Lyanna Stark

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About Lyanna Stark

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    My spite was sharp as broken glass
  • Birthday 07/02/1976

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    Just for the record, I would like to crush some rumours and state once and for all: no, I don't drink left over wine in the morning. At that time of day I prefer my alcohol clear.

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  1. china mieville

    I really like Waiting for Godot, so I am not ready to throw any stones, at all. As it happens, I also thought the protagonists of Iron Council were more annoying and not a bunch of people I'd like to associate with, while like you, I was far more keen on Armada. Hipster.
  2. I hope you get better soon, and wow, well done on the weight loss The method doesn't matter, just go with it and best of luck! Sooo, did you take it with food, or not? With socks, or not?
  3. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Really, really want to go to this one, but am totally skint at the moment (on account of divorce), so hopefully you can get memberships at a later date.
  4. Daily Annoyance, The Eternal

    Yes, I felt the same. WTF. As for today, my small annoyance is that I just sat through getting mansplained by two IT-consultants holding up my computer via Remote session (BECAUSE I HAS ALL THE ADMIN RITES) going "Are you sure it is the correct config file?" (yes, yes I am, and yes, I already have it open in Notepad++, don't ask me again, and yes, I have already checked the ports listed in the config file before you even thought to ask) "Are you sure the Business Server hasn't moved?" (Moved? Like, it moved to Spain while I wasn't looking? Honestly), "Does anyone there have RDP access to it?" (You are speaking to that person, and already doing it muppetface), "This is a mystery" (No, it really isn't, cos your code has always been a huge, stinking crap heap.) Worst thing is, they probably make some €1k more a month than I do. *sigh*
  5. Daily Annoyance, The Eternal

    Not so much annoyance as severe WTF, but someone on my FB friends list went to a Nickelback concert of her own free will, and enjoyed it. I feel traumatised and violated by proxy.
  6. china mieville

    Ah yes, good point on how they are sibling texts. They do indeed seem to belong together. Does China really, really hate grand plans as much as he loves trains? Regardless of whether it is PSS, The Scar or Iron Council, grand plans must fail spectacularly. They can't sort of fizzle out, or end up being somewhat different, no; they have to fail spectacularly. Is it inherent in marxism to be so convinced of it working, yet equally convinced it can never actually work? It seems to be headache inducing to me. On the failure of grand plans, I suppose that is why Railsea surprised me, since its surprisingly upbeat ending.
  7. china mieville

    Hahaha, I am terribly uncouth and lowbrow, so I prefer my bleakness not quite so bleak. That is also probably due to my growing up in a country where working class misery and social realism were the main themes of literature that got recognised during the time period that was my formative years. The more starvation, dying children, crushing oppression and miserable emigration, the better, apparently. Personally I preferred the ending of The Scar to Iron Council, although I can appreciate how stylish and thematically correct it was, for lack of better words. The Scar at least is a bit more open ended and is more medium bleak instead of a total blow out. Kraken just confused me in general, but I quite a approved of Railsea's "Onwards" credo. (I kept wondering if the Railsea guys might eventually show up at Armada.)
  8. china mieville

    Yes, if you like your hopelessness with a side order of ruined expectations and a sprinkle of extra bleakness. EDIT: Or if Waiting for Godot is your favourite play.
  9. Some claim that has already happened. Title of article is: At Long Last, Trump Blames The Jews For His Failed Campaign. Can you guys just get on with this election please so it doesn't have to feel like being sprayed in the face by rank compost every time one opens the news?
  10. china mieville

    Oh nice. I am still (bas) lagging behind (hah) and was planning on catching up with Embassytown later in the year, but I might have to skip ahead to New Paris then. The Scar and The City & The City are among my favourite books ever. They hit the perfect balance between bleakness, weirdness and some vague hope for some sort of future despite it all. Railsea lands in this category as well. Also The Scar's ending is all sorts of strange and badass. While I liked PSS and Iron Council, they are pretty depressing novels, aren't they? Regardless of the themes and everything, they build up all this ranting, justified rage, only to rip out the rug from underneath your righteous crusade and leave everything as bleak, if not bleaker, than before.
  11. September 2016 Reads

    I hope you like Paladin. In my mind, it was a worthy sorta/kinda successor to Curse. Personally I am still on the Ancillary train and LOVING IT!! So far I am rating Sword somewhat higher than Mercy, but it ain't over til it's over.
  12. September 2016 Reads

    Well, I finished Sword and omg. I think I might like it as much, if not more, than Justice. Sure, there is no epic journey or Quest, in the same way as before, because things are getting complicated, but that's also the point. Nothing is ever solved by some lone hero murdering some dude, and this is proof of that. And damn what a proof. Of course, a lot of people are probably going to not really fancy when action gets swapped out for more dialogue and big questions like "what is justice? what does that even entail? is this a benefit, and in that case, to whom?"
  13. However, what "they feel in their hearts" when it comes to politics is irrelevant, no? We cannot know that, and it doesn't really matter. What *does* matter is policy, and here there are lots of differences. Or are you arguing for a case wherein we should vote for what we think a politician thinks in their hearts (not brains? ) or what their policy stances are? I would say the latter, always, should hold precedence. EDIT: Oh as for your insistence that muslims vote right-wing. At least in Sweden they are statistically far more likely to vote left. One such source. Another such source. Clearly, muslims are voting *class* not *identity politics*.
  14. Disingenuous. She changed her position openly in 2013. This means according to your post people cannot change their views. HAS BEEN is key, and she has publicly changed those views. As did Obama, btw. Ergo: whether your think, in your own chamber/office that Clinton is actually against it doesn't really matter since her policy positions are in favour of marriage equality.
  15. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    Tax credits are...bizarre. I can understand the intention behind it as a good one, but how they end up working in practice is pretty awful. For example, when we lived in the UK, due to tax credits, we would have been nearly as well off with me being a stay at home parents as me working full time and putting our child in child care. I have a university education, paid tax and was generally a productive member of society, yet for someone making only a sliver less than I did (which was over the median wage btw) because of what my SO made and how tax credits worked, it would have been a better deal for me to stay at home, pay no tax and let my degree atrophy. Not to mention the effect that Werthead mentioned that this subsidises companies that ought not be subsidised. To someone from a Scandinavian country tax credits are eyeboggling and strange and in the end, it props up a system that hinders more than it helps for the people who need it the most. I can attest that the NHS is, at least in my experience, very good. And I know live in a country where privatised health care is seen by many of our leading politicians as the end all and be all. The profit margins for these "public service" companies within the spheres of care, schools and care homes for the elderly sometimes have profit margins of up to 40-50% and no, the savings are certainly not all due to efficiency. Personally I am not ideologically completely against privatisation, but in this case, be careful what you wish for. The Swedish system was pretty good before. Not super efficient, not always the most elegant, not always the fastest or the smoothest, but it worked. Now...not so much. Take care of the NHS. It is brilliant at what it does, it is, at least in my view, often superior to the Swedish system with better doctors, less red tape and cheaper for people in need of care. It is worth fighting for.