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Fuckin' Lovecraft, Man [Apr. 3rd, 2016|12:51 am]
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I originally wrote this for a Lovecraftian FB group, but ya'll might enjoy it as well...

Has anyone else read THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor Lavalle? It came out mid-February. I picked my copy up from my local bookshop after reading a review they posted of it. I just spent 15 minutes looking for the damn review, because I felt it did a better job of capturing the book's concept than I can, but now I can't find the post.

At 149 pages, it leans more toward a novella than a novel, but it's a fully realized story. It's based on Lovecraft's "The Horror at Red Hook" (and set in 1924) but where that story takes a hard right turn into crappy town about halfway through, Lavalle pulls out a coherent narrative to help the reader imagine a world where you'd want to wake up Cthulhu.

The book is mostly told from the point of view of a Harlem native, an intelligent Black man and the eponymous Tom, but it also provides a more in-depth version of Malone's side of the story as a "sensitive Celt" and, in an interesting twist, the outsider.

So if you can't handle a scary-ass horror story that's also a critique of Lovecraft's racism & xenophobia, don't read it. But if you want a solid Lovecraftian story, I recommend it.

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Election Stuff [Mar. 3rd, 2016|02:22 am]
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[Originally posted to my FB page.]

You guys, I adulted so hard on Tuesday! I was late to my polling place, but I still arrived more than 15 minutes before the doors opened. I worked a 14 hour day and didn't yell at anybody! I put out the garbage before I left and brought the cans back after I got home! I even showered so the voters wouldn't have to deal with a stinky Election Official!

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MST3K Kickstarter [Nov. 11th, 2015|10:25 pm]
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Hey LJ friends... FB already knows about this, but you might not.

MST3K is running a Kickstarter!  Joel wants to come back!  It went from 180,000 when I checked a day or to ago to 1.2 million (the goal is 2 million), so it's looking likely that he'll make it.

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Sorry About That [Nov. 6th, 2015|12:12 am]
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I'm sorry, LJ.  I switched computers and forgot about you.  There was this gap, this missing element, but I could not quite lay my finger on it until rmd said something like, "Hey did you see my post?"

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Link List Round-up: May & June 2015 [Jun. 18th, 2015|02:14 am]
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Great. LJ has some new posting format that covers the first 2 lines of my posting window. UNGGGH. Gah. Whatever. WAIT! Switching back & forth between the Visual editor tab & HTML tab seems to have fixed it. Stupid interface.

The following link is to a deeply affecting & intense piece of science fiction that's very well written; it's a longish short story. I got it from Mary Anne Mohanraj via FB.
"The New Mother" by Eugene Fischer
First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction (2015) edited by Sheila Williams

Ash Versus the Evil Dead is a TV series coming to Starz in the fall. The show will appear in 30 minute segments. I'm actually kind of excited for this:

In which we learn that passion can overcome any boundary, even academic snobbery, we have "On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head: Ms. Stephens Says Ornate Coiffures Weren't Wigs After All; The Vestal Virgin Challenge" from the Wall Street Journal, amusingly enough. I've never found hair more interesting. Found via Laura Antoniou on FB.
By Abigail Pesta, Feb. 6, 2013 10:38 p.m. ET

Back on 4 June 2015, The Boston Globe announced that "Starting this week, Soofa 'smart' benches will be installed across the country" and noted that Toscanini's got one of the first ones (because what else would you expect from the favorite ice cream shop of MIT nerds?). Found via the Tosci's folks, maybe even Gus himself, on FB:

For a laugh, we have "62 Things the Avengers are Not Allowed to Do" on the Tumblrs, where the cool kids hang out I'm told:

So The Pencilsword is a comic by Toby Morris and this is #10, "On a plate" which was posted on Friday 22nd May 2015 and does a beautiful job of illustrating privilege. Interesting to me that I found it via Dan Piraro, the guy who writes Bizarro Comics (although he's stopping soon) on FB (he has a page there where he posts links to his comics on a regular basis):

I found "A Simple Tool for a More Positive Home" by Rachel Macy Stafford (posted way back in May of 2013) recently via Heidi Schmidt on FB & I really appreciated the positive message. Although it's written for parents, I think it's a good philosophy overall:

In the article "Criticism and Ineffective Feedback," Kate Heddleston talks about how critical feedback is crap and you should praise what's working. This is really similar, in a way, to Stafford's article about a positive home. But it's more oriented toward grown-ups. And it's a skill I'd really like to master.

Finally, if you don't go on Facebook much but you do have an account there, I'd be much obliged if you'd "Like" my work page, KJC Edits. I'm trying to boost its visibility sufficiently that it will bring me work. I'm even spending money on an ad campaign. Every clicky helps. Thanks!

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I Support This Production [Mar. 12th, 2015|01:56 am]
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OMG! YOU GUYZ! Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion are making a comedy based on the people at conventions for the Intarwebs because Alan might have trust issues with networks canceling his shows...


It's at 250% of its funding goals and many rewards are already sold out, but I thought ya'll might want to know anyways.
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Hackers and Crackers and Hollywood, Oh My [Jan. 20th, 2015|02:25 am]
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Hmm. This made me go "Hmm."

"So let me say now to any politicians reading this, as one of the people who helped make Blackhat feel authentic, nuclear plants are not exploding. And if you think they might, then you should direct your efforts to locking down critical systems. Pour money into research, offer incentives for organizations to invest in security, pass disclosure laws that require public reporting of breaches, so consumers can hold negligent companies accountable. Blindly boosting sentences for the few hackers who get caught will do nothing to help. And outlawing security tools just because they can be abused will only aid the real blackhats." - Kevin Poulsen

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Gratitude Adjustment [Nov. 28th, 2014|12:52 am]
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Having difficulty with my gratitude this year. Depression is acting up. Stupid lying sod.

I'm grateful for my SO, who cooked us an amazing and delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

I'm grateful for the roof over my head, clothes on my back, food in my belly, and the relative safety of my circumstances.

I'm grateful for my friends, both IRL and the virtual world, who help keep me level and sane, as well as thinking and amused. And my family, even the members I want to punch.

I'm grateful for Hershey's kisses in candy cane and dark chocolate flavors, because if you stuff one of each in your mouth and chew 'em together, it tastes really good.

And... um... stuff. Books. Things. Y'know. Indoor plumbing. Falcons. Art. Toys. Healthy baby bats. My imagination. Drugs. Etc.
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Did Your Polling Location Change? [Nov. 3rd, 2014|11:18 pm]
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OK puppies and kittens, over 30% of Somerville residents will be going to a NEW polling place this election. If you previously voted in a fire station, the odds are good that this includes you! You should've gotten a letter notifying you months ago, but in case you lost the letter, you can always check here:

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Ghost Touring Cambridge [Oct. 27th, 2014|01:02 am]
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I bought the tickets for a ghost tour through Living Social (which essentially got me 2 tickets for the price of one) back in July & scheduled it in August. It's pretty low-key & history-based, but a cute event. (Apparently there's a competing tour group with costumes, drama, & made-up stories.)

Per the website -- http://www.cambridgehaunts.com/ -- it's based on Sam Baltrusis' book GHOSTS OF CAMBRIDGE: HAUNTS OF HARVARD SQUARE & BEYOND (which in turn is a Haunted America book), but there was some additional material that was tour-only (specifically Jolly Jane Toppan, the Sumner-Brooks Affair [detailed while standing in front of Sumner's statue], and the mad bell-ringer of Lowell House, none of which appear in the book). I know this because I bought & read the book last night.

Allow me to elaborate a little on Jolly Jane and show you some pics...
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