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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 01:20:16 AM EST) Reading, Me, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms", "The Broken Kingdoms", "Barracuda". Me. Links.


What I'm Reading
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a world where a family holds power because it controls enslaved gods. The protagonist has to work in a world of unfamiliar politics to try to preserve her nation when she is recognized as a potential heir.

Good book, consciously getting away from certain fantasy cliches. Has a kind of science-fictional feel in the way the premises are thoroughly worked out. Some good character stuff. Worth a read.

Author interview.

What I'm Reading 2
The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Second book in the trilogy has largely different characters, moving a couple of decades into the future to show the consequences of the first book. Liked the way that keeps things fresh instead of producing another slice of story.

What I'm Reading 3
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, author of "The Slap". Novel that moves backwards and forwards through the life of man, partly showing how he rebuilds his life after a prison term, partly showing his youth as a working class Australian schoolboy on a swimming sports scholarship to a wealthy private school.

Thought this was a fantastic book. It's gripping and hard to put down as you want to find out what happened and what will happen. It's also moving with characters that you care about. It also has things to say about class and masculinity, as you see the protagonist trapped into displays of aggression.

Well worth reading if you read mainstream fiction.

Me
Toddler recovered from his chicken pox. Thankfully looks like there will be no facial scars, managed to keep him from scratching. He went back to nursery on the same day I went back to work.

Finally getting some work out of him as he can shell peas. Unfortunately he tends to get a bit Sorceror's Apprentice and dash into the kitchen to shell peas when we don't really want him to...

Links
Socioeconomics. Why a German-style debt amnesty won't be given to Greece. Did the creative apocalypse happen? Masculinity is killing men. Is the Local Economy the Solution to a Post-Capitalist World? Bank bailouts: Why the US made a profit and the UK won't. Elite power, rent-seeking and unearned wealth. Social Perfectionism And Why Suicide Unfairly Impacts Men, via.

News. Muslim grandfather, 81, died after being savagely attacked in the street.

Articles. In praise of the sci-fi corridor. Byzantine Empire not as tyrannical as it's portrayed? Linda Nagata on women and hard science fiction. David Graeber on bullying, war and why German is the only country to have monuments to deserters.

Politics. Wikihow: how to be OK with having a Communist friend. White Man March in Liverpool cancelled. Donald Trump is a moderate. Europe shouldn't worry about migrants. It should worry about creeping fascism.

Pics. Imaginary airships. Spiral staircases/

History. Europe's First Farmers Were Shockingly Violent. 1000 years since the Danish conquest.

Video. Butt lips compilation (NSFW). Kirk v. Gorn with no music. Model train endless loop.

Random. I have a titanium wedding ring, Snopes reckoned it was a myth that they can't be cut off but maybe true? Bert and Ernie exchange presents. Cameronsworld: Geocities-inspired web art, via. 3 September 1189 is Time Immemorial, 1 January 1950 is the scientific Present. Young H.G. Wells tots up his literary successes.

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Localism by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 11:02:25 AM EST
I can see how restaurants, shops, even corner stores can have a local character that is special because it is particular and attuned to a specific sensibility that a large corporate organization can never achieve.

All the "you should therefore spend all your money locally as a moral good" stuff leaves me rather cold though. I suspect the success of localist initiatives is more from the former effect (diseconomies of scale) than "keeping money in the community", or in other words "pushing people to buy more expensive, lower quality goods using locality as an excuse".

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Ti ring by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Aug 23, 2015 at 02:48:29 PM EST
Apparently bolt cutters do the job - so not actually that hard if you use the right tool...

Yeah by darkbrown (4.00 / 4) #3 Mon Aug 24, 2015 at 04:29:24 AM EST
They can go right though the finger, then it's normally no problem to get the ring of the severed finger.

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I wouldn't be surprised by Herring (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 05:46:24 AM EST
It's harder than aluminium but not nearly as hard as stainless. I've seen it machined a few times and there are a few issues but it's OK.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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