Monthly Archives: April 2015

not buying stuff I don’t need

Re the Hugo Awards: I wonder if “coming in below No Awards” will make it into the lexicon to mean something that’s terrible or that’s never going to happen. (This thought was sparked by a comment on Ravelry from someone … Continue reading

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a year’s time

Today is my dad’d first yahrzeit – the anniversary of his death in the Hebrew lunar calendar. Memory is not circumscribed by a candle For this first anniversary of your death, I was so happy to find a proper yahrzeit … Continue reading

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I am having a hard time with this

My Dad died last May, but in the Hebrew calendar, the anniversary of his death is next Wednesday. Jewish practice is to recite Kaddish on the anniversary of a death or on the Shabbat (Sabbath) before. It’s not something you … Continue reading

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review: Five Children on the Western Front (and some thoughts about how we’re still in a post-Great War world)

My copy of my recently stumbled-upon book Five Children on the Western Front finally arrived yesterday; I read most of it last night and finished it when I came home for lunch today. And it’s pretty much everything I wanted … Continue reading

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a quick one in three parts

I. I have to link to this essay by Spacefem about being a female engineer / engineering manager. I think she’s a decade or so younger than I am, but this is close to my experience as well. 2. I … Continue reading

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kerfuffling. All the cool kids are doing it.

Here’s the thing that’s bugging me about the current kerfuffle around the Hugo awards and the Sad Puppy slate: Maia Drazhar. That requires some explanation. You know how a lot of science fiction and fantasy fen go to cons, find … Continue reading

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boots and stories

I have a really ridiculous number of boots (well, okay, at least they’re in pairs – I suppose really ridiculous would be an odd number of them, assuming a two-legged wearer). I was just realizing this morning that it makes … Continue reading

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