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2017-06-24 11:16 pm

I now know

It takes roughly 3 hours to pack 4000 MMPB.

I had an amusing thought: donate them to UW, to keep the B. P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction company.
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2017-06-24 09:34 am

Ask Lovecraft's YouTube channel cancelled

Why YouTube did this seems unclear so I am just going to jump to a conclusion completely unsupported by the available evidence and assume this is yet another example of right-wing trolls gaming a site's complaint mechanisms.
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2017-06-24 08:56 am

Question due to what's being reviewed tomorrow

Without spoiling the title, it's old timey SF from a series set on the worlds of the nearer stars. Wikipedia has a current list. In my day, the right hand column would have been filled with "here there be dragons," not lists of exoplanets.

That one KSR about how if you send a generation ship filled with the learnedly ignorant, colonization will surely fail aside, are there any SF novels recent enough to use the exoplanets we now know of as settings?
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2017-06-23 01:56 pm

Dear suspiciously rotund cat

Not my cat, not my house. Please don't be pregnant.
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2017-06-23 10:15 am

What other Nicolls are up to

My niece Ilia and nephew Jake are appearing here:

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2017-06-21 03:40 pm

Patreon review categories finally updated

The only way I could work out to fix the formatting issues (where point size varied for no reason and underlining got tossed in at random) was to remove all formatting in the original document and reinsert links by hand.

Marvel at the new list!

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2017-06-21 12:08 pm

Facing reality

Various attempts to shore up my dwindling income have failed to achieve their necessary goals so as of the 28th, I don't have a house. Friends and family are helping with the accommodations and moving my stuff into storage. I don't think I am quite up to doing five reviews a week and packing my household so review frequency may drop a bit for the next week or so.

Fig and Ibid will likely have to be re-homed.
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2017-06-20 06:06 pm


Another UWTC season is nearly over and once again I am permitted to leave my dress shoes in their bag in coat check.
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2017-06-20 12:08 pm


Is it the custom to pay babysitters at least minimum wage? On the one hand, if minimum wage laws do not apply, why spend a penny more than one has to on the person into whose care one is placing one's children? On the other, arguably it is wrong to teach young people to undervalue their labour. Others might argue that it is very good to teach young people not to value their labour overmuch, as that training will prepare them for a life of unpaid internships.

Context: in my day, it was not uncommon for kids to be expected to donate their labour out of duty and not being permitted to say no. And that was on a farm, where there was a certain risk of getting pulled into a bailing machine or run over by a harrow. But human litters were bigger back then, and you could lose one or two kids here and there without endangering the lineage.
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2017-06-18 08:09 pm

Dumb Luck for the Win

Because I guided someone to the vending machines, I missed the 8. Because I missed the 8, I had time to notice I forgot to leave my name tag. Because I had to return it, I was in the right place at the right time to help a kid and dad find a bandaid for the kid. When I walked back to the other 8 stop, the other number 8 was one minute away.