- https://www.kakuroconquest.com/ added a new 9x17 set of puzzles!
"You are playing 9x17 intermediate puzzle 55304You successfully solved the puzzle in 10 minutes, 37 seconds!
You have solved 9 puzzles of this size and difficulty,
with an average time of 17 minutes, 57 seconds,
and a fastest time of 8 minutes, 58 seconds."
I'll head on to "hard" next.
- I've worked my way through all the levels of kakuroconquest.com -- I guess I'll just bookmark, and maybe come back to playing on this level sometime.
"You are playing 9x11 expert puzzle 20948You successfully solved the puzzle in 20 minutes, 0 seconds!
You have solved 14 puzzles of this size and difficulty,
with an average time of 17 minutes, 0 seconds,
and a fastest time of 11 minutes, 50 seconds."
- Loading the car with donations for a massive Habitat for Humanity yard sale: The good feeling of clearing the house of things from an ex-boyfriend which I hadn't felt right about just tossing (working toaster oven, blanket, comic books, etc.). Also just lightening my kitchen up by giving away some tools I haven't used in a year, making it easier to find the ones I want. I know this doesn't work for everyone but I'm happy about it today.
- "How I miss my phonograph! To write a diary with a pen is irksome to me!" Dr. Seward, *Dracula* -- http://infocult.typepad.com/dracula/2017/10/how-i-miss-my-phonograph.html
- Having finally seen Rogue 1, I enjoyed reading this analysis of "the larger security culture at play in the Empire" which came out a couple of years ago: https://adam.shostack.org/blog/2015/12/cybersecurity-lessons-from-star-wars-blame-vader-not-the-it-d...
"There is a singular cause for these failures: Darth Vader. His habit of force choking those who have failed him. The culture of terror that he fosters prevents those under his command from learning from their mistakes and ensures that opportunities for learning will be missed; finger-pointing and blame passing will rule the day. "
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- A charming bit of art nouveau celebrating women and circuit boards: http://skin-horse.com/comic/2017-05-14/
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- From Anita Hill's editorial in the Washington Post yesterday, "Take it from me: Life goes on": For me, Nov. 8, 2016, felt like an unwelcome flashback to October 1991 -- another sadly missed opportunity to affirm basic notions of decency and equity ... But what I witnessed after the [Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination] hearing, when thousands of women demanded tha our leadership in Washington reflect their experiences, gives me hope. I'm convinced that those who expect women to recede quietly will soon be disappointed.
- I always enjoy her fun and thoughtful fashion write-ups. I liked her SF novel *Persona* and got the sequel, *Icon*, but haven't read it yet.
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- I answered this recently in a survey for female video gamers: "Someone who gets results and can help her friends, whether through combat, smarts, mind-blowing artistry, or mad diplomacy skillz." Question: "What's a female power fantasy to you?"
- I read the novella "The Ballad of Black Tom" a couple of months ago and found it powerful. The protagonist's increasing anger (justifiable, but with unfortunate results) reminded me of Chester Himes' *If He Hollers Let Him Go*, but with reclaimed Lovecraftian-mythology elements. This Fresh Aire interview with the author was interesting. http://www.npr.org/2016/02/29/468558238/the-ballad-of-black-tom-offers-a-tribute-and-critique-of-lov...
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- I can't talk about our repertoire until it's finalized, but we (the chorus) rehearsed with the orchestra last night and it was AWESOME! Washington Metro Gamer Symphony Orchestra, 80 strong, doing our own arrangements of video game music from all over.E.g., this unofficial vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsjho-CV1BE&nohtml5=FalseThat vid was from before I joined (we're bigger now). Usually we learn it phonetically, which is easier with the regular languages. We're not *memorizing* the music (except the soloists for Katamari Damaci last summer, but they know Japanese anyway). I sang in church choir and school chorus growing up, so I'm familiar with singing in Latin, German, Spanish, some French. I also took Spanish in high school, German in high school and college, and I have a smattering of Latin also, so it's easier for me to pick up the foreign-language songs than some of the other singers. We're rehearsing one now that switches between German and Latin.
- I can't seem to post this as a reply to @brainwane's article http://geekfeminism.org/2015/10/28/book-club-sorcerer-to-the-crown-microaggressions-and-diaspora/ about Zen Cho's *Sorceror To The Crown*, so
Re ugly ducklings: I remember in the novel Flicker (https://www.librarything.com/work/217143 but not for everyone), the narrator has seen a woman, Clare, with greasy hair and non-glamorous clothes for weeks and weeks, and only until he runs into a crowd of women with the same sort of look (beatnik?) that he realizes this IS a look, and she's rocking it.
Re YOU LOVE EACH OTHER, I figured she grew up in an almost-convent, and he had that issue of being eaten alive, and both of them were regarded by everyone around them as Icky Other (with but-we-love-you-anyway parents for him), so yeah it would take a while for them to realize anyone could be attracted to them, much less love them romantically.