The Musings of an Idle Mind

Things that go 'Bump' in my head

Stuff Happens
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...and that's the clean version of that saying.

I just scanned my "latest entries" to see if I posted about any of it. 'parently not.

Let's start with my reg'lar doc calling me at home to tell me my PSA (which is NOT a public service announcement, but a test specific to the prostate gland) was elevated, and she was referring me to a Urologist, Dr. Duck. Feel free to giggle, chortle, guffaw or think humorously about my Urologist's name. I can't because this is a man who sticks things where my sun does not radiate and I need his good will.

After a round of antibiotics, the PSA is repeated, and now it is more elevated. A prostate biopsy is scheduled and conducted... but I'm getting ahead of myself. The biopsy will require me to temporarily discontinue most of my heart meds, so I need a note from my cardiologist stating that is safe to do so. The cardiologist I should have been seeing every six months or once a year—but haven't. It's been so long since I last saw the heart guys, they list me as a new patient. (Bad, Gary! Bad!) Drs. Han and Gilligan cheerfully permit the stoppage of heart drugs, but update my EKG files and test my Internal Cardio Defibrillator (ICD) and lo! It has reached end of battery life and needs replacement. But the biopsy is first.

And is totally negative. No sign of cancer.

And the ICD replacement goes without a hitch.

Life goes on.

Lois McMaster Bujold is a Goddess
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A friend got me to read Mountains of Mourning, years and years ago. That hooked me on the Vorkosiverse. Favorites include the first two (about Cordelia) and everything after Brothers in Arms except maybe Diplomatic Immunity. I love them all, just some more than others. Seriously.

She also wrote a four volume story called The Sharing Knife. I reformatted it into a single book, because that's how I roll and it reads so well that way.

Her other fantasy series has names like "The Five Gods Universe," because there are five gods; Father, Mother, Son, Daughter and Bastard. I loved the first two books from go. I didn't much get the third book, at first. I had to re-read it twice before I understood it. Them she added two novelettes, Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman. I love this series a lot.

I can pick favorites within each of the series, but I can't pick a favorite series, she's that good. I just wish something would get picked up and made into a movie!

Wearing the Cape
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Recently, I included a mixed review in a post. Some of the things I said included:
I love the series, including its "ARRGH!" moments, like skipping several books worth of stories between the first and second book. And between other books! Want to know about The Teatime Anarchist? Memories and flashbacks! He and his evil twin are vitally important—but not enough to get their own book.
Well, there's a simple reason for this. You see, I read Wearing the Cape: The Beginning, which is the first thirteen chapters of Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Story, not quite a quarter of the latter.

I'm on the second read-through, although, to be honest, I've read "Ronin Games like four or five times.

SOMEHOW, IT ALL CONNECTS
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But I don't remember how.

I've mentioned (repeatedly) following various webcomics. Some update religiously/like clockwork (Kevin & Kell by Bill Holbrook, Schlock Mercenary by Howard Taylor, others) and some are more... random (El Goonish Shive by Dan Shive, Too Much Information by AndyO!, and others). Not to mention spinoffs and sides. And then there are the discussions on their web pages and in Facebook.

But I don't remember and cannot reconstruct the chain of causality which lead to my most recent eBook acquisitions! Annoying, that. I don't know who to blame/thank for it. I do know that adding Grrl Power by DaveB was either a step in the path or at least a contemporaneous obsession. I'm thinking... El Goonish Shive to Grrl Power to the Wearing the Cape series (by Marion Harmon.) I can't confirm the path, and with overlapping fandoms, the recommendations may have come from anywhere. It's even possible that Ryk Spoor (seawasp) was the catalyst.

The Wearing The Capes series is mostly about, well, here's the Amazon Blurb:
Who wants to be a superhero?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.
I love the series, including its "ARRGH!" moments, like skipping several books worth of stories between the first and second book. And between other books! Want to know about The Teatime Anarchist? Memories and flashbacks! He and his evil twin are vitally important—but not enough to get their own book.

For all I know, the link was in some review of Batman v Superman compared with Marvel's Civil War. The politics of super-heroing are a frequent theme, handled in numerous ways, numerous jurisdictions. I want more.

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Baen's Bar, Home » Bar Forums » Movies and TV » My Problem With Marvel's Civil War

That's how I got from point A to B.

Ford Tauri
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My "new" species of automobile is one of those that had a consistent look over several model years

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Transportation
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What's on my mind?

Transportation. Transportation is on my mind.

For the last dozen or 15 years, (I forget 'xactly when I acquired it) I've been driving a '95 Honda Civic. It's been through three sets of CV joints, a radiator, a couple of blowers, batteries, starters... Last week it overheated and blew a head gasket. The shop wanted $1300 for a radiator and head gasket installed (which meant they'd have to machine the head or worse.

Current Blue Book? Roughly $600. It's totaled.

It cost me $2000 when I bought it. All the repairs I mentioned still came way under car payments for a newer car.

I have no credit. I haven't borrowed a dime from any institution since before 1997. My Bank said "Sorry." My Credit Unions said, "Sorry." So I went where they said, "No credit? No problem!"

I am now driving a not-so-late model Ford Taurus. It has so many things the Honda didn't: working speedometer, working dash lights, working dome lights, electric windows and locks, and a working radiator and head gasket.

I love it already.

I thought I had made posts about the Honda, and by searching LJ I could find when I bought it. Then I thought perhaps it predated my joining LJ. But my daughter and I share a memory—driving to Midlothian to my heart doctor's office in a previous car—and having the timing chain break. That was in 2015, ergo within the bounds of my Live Journal. I'm still looking.
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I have a lovely daughter
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WEEK 29
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WEIGH-IN DAY (Friday): I weigh about 259.6 pounds. My BMI is around 40.4. I gained 3.8 pounds this week. My average fasting glucose level was 106 mg/dL. The average carbohydrates for the past week were 40.7 grams. Average calories were 2120 versus an average BMR of 2498 calories.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than last week, up £3.80, for a total decline of £32.00 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Even if you are on the right track, You’ll get run over if you just sit there. "


WEEK 28
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WEIGH-IN DAY (Friday): I weigh about 255.8 pounds. My BMI is around 40.0. I lost .2 pounds this week. My average fasting glucose level was 99 mg/dL. The average carbohydrates for the past week were 46.3 grams. Average calories were 1915 versus an average BMR of 2484 calories.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than last week, down £0.20, for a total decline of £35.80 from the high of £291.60. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, “If by the time we are 60 we haven’t learned what a knot of paradox and contradiction life is, and how exquisitely the good and bad are mingled in every action we take, and what a compromising hostess Our Lady of Truth is, we haven’t grown old to much purpose.”


going down
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Cover 1Yes, the lower case (uncial 'g' and 'd') was a deliberate choice in the title of the book.
While I make no pretense to being e.e.cummings, the letters actually came from an artistic approach to the cover page.
The original cover is over ten years old, and the title was shown to be... well, there it is at left.

The potential replacement cover has to do with Amazon Kindle marketing requirements.
They need a 2560 x 1600 pic for marketing, according to the pdf I downloaded.
The original cover was done in some version of PaintShopPro, 7 or less.
The replacement was done in Paint.net after Gimp whooped my butt.

But I didn't make this post to compare cover pictures.
I actually made this post to say that the story is (self) published on the web, in three places.
The picture(s) do not accompany any of them.

Cover 2
The first place is alt.sex.stories.moderated {ASSM}, a newsgroup on UseNet.
It can be found in the ASSM archives at http://www.asstr.org/files/Collections/Alt.Sex.Stories.Moderated/Year2015/63493.
This version is Text Only.

The next place is my account at Alt.Sex.Stories.Text Repository (ASSTR), specifically here: going down.
This is an html version.
My actual account is here: http://www.asstr.org/~gary/, and all my stories are listed there.

The third place is a members-only site called Stories Online (SOL).
This version is also html, but with the CSS stripped out.

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