of -10 or so. It's a right balmy 15 at the moment, according to my weather bug. And of course it's supposed to be in the 50s later in the week and we're supposed to get wet and sloppy weather on Friday. Ah, New England. :-)

-- An observation from yesterday: We have a heck of a lot of books.

-- On Thursday, on the way to mandatory fun our office's holiday party, I discovered that a coworker I've known for almost nine years is a major comic book fan. This pleases me.

-- I'm working on knitting down my stash, having now filled five decent-sized bins with yarn (I finally organized a whole bunch of previously unorganized yarn). I found a sweater's worth of yarn (all the same dyelot, even) I hadn't realized I had, so now I have to figure out what pattern I want to use.

-- Does anyone know the origin of the "five things make a post" idea? It's widespread, but I haven't figured out where it started.
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-- Winter-qua-winter is still a good month off, but today definitely feels like winter. Daytime highs in the mid-30s F, a good stiff wind making it feel like it's 8 degrees outside. Time to dig out the leggings, I do believe.

-- Introducing people who know each other: [personal profile] magid, re-meet [profile] autotruezone.

-- [personal profile] mabfan has Town Meeting this week, so I'm fending for myself most evenings. I've gotten random stuff done and writing (just a tad; I desperately need to do more) done, but mostly I have been knitting. And last night I spent a lovely chunk of time with [personal profile] lucretia_borgia.

-- I've been doing a Fawn Hall on a whole slew of old paperwork that we'd just never gotten around to getting rid of. Tell me, do I really need seven years ago's tracking forms of freelance projects that are now long over? I say no, so into the shredder they go.

-- For those of you in the general Brookline-Brighton-Allston area who may not have heard, the Barnes and Noble in Coolidge Corner is leaving. I see this as a complication, not only because we'll be down one bookstore but also because the B&N and Brookline Booksmith have developed something of a symbiotic relationship, with the Booksmith carrying more of the small press and indy press stuff and the B&N carrying the more mainstream stuff that Booksmith doesn't have shelf space for.
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Back in July, I posted about finding Ruth Greenglass' obituary in the Boston Globe. The obituary referenced The Brother, a biography of David Greenglass, husband of Ruth Greenglass and brother of Ethel Rosenberg. Since I have an interest in the history of the atomic bomb, I figured this book would be right up my alley.

And I was correct. Based on his interviews with David Greenglass and other people involved with the trial and execution of the Rosenbergs, papers and interviews of people who were at Los Alamos with David Greenglass, and many other sources, Roberts weaves a fascinating story of a man, his questionable decisions, his familial disfunction, and the social and historical ramifications thereof.

Highly recommended.
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So, if you were trying to hook someone on steampunk, what books would you recommend?
gnomi: (here_comes_treble (shoegal-icons))
-- Too much to do, too little brain, so I ramble. :-)

-- Little brain comes, most likely, from this being the second day in a row that will have two 4:30s that I am awake for.

-- Spent a lovely couple of hours yesterday knitting and chatting with [profile] madknits.

-- Related to the above, Note to self: somehow mark needles to make them recognizable or make sure not to be working on same-size needles as other person when showing off projects. The "Is this your size 8, 10-inch bamboo needle or is it mine?" problem rears its head more frequently than one would expect.

-- The sun made a brief appearance this morning but now it's clouding up again. According to the National Weather Service, all this sun is doing for us is warming us enough to give us big thunderstorms this afternoon. Thanks a lot, sun. ;-)

-- A number of times recently, I have stared at all the books we own and the books I have out from the library and *still* I can't find anything I want to read. It is a result of this, I believe, that I currently have six books with active bookmarks in them.

-- I'm the same way with knitting projects. As I said last night to [profile] madknits, I like having a couple of easy, relatively mindless projects and some more complex projects going at the same time so that I can alternate, depending on how my brain is feeling.

-- This, this, and this are mostly for [profile] elul_3. And so's this (YouTube link).

-- Three, possibly four people reading this will understand, but I've been having a musical crossover problem. "Stay, Fred'ric, Stay" keeps merging with "Stay, Janet, stay, Janet/ Stay upon the stage, Janet."

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